The hand that wields a scepter may also wallop a mashie, the world learned the other day, when two monarchs stepped out on golf courses in Sweden and Scotland. Sweden's Gustav VI, 77, delighted onlookers at ceremonies opening a new government-built course at Stockholm by trying out a few holes himself. His putting was fine, but he'd need a crownful of strokes to beat Belgium's young (29) King Baudouin, whose handicap is 3. Baudouin himself was teamed last week with England's Ryder Cup captain Dai Rees in a proamateur tournament at Gleneagles, Scotland—a partnership Scots gleefully dubbed "The King and Dai." The Belgian King gave his team a regal eagle by hitting a 285-yard tee shot two feet from the hole, but an unawed pair of Devonshire golfers beat the King and his partner 2 and 1. Said Baudouin: "What a pity."

PHOTOKINGLY PUTT BY GUSTAV VI CURLS TOWARD THE HOLE PHOTOKINGLY FOLLOW-THROUGH BY BAUDOUIN PLEASES PRO PARTNER DAI REES PHOTOKINGLY BELL TOLL SIGNALS CLEAR GREEN ON SCOTTISH COURSE
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)