My Husband when asked what he wanted to do for his birthday suggested a game of Golf. Sigh, really?, Not my favourite game in the world but maninng up for the challenge (I had subjected him to Les MisÚrables (2012) - IMDb).
I agreed and we spent a Friday afternoon on the Caboolture Golf Course. Caboolture is about a Forty five minute drive North of Brisbane. Conveniently located midway between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, the established 18 hole championship golf course is extremely picturesque with the Wararba Creek flowing alongside many of the undulating fairways.
The deal was $49 for 9 holes and a buggy. We had our own golf clubs, his beautifully presented with ridiculous little hats protecting their heads. Mine were a scrappy bundle of bits and pieces with no 7 iron, my favourite club. Not that it made much difference.
The day was overcast and not too hot for a February afternoon in Queensland. Chris smashed his ball off the Tee on the 10th hole a par 4 and it sailed beautifully up the fairway and waited patiently for me to proceed. Now any of you that have played golf will know it can be one of the most frustrating games. I swung with trusty 5 Wood off the ladies Tee and surprise, surprise, I actually hit it with a sweet smack that Tiger woods would have been proud of. It turned out to be one of my few sweet strokes for the day. I got the nod of approval and off we went.
Chris played well with consistency and skill and I hooked, smacked, missed, dug out divots, stalked the pin on the greens, bunkers and in the rough. I amused myself on the buggy, which was well worth having with its drink holders and compartments for snacks. I averaged 10 a hole and Chris half that. My job was done; he was a happy man. There was a prize offered on the 18th hole for the nearest stroke to the pin which neither of us won. Afterward we went into the club house for a well earned beer.
Overall we had an enjoyable day with plenty of exercise and it was lovely to be outside.
Some tips for the new golfer:
Take some water and a snack.
Wear a hat and sunscreen.
Take some extra balls (they tend to run away and get lost or go swimming) and tees.
Wear comfortable covered in shoes (I wore joggers - good) and a collared shirt.
Show respect for any other golfers and let them through if they are waiting for you.