This year’s Masters was another epic sporting spectacle. For Jenahura Patrons this year was no exception. There were so many highlights from five days filled with great memories. Here are just a few…
While the worlds great players were battling to make the cut, half an hour down the road at the historic Palmetto Golf Club there was a battle of a different kind as Julian Howard and I took on Patrons; Steve Scutcher and Ross Snape. The result doesn’t need to be revealed on the world wide web… Ultimately, the golf course was the winner – and what a gem Palmetto turned out to be along with the Ranch flavoured sunflower seeds!
Onto Augusta and our first dinner invitation…. I’m really not sure how we get invited but all I can say is we have Julian to thank! The guest of honour, fresh from his Par-3 victory and one of the greatest golfers of all time – Tom Watson. In my experience it is rare when you meet a genuine superstar that their real life persona exceeds their “on screen image”. Certainly not with Tom who was charming, witty and so generous with his time. As a 4-times Masters veteran, this was the highlight of the trip for me and yet we hadn’t even past through the gates of Augusta National!
Saturday at The Masters didn’t disappoint – it rarely does. With rain in the air, a champagne breakfast at Berckmans Place settled our nerves! The quality of golf was mesmerizing and at the end of the day a world class leaderboard was headed by American Patrick Reed. With a host of great players breathing down his neck, a thrilling Sunday was eagerly anticipated. Our second dinner was held at our host house with special guest – European Ryder Cup Captain – Thomas Bjorn providing a fascinating insight to his preparation to the forthcoming Ryder Cup.
And so to Masters Sunday… the weather was perfect, if a little cool. The greens – rapid…. we know because Berckmans Place has three exact replica greens cut and prepared to precisely the same standard as the hallowed turf within its grounds – for Invitation Only Patrons to experience. Julian gets us in here too.
I love to watch the final few groups tee off the 1st. It’s a cauldron like atmosphere, impeccably marshaled and you get a real sense of the pressure that these great players have to handle to even make contact with the ball. The first hole is a daunting opener by anyone’s standards. By and large the quality from the leading groups was top drawer – as you would expect. Then came Reed and McIlroy – two players at the top of their form. Patrick first, a wild hook into the trees. Then Rory… the gasp from the gallery said it all – so far right it would’ve missed an adjacent hole, sailing over the large scoreboard to the right of the 1st fairway and deep into the trees. I’m not sure how Rory made a par but he did and when he hit two perfect shots into the second I really thought this was going to be his day…. the rest is history. Fair play to Reed who despite his doubters and a distinct lack of home support held of Jordan Spieth’s brilliance and the luckless Rickie Fowler to don the Green Jacket.
Monday morning and onward to Kiawah Island and our very own “war on the shore” played out on the Ocean course before a splendid night in Charleston where a friendly game of darts turned anything but friendly! Our final foray was at private members club – Daniel Island which proved to be another treat at the end of a truly epic trip… Roll on 2019!