On day 127 I had the pleasure of playing with and against Michael in our annual father and son challenge for the Burradoo Cup - named after the place where we were living when Mike, as a 3 year old, started to play golf.
We played at Avondale Golf Club which is situated on Sydney's north shore in the suburb of Pymble.
Avondale is currently ranked (by Australian Golf Digest) as no 75 in Australia after being out of the top 100 for some years.
I last played at Avondale about 25 years ago. While I had some recollection of the course it certainly did not help me!
The course is set in a gum treed, hilly area with some interesting and challenging holes. Each fairway was tree lined with some holes completely isolated from any other.
Of particular note were 18 a very strong par four, 17 a very good short par four, 16 a very strong uphill 400m par four, 15 a 150m par 3 and 14 a very long par 5. The course was in very good condition and well worth playing.
Michael proved too good on the day.
Due to the very slow play we invited the three gentlemen (Steve, Bruce and Peter) playing behind us to join us for the last two holes. Of the three one was a local member and the other two gentlemen were from The Australian and Castle Hill.
They were excellent company for the last two holes and the hospitality at the 19th.
All in all a very pleasant day. Thank you to Avondale.
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