Howgs - Halcombe and Old Wags Golf Society.

The Howgs Trophy

We were established in 2009 to allow a group of like minded golfers the opportunity to attend events around the county.

The organiser of our group is Gary and he has the unenviable task of sorting out the events, arranging prizes and putting up with the rest of us.

2013 - Five Lakes - Tiptree Essex

We visited Five Lakes - Crowne Plaza Golf Resort & Spa near Colchester, Essex on 8th-11th August.

The weather was excellent, although the prevailing wind made the odd hole a little challenging. The two 18 hole courses were excellent, with the Lakes course being slightly better maintained.

The winner of the event was Jordan (22/14 hcp) a newcomer to the group and even after a drastic handicap cut by Gary after the first round he still went on to win, although it was on count back. Second was Joe (4), another newcomer and third was Matthew, the last newcomer.

2012 - Forest Pines

We visited Forest Pines Hotel & Golf Resort near Brigg, Lincs on 16th-19th August.

The winner of the weekend was James, with excellent finishes on all of the events.

The weather was kind to us and the promised rain did not really materialize. The three nine hole courses were excellent. They all meandered through the pine forest and most scenic it was. The only let down was the Forest course, which had recently had hollow tining and as such the greens were very different from the other courses.

The hotel was also excellent and the staff were a joy to be around, as they were very helpful and happy in their outlook.

2011  - Cottesmore

The event was held at the Cottesmore Golf and Country club on 11th - 14th August. The event winner was Greg (a newcomer) with 57 points. The weather was not the best again, even though we go in August. Having said that it was ok and I think most had fun. There were some very mixed rounds, with Mark & Ant winning the cricket, even though they could not hit a ball for the rest of the tour. Cottesmore is a great venue for golf, but the hotel left a little to be desired, less said the better. The girls from the RSPCA were an eye opener though, not what I thought I would be seeing or talking about at a golf weekend (Thanks for that Kieron).

2010 - Hellidon Lakes

The event was on the 19th - 22nd August 2010 on the Hellidon Lakes course in sunny Northamptonshire. The winner of the Event was our organiser Gary Cordier. The weather was not the best, as at one point we were not able to see more than a few yards, due to the fine display of torrential rain... Hopefully we will have some photos soon.

2009 - Wensum Valley

The event was at Wensum Valley Golf & Country Club near Norwich. The event winner was Anthony Blyth and the weather stayed kind for the whole weekend.