Beaconsfield Golf Club
Seer Green, Beaconsfield
Bucks, HP9 2UR
Beaconsfield Golf Club
Seer Green, Beaconsfield
Bucks, HP9 2UR
We welcome the following new Member to Beaconsfield:
We hope that you have a long and happy membership.
Rob Phipps - 50 Years Membership
Rob Phipps has now joined the illustrious group who have completed 50 years as a member of the club. Rob used to be one of our local members, living a drive and 9 iron from the club, in Old Long Grove opposite Bryan Hines who was Club President at the time. He became a member courtesy of R C (Dick) Edwards who played golf with a peg leg. In latter years he was a popular participant in the Seniors roll-ups. Now that he has moved to darkest Buckinghamshire, we miss seeing Rob's determined gait on Tuesdays.
Golf in the SA sunshine with President?
Many members will be aware that Susan and I normally spend January and February at Pearl Valley Golf Club, in the Winelands outside Cape Town. If anyone is visiting the Cape at that time,do let us know. Diary permitting, we are always happy to play golf or enjoy the local restaurants with Beaconsfield members. Even Stuart Langhorn would approve of the quality of the golf course.
When we are not at Pearl Valley we are happy to let members use our holiday house in return for a suitable donation split between the captains' charities. Let us know if you are interested.
A note from the GM
Plenty of sunshine and plenty of golf in July! The Club Championships took place at end of June in lovely conditions and with fast greens. The new format of playing the Men’s’ and Ladies events together was a success and is planned for a repeat in 2019. There was some excellent golf in testing conditions and many congratulations to our 2018 Club Champions Daisy Kennedy and Mike Sanders, who prevailed at the 3rd hole play-off with Adam Batty.
Other notable events and achievements are recorded in the pictures below which include a remarkable feat by four of our Juniors, Bradley Hucker, Ben Quick, Tom Bell and James Casserly who played 72 holes in aid of the Stroke Association. Congratulations to them all for completing and for raising circa £1000.
The ever popular Summer Sizzler last weekend was won by Peter & Dawn Muir, Richard Cottrell & Paul Wright.
The Green course is now officially measured and rated with a Par of 67 for Men and 74 for Ladies with respective SSS of 66 and 70. The Saturday roll-up tried it out last month with 37 points winning! The Ladies will be playing it throughout the winter and advance notice that the Men’s November stableford will be played over the Green course.
Entries for the Bloomfield Cups will go live on 6 August and remain open until 3 September with the draw for the round-robin being circulated on 10 September. To avoid delays and course congestion we are encouraging entrants to arrange their games early and play before the clocks go back. Closing date for playing round-robins will be 30 November and to help facilitate ‘stragglers’ there will be some reserved slots for the Bloomfield matches on 17,18, 24 and 25 November. For information the Golf & Competitions Committee have approved a new men’s four-ball knockout competition for Summer 2019.
A reminder that the current smoking ban on the course will remain for the time being – the hot and dry weather is forecast to continue from the end of this week.
The amount of ‘lost property’ has mounted to an uncontrollable level with the bulk being many many pairs of unclaimed golf shoes. David Jennings has put several notices up to this effect and any unclaimed shoes will be disposed of by the end of August.
I appreciate that some eagle-eyed members will have spotted that Network Rail plan to carry out an inspection of the bridge/tunnel on our entrance drive – this will indeed take place on Thursday 2 August but NOT during the day as advertised. The entrance road will be closed between 10.30 pm and 3 am on Thursday and members are asked to ensure they do not need access between these times.
The Club hosted a very enjoyable Get into Golf Day for Girls – 15 girls attended following an initial expression of interest from 24 as the original day had to be postponed. Please note that we will be hosting a follow-up later in the year and will advise dates.
There have been a number of thefts recently from golf clubs, particularly greens equipment, and to reinforce our security we are installing a security gate in front of our GK compound after the bend, which we hope is completed by the weekend. Access to the car park behind the Artisans’ Clubhouse will require a code should anyone wish to park there after this week.
Gemma Dryburgh joined the Ladies and Men for their July monthly stablefords and presented prizes to the winners of the Ladies competition and the Raffle. She gave a clinic on the Thursday which was well attended and impressive! Overall the Club raised over £20,000 in support of her maiden LPGA year.
Rules Quiz: Last month I asked the following: “Chris and Adam are partners in a foursomes stroke play event. At the start 11th hole Chris plays from the wrong tee. When this is discovered Adam goes back and plays from the correct tee and holes out. What is the ruling?”. The answer is that Chris has to play 5 from the tee as they are penalized 4 shots – two for teeing from wrong place and two for playing out of order. The winner drawn from the hat (again!) is Victor Ferguson!
A different brainteaser this month – Which Open Champion played two Opens at Carnoustie and has never got a par or better on the 16th?
In accordance with the newly introduced GDPR we recently advised all members that the Membership Directory has been reinstated but that all members need to opt in to have their details viewable to other members. Would all those who wish to have their contact details available to members, go to the Members section of the website, select ‘My Golf’ scroll to ‘Preferences’ and under your Contact details you will see the ex-directory box that needs to be unticked:
Then scroll down to the bottom and update.
The greens are recovering well from the recent renovations where two separate processes were completed. The first was the ‘Dryject’ which blasts kiln dried sand (approximately 30 tonnes) 4-8 inches deep into the green creating cracks and channels for the surface water to get through to the sub soil and ‘PCD’ rope drains. The second was the application of 50 tonnes of moist sand into the surface of the green via spiking with a 16mm tine to a depth of 3-4 inches to dilute the surface thatch levels. I expect the greens will require a light dressing of sand after 8-10 days to fill any remaining holes with full recovery within 14 days.
The tees have been hollow cored, over seeded, top dressed with 30 tonnes of sand and spiked to help work the sand into the surface of the tee. This process will improve the firmness, drainage and surface levels of the tee. The same process will be carried out on the approaches through August.
The course has held up well during the recent drought where we went a total of 60 days without rain. We had a total of 15mm fall from the 29th-31st July and could now be entering another dry period. To put this into perspective at times our ‘ET’ rate was as high as 6mm a day which is the amount of water used by the grass plant and lost to the atmosphere so although the rain at the weekend was much welcomed it will only see the course through 3-4 days before we start to dry again so the automatic watering system will continue working throughout the night. Over the last 3 months (92 days) we have had 82 dry days without rain. Click here for the full breakdown.
The last few months have been a lot of fun. Since my last update I have had tournaments in San Francisco, Texas, Virginia, Michigan, New Jersey, Arkansas and Wisconsin. I have been all over the place in the last six months. I have started to see better results over the last two months with cuts made in both Michigan events and a near miss in Virginia after being on the wrong side of the draw.
Last week, I played in the Aberdeen Standard Investment Ladies Scottish Open at Gullane which was around the same course the men played for their Scottish Open. Unfortunately, I missed the cut but I am really feeling positive about my game and I feel like I am improving which is the main thing.
Unfortunately, my results so far this year are not showing how well I have been playing over the past six months, but I am confident I will finish the second half of the year on a positive note. No matter how the year turns out, I know I will still have had a fun year full of learning and positive experiences.
I would like to say thank you to all of the members who have contributed to the Gemma Dryburgh fund and to everyone who played and contributed to my fundraising competitions. I would also like to give a special mention and thank you to my sponsors. Roger Taylor with Five Guys, and Alex Carvey with WeMade. Thank you all for the continued support!
Here are a few pictures a have picked out from recent events:
My parents, caddie, and I at the tournament in Virginia.
My friend Caroline Inglis and I having a seat during a slow practice round in San Francisco.
Last week at the Ladies Scottish Open
Last week at the Ladies Scottish Open
Foxes Team Championship
On the 2nd July Beaconsfield Golf Club hosted the Annual “Foxes” Team Championship.
Eight 5 man teams competed in a Stableford competition with the best three individual scores to count towards the team score. The participating Clubs were: Beaconsfield, Gerrards Cross, Harewood Downs, Moor Park, Northwood, Sandy Lodge, Verulam, and West Herts.
The weather was hot, the conditions tough (SS 75) and the competition fierce. In the event there was only 3 points between the 1st seven clubs with Beaconsfield prevailing on count back. All visiting Clubs were very complimentary about the course, catering and general organisation of the day and a big thank you to all those that ensured the day was so successful.
Congratulations to the winning team of: Paul Roberts, Malcolm Hann, Gordon Austin, Brian Lowe, and Ken Rumens.
Captain’s Day at Beaconsfield - 18th July
As captain of the above, I am delighted to have the opportunity to thank our club for the professional way the day was handled.
Generally, members like myself, are oblivious to what is involved in a Society Day. I must say that my experience has been eye opening. From agreeing a date, and price to selecting a menu everything was made very easy.
On the day, 75 Past Captains and secretaries played, with 10 other counties represented. That was a record number of players and indicated clearly the reputation that Beaconsfield has acquired in golfing circles.
I have received many messages of thanks for the day and all were very complimentary of the course. Comments like “course set-up, green fairways and fantastic greens“ were common.
The 80 who sat down to dinner were most impressed and wished me to pass on their thanks to David and his team for a wonderful meal.
Thanks again Beaconsfield, we can be justly proud of our club.
Trophy Roll Of Honour