DIAMONDS AND EMERALDS
I have just returned from three wonderful days in the west of Ireland. The so-called diamond coast is in the northwest of the Emerald Isle and there we were entertained at two gems of golf courses. Our destination was the golf courses at Enniscrone and Carne. Travel was so straightforward – a short flight from Gatwick to the deserted airport at Knock and a scenic hour long car ride though quiet country lanes to our destination. A letter in the clubhouse recalls a conversation between an American and golfers from St. Andrews enquiring why they would leave the birthplace of golf to visit Ireland. The response: “Ireland is the way it used to be in Scotland……and if you really want to find out what true Links golf is like, go up the road to Enniscrone.” Dune enclosed fairways led to majestic greens and all provided for a most enjoyable experience in this longstanding match with our Irish friends. It hardly seemed to matter that the Irish beat us – again ! The Guinness helped too. If you are thinking of a golf outing I would thoroughly recommend this as a destination.
On my return I headed north to witness the final day of the Walker Cup so named in honour of the 41st. and 43rd. Presidents of the United States. This year it was played for the 47th time at Hoylake. Beautiful sunny weather made the course look easy for the best amateur golfers from the US and GB and Ireland. They were spared the winds we enjoyed in Ireland ! The Americans came through to win on the Sunday afternoon and collect the rather handsome trophy (photo attached).
OUR SENIORS KEEP GOING
August was a quiet month for the LSGC. There was only one event this being the annual seniors competition played traditionally over two days at Frilford Heath. Nick Macleish led the way on day 1 with an amazing score of 46 stableford points. Nick had clearly used all his fire power on the first day and was not able to sustain this performance into day 2 after a night at the Doghouse. Overall Victory went to Ian Newton – congratulations Ian.
A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY
I am pleased to report that I have now arranged for my captain’s day to be held next year on TUESDAY 31 MARCH at my home club of West Hill in Surrey. We will work out the details nearer the time but please put the date in your diary. It will be a fun day.