BILLINGSGATE POST: The whispers started early as the private gates of the legendary Shadow Creek golf course swung open. A private limousine, transporting a man so notorious that he needed only a single name, wheeled up to the fabled clubhouse where kings and presidents once lifted their glasses to slam down shots of Fireball, a cinnamon based liqueur popular in the states.
Not since General Douglas MacArthur returned to Leyte Island in the Philippines in 1944 has there been more anticipation than that created by this solitary man from Byron Bay, a beachside town located in New South Wales, Australia.
Outlined against a blue-grey Las Vegas sky, the Four Horsemen joined together to ride once again. In Biblical lore they were known as Famine, Pestilence, Destruction and Death. These are only aliases. Their real names are: Saxon "the Pope" Lynne, Mike "Dirty Trick" Patullo, Harry "the Lag" Georgoulas; and team captain, "Hux."
By either chance or good fortune, these men were randomly paired in a 4-Ball golf match at this fabulous venue sculpted from the Nevada desert by renowned architect Tom Fazio. If you have never heard of Shadow Creek, be assured, descriptions, however grand, do not begin to do justice to this magnificent golf course. It is said that if you have but one round left in your bag, make it happen here. Shadow Creek may be the most spectacular links this side of Augusta.
Matched against a dozen other 4-Ball teams, the Four Horsemen shot a course record 54 to soundly pound the other teams into passive submission.
Hux spent his formative years in the jungles of Tasmania honing his competitive edge by wrestling naked with the vicious Tasmanian Devils who populated the island. A direct descendant of English writer and philosopher, Aldous Huxley, he now lives in Byron Bay where he is a legend at both the Byron Bay Golf Course and the Byron Bay Bowling Club.