The pleasure of going away on a golf trip

2010-03-31 00:00

ONE of the joys of being a golfer and a member of a golf club is that golfers love to go on tour. Nothing in the game can beat it.

A good golf trip should be taken at least once a year and should become an annual occurrence and tradition.

Those golfers who are fortunate enough to belong to a touring group will tell you that even after a number of years and trips, there is an element of excitement when it’s time to prepare to leave. To assist in the tradition, the same people should be involved each time but there will be changes in personnel because of ill health, family commitment or lack of finance. Everyone should know each other and get along well as mates and that is the formula for a successful tour. The number in the group should be in multiples of four and the ideal number is 12. It’s a large enough group to ask for favourable rates for accommodation and if a coastal venue is selected, it goes without saying that it would be more suitable to go when it’s out of season. The choice of courses and accommodation should obviously be pre-booked. A five- day tour is ideal but it isn’t essential, a long weekend is the minimum though. In these days of financial hardship, a nice touch would be to try to support one of the smaller struggling golf clubs. It’s guaranteed that the group would be made welcome.

To make it interesting, there should be some form of competition along with a trophy, otherwise there would be no bragging rights.

Of course the group needs a name and some groups even have shirts embroidered which in effect is a commemorative keepsake of the trip. People talk about cameraderie — a golf trip is the ultimate.LAST WEEK’S RESULTS

On Saturday, Victoria Country Club held a 4-ball betterball competition sponsored by Moosa Allie Insurance

The winners on a count out with 43 points were R. van Niekerk and R. Quarmby. In second place were D. Crowe and O. James.

Maritzburg Golf Club held the mixed Goodwill Trophy which is a three-ball alliance

The winners were L. Nel, D. Devon and R. Pridmore on 89 points. In second place on 88 points were J. Biggs, D. Biggs and G. McKenzie.

From the 19th hole:

A husband and wife are on the 12th green when suddenly she collapses from a heart attack. “Help me love,” she groans to her husband. The husband makes an emergency call on his cellphone, talks for a few minutes, picks up his putter and lines up his putt. His wife raises her head off the green and stares at him. “I’m dying here and you’re putting?”

“Don’t worry dear,” says the husband calmly, “they found a doctor on the second hole and he’s coming to help you.

“Well, how long will it take for him to get here?”

“No time at all,” says her husband. “Everybody will allow him to play through.”

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