Templer Park never lets us down, at least as far as a test of our golfing skills is concerned. This venue remains one of the toughest tests we encounter, if not THE toughest.
Glorious weather and a golf course in good condition greeted 14 Cannons. How could we fail?
Templer has put in a lot of work since my last visit here and with such a spectacular back drop it is indeed a great place to spend a morning chasing the little white ball. Used to be referred to as the “little gutta percha” but not these days. Clearly, work is in hand to eradicate the cow grass and the greens were fast and fairly true despite light sanding. The bunkers were good and there was plenty of run on the fairways so all in all we couldn’t blame the course. But the distances? Read metres for yards and add a club and you may be about right.
The winner with 98 off the stick and 39 points was Tom Holmes and the runner up OCB was Barry Cousins with 35 points. Lowest gross was recorded by John Laidley with a respectable 87 and the most gross went to the returning and very welcome Alan Holgate. Tom is cut 4 strokes and Barry 1 stroke.
All 14 players retired to the RSC Annex (thank to Andrew for this arrangement) for an excellent lunch and much amusing banter, helped along with plenty of good grub, several jugs of Tiger and many bottles of the clubs inexpensive wine. When the bill was called a small contribution was needed to top up the pot. The chatter went on and on and a strong group intent on extending the day into the evening were making their way to the downstairs bar when I left just before 4pm. An excellent day.