- Bobby Jones' Mashie (Royal Lytham)
In October 2015 I paid a visit with two friends to Royal Lytham & St.Anne's Golf Club in Lancashire, England.
The Walker Cup had been held there a couple of weeks previously and the course was in great condition. We were blessed with very fine short-sleeve weather. We played from the back tees to get full the full experience! Three times I took two shots to get out of a bunker so to finish only four shots over my handicap (12) was quite pleasing.
I made a particular point of attempting to re-create Bobby Jones' famous mashie shot from the scrub on the 17th fairway. I think (from memory) it's a shot of about 170 yards....time only allowed me to have two goes with the hickory shafted mashie that I'd brought along specially. Sadly, I have to report I didn't get anywhere near getting it onto the green...full marks to Mr.Jones.
After our round I was keen to seek out some of the historic golfing artefacts within the clubhouse. The long dining room upstairs in the clubhouse holds Bobby's portrait and the very club he used for his wonderous shot. I secretly took a few pics as shown here.
Also, within the clubhouse are some display cabinets displaying various items inlcuding Bobby Jones' scorecards, Tony Jacklin's prize cheque for winning the Open, and some early blacksmith made golf irons dating around 1790.
If you have the opportunity to visit and play Royal Lytham I would highly recommend it. It was a highlight of my golfing year.