has there been multiple Mentmore meets? I remember Fish being there…but also recall more than 16. Was a good number of years ago now thoughIt was one of the last times Rick was at a meet and Mentmore shut the next day , course wasn’t in great nick- there was only about 16 of us but with Fish and Rick there it’s always going to be loud with those two
A stranger is just a friend you haven’t yet metI dip in and dip out - but thinking back I have been to quite a few meets over the years, both small and large. There is, understandably, groups who are closer and it can be a little intimidating if you dont know who is who when you turn up on your own.
I’ve always enjoyed the company of those I’ve played with, sadly many aren’t on here anymore.
Yes it is clear that the forum has changed over the years, from a handful of peeps at the start to a membership of several thousand with around 400 active members now.
This brings its own issues, once it took off, GM became aware of its online image and introduced rules and mods to protect that image.
The forum is a totally different animal people leave, new people join, and it evolves, The OB section is definitely the cause of much contention, but if you took it out, the forum would turn into a very 1 dimensional being and I’m not sure if that would be a good thing.
I’ve been to loads of meets over the years, Irish Craic Classic,Auld Pharts, Sunningdale plus all the H4H meets for the last 10 years , Scotland in 2020, played some fabulous courses very badly, but had a fantastic time doing so. Also had numerous invites from other forummers. So I feel well qualified to muse on why there aren’t more meets.
1 cost, green fees have risen sharply in the last few years, especially at the better courses. If travelling more than a few hours you need to factor in petrol, accommodation, food etc and it soon builds up
2 Weekends, are difficult to get a large group onto, small groups, not so much of a problem. Many are still at work and with family dominating holiday days, weekends are often the only time available
3 location, A quick look at the forum members map shows the spread of members, loads within a couple of hours drive of london, loads in central Scotland and plenty in the midlands and the area around Leeds Manchester, Liverpool. So no reason why local / regional meets can’t happen.
4 yes some of the original guys who used to organise meets have moved on, for whatever reason, but there are still loads who could
What we need are a few peeps to stand up, have a word with their clubs and set up some meets, doesn’t have to be big, start at 12 ,16 or 20 max, cost it out, agree a date and publish it, money up front, if you can’t make it then you lose your dosh unless you can find a sub.
This takes a lot of the pressure off the organiser who can enjoy the day without having to chase up the late payers.
Just my thoughts
I'd go back - nice course, good greens, I played well and it was only just over an hour's drive. It meets all my criteria. You'd definitely have to let someone else win this time though...If I may add, picking up from @PhilTheFragger thoughts above, and given I organised the DayB4 H4H this year at my club.
It actually wasn’t very difficult to do TBH as richart helped out with gathering the money in advance, and I wasn’t doing all the added bits and pieces that are part of the full H4H day.
The biggest issue that I had was the fact that the DayB4 was a Tuesday, and Tuesday isn‘t one of my club’s society days. But given I am pretty long standing in the club, I was able to sell the H4H cause to the golf and general managers, they were able to take my request to committee and get approval for me. Plus of course I was estimating 30-40 (we got 35, inc maybe just over 20 forummers) and that’s good income on a quiet afternoon. But I had to sell it to the golf and business managers without whose support it wouldn’t have happened - at the county card rate into the bargain.
As a result of my experience I’m not averse to arranging another meet at my place next year if there is interest - though I strongly suspect I won’t get it at such a good rate, and it’ll have to be one of our society days (Wed and Fri).
I was at that one, think I played with you @Wabinez didn't I?It was one of the last times Rick was at a meet and Mentmore shut the next day , course wasn’t in great nick- there was only about 16 of us but with Fish and Rick there it’s always going to be loud with those two
Hmmm, that’s an interesting question.Absolutely no problem with this at all, but anything that might change your mind could be interesting...
Grüss Gott.yes & yes
much enjoyed the mega meets and i'd attend future ones under the conditions that i don't need a visa to enter UK and the meeting spans over a couple of days and rounds
Those smaller cruise ships are a bit expensive I’ve heard!Grüss Gott.
Just get on one of those very small ferries. No visa required. Plenty of nice accommodation available and golf courses along the south coast where forum members play regularly.
(Or so I've been told)