Northwest Hickory Players presents a exciting new hickory outing in July.
Tombstone Tournament – Sunday, July 8th. Auburn Golf Course in Auburn, Washington, hosted by Kit Ledbetter.
This is a limited field event for 32 players, so sign up early! Starting tee time at 10:30 a.m.
A Tombstone Tournament was a popular form of competition during the hickory era. The way it works is each player is given a small facsimile of a tombstone before the round, and you will assigned a target score, which will be your handicap plus course rating. For example, if your handicap is an 18 and the course rating is a 67, then your target score is an 85. When you’ve made your 85th stroke, you must plant your tombstone wherever the ball ends up. This may occur (heaven forbid) on the 15th hole, or the 16th, or the 17th, or if you’ve played particularly well, somewhere on the 18th hole. Whoever plants his/her tombstone closest to the 18th hole is the winner. You are then asked to write a short epitaph of your unfortunate “demise” on the tombstone. We will have reading of the epitaphs after the round, and a prize will be awarded to the best epitaph.
Martin recently wrote an article on the history of Plantation Country Club in Boise, Idaho where they played a Tombstone Tournament in 1918. Here are some examples of epitaphs to inspire you:
“Died on the home stretch”
“Drowned, pleasant death”
“I am dead. Bring flowers”
“Honest count, rotten fairways, bum lies.”
The full article and more epitaphs may be found here: History of Plantation Country Club. Come join us for what promises to be a fun time.