We would like to thank all the people who participated in our Online Games in the month of April, as well as TaylorMade-adidas golf for providing the prizes. We had winners from all over the country, and indeed all over Europe. The winning prize was a free round of golf at the Marriott Forest of Arden Golf and Country Club for the top four players on the 22nd May.
Competition winner Derek, a policeman from Ayr, made the lengthy 5 hour car journey down to the majestic course near Coventry, where he picked up his £50 voucher for first place in the "On The Fairway" challenge. Along with the other three top placed players, Abel, Zongqi (Eddie) and Colin, he also received a TaylorMade gift pack comprising a TaylorMade cap, an adidas polo shirt and pack of TaylorMade Burner golf balls.
The course was in great condition, with plush fairways and lightning fast greens. The course is remarkable both as a golfing spectacle and as a nature reserve, featuring a wide variety of wildlife including its own herd of deer (which briefly stopped play on the Par 3 4th) and hundreds of ducks and geese.
One family of ducks had the tenacity to walk across the line of my putt on the 18th and I inevitably quacked under the pressure... The tame wildlife really added to the overall impression the course and club made. With the old oak trees, picturesque water features and massive, fine sand bunkers, you can see why people would want to shell out for a round at this course. With the attached hotel and spa, the Marriott Forest of Arden Country Club is a great weekend getaway.
Derek Aitken - Policeman, competition winner and walking TaylorMade advert, sporting a TM Cap, SuperQuad Driver, r7 Irons and a TM Tour Bag.
Colin, one of the Winners, had this to say about the day:
"It was nice to put a face to a name and nice to meet you and your colleagues. I'll take it upon myself to thank you and the Golfonline team on behalf of Eddie, Abel, Derek and myself for the round of golf on the Arden Golf Course yesterday and the gift packs also. I look forward to comparing the TaylorMade Burner balls with the Pro v1 and 1x that I presently use.
It was a long day but I truly believe that all 4 of us enjoyed the day, Eddie once he got rid of a few nerves he had at the start took on board the occasional little tips the 3 of us gave him and showed great improvement in his all-round game. And did exceptionally well for being only his 2nd time on a course.
Derek hit the ball fantastically hard nearly every time but especially from the tee, he hit some fantastic long drives and unbelievable shots into the greens from distance and putted very well also. he started to look a little tired for the last few holes as his 5 hour drive took its toll.
Abel couldn't get his driving to be as consistent as we both are used to seeing and found the greens to be fast, but played very well on the back 9 especially keeping out of to much trouble by not seeing much sand and water.
Myself, I played to my handicap but was disappointed with getting 3 very bad fried egg lies in the bunker that were annoying that each required 2 shots to get out of the bunker, out of the 5 bunkers I hit to get 3 that just dropped and exploded the sand out and left a crater with the ball low in the middle has never happened before to me as I've never come across such dry light fine grained sand, I also decided to send 3 balls for a swim, god rest their dimples. if only I could play the course again, I would definitely shave 10 shots off my scorecard.
I look forward to having the opportunity to meet and play everyone again. Anyway, once again I thank you and your colleagues and wish golfonline all the success in the future."
One of our original winners (Zdenìk) couldn't make the event as he lives in the Czech Republic. While he couldn't make the round, he still received a TaylorMade Gift Pack. He had this to say about the competition:
"Hi, the package arrived this morning and everything is OK! Thank you very much once more, I was very satisfied with shopping on Golfonline. Fast shipping, very friendly communication, so I plan to buy few more things on golfonline soon again (at least some wind jacket and new sunglasses). And I already recommended shopping on golfonline to my friends, to be honest, it is not only very fast and reliable, it is even cheap for us golfers in the Czech Republic (because of currently very profitable exchange rate of the Czech Koruna). It was great fun playing games on golfonline, since I don't have the time to play other games, I use games on golfonline as coffee-break game and if I can (and I did) win some cool prizes for that, what can be better?"
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