Golf: Royal St Georges course, the ultimate torture

2011-07-21 00:00

WE have a new Open Champion in 42-year-old Ulsterman Darren Clarke, and how well he played at the unfriendly Royal St Georges course in Sandwich.

Driving rain and wind up to 40 km/h made the course most difficult to play.

Five of the 10 South African players made the cut for the weekend, but none managed to master the conditions as well as Clarke.

Playing golf in the wind is always a challenge and some golfers, usually low-handicap players, relish the thought of playing in wind occasionally.

However, just about all golfers wouldn’t like to play in the wind every week. At Royal St Georges the wind blows more often than not, so the members there have a different attitude to the game. But that’s not all, the fairways are described as the most undulating on the Open Championship calendar.

I know some golfers who, if they played there every week, would end up in an asylum cutting out paper dolls.

They say that golfers are masochists in putting themselves through torture from time to time. Well, playing at Royal St Georges would be the ultimate torture, and this was the case for most of the field in this year’s Open.

Last week’s results:

Maritzburg Golf Club held a three-ball alliance coupled with the second round of the Goodwill Trophy on Saturday. The winners were D. Deysel, B. Edmondson and B. Graham with 85 points. In second place were D. Zeelie, P. Staude and B. Gibson with 80 points. The Goodwill was won by W. Carruthers, M. Wulfsohn and T. Plenderleith on 79 points.

Victoria Country Club held the Old Tom’s Legacy, which was a four-ball betterball Stableford competition, on Saturday. The winners were A. Naidoo and R. Bridgmohan with 45 points. In second place on a count-out were M. Cajee and D. Moodley with 44 points.

From the 19th hole:

Sitting in the clubhouse on Saturday after his game of golf, Fred was fiddling with his cellphone. Harry said, “What are you doing Fred?” Fred said, “I am sending an SMS to my wife.” “What does it say?” asked Harry. Fred replied, “Hi love — I’m just having my last beer. I’ll be home in 20 mins. If I’m not back then, read this SMS again.”

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