Dear Highwaymen *** Captain's Corner ***
For someone who tries to have a light hearted approach to life , I find this first report quite hard to write in tone and content.
We have all lived with this unprecedented control of our lives by force of COVID. The golfing press write that Parliament is due, on 23rd November, to have a debate on "...exempting golf courses from the list of venues required to close during lockdown". This follows the submission of a petition by 257,000 golfers.
Having witnessed the plethora of "normal" Saturday walkers along the "Long Walk" at Windsor, the juxtaposition with golf's exemption is hard to understand. The scuttlebutt in the press surrounding a free-for-all over Christmas is also hard to comprehend given the arduous living conditions since March. Whatever one's views there are still 500 COVID deaths per week and an almighty threat to the NHS just around the corner. We love our sport but we cherish our children, grandchildren and loved ones more. Over to Boris.....
Hopefully we will return to our own "green and pleasant" golf course in early December. I am pleased to report that Bill McIntosh has been placing much forethought into the return to golf with whatever restrictions may come along. With the capable aid from Keith Doran and the pro-shop I'm sure we will all be ready to "click" on those booking slots at the earliest opportunity.
Finally, the law of "Unintended consequences" came into play as the AGM was starting on Webex I felt quite an emotional tug as I saw the ever growing mosaic of friendly Highwaymen faces appear on the screen. Some of these faces I hadn't seen for a very long time but I perceived that all were smiling. Well done Keith and fellow Highwaymen for a first-rate professional presentation.
Let's hope in my next report I can return to the nagging on "slow play" & "pitch mark repairs" as we resume our treasured pastime.