I couldn’t take it any longer. I had to drive to Tarandowah and walk the fairways. Since the temperature was 5 degrees Celsius, I didn’t think I’d have company. But there were five cars gently reposing in the parking lot. Golf is such an addiction.
I walked into the clubhouse and said hi to Dave, the pro. I remembered him and he remembered me. I told him how I loved the course, how I had given up on golf being a part of my future, and how I was going to turn that around. Now that I’m strength training and doing yoga, why can’t I have a smooth and powerful swing? What will help is the lesson I’m having on Tuesday with a golf pro in London, a session that may be the first of many. I’m not letting my favourite sport go.
Something was bubbling up inside me. It was love of the land that is Tarandowah. I had to get out there and walk. Dave said that would be fine. Not many players today. (No doubt.) So outside I went to the first tee. I must have stood there for five minutes. I was home.
I walked slowly down the fairway, pausing here and veering there. The top of a mound in the rough beckoned me so I lingered there as well, gazing out at the beloved hole, plus its neighbours. And no exaggeration with the word “beloved”. These holes are my friends.
I loved gazing into the deep bunkers. I’m so glad that there are over a hundred of them on the course. On the green, I revelled in the dips and dives and imagined my putter navigating them with ease. Guess you could say I have a vivid imagination!
On I strolled, pretty much in heaven. Behind a mound near the fifth green, I found a spot where I could put down a chair, nestle into my book while listening to the birds and the nearby golfers. And no one would see me from there. I figure I’ll leave that experience for the warmer months, but fear not – I will sit there.
I walked all eighteen holes, experiencing eighteen companions. Often I was astonished by the beauty. I knew that I wanted this in my life. As I left the eighteenth green and meandered towards the clubhouse, I realized that I was going to become a member at Tarandowah, not in some vague future but before I leave for Cuba on Thursday. Will my lesson(s) give me the confidence that I’ll find people willing to play with me on this difficult course? Yes. I’m going to walk these fairways for years and years. Happiness is …