Aldeburgh & Thorpeness

posted 28 May 2017, 10:36 by Paul Collier   [ updated 28 May 2017, 10:52 by Brian Ward ]

Report of meeting May 22nd - 23rd 2017

The opening meeting of the 2017 season was played over two of Suffolk's premier heathland courses, both currently featuring in the list of England's Top 100 courses. Seventy five members enjoyed two days of glorious weather as they battled for the honour of being crowned Scratch Cup winner 2017. The courses were as always challenging and in good shape, both having numerous bunkers and gorse bushes to contend with. Aldeburgh offers a stern test for everyone, the men in particular finding it tough as there are so many long par-4's but not a single par-5. At Dinner we were joined by the Aldeburgh Captain George Gaffney and his wife Alex, who along with everyone else, enjoyed a view of the most impressive of sunsets from the dining room. George spoke of the club's talented junior section as well as mentioning snippets of Aldeburgh's long and interesting history. GSGB Chairman Robin Moser presented George with a £500 donation which would be used for junior coaching. The men’s Scratch Cup was won for the 4th successive season by David Archibald from Alnmouth with 58 points in a very close run affair with Tim Russell from Moortown. David overcame a two shot deficit at the half way point to win on a card playoff. The Ladies Scratch Cup was won by newcomer Gabi Heuchel from East Berks who scored 56 points on her GSGB debut. The aggregate handicap winners were Paul Collier from Astbury with 70 points and Linda Cusack from Camberley Heath with 76 points. A full list of prize winners can be seen below.
The next meeting will be held at Conwy and North Wales on June 12th - 13th.

Thailand Tour 2018 - details

posted 13 Apr 2017, 10:34 by Paul Collier   [ updated 13 Apr 2017, 10:40 ]

On the link below is the PDF file which gives a detailed description of the Feb 2018 Thailand Tour, based in the Hyatt Regency Hua Hin Beach Resort & Spa. Click on the link below to open the file.

HOLIDAY PRICE: 1,995 (per person sharing)
PRICE INCLUDES: Return group transfers from Bangkok to/from the resort, 10 Nights at The Hyatt Regency Hua Hin
luxury beach resort, Daily Breakfast, Farewell Prize Giving Dinner, 6 rounds of golf (green fees & caddies fees), return
golf course transfers, driver & guide tipping on behalf of group only (taken care of by tour leader).

Tenerife report Feb 2017

posted 20 Mar 2017, 01:44 by Paul Collier   [ updated 20 Mar 2017, 01:46 ]

Tenerife Tour Report February 2017

On February 22nd 24 GSGB members arrived at the 5* La Caleta Resort & Spa looking forward to six rounds of golf in some warm and sunny weather, coupled with some luxury downtime. I don’t think that anyone was disappointed, on most fronts, but a couple of degrees warmer would have been nice.

The golf started with a gentle mixed 4BBB at the very scenic Golf Costa Adeje with its walls and drops betraying its past as a banana plantation. This was followed by the welcome drinks and dinner in the hotel.

Day 2 saw an early departure for Golf del Sur, a good 27 hole set up, slightly marred by being under the flight path for the Tenerife South Airport. This did not put off Margaret Pugh and Peter Batchelor who won the day.

A rest day followed with some exploring the island and others enjoying the excellent facilities of the hotel with its Spa and external heated and unheated seawater swimming pools. A short walk along the beach lay the old fishing village of La Caleta with numerous restaurants catering for most tastes, especially fish. These proved very popular most evenings as did the Jade Stone Italian restaurant just a couple of hundred yards from the hotel entrance.

The third course was the delightful parkland layout of Golf Las Americas where we played a “husbands and wives” stableford. In round 4 we returned to Golf Costa Adeje and played a Waltz. I am not sure that familiarity led to any better performance but we were all ready for another day at leisure by the end of the round.

Our previous experience at Golf del Sur led to a slight rethink by the organiser about the format for the days play. In the end we played the “traditional” Gentlemen v Ladies match as a Greensomes which proved to be a very enjoyable format. Sadly 2 courtesy shots proved insufficient for the Ladies.

Finally a second round at the very attractive Golf Las Americas, where we played a “yellow ball” tournament. Despite some creative thinking by certain members of the party there was only a single point between the winners and runners up.

The last day was a final opportunity for more golf, no takers – sorry Robert, a bit more sightseeing or lazing by the pool. A farewell drinks party by the pool was followed by an excellent meal in a private room and prize giving. Few people, least of all the organizer, could explain the how the overall scoring worked out but the Ladies competition was won by Sue Batchelor with Pat Hart (despite a very sore back) as runner up and the Mens was won by Peter Batchelor with Robert Gardner runner up. Somehow everyone won a prize which, as ever, were of the quality expected by GSGB members on tour !

Overall it was a very enjoyable tour with many old friends and a few new tourists in an excellent hotel. The golf courses were well prepared and sufficiently testing for most of us, but extremely busy with a multi-national clientele leading to 4.3/4 to 5 hour rounds.

Nonetheless everyone appeared to be enjoying themselves, to mix well together and contribute to a very happy tour.

The Mere Ts and Cs

posted 23 Nov 2016, 10:08 by Brian Ward   [ updated 13 May 2017, 03:19 by Paul Collier ]

For those of you familiar with Strictly Come Dancing you will grasp how fascinating Ts and Cs can be... for the rest of us ... it's just something you have to endure.. So here's the Ts and Cs for The Mere Event.

Chairman's Report 2016

posted 8 Jul 2016, 01:36 by Paul Collier   [ updated 8 Jul 2016, 01:37 ]

This year's Chairman's Report is now published and you can find it here.Chairman's Annual Report 2016

GSGB Belgium Tour 2017 details

posted 8 Jul 2016, 01:28 by Paul Collier   [ updated 11 Jul 2016, 06:27 by GSGB Member ]

A week of Belgian golf, culture, mussels, chips (and maybe beer) in September 2017.
The week will be based at the five-star Château du Lac on the lake at Genval les Bains close to the
historic town of Waterloo. Easily reached via the Eurotunnel, this famous corner of a foreign field is now
crammed with golf courses that will entertain and challenge both seasoned and blossoming golfers alike.

The brochure is a delight you can view it here - Belgium Tour 2017

Details of Tenerife Tour 2017

posted 23 Mar 2016, 13:06 by Paul Collier   [ updated 23 Mar 2016, 13:33 ]

What promises to be a special tour to Tenerife in 2017 is announced.
These trips fill out quickly.. 
You can view or download the description of the itinerary by clicking here.

Member exclusive Golf Insurance

posted 27 Jun 2015, 08:44 by Paul Collier   [ updated 27 Jun 2015, 08:47 ]

The GSGB have secured a member exclusive Golf Insurance package with Golf Care. Details can be found in the Member's Area - Special Offers

2015 accounts

posted 10 Jun 2015, 02:21 by GSGB Member   [ updated 10 Jun 2015, 02:21 ]

These are now posted into the Member's Area under documents.

Airport Meet and Greet parking

posted 17 Nov 2014, 03:30 by Paul Collier   [ updated 17 Nov 2014, 03:30 ]

We have agreed a members discount with I Love Meet and Greet airport parking which offers discounts to GSGB members at a wide range of UK airports. Further details can be found in the members area. 

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