Wollaton Park 22.2.19

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Personally, it was very rewarding to take a Teetours event to this magnificent parkland course, where, thirty years ago, I first leaned to swing a golf club on the practice ground.

Being so close to the city centre, Wollaton is Nottingham’s answer to Edgbaston. Unlike Edgbaston, Wollaton golf course sits in the middle of a five hundred acre Elizabethan deer park, which gives it a very expansive feel with varied and interesting views from different holes of both the Hall, the additional garden buildings and the enormous lake. 

Wollaton Hall was built between 1580 and 1588 by the Willoughby family and renowned architect Robert Smythson, funded from extended family wealth and the extraction of coal from the enormous reserves beneath Nottinghamshire. Now owned by Nottingham City Council it houses both a natural history and mechanical museum.

I know it was the first time many of you have visited this gem, but given the comments, I don’t think it will be the last. In fact I know of one player who is considering it for his captain’s day out.

I intend to make this a regular addition to the Teetours fixture list.

The weather was phenomenal for February.  Rarely do I get to do a prize presentation out on the terrace of any golf club, before the beginning of April but that was where everyone was sitting, in the sunshine, on Friday afternoon.

Shorts and polo shirts were commonplace and, with the park was full of visitors, the unseasonal chimes of an ice cream van were heard!

The wildlife are a big feature. A large herd of deer are very used to golfers and by 5pm had made their way right down to the clubhouse.

This course has a most unusual slimming regime, run by the boldest squirrel I have ever seen.  Completely untroubled by how close I was to him, he continued his fight to extract a chocolate bar from one player’s bag while they were putting out.

Martin, the head green keeper told me the warm weather had given the opportunity to get the greens ironed before our arrival and they obviously suited many, with 14 two’s recorded.

The longest drive went to Garry Poole with Rob Oakes and Chris Wormleighton picking up the nearest the pins.

Fifth place with 85 went to an amalgamated team of Michael Archer, Duncan Spalding, Dave Barnett and Nottingham’s very own asbestos aficionado, Adam Grundy. They were beaten on count back by Stuart Bond, Kev Marlow, Jon Fraser and Peter Bryant.

87 gave Andy Sewell’s team a podium finish with Dave Hewitt’s team in second on 88.

Top slot this week went to Richard Manning’s team, who’s back nine was bolstered by the arrival of a very good looking caddy.  The team’s mainstays were 24 handicap Adam Redpath, who had 37 personal points and 2 handicap Antony Plummer from Branston, who shot a level par round with 39 points.

Pos 

Team

Score

O.O.M. 

Prize 

1

Richard Manning  10 Rich Deaville 17 Antony Plummer 2 Adam Redpath 24

92

12

Brouilly, Domaine Quinson

2

Dave Hewitt 13 Kevin Cooper 18 Stuart Davis 13 Derek Pedley 19

88

10

Bodegones del Sur Tannat

3

Andy Sewell 15 Steve Morgan 13 Vidhu Mayor 16 Mike Marlow 16

87

8

Bodegones del Sur Tannat

4

Stuart Bond 12 Kevin Marlow 7 Jon Fraser 15 Peter Bryant 5

85

6

El Capitan Malbec

5

Andy Page 10 Frankie Rowe 15 Alan Kyte 14 Armani Dave 14

85

4

El Capitan Malbec

6

Adam Grundy 12  Dave Barnett 9 Michael Archer 12 Duncan Spalding 11

85

2

7

Matt Hickman 11 Ade Gregg 16 Ross Timmins  22 Lee Church 10

84

8=

Mick O'Neill 14 Dave Cranmer 13 Geoff Pearson 13 Colin Wilson 13

83

8=

Chris Wormleighton 6 Jerry Casper 12 David Middleton 10 Martyn Walker 5

83

8=

Chris Johnson 13 Rob Oakes 6 Luke Felton 13 Gary Felton 18

83

11

Wayne Moore 7 Ken Storey 11 John Woodward 12 Anthony Leatherbarrow 12

82

12=

John Poole 11 Boyd Stanhope 9 Neil Stacey 12 Gilbert Scouler 3

80

12=

Dean Pointon 11 Roy Everett 8 Dave Brierley 9 John Miles 15

80

14=

Tony Davis 14 Alan Holmes 15 Gary Dorricott 13 Bill Hibbert 13

79

14=

Alan Mcpeake 19 Robin Upton 16 Dave Cooper 20 Lee Hill 20

79

16=

Steve Hawke 6 Ben Gilg 5 Damian Magill 5 Neil Mallett 11

78

16=

John Quinn 19 Roger Partridge 15 Andy Gibbens 26 Stuart Morley 26

78

18

Nicholas Hercules 15 Tim Sherwood 12 Rudolph Hercik 13 Alan Pratt 23

78

19=

Mike Perry 13 Allan Simmonds 8 Alex Scot 14 Kevin Courtney 12.

77

19=

Ian Birch 16 Bill Webber 16 Gary Moore 8 John Teale 15

77

21

Dave Willmore 0 Will Thompson 6 Steve Pidcock 7 Martin Chattin 6

76

22=

Lyndon Tyler 72  Terry Lawson 7 Martin Truman 8 Peter Cooper 18

72

22=

Stewart Fairweather 21 Michael Warren 20   Danny Keyte 5 Eddie Harvey 8

72

24

Dave Yarranton Grahaeme 13 Dodge 7  Steve Upton 13 Trevor Atkinson 15

70

25

Bill Stubbins 7 Garry Poole 10 Peter Gemmell 14 Alan Milburn 13

69

Gary Poole

Longest Drive 9

Brouilly, Domaine Quinson

Rob Oakes

Nearest pin 2

Bodegones del Sur Tannat

Chris Wormleighton

Nearest pin 18

Brouilly, Domaine Quinson

Two’s - Paid in Red, White, Rose or Harvest Pale 500cl bottles.

Tony Davis, Bill Hibbert, Vidhu Mayor x 2, Mike Marlow, Andy Sewell, Ken Storey, John Woodward, Alan Kyte, John Teale, John Miles, Dave Brierley, Rob Oakes, Chris Wormleighton.