Broadstone T2Green NEWS Bulletin
Welcome to another edition of T2G, this week we have plenty of news from across the Club to keep you updated with what's been happening and what's on in the coming weeks.
The AGM page is now available to view. 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
Rule changes and amendments
I have had a couple of queries with regard to the interpretation of certain rules, primarily about how long a member can serve on the committee.
When I first came to the club in November 2010 there was already a working group undertaking a rewrite of the rules and I helped to finalise the end result. The intention was to centre mainly on the governance and management of the club by streamlining our business practices, to delete certain rules which had become redundant and simplify the remainder.
The aim was to try and write the rules in "plain English" which to a degree was achieved but ultimately the final draft had to be put before our solicitor to ensure everything was legal and above aboard, hence some of the legal terminology. Once the new proposed rules had been cleared they were circulated to the membership and then a special meeting held to vote on them, along with various options on the governance being the main focus.
During the forthcoming AGM there are a couple of amendments being put forward concerning the selection of a Vice-Captain and the length of time the President of the Club serves. These are fairly straight forward and I suppose common sense changes that have come about through discussion with those involved in both process's over the last couple of years.
As regards the length of time that any member can serve continuously on Committee, the old rule in simple terms said a member could serve for two periods of 3 years and then should take a 12 month break before being eligible for re-election. When reviewing the rules this seemed strange and therefore the intent of the new rule was to reflect that if a majority of voting members agree that a member who has decided to stand for election would be the preferred choice, then that person would be elected on to Committee. In effect the membership (by majority voting) chooses the people they want to be on Committee, irrelevant of number of terms served.
Like all rules they can be open to interpretation, but the intent at the time of the rewrite was to ensure continuity if it was needed.
Previously in the old rules the role of Chairman was for 3 years but under the new rules the Committee vote annually for either the Chairman to change, or carry on in office, ensuring that the role is carried out efficiently and in line with a democratic process.
The only role/position currently within the club that is for a set period of 3 years is that of the Finance Officer again to ensure some continuity in developing our business model and ensuring its delivery. It is probably the most difficult post/office to fill and if that member was doing a great job and he was willing to carry on, would you want him to stop or be ineligible because a term of office was set in stone?
Members Guest Tickets
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 until the end of March only so make sure you buy yours soon. Members can buy a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 10 tickets only.
What an excellent turn out we had for the Quiz last Tuesday Night, thank you to all those who attended and congratulations to the winners.
The next Quiz will be on Friday 28th March. Book your teams in at the bar.
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, have you booked anywhere yet for your loved one?
We are offering a Delicious 4 Course Menu & Glass of Bubbly for £22.50pp. You can also pre-order some lovely Valentines cakes at the bar to be delivered here on Friday!
Shrove Tuesday - Come and enjoy a savoury or sweet pancake - 4th March.
Sunday Carvery - the carvery is on every Sunday at the Club, why not come along and enjoy a delicious traditional Sunday Roast! Click here to view this week's menu. Bookings for tables are taken at the Bar.
Mothers Day - Don't forget your Mothers' Day Sunday 30th March Booking, Cupcakes too for a wonderful gift can be ordered with us at a special rate, ask for details. Mums on the day, enjoy a free glass of bubbly with your lunch.
Daily Lunches - If you have any business lunches to arrange or just fancy popping out for a bite to eat, don’t forget our Heathlands Restaurant is up and running at Lunchtimes.
Finally, I know the weather has been awful, but we are still here open to serve all you all for Coffee, Cakes, Breakfasts, Lunches & Afternoon Tea, we'd love to see you!
See you at the Club soon.
Russell, Sam and the Huckleberry's team
News from the Ladies’ Captain - Jane Best
And now……the end is near……….well, it was when I started to compose this, my last submission as Ladies’ Captain for T2Green………..but now…….it is the final curtain (sort of).
The Ladies’ Captain’s Dinner & Prize Giving was a great event. The food was absolutely delicious, another great success story from Huckleberry’s Kitchen.
The company was extremely pleasant and the prize giving was slick!!
It was lovely to get all the silverware out on display again and to reminisce and share a few drinks with the ladies before my year as Ladies’ Captain came to an end. At prize giving I was thrilled to be presented with the Clemons Cup, which is awarded to the winner of the ladies knock out match play competition in both silver and bronze divisions.
I have never won such a large (and solid silver) trophy – however, this year I’m going for the Wimborne Bowl because I have decided that size really does matter (it’s huge)!
The ladies’ section has a worthy Champion in Sue Jackson the winner of the Lyon Cup – Dr Jackie Lyon’s memory will live on. Sue made a great Club Champion’s speech at the end of prize giving and the evening was rounded off by Kyra Horlock who bravely took centre stage and told us all about her recent experiences in America, playing in the grand Final of the Faldo Series in West Virginia, and seeking a place/scholarship at one of the American universities, and what she hopes the future might hold for her. We were delighted to see her and gave her our best wishes for the future.
Ladies’ Section AGM – Thursday 4th Feb.
This really was the final curtain for me! I was very pleased to hand over the reins of responsibility for the ladies’ section to Kate Roberts, the new Ladies’ Captain. Kate is very well equipped to take on this role; she is very experienced and is extremely effective in wet weather!!
I was delighted to be presented with a thank you/leaving present of a beautiful picture of the par 3, 8th hole where I was once fortunate enough to have had a ‘hole in one’ – and I’ve never forgotten it, and now I never will, because I’ll always have a constant reminder!
And finally, since becoming Ladies’ Captain I have reported in every single edition of T2G – I make this my 40th. My first submission was just after I became Captain and just before my Drive-in. I hope that I have provided you all with some insight into the ‘goings on’ in the ladies’ section (although some things must remain secret forever)! To all of you who have emailed me and approached me in the Club House to tell me how much you have enjoyed reading my contributions, I say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ and………..goodbye.
2014 Ladies'Captain - Kate Roberts
Kate was formally elected as Ladies Captain for 2014 at the Ladies AGM held on 6th February 2014. She formally thanked Jane Best, outgoing Captain, all the Ladies, the General Manager, Office Staff and Pro Shop for all their support during her year as Vice Captain and was looking forward to working with them, Elba Jones her Vice Captain and Graham Wilkin Club Captain elect this coming year.
Kate's Drive In - or probably 'DIVE IN' will be on Thursday 13th February. Ladies and Gentlemen are invited to join her for punch and no doubt lots of banter, on the 1st tee before she 'dives' off at 9.30am. Regardless of the outcome her first Ladies Tea will be later that afternoon at 3.45pm. All are welcome.
Club Captain - Allan Hutchins
The Captain's Dinner
As the AGM approaches and my tenure comes to an end, one of my last functions is, of course, the Captain's dinner. This year it is on Friday 21st February and at the time of writing we have over 80 attending. Needless to say there are a lot of familiar names for which I am very grateful. It would however, be great to see some of our newer members as these are always great evenings. If you would like to come but not sure about whom to sit with just let the office or me know and I will make sure you are on a table of like minded colleagues.
To remind you we have a magician, a top rated speaker/comedian and a fabulous three course dinner for just £32.50. Please remember that all tickets must be paid for prior to the event, payment can be made at the Club office, also please don't forget to select your menu choices on the table plan which is posted on the noticeboard in the bar, many thanks.
Still on the social theme some of you may have realised that this has been one area of my tenure that I have particularly enjoyed promoting. We have had some truly great events and I have had some excellent feedback. In an effort to maintain the momentum it has been decided to set up a "social committee" which will be headed by the Captain but involve the immediate Past Captain, the men's Vice Captain, the ladies Captain and Vice-Captain. I have therefore agreed to assist with this and some events are already planned. One of which is a repeat of the summer cruise. This year's event will be on the 7th August and will include a trip up the Wareham river and the fireworks at Poole Quay.
Also don't forget the evening with Frank Sinatra on the 5th April.
Finally, as the weather continues to frustrate us it is hard to remember what a great summer we had and hopefully will have again this year. Anyway, no excuse not to get down the range even if it means finding one undercover!
Don't forget let me know if you would like to join me on the 21st of this month.
In the meantime keep up the practice.
Both the Annual prize-giving and Ladies prize-giving evenings were a great success. Congratulations to all our trophy winners. Click here to see pictures of the prize winners at the annual prizegiving receiving their trophies from the Club Captain. Copies of the photographs taken at the Annual Prize-giving are available from the Club Office.
Following a recent Handicap & Competitions Committee meeting, it has been agreed to extend both the Frank Cup and Sugden Bowl knockout dates. Hopefully the weather will improve soon and the trophies can be updated in time for next year’s prize-giving!
The Annual Handicap Review has also been undertaken. Three compulsory reductions and many optional increases offered! An email has been sent to all members who have been subject to possible handicap alterations.
Diary Date Amendments -
The 4BBB Comp that was due to be held this Sat 15th Feb has now been rescheduled for Sat 22nd March. Bookings for this will go live on Wed 19th February at 8pm
Please also note the March Medal has been moved from Saturday 1st March to Saturday 29th March.
Reminder - sign up for Club Matches 2014
Sign-up sheets are up on the match notice board for the following:
Men’s Friendly Matches
If you would like to represent the Club, please add your name to the relevant sheet/s so the
Team Captain’s will be aware of your interest.
Weekly Course Report
Hello again and welcome to another course update.
What can I say, again the weather continues to dominate most topics of discussion and with over two feet of rain now since mid December, as well as yourselves the greenstaff are becoming ever more frustrated with the conditions.
Obviously progress is still being made with the winter projects but I think it is fair to say at times the daily planning of work has been a little testing!
On the plus side the bunker work is going well and 5th and 6th bunkers have now all been revisited with revetted turf added around the edges to stop stones coming in and give a more defined edge. Lots of extra heather and rough fescue grass has also been added and the bunkers are looking very nice.
Bunker work 5th hole
Whilst this part of the course has been closed due to waterlogged ground plenty of other work has been taking place around the 5th and 6th. Progress is being made on the new 6th tee though at times we have had to pull off due to soggy ground conditions. We are currently at the stage of preparing the base of the tee prior to adding the drainage and if eventually we are able to get some good weather then things should start to speed along quite nicely.
Levelling work on new 6th tee
Some extra tree work has also been carried out along the right edge of 6th tee to the green and we have been removing a few of the smaller oaks and beech trees. The large mature trees now have plenty of breathing space to develop. A tree surgeon has also been on site around the 5th and 6th limbing up any damaged or encroaching branches to ensure the trees look as good as they can.
With regards to the rest of the course there’s not too much to report on really. As many of you have witnessed the course is at saturation point now and priority must be steered towards ensuring the best possible protection is given when deciding to open and close the course.
With this amount of rain it’s easy for the course to become damaged and cut up if excessive amounts of traffic is allowed on it, which as we head towards the summer would have repercussions for early growth.
Many areas have been highlighted as problematic now that ground conditions are this wet and these are being recorded so that in the future these issues can be dealt with in the way of extra drainage etc.
16th fairway saturated ground
We have been out trying to free up blocked drains, clear ditches and find ways of shedding some of the water as best we can but with the water table so high now and nowhere for it to go this does make it very difficult.
Water released from a long lost drain on 17th
Looking ahead to next week and with more turf arriving work will be continuing on 8th bunkers and weather permitting further work on the new 6th tee.
As soon as the weather becomes kind to us we will also be aiming to aerate most areas again including the greens through both verti draining and slitting.
This work should help to firm the greens up a little which will allow our sprayer to get onto them to start applying small feeds to the greens which will help promote early growth as we head towards the spring.
Anyway that’s all from me for now, many thanks for reading, back again next time.
Pro Shop News
No real surprise to hear that not too much has been going on this week except rain and more rain!! Hopefully though you are all chomping at the bit to get back into your golf and when the good weather arrives we have a shop full of goodies waiting for you.
BIG BERTHA IS BACK AND SHE’S GOT MEANER!!
Despite the atrocious weather we still held managed to stage our launch event for the new Callaway Big Bertha with all full list of appointments, a dry and warm teaching bay and very well received coffee maker!!
WHAT AN IMPACT THE NEW KIT HAD!! Everyone including myself was incredibly impressed with the new Big Bertha and X2 Hot range with Flightscope and Trackman numbers showing huge improvements on player’s current equipment. I have recently agreed to play Callaway myself for the next couple of years and now I can’t wait to get my new kit!!
All of our new demo and custom fit equipment arrives mid February so take advantage of our free Flightscope offer and come and try the new range.
Not to be outdone TAYLORMADE has also launched an awesome iron range with the new SPEEDBLADES, CB’s and MB range now in the shop with fitting and demo equipment ready to go. Last but certainly not least is the new PING i25 range for all of you Ping stalwarts out there. As ever with Ping it is a beautifully manufactured range of products.
Ladies Group Lessons
Unfortunately Barry is going to have to postpone the start of the ladies group lessons. It was due to start with the first session tomorrow - 12th Feb but the forecast is dreadful, no one wants to be out there in a storm. Looking at the long range forecast we are now going to start the sessions in March, Barry will let the ladies know the new dates. Hopefully the sun will be out and the ground will be drier by then!
Half Term Junior Golf Camp
Barry & Adey will be running the half tem camp detailed below, please make sure that you let anyone know who might interested in bringing kids along to the Coaching Camp. Andrew Helby is on holiday this week but he will be back next edition with a news update and plans for the junior section.
There is not a lot else to add this week but in my constant search for how to improve my understanding of golf and communicating and coaching it I came across this brilliant quote in something I was reading not to do with golf at all but I have altered it a bit because I think it relates beautifully. Let me know what you think.
No Prescriptions – The Notion Of How!
The world is in love with the notion of how. Students love to ask for it. Teachers love to
dispense it. But the student who asks this is not a true seeker. And the teacher who dispenses it is not a true teacher.
Because how asks for a prescription. How asks for a method. How asks for a template.
How asks for a recipe. How asks for THE WAY. And those who ask the how question, ask the
question precisely because they are ready to follow the how answer. And if a person is willing to follow the way indicated by another it is only because he believes that there is, in fact, a path that is ready for him to tread. He has not yet come to the realization that a path is not a road, but an experience. And that experience is not something to join or walk toward. It is something that is continually and incrementally unfolding before him as a function of his way of perceiving his place in the world.
A common flaw in teaching golf is to misunderstand and to underestimate the
nature of the human machine. As teaching is largely about the dispensation of information. The human brain does not respond to another’s words. It responds to its perception and translation of those words. In this way, the teacher and the student can be forever speaking a different language.
It is too easy for the teacher to teach the How, they simply love to do it. They gain something from it emotionally and sometimes financially. The teacher teaches the how and it is not always because he feels it is the only way or the best way.The student asks the how, because he seeks a quick resolution to his problem. And though it may only work temporarily, he becomes accustomed to this repetitive cycle of being fixed and then it’s broken again, fixed and broken again, fixed and broken again etc…
The true seeker is consumed with the what and the why. For him the how is simply riding on the back of someone else or rather someone else’s opinion. The true teacher helps the student with what and why.
The great teachers are not teachers at all. They are seekers. They are not so much interested in their student’s development of technique, as they are in the development of theirunderstanding.
Teaching technique will lead to an enhancement of one’s technique. But never to the realization of one’s potential.
A golf coach who asks a student to work on keeping their left arm straight will make them better at only one thing………Keeping their left arm straight! Explaining to them and asking them to understand the importance of width in their golf swing is a far more powerful message.
Asking for the how does not make one great. It makes one dependent.
Seek understanding. Not instruction of technique. For the ultimate technique is devoid of conscious action. And the ultimate understanding is devoid of thought.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT I THINK!!
See you all soon.
Neil and the Pro Shop 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.