Wales & SW England: Golf’s Road Less Travelled (Part 1)
What took my friends and me to Southern Wales and the countryside of Southwest England for golf, you ask? To be honest, it was because Lucky Lew’s Mom passed away. Before you take us for cads, allow me to tell you a little story.
She was born and raised in a beautiful little hillside burgh called Pontypridd, pronounced ‘pon-tee-preeth’ (never could have guessed that). She would have been a teenager when her world famous fellow townsman, pop singer Tom Jones, was born. Proud of him, the Ponties are. Mention Pontypridd to ANY Welshman and the first thing they’ll do is tell you Tom Jones was born there. Guaranteed. Well, several years after that blessed event, Lucky’s Dad was in Europe with the US Army during WWII when he met his future bride, who was contributing to the war effort through the RAF. They fell in love, were married and shortly thereafter Dad whisked Mom away from Wales to the United States where they ultimately settled near my people and brought my buddy Lucky Lew into the world. Fast forward to several years back and Lucky’s Mom – recently widowed – was nearing the end of her life and asking to have her ashes spread in her Welsh hometown along with those of her long-deceased relatives.
Now for the golfing portion of the story. Truth is, at this point I can’t remember who thought of it first, but we somehow got our heads together and cobbled together a golf trip around Lucky’s solemn, sacred duty. The general thought was this - a lot of sweets to mix with the bitter. So it was that Shanks, Billy and Hutchie accompanied Lucky Lew into what is generally thought by those in the know as remote golfing territory, territory with many hidden gems that most American golfers have never even heard of.
Next up: Staying and playing around Porthcawl, Wales
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