|Nice long ash|
A Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure 2 - courtesy of our organised and fully committed tour leader - smoked very well. The next morning it was time for one of the two main reasons we were on the Island - The Madeira Open Golf @ Palheiro Golf Club. The other reason is to see and taste the amazing Madeiras - that appears in the next (more serious) post. The team were is decent enough form for the trip up to the course but seemed positively on fire once we had a fried breakfast and had been handed our two 20cl bottles of Blandy's Alvada (to be consumed during the round).
|Pre-golf - that's a breakfast|
The format was stableford four ball better ball in teams of 2. There were also prizes for mens and women's longest drive and nearest the pin (which amazingly I won but didn't deserve to - don't tell anyone that and yes I missed the birdie putt). We had the added detraction of playing snakes (three putts), camels (bunkers) and Monkeys (trees/scrubs), essentially you do not want to be left as the last player to do or visit any of these things as you'll get left with the cumulative payout from the whole round. It made for a last hole in our four that will live long in the memory (to nightmares for those involved . The team, decked out in their Blandy's shirts, did well, we wilted a little in the muggy heat but it was a great way to spend a few hours. The local brew - Coral beer - never tasted so good after the round.
After a dinner and prize giving - both of which got progressively more boisterous - we had a lovely few hours on the balcony over looking Funchal and talking an increasing amount of enjoyable nonsense.
|Funchal - not the worst view of post golf drinks!|
|Chris Blandy leads the way|
|Captain Girling and his shorts!|
|Not sure my slight miss-hit deserved this!|