Winter's here and...
...well it is for us in the northern hemisphere. So what were your high points of the season and what will you be doing this winter?
The highpoint for me by a country mile was caddying for my son in the Final Qualifier for the British Open. No he didn't get through but what a proud day. From driving through the gate, standing on the practice ground with some top pro's, including ex-Ryder Cup Captain Mark James, to walking onto the last green with the boy - WOW! A day that will live long in the memory banks.
From the playing perspective its not been a fantastic year but the round with 7 birdies in was a real buzz, and reminded me there's still life in the old coffin dodger. The clubs that are in the bag now are different to what I played with all summer, apart from Old Faithful the putter. And as I normally do, the winter will be the 'work' time when I get to know the new sticks.
So now its winter time, and to prove it there's hail hammering the conservatory roof. We've gone onto the short course, 6200yds par72, and some damn fool has left a window open - the draught off the North Sea is wicked! Golf continues but sometimes its more a war of attrition. The hip flask has been filled several times and provides a few little pick-me-ups. Saturday also saw flasks of spicy Mullagatawny soup coming out.
Post round the cool beers have given way to a nice thick Guinness, or 3... and early January will no doubt see each of our Saturday group arrange something warm for our return to the clubhouse - a stew or Lancashire Hotpot.
The weather may have changed but the fun continues - this coming Saturday is our Saturday crowd's Christmas Dinner, all 32 of us inc. wives. The ladies will be dressed in their finery, and us guys may even try a clean shirt. But whatever happens there will be wild stories and great banter - isn't golf great!
Driver: Ping i15 11*
Three wood: Taylor RBZ HL
Rescue: Taylor 22degree
Irons: Titliest 712cb 4-pw
Wedges: Titliest Vokey 52&56 degree
Putter: Odyseey Whitehot no.5 centre shaft