There was snow and lateral wind, approaching gale-force, too ! You wouldn’t put a vicious rumour out on a day like that. Tom Crean would have taken one look, rolled over in his bed and decided to wait for the July outing.
Fortified by a great K Club breakfast feed, a hardy 75% turnout braved the elements and held BSJ Golf Society’s first Gathering of the year on the Smurfit course last Sunday. After days of continuous rain it was a wonder the course was playable at all but clearly good drainage is a feature of this challenging course. The bunkers, styled as in a links, also feature plumbing which an ancient Roman aquifer engineer would be proud of. Of course all that water has to flow somewhere and we found it, occasionally attempting a Barnes Wallace bouncing bomb approach to it, in the lakes which festoon this part of county Kildare. If the temperature gauge read 3C then the wind added a chill factor that made it seem a lot colder. When the snow came we looked in vain for a St Bernard with a tot of brandy to stave off hypothermia. Some of the experienced golfers had ski-gloves, the others lost a few fingers, but there were some very decent scores posted all the same and we left no one behind.
Thanks and well done to Eamon and Keith for organising the event. Nearly thawed out now and looking forward to the next one.