Not so much a WITB update which will likely coming in the next month or so, but a little story and I didn't want to make a new thread so here goes.
The last month and a bit I've been traveling for work in Europe and was fortunate to end up in Scotland for 11 days. What was originally going to be golf for ice maintenance (curling ice) work didn't pan out with the timing of the trips so as much as I wanted to I didn't figure I'd get a chance to. However by chance we had a full day off in the middle and the forecast looked good for February.
The local crew I was working with went above and beyond and managed to scavenge up a left handed set (a LOT harder there then home) and booked me a tee time at the Gallway Golf course in Dumfries with another curling club member who had been a member there for 30 plus years and two of their of former captains. One who had been a member for nearly 50 years.
The set was a Strata something... Basically big chunky cavity backs with small grips but stiff shafts so with no expectations, especially considering I hadn't golfed since September sometime.
Part of the course was closed off due to wet conditions so we went around 9 holes twice and played off winter tees but the actual greens were in use and even with all the odds stacked against me I ended up with a great birdie on the first hole. Can't say long but pin straight drive with the noisiest drive I've ever used, solid wedge to 6 feet and a putt.
Didn't keep complete track of the score as I was having way too much fun, the stories they had about some of the trees they planted in areas and the work that had been done along with a former captains being The Open championship winner way way back.
Even after the round going in for drinks and hearing more stories was just incredible.
The history, laughs and sheer enjoyment of being back on the golf course made for a incredible highlight on what was an amazing trip.
In the end I love my clubs I have and the bag I've built, but put me on a course with a set of whatever and I'll be one of the happiest guys out there. Yes it was nice to play well and it's nice to have my own sticks, but when the company and course all combine and make for a day like that it's hard to beat.