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Retired golfers on holidays

Nine weeks in Europe



Europe » United Kingdom » England » Lincolnshire » Woodhall Spa June 1st 2019

BlFriday 24 May- Royal Lytham and St Annes – had always wanted to play this course after watching Adam Scott almost win the British Open here in 2002 – sadly he blew it on the last 4 holes. We stayed in the Dormy House on course which was a bit of a new accommodation experience. Luckily the rooms had just been repainted and renovated. Went to dinner in the Members Dining Room – enjoyed the company of gofers who were playing in a tournament where they compete in traditional old plus fours and the ladies where the skirts and hats of the 1930’s. All the players had to use the old hickory clubs and carry a bag. We were amazed how well they could hit out of the bunkers! Teed off early the next morning in ... read more
The England banners were flying for the U16 team
Spanish bags at the practice green
and then there were the Pommy bags

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Surrey » Walton on the Hill May 31st 2019

Golfing Bucket List Final Course for UK - Walton Heath Friday 31 May - Walton Health – woke this morning with tired legs after yesterday’s effort of hill climbing at St George’s. Graham has so been looking forward to playing Walton Heath for many years. When we started booking courses for this trip our one disappointment was we could not get a booking at Walton Heath on the Old Course as it was all booked out and we were offered a round on the New Course. We decided New would be better than missing out altogether. Imagine our excitement when we were talking to the starter and she remembered our booking request for the Old Course and she said we had come so far, she would squeeze us into the Old Course field. We were really ... read more
First hole on Old course is a par 3 hole abt 200 yards in length
GG successfully hitting out of a deep bunker
Group in front playing first hole on Walton Heath open course

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Berkshire » Windsor May 28th 2019

Blog 2 Special Day at Windsor Castle – remembering family A short blog as today has been a very special day. We have been thinking about Uncle Alex Robertson’s funeral on Monday in Gympie and then the sad passing of great Aunty Margaret Robertson from Geelong on Monday night aged 92. We decided that we would honour them both in style. Being in Windsor we thought if St George’s Chapel was good enough for the Royal Family then it was the place to light a candle for our special Robertsons. Rest in peace Aunty Marg and Uncle Alex. Special hugs to Aunty Estelle. Love from Leanne and Graham (Photos inside chapel aren't so good. Had to take them sneakily as no photography allowed inside - eyes everywhere!!)... read more
Everyone loves a rose (1)
Gorgeous ceilings
Got to love a great  castle and Windsor is all of that

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Roxburghshire » Hawick May 28th 2019

Blog 1 22 May 2019 Dear all – the travelling golfers are currently in Scotland enjoying cool sunny weather. Arrived in Edinburgh on 15th May. Picked up a hire car at Edinburgh Airport and drove straight to Crail Golf Course which is on the sea about 30 minutes from St Andrews. Had a nice round happening until we hit the tough Par 3’s and a few long Par 4’s on the back nine holes. That soon wrecked the scores and by then the sea mist was rolling in making it difficult to see the ball. It was an amazing course that had some quaint and interesting history attached to it. For example a cave where centuries ago Constantine was killed by the Vikings and a beach where a ship with the mother of Mary, Queen of ... read more
400 year old Weeping Birch
1607 artwork
Abbey in Jedburgh

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Bridgend » Porthcawl May 27th 2019

Blog 4 Golfing – ticking off a few of the courses in the top 100 in the world that are on our Bucket List Monday 27th May – our big day at Royal Porthcawl – Wales. What a day this was. Awoke to a very windy day with passing showers. Got our gear together for all types of weather and drove up to Porthcawl. Visited the old town centre on our way to golf. Tiny streets and cottages dating back to the 16 and 1700’s. Every place is still inhabited and beautifully maintained. Drove up to the course and called at the proshop where we were told that lunch was to be provided for us in the Dining Room. The surprises continued when we arrived at the Front door and there was a welcome sign for ... read more
approach shot on 17th this was a really tough hole needing a lot of care
Awesome Club welcome awaited Mr Guymer
Crossing towards Cardiff and Porthcawl on the Prince of Wales Bridge

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Surrey » Weybridge May 26th 2019

The Golfing Bucket List of World Top 100 Courses Continues Wednesday 29 May – Golf at Swinley Forest Golf Club. What a start to the day – Awoke to a screaming fire alarm at 7.30am. Ran out the door half dressed – GG clutching his shoes and looking for his man bag, arrived in the foyer with all the other guests all looking as stunned as we were. When the alarms ceased we were told that a guest had sprayed the bathroom heavily with deodorant and that had set off the alarms – well I guess the good thing was that it proved the alarms worked but it was a mad am start. Off to Swinley Forest Golf Club located in Great Windsor Park at Ascot – yes the big racing centre and there were lots ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Surrey » Weybridge May 25th 2019

The World Top 100 Bucket List continues - Thursday 30 May – Golf at St Georges Hill Golf Club. Well this was one of the courses that we were both really intrigued by and so looking forward to playing. When we saw it on the World Top 100 list and then looked at the website we were amazed that they allowed visitors at the club to play the course it looked so private. We arrived at a very serious Check Point Charlie type entrance, spoke to a lovely guard who checked our booking, photographed our car number plate and then opened the gates for us. Wow what a world exists behind these gates. A beautiful community of gardens, private roads, mansions and woodlands – as we followed the road around we then came upon a clubhouse ... read more
8th hole a par 3 with lots of trouble here
12th a hilly par 4
13th hole another great par 3 with flowering water lillies in the pond

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Livigno July 22nd 2018

Italy Day 4 – Off to the airport to pick up Carla and Liam who arrived from Sicily at midday. It was great to see them walk through the arrival gate. Loaded all their gear into the car and off we went into direction of east – heading towards Chur, St Moritz, Davos and then Livigno in the Italian Alps. WOW what a journey this turned out to be. In fact we would like to drive it again as the scenery was so spectacular. Parts of the road are only open for the late spring/summer as avalanche risk is extremely high. There are beautiful lakes, glaciers, and very rugged mountains making it an incredible drive. After passing St Moritz we stopped at a barrier thinking it was a toll booth. Turned out to be a very ... read more
Beautiful Lake Marjoriej in the evening
Breakfast room in Hotel Du Parc
Carla and her dad on the Livignio Chairlift

Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Livigno July 22nd 2018

Blog1 Switzerland Flew Bris to Milan and arrived in Milan at 6am. It was good to finally start our holiday after Graham breaking his wrist and having surgery. Sorted out our hire car and with Leanne at the wheel we departed Milan for the tiny town of Eglberg on the north west side of Switzerland on the Rhone River. Driving went well and the highlight of the day was driving the Simplon Pass. This is the old route between Milan and Paris. Weather was hot and the Pass provided stunning mountain views. Arrived at out hotel and did a little local drive on the tiny one-way roads high above the town. It was good intro into driving on tight narrow roads with serious blind corners. Next day saw us driving to the railway station to get ... read more
Adrian we dont use foundations like this at home
Best view we saw of the Matterhorn
Classy table set up at our restaurant check out the wood carving


Dear all A big hello to everyone from South Africa along with super birthday hugs to brother Warren. Congrats on the big 60. So we are just two weeks into our South African trip and have had a ball. We would have loved to have shared our photos much earlier but the pace has been full on. The people here are lovely, the little tours we have done have been extremely informative, we have learnt so much about the short history of the place and the struggle the people have had because the Brits, the Dutch, the Germans and the French have all had disputes with each other in the backyard of the people of South Africa. So we arrived in Johannesburg after a very long flight from Sydney – finally arrived 3 hours later than ... read more
Baboons on the move
Baby warthogs
Beautiful Zebra at Kruger




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