Today's Golfer (UK) - - FIRST TEE - CHRIS STRAINE

I got into golf quite late. I re­mem­ber want­ing to give it a go af­ter see­ing it on TV and think­ing “that looks easy”. Boy, was I wrong! I cob­bled some old clubs to­gether and went to the lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal with my fa­ther, who was also tak­ing the game up. Fast for­ward some 30 years and we are still play­ing to­gether. Only last month, we were joined for a very spe­cial four­ball which in­cluded my two sons, aged six and nine. By the time we walked off the fi­nal hole and shook hands, I ac­tu­ally had a lump in my throat as it dawned on me this game had just brought three gen­er­a­tions of our fam­ily to­gether. When I took those old Dun­lop and Slazenger clubs out in a pen­cil bag three decades ago, I don’t think I fully ap­pre­ci­ated what I was start­ing. Un­til now.

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