The Hungarian Tour - August 2003

In August, the Wild Drivers flew into Vienna, and ventured up through the Chezch Republic to Karlovy Vary, a spa town some 50km north of Prague, to take up an invitation by the general manger of the local course to play a round of golf. The reception was exceptional, and the golf in the fine weather, and the meal thereafter were well received. The town dignatories welcomed the presence of the Wild Drivers to the region and the boys enjoyed the hospitality given, in this northerly part of the country. Two days later, the Wild Drivers travelled south to Bratislava in Slovakia to sample the quality wines of the region, before moving on to Budapest to take on the golf courses in Hungary. The Hungarian Grand Prix coincided with the visit, and the opportunity was taken to attend this major event, with seats opposite the pits and close to the start line. Regrettably, the english teams and drivers had a bad day, but the occasion was quite spectacular. Budapest was at its best over the Grand Prix weekend, and the Wild Drivers were greeted with enthusiasm by the local people during a night tour of the city. On the way back to Vienna, the Wild Drivers visited Heinberg Golf Club in Austria, where Seve Ballesteros had agreed to undertake a 'golf clinic'. He took questions from the Wild Drivers, as most of the locals could not speak proper english, and he expressed his interest in joining the Wild Drivers on a future tour if his schedule allowed it. Seve demonstrated left to right drives, right to left drives but admitted that he could not demonstrate how to hit a straight shot. He also demonstrated bunker play, and the technique of pitching from off the green. Can you spot Mr Jim Dolce, one of the Wild Drivers, in one of the Seve photographs? The tour was a memorable one and the Wild Drivers will be returning again in the future to promote themselves and the game of golf in this part of Europe.