The funniest golf video you will see this week’s comes from the annual Ironman scramble tournament at Gilbert Plains Country Club, four hours northwest of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada:
It's not even the first viral video in event history. This happened in last year's Ironman:
The Ironman is Gilbert Plains’ version of a Greenkeeper’s Revenge event. You may know it as “Superintendent’s Revenge” or “Tough Day,” but the concept is the same. Around this time of year, many cool-climate courses will celebrate the close of the season in a way that is almost poetically perfectly suited to golf: by making the game even tougher, ad absurdum.
The backstory holds that by this time of year, the folks who care for golf courses have had enough of golfers forgetting to fix ball marks, leaving divots unfilled and driving their carts too close to tees and greens. To punish golfers for their sins, they move tees to strange spots and cut holes in nightmarish locations, often on slopes or at precipitous edges of greens, as at the now-famous 16th at Gilbert Plains.
The source of both videos: KNG Golf, a Manitoba-based leather headcover and accessories brand run by brothers Joran and Regan Hedley. Even though their Ironman team achieved viral fame for missing a putt, there is a happy ending to the story, thanks to the beverage cart girl, who caught this on camera mere seconds later:
I have never had the pleasure of playing in a Greenkeeper’s Revenge round. You can bet I’ll be looking to remedy that soon, though the Hedleys and friends have set an intimidatingly high bar for the amount of fun that can be had.