A drive south to the picturesque Rainbow Hills Golf mountain golf course was rewarded with bright sunshine and a course in perfect condition.
We played the Stone Course and The Mountain Course which were both challenging yet great fun.
The first group off the Stone Hills course ended up with 2 top three finishes , both involving some very steady play from Laurie O’Connor and Chris Lever , the latter showing some great consistency and distance off the tee .
The work excesses of Divya , and the effects of the glorious sunshine , finally caught up with him on the 10th Tee and he was forced to retire , a real shame as after 7 holes he was only two over par .
A double par and a triple bogey on the 6th and 8th holes gutted to any move from James Bristow , although a tee shot to 15 inches on the 5th did ease some of the pain of the day.
In the second group, Bobby C set off at a blistering pace hitting drive after drive down the fairways long and straight with 5 consecutive drives to start the round, his short game: chipping and putting often backing him up with well executed flops shots around the green and knocking in his putts for putt, a pleasure the watch.
If only a few more putts would drop for birdie, as the Stone Course greens were running fast and making the flight a little tentative. Bobby’s luck ran dry with two consecutive triples on hole 8 and 9.
Simon’s round seemed to be running away from him with a double par on the par 4, 7th, but a solid par on the index 1 Par 5, 8th lifting his hopes and closed the front nine in style when his 9 iron form the left rough 135m out landed a hand span from the hole for a tap-in birdie to close the front in 6 over.
The Flying Finn was having a sterling round on the greens, having gone back to his trusty Odyssey he ran off a series of excellent long putts on the Mountain Nine for several solid pars hanging in for the round.
The Mountain Nine is a real treasure with its freshly mowed fairways and pine trees left and right on the fairways made for a very pleasurable round, as Simon quickly put his back nine behind him with a two over back nine including 7 pars and 2 lone bogeys.
Several putts for birdie on the greens came up a little short on the slow greens for this nine, left him stewing a bit at the clubhouse.
Final scores Laurie, with an excellent Gross 92 and Net 67 was the the overall winner, followed by the consistent Chris with a Gross 88, Net 70. In third place was Simon with a Gross 80 and a Net 74. Congratulations all.
Rainbow is a real treat to play and we look forward to our next visit to the Rainbow up on the hill. Needless to add we look forward to seeing everyone at Matoa on Friday the 8th May.