A hive of activity down by the golf courses. A dozen workmen are already hard at work laying turf around the old Swilcan bridge on the 18th tee. The crazy paving that caused such outrage was removed yesterday leaving a large circular scar on the grass. A small crowd of bobble hatted foreign golfers and a man from an American monthly golf magazine are clustered around watching them. The journalist is interviewing the visiting golfers who have surprisingly strong views on the matter. A man says ' I've flown all the way from Idaho and never expected to see anything like this '. Four men from Alabama have found some foot square pieces of turf that are surplus to requirement. They intend to take them back home to Huntsville. The men are as happy as three year olds with their great good fortune. As I leave they're deciding whether to give the turf a revitalising soak in their hotel bathtubs before heading home with it. The man from Idaho tells the journalist that a round on the Old Course cost him $350 which he thinks is reasonable.
Angus is surprised with the speed with which the 'remedial' works are taking place. Things rarely happen that quickly around here. The great and the good of the Royal and Ancient clearly want this episode to be forgotten as quickly as possible. The word hubris comes to mind.