Broadstone T2Green Weekly Bulletin
Welcome to another edition of T2G.
Members Open Forum Evening – Thursday 3rd October
As stated previously by the Chairman in a recent bulletin the Club are to hold a member’s forum in October, the date for this has now been set as - Thursday 3rd October at 7pm
Frank Pont (Golf Course Architect) will once again be in attendance to discuss the works of Phase 2 and to present his ideas. The proposal for Phase 2 is the restoration of the 11th hole and Tee reconstruction on the 5th and 6th holes. Frank will also be able to answer any questions anyone might have on the recent restoration works which we have undertaken.
The Committee are also once again looking to those attending to give us a feel for how you would like us to proceed and prioritise with our Capital expenditure “shopping list” that is available to the membership to view on our website.
In addition to the above we hope to be able to discuss our general financial position which is still healthy and as planned so that members can have the confidence that we will only continue to spend within our means.
We look forward to seeing as many members as possible make it along to the Forum on the 3rd of October.
SCC Bar & Catering
Following discussions and a recent meeting I have had with our Bar and Catering providers (SCC) The Club have decided to terminate their current contract. With effect of the 1st of September they will start a 3 month notice period as per the franchise agreement between the Club and SCC. I will bring you more information over the coming weeks on the future plans for Bar and Catering at the Club. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Ed & Lisa for all their efforts and hard work over the past 3 years and wish them well in their future endeavours.
We still have a few of the 2013 men's team shirts left over, if you would like to purchase one pop into the office and speak to Tracy, anyone can buy one. These shirts represent great value at £12! We have most sizes available but in limited numbers.
News from the Ladies’ Captain - Jane Best
Broadstone Golf Club hosted the Dorset Ladies County Golf Association, Autumn Meeting on Tues/Wed, when over 150 ladies came to ‘master’ our course. Not many did! However, the Broadstone ladies were victorious. In the Silver Division, Carol Cass had the best gross score and won the Felicity Eden Bowl; 1st place in the best nett category went to Sally Mathurin, 2nd was Chris Hobson and 3rd place went to Karen Tapper. In the Low Bronze Division, Sylvia Kent had the best gross score and won the Janet Holmes Salver. Other Broadstone ladies also featured in the prizes and our congratulations go to all of them. The event ran extremely smoothly and our ladies played a very active part in the management of the day – thanks go to all those who turned out to help make the Autumn Meeting run so smoothly.
The next big event in the ladies’ calendar is the Ladies Invitation Day, an opportunity to invite a friend, or make a new one, to share the best that Broadstone has to offer!
News from Club Captain - Allan Hutchins
As we enter the month of September I can't believe I am now at the half way point of my Captaincy. The T2G's have been an excellent way for me to keep in touch with everybody therefore I would like to start this week by thanking you all for reading my contributions. This might sound a bit strange but over the past six months so many people have asked me questions where had they read the T2G's they would know the answer. Perhaps I can ask you to encourage your colleagues to follow your example!
CAPTAIN'S CHARITY DAY
There is still time to get a team in for the above day on the 15th October. There will be some really great raffle prizes and it is hoped tickets will be on sale the week before to allow everybody chance to enter. All proceeds will be for the club's chosen charity Julia's House so please be generous and help us to raise a big sum for such a great cause.
The Tiger Trophy is an annual match against Parkstone where, in general, Committee members and Past Captain’s do battle. In recent years Parkstone have had the edge in some very close results. I am pleased to report that this year we took advantage of playing at home and won by a convincing 9 1/2 to 2 1/2. The visitors took the defeat in extremely good spirit but I am sure Graham will have a tough job to retain the trophy next year at Parkstone.
The Junior Club Championship was played on Friday and congratulations to Jordan Howlett for winning this year, also thank you to Club President Joe Beck for stepping in to present the prizes in my absence.
This past week I have had the pleasure of playing with David in a Managers and Captain’s foursomes competition and also Neil in a Pro/Captain better ball medal competition. Firstly, David and I got off to a slow start in the foursomes format which although we played well for the last 13 holes the first 5 had done the damage. Never the less it was a good day.
In the Pro/Captain event I really thought we had a good chance, but alas I just could not use my shots on the front nine where we were only one under gross. On the back 9 holes I played well but Neil went on a charge and birdied 6 holes to finish on 7 under in his own right! The winning score was 10 under so regretfully it was not to be. Neil was superb and Broadstone have a truly great Pro for us all to be proud of. Apologies Neil, I will just have to make sure we stay unbeaten in the Cap't and Pro matches!
Tracy kindly made the draw for the person to play with Matt Le Tissier and the winner was Derek Stone. I say was, because Derek unfortunately can't play as he is in Spain. I will therefore draw again when I am next in the office and announce the lucky winner next week.
Tickets are available for the Lawrie McMenemy evening on the 13th September. It should be a good night so why not support your club and come along.
Also make sure you put the 25th October in the diary for the Frank Sinatra evening. Tickets will be on sale soon.
Thanks to everybody for making my first six months fun, and thank you in anticipation of your support for the next six months!
Until next time.
Friendly Match round up
Broadstone played Stoneham in the annual club fixture on 29th August.
As expected Stoneham brought a strong team to Dorset. The home team were pleased to include David Steward Jnr.in the team for the first time.
Match result 2-2
The first pairing was the Vice- Captain and Frank Hayhoe. Having never played together before expectations were not high. However they ‘jelled’ quickly and their 5 and 3 win against the Stoneham captain and his partner was well earned.
The other home win was the third pairing of Robert Plews and Geoff Pike. The match was evenly balanced over the first 9 holes but the home side proved too strong winning the 10th, 13th and 16th to secure a 3 and 2 victory.
Weekly Course Report
Dry Spell Continues
Hello again after another busy week the end of August is upon us and still with no sign of a let up with the dry conditions these are testing times ahead!
This is proving to be one of the driest summers we have had for a long time and to put it into context
The course-recorded rainfall figures over last year are hugely different:
June 164mm 26mm
July 138mm 30mm
August 74mm 32mm
Whilst the true heathland golf course character is retained in conditions like this a good few nights of rain would now be very much welcome to perk the course up a little and give us good grass coverage as we head towards the Autumn and winter. As it is we are now caught in the trap where ideally aeration and compaction relief would benefit many areas such as walk offs, fairways etc to improve the coverage and stimulate some growth. However, unfortunately with the ground being so hard in the first place our tractor and verti-drain machines are unable to push the tines into the ground and would damage the machine if tried. Hard to believe that in contrast to last year we were again unable to carry this work out, as it was too wet!
After the bank holiday weekend we were straight into the two-day Dorset ladies autumn meeting so much of the work has been keeping on top of presentation issues and ensuring the greens are rolling well. With careful monitoring, regular cutting and rolling the greens I am very happy that as we start to come out of summer our greens have been giving very good consistency on the stimp meter virtually right through the main season.
As part of the daily course set up the stimp meter is now carried around on one of the machines and a few checks are made and reported back to me every morning. This gives us an indication as to whether we need to roll or start thinking about applying a small liquid feed or primo-Maxx growth regulator etc. Green speeds incidentally are regularly stimping around the 10-10.5ft area.
With new machinery such as the turf iron roller, better control release fertilisers, improved irrigation system and frequent top dressing, it is encouraging that we are able to achieve a good, consistent green speeds through much of the season whilst keeping sensible heights of cut on the greens without affecting the health of the grasses.
Over the years to achieve the same speeds, and in general for competitions only, the height of cut would have been lowered for a few days before the competition, the grasses then became stressed and then following the comp we would raise the height of cut again i.e. slightly slower greens. And inconsistent green speeds.
This week we have been out spraying the bracken with a herbicide. Areas that were cleared for heather regeneration and scrub clearance last year have been infested with bracken as the ground becomes disturbed as air and light is allowed to get through. Though the results of this spraying will not be seen this year the product works in such a way that new re-growth will not appear for the next few years.
Bracken left of 9th
Into next week and with no rainfall forecast, irrigating areas away from the watering system will be a priority.
The greens this week have had the second treatment of a fungicide applied to help correct the thatch fungi problem on a couple of greens as reported a couple of weeks ago in the t2g.
Next week they will be sprayed with the normal light feed to ensure colour and coverage remains good. Primo-Maxx will also be applied. If conditions are good we may also look to slot in a verti drain on the greens and top dress. This will be carried out with the small tractor and small pencil tines to ensure rapid recovery. With the topdressing and turf roller it is not anticipated to cause much disturbance to the putting surfaces.
Some of the bunker banks and 1st brook are starting to grow again so strimming will also carried out next week.
8th Green early in the morning
Just to finish off, we had a good visit last week from Steve Gingell, our consultant from the S.T.R.I (Sports Turf Research Institute). He felt everything was progressing very well and the regular topdressing programme is clearly starting to benefit the greens. His report will be sent to us shortly.
That’s all from methis week, thanks for reading and I’ll be back again next week.
I am pleased to announce this week’s Club competition results:
Club Texas Scramble – Monday 24th August 2013 - 44 teams played
1st Derek Mantle, Chris Hewitt, Alan Tyler, Dean Parker 54.9
2nd Kate Roberts, Chris Roberts, Matthew Rees, Jane Rees 55.9
3rd Ashley Beckett, Mike Berry, Alan Jones, Harry Smith 56.8
Tiger Trophy vs Parkstone – Friday 23rd August 2013
Winners Broadstone 9½ - 2½
Stableford – Sunday 25th August 2013
38 Entries CSS 71
Winner Alex Rae 39 points on c/b
Runner up David Steward 39 points
Ladies Medal – Thursday 29th August 2013
24 Entries CSS 73 nett
Division 1 Winner Karen Tapper 72
Runner up Janet Giddings 74
Division 2 Winner Barbara Rowland 74
There are a few spaces available for teams of 4 in our Captains Charity Day on Sunday 15th September – Great day, don’t miss it. This event will raise monies for Julia’s House, a very worthwhile charity.
Back next week with more updates.
Basic Rules of Golf
This week's rule of golf is based around a scenario whereby the Captain and Vice-Captain were out playing a round of golf together.
Allan's ball comes to rest on the fringe, just off the putting green. Graham then plays his approach shot to the putting green which creates a pitch-mark in front of Allan’s ball. The pitch mark is not on the putting green. As Allan wishes to putt the ball, he asks if he can repair the pitch-mark. What is the ruling?
Answer - In equity (Rule 1-4), Allan may repair the pitch-mark since it was created after his ball came to rest. A player is entitled to the lie which his stroke gave him. If the pitch-mark was there before Allan's ball came to rest, he is not entitled to relief without penalty. See Decision 13-2/8.
Pro Shop News
Well another week goes by and another unbeaten week in the Pro/Capt challenge as we get closer to that elusive unbeaten season!! This week we successfully dispatched a couple of tough pairs starting with the father son combination of Andy and Steve Birrell. I must admit I was a little worried when Steve smashed his 3 wood about 20 yards passed my drive on the first hole but we managed to get our heads down and got the win. Our second test was against Don Turner and Lionel Pryor and though neither of them managed to get their 3 wood past my driver on the first hole they put up a spirited fight but again we managed to take the spoils. Who’s next for a shot at the title??
We’ve still got plenty of bargains left in the mid-season sale including TaylorMade putters, bags, Ralph Lauren and Underarmour shirts and many more so grab yourselves a bargain whilst stocks last.
New in to the shop is the exciting new TaylorMade SLDR driver. This is TaylorMade’s most powerful driver to date and is reportedly the fastest face on the market. As ever we have demo equipment available so come and try one today.
Some big news on the longest drive competition with Dave Fellows answering the challenge set down by Jordan Howlett’s 303 yard carry. Dave is well known for his long hitting and has even been known to send the odd shank well over 250 yards in the air sideways. He managed a very impressive 300 yard carry but after 30 mins of blood, sweat and tears Jordan Still remains out in front. At the bottom end of the table I have managed to up my carry to an impressive 278 yards to move well clear of poor old Adey, to be fair Adey has stepped up his gym programme in order to break the 255 yard barrier!!
The course remains in great condition as always is a pleasure to play. I have played a number of other courses recently in tournaments and pro-ams and am yet to go to another venue that is presented and plays as well as our course. Congratulations again to our green staff for their efforts.
That’s all from me. Enjoy your golf and let’s hope the good weather is here for a while yet.
Neil and the Pro Shop team
BARRYS TIP OF THE WEEK
With all of the new and innovative technology in drivers the emphasis on distance hitting has never been so prevalent so here is a good old fashioned tip to help hit that driver further.
Firstly let’s widen the stance a little to give us a good solid base and balance throughout the swing. Next we’re going to add a little weight onto the right leg (or left leg for the lefthanders) about 60/40 weight distribution. This will ensure you get the weight transferring earlier in the swing. Finally tee it up a little higher!! The sweet spot in most modern drivers sits a little towards the top of the face. TEE IT HIGH AND LET IT FLY!!!!
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 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
Virgin Active membership 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.