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.
It was sun, sun, sun, all the way as the second GSGB group headed to the Donnafugata Resort and Spa near Comiso in Sicily in October hosted by Gary Pike and Brenda Ferriman. Over the ten day tour we played five team competition games mimicking those played by the first group, and lots of fun was had by all. The girls dominated the proceedings with various winners; however Sue Brooker should have special mention as she was part of the winning team each round! Well done to Sue.
Over the tour we also allocated everyone’s team points to each player creating an overall Ladies and an overall Mens winner. These were won by Spike (Dave) Brooker for the Men and surprise, surprise by Sue Brooker for the Ladies. Well done to both of them.
Another highlight as co host Gary Pike reckoned he had done something very silly! We arrived back in the Club House to a glass of prosecco as he had holed his tee shot for a hole in one on the long par 3 third hole on the Links Course. Several bottles of prosecco duly followed as Gary was delighted to record his 4th career hole in one.
Other than golf, we enjoyed a day tour to Mount Etna (a little chillier at this altitude!) followed by lunch at a delightful winery with the odd glass or two and finishing the day at amazing Taormina with its spectacular Roman Amphitheatre, shops and restaurants, bathed once again in spectacular sunshine ... a great day out.
Great nights dining were enjoyed at either the ‘Surf and Turf’ Grill, Il Carrubo fine dining and the very popular Trattoria restaurants, where al fresco dining on the patio was great fun. Visits to the nearby town of Scilogti and Il Sac Alleo, an amazing fish restaurant was enjoyed by most of the group and some twice, as the freshly caught and freshly cooked catch of the day was such an amazing experience.
Our Sicilian adventure came to an end as we returned to a very chilly autumnal U.K.
Gary Pike & Brenda Ferriman
On days off we visited ruins from Sicily’s historic past and saw wonderful vistas. Syracuse was steeped in history and Etna was just steep! I now know enough about eruptions, larva flows and Strombolian activity to get me through any pub quiz. And the Gambini family winery! Drink your hearts out was his introduction and yesh we did. Sadly our trip to the wonderful Taormina was met with a thunderstorm which sent us scurrying for cover.
Sicily is known as the island of the woman (apparently with three legs but hey - would the men notice)? And so it proved in our golf. Our overall winner was Kathryn Archibald who now holds the coveted Wood Trophy. She was closely chased by Alison Evans and Beverley Roebuck. Did their courtesy shots help them? Positively not. Mostly the group remained healthy although Linda’s Bush had a sting to it and our star male golfer had to be rescued from a lake after a misjudged ball retrieval effort. No names, what happens on tour stays there.
If ever we decide to do this trip again, I advise you, don’t miss it!
The GSGB September Meeting was held in Dorset at Broadstone and the Isle of Purbeck, two of the premier heathland courses in the South of England and both currently ranked in England's Top 100 golf courses. Seventy one members enjoyed two days of very welcome dry weather to finish off another enjoyable season for the Society.
The courses were in good condition with the exception of Broadstone's greens which have been giving the club problems for much of the summer. Both courses are very attractive designs and although not particularly long, offer a stern challenge. Broadstone has excellent bunkering with abundance of firs, bracken and silver birch and Purbeck offers some of the most spectacular views to be found on any course in Britain. At Dinner we were joined by the Broadstone Captain Mark Dowland and his wife Sue. Mark spoke of the club's talented junior section as well as giving us some facts on Broadstone's history. GSGB Chairman Robin Moser presented Mark with a £500 donation towards the club junior section. The men’s Barlow Seniors Trophy was won by Terry Jones from The Warren with 68 points and the runner-up was Robert Hill from Bath with 65 points. The Ladies Trophy was won by Christine Wakefield from Bath who scored 67 points and the runner-up was Sue Devine from Brickendon Grange with 63 points.
A full list of all prize winners can be seen below.
The opening Meeting of 2017 will be held at Aldeburgh and Thorpeness in Suffolk on May 22nd - 23rd.
Trentham / Beau Desert Report August 22nd – 23rd 2016 The GSGB August Meeting took place at Trentham and Beau Desert in Staffordshire where 73 members enjoyed playing two excellent courses. The area had experienced three days of wet weather leading up to the meeting but if not for a few soggy bunkers no one would have known. Trentham is a fine parkland course designed by Harry Colt. Well known for its excellent greens and immaculate presentation the course has often been used for Open Qualifying. There were a number of good scores on Day 1 with the top of the leaderboard in the Men's competition being tightly packed. It was a different story in the Ladies competition with Kathryn Archibald holding a massive 9 point lead.
At Dinner we were joined by the Trentham Captain, Martin Gee and his wife Gillian. Martin accepted the £500 Society cheque from GSGB Chairman Robin Moser before speaking about the attractions of the local and recent success of the Trentham junior section.
Day 2 was a beautiful warm summers day at Beau Desert which is a wonderful heathland layout. The course offers “all year round” turf underfoot with attractive tree lined fairways and no shortage of heather which was in full purple bloom. The course is well known for being quite difficult, particularly the greens which are undulating and usually rather quick and the scores reflected this. Barrie Luscombe from Bath had a day to remember when he had a hole-in-one at the short 10th. As well as receiving an engraved GSGB memento, Barrie was presented with a framed picture of the 10th hole, donated by Beau Desert Golf Club.
The King of Morocco Cup was won by Richard Wadkin from Sand Moor with an aggregate total of 67 points and the Runner-up was Mark Moorfoot from Bath with 65 points. The Society Salver was won by Kathryn Archibald from Alnmouth with 72 points and the Runner-up was Clare Fulton from Woburn with 63 points.
Congratulations to all prize winners. A full list can be seen below.
The next event will be at Broadstone/Isle of Purbeck on September 20th – 21st.
The Golf Society of Great Britain 2016 AGM took place at Foxhills, Surrey on 26th/27th July. Eighty two members enjoyed fine weather for the duration of their stay with temperatures thankfully being well below the 30 degrees experienced on our previous visit. Although rain threatened on the 2nd day everyone got round without the need for waterproofs. The golf courses are both tree-lined parkland and are very picturesque with high quality greens. Both were very much enjoyed by the members. The courses finish on a huge double green in front of the terrace area which was an ideal location for the Pimms evening before Dinner on Wednesday evening.
The accommodation and facilities of the Hotel are of the highest order and I'm sure that we will return sometime in the future.
The Handicap Cups for the best two day aggregate scores were won by Pete Carpenter (Gog Magog) with 72 points and Clare Fulton (Woburn) 69 points. John and Clare Fulton with 137 points, claimed the Enjoy Golf Together Trophy by having the best husband and wife aggregate score over the two days.You can view photos from the event here
Our Chairman, Mr Robin Moser presented the prizes and the list of winners can be found below.
Our next Meeting will take place at Trentham & Beau Desert on August 22nd/23rd.
The 2017 AGM will be held in Cheshire at The Mere Hotel on 10th/11th July.
RESULTS SHEET – FOXHILLS AGM MEETING 26 – 27 July 2016
This year's Chairman's Report is now published and you can find it here.Chairman's Annual Report 2016
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
Members of the Golf Society of Great Britain are being offered the opportunity to save 25% on green fees with Golfy, the leading network of golf courses in continental Europe.
The Golfy Indigo card is accepted at more than 150 golf courses across five countries, including France, Spain and Belgium, as well as 130 hotels in France.
Le Golf National, Paris, venue of The 2018 Ryder Cup and PGA Catalunya Resort, Spain’s number one golf course, are among the venues within the Golfy network.
The Golfy Indigo Card offers a 25% discount on green fees and 15% off accommodation.
All purchases within the Golfy network, including green fees, pro shop, buggy hire, golf lessons, restaurant, hotel accommodation and spa, earn cardholders loyalty ‘Yards’ which can be redeemed for exclusive rewards and gifts, including free rounds of golf. ‘Yards’ are also earned with exclusive Golfy golf break packages.
Brian Ward, Secretary of the Golf Society of Great Britain, recently toured the Champagne region of France, playing at Golf de Reims and Golf de l’Ailette.
Brian said: “To be honest, I hadn’t heard of Golfy before, but there are more than 50,000 cardholders in Europe and it is a very well known network. Many top courses, especially in France, are members of Golfy, but there are also plenty of lovely courses and hotels in the network that are less well known but well worth experiencing. I especially enjoyed Golf de Reims, which was originally designed by Tom Simpson in 1928 and features an exquisite chateau clubhouse surrounded by water. Sitting outside in the sunshine enjoying lunch and a glass of Champagne made for a very memorable experience.”
The price of the Golfy Indigo Card is just €45 per year. However, members of the Golf Society of Great Britain can now purchase a Golfy Indigo Card with an additional 10% discount.
Visit the Golfy website – www.golfy.fr – and, when purchasing your card, enter the code for Golf Society of Great Britain members: GSGB2016.
(This code is valid until December 23, 2016. A new code will be issued for 2017.)
Availability = Monday – Friday (subject to availability, tee times must be booked in advance)
Radius = Outside of 50 miles
Cost = £30.00 per player (Usual cost £70.00 Mon – Thurs, £85.00 Fri)
On arrival = Membership cards must be presented to the professional shop
Payment = A small deposit will be payable upon booking and full payment made on the day
The contact for all bookings will be Lindzi Stones (Golf Services Manager) on 01253 736741 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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