Golfing the Faldo

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

When we wake and peer out our window this morning it looks like it will be an overcast, maybe rainy day.  Oh well – we take what we get.

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The greenskeepers are hand mowing (2 people) the 18th green!  Zoom in to see.  Almost like they do at Painted Mountain back home…

There is a big Ireland vs American tournament starting tomorrow and we enjoy watching the “goobers” go out and tee off the first.  We can see them with our binoculars.  The signature Faldo course already appears to be in much better condition than the Castle Hume. Our tee time isn’t until noon so we have plenty of time to chill and enjoy the views.

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When breakfast calls, we answer.  It is served in the lovely Catalina Restaurant (where we will dine tonight).  An impressive spread and a beautiful room awaits:

There is a cold buffet, hot buffet and pastry buffet (including some awesome scones). You can also order off the menu to round out your breakfast.  We do.

I take a chance and order the Salmon Kedgeree (after I ask what it is). Turns out to be a savory rice dish and salmon and a poached egg on top.  Our server tells me it is great but is an acquired taste.  Ok – I will acquire it.

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Oh man.  This is amazing!

Rich is digging on the fish again for breakfast and orders the Haddock.  It is wonderful as well.

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Fish is the new bacon.

Properly fueled for the day’s grueling match, we march over to the Faldo course.  It is worth noting that Rich made me walk and carry my bag over to the pro shop… Anything to get an edge.

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What is this?  I am used to having wheels on my bag!

We check in and head to the starter’s hut. The starter is a really nice chap (who isn’t?) and tells us a few tips for certain holes.  There is a sign at the hut instructing us NOT to feed the foxes.  What?  I hope we SEE a fox. We (me) have elected to use buggies today.  The course is walkable, but very long.  My dogs need a rest.

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Gnarly par 3 over the marshy grass to a pin I can barely see.  We both popped our balls onto the green!

Love this course!  It is lush, beautiful and difficult.  It does begin to misty rain and the rain gear comes out.  That does not deter.

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Way cool tee shot with the old tree off to the left

As we approach #12 I get very excited to see what I think is a fox messing with the group in front of us.  I hope he doesn’t go away before I get a close up. We get to the middle of 12 and I remark to Rich that I think the fox went away.  He grins and tells me to turn around.  OMG!  The fox is following me!!

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I am excited (and a wee bit scared)

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He is obviously very smart and gets fed all the time.  I would love to feed him, but resist the urge.  He has a super cute face and wild eyes.

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Now I am satisfied and we can finish the round.

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It was a great round and a close match.  I edged out Rich at the end.  Match Play count: Rich 4.5/Linda 3.5.

After the round we went to the lounge at the clubhouse for a pint.  There was a group of Irish golfers who were making the rounds of several courses in the area and having a great time.  No sooner did we sit down when they engaged us in conversation.  It was great to chat with them about courses we played and courses we should play.  This was another example of how friendly the folks are here.  We loved it.

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Back to the room for a rest before dinner.  Tonight we will gussy up and dine in the signature restaurant – The Catelina.  It is fancy, but not stuffy.  We are greeted by the manager and he takes care of us all evening.  He wishes us Happy Anniversary and treats us to glasses of champagne. We both got a good laugh out of the teeny amuse bouche!
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After trying to find someone knowledgeable about wines (we are looking for the perfectly dry Riesling) and realizing that they do not have a sommelier here (surprise) we opted for a nice bottle of Rose to compliment our meals.  Sorry, but with an extensive wine list it is a shame not to have someone who actually knows the wines. Our server was clueless in this area.

I had a wonderful starter of Chicken Liver Mouse and Rich had the Mackerel.

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This was awesome!

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For our mains, I chose: “Chef Noel McMeel’s Signature Dish
“Lough Erne Pork Dish” Reflecting the Very Best of Local Produce from Fermanagh – Pat O’Doherty Pork Fillet – Pork Belly – Pork Cheek – Ham Hock – Black Pudding Palmier

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So that we could share different items, Rich ordered the “Kettyle Beef
Fillet of Beef – Crispy Beef Cheek – Carmalised Onion Puree
Lightly Scented Garlic Potato – Baby Turnip – Red Wine Jus ”

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Don’t forget the butter

 

Our meal was fantastic and the company even better.  We drifted back to our little tower and crashed and burned.

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