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Sunday Golf at Penmaenmawr.


Sunday Golf at Penmaenmawr. VIGOROUS DISCUSSION BY THE DISTRICT COUNCIL. The chief subject of interest at the Pen- maenmawr LTrban District Council on Tues- day evening, was the question of Sunday golf. At the previous meeting of the Council, during a discussion on the agree- ment between the Council and the Golf Club, there was a remark that there was nothing to prohibit the playing of Sunday golf. This, when published, led to a considerable stir in the town, with the result that the churches took the matter up. Mr. P. H. McClement presided over the meeting. The Clerk announced that seven peti- tions had been received from the mem- bers and adherents of the following places of worship:—Horeb Welsh Congre- gational, Maenan C.M., Seion Baptist, Glyn C.M., Salem Welsh Congregational, and Jerusalem C.M., together with a similar petition from the Women's Temperance Union. Each of these had passed the follow- ing resolution That we appeal to the Council to insert a clause in their agreement with the Golf Club prohibiting Sunday golf." Councillor R. I). Owen had also given notice of a resolution, which he proposed to submit to the Council, that the following clause be inserted in the agreement with the Golf Club —" That the golf links be closed on Sundays." The Chairman called upon Mr. Owen to move his resolution. In doing so, Mr. Owen said Considerable misapprehension exists in the town in refer- ence to this matter, and reports have been circulated which were not reliable. I ven- ture to think that we are not approaching this question from a narrow-minded point of view. Such charges as being bigots and Sabbatarians have crossed the table, charges that were not deserved, but harmless enough. We look upon Sunday from different points of view. The modern world will not accept that view of Sunday observance which pre- vailed in other days. The majority to-day believe that Sunday should not be a day of gloom. Of this change of opinion it would be idle to complain we must accept it as the natural development of our time, and endeavour to give it a right direction. It doesn't mean that we are less religious, it may mean that we are becoming more honest. There is, therefore, NO QUESTION OF CANT in the desire to keep our Sunday as a day of rest. The labour involved seems to me the crucial test in all these matters of Sunday recreation. A minimum of labour there must be. The clergyman preaches, the doc- tor visits his patient, the driver pilots his engine. These limits are reasonable ones. But certainly we may insist that there should be no labour to minister to pleasure. Sun- day golf for golfers inevitably means Sunday labour for caddies. Then there is the labour for those in charge of the pavilion. Being registered as a club, and if open on Sundays, an attendant must be at the bar all day. This is in direct contradiction to the spirit of the Sunday Closing Act. By keeping I this place open on Sunday, we are- providing in Penmaenmawr an extra bar for Sunday drinking. It is no argument to sav that other links are open on Sundays, This is the age of specialisation. We specialise in Penmaenmawr in pure air, unrivalled moun- tains, a splendid seafront, and last, but cer- tainly not the least, a quiet Sunday. Those are the lines we work upon—we excel in those,—and don't let us depart from them. I have nothing but praise for those that have brought the golf links to such a state of per- fection. They have exercised great care, intelligence, and commonsense. The resi- dents of the town are against Sunday golf, the bulk of our visitors would take the same view, and ours would be a very narrow- minded policy if we did not, as a Council, cover ourselves from the possibility of golf playing and drinking on Sunday, especially when this movement is founded on Municipal lines. We have a duty to perform, that of keeping an even balance between different claims of society, and I firmly believe that we would not err in that duty if we said that the links must be closed on Sundays. Mr. S. Williams seconded the proposition. Dr. Jenkins Have the golf links been opened on Sunday ? The Chairman Not at all. Dr. Jenkins Then I don't see how they can be closed. Dr. J. R. Williams said the mover of the resolution almost insinuated that golfers were a SET OF DESPICABLE HEATHENS, and he was sorry to say that he was in that category. He was a golfer, and as a medical man was expected to work on Sundays, but any recreation was denied him. Many of the chapel and church folks took walks on Sundays, and he did not think it any worse to play an innocent game of golf. He (the speaker) had no wish to play golf on Sun- days, but he would have no hesitation in doing so, but he would respect the feelings of the people in the neighbourhood of the golf links. He saw absolutely no harm in doing so, and with regard to the insinuation about Sunday drinking among golfers, he doubted very much whether golfers were as much addicted to alcoholic drinks as other people were. He knew for a fact that the majority of the golfers had tea at the pavi- lion. Was it not an insult to the golfers to hint that they went to the pavilion to make it a kind of shebeen on a Sunday ? He strongly objected to that. He proposed as an amendment, that no Sunday golf be allowed without the permission of the Coun- cil. He objected to closing the links alto- gether on a Sunday, because he might want to have a walk around there on a Sunday. Even an enthusiastic golfer would not play during worship hours. There was no danger of any such thing. It was a positive insult to hint that any member of the Penmaen- mawr Golf Club would demean himself or go to the pavilion and sit down drinking there on a Sunday. They might go and have a cup of tea, but surely there was no objection to that. He hoped to go there some Sunday himself, but not to play, but surely the Council were not going to deny him having a cup of tea. Mr. F. D. Chantrev seconded the amend- ment, stating that the people had been mis- led altogether. There never had been Sun- day golf at Penmaenmawr, and there never was any intention of having it. He doubted whether the Golf Club would sign the agree- ment if such restrictions as the one sug- gested was put in. He could not under- stand who had been talking to the people


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