By Mr. Martin's own admission, a little practice would not be amiss. While he lists golf as his favourite sport to play, he said through an aide yesterday that his handicap is "21 and getting worse."
Some people have gazebos or waterfalls in their backyards, but what the heck. A golf course sounds like fun, doesn't it? And he assures us he is meeting all the environmental concerns. A good green golfer is our Paulie. We can feel proud.
Apparently there are other notables with this hobby:
Mr. Martin, who resigned as Liberal leader following the party's 2006 election defeat but remains MP for the Montreal riding of LaSalle-Emard, will enter illustrious company once his course is ready, expected to be next summer.
Mr. Martin's former boss at Power Corp., Paul Desmarais, recently built a complete golf course on his property in Quebec's Charlevoix region. Tim Hortons' co-founder Ron Joyce built himself an 18-hole course along the Northumberland Strait in Nova Scotia.
The budget for Mr. Martin's project is not known, but golf architects say building a single hole can cost $100,000.
(Of course those guys aren't still sucking at the government teat.)
Yep. Good old Paul Martin. Just your regular Tim Horton's kind of guy.