The solemn boy at the right is watching a Swedish golf match between Doug Sanders of the U.S. and Scandinavian Champion Arne Werkell at the Halmstad Club in Tylosand. This event, and 10 others like it, comprise the Wonderful World of Golf a color television series filmed on courses from Ireland to Singapore that is now being shown Sunday afternoons by NBC under the sponsorship of the Shell Oil Company. Besides the fine golf played by the American and foreign professionals the show provides two other pleasures: views of an intriguing variety of links—Scotland's dour Gleneagles, Jamaica's lush Tryall—and of distinctive galleries that prove the universal appeal of the game.
One hundred seventy-five yards from the tee (foreground) on the par-4 seventh hole of the green and brambly Halmstad course, which is on a hay of the Kattegat strait, is a formidable row of pines (background). The golfer prays that his drive will clear the tops of the trees. If it does not, he must negotiate his way through them with his second shot. There are 54 golf courses in Sweden, a noteworthy number considering the long, bitter winter in which play is impossible.
Golf is a game for all classes in Scotland; indeed, most clubs have an artisan section, which allows nonmembers to play for a pittance. At the left, on the bogey-5 (par-5 in U.S. terminology) 4th of the King's Course at Gleneagles Hotel, a group made up largely of workingmen watches Gene Littler play Scottish Champion Eric Brown. This match took place on a Wednesday, a half' day for Scottish workers. Above, a sportier-looking set observes from the edge of a green.
The gallery at the Tryall Golf Club (above), near Montego Bay in Jamaica, is present for a match between former PGA Champion Dow Finsterwald and Peter Alliss of Great Britain. Once a plantation, Tryall has seven of its holes in the hills, the rest on the Windward Passage. At the right, a handsome couple witnesses a game in which Byron Nelson played Dutch Champion Gerry de Wit at The Hague Club in The Netherlands, a bleak, sandy links eroded by North Sea winds.
This exotic, heterogeneous gallery includes a Cameron Highlander, a Malayan movie actress (second from right) and natives from the kampongs, or dwellings, that are grouped off the 10th fairway. They are viewing a match at the Royal Singapore Golf Club pitting Phil Rodgers (SI, Jan. 14) against onetime Australian Champion Frank Phillips. The Royal was formed in 1891. Since it was laid out on the grounds of a hospital and jail, its holes had such grisly designations as Cholera, Smallpox and Gallows. In 1924 the club moved to its present less morbid site at Bukit Timah, seven miles from the city's center.