Boarding the Hy-Line
This past Monday a brigade of golfers clad in knickers in honor of Francis Ouimet’s 1913 U.S. Open Championship boarded Hy-Lines fast ferry “Lady Martha” to Farm Neck Golf Club on Martha’s Vineyard. Needless to say, we drew the attention of the other passengers; questions asked, conversations started, and, with golf, a common bond formed. Even though the sun was brightly shining and the temperature was ideal, the waters were extremely choppy, thus we knew wind was definitely going to be a factor in our play. However the Hy-Line Ferry kept our coffee steady. At our destination two buses awaited us to be loaded with golf bags and their owners.
By 11:3O a.m. we were teeing off with a shot gun start. And indeed the wind was ripping since most of the course is parallel to the ocean. With this factor the players had a choice of play for we made two divisions: a shamble in which the stymie rule was followed as in 1913 or a scramble which, of course, negates marking the ball on the green rule.
For those playing this course for the first time the views are so outstanding that they are in awe of their surroundings. Just picture a foursome in their knickers outfits standing ready to putt on an elevated green with the water’s edge right there. Picture Perfect!
Paul Stevens, our bagpiper, and Tom Martin founder of the HHMGC
To add to this ambience Paul Stevens, our bagpiper, traveled the course to play on many of the greens to greet the players. The course was in perfect
Farm Neck GC in great shape
condition, as if the horrible storms we had on Sunday never existed! Traveling in my golf cart to take photographs, nature’s colors made my job easy. The leaves were letting us know fall was
beginning and there was a deep richness to all the different green textures on the course. Our golfers get to play a
championship caliber course, have the best coastal golf experience, and celebrate the rich history of the game here in Massachusetts.
What a view!!
Life got a little hectic late afternoon for we had a 4:15 p.m. boat to make. The rush was on, the ferry waited, and the knickers group received a standing ovation upon boarding.
The golfers had a chance to relax before cocktails, dinner and awards at the Irish Village Resort. Menu was lobster or prime rib. And of course we started the meal with clam chowder. This year first place in the shamble with a 66 went to the group of John Sharon, Phil Nikoros, Mike Stavros, and Steve Gustakon. The media group consisting of Leigh and Vicky Mackay,
Leigh and Vicky Mackay, Pam Borges, and Rick Zurak
writers for New England Golf Monthly and golfcapecod.com, Pam Borges, writer for New England Golf Monthly and Ocean State Golf, and Rick Zurak, Niagara Golf Network, won the scramble with a 60. The Payne Stewart Award for best dressed went to Mike Hobin.
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