Monthly Archives: August 2018

A Pleasant Day on Rutland Water Golf Course

Sixteen members turned up to what most members think is the most difficult course on the Follies calendar, probably due to the almost impossible to read greens.

The fun started prior to the round commencing with Dave West attempting a world record for the “most cake eaten in five minutes”, I am not sure of the outcome but understand “the Guinness Officials” were mightily impressed.

And so to the main event which was won by  David Carter on a commendable 38 points, my fellow left-hander John Wakefield was second on 37 points and “El Bandito Phipps” third with 34 points, a very well done to all of  them.  David Carter also won Nearest the Pin.

In terms of the leaderboard, whilst there was some movement in the middle, no-one got any closer to the Chairman/Secretary/Fixture Secretary/Handicap Secretary Les !! There needs to be a late dash and a “Colin Humphries type” points haul in order to keep the excitement going up until the final meet.

Out on the course it all seemed to go smoothly with no real dramas amongst any of the groups, during our round Geoff Delaney and I were mightily impressed with both  Colin Humphries’ optimism in expecting to find every ball and his unbelievable eyesight being able to see a ball bounce from 200 yards away and knowing exactly where it was in the mud, ditch or three foot rough!!

Onto the medical report now, almost more content than the golf, which probably reflects our average age. First of all a welcome back to John Dexter following knee surgery, best wishes to Roy on his upcoming hip operation and continuing best wishes to Trevor and Kevin as they continue to recover.

I look forward to seeing you all at the next event which is Lakeside Lodge on Monday 24th September.

Your reports was compiled by Nurse Keal.




Reminder – The Shirtie is still accepting entries..

We’re a bit short on Shirtie contenders this year….

Here’s a moving picture of the Follies warming up….

The Leaderboard and Handicaps have been updated following Rutland Water and this was my route around the course…..   Report to follow.


The July Meet – Tydd St Giles

We arrived after several months of clear blue skies and scorching temperatures to a forecast of thunder, lightning and rain showers. The Golfing Gods once again took pity on us and at least delayed the heavy shower until the last minute as we were completing the last couple of holes. Yes, some were wet but it could have been a lot worse.

Colin Keal could not believe it was 1.5 hr journey from his home to Tydd St Giles, but well done for making the effort as much appreciated by everyone. The next venue at Rutland Water is a home game for you. Mind you most of us that took the Whaplode Drove route hit problems with road closures. However Brian Bates now knows considerably more about operating the Sat Nav, Air con and manoeuvring of his new vehicle, Les did confirm he had passed the driving test on the day.

Tydd Golf Club once again provided us with an excellent “Small Breakfast” and 2 course meal afterwards. Many also took advantage of the £10 a Buggy to offset the high temperature demands of the day. Sensible idea that Brian and Les decided not to do, but we all survived the heat of the day.

Onto the golf. Some sparkling golf was played, with Roy Fletcher heading up the table with a  massive 45 points questioning whether he was actually on holiday last time or perhaps having some coaching. A great round, very consistent scoring throughout  and very well done. Not far behind on again an excellent score was Andrew Bramwell with 42 points although not winning the day had the consolation of the “nearest the pin prize” on the 11th hole. A difficult target on the day and the prize was Port and not Prosecco this time. Third place going to David Carter on 40 points which usually would be enough to win. Handicaps to be adjusted for net scores of 61, 64 and 66 respectively.

Andrew surprisingly took the bottle prize rather than the 2 ball 2nd place prize, so Graham Tooke was the proud 1 ball winner this time around.

Next outing is Rutland Water, Monday 20th August.