It was a long overdue return for the Northcliffe to play again at Tandridge, the hidden jewel in the golfing crown of Surrey.

After so many years of making the Club a must in the fixture list, the Society had taken a break while improvements to the course took place.

With spectacular views of the Surrey North Downs and the Kent and Sussex countryside on this Harry Colt design course, there are now well over 100 bunkers to negotiate, making it a formidable test of keeping the ball in play. 

But the new layout proved to hold no terrors for Clive Heard, whose 39pts won him “The Caird Cup and Tandridge Putter”. Close up in second was Phil Barber with 37pts and Phillip Woods third with 35pts. 

Clive was cut one shot to 5 as a single figure handicapper under the Society rules and runner-up Phil also one shot to 14. John Heywood playing off 4 won the guest prize with his 38pts. 

There was exceptional play in the afternoon Texas Scramble played over 9-holes, with the team of Society Captain, Nick Stevens; Roland Agambar; John Morgan and guest Paul Capleton wining with an eagle on the first, seven birdies and one par. 

Champagne for Nearest the Pin on the very tricky 15th hole was won by Society secretary Garth Burden. 

With a roll-over of £80 from Royal Cinque Ports in the “Back the Winner” competition, there was £230 in the kitty to be won with Chester Stern and Keith Cottington selecting Clive to win the main trophy. They both won £60 with £110 going to Society funds. 

The Club as well as having a golf course with one of the most spectacular views on the back nine holes, also boast a traditional home cooking menu that provides golfers with one of the best carvery meals and array of desserts possible.  

Special guests for the lunch were Mary Sellwood, widow of the former Society secretary Roy Sellwood and his daughter Jane who is the assistant secretary at the Club.  

Garth presented Jane with copies of the Society’s Centenary Book for the Club’s Captain and general manager.  As at all previous fixtures this year, there was no prize-giving of the Trophy because of the covid-19 virus and the Society will be making a decision shortly on how all prizes can be presented.        Garth Burden