I love the golf course in Bradford, VT (Bradford Golf Club). I’m not much of a golfer, but I enjoy playing now and again, with like-minded and relaxed golfing friends. What makes it such a wonderful golf course for me is the variety of other wonderful services it provides. In the winter there is sledding and cross-country skiing, in the spring kayaking when it floods and at all times of year it’s a pretty, semi-natural landscape to wander about.
In the spring, I take my children to see the flooding. Some years it isn’t too impressive, but they have fun running in and out of the water and getting soaked-even in the cold April days when the sun is still a bit vague. Once in a while we get a big flood, the kind that people around town will exclaim over and talk about for a few days. I once took my older daughter (when she was 5 or 6) kayaking straight off the golf course and into the river. She loved the submerged buildings and trees.
It’s also a great place to take small children sledding. Little bitty hills that a two year old can sled on can be found not too far from the road. Older kids can sled a few yards away on the steeper more exciting hills. When the adults start to tire we bribe the children to leave their sledding adventures, with hot chocolate at the Local Buzz.
In the fall it is a great place to walk (though one must be careful not to get hit with some die-hard golfer’s slice). Golfing is fun in the late fall, because there are few people on the course. I once saw a great blue heron in one of the “water traps,” though I imagine that was in the spring.
Year after year I watch the golf course flood, with a mixture of glee and comfort. Glee, because I love the power and chaos of the river, and comfort because the flood is still reliable, for now.