Thirty-six Golfmagic Forum members got together on Sunday (April 20) for a low-key a round over the famous Brabazon Course at the Belfry Golf Centre. It was a chance for many of us to experience a course we'd previously only seen on the television staging so many dramatic moments, including Ryder Cups and European Tour events.
However, the rain stopped an hour or so before we were due to tee off and we remained dry all day, albeit that more than one or two balls became wet in the various water hazards that abound this testing course.
Scoring was made more difficult by the cold, swirling wind in a slate grey sky and greens made tricky by a treatment of slit cutting and sand. However, they played a lot better than they looked, although some of the old hands of Belfry conditions reported they were slow and a little untrue. To this first-timer, all I can say is that they must be frightening when they're in good condition as my scorecard testified!
However, a late fantastic score of 38 points returned by Triple XL demanded someone please tell his club handicap secretary at Camberley Heath before we get to the next GM forum outing! Sean McDonald was second with 31 points overall and prizes also went to Ian Miller and Mr Inconsistant for the best front nine and Stickman and Matto for the best back nine.
Our thanks are extended to Stickman for an excellent day of predominately social golf – although Triple XL was obviously in competitive mode – at one of golf’s most prestigious venues. At £60 per head including 18 holes, a bucket of practice balls on the range, bacon rolls/coffee and a two-course meal it proved excellent value.
It was particularly pleasing to welcome Matto and John Tudor to their first taste of GM Forum golf - much of it more akin to the popular Shambles Cluib thread - and we look forward to welcoming more first timers in the future. Keep watching the Forum for details of the gathering at Staverton Park on Sunday, July 6 and Greetham Valley in early autumn.
Brought to their knees by the Brabazon