Golf with Monarch

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When I received a pun filled email from Talented Talkers to golf with the promise of tapas and wine tasting, how could I say no? Thanks to Monarch, I had such a fun evening at N1 Golf learning the basics of golf, eating yummy food and tasting delicious beers AND wines.

It was an absolute laugh.

As Monarch are one of the top airlines for golf holidays, we headed to N1 Golf to practice our putting. Situated right next to North Greenwich station and overlooking a beautiful view of the Thames, N1 Golf is the perfect place to get to grips with golfing. I arrived at the venue and was greeted with a glass of champagne, and I immediately knew that I had a fun night ahead of me. I was told to wear sensible shoes, but I wish I had dressed a little warmer because it was hella cold! Also, probably not a good idea to wear a skirt when the wind is blowing and you have to bend a little to swing. Only me ?

Before we got to grips with our clubs, we had Mark teach us the basics – how to swing, place your feet and the stance you have to take.

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The look of concentration on my face, haha. Photo by Gemma

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We all split into groups; I had the lovely Haydy, Erin and Alina in my bay and we had such a giggle. The wine probably didn’t help. Golfing is actually very hard! I kept doing this thing where I would look at the club whilst swinging, when really you should keep your eyes on the ball.

We did have Chris, one of the coaches, going around and helping us out with our stance and how to swing, etc. He was definitely helpful!

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After a while, I got the hang of it but I wouldn’t call myself Tiger Woods just yet! My longest drive was 57 yards πŸ™‚

Whilst we were golfing, they brought out some of the tapas we would be eating and when bloggers are hungry – they’re hungry!

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Basque style crab (which unfortunately I couldn’t eat as I’m allergic, but Haydy said it was delicious), prawn carpaccio (so good!), barley, quinoa and pomegranate salad (very delicious)

There was also twisted prawn tempura, which was my favourite πŸ™‚ After filling our bellies and playing a little more golf, we headed downstairs for more food, CHEESE and wine/beer tasting. Notice how I capitalised cheese? That’s the important stuff, right there.

N1 Golf boasts a fantastic restaurant called Vinothec Compass with fine wine and dining. Whilst we were given the lowdown on the different beers and wines, we were also served more food… my favourite was the Longhorn Onglet (steak, if you didn’t know) which came with potatoes and beautiful roasted onions. The steak was so tender and juicy, I almost melted. I didn’t manage to take a picture of all the food because I was too busy eating, but I did get one of the Cornish Lamb. So good ?

The cheeses that were bought out were so good. I was down on the brie like no man’s business. Cheese is my weakness – seriously, place some cheese in front of me then I’m all yours.

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All the wines tasted really nice, but I definitely enjoyed the beers more (classy girl, I am). It was interesting to learn about the different kinds of wines and beers and where they came from in Spain. I felt like the wine connoisseur that I should be – coincidentally, in my old OkCupid profile I wrote about wanting to be a wine connoisseur! ?

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Cheers, ladies!

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Erin, Haydy, Alina and I. Golfing cuties <3 Photo by Gemma

Overall, I had a fantastic evening with Monarch and I can definitely say that I will be back golfing. The only time I had golfed before was crazy golf, and I turned out to be a sore loser. Thankfully, I had way more fun and I wasn’t a sore lose by the end of the evening. Can’t say much for my hand eye coordination skills, though.

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Say CHEESE! Photo by Gemma

Header photo by Gemma

14 Comments

  1. October 11, 2015 / 1:09 am

    Oh, wow this look like a fabulous opportunity to golf, meet new people, and have good food and drinks! I may not have attended this myself because of my huge introverted nature, but the free food would have tempted me. But the golfing part would have not. Can’t say I’m very fond of golfing!

    The food all looks good! I’m not a beer or a wine person, so I’d have stuck to cocktails or non-alcoholic drinks! Yes, I’m boring like that XD

    Glad you had a fun time, Chynna!

    • Chynna
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      October 15, 2015 / 8:36 pm

      It was definitely an amazing time! Aw, yeah I get that – but who can say no to free food? NOONE that’s who, haha. Golfing is actually pretty hard! Cocktails are definitely NOT boring, girl πŸ˜€ I love me a good cocktail. Thanks, T xx

  2. October 11, 2015 / 5:58 pm

    Wow! This looks like so much fun, I need to go and experience that exact same thing one day. Don’t worry about your outfit choice, I always end up going in with not the most practical outfit choices ever and regret my decisions but still have a fab time (don’t let that stop you from swinging that stick! HAHAHA!) I’ve never actually experienced golfing before, unless you count playing on the Wii as one.

    • Chynna
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      October 15, 2015 / 8:37 pm

      You definitely should! I swung that stick so hard at one point and it smashed on the ground and I though my hand had died XD Wii counts – I used to play golf on my Wii, too. I should bust it out again sometime, haha.

  3. October 11, 2015 / 6:05 pm

    You’re so cool for having all of these great outings!! Getting the golf ball into the hole would probably be a miracle if you’re playing buzzed or drunk XD. But it’s fine, you can be Tigress Woods with some practice πŸ˜‰ ;).

    The food looks delicious! What’s your favorite beer? I like Blue Moon and Guinness ;D. Have you tried a Moscato D’Asti yet? My only faveeee wine!!!

    Glad to hear that you had fun at the blogger’s outing :D. You rock all of your outings by the way ;).

    • Chynna
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      October 15, 2015 / 8:40 pm

      Haha, thanks Nance! Omg, so tell me about it! Plus because so many people are playing at the same time, it makes it 10 times more difficult to get it in a hole, lol. Tigress Woods, I like that!

      I like Estrella, Stella Artois and Heineken. I don’t know if you have those in America – maybe Estrella? Because that’s from Barcelona. Moscato D’Asti is hands down me and my grandma’s favourite wine to drink at Christmas. No word of a lie! Absolutely love the stuff πŸ˜€

      Thank you, girl! xx

  4. October 11, 2015 / 8:50 pm

    I never did real golfing. Just miniature golf or golf on Monkey Ball video game. XD But it was fun.

    Well cheese is pretty awesome! I do love some cheese! And that food looked amazing! Now I want food…XD

    • Chynna
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      October 15, 2015 / 8:40 pm

      Cheese is most definitely awesome πŸ™‚ Haha! x

  5. October 11, 2015 / 10:34 pm

    SO much fun!! πŸ™‚ was lovely to meet you and hopefully see you again soon x

    • Chynna
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      October 15, 2015 / 9:18 pm

      Was so nice meeting you too! Hope to see you soon xx

  6. October 12, 2015 / 7:13 am

    That looks like a lot of fun! That’s great that they had someone to teach you and help you out. The last time I went to a golf driving range, I thought I’d have a terrible time since I didn’t know how to golf. Fortunately, my coworkers helped me out, so it was actually really fun πŸ™‚

    That’s awesome that the place had such a nice restaurant too. The food looks so good!

    • Chynna
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      October 15, 2015 / 9:20 pm

      Yeah, it’s definitely fun when you go with people you know! Glad you had fun at the driving range too. ?

  7. October 13, 2015 / 5:10 am

    I don’t like golf or sports itself but glad you got a chance to have fun. Food looks awesome! ^^

    • Chynna
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      October 15, 2015 / 9:22 pm

      Thanks girl! x

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