Beaconsfield Golf Club
Seer Green, Beaconsfield
Bucks, HP9 2UR
Beaconsfield Golf Club
Seer Green, Beaconsfield
Bucks, HP9 2UR
We welcome the following new Members to Beaconsfield:
Daniel Hassell, Pat McAteer, Bill Penn and Nathan Baggett
We hope that you have a long and happy membership.
A family record?
Mary Bartlett is celebrating her 50th year of membership this month. The Bartlett family will collectively clock up 185 years of concurrent membership this year, which is a remarkable record. I wonder if any other families have achieved this.
I'm sure you will join me in wishing Mary many congratulations on this membership milestone.
From the Captain
In the March addition of the Niblick I said I hoped the season would finally get going after all the bad weather with the Seniors' Spring meeting on Friday 16th March followed by the Lidgley Shield the day after. The spring meeting was a great success as usual, but the Lidgley Shield had to be postponed because of dreadful weather. It will now be played on Saturday 21st July and the sign-up sheet is on the notice board. It is said that every cloud has a silver lining and that was certainly true that day as I was able to sit down with a beer or two and watch Ireland beat England to win the Six Nations and Triple Crown. Life simply does not get much better that that!!!
The Men’s Invitation Day on 26th May was a great success with a full house. We had many compliments from our visitors about how well the day was organised, the delicious food and our wonderful course. We are very much indebted to all the team for making us so proud of our club, particularly on such special days.
Captain's Day on 9th June will no doubt be the highlight of my year. The course was again in fantastic condition with probably the fastest greens I have seen at Beaconsfield. To add to the difficulty, I tried to ensure that all competitors had plenty of alcohol on my trips round the course and if I didn’t get to them I felt sure that Chris Gotla would ensure that they had Pimms on the 7th tee. I am indebted to our team and all the members who attended for a truly memorable day.
I am very proud to be Captain of a truly special Golf Club.
From the Ladies' Captain
We are excited by our success so far in the Bucks Shield, the summer county knockout competition. Each round consists of a home and an away match. Following a bye in the first round our initial opponents were Hazlemere. We had a fantastic first leg at home winning all 7 matches which left us only needing a half to win the away match. This was successfully achieved at the end of May. Many congratulations to all the team, some of whom are pictured below.
Our Spring Meeting was held over two days in early May. Bronwen Collins and Helen Coughlin had an incredible result in the Wednesday Greensomes with a winning score of 49 points. On the Thursday Tak McMillan had the best nett score in the Silver Division while Ingrid Creighton won the Bronze Division by 8 shots with an amazing nett 66! The best gross score in the Silver Division and the Hale Cup went to Carole Weir, in the Bronze Division the Young Bowl, also for best gross, was won by Jackie Barton.
The annual Millennium Trophy competition was held on 31st May. This is a 36 hole medal event and 26 ladies participated. It was a very close result with Carol Isaac winning on count back from Gill Thomas.
I thoroughly enjoyed my Ladies Captain’s Day on 7th June. The shotgun start and team event led to a fun and relaxing day which was topped by Christine Watson getting a hole in one at the 11th. Christine was in the winning team with Julie Copper, Gill Leach and Karen Platt.
One of our newer lady members, Gill Cunningham, also had a hole in one recently, also at the 11th!
In mid-June the senior ladies competed for the Millennium Coaster over 18 holes on the putting green. Maureen Slater won on count back from Jill Hughes and Alison Webb. After the putting competition the ladies enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with friends over a delicious lunch.
A lot of interest has been shown in our ladies Get into Golf scheme with three groups currently having lessons and more ladies on the waiting list. We also arranged an event for junior girls, sadly this had to be cancelled due to a storm, but has now been rearranged for Monday 2nd July.
On Saturday 16th June Regitta Gomersall set off from Henley at 8.00am and walked through three counties along the river Thames. Arriving at Windsor racecourse, she had completed a marathon (26.2 miles) in just under 8 hours. She raised a fantastic £1,841.25 (including gift aid) for my charity Thames Valley Air Ambulance. Many congratulations Regitta.
On a beautiful mid-summer’s day Sue Lynch very kindly opened her magnificent garden to the ladies. She also provided the most delicious traditional afternoon tea. Huge thanks to Sue & Steve for all their hard work in organising this event and for raising £470 for my charity.
A note from the GM
A reminder that Stuart Langhorn will be doing a presentation in the Clubhouse on progress made over the last 5 years and his plans and priorities for the course going forward. This will take place at 6 pm on Tuesday 3 July and we hope many members will attend – plenty of opportunity to ask questions and this will be followed by a short talk on the forthcoming Rules changes and Worldwide Handicap plans.
We have recently circulated an email advising that the codes to the changing rooms will be changed from next Monday – this is for security reasons and the new codes will be 8142 for men and 1910 for the Ladies.
We are occasionally asked where the First Aid boxes and defibrillator are located; we have first aid boxes in the kitchen, behind the bar and in the pro shop, the defibrillator is located outside the kitchen by the back stairs. Your first aiders are Katie Free, Jeremy Erbetta, Adam Hinkins and a number of the green staff.
A couple of polite requests – firstly will members not venture on to the driving range area and never hit balls back towards the range. Good news is that we intend to provide tees for all those wishing to practice their driving – these will be quite distinctive and will be available from next week and are only for the range please!
Secondly we recognise that members do occasionally have to withdraw from competitions but if this happens at the last minute it is courteous to contact your playing partner to advise him/her, particularly if that leaves someone on their own. It is not acceptable to move yourself to another time and leave someone without a game. This has happened on more than one occasion recently, usually in Men’s weekend stablefords or medals.
After a break last month you have a Summer teaser:
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? Answers by email please firstname.lastname@example.org
The greens are running fast with dry weather but are very prone to stress with the high temperatures. The irrigation system is running every night with daily hand watering taking place with hose pipes to keep on top of hot spots that are prone to drying out. The greens have been spiked with 8mm tine to a depth of 6 inches to allow the greens to breathe and help water reach the lower roots. The greens are being fertilized every 2 weeks with a little and often approach to keep the plant healthy but mainly to avoid large surges in growth causing differing putting speeds. The PCD drain lines are still filling in well and with probably need one more over seed before the next sand top dressing.
Bunker topping around the course is going well with approximately 50% of the bunkers completed. Each bunker is being checked all over for stones and sand depths, with excess sand being redistributed throughout the bunker and new sand being added where they are short. The remaining bunkers will be completed by the end of June.
Once the season starts we get very busy and do not get much chance to play, so it was nice to get away a few weeks ago to play some golf in Portugal with a group of Beaconsfield members, in the picture we are on the 1st tee at Monte Rei a fantastic golf course we also played Quinta South and San Lorenzo many thanks to Andy Barton who organised the week.
Congratulations to Melvin Weir far left in the picture. Despite his orangeness managed to beat off all challengers and win.
Very few of you will have seen Adam play, he is a very good player and recently played in the BB&O Harewood Downs Pro Am. Considering it was his first round for some time he was up there challenging for the lead until a couple of bad holes on the back nine. He finished 6th and was in the prize money (£27.00)
Tom's main objective over the coming months is to reduce his handicap to the required level for the PGA which is 4, Tom is hugely powerful and easily hits a driver well over 300 yards and has already cut his handicap from 5.4 to 4.6 over the last few weeks , I think a handicap of below 3 is a realistic target for him by the end of the season.
OPEN SWEEP STAKE
Squares are now available to buy in the shop for this year's Open sweep stake at £2.50 each. We will do the draw for players just before the start of play. The top three will win a shop voucher. Good Luck.
TAYLORMADE LIMITED EDITION TP5 GOLF BALLS
A limited edition of TP 5 golf balls is available to buy with the same number and identification marks that some of their top players use. In each dozen you get balls from Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day & John Rahm.
News from the Junior Section
The juniors got off to a flying start this summer, when they won The Beaconsfield Team Championship on Saturday 2nd June. Everyone in the Team played well, with an average score of 37 pts. Congratulations to James Butler (Captain), Ben Quick, James Casserly, Bradley Hucker, Kian Bains, George Johnson, Tom Bell, Tommy Evans and Will Liddiard. They were very excited to win this special event and were presented with the Trophy after the lunch. This competition is extremely popular because it brings all the sections of the Club together, so thanks again to Tim Whittaker for starting this event last year, during his Captaincy.
Our first trophy competition of the year was held on Saturday 16th June and congratulations go to Tommy Evans (H/C 18) who won The Robertson Trophy with 40 pts. Ben Quick (2) was 2nd with 39 pts and George Johnson (6) was 3rd with 38 pts. The next trophy event is our Junior Championship (The Ling Trophy) which will be held on Sunday 8th July, which will be presented to the player with the best scratch score over 18 holes. Two other trophies are competed for on the same day - The Wisdom Salver (Best nett score) and The McIntosh (Girl with the best score).
The Chiltern League matches are underway with two played in April, but we have delayed the other 6 matches until July and August, because many of the juniors have been busy revising and taking their GCSE exams. They will all be relieved that the exams are now over and they can get back to playing more golf during the summer. Handicaps keep tumbling down, so there will now be a fight, to see who can win ‘Player of the Year’ at the end of the season.
The Junior Captain’s Day will be held on Saturday 14th July, so we hope that as many juniors as possible will come along to support James Butler, who will be organising his special day. There is a poster on the notice board advertising this event, so please ‘roll-up’ and join in the fun. Throughout the day, there will be a Team competition, plus Chipping, Putting and Bunker challenges, with the prize-giving and refreshments at the end of the afternoon.
The ‘Get into Golf Day’ for girls which was scheduled for Tuesday 29th May, had to be cancelled due to thunder and lightning on the course, but we are rescheduling this for 2nd July at 5.00 pm.
We have welcomed 16 new junior members into the section since April, so we hope they are all enjoying their membership and making many new friends. Most of them are beginners and eager to gain their first handicap so they can enter the competitions. Please remember to join the ‘free’ group golf sessions with our Professionals during the summer months. As soon as the dates are agreed, an email will be sent out, so please telephone the Pro Shop and secure your place in the groups, because numbers are limited to 6-8 per session.
Finally, we are looking forward to our 13th Junior Open (The Luke Donald Salver) which will be held on Wednesday 22nd August. We will shortly be advertising for volunteers to help with ball-spotting and marshalling on the course, so if you are available to spare a few hours that day, we will be most grateful. This is a very special event in the junior calendar and we guarantee that you will witness some amazing golf from the young talented players.
Things are busy in the clubhouse with lots of golfing activities, society visits, social events and private functions.
The most recent social event was the wine tasting in May.
The evening was enjoyed (maybe too much) by those attending.
The next golfing / social event is the Summer Sizzler on Saturday July 28th.
A 9.00am shotgun start will be followed by lunch and prizegiving in the dining room.
The response to our email for bar staff was overwhelming and we now have staff in place for summer.
I have received many positive comments about our delightful new bar staff member, Solange.
If you haven’t already met her, please make yourself known to her.
I hope we continue to enjoy fine weather over summer and I look forward to seeing you in the clubhouse.
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. To date circa only 250 have opted in, so please 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 following which needs to be unticked:
Then scroll down to the bottom and update.
Trophy Roll Of Honour