I was busy last week and didn’t get round to posting about our trip away last weekend to East Brighton Golf Club. I was also collared in the car park today by a certain M Wheddon asking where the post was…
Surrey National was under snow and unlikely to clear till the mild weather the following week, Whatsapp was busy with a few plans to find a course open. Horsham wasnt on and Phil and Sean had played here last year with partners and we confirmed that East Brighton was open. A nice course with a nice history – it isn’t long but some great holes and excellent greens given the time of year. A lot of work last year to bring them up to their current top condition. Past years we’ve headed on down to Seaford Head and whilst that has its own character, we all agreed East Brighton was a nice track.
Sat on top of the cliffs just east of Brighton (strange that), it would be a top wee course to play in the summer, under a warm sun and light coastal breeze. As it was, in the depths of winter we still took 8 hardy souls down for the the driving cold wind on Saturday, and 8 again on Sunday when the wind dropped. Two good days of golf… and the drive really wasn’t too bad.
Some decent scores on both days, notably young Jack returned 40 on a milder day on Sunday. Well done Jack, his 20/20 split certainly put paid to any mild hopes of my 37. However, highlight was surely the two eagles Winkle bagged on each day.
I played with the Winks on Saturday and about a 40yards pitch on the short par4 13th landed just on the green and rolled out. Apparently he then eagled the par5 14th a day later.
Top golf Mark, well done on the back to backs!
This weekend’s Swindles saw soggy course conditions in with a cold wind and rain. Biggest turnout of the year on Saturday with 21 in the Swindle… and as per with a big Swindle, M Jaggs Esq. stepped up to scoop the overall with a relatively modest 35pts. This despite some histrionics on the 18th after hitting a 4iron near sideways up into the deep stuff. Once found and the drama lessened, Jaggsy knocked it to 4foot, holed the putt and as it turns out I think grabbed back9 and the overall. £££.
Soggy Sunday saw just 9.5 of us (Sean playing 9) and newbie Grant (Wallis) started the inevitably handicap grumbling in the clubhouse with a clear win with 37pts on his first full Swindle.