2] down: rolling upland.
3] gorse: a prickly shrub.
4] bracken: fern.
6] whin: gorse.
8] be over or in: overshoot the green, or land in the hole.
10] tannin: a pun -- untannined tea is green tea, tea without the slightly astringent tannin taste characteristic of black tea.
12] hazards: in golf, sand bunkers, ponds, ditches, etc.
13] tops every stroke: a topped stroke hits high on the ball and sends it skittering along the ground.
16] St. James': a district in London renowned for its gentleman's clubs such as Brook's and the Carleton.
17] the palm of the hand, and the leather of the golf-club's grip.
18] driver's haft: the upper shaft of the wood-faced club for striking the ball long off the tee.
20] hickory: a springy wood used before steel-shafted clubs.
21] a clique: an in-crowd.
22] cleek: mid-iron.
24] lie: how the ball rests … good, as resting on top of the cropped grass; bad, as in a divot or beside a thick root.
Online text copyright © 2005, Ian Lancashire for the Department
of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.
Original text: The Poems of Arthur Conan Doyle (1922; John Murray, 1928): 32-33. 21473.35.1 Widener Library Harvard University
Publication date note: Songs of Action (London: Smith, Elder, 1898). See Harold Locke, A Bibliographical Catalogue of the Writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Tunbridge Wells: D. Webster, 1928): 48.
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2005
Recent editing: 1:2005/3/10
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