A great day at Wells

Old Elizabethan’s Golf Society visit to Wells 23rd May 2019

Our first attempt at a Wells Golf Club fixture in March was sadly rained off on a particularly wet and windy day in March but we were very lucky with the new date as the sun shone brilliantly throughout the day.
 
  Several of our regulars were either on holiday or baby sitting but six stalwarts turned out for this most enjoyable day. The lucky six were Nigel Coombs, Paul Packman, Hartley Heard, Roger Bateman, Mike Cole and myself in two three balls, playing individual stableford. The usual bacon rolls and coffee preceded the first tee time of 11:04. We were delighted to see Bob Gibbons (QEH 1953-1960) and his wife Jill who live nearby and came up to see us off. Bob had been a regular player in all our OEs’ golf events but had to withdraw due to illness. However, he is now hoping to play with us again soon having recovered enough to play a few rounds at Mendip Spring.
 
  Wells is a beautiful course with splendid views over Wells and the Mendips. It has some great holes and is a good test of accuracy. This is especially important on the 4th where the green is protected by two large trees and a deep bunker in front of the green. You also need to get a good placing off the tee on the par 5 eighth where a stray shot can leave you behind the trees with not much room to escape if any. This also applies to the tenth which is 166 yard steeply downhill par 3 to a small green with trees and rough on either side. This leads you to the back nine where mature trees and a series of streams will punish you if you do not take the right clubs for distance and positioning. The course was in wonderful condition and we very much enjoyed playing it.
 
  Paul Packman came in with a splendid three under par score of 39 points, followed by Hartley on 31 with the rest of us in the mid-twenties, except me with 18 points. The usual post-match banter over a drink on the clubhouse balcony rounded off a perfect day. Our thanks to Nigel and the staff at Wells for the excellent arrangements.
    Our next venue is Stockwood Vale near Keynsham on Wednesday July 10th (details below) where we have a good turnout of 14 players already. Roger Ashton has set this up and we have bacon rolls, coffee and 18 holes of golf for just £24 with buggies at £11.50.

 
Barry Coombs

Come and join us

Any Elizabethan, former Red Maid or Redland High School Girl is welcome to join us with their partner or a guest.

We try and meet once a month throughout the summer, visiting different courses around the West Country. It is social golf so anyone of any ability is welcome. Just contact Barry Coombs 01453 822546 or email barrycoombs@teamfrith.com or check on the website https://qehelizabethansociety.com/ for fixture news.



Malcolm Davies