Lastly I played Cairns
It was about $80 all up.
Fairly straightforward course. On the back nine I lost my temper like I never had before and I basically abandoned scoring
I shot 45 for the first nine. No lost balls, no penalties of any kind. I thought, "I will never have a better chance to break 90" I got to the tenth tee and some clown in a red shirt was standing in front of the tee box adjusting the umbrella on his buggy... for about ten minutes. He must have started his round there as I hadn't seen him previously.
When the umbrella was to his satisfaction he walked off down the fairway, past the green and away. I could still see him, he had either abandoned the hole or he thought he had hit the ball some 400 metres After a few more minutes I decided he wasn't coming back so I teed off. I was about 30 metres from the hole about to play my third shot when a bloke drove up, parked his truck between me and the hole and began measuring things. He was walking one of those wheels around and around the green.
I know ground staff have right of way so I waited and waited while he walked around and around. After a good five minutes I picked up not in the best of moods thinking I would come back later. I was about to putt on the par 3 11th when the bloke in the red shirt reappeared and began pinging balls at me. I screamed at him to F off.
Everywhere I went from then on Red Shirt was there, umbrella raised, slowly walking the wrong way down whatever fairway I happened to be on. After that happened a couple of times I couldn't wait to get off the course
In the end it was just as well as my dreams of breaking 90 would have been cruelly shattered. I played the 18th dead serious and had already scored nine before I decided the ball was close enough to the hole and my round was over.
This is my round the first nine only
Par 3 Cairns. As you can see it's quite picturesque