Welcome to the latest T2G, as usual we have plenty of information to keep you up to date with what's going on at the Club.
As you know our Head Professional Neil Rowlands has given the Club notice of his intention to resign his post. Neil has explained in a recent news bulletin that his resignation was an extremely difficult decision to make and was based purely on personal circumstances.
In light of Neil’s news I’m sure there are a few members who are wondering what will happen to the balances they have on their Pro shop account. The Committee have discussed this matter with Neil and the Club are aware of the balance of monies held on members accounts, any members balances that have not been used prior to Neil’s departure will be carried over to whoever takes on the role in the future. What we do know is that Neil will be with the Club until the end of December and I’m sure he will have some great offers on in the shop between now and then!
The Committee are still considering the way forward in regards to the future plan for Neil’s replacement. As soon as they have had the opportunity to meet and discuss the best options I’ll bring you more news.
The Committee have now met on several occasions with Golf recruitment specialist, Mr Ian Timberlake. Ian has been working hard on the Clubs behalf compiling a list of top class candidates to take up the post of GM at the Club. The Committee will be meeting later this week to create a shortlist of candidates they would like to interview from Ian’s list. The committee are aiming to conduct interviews at the end of October with a view to appointing their preferred candidate by mid November. I’ll bring you more news on this matter as things progress.
As part of the Clubs on-going investment programme specialist drainage contractors have arrived on site this week to undertake some of the required drainage works around the golf course. As mentioned in the last newsletter the areas that have been identified for drainage are - Practice range, 3rd, 10th & 12th fairways. The works commenced on the practice range on Wednesday 15th of October and of course means that the range may be affected by closure during the 2-3 days following this. If you are planning to use the range to practice it may be best to call the shop beforehand to check if it’s closed or not.
The Club recently held its annual members forum evening. This year the main speaker was the Club’s new independent Agronomist, Mr Gordon Irvine. Gordon gave a very interesting and detailed talk on his proposed maintenance techniques to help move the clubs playing surfaces forwards and at the same time help the club to have a more sustainable golf course. Gordon felt that sustainability for golf courses was an essential part of all golf clubs future planning. This was due to the restrictions on fertilisers, pesticides and fungicides that will be implemented by the EU in the not too distant future.
Mr David Holmes, Club Finance Officer gave an update on our current financial position. Mr Holmes was pleased to report the Business model was working well and the Club’s O/D facility continued to drop in line with our business plan. He also reported that the current financial position this year was strong and had allowed the Club to undertake some extra maintenance work on the fairways to ensure their strength and health going into the winter.
Can I please take this opportunity to remind you all to take care of your personal belongings when you are at the Club, do not leave anything of value lying about in the locker rooms and don’t leave Clubs lying at the entrance to the Clubhouse, you just never know when someone could walk along and pick them up! If you are putting your clubs down prior to play it would be best to bring them round to the area in front of the gents locker room. We do try to keep a watch on the Clubhouse environs via CCTV and Phil our maintenance man is generally about to keep an eye on things, however this does not mean that someone could come to the club intent on stealing something. It’s also worth pointing out at this point in time that the Clubs insurance does not cover member’s belongings, either in or around the Clubhouse.
Hello and welcome to the latest course update.
Having been a while since my last update I thought it would be a good idea to bring you up to speed with recent works on the course and our work plans as we head towards winter.
Overall I think we have had a pretty successful summer. The weather has been very kind to us even through September and with the long hot sunny periods the course was allowed to be shown off exactly as a heathland course should be. The fairways browned off, greens were generally firm throughout with good speed and consistency and the tall natural wispy grasses flourished around the bunkers and out into the rough. At times we still had issues of heavy rough to contend with and as already mentioned in previous updates, over the next few years of being correctly managed will keep improving.
Course presentation is hugely important on a daily basis and the two seasonal staff Christine and Dom that we had working with us over the summer helped massively. Path edges were regularly trimmed and fairways kept up together with divoting amongst other things.
The end of last month was a very busy time for us as we had ALS Contractors in carrying out renovation work on the fairways. All fairways were hollow cored and collected which if continued annually will improve the fairways massively, reducing the thatch and fibre layers to improve the quality of the playing surface and drainage.
ALS contractors and our green staff hollow coring 5th
Most of the fairways were then over seeded with fescue grass seed and finally top dressed by ourselves during the last couple of weeks.
Top dressing being applied to 1st
The fescue grass seed is the natural grass type seen on most heathland and link’s courses and grows much finer than the dark green coarse annual meadow grass. It is also a much more sustainable grass requiring less feed and little water. Again ideally suited to our course where we do not have fairway irrigation and want to retain the firm fairways where the ball will bounce on and brown off a little during dry spells.
Working alongside our consultant Gordon Irvine we also devised a plan as to which top dressings would be best suited to individual fairways. On the wetter fairways a very high sand content dressing was used to open the soil up and on the sandy, gravel type fairways such as 9th and 13th an evenly mixed dressing of sand and organic was used to condition the soil and give the grass something to grow into whilst still allowing good drainage.
In total 10 artic lorry loads of dressing (300 tonnes) was applied and brushed in.
One of 10 lorry loads of dressing being delivered and Dressing being distributed out onto course
Whilst on the subject of Gordon Irvine I was fortunate enough to be at the member’s forum to see his presentation on sustainable golf.
Those that were present were treated to a great talk about the great course we have and where the industry is heading into the not so distant future with regards to chemicals steadily being withdrawn that will in time have a crucial effect on the way courses are managed and the way they are presented.
Over the years I have been to many seminars where sustainable golf presentations have been delivered and warnings were issued about certain products being withdrawn or banned etc. During the last few years I am already noticing, and being regularly updated on specific pesticides that are not being relicensed. A few years ago a fungicide could be applied 3 or 4 times a year to control disease now we are only able to spray it once or twice. If that application is used up only to find the disease reappears a few weeks later due to ideal weather conditions allowing it to take hold again, then all sorts of problems could occur. This is where Gordon’s experience and expertise of working in the field of sustainable golf on many courses will help us in better stead when that time comes.
As I said in last month’s t2g the type of golf course we have and the natural grasses that should thrive on it are sustainable grasses anyway i.e. requiring less fertiliser, more resistant naturally to disease and require less water which in turn keeps out the unwanted grasses.
If you stop to think it all through what Gordon had to say all makes perfect sense. Budget costs through machinery and unnecessary spraying of constant fertilisers and fungicides would be reduced.
Onto other things and during the last couple of weeks the weather has finally decided to break down. After Septembers total of only 11mm of rain we have already had 95mm (just under 4”) from the beginning to mid October! The good news is this is ideal for the new seed, especially with soil temperatures still very high allowing the seed to germinate and take very well.
New fescue seed germinating along seed lines
It’s not so good that this early on as we head into the winter we are getting such large rainfall amounts, this can begin to have an effect on the course as areas start to become bare and muddy. With less recovery from now on we have been out putting up ropes and fencing to control traffic but it is this time of year that you can really help by being particularly careful where trolleys are taken. Keeping onto designated paths, away from greens and avoiding worn or wet areas all helps.
It is also now that the greens become a little softer so it is equally important that pitch marks are repaired. Not only do pitch marks affect the visual and playability side of things but disease is also more likely to come into damaged and unrepaired pitch marks.
During the last few weeks I have spent some time looking towards the winter projects.
Though maybe not quite so aggressive as previous winters it does mean that through this winter the green staff will be in a position to concentrate a little more on the golf course in way of ditch clearing, repairing broken drains, dealing with scrub re-growth, verti-draining, turfing worn areas, improving the forward purple tees, and hollow coring walk off areas etc.
Within the next few weeks a company will be on site carrying out drainage work. This will be the start of an ongoing programme to improve parts of the course that during the winter had suffered.
The practice ground ditch will be cleaned out at the bottom end and towards the teaching bay area we will be extending the ditch to catch the water from coming underneath the railway line from 16th. The ditch will then be filled with pipe and stone to the surface so that the range balls will not be continually falling into the ditch. Drainage work will also be carried out on the wet area of 3rd, extra drainage on 10th and gravel banding into the existing drain lines on 12th.
The bunkers on the left of 14th fairway will also be readdressed by way of rivetting turf if needed around the edges and the deep middle bunker shallowed very slightly.
Following on from recent winters we will be looking to improve the path at 6th tee by adding edging boards and recycled tarmac to fit in with the other new paths across the course.
We have looked at the two left hand bunkers that were put in a few years ago to the left of 1st fairway. These do not really fit in with the character of the course so these will be given some attention and will look much better from the clubhouse and 1st tee area.
I am also currently discussing the idea around of opening up the grass bunker to the left of 3rd to a sand one. This would not take a great deal of work and would look great from the 3rd tee whilst adding a little more thought to the shot off the tee. This again will require more work to the right hand bunker to ensure the character of both bunkers fit in with what we are trying to achieve.
How 3rd grass bunker could look as a sand trap
Finally back to current matters out on the course. With the wet conditions and mild weather the greens are, as normal for this time of year currently experiencing a slight disease outbreak of fusarium. This can be seen by small circular brown patches.
For the last week or so we have been eagerly waiting for a break in the weather to spray with a fungicide. With strong winds and heavy rain this has been very difficult. We have finally (Tues 14th) been able to spray the worst greens. This will be continued in between any further gaps in the weather. This is an extremely important job to prevent any further deterioration to the greens due to disease. If you could just please be patient if a greenkeeper is spraying a green whilst you are waiting to play in it would be much appreciated. We normally spray early in the mornings without any golf but occasionally situations like this prevent us from doing so.
With that in mind I think I have covered most things. Apologies if the update has been a little long winded just a lot happening at the moment and an ideal opportunity to keep you all in the loop.
Until next time and thanks for reading.
News from the Ladies’ Captain - Kate Roberts
September was the highlight of an incredibly successful season. Broadstone ladies have been the finalists in four competitions and have won them all!
We are not the largest section but we have great team spirit If not playing we are caddying or supporting. At the same time we have lots of fun and know how to enjoy ourselves!! As Ladies Captain I am basking in their reflected glory and am so proud of them all!!
Hezlet Trophy Winners (with a little mascot!!)
5 Ladies scratch K/O (silver players)
Humphrey’s Bowl Trophy Winners (DLCGA)
3 Ladies scratch K/O (silver players)
Parkin Cup Trophy Winners (DLCGA)
3 Ladies scratch K/O (bronze players)
Beales Trophy Winners
7 Ladies Bronze Players League sponsored by ‘Beales’ since 1984.
All our ladies can now take a well earned rest!
Club Captain - Graham Wilkin
Club Captain Graham is on holiday at present but will be back in the next edition with a full round up, including a report on his recent Captain's Charity Day
Junior section News
Click here to view details of the Half term Junior coaching academy.
A full report on junior section news will be sent out soon and updated in the next newsletter.
Hello from Huckleberry’s thanks to all those attended the recent Steak Night & Fish Supper Night, both proved to be very successful evenings.
Friday 24th October is Pie & Mash Night
Pies are Steak & Ale Pie, Chicken & Leek Pie and Roasted Root Vegetables all served with Mashed Potato, Chips or New Potatoes, and Vegetables, these will be included on a 3 Course Special for £12.95 per person, please book in at the Bar.
Sunday Carvery Lunch is on every Sunday, with a selection of 2 roasts and help yourself to a wide range of fresh vegetables and home made yorkshire puds! - 1 Course £9.95pp
As from the end of October our kitchen opening times will be changing to 9am until 5pm,(Unless we have a function or a theme night) but the Bar will stay open.
The restaurant is open everyday from 12-3pm for our weekly specials, any celebrations coming up? Come for lunch and have a glass of Bubbly on us.
Christmas Menu’s are also on the Notice Boards, for anyone that wants to have a Christmas gathering, drop in for a chat or give us a call
Russell, Sam and the Huckleberry’s team
Mid-Week Medal – Wednesday 3rd September 2014
30 Entries Qualifier CSS 71
1st Lee Wyeth 70
2nd David Southern 70
3rd Tas Periclis 70
1st John Watton 69
2nd Brendan Bradley 70
3rd Michael Robins 72
Ladies Stableford – Thursday 4th September 2014
31 Entries Qualifier CSS 74
1st Sue Jackson 37 pts
2nd Alma Walker 35 pts
1st Pam de-Voil 30 pts
2nd Rita Tremain 29pts
Medal & Fire Officer’s Salver – Saturday 6th September 2014
127 Entries Qualifier CSS 71
1st Robert Walker 65
2nd Jim Salmon 66
3rd Tim Aston 67
1st Paul Warwick 63
Congratulations to Paul on winning the Fire Officer’s Salver
2nd Phil Purvis 68
3rd Robert Plews 68
Seniors Stableford – Monday 8th September 2014
34 Entries Qualifier CSS 71
1st Jim Barfoot 38 pts
2nd Terry Clark 39 pts
3rd Michael Taylor 34 pts
Ladies Medal – Thursday 11th September 2014
21 Entries Qualifier CSS 74
1st Louise Sims 68
2nd Gay Brooks 72
Captain & Professional Challenge – Saturday 13th September 2014
55 Pairs Entered Non-Qualifier
1st Frank Fellows & Nick Dunford 44 pts
2nd Martyn Hughes & Tom Killick 41 pts
3rd Dave Southern & Andrew Walker 41 pts
4th Chris Roberts & Allan Hutchins 40 pts
5th Martin Arnold & Neil Townsend 40 pts
Stableford – Saturday 20th September 2014
127 Entries Qualifier CSS 71
1st Peter Randall 39 pts
2nd Paul Collins 39 pts
3rd Bradley Cox 39 pts
1st Ross Abernethy 38 pts
2nd Dave Godfrey 37 pts
3rd Ian Pitchforth 35 pts
Chubb Memorial (Greensomes Stableford) – Tuesday 23rd September 2014
10 Pairs Entered Non-Qualifier
1st John Briggs & Jane Best 37 pts
2nd Brian O’Luanaigh & Sally Mathurin 37 pts
3rd Paul Nelson & Kate Roberts 35 pts
Ladies Stableford – Thursday 25th September 2014
22 Entries Qualifier CSS 74
1st Diane Freda 36 pts
2nd Sally Mathurin 35 pts
4BBB Stableford – Saturday 27th September 2014
58 Pairs Entered Non-Qualifier
1st Jim Kirsch & Tim Aston 46 pts
2nd Stephen Cannie & Keith Newman 44 pts
3rd Ross Nichols & John Armour 43 pts
4th Martin Arnold & John Andrews 43 pts
5th Thomas Kollberg & Peter Randall 42 pts
Extra Medal – Sunday 28th September 2014
5 Entries Qualifier CSS 72
1st Jonathan Parsons 74
Mid-Week Medal – Wednesday 1st October 2014
17 Entries Qualifier CSS 71
1st Nick Dunford 71
2nd Frank Hayhoe 72
1st Neil Taylor 71
2nd Paul Turner 71
Ladies Medal – Thursday 2nd October 2014
19 Entries Qualifier CSS 75
1st Diane Freda 74
1st Barbara Rowland 76
Medal – Saturday 4th October 2014
61 Entries Qualifier CSS 74
1st Robert Walter 68
2nd Philip Grieves 70
1st Ross Nichols 66
2nd John Bridle 75
Seniors (4BBB) Anderson Salver - Tuesday 7th October 2014
8 Pairs Entered Non-Qualifier
1st David Burns & John Connolly 40 pts
2nd Paul Nelson & Hugh Bell 37 pts
Ladies Medal – Thursday 9th October 2014
10 Entries Qualifier CSS 76
1st Lesley Muddiman 75
2nd Louise Sims 78
Junior Medal – Saturday 11th October 2014
4 Entries Qualifier CSS 71
1st Oscar Perry 68
Junior Stableford – Sunday 12th October 2014
3 Entries Qualifier CSS 71
1st Oscar Perry 40 pts
Seniors Stableford – Tuesday 14th October 2014
24 Entries Qualifier CSS 70
1st Jack Turnbull 41 pts
2nd Peter Coyne 37 pts
3rd Terry White 37 pts
Family Pairs Competition – Sunday 19th October 2014. Calling all members with relatives at the Club
The family pairs competition is a 4BBB Stableford competition for members with relatives at the Club from
a different generation, for example Father / Son, Grandparent / Grandchild, Uncle / Nephew etc. A prize will be awarded for the winning pair. Please contact the office if you would like to enter.
Frank Cup – Entry now available in the Pro Shop Partners drawn
The Frank Cup is one of the Club’s most prestigious trophies. The format is 4BBB winter match play.
Matches will be played on specified dates - Sunday 9th November, Sunday 23rd November, Sunday 7th December and Sunday 11th January 2015.
Enter on the computer in the Pro Shop by choosing the option – future dated competitions to enter.
Pairings are drawn – one from handicap range 0-9 and one from handicap 10 and over.
Entry Fee £5.00 per pair Optional Sweep £5.00 per pair (amounts will be split between each member)
Closing date for entries is Wednesday 5th November.
Congratulations to Tom Reid who won the DCGU Category II Championship played at Bulbury Woods.
That concludes the competition news.
More updates soon!
Pro Shop News
With everything that has been going on this week, it is up to me (Barry) to give you the update from the pro shop. Neil has been away on holiday (lucky boy) and had a lovely time. Unfortunately, he has come back in today with plenty to sort out. I am sure that most of you have heard by now that we were broken into last week which is why the shop is looking a bit light on stock at the moment. Neil is in the process of sorting out the insurance so we will have a full complement of stock again soon.
New out is the V-Series Big Bertha drivers from Callaway and so far they have been top of the list on our flightscope fittings. It’s a really good performing driver and great for people looking to pick up a bit more speed. Our stock and demos should be in again soon.
Everyone loves a bargain, and our best offer this month is TaylorMade’s Jetspeed woods. The Jetspeed range is all about maximum forgiveness with explosive distance. Drivers are now only £149, Fairways only £115 and Hybrids only £99. We have demo clubs in everything some come a give them a try. Don’t forget to ‘LOFT UP’.
We now have all of our autumn/winter clothing stock in place including waterproofs from Callaway, Galvin Green and FootJoy. We also have a large range of lined jumpers from Callaway, FootJoy and Glenmuir to keep you warm this winter. We also have winter hats, gloves, and mitts to fight the elements and keep you warm and dry. We can now offer the same for your clubs with fully waterproof cart bags from Callaway and TaylorMade.
Despite our range of winter stock, I hope we get the nice warm weekend they forecast. It would be nice to be out there in short sleeves again once more this year.
That’s all from us
See you all soon
Neil and the Pro Shop team.
Poole Audi Privilege Card
As the clubs corporate partner and sponsor, Poole Audi is delighted to extend exclusive offers on new and Approved Used cars and servicing to all members of Broadstone Golf Club. Visit the Broadstone GC dedicated page at www.pooleaudi.co.uk/bgc to see the latest offers. To take advantage of these offers simply visit Poole Audi and present your privilege card, which you can get from Tracy or Val in the club office.
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
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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.