July was a great month for the competitive members at the club as we saw close to 100 taking part in the Seniors, Men’s and Ladies Club Championships. We were blessed with some great golfing weather and I think we can agree that Martin Burbanks and the greenkeeping team did a fantastic job in preparation for each event. His team put in a lot of extra hours to ensure the course played as well as it did across the 3 weeks – well done.
Congratulations to all those who took part in the Club Championships this year and especially to those who managed to lift the trophies!
Special mention to our new Champions:
Colin Keenan – Seniors Champion 2019
Wally Jackson – both Nett and Gross Senior Club Champion 2019
Ian Jarvis – Nett Club Champion 2019
Sam Buss – Men’s Club Champion 2019
Melanie Martindale – Ladies Nett Club Champions 2019
Fiona Camm – Ladies Club Champion 2019
Free Get into Golf Lessons for Beginner Health & Golf Club Members
Did you know that we have free Get Into Golf lessons on a Tuesday at 1pm with Deana Rushworth our Head Pro and again on a Thursday at 6pm with Adam Souter. These lessons are designed to help those golfers who perhaps don’t play as regularly as they would like or indeed haven’t played for a few months and need to build some confidence prior to playing the next time.
We do have some clubs to borrow, please ask our Pros or indeed speak with reception. If you would like to book onto either of these lessons, then please call the main club reception for further details.
For further advice please email:
Deana Rushworth – [email protected]
Adam Souter – [email protected]
Course Report from The Course Manager
It’s that time of year again when the rough becomes a topic of discussion with the golfers at the club so I thought I’d take this opportunity to give a little explanation of how we manage these areas.
Throughout the year the different weather and temperature patterns create different issues. With heavy rain and warmer temperatures, the grass thickens and grows fast meaning it must be cut more frequently to enable players to find their ball and maintain good pace of play and enjoyment levels.
As we encounter dry spells of weather the growth of the rough is suppressed giving a longer and wispy character which doesn’t require cutting as frequently. You should find your ball quite easily but penalises the wayward shot – however far less than losing the ball.
We identify the areas of rough on the course that are the thickest and prioritise those and systematically work round the course to keep a level of consistency.
We have a number of areas which are designated environmental areas, such as to the left of the 11th, 16th,17th, 18th. They are cut just once a year in late Autumn/early Winter and create a haven for a variety of animals and insects. Over the next few seasons we are looking to add some more wild flowers in a variety of locations across the course.