This was not a golfing area I knew other than the courses by reputation and they didn’t disappoint. Staying at The Swan in the centre of Arundel, also made for very pleasant 3 days accommodation and sent us on our way to golf with hearty breakfasts. Within a very short walk of the river, impressive castle and other historic buildings, not to mention shops and restaurants, the Swan made an ideal location for a short break.
We congregated at Hayling Island GC Sunday lunch time for our first round on this excellent links course. Fast running and presented in lovely condition with just a light breeze, it made a perfect first round. The best two from four team event was won by Richard, Peter, Ann and Rosemary with a very respectable 75 points, two ahead of David, Don, Mary and Liz. A dash back to the Swan for a quick check in and shower before a welcome dinner complement a most enjoyable longish day.
Footnote:- a short par 4 early in the back nine at Hayling has the narrowest fairway I have ever seen in my sixty years playing golf. Add blind tee shot and no marker post, just the way golf used to be played , quirky and magnificent!
The following morning we arrived at East Brighton GC to heavy mist and a delayed start at this downland course that was to offer spectacular views once play got under way for a mixed 4BBB. The scoring was very good with the lowest a commendable 36 points, however the two leading scores resulted in a tie on 44, Arnold and Liz back nine winners from Richard and Mary, 24 points to 21! The evening proved a convivial affair at the Italian restaurant a few yards up the street from the hotel front door.
A drive high into the downs and we arrived at The Dyke GC on a glorious day to yet more stunning views and a splendid test of golf in lovely condition. As with Hayling’s narrow fairway, another first for me – three par fives in the first four holes!
The last phrase reminds me of the man who said “golf is a crazy game, you shout fore, take a six and write down five”.
Anyway, despite some moaning and groaning at fairways generally sloping left to right, not suiting his fade Arnold with partner Mary won the 4BBB second day running and again on the back nine 23 to 21 form Don and Ronnie, both teams recording commendable 42 points.
After checking out of The Swan at 9.00am and saying goodbye to a most pleasant stay in Arundel, we drove half an hour northwards to Cowdrey Park GC for our final days golf. A fourth day of super weather, a friendly welcome, that I have to say was received at all the clubs, set the scene for a Ladies v Gents team event at this lovely parkland layout overlooking the Southern Downs. The ladies put in a fine performance but were pipped by the Gents 145 to 141 to conclude a most enjoyable tour. I think all would recommend that we repeat the experience!
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