Match v RLC & TGS – The Army Golf Club – 5th August 2020
Founded on the professional links between the Institute and the Army’s Royal Logistics Corp, the challenge originated in 1996 with a match at Windlesham Golf Club. For the next 12 years the match was played over the Old and Coronation Courses of the RAC Club at Epsom before moving to North Hants Golf Club in 2009. For several years this match was expanded into an annual triangular match with the addition of a team from the Freight Transport Association. In 2013 we were joined by The Transport Golf Society to make it a 3 way contest and provide more competition. But it had little effect on the final result as the RLC came out winners…again!
This event is a popular annual triangular match between 3 teams of 8 from the CILT GS, the Royal Logistic Corps and Transport Golf Societies. It is played over 18 holes in the morning, stableford format, followed by a light lunch and prize giving in the clubhouse. After lunch, a friendly 9 hole Texas Scramble rounds off the day. We all then move to the RLC HQ Officers’ Mess in Deepcut for drinks in the Medal Room followed by a 3 course Gala Dinner (overnight Officers’ Mess accommodation is available). All CILT Golf Society members are eligible to bid for a place in the team.
The package includes coffee and bacon bap on arrival, 27 holes of golf, a light lunch and a 3-course dinner with wine in the Officers’ Mess afterwards. The Army Golf Club is normally in excellent condition at this time of year and provides a good test for golfers. It is always great fun and provides an excellent opportunity for networking with members of the other societies.
The course is situated on 165 acres of low, undulating woodland between Farnborough and Aldershot. It has a par of 71 and features three par three and two par five holes. The par threes, the shortest of which is 168 yards, are a particular challenge for most golfers. Measuring 6,550 yards from the white tees, the course is one of the longest golf courses in this area although the fairly level terrain means it remains a comfortable walk for most players. Today’s course layout was established in the 1960’s and during the summer the greens are reputed as being among the best in Hampshire. Mature trees and rhododendrons border many of the shaped fairways and provide a blaze of colour in the spring. Groups of small deer can frequently be seen quietly observing play from woodland clearings adjacent to the fairways. Bridges, each bearing the cap badge of regiments, span ditches that provide attractive features. These ditches ensure, that surplus rainfall is dispatched efficiently allowing the fairways to remain firm and playable.The first hole is a fairly straight-forward par 5 running alongside the Basingstoke Canal. The following two holes allow you to settle into your game before rising to take on a mixture of challenging holes from four through to fourteen. The fifteenth hole is now identified as the “signature hole” of the Army course. Beautifully remodelled in 2001 it features a stream flowing between well-supported banks in front of a forward sloping green. From any tee positions two solid, well-placed shots are needed to reach the green. The final four holes provide a demanding finish for even the most accomplished player. The eighteenth features a large two-tiered green, rebuilt in 2003, requiring skill and concentration to read the borrows and avoid that dreaded three putt!