Claremont Country Club
Recenly (2018) I played in a golf tournament called the Rix Invitational at Claremont Country Club. Overall the tournament was one of the most enjoyable golf events I have played in years! The tournament format is not unusual, where teams of two players play five nine-hole match play games within the team combined handicapped category (flight).
Finally, the team with the most points won from each flight progresses to the playoff. The playoff was great entertainment, and the golf format is straight foursomes. Typically since no many golfers would play that format too often, it is fair to say that anything can happen. Also, to make the course more challenging for the playoff, the greens are rolled again, and new holes are cut in very tricky areas. So much so, that players can four-putt easily, and I do recall watching a couple of players taking eight putts to get the ball in the hole. Anyhow, poor me, my team did not make the playoffs!
Eight teams of two played the 1st hole, then over to the 8th hole were five teams played, and finally, three teams progressed to the final playoff hole, the 18th. Surprisingly, two teams that advanced were from highest handicap flights (7&8) along with the winners from the lowest handicap flight played the final hole. Clearly, each of the teams was made of good old hard grit, and they all tied the 18th.
The last playoff hole was a 110-yard made-up par three from the 9th fairway hitting to the 18th green. Each team hit, the crowd were gathered around the 18th green, and they cheered loudly as two shots almost hit the green, and finally, one ball hit the green. The honours went to the top team as they made an excellent birdie to win the Rix for 2018. Great fun had by all, and definitely, this event is on my scorecard for 2019.
The Course at Claremont County Club
Around Greens is the Challenge:
Off The Tee & Fairways:
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Moreover, if golfers get a chance to play at Claremont, go for it. Claremont Country Club is a brilliant test of golf and the course can be played in so many different ways. Course knowledge is of significant benefit to golfers that would like to post low scores. However, may I suggest to play and enjoy the course for how the course plays on the day. If you are partial to the odd drink or two, perhaps you could try the Claremont Classic. I understand that it’s a decent pour.
Claremont Country Club is a private member’s Club. Therefore knowing a club member is the best way to play the course. Click to view another article on Claremont CC.
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