Ashbourne Derbyshire 2014 Away Trip

Golf place with wonderful greenOn May 9th last a visiting delegation from the club traveled over to our sister club in England, Ashbourne Golf Club in Derbyshire. The following report was compiled by Martin Farrell who organised the trip. 

With all the preparations in place we set off on Friday May 9th with a very early departure from the airport at 6.30am to Birmingham. With Captain Tom,Vice Captain Richard, and President Greg all on board we didn’t mind taking the coveted trophy for a trip because we did expect to be bringing it back again on Sunday evening.

All our golf gear had departed by van on Thursday on the ferry sailing to Holyhead in the safe hands of David Dooley ably assisted by Mervyn Miller. On behalf of all who traveled we wish to thank most sincerely Tom Staunton in Tadgh Riordan Motors who generously gave us their van for the weekend without charge. We also say a big THANK YOU to Dave and Mervyn. 

Long before we left Ashbourne, Co. Meath, we were getting the feeling that this trip to Ashbourne, Derbyshire, would be different from all that went before…… we were not disappointed because from the moment we arrived we were treated with such hospitality that was second to none. President Frank McCabe was dealing with all the details as usual and Captain Bernard (Bembridge) adding his personal touch. 

After a “Full Irish” breakfast in the Golf Club we played 9 holes in a team event. We then departed for a tour of Derbyshire stopping in Tissington where we tasted stilton cheese washed down with a lovely port. A further stop for a cream tea made for a very enjoyable afternoon. After a quick change in the hotel it was back to the Golf Club for fish and chips. 

With no time to waste, we then departed for Belper, which is home of Captain Bernard and his brother Peter, where we visited three local pubs and tasted different real ales. 

In the third pub Bernard had arranged a game of skittles between the Irish and English and the Irish won much to everybody’s surprise. More food was served and it was back on the bus for the hotel. Everybody fell into bed almost 22 hours from the time we left our own beds back home that morning (we think there was a cunning plan to tire us out!!!)

On Saturday the competition commenced. It must have been the various ales we tested the night before but at the end of day one we were 6 matches to 4 down. 

Saturday night we were wined and dined, followed by very enjoyable entertainment. In his speech, Captain Tom expressed the sympathy of all the members in Ashbourne, Co. Meath, to Captain Bernard and all the members on the sad loss in March of their Past Captain Noel who had been such a large part of their trip to us last year. 

On Sunday with a full change in the pairings we failed to beat the local challenge and finished up 10 ½ to 8 ½ in favour of the locals. 

The inclement weather over the weekend and especially the heavy rain on Sunday failed to dampen our spirits and as the weekend drew to a close it was time for us to part with the Ashbourne Trophy until May next year.

The members that had traveled before all agreed that this was one of the better trips and the lads travelling for the first time admitted that it was a truly fabulous experience. Vice-Captain Richard is looking forward to returning the hospitality this time next year. 

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