Sir Hugh explained, in answer to this puzzle, that
as the nine
300, 250, 200, 325, 275, 350, 225, 375, and 400 yards apart, if a man
could always strike the ball in a perfectly straight line and send it
will a distance of either 125 yards or 100 yards, he might go round the
whole course in 26 strokes.
This is clearly correct, for if we call the
125 stroke the "drive" and the 100 stroke the "approach," he could play
as follows:—The first hole could be reached in 3 approaches,
in 2 drives, the third in 2 approaches, the fourth in 2 approaches and
drive, the fifth in 3 drives and 1 backward approach, the sixth in 2
drives and 1 approach, the seventh in 1 drive and 1 approach, the
in 3 drives, and the ninth hole in 4 approaches.
There are thus 26
strokes in all, and the feat cannot be performed in fewer.