I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that most of you have never played golf above a cemetery. Maybe you’ve walked past a golf course and seen how peaceful the landscape is, with its beautiful trees and manicured expanse of grass and/or been lucky enough to play a round on it. Maybe you’ve visited old cemeteries and been struck by the size of the property. But, combining the two uses of grassy knolls is unusual.
Occasionally I play a round at a local public course that sits right next to a very crowded small cemetery. The 7th hole runs along the edge of an older section of grave sites and while separated by a row of tall shrubbery, errant golf balls do fly through the gaps in foliage.
Do lost golf balls plopping on the graves bother the forever-resting occupants? Do golfers leave the wayward balls to the dearly departed, so that no footsteps ever fall on the burial ground? I know a few guys who see the little white sphere traveling above the headstones and take out another golf ball right away. No attempt to retrieve said lost ball. They take a mulligan for the shot and play on. If a little kid sat behind the bushes and tossed the ball back from the cemetery (while staying hidden) I think the guys might run off the course and never return. 😉
Recently, in Chastain Park (Atlanta, Georgia) it was discovered that a section of the golf course actually sits right above an old potter’s field graveyard.
Watch the video here:
There is a possibility that wildflowers will be planted on the turf above the graves, allowing the permanent residents some peace and a bit of respect they might not have had in a forgotten potter’s field. There is no plan to disturb the graves.
Just in case you think it’s weird to combine a golf course with a cemetery, however accidental, here’s a bit of insider golfer information:
Many, and I mean MANY, avid golfers would love to have their ashes spread on their favorite golf course, and have even picked out the hole upon which they’d like to spend eternity. Maybe it’s the hole with a great view of the countryside; maybe it’s the place where they first hit a hole-in-one or won a bet. I’ve yet to sink a hole-in-one, so my choice would be somewhere around the green with a great view.
There are so many of these dedicated players all over the world that some large golf courses have regulations specifically dealing with the issue:
– what day of the week the scattering is permitted
– fees that may be required in order to gain access
– who is allowed to do the scattering (a company that specializes in this event or the actual grieving person)
– where on the course the ashes can ‘rest’
Why do the powers-that-be care? Cremated remains are not all like small grains of sand. In the mix are pieces of bone, irregular in shape, unless they’ve been ground after cremation. Soooo…while the golf course managers may permit the scattering, they might have a concern about people dumping an urn full of ashes into a sand trap or on a tee box or (gasp) anywhere on a green.
Do you have a relative that wants to overlook the 8th green in perpetuity? Tell him/her to look into the policies at the chosen resting place. And tell him/her to figure out who is supposed to do the scattering. And what to do if there’s snow on the ground. Uncle Joe or Aunt Mae may have to wait a bit on somebody’s mantle until the spot at the golf course is ready for occupancy.
For a bit more information about the graves under Chastain Park, click on the link.
*Photos by Patti Phillips
It’s well known that Kerrian’s Notebook readers are a fun bunch. The anniversary post of “100 ways to die an unnatural death” was the most popular new post of 2014. So popular, in fact, that many readers clamored for more.
Bring on the groans! Here are another 50 ways to die an unnatural death. Some were accidental, but some were murderously carried out. Can you tell which was which?
101. Deck collapsed with dancing partiers on it, who then fell to death
102. Partier standing below the deck crushed by the falling debris
103. Tripped and fell downstairs, breaking neck
104. Hypothermia inside a car stuck in a snowstorm
105. Sneezed to death
106. Laughed to death – wife actually sent thank-you note to TV show, because her husband enjoyed his last moments so much.
107. Baked to death by sunburn
108. Impaled – Death by stingray barb to heart
109. Impaled thru eye
110. Impaled on ski pole
111. Impaled by fork lift
112. Crushed by car while lying under it to repair it.
113. Hit on head by falling coconut
114. Death by video game – played until exhausted and beyond
115. Decapitated by helicopter blade – careless
116. Decapitated by airplane propeller – murder
117. Decapitation by chain saw – self-inflicted
118. Death by eating four pufferfish livers
119. Overate at one meal
120. Overate during several hours of food competition
121. Crushed by a stack of falling coffins
122. Neck broken by flying coffin
123. Slow death by slicing off pieces of body a bit at a time
124. Crushed by cow falling through roof
125. Asphyxiation after being rolled into a gym mat
126. Hit by flying fire hydrant
127. Injected with dirty hypodermic needle
129. Hit in head by 9-iron
130. Suffocated under a pile of elephant dung
131. Suffocated under a pile of sand
132. Ink poisoning thru skin
133. Carbon monoxide poisoning
134. Coal dust in lungs
135. Fell off a moving train
136. Trampled by cattle
137. Allergic reaction to bee sting
138. Stabbed with a pitchfork
139. Shot with nail gun
140. Drowned in vat of beer
141. Blown up by dynamite tossed out car window while window was closed
142. Ate the wrong kind of newt – ya know, the one with toxins in its skin
143. Fell off skateboard while holding onto a moving vehicle
144. Suffocation in cement at building site
145. Suffocation after being trapped in bank vault with no ventilation
146. Suffocation inside coffin when mistakenly thought to be dead in the first place.
147. Drowned in vat of chocolate
148. Sucked into an airplane engine
149. Fell out of exploding hot air balloon
150. Bashed on the head with a shovel
Sources? You may not believe it, but I come across these methods of death on an almost daily basis – either in the books I read, the news programs I watch, or in the movies.
The BIG question: Do you know whom to call to help with the shovels if the time comes?
Pass the pitchfork, please. 😉
*Photos by Patti Phillips – nobody died during the photo shoots. Honest.
I’ve said it before and it’s still true: Kerrian’s Notebook followers are a great bunch. A few of the readers mentioned that some of the posts in 2014 were ‘ripped from the headlines.’ Truth is often stranger than fiction, so while Kerrian is a fictional character, the posts are based in solid fact. As I say in my upcoming novel, “Murder is messy,” and it’s sometimes just plain weird. But, even a Homicide Detective cooks, goes on an occasional trip, and works with other law enforcement officers, so the fan faves were an interesting mix.
Below is the list of the most frequently read new posts on Kerrian’s Notebook in 2014.
Click on each title to take you to that page. 🙂
10. “How many bodies at the yard sale?” (p.122) – Based on a visit to the 2014 Writers’ Police Academy.
9. “Death by Elevator” (p.105) – Based on my real-life experience in April, 2014.
8. “50 More Ways to Die an Unnatural Death” (p.111) – The #1 vote getter was so popular that I wrote another list and it made the top 10 as well. 🙂
7. “Cemetery at the Golf Course” (p.116) – Yup, this one is true.
6. “Officer needs assistance!” (p.117) Photos taken at the re-enactment of a high-risk stop.
5. “75 Second Mookies” (p.126) – Created, taste tested and eaten by us. 🙂
4. “Chocolaty Chocolate Banana Muffins” (p.96) – Created, taste tested and eaten by us 🙂
3. “What does a firefighter wear?” (p.119) Info about uniforms and videos of heat resistance testing. Photos taken during the 2014 Writers’ Police Academy.
2. “What does a sheriff do?” (p.115) tells the difference between a Sheriff and a Police Chief, as explained to me by an active duty Chief.
…and the most frequently read new post on www.kerriansnotebook.com in 2014 was:
1. “100 Ways to Die an Unnatural Death” (p.100) Written in honor of the 100th Kerrian’s Notebook post. There were LOTS of writers that checked out the two unnatural death lists, used some of the ideas in their own writing and even contributed suggestions. Readers sent me some wickedly funny emails and some of those ideas are in #8!
Thanks to all of you, readership almost doubled in 2014. It was a phenomenal year!
Here’s to a great 2015, with fewer real-life homicides, more crimes solved and always, more amazing mysteries/suspense/thrillers to read.
*Photos by Patti Phillips