A Simon Community Golf Classic Day Out
Being an avid golfer, for many moons, one was pleasantly surprised to be invited to the “Golf Classic” in, the Royal Tara Golf Club, Navan, by the Property Team, the new department I started with, upon leaving my old haunt, fundraising, a few months back. It was a very well run event, from the quaint club house and the course itself was immaculate. An odd layout nonetheless, consisting of three nine hole courses, affording one the ability to customise one’s playing experience. Alas, our starting hole proved to be quite the trek, through a plethora of enormous fairways and numerous hills. We were all regretting not renting a golf buggy by the first tee off. How and ever we braved the challenging course, from its long sweeping, tree heavy fairways, beach sized bunkers, deceiving glassy greens and had a weird and wonderful day, full of golfing mishaps and triumphs.
As two of our team weren’t very experienced golfers, with one hitting every bunker on the planet and the other only able to use his five iron, but amazingly, managed two pars with it, we had to let a couple of teams play through, because they had availed of some golf buggies and we were holding up play. When all was said and done, somehow, we managed to get lost on the arduous trek back to the club house as well, so we were a little late and by a little one means a couple of hours. We walked into the presentation room like a bunch of dishevelled cowboys, whilst Sam was giving his speech and were met with some rather bemused glares. We silently scuttled to a nearby table and managed to order some grub. Unfortunately there was nothing left in the kitchen other than a few bits of broccoli, a fork full of mash and chicken, drowned in pepper sauce, as everyone had already eaten everything. Needless to say we slaughtered that gorgeous medley, when it came and managed to win a raffle prize in the meantime, for our troubles. Alas, on the way home we decided to go the McDonalds for Double Quarter Pounder n Chips, just to fill the gap, of course.
As a team building and or bonding experience one would have to say it was a massive success and all of us, easily, agree we had a brilliant time and are happy to use our, “consolation prize”, of a free breakfast and round on the behemoth of a course, in the not too distant future and return, to get some valuable practice in, on those pesky greens, for next year.
In a final note, one would like to add, that Brian Roe, who organized the Golf Classic said, “I think our final tally will be about €5,100”, so that was amazing and wonderful for all of us, on the Property Team, to be apart of and be able to give a little back, to the Community, in such a spectacular place and fashion. One would think future outings, of a similar ilk, like a Pitch-n-Putt outing, would be very beneficial to all of the teams and departments in the Simon Community as a whole. Roll on next year!