Golf courses close for season; a poem to raise your spirits

Today, Nov. 1, marks a sad day for many area golfers.

Dave Claeyssens, Rockford Park District’s Golf Services manager, announced that Ingersoll, Sandy Hollow and Sinnissippi golf courses would close for the season.

The good news for us diehards is, Aldeen and Elliot will remain open, weather- and condition-permitting, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pass holders will be required to pay a $5 fee at Elliot. All others will have to pay normal green fees. Golfers wishing to obtain more information may call Golf Services at 987-1602.

Here’s a little poem a friend of mine sent me via e-mail. There wasn’t any noted author, so I’m not sure who deserves the credit for it originally. Maybe it will help ease the pain that usually accompanies the end of the golf season.

In my hand I hold a ball,

white and dimpled, rather small.

Oh how bland it does appear,

this harmless looking little sphere.

By its size I could not guess,

the awesome strength it does possess.

But since I fell beneath its spell,

I’ve wandered through the fires of hell.

My life has not been quite the same,

since I chose to play this stupid game.

It rules my mind for hours on end;

a fortune it has made me spend.

It has made me swear and yell and cry,

I hate myself and want to die.

It promises a thing called par,

if I can hit it straight and far.

To master such a tiny ball

should not be very hard at all.

But my desires the ball refuses,

and does exactly like it chooses.

It hooks and slices, dribbles and dies,

and even disappears before my eyes.

Often it will take a whim,

to hit a tree or take a swim.

With miles of grass on which to land,

it finds a tiny patch of sand.

Then has me offering up my soul,

if only it would find the hole.

It’s made me wimper like a pup,

and swear that I will give it up.

And take a drink to ease my sorrow,

but the ball knows…I’ll be back tomorrow.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

From the Nov. 1-7, 2006, issue

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