"Through the fence, between the curling flower spaces, I could see them hitting."
Creative Commons AttributionGolfer - Credit: Boston Public Library

Though it is perhaps surprising to find golf figuring in a novel set in the 1920s Deep South, the sport was becoming increasingly widespread at this point. A British import, golf first arrived on American shores during the 1880s and was initially very much the preserve of the well-to-do. By the 1920s, though still some years away from achieving general popularity, it was beginning to spread geographically and across classes. Faulkner himself was a keen golfer and played regularly on the nine-hole course at the University of Mississippi.