Richard Hale was the highest bidder on a prize we had donated to auction for the On Course Foundation and Disabled Golf association through The National Golf Club Challenge. The prize was ‘The Ultimate Golf Experience’ as the winner plus two friends got to play a round of golf with Ex Ryder Cup Captain, Mark James at one of Britain’s finest inland courses, Lindrick Golf Club.
My prize winning day started with a leisurely drive over the Pennine’s, with the destination being the small industrial village of Slaithwaite, home of the Glenbrae mill. On arrival, me and my 2 golf buddies; Robin and Mark, were greeted by the company’s Brand Director, Alan Purdie. Alan spent time with us, explaining a lot of the background and history surrounding not just the brand itself, but also the knitwear industry as a whole. Once this overview was complete, we were taken on a tour of the mill itself – this proved exceptionally interesting, and offered an in-depth insight into the manufacturing process from start to finish. We saw the embroidery department, in all of its glory, which is where the company complete their bespoke cresting processes. At the end of the tour, we were given free reign over the whole collection, and allowed to choose 2 sweaters each from the range. Although we managed it in the end, we were spoiled for choice and left the mill extremely pleased with our goodie-bags (which even included a little something for the ladies in our lives!)
We then took the trip down to Lindrick Golf Club – ever so slightly concerned that ex-Ryder Cup captain, Mark James, may have forgotten about the visit, or that the club itself may not realise that we were coming. We shouldn’t have worried…everything had been superbly organised. The club gave us a great welcome and we were fed and watered (well, when I say watered – we settled our nerves with a drop of alcohol!) and Mark arrived soon after to join us for something to eat before it was time to tee off. On the first tee, the others all managed decent drives…mine left a little to desired however, it did just about pass the ladies tee! Obviously I’d not had enough beer to settle my nerves completely! The quality of the golf from there had highs and lows for all of us – a couple of birdies, a few lost balls and above all, some great banter. We eventually retired to the bar for a couple of drinks, where Mark recounted many a tale from his playing days before he had to drive home.
To sum it up, we all had a great day. Everyone, from start to finish, went out of their way to make us feel welcome and gave us some great memories. And above all, we were so pleased to be playing a part in helping to raise funds for such a great charity – The On Course Foundation and the Disabled Golf Association.