Days in Norn Iron are fast
running out and excursions to the Royal Co Down(PBUI) as some bloggees will apparently be relieved to hear-are coming to an end for this year. So Huttonian is taking every chance he gets to play a few holes before the other routine and humdrum pressures of the day kick in. This means a very early start and today in blazing sunshine and freezing wind I had the whole course to myself-a BA-(Before Alsatian) PH (Pre-Hackers) and above all a WBGK (Well before Green Keepers) tee off saw to that. I actually came across the one green keeper but he is of the old school-and kept a very respectful distance both fore and aft which presumably explains how he has survived to a comparatively mature age.
Starting from home obviates the necessity for using the Club house and cracking the more relaxed dress code. Some of the long deceased members must be spinning in their family mausoleums as it is now permitted to enter the public rooms of the club house without a jacket and tie-smart casual is ok-so no jeans or shorts-but in the summer shorts with knee length socks are acceptable. But this only applies to Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 'Formal Dress' is de rigeur on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Formal in the RCD sense does not mean white tie as at Buck House but a jacket (ideally blazer with brass buttons and club crest) and tie (ideally RCD one) Last week I was half way up the stairs before I realised it was Wednesday and I had no jacket. I scuttled down again to the safety of my car before I could be accosted and publicly shamed.
Championships cause a problem with visiting golfers and means a relaxed dress code. 'Sex' is also relaxed and for the Curtis Cup visiting ladies were made honorary men and could make free use of the club house including the men's changing rooms. There are no ladies facilities- females normally banned from the Club House except under strict male supervision for eg Sunday lunch. The Curtis Cup Distaffers got on ok and I suppose managed the urinals well enough. No complaints anyhow.Needs must and nowadays Female golfers are expected by their lobbyists to emulate everything their male counterparts can do. If they can stand up and deliver in a howling gale on one of the toughest course in the world, standing up and delivering else where should pose no difficulty.