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Captain of Wilmslow Golf Club talks

In Golf by Salutions


Pep’s proudest moment

Peter ‘Pep’ Smith has a long sporting affiliation in Wilmslow, having been involved with Wilmslow Cricket Club for 46 years, Wilmslow Hockey Club for 41 years, and Alderley Edge Cricket Club for 38 years.

He was a relative latecomer to golf, only joining The Wilmslow Golf Club in 2005. Undoubtedly the highlight of his golfing life was to become Captain of the club – a huge honour for a local boy!

Pep, who plays off 17, said: “The Wilmslow Golf Club is a very friendly, traditional members club, and we are lucky to have such a top quality staff.
These include Ged Heaslip our very knowledgeable and affable general manager, Simon and Karen Ward, winners of the National Golf Club Stewards of the year in 2013, and regional winners and finalists on numerous other occasions, Matt Gillingham, winner of the Club Golf Professional of the Year in 2009, and Steve Oultram our course manager who has been with the club for 25 years and keeps our course in such tremendous condition.

My favourite hole at Wilmslow is the 440-yard par four 16th as it is both tricky and picturesque – you need to hit a long and precise drive down the left side of the fairway leaving about 160 yards slightly downhill to a green with bunkers left and right, and surrounded by mature trees. In summer, the second shot to the green is one that all golfers would savour.

Whilst I have played golf in the USA, Portugal and Spain, for me there is really only one place to play and that is Scotland.

My brothers (who gave me the nickname of Pep over 50 years ago), and I travel to Scotland in May every year to play golf and visit distilleries. My favourite three courses are Kingsbarns, the Kings Course at Gleneagles and Machrihanish who all have great and varied qualities to enjoy.

My hobbies, other than golf, are reading. I always have several books on the go at once – detective novels, horror novels, true life crime stories and true life unexplained mysteries, and sports books (mainly cricket and golf). I also have a keen interest in whisky and I look forward to the annual publication of The Whisky Bible by Jim Murray.

I also follow cricket closely (having played each Saturday for over 30 years) and I like to watch live games whenever I can, but this may be limited in 2017 due to the extra rounds I will be playing in my Captain’s role.

I have fallen out of love with football in the last few years, but if pushed these days I loosely follow Manchester City – a Pep connection!

My chosen charity is The Stroke Association and if I could choose three people to join me in a four-ball, they would be Arthur Conan Doyle (creator of Sherlock Holmes, the world’s greatest detective), Stephen King (writer of the finest horror stories) and Jim Murray from the Whisky Bible.”