Welcome to another edition of T2G.
The Club diaries and membership stickers will be ready for collection from Friday 20th December. Again this year the Club do not intend to post out the diaries unless specifically requested. Diaries will be available for collection between 9am and 5pm on a Monday to Friday from the Club office and on a Saturday and Sunday from the Professional shop.
Well that's our first week gone by at the Club and wow it's passed in the blink of an eye. Firstly I would like to thank everyone for their patience with us this week, I know that there has been a few occasions where we've been a little off the pace but please remember, we are still finding our feet which may have resulted in a little bit of waiting at times, my apologies for this, I can assure you it is not how we operate and we will endeavour to get it right. The other thing that we are looking at is our menu offering and price structure, I've had plenty of feedback and I'm really, really keen to make sure that we give you a varied menu at a price that is fair but at the same time making sure quality is not compromised. So I assure you we will make changes, we are learning as we go, and we will listen to your feedback. To make sure of this I'm going to get a "comments book" for the bar and would welcome any constructive thoughts on what we could do or what you'd like to see us sell. All comments will be replied to. I'm of now to peel a few more spuds, fingers are getting a bit wrinkly might be something to do with the fact that we've had 5 member’s functions in our first 7 days! Good to get in at the deep end as they say!Back again in the next edition.
Russell and the Huckleberry's
As stated in the last edition I intend to explain the rationale behind our attempts to maintain the heathland environment.
About 5-6 years ago the then Committee made a conscious decision to maintain the heathland environment and where possible to try and reclaim it. The course has always been known as ‘heathland’ and the partners that own land around us (The Borough Council and Natural England) were also pursuing the same agenda. All of the land mentioned has SSSI status which means we were already subject to ‘negotiable’ conditions as to how we treated the environs surrounding the actual playing surfaces.
We also take regular advice from STRI (Sports Turf Research Institute) who in simple terms were telling us that we needed to get more air, light and warmth to the playing surfaces as the trees were gradually impinging on our ability to grow grass on the course and support the heathland areas around it.
The third element reinforcing that view was from Frank Pont (architect Infinite Design) who we have employed to advise us on how to best return the course to the original Harry Colt status and ethos. He was also advising us that in areas the course was too dark and would also benefit from opening up the long views.
Last but not least Natural England representatives, the trees surgeons and green-staff were also advising that there were too many trees growing close together. This had the impact of destroying the heathland environment and limiting the actual trees to grow because they were so close together. This meant that they were fighting for the same nutrients and the same space.
If we use the left hand side of the 4th as an example whilst clearing the area there were no trees that had a full canopy, once you removed one nearby the remaining one only had one side of growth. Had we gone in there 20 years ago when many were saplings and thinned them out we would have had fewer trees, but those left would have been healthy specimens with full canopies. Now they have been thinned out we can expect to see some heathland start to flourish but there will be a proliferation of new saplings coming through which will need to be carefully managed otherwise we will be back to square one.
For some people one of the attractions of Broadstone was to have each hole secluded and private. But this was something that happened over the years from lack of careful management of the heathland and allowing trees to become too dominant. Some of the new views are equally stunning especially at this time of the year and was how the course was first envisaged and designed. It is not our intention to remove every tree on the course but we do need to curb some broad leafed trees especially the birch, the wild willow and some of the beeches which are suffering because they have no room to grow and flourish.
We also have some rare fauna and flora on the course which needs a more open heathland environment to survive and grow. You will have probably seen on the club website an e-booklet called the Dorset Heathland Tour. Our partner courses in this venture Parkstone and Ferndown are also featured and are likewise making great stock of their ‘heathland pedigrees’ albeit the three courses are totally different in terms of terrain and available space. But each has its unique appeal!
We also have to remember that we are also at the mercy of nature itself so when we go into an area it does not grow back immediately and we do have to try and help by spraying out new growth that we do not want or thinning out saplings such as birch. We cannot go to Haskins and buy heathland and plant it! So we have to be patient.
It is remarkable that last year when we removed quite a few trees during the winter it looked different, some would say sparse but once spring was upon us and the leaves started to grow it was hard to see where we had removed trees or cleared scrubland. But after a short time we are beginning to see some heather coming back through which we now have to carefully encourage.
I know for some it seems radical but it is necessary and any good woodsman will tell you that ‘you must manage woodland areas in order that trees are given space to grow’. All the expert advice has been the same, so please if you have your doubts, stick with us and given time and good management we will in the long term see the benefits which make our course so unique.
Chris Dennis, Chairman (on behalf of the committee).
News from the Ladies’ Captain - Jane Best
The Ladies indulged Martin.
Last week I reported on the guest appearance of Martin Coward the Head Greenkeeper at our Ladies’ Tea on 21st November and I mentioned that the ladies were going to take the opportunity to give Martin what he told us he really, really wanted. Well the ladies did just that……………see the photographs of pots of heather! Martin said he wanted to see much more heather on the golf course but that it would take time for it to take hold and develop. Martin – I hope we have helped in some small way to give you what you want.
The Ladies’ Christmas Lunch – 12th December, 1:30pm for 2:00pm
This is looking like it’s going to be a very popular event. The table plan is filling up nicely, but there is always room for one more!
PLEASE NOTE THAT LUNCH IS SCHEDULED 1:30 FOR 2:00PM and that ‘Secret Santa’ pressies not exceeding £5 may be exchanged on each table – but is not obligatory.
We plan to start lunch a little earlier this year because there is a very full programme to get through!
Honoured guest at the Seniors’ Dinner - Friday 6th December
I enjoyed a lovely evening of food and entertainment when I was invited by the Seniors to their Christmas dinner on Friday. Paul Nelson was an excellent host and made an amusing after dinner speech (but the Ladies' Section won't be asking him for a copy of his jokes!) and Bill Kent, who has got Christmas flashing off to a discreet art, made our brains hurt with his clever quizzes. Altogether a thoroughly enjoyable evening and I thank the Seniors most sincerely for their kind invitation and I am delighted to be the first Ladies' Captain honoured in this way. The two Sections have supported one another over the years and I hope that in future years we will continue to develop our mutually beneficial relationship.
News from Club Captain - Allan Hutchins
Not much to report on the golfing front except I had a great time in Turkey and would thoroughly recommend this destination for a golfing holiday. Great Hotels and excellent golf courses!
NEW YEARS EVE
On the social side I am pleased to report that we are now full for New Years Eve. If you were thinking of coming but left it to late then I suggest you pass your name to the office in case of any late cancellations. If you have booked your place then It would be much appreciated if you could pay on your next visit to the club.
CHRISTMAS LUNCH SUNDAY 15th DECEMBER
Once again we are close to the maximum for the Club Christmas Lunch. If you wish to join us for this festive occasion then please add you name to the table plan in the bar as soon as possible. If you are not yet in the Christmas spirit then the Christmas carols, turkey and Christmas pudding will no doubt do the job.
Staying on the social theme you may recall we were to have a Frank Sinatra evening back in October which for a number of reasons had to be cancelled. I can now report that this has been re-scheduled for Saturday the 5th April and will be a great way for Graham to start his captaincy. Paul Holgate (alias Frank) has been highly recommended and I would suggest you put this date in your diary as an evening not to be missed! You never know Graham, or the new Ladies Captain, Kate, may be persuaded to do a duet!!
Until next time.
Weekly Course Report
Hello again and welcome to another course update.
Work is progressing well on the construction of 5th new tee and with good weather conditions we have now been able to get out and spray the greens a few times with different applications.
Iron has been applied to harden the turf and give a little more protection against disease and stress as well as some colour. The other product applied was a pesticide for the control of leather jackets.
These are the large maggot like looking grubs that originate from the larvae of the crane fly or ‘daddy long legs’. They spend the winter feeding on the grass roots underground. This damage then appears in the spring as brown or yellow bare patches on the surface.
Other visible signs that show we have a problem with them at this time of year can be seen by birds pecking at the greens to get to them for a feed.
After spraying it was reported back the next day from one of the green staff that most greens were covered with dead leather jackets so this has been a very successful exercise, and please don't worry, the product that we use and the rate we apply it at is perfectly safe to us humans!
The picture below shows crane fly damage in a garden. This can be easily confused with the lawn drying out so it’s always worth bearing this in mind if your lawn starts to look like this during the summer and birds start pecking at the grass.
Our greens at times have certainly suffered from these signs and symptoms which have almost fooled us into putting on more irrigation when the reality is we have an infestation of leather jackets.
Back to other things and as already stated much of this week’s work has been targeted towards the new 5th tee. The tee has now been turfed with arena bargold turf supplied from Tillers of Lincolnshire. This is a mixture of dwarf ryegrass and fescue grass species. More info and a look at their website can be seen below. We use tillers turf often as they are regarded as one of the leaders of golf course turf suppliers in the country and provide specialised grass species and soil growing conditions. http://www.tillersturf.co.uk/tee-turf
If I could just please mention it is imperative that no one is tempted to walk on or play a shot from the new tee whilst the turf grows in. This will ensure that it has the best possible start and will enable the tee to be in play as early as possible, sometime in the spring.
This week work has also started on returning back to the new bunkers. As has already been spoken about during the last few months we will be readdressing a few of the problem bunker faces that are allowing stones to filter in and readjust some of the steeper faces. A revetted turf edge will be added where needed and also extra heather clods and more natural wispy fescue turf to further improve the look of the bunkers.
As I have mentioned before, last year’s bunker work was a learning curve for us all and a few mistakes were made. In general though I think the progress that has been made working closely with Frank Pont has been of huge benefit to improving those holes that have had new bunkers created. This can clearly be seen from the never ending good reports we get back from golfers everywhere, even those that have not visited the course but have given positive comments from pictures posted on our twitter site etc.! We now have a much better understanding of potential problems and are working hard to rectify these as future work continues.
Finally to finish up and into next week work will continue around 5th. Hopefully by the end of the week the new pathway next to the new tee will be somewhere close to completion. Apologies for being directed around the left of the new tee but unfortunately this is one of those areas that’s difficult to provide a good alternative.
Clearance work has now started and will continue in the area to the left of 7th hollow. Again this is part of the countryside stewardship agreement and will further enhance the heathland view as you come into 7th. Also on the agenda for next week will be the never ending job of leaf clearance. With cold weather now in charge hopefully not too much longer until they are all down, though at the moment the trees are looking fantastic with all the colours changing as the leaves die off.
Anyway that’s all from me, as usual back again next week and many thanks for reading.
I am pleased to announce the recent competition results -
Seniors Turkey Trot – Monday 2nd December 2013
17 pairs entered Non-qualifying
1st Graham Duckmanton & Jack Turnbull 74 points
2nd Roger Ireland & Alan Seaman 70 points
3rd Mike Taylor & Paul Nelson 67 points
Ladies Stableford – Thursday 5th December 2013
29 Entries Non-qualifying
1st Janet Giddings 33 pts
2nd Alaine Coyne 32 pts
1st Lyn Whiting 24 pts
2nd Rose Warwick 23 pts
Turkey Trot – Saturday 7th December 2013
62 pairs entered Non-qualifying
1st Simon Eller & Kristan Ward Each win Ping Trolley Golf Bag
2nd Dean Bridges & David Fellows Each win Footjoy Shoes
3rd Michael Davidson & Steve Goodall Each win Club Jumper
4th Neil Taylor & Richards Crabb Each win Taylormade Back Pack
5th Neil Irish & Dan Irish Each win Club Shirt
Frank Cup - Congratulations to the pairings of Simon Percy/Chris Robert & Leigh Coulling/Kevin Phillips who are through to this year’s final. Chris and Simon won a close match against Stuart Merrell & Jay Martin winning 2 up and a similar score line in the other semi final means Leigh and Kevin progress by Chris Terndrup & Ken Gerrard.
Date for your diary
Saturday 28th December - FESTIVE FOURBALL BETTER BALL COMPETITION
Booking available online – Wednesday 18th December at 8.00 pm
More updates next week, have a good week
Pro Shop News
Far be it for me to blow my own trumpet but a certain Head Professional from Broadstone Golf Club managed to shoot a little 65 (-6) round Ferndown last week to win the pro’s individual in the Christmas Alliance! It was even more out of the blue as the boys and I had a bit of a late one the night before on one of our pro-shop night out team building sessions. Maybe hangover golf is the way forward for me? The General Manager was also in great form as we managed 46 points to claim second prize in the better ball, all in all a successful tournament.
Well Christmas is just round the corner and we have loads of pro shop specials which you will have hopefully picked up from the email we recently sent out. Also, for those of you who may be wanting to order something this Christmas the sooner the better to make sure we can get what you want in time for Christmas.
The cold weather has also arrived with a vengeance and it’s just as well we have a large stock of lined jumpers and under layers / compression tops to keep out the biting wind. For those of you not familiar with under layers, they are thin compression layers that are great for keeping all the heat in and we have Galvin Green, UnderArmour and Footjoy for you to choose from.
The new TaylorMade JetSpeed is due to hit the shelf any day with its groundbreaking speedstrip technology is sure to be a big hit (literally). As always we will have demos for you to try in all models. We have also just taken stock of the new SLDR Fairway woods and they look awesome. For those of you who were fans of TaylorMade's popular V Steel fairway woods from a few years ago this will right down your street. Come and have a free fitting with one of the pro shop lads to give them ago. On the subject of fittings, we are still offering FREE FLIGHTSCOPES this winter on any of the products in the shop. The deal remains that if we cannot better the performance of your current clubs we will give you a free sleeve of Rocketballz balls.
The Eclectic is still open for those of you who haven’t entered yet and so too is the PROSHOP CHRISTMAS RAFFLE with a Motocaddy S1 Electric Trolley up for grabs to the winner. Tickets are £5 each or £10 for 3 and there are plenty of other great prizes to be won.
Finally I was giving a schoolteacher her first golf lesson the other day
“Is the word spelt p-u-t or is it p-u-t-t?” she asked.
“P-u-t-t is correct” I replied “Put means to place a thing wherever you want it. Putt means a vain attempt to do the same thing”
BARRY’S TIP OF THE WEEK
Think of the last time you played golf. How many times were you past the flag after hitting your shot in? Now, how many times were you short of the flag (or even the green)?
This time of year the air is colder and damper (thicker). This will reduce the distance the ball will travel through the air. Also because of the cold you are wearing more layers to keep warm. This can restrict your movement and reduce club head speed.
So now your 6 iron from 150yards only goes 140yards. So next time you are out on the course, think about taking an extra club to allow for the cold conditions and the 17 layers you are wearing.
If any of the ladies are interested in group lessons starting in the New Year and would like more information, please give me your e-mail address in the Pro Shop and I will pass the information on to you.
There are still three spaces available for Wednesdays on course playing lesson. Speak to me in the Pro Shop if you would like to take part. £10 for a two hour group playing lesson, tee off at 2pm.
That’s all for now.
Look forward to seeing you all soon. Neil and the Pro Shop team.
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
Virgin Active (Corfe Mullen) or Marriott High Cliff Hotel Health Club Membership
The Club have secured some corporate rates/discounts at the above venues for membership at their Health Clubs. To view the offers and for more info click on the links below
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.