Posted on behalf of Captain Mainwaring… I’m mean Adams
The sights, the sounds and a view of things to come.
Three countries visited, 11 rounds of golf (12 for BC) and three weeks later its 3am I’m thinking Hew wants a write up!!
We started up with a warm up in Marina Bay Golf Course Singapore, running stableford and match play comps through the tour between Brian and myself; with an “anti-couples” pairs match with the girls when they weren’t shopping! It nearly didn’t get past the 16th hole in Singapore our first destination!
Looking for a ball, I failed to see the 150 yd marker post looming up on us. The buggy grazed past the post but with my leg sticking outside the cab my knee collided with the post! Whatever damage sustained fortunately didn’t affect the golf but I still cant kneel on it!
On to New Zealand North Island and after a few days sight seeing we were on to Paraparumu links for a couple of rounds Paraparu is the 3rd best rated gold course in NZ. 8 of the courses we played are in the top 47. The South Island is where we concentrated our golf and as usual BC kept up his very steady play. Christchurch was interesting, staying in Pam’s cousin’s house for a few days – its in the red earthquake zone! When the quake hit in 2011 enormous rocks came down from the cliff taking out Steven’s wifes car, which she was in 30 seconds earlier (no exaggeration)! The car still remains in situ under a 50 ton rock and the house we stayed in has a 70 ton rock just a few feet from it which bounced (!!!) off the cliff! Conspiracy thoughts did run through my head – Brian failing to warn me of the marker post looming up and then getting accommodation in an earthquake red zone!
The Qeenstown courses had stunning views where ever you went with mountains and glacial lakes dominating in fact all courses played had outstanding views. BC & I took time off to watch the New Zealand Open at the Hills watching amongst others Jeff Ogilvy and Michael Cambell, but still fitted in 3 rounds of our own!
Our final golfing leg was down to Dunedin where the Eagles were playing the NZ leg of their world tour. Brian celebrated with his own eagle at Chisolm links. We played with two youngsters who were in a club bogey comp. Their drives were up to 330 yards and never seemed to come out of the sky! Eat your heart out Tom!! In NZ they have to put in a card on every round – comp or not. Despite being low single figure handicappers the 20 card rule made them go up 0.7 and 1.0 up immediately after the round was logged. So 1st May 2020 when the World Handicapping system comes into play watch your handicap shoot up and down no matter want category your currently in! Bandits beware!!
The final score between BC and myself was close Brian scoring a few points more than me, whist I took the match play title and the girls emptied our wallets!
The final leg took us to Sidney where we were banned from playing golf, don’t know why???
NZ would be a great swindle tour destination so when someone wins the lottery and wants to treat his mates……..