Broadstone T2Green NEWS Bulletin
Welcome to the latest edition of T2G, this week we have plenty of news to keep you updated with what's been happening and what's on in the coming weeks at the Club.
It's been a couple of weeks since the last T2G and the weather hasn't improved too much I'm afraid to say! Martin and his team continue to battle with the elements to complete the winter project works.
As a result of this winter's weather a decision has been made to postpone the proposed bunker renovation works that were planned for the 11th green. Instead of undertaking this work we will utilise some of the capital expenditure budget to look at improving drainage on certain areas of the course. This will include opening up some of the old original "open ditches" that used to be in place around the golf course. Also, when ground conditions permit, we will be adding some new drainage channels to some of the worst affected areas of the course.
This winter has tested our drainage systems to the max and if the weather patterns for the future are anything like what we have had this past 3 months then we need to ensure that we do everything we can to maximise the opportunity to open the course for play. Having said this, the weather we have endured since mid December has been absolutely staggering! Martin has some figures in his report on rainfall levels, as you will see the rainfall levels for Dec, Jan & Feb are in some cases more than triple the average amounts that we've had over the same period during the last 15 years!
With just over a week to go until the AGM there is still time to vote on-line on the two resolutions that have been put forward by the Committee, that's of course if you are unable to attend the meeting. If you are able to make it along then you can of course vote on these resolutions on the night. On-line and postal voting closes at 5pm on the 11th of March.
As we hadn't received any more nominations for Committee by the due date (26th Feb) other than the two nominations for the two slots available there will be no ballot required to fill the two Committee spots.
The AGM page is available to view on the website. Log in to the members area of the website and click on the AGM link at the bottom right hand side of the homepage or Click here to take you to the login page.
If anyone has a question that they would like to raise and discuss at the AGM next week then it would be both helpful and beneficial if they were to approach me in the first instance to allow an accurate response.
TEE BOOKING FOR SATURDAY 15th MARCH
With the AGM being held on a Thursday evening the tee booking for Saturday 15th March will now go live on Wednesday 12th of March at 8pm
I'm sure some members will have noticed the big blue box that's been fixed to the wall on the entrance to the Clubhouse, this is the Club's new AED (automated external defibrillator). As I mentioned a few weeks back the Club have taken the steps to have an AED installed as a precautionary measure to help maximise the opportunity of survival to anyone who suffers a heart attack. An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a safe reliable computerised device that can analyse heart rhythms and enable a non-medically qualified rescuer to safely deliver the life saving shock. The use of an AED can dramatically increase the chances of survival if a casualty's heart stops beating, but it must be used promptly. It also needs to be used in conjunction with effective Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Members of staff in and around the club and on the course are being trained in these techniques.
Extended use of 2013 Members Guest Tickets
Due to the poor weather conditions we have endured over the last couple of months the use of 2013 Members Guest tickets has been extended until the 30th of April 2014.
2014 Members Guest tickets are on sale now in the Pro Shop, they represent excellent value at just £18 each (Normal rate to sign in a guest £34). Tickets will be on sale this year until the end of March 2014 only so make sure you buy yours soon. Members can buy a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 10 tickets only.
We would like to start by thanking all members and their guests that have attended the Sunday Lunches, Valentine’s Night, Quiz & Curry Night and Ladies & Captains Dinner, all have been very successful and we have had some good feedback and lovely compliments on the food & service.
Coming up is the Sinatra Night, the Menu is based around Frank Sinatra’s favourite food from his favourite restaurant in NYC - Saturday 5th April (Click here to view Menu)
Sunday 9th March Carvery is Roast Turkey & Roast Beef (Click here to view Menu)
Saturday 15th March is our Steak Night which will include a 3 Course Meal with a Bottle of House Wine (bottle of wine per two customers) - Please book at the Bar
Friday 28th March is the next Quiz & Curry Night, Prizes for 1st & 2nd Teams
Don't forget, if the course is closed we are still here to serve Tea/Coffee, Lunches and Snacks.
Thank you again for your continued support.
See you at the Club soon.
Russell, Sam and the Huckleberry's team
News from the Ladies’ Captain - Kate Roberts
My first contribution to Tee to Green was inviting everyone to my Drive In on the 13th February! Well - it all went ahead. It was a beautiful morning but as predicted the course was closed due the heavy rain the previous evening! Jane Best, our immediate Past Captain, putted out but had been given trick golf balls which did not want to go down the hole much to the amusement of all who were watching. They turned round to see me in my red swimming hat and goggles ready to 'Dive In'. Not my best look!! However much to everyone’s surprise, especially mine, I managed to hit a decent drive. Barry was certainly not expecting it to go as far as it did and had to jump out of the way! After the excitement (???) we all returned to the Club House for coffee and a chat.
I must say a big thank you to Huckleberry's for the lovely punch and flap jack we had before the Drive In, to all who came to support me, to Graham Wilkin Club Captain elect who sold spot the ball tickets in aid of Julia's House (£104 was raised), to Neil who gave me a special edition ball to drive in with and the pearls of wisdom - "Just Relax", to Keith Rawling for taking the photographs and especially to my husband Chris who served the punch, kept me calm and I suspect is going to have to put up with a lot this coming year.
Since then many ladies have been away on holiday, trying to avoid the rain. We've been away skiing, taking part in winter sports in Finland, visiting Thailand and have been cycling in South America. All of us have come back in one piece except my Vice Captain Elba Jones. Unfortunately whilst cycling in Costa Rica she hit a pot hole, came over the handle bars and has fractured her elbow!!! We hope Elba makes a very speedy recovery and although she will not be able to play for 6-8 weeks, Elba intends to come up to the club for Ladies Tea and the AGM on 13th March.
Our golfing calendar should be taking off on Thursday 6th March with those of us who qualified, playing for the Sturton Cup. Unfortunately as the course is not likely to be fully open this will have to be postponed.
We will be having tea and cake on March 6th and I hope as many ladies as possible will be able to attend so we can catch up on future events.
Hopefully the next Tee to Green will be more on golf and less on holidays!!
Club Captain - Allan Hutchins
As we approach the AGM it is time to reflect on my year. My last official event, my Captain's dinner on the 21st February was, for me, a great way to end my year. From the feedback I have received I am proud to say it was a success! We had a magician who managed to blow everybody's mind, a superb three course meal followed by a comedian who had so many one liners it was hard to draw breath! I would like to thank everybody who supported the event but more importantly everybody who has supported me throughout the year. When I get time to look back it will be your kind comments that I will remember.
As this is my last T2G I hope you have found my contributions throughout the year helpful and of interest. My thanks to those who are regular readers, I know it is appreciated by all those who contribute.
Moving on my best wishes go to Graham and Kate for this year in their roles as Captain and to James and Elba for their roles as vice. I am sure they will do a great job and will appreciate your support.
I think we all agree we now have a superb catering and bar team, the results speak for themselves. If you haven't tried the Sunday Carvery you are missing out. The excellent catering has also helped to boost numbers at social events which is all good news for the positive feeling within the club that I know the vast majority feel.
With regards to social events I had booked a "Frank Sinatra" evening back in October but this was cancelled and had to be rearranged. The new date is Saturday 5th April and will be one of Graham and Kate's first big social events. "Frank" has come highly recommended and it promises to be a superb evening. Please look out for further details but in the meantime make a note in your diaries.
Well that is it from me. I look forward to seeing you at the AGM where it will give me great pleasure to pass the mantle over to Graham. After that Graham, no pressure but the Drive in is on the following Sunday!!
Best wishes to everybody and once again many thanks to you all.
It’s that time of year to sign up for the summer Club Knockouts – Entry sheets are posted on the competition notice board for the following prestigious competitions:
Scratch Singles Match Play
Handicap Singles Match Play
Men’s Foursomes Match Play
Mixed Foursomes Match Play
Please enter and pay relevant entry fee by the closing date of 30th March 2014. Club matches are an excellent way to meet new people and enjoy some friendly competitive golf!
2014 Captain & Pro Matches
The sheet to be entered into the draw for this year’s Captain & Pro matches is now up on the Captain’s notice board in the bar, the draw for matches will take place at the AGM.
We are looking for home teams for the Broadstone Bull competition on Sunday 27th April 2014. This is our flagship event at the Club, with home and away teams each consisting of 6 players. Each team must include at least one lady and one gentleman, playing a greensomes format. Ideally, each Broadstone pair plays with a visiting pair, most away clubs enter each year so there is a great atmosphere both on and off the golf course.
Please contact the Club office to enter team or if you would like to play we may be able to create a team!
Online Booking Dates for your diary
Saturday 19th April – MEN’S FW GUEST CUP (MEDAL FOURSOMES)
Booking available online – Wednesday 19th March at 8.00 pm
Saturday 26th April – PAT SANDERS TROPHY (4BBB STABLEFORD)
Booking available online – Wednesday 26th March at 8.00 pm
Here’s hoping I have some competition results soon!
Weekly Course Report
Hello again and welcome to another course update.
I have lost count how many times this winter I have started the update with talk of the weather!
December’s rainfall I thought was just bad luck, January maybe jinxed but to go through the same again during February is just beyond belief!
Having just updated our rainfall records it becomes even more depressing, in February alone we had just five days without any rainfall. As can been seen on the link below the average amount of rain for Dec, Jan and Feb over the last 15 years prior to this year is 313mm. Over this winter through the same period we have had 716mm! (click here to view rainfall chart)
This unprecedented amount of rain has obviously caused plenty of problems across the course. Many areas of the course have suffered from water logging that will now need attention to some degree.
16th fairway waterlogged
Aside from the drainage issues that have been highlighted this winter, and that need to be addressed, the main problem we have had is getting machinery onto areas such as greens, fairways, tees etc to try and improve them through the winter without churning up and damaging the surface and grass.
Aeration work always helps as does carrying out work such as spraying wetting agents to try and disperse the water through the soil profile etc. Spraying products such as iron to green and harden the grass up or small liquid feeds through the winter would also have helped.
With the course so wet we were just simply unable to get to most areas and this has been the frustrating part watching the course suffer and being able to do very little to help it.
Now the positives and with a few dry days it is surprising how quickly the course dries out and at last we are able to start to carry out a few jobs on the course.
As I write this update the greens are currently being sprayed with a much needed ‘goodie’ cocktail of feed, iron, seaweed as a soil conditioner and potassium to harden up the turf and relieve stress. The good thing however is that grass is pretty resilient and normally bounces back without too much major work involved. I often say to myself, since 1898 this course must have suffered some horrific weather conditions, but we still have grass!
A few fairways have suffered particularly badly such as the 18th, 16th and 3rd. Our intentions now will be to firstly spray these fairways with iron to regain some colour and kill the moss, which again has come in vigorously due to the wet conditions. As soon as the weather warms a little more a strong liquid feed will be given to them to encourage some early growth. We will then look to scarify the moss and thatch build up out, along with either a solid spike or hollow core of the problem areas. Following this we will over-seed and a top dressing will be applied to improve the grass sward once more. All of this work will be carried out over the next couple of weeks if weather allows and by early to mid spring things should be looking good once more.
After all the storms the course is in need of a good tidy up and we will be concentrating on cutting all areas as and when we are able to get on to them as well as clearing debris in the way of leaves, twigs etc.
Back to the drainage issue and as I have mentioned lots of areas have been highlighted as needing attention. The 18th in particular has been one such area that has been lying in water most of the winter. Part of the practice ground ditch and ditch right of the 18th fairway were filled in a few years ago, filling these obviously hasn’t helped. The 1st and 18th sit in a very low valley and off the course to the right of 1st fairway the ground travels for a very long way uphill towards the houses. Likewise to the left of 1st again it is a huge distance uphill towards the 12th and 13th. All of this water obviously travels down both ways to the 18th and 1st and sits in this area before travelling down the stream.
The railway line by the practice ground holds back a lot of the water it then subsequently makes it way underneath only to reappear again on the surface in front of the practice mats. It is this water that has just kept running all winter across the practice ground and 18th. The ditches were originally intended to catch this water and steer it down toward a huge underground pipe at the far end of the practice ground. I remember when I first came here as a trainee that we filled this ditch in with pipe and stone. Years on this has come to be an issue and before next winter we will be reinstating these open ditches. I sometimes think back to when this course was built and the simple but extensive knowledge the old guys had to removing water. Nothing is a good as a clean open ditch and this has been a topic for discussion over the last few months across the country particularly the Somerset levels!
Back on to the current situation, this winter’s works. I cannot remember a winter that has been as challenging as this and I must say my team have been outstanding. Through the extreme conditions, day after day to wake up at 5am and hear the rain and winds howling outside only to come to work with a positive mind and get stuck into anything I have thrown at them is just phenomenal. Over two feet of rain in three months has caused us no end of problems and though all of the 5th works are now virtually complete it is fair to say the new 6th tee is running a little behind schedule. It was always going to be quite a big job and again similar to the new 5th tee has been made slightly bigger by some improvement ideas as we are going along, this is to ensure that we end up with a really good finished project. A very natural looking bank has been built up next to the new tee. This bank has been planted with a mixture of heather and heathland grasses, mainly from behind the green keeper sheds, an area that is away from play and out of view. We will of course be returning to this area to spread heather brash which will allow the seeds to establish once more and in time give us more natural heather.
New 5th/ 6th bank
On the 6th tee and we are currently at the stage of installing drainage to the ladies/winter tee. The men’s back summer tee has had drainage and irrigation pipes installed and is now ready for topsoil and turf. This is a high wear tee so the earlier we can get turf on to it the better to allow plenty of time to knit in. To speed up this process we will be laying the tee with much larger roles of turf than normal, these rolls are rolled out on the back of a tractor and with less joins which will help it knit in quicker. In the interim period play will be off of an astro turf mat that will be installed onto a corner of the new tee. This will be a permanent mat so that in times of hard wear or no recovery i.e. during the winter, play can if needed, be steered onto this. The 5th and 6th will be reopened as soon as we can unfortunately this is difficult at the moment whilst work continues on the 6th tee.
Just to highlight some of the problems we have faced on the new 6th tee over the last few weeks we have had to deal with the path collapsing down to 6th tee from an underground spring blocking the way to supply materials with dumper trucks etc. This has had to be filled in with stone and gravel.
6th path collapse due to underground spring
We have also had to put in a large drain next to the ladies tee after we have found what almost seemed like an underground river pushing up right underneath the ladies tee!
6th tee underground stream
It is things like this that now go a long way to showing why the old 6th winter tee was saturated during the winter and should hopefully now be much better.
View towards new 6th tee
We have also had a large oak tree blown over at the back of the 6th green.
6th oak tree blown over
All of the bunkers on 5, 6 and 8 have now been readdressed and the issues put right. New heather has been added and turf revetted edges put in.
8th bunkers complete
This will help to stabilize the bunker edges and also stop stones from contaminating the sand. The turf used for this has been a tall wispy fescue and close to the natural heather planted faces etc We will allow these edges to grow up rather than strim with a tight defined edge. This will help keep the natural look of the bunkers
The 14th bunkers will be finished to the same standard but at the moment all our efforts are being concentrated on the course issues and completing 6th tee.
Just to finish up, we are in the diary as scheduled to start hollow coring work from the 10th March. As we are behind time with the above mentioned works we will now look to start this the following week, week commencing 17th March. This will also give the greens more time to dry out, providing the rain slows down now!
To end, this week we will be looking to cut greens, tees and approaches to tidy things up further. I think that’s all for now, apologies the update has been a little longer than normal but with many things to talk about I felt it would be good to bring you all up to speed as to where we are at after a long hard winter. Hopefully we all can now look forward to some better weather and more golf.
Pro Shop News
Well the weather is improving and we have a shop full of goodies for you all to try now that it has eventually cleared up a little!!
THE NEW PING I25 range has arrived and the boys have been out on the flightscope testing out the driver and it’s a powerful stick. The I25 irons are also in stock and available for demo so all you Ping fanatics out there come and try the new range.
CALLAWAY BIG BERTHA IS HERE and she’s back with a bite!! Callaway are sure to have a big year with their awesome range of X2Hot and Big Bertha’s. I liked them so much myself I have just agreed to become a Callaway Staff Player for the foreseeable future so can’t wait to get going with them.
TAYLORMADE SLDR AND JETSPEED continues to perform very strongly both on our Flightscope and on the tours both sides of the Atlantic, they are both very strong ranges. The new CB and MC irons are also now available and demos can be tried at any time.
We have also got lots of sale and clearance stock available including bags, Ralph Lauren clothing, Footjoy and Adidas shoes and 20% OFF ALL WATERPROOFS (GENTS AND LADIES) UNTIL THE END OF MARCH!! This includes Galvin Green, UnderArmour, Footjoy and Cutter and Buck.(click here to see the latest offers)
Finally last week I did an experiment I have been wanting to do for some time using Andy and David Morgan. I wanted to prove to them (and myself) that they are not swinging the club as efficiently as they could be, we had some laughs doing it, have a look at the attached document (click here) to see the findings……Food for thought!!!
Junior Newsletter - Click here to read the latest Junior news
Look forward to seeing you all soon
Neil and The ProShop Team.
NEWS ARCHIVE AREA -
As you are aware there has been ongoing case against the HMRC in respect of VAT paid on visitor green fees.
The lead case was by Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club v HMRC and was being argued for Bridport by KPMG. The Judge at the Tribunal asked the European Court of Justice for a ruling on VAT applied to green fees by HMRC before a decision could be given on the Bridport and West Dorset Golf Club case. The case was heard at the ECJ on Thursday and the good news is that the ECJ has ruled that no VAT should be applied to Non-Profit making Golf Club’s on any type of temporary membership fee/visitor green fee.
It is all very positive news but does not yet mean we have the cash, it is still too early to celebrate. The ruling is now passed back to the Tribunal where the judge at this court will make a definitive ruling based on the ECJ ruling, so we are still a bit away before a final result but I’ll keep you updated as things progress.
The 2014 Club diaries and membership stickers are now available for collection from the Professional shop. We do not intend to post out the diaries unless specifically requested.
Winter Rules/Preferred Lies have been introduced with effect from 1st November 2013, until further notice. To view the notice for winter rules - click here
Temporary Greens – Please treat as GUR
Winter Golf – Restriction to Member’s Guests at Weekends
Due to the lack of daylight hours during the winter, the Club will again repeat last year’s position of suspending member’s from inviting guests to play golf on Saturday's (all day) and on Sunday mornings before 11.30am. The restrictions will be in force from Saturday 23rd November through to Sunday 16th February 2014 inclusive. Thank you for your understanding with this matter.
Download the Broadstone App
For all the iphone, android phone and ipad users out there you can now download the "Broadstone Golf Club App" The app is a bit of fun and is free to download and share with other users.
Apple version - Click here
Android version - Click here
Marriott High Cliff Hotel Health Club Membership
The Club have secured some corporate rates/discounts at the above venue for membership at their Health Club. To view the offers and for more info click on the links below
Marriot High Cliff membership
Thanks for reading this bulletin and we'll be back again next week with all the latest news. Please feel free to contact me either by phone, email or better still in person should you wish to discuss anything at all to do with the Club.