In the Bleak Midwinter

Henry Longhurst on Winter Golf

The drawbacks of winter are obvious…The first thing is to keep warm. Golf, despite all the talk about shifting of hips and rotation of shoulders, is a game that is played primarily with the hands. In putting and the short game the sense of touch comes essentially from the fingers. Cold hands and golf do not go together.

[Golf: Henry Longhurst; Dent, 1937, p.246]

In the bleak midwinter

[Tune: In the bleak mid-winter – G Holst]

In the bleak midwinter
Frosty wind made moan.
Tees were hard as iron,
Ball was like a stone.

Greens and fairways frozen,
Lakes completely iced;
Shots flew half their distance
Even when not sliced.

Only golfing madmen
Would have gathered there,
In their winter woolies
And thermal underwear.

What was their reaction,
When snow began to fall?
One said to the other,
“Use an orange ball.”


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