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Gog Magog report

posted 2 Oct 2013, 00:21 by Paul Collier   [ updated 8 Jul 2016, 01:11 by Brian Ward ]

Gog Magog
The GSGB September Meeting was held on September 22nd and 23rd at Gog Magog Golf Club in Cambridgeshire over the Wandlebury and Old courses. The 74 Members that took part were greeted with glorious playing conditions on both days with dry conditions and unusually for this venue no wind. Day 1 remained overcast throughout but after a foggy start the second day became warm and sunny during the afternoon.

The benign conditions were ideal for scoring and we saw quite a few players take advantage, particularly on the Wandlebury course.

At Dinner we were joined by the club Captain Ivan Robinson and his wife Vicky. Ivan was presented with a cheque for £500 to be put towards the club’s junior section by GSGB Chairman Linda Hill. The Captain also received an additional £500 which will be used to cover costs at the October Junior Masters event. Members will be pleased to hear that Ivan and Vicky enjoyed themselves so much that they joined the Society the next day.

Congratulations to Nick Bye from Bath who registered the Society’s first hole in one for around five years on the 17th hole of the Old course. Although it cost Nick a few drinks he was rewarded with an engraved GSGB hole in one memento.

The Barlow Seniors Trophies were won by Peter Johnston from Alwoodley with an impressive aggregate total of 79 points and Clare Fulton from Woburn with 69 points. Congratulations to all prize winners. The full list can be seen below. A number of our members who are also members of Gog Magog joined us for dinner as well as helping out with starting duties. Thanks in particular to Michael Wymer, with some help from his wife Tish, and David Latham for their efforts.

This was the last meeting of the year; our next event will be on 22nd/23rd May at Northumberland and Hexham Golf Clubs. The rest of the 2014 fixtures can be found here on the website in the left hand index.


Brian 


Title

Prize

Club

Score

Name

BARLOW SENIORS TROPHY–

Gents Aggregate

DECANTER

ALWOODLEY

79

PETER JOHNSTON

BARLOW SENIORS TROPHY –

Ladies Aggregate

FRUIT BOWL

 

WOBURN

69

CLARE FULTON

RUNNERS UP –

Gents Aggregate

TANKARD

WOBURN

76

JOHN FULTON

RUNNERS UP–

Ladies Aggregate

GLASS BOWL

ALWOODLEY

 66

JOYCE STORER

 

 

 

 

 

DAY PRIZES

DAY 2 –Gents – 1stPrize

PAIR RUMMER GLASSES

EFFINGHAM

36

GEORGE CLARK

 Gents – 2nd Prize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

WALTON HEATH

35

JOHN AARVOLD

 Ladies – 1stPrize

PAIR WINE GLASSES

 

MOOR HALL

34

PAT HART

Ladies – 2ndPrize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

WALTON HEATH

33

LIBBY AARVOLD

 

 

 

 

 

DAY PRIZES

DAY 1 -Gents – 1stPrize

PAIR RUMMER GLASSES

BATH

40

ROBERT HILL

Gents – 2ndPrize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

BATH

39

NICK BYE

Ladies – 1stPrize

PAIR WINE GLASSES

 

EATON

38

ANN SHEPHERD

Ladies – 2ndPrize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

SAFFRON WALDEN

36

JANIE WATSON

Bulgaria Tour Report

posted 20 Sep 2013, 01:26 by Paul Collier   [ updated 20 Sep 2013, 02:17 by Brian Ward ]

Our intrepid GSGB adventurers set out from Luton to the wilds of Bulgaria following in the footsteps of Jason in his quest for the Golden Fleece many years before. The Black Sea and the Thracian Cliff Golf Course awaited them. Our GSGB traveller has much in common with those early Thracians who incorporated ceremonies involving copious wine consumption whilst enjoying female beauty, heroic manhood and shopping. Jason travelled by his Argonaut. We used Whizz Air. We were all up for the challenge that had destroyed many brave hearts in the Volvo Masters before us. Jason had it easy by comparison.

Arriving in warm sunshine we made our way to the five-star Lighthouse Hotel. 






A luxurious base camp surrounded by 3 excellent golf courses. Six rounds of golf lay ahead. Friendships were to be forged. Battles had to be fought. Bulgarian wines and putts needed to be sunk. But first, the lost ball sweep had to be made. How many balls would our adventurers lose on the battlegrounds of Bulgaria? Guesses ranged from 36 to 320! Oh dear.


Round 1 saw us play the excellent hotel course. We all Waltzed our way around its ballroom fairways. Those reliant on their G*rm*n for yardage could only get a distance to the first green in Istanbul. Tears were shed. Tantrums were seen. Handicaps were not adjusted. It was a taster for the excitement of round 2 at Thracian Cliffs. Were we afraid? We took courage from our Bulgarian Red.


Thracian Cliffs was as exciting and dangerous as we had been told. It accounted for 40 of our lost balls. For those of a vertiginous nature, the 6th hole with a tee on the edge of the cliff and a drive required to plummet 210 metres below onto a miniscule isthmus of a green induced catapedaphobia (the fear of falling over a cliff edge like a lemming). Still reeling, we then had to row out to the island green that was the 7th tee to make the 190 metres carry back to the mainland. Only the brave survived. The views were spectacular. The golf shots required were fearsome. Our adrenalin flowed. One man one woman to count in each team. What cruel heart had set this challenge? Where was The Golden Fleece?

At night we dined in the modern hotel fish restaurant. GSGB had paid for the exotic (erotic? – ed) cabaret, local singer Svetlana Elizaveta. She displayed up front attributes rarely seen in Britain and stole the heart of at least one member.


Together we danced the night away led by our Lord of the Dance, Robin Hart, treating us to dance steps from a bye-gone era. 

Round 3 was our Battle of the Sexes at Black Sea Rama Golf Course. This is a challenging and wonderfully attractive links like course. Its clubhouse overlooking the Black Sea is absolutely stunning. The men seemed to score better here but the ladies claimed victory. Nobody dare argue. 

Each of the three golf courses was played twice. At Thracian Cliffs we were all allowed 6 courtesy shots for the Marital Sting competition. It was not enough. All credit to the Kennedy’s for their win that day. Carol’s 2 net 0 proved to be the lowest net score of the week. It was also the first sighting of the Mosers on that famous course. What a boost he gave to the lost ball count! We even discovered a new word for hunting for a ball that appeared (and usually was – ed) lost. Mosering. New rules for GSGB members introduced dropping zones and several R&A rules had to be waived by our rules supremo. Balls embedded in, or last seen disappearing over a cliff were a step too far however. The Thracian Cliff Eclectics were won by the now singularised Andrew Stock and she of the flowing golf swing, Christine Aphrodite Hinchcliffe. Congratulations go to both.

And who won the Golden Fleece, the fleece of the gold hair of the winged ram? The overall individual competition held over the par 5s and 3s on the two main courses. Wing Commander Linda Hill was our worthy winner by a single point. Who won the lost ball count? Well, with all his mosering about, Robin Moser had a distinct advantage and his guess was the nearest to the actual number of balls lost (141 in 80 rounds played).


There were two non-golfing rest days, plus a visit to the local town of Balchik. Our final dinner evening was an excellent mix of wine, food, cabaret entertainment and even some Harryoke. We laughed, sang and danced with our newfound friends. Our winners were cheered and we were not too cruel on the losers. We forgave our rules supremo as we celebrated his 44th wedding anniversary to the divine Sue and for one night only, refused to blame our faulty G*rm*ns for our poor scores. On reflection, Bulgarian wine is a great leveller.

The tour was a great success and Thracian Cliffs will long live in our memories. Everyone in the group contributed, and the result was a happy and enthusiastic band of GSGB adventurers. Who cares if the golf was not of the highest standard? (I do – ed). 


GSGB Rule Book

posted 20 Sep 2013, 01:15 by Paul Collier   [ updated 20 Sep 2013, 01:16 by Brian Ward ]

Members can find a scanned version of the GSGB rule book here in the downloads area

Alwoodley/Ilkley report

posted 2 Sep 2013, 01:40 by Paul Collier   [ updated 8 Jul 2016, 01:12 by Brian Ward ]

Alwoodley's magnificent clubhouse
Alwoodley/Ilkley Report   August 22nd – 23rd 2013

The GSGB August Meeting was held on two of Yorkshire highest ranked and most picturesque courses – Alwoodley and Ilkley. The 75 Members who took part enjoyed glorious playing conditions on both days as this year’s lovely summer continued.

Alwoodley is a classic heathland course designed by Dr Alister MacKenzie, many of the fairways being surrounded by heather which meant that straight hitting was essential if a good score was to be posted. It would probably be fair to say that the course won the day but a select few did score well.

At Dinner we were joined by the club Captain and past GSGB Chairman Mr Nigel Dickson as well as his wife Fran who is currently the Ladies Vice -Captain. The Ladies Captain Mrs Jo Summers who is a GSGB member also joined us for dinner. Nigel was presented with a £500 donation towards the Alwoodley junior section by GSGB Chairman Linda Hill.

Day 2 at Ilkley was again played in perfect conditions on another attractive MacKenzie layout. The river Wharfe comes into play on a number of holes but overall the scoring was slightly better and the lost ball count much lower.

The Sir Aynsley Bridgland Trophy for men was won by Mike Brown from Brookmans Park with 73 points. Mike impressively defended his title after winning in Cornwall last year. The ladies trophy was won by Gerry Bray from Littlestone who scored an excellent 74 points.


Congratulations to all prize winners. A full list can be seen below.

The next event will be the final one for the year at Gog Magog on September 23/24th.

Brian

..... Following the Alwoodley event the following article was written for the Alwoodley members.

Alwoodley Juniors given a boost by Golf Society of Great Britain 

The Captain, Nigel Dickson was last week presented with a cheque from the Golf Society of Great Britain. (GSGB). The cheque was presented to Nigel by the GSGB Chairman, Linda Hill, at the prize presentation after the GSGB held their tournament at Alwoodley last Thursday. Alwoodley has been participating in the GSGB scheme for 10 years now, and it’s a great way to get out and play some fantastic courses at reduced rates.


The GSGB has always been a big supporter of junior golf and I am sure the juniors at Alwoodley will really benefit from this and on behalf of the Juniors I would like to thank Linda Hill and the GSGB for this generous gift. Nigel was Chairman of the GSGB for three years, and Fran is now on the committee so they have been, and are in good hands.




Title

Prize

Club

Score

Name

SIR AYNSLEY BRIDGLAND TROPHY -

Gents Aggregate

DECANTER

BROOKMANS PARK

73

MIKE BROWN

SIR AYNSLEY BRIDGLAND TROPHY -

Ladies Aggregate

FRUIT BOWL

 

LITTLESTONE

74

GERRY BRAY

RUNNERS UP –

Gents Aggregate

TANKARD

SANDIWAY

67

ALAN PERCIVAL

RUNNERS UP–

Ladies Aggregate

GLASS BOWL

DELAMERE FOREST

67

JOY YOUNG

 

 

 

 

 

DAY PRIZES

DAY 2 –Gents – 1stPrize

PAIR RUMMER GLASSES

GOG MAGOG

36

PETER SHAWDON

 Gents – 2nd Prize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

CROHAM HURST

36

IAN MACLEOD

 Ladies – 1stPrize

PAIR WINE GLASSES

 

SANDIWAY

36

CAROL NEWBROOK

Ladies – 2ndPrize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

MARKET DRAYTON

35

HELEN CHALLINOR

 

 

 

 

 

DAY PRIZES

DAY 1 -Gents – 1stPrize

PAIR RUMMER GLASSES

WOODHALL SPA

31

TONY PARKER

Gents – 2ndPrize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

BATH

 

30

ROBERT HILL

Ladies – 1stPrize

PAIR WINE GLASSES

 

EFFINGHAM

33

LIZ CLARK

Ladies – 2ndPrize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

CAMBERLEY HEATH

33

LINDA CUSACK

 

GSGB Tour Mauritius Tour 2014

posted 15 Aug 2013, 13:37 by Paul Collier   [ updated 20 Sep 2013, 01:47 by Brian Ward ]

Here is a reminder from Linda our chairman,  to what is proving to be a very popular proposed tour to Mauritius in 2014..

AN UPDATE to the trip details from the Chairman 

{ Hi everyone - There is a great deal of interest in this tour below. 
Before you commit, you need to be aware that although this is a very good price, drinks are very  expensive. 
The hotels offer some inclusive packages, but they are also not cheap. 
Optional excursions on or around the island work out at approx £60 per head 
and flight upgrades to Business Class at approx £1700 per person.

The 36 places available will be allocated on a first come first served basis as I said in my initial e-mail and the tour 
operator will keep me informed of numbers. If we are oversubscribed, I will create a waiting list. 
As this tour is not for  another 14 months, it is almost inevitable that some people will drop out.
It is possible to pay by credit/debit card - for which there is a charge.

You can pay by cheque made payable to GolfPlanet Holidays,

Or by bank transfer using the details: which can be found in an email sent from Linda on 15/8/2013.

If you need any other information before you commit, please call Morgan Clarke on 01376 336721
The website is www.golfholidays.com }

Robert and I are pleased to announce that we will be leading the GSGB tour to Mauritius in November 2014. The dates are November 5th (arriving 6th) to the 20th (arriving UK 21st).

This will be a 2 centre holiday - one week at Belle Mare Plage and one week at the Heritage Telfair.

The price is £2750 per person and includes the following:

Economy flights on Air Mauritius, including luggage, golf clubs and the current taxes of £424 from Heathrow.

Meet & Greet and private transfer to Belle Mare Plage for 7 nights in Junior Suite Sea-Facing bedrooms (double or twin mattresses on a double platform) on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis.

Welcome drinks and canapes on first evening.

All golf, buggies and transfers to Links course - the Legends is adjacent to the hotel.

Pre booked tee times.

Private transfer to The Heritage Le Telfair (about 60 minutes by coach).

7 nights in Deluxe bedrooms (twin/double) on a Dinner Bed & Breakfast basis.

Daily golf at Bel Ombre with one free buggy per 4 players - very walkable course.

Last night Gala and Prize-giving Dinner in private room.

Flight and room upgrades as well as extra days can be arranged. Excursions to a wild life nature reserve and a catamaran trip around the islands are optional extras and come highly recommended. There will be opportunities to play at Le Tousserok or other courses on the island.

Single rooms supplement per week is £450 at Le Telfair and £500 at Belle Mare Plage.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED - please send me an email, along with any questions you may have - I will be able to hold the places and rooms for a short time only. This expression of interest DOES NOT commit you to anything, nor does it confirm a place.

TO CONFIRM A PLACE - the tour operator will need a deposit of £790 per person within one month of my confirming the dates. I know this sounds a bit steep - and early for a deposit, but this is a highly sought after resort at this time of year and we are getting a great price by booking early.

There are 36 places available on this trip and places will be allocated when I receive the deposits on a "first come first served" basis.

Best wishes to you all,

Linda

 

Email: lindahill81@aol.com

Foxhills AGM Meeting Report

posted 25 Jul 2013, 01:18 by Brian Ward   [ updated 1 Aug 2013, 04:31 ]

The Golf Society of Great Britain 2013 AGM Meeting took place at Foxhills, Surrey on 16th/18th July. Seventy members enjoyed glorious weather for the duration of their stay with temperatures hitting 30 degrees at times. The outdoor pool became very popular after golf giving the whole event the feel of an overseas tour. Poolside photographs will not be shown!  The golf courses are tree-lined and very picturesque with excellent 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 at the Hotel is certainly of the highest order; add to that the restaurant quality food and compact nature of the facilities and you can only be very impressed with Foxhills as a venue. We look forward to our next visit in 2014.

We were delighted that Life Member Ruth Ferguson was able to be with us again to assist our Chairman Linda Hill at the prize giving.

The Handicap Cups for the best two day aggregate scores were won by our President Jim Hunter (Lee-on-the-Solent) with 65 points and Chris Wakefield (Bath) 65 points. John and Margaret Pugh with 122 points, claimed the Enjoy Golf Together Trophy by having the best husband and wife aggregate score over the two days.  All prize winners are listed below.

Foxhills GSGB 2013


As well as the usual prizes there was a “beat the pro” competition on the Longcross Par 3 11th, on which 4 ladies and 3 gents managed to get inside the Pro and win a bottle of wine. The winners were Christine Hinchcliffe, Linda Hill, Jenny Burgess, Bobbie Austin, Russell Wakefield, John Burgess and John Pugh.

Our next Meeting will take place at Alwoodley & Ilkley on August 22nd/23rd.

 

The 2014 AGM will return to Foxhills on July 22nd/23rd.

RESULTS -   FOXHILLS AGM Meeting 16th - 18th July 2013

 

Title

Name

Club

Score

HANDICAP CUP–

Gents Aggregate

Jim Hunter

Lee-on-the-Solent 

 65

HANDICAP CUP –

Ladies Aggregate

 Chris Wakefield 

 Bath 

65

ENJOY GOLF TOGETHER

Mixed aggregate score

John & Margaret Pugh

Camberley Heath 

122

RUNNERS UP –

Gents Aggregate

Alan

Golbourn

Chelmsford 

65

RUNNERS UP–

Ladies Aggregate

Jenny Burgess 

Saffron Walden

62 

 

 

 

 

DAY PRIZES

DAY 2 –Gents – 1stPrize

Peter Shawdon 

Gog Magog

35 

Gents – 2ndPrize

Harry Kennedy

Bradford

31 

Gents – ­3rdPrize

Giles Hinchcliffe

Sand Moor

31 

Ladies – 1stPrize

Helen Duckett

Sand Moor 

35

Ladies – 2ndPrize

Jill Carter

Bath 

33

 Ladies – 3rdPrize          

Sue Devine

Brickendon Grange

33

 

 

 

 

DAY PRIZES

DAY 1 -Gents – 1stPrize

John Pugh

Camberley Heath 

 33

Gents – 2ndPrize

John Burgess

Saffron Walden

 

32

Gents – 3rd Prize

Ian Edwards

Woburn

31

Ladies – 1stPrize

Margaret Pugh 

Camberley Heath

33

Ladies – 2ndPrize

Linda Hill

Bath

32

    Ladies – 3rdPrize          

Christine Hinchcliffe

Sand Moor 

31

 

 

 

 

NEAREST THE PIN

Day 2 - Gents

Nigel Ferriman

Ferndown 

 

Ladies

Sandie Whitcroft 

Bath 

 

Day 1 - Gents

Robin Moser

Gog Magog

 

Ladies

Jacqueline Brown

Bath

 

Goswick and Alnmouth Report

posted 24 Jun 2013, 13:12 by Paul Collier   [ updated 25 Jul 2013, 01:36 by Brian Ward ]

Great views at Alnmouth GC Foxton Hall
Berwick-upon-Tweed/Alnmouth Report   June 19th – 20th  2013

The GSGB June Meeting was held on over two of Northumberland’s finest courses – Berwick-upon-Tweed and Alnmouth, Foxton Hall. The 68 Members who took part were greeted with glorious playing conditions on both days with warm sunshine and very little wind on offer.

Berwick is a lovely fast running links course with excellent greens. Designed by James Braid the course has been used for the past 5 years for Regional Open Qualifying. Conditions were ideal for good scoring by both the men and ladies and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the course.

At Dinner we were joined by the club Captain David Leslie and his wife Fiona. David was presented with a cheque for £500 to be used by the club’s junior section by GSGB Chairman Linda Hill.

Day 2 was again played in benign conditions which must have helped the 2’s count which totalled 16 over both rounds. Alnmouth is a pretty cliff-top parkland course designed by another well renowned course architect Harry Colt. The wonderful sea views and excellent conditioning meant that the course was again well received. 

BerwickAlnmouth

The King of Morocco Cup was won by Robert Hill from Bath with an aggregate total of 71 points and the Society Salver was won by Vicki Cockcroft from Alwoodley with 72 points. I have been reliably informed that Vivki has received a well earned 2 shot handicap reduction after scoring 41 points at Alnmouth.  

Congratulations to all prize winners. A full list can be seen below.

 

The next event will be the AGM Meeting at Foxhills on July 16th/18th.

 

 Brian

 

 

Title

Prize

Club

Score

Name

KING OF MOROCCO CUP–

Gents Aggregate

DECANTER

BATH

 

71

ROBERT HILL

SOCIETY SALVER

Ladies Aggregate

FRUIT BOWL

 

ALWOODLEY

 

72

VICKI COCKCROFT

RUNNERS UP –

Gents Aggregate

TANKARD

BROOKMANS PARK

 

68

MIKE BROWN

RUNNERS UP–

Ladies Aggregate

GLASS BOWL

SAND MOOR

 

70

CHRISTINE HINCHCLIFFE

 

 

 

 

 

DAY PRIZES

DAY 2 –Gents – 1stPrize

PAIR RUMMER GLASSES

ALWOODLEY

 

35

NIGEL DICKSON

 Gents – 2nd Prize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

BRADFORD

 

35

PETER BATTY

 Ladies – 1stPrize

PAIR WINE GLASSES

 

SANDIWAY

 

35

LIZ PAYNE

Ladies – 2ndPrize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

NORTHANTS COUNTY

 

34

HEATHER WILLIAMS

 

 

 

 

 

DAY PRIZES

DAY 1 -Gents – 1stPrize

PAIR RUMMER GLASSES

ASTBURY

 

38

PAUL COLLIER

Gents – 2ndPrize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

DELAMERE FOREST

 

35

MIKE ANDREWS

Ladies – 1stPrize

PAIR WINE GLASSES

 

DELAMERE FOREST

 

37

JACKIE HESKETH

Ladies – 2ndPrize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

COULSDON COURT

LADIES

 

36

JUDITH MACLEOD


 

 

 

Royal St David's Report

posted 24 May 2013, 10:36 by Brian Ward   [ updated 24 May 2013, 10:41 ]

60 GSGB members made the pilgrimage to Royal St David’s Golf Club in Harlech to compete for the Scratch Cups on the 15th and 16th May.

A blustery wind greeted us on Day 1 as everyone prepared for the tough challenge that lay ahead. Thankfully the rain stayed away and although scoring was difficult everyone enjoyed the challenge of playing one of the top links courses in Britain.


Honorary Life Member Ruth Ferguson was guest of honour at Dinner. Ruth has been a GSGB member for over 50 of her 95 years and during that time she reached the final of the English Ladies Championship, represented England in International matches and had 16 holes in one.


GSGB Chairman Linda Hill spoke at Dinner and presented the Royal St David’s Captain and Lady Captain, Jeff and Gwynfa Taylor, with a cheque for £500 towards the club’s junior section.

Day 2 was played in warm sunshine with no more than a very light breeze. This was reflected in the number of 2’s scored with eight on Day 2 compared to only two on Day 1. Understandably the scoring was better during the second round due to the almost perfect conditions. 


The Scratch Cups were won by Tim Russell with an aggregate total of 60 points and Karen Lobb with 57 points. The Handicap aggregate prizes went to Richard Turner with 66 points and Clare Fulton with 72 points. Ruth presented the prizes.


Royal St Davids May 2013



Congratulations to all prize winners. A full list can be seen below.

This was a very enjoyable outing and a great way to start to our 2013 programme.


The next Meeting will take place at Berwick-upon-Tweed and Alnmouth on June 19th/20th.

 

 Brian

 

 

RESULTS from – Royal St David’s  May 15/16th

Title

 

Club

Score

Name

SCRATCH CUP–

Gents Aggregate

 

Denham

60

Tim Russell

SCRATCH CUP –

Ladies Aggregate

 

 

 

Northants

County

 

 

 

57

 

 

 

Karen Lobb

 

 

 

 

 

RUNNERS UP–

Gents Aggregate

 

 

 

Came Down

 

 

66

 

Richard Turner

RUNNERS UP–

Ladies Aggregate

 

 

 

Woburn

 

 

72

 

 

Clare Fulton

 

 

 

 

 

DAY PRIZES

DAY 2 –Gents – 1stPrize

 

 

 

Bath

 

 

36

 

Russell Wakefield

 

Gents –2nd Prize

 

 

Walton Heath

 

33

JohnAarvold

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ladies –1stPrize

 

Northants

County

 

38

Celia Edwards

 

Ladies –2ndPrize

 

DelamereForest

 

35

 

Joy Young

 

 

 

 

 

DAY PRIZES

DAY 1 -Gents – 1stPrize

 

 

DelamereForest

 

 

31

 

David Young

 

Gents – 2ndPrize

 

 

Blackmoor

 

30

Chris Ingram

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ladies – 1stPrize

 

 

WoodhallSpa

 

35

Denise Parker

 

Ladies –2ndPrize

 

Lee-on-the-Solent

 

31

Jenny Nation

Spain Tour Report

posted 22 Apr 2013, 02:37 by Paul Collier   [ updated 1 Aug 2013, 04:33 by Brian Ward ]

In the middle of March, 15 members of the GSGB made their way to the Costa Brava in the hope of being able to shed some of the layers of winter clothes required to play golf in the UK. Their target was the Emporda Golf Hotel which has two courses, and Pals, another course only a few miles away. The weather was not brilliant, presumably thanks to the jet stream which the Met Office points out  is well south of where it normally is.  However, no umbrella was hoisted during the six rounds of golf, and the temperature which reached the mid-teens, aided by periodic sunshine, enabled a number of the usual layers to be dispensed with. Unfortunately the feeling of freedom resulting from this welcome undressing had the knock-on effect of destabilising everyone's winter swing, and for the first round, golf balls were frequently dispatched in unsolicited directions. This should have been anticipated, and in retrospect, the decision to hold a yellow ball team event on the first day was perhaps not the best. Out of the four yellow balls in the field, only one survived the course, one met a watery grave some way before the ninth, and two never made it to the first green!

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.  


Thailand Tour 2014

posted 16 Mar 2013, 11:51 by Paul Collier   [ updated 16 Mar 2013, 12:02 by Brian Ward ]


GSGB TOUR THAILAND TOUR ITINERARY

              14 NIGHTS / 7 x GOLF / FEBRUARY, 2014

                                                      


The proposed Thailand tour details follow......



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03.02.14:                     Overnight on board EVA Air (or Thai Air or BA)

                                    Depart London Heathrow early evening on overnight flight to Bangkok

04.02.14:                     Overnight at Holiday Inn Chiang Mai (1)

P:M                              Arrive Bangkok.  Flight to Chiang Mai (late evening arrival) **

05.02.14:                     Overnight at Holiday Inn Chiang Mai (2)

A:M or P:M     Half Day OPTIONAL City & Doi Suthep Tour.  Group Welcome Dinner **

06.02.14:                     Overnight at Holiday Inn Chiang Mai (3)

Day:                 Golf Day (1) at Alpine Chiangmai Golf Resort

07.02.14:                     Overnight at Holiday Inn Chiang Mai (4)

Day:                 Golf Day (2) at Royal Chiangmai Golf Resort

08.02.14:                     Overnight at Holiday Inn Chiang Mai (5)

Day:                 Full Day OPTIONAL Elephant Safari & River Rafting Tour.  Lunch at Tiger Sanctuary

09.02.14:                     Overnight at Holiday Inn Chiang Mai (6)

Day:                 Golf Day (3) at Chiangmai Highlands Golf Resort

10.02.14:                     Overnight at Centara Grand Resort Hua Hin (1)

A:M                      A:M                         Depart Chiang Mai on flight to Bangkok.  Transfer to Hua Hin Beach Resort,

with guided tour of Petchaburi and the Kings Summer Palace, en route

11.02.14:                     Overnight at Centara Grand Resort Hua Hin (2)

Day:                 Golf Day (4) at Springfield Royal

12.02.14:                     Overnight at Centara Grand Resort Hua Hin (3)

Day:                 At leisure

13.02.14:                     Overnight at Centara Grand Resort Hua Hin (4)

Day:                 Golf Day (5) at Black Mountain Golf Club

14.02.14:                     Overnight at Centara Grand Resort Hua Hin (5)

Day:                 Golf Day (6) at Imperial Lake View Princess Golf Club

15.02.14:                     Overnight at Centara Grand Resort Hua Hin (6)

Day:                 At leisure

16.02.14:                     Overnight at Centara Grand Resort Hua Hin (7)

Day:                 Golf Day (7) at Banyan Hua Hin (compulsory cart also included here)

17.02.14:                     Overnight at Centara Grand Resort Hua Hin (8)

Day:                 At leisure prior to packing and Farewell Dinner & Prize-giving

18.02.14:                     Check out, transfer to Bangkok. 

                                    Depart Bangkok on midday flight to the U.K. on EVA Air (or Thai Air)         

                                    (arrival back in U.K. early evening of same day) 

ADDITIONAL GSGB THAILAND TOUR INFORMATION

The areas we will visit have been carefully selected for their relatively low humidity at this time of year and Hua Hin for its more temperate year round climate. Chiang Mai, located 300 metres above sea level, tends to be cooler than the capital, while Hua Hin is protected in the Gulf of Thailand, with cooling sea breezes and influenced the King to locate his summer residence here.  The Centara Grand Beach Resort Hua Hin is a low rise colonial style beach resort ideally located in the centre of the small but vibrant town of Hua Hin, a former fishing village, and just a short stroll to numerous shops, tailors, restaurants, bars and a night market.  The resort has 3 swimming pools in extensive grounds with beautiful topiary gardens and direct access to the beach with palm trees and miles of golden sand.  The Holiday Inn in Chiang Mai is located directly on the banks of the Mai Ping river, a few minutes taxi or local tuk tuk ride from the centre of town and the Night Bazaar.  It is worth noting that local laundries are ‘cheap as chips’ and provide an excellent service.  Restaurants are plentiful in all areas and cater for all tastes.  Thai people generally buy their clothes tailor-made as reflected by the umpteen tailor shops everywhere where you can be measured up, fitted and ready to wear a new suit, coat, silk shirt, trousers or dress within 48 hrs.  Not to be missed is the fun of haggling for ‘fake’ designer goods in the night markets.

GOLF COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:

 

The Alpine Golf Resort, Chiang Mai                                                                                     Distance from hotel:  (approx 30 mins)

Nestled in a valley between mountain ranges and natural forests, the course design was inspired by the magnificent hills on the horizon and the natural beauty and the ‘Alpine’ philosophy has been maintained throughout.  Designed by Ron Garl, one of the world’s best golf course designers who won the award of ‘Golf Course Designer of the Year’ in 1996 from the International Network Golf Industry (ING).  Three years before that, he had designed Alpine Golf Club.  He is also the designer of most of the golf courses in the top 50 in Florida, including the TPC at Prestansia and Palm Beach Polo Club. 

 

Royal Chiangmai Golf Resort                                                                                                   Distance from hotel:  (approx 40 mins)

Set within a valley surrounded by a magnificent mountain range, this is a course of outstanding natural beauty. The high altitude provides a cooler, less humid climate, clear air, and gentle breezes, an abundance of wildlife including many species of local birds and thousands of flowering trees.  The 7000 yd course designed by five-time British open Champion, Peter Thomson uses many of the elements from a British links style course; including bumpy gently rolling fairways, numerous pot bunkers and closely mowed areas around the greens.

 

Chiang Mai Eastern Highlands Golf Club                                                             Distance from hotel:  (approx 35 mins)

Opened in 2005 and designed by Schmidt-Curley, the team responsible for many of Asia's exciting new courses. Set in the hills outside Chiang Mai, it gives golfers the distraction of magnificent views on every hole.  Exciting and challenging for players of all levels and offers the choice of 5 different tee boxes.  From the first tee, a sense of golfing adventure starts as you are surrounded by magnificent views of the entire course and the mountain skyline in the background.  There are over 100 fairway and greenside bunkers. 

 

Imperial Lake View Princess Golf Club                                                                 Distance from hotel:  (approx 35 mins)

Designed by Roger Packard and features greens that are often hidden from the tees, coupled with well defined fairways to provide golfers with the necessary clues to retain their sense of direction.  The course design conveys a sense of adventure and is great fun to play.  The entertaining style produced by Packard and his team exhibits intrigue and imagination … toying with the preference of the modern day golfer, who enjoys a fair challenge juxtaposed with opportunity for justified risk.

 

Springfield Royal Country Club                                                                               Distance from hotel:  (approx 35 mins)

The Jack Nicklaus designed “East Course” makes up the first 18 holes of the 36-hole complex which played host to the 2010 Thailand open and is considered as one of the premier golf resorts of Thailand.  The course design meets the high demands of championship golf and yet remains an enjoyable challenge for all abilities.  Each hole has a minimum of five tees from which to play, but only the brave, or those who regularly rub shoulders with the world’s best, venture from the back tees.  All tees provide varying degrees of difficulty, so that all golfers can appreciate the subtleties this course offers.  

 

Black Mountain Golf Club                                                                                        Distance from hotel:  (approx 20 mins)

Designed by Mr Phil Ryan, the 7th new golf course in Hua Hin was transformed from lush jungle and pineapple plantations.  The course is set in a valley, just next to the ‘Black Mountains’, which are so named because of the large black rocks set into the mountains, providing a fantastic backdrop to many of the holes.  The course is a test for the top golfers, but also very playable for the average golfer.  All the holes provide the golfer with a safe route but for the more adventurous player there is a higher risk option with a potential greater reward.

 

Banyan Hua Hin Golf Club                                                                                       Distance from hotel:  (approx 30 mins)

Built among a pineapple plantation, this course opened in October 2008 and is the newest Hua Hin golf course.  It provides for spectacular mountain and ocean views from most of the holes and is by a wide margin the best layout in the area.  Each hole has 6 tee boxes making the course more or less challenging, and strategically placed water hazards, waste and sand bunkers are spread out throughout the course.   Lush Zyosia fairways, a local grass, are a pleasure to hit from as balls sit up nicely on the fairways.  Greens laid with Tiffeagle grass make for fast but receptive putting surfaces.


 

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