Golf Course Management

FEB 2016

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Baseball legend Ty Cobb was known to dominate on the diamond. It was his exploits on a golf course, though, that may have brought new meaning to "bizarre." Edward Brooke-Hitching researched and authored the book "Fox Tossing and Other Forgotten and Dangerous Sports, Pastimes, and Games," which was published in 2015. In it, he features multiple games and competitions (and there are some really wacky ones) that have for the most part be - come extinct, and golf is included in several examples. Among those is aerial golf. According to Brooke-Hitching, it debuted in 1928 over the skies of a golf course on Long Island. Teams consisted of twosomes: one person on the golf course green, the other in an aircraft 50 feet above, teeing off (if you want to call it that for golf's sake) by dropping Gut - ta-percha golf balls below, where the partner would attempt to hole the putt. The book notes that "by 1931 even the great baseball star Ty Cobb could be seen in the skies over Georgia, hurling golf balls from the passenger seat of an American Eagle mono - plane." "There were different versions of aerial golf in England and America," Brooke-Hitching tells GCM. "They were more daredevils in America, zooming above, dive-bombing the course from the cockpit. In England, they dropped huge bags of four like missiles. Incredibly messy." Wide weird of sports Photo © Corbis Images

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