After a very successful addition into the Activities programme this year, it was great to see the whole Golf Team keen and enthusiastic to go on a mini break during the holidays. The team consisted of; Callum Harris, Dan Haywood, Elliot Brookes, Callum Bodger, Keller McHenry and Jack Nunn.
The package Hawkstone Park near Shrewsbury offered, was absolutely fantastic and hopefully this will become an annual event. We drove down on Monday morning and had time to practice before going out onto the Champioship Course, all be it in less than perfect conditions! The course was superb, and let’s just say the scores were not quite as good, except for Jack Nunn, who playing off 25 scored a Nett 71, one under par.
Then following a very impressive ‘Dinner Bed & Breakfast’ we were raring to get out onto the ‘Hawkstone Course’ which takes in the wondrous views of ‘The Follies’ an English Heritage Site described as: ‘The Follies is a fantasyland of cliffs, crags, caves, deep woods and a series of extraordinary monuments built more than 200 years ago. After years of neglect, the magical landscape was lovingly restored and reopened in 1993.’
'Striking scenes and terrific grandeur' were the words Samuel Johnson used to describe The Follies when he visited them in 1774.
In much better weather the scoring improved, but yet again Jack Nunn played well below his handicap scoring 48 Stableford points putting the rest of us to shame. After two rounds of golf, both on excellent courses everyone was tired but exhilarated by the experience.
Abbotsholme can again be proud of their students; The hotel staff said ‘How lovely the boys were’, and other golfing groups said, ‘ It’s so nice to see youngsters being taught etiquette on the course’. The trip was a huge success and I would like to thank both students and parents.