Brown greens at the Pines
GOLFING legend Sam Snead once was quoted saying the three things he feared most were lightning, Ben Hogan and a downhill putt.
However any seasoned golfer playing the Gympie Pines course at the moment would probably rank a downhill putt as one of the most confronting experiences imaginable, well ahead of the lightning or Hogan.
A recent visitor to the course said he had played golf from Cairns to Hobart but the Gympie greens were the saddest he had encountered.
"It's such a shame because the rest of the course, particularly the fairways, is in such great condition," he said.
Gympie Vets president Bryan Stallard was equally despondent about the current condition of the greens.
"They can only get better because they can't get any worse" he said.
The greens are due to be renovated later this month, but the work depends on the weather and may be held over until September.
Hard-working ground staff has been battling for some months now to bring the greens up to an acceptable standard, but many members agree that with some weeks of cooler weather remaining, it could still be some time before that level is achieved.
Such are the difficulties posed by the greens that only one player managed to break 70 in last Monday's monthly medal event.
Bill Wood was the lone golfer who appeared to come to terms with the vagaries of the unpredictable, lightning-fast surfaces which would test the patience of even the most skilled golfer.
Wood shot a magnificent 67 net to win the C-grade medal.
Brian Taylor's net 71 was too good in B-grade, holding off Jeff Hudgson by one shot on a countback from Stallard.
Even the A-graders found the greens too much of a challenge with Garry Davis the best of the bunch scoring a net 71 to beat John Tisdell on a countback.