The Hemisphere: Whacking the Ball Around

Fidel Castro, in his dislike of President Eisenhower, used to jeer not only at Ike for playing golf, but also at the game itself, which he called the foolish pursuit of "the little ball." Last week, before turning the Colinas de Villareal Golf Club into a workers' social club, Castro and a couple of sidekicks decided to take a whack at the little white ball themselves. Castro clomped around the course in fatigues and combat boots, announced at the outset that he could beat President Kennedy. His right-hand man, "Che" Guevara, Moscow's favorite transplanted Argentine, allowed in turn that he himself...

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