On a bright sunny Friday, we made the short journey down the M5 to the Padbrook Park Hotel in Cullompton for our final golf event of the year. After tasty bacon butties and lashings of coffee, the group teed off in three balls. It was a fine Autumn day and the temperature was just right for golf. Nigel Coombs and Jerry Croome had the good sense to get a buggy while the rest of us walked the long and sometimes hilly course working up an appetite for dinner that night. The greens and fairways were in very good condition with some wonderfully scenic holes.
The winner with 31 points was Roger Ashton who has been in sparkling form lately with wins at the Bristol Club and an honourable team half at Mendip. Hazel Sheppard came second beating Nigel Coombs on a back six countback.
After a shower and spruce up, the happy band met in the bar for a few aperitifs before dinner was served at 7.30. Very good it was too with an excellent choice of menu and an extensive wine list. This year’s winner of the President’s Putter was Roger Edwards for his steady scoring and overall Stableford points throughout the season. The presentation was made at the dinner. Well done Roger and for the rest of us it is all to play for in 2015.
And so to bed and a bleary-eyed start to the day next morning. The breakfast buffet and unlimited coffee pot was a life saver for those of us who had so much enjoyed the previous evening’s celebrations.
Several sausages and rounds of toast later, we were on the tee for an 11.00 start in the lovely Devon sunshine. The format this time was Texas Scramble and the long walk was alleviated for some by a couple of buggy rentals. Both teams of four went out in a gross 38 but Hazel Sheppard’s team of Barry Coombs, Bob Taylor and Roger Ashton came in with a two under par back nine to beat Anne Taylor’s team of Roger Edwards, Mike Sheppard and Jerry Croome by five shots.
It was a most enjoyable morning. After a welcome cup of tea and a Club Sandwich, we hit the road having had remarkable value of two rounds of golf, dinner bed and breakfast for just £50 per head. In fact when I came to check out and pay, the receptionist remarked that my bar bill was almost as much as this special golfer’s rate! We enjoyed ourselves so much at Padbrook that we hope to return in the Spring. Our thanks to the staff there who made us so welcome.