Beaconsfield Golf Club
Seer Green, Beaconsfield
Bucks, HP9 2UR
Beaconsfield Golf Club
Seer Green, Beaconsfield
Bucks, HP9 2UR
From the Captain
Thankfully the days are stretching out and the rainfall is showing some signs of abating. The weather put a dampener on the annual “Around ye Houses” event on Boxing Day and the winning pair (no prizes for guessing who) happened to be the only entrants. One upside being that there was no shortage of mulled wine and mince pies!
I was sent the photograph below taken on a Sunday morning in mid-January. A spectacular shot but where was it taken? First prize is a round of golf with the Captain, second prize is 2 rounds with the Captain.
On that subject I have invited Chris Dodds to join me in a few Captain/Pro matches and the first set of dates are on the notice board. Chris is prepared to offer advice during and after the golf as requested (I promise not to!!).
If there are members with a lot of spare time on their hands they might like to research the new World Handicapping System to be introduced later this year. Around the same time the course slope index takes effect (affecting all 4 of our tee positions). Happily we have a few experts in our midst and the club will be running one or two seminars which I would highly recommend.
Highlight of January - I had the pleasure of playing 18 holes with Alan Wylie the longest serving playing member of the Club. Difficult to believe, because apart from anything else he does not look old enough, Alan has been a member for 72 years! Alan shared some wonderful memories of how things were at the golf club when he was a boy. To spare his blushes Alan is as fit as a fiddle and I can see no reason why his playing membership should not extend for many years to come.
Finally, I am delighted to report that the staff Christmas Fund collection has exceeded levels achieved previously and on behalf of the staff, I would like to thank all those members who generously contributed.
Another Luke Donald in the making??
Since his family made the move back to Warwickshire, Louis Sanders has split his golf time between Beaconsfield GC where he is now a country member and his local club at Copt Heath in Knowle, Solihull.
Some members might recognise Louis from this picture below which was taken last summer when he won the Copt Heath Club Championships.
Since then Louis has had a really interesting golf schedule. He played in two televised Staysure Pro Tour events as an amateur in 2019. The first of these was at Trevose Golf and Country Club in Cornwall in the summer where he partnered South African senior pro Chris Williams. He was invited back to the Staysure Tour event at Forest of Arden in October where he was the lowest scoring amateur and was part of the Pro Am winning team. Louis has also now been called up to be part of the Warwickshire County Golf set up.
The end of the season has seen Louis in particularly good form where he won two Amateur events both with strong fields. He then went on to play in three Gecko Tour events in southern Spain where as an amateur he managed to compete in a professional field on some of the toughest courses in Spain. As a result of a couple of strong performances and a top 20 place (17th) in the last Gecko Tour event of 2019. Louis has returned to Spain for the first four events of the Gecko Tour of 2020 where he aims to get in the mix again.
Hopefully BGC members will see Louis at the club on his return from Spain in March. Let’s hope he brings some silverware home, or if not at least some sunshine.
Updates on Rachel Drummond & Gemma Dryburgh
Rachel made it through to last stage of Ladies European tour at the weekend. She played four rounds and made the last day cut. Finishing in the 43rd position from the top 60, which means she is in category 09b for Ladies European Tour next year.
Gemma has qualified for the Victoria and Australian Opens. She has been playing for the last 2 weeks in Australia and has had two 7th place finishes in the ALPG qualifying event and the Findex Yamba Pro-Am.
The National Examining Body for Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) general certificate is the most widely recognised health and safety qualification of its kind, providing a sound understanding of the principles of risk management.
Tom Shattock has recently undertaken his NEBOSH NVQ Level 3 studies and attained a distinction. Very well done Tom!
We look forward to having Tom look after all our safety requirements at the Club. If you have any concerns or identify any potential issues you can email him on email@example.com
In The Golf Bag.... The Putting Green
Some general reminders about what you can and can’t do on the putting green:
There is NO penalty for accidentally moving the ball or ball marker on the putting green – simply replace the ball in its original position (or your best estimate of the position).
You can mend pitch marks and spike marks, remove any embedded objects (such as stones or acorns) and remove sand or loose soil.
While we have two holes cut on the greens, if you are on the putting green and the other hole is on your line of play, you can move the ball to the nearest point, not nearer the hole, where the other hole is not on your line. If you are on the fringe, you don’t get this option.
You are allowed to touch the putting green when pointing out a line for putting.
You are not allowed to test the surface of the green by rubbing the surface or rolling a ball, but it is fine to simply wipe mud off your ball on the putting green.
In addition to putting with the flagstick in or out, you can still have the flagstick attended.
For those who are interested in learning more about the rules, there is a Level 1 Rules School at The Oxfordshire on Saturday 7th March. This is a one day course (8.30 to 5.30) with presentations, practical demonstrations and an option to take the level 1 exam at the end.
This course is suitable for people who want to become better informed about the rules for their personal golfing benefit. At the end of the school, participants should be regarded as reasonably well-informed golfers who would be able to proceed correctly in the majority of common situations encountered on the course.
You can sign up for the Rules School on the BB&O web site – www.bbogolf.com
There will be a Level 2 Rules School towards the end of the year for people who are interested in progressing their knowledge further and are interested in refereeing at competitions.
The greens are holding up well after the recent wet and cold conditions. Verti-draining has been taking place to keep the surfaces well aerated with a ½ inch tine to a depth of 7 inches. Late February the greens will be hollow cored to remove any organic matter build up, spiked and top dressed with 60-80 tonnes of pure sand. The surfaces remain disease free from the preventative autumn fungicide programme that was applied.
The surface of the new Luke Donald practice green continues to improve weekly. The current grass seedlings that are growing are a variety of creeping bent grass known as Crystal Blue Links, which grows well in northern Canada, making it suitable for these colder conditions. A second variety of creeping bent grass, known as Pure Distinction, which has previously been over sown into the main greens, is planted within the surface awaiting warmer temperatures to germinate. A small fence has been erected around the perimeter of the green to reduce animal damage. The green will be fertilised every 2-3 weeks and rolled weekly.
The 6th and 14th Tees are taking shape. The tee tops are being regularly cut and are awaiting some drier weather to allow the team to fine tune the surfaces with some aeration and sand.
Work has started levelling, realigning and draining the red and winter tees on the 16th hole ahead of turfing.
The team will start work on the 4 newly constructed bunkers at 8, 18 and the new short game area. They will be cut and edged, the bases strimmed and sprayed to remove the grass, but leaving the root system in place to keep the turf liner secure. Once completed the bunkers will be topped with fresh sand.
We have had a cold and wet start to 2020 resulting in the course being closed on a few occasions.
It is encouraging that even when the course is closed we still see some members in the clubhouse having a snack or lunch.
As I’ve previously said, the Quiz Night on Saturday 29th February is completely sold out.
This is a Charity event for the Captain and Ladies' Captain’s Charity, which is Rennie Grove Hospice.
There will be raffle on the night with a great selection of prizes.
Along with our golfing lunches such as the Team Championship and Summer Sizzler we will be having a brilliant tribute artist on Saturday August 1st.
If you Google “Peter Sarsfied as Frankie Valli” you will see what a superb night we have in store.
Please keep the date free as numbers are strictly limited due to the size of our room.
If you would like to pre-book for this event, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to put your name down.
I look forward to seeing you in the clubhouse in the near future.
New year, New clubs!
T aylormade have released their new SiM Driver!
We also have a Taylormade fitting day on the 3rd of march between 12-4pm where you can try the new drivers, woods and irons. Ring or email the pro shop ASAP to book your time.
As we approach the end of the winter months, we have started our sale!
Drop by the pro shop next time to have a look at the under Armour, Footjoy, and Swing Out Sister, selected lines are up to 50% off!
Also we have a number of Taylormade M5 & M6 Drivers and fairway woods that are entering the sale. Ring the pro shop or pop in to get some more information on prices and specs!
As it is now the start of the new year, we have received our county cards so if any members are awaiting the arrival of their county card then please come and collect theirs from the pro shop.
With 3 months left until the season starts, ring the pro shop to book a lesson with either myself, Adam or Tom to achieve your full potential this year.
Seeing as many of the members head to South Africa for some winter sun, it only seemed right for our assistant professional Adam to head out there to see what all the fuss is about.. It certainly didn't disappoint!! The courses were spectacular, the weather (after the first day) was perfect and the company a solid 10/10... All in all a great trip and highly recommended to anyone wanting to escape the miserable January days for some sunshine golf....
Recently there have been a few instances of walkers straying from the designated footpaths. More often than not, this is done mistakenly due to uncertainty as to exactly where a footpath is located. The main issue is one of health and safety with walkers in danger from golf balls. Most of the time a polite enquiry as to if the person is lost and explaining the risk remedies the situation, though occasionally the odd person is less reluctant to be directed to a safer route. Where appropriate we will be looking to add and improve signage, without this becoming intrusive, to help people stay on the designated footpaths.
Though we have 110 parking spaces increasingly this is proving insufficient particularly on competition days, Ladies day, when there are matches on and when we have functions. When any of these combine the pressure is even greater. We continue to assess where we could add additional spaces and hopefully we will, in the not too distant future, be able to find appropriate space to extend the car parking.
Meanwhile we would like to remind all members that the car park should not be used for daily commuting from Seer Green station. With spaces at such a premium we just don't have the capacity for this. We appreciate that members may want to make occasional use of the car park when travelling on the train in which case please park at the far end of the car park (near the practice nets) so that members playing are still able to park close to the clubhouse.
We would appreciate the full ongoing support of all members in ensuring the car park is available for those playing or at the club.
(Chair of House)
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