The twenty participants assembled at Pyle & Kenfig GC Thursday lunch time and teed off in glorious sunshine with a welcome light breeze that was to be the order of the day for all four rounds. From our vantage point playing at Pyle we overlooked Porthcawl and the stands and TV cameras where the first days play of the Seniors Open was taking place. Two days previously qualifying for that event had taken place at Pyle & Kenfig and nobody had broken par when four and five under were qualifying at other venues so we knew we were on a tough test! However, Liz, Tony and Andrew put together 74 points to run out easy winners on this truly great links test.
A ravenous group made its way to Llanelli and our accommodation at the 4 star Strady Hotel where we were very well fed and watered? and comfortably accommodated for our three nights in this charming corner of Wales.
Stunning views and another stern test were presented at Pennard GC on Friday. This was delightful links golf in its truest form. Undulating, fast running and good paced greens that kept you alert! Vivienne, Richard K and Tony, for the second day running, won with a score of 68 but only on the back nine. However, my everlasting memory will be of Richard W’s game plan, surly the shortest lasting in history. He announced to me earlier that he was going to play all the way round with irons to keep in play on these fast running fairways and promptly drove off the first tee with a wood. I can happily report that he did hit the fairway!!
A different challenge presented itself at Neath where we played an individual stableford. Having climbed up the first two holes like Welsh mountain sheep to the top of this lovely heathland course we were treated to far reaching panoramic views to the coast and down Welsh Valleys from thereon. It appears Patrick was the only person not enjoying the views, how else could he have won by seven clear shots unless it was “head down” all the way?! His 37 was well clear of second place Richard K and leading lady, Vivienne on 30 points.
We were made most welcome at all clubs, but I have to make special mention of the Neath members and their hospitality. As a visiting party on a busy Saturday, both before, during and after play we were made to feel most welcome throughout. A big thank you to all.
The new Nicklaus Design, Machynys Point was our final destination of the tour. A modern links design but a complete contrast to the previous days as it is set at sea level on reclaimed land, flat, wider and meandering through lakes much as Florida courses do, it was an ideal location for our last day. The previous best two from three team events played on true British Links had seen only one score in the 70’s, so a score of 75 leading with one card to come in was looking healthy. However, it appears Patrick was still inspired from the previous day and along with Peter and Sue posted a best of the week 81 points.
So concluded our second UK Escorted Tour of this season. The final event before Overseas Tours begin again in September will be based in Yorkshire 14-17 August. It is well supported but has two or three places available. Following that are a couple of Golf & Coaching Staverton Park weekends over August Bank Holiday and Sept 5-8th. We look forward to welcoming you on future events.
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