BALLS! Confessions of a Rural Golf Course Owner (Soft cover)
by Gail W. Braman « View this author's BIO
FOR DADS ONLY
"Dads, pack up your troubles on a llama and go fore it. Just enter your name and phone number in my llama bucket and you may win golf for two with a llama as your caddie!"
The response was overwhelming; the bucket overflowing. By the end of the day we had a winning dad looking forward to golf for two the following Sunday with a very special and unique caddie. As our visibility increased with numerous newspapers covering this unusual photo opportunity, Herb was elated. I overheard him say to Riley one day, "What do you think of my idea?"
The following Sunday Emerson arrived from the llama farm quite a good distance away from our golf course. He was brought in a small van by his owner-handler carrying her pooper scooper. Majestic and looking somewhat bemused by all the fuss, Emerson charmed everyone.
About the size of a small pony, he had long seductive eyelashes that quickly captivated his audience. Emerson turned out to be a model of decorum and actually liked people better than his own kind. I promised Dempsey that I would take care of everything since he wasn't too thrilled by this intrusion on his course. We both had visions of following Emerson around with a bucket and shovel but we need not have worried. Much to our surprise, Emerson modestly went behind the bushes where no one else could see him do his business.
When the author tells her retired husband that she does not want him home for lunch, he buys a golf course! Thus begins this non golfer's true story of uprooted suburbanites adjusting to the rural north country as golf course owners and learn what really happens behind the scenes through humorous vignettes and anecdotes.
Anyone young or old who has ever harbored dreams of changing lifestyles; suburbanites, urbanites or business executives who want to try country living; and those who have wondered what it might be like to own a golf course, will find this a humorous account of such an adventure.
As a keen observer of human nature, the outrageous behavior of people in general, and golfers in particular, will fascinate and embarrass at the same time. Dealing with the public in a service business is difficult in itself, but gets compounded when husbands and wives work together. There is a delicate dance they do that can sorely test the bonds of love and loyalty.
Different styles emerge and can conflict with personal relationships. It is almost impossible to keep personal and business separate. Gender conflicts arise yet the husband and wife team must present a united front to the public. Although they were bombarded by so many issues on a daily basis, the mere stress of physically keeping up their grueling eighteen hour days was paramount to surviving this business.
What two people brought to this unlikely business was a conventional middle class background and what they were faced with was decisions about alligators, llamas, hunters and more! They certainly got more than they bargained for! Nor was there any preparation for this--except on the job training.
In retrospect, people can look for opportunities and never find them and others can create them and adapt accordingly. They were in the latter category and as a result were tested and stretched beyond measure; yet ultimately enriched by the experience.