“Life after the Office” – Group Golf Trips

Our work based social group has been around for many, many years and is currently experiencing another period of strong membership and big fields at our regular monthly games around Sydney. Consequently, we've been wanting to put together a weekend trip for a while for the more hardcore amongst us in addition to our usual events. Initial research and enquiries showed that such a trip would be a bit pricey and time consuming to organise ourselves. Then a chance chat with someone back in an office corridor earlier this year put us onto the Drummond Club and 'hey, presto' it's all happening with fantastic packages and great value for money. Thanks Lee.

Our first trip this year for 12 of us was to the Hunter Valley staying two nights at Cypress Lakes playing the Cypress course on Saturday and The Vintage on Sunday in May. Some of us had played either or both courses before but were very willing to play them again or for the first time. The accommodation and facilities were first rate and we also made time to sample the local wine produce and enjoy the nightlife while we were there. The courses were playing were great and most of us joined the local comp at Horizons. In fact, two of our group, George Gibbins and Warwick Strachan both members of Asquith and off h/caps of 18, even took out the day's Two Ball Aggregate event with a massive 70 pts on the day.

A slightly smaller group undertook our next trip to the Central Coast staying two nights at Horizons playing the Horizons course on Saturday and Pacific Dunes on Sunday just last November. No success on the course for any of us this time but still a fantastic weekend was had by all on two well-maintained and challenging courses. We made full use of the accommodation and facilities this time putting together a sensational barbeque feast for ourselves one evening. We may not won any golfing competition this time but I'm sure we would have been a chance on Masterchef.

The time away gives us a chance to get to know our fellow social club golfers better and understand what our wives have to put up with both with our obsession for golf and us personally. Golf, simple but hearty foods, ample liquid refreshments and socialising with mates seems to be a great formula for the occasional break from it all.

Sid Pelcz
Westpac Bank Social Golf Club