Most pleasing to see how well Irene has recovered from the February flooding, one of the worst in a series of devastating floods this summer. A large tree trunk tore the heart out of the seventh green next to the Hennops River, but it is now restored as if nothing had happened. And right next to that green is a rebuilt bridge to access the original tee on the other side of the river for the short par-4 eighth hole. That bridge I’m told has been closed for five years! Makes a difference to the angle the hole is presented. I was at Irene in the late afternoon and what a picturesque course it is at that time of day. The entrance to the club is on a busy road but once inside the property you are transported into a different world, a feel of the country with so many beautiful features to enjoy. The debris in the river remains an eyesore (it shows how high the river flowed through during the last flood) but there is so much more to appreciate, particularly the quality of the holes and the excellent conditioning.