Golfing Like Beckett

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
—Worstward Ho, a novella by Samuel Beckett


Beckett was particularly fond of Carrickmine,  a nine hole course in Dublin, which he played often with his father, Bill. Later, in Paris, on nights when he couldn’t sleep, he’d played Carrickmine in his mind’s eye. When I played the course in the summer of 2016, I happened upon the Beckett Wood bench at the 8th tee.


While an undergraduate at Trinity College, he was a member of the Dublin University (Trinity) Golf Club, and, in 1925, won the DUGC tournament at Portmarnock.

Beckett golf doodle  doodle of golfers, by Beckett

He also played at Greystones Golf Club, in County Wicklow.

Samuel Beckett the Sportsman
, by James Knowlson