“My Life as a Golf Marshall” : Tales From the Edge : The Headless Groundskeeper (almost)

I heard this story from my favourite groundskeeper at my golf course who is a thirty-year veteran of groundskeeping including stints at some of the top golf courses in Ontario. We get along very well as I always am trying to learn and understand what he does and he senses my interest in him and his function. According to him the golfers at the snootiest clubs seem to be very entitled pricks who are not expected to replace divots or ball marks on greens. The denizens of industry and you can only imagine how they treat their “low life” employees. According to him the captains of industry are some of the most self entitled and arrogant pricks around.

So he tells me a few years ago at another golf course he was working at a tree branch had been broken and was hanging over a green. The supervisor told a groundskeeper to get a ladder and chainsaw and cut the branch down. Ladders and chainsaws don’t mix and that is a no brainer said my groundskeeper pal. Well the branch was cut off and came tumbling down hitting the bottom half of the ladder sending the poor man hurtling to the ground with the chainsaw still on. He lands on the ground with the chainsaw roaring away inches from his head! Although he was not decapitated the groundskeeper’s supervisor lifts the injured man into a cart further aggravating a serious injury which became the subject to litigation with the golf club losing a $250,000 judgement. Talking about losing your head over golf!

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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