Away Days. . . .

Since its inception the Mallards have made it an Annual Event to have an 'away day' at another golf course. For the first few years the format was to arrive at the chosen course and have coffee, followed by a 9 hole team competition then take lunch of soup and sandwiches followed by 18 holes of golf then an evening meal. Following the poor turn out of members in 2002 a decision was made to change the format as it was believed that 27 holes of golf was just a bit to much for many members to play in one day. So from 2003 it was changed just to play an 18 hole competition and since then the interest in the away day has increased dramatically.

There is difficulty at the present getting information on 'Away Day's' in the early years of the Mallards. The courses mentioned below are know courses that have been visited but in what order?

June 1994 - Peebles Golf Club

The first away day organised by the Mallards was to Peebles in the Scottish Borders, (reasonable prices those days) in 1994. Not known at this time how many attended. It is believed that Geoff Coxon won the competition that day. Geoff has since left the Mallards, having taken up residence in Lincolnshire.

June 1995 - Loch Maben?

June 1996 - Matfen Hall?

June 1997 - Prudhoe?

June 1998 - Kirkby Lonsdale?

June 1999 - Lockerbie?

August 2000 - Thornhill

The away day was to Thornhill but due to the weather it was a wash out and no golf was played. Committee members negotiated a return the following year

May 2001 - Thornhill

Group Photo ThornhillThis away day trip was a return to Thornhill Golf Club following the wash out from last season, a relatively easy walking course which it much to the liking of the members of the Mallards. Thornhill is some 7 mile north of Dumfries on the A76 and within easy travelling distance of Carlisle. This day out was open to members who had travelled the previous year. Other members were invited to take the place of those who did not wish to return


September 2001 - Loch Maben

Group photo LochmabenThis trip to Loch Maben Golf course was the main away day trip of the year and though only a few miles up the road a coach was hired to take the members. Though the Mallards had visited Loch Maben a few years earlier this visit was arranged because the course had been extended to a full 18 hole. On arrival the Mallards had their coffee and biscuits then played a 9 hole team event. Winners not remembered. After a soup and sandwich lunch the Mallards played an 18 hole stableford. Following the evening meal the prizes were presented by the Captain, Hugh Turtill, who on this occasion took it upon himself to provide a few novelty prizes. Winners!, well who were they? The facilities at Loch Maben are a great improvement on the 9 hole course and takes the course into a new dimension with the course now running around the edge of the loch. A course the members will be happy to return to.

June 2002 - Workington

Montage of members at WorkingtonThis was an Away day with a difference and indifference among members. It was not a popular choice as only 16 members made the journey to Workington. As it turned out it was a very warm day and being the stalwarts we were those days we played 9 holes in the morning and 18 holes in the afternoon. The walk back from the 9th to the club house for lunch put paid to the strength of the members. Following lunch of soup and sandwiches the members then played another 18 holes. Gosh a bunch of rag dolls collapsed in the club house afterwards before the evening meal. All in all a long hot tiring day as it turned out. Seen here on the right is the captain, Arnold Snowball with his playing partner David Slater

June 2003 - Minto

Group photo at MintoThe away day this year saw a change in format from previous years of playing 27 holes. This year arrangements were make for bacon roll and tea/coffee on arrival followed by 18 holes of golf, stableford format, and then a meal. The Mallards again travelled into the Borders, this time to Minto Golf Club. Restrictions by the club meant we could only take a party of 32. Non the less we were made very welcome and the steward, Ian, seemed to have the responsibility for all organisation of visiting parties. Following our bacon roll etc, we headed of to play our golf. and found the course to be in excellent condition. Most of the course was relatively easy going for the members until they arrived at the 12th, I think, name 'Everest' on the card. Unfortunately it was the end of the round for one member, after getting to the 'top' of Everest he called it a day and retired to the club house

June 2004 - Ponteland

This year saw 42 members travel to the Ponteland Golf Club, near Newcastle for their Annual Golf day out.
This course proved to be very popular with the members as they found it to be reasonably flat and easy going, but none the less just as difficult to play as any other strange course with one or two hidden greens which caused problems with the direction in which one had to play. On arrival the members enjoyed a bacon roll and coffee before playing and there was an excellent meal afterwards

June 2005 - The Woll Golf Course

Group Photo call Woll June the 9th 2005 and 38 members of the Mallards made their way to The Woll Golf Course, some 5 miles north of Hawick in the Scottish Borders. This course is relatively new, at least the full 18 holes is relatively new having been a 9 hole course for some years it was extended to 18 some 12 months ago. The club house, an excellent facility was open in April this year. On arrival we were made extremely welcome by the staff and in particular the steward, Eric, who filled the tables with bacon rolls and tea/coffee. As it turned out we had the honour of being the first 'large party' to make use of the new facilities. At 11am prompt the Mallards played the course and after the first 2 holes found it was not as flat as had been expected, but none the less it was a pleasant course to play and in a lovely setting at the bottom of the valley with the surrounding hills. It is a course the members would consider returning to when it has matured. Winner on the day was Robert Waite and the runner up was Alan Nixon. Derek Smith and David Dalglish also figured in the prizes.

June 2006 - Dumfries & County

Group Photo call Dumfries & CountyWednesday the 7th June 2006 and but a short trip to Dumfries for the Annual Away Day. This time to Dumfries and County Golf Club. Leaving the vicinity of Eden Golf Club at 9am and arriving at Dumfries at 10am to enjoy a bacon sandwich and some tea or coffee 38 Members made the journey and thoroughly enjoyed the day. Golf was played in brilliant sunshine, for some the golf was brilliant, but for most of us we made do with just the brilliant weather. Some members found the course a bit hilly for their liking most of us found the light rough difficult. Regardless it was an excellent day out. George Dunning, Roger Rees, Francis Fitzpatrick & Mike Poole took the prizes. 6 members recorded a 2, Francis Fitzpatrick, David Dalglish, John Hannon, Cyril Hankey, Ernie Henderson & Rob Woodland

June 2007 - Penrith Golf Club

Wet wet finish at PenrithWednesday 13th June 2007, Penrith Golf Club was the choice for this years 'away day event. A mere 20 miles south of Eden the members made their own travel arrangements. As the members arrived at Penrith it was raining and a wet day was anticipated. Regardless a bacon roll and tea/coffee was enjoyed by all before the first tee time at 11am. As it turned out the rain had stopped by this time and the members set of to enjoy a stableford competition. The majority of the members completed their round in dry weather but the rain came and the late starters suffered a bit.   Following the competition the members thoroughly enjoyed an evening meal served up by a rather amusing chef/steward. Prize winners on the day were Alan Best, Mike Poole, Ian Melrose & Jim Cruddas. The only 2 of the day being recorded by Sandy Thorburn. Unfortunately there is no group photograph this year, the members refused to stand in the pouring rain so the included photograph is a trio of the later finishers.

June 2008 - Matfen Hall Golf Course

Wednesday 4th June 2008 and at 8.30am prompt 34 members of the mallards travelled by coach to Matfen Hall Golf Course, three other members made their own arrangements to travel. So a grand total of 37 members would enjoy a day out. The sun was shining brightly when we arrived some 1 hour and 15minutes later. Tea/coffee, and bacon rolls were warmly welcomed by the members. Prior to setting off to play their golf the Vice Captain, Alan Nixon, gathered the members together for a minutes silence in memory of our Captain, Trevor Phipps, who had died a few days earlier. The members then went to play golf !Unfortunately not the course that had been arranged and we ended up playing 9 holes of the original course followed by 9 holes of the new course. For a majority of members it was their first ever visit to Matfen Hall, needless to say they found it a long difficult course and this was reflected in the scoring. Gordon Milne & John Mason returned scores of 34 points, followed by a 32 then the rest were 30 and under. 2's were recorded by Robert Waite, John Mason & Douglas Pringle.

June 2009 - Ponteland Golf Club

Wednesday 11th June 2009 and an excellent day out was enjoyed by the members who travelled to Ponteland Golf Club for the annual 'Away Day'. On arrival at 10am we were warmly welcomed with a coffee/tea and a bacon roll, except one who had scrambled egg! At 11am we set of to enjoy a round of golf played over an excellently prepared golf course which the members thoroughly enjoyed. Following the golf they enjoyed an evening meal before returning home at 5pm. Winner on the day was Jim Cruddas with 37 points, next best were a number of scores of 33 points the best of which was Ian castle followed by John Ross, Jim Samuel and Sandy Thorburn settled for the 4th and 5th places. The only 2 of the day was recorded by Donald Edgar, sadly there were no prizes for 2's today

June 2010 - Appleby Golf Club

mixed pic applebyWednesday 9th June 2010 Leaving Eden Golf club at 9am this morning a party of 30 members of the Mallards set of for their annual 'away day', this year to Appleby Golf Course. Arriving around 10am we were greeted by the staff then enjoyed a bacon roll and tea or coffee. Around 11am the members set off to play a stableford competition in very wild windy conditions, this made the scoring difficult as the majority were to find out. The course was thoroughly enjoyed by all and the greens were in immaculate condition. So to the winners. With 35 points John Morton-Carruthers was 1st, two members returned 34 points, David Dalglish taking second place from Jim Lyndon on a card play off. 4th was Harry Martin with 33 points. David Hoggard returned the only 2 of the day, but as there wasn't a 2's competition today he just had to bask in the glory of being the only member to record a 2

June 2011 - The Woll Golf Course

Group Photo call WollIt was some six year ago that the Mallards had an away day to Woll Golf Course so today was a return event. 32 members travelled by coach  (a couple of members made their own way). One member got as far as putting his golfing gear in the coach and slipped a disc, so he pulled out, another member having paid his dues didn't turn up. But all in all it was a good day out, we were greeted warmly by all the staff members present, starting the day with a cuppa and bacon roll. The weather was a bit mixed, cloudy, rain and some sunshine. playing a stableford competition, George Bullamore ran out the winner with 36 points, on a CPO from Gordon White. Don Hill, on a CPO, with 35 points was 3rd. Following the competition all the members enjoyed an evening meal before heading home. A good day!

June 2012 - Grange over Sands

Group photo LochmabenToday was the annual away day for the Mallards. On this occassion it was to Grange Over Sands Golf Club in the south of the county. This was a first visit to this club. Leaving Carlise around 8.30am it was a wet dismal morning but fortunately the foreacast was that the day would improve and so it turned out. Arriving around 10am we were warmly welcomed by members and staff present in the club and enjoyed a cup of tea/coffee and bacon rolls. By the time play was due to start the rain had long since cleared and we all enjoyed a round of golf. The winner on the day was Jim Cruddas with 38 points, also with 38 points was Ian Melrose who was runner up. Harry Martin was 3rd with 36 points 4th was John Turner and 5th was Jim Samuel. Following golf we all enjoyed an evening meal before the long trek back up the motorway. 32 members travelled to the event

June 2013 - Westerhope

Group Photo call WollA bright and early start for those members who were travelling to Westerhope Golf Club for the Mallards annual outing, (Away Day) We left at 8.15 in bright sunshine and arrived just over an hour later to a warm but overcast day. Never the less after bacon rolls and beverages 39 members took to the course for a round of golf. Playing a stableford competition the winner was George Bullamore with 40 points, runner up also with 40 points was Harry Martin, 3rd was Sandy Thorburn with 38 points also on 38 points was 4th placed Joe Hardon. (Mike Bland with 38 points missed out on the CPO). The Captain had organised a couple of nearest the pin and a longest drive on the fairway. The nearest the pin winners were Donald Edgar and John Turner. George Bullamore claimed the longest drive on the fairway. (not all that long but it was on the 'fairway') All in all a very good day.

July 2014 - Carus Green

Away Day Thumb Bright and early a coach left the car park of Eden Golf Club and headed to Carus Green Golf Club carrying a large party of members of the Mallards for their annual Away Day. On arrival they all enjoyed a bacon butty and cuppa before setting of at 11am to play golf. It was a glorious day, bright and sunny and very hot. Mostly the golf was good. The Captain had 8 prizes on offer, with the rule that no one member should receive more than one prize. Overall winner was Harry Martin with a whopping 44 points, runner up was Peter Hudson with 41 points, 3rd John Roberson, 39 points, 4th Ian Melrose 38 points, 5th David Hoggard, 37 points, 6th Jim Lyndon 37 points, 7th Guy Newing, 36 points, 8th Dennis Massey 36 points. Nearest the pin on the 10th, John Hughes, nearest the pin on the 18th, Graham Orange and the longest drive, Bob Harrison. 2's recorded by Bob Harrison, David Wrightson, Sandy Thorburn and Harry Martin x 2.

June 2015 - Bedlingtonshire

Away day Bedlingtonshire This years away day was to the Bedlingtonshire Golf Club in Northumberland which is located a few miles north of Morpeth. An earlier start than in past years in that it was a longer journey. So it was 8am that the coach left Eden carrying 27 members. Arriving around 10am we were warmly greeted by staff and some beverage and a bacon butty. It was a bright sunny day but very windy. Play got of around 10.45 where members took part in a stableford competitin. Following the competition the members enjoyed a late lunch following by prize giving. WInner on the day was Guy Newing with 38 points, runner up was John Turner with 37 points, 3rd was Brian Richardson with 36 points. John Turner and Jim Cruddas won the nearest the pin prizes and David Slater a special prize for the best score on the par 3's

June 2016 - Arcot Hall

Group Pic at Arcot HallA party of 32 members left Eden Golf club just after 8 am to travel over to the North East once again for the annual away day. This time it was to Arcot Hall, a nice flat parkland course. Forecast for the day was rain and sure enough on arrival it was raining, well a slight drizzle that persisted on and off through the morning, coupled with the strong winds it made for an interesting mornings golf. So following the welcome coffee and bacon rolls the members set out to play a stableford competition. Overall comment was that the course was in good condition and the greens slick and fast. Following play a late afternoon meal was enjoyed by all. The competition was won by Sandy Thorburn with 36 points, runner up was John Hughes with 35 points, 3rd place with 32 points on a CPO was Brian McLauchlan and in 4th place also on 32 points was David Harding. George Bullamore recorded the only 2 of the day.
A special mention and congratulation must go to Guy Newing for a Hole-in-One on the 200 yard par 3 4th hole, a local club rule decreed that he have half of the 2's pot

August 2017

Captains Away Day Wednesday 3rd August. 31 members set of at 8am to travel to Gosforth Golf Club and had a very successful day. Other than a little shower the weather was good. The course was good with greens that were a bit fast for the liking of some. After a bacon butty and cuppa the members played a stableford competition. John Turner was the winner of the Captains prize with 38 points, runner up was David Harding with 37 points, Bill Anson was 3rd with 35 points. Harry Martin recorded the only 2 of the day. Following the golf an enjoyable meal was had by all

June 2018

A bit of a reduced party of Members left the Club car park at 8am this morning to travel over to Durham City Golf Club for a day's outing. Arriving around 10 am they enjoyed bacon butties & coffee/tea before going out to play golf. This year's competition was a 4BBB stableford. Most of the members found the undulating greens rather tricky. None the less a good score of 44 points was returned by John Roberson & John Welch to claim 1st prize. Runners up were Gronwyn Hughes & Ray MacDowell with 42 points. Third place went to Bob Peterson & Peter Marsden also with 42 points. Just the one two recorded and that was by Gronwyn Hughes. The nearest the pin prize went to Stuart Richardson and the longest drive went to Keith Stuttard

June 2019

This year the Mallards away day was to Lochmaben Golf Club, not to far from home so the members made theirier own travel arrangements this year rather tan hire a coach. 35 members made the trip and enjoyed a bacon roll and cuppa before heading out to play, weather wise it was a bit of a mixed day. Winner on the day was Vic Bee with 40 points, runner up was John Turner with 38 points and Gronwyn Hughes was 3rd with 36 points. Sadly no photos taken

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