( .. amongst a torrent of other similar tomes ..)
>But back to the original topic.....
>Perhaps it should have been stated that golf courses are for golfers,
>first and foremost. Most are private property. Many don't mind runners
>early or late - but not when they're "open."
Maybe we have a slightly different perspective in Oz, or maybe there are plenty
of public golf courses .. but ..
My weekday lunch run includes a golf course. Naturally, if there are golfers
on a particular fairway (or tee), I stay way off the fairway. Indeed, if
they're on the tee, I usually make my way onto the adjacent fairway if
possible, not just into the trees. However, if a fairway is free, I make use
of it. There's nothing like running on a well trimmed fairway.
Never, NEVER run on a green. That's really stupid. Nor do you go near a
tee. It's common sense. Mind you, I'd suggest golfers' shoes do more green
damage than runners' footwear, but that's not the point.
There are some beautiful public golf courses around here and I've run on them.
I'd suggest if a stampede of runners were a frequent sight, they'd be
discouraged as it would be ruinous. Greenkeepers tend to forgive the odd
runner or two (I'm an odd one). In fact they can be quite chatty at times.
As for the golfers, I've built up a rapport with a couple of regular groups, as
I'm now considered a regular too. They must set their clocks by me, because
they know when I'm late :-)
No, it isn't theory - it's practice. Great practice.