Here at Axe Cliff Golf Club we are certainly suffering from NGB (no golf blues) as indeed, many thousands of golfers are the length and breadth of our beautiful country, writes Dave Bruce.
We are all hoping and praying that good sense will prevail at end of this latest lockdown to allow us to return to the course.
Certainly our captain, Rob Grove, hopes for a swift return to play for he has already sent us a revised fixture List for December including matches against the ladies.
At Axe Cliff we are very fortunate to have our very own RPIC which everyone knows is a ‘remote pilot in command’ in charge of keeping ‘A bird’s eye view of our fantastic course.
He is, of course, Ron Bragg, with his very own drone, lovingly nicknamed “Topflite’ (TF).
Ron has only had TF for around a year and he is self taught in terms of the art of flying a drone. He is registered with the CAA and had some tough questions to pass, but he did so with flying colours.
Ron’s machine is a ‘Mavic Pro Platinum’ which is one of the quietest machines and also folds down so neatly, making it easy to carry around.
Ron, who was club captain back in 1990/91, is one of the lovely characters that we are blessed with at Axe Cliff, but I didn’t realise that he has been a member for so long having joined us in 1988. Now playing as a senior, his is fast approaching his 73rd birthday.
He was also Axe Cliff club captain back in 1990/91.
In terms of the two pictures that support this latest offering from the club, Ron snapped the images flying at less than 400 feet to stay within the legal limit to avoid low flying aircraft etc.
In his first picture it shows the beautiful view we have in the South West corner
of the Axe River Estuary, the harbour; the beach and esplanade up to Seaton Hole and, of course, scenic Seaton Town. You never tire of these views when you are playing even if you are not having a good game.
The other picture shows nearly all the course adjoining the cultivated farmland.
Certainly you have all the back nine as far as I can tell along the Jurassic Coast. This picture also shows, in the middle, the club’s workshop and machinery building. I’ve always thought
that would make a wonderful new clubhouse with its stunning views if the course was ever re-designed. In the top right quarter you can just see the small 18th green surrounded by bushes.
This, certainly in my humble opinion, is one of the finest finishing holes in the South West and is a par three which sees you drive from an elevated position to try and avoid the bushes to reach the small green. Most of the Axe Cliff seniors certainly pay homage to the golfing gods if they reach the green with a single shot!
The course is so green after the recent rain and our staff are looking after it so well it will be a joy for us all to enjoy when we do get the green light to return to action.
For now, it’s very much a case of a big round of thanks to Ron for giving us a bird’s eye view!