Hi guys. Many thanks for your words of welcome. Sorry about the last part of your username, Darren, but it is similar to one that I am going to have a few words about regarding the Ryder Cup.
No, Scuba, I no longer live in Yorkshire. I met a lovely girlie online three years ago, gave up my job with NYCC and moved to be with her in Hartlepool.
Just to mention, I took over and ran the 9 hole course near Scarborough with a neighbour friend who was also a member and had recently retired. The guy who had previously run the course for 13 years, having been made redundant, became razzed off with his millionaire landlord suddenly deciding to charge him a fortune for water which fed the irrigation system. It was supplied from a pond fed with rain provided by the "Big Guy" upstairs and therefore free, ffs!
We didn't want the course to fall into disrepair and there were a fair amount of annual , regular holiday visitors who depended on it for their entertainment. We didn't do it for profit. In fact, we didn't make a penny. We bought every single piece of equipment on the cheap off ebay.
I was also working full time so could only spend evenings and weekends mowing fairways. Mick took care of the greens and semi-rough (when he wasn't busy getting grief from his problem son).
In the end, it was making me ill so, sadly, we packed it in. Sorry to bang on but I am just attempting to example my interest and affection for the beautiful game.
Next rant about Ryder Cup! Oh, not to mention our American spectator friends. Which I certainly will!