Christmas Golf Day 2023 Report

On December 28th, despite the chilly and breezy conditions, but under mostly clear blue skies, CSC members and guests experienced a enjoyable day of golfing at Caddington Golf Club. The weather contrasted sharply with the rest of the festive season, which was marred by persistent rains that deterred several fair-weather players. Fortunately, the winds helped dry the course at Caddington quickly, allowing players to use their trollies sensibly, thanks to the green keepers’ approval.

Seven enthusiastic golfers participated, kicking off the day with traditional breakfast rolls and hot beverages, while some opted for cooler drinks once the bar opened. The event followed its usual format: an individual Stableford competition with full handicap, offering prizes for first, second, and third places, along with longest drive and nearest the pin contests. True to tradition, each player was eligible for only one prize, leading to some interesting decisions.

For those unfamiliar, the handicap system aims to level the playing field, with a perfect handicap play resulting in 36 points. Simplified, this equates to 2 points per hole.

The competition was intense, particularly as no player had the advantage of ‘local knowledge’ on this unfamiliar course. With handicaps ranging from 12 to 28, the winner was Paul Younger with an impressive 33 points from a handicap of 19. The second highest scorer, John Given, with 31 points and playing off 22, chose instead to take the Longest Drive prize over second place. The third prize, in effect the second-place award, therefore went to Alan with a score of 29 points off a 16 handicap, while the official third place was secured by Nev Andrews with 26 points off a 28 handicap.

None of our players claimed victory in the “nearest the pin” (or perhaps, nearest the green was more appropriate) challenge on the 150-yard 7th hole, a testament to the challenging conditions, as players from other societies also struggled.

The day was thoroughly enjoyable, effectively ‘blowing the cobwebs away’ for everyone, without any mishaps.

Looking ahead, we’re planning another golf day this spring. While initially considering May 4th, we’re now leaning towards May 11th to avoid bank holidays and half term. Chalgrave Manor is a potential venue, but we’re open to other suggestions. We’re hoping for a fantastic turnout, especially from those who couldn’t join us during the festive break.