Enligt ett pressmeddelande har pastor Susan Brown skrivit reflektioner för vart och ett av de 18 hålen på mästerskapsbanan på Royal Dornoch Golf Club i norra Skottland. Syftet är att inspirera spelarna att ”träna kropp, sinne och ande” – som om man behövde mer inspiration när man beträder denna makalöst fina golfbana.

För att få material till texterna, som kallas för Holy Round och togs fram för att fira golfens 400-årsjubileum här, gick 57-årige Susan Brown runt banan vid olika tider på dagen för att fånga den unika känslan i det enastående landskapet.

Texterna är sköna och tankeväckande. Tom Watsons klassiska kommentar om banans svåraste slag (the second at the second) får konkurrens av "Small is beautiful – and testing. One word can build up or knock down. How can the little words we speak be more encouraging?" om det tuffa par 3-hålet.

Om det tolfte hålet skrev fru Brown, själv tidigare elitspelare, “A path crosses the fairway. Reminisce and share with your partner, how the path of your life crossed with a significant other in your life. Think of how wonderful is the gift of love”.

Du som inte har tid att åka direkt till Royal Dornoch för att läsa stroferna i den nya banguiden får en chans här nedan. Men passa på att åka dit – det är inte bara en bra golfbana, det är också ett område med många andra bra golfbanor i närheten – Brora framförallt, men även Nairn, Castle Stuart m.fl.

Royal Dornoch hole reflections.

Hole 1 (First)
In the beginning… draw breath and enjoy the clean score sheet and all the possibilities that lie ahead. Choose now to take one step at a time and enjoy what that step holds.

Hole 2 (Ord)
Small is beautiful – and testing. One word can build up or knock down. How can the little words we speak be more encouraging?

Hole 3 (Earl’s Cross)
The course opens up before you. Sea, hills, sweeping fairways. Pause to admire the natural beauty around you and appreciate what the Creator and humans can do together.

Hole 4 (Achinchanter)
The fairway slopes seaward and takes your ball with it. What are the things that pull you from the paths you should be taking?

Hole 5 (Hilton)
Looking down from on high, think about a highlight in your life. As you walk to your tee shot, tell your partner what for you, is one of the moments you have felt most ‘blessed’.

Hole 6 (Whinny Brae)
Be warned! A bunker with a magnetic draw awaits you. Choose your club carefully and think of the choices you have made in life. You have to live with the consequences!!

Hole 7 (Pier)
A wide and (relatively) straight fairway greets you. Yet this hole has a stroke index of 1… Sometimes it’s when life appears straightforward that we find ourselves surprised by troubles. Who is it you turn to at such times? Now turn round and look behind you… be stunned by the view…

Hole 8 (Dunrobin)
Focus on Dunrobin Castle in the distance – but don’t forget the drop! A reminder for people of faith that they have not to be so heavenly minded that they are of no earthly use! Keep your eyes open to who and what’s around you.

Hole 9 (Craigliath)
Stand for a moment and listen. What can you hear? Soak up the sound and let it re-energise you as you approach half way.

Hole 10 (Fuaran)
Fuaran is Gaelic for a well or a spring. Did you notice it? You passed a little river that otters tumble down in the early morning. Now you are at the halfway house – take (or buy) a drink and think of the simple joy of being refreshed.

Hole 11 (A’chlach)
A long hole with the chance of a seat at the end! How important is rest and relaxation? Be at peace – no matter the score!

Hole 12 (Sutherland)
A path crossed the fairway. Reminisce and share with your partner, how the path of your life crossed with a significant other in your life. Think of how wonderful is the gift of love.

Hole 13 (Bents)
Run up to the top of the dune behind the Tee and look out over the sea and beach. Psalm 46 talks of roaring seas and shaking mountains but whether the sea is wild or calm, think of the beauty and fragility of the natural world. How can we enjoy and care for it?

Hole 14 (Foxy)
Rough, no bunkers but a double dogleg. For many this is Royal Dornoch’s signature hole. Let the challenge excite you – and rise to it. Life is too short not to have times when you push yourself to your limits….

Hole 15 (Stulaig)
The easiest hole on the course – if you play it well! Select your club and know as you do that this hole, like life, is what you make it.

Hole 16 (High hole)
Onwards and upwards! From sea level at the Tee take yourself over to the bench at the left of the green and enjoy the panorama. It puts your golf into perspective and brings to mind Psalm 8 which talks of all God has made and asks the question – what is mankind, that you are mindful of them?

Hole 17 (Valley)
From the heights to the depths! But you emerge onto a green that’s big and welcoming. As you head for the final hole, you meet those only just beginning their round. Wish them well as you continue to the 18th Tee.

Hole 18 (Glenmorangie)
As you prepare to tee off, think of the number of people in the last 400 years who have stood where you are. Whether you have had a great round or a bad one, be grateful for the energy to play and for the company and the scenery. Take a deep breath. Swing slow and true and give thanks for the exercise of body, mind and spirit.

The 19th (Clubhouse)
Relax! Be at peace! And may the sun rise upon you, the rain fall gently around you and the wind blow only enough for cobwebs to disappear. Bless you!

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