Bit of a smash n’ grab at St George’s Hill today from the Swashbucklers. We certainly grabbed a healthy number of bottles in prizes. February’s course on the Surrey Chamber of Commerce is the extremely nice St George’s Hill in Weybridge, just round the corner from the Slivermere. Some amazing properties driving up through the exclusive estate to the impressive clubhouse.
Playing there last year, the blue nine was fantastic, and we then played on the green course. Still a great nine, but a couple of ‘ok’ holes compared to the blue and then-being-worked on red. Speaking to the assistant pro beforehand today, the green course is apprently being worked on to bring it up more to the primary nines. A few tees being repositioned and other work, I’m sure you will soon only play a great round whatever holes you’re allocated.
This year, with a request from the society organisers we were playing the top two nines – the red and blue – mainly because they had maintenance on the course this week. Namely tining and a huge amount sanding laid on the greens.
Pleased to be playing the best 18, we found the greens were still running very well despite the sand, helped by the ironing and general condition of the already solid greens. Made for some dramatic explosions of sand landing the ball on the green too.
Graham A, Yeti and I were a 3ball so were up against it in the team score as I think the other groups were 4balls and the best 3scores counted.
A solid front 9 on the blue saw Graham and I on 18 and Brian on 16. Decent start. Graham had a bit of a hiccup on first 3 holes on the back but we only had 2blobs between us in the round and a couple of putts dropped despite the sand and we came in with a strong score.
Nice lunch followed… pie… so I was sorted. Turns out Mr Adams copped 3rd with 35 and I sneaked the overall with 38. More groans from the society later saw our 4th team score ‘ghosted’ by another randomly selected guy who happened to be sat on our lunch table, and we grabbed the overall team prize. So winning bottles of wine all over the table. Tidy.
A seriously great course and if anyone gets a chance to play there, ideally the blue/red nine’s, you must play St George’s Hill.