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:
David Spruzen, Gill Cunningham, Penny Grocott-Mason, Heather Duffy, Will Smith, Chloe-Marie May,
We hope that you have a long and happy membership.
A note from the GM
Welcome to the March edition of the Niblick which includes the quarterly reviews from our Captains and the Juniors. Firstly congratulations to the Ladies Scratch team who won the Bucks Winter League – they now hold both summer and winter titles. Further plaudits are due to the winners of the Seniors’ first ‘major’ of the year – the Spring meeting – played on the only recent sunny morning. The Andrew Tait Cup for over 75s was won by Victor Ferguson, with the main trophy the Jock Moffatt Bowl, won with an amazing 44 points by Steve Lynch.
I am pleased to say that the forthcoming Ladies Get into Golf programme has been oversubscribed and this is starting next month. We are also running a Girls Get into Golf Day on Tuesday 29 May which will be aimed at Members’ Children and Grandchildren, and/or their friends, who would like a taster of the game in a fun environment. More details to follow but please note the date.
As previously advised the Club are supporting Gemma Dryburgh in her maiden year as a full LPGA Card holder. She has played 2 full Tour events so far as part of the ‘Pacific Swing’ and this is thanks to the generous donations so far from the membership. Details will soon be published of a couple of club events in support of Gemma and there will also be a Grand Raffle, with some great prizes, which will be launched soon. Of course all donations are still very welcome by BACS to the Fund’s Bank Account 43129020, Sort Code 20-02-06.
Please make a note of our 2018 Invitation Days – the Men’s is on Saturday 26 May (9.30 shotgun start) and the Mixed is on Sunday 22 July. We hope for full fields.
We have had an unprecedented wet March with some frequent course closures. The course has nevertheless stood up well and we are benefitting from the recent greens drainage improvements. I am sure all members will be interested to know that we intend to hold a ‘Course Evening’ on Tuesday July 3rd in the Clubhouse where Stuart will present on recent course programmes and his plans for the next 5 years. This will include a Q&A session where he and the Green Committee will answer any questions. We hope as many members as possible will attend.
Last month I posed the following: “Tim is partnering Craig in a foursomes match. Tim drives off (correctly as it is his turn) and then Craig also hits a tee shot thinking it’s a four ball. Do they lose the hole, or if not, is there a penalty and who plays the next shot?”
The answer is: ‘Craig’s ball would be the side’s ball in play under penalty of stroke and distance and would be lying 3 – see Rule 27-1a. So they don’t lose the hole and Tim plays next.’
Congratulations to Phil Murray whose name was drawn from the correct answers.
This month’s tester:
Sam strikes his ball from a bunker onto the next teeing ground. Another player, who is making a practice swing, accidentally strikes the moving ball. The ball comes to rest in a water hazard. What is the ruling?
As always answers by email please to firstname.lastname@example.org
News from the Captain
The biggest talking point over the last few months has been the weather. The golf season should have got going on 4th March with the traditional England v Rest of the World fixture. It is a pity that the home team will now have to wait until September to avenge last year’s heavy defeat. The season tried to get going with the Seniors Spring meeting, which was played on a lovely spring day but then followed the Beast from the East sequel and the annual match against the Artisans for the Lidgley Shield was snowed off. Playing in these fixtures is the very essence of the Club and I would encourage members who have not played in fixtures like this in the past to please put their names on the lists.
The results for the Four Clubs and the Putter were again outstanding with much of the field playing above handicap. The competition was won by James Simpson with 42 points playing off a handicap of 10 in very difficult conditions.
Despite the very poor weather I am sure you will agree that the course is in astonishingly good condition and all credit must go to Stuart Langhorn and his team. They continue to present us with a golf course that simply gets better and better. I think the least we can do as members is to be extra vigilant, repair our own pitch marks and any others we find that have not been repaired properly.
On the social side the annual Quiz Night was as successful as ever and managed to raise £1238 for the Captain’s charities. The unbeaten team was captained once again by Phil Moody.
My thanks to Steve and June McAdam and everyone involved in ensuring another most successful evening.
Finally, with all the years' trophies to look forward to I would like to wish all members a happy and successful season.
From the Ladies Captain
I am delighted to announce that Beaconsfield has won the Premier Division of the Winter Scratch League and we are now the County Champions. I was very impressed with the teams’ positive attitude and determination to succeed whilst playing in some atrocious conditions.
I have had a fantastic amount of support for our social events over the winter months which have raised funds for my charity, Thames Valley Air Ambulance. We had a full house in January with two excellent speakers, one from TVAA who talked about the charity and the other a policeman with advice on how to avoid scams. In February one hundred bridge players raised over £1,000 and enjoyed a delicious tea during the afternoon. The following week we were given some helpful advice by a leading nutrition expert on what we should eat and drink before playing and then whilst out on the golf course.
We have enjoyed seeing our newer ladies participating regularly on Thursdays and now featuring in the list of weekly winners. Some of these ladies joined through the Get into Golf programme and it’s been lovely to see how quickly the 2018 programme has filled up. Group lessons start in April so do get in touch if you know anyone who would like a place on the reserve list.
In early March almost 50 ladies joined me for an Away Day at Huntercombe Golf Club. There was a glimpse of spring in the air and we enjoyed the course and hospitality. Barbara Harwood, Catherine Robinson and Pat Cox were the winning team.
Finally, I would like to wish our ladies the best of luck when they represent Beaconsfield over the next few months. The silver and bronze teams will be defending their titles in the Bucks Summer Scratch Leagues and we will be playing 21 friendly matches against other clubs in the area.
From the Junior Section
The Junior Section has been quiet since Christmas, with just three competitions so far this year. Several of our juniors have already begun the year on a high!
Congratulations to Ben Quick who won in January with 42pts, then during the February half-term, Kian Bains won with 42pts and Matt Bowen won his first competition with 41 pts. Tom Bell had a great win on 4th February, when he won the men’s monthly stableford. Well done to you all - a great start to the year!!
The season really begins in April, with our Chiltern League matches; this year we have 4 home matches and 4 away matches and the Junior Squad are keen to get back to winning form. Our juniors are all very competitive and at this time of year, they are practising hard, with the hope of reducing their handicaps every time they go out on the golf course!
The juniors now have their own page on the Club’s website, where they can find all the latest news, photographs and all the junior fixtures, plus ‘links’ to external competitions. This page can be found in the Members Area under Management (juniors). To ‘LOGIN’ to the Members area, everyone requires a ‘pin number and password’, so if anyone needs help with this, please contact the office. Another new facility on the website, is the ability for everyone to ‘sign-in’ on line and ‘set’ their availability for all the matches this season.
All our junior boys and girls have the opportunity to play in the BB&O (Berks, Bucks & Oxon) and the BCLGA (Bucks County Ladies Golf Association) events. You will find full details of all the competitions on their website at www.bbogolf.com and www.bclga.org.uk or click on the ‘links’ on the Junior Page on our own website. There are many events throughout the year including the BB&O ‘Futures Tour’ and ‘Development Tour’ and the BCLGA organise a full programme of events for the girls, including Championships, Matches and ‘Pre-handicap’ sessions for young girls who are just learning to play the game of golf.
At this time of year, we will be welcoming new junior members to join our section. Beaconsfield encourages family membership, so if there are any Members with children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, who are interested in golf, please contact the office for further information. The Board have recently lowered the annual fees for our younger members, which we hope will help more youngsters to join. We are particularly keen to encourage more young girls to join the Club, so if you know anyone who may be interested in ‘getting into golf’, please let us know. We are hoping that if we have enough new girls who are keen to learn, we will be able to hold some ‘taster sessions’ with our Golf Professionals in the near future.
On 1st April, two of our juniors who are now 18 years of age, will transfer to the Intermediate Section of the Club. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Freddie Bowcock and George Tuck for their support and for being part of our great Junior Section. We wish you both a very long and happy adult membership at Beaconsfield.
As predicted the spring greens renovations scheduled for the week commencing the 26th February were delayed due to snow but have now been completed. The work was carried out over 6 days, working in front of the golf and around the frosts, but it turned out to be a very successful operation with the greens being –
Verti-drained with a ½ inch tine to 7 inches in depth (to aerate the green)
Hollow cored with a ½ inch tine to 3 inches in depth (to remove thatch)
Vert-cut (to remove lateral growth)
Top dressed with 50 tonnes of pure sand (to dilute the thatch and firm the surface)
Spiked with a ¾ inch tine to a depth of 3 inches (to help work the sand into the surface)
The greens will be fertilised with a granular feed which will help the greens recover from the winter play with some localised seeding required on the newer drainage lines once the temperatures rise. A lighter top dress of sand will be applied early April to fill any remaining holes.
The course looks to be in good shape from a long winter which is finishing up wet, much like last year. Everything over the next month will be over seeded to repair any damage, fertilised to promote new growth and scarified to remove any dead/damaged grass plants.
As the grass begins to grow and everywhere starts to recover, the traffic management in the form of posts, ropes and hoops will gradually be reduced week by week and the frequency of cut on all of the mown areas such as the tees, fairways and approaches will increase.
Pro Shop News:
Firstly we would like to welcome our new assistant professional Tom Evans. Tom has been a member at Beaconsfield for 6 years and was the junior captain in 2015. Tom plays off a 5 handicap and will be helping with the junior coaching this summer. Tom starts his PGA courses later this year and I am sure he will be a great addition to the team.
The season is fully underway with players like Thomas, McIlroy, Matsuyama, Fowler, Johnson, Rose, Stenson all peaking in the lead up to the first major of the year, The Masters. The question on everyone's mind will be how will Tiger perform? From what we are seeing I think he will be right up there in the mix come Sunday. He likes the golf course, swing is looking very tidy and obviously he is now fully fit for golf again.
Taylormade and Ping have both hosted their first demo days of the year to great success.
Taylormade were showcasing their new "Twist Face" technology and even though the course was shut due to a delightful amount of snow and rain meaning we had to resort to being in our indoor swing studio - members were still impressed by the new equipment and technology they brought.
Ping showed off their G400 ranges throughout the bag and clients loved the tighter dispersions and distance gains they were receiving from the products.
We will be having more demo days of these two brands later in the year and if anyone is interested then please do ask in the shop for either a custom fit session f.o.c with Adam or Chris or get your names down for interest in the next demo days.
Mizuno is hosting another demo day on the 28th of March and therefore if anyone would like to come along, once again please pop into the shop and make an appointment!
Titleist Loyalty Scheme 2018 : Titleist are doing their annual loyalty scheme for golf balls again where if you buy 3 dozen then you will receive a 4th one free and you can customize these balls free of charge. To change numbers there is a slight up charge of £2.50 per dozen.
Lucy from SOS ladies clothing will be here on Thursday 5th April with all the latest Spring/Summer range of clothing for you to see and will be available to purchase.
The indoor swing studio has been open for just over a year now and has been a terrific addition to the facilities at the club. We can now offer a state of the art fitting service when you buy golf clubs, and many of you have experienced lessons in how the technology helps to give a clearer insight to the swing faults and how to correct them. Playing golf on the simulater is great fun and we now have selection of top courses to play such as Pebble Beach, The West course at Wentworth and Quail Hollow.
For those of you yet to try it out I urge you to give it a go, I am sure you will find it beneficial. Contact the shop to make a booking.
Pro Shop Quote:
"The greatest thing about tomorrow is I will be better than I am today". Tiger Woods.
So one thing we notice when we teach and when we see people practising is that they maybe aren't working on specifics. What we mean by that is learn from what has gone wrong previously: Did you hit most shots left? Did you struggle on putting? Did you leave shots in the bunkers?
From here either come to a lesson with a plan of action or go to the range and work on the corrections. Some fantastic stat apps are freely available to all out there and using these can really highlight where you can all improve your scores. If you need any help then feel free to ask Chris, Adam or Tom in the shop. We are here to help you better your golf.
On the social front at the club since my last Niblick article we have had a varied range of events, all of which were oversubscribed.
The Elton John Tribute Night in early February was a huge success, the feedback was great with most of those attending asking for Elton to appear again next year.
The Quiz Night on March 10th was once again enjoyed by all.
Many thanks must go to our Quizmaster Extraordinaire, Steve McAdam and his fabulous team of June McAdam and George and Margaret Mardall.
It was particularly fitting that Phil Moody and his team came out on top again this year as a tribute to Diana.
The Mothering Sunday Lunch on March 11th was a huge success with all of those attending having an enjoyable time.
Our next social event will be a wine tasting on Saturday May 12th.
Colin Baxter AWIS will be our taste master, with a wine quiz and tasting a total of 8 French wines.
Please put this date in your diary if you would like to attend this fun and informative evening.
An email, with booking details, will be sent to members very shortly.
With the, (hopefully), improved weather I look forward to seeing many of you in the clubhouse over the coming months.
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