As away days go, you will have to go very very far to beat Sunningdale Golf Club.
I didn’t know too much about the detail of Sunningdale before today. I knew ‘of’ the course, had seen it feature on European Masters and more recently the British Ladies Open, but I couldn’t have picked out a memorable hole or pro’s shot… but I knew enough that it was a fantastic course that I am unlikely to have a chance to play again. Cost an arm and a leg, but I’m afraid was it worth it.
Seven of us were down to play the prestigious Old Course today. A few had headed over to play Foxhills the day before and then hotel nearby but Phil, myself, Yeti, Sid, Backdoor, Graham and Sean were at the club bright and early literally hanging around for them to open for breakfast. Some earlier than others, thanks to a wonky text from phil the night before after he enjoyed a few whiskeys. Thanks Phil!
Cracking day, slight chilly but bright sunshine did something to warm up. I was there in good time and saw at least 15 greenkeepers working on the course… and they were the ones at least in sight. Greens were great, bunkers pristine (till Brian got in a few), fairways and surrounds trimmed to a superb level. A lot of work goes into the course with their resources and it shows. I mean its not everyday you have post round drinks in the same bar as former Chief Exec of the European Tour George O’Grady, or let a winning Ryder Cup captain play through on a hole…
Sean, Backdoor and Graham A headed out in the first 3ball, Simon and I had a pairs sidematch with Brian and Phil in our fourball. Swindle tenners in, 4 nearest the pins. Our match was all square after nine but was nip and tuck with the first 7 holes being halved – tight all the way until the back nine. After being spurred on by the top notch halfway house (and homemade sausage rolls, of course), Simon and I put a few decent holes together and took the match 3&2.
They had a few club matches being played so we let a fourball and two ball play through on the front nine. On the back nine we were bemused to let two young lads play with through on the long par3 – who were being walked along by a couple of adults, only to see that it was Paul McGinley and his father. Father and Grandad watching their junior play golf. Nice.
A cracking day, followed by food on the sun terrace… with the sun still showing its face to warm up the Spring afternoon. Top day – I managed to take a nine and the overall, I think Johnny grabbed back nine. Not sure. Graham got two pins, I nabbed one and Sean scooped last one complete with birdie. Thanks again to Phil for another great organising effort. Now to start saving to play the New Course one day.
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