“My Life as a Golf Marshall” :Back on Track After the Great COVID Lockdown

Rather stupidly golf courses were closed due to the Great Ontario Lockdown that started on April 17th and lasted until May 22. The closure of my golf course was just that and the golf course was open as a park but somewhat quiet on the weekdays. As a park there was more crowding and lack of social distancing than had the golf course been open for golfers. The ignorance of the politico medico elite frightens me. They are off base with golf courses so how can we trust their medical “expertise”? We took advantage of this taking our dog on long walks at least three times a week. In addition to being good exercise for man and beast it enabled me to get to know the holes better. A golfer walks from one to eighteen in a linear fashion but a Marshall may zig zag to and fro so it is a good idea to know your holes, shortcuts and vantage points!

Getting up for the summer shift means being at the golf course at 6 for my 7-12 shift. I am not a morning person so I am making a sacrifice for what? Certainly not the money which is less than what you would make as a bus boy in a restaurant. It is the free golf. Yes for each shift you work you get 18 free holes at my golf course and you are inked in without the hassle of making any bookings.

Golfers were in a rip- roaring good mood when the course re-opened. Being imprisoned is no fun for human beings. I mean nary a single complaint was heard. And the divorce from the golf course certainly made for a bounty of bad shots. Golf can be humiliating sport. It can be cruel. Last year I recall making some super shots but they seemed to be attracted ever so slightly to tree branches. An inch here and there that’s all I needed to self-destruct. My last shot of the year was out of a sand trap over some impossibly high trees but I cleared them ending up three inches from the cup. I believe that to be one of golf’s greatest shots.

Happy golfers basking in the delight of their addiction is a Marshall’s dream. And strangely the golf course on this Victoria Day long week-end was somewhat quiet due to the threat of rain showers which must have frightened off 50 or 60 people, The flow was perfect. No waits or jam ups and since summer weather is coming a Marshall starting in the morning need not dress in gloves and a winter coat so this Marshall and all golfers had a happy day. Even those shots that infuriate golfers today resulted in laughter and not curses. How long is this happy buzz going to last?

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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