Maybe it was the preponderance of grassy knolls, but the conspiracy theories were in the wind almost as prevalently as golf shots at the 12th annual Jones Cup community golf tournament Tuesday at Big Canyon Country Club.
Word had it — well, whispered words from members of the gallery most often — that the speed of the putting greens at the scenic layout was roughly comparable to rolling balls along the opulent clubhouse's marble bathroom countertops.
Coincidence that the Big Canyon greens were at their handball-court hardest for the quadrennial arrival of rivals from Newport Beach, Mesa Verde and Santa Ana country clubs for the Jones Cup?
The Newport Beach contingent wouldn't go that far. But there was plenty of commentary about the greens, which, combining speed and uncommon undulation — at least in these parts — helped produce dozens of near-misses on putts that sometimes rolled and rolled and rolled beyond the hole, making tap-in recoveries difficult.