Our greens and pleasant land


Last week Fine Wines Direct UK hosted a golf day at the fabulous Vale Resort, Hensol, on the Wales National course in the glorious September sunshine.

As is fitting for all ‘athletic’ events the day started with a hefty bacon roll and a cuppa.

After registration with senior club pro Keith, the guests were greeted by the delightful Hayley and me foisting lots of sugary treats and the odd bottle of water onto them for their tough day’s golfing.

The very relaxed format saw golfers of varying levels enjoying the courses undulations and water traps while a pair of swans watched on in bewilderment.

Two ‘watering’ holes were set up to rehydrate the golfers with Pommery Champagne an immensely popular choice – and drinking wonderfully well too – Marques de Caceres Excellens rosé – perfect in the sun – and some refreshing premium lagers, the Birrificio Angelo Poretti and the all-new Brooklyn Pilsner.

To add a little to the drama we had a roving buggy steered by Ryan Davies, of Llanerch Vineyard fame and Sales Director Bastien Martinole, supplying Champagne, beers and soft drinks to the thirsty competitors en route.

There was much fun to be had as putts were sunk, balls were lost in the water and chats to be had at the pit stops.

And as if the day couldn’t get any better, before any of the players ran out of gas, a silhouette could be seen coming out of the sun like a fighter jet in Top Gun – it was the return of the fun buggy, this time rammed to the gunnels with warm Clarke’s Pies for the delectation of the players.

One player exclaimed, glass of Pommery in one hand and Clarke’s Pie in the other, “This is the best golf day ever!”

Who can argue with that?

The day was concluded with a few more glasses followed by a delicious dinner in the golf club dining room. We hope everyone had a grand day out and we’ll see you all again next year.



Neil Cammies

Former columnist for the Western Mail and is now working for Fine Wines Direct UK, hosting tastings, building client relationships and writing about his experiences in the wine trade.

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