Smokey & The Bandit
Mon 20 Oct 2003 
Club news item

Another trophy for Mrs Hollman to dust!

One week after the season finished we did the right thing. Get outside & play something else!

Allan the defending champion had passed over his rights to Adrian to find a new course to play - traditionally the same course is never played twice. Adrian game up with the Rosebery Course at Mentmore.

Mentmore Golf and Country Club was designed to create two first class 18-hole golf courses, and a peaceful country club for its Members and guests to relax in. The two superb 18-hole courses, The Rothschild and The Rosebery are played over rolling parkland and feature lakes, woods and spinneys. All greens have been constructed to USGA specification and sown with Penncross Bent grass, which give an excellent year round putting surface. Both courses provide a challenging but enjoyable test of skill for every calibre of golfer.

Established in 1992 and opened by Irish star, David Feherty and European Ryder Cup captain, Bernard Gallacher, Mentmore Golf and Country Club lies in the shadow of Mentmore Towers, the magnificent country home built for Baron Meyer Amschel de Rothschild.

Before you step onto the courses, you will admire the setting as the Club is set in 365 acres of the most picturesque Buckinghamshire countryside overlooking the Vales of Aylesbury and Chiltern Hills.

The Rosebery Course The 18-hole championship standard 6,855 yards par 72 Rosebery course looks in one direction over magnificent chestnut trees across the Vale of Aylesbury, and in the other over the clubhouse grounds, to the distant Chiltern Hills.

The Rosebery course has spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. The front nine are played around the perimeter of the course, which is mainly surrounded by the mature woodland. The 6th and 7th holes are played parallel to the historic bridle path, bordered by magnificent chestnut trees that used to link the towers to the famous Stud Farm where three Derby winners were bred at the turn of the 19th century.

The 9th hole measures over 600 yards and before admiring the breathtaking backdrop of the Chilterns, the drive must be threaded through trees on either side of the fairway. The back nine has two long par 4ís, the 10th and 12th, before finishing on the 18th hole which tempts the golfer to open the shoulders with another drive towards the distant hills.

So onto the nitty gritty.

Handicaps were Allan 22, Adrian 24, Darryl & Pete 26 & Jim & Steve 28.

Scores were 1st Pete 89 (19 over), 2nd Allan 96, 3rd Adrian & Darryl (joint). 5th Steve 99 & Jim 115. Stapleford scores Pete 43, Steve & Darryl 35, Allan & Adrian 33 & Jim 21.

Adrian won both the nearest to the pin & the longest drive.

So Pete will be looking for a new course to play next year & the favourite is Austin Lodge nr Brands Hatch. Hopefully, some players will take part then too.