Author: Ged Power

Haven Homes Winter League – M and M Top the Charts

The image of Mitchell and Mundell is a like a bad dream featuring ‘Peaky Blinders meet Laurel and Hardy’. This nightmarish duo of brutish Big Trev and the chilling Geordie, somehow manage to extort three points week in, week out. Saturday’s startled rabbits were Marc Morley and Dinsdale O’Hare who rolled over with a withering effort. The hopes of the league’s ‘also rans’ were quashed as Morley and O’Hare carelessly parked their balls out of bounds on the 15th hole whilst still in touching distance. Some shoddy play on the 17th contributed to the lax effort and the leaders moved closer to the season’s finish line with a 1 up win.

Dubbed the ‘best looking swinger’ in the club, John Cairney shaped a comfortable win against Hewett and Gray. Aided by Steve Gandy, the pair covered each other well against the hot and cold duo. The match was closed out on the 14th hole in the testing conditions. No excitement whipped up by ’Fifty Shades’ this week

Best play of the day came from Rowany’s very own Pro Golfer Tom Gandy. The match was resting on the 18th hole with Jack Gilbert against Dave Corrin and Allan Tasker. The excess rain was causing Gandy’s fake tan to stream into his socks but this was no concern to him. He holed a pitch shot on the final hole for an eagle two and a win for the team. A very handy score on a roll over week in the twos comp.

Dark stormy clouds were on the course and hovering permanently over the sorry heads of Paul Thomas and Mark Walton. The full time residents of Gloomsville share a chemistry that can only be termed as ‘morbid’. Up against the worst performers in the league, a massive 5+3 defeat was achieved. Chief of the Slag Brothers, (Coz) was grunting with glee as replacing Orry Teare with the reliable Bunty option paid off.

A rare 3 points was scooped by the beleaguered Kevin Stacey pairing. The unkind weather took its toll against Peter Addison and Wilf Lowey. Following a scrappy affair, the drowned rats were huddled around Holty’s half stacked coal fire in the clubhouse. Addy’s soggy rear end backed up so close with his acrylic wardrobe almost combusting as he hogged the heat.

It was fabulous to see true sportsmanship at Rowany between The Feds and Peter Holt and Dickie Corrin. Before the game had started, Power was eager to advise Holty was using a putter way too light for winter greens. This advice wasn’t heeded as Holt haplessly three putted the first for a loss. The third hole took the spirit of golf to the next level as Holt demonstrated unparalleled generosity. The scene was set on the green as he scored what appeared to be a hole winning 5. Power had been swinging around in the pampas grass, taking relief and then losing his ball around the fourth tee. It seemed a lifetime for the ball to appear and Power hacked out from a tricky lie to 60 feet. An offer to concede the hole due to time limits and order of play issues was made but true gentleman Holt insisted that the shot be made. The putt can only be described as ‘miraculous’ and it was a delight to see the Club Steward with what appeared to be tears of joy in his eyes as the ball dropped in the cup. For a moment, Holty was speechless.

Corrin and Holt folded on the fifth hole four down with post-traumatic stress and conceded the match. Their opponents begged to carry on in the wind and rain but alas, the four were in the cosy bar within minutes listening to Holty chatting about his beloved City’s winning margin predicted for the following day.

Haven Homes Winter League Report

Surely, life for Tyson Trev cannot get any better? The Forest fan and ungainly golfer is striding top of the table alongside his Geordie henchman following another winning weekend. David Stacey and Kevin O’Loughlin carried the hopes of the league and fought valiantly for 7 holes. The score was three up and just for one moment, the leaders were looking vulnerable. Sources state that O’Loughlin’s fragile concentration span was damaged once the ‘Notts Lump’ embarked on his terrific tales of dogs, ferreting and tarmac laying. Stacey and his flummoxed partner were on the receiving end of anecdotes from the big fella as the hitman quietly put them to the sword in the background. The game was won on the 17th and the title is almost in the bag. For regular updates of latest Arsenal scores, please follow Trev on Facebook.

Peter Holt managed to stretch his game to the 18th yet again. Beloved Maria was slaving away preparing Michelin starred fayre as the 1989 ‘Barman of the Year finalist’ extended his game to the last hole. Dickie Corrin was back in the partnership following his search for a career in the Navy. Brian Hewett and Neil Gray served up the opposition and rescued a point at two down with three to play. Mr ’50 Shades’ was depositing his collection of used Nitro golf balls at numerous locations in the Port Erin village away from the course on the early holes. A stroke of luck on the fourteenth was the turning point and Holty and Corrin couldn’t finish the game off. Corrin’s folly was his inability to push his ball a short distance uphill into the hole 15th.

Other scores from the weekend included a half for Tom Gandy and Jack Gilbert who were up against Paul Thomas and the 2018 Vice Captain, Mark Walton. The dreary game was as colourful as Gandy’s pale, bleached legs. Walton’s mind is now focussed on his performance at the forthcoming ‘Rowany’s Got Talent’ event on Saturday 10th February 2018. (Tickets £5 from the bar.)

Local Commissioner Marc Morley has vowed to make Rowany great again and trumped Coz and Orry Teare 3+1. Some great interplay with Donald O’Hare gave the Slag brothers little hope of escaping the wooden spoon.

A 3 pointer from John Cairney and Steve Gandy is about as rare as Chateau Briand on Holty’s menu these days . The musically gifted Scotsman played a tune that made his partner dance in time for once. Their opponents Dave Corrin and Allan Tasker had no time at all to relax and went down on the 15th.

On a serious note, please consider the plight of aged folk in the community this winter. Many are vulnerable and disorientated due to the harsh conditions at this time of year. Losing 5+4 to Billy Newton and Orry Glover is a sad reality of winter golf. If you have any spare bob hats, thermals or pocket warmers, please donate to Addy and Wilf Lowey. There can be no other possible reason than hypothermia for such a dreadful defeat to that pair on the Port Erin links.



New works at Castletown Golf Links

I enjoyed the sublime conditions and played in the competition at Castletown yesterday. The new works on the first and eighteenth were captured on the iphone7+ camera. Please excuse the lighting conditions.

Pictured in the movie are Jack Gilbert and Joe O’Brian who make part of the green staff team at Langness. Accompanying them is Jackie Fisher, former Lady Captain of the club.

Exciting times ahead at the Links with such visionary additions.

Haven Homes Winter League Report and Movie

Matchday 7 – Haven Homes Winter League at Rowany

Christmas came early for the league leaders Tyson Trev and his Geordie hitman. It was dubbed ‘match of the day’ by a reputable sports forecaster but became a walk in the park for the men at the top.

Newton’s obscure approach to putting and ‘new to golf’ Glover’s inexperience on the links caused a 5+4 score. The match was built up showing promise but fizzled out like a Klopp Premiere League campaign. Being blessed with awkward thumbs, the Nottingham social media guru was bashing away reports of the win to his massive Facebook fanbase before he touched a pint!

Desmond O’Hare and Marc Morley managed to lose again this week. The skilful O’Hare must feel like he’s dragging a sack of spuds around the fairways in this uneven partnership. Jack Gilbert was assisted by another member of the Rowany Hall of Fame – Andy Cain. The classy swingster simply glides away his irons in a sublime fashion. A canny 2 on the 13th led the way in a 4+3 victory.

The ‘pipe and slippers’ pair of Dave Corrin and Allan Tasker were cruising to another comfortable victory. 3 up with 3 to play had the pair relaxed and extolling the joys of wearing cardigans and Perry Como on the turntable on Christmas Day.  Holty and the younger Corrin had other ideas and mounted an epic fightback on the closing holes. The masterchef Holt applied the care and precision that is normally spared for his gourmet cheese toasties and snatched a half on the last.

Rowany Golf Club’s new vice captain Mark Walton and Paul Thomas finally got their act together and claimed an easy 3 points against John Cairney and Steve Gandy. The ‘tantrum meter’ was set a meagre level 4 this week and it was game over on the 17th green.

It’s never a good sign to be bottom of the table at Christmas time and it’s looking very grim for Coz and Orry Teare. In a match against Kevin/Stacey. Holes were given away as the impish O’Loughlan weaved his Irish magic. This included 2 on the tricky 8th. Coz is staring into the abyss with Teare. It’s a story of runaway trolleys and if he continues to drop shots like he does brigade radios, the pair are going to be sizzled.

The final game included Bunty Howarth stepping in with Neil Gray this week. Up against the robotic duo of Power and Neale, it looked like an automatic 3 pointer for the android twins. Gray’s pre match preparation was honed on a cider infused Courthouse dancefloor only hours before tee off. Taking 9 shots in the bunker on the first had their opponents computing an easy win. Gray had other ideas and spurred by his mum’s passionate online support, the 26 handicapper scored par after par racking up an enjoyable win. Power and Neale are performing like a broken ZX81 and welcome a festive break.

Easyjet from Belfast announced today!

You wouldn’t believe the amount of enquiries from Northern Ireland that have been lost due to unhelpful flight times and cost over the last 6 years! At last, some of the most keenest and friendliest golfers on the planet can get to the Island easier.

It has been announced today that EasyJet will commence flying from Belfast in June 2018 and to recognise this most pleasing of news, Isle of Man Golf Holidays have created two packages to compliment the Friday/Monday break and the Monday/Friday break.

Book early and the flights can be most affordable with baggage charges.

There is no expensive Euro here and the golf break is simply memorable with 8 friendly courses.

Take a look at the packages – CLICK HERE

Haven Homes Winter League Report and Movie

Rowany Golf Club enjoyed a snow free zone as one of the few Island links to offer Saturday golf in Matchday 6 of the Haven Homes Winter League.

The big game was a top of the table clash packed with drama before any ball was hit. Shock news was delivered to the clubhouse that Geordie Paul was trapped under a giant sack of parcels at the Post Office. Miraculously, Big Trev had already arranged a former Island champion to take his place. Playing against title holders Addy and Wilf turned into a formality. The master tactician Trev outfoxed all and sundry by deploying Mike Rae. Known as ‘De Ice Man’ by colleagues at the Airport, Mike singularly froze out the old timers with a 4+3 win as Tyson Trev coasted alongside.

Holty was joined this week by the young Dale Corrin as Dickie was in the UK having facial hair remodelled. Taking on the pair from Gloomsville, a half point was shared in a match that featured a brace of twos and some streaky putting. The Thomas/Walton team are now signed off the happy pills until next week. Yet again, Holt was late into his bar duties in the clubhouse as the game went the full distance. Members are excited to hear that the current trend of pairing wines with fine food is arriving in the ‘restaurant’ soon. The a la carte specialist is drawing up a themed menu where gourmet egg and chips is complimented with a fine bottle of Blue Nun. Details to follow.

Tom Gandy was welcomed back from his exhausting modelling assignment in Portugal. Our very own club pro had a taxing time posturing golf fashion on camera in the sunshine. Being in the company of beautifully toned, gifted specimens all week came to an ugly end as he found himself on a cold first tee alongside David Stacy and Kevin O’loughlin. Whilst suffering from jet lag and other energetic pusuits, the Pro was assisted by Jack Gilbert to win 4+2 in a predictable game.

The Battle of the King Orrys didn’t happen as Bunty stepped in for one half of the Slag Brothers from Whacky Races. The whole game pivoted on ‘new to golf’ Glover capitalising on his generous handicap. Hole after hole was captured and the Newt idly watched. Coz’s contribution was a runaway trolley on the 11th plus an enriched recital of the Profanasaurus. It was game over on the 14th green and points awarded to Mr OZBETS and partner.

‘Ding dong merrily on high’ was the tune for John Cairney and Steve Gandy. A see saw game ensued as Django O’Hare and Mark Morley posted a very quick 4 up after 4. Morley’s mind wandered to the forthcoming United defeat at Old Trafford and the holes were clawed back. Cairney had the chance on 18 to win with a short putt but his Scottish influence activated and he missed. Half a point was gift wrapped for the opposition. Some compensation for Morley’s miserable Sunday afternoon in Manchester.

The seemingly robotic duo of Neale and Power suffered a cataclysmic hard drive error and will need re booting before any further golf. Completely outclassed against the ‘carpet slippers and pipes pairing’ of Allan Tasker and Dave Corrin who had more up and downs than a bride’s nightie. Tasker who has an interest in collecting unusual golf equipment was in great form. Armed with his two-sided chipper acquired from the Royal and Ancient Museum of Dubious Clubs, Tasker enjoyed an afternoon where everything went in. To make matters worse, he was using a Nitro Ace ball. It was a ‘delete all’ moment for Power and Neale on the 16th where the game was terminated.


2018 Bookings are UP!

Good news! The Isle of Man is proving to be popular again for the travelling golfer. Our bookings and enquiries are up over 20% on this time last year and we’re heading into Christmas with the 2018 calendar nicely populated.

The sharp increase is attributed to the price of the Euro and the Isle of Man Golf offering marketed in a more strategic fashion.

Many thanks to all our Island golf clubs for giving our visitors such a warm and friendly welcome.

With views like these and apres golf activities galore, it’s no wonder the Island is a number one choice for holiday golfers,

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