Beaconsfield Golf Club
Seer Green, Beaconsfield
Bucks, HP9 2UR
Beaconsfield Golf Club
Seer Green, Beaconsfield
Bucks, HP9 2UR
From the Captain
The Seniors' Winter 4 ball knock out competition has completed (just 6 months earlier than last year’s event), congratulations to the organisers plus of course to the winners Paul Roberts and Chris Collis who I understand lost 8 and 7 to the losing finalists when they played them in the group stages!
Last week Gemma Dryburgh finished a fantastic 4th out of 156 starters in the Australian Ladies Classic (part of the Ladies European Tour) - a wonderful start to the season!
I am also delighted to offer congratulations to Katie Free who has completed a 3 year course in Golf Club Management and gained her diploma. No mean feat whilst caring for a young family and looking after a very busy golf club.
Last month’s picture quiz was far too easy can anybody help with this one? A happy snapper managed to take a shot of this “vandal” breaking the bell on the 6th although in fairness he was carrying his clubs. Fortunately the bell has been repaired but who was the culprit below:
Finally if you have not already done so don’t forget to give availability for summer matches against other Clubs as well as of course entering Club KO competitions. All of this is able to be done through the Club web-site.
From the Ladies' Captain
Our silver scratch team have now completed all their matches in the winter League. I am pleased to say that they won two out of the three matches against Denham gaining 4 hard-earned points and two out of the three matches at Gerrards Cross for another 4 points.
This means that they have accumulated a total of 14 points for Beaconsfield. Although it is unlikely that we shall win the Premier Division, we shall have to wait until the end of March when the competition ends to find out.
Our annual bridge drive in aid of our charity ‘Rennie Grove Hospice’ was a great success. My thanks go to Sue Schmidt for some sterling effort in managing to fill 22 tables. The ladies committee spent the morning preparing the sandwiches and along with other lady members, under the guidance of Carol Isaac, served the teas. My thanks go to all the lady volunteers both for the cake donations and the help with the teas. The event was run by Sue Schmidt along with Ros Johnstone’s expert help. Thanks to the generosity of the bridge players in supporting the raffle we raised in total a fabulous £1338 for the charity.
‘Washing up all done’
Our England versus the Rest of the world competition was cancelled due to course closure after heavy rain.
We can now look forward to playing a full 18 holes of golf hopefully in drier weather with our friendly matches starting in March when we play Ashridge at home.
Do you pay your subs via Direct Debit?
The Club is keen to encourge members to pay their subscriptions via direct debit. This is not only financially better for the Club it also helps with the administration of this mammoth task.
If you do not currenlty pay via direct debit, please would you consider paying via this method.
Jordans and District Rotary
ethical standards in all locations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Jordans and District Rotary Club is delighted to meet at Beaconsfield Golf Club. We are a convivial club and participate in quizzes, film shows and other events with the proceeds going to support charities at home and abroad.
We meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays each month when there is either a dinner or buffet meeting. We are always delighted to accept new members and any member of Beaconsfield Golf Club would be most welcome.
Should you wish to learn more p lease see our website click here..... or contact Ken Rumens or Mel Cayzer. Their telephone numbers are in the golf club diary.
Over the 3 years Katie has been working towards her ASQ Level 5 diploma in Golf Club Management through the GCMA (Golf Club Managers Association). The course covered 9 different areas; Managing Operations the largest unit and covered Office management, PGA & BIGGA, Finance, Legislation, Social Responsibility, Managing Change, Leading and managing people, Managing innovation and growth, Enterprising and Marketing.
The units were designed to develop an understanding of how each section is intertwined and create a whole management structure. Giving the knowledge and skills to be able to operate a successful business.
Katie has now successfully completed the course and gained her diploma. Well done!
In The Golf Bag.... Temporary Water
With all the rain we have had over the last month or so, I thought a reminder about how to deal with temporary water would be useful.
Temporary Water is any temporary accumulation of water on the surface of the ground that can be seen before or after the player takes a stance. It is not enough for the ground to be merely wet, muddy or soft or for the water to be momentarily visible as the player steps on the ground, an accumulation of water must remain present either before or after the stance is taken.
You get FREE RELIEF if your ball is IN the temporary water or the temporary water physically interferes with your stance or swing. If your ball is ON the putting green, you also get if the temporary water is on your line of play.
You get free relief from temporary water under rule 16.1 (abnormal course conditions):
1. Find your Nearest Point of Complete Relief (NPOCR) - the point NEAREST to the ball, not nearer the hole, where the temporary water no longer interferes with the ball, your stance or swing.
2. Determine your relief area – one club length from the NPOCR, no nearer the hole than the NPOCR, and not affected by the temporary water.
3. Drop a ball in the relief area.
The NPOCR is the NEAREST not NICEST point of complete relief, for example your ball may be on the fairway, but your NPOCR may be in a muddy spot in the rough. Your relief area is measured from the NPOCR, so may be behind a tree or in the middle of a bush.
It is a good idea to work out where your relief area is BEFORE picking up the ball, as the best option may be to play from the temporary water. If you pick the ball up and then decide not to take relief, you get a one shot penalty for lifting your ball and must replace it.
Whenever you are taking relief from temporary water, you are allowed to clean the ball, and in fact you can substitute another ball.
The 2019/20 winter programme is coming to an end with the completion of the tees on the 7th and 16th, all being drained, levelled and realigned with the green. Work has begun to bring the new course bunkers on 8 and 18 back into play, but as with most things on the course we are currently being held up with the continued rain. The new tee complexes on 6 and 14 will be open before the end of March with them currently awaiting top dressing.
Despite the rain the new path has been installed from the 5th green to the foot bridge, using the recycled rubber material that was used at the 6th. This product will reduce flooding and won’t be susceptible to washing down during high levels of rainfall. Although more expensive than the previous ‘loose material’ ones that were built these new paths will pay for themselves within 2-3 years with the reduced need for regular topping and the reduced man hours required to rebuild each morning after heavy rain.
Over seeding has started around the course on all of the high traffic areas, damage from the winter and the carries that were burnt out during the summer of 2018. Although there has been substantial recovery on the carries the grass is still thin. The over seeding will increase coverage and introduce new more drought tolerant grass species that will best help protect the course over the coming years with the current trend of extreme weather conditions.
The winter has been tough on the bunkers with over 25 inches of almost continuous rainfall. The team have worked extremely hard to get the bunkers back in play but there are still a number of bunkers that require topping with fresh sand to improve levels. Currently the ground is too soft for this work but the team have a full list of those that require sand with the work commencing as soon as the weather turns.
Once the greens maintenance is complete the team will move their attention to the tees, approaches and fairways. We will look to have all renovations completed by early March to allow the team 2-3 weeks to get the entire course fertilised, tidied and prepped ahead of the start of the golfing season.
There is not a lot to report since my last Niblick article, however, by the time you read this we will have enjoyed, I’m sure, the 2020 Quiz Night.
This event is always completely sold out well in advance of the evening and raises lots of money for the Captain’s and Ladies Captain’s charity, which this year is Rennie Grove Hospice.
My thanks to the Social Committee for their efforts and also to Steve McAdam and his wonderful team of helpers.
Please pencil Saturday 1st of August in your diary if you would like to experience a great tribute artist.
If you Google “Peter Sarsfield as Frankie Valli” you will see what a brilliant night we have in store.
Numbers will be strictly limited due to the size of the room, so if you would like to pre-book for this great evening please email me at email@example.com and I will be happy to put your name down.
Let’s hope that the weather improves soon and I look forward to seeing you in the clubhouse.
Fingers crossed that the weather is going to take a turn for the better and the season can kick off with some sunshine and warmth.. And it has been a busy period for the shop receiving all the new stock for the year.
Footjoy and Underarmour clothing has all now been delivered to the shop and will be out on the shelves in the next week or so getting us ready for the spring and summer months.. Footjoy and Ecco shoes are now available in store and please feel free to ask us about more colour options and sizes if we don't have what you want in stock.
The Taylormade Sim, Mizuno ST and Ping G410 are our current club selections in the shop and all are available for demo or club fitting free of charge.. On the 3rd March we will be hosting a Taylormade demo day, which although fully booked please feel free to still come down and have a go with some of the products available to use.. We will also be having a Ping and Mizuno demo day soon but stay tuned for dates and times.
Titleist will be running their Loyalty Scheme offer of 4 for 3 on prov1 and prov1x balls very soon - this is the cheapest these balls will be so please feel free to express your interest in the shop and we will add you to the list for when the deal comes out..
Ecco have released a new line of accessories for golf including new trolley and carry bags - both waterproof.. and at a very good price starting at £149.00. They have also released new travel bags and covers for clubs at £99.00... for more information please ask one of the team.
The Masters is the first and arguably one of the best majors on the golfing calendar.. Which means the sweep will soon be going up for members to enter. Keep your eyes peeled for that in the shop or ask one of the guys about it if you can't find it.
The Pro Shop Team
Golf and Competition Updates - WHS
The new World Handicapping System (WHS) will come into operation from 2nd November. The new worldwide computerised Central Database of Handicaps (CDH) will calculate daily for each player a Handicap Index to one decimal place.
The Handicap Index will need to be adjusted by the Slope Rating of the course being played to give the player a Course Handicap and then, potentially, by a further adjustment for the format being played (Handicap Allowance) to give a Playing Handicap. The Handicap Allowance is 95% for medal play, individual stableford and fourball match play and 100% for individual match play.
The new handicapping system is very scientific but also far more complicated than the existing UK system. We will be running some explanatory sessions once the season gets underway and we receive the completed presentational materials from England Golf. However, we have received some initial explanatory videos which we have put onto the club website under the Management tab. We will add to this section in the coming days and weeks.
Those videos explain that the new Handicap Index is calculated using the best 8 scores from your last 20 qualifying rounds, and an important point to note is that the new WHS will only count qualifying cards from July 2018 when working out your Handicap Index. if you have between 3 and 19 rounds inclusive, you will be subject to an introductory handicap calculation until you reach 20 qualifying scores. If you have less than 3 qualifying scores the system will look back further for the last 3 qualifying scores held in CDH. We know that many members have not recorded 20 qualifying scores (from competitions or rounds that have been pre-registered with the Professional Shop before playing), so we encourage all of those members to increase their number of qualifying scores over the course of the coming season.
In case they are of help, also on the website are:
A summary of the WHS calculations condensed onto a single page, which includes the Course Ratings and Slope Ratings for our courses;
My best effort at calculating my own Handicap Index, Course Handicap and Handicap Allowance for medal play;
A summary of the basis for calculating handicaps for those with between 3 and 20 qualifying scores.
Trophy Roll Of Honour