A lot of golfers love the game to death. This is in a literal sense. Prior to drawing their final breath, likely thousands of golfers have requested that their earthly remains be spread like slow-release fertilizer across their favorite golf course. Or, more traditionally, buried a straight six-footer below the divot line in close proximity to their beloved layout.
Talk about your preferred lies.
This is not a new phenomenon. Course architect Alister MacKenzie, designer of some of the most renowned courses in the world – Augusta National (home of The Masters) and ultra-exclusive Cypress Point on California’s Monterey Peninsula – had his ashes shaken across Pastiempo Golf Club, another of his California designs, in 1934.
Pete Dye, a still living legendary golf course architect, has been publicly forthright on his afterlife intentions. He titled a book on it. Dye’s “Bury Me In A Pot Bunker” was published in 1999. He has delayed his inevitable wishes for 15 years and counting…
Based on a Google search, two deceased members of Delray Beach (Fla.) Golf Club had their reconstituted makeup added to the mix in a greenside bunker on No. 18. They were obviously still dying for a game.
Reportedly one of the most popular, well, dissemination grounds is Pebble Beach Golf Links, just down the 17-Mile Drive from MacKenzie’s Cypress Point. Pebble Beach is one of the most revered and scenic golf courses in the world. Why not make this a final resting place? It is, after all, a drop-dead gorgeous location.
Though the scuttlebutt on Pebble Beach as an urn magnet is understandably unconfirmed, golfers forking over the current $495 greens fee might still consider paying proper reverence to the grit cleaned from their club grooves; and should refrain from bragging on how they cremated their approach shot to the iconic No. 18.
It is realistic to think that golf courses do not approve of a practice some might think of as macabre, but must know that it takes place on a fairly regular basis. It is impossible to stop when loved ones are adamant on fulfilling their dearly departed’s final wishes. The most tolerant policy a golf course can implement on the delicate subject of spreading remains is clearly “Don’t Ash, Don’t Tell.”
Golfers, without a question, have an eternal loyalty to the game they love, even when it comes to calculating their last approach into the hereafter.