Hi everyone, I’ve just returned from a few days in England playing golf with a few pals – Andrew Snoddy, Paul Cutler & Michael Hoey. It was a cool trip! We got to play 3 top class courses, spend some time with Michael and generally have a great laugh the way lads do!
First up was driving down from Luton to Walton Heath for a full day playing both the Old & New. Paul had the unlucky task of carrying me round against the other 2 lads but we managed to ‘squeak’ out a 1 hole victory! Lunch tasted even better than normal. The New course was the ‘return’ leg in the afternoon, although I think general tiredness took over and the match turned into ’5 iron bunker challenges’ etc, as they tend to do when we are playing.
I must admit I enjoyed the day thoroughly for a number of reasons – to get a full day’s break from coaching, to watch Michael & Paul play and also to let the aforementioned have time to chat. I should add that it was fun to watch myself and Andrew drive ourselves crazy with a game we both love and hate…in about the space of a hole! Walton Heath is a good test of golf and a real treat for the ‘purist’. My thanks to the club for being so generous to everyone. A memorable day! Pictured below are from left to right: Andrew, Michael, Paul and myself).
Wednesday was spent at Michael’s base in London – The Wisley, just off the M25 in Ascot. What a place! It was second only in hospitality & cuisine to Bev’s lovely dinner the night before! I can see the appeal to all the tour pros that use the facilities there – privacy, luxury, excellent facilities….the list goes on. And the fact that the climate is a little milder than we have at home made it extra appealing. In fact, Paul and I took advantage of good turf, no wind and decent practice balls to follow up on some distance wedge work that we had started a few weeks previously. Loads of targets and a Bushnell are all you need for an effective 30 minute session (pictured left).
The couple of days also offered me the chance to catch up with Michael as we don’t get to see each other that much nowadays, usually only at tournaments. It was great fun talking about old times and the people and places along the way. I am delighted that he has gone on to fulfil his potential as a world class player as he has always had the talent right from when I first met him in 1997. By taking some of his time and guiding Paul a little, shows both the class of the man and it made the whole trip completely worthwhile!
Catch me in a few weeks when I will be back in London again with Andrew at the European Tour’s flagship event – The P.G.A. at Wentworth! Looking forward to it already,