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GSGB tour to Wales

posted 8 Oct 2014, 10:21 by Paul Collier   [ updated 6 Apr 2015, 04:16 ]

GSGB TOUR TO WALES – SEPTEMBER 2014

Sixteen Members made their way to Mid-Wales to sample some of its golf courses. The golf courses were selected by team leader, Jim Hunter, who had played them some twenty five years earlier when he was a bit younger and fitter. As far as he could recall the courses were reasonably flat, not too long and not overburdened with tricky hazards. As the tour was to demonstrate, Jim's memory had clearly developed selective amnesia.

Base camp was established in the Metropole Hotel at Llandrindod Wells. The hotel, with some years under its belt, was comfortable, and its friendly staff looked after us extremely well.

The assault on the first course, Llandrindod Wells itself, was aided by a road which takes one to the clubhouse, a position which provides an excellent view of the town. The view is further improved by the end of the first hole which rises majestically another 100 feet! Thereafter flatter terrain was promised but never actually delivered.

Cradoc set on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park was our second venue.  It is a beautiful spot, graced with a fine selection of trees, one or two ponds, and not surprisingly, hills.

While we were to play Llandrindod Wells and Cradoc twice, Builth Wells, our third course, was to have only one visit. A Yellow Ball competition was selected for this round.  Unfortunately someone had forgotten about the river which wends its way through part of the course. Wading to retrieve the yellow ball in peaty water does lead to disappointment when the ball turns out to be white, as Robert Hill can confirm.

Competitions of one sort or another were played each day, and, by the end, it was quite surprising how few members failed to win a prize. Equally surprised were some when informed they had actually won a prize!

A factor which contributed greatly to the success of the tour was the fine weather which stayed with us throughout. The views of the surrounding countryside at Llandrindod, and of the National Park at Cradoc were magnificent and did much to dissipate the frustration all of us who wield a golf club are prone to experience from time to time.  By the end of the tour we were probably that little bit fitter, and certainly quite tired, but pleasantly so.  

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