The loveliest golf course in the world (and fine Company!)

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The second at the 18th

I am a very lucky man. I played 27 holes at Swinley Forest Golf Club on Thursday. On a blisteringly beautiful early June day it was quite simply the most beautiful golf course I have played (or am likely to play).

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Impossibly lovely

If you want to read about this amazing place, you can do so here. The course is not publicity hungry, has no website and finding it needs GPS.

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Putting for champagne

I played there thanks to Ceridian, the payroll people , who have had a golf day there for the past ten years. They were given an hour to accept a vacant spot in 2005 but are now part of   the club’s calendar.

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We were looked after by Hayley who is as fair and bonny as the course! Thank you Hayley

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Hayley is our leader

Certain are as extraordinary as Swinley Forest, a progressive company that put their customers first. I am not a customer or a supplier, I suppose I am an admirer.

And I like the way that Ceridian treat everyone the same. A muppet golfer like me is treated as well as an ace golf star like Centaur’s Kathleen

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Kathleen – my kind of HRD

Here’s my playing partner John- who is head of Ceridian’s IT – thanks for putting up with me!

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Super cool John

So thanks Swinley Forest Golf Club and thanks Ceridian, two jewels in Berkshire!

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the rhodadenrons

These pictures are taken (discretely) on the day as a memory for me. I hope they give pleasure to anyone who was there on the day or who has ever played this beautiful course.

The experience in the club-house was as pleasurable as the golf itself.

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The smile tells it all!

It’s all a far cry from the driving range! Talking of which, here is Chris Gayle’s sign off after his remarkable run in the T20 Blast. I’m not sure his antics would go down well at Synford Forest but they made me happy!

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About henry tapper

Founder of the Pension PlayPen, Director of First Actuarial, partner of Stella, father of Olly . I am the Pension Plowman
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