From ‘The Libretto’ – May 2010
Nine Choristers and two friends made the trip down to Okehampton on the 22nd of March for a four day golfing break. We stayed at the Ashbury Golf Hotel, set in 600 acres of rolling Devon countryside. The hotel boasts 7 eighteen hole course options within its grounds., The Kigbear course, the Oakwood, the Beeches, the Pines, the Forest, the Ashbury and the Willows. In addition there is a driving range and a nine hole putting green. As well as the golf, the hotel has a huge sporting complex with facilities for swinning pool, sauna, indoor bowls, racket sports, gymnasium, archery and pistol shooting, ten pin bowling, darts, snooker (13 full size tables), plus many other amenities.
We arrived on the Monday in time for lunch and followed this by playing the first 9 holes on the Kigbear course. The winner was yours truly with Tom Hole, Tony Shepherd and Leon Jones close behind. After dinner we spent the rest of the evening playing snooker, along with plenty of the local brew.
After an early breakfast on Tuesday we played the Forest course but had to give up after 14 holes as the rain that had been falling for most of the morning became a deluge, accompanied by high winds. First prize went to Tony Shepherd then Tom Hole, Leon Jones and Dave Scott. After drying out and having lunch most of us had a little rest, then dinner and a darts match with plenty of ‘sherberts’. It was unfortunate that Dave Scott had to return home this evening due to wife Helen being taken ill. We wish her well and a speedy recovery.
On Wednesday our tee-off time was not until 1.45pm so most went ten pin bowling before an early lunch. Roly Bennett appeared to be the ‘Bandit’ on the rink slinging them down as if they were tennis balls! Our golf was on the Oakwood course and we split up into 3 teams and played a ‘Texas Scramble’ competition which everyone thought was great fun. Winning team was – Leon Jones, Richard Llewellyn and John Huntley. As this was the last evening we had dinner, a good drink and a laugh before retiring a little worse for wear.
Thursday was our last day and we started with an early tee-off at 8.55 for the back 9 on the Kigbear course. I was the very lucky winner closely followed by John Huntley and joint third Leon Jones, Tom Hole and Phil Cody.
We had prizes for every game throughout the week and following our last game we had a tot up of all the points scored during the week to determine the overall Champion. Leon had made a superb trophy and on count up it was duly presented to Tony Shepherd with a score of 57 points closely followed by Tom on 53 points. A few who had not been fortunate in winning a prize took part in a lucky dip so nobody went home empty handed. The food, drink, facilities and the organisation at the hotel was excellent and this was borne out by the fact there were at least 250 people staying there. I think we all felt our trip had been a great success and definitely intend doing it again next year.