Yesterday I attended the official launch of Boundary Lakes Golf course at the Ageas Bowl in Hampshire. Ok, I'm not really into cricket so the Ageas Bowl doesn't mean a great deal to me, but having seen this set-up, I think I could be tempted. A round of golf, followed by a spa treatment, followed by a glass or two of something fizzy whilst relaxing watching a game of first-class cricket, then dinner in Beefy's restaurant (named after Sir Ian Botham - I do know him!) before putting my head down for the night at the on-site Hilton Hotel. Sounds good, doesn't it!
I was simply there to play golf, although I can recommend the food in Beefy's. The course only opened in July, but it's bedded down nicely, and will be even better in a couple of years. Some holes are very pretty, there's a few quirky ones, so overall it's enjoyable to play. The par-3s are good value and most are a decent length. Given the overall yardage (it's not considerably long) there's enough challenges including thick rough and water hazards for me to suggest that you pack plenty of balls!
My fourball included two media colleagues, Neil Tappin from Golf Monthly and Richard Maunder from Golf News, along with a very interesting lady, Debra Vout, who is the Sports Development Officer, Royal Navy and Combined Services Golf. We had great fun and a glass of Lanson champagne definitely helped us to relax after a few holes, perhaps a bit too much - no prizes for our team!