Today was going to be exciting. In addition to playing another World Top 100 golf course, we were being interviewed by Golf World UK’s Chris Bertram. Oh, what to wear…
Heading out at 6:30 am, we were unsure what we were in for at Ganton. The forecast was bleak and getting wet looked imminent. 3.5 hours later after a bad regulation coffee/takeaway bacon and egg roll at the service station, we arrived in the country town of Ganton.
With all the rain, everything is lush and we were delighted to see the golf course looking it finest.
Ganton GC is a country course and most of the 300 members travel in from surrounding cities including Manchester and Leeds. Set in an idyllic location with very little surrounding the course except rolling farmland, this is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
The course was in excellent condition. The greens were reasonably fast and true although the three blasts of showers slowed them down. The bunkers were deep and dangerous but consistent and protected holes that were otherwise somewhat exposed to long hitters. This course is a good example of how great courses can be created and maintained without large budgets. The terrain was gentle and as finely tuned athletes, this was a walk in the park.
Loren Justins, a colleague of Gary’s from Queensland joined us for the 18 holes which pleased us to no end as we always argue about the ‘shot of the day’, Loren was the arbitrator of this decision. Just what is the shot of the day – is it a 20 foot putt (Gary) or the tickling of the flag with an 8 iron (David)? Tension was rising, and it was resolved to give it to Gary with his drive onto the 17th short par four green, to secure his birdie to match Dave’s birdie on the fifth.
We have again missed lunch (we were on course) and dinner (we are on the road) as we drive 4 hours to Muirfield, our first course in Scotland. We experienced four seasons today (Gary is used to that coming from Melbourne), who knows what tomorrow will bring.
Overall Birdie Tally
Dave – (1 birdie, cumulative 6)
Gary – (1 birdie, cumulative 14)
The ‘interview’ with Chris from Golf World UK was enjoyable. It lasted about one hour. In fact, Chris was so impressed, he promised we would be on the front cover (just kidding Chris we know you are reading this).
Just a quick ‘thank you’ to all of you who care to read our blog. We hope you enjoy it and appreciate our average sense of humour.
Feel free to provide feedback – anyone we hear from will go into a draw to win a leftover sleeve of balls and left over unused band aids from our trip. On the road again…Stay tuned…