Beaconsfield Golf Club
Seer Green, Beaconsfield
Bucks, HP9 2UR
Beaconsfield Golf Club
Seer Green, Beaconsfield
Bucks, HP9 2UR
From the Captain
It is quite extraordinary how quickly these requests for Niblick contributions come around. It seems to get quicker month by month.
I think I must have had more golf cancelled than I have played this year, mainly because of weather and other commitments getting in the way. I did manage to have a game at another Colt course in Somerset. Visiting other clubs certainly makes me appreciate my home club. There was just no comparison from the condition of the course, to the clubhouse and the facilities available. We had a good day but would I go back? Probably not.
We are now moving towards spring and the beginning of the golf season. A good indicator of that is the number of notes appearing from the organisers of our various club teams. I want to use this edition of The Niblick to try and encourage you to get involved with one or more of them. They all have a great blend of competitive golf with a social side as well and they each put their own, slightly different stamp on the matches. They play a whole variety of other local clubs. Across the Seniors, Club Team, Wildebeests and Mixed teams there is bound to be something that suits most of you. That is not forgetting all the Ladies’ teams, the Juniors and the First team. Either just get in touch with the team organiser/captain, or sign up online or on the notice boards. I can guarantee that you will be made most welcome.
While I am in advertising mode, I want to point you towards the First Aid Workshops that are being held in the clubhouse over the next few weeks. There are three to choose from and they have been arranged at different times and on different days for your convenience. They last for 2 hours and cover those first aid techniques that we really all ought to know. There are limited spaces available (15 per session) so please sign up early on the sheet on the lounge noticeboard. Whilst I am looking forward to finding out what to do in an emergency, I hope I will never have to put it into practice.
All those involved with the Quiz Night are thanked elsewhere in this Niblick but I just wanted to say that it was a brilliant evening and so well supported.
Finally, more notable happenings. There is a theme that is developing with these, in that these events seem to be happening around me rather than to me! This month, in one of my very few games of golf (only 10 holes on this occasion), Ian Ruddy had a hole in one on the 5th (congratulations) and Norman Fowler pitched in for an eagle 2 on the 15th. Thankfully they were not paired together!
Bear in mind that this photo was taken when it was just 1 degree C and it was too foggy to tee off on the 1st!
From the Ladies Captain
The Charity Bridge Drive was a great success in early February. Thanks to Barbara for organising this event and also to my committee and a number of lady members who volunteered to make sandwiches, cakes and serve the afternoon tea on the day. Over £900 was raised, a great total to add to my charity fund.
The generosity of our members just keeps on giving, as another fun night was had by all who came to the Quiz, with over £600 going to both Roger's and my charity. Special thanks to Steve and June McAdam, also Margaret Mardall and our amazing social committee, Sue, Sue and David.
Golf continues with weekly Thursday competitions for the ladies section. England triumphed over the Rest of the World last week and this week we took on the challenge of the green course.
As the Bucks Challenge Shield competition begins, we sit back and watch the action, with the comfort of a bye in the first round.
Our friendly matches begin in March, with a great season opener at Ashridge. So many opportunities to make the most of, as the weather hopefully improves and the golf builds.
In the Golf Bag.... World Handicapping System
Now that we are all used to the new Rules of Golf, here is some information about another big change coming up – the World Handicapping System (WHS).
WHS is a global handicapping system and will be implemented by all six worldwide handicapping authorities – CONGU (GB&I), Golf Australia, European Golf Association (EGA), South African Golf Association (SAGA), Argentine Golf Association (AAG) and the United States Golf Association (USGA).
We don’t have a confirmed date when WHS will be implemented for GB&I but have been told it will be either Feb/March 2020 or November 2020.
WHS is an averaging based system, so you will be assigned a Handicap Index based on the average of the best 8 of your last 20 scores.
The main way WHS works will be the same worldwide, but there will be some regional variations, so in GB&I, only singles competition scores and pre-registered social scores (similar to supplementary scores) will count towards your last 20 scores – so not better ball, matchplay or general social golf.
The current nett double bogey maximum score will still apply, and there will also be a safety mechanism to ensure handicaps do not ‘bounce’ around too much.
WHS will also introduce the Slope system – more of this in next month’s Niblick.
Whilst the Club has no hard and fast policy on members playing as a five ball, it is not encouraged. This format should only be considered when the course is very quiet. In addition in the very rare instance when a 5 ball is played, immediate priority must always be given to those players behind.
It was reported that a five ball played last Saturday morning when the course was busy and members behind were held up and not let through. Clearly this is unacceptable.
An edition of Fairway and Hazard womens' golf magazine featured an article about England playing an International match against Scotland at Beaconsfield. The team included a well known member's aunt, Pamela Barnes. His mother was also a very good golfer and clearly Beaconsfield is part of his golfing ancestry.
Sadly he is unable to tread in his aunt's footsteps this weekend as he is not available to play in the England v Rest of the World match on Saturday.
Can you name the member? Answer next month.
The plan is to hollow core the greens with a ½ inch tine to a depth of 3 inches to remove plugs of organic matter that build up through the applications of fertiliser, water and the general wear and tear of cutting and playing on the surface. Over the 22 greens we will remove approximately 50 tonnes of material. This process usually takes up to 3 days due to the size of our greens which are 14,420m2. To put that into perspective most courses range from 6,000m2 to 10,000m2 for an 18 hole course.
Once the surfaces have been cleaned we will leave the core holes open for 4-5 days to allow the upper surface of the green to breathe. Localised seeding will be done on drainage lines and old disease scars. We will then top dress 60 tonnes of pure sand onto the surface and run a solid ¾ inch tine over the greens to a depth of 4 inches at a slightly different angle to the hollow core, then allow the sand to dry for 3-4 hours followed by a counter rotating brush that will backfill all of the spike and core holes. Once the holes are filled the greens will be fed with their only granular fertiliser of the year and left to recover.
The collars around the greens, run offs and the par 3 approaches will all be included in this process as it is a lot easier to complete them at the same time as the greens, unlike the approach at the front of the green that can be treated as a separate area. The greens will be place on a temporary hole during the sanding.
Over the last two years with the differing and unpredictable weather patterns, the spring maintenance has become very difficult to complete as we have had long periods of hard frost and snow. One solution would be to move the week back into April but we then run the risk of interfering with competitions and also the fact that the snow and hard frosts have rolled well into April themselves offering no guarantees. Based on that this year I have decided to complete the hollow coring (the largest part of the maintenance) prior to the set diary date whilst the conditions are perfect. The work has hopefully been completed with little to no disruption to players. The importance of completing the process when the conditions are correct is massive as wet greens make the cores very difficult to extract. We can now complete the second part of the process of sanding, seeding, spiking and brushing on the set date and if we once again get held up by the weather we’ll already one step ahead.
The Charity Quiz Night was held on Saturday 16th February.
Congratulations to the winning team of Judy Lucas, Sandra and Roger Connor, Sally and David Abbott, Caroline and John Whiteman and Liz and Ian Dale.
The evening was, as always, a complete sell-out.
Steve McAdam, ably assisted by June McAdam, Margaret Mardall and Sue Goodliffe did an amazing job all evening.
Sue Goodliffe and Sue Overall from the Social Committee purchased the excellent range of prizes for the raffle.
The Captain’s and Ladies Captain’s charities benefitted by in excess of £1,200.00.
The sign-up sheet is now on the main notice board for the Mothering Sunday Lunch on March 31st.
If you would like me to put your name down for this very popular lunch, please email me on email@example.com
With the weather hopefully improving, we are looking forward to seeing more people both on the course and in the clubhouse.
As the PGA Tour travelled to Pebble Beach for the AT&T Pro Am, we ran a nearest to pin competition on the 7th hole at Pebble Beach in our swing studio. We are happy to announce that Dan Hucker won, with a wedge landing just 5ft from the flag. Well done Dan!
With Pebble Beach holding the U.S Open this year, we will revisit the 7th again during the week it is being held, giving members another go at the nearest to pin! We will update you on the event in due course.
The best Taylormade TP5/TP5X offer all year!
With the release of the new Taylormade TP5 and TP5X, Taylormade are offering a free dozen when you buy 3 Personalized dozens of balls!
Contact the pro shop for further details and to book your order now!
As the season is looming, it is a busy time for us pro's! With all the new equipment arriving, the shop is starting to fill up with new clubs from manufacturers such as; Taylormade, Mizuno and Ping! We have plenty of demo clubs for you to try so make sure you drop by to have a look and try some new clubs!
This also means that last years club stock will be going into the sale! One of the many great bargains we have is the Taylormade M3 Driver at £299 down from £429, thats a 30.25% saving!
TIP OF THE MONTH
Are you losing distance with your driver? This could be because of your ball position! Try moving your ball position more towards your left toe, this influences an ascending strike on the ball!
If you’d like help with this or something similar! Contact Chris, Adam or Tom for some tips!
That's all from us, happy golfing!
Chris, Adam & Tom
As you all know, the roundabout at the western end of the new bypass opened back in January and the construction of the new road continues apace. The Board has been concerned to try and mitigate the effect on the club ever since the proposal for the bypass was first published. Once the road opens, the main effect will be from traffic noise being heard on the 4th and 5th holes. Through much hard work by David Abbot, David Lewis and David Cliffe, Buckinghamshire County Council agreed, at their expense, to lower the carriageway and significantly increase the length of the noise barrier.
Since that time, the Board has commissioned independent noise experts to evaluate whether any further measures could be of benefit. Whilst they confirmed that the noise barrier, as currently proposed, would provide worthwhile mitigation of the overall noise levels, they could not guarantee that increasing the length and/or the height of the barrier would make an appreciable difference, even if planning permission was forthcoming. If any such changes were made then they would be at the expense of the club because the County Council are of the view that their scheme will result in an acceptable noise level.
The Board has therefore come to the view that extending the barrier is not justified, bearing in mind the fairly insignificant additional effect that it would have on reducing noise levels and the very considerable expense that would be involved.
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