Beaconsfield Golf Club
Seer Green, Beaconsfield
Bucks, HP9 2UR
Beaconsfield Golf Club
Seer Green, Beaconsfield
Bucks, HP9 2UR
50 Years Membership
Our congratulations to “storming” Norman Fowler who this month notches up 50 years of membership. Remarkably he has been a single figure golfer since 1976 and as recently as last year managed a score of 76 gross which at the time was 7 below his age! He still uses some of his original irons much to the amusement of his friends and the consternation of the pro shop when asked to carry out repairs.
Over the years he has played in countless senior’s matches and recalls winning the longest drive prize in the pro-am event held in 1982. Nowadays he plays mainly social golf although he continues to be very competitive particular when playing with his daughter Sue.
Norman has always been a great supporter of the club and we wish him many more active years of membership.
We welcome the following new Members to Beaconsfield:
Laurence Blunt & Simon Warr
Ellie Stuart, James Stuart, Lauren Milmo & Phoebe Milmo
We hope that you have a long and happy membership.
From The Captain
As well as enjoying further steps towards “how things used to be” the month of May has been a successful one for several club members and I offer my congratulations to:
I am disappointed to report that the Club did not manage to retain the Lidgely Shield in their annual match against the Artisans. Despite fielding a very competitive team the club was outgunned 4-2 by some outstanding golf from our friends.
Club matches and societies were welcomed back in mid May and despite the increased pressure, course accessibility for members has not been a problem. The same cannot always be said of the car parking capacity which, at times, has been an issue. The board is very mindful of the shortage of parking space at peak times although it is hoped that things will improve somewhat once car sharing becomes more practical.
Assuming government and England Golf guidance permits, after careful consideration, the board has decided to drop the booking system from the 21st June. Whilst it is recognised that some members have grown to like the system, the more general view across the membership is for the club to return to the long-held tradition in members’ clubs of being able to turn up to play.
Hopefully the 21st June will bring an end to indoor restrictions, so less than 3 weeks of mask wearing in the club house unless you are seated 😷
Those that have played golf with me know I love the course wildlife (it helps me take my mind off my poor shots!). The muntjac and roe deer are prospering and not in such numbers as becoming a nuisance. The bird life is a joy. In May there were a couple of firsts for me, a pair of mandarin ducks on the 14th and the real prize, I rescued a tawny owlet trapped in a holly bush, in the woods on the 10th. The event was witnessed by my 3 playing partners - full story available on application 😀
Finally the tee stone auction is underway and thus far, bids total an amazing £2110 all of which will benefit Rennie Grove Hospice at Home. Bids, which can be made by emailing the office, will close at midday on 30th June. Click here for latest bids....... Stuart Langhorn has offered to refurbish and hand paint the stone that generates the highest bid and the front runner at the present time is Howard Machin who hopes to acquire the yellow tee on the 11th. Happy bidding all!
From the Ladies Captain
We were delighted to welcome two new members Lorraine Whillans and Camilla Trendell to the ladies section. Both ladies are already taking part in our competitions and I hope they are enjoying a warm welcome from all our members.
Due to the cancellation of our usual fund raising events, the bridge drive and Invitation Day, a raffle was held in aid of our charity. I thank all of you for taking part and raising a wonderful amount totalling £1235. The winner of the first prize in the raffle was Margaret Hallam.
I am sure you are all enjoying being able to once again play some of our usual competitions even though the weather has not been kind to us.
Our Spring Meeting, held over two days, had 62 entrants for the greensomes competition and 73 entrants for the Thursday’s Medal.
The winners of the greensomes were Berly Brown and Eilish Kelly with 39 points who took home hanging baskets as their prize. The Hale Cup, best gross score division 1, was won by Helen Morris with a gross score of 82. The Young Bowl, best gross score division 2, was won by Ruth Lambert with a score of 94.
The weather was then against us for the Ping 4BBB with some of the competitors only managing 10 holes due to the heavy rain. However, there were some determined ladies out there who continued on. The 4BBB was eventually won by Linda Coutts and Jane Neale but as they did not enter the Ping part of the competition Catherine Cotter and Christine Phillips are the winners of the Ping 4BBB. Both of the pairs having a very respectable score of 41 points. Well done.
Let us hope the weather improves for our Millennium competition of 36 holes on June 3rd.
I hope that you will all come and support the ladies as they finish their second rounds. There will be tea and cake available to buy to help us celebrate the day.
Support for the NHS
You may remember that back in January, we put out a request to members for volunteers to help at Adams Park Covid vaccination centre. The response was amazing and over the past five months, a group of willing helpers from BGC have given up their time to assist the centre administer over 40,000 vaccines to patients from six local GP surgeries.
They have all been regular members of the team and have become firm favourites with the staff, carrying out a number of roles including marshalling, doormen, administrators, receptionists and observers, all with efficiency and good humour.
Unfortunately it’s been impossible to get a photograph of all of our volunteers so below are just a small group.
Others who are not shown are:-
Mandy Bartholomew, Lynda Cornwell, Nikki Darrah, Penny Grocott-Mason, Joy Johnson, Janie Kebbell, Jenny and Simon Mouncer, Dave Wilson and his wife Sue.
Also a big thank you to David Jennings who generously provided a hot lunch for all 45 staff and volunteers at one of our clinics.
A massive thanks to all of you for your help and support. We could not have done this without you.
In the Golf Bag.... No Return and Not Started
When you are submitting a score for handicap, there are three options for each hole:
These are used as follows:
Normally you will enter the actual score on the hole, as agreed with your marker.
The new option under WHS is that you can submit a score for handicap as long as you complete AT LEAST 10 holes by entering NS for the holes that were not played. However you can’t just use NS to miss out holes that you don’t like! There must be a good reason for not starting holes, such as:
You will be aware that Beaconsfield was a new entry into the Top 100 England golf courses in 2019. Coming in at number 95. This was a colossal achievement for the club. With the ranking website stating that there are over 1900 golf clubs in England, it makes me feel extremely proud that we have made the cut!
It is quite easy for me to sing the praises of our club, but being included in the top 100 is the ultimate appraisal. To receive this rank, independent reviewers judge the course condition, layout variety, aesthetics of the course and more.
When I think about how the club has improved since 2019, we truly have gone from strength to strength. Many thanks go to the members; your pride in the course and attention to repairing pitch marks and divots really helps the greens team to maintain high standards.
We have new tee complexes, new bunkering and conditioning improving each year. The next tee complex in line for work is the 10th tee and we will update members shortly on the proposed plans. The committee of reviewers will be coming back this summer, and hopefully we remain in the top 100! So if you spot a four-ball of strangers, give them a cheery smile and impress them with your stylish bunker raking! We wait in anticipation for their review, and look forward to receiving any feedback that we can take on board.
We are keen to get your ideas for course improvements, it is after all, we members that reap the rewards of the continued improvements around the club. The Green Committee is hoping to invite members on a course walk this summer, so that we can share our ideas and listen to your feedback.
I hope the sun begins shining soon, and that we begin to see some summerlike conditions to enhance our golfing experience.
Introducing Ollie Maskell
Ollie is our Assistant Greenkeeper, when he joined us 18 months ago, he brought valuable experience with him. His previous employers include three world class courses. Before joining Beaconsfield GC, he worked at Sunningdale GC for 6 years; during this time, he completed his apprenticeship. Remember that Harry Colt also designed the under rated New Course at Sunningdale. He then went on to work at Royal Sydney GC and Bonnie Doon GC, both in the lovely eastern suburbs of the harbour city. As you can imagine, Ollie learned a lot from this amazing experience, working on big tournaments like the Australian Open.
Ollie’s working day starts at 5.45 am with coffee and a meeting to discuss everyone’s jobs for the day plus details of any events on the day. His day-to-day jobs vary from cutting greens, approaches, fairways, tees, semi and rough; also rolling the greens, changing holes, spraying, or set up which includes raking the bunkers and moving the tee blocks.
Lunch is around 10am then work continues with one of the morning jobs or something different if needed e.g. hand watering, strimming, seeding etc.
Ollie loves working in a great team. He also appreciates the variety of jobs he performs, and gains satisfaction gained from making our course look and play great. Ollie is proud of the team’s achievement of producing some of the best putting surfaces in the country.
Ollie’s interests outside work include playing golf, tennis, going to the gym and socializing with friends and family. I have not been lucky enough to play golf with Ollie, but he sounds like a very good golfer. His favourite hole is the 6th, he says ‘it has a great layout, with a real risk and reward tee shot. You can either go tiger line with a driver over the trees, leaving yourself around 100 yards in or hit a long iron off the tee leaving yourself another long iron into the green. It’s a very picturesque hole with well-placed bunkers.’
Just for the record, if I took 2 irons on the 6th, I would still need at least one more to reach the green!
It's been a great first couple of months back and also it has been great to see so many of you playing some good golf!... and if you haven't been playing much good golf, you know where to find us!
Normally, throughout a round of golf the club you hit the most is the putter! So why refresh the confidence on the greens with a new one. We have stock from leading brands Taylormade, Scotty Cameron and PING to choose from.
As the world begins to open up again, many of us will be itching to get away. Adam has taken his chance to play up in Scotland this week, playing some excellent courses such as Muirfield and Renaissance. I am sure he will make good use of these fantastic courses, as well as the 19th hole. We look forward to hearing about his trip.
Tom has recently completed his 3rd and final year exams for his PGA Qualification, now they are done he is going to be focussing on his own game, as well as helping the members find the middle of the clubface! Wish him luck if you see him.
Recently we made members aware of a 'Click and collect' service through the new XPOS Caddie App. Please follow the link below, download the app and then use your email address which is registered to the shop and it should log you in, if you experience any issues then please let us know and we can update your email address on the shop system.
Chris and Pro Shop team
It's finally starting to feel as if we are getting back to normal.
Trading inside has really helped, especially with the weather being so disappointing.
We now eagerly await the 21st June when, HOPEFULLY, all restrictions will be lifted.
Dont forget sign-up for the Summer Sizzler drawn event opens on 25th June at 4.00 pm.This event is always over subscribed, so please sign-up early to ensure your place.
I look forward to seeing you in the clubhouse soon.
News from the Juniors & Young Members
We have welcomed five new juniors to our section this month and we wish them a long and happy membership at Beaconsfield: - James Stuart / Ellie Stuart / Lauren Milmo / Phoebe Milmo and Johnny Goss. Our junior membership is now full and sadly we have had to disappoint several young applicants who have been placed on our waiting list until next year.
Each month we will be reporting any SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTS by our young players, so we will begin with the first BB&O Futures Tour event this year, which was held at Temple GC on 9th May. In the under 14 section -
NATHAN BAGGETT celebrated his first HOLE IN ONE on his way to winning the nett competition with a 68.
DAN BUTTERISS won the gross competition with a 79 and BILLY WOOD came 3rd on count back with the same score.
DAISY KENNEDY won the BCLGA County Championships at Denham Golf Club on 23rd May, beating Ciara Egan in the final.
Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up in our stableford competitions this month: -
9th May – 1st Lena West 46pts, 2nd Beth Gilmour with 39pts
15th May – 1st Beth Gilmour 46pts, 2nd Emily Gilmour 39pts
22nd May – 1st Pearse Conway 36pts, 2nd Lena West 33pts
Coming up in June we have 3 competitions scheduled in the diary: -
Sunday 6th Stableford, Saturday 12th The Roberston Trophy, Saturday 19th Stableford.
Please remember to check the dates when the ‘online signup’ opens and closes, because several juniors have missed entering competitions this month. If anyone has difficulty signing-up to a competition, please get in touch with me and I can enter your name. All the junior competitions count towards the annual Junior Order of Merit (JOOM), so the top 6 players gain important points towards this annual trophy.
‘Hot off the Press’
BEN QUICK wins Welsh Open Youths Championship at Whitchurch GC (Cardiff) yesterday, 30th May 2021.
Ben shot a magnificent final round of 68 (3 under par) to win this World Amateur Golf Ranking event, with a final score of 282 (-2) (75+69+70+68) one shot from Tomi Bowen (Welshpool GC).
Olivia Lee was the best girl player and came tied 3rd with a level par total of 284 and Carl Banner finished in 15th position on 289.
Many congratulations to them all.
Hello all, it is great to see so many of you playing some seriously good scores, with the likes of Nathan Baggett’s hole in one, and Tommy Evans' win a few weeks back, he is really living up to the name!!!
The junior group coaching sessions will be coming back for the summer for junior members, with myself and Tommy Evans taking on 6 of you every few weeks over the summer, dates will follow shortly so watch this space. It will be a great summer for junior golf and if any of you have any questions then please do not hesitate when you see me!
Tom's Tip of the month!
Now, I understand as well as anybody that the high floating pitch shot with lots of spin on it is certainly very pleasing on the eye when it is pulled off correctly, however. When we have a shot where we have lots of green to cover, instead of heading straight for the lob wedge or sand wedge, try a 9 iron or pitching wedge in more of a 'Bump and run' style shot. A ball that is rolling towards a pin is going to have a much higher chance of going in when compared to a ball that is bouncing towards a pin.
See you all soon, and if anyone wants to play, I will be more than happy to!
Trophy Roll of Honour