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.
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!
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 🙂
Whilst we were golfing, they brought out some of the tapas we would be eating and when bloggers are hungry – they’re hungry!
There was also twisted prawn tempura, which was my favourite 🙂 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.
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! ?
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.
Header photo by Gemma