Yesterday, I played golf with No Longer Grim Jim and the Tall Thin One on the world’s oldest golf course, Musselburgh Links. That may sound rather grand, but the course in question is a relatively basic nine hole course, although they have put quite a lot of effort into making improvements over the last few years. It states on the website “Documentary evidence proves that golf was played on Musselburgh Links as early as 2 March 1672 although Mary, Queen of Scots reputedly played here in 1567.”
The buildings in the photo below are of racecourse stands, as the course is situated in the middle of Musselburgh Racecourse.
I was a bit annoyed about the sign saying that it was the oldest course in the world, because on the first hole my ball landed two feet from it, making my chip shot quite difficult.
NLG Jim and the Tall Thin One are good golfers – the Tall Thin One had two par scores and one birdie – and NLG would have had a good score as well, had he not taken 5 shots to get out of a very difficult bunker.
I asked NLG what he was going to have for tea, because his dietary habits are extraordinary, as I’ve written about in this blog in the past. “Chicken pie” he said.
“A pie from the supermarket that comes in a cardboard packet?” I enquired.
“Oh yes,” he answered, “I haven’t eaten anything that hasn’t come in a cardboard packet for years and years.”
This is all to do with his theory about food poisoning. He reckons that if food doesn’t come in a cardboard package, then you don’t know how long to cook it for, because there won’t be any instructions, and not cooking food for the correct time causes poisoning.