One of my golfing buddies suggested we have a couple of days away playing golf at the start of half term. Great idea I thought and I can thoroughly recommend this notion to any other golfer.
Our package was 2 rounds of golf, bed, breakfast and evening meal at Hollins Hall Country Club, nr Leeds. All this for an outstanding £85.
I got up like it was Christmas Day, all excited with what the adventure may hold. A short drive got us there in time for a great lunch prior to a 1.15 tee off.
Round One – 4 ball The Golf Bandit (18), Tiger Buggs (14), Old Len (20) and Dick Dastardly (20) was the group and the handicaps. We all played individual scores and a matchplay fourball.
The weather for the end of October was great, all playing in short sleeves. The course by the way is excellent and I would recommend a round there if you get chance. Dastardly and I started like the wind, I knocked up 4 pars on the front nine, yet disappointed with a double bogie on the 7th. We hit the turn 5 up – victory was tasting sweet already with Old Len having a Van De Velde round and the normally robotic Buggs misfiring. The back nine started with a monster 323 yard drive from me resulting in par and a half. This is where things went wrong! Psychology is my problem in golf, either not concentrating, throwing the towel in or making rash decisions. I would use all of these in a disasterous remaining 8 holes where I self exploded despite a near miss for a hole in one. Deciding I was now Tiger Woods because of my monster drive on the 10th I choose driver on 14,15,16,17 and 18 and balls them all up, including 2 OOB. To make matters worse Old Len and Buggs were firing again and up the 18th we had thrown away a five hole lead to be all square! We all putted for the hole, and Buggs nailed a six footer to win for them!
A thoroughly enjoyable first round in quite beautiful surroundings. Before what turned out to be an excellent evening meal we used all the facilities on offer and had a swim, sauna and steam room session. A few pints after tea set us up nicely for day two and round two.
Round Two – same teams and format as round one
Dastardly and I were determined to win this round after yesterday’s collapse. I started well with par on the first after we had to wait for three deer that decided to bound across the fairway infront of us. It was nip and tuck after 5 with Dastardly playing out of his skin and paring 3,4,5. I hit double bogeys on 7,8 & 9, effectively killing my card but we still sat one down after 9. I was determined to choose correct clubs on the back nine today and play better, I did by 8 shots in the end. Up the 18th we went all square again, and all putting for the match for a second day. Dastardly parred to give us a real shot and left Buggs with a little four foot putt on a trecherous green. The machine that he is showed no sign of faulting and rolled it in to half the hole and tie the match. Resulting in a 1-0 win to Old Len and Buggs.
The drama was far from over however, on return to the car park Old Len was faced with a flat tyre, with AA on route the Buggs and I set off and left Old Len to wait it out with a beer. Unfortunately he got stuck in a jam on the eay home too as the motorway was closed, getting in at 7pm that night topped off a weekend of underperformance from Len.
So, would I rcommend a weekend like is at Hollins Hall – bloody course I would. It was fantastic value for money, a great course and 2 good rounds. Wish I had put my driver away for the weekend though! The rematch has already been pencilled in for February half term!