Monumental entrance

FORMBY, England — I wish I had my lawn mower with me. Then I’d be able to cut the grass around one of Southport’s landmarks.

Southport rightly nicknames itself the “English Golf Coast” given that it has so many excellent links – Royal Birkdale, Hillside, Southport and Ainsdale, West Lancashire and, of course, Formby. No wonder the town council has erected a small statue of a golf ball on a tee at the southern entrance to the town.

The only problem is the statue sits on the most unkempt teeing ground I’ve ever seen. The statue is surrounded by knee-high grass. The grass is so deep that if you actually tried to tee a ball up in it then you’d probably lose it.

If I sound a little fastidious it’s only because I’ve driven past this statue for four straight days and it’s getting on my nerves.

If the grass hasn’t been cut tomorrow I’m going to alter my route so I don’t have to drive past it on Saturday.

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