On the course,
During my last newsletter I had fingers crossed that the fine weather would continue- little did I know!
The prolonged dry spell and excessive temperatures have provided a challenge not just in terms of keeping the course alive but also in being able to provide the definition we seek.
We have been using the irrigation system to its full effect on all areas of the course but as the forecast continues to remain dry we will have to start to restrict the amount that we apply to the fairways to ensure that the greens, tees and approaches continue to be maintained.
On the whole we have been satisfied with the playability and standards that we have been able to provide however the current restricted growth has meant that certain projects we wished to undertake have had to be postponed, including the reshaping of the 9th fairway and approach.
The Summer greens maintenance is scheduled for the week commencing 13th August. With our new approach to “little and often”, we do not anticipate this being as invasive as previous years. However, during the week we will have temporary greens in play whilst we vertidrain the greens and top dress behind. This practice continues to ensure that we maintain good root growth essential to year round play.
I would also like to pass on my thanks to my team for all the hard work and support during the recent Europro Event. Whilst we always endeavour to produce the course to the very best of our abilities 365 days a year, the 2 tee-starts and volume of players over the week requires us to work split shifts in the mornings and evenings. The comments from the professionals this year has been very positive and we could not do it without the support of the membership helpers and also the whole membership for allowing us to host the event.
This month I have my fingers crossed for a little overnight rain! Hopefully it will work again,
Thank you and good golfing,
Some members ask me what the role of the Club Captain is now that it is not the traditional one.
One important aspect is the fostering of good relationships and companionship both within the membership, and also between the members and Club management. It is key that I am aware of the views of as many members as possible, and I know that there are many members, old and new, whom I don’t know. I will continue to work on that.
In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me direct if there is anything I may be able to help with.
It is also within the Captain’s brief to promote our Club to the wider community.
In the wake of the recent EuroPro tour event, The Penta Hotels Championship, the Club is basking in the glow of very positive feedback, both on the course layout and condition, and the welcoming atmosphere at the Club. We should be very proud, and work together on applying that to our
external image. Any suggestions from members as to how we might do that would be warmly welcomed.
By the way, there is a local perception that our course is ‘not for ladies’. Really? Just ask Sophie Banham or Joyce Collins about that. Sophie scored an incredible 47 points to win a recent Weekend Stableford, and Joyce shared in a 50 points score to win the Franklin Cup. Fantastic results.
The Club is supporting two local charities this year. By kind permission of the Club, a Golf Day was run in aid of the Ways and Means Trust which raised over £3000. A similar day will take place in early October in aid of Daisy’s Dream. If any of you have ideas or suggestions as to possible charities to be supported next year, please let the Club know.
Incredibly, we have already passed the halfway mark in our first year since the Working Party recommended that the traditional member’s committee structure be changed in favour of a volunteer-based organisation. Our Club management is committed to this as the way forward.
No member, long standing or recently joined, needs to be part of an ‘inner sanctum’ or get elected, to contribute to the running of member’s activities, and no willing volunteer will ever be discouraged. These band of volunteers help organise the formal and informal competitions, club matches and ensure that the Members’ views and interests are represented to Club management. If you would like to get involved, or would like to chat about how you might contribute, please either contact me direct, or Matthew Millard in the office.
Merv Jones, who has lead the way on Competitions this last year or so, and Sarla Read, who sat on the Working Party and has subsequently acted as the first Ladies Representative, have both decided to take a break. I thank them both, on behalf our all members, for their sterling efforts. Mario Atkinson has taken over from Merv, and I know he would welcome some assistance!
That this new approach is here to stay, and will work, is beyond doubt. The removal of the need to ‘wait for the next committee meeting’ has already shown that issues can be progressed through open and timely discourse, and where appropriate, decisions or changes communicated quickly to members. The door to the office is always open and the management are keen to help. In fact many recently joined members have reacted very positively when told how we are moving away from the kind of traditional committee approach which may prove unhelpful to golf clubs in the 21st century golf market place. This does not mean that we are not mindful of ensuring that we uphold the traditions of the game and we are working to ensure that we provide an environment that is enjoyed by all.
We have a fantastic golf course and an opportunity to work together, members and Club management alike, to become the envy of the local golfing community. There is a great golfing future for us all.
Let’s go for it!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers that was able to give up their time to help us with the running of the Europro tournament. We received some great comments from the pro’s not only on the condition of the course but how fantastic and helpful our members where all week, so thank you all. The highlights will be shown on Sky Sports on 7th/8th August.
To view the winners speech please click here
Scorecards and Pin Positions
We changed the pin positions on the scorecards. This is to give greater variety and the green keepers the ability to mix up the locations based on ground and overhead conditions. We will change the flags to represent Front (Red), Middle (Yellow) and Back (Blue) Pin Positions.
As per David Williams report, we will also be looking to introduce an “orange” measured course. This will be a blend of the Yellow and Red tee positions, with the ability to be used for social and competition golf particularly in adverse conditions.
Please be reminded of the process for booking reciprocal rounds at our partner clubs, which must be booked via the website. We always endeavour to meet requests but these are limited and on a first come, first serve basis
Club House News
Enjoy a 1-course meal, with Tea & Coffee for just £8.50- the menu changes every week and all meals are homemade from locally sourced produce. Non-members are always welcome.
A choice of 2 roast meats, covered in a freshly made roast jus is guaranteed to make any Sunday a Super Sunday, but we also offer a fish dish as well. Advanced booking is highly recommended and can be made with the Bar on 0118 947 8600.
Members and Charity Funds
A copy of the statement of account for the members and charity funds for the year ending 31st March 2018 is available to view from the office.
All members are invited to an open forum which will report the clubs progress over the year and also the plans for the next 12 months. It will also be an opportunity to ask questions of the management of the club which will be attended by Rob Wytchard and Rob Gumbrell.
Please remember that if you have and comments or concerns, the door to the office is always open and someone will always get back to you. We want to hear from members!
Ladies Forum Wednesday 26th September @ 6.30
Club Forum Wednesday 3rd October @ 6.30
There are only three events left in this year’s Summer League on Thursday 9th, Thursday 23rd August and Thursday 6th September- We look forward to seeing you there.
Pro Shop News
Our Summer Sale is now on with many bargains to be had. Please make sure you drop in and take advantage.
We also have the opportunity for junior coaching with our Head professional, Darren Bartlett. These take place every Saturday between 1-2pm (unless notified). There will be some summer Junior sessions taking place on the 20th August and 24th August, these will be from 9am-1pm. We will cover irons, woods, short game, bunkers and putting. Lunch will be provided (sandwiches & chips), please ensure your child brings sufficient drink for the session. The cost will be £30 per session and or £50 if you come on both. Please contact the pro shop if interested.
There are plenty of great deals on lessons for all members so pop into the shop to find out more….
Have you MOT’d your clubs recently? A good grip can make a difference. Try a CP2 grip on your 7 iron for FREE, yes that’s for FREE.
A Loft and Lie facility is also available on all forged clubs, so why not have them checked as forged clubs bend easily in the heat and with the weather we’ve been having it could have changed your Loft and Lie or BOTH. £3 per club to check.
THE CAR PARK GATES WILL BE LOCKED 30 MINUTES AFTER DUSK- IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON LEAVING YOUR CAR OVER NIGHT, PLEASE LET THE STAFF KNOW.
Can we please remind ALL golfers that they need to register in to the Pro-shop prior to play so that we have an accurate record of golfers on the course. You are also reminded that you should be at the tee 5 minutes before your allotted tee time. Please also remember to please refrain from smoking on the course whilst the conditions continue to be dry- Thank you.
In the winner’s circle:
August Medal Adam Bradley 69
July Medal Matt Jones 65
July MW Medal Duncan Peart 67
Seniors Franklin Cup Joyce Collins & Ian Gaff 50 pts
July Stableford Sophie Banham 47 pts
Ladies July Medal Caroline Dover 76
July MW Stableford Jim Willison 39 pts