Golfing Legends : Peter Thompson - Australian Open Golf, The Lakes, Sydney, 1964 by Adrian Paul

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Here the five times British Open winner, Australian golfer Peter Thompson hits his second shot to the 16th green during the final round of the 1964 Australian Open.

The 16th was a notorious golf hole. It was a 325 metre par four (or a par five for most golfers). The difficulty was that it comprised a double water carry. This meant that golfers had to drive across the lake to a narrow fairway with water in front and a scrubby sandhill behind, then take a second shot back across the lake to a small, narrow green.

Only two golfers ever attempted to drive the full distance across the lake from tee to green. One was Jack Nicklaus who completed this feat during the third round of these championships. Nicklaus went on to win the Open in a play-off with Bruce Devlin.

I grew up literally over the back fence from the Lakes and as a child it was my adventure playground.

As teenagers, friends and I used to make good pocket money by sitting in the scrub on the sandhill (just behind where this photo was taken) and whenever Club golfers would hit their balls into the shallow lake we would offer to wade in and get them for them for a modest reward of 2/.

If they didn’t take up the offer, we would later get the ball and offer to sell it to another group for 5/-.
Now there’s enterprise for you!

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I am a retired secondary school English teacher and live in Coffs Harbour (NSW) Australia.

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  • oulgundog
    oulgundogabout 4 years ago

  • Janie. D
    Janie. Dover 3 years ago

    oh if my dad were still here he would be throwing his hands in the air and dancing the golfer’s jig! so on his behalf i shall do it for him!

  • Wow! There’s a comment with a difference. Thank you janied.

    – Adrian Paul

  • Janie. D
    Janie. Dover 3 years ago

    that’s me! different!!!

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