Years ago, my brother, John, invented divot forwarding: instead of putting your divot back in its own divot hole, you put it in the next empty divot hole you come to as you walk toward the green. This has the effect not only of saving steps for you but also (as he pointed out to me recently) of “helping better players”—who, usually, are longer off the tee than you are.
The divot in the photo above is from Heritage Village Country Club, in Southbury, Connecticut. An L.P.G.A. Tour event, the Heritage Village Open, was held there in the early 1970s. The Connecticut State Golf Association’s Super Senior Tournament will take place there next week. Tony, who turned 65 this year, is playing in it. Today, Addison and I accompanied him on a practice round.
On one hole, we encountered a surprisingly aggressive doe, who made it clear she didn’t want us to pass:
Then we saw why: her fawn was with her, and we must have looked threatening.
We stood around for a while. Then I let my push cart go on the path, and they ran off.