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Golf Australia Express : December 2012
GOLF HAS a great deal to offer at Christmas gatherings. The Boxing Day Test is on the radio, the weather is generally good and with Santa’s sled marks fresh on the roof, there might even be a new toy in the bag. Christmas Day tends to be a fairly structured affair involving presents, drinks and a feast of epic proportions. During such a culinary event many will eat four times their body weight, so the prospect of some exercise the following day can be a welcoming thing, if only to appease vague pangs of unhealthy guilt. On top of this, the Christmas feast is generally a family gathering that can make for some interesting conversations and tense situations. But as Bill Clinton showed back in the 90s, the golf course is a great place for diplomacy. Enter, the Christmas Cup. Don’t let things heat up at the table— save it for the course. There are considerations of format and the touchy subject of handicapping might come up more than once over the turkey and ham. But surely that’s a better argument to have than anything offered by Australia’s political landscape at the moment. So the tee time finally arrives and bleary heads swirl in a morning breeze. When the golf nut uncle pulls out his new rangefinder, courtesy of old Saint Nick, it’s on. New drivers, putters and FAMILY GATHERINGS OFFER A GREAT CHANCE FOR A NEW GOLF COMPETITION, WRITES WILL HONE. THE CHRISTMAS CUP with Will Hone IN HONING balls are produced in a mania not seen since the Cold War arms race. Amidst the new-toy mayhem it’s fair to wonder what difference the best presents in the world will make to the Christmas Cup. Santa can’t give you a straight drive, and though that rangefinder might tell you how far away the pin is, it can’t see wind. In fact, studies have shown the biggest factor in Christmas Cup performance is recovery time from the day before. And I’m afraid to say that gives the teenagers a distinct edge. Ours is a game that can absorb large numbers, or be enjoyed by just a few while the peaks and troughs of ability are smoothed out by a strong-minded handicapper. Most importantly, though, the bragging rights for the winner stand for a year. So tell your family and tell your friends to pack their clubs for a fitting end to the Christmas festivities this year. As Bill Clinton showed back in the 90s, the golf course is a great place for diplomacy. TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS DPS BA