Welcome to another edition of T2G.
I'd like to start of this week with a word of caution, you may have already seen the posters up around the clubhouse about the increased risk of fire on the heathland. Due to the recent spell of very warm and dry weather the risk of fire on the golf course and heath is extremely high at present. Can I ask that all smokers take extreme care and ensure that before disposing of their cigarettes/cigars they are fully extinguished. A heath fire would not only have a devastating effect on our golf course but also to the wildlife that lives on the course and surrounding heathland. Thank you for your consideration on this matter.
The reptiles and wildlife seem to be enjoying the recent spell of warm weather. One of our members sent me a picture that he had taken whilst out playing on Monday morning.
An Adder enjoying the sun. Picture taken by Dave Nicholls
Club Chairman Chris Dennis has written an update on the Committee's work on the Business Plan and future Capital expenditure. To read Chris's update Click here
News from the Ladies’ Captain - Jane Best
Phew, what a scorcher! The suntan lotion has been liberally applied and the sun umbrellas have been up!
The teams have been competing home and away this week. The Beales team were away at Bridport on Monday, and ‘friendly’ team from Yeovil came to us on Wednesday to enjoy our course – but they were shell shocked by the difficulty of our course, but they fought on bravely. We gave them assurances that next time they came they would know what to expect and find it easier (perhaps it was the sun on Wednesday that got to them)?! Some of the Bronze section ladies have been very supportive and although playing away on Monday at Bridport and knowing they had the first round of their championships to play on Thursday, still stepped into the breach on a boiling hot Wednesday to make up the numbers for the friendly match against Yeovil. I am extremely grateful to them for the support they have shown to the ladies section – it wouldn’t have looked good if we couldn’t raise a team to play a friendly match at home.
Next week the Interclub team are away to Sherborne and the Beales team are at home to Lyme Regis – good luck ladies and…………….drink lots of water!!
News from Club Captain - Allan Hutchins
As we look forward to another scorching weekend it is hard to remember the weather this time last year. Very wet and windy if I recall! What a difference and hasn't it made the game easier playing in the sun, with the ball running further and smoother faster greens? Well not exactly, it just seems to throw up another set of testing problems we have to deal with. Course management is now more important than ever. What a great game this is?
On Friday evening 13 teams of three took part in a Cross Country Texas Scramble followed by a BBQ on the balcony. The course layout provided some real challenges for example from the 4th tee to the 8th green (par 5) and 12th tee to the 13th green (par 5). Without exception everyone enjoyed the golf and the BBQ that followed. It was great to see the clubhouse buzzing on a Friday night during what was a beautiful evening. My team captained by Simon Willis and supported by Jo Hadley completed the course in what I thought must be a winning score of 63 for the ten holes. We were, however, pushed into third place! by teams led by Ashley Beckett and David Morgan, both with an excellent 62. Congratulations to them and their teams and thanks to everybody who made the evening a great success.
As we prepare for the Summer Party on Saturday night the next social event to look forward to is the summer cruise and fireworks on the 8th August. The sheet is now up and tickets are on sale behind the bar. The evening will start at the Quay, include a fish and chip supper, cruise around the harbour and Old Harry then back for the fireworks. The price of £15 includes a FREE raffle. The extent of the prizes depends on the numbers on board. The more passengers the bigger the prize fund!
With another busy week to look forward to, best of luck go to all those representing the club in the various sections. The week comes to a climax on Friday with the Pro-Am. There are still spaces available so go and see the office to find out about entering a team. It is always a great event to be involved in and with the course in such great condition and the weather still looking good it will be fun to see how the experts get on!
Finally, I would like to congratulate our Parkstone Trophy team on a fantastic victory away to Worpledson golf club. It was a great achievement to go there and win. I wish them good luck in their Semi-final match which they are yet to find out who their opponents will be.
Have a great week
Weekly Course Report
The drought continues
This week has been geared towards getting water out onto the course and keeping the grass alive especially in key areas such as walk offs etc. The travelling sprinkler has been out on the fairways and hosepipes and water bowser used accordingly.
On Thursday Paul and I spent the day with Rob Green from the technical department of Toro Irrigation This was a great chance to be shown some more advanced features of our irrigation control software. As last summer was mainly wet it was decided that we would spend the first year just becoming familiar with the basic setup of the irrigation. However now that we are up to speed with the basics, many of the systems other abilities have now been shown to us. Whilst not critical as the system is watering everything well at nights at the moment, we are now able to build in specific programmes to water things such as areas that are burning off. They can then run as a separate programme during the night working in conjunction with the normal watering of greens, tees etc at a different period through the night. Difficult to explain but trust me compared to the old system there is no comparison. This is really the first chance that we have had to make adjustments as and when the course starts to dry out, so this week and running into next we are going to be constantly making adjustments and fine tuning individual sprinkler heads around the course. We are in the process of tweaking the angles etc that the sprinklers point. Any adjustments then get changed on the computer i.e. 180 degrees to 360 degrees to cover a missed piece of turf. Once added onto the software the programme is then able to calculate a change has been made and still allow the same amount of water to be applied! Clever stuff!
Travelling sprinkler 9th fairway
With the technical piece over with it’s now onto other things.
Please do not be alarmed if whilst carrying out a putt on 7th you happen to spot a cow standing in the field behind the green!
They have not escaped from a local farm but instead after all these years have now finally been put in to manage the large wet heath land area to the left of 3rd, 4th and 7th fairways. This is being carried out in conjunction with the RSPB, natural England and ourselves. The area is completely fenced off and the two cows will probably stay in there until the end of the summer.
Many locations in the county are now managed by cattle and they are excellent at feeding on the undesirable plant species as well as trampling the ground so allowing light and air back into the surface which creates an ideal habitat for heather, sundews etc to come back in.
This week we have continued installing the new litter bins and all that remains now is to give the ball washers a lick of much needed paint.
On Monday another 10 tonnes of dressing was applied and next week we will be preparing the machines ahead of the aeration work and hollow tining of the greens, this work starts on Monday 22nd July.
Next Friday we have the club Pro-am so the main focus of work next week will be ensuring the course continues to be in good shape by making sure all areas are cut and kept tidy whilst ensuring areas are kept watered.
The tees are now due the next application of feed and hopefully this will be applied during the early part of next week.
Last Tuesday we hosted a golf day for one of our local sand and soil suppliers this was for them to invite customers, including one very local green keeper, our very own Paul Staples. Paul managed to finish in 3rd place overall and also won the longest drive on 2nd It was very difficult to watch him play an excellent shot into 18th from half way down the fairway.
Unfortunately along with a couple of others I was stood on the balcony so the decision was made to scurry back into the clubhouse and deny all knowledge that we saw the shot!
Just to remind everyone that we are regularly putting updates and pictures onto our twitter page so take a look and with some great feedback coming in from other clubs it is well worth an occasional glance.
Hope you all have a good weekend, until next week!
113 men played last Saturday in this year's Bogey Cup, a match play competition against the golf course. The winner of the cup this year with an excellent score of +6 was David Milliner, well done!
Entry is now available for the Sue Smith Trophy (Adult/Junior competition) on Sunday 28th July. This is a Team Stableford competition and we hope to include one junior in each team. Guaranteed to be a fun afternoon’s golf – see Entry sheet posted on the notice board by the players entrance.
Online booking Dates
Summer 4BBB – Saturday 10th August 2013 is now live
Pro Shop News
Firstly, congratulations to all of you who spotted the DELIBERATE mistake when I announced my British Open sweepstake last week. Of course it is THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP and not The British Open as I DELIBERATLY stated!! J Which brings me onto the fact that we still have some spaces left in the sweepstake so grab your players in the shop this week and let’s hope for a British winner. Our fancies for the Open are:
Neil – Westwood, Oosthuizen, Schwartzel
Barry – Casey, McDowell, Donald
Andy – Woods (by 10 shots)
Adey – Kuchar, Day
We are running a Titleist Ball offer this week to coincide with the July Monthly Medal. All you need to do is purchase any number of Titleist balls on the Saturday prior to you teeing off and if you beat your handicap we will give you the same amount of balls FOC!! This can be one or as many sleeves as you like so really it is a no brainer…fill your boots.
I have had an outstanding response to my Short Game/ Sports Psychology workshop which filled up within a couple of hours of sending the information out. I already have 10 on the reserve list but don’t let it stop you adding to this as if we get another few on the list we will run another workshop for those of you who didn’t get into the original group. Let us know in the shop asap as we will get a further date out as soon as we can.
Happy Golfing. Enjoy the sun.
Neil and the pro shop team.
The junior team has been without a Dorset league fixture for a month while we waited to discover our next opponents. As it turns out we now have to play local rivals Parkstone in a two leg tie. The home fixture will be played on Sunday 21st July with the away leg on Sunday 18th August. The tee times will be confirmed shortly but we look forward to getting back into action.
We also look forward to playing in the annual Sue Smith trophy. This is on Sunday 28th July starting at 2pm. Any juniors wishing to play please give Andrew a ring in the pro-shop as we would like as many juniors to play as possible.
With the summer holidays approaching we will be also running 2 juniors competitions every week for you all to play in, weekly prizes will be up for grabs and it would be great to see lots of juniors playing during their break from school and college.
Many thanks Andrew.
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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.