THE 2016 TOUR
Detailed planning has started for the 2016 tour to the north west and this time there is the added attraction of being able to combine the midweek golf with a 1525 Society Lunch and the grand opening of the refurbished Pepperpot on the Saturday!
The School has requested that the match against them is played on Thursday 12th May and Lancaster GC has agreed the availability of the course. So the plan is:
MAY 11TH – FAIRHAVEN GC
We have 3 tee times booked, starting at 2.44pm. We tried to play at Fairhaven last year but the weather was atrocious, the greens were flooded, and no play was possible. This year the plan is to meet for a light lunch beforehand followed by 18 holes. The cost of lunch plus golf will be £70.
Accommodation for the night of the 11th May is available in the same hotel as last year, the Birley Arms Hotel at Warton, [www.thebirleyarms.co.uk and 01722 679988] just a couple of miles from the golf club. The cost is £70 for single occupancy and £75 for double occupancy. If you intend to join the tour – as we hope you will – then early booking is advised.
MAY 12TH – LANCASTER GC
After a leisurely breakfast we drive to Lancaster. The tee has been booked for our match against the School at 1.00pm and we aim to field 12 players versus 12 from the School.
After the match, there will be supper in the clubhouse and accommodation has been reserved for the OS golfers in the Dormy House.
Costs will be: £40 for the green fee: circa £15 for a 2 course evening meal: £43 pppn for single accommodation or £33 pppn for twin accommodation. So that is £88 to £98 for the package.
MAY 13TH – CARUS GREEN GC, KENDAL
After breakfast we drive to Kendal, to the OS-owned Carus Green GC. The package of £100 includes 18 holes, a 3 course dinner, overnight accommodation in their town houses or cottage, and a full English breakfast.
MAY 14TH – SEDBERGH LUNCH and OPTIONAL GOLF
There is a 1525 Society lunch on the Saturday at the school, and the golfers are invited to attend this. After lunch there is the grand opening of the refurbished Pepperpot too! However the golfers may prefer to make their way down to Sedbergh GC and play 9 or 18 holes.
This Saturday is really an optional day – OSs can disperse after golf at Carus Green or spend a day at Sedbergh and then disperse.
WHAT WE ASK YOU TO DO NOW
Will you join the tour this year? Could you declare an interest now, or even commit? There is the opportunity for 4 days of good golf at 4 lovely golf courses, 2 of which we have not played before.
The School won the match last year and so we are keen to claim back the title!
If you would like to join the tour, or part of it, please let Barry Aitken know. He can be contacted on [email protected] : 01980 610836 : or 07785 543901. The key information he needs to know falls into 3 parts:
– Would you like to play golf on days 1,2,3 and 4?
– If you would like accommodation on the 11th, then please book it yourself asap.
– If you wothe 12th, and the 13th. Are you happy to share a twin room?
– Would you like to attend the 1525 Society Lunch at the School on the 14th May?
AND THERE’S MORE OS GOLF THIS SEASON
The Birkdale Bucket
This annual event is for players from Giggleswick, Oundle, Pocklington, Sedbergh, Stowe, Uppingham, Worksop and Wrekin. It takes place at Woodhall Spa GC and this season is being held over the weekend 18th to 20th March.
The golf will follow the same time honoured itinerary with informal golf on Friday afternoon, an 18 Hole Stableford on Saturday morning for the Birkdale Bucket and the Sunday morning foursomes all played on the fabulous Hotchkin course.
The cost of the weekend including accommodation, all meals (2 dinners, with wine on Saturday, 2 lunches and 2 breakfasts), green fees, gratuities and prizes is estimated to be as follows. Friday/Saturday nights in twin rooms – £326 and in single rooms – £366.
For golfers who wish to arrive on Saturday and stay for only one night the cost for the weekend is estimated at £241 in twin rooms and £261 in singles. The rate for locally based members of Woodhall Spa to include the 3 meals, prizes, wine at dinner and gratuities is £96 and £176 for those not requiring accommodation but who are not members of the club.
There is a drinks reception on the Friday evening from 6.30pm generously funded by the 2015 foursomes winners Mike Strong and Chris Symes.
The organiser of this wonderful event is Charles Webb, 10 Sherwood Drive, Netherton, Huddersfield, HD4 7EJ. Tel 07836 289287 and email [email protected]. If you and your OS friends would like to take part please contact him asap and he will email you an entry form.
OS GOLF MATCHES IN SCOTLAND
The OS golfers in Scotland, under the management of Simon Blyth, have two matches this coming year. On the Sunday 24th March there is a match at Muirfield versus the Merchistonians, and on 23rd October there is a match against the Lorettonians at Prestwick GC. If you would like to take part in one or both of these matches and at these iconic golf courses, then please contact Simon Blyth by email to [email protected].
GOLF MATCHES IN THE NORTH OR SOUTH
As soon as the dates of matches and meetings in the North and South societies are available, they can be published via another Newsletter.