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Yorkshire Meeting September 2020

posted 2 Oct 2020, 09:05 by Brian Ward   [ updated 29 Oct 2020, 03:55 ]

Hornsea/Ganton Report and Results   17th – 18th  September 

 

 

Following the postponement of all of our earlier meetings during 2020 it was a relief to be able to complete the September event at Hornsea and Ganton. Our previous visit to Ganton had been a rather wet affair, to say the least, so it was particularly enjoyable to get through both days without a single drop of rain. Although a sweater was required by most at Ganton, the golf at Hornsea was played in warm sunshine allowing everyone to enjoy a drink or two on the terrace following their round. Both courses were in excellent condition and the scoring was generally good particularly on the first day. As expected, most didn't fare quite so well at Ganton which is heavily bunkered and a much more difficult layout. 

 

With reduced numbers due to the virus, thirty six members made the socially distanced trip north. Staggered dining was introduced in line with the latest government guidelines but this didn't detract from the quality of  the food at Hornsea which was excellent. Ross Meggison, the Club Captain, joined us for what turned out to be a very enjoyable evening and GSGB Chairman Giles Hinchcliffe presented Ross with the society cheque for £600 to go towards the club Junior Section.

 

With the loss of the Scratch event earlier in the year the decision was made to add these trophies into the mix along with the Barlow Senior Trophies and the brand new Knight Super Senior Salvers, kindly donated by GSGB and Moor Park member Peter Knight. The men's Scratch event was thrown wide open with many of our low handicappers being unavailable. Giles Hinchcliffe from Sand Moor was the comfortable winner of the men's title with 47 points and Gillian Curley from Stratford-on-Avon retained her title by winning the ladies prize with 43 points.

 

The men’s Barlow Seniors Trophy was won by Ian Edwards from Woburn with 62 points and the Ladies Trophy was won by Celia Edwards from Northants County who scored 57 points. The Edwards family were obviously practising during lockdown!


The winners of the inaugural Knight Super Senior Salvers were Ben McDyre from Portal and Maureen Pring from Luffenham Heath both with 55 points.



A full list of all prize winners can be seen below.

 

 
  

 

We sincerely hope that our next planned event, the rearranged  trip to Ireland, will go ahead next April. 

We begin our 2021 programme at Littlestone and Cooden Beach on May 12-13th. 


The full list of 2021 fixtures can be found within the index on the home page of the website.

 

 

Brian



SCRATCH CUP-

 

Gents Aggregate

Provence

Bowl

Sand Moor

47

Giles Hinchcliffe

SCRATCH CUP-

 

Ladies Aggregate

Bowl

Stratford-on-Avon

43

Gillian Curley

KNIGHT SUPER SENIORS

SALVER-

Gents Aggregate

Whisky gls

Portal

55

Ben McDyre

KNIGHT SUPER SENIORS

SALVER-

Ladies Aggregate

Wine glass

Luffenham Heath

55

Maureen Pring

BARLOW SENIORS TROPHY-

Gents Aggregate

Provence B

Woburn

62

Ian Edwards

BARLOW SENIORS TROPHY-

Ladies Aggregate

Bowl

Northants County

57

Celia Edwards

RUNNERS UP –

Gents Aggregate

Wine glass

Whisky gls

Bath

68

Alan Buxton

RUNNERS UP–

Ladies Aggregate

Glass Bowl

Reading

57

Pat Bennett

DAY PRIZES

DAY 2 – Gents – 1st Prize

Pair Whisky Glasses

Stratford-on-Avon

26

Michael Curley

 

              Gents – 2nd Prize

Highball Glass

Ganton

25 (27)

Antony Briggs

Member 2 shot pen

 

              Ladies – 1st Prize

Pair Wine Glasses

Sand Moor

22

Helen Duckett

 

              Ladies – 2nd Prize

Highball Glass

Gog Magog

22

Sue Lockley

DAY PRIZES

DAY 1 -Gents – 1st Prize

Pair Whisky Glasses

Gog Magog

33

Robin Moser

 

              Gents – 2nd Prize

Highball Glass

Sand Moor

32

Richard Wadkin

 

              Ladies – 1st Prize

Pair Wine Glasses

Bath

39

Kathryn Anthony

 

              Ladies – 2nd Prize

Highball Glass

Portal

34

Barbara McDyre

 


T's and C's for Carden Park

posted 14 Nov 2019, 09:07 by Paul Collier   [ updated 14 Nov 2019, 09:33 by Brian Ward ]

You can download the Terms and Conditions for the Carden Park AGM below.

Costa Navarino Tour Report 2019

posted 16 Oct 2019, 01:13 by Brian Ward   [ updated 3 Oct 2020, 09:52 ]

Thirty-two intrepid explorers met early one September morning at a frantic Gatwick airport.  By lunchtime, they were basking in the warm Greek sunshine and gazing on the azure Ionian Sea as it gently washed the beaches of Navarino Bay.

What a fabulous hotel we arrived in.  We all imagined that we had been upgraded.  The rooms were spacious and magnificently equipped.  The staff were friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.  We were ready for welcome drinks and the Welcome Dinner.  The food choices were astonishing.


 
 

The next day we nursed our sore heads and prepared for golf.  There are two courses at Costa Navarino.  We started on The Dunes which simulate a UK links course with mounds and treacherous hollows and undulating fast greens.  The second course is The Bay course with stunning and breathtaking views over Navarino Bay.  No wonder our scores were low!

Our games were team events with indecipherable rules resulting in resounding successes for the female participants.  They do get generous yardage advantages on European courses.  On the final day, The Massacre of the Innocents, the Ladies were victorious in the match-play event too.  Congratulations were uttered through gritted teeth.  And so on to the prize giving evening.  The much coveted Spoons of Nike and Zeus were awarded to Sue Devine (Nike, the Goddess of Victory) for playing brilliantly and Pete Carpenter (Zeus, the god known for being lucky with his partners).


 
 

We all enjoyed the excellent food at the hotel’s eight restaurants and the wine deal of £13 for two hours of unlimited consumption.  This enabled us to forget our inadequate golfing efforts of that day.   But we were ecstatic when we found the restaurants at the local village that enable us to watch stunning sunsets over the bay whilst we drank and laughed our evenings away.  Trips were also made to local places of interest and guided tours at the hotel were excellent and informative.

All in all, it was a fabulous trip.  We all agreed we should repeat our joyous experiences sooner rather than later before property development and popularity will spoil the fabulous feel that it now has.  Well done everyone, you were a great friendly group that enjoyed it all.  It was a pleasure to be with you.

Giles Hinchcliffe

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Moor Park / Beaconsfield Report

posted 24 Sept 2019, 04:33 by Brian Ward   [ updated 24 Sept 2019, 08:33 ]

The GSGB September Meeting straddled the county lines of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire when we visited Moor Park, playing the High Course on day one, and Beaconsfield on day two. Moor Park has a long association with the Society going back almost 60 years and as well as providing two fine courses, it has one of the grandest and most impressive clubhouses in world golf.


 
 


Day two took us to Beaconsfield GC, a new venue for GSGB and one that will almost certainly be used again in future years. Beaconsfield also has a wonderful old clubhouse and a golf course to match with a recent bunker renovation elevating its status even further.

Fifty-one members played over the two days and although there was a little rain at Moor Park it was wall to wall sunshine the following day to round off another enjoyable season for the Society.

After Dinner we were joined by the current Moor Park Captain John Phillips and his wife Tricia. John spoke of the club's excellent junior programme before GSGB Treasurer Robin Moser presented him with a £500 donation towards the club junior section.

The men’s Barlow Seniors Trophy was won by Derek Lyons from Royal Wimbledon with 71 points, the runner-up was Terry Jones from the Warren with 66 points.


The Ladies Trophy was won by Louise Andrews from West Surrey who scored 61 points and the runner-up was Vanessa Adams from the Warren, also with 61 points. A full list of all prize winners can be seen below.

The next GSGB event is the September tour to Costa Navarino in Greece.

We begin our 2020 season with a spring tour to Dublin which is followed by the May meeting at Seascale and Silloth on Solway.

The full list of 2020 fixtures can be found on the home page of the website.


Brian




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Barlow Seniors Trophy-

 

(Gents Aggregate)

 

WESTMINSTER VASE

Royal Wimbledon

71

Derek Lyons

Barlow Seniors Trophy-

 (Ladies Aggregate)

 

WESTMINSTER BOWL

 

West Surrey

61

Louise Andrews

RUNNER-UP PRIZE -

Gents Net Aggregate

 

TANKARD

The Warren

66

Terry Jones

RUNNER-UP PRIZE-

Ladies Net Aggregate

 

GLASS BOWL

The Warren

61

Vanessa Adams

DAY PRIZES-

2nd DAY

Gents – 1st Prize

 

PAIR WHISKY GLASSES

Effingham

36

Liz Clark

 

Gents – 2nd Prize

 

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

Bath

32

Mark Moorfoot

 

Ladies – 1st Prize

 

PAIR WINE GLASSES

 

Bath

32

Linda Hill

 

Ladies – 2nd Prize

 

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

Sand Moor

32

Delyse Wadkin

1st  DAY

Gents – 1st Prize

 

PAIR WHISKY GLASSES

Bath

34

Geoff Ogden

 

Gents – 2nd Prize

 

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

Sand Moor

32

Richard Wadkin

 

Ladies – 1st Prize

 

PAIR WINE GLASSES

 

Bath

33

Stephanie Moorfoot

 

Ladies – 2nd Prize

 

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

Royal Wimbledon

31

Pippa  Lyons

 

St Annes Old Links/Fairhaven Report

posted 22 Aug 2019, 04:24 by Brian Ward   [ updated 22 Aug 2019, 06:32 ]

St Annes Old Links / Fairhaven Report   August 19 th – 20 th 2019

 

The GSGB August Meeting took place over two of Lancashire's oldest and most famous links courses when we visited St Annes Old Links GC and Fairhaven GC, one of the GSGB's more recent participating clubs. Good weather was enjoyed on both days by the 70 members who attended with any rain showers disappearing before play began. A stiff wind helped to create difficult playing conditions on the first day and the numerous bunkers only added to the test. Despite the wind, the superb greens and the excellent conditioning of the course made for a very enjoyable day for all.

 
 

Day 2 turned out to be a beautiful day at Fairhaven with a very light breeze and at times warm sunshine. The greens were once again in wonderful condition and despite having even more bunkers than St Annes, the scoring was better, particularly from the ladies.

At Fairhaven, we were joined by club captain Mike Franklin who accepted the £500 Junior Section cheque from GSGB Chairman Giles Hinchcliffe before helping with the presentation. Fairhaven has often been ranked in the list of England's top 100 courses and it's not difficult to see why.

The King of Morocco Cup was won by Ian Chamberlain from Frinton with 69 points, beating David Evans from Chelmsford by 1 point.

The Society Salver was won by Anna Clark from Belton Park with 67 points, a much more comfortable 6 point winning margin over Pat Hone from Highgate.

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

The next event will be held on September 16th –17th  at Moor Park (High) / Beaconsfield . 

There are still places available so please contact the office if you wish to take part. 

 

 
 
 

 

 
 


KING OF MOROCCO CUP-

(Gents Gross Aggregate)

 

CHELTENHAM VASE

Frinton

69

Ian Chamberlain

SOCIETY SALVER-

 (Ladies Gross Aggregate)

 

CHELTENHAM BOWL

 

Belton Park

67

Anna Clark

RUNNER-UP PRIZE -

Gents Net Aggregate

 

TANKARD

Chelmsford

68

David Evans

RUNNER-UP PRIZE-

Ladies Net Aggregate

 

GLASS BOWL

Highgate

61

Pat Hone

DAY PRIZES-

2nd DAY

Gents – 1st Prize

 

PAIR WHISKY GLASSES

Astbury

35

Alan Percival

 

Gents – 2nd Prize

 

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

Woodhall Spa

34

Tony Parker

 

Ladies – 1st Prize

 

PAIR WINE GLASSES

 

Luffenham Heath

33

Beverley Roebuck

 

Ladies – 2nd Prize

 

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

The Warren

33

Vanessa Adams

1st  DAY

Gents – 1st Prize

 

PAIR WHISKY GLASSES

Woburn

37

Martyn Pellew

 

Gents – 2nd Prize

 

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

Chelmsford

35

Alan Golbourn

 

Ladies – 1st Prize

 

PAIR WINE GLASSES

 

Northants County

29

Gillian Curley

 

Ladies – 2nd Prize

 

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

Reading

29

Pat Bennett

 

East Sussex National AGM Meeting Report

posted 31 Jul 2019, 08:35 by Brian Ward   [ updated 1 Aug 2019, 02:06 ]


The 2019 Golf Society of Great Britain AGM was held at East Sussex National on 23rd/24th July. Seventy five members enjoyed good weather for the duration of their stay. With temperatures reaching 35 degrees on the first day some would say that it was possibly a little too good! Thankfully the heat reduced by 5 or 6 degrees on Day 2 and a light breeze helped to make the golf much more comfortable for all. 


Both golf courses are relatively modern American style parkland designs. The East course is a slightly more open and mounded design with the West generally thought of as being a more attractive layout. Members had differing views on which course they preferred which suggests that they are of a similar standard. The bunkers were out of play on Day 1 following thunderstorm damage and in all honesty, they need to be completely refurbished which the hotel plans to do during the next 6 months.


The Hotel accommodation and food were very good indeed, prices were reasonable and the venue may well be visited again by GSGB in future years.


At the AGM Chairman Giles Hinchcliffe presented Liz Clark and David Latham with leaving gifts in recognition of their time spent on the Committee. Alan Golbourn was unanimously voted in as our new President but unfortunately, outgoing President Nigel Dickson was unable to attend due to a hip injury which made a long car journey impossible.

 


The Handicap Cups for the best two-day aggregate scores were won by Alan Golbourn (Chelmsford) with 80 points and Gillian Curley (Northants County) 71 points. Paul and Yogi Jackson with 135 points, claimed the "Enjoy Golf Together Trophy" by compiling the best husband and wife aggregate score over the two days.

Chairman Giles Hinchcliffe presented the prizes and the full list of winners can be found below.

 

Our next Meeting will take place at St Annes Old Links and Fairhaven on August 19th/20th.

 

 
 

The 2019 AGM will be held at Carden Park in Cheshire.

 

RESULTS SHEET – East Sussex National AGM MEETING  23 – 24 July 2019

 

HANDICAP CUP–

Gents  Aggregate

 

Provence Vase

from

Chelmsford

80

Alan Golbourn

 

HANDICAP CUP –

Ladies Aggregate

 

Provence Bowl

from

Northamptonshire County

71

Gillian Curley

 

ENJOY GOLF TOGETHER

Mixed aggregate  score

 

 

Claret Jug

from

Gog Magog

135

Paul & Yogi Jackson

 

RUNNERS UP –

Gents Aggregate

 

Tankard

from

The Warren

73

Terry Jones

 

RUNNERS UP–

Ladies Aggregate

 

Glass Bowl

from

Gog Magog

65

Yogi Jackson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAY PRIZES

DAY 2 –Gents – 1st Prize

Pair Whisky Glasses

from

Sand Moor

38

Giles Hinchcliffe

 

 

              Gents – 2nd Prize

 

Small Bowl

from

Bath

35

Russell Wakefield

 

 

              Gents – ­3rd Prize

 

Highball Glass

from

Effingham

34

George Clark

 

 

              Ladies – 1st Prize

 

Pair Wine Glasses

from

Alnmouth

31

Kathryn Archibald

 

 

              Ladies – 2nd Prize

 

Posy Bowl

from

Lee-on-the Solent

30

Jenny Nation

 

 

              Ladies – 3rdPrize          

 

Highball Glass

from

Northamptonshire County

30

Laura Steedman

 

DAY PRIZES

DAY 1 -Gents – 1st Prize

Pair Whisky Glasses

from

Woburn

41

John Fulton

 

 

              Gents – 2nd Prize

 

Small Bowl

from

Woburn

41

Ian Edwards

 

 

              Gents – 3rd  Prize

 

Highball Glass

from

Brickendon Grange

38

Ed Devine

 

 

              Ladies – 1st Prize

 

Pair Wine Glasses

from

Northamptonshire County

42

Celia Edwards

 

 

              Ladies – 2nd Prize

 

Posy Bowl

from

Bath

35

Denise Stone

 

 

              Ladies – 3rdPrize          

 

Highball Glass

from

Saffron Walden

34

Sally Moser

 

 

NEAREST THE PIN

Day 2 - Gents

 

Small Bowl

from

Gog Magog

Mark Lockley

 

 

             Ladies

 

Posy Bowl

from

The Warren

Vanessa Adams

 

 

Day 1 - Gents

 

Small Bowl

from

Chelmsford

Alan Golbourn

 

   

             Ladies

 

Posy Bowl

from

Came Down

Carolyn Pike

Middlesbrough/Cleveland Report

posted 30 Jun 2019, 02:52 by Brian Ward   [ updated 1 Jul 2019, 00:45 ]

Middlesbrough/Cleveland Report   June 20th – 21st  2019


After a rather damp start to the summer, a more settled spell of dry weather greeted our group of 41 members in North Yorkshire, much to the relief of everyone who took part.

The June meeting was played on two attractive but very different courses, firstly at the tree-lined parkland of Middlesbrough GC and then on the second day over the rugged links of Yorkshires oldest course, Cleveland GC. It was 10 years since the previous visit to Middlesbrough but this was the first time that the society had played at Cleveland, Yorkshire's only true links course and I'm sure it won't be the last. Both venues were in great condition with excellent greens to test the skills of all that took part. 

At Dinner, we were joined by the Middlesbrough club captain Mr Jim Taylor and his wife Hilary. Mr Taylor gratefully accepted the Society donation of £500 to further junior golf at his club from GSGB Chairman Giles Hinchcliffe.

The Founders Trophy for men was won by Paul Collier from Astbury with 69 points over the two days, narrowly defeating Ian Chamberlain on countback. The ladies Founders Trophy was won by Linda Cusack from Camberley Heath who scored 66 points, including an excellent score of 39 points on day 2. Kathy Ogden from Bath was the aggregate runner-up with 64 points.

 
 

A full list of all prize winners can be seen below.

The next event will be the AGM meeting at East Sussex National on July 23rd/24th.

Brian

Title

Prize

Club

Score

Name

Aynsley Bridgland

Founders Trophy

Gents 

PROVENCE VASE

Astbury

69

Paul Collier

Aynsley Bridgland

Founders Trophy

Ladies

PROVENCE BOWL

 

Camberley Heath

66

Linda Cusack

Handicap Prize–

Gents Aggregate

TANKARD

Frinton

69

Ian Chamberlain

Handicap Prize–

Ladies Aggregate

GLASS BOWL

Bath

64

Kathy Ogden

 

 

 

 

 

DAY PRIZES

DAY 2 –Gents – 1stPrize

PAIR RUMMER GLASSES

Sand Moor

36

Robert Brown

 Gents – 2nd Prize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

Sand Moor

34

Giles Hinchcliffe

 Ladies – 1stPrize

PAIR WINE GLASSES

 

Bath

33

Linda Hill

Ladies – 2ndPrize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

Sand Moor

32

Jen Cusack

 

 

 

 

 

DAY PRIZES

DAY 1 -Gents – 1stPrize

PAIR RUMMER GLASSES

Alnmouth

33

David Archibald

Gents – 2ndPrize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

Bath

32

Mark Moorfoot

Ladies – 1stPrize

PAIR WINE GLASSES

 

Sand Moor

35

Clare Jenkins

Ladies – 2ndPrize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

Sand Moor

32

Delyse Wadkin

Woodhall Spa Report

posted 24 May 2019, 02:24 by Brian Ward   [ updated 24 May 2019, 09:26 ]

Woodhall Spa Report   May 21st - 22nd 2019

The GSGB's first meeting of the 2019 season was played at Woodhall Spa, home to the relatively modern Bracken layout and the world famous Hotchkin course which is currently ranked 78th in the World. The Hotchkin will always be linked to the society through Neil Hotchkin, designer and owner of the course and GSGB President between 1989-93.

Forty three members enjoyed glorious weather over the two days of competition as they battled the notoriously well bunkered Hotchkin layout. A three year course renovation programme was recently completed by world renowned golf course architect Tom Doak and his team. Thousands of trees were removed to help with heather regeneration and bunkers have been both refurbished and added to create a more open heathland feel and a much improved golf course.

 
 

At Dinner, we were joined by the Woodhall Spa Captain, Mr David Hilton and the Ladies Vice-Captain Cynthia Treharne. GSGB Chairman, Giles Hinchcliffe, presented David with a £500 donation to be used to support the club's junior section.

The Day 1 prizes were won by David Kerr with 33 points and Vanessa Adams with 28 points and the Day 2 winners were George Clark with 37 points and Christine Hinchcliffe with 30 points.

The aggregate handicap prizes were won by Alan Golbourn with 67 points and Kathryn Archibald with 63.

 
 

David Archibald had the honour of being crowned this year's Men's Scratch Cup winner fending off challenges from Alan Golbourn, Lorne Smith and last year's winner Tim Russell. David adds his name to the Cup for the fifth time. Gillian Curley won the Ladies Scratch Cup by one shot over Pat Bennett with Kathryn Archibald a further two shots back.


 
 

A full list of prize winners can be seen below.

The next meeting will be held at Middlesbrough and Cleveland on June 20th - 21st.


Title

Prize

Club

Score

Name

SCRATCH CUP–

Gents Aggregate

PROVENCE VASE

ALNMOUTH

61

DAVID ARCHIBALD

SCRATCH CUP

Ladies Aggregate

PROVENCE BOWL

 

NORTHANTS COUNTY

43

GILLIAN CURLEY

HANDICAP PRIZE – Gents Aggregate

TANKARD

CHELMSFORD

67

ALAN GOLBOURN

HANDICAP PRIZE– Ladies Aggregate

GLASS BOWL

ALNMOUTH

63

KATHRYN ARCHIBALD

 

 

 

 

 

DAY PRIZES

DAY 2 –Gents – 1stPrize

PAIR WHISKY GLASSES

EFFINGHAM

37

GEORGE CLARK

 Gents – 2nd Prize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

ROYAL DORNOCH

34

LORNE SMITH

 Ladies – 1stPrize

PAIR WINE GLASSES

 

SAND MOOR

30

CHRISTINE HINCHCLIFFE

Ladies – 2ndPrize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

WEST SURREY

29

LOUISE ANDREWS

 

 

 

 

 

DAY PRIZES

DAY 1 -Gents – 1stPrize

PAIR WHISKY GLASSES

NORTHANTS COUNTY

33

DAVID KERR

Gents – 2ndPrize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

BATH

33

BARRIE LUSCOMBE

Ladies – 1stPrize

PAIR WINE GLASSES

 

THE WARREN

28

VANESSA ADAMS

Ladies – 2ndPrize

HIGHBALL GLASS

 

READING

27

PAT BENNETT


 

South Africa Tour March 2019

posted 12 Mar 2019, 09:30 by Brian Ward   [ updated 12 Mar 2019, 10:19 ]

Less than an hour from J’burg Airport we arrived at Irene Country Lodge overlooking a tranquil lake teaming with bird life.  After a good night’s rest we played Centurion Golf Club on our first day, playing on a rather soggy golf course which had only opened the day before our arrival after heavy rains the week before!  Sadly the river had flooded two holes which were covered with rubbish from the floods – how lucky that we arrived when we did – blue skies greeted us each day from then on.

Day two found us at Dainfern Golf Club, on the outskirts of J’burg, only to be told the course was closed – fortunately this was an administrative error, as all courses are closed on Monday’s for maintenance, but we had the course to ourselves and the Proshop had an excellent Sale that kept the Ladies and some Gents happy.  A toughie with six crossings of the flooded river to contend with.

The next day was a rest day, but our driver Norman took thirteen of us on a tour of Johannesburg visiting the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Presidents House and the Apartheid Museum.  Lunch followed in a nice suburb followed by retail therapy at a nearby African Crafts Centre.

Glendower Golf Club, home of the SA African Open in 2018 greeted us the next day for the 1st Round of the Individual Stableford.  Some good scores were returned, but the highlight was Alan Golbourn getting a Hole in One on the 3rd Hole – both the Golf Course and the Hotel were suitably impressed. 

Our final day in Pretoria was spent on the delightful Pecanwood Golf Course after a pleasant hour + drive to get there.  Despite threatening skies and a sharp downfall, we all enjoyed playing an easier course against each other in the Couples Swapsie.....even those who were not couples!  We elected to have a Bar-B-Q that evening at the nearby lakeside which did not quite work, but it was a lovely venue and we returned late to pack up ready for an early start the following morning to Kruger.

Leaving before 8.00am we drove through fairly flat landscape for two hours before coming into some beautiful countryside with steep gorges and rolling hills.  We finally stopped for lunch at HazyView where a much needed break was enjoyed.  Another few hours we arrived at the Hans Merensky Resort stepping out into a different climate entirely – very hot and humid.  After such a long day the first impressions of the hotel were not great, with air conditioning issues, changes of rooms etc.  However, waking to see impala grazing and monkeys playing outside our rooms soon lightened the mood.  

Having played on four immaculate golf courses the first week, this one was a complete contrast but we soon elected to place the ball anywhere on the course, including the bunkers which were full of giraffe footprints.  ‘Golf in the Wild’ is how they advertise it, and they were quite right, but it was a good layout with some very challenging water holes....with crocodiles.

We stayed at Hans Merensky for the remaining week interspersing four golf days with a 5.00am Game Drive followed with an afternoon river cruise.  On another day we drove into the Drakensburg Mountains on the Panorama Route visiting Blythe River Canyon and Bourkes Luck Potholes with pancakes for lunch at Harries in Graskop.  Our final rest day, most played golf again followed by an evening Game Drive where some of us were lucky enough to get really close to a pride of lionesses with one cub – quite magical.

Our final golf day was interesting as we were mixed up with a large Am-Am, but managed to play the final round of the Stableford.  The Tour Winners were Gillian Curley with rounds of 29 and 34, and Terry Jones with 38 and 34 with the respective Runners Up being Paul and Yogi Jackson –  the Rookies!  Our final evening was very jolly with the Prize Giving and an impromptu African display by the chef on drum, and the waitresses and kitchen staff all singing, and Michael Pring doing an impressive African dance!

We set off early on the last day driving back to J’Burg this time taking in more lovely scenery through the Highland Way stopping at Dullstrom for a lovely lunch at Critchley Lodges, and arriving at the Airport in good time.  This Tour was certainly a full itinerary, but in true GSGB style everyone took it in their stride and despite the heat and malaria pills, we all coped !

 

Liz Clark

 

East Sussex National T's and C's

posted 21 Nov 2018, 10:27 by Paul Collier   [ updated 12 Mar 2019, 10:21 by Brian Ward ]

Here's a screen grab of the T's and C's for the AGM at East Sussex National July23rd and 24th 2019.


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