Here at JCT600 we are delighted that one of our customers entered the CRM loyalty competition which was broadcast by email to 284K customers and won! The prize was to play at Royal Troon and take part in the Mercedes-Benz Patrons Day 8 – 10 June 2016.
Our winner, Richard Longden who is a loyal customer of Mercedes-Benz of Sheffield had a fantastic weekend and an experience never to forget. Here is what he got up to:
‘As one of sixteen lucky winners, drawn from thousands of entrants, I was delighted to be invited by Mercedes-Benz to play a round of golf at Royal Troon as their guest on Patrons Day,Thursday 9th June. Being a keen golfer (although with more enthusiasm than talent), this was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to play such a fantastic course, just one month before the venue hosts the 145th Open Championship, between 10th and 17th July.
The whole VIP experience began on Wednesday 8th June, when my pre-arranged flight landed at Glasgow International Airport. I was met by my driver, who whisked me across town to the 5-Star Blythswood Square Hotel, in a CLS 350 Shooting Brake. After checking in and a stroll around the town, we were briefed on the planned activities before enjoying drinks and an informal group dinner.
After breakfast at the hotel,we were driven down to Royal Troon Golf Club and upon arrival, gathered in the members lounge for coffee. We all did a double-take as the golf legend Gary Player was introduced, who welcomed us all and invited us to the practice area to attend his golf clinic. Gary was a witty, interesting speaker and his commentary included lot of stories and anecdotes throughout the session, whilst smashing balls down the range, arrow straight and with careless ease. He stepped aside,inviting us to warm up and only the bravest dare follow in those footprints, before we headed back to the clubhouse for lunch.
Stepping out on to the first tee was a slightly daunting experience, with numerous people from Mercedes-Benz, members of the press and the other winners were all watching everyone tee-off. The Claret Jug was on display and obligatory photos were taken, including one with Gary Player, who watched us all get away safely and then hit a few himself to show us how it should be done!
The course was in fabulous condition and was an absolute joy to play! The grandstands and TV towers were already built and though empty, provided an atmosphere of pure theatre and an unforgettable experience. Ably assisted around the course by my caddie, who had an almost supernatural knowledge of the course layout, cambers and borrows on the greens and club selection, I finished my round only two shots above my official handicap and was highly delighted.
After changing and relaxing with a couple of drinks in the members lounge, we were invited into the dining room where we enjoyed an excellent meal, followed by more stories from Gary Player, who also officiated with the prize-giving. As the evening’s activities came to a close, we were transferred back to the hotel in Glasgow.
Departures were arranged after breakfast on Friday morning, when several of us were ferried back to the airport to make the East Midlands flight. As we left the tarmac, the previous two days were still slightly surreal, with every last detail organised and taken care of and was in every respect a truly ‘money-cannot-buy’ VIP experience.
Along with the souvenirs, the photographs and the fabulous items in the ‘goodie-bag’, the memories of the experience will be savoured for a long time to come and will be recanted at every opportunity, to any poor soul willing to listen……… whether they like it or not!’
Added: 17 June 2016