Nine members of the OSGS (Michael Cox (DB 1961-66) James Skelton (O 1980-85) Jonathan Perkins (SH 1990-95) John Parker (SH 1952-57) Stephen Shaw (M 1956-61) Tim Lewis (R 1950-55) Dan Graham (M 1956-61) Mark Summers (S 1951-56) and Charles Hill) arrived with three guests to play Ashridge Golf Course last Friday. Ashridge has been used as a regional qualifying venue for the Open Championship. Sir Henry Cotton, who won three open championships, was the professional at Ashridge. The course measures 6,678 yards, has a par of 72 and was officially opened in 1932.
This was the beginning of the recent cold snap with a north wind blowing and some rain to start with. Nonetheless, the weather improved after six holes – the sun came out and we were blessed with blue skies, white fluffy clouds and the trees showing off their fine autumn colours - added together with the course in great condition and the greens running fast and true some competitive golf was played in teams of four golfers in a stableford competition – with the best two scores to count on each hole.
Golf was followed by drinks in the bar and Sir Michael Simmons (DB 1950-55) OS and the current president of Ashridge, popped in to say hello.
We had a hearty two course lunch from the carvery discussing the golf and catching up on our news.
The following were awarded prizes:
Fergus Shaw, grandson of Stephen Shaw, won the longest drive on the 1st hole and nearest the pin in 2 strokes on the 9th hole - 6 balls
James Skelton won nearest the pin on the 6th hole – 3 balls
Michael Cox, James Skelton, Jonathan Perkins, and Charles Hill won the team prize scoring 88 points from their 4 ball – 3 balls each.
Finally, Dan Graham – Ashridge member – who has organised this OSGS Meeting for over 12 years was given a small prize to thank him for his efforts over this period. He is passing the baton over to James Skelton – slightly younger Ashridge member! – to help organise this meeting in the future.
This was the first time that I have played this prestigious golf course and I urge all fellow OSGS members who have not yet played Ashridge to put Friday 25 October 2019 in their diaries now. This is a real treat and a golfing gem, regularly in the top 100 courses in the UK, and it is certainly worth a visit – hope to see you there next year !
Honorary Secretary - Old Salopian Golfing Society