Edo Castle 1603
Dougal woke up in Edo Castle dungeon with a sore head and the sour taste of sushi in his mouth.
“What the hell?”
“Quiet!” shouted a guard.
Kintaro strode in. “What’s this new weapon?” he demanded.
“I can’t understand what you’re saying,” croaked Dougal.
Kintaro’s sister Hiina stepped forward and said slowly, “You were firing missiles from a ship. What is it?”
“What? You mean hitting golf balls?”
“Yes, what is golf?”
“It’s a game.” Dougal went on to explain how it is played.
Kintaro was intrigued. “Show me!”
“But I don’t have my clubs,” pleaded Dougal.
“Make some!” ordered Kintaro and arranged for Edo’s best sword smith to assist Dougal.
Day and night they worked on forging golf clubs.
After a week, Dougal stepped outside the castle, the sun stinging his eyes.
He placed a white ball made of hemp paste and baked leather on the grass, slowly pulled back a glistening golf club, and thwaaakkk!!! smashed the ball across the castle moat.
Incredible! thought Kintaro. “Teach me!”
Kintaro was hooked. He practised golf every day, extracting as much information as he could from Dougal.
His masterly sword technique morphed into a magnificent golf swing.
They built a golf course around the castle grounds. Water hazards and rockery were used to great effect.
But Kintaro wasn’t satisfied. He wanted to play on a real course!