Golf on the Vernal Equinox

My pushcart at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course, New Year's Eve, 2013.

My pushcart at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course, New Year’s Eve, 2013.

My friends and I celebrated the first day of spring the same way we celebrated the last day of 2013 and the first day of 2014: by playing a round at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course, a muny about an hour from where we live. As you can see by comparing the photo above with the photo below, playing conditions had improved dramatically in just eleven weeks:

My pushcart at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course, March 20, 2014.

My pushcart at D. Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course, March 20, 2014.

There were still a few lingering signs of winter, including a large patch of non-liquid casual water along the left side of the ninth fairway:

Pro's advice: aim right.

Pro’s advice: aim right.

Overall, though, the course was in decent shape. The gates were closed when we arrived, a little before nine, but the parking lot had begun to fill by time we finished, and the temperature had climbed to the mid-forties.

P1110473

The past few months have been truly horrible around here, golf-wise. It’s been so cold that a small herd of local Lyme-disease vectors began spending the night in my backyard:

IMG_1128

But in the past few days things have finally started to turn. Last Sunday, Hacker (real name), Doug, Mike A., and Tim played at Pelham Bay Golf Course, in the Bronx—the only open course within a hundred miles of where we live:

Hacker Pelham 2

Mike A. attempting a rare steeplechase bunker shot. Degree of difficulty: 10.

Mike A. attempting a rare steeplechase bunker shot. Degree of difficulty: 10.

I couldn’t join them, because I had a work deadline I couldn’t put off, but I did take time out for lunch with nine other members of the Sunday Morning Group. There are six artificial knees in the photo below, if you count all three of Frank’s (one of his had to be redone):

IMG_1162-004On the equinox, we ate at Fairchild Wheeler, of course—along with these guys, who hadn’t played golf but, apparently, were unable to stay away:

IMG_1200

That’s March Madness on the big screen behind them. If we hadn’t needed to get home for our naps, we could have hung around all day.

P1110441

4 thoughts on “Golf on the Vernal Equinox

  1. Keep posting pics of Farichild Wheeler. It’s making me homesick! Maybe one day this summer I’ll make the drive down and play it.

  2. The line that jumps out at me is “I couldn’t join them, because I had a work deadline that I couldn’t put off…” Does this mean that you are all grown up now, a responsible adult? Then what is to become of the lost boys?!

    • I agree that this is disturbing. The truth is that I’ve been a secret worker for many years. At some point I may need help from a higher power.

  3. Pingback: Two easy ways to speed up golf – GolfDigest.com (blog) | Quick & Fast Sports News

Leave a Reply