A small, yet select, bunch of six OSGS golfers turned out to play this fabulous Royal Ancient Final Qualifying Couse – used on 2 July this year for entry into The Open at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland this week.
Wille Park Junior, the famous golf architect, laid out this course in 1901. He used the natural contours of the Valley of Kirkby Forest creating a course of just under 6,000 yards, which was long in those days. The strength of the challenge continues today exemplified by a par of 72 and a standard scratch score of 76 from the Championship tees, which now measures 7250 yards.
The OSGS played from the yellow Tees, which is still a stern test of one’s golf with a yardage of 6619 today. The below photograph is the 18thhole looking towards the clunbhouse.
We met in the clubhouse for coffee and a bacon roll and went our in two three balls at 11am.
Pictured below is Oliver Eaton (RT 1986-91) sipping water from the “Holy Well“ – from where Holinewell gets it’s name on the 8thhole – it is fair to say that Oliver’s performance improved considerably after he had drunk the local waters – albeit, not quite enough to get into the prizes!
After the golf we had a relaxing drink in the bar overlooking the course with sandwiches and chips and the following prizes were awarded:
Nearest the Pin in 2 on 7thHole – Frank Higham
Nearest the Pin on 13thHole – Frank Higham
Longest Fairway Drive on 18thHole – Simon Shepherd
2ndPlace Individual Stableford 35 points – Richard Hanson
1stPlace Individual Stableford 36 points- Frank Higham
Next year in 2020 we are thinking about playing 2 Nottinghamshire courses – wherebly we will meet at Sherwood Forrest Golf Club and play there in the afternoon, stay the night in Mansfield and have supper there and play Holinwell the following morning – which is only 20 minutes from Sherwood Forrest GC – anyone interested in this idea is asked to register their interest with the Hon Sec – mailto email@example.com