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:
Janie Kebbell, Phil Maxwell, Hugo Meakin, Rosie Hoskins and Tom Davies.
We hope that you have a long and happy membership.
From the Captain
A big thank you to the many members who have wished me luck as my year of Captaincy begins. There were no signs of dampened spirits at the drive-in when despite the rain I enjoyed great support from an enthusiastic crowd. Inevitably my faded drive finished in the right hand rough much to the delight of Bryan Hines who won a bottle of champagne for putting a marker down closest to where my ball came to rest. Needless to say there were many other markers in that vicinity!
Very many thanks to my Vice-Captain Nick Cray who master-minded the event which generated more than £600 for the Captains’ charity.
I am looking forward to sharing the year with the new Ladies Captain Barbara Harwood and we will also be sharing the same charity – Rennie Grove Hospice Care.
The first couple of weeks have been busy, the Bogeys Bowl competition was enjoyed by 68 seniors on the 18th October. A 4 way tie on 38 points was decided on count back with victory to Field Walton from Terry Stannard, Pete Churchill and one other “old duffer”. The Veteran’s prize was won by the evergreen Brian Young with 35 points. The seniors were delighted to present Peter Cox the outgoing chairman with a momento in recognition of his contribution to the seniors section spanning more than 7 years.
The following day the Social Committee organised a very successful Night golf event when for some inexplicable reason I didn’t slice the special fluorescent balls – perhaps I should use them all the time?
Congratulations to Roland Christian who holed in one on the 7th in the match against Rye.
Finally, in my 35 years at the Club I have played with countless members but I do hope I will get the chance to play with many more over the coming 12 months. Some of you may only be able to cope with it once!
Immediate Past Captain
Just a short note to, once again, thank eveyone for their generosity. As a result we have been able to make substantial donations to both Prostate Cancer UK and to the Urology Department at High Wycombe Hospital. Part of the reason for choosing Prostate Cancer UK as my charity for the year was to raise awareness of prostate cancer amongst men at the club. If that has had any effect then that is great but just in case any of you have any doubts, remember that 1 in 8 of you are likely to suffer from the condition and that risk doubles if your father had the condition. End of Advert - thank you.
From the Ladies Captain
I would like to thank all the ladies for their good wishes for my year ahead.
I have attended my first event of the year, the Captains Drive-in, and given my first captains kiss on presenting the winner of the drive-in a bottle of champagne.
The first event of the year for the ladies was our Breast Cancer Awareness Day.
I must thank the ladies for donating £426 to the charity, a fantastic total.
Many of the ladies dressed in pink for the day. I think the ladies below look good with their brilliant pink wigs having played all 18 holes wearing them.
The weather was kind for us on the evening of the night golf organised by the social committee. Everyone had a great time. I just hope that the weather is kind to me in the coming year.
News from the Juniors
The busy junior golfing season is almost over, with only a few competitions left before the end of the year. The first competition in October had to be cancelled due to heavy rainfall, which closed the course, but there are two stablefords scheduled during the half term holiday on Monday 28th October and Friday 1st November (11.15am-12.00pm). Maybe we will be lucky and have some late Autumn sunshine.
Our Junior Annual Meeting and Prizegiving will be held on Sunday 3rd November 2019 at 2.30pm, when we look forward to welcoming all our junior members and their families and friends. This is a special afternoon, when all the Junior Trophies will be presented to the 2019 winners. We hope that the new juniors who have joined us this year will be able to attend, so that they can meet everyone and learn more about all the events and activities in our Junior Section.
The afternoon begins with the prizegiving, then Ben Quick will report on his successful year as Junior Captain. Ben will then introduce the incoming Junior Captain James Casserly, who will tell the juniors about his plans for next year. James will then ‘drive-in’ from the first tee and award a prize to the junior who has placed their named marker, closest to where his ball finishes. Refreshments will be served at the end of the afternoon, including cakes made by some of the ‘Mums’ and our Lady Members.
We have welcomed the following new juniors during the year and hope they are ‘settling in’ well and enjoying their membership. We wish them all a very long and happy membership at Beaconsfield: -
Edward Cotter, Harry & Jack Shawyer, Barnaby Dunster, Hannah Walsh, Rosie Stuart, Max Davis, Carl Banner, Rosie Hoskins, Hugo Meakin and Tom Davies.
The Junior Fixture List for 2020 is almost complete and will be added to the website in December.
To visit the ‘Junior Webpage’, enter the Members’ Area of the website, then click on Management, then Junior Section.
In The Golf Bag.... Preferred Lies
Winter Rules are now in place until further notice. The main item is preferred lies, and I thought I would explain when and how you can prefer your lie.
If your ball is in part of the general area cut to fairway height or less, then you can prefer your lie.
The general area covers everything on the course EXCEPT the following FOUR areas:
So the general area cut to fairway height or less covers all fairways, all fringes/aprons of greens, all tees (except the teeing area of the hole you are playing) and even any paths that have been mown through the rough (as long as these are mown to fairway height).
To prefer your lie, you pick up your ball, clean it if you want (or substitute another ball) and then replace it within 6 inches of the original position, not nearer the hole. You do not HAVE to mark the spot before picking up the ball, but it does make it easier to identify the original position.
Please remember that the local rule says you may prefer the lie ONCE, so as soon as you set the ball down and let go of the ball so that it stays on the spot, then you can’t pick it up again.
The new green at the Luke Donald short game area is starting to take shape with the sub-base being raised by a metre, fully drained followed by a 100mm layer of shingle (drainage carpet) then topped with 225mm of rootzone that will make up the final surface of the green . 2 new bunkers have been built to offer 2 very different practice options with the green having approaches, runs offs and uphill lies that will replicate every shot needed to play Beaconsfield. New irrigation has been installed with 8 back to back heads which isn’t currently seen on the course, with 4 heads irrigating the green and 4 reverse heads that will irrigate all of the surrounds. The mounding around the green will be screened with an imported topsoil to create shape and produce an ideal growing medium for the new turf before the final process of spreading hollow cores to create an instant surface backed up with a full overseed with 100% pure bentgrass. Extra mounding will be added between the smaller bunker and the 17th green to make sure there is no visible bunker sand whilst playing the 17th hole.
The new 14th Tee complex is taking shape with 4 new tees measuring –
Blue 8m x 8m
White 10m x 10m
Yellow 14m x 10m
Red 10m x 10m
All of the tees will be individually drained for all year round play, with upgraded irrigation that will allow for better coverage with less running time which will improve the quality of the grass and reduce the amount of water required. The new tees will be double the width of the existing tees offering 2 different angles to play the hole.
Subtle swales will be shaped around the tees to create a more natural look with the black rubber grass protection mats (used elsewhere around the course) laid along the left hand side to avoid the need for a path.
As we enter the wetter months please try to vary your walking lines, avoid walking between greens and bunkers and carry bags if you can.
18th greenside bunker before
18th greenside bunker after
Since the vandalism by bikers occurred on the course last year, the board has responded to concerns expressed by members and has been working to improve perimeter security. All foot path entry points are protected by stiles or kissing gates and the fencing has been enhanced to deter casual trespassers on motorbikes.
The one remaining area to be addressed is the front entrance where the vandals actually gained entry last September. After much consideration, and taking into account the views of the Police, the board has reluctantly agreed on a new gated front entrance which, as well as offering improved security, will create a fine first impression for members and visitors.
The entrance will consist of an electric wrought iron sliding gate flanked by two brick pillars. Both the pillars and the gate are bespoke designs in keeping with the architecture of the club house. The gate will open automatically as vehicles approach, triggered by sensors. We have decided against individual electronic fobs or entry keypads because of the many problems these cause and have been advised that the gates will themselves be a significant deterrent to vandals. Mature beech hedging surrounds, new fencing and enhanced CCTV will further ensure that the front entrance is secure.
We are currently going through the planning process which will take several weeks but images of the new entrance will be posted in the clubhouse and on the website in the next few days.
News from the Clubhouse
Since my last Niblick article we have had a very successful Captain’s Dinner and our incoming Captain, Steve Lynch, enjoyed a packed dining room for his Captain’s Drive-In Lunch.
This is also the time of year that Committee members step down and others assume office.
I have really enjoyed working with Ian Griffiths and will continue to enjoy working with Simon Mouncer and now Roger Taylor on the House Committee.
Mike Sanders will be joining myself, Sue Goodliffe and Sue Overall on the Social Committee this year.
The past year has been an absolute joy working with Helen Morris and Roger Clarke and I’m really looking forward to this year with Barbara Harwood and Steve Lynch.
A full field played Night Golf on Saturday the 19th of October and the winning team was Peter Goldsmith, Rob Quick, Gavin Lyons and Jonathan Harper.
We are busy planning our festive events and the sign-up sheets will be on the main notice board on Monday 4th November for the Christmas lunches on 8th and 15th December and also the Children’s Christmas Party on Saturday 14th December.
The Turkey Trot on Saturday 7th December will open online at 9.00 am on Monday 4th November.
An email will go out to members with all of the details for these events.
Another date to put in your diary is Saturday 29th February 2020.
Our ever popular Quiz Night will be held on that date.
Steve and June McAdam, and his wonderful team of Margaret Mardall and others, will once again be running this event.
This will be their 11th year running the quiz, and I can’t say how much I appreciate all of the time and effort that they all put into making the evening the huge success that it always is.
If you would like me to put your name down for any upcoming events, please email me on email@example.com and I will be happy to oblige.
My thanks to Eddie Collins for capturing this great photo of our sign-writer Norman Hart.
Norman has been coming to the club every year to update our honour boards since well before I started in 2000.
Norman works in gold leaf and still uses his trusty stick to keep a steady hand.
Long may Norman continue to ply his trade
I hope to see you in the clubhouse soon.
Trophy Roll Of Honour