To coin a footballing reporters mishap phrase ‘ the game was made up of two halves ‘. This is because we had a morning group of players and a different afternoon group. The Morning session: Brian H, Ted G and Anthony A played the 9 hole course, with Jenny G, Caroline A and Lorraine H walking the course and ball finding.
We were playing Texas Scramble (for non golfers you will need to Google the word ). From the 7th tee Anthony’s ball was in the best position lying amongst some trees. Best position you may ask ? The other two had driven into the depths of some watery pond. Anthony hacked the ball out with a low punch shot that avoided any trees, but only travelled about 50 yards. Brain then took his shot from exactly the same spot and with a mighty swing smacked the ball into a nearby tree. The ball ricocheted backwards towards the startled onlookers, hit one golf bag, then another golf bag, before resting 5 yards behind him. From henceforth he shall be known as Brian HOWZAT!
It was then Ted’s turn and with a mighty swing, he smashed his ball against the same tree, and this time the ball ricocheted onto another tree, before resting 5 yards back from whence he started. From henceforth he shall be known as TEDDY TWO TREES! All players and onlookers were bent double with laughter, Teddy Two Trees so double, that Jenny became quite concerned thinking that her hubby has sustained a serious injury. All it was that he was laughing so much, he could not straighten himself.
Lunch: we were joined by Brian and Tony M, so 12 of us sat down to a very fulfilling meal. Desmond H was one of the 12, as he was playing in the afternoon. Desmond has a slight phobia about losing his car keys (his words, not mine). He always wraps his car keys in a handkerchief and puts them in the side pocket of his golf bag; fearing that if he puts them in his trouser pocket, he would lose them somewhere on the course. Last year at Pessac, he was on the 8th green and was just eyeing up a putt, when out of the corner of his eye, he noticed his golf trolley with bag careering down the slope and heading towards a large pond. Quick as a flash, he chased after it, but although he is not a slouch, his efforts were in vain as his trolley and golf bag plunged with a big ‘splash ‘ into a pond and disappeared under the water. He shouted ‘ Oh no. My car keys ‘. Jenny G. was beside herself with laughter until she realised the enormity of the situation and quickly came to his aide, to retrieve the said trolley and golf bag. There was rather an anxious wait as Desmond checked the side pocket, and there amongst a rather wet and soggy handkerchief, were his car keys. The relief on Desmond’s face said it all. And so it was with slight intrepidation that Desmond took to the course this year.
The afternoon session was split into two groups: .
Group A : Brian HOWZAT , Desmond H and Anthony A playing the first 9 holes of the 18 course.
Group B : Bjarne Christiansen, Phil Christal and John Basgallop playing the 9 hole course. .
Golf is not just about playing golf, but it is also the comradeship that builds up over the years. So as Group A set off up the first, Desmond recounts the tale to Brian HOWZAT of what happened to him around the 8th green last year, as this was the first time they had met. Having all finished our putting on the first green, Desmond suddenly announced ‘where is my golf bag?’. We three looked around and it had completely vanished. Instinctively Desmond hurried to a nearby pond and there, half submerged, was his trolley and golf bag. Manfully Brian helped him to retrieve it from the watery depths. Several golf balls and tees had floated away, but luckily his car keys were still in the side pocket. The parable of the Pigs/Swine comes to mind andso henceforth he shall be known as DEMON Desmond.
As things happen in three’s, the question you might be asking yourself, will he play at Pessac next year ? The answer is probably not, as he has sold his house near Blaye and will be moving to Cornwall at the beginning of July. DEMON Desmond will be sadly missed being one of the BBC’s better golfers. The distance he can hit a golf ball from the tee is quite incredible and it can take some BBC golfers two/three shots to equal his yardage. We wish him well.
Special mention should go to two people: John for organising it all and Lorraine for walking the course in the morning. It was the first time she had ever been on a golf course and we had to explain the rules and terminology. However she really enjoyed it and wrote to say she definitely would like to do it again as ‘she hasn’t had such a good laugh in years ‘.
Report by Anthony A, Photos by Brian M, Brian Hand Phil C
(Golf Blue Green Pessac is a traditional course just outside of the Rocade and close to the Airport. It is possible to play 9 holes (and there is a 9 hole course) or 18. Normally we can play 9 holes before lunch and 9 after lunch.
Unfortunately, there is a competition taking place on this day and it will not be possible to play the morning 9 holes on the 18 hole course but this should not prove a problem because the 9 hole and 18 hole courses are of the same standard.
Green fees however, are higher than Cameyrac at 55€ for 18 holes or 39€ for 9 but there is a 15% discount if there are 11 players.