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The lost Moore Place tapes July 26, 2013

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Moore Place

The lost Moore Place scorecard revealed

Golfbattles fans – apologies for the lack of updates here. It’s been a little over 7 years that we’ve kept you hanging on. Yes, in the now infamous Battle of the Bulge post you were treated to a scintillating write up of a classic golf battle in which Leon won out over Dan. But we left you with the following cliff-hanger …

The day after another battle was fought. Hopefully Dan should be able to provide a write-up of that soon.

By “soon” we meant “in 7 years” and by “Dan”, we meant “Leon”. Dan has been trying to write it up. For 7 long years he’s been hunched over a notepad trying to put into words that glorious battle o’ golf. But he has failed. Writers’ block has won. And it’s been left to me to write it up. Here goes…

Moore Place

Legend speaks of Moore place golf club. The tricky ├╝ber-short first over water. The slicers’ paradise that is the second. Legend speaks of it … but these days golfers rarely do. Somehow I get the feeling it was closed for years. But it was very much open on 22nd June 2006. It was the day after the Battle of the Bulge, where Dan had taken an unfortunate pasting at the hands of Leon. He was shaken, because back in those days he was the far more practised golfer. He spent a lot of time playing and practising. So the defeat the day before was weighing heavy on his psyche. Would Moore be the place for all that to change? …

The First

The first is about as short as they get. Can’t be more than about 80 yards. And, yes, there’s a pond in front of it…. but this is an easy hole. Leon notched up an easy par whilst Dan somehow managed to make a 5. Was the Bulge about to repeat….?

The Second

They call it the slicers’ paradise – it’s a wicked dogleg round to the right which perfectly suited Leon’s choice of club at the time – the infamous “bendy stick“. This was an old-school laminate 3 wood (actual wood) with a flexi graphite shaft. A club devised by an evil genius. It was known to create a devilish slice and should have been perfect for this hole. So when Leon contrived to make a 6 here, it signalled the death knoll for the round…

The rest

Trying to wrestle away the demons unleashed by the disaster with the bendy stick on the previous hole, Leon somehow never managed to recover. He was doomed to spend the rest of the round hacking from one side of the course to the other, cursing his luck on the second. Dan, on the other hand, knuckled down, got 4 pars in a row and never looked back.

In hindsight, it could have been considered an easy victory. But there was a moment there. A real moment. Back there on the first. When Leon made par and Dan double bogied … when it all looked in doubt.

The final scores:

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Moore Place final scores

The final scores revealed

Coming Up:

Results of a recent 4 way battle at Coombe Wood. STAY TUNED!


Battle of the Bulge July 11, 2006

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THE FIRST BATTLE in recorded golfbattles history

This is the reason we set up the website. All the rubbish below is mere words. This is action.


So, it’s Leon -vs- Dan. This is the Ryu/Ken matchup, the one everyone’s been waiting for. And what better location to hold it than the home ground of both combattants…Chessington Golf Centre.

Chessington Golf Centre


Click to open a larger version of the image to view it in all its glory. As you can see, the original Gaffs of both battlers were right next door. They both know the course like the back of their hands.

The Rules

The result of the battles is judged over 18 holes (this being a 9 hole course).

The Result

Let’s pick up the scorecard…

Scorecard front

and turn it over…

Scorecard front

Well there you have it. Leon snuck ahead by 3 on the front 9, and they squared it on the back 9. However, the story doesn’t end there. The day after another battle was fought. Hopefully Dan should be able to provide a writeup of that soon.