However there was improvement over the following days, and some encouraging scores were posted. The usual round of team, individual and matchplay competitions took place, and the two stars who emerged triumphant in the individual aggregate competition were Pat Hart and Gerald Ackerman. In the Ladies v Gentlemen, Jenny and David Nation ably led their respective sides in a tense match in which Sunningdale played its part. The Gentlemen won but all the matches were close.
We played each of the three golf courses twice. The Links and the Forest at Emporda live up to their name, and, as to be expected, are very different courses, except that they both include a certain amount of water. Pals is akin to the Forest but also has areas of open parkland. All courses have some very interesting holes and overall there was more than sufficient golfing challenge and diversity.
There were two non-golfing days, and the opportunity was taken to explore. Places visited included Barcelona, Girona and Figueres as well as historic villages in the Emporda region. It also allowed time to reconnoitre restaurants, and in this task we were fortunate to have a local contact, Tina Clarke, a friend of Robin and Pat Hart. Tina who is a member at Pals played in some of our competitions, and on the two days we played at Pals arranged a splendid post round meal for us in the very comfortable clubhouse. In fact, everyone did so well in sourcing good restaurants that the group ate out and together nearly every evening. There are many memorable restaurants moments to savour. Only on the first and last nights did we dine in.
Overall the tour was a welcome escape from the miserable winter at home. Unfortunately it was not long enough to prevent a return to the same. However golf swings, while not exactly honed, have at least been given a work-out and should be ready for the summer when it comes. More importantly, everyone in the group contributed, and the result was a happy and enthusiastic band of GSGB tourers; which is what it is all about.
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