They say you have to learn the game sometime (at least that’s what they say around here) so, I decided to start sooner rather than later. When I can no longer be as active as I am now, and I hope that time is a couple of decades away, I want to be proficient at the game of bridge in Hilton Head. At least good enough to not embarrass myself and cause my partner to shudder every time I lay down a card.
After searching online for the best way to learn this (seemingly) difficult game, I found the Hilton Head Bridge Club at www.bridgewebs.com/hiltonheadisland/. According to their website the club is the 34th largest bridge club in the USA. They offer classes for both “Absolute Beginners” as well as ongoing learners who are either refreshing their skills or wanting to learn beyond the basics. Many events, competitions and regular play opportunities are listed. It looks like it is a very active club.
My first class was Monday afternoon and the room at the Hilton Head Bridge Club in Port Royal Plaza was packed with eager beginners – over 50 of us! I sat at a table with three others who had missed the first class (Introduction to “the game” and Bridge Mechanics). I had watched a recommended CD before I came, as did the others at my table, so we were all caught up on what we needed to know. The instructor, Carol Kerr, did a nice job reviewing the previous lesson and the entire room seemed to be appreciative of that.
This second lesson (Taking Tricks and Planning Leads) was very fun as we got to play several hands learning how to play “No Trump” bridge. I had to be the “Declarer” in the opening round and managed to win the expected nine tricks. Whew! I was glad I had done my homework. Each person at our table of four got to be the declarer and we all learned a lot as each hand was played and then explained in detail afterwards.
I can see why everyone says that bridge can help to keep your mind sharp. It is a complicated game but seems like it is going to be tons of fun for me in the years to come. I think it is a difficult game to teach, but Carol did a wonderful job leading and encouraging us all. I certainly recommend Carol and the Hilton Head Bridge Club to both visitors and residents for learning and enjoying the game of bridge in Hilton Head.