Greens, Greenland And Winter Golf

Mike Moffett

 by Mike Moffett
 Weirs Times Columnist

Around 800 years ago, southeastern Greenland was indeed green, despite its Arctic locale. Numerous settlements dotted the coast. But global cooling and climate change made the region inhospitable, and the settlements were abandoned.
Greenland came to mind recently when Loudon Country Club put pins up on its greens and hosted scores of linksters for February golf action. It delighted me because it underscored the Granite State’s climatic diversity. One could find snow and great skiing at Gunstock in Gilford on Saturday and then head 25 miles south to Loudon on Sunday to play golf.
Kudos to the folks at Loudon Country Club for taking a chance and opening early. I love LCC for many reasons, besides the fact that there’s a beautiful, scenic golf course there. While most Granite State country clubs “hibernate” during the winter months, LCC showed some admirable entrepreneurial spirit by setting up an indoor virtual golf league. Further, they even ran a weekend cribbage tournament to give folks more recreational options during our long winter. We should admire innovative, hard-working risk-takers.
And there were “cool” advantages to February golf. Despite the dearth of snow, the pond between the third and fourth fairways remained frozen. So errant balls bounced instead of splashed. Cool, indeed!

Weirs Times sports columnist Mike Moffett getting ready to  play some winter golf at Loudon Country Club in February. It shouldn’t be long till Ice Out!!
Weirs Times sports columnist Mike Moffett getting ready to play some winter golf at Loudon Country Club in February. It shouldn’t be long till Ice Out!!

This was all in stark contrast to a year ago, when record snowfall wreaked havoc upon our golf universe. Mother Nature has a mind of her own.
Some February golfers revived the term “Global Warming,” an expression recently eschewed by activists in favor of the more nebulous “Climate Change.” New evidence, anecdotal and otherwise, raises questions about how much mankind can really impact the earth’s climate (see Winter of 2014-15). So when I hear activists refer to Climate Change instead of Global Warming, I take that as an acknowledgement that man-made Global Warming might well be a canard. Yes, the climate changes—but it always has, and it always will. And on a micro level, while man can certainly pollute the Beijing air, it’s the ultimate conceit to argue that we have the power to change wind directions or ocean levels.
Am I saying that I’m smarter about all this than Barack Obama, Al Gore, and Leonardo DiCaprio?
Hell yes!
These activists, for doleful, dubious reasons, would impose policies that would have zero impact on climate but that WOULD hurt our economy, our families, and our way of life—in the hope that we’d inspire Beijing to clean up its air. Fat chance.
The warmer (hotter) air around Washington, D.C. affords President Obama opportunities to play golf year-round—opportunities denied to Granite Staters, LCC’s recent efforts notwithstanding.
Bring on the warmer temps, I say. At my age, I can’t be getting chilled. And I like to play golf in the winter in New Hampshire.
And if things did warm up a bit and people moved back to Greenland to live, as they did 800 years ago, then good for them. Maybe they’ll even open a golf course there some day. But until that happens, I’m not going to worry about global warming.
Or should I say “climate change?”
Sports Quiz
What comic actor scored huge sales with his “Bad Golf Made Easy” instructional videos?
(Answer follows)

Born Today …
That is to say, sports standouts born on March 10 include NBA star Kwame Brown (1983).

Sportsquote
“I can’t wait to get older and hang out all day playing golf. We’ll be laughing and having a good time and getting loopy on our prescription drugs and driving golf carts around. I can’t wait.” —Cameron Diaz

Sportsquiz Answer
Leslie Nielsen

Michael Moffett is a Professor of Sports Management at Plymouth State University and at NHTI-Concord. He recently co-authored the critically-acclaimed and award-winning “FAHIM SPEAKS: A Warrior-Actor’s Odyssey from Afghanistan to Hollywood and Back” (with the Marines)—which is available through Amazon.com. His e-mail address is mimoffett@comcast.net.