A hidden gem

As I was leaving Hankley Common late last night the rain was pouring down. At the Boys Home Internationals the R&A had made the very clever move to set an earlier and a two tee start on the final day. A great big storm was forecasted for 5 o’clock. The timing was absolutely perfect as the last putt of the match had just been struck when the rain started to drop.

The R&A really do have a talent for finding some amazing places I must say. Hankley Common was completely unknown territory to me and as it was even in the prizegiving described as a ‘hidden gem’ I was not the only one being surprised.

Being a hidden gem (I think) in golf terms is seen as a positive thing. Golfers, and perhaps particularly members, like to have their course to themselves. And I guess that if you are a hidden gem in Surrey where the average income is pretty significant, you can still manage pretty well. There are enough members who would rather give their right arm than giving up the membership in the golf club, even when times like now are difficult. How this will develop in the future though will be extremely interesting to see. There might be enough people out their wanting to pay for the piece and quiet. Or the clubs that offer that today might have to open up to the market of ‘nomad golfers’ who would simply come to ‘pay and play’. One thing I do know though is that Hankley Common now have a sign by the main village road. They did not use to.

And in the Boys Home Internationals England did come out victorious after beating Ireland on the last day. Full update is available on the R&A website.

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