Day in the Life of a Golf Activator – The Grange Golf Tournament

The second entry in my ‘Day in the life of an Activator’ blog, focuses on a CrossGolf event that we recently organised in conjunction with Mole Valley Council and The Grange, Bookham – an assisted living centre for young adults with learning difficulties.   A total of seven teams (42 participants) took part in a day full of golf, sun, laughter, friendly competition and a BBQ to finish. We set up seven themed holes around the amazing grounds of The Grange, including putting, chipping and a longest drive competition.

Hole 1 “Churn It” on the front lawn of The Grange, with a healthy spectator gallery cheering players on, required participants to chip the ball towards a milk-churn target.  6 shots maximum with a really satisfying ‘ding’ when the ball hit the target.

Hole 2 “Bee Happy” situated in a concealed garden, challenged players to putt down an uneven steep short slope aiming to hit a giant bee.  The hole was a great success with many participants achieving a brilliant hole in one!!

Hole 3 “Victoria Sponge” tested players to putt the ball up a tricky slope and hit the awaiting Victoria Sponge cake at the top.  Yes, it really was a real cake!  Once players were assured that the cake wasn’t for consumption, there was some terrific accurate putting on display, with a number of holes in one!!

Hole 4 “Bike Shed” encouraged a trickier chip aiming at a bicycle, complete with helmet.  Despite the target size the hole proved to be more testing than it appeared.

Hole 5 “Dolphine” and undoubtedly my favourite of the day.  A complex putting challenge set up within the sensory garden complete with a (almost) life size inflatable dolphin.  The hole, required participants to putt the ball around a series of corners before aiming to hit the dolphin who was positioned at the end of the path jumping through a hoop.

Hole 6 “The Longest Drive” requires no introduction with participants given one shot to drive the ball as far as they could down a beautifully cut stretch of The Grange’s back garden.  There were some cracking shots, which almost cleared the walled garden, with our winner from Post 19 driving a brilliant 33 meters!

Hole 7 “Trolley Dolly” our final hole required some wonderful long drives, with participants driving down a slope aiming to hit a large horticultural trolley.

It was a really enjoyable day, finished with burgers, sausages, ice cream and fruit with our prize winners being announced in the afternoon sun.  Trophies were presented to our individual winner (Toby from Woking with a round of 17 shots), team winners (Post 19 who just pipped the Grange by 0.8 shots) and our longest drive winner (Joe from Post 19, 33 mtrs).  In addition, Community Golf star player wristbands were presented to everyone who achieved a hole in one.  Huge congratulations must go to all the participants who took part, many with the support of their carers. A big thank you so much to the volunteers who manned our holes expertly.  I’m already looking forward to next year’s event!!

Finally, I must declare my own personal delight at the achievements of the Post-19 team.  I’m very privileged to spend my Friday afternoons with the group challenging them to play the best crossgolf that they can through a range of often complex challenges.  Winning the trophy three years in a row demonstrates just how much this group love to play golf.

I look forward to posting my next entry very soon.

Gilly Thomas

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