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Now usually one of the reasons I love golf is because I get to spend time outdoors, I love being able to walk around in the beautiful countryside, taking in the tree, birds and landscape as I play. Today hasn’t been quite so much fun though, coming down the 17th, feeling good after hitting some great shots; we were saddened to find a very wounded pigeon limping towards the bunker.
On getting closer we realised that the pigeon had been shot and was in a bad state and sadly there was nothing we could do to help it. My golfing partner was very brave and put the poor bird out of its misery. The whole experience certainly took away the joy of that particular round though, left us feeling a bit shaken up.
I guess that the privileges we enjoy as golfers, of being able to spend time in the open air in wonderful surroundings, are going to occasionally be tempered by coming into contact with sad events in the natural world. I am hoping that my next round of golf will provide me with a happier experience!