It’s that time of year where candy, haunted houses and costumes come together for one day. That’s right, it’s Halloween yet again and you can bet the kids will be having a blast and filling up on candy.
It’s also fall where it’s that last opportunity (Depending on what state you live in) to get your golf fix in before the winter hits. So why not combine golf and Halloween for a crazy, creepy and silly story about a golf writer/course designer and his insane golf course.
This story is based off of a course I created in the video game, The Golf Club. What originally was just meant to simply be a course description, turned into a story. I definitely wrote more than I thought!
So I thought it was only right to share it with you today. Please enjoy the story and don’t get frightened off the golf course during your next outing because well….your friends will think you’re nuts!
KEEP IN MIND: This story is completely fictional from the island, to the characters, to the architecture and the media outlets.
Here it is: The Legend of Long Drivers Island
Back in the 1890’s, golf author and golf course designer James Dicken McBootycheeks was a very successful writer who wrote the notable golf books “The Long Iron” and “This little Hole of Mine” as well as his all-time best seller “Narrow Fairways” which chronicled his life. He was known to help popularize the game in those years despite not playing.
His writing reached millions. He was always fascinated about how golfers drove the ball down the fairway with power and accuracy (Back in those days, a 250 yard drive was relativity far). Ever since he was a wee little lad, James always loved watching the likes of Young Tom Morris and Old Tom Morris play golf.
It was a thing of beauty when they teed off. He also became a big fan of the bright star at the time who was none other than the great Harry Vardon. As a golf course designer, he was known for his slightly elevated tees, to help golfers get more distance and he was also known for his challenging, yet forgiving narrow fairways.
Although people played and enjoyed his courses, his work was never really recognized as it was overshadowed by his writing career which made him a ton of money. Due to his passion of driving off the tee, he wanted to design something that was out of this world.
Something that would turn heads for years to come…… He was in his office drawing several different designs but none of them satisfied him. While at a coffee shop, a young man, no older than 8 or 9 years old, came up to him and asked if he was Mr. McBootycheeks.
James with a smile told the young man who it was him and the young man asked for his autograph.
The young man then asked “Do you ever wish a golf course could be made anywhere in the world?”. James responded “Why yes son, of course”. The young man then asked “Do you think it’s ever possible?…” James responded with a “Not sure” as the boy walked away. James was left thinking….thinking very hard….
back in his office still thinking about what the boy said, he began coming up with more course designs. James was getting swamped with all the work as he was already in the middle of writing a highly anticipated novel.
He didn’t want to design a traditional course, he wanted something that was completely out of the ordinary. To get away from all of the stress, he decided to go on fishing trip with a couple of friends, John and Phillip who had helped with James’ other course designs.
The men rarely talked about course designing but just talked about golf and fished. James’ wife Beth, who is an avid a very good golfer told her husband that a course will come together in his head soon.
He remembered what she said which helped him enjoy the time with his friends. The boat they were in seemed to sail out more into the ocean than expected to the point where they started to realize that they weren’t nowhere near home.
Fortunately, they packed a ton of food and water to help them get by. With all the money James had, he also was one of the few people in the world to have a radio (This, years before radios reached homes) with him.
While at sail, not sure where they are, within all the mist, they see an eerie yet beautiful looking island with an unusually shaped mountain. They approach the island with both fascination and fear as they do not know what to expect.
They get off the boat and explore the mysterious island. As they do, John and Phillip were still in awe and fear looking around the entire island but James on the other hand, just kept staring at the top of the flat-topped mountain. As they left the island, James’ decided to take note of where the island was. His golf course design idea started to take shape….
Eventually finding their way home, James kept on thinking about how he would be able to reach the top of the mountain (Since there weren’t aircrafts powerful enough to fly long distances yet). He then decided to design his course idea.
It was one of the most insane designs known to man. Beth saw his drawn out design and her eyes widened with shock. It wasn’t just the crazy looking design, it was the island…..
Many years prior, a young Beth and her father Christopher went on a boat trip, similar to that of James’. They came across the same exact island that James’ and his friends saw.
They approached the island, and ironically it was just as dark and misty that day as it was with James’. They began hearing strange noises and voices but there was nobody around.
Despite their fear, they continued to explore the island. Beth’s father Christopher would soon have the scare of his life…..
As they approached the flat-topped mountain, they decided to walk behind it. Christopher went ahead of Beth and what he saw next would send shivers down his spine….
He saw an odd, creepy looking man whose head looked unusually tilted. He just stared at Christopher from a short distance away with wide eyes and almost no expression. Beth was terrified.
Christopher looked like he was frozen. He turned around for a few seconds while Beth closed her eyes. Christopher turned his head back again and Beth opened her eyes, then the creepy looking man was standing right in front of Christopher’s face.
This left the two running in absolute terror as Beth was screaming to the top of her lungs. Chris turned around and noticed the creepy man was close behind him and he wasn’t even running (Sorta like Slender). Chris and Beth went on the boat and escaped.
Chris took one last look around at the island and the man vanished. Making their way back home, Chris started to have horrible nightmares about the island and this caused him deep depression.
Remarkably, he overcame it all and was still alive yet his mind will never forget the island and what was on it…..
Beth still in shock by James’ design walked away and thought about it for a while. As James returned home, Beth brought up the design and said that it looked interesting.
She never told him about her story of the island and kept it a secret but she wanted to scream at him that it was cursed although she couldn’t clarify that was indeed the island since it was only a drawing but the similarities are remarkable.
So James’ told Beth that he’s trying to figure out a way to get a hold of an aircraft or some climbing tools to get to the top of the mountain. He considered a hot air balloon, but most of the work on his design would be from the ground so there’s really no need for one.
So he grabbed some tools for climbing, grabbed John and Phillip and decided to go back to the island. Beth was quite fearful. As the men were on the island in the middle of designing their course, the men started to hear noises, the same ones Beth and her father Chris heard several years prior.
They didn’t pay no mind and kept sculpting, digging and building. James’ then decided that it was a good idea to have some built-in stairs within the mountain.
So they looked for a certain part of the mountain to start chipping away at the rock and next thing they knew, after just a couple of weeks of being on the island and designing, the course, along with the helpful stares that lead to the top of the mountain were completed. Each tee box was lined up on top of the mountain with each fairway and green on the ground.
On a day where the sun was setting, James went to the top of the mountain, looked out to the ocean’s horizon and hit the very first tee shot on the course he dubbed “Long Drivers Island”.
The clubhouse was built and used as a house as well for guests or his family if they wanted to stay for a week or so. There’s also two lighthouses with one right behind the clubhouse and another one stationed on top of one of the other mountains which is arguably the most iconic part of the course in which he named “Beth’s Lighthouse” (Pictured above).
Word of mouth got out about this very strange and incredible golf course and people from all over visited the island to play a round. Instead of going up and down the mountain to finish out a hole, most people just teed off on each hole first and then went down to hit each of their second shots at the same time instead of “tee, green, tee, green”, it was “tee, tee, tee, tee, green/fairway, green/fairway”.
People had a blast with the course as they were able to have a true feel of hitting the golf ball a long long way. Some also had fear of heights too but still took some swings.
Boats were surrounding the island and golf balls were flying. James’ was very proud of what was accomplished. Some people even staid over night. They either slept on their boats or booked a room in the clubhouse.
One night, Beth, who was there at the time although she didn’t like being there but was happy for her husband’s success, decided to take a dip in the ocean to relax. When she came back out, she noticed the noises again….
She looked to her left and there he was…
The creepy head tilted man and then she let out a loud scream waking up almost everyone. James’ came down and ran to Beth but didn’t know what she was screaming at since there was nothing there. She stopped screaming and started crying.
They went back up to the clubhouse. James’ tried to ask her what she saw but she was too hysterical to control. Eventually, she calmed down and went to sleep. James’ couldn’t sleep that night.
The next day, a few golfers decided to have a long driving contest, one man hit the ball so far that it was near the edge of the island. The people watching went nuts. As James looked on, he decided to set up a tournament.
James himself and Beth would take part and almost everyone on the island signed up. It was an amazing battle throughout the whole tournament as the same man who hit the ball a very long way and Beth went down to the wire.
Beth sunk an unbelievable putt on the 9th hole to win it in stunning fashion but little did the men know before then how great a golfer Beth was. That night there was a big party at the clubhouse in celebration of the completion of the course’s first tournament.
Little did they know that it would be their last tourney as the infamous mist came in, the terrifying noises erupted, next thing they know, on the mountain with them was the tilted head man and a ton of people went scrambling while some men tried to shoot it but no dice which sent them scrambling as well. James took Beth and ran also.
They all went to their boats as the eerie noises started getting louder. The tilted man with no expression was at the end of the island looking on as everyone escaped. Nobody would return to the island.
James would go on to write about the terrifying events in his latest novel “Golf on the Island” and his nightmares he was having, just like Beth’s father experienced. Beth eventually told James what happened when she was a young girl on that night with her father.
Beth would go on to do the foreword of the book thanks to both, her knowledge of golf, and the events she experienced on the island. The book would receive high praise among both the sports and paranormal communities and is still read to this day.
After being abandoned for decades, a man by the name of Mike Snottsman found the island again after hearing stories about it. He decided to open the course back up and create a new clubhouse while the old one was still there, surrounded by plants, grass and spider web.
Paranormal investigators visited the island frequently and sometimes got a quick round of golf in themselves while a lot of people came just for the golf. Some people just visit the island by helicopter although the stairs are still there.
For some strange reason, out of the thousands of people who played the course, there has not been any reported sightings of the tilted man. There have been reports of hauntings, but not him specifically who sent shock waves throughout the world around the turn of the century, thanks to James McBootycheeks’ writing.
Most of the reported hauntings seem to occur in the old clubhouse that James and his partners built. There have been reported sounds, voices and laughter coming from inside the house.
Supposedly it’s the spirits of James, Beth and the several golfers who hung out there. Even one paranormal writer made an astonishing discovery in the house. In the upstairs area of the house, there was a door that was oddly cracked open (Note: all doors were closed and sealed).
The young writer/investigator, 24, went into the room and saw a man sitting at a desk with his back turned and it looked like he was writing. The investigator was trying to take a picture but as soon as he put his camera up, the man at the desk vanished (Note: The investigator was out of sight of the man for at least a second because he was trying to put his camera up).
Amazed, excited and a little scared, the investigator ran out of the clubhouse and ran to the other house where Mike Snottsman was and told him what he saw. Supposedly, it was James’ writing another golf book. It was odd however that his spirit was on the island as he lived his life away from the island after “The Events” occurred.
Some may even wonder if it’s the tilted man, manipulating himself to look kinda like James’. After curious research, the young investigator found out who the infamous tilted man was….
It was an explorer by the name of Carolina Jones who was on top of the mountain on the same island back in the early 1800’s (Between 1800 and 1810 possibly) he placed a flag by the edge of the mountain marking his territory and then he slipped….
He landed hard and ended up breaking his neck. Astonishingly, Carolina, who’s had accidents before (Not quite like this however) was alive until he and his fellow explorers reached civilization to give him some help but sadly, just minutes after getting treated, Carolina passed away.
He was beloved by many people and was considered a great man. However, the terrifying nightmares he gives people when they see him, is his way of showing what he went through.
In the end, Long Drivers Island is still going strong with many people visiting each day for vacation and it remains a fun place for people to tee it high and let it fly. The island was voted by Photojournalism magazine as the 5th most mysterious place in the world and the old clubhouse was voted as the 9th most haunted place in the world by the ParanormalStories.com.
Beth’s Lighthouse was selected as a National Historic Landmark although it isn’t American but Beth was a born American and moved the Scotland when she was 12.
The lighthouse is the most photographed part of the course and one of the most photographed architectures in the world and some may even ignore the actual course if they aren’t into golf themselves and will just view the lighthouse.
If you would like to play Long Drivers Island in The Golf Club then simply search “Long Drivers Island” when selecting a course and experience one of the most insane course designs ever.
WARNING: This course could make you uneasy if you get sick easily as there are long drops from the tees.
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