Dunmurry Golf Club

Dunmurry Golf Club – April 2017 – My friend from Twitter, Ruth, invited me to join her, Jane, this year’s Ladies Captain, and Margaret at their home track, Dunmurry Golf Club in Belfast.

I had stayed overnight at Ruth’s and enjoyed a lovely dinner at a local restaurant, The Barking Dog with Ruth and her husband, Paul. We had some great conversations about world politics and I updated them on Fairways, as this time last year when we first met, I told her about an idea I had.

This morning we met with Margaret and Jane at Dunmurry Golf Club and headed out in the Irish sunshine (I took photos to prove it) although it didn’t last.

We all played some great golf although mine certainly wasn’t consistent. Today I couldn’t get my 3w to be my friend regardless how much I persevered. I hit two sweet shots but the rest were ok to terrible and one shot that I have never managed to do before.

I somehow topped the ball and plugged it (at my feet) but there was so much back spin it popped up, hit me on the shoulder and landed behind me.

I had a good laugh and lined up the ball once again.

Sometimes your clubs just don’t work and to think that my 3w is one of my favourites in my bag. Two days ago at Castlerock Golf Club I couldn’t go wrong when I had that in my hand.

The course is still a little wet underfoot but not really on the fairways – I spent time getting a good look at the whole course and giving myself a great challenge from numerous vantage points.

The ladies were great company and I enjoyed talking about golf in their part of the world.

The first two holes are near the clubhouse then you pop over the road for the next 12 before returning for the last four. While my golf wasn’t great I did have some good shots and while I had a couple of blow out holes, I always had at least one great shot. On the 17th, I duffed my tee shot to the left then went up the 16th (which I had just parred) then hit it up behind the bunker, into the bunker near the lip, three attempts to get out then dropped a fantastic putt. It just took me near 45 shots to get there.

Dunmurry is a course that is definitely helpful to play with a member so they can guide you with the correct line in. Not that I was always able to follow said instructions but most of my drives were good. Although I did lose one ball on the tee of the 11th. Straight into the shrubs on the left at speed – I didn’t even bother to look for it.

The ladies all have game and there were some beautiful shots on display.

There was a inter school competition behind us and I was pleased to see juniors out on the course.

We need more of that globally.

Ruth told me about Fiounnala McGrady (who is the Ladies Junior Convenor) who had told their juniors that they are not to let anyone tell them they are not important. They are important and are the future of the club.

It is a similar outlook to Shelly Beach Golf Club in Australia who believe junior golf keeps clubs young.

If attitudes continue to change and grow the game initiatives adapt and develop, golf will evolve and sustain the new consumer.

Post round we enjoyed a nice lunch in the club house chatting about Fairways and juniors at Dunmurry and how we can work together in the future connecting juniors around the world.

I had a lovely day and look forward to catching up with the ladies again next year when I am back in Belfast.

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