Snow arrived during the week… inevitably sticking around for a while at Surrey National.
Early Saturday morning saw a few hardy souls at the club hoping for a game somewhere, anywhere. The Lee’s Feeze and Snashers, Beef Austin, Ritchie and myself were calling around to find a club open and we eventually booked tee times at Horsham Golf (and Fitness). Mr Feeze couldn’t make the slot but Messrs Alan Gollampost and Winkle were duly roped in and we all headed down the M23 to Horsham.
The situation wasn’t helped by Sean firing over Whatsapp pictures of the weather in Mauritius where Tracey, Bobby and Lorraine were enjoying a trip away. Lucky b*ggers.
One breakfast later, one breakdown (from Tom), one rescue (from Al, of said Tom)… and we hit the 10am tee time as two 3balls and all had a great round. Treelined front9 with only a couple of greens in snow/ice… we managed to get round and enjoy the game with only 10mins or so of rain/sleet on the back9. Newly re-designed, our GPS watches were useless but although the weather was cold, the rain/sleet held off with the exception of a couple of holes.
No GPS and a new course to us all…. this didn’t stop Mr Winkle asking us all for wind direction, distance, and “whats my line” on every shot (twice).
A fun track Horsham, 6 par3’s, few funky greens and some very reachable par5’s meant you could score well especially in better weather I’m sure, but many holes still demand some good placement off the tee and some decent irons into small greens. Didn’t help on Saturday with a number of the greens being very firm or just solid… especially on the front9. Its a good setup, a nine9 hole course as well as the new 18, nice range and friendly clubhouse.
I think nearly everyone got 30 or more points so some decent scores in the weather and on a new course, Vice Capt Winkle took the overall and front9 with 36, Thomas the back with 21pts helped by his driver working again for him..
Still cold but the whole day was forecast solid rain. Mr Loveless was a determined voice on Whatsapp in wanting to play… somewhere (again)… anywhere (again)… helped by Mr Adams with 3 fresh Vokey wedges in his hand and wanting somewhere to unleash them. More hardy Swindlers turned up at the club house to keep Matt company for an hour for a second day running – Graham’s Loveless and Adams, Mushi, Ritchie again and myself.
Lingfield were charging a pretty penny to play just 16 holes but Horsham seemed a decent option with a great rate after confirming that they were again open. Off we trotted once again down the M23 to Horsham through the heavy rain.
They let us go out as a 5 ball and having the course literally to ourselves, despite the persistent rain, we were obviously prepared for it from the off and it never really got too heavy or too cold for us. A new track to Mushi and the two Grahams, but despite the odd ropey hole (that lake by the 4th ate another of my balls!), we all put together a decent round.
Graham and Ritchie fighting it out for the Wooden Spoon prize… secured by Graham after a solid last 3 holes from the resurgent Blake despite Ritchie playing with a disgusting orange ball. Devil’s work orange balls in my book. Mushi got over the disappointment of not being served booze at 10.45am, and started knocking a heap of determined pitches stiff for 3points a pop. But it wasnt enough to take the overall honours after Mr Loveless and I fought out a close game, seeing me pip auld “CC” by one point to return 37points after the 18. Graham’s long putt from off the green for 4points on the fantastic par5 12th just wasn’t enough. Sorry CC.
Big thanks to Horsham GC for being open and helping us with a great rate. A nice track, very friendly staff and definitely worth a visit again soon.