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 beautiful sunshine but it was windy. This is truly an amazing course – the best conditioned links course we have ever played on. Big Call!! The greens were very true but a bit slow as most links courses are at this time of year. The bunkers were relentless and punishing – at times there were so many it looked like the fairways had
been bombed! Really easy course to walk as it was very flat. Graham had a day in the bunkers – found heaps of them and got out really well – but of course every time you are in one – there goes another shot!
After a wonderful morning at golf we drove up to Blackpool to see the famous tower and beach. My goodness it was amazing because it was so tacky. It was like a downmarket Las Vegas but the best part of it was the old tram street cars which ran along beside the new light rail tram. The track goes for 1 mile along the Blackpool Promenade. Then on the other side of the road is a mile of fun parlours, rides, theatres, tacky signboards, carriage rides, hotels and cafes. People were everywhere eating icecreams etc like a big side show alley. It was a real hoot to see.
Departing Blackpool we drove towards Liverpool to visit friends living in Billinge. Sunday 26th May
After a wonderful time with distant relatives Graham and Angela Robertson at Billinge near Liverpool we drove to Woodhall Spa Golf Club
in Lincolnshire. The town is famous because it
is the home of the Lancaster Bomber Squadrons and those who flew the Dam Buster raids over Germany in WW2.
We arrived at the course on Sunday morning anticipating a leisurely round. Imagine our surprise when we learnt we were the group following the England vs Spain Under 16 Matchplay Challenge. Talk about being in elite company. We even had a few followers but not for long! The course was voted no. 1 country course in the UK and yes it was tough. Big tee carries over the heather, punishing bunkers and really tricky greens. The course was stunning with amazing rhodendrum blossoms and an old tower. Yes it was a hard course but very playable. Enjoy the photos.
We stayed at a pub called the Village Limits and it had an incredible chef who did great food, including everything gluten free you could imagine. The UK certainly knows how to look after us coealiacs. After a fun morning at golf we were off to Brigend in Wales – a 4 and a half hour drive on the freeway where the speedlimit is signposted at 70 mph but everyone seemed to do 80 mph and upwards. It is
amazing how much distance you can cover when you are going at this speed!
Photos and the story of a great day at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club are in the next blog.
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