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June Cup 2024 A Roaring Success!

July 4th 2024

Once again the weather gods looked down favourably on us for our annual June Cup, with constant sunshine to compliment a fantastic Ellesmere course adding up to a perfect day's golfing for all.

Excellent bacon sandwiches and coffee were enjoyed by the twelve participants before engaging in battle for the coveted trophy. Ellesmere's long but fair holes made the competition a lower scoring event than would normally be expected, but there were no complaints about the quality of the course, and all thoroughly enjoyed the test.

In the end, Leo Stuchbury's 29 points was enough to take the accolade of June Cup 24 Victor - narrowly beating Quent Cartwright by a single stableford point.

In taking the honours, Leo carded two birdies, whilst Neil Butterworth and Mike Wood also managed a birdie apiece.

Neil added to his prize tally by winning the Nearest The Pin challenge, and Graham Wilson recorded the Longest Drive.

A very substantial post round meal was provided by our hosts, which was followed as usual by a few drinks and much laughter and banter.

We have much to thank Ellesmere GC for -  The welcome and attention we were given, the friendliness of its members, the quality of the course, and the fantastic food all added to a memorable day out for our members.

 

Congratulations go to all prize winners - and particularly to Leo who had played very little golf recently, but still had the confidence to jest that he would be taking the trophy home with him - and duly did! 

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Scotland 2024 - The perfect break.

April 17th 2024

Like a good local whisky - The Scotland trip seems to improve with age. A fabulous break was enjoyed by all, with fantastic weather, great food, a few pints consumed, and a lot of belly-aching laughter.

The Market Inn Hotel in Castle Douglas really looked after us, and once again provided the perfect base for our trip.

On the courses, Kirkcudbright was in great condition, and suited Quent Cartwright the most as he triumphed on the day, with the added bonus of a Nearest The Pin victory thrown in. Jimmy Elliott took the Longest Drive honour.

Colvend was stunning as always, with hospitality second to none. Adie Cartwright carded the best round here, but it was the cream scones that won the day!

Cally Palace is a long round to finish the trip on, but was in good condition considering the previous week's rainfall, and produced some decent scores - of which Adie's proved highest.

The format for this event is simple - Keep it friendly and uncompetitive, and go out there and have fun on and off the course. This we most certainly did, and although some more than others found themselves the butt of the jokes and pranks, everyone had a tremendous time together, and will be counting the days until we're back in D&G.

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Scotland 2024 Itinerary

April 20th 2024

Our itinerary is now available for the upcoming Scotland trip, with all arrangements and bookings now in place:

Thursday 2nd May

 

08:00               Meet (exc. Neil) at Toby Carvery for ‘all you can eat’ buffet breakfast

08:45               Depart for Castle Douglas in 3 cars

                        (QC, JE, AV), (AC, PA), (GW, DA)

09:15               Meet up with Neil at Rivington Services M61, AV to join Neil

11:30               Arrive Market Inn, Castle Douglas, meet with DW

                        Check-In if rooms available (if not, check in after golf)

                        Rooms as follows:

                        7 x Singles – QC, GW, DA, AV, JE, NB, DW

                        1 x Twin – AC / PA 

12:00               Depart hotel for Kirkcudbright G.C.

12:15               Arrive Kirkcudbright G.C.

13:00               Tee off 2 x 4 balls with 4 buggies

18:30               Shower, change and meet for drinks

19:30               Table reservation at Market Inn for evening meal

 

 

Friday 3rd May

 

09:00               Breakfast

10:00               Depart for Colvend G.C.

11:00               Tee off 2 x 4 balls with 4 buggies

17:00               Return to Castle Douglas

19:00               Meet for drinks

20:30               Jewel In The Crown Indian Restaurant

 

Saturday 4th May

 

08:45               Breakfast        

10:00               Depart for Cally Palace G.C.

11:00               Tee off 2 x 4 balls with 4 buggies

17:00               Return to Castle Douglas

19:00               Meet for drinks

20:30               Niko’s Greek Restaurant

 

Sunday 5th May

 

09:00               Breakfast & Check Out

10:00               Return journeys

Any questions should be addressed to Quent on this one.

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Tenerife addition!

April 17th 2024

Once again, Neil Butterworth has surprised us all (Or may be simply attention seeking!) in arranging to join us for the THUGS Tenerife Tour 2024. Having had some plans change in his diary, he is now available for the trip in September.
Flights and accommodation are organised, and we are delighted that a well seasoned Tour member will be able to make what is anticipated as being the best trip for many years.

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2024 June Cup News

April 11th 2024

Ellesmere Golf Club has been chosen as the venue for the 2024 June Cup.

A new venue is sought every year, with the criteria being that it isn't too difficult, is within easy reach of the majority of players, and offers good value - Ellesmere appears to fit the bill perfectly on all fronts, and Quent's endeavours to find a suitable venue appear to have been fruitful.

Within easy access of the A580 East Lancashire Road at Worsley, the 6000 yard par 70 (Yellow Tees) course appears to have many wide fairways, with a handful of tricky approaches, and is reasonably flat.

Our £49 package will include bacon rolls and coffee on arrival, with a two course meal following the golf.

More details will shortly be available from Quent. In the meantime you can view the course at www.ellesmeregolfclub.co.uk/

Ellesmere Golf Club
The Clubhouse, Old Clough Lane, Worsley, UK, M28 7HZ

 0161 790 2122
 honsec@ellesmeregolfclub.co.uk

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Birthday celebrations at Old School BBQ Bus!

February 8th 2024

With a number of birthday celebrations to undertake these coming months, Quent has organised the next one for the 8th March at The Old School BBQ Bus in Hollinwood, Oldham. It's been a while since we were last there, but great food is always guaranteed.

Meeting at the Railway Inn, we will be dining at 9pm and are planning to continue with drinks locally after the meal.

Full details available from QC.

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2024 Socials get underway!

February 8th 2024

A busy year of social events taking in a number of milestone birthday celebrations begins on 23rd February with a curry night at Khau Galli in Oldham for Dave Whittingham. Graham Wilson provides all the detail for this one, as Dave makes the long trip up from Dorset.

Khau Galli has a very good reputation locally, and should prove a popular choice.

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Tenerife to host THUGS 2024 tour!

December 26th 2023

After a great deal of discussion, THUGS have taken the very difficult decision to move the 2024 tour away from Mallorca for the first time in our 25 year history.

Mallorca will always hold a strong place in our hearts, and will no doubt be hugely missed, however it has become quite apparent that no amount of changing resorts on the island will bring back the unlimited choice of  bars and live acts that the island once provided us.

Tenerife however offers numerous options of entertainment, decent golf courses and a whole host of restaurants that are known to many of our members - and was immediately considered the perfect choice to reawaken the earlier years of our trips and offer a revitalised tour which would include an interesting social side of the trip without compromising the excellent golf that we have enjoyed so much in Mallorca.

Although the trip has not completely been finalised, the flights and accommodation have been booked, with the following golf courses expected to form the venues for our daily competitions:

Amarilla GC

Costa Adeje GC

Las Americas GC

Golf Del Sur 

Los Lagos GC

 

We will be based at Apartmentos Tinerfe in the vibrant San Eugenio area of Costa Adeje which should allow easy access to all of the courses - and only short walks to the majority of bars and restaurants.

As always, more info will appear here as soon as it is available.

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Mallorca 2023 - The 25 year anniversary

October 31st 2023

For Mallorca 2023 we needed something a little different to celebrate our 25th anniversary. With almost two dozen stays in the resorts of Magaluf and Palma Nova, and the 20th anniversary hire of a villa near Cala Major, the decision was made to base ourselves in the bustle of Palma’s city suburbs.

With bars and restaurants teeming with revellers Palma was always likely to be more attractive than the ghost towns that the resorts had become during October in the last decade – and the city didn’t disappoint. The Hostal Apartamentos Bonany was well placed for our nocturnal activities, yet also within easy reach of the five golf courses scheduled for this year.

For a hotel that rates itself as one star, the accommodation was amazingly clean, bright, modern and friendly – attributes that are cemented by the fact that customer ratings on Google, Trip Advisor and such display a very contradicting average of four stars. Breakfasts were inexpensive, a bar operating on an ‘Honesty’ policy was ridiculously cheap, and the communal area was perfect for chilling with a beer before setting out for the evening.

Ten minutes’ walk from the hotel finds several bars that we are already familiar with, and is where our trip began after hurriedly unpacking our cases and freshening up. A few hours and several beers later we finished the night with a kebab each and retired in anticipation of our first day’s golf.

Monday morning saw us boarding our private minibus to the excellent Puntiro golf course – an already popular course with us, which is now in the hands of the German company T-Golf, who have begun upgrading the course to the same quality as its sister course Poniente.

First out of the blocks for the Pink Jacket was Jimmy Elliott who took the honours for the day with a 31 point tally, pushing Dave Whittingham into second spot via the narrow margin of a card play-off. Minor honours were shared around as Andy Vickers, Pete Ashworth, Graham Wilson and Jim Wilson all picked up Nearest The Pin prizes, with Ashey also adding a Longest Drive bonus to his prize money. Quent had the only birdie of the day, in a week where there were only three achieved in total.

Monday evening was hosted by La Paloma restaurant in the La Llonca area of the city followed by a substantial amount of drinks in various areas, before ending the night in the Shamrock Bar.

Day two of the golf took us to Santa Ponsa, where a three-way tie saw Andy Vickers edge out Jim Wilson and Quent Cartwright by virtue of another card play-off. Jim was left to console himself with the only Nearest The Pin prize of the day, whilst Pete Ashworth claimed his second consecutive Longest Drive award.

Tuesday evening promised something different in the shape of Palma’s Pintxos trail. The format of ordering a small beer or wine with a selected tapa in each of the participating bars has been a famous and popular one for many years in the city. Unfortunately since the Covid pandemic there is now only one bar continuing to serve the pintxos, and whilst the food was excellent at Moltabarra, it was simply too busy to enjoy without the impracticalities of queueing and finding a place to comfortably consume the pintxo. We moved on to Bar Flexas round the corner where we all tucked into several plates of tapas instead, followed by a stroll through the city streets where we found a cheap bar before hopping into taxis back to the Molly Malone bar for a nightcap.

Wednesday’s golf took place at the popular Maioris course, where Jimmy Elliott took the honours after yet another card play-off – this time with Jim Wilson again having to settle for runner-up position. Ashey continued to draw prize money with the only Nearest The Pin of the day, with Graham Wilson taking the Longest Drive honours.

The evening’s merriment began with a fantastic meal at Diecisiete Grados in Santa Catalina, followed by a few drinks nearby, and a return to the Shamrock area for a further top-up of alcohol and plenty of high jinks involving darts and pool.

Thursday was a golf-free day, and everyone did their own thing during the day after a bit of a lie-in. The extra hour or so in bed revitalised us ready for our evening trip via Magaluf to Santa Ponsa, and the brilliant El Ceibo restaurant. Sufficiently filled with prime steaks, we crossed the road for a few drinks in the busy McTavishes bar, before returning to Palma to watch the rock band at The Shamrock.

Son Vida was the venue for Friday’s golf, where a very respectable 39 points earned Ashey the bragging rights – with the added bonus of a Nearest The Pin prize. Andy Vickers claimed the two other NTP’s of the day, and Graham bagged his second Longest Drive of the week. Quent and Adie Cartwright both managed a birdie apiece – rounding off a poor tally of birdies over the week for the collective group.

Friday evening took us to one of our favourite eateries – Bistro 49 in El Toro. A superb meal was followed by a trip over to Finnegans in Magaluf for a couple of hours of Irish music and karaoke, before once again heading back to our regular haunts in central Palma.

The final round of golf was contested at the fantastic Son Quint course on Saturday. With little to split the top four golfers, it was still anyone’s Pink Jacket. In the end, Dave Whittingham’s 35 points was enough to seal victory on the day, and his consistency over the week ensured he also took the Pink Jacket for 2023. Nearest The Pin’s were claimed by Dave, Adie, Ashey and Quent, with Dave further adding to his prize fund by taking the Longest Drive honour.

Our last evening was celebrated at the Madras Indian restaurant, before heading to the re-opening of Sa Faxina bar – which unfortunately doesn’t yet show the signs of having the same attraction as it did in the hands of the previous owners. Further drinks around Santa Catalina’s bars were followed by a heavy night’s drinking at Molly Malone, before turning in and signing off for another year.

The decision to move our base to Palma proved worthwhile, and has further strengthened our belief that we need to continue to change our habits and ignore sentiment if we are to keep the trip fresh in anticipation and pleasure. We have had 25 years of fun in Mallorca, and have many good courses and restaurants to choose from. Moving away from our ‘Comfort zone’ would surely mean we would miss all the places we enjoy, but the thrill of discovering new restaurants and potentially returning to a cabaret / live band type of nightlife – which was always a huge part of our trips before the resort ‘Scene’ changed – would appear to be most appealing to the whole group.

It may mean that we move away from Mallorca completely, in search of the whole package of good courses, live entertainment and vibrant nightlife – If so, we will always have the island at heart, and will enjoy the fond memories we have of the last 25 years.

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Mallorca 2023 - Itinerary

August 30th 2023

Changes to our Mallorca trip are not unusual, but this years' location is far removed from the early days of central Magaluf. Unfortunately times change, and we have needed to adapt with the changes as the once vibrant, hedonistic lure of the island's party capital is no more.

We now find ourselves celebrating our 25th Mallorca year in the true capital - Palma. Whilst the golf choices will remain the same, a new adventure was felt necessary to rekindle our love for the island. We are also travelling much later than usual, which means our only real chance of night-time atmosphere is on the  busy streets of the city rather than the tumbleweed strewn avenues of a resort outside of the holiday season.

A full itinerary is now available, and has been reproduced below:

SUNDAY 15/10

11:45 MEET AT 13, WILTSHIRE ROAD, CHADDERTON, OL9 7RY

FOR THE USUAL TRIP COMMENCEMENT

12:30 TAXI DEPARTS FOR MANCHESTER AIRPORT (TERMINAL 1)

13:15 CHECK IN FOR EASYJET FLIGHT No.EZY1913 TO PALMA

* Baggage rules this year: RYANAIR have an allowance of only 20kg for your hold baggage and one smaller cabin bag allowed (40cm H x 20 cm D x 25cm W) that has to fit under the seat in front of you and must not exceed 10kg. The allowance for golf bags is 20kg. Therefore we need to also use these allowances on the outgoing Easyjet flight.

14:00 TRANSFER TO VIP LOUNGE FOR PRE FLIGHT DRINKS & SNACKS,

PINK JACKET TOTE BETTING AND DISCUSS EVENING & DAY OFF 

PLANS FOR THE WEEK AHEAD

17:00 OUTBOUND FLIGHT No. EZY2021 TO PALMA 

20:40 ARRIVE PALMA AIRPORT, LOCAL TIME

MEET COACH FOR TRANSFER TO HOSTAL BONANY, PALMA

*ROOM #1 - GW, AV, ROOM #2 - JE, DW, ROOM #3 - AC, PA, ROOM #4 - JW, QC

EVENING SHOWER, CHANGE AND MEET FOR BEERS & LOCAL KEBAB

MONDAY1 6/10

9:30 BREAKFAST

10:50 COACH TRANSFER TO T-GOLF PUNTIRO

12:00 - 12:10 TEE-OFF - T-GOLF PALMA (PUNTIRO)

18:00 COACH RETURN TRANSFER

21:30 RESTAURANT - LA PALOMA, PALMA

TUESDAY 17/10

9:00 BREAKFAST

10:25 COACH TRANSFER TO SON TERMES

11:30 - 11:40 TEE-OFF - SON TERMES

17:30 COACH RETURN TRANSFER

RESTAURANT - PINTXOS TRAIL TAPAS, PALMA

WEDNESDAY 18/10

9:00 BREAKFAST

10:15 COACH TRANSFER TO MAIORIS

11:30 - 11:40 TEE-OFF - MAIORIS

17:30 COACH RETURN TRANSFER

EVE (TBA) RESTAURANT - DIECISIETE GRADOS, PALMA

THURSDAY 19/10

9:30 BREAKFAST

DAY OFF GOLF

EVE (TBA) RESTAURANT - EL CIEBO, SANTA PONSA

FRIDAY 20/10

9:30 BREAKFAST

10:55 COACH TRANSFER TO SON VIDA

12:01 - 12:10 TEE-OFF - SON VIDA

18:00 COACH RETURN TRANSFER

EVE (TBA) RESTAURANT - BISTRO 49, EL TORO

SATURDAY 21/10

9:30 BREAKFAST

10:55 COACH TRANSFER TO SON QUINT

12:01 - 12:10 TEE-OFF - SON QUINT

18:00 COACH RETURN TRANSFER

EVE (TBA) RESTAURANT - MADRAS INDIAN, PALMA

SUNDAY22/10

7:30 BREAKFAST & PACKING

10:00 CHECK OUT OF HOSTAL BONANY

10:15 COACH TRANSFER TO PALMA AIRPORT 

13:00 INBOUND RYANAIR FLIGHT No. FR1104 TO MANCHESTER

14:40 ARRIVE MANCHESTER AIRPORT, LOCAL TIME (TERMINAL 3)

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Disley GC makes 2023 June Cup a success.

July 1st 2023

Disley GC hosted our 2023 June Cup with unrivalled hospitality and friendliness - and a fantastic test of golf to match.

The course was in excellent condition, with a variety of hole layouts that left us wanting to continue playing - despite the rainfall that appeared as the competition came to a close. The weather had been perfect right through the afternoon, and kindly allowed us to enjoy the superb course before reminding us that we have been incredibly fortunate in this competition over the years to have only suffered a small handful of  wet rounds.

Overall, the scores on the day seemed to suggest the course may have been a little difficult for a society competition, however most people attributed their performances to 'bad days' rather than a tough track.

With only five players achieving scores in the thirties, the competition shouldn't really have been closely fought, however the overall June Cup title was ultimately decided on a 36 point card play-off  - with Andy Vickers taking his first THUGS major from under the nose of second placed Pete Ashworth.

In the minor honours, Leo Stuchbury won the Nearest The Pin prize, while Quent Cartwright added to his tally of Longest Drives.

As usual, the round was followed by a fantastic meal at the club, and a good few beers and laughs.

Congratulations go to Andy - and our thanks are extended to both Disley GC and those that attended, and made the day so enjoyable.

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Mallorca 2023 Update

February 23rd 2023

Whilst the 2023 Mallorca trip is very much going ahead (It is our 25th anniversary after all!), accommodation is still to be finalised. As agreed we will be staying as close to the centre of Palma as possible on this occasion, and the previously considered  hotel appears to be unsuitable in location. Quent is now pursuing another option, and will soon have more details available on both our accommodation and the courses we are playing.

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