Anyone who knows me will tell you that I have zero co-ordination, I’m one of those people who constantly has mysterious bruises and is a health hazard whenever heels are involved. So when I said I was going to an event about Monarch Airlines golfing holidays, the reaction was “Wait, you? You’re playing golf?!” and then was told about how I was probably going to knock myself out with a golf club. Good to know my friends have faith in me eh?! Determined to prove to them that this was wrong and I could totally be the next Tiger Woods, I got myself ready and headed towards Greenwich and to N1 Golf ready for a evening of golf, tapas and wine tasting.
We arrived at Vinothec Compass the on site bar and restaurant, which has over 600 different bottles of wine on sale heaven, and had a glass of bubbly before the games began. N1 Golf has 60 bays on its driving range (or in terms I’d use, 60 different places you can hit balls from..) on two floors looking over the Thames. Each bay has a sofa and table where you can order bar service, so great to relax and check out the amazing view in between practicing your golfing skills.
After a briefing and some training from PGA Professional Mark Gorman, we got into groups of four ready to golf. I was with Laura from SixOutOfTen.co.uk, Adriana from AdrianaKupresak.com and Claire from CountryMouseClaire.com. When it came down to golfing prowess Laura, Claire and myself were questionable at best. There were a few backwards flung balls and one that quite simply just rolled off the edge.. naming no names here! However, Adriana managed to show us all how it was done and hit balls that Rory McIlroy would have been jealous of. After a getting through our bucket of balls and making one or two too many golf related innuendoes it was time for the competition to win flights to one of Monarch‘s golfing hot spots. The person who hit their ball the furthest, there was a laser guidance to check so no cheating here, would win the flights. No spoilers here, mine was not that winning hit.
After all our golfing fun, we’d worked up an appetite so it was the perfect timing for tapas and wine tasting downstairs in Vinothec Compass. We had a selection of different tasters from their menu including Prawn Carpaccio, Cornish Lamb Cutlets, Longhorn Onglet and Baked Devon Crab. Followed by trying a selections of Spanish beers and wines. I wish I could tell you more about the wine tasting side of things, but all I can say is which ones I liked because they were “fruiter” or “crisper”.
The whole evening made me want to jet off on one of Monarch’s golfing holidays to experience tapas, golf and wine with a little more sunshine than London offers. If a golfing holiday, or golfing itself isn’t normally your thing, it’s still worth a trip to N1 Golf. You’d be surprised how much fun the driving range is, and somewhere I’ll be going back to with my friends for something different to do.
Thanks again to Monarch and N1 Golf for a fabulous evening!
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