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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 123
W HAT’S that old saying? Friends come and go but family is forever? You could say the same about war and golf. Never is the golfer’s insatiable appetite for the game more pronounced than in the grimmest of times, and history is a glowing testament to the beautiful and unbreakable spirit of golfers in the most trying of circumstances. It’s no secret that golf and war are intrinsically linked. A long, long list of current and former golf courses have the scars to prove it, having given up their sacred turf for the greater good. Take Turnberry, for example. You’d hardly notice on television, but an old, abandoned runways bisect the four-time Open Championship course — carved into the famous layout during World War II. Turnberry was also converted into a training airfield in World War I, and is just one of hundreds of golfing havens across Europe that played their part when global conflicts landed on their doorstep. Somewhere beneath the lush green fairways at Dunbar lie trenches dug during World War I, while Hawaii’s famous Turtle Bay Resort was once better known as the Kahuku Army Airfield. At Rye Golf Club in Sussex, a pill box bunker lies dormant, overlooking the 4th and 6th holes, while Centennial Park in New Zealand is another of the countless courses around the world that have World War II bunkers overlooking a tee or green. When the Japanese launched their attack on Pearl Harbour, where was the commander of the Pacific fleet, Admiral Husband E. Kimmel? Preparing to tee it up with a couple of fellow officers at a course near their base. TURNBERRY SERVED AS BOTH A PILOT TRAINING GROUND DURING WWI AND A MILITARY BASE AND HOSPITAL DURING WWII.
OTG Express 122
OTG Express 124