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The Downs and Golf

The sea and sky merge into one
Photo by Peter Groves

No rules or regulations

In my childhood, the Downs behind Hangleton were so close, and such a central aspect of our recreation!  Miles and miles of open land, with no rules or regulations, the Downs became a playground, battlefield, football pitch, or whatever one imagined.

A game for old men?

Golf ball hunting on Brighton & Hove Golf Course was a key pastime.  Although unconsidered, it provided healthy exercise, the hope of finding balls and perhaps financial gain. Golf was a game for old men, so slow and boring, not for me.

Complexity of golf

It’s only in recent years that I became “one of those old men” and began to enjoy the complexity of golf; just one good hole will guarantee that I go back for more. Brighton & Hove Golf Course, behind Hangleton, is probably the most difficult course in the area; the slope of the fairways, changeable weather conditions, or perhaps it’s just my poor game.

Invigorating exercise

The air up on the Downs is fresher than anywhere in the city, it’s invigorating and along with the gentle exercise of golf, healthy.  Whilst waiting my turn on the 3rd hole, I always gaze past the track of the old Dyke Railway, towards Portslade and beyond.  On a clear day, or summer evening the Isle of Wight can easily be seen, however much of the time the grey sea and sky merge into one.


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