KEEN PEOPLE CADDIES were thrilled to attend the Holland & Barrett Annual Golf Day at the prestigious Celtic Manor Golf Club. The event took place on the iconic Twenty Ten Course, the first course in history specifically designed to host the Ryder Cup.
Just like Colin Montgomerie and his victorious Ryder Cup Team, the Keen People Caddies were eagerly looking forward to the occasion. A mixed team of 25 caddies attended the event, all of whom were drafted in with only one week’s notice.
The glorious weather represented ideal playing conditions, which made the coffee and bacon rolls all the more enjoyable as the team and participants attended the morning briefing to learn about the competition format and scoring system.
Prior to heading out on the course for a shotgun start, the team were issued with Holland & Barratt branded bibs and baseball caps. Each playing pair was allocated one caddie from our team and with refreshments consumed and the competition rules fresh in everyone’s mind, the event got underway. I had the privilege of caddying for the CEO, Peter Aldis, (pictured) and his playing partner. As luck would have it, they were both named Peter so there was little chance of forgetting anyone’s name although I did have to exercise extra vigilance when recording their scores!
The team looked the part and during the rounds they were responsible for driving the buggies, raking the bunkers, replacing divots, tending the pin and, most importantly, making sure all the players had an excellent experience throughout the day.
After play had finished, our team joined all the players at the Clubhouse for further refreshments. This is an especially enjoyable part of being asked to attend any event as it enables players, caddies and the hosts to interact together. There were plenty of amusing anecdotes shared about the each other’s rounds and all the unforgettable shots including the good, the bad and the ugly! The day was an absolute triumph and even though the Ryder Cup was not held aloft at the end, everyone left in high spirits and can lay claim to having played on a course that is part of golfing folklore.