Travelling Lady Golfer

Carnoustie Classic 2014

If you haven’t played golf or even visited the area of Carnoustie – you are missing something in life that everyone should experience at least once in their golfing lifetime.

There are a few golf events that are up for grabs in Carnousite Country, I was invited to play in the Carnoustie Classic, which is over four days of playing four links courses. Montrose Medal, Panmure, Monifieth and Carnousite.
All links – all different – all demanding yet playable.
11th green at Monifieth

Participating in the Carnoustie Classic with about 140 other contestants of mixed abilities, both male and female from countries in Europe to further afield as Australia and USA making this a truly international and amazing fun event.

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Golf, sun and a whole lot of fun in Argentina

Argentina might not be the first place that springs to mind when one thinks about a golf holiday, but the reality is – why not?
It’s got everything you need for a great time golfing and offers so much more too….
Here’s my experience when I went a couple of weeks ago.

Firstly being a Brit I was ‘warned’ of the conflict over the Malvinas (Falklands), and whilst meant in a caring way, there really was no need to worry – I want to dispel any myths that we Brits are not welcome in Argentina, I was treated no differently to any other golfer on holiday in a courteous manor and with respect as a fellow golfer or holiday maker.
Political stuff out of the way -this is how it really was.
After a long flight I arrived early enough  to have the whole day in Buenos Aires, at that point any sensible person would have gone to bed to recover from the flight in readiness for the welcome party that evening – I’m not sensible and went to play golf at Argentino Golf Club and managed 9 holes. Continue reading

Eleven pros and Me

The right place at the right time happened to me recently.  At the World Travel Market in London I met with the great chaps from Aphrodite Hills and the Cyprus Tourist Office (CTO) enthusing about future plans for Red Tee Breaks I unexpectedly get an invite to join a group of 12 golf pros on their visit to Cyprus.  Mindful of the broken wrist, the fact I wouldn’t have played for three months and they were – well golf pros – I tentatively said yes and quickly booked a lesson with my pro Tim.
Tim assured me I was hitting the ball as normal as before and didn’t seem to be favouring the wrist too much. I met with the pro’s at the airport with new found confidence this soon dwindled as I found out that there were meant to be 12 pro’s and me and I’d be playing with Costas from the CTO and Andreas from Aphrodite Hills. One pro, Barry, dropped out and I became the 12th golfer leaving Costas and Andreas to fend for themselves.
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Beware the injured golfer – Really? I hope so….

I was the proverbial Aunt Sarah at the wedding who slipped and fell causing multiple fractures of the wrist.  Not wanting to make a fuss, and in true British stiff upper lip fashion, I quickly got up and exited the room before the musicians had noticed a gap in the Ceilidh dancing.  Only immediate family were able to help me – I was so conscious about ruining my nephews wedding celebration, one they’d been planning for ages and travelled from South Africa to get the job done officially.
Off to hospital and I don’t care what anyone says about the NHS- in an emergency you can’t get better.   One doctor juggling a number of patients, moving effortlessly from cubicle to cubicle fixing, dosing, prodding and in my case pulling tug of war with another doctor to manipulate the wrist back into place.  Job done, back to the hotel to ‘rest’ at 3am.

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100 HOLE CHALLENGE

Waiting in the car park of Ross on Wye Golf Club at 330am Saturday 23 June, I began to wonder about the sanity of the task ahead.
It began a few months ago when my friend became Lady Captain and thought it would be a great idea to play 5 rounds of golf for her chosen charity, Guide Dogs.  Somewhere along the line 5 rounds changed into 100 holes, as it has a ‘nicer sound about it’!  Myself and two other ladies were approached and asked if we wanted to take on this challenge, bizarrely, we all said yes.
 
A few weeks ago, we started to think about what we’d actually said yes to.  With little training, except one of us who goes on holiday to walk 130 miles!, I’m sure we were all secretly thinking we might be the weakest link, maybe that’s what kept us going?
 
Kerry at silly o’clock
It was 10 degrees centigrade at 4am, dawn broke with birds singing their little hearts out, LC took a drive to test the water-no one saw where it went, so we waited a bit longer, probably about 2 minutes as we were getting restless and wanting to get on with it.  Then LC took another shot and whether we saw it or not, we were off- in two balls.  Stroke play for a medal is a real mind game, but as we were pretty buoyant and up for the challenge, no one really thought about the format, we just did it.
 
12th hole par 3

For those of you that haven’t played the fantastic Ross-on-Wye, you won’t know that there are plenty of trees lining the fairways, the first is one such hole, and whilst it seemed pitch black as we drove those first balls, once we walked 500 yards to our drive (yeah right!) it seemed much lighter for just being out of the trees.  Rob and his green keeping staff at Ross should take all the credit for the course- it is in very good condition.

 

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