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Golf Australia Express : Summer of Golf 2012-13
EARLY SUMMER STARTS BRING mixed blessings on the course. Personally, I love the view on the first tee at 6.30am—early shadows that fall across fairways spun with dew’s web lend a sense of satisfaction that comes from simply having made it there on time. But the first few holes often pass in a blur as my beleaguered body struggles to catch up with a day that is clearly running away with things. I am not, on the whole, a morning person. In this state, the first fairway can seem long indeed and the driver, weighed down by undreamt dreams, often feels too heavy to swing along its familiar journey. I should be clear at this point—problems in the morning often stem directly from an over-exuberant sense of playfulness the night before. I am sure I am not alone in that regard, but still I remain amazed at the bustle of activity around pro-shops as sun’s first rays graze shadows from the treetops. Did all these people, I ask myself, really get themselves to bed at a respectable time in order to get up at sparrow’s fart? But in summer, there’s little choice than securing a morning tee time. By 1pm the heat will have set in—from then, sweat and sunburn are constant companions and where water runs dry scores invariably suffer. Sure, the ball runs from a good drive, but finding that punch and THE THOUGHT OF TEEING OFF EARLY DURING SUMMER IS A ROMANTIC ONE. IT'S JUST NOT THAT EASY FOR A NON-MORNING PERSON, WRITES WILL HONE. MORNINGHASBROKENSLEEP with Will Hone IN HONING OPINION power when it’s 40 degrees is another thing altogether. Yet while it has unique challenges, golf in the Australian summer is a magnificent thing and the early morning hit-off is often a part of the ritual. So I’m going to work hard to embrace the alarm clock this summer, to thrill at early birdsong and celebrate those few tracks—if any—marking previous players of the day when dew sits atop the fairway. Then the course will seem to me as fresh as a beach washed clean by high tide, and the day will be an optimistic glass waiting to be filled with memories of a game well played. If—as history would suggest a real possibility—I find myself again hating the alarm and loving my snooze button, I'll have to bear the rushed burden of my not-so- tragic state. After all, it only takes a couple of holes to wake up completely. OTG Problems in the morning often stem directly from an over-exuberant sense of playfulness the night before. DO YOU AGREE? TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS DO YOU AGREE? TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS DPS BA
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