News & ToursJuly 8, 2015

'Someone just had to spread Grandpa's ashes on #18 green'

The golf course as a final resting place is not a new phenomenon, but neither is it always appreciated.

"If someone runs a golf course, it seems unsavory to have people golfing over the remains of dead bodies. There's a ghostly connotation," Tom Jokinen, author of the book "Curtains: Adventures of an Undertaker-in-Training," told the Wall Street Journal several years ago.

We bring this up in light of the following Tweet from Jeff Corcoran, superintendent of the Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y.

Presumably this is the 18th green of the renowned East Course at Oak Hill, which one might jokingly say is the final resting place of the 1995 U.S. Ryder Cup team, too, but we won't go there.

At any rate, Grandpa might be more familiar with said bunker anyway.

Only a few weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal's John Paul Newport covered the subject of "wildcat scattering," as the practice is known in the cremation industry, as it pertains to doing so on golf courses. The headline: "A Matter of Golf and Death."

"Phil Young, author of the definitive history of Bethpage Black on Long Island, N.Y., said that hundreds of golfers' remains have been spread over the years on the Black and its four sibling courses at Bethpage State Park," Newport wrote. He noted that it's not permitted, but neither is it much discouraged.

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