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Society's saves the best for last

Our final day of golf in Holland and a visit to the Broekpolder Club outside Rotterdam. A gorgeous parkland course, in terrific condition, offered a superb golfing challenge which the tourists responded well to with a 4/1 win on the day and an overall victory over the Flamingoes by 6 and a half to 3 and a half. That said, our hosts were keen to point out that we had lost at the Royal Hague by a similar margin on Wednesday and therefore it was honours even for the tour as a whole!

In the end, the result really didn't matter and, as we enjoyed a marvellous supper before heading off for our overnight ferry back to the UK, we were able to reflect on a magnificent three days of fun and friendship.

Special thanks should go to the two principal organisers of the trip. Wulfie Van Alkemade's choice of the courses and co-ordination of three home teams was invaluable. He was, as always, a great host and we are very grateful to him and his colleagues for making us feel most welcome. Our greatest thanks must go to the Society's Immediate Past Captain, Barry Dudleston, who took charge of the tour from Day 1, organising the travel, gathering the troops and leading us with distinction throughout.

Plans are already being discussed for next year's return visit to the UK by the Flamingoes, when the Society will, hopefully, be as welcoming and hospitable to our Dutch friends as they were to us this time around. We will return to Holland in 2021.

Finally thanks to our own members for making such a fabulous tour party

- Barry Dudleston, Barrie Leadbeater, Bill Merry, Neil Burns, Frank Collyer, Guy McDonnell, Bob Cooke, Roy Dexter, Ian Jackson and your correspondent.


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