Beaconsfield Golf Club
Seer Green, Beaconsfield
Bucks, HP9 2UR
Beaconsfield Golf Club
Seer Green, Beaconsfield
Bucks, HP9 2UR
50 years Membership
This month, Brian Arbib celebrates 50 years of membership of the golf club. During that time he has submitted just one card and that was under pressure from his younger brother to enable them to play together in a tournament in Barbados!
Brian was a very versatile sportsman who played rugby, tennis, and squash to a high standard. He was a long-time player, captain and president of Chiltern RFC and well known for his contribution to rugby in Buckinghamshire.
His working life was dedicated to running the family public company Kelsey Industries.
Brian still enjoys ten holes and a convivial drink with friends.
We welcome new member Jane Luckhurst to Beaconsfield.
We hope that you have a long and happy membership.
From The Captain
Members have now had the opportunity to view the proposed development plans for the clubhouse and the first open evening was well attended and those present enjoyed the benefit of an excellent presentation from Graham Puttergill and Roger Taylor. As might be expected there were numerous questions from members. A second presentation evening is planned for the 24th August and for those unable to make that evening, a recording of the first evenings events is available on the club website, please click here.... (apologies for the poor sound quality of the Q&A section). The Green Committee recently hosted a course walk on what turned out to be a very hot evening and this probably affected the level of attendance. Notwithstanding, those present had the opportunity to hear the plans for improving the 10th tees (work expected to start in the autumn) and the chance to discuss the options for creating a new black tee on the 18th.
A number of prestigious competitions took place in July and well done to the Ladies Silver team who halted the run of the juniors and 1st team in winning the Team Event. The drawn summer sizzler event the following week was keenly contested and congratulations to the winning team comprising: Nick and Regitta Gomersall, Sue Puttergill and Graham Waugh. I was delighted to watch the juniors competing for the Regan Trophy in its first year and no praise is too high for the time and effort that Dianne devotes to our young aspiring golfers.
I must offer further congratulations to: Andy Codling who holed in one on the 5th (happily I was there to enjoy a beer!) and Rob Beck for his ace on the 7th in the July midweek medal (alas I was too late for a drink everyone had gone home by the time I arrived at the club!). In the same event Richard Kenning amassed an amazing 47 stableford points.
Finally, I happened to be at the club to witness Pete Lynch edge out Tim Cray in the knockout stage of the Secretary's Putter, the match going to the 25th extra hole (possibly a record?).
On behalf of all club members I would like to offer a very warm welcome to Elaine Mayes who has recently joined Katie’s team in the office. Elaine previously worked at the Berkshire.
Finally a bit of great late news, Gemma Dryburgh is in 4th place, 10 under par, after 2 rounds, in the LET event underway at Calgary Castle GC. Fingers crossed for her next two rounds. Also members will be interested to hear that Gemma and Rachel Drummond are playing in the Rose Ladies Series event on the 5th August at the JCB Golf and Country Club, Rocester. Good luck to both.
From the Ladies Captain
The ladies have excelled themselves this month when our silver team won the the Beaconsfield Team Championship. They all played well winning with an average score of 36 points. Congratulations to the team of Sue Schmidt,(Captain), Judith Woods, Trudi Watts, Dawn Muir, Sue Davies, Penny Grocott-Mason, Carol Isaac, Claire Taylor and Sue Goodliffe.
The main event of my captaincy, the ladies captains day, took place this month. The date was changed to avoid lockdown rules. The weather was kind to us although on the warm side for many ladies. Ninety one ladies took part in a shotgun start for a four ball better ball competition with nearly all of them completing the 18 holes.
On finishing the golf the ladies joined me in a white wine spritzer in the much needed shade of the tree on the far side of the putting green.
The ladies then proceeded to the clubhouse for a well deserved lunch where eleven non-golfing ladies joined us.
David and his team rose to the challenge of serving the ladies, over three separate areas, a delicious meal. We then all proceeded outside for the presentations to the winners. The winning pair with 45 points was Sue Schmidt and Heather Howells.
A raffle was held on the day with Ann Baldwin being the lucky winner of a four ball voucher for Moor Park. The raffle, in aid of Rennie Grove Hospice, raised £460.
After three days of course maintenance the course was in a remarkably good condition. Thank You Stuart and your team for working so hard to get the course ready for our ladies captains day.
I look forward to the remaining events in my ladies' captain's years.
Tom's Top Tip
In the Golf Bag.... Unplayable Ball
I’ve had a few questions about the unplayable ball rule, so I thought I would remind you all when you can use the rule and what options you have.
When can I declare my ball Unplayable?
It is up to YOU. You can declare your ball unplayable ANYWHERE on the course EXCEPT in a penalty area.
What are the relief options for an Unplayable Ball?
There are normally 3 options for an unplayable ball, which I will call A, B and C. Each of these options costs you a ONE STROKE penalty. If your ball is in a bunker, there is an additional option D.
Option A:Play Again from where the previous stroke was made.
Option B :Go Back on line keeping the location of the ball between you and the hole. If your ball is in a bunker, you must drop in the bunker.
Option C:Take 2 Club lengths from the location of the ball, not nearer the hole. If your ball is in a bunker, you must drop in the bunker.
Option D:Go back on line, the same as option B, but OUTSIDE the bunker. This option costs you a TWO STROKE penalty instead of the standard one stroke.
Do I need to retrieve my ball if I declare it Unplayable?
NO – but you MUST identify your ball if you want to proceed under options B, C or D. If your ball is in an area where you are unable (or unwilling) to retrieve the ball, you are still able to use these options as long as you can see the ball and identify it as yours. For example, using binoculars or a distance-measuring device to see a mark that definitely identifies it as your ball, or using the testimony of another player to confirm they saw the ball come to rest in that specific location.
How do I take lateral relief (option C) if my ball is up a tree or in the middle of a bush?
Provided you are able to identify your ball then you can take lateral relief using the position on the ground immediately below the ball as the location of the ball.
Are there any restrictions on the area of the course where I can drop a ball when taking unplayable ball relief?
You can drop a ball in ANY area of the course provided you are proceeding correctly under the unplayable ball rule. For example you can drop the ball into a bunker, or onto a putting green.
Historical evolution of Beaconsfield Golf Club – bunkering
Many of you will have read Pugh & Lord’s ‘Creating Classics, the Golf Courses of Harry Colt’. They give up 6 pages to our course. Gordon Tuck’s excellent club centenary history is widely quoted.
I was interested to see what Pugh & Lord said about our bunkering.
‘Although the number of bunkers…...has been cut from around 100 to 78, Colt’s diagonal cross-bunkers, a design feature of his, have been retained. As Gordon points out, “this gives the golfer a choice of playing short and having a longer second shot or trying to carry the bunkers and giving him (or her) self a shorter second. Horizontal cross bunkers do not offer the golfer the same dilemma and challenge” ’
You will be interested to see the accompanying picture of the 9th fairway.
A 1920s view with the landing area festooned with sand traps. Luckily, a bucket and spade is no longer required here.
Bradley Hucker spends two weeks with the greenkeeping team
After Bradley’s two weeks as a green keeper, I asked him for his impressions.
‘Three key things stood out, firstly the friendliness of the group. On my first day upon arrival at 5:45am sharp I was greeted and immediately offered tea and coffee with introductions made to the team.
‘Secondly, the experience within the green-keeping team is huge. From Royal Sydney to The Grove, the team have years of high-quality experience and knowledge. This shows in the work they undertake on our course.
‘Third is the amount of work that goes into the course. Within my time there, I took part in divoting, bunker raking, blowing, tee marker clearance, fence clearance, mowing, re-sanding, block movement and range clearance/collection. Although they contribute to a small part of overall maintenance, added together they contribute to the course’s exceptional presentation and general high standards.’
Our course is now ranked as a top 100 English course, I asked Bradley for his thoughts on how the greens team have made that elevation possible.
‘Stuart and the team differentiate themselves through their drive to constantly improve standards and think outside the box. Any mistakes are seen as a learning opportunity, which the individuals benefit from. At the same time, members’ opinions on course development are important, with new ideas sparking change e.g. the 10th hole tee extension. These changes and constructive attitudes form the foundations for course development in the short and medium term. As a golfer off 1, I’m personally excited to see where the course goes next.’
Does Bradley feel that members can help the greens team’s work?
‘Course improvements don’t come without continued member support. Whether it be through repairing an extra pitch mark on the green, replacing your divots or taking care of our practice facilities, they make a positive difference to our great golf course.’
Bradley’s final comments summed up his experience, ‘it was a pleasure to work with the team and I’ve learned some important new skills. I now really appreciate the work that goes into the course at all levels.’
It is great to be operating normally again after all this time.
We are still taking extra precautions with cleaning and mask and glove wearing when appropriate.
The Summer Sizzler on Saturday 24th July was a great success.
The weather looked very threatening before play commenced but it turned out to be a very pleasant day.
Congratulations to the winning team of Sue Puttergill, Regitta Gomersall, Nick Gomersall and Graeme Waugh.
We are really looking forward to the tribute night on Saturday September 18th.
Peter Sarsfield is the UK's top Frankie Valli Tribute Artist.
All of the night's details are on the attached poster.
Please sign up as soon as possible as this event will definitely sell out.
You can see what a great evening's entertainment we have in store.
The other "must attend" event this year is the Quiz Night on Saturday November 13th.
I am taking bookings now and only have about 6 tables left.
If you would like to attend, please email me at email@example.com
I hope to see you soon.
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