Every April, there is a work day at the Newport Country Club, of which I am a member. Raking pine needles and leaves is the order of the day. There are plenty of each and I will benefit from the effort. It is a chance to get acquainted and the 40 or so who showed up this morning were treated to a fine lunch and then an afternoon of golf before the club officially opens tomorrow.
We have a fairly short season here, although some people golfed in January this year. Not me. Once basketball season starts, I don't have the time for hitting the links. The volume of needles and leaves was incredible, but with so many working together, a lot was accomplished. I went back in the afternoon and carded my best 18 hole score ever. I even birdied a hole that has given me fits for the past two seasons. Considering I have only had 3 or 4 birdies, that was quite an accomplishment for me.
I took up the sport 2 years ago. I never thought I had the time. What I have found is that it can be very relaxing and I have made some good friendships on the course. And it has helped in business, too. I look forward to next year's clean up day.