Watery Challenges and Failures

The 17th green at Stonehaven Golf Club
The 17th green at Stonehaven Golf Club

It wasn’t just Jordan Spieth that had problems with water this week.

As the hapless world number one watched his ‘masterful’ performance disappear into the aquatic beauty of Augustas 12th, Danny Willett held strong to gather his first Green Jacket

It was fantastic to see another ‘Brit’ capture this treasured prize and even more so that he seems such a nice guy. Who says nice guys never finish first?

The most amazing sight of the day was three holes-in-one on one day at the fantastic 16th hole. This 181 yard par 3 with a green like the side of the Eiger and faster than a Merchant Banker claiming their annual bonus was the host to the days craziest drama. My particular favourite was that of the amiable Louis Oosthuizen.

Louis tee shot found the green 20ft from the flag, then started to roll towards the hole. Unfortunately there was an obstruction, namely his partners ball, our heroes ball rolled down the precipice...cannoned into the other ball, and looked like it would stop. But no, it started to gain momentum, and trickled up to the hole before finally dropping in - thus completing quite possibly the most bizarre hole in one seen on the telly

But as I said in my opening it wasn’t just poor old Jordan that fell foul of H2O. It was a week of Aqua Horibbilis at our beloved links North of Cowie.

Sean Batty called it early in the week ... It was goin to be comin doon hale watter...... and so it did ........ torrents of the stuff leading to the closure of the course on Wednesday. Normally I would have been disappointed ... This time I was gutted. My very first Senior Spring Medal was cancelled... So I’m going to just have to wait to pit my meagre skills against the over 55 elite

And so to Saturday when we had a day that Crowded House would have found inspirational for their 1992 hit ‘4 Seasons in One Day’. Early risers scraped frost from their windows as the snow covered field started to thaw and the course closed. A light drizzle greeted 9am and only an hour later as residents of Park Drive polished their cars in a street bathed in sunshine the 15th hole resembled something Hannah Miley might find competitive. While the course did open again at 12pm there was still enough ground water around to give the hardy few that ventured out trench foot.

Not to worry Sunday dawned bright and dry and the walk-on Medal was a rousing success.

It was also fantastic to see the kids up on Sunday afternoon enjoying coaching from a dedicated group of members. I think it’s a wonderful tribute to these volunteers that they not only give freely of their time but also do it with a huge smile and make the sessions fun for their young charges. This is quality coaching as well. Our future stars are put through their paces by among others Fiona Lamont and Neil Irvine two of the finest Club Champions of recent years

As ST indicates, a few members took to the course on Sunday. Remember there is the option on most Sunday’s to play a Walk On Medal. We can only hope the weather improves over the next while and gives the course a chance to dry out.

Stonehaven Golf Club is hosting a Get Into Golf day on Sunday, May 15 at 1.30pm.

This is aimed at adults that have never tried the game or maybe did a long time ago that might be interested in seeing what the game and club can offer. The open day is free to attend, relaxed dress code applies and, equipment is provided free. If you like what you see and experience you can follow up with a block of six lessons (held on Sundays) for only £40. To register your interest, please call the club on 01569 762124 or e-mail club manager on ian.hastie@stonehavengolfclub.com

Viktoria and Jiggy are enjoying the challenge of running The View at the golf club and take the opportunity to let you all know that non-members are also welcome. Unfortunately only club members or signed-in guests can consume alcohol but social memberships are only £10 for the whole year and applications are welcomed.