"39 Stags, well to be absolutely honest , 37 Stags plus 1 visitor( young Stag? - Ron's son??) plus one ex Stag( bit Loud?) embarked on the Autumn Away day to the outer reaches of Worcestershire and the delightful course of Kings Norton.
I am not sure why I should be honest. After all I could say all sorts of rubbish and at least 52% of the Stags would believe it, but I prefer to be accurate and honest. But as old Bill said "O monstrous world! Take note, take note, O world! To be direct and honest is not safe." and this is certainly true today.
However back to the day. Sumptuous bacon rolls and delicious coffee awaited us, plus an old boy who was a bit miffed as he expected the organiser to turn up an hour before the first tee time. Assured by those that had arrived early, that the organiser lives by the edict of just in time, he had to wait patiently in the corner . However he was just the precursor of a team of people that looked after us so well. He checked how many we were, told us which course we were playing on, which hole was longest drive and which was nearest the pin, gave us a questionnaire to fill in and generally answered all the potential problems. Just the sort of bloke we could do with in the Stags. He then went off to the first tee with the list of tee off times and started all off. Halfway round he was there again at the tenth tee to see us all again. What service! We rarely see such service in this modern world or as old Bill said " O good old man! how well in thee appears The constant service of the antique world, When service sweat for duty, not for meed! Thou are not for the fashion of these times." Perhaps times have not changed!
It was rumoured that certain Stags had paid a surreptitious visit to this land to espy the dangers of the course. We tried to circumvent their chances by introducing the yellow loop but would we succeed completely. Time would tell.
The course was in magnificent order with fairways as good as any I have seen, but the greens were tricky and three putts seemed to be the norm in our group. As usual scores in the away day were not great and of course after weeks of dry, sunny weather we had a little rain towards the end of the round but an away day would not be the same without some rain as old Bill might have remarked" for the rain it raineth every away day"
After the golf back to the clubhouse and a slight delay until lunch. Rocket man had to go ,had a bee in his bonnet or something. But everyone else enjoyed the abbotts ale and as the aforesaid Bill said " for a quart of ale is a dish for a king" Lunch was served and a very fine steak Pie with chips and salad was followed by an equally fine apple pie and custard which ensured that no more food was necessary for rest of the day. Captain Mick "cor luv a duck" Lloyd drew the raffle which was won by the visitor. (Is this allowed?) and gave out the prizes. Phil Pennant won the longest drive and nearest the pin ( he always was a greedy ....). Robin Whitehouse came in fourth on count back but was beaten by Maurice Durand who got 4 points on the last hole, and Charles McTear , benefiting from an extra shot, but nobody got close to the winner , who was playing his second round there( we failed) , Mick Jephcott with 36 points. £200 was raised for the Captain's Charity. well done the Stags.
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