Our last match of the season took place at Kings Hill Golf Club near West Malling in Kent. This former RAF airfield, which closed in 1969, is now a new village community including two schools, business and retail units and an 18 hole 6,600 yards, par 72 golf course.
After a long journey for most of the Sussex team, we arrived to a light and airy colonial style clubhouse where Judie Smith, Kent Lady Captain, welcomed us with coffee and bacon rolls. After the usual introductions to our playing partners and the Kent team, the Lady Captain of Kings Hill kindly started everyone on their way.
Again, we were blessed with a warm and sunny day. The very young course, designed by David Williams, has subtle undulating greens set at deceptive angles, many carefully placed bunkers and plenty of rough, all of which proved quite a challenge. It was just a pity that the tees and fairways had not yet recovered from the recent drought.
The matches finished, we settled down to a cold meat and salad buffet, followed by strawberries and cream in the clubhouse lounge bar, overlooking the 9th and 18th greens. Judie and I exchanged words of thanks to our teams, with the result of this friendly competitive match being an honourable 4 to Kent and 4 to Sussex.