Martin Coward (Head Greenkeeper) and I were chatting the other day and thought it would be a good idea to set up a course walk one evening with the members. With this in mind and daylight fading fast we have decided that we will do it sooner rather than later. The earliest date we could come up with is - Monday 16th September. We'll start at 5pm, this should allow us a good hour and half to two hours of daylight to have a walk around. The plan is to meet next to the putting green for about 4.45pm and head straight out. Whilst we are out we will be discussing amongst other things, the bunker and sand issues in more detail and also explain our plans for this winter which includes the 5th/6th tees & 11th green, also how we plan to re-visit holes 5, 6, 8 and 14th during the winter to utilise what we have learned and how we plan to ensure that the phase 1 of the works is completed as envisaged. It would nice if we could get a good turnout for this. If you are interested in coming along, and to help give us an indication of numbers for the walk it would be appreciated if you could let us know, either by phone 01202 642524 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
There are still a couple of the 2013 men's team shirts for sale, 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! Limited sizes available now.
News from the Ladies’ Captain - Jane Best
Interclub Semi Final at Moors Valley vs. Knighton Heath – Monday 2nd Sept.
WE WON! A fantastic result where the best team performed beautifully and the right result was achieved! This takes us through to the Final vs. Dorset G&CC at Crane Valley on Monday 30th September at 11:00am - supporters very welcome.
The photograph below is of those who took part in the semi final (but they are only part of the squad that got us to the semi final).
Hezlet Final - teams of 5, played off scratch – Sunday 8th Sept at Brokenhurst Manor GC.
A very exciting final against Hockley – unfortunately we couldn’t quite make it and we were runners up. Never the less it was a tremendous achievement to get to the final, but the best team won on the day. It was a closely fought contest, played with great spirit and camaraderie, in bouts of torrential rain, but we went down 2 games to 3. The tea after the match was enjoyed by all and we went home satisfied (just not victorious)!
News from Club Captain - Allan Hutchins
As the days and evenings become more Autumnal, we can all look back on what has been a great summer. I am sure you agree that the course has stood up really well and full credit must go to all concerned. There is still plenty to look forward to though, starting with my charity day this coming Sunday. A total of 35 teams have entered and I am extremely grateful to both the members and visitors who have entered teams. I am sure it will be a great day and that Julia's House and all the children will benefit from your generosity.
We are still looking for help on the day, from Ball spotters to assisting Paul Nelson with the Putting competition. If you are free and would like to help please give me, or the office a ring as soon as possible.
Congratulations to the winners of Saturday's medal with some great scores. Congratulations must also go to Chris Roberts who achieved his first ever "hole in one". I just happened to be playing with Chris who achieved the feat on the 11th. A few months ago Daryl Marshal, also playing with me, holed out in one on the 15th. If things come in threes..........!
We have two friendly fixtures at home, one against Remedy Oak on the 22nd September and Ferndown on the 6th October. On the 29th September the Autumn Challenge Bowl is a club mixed tournament. If you wish to play in any of the above please enter your name on the sheet at the club.
Captain & Pro.
As I am sure you are aware Neil and I are doing quite well in these matches. If you were unlucky and did not get in the draw, and you think you can beat us there is the Cap't and Pro Challenge on the 21st September. I am sure I speak for Neil when I say "bring it on"!!
Let us hope the sun keeps shining for a bit longer
Until next time.
Weekly Course Report
Hello again, this week I thought it would be useful to look at some of the issues that have come to light since the end of the winter with regards to the work that was carried out on holes 5, 6, 8 and 14. Looking back now it is hard to believe that only seven to eight months ago we were wading around in mud with rain and snow falling daily and not the best working conditions!
The response we have had over the summer has been very positive and in general I am sure you all agree these holes have been hugely enhanced both visually and the way they play. By regularly posting pictures on our twitter page and visitors complementing the improvements and presentation, Broadstone has been quite a talking point!
This week Frank Pont visited us, it was great to walk the holes discussing the good and bad points having now had the opportunity of having the changes in play through a summer season. Frank was very happy with the way things had gone, and now how the changes look, however a few issues did arise. We discussed how some of the new bunkers have been a topic of debate through much of the summer in terms of playability and from our point of view keeping the sand up the steep faces.
I think it is fair to say that there are now one or two things that we will do differently moving forwards and as we head towards the next phase lessons have been learnt. The two main issues that came about during our walk with Frank were the angle of some of the bunker faces and the sand type used. The sand debate is never an easy one and you would not believe in the green-keeping industry how many articles have been written or how technical finding the correct sand is! CLICK HEREfor a review of some of the points considered. It's a bit technical but does make interesting reading! Terms such as ‘angle of repose’, angular and rounded, saturated hydraulic conductivity and crusting potential to name but a few are used!
The sand that we used for the new bunkers was locally sourced and is used as bunker sand on many courses along the south coast. Haulage costs to have sand delivered can be quite hefty but as this sand was local we were able to bring it in at a very competitive price.
Having now gone through the summer it is clear that because of the dramatic design of the bunkers, which are giving fantastic character to the course, finding sand that fits the criteria, will need more research. In normal circumstances this sand over time would probably settle and be fine. Because we are constantly moving it around the bunker and trying daily to push it and keep it up the some of the steeper angled faces the sand is staying very loose but with a heavy feel, hence difficult playability. I am now in the process of looking into the many different bunker sands available and the intentions are to try and get some samples in that we can carry out some tests with. Bunker sand is one of those things where a specific sand maybe ideal on one course but not suited to another. A typical example could be where the sand is lovely to play out of but all the bunkers are virtually flat without any steep faces where the sand would just not hold up or vice versa. As we now look to continue this winter with some more bunker work it is imperative that the lessons learnt last year are used to carry forward future development.
With many more factors that could be discussed with this work we have decided it would be a good idea to set up a “course walk” one evening with the members coming along to hear a bit more about our plans. I’ll leave that up to David Morgan to give more details of what we'll look at and when it’s scheduled for. It would be great to have a good turnout of members for this and if it was felt to be enjoyable and worthwhile we could do it again sometime in the future.
I think I have pretty much filled up my slot so once again thanks for reading and I will be back next week with more course news.
Many thanks for reading
I am pleased to announce this week’s Club competition results:
Ladies Stableford – Thursday 5th September 2013
32 Entries CSS 73 (35 stableford points) pts
Division 1 Winner Suzanne George 35pts
Runner up Diane Freda 34pts
Division 2 Winner Ruth Meakin 41pts
Runner up Vi Antell 37pts
Beckford Bowl Final Sunday 1st September - Stoneham v Brokenhurst
Stoneham prevailed as winners in the final of this year's Beckford Bowl. It was fairly tight after the morning matches with Stoneham edging ahead 3-2 after the foursomes. The afternoon singles matches were all quite close with two matches being decided on the 19th. The final score after all matches were completed was Stoneham 9 1/2 - Brokenhurst 5 1/2. Well done to both teams for a great final.
Back next week with more updates.
Basic Rules of Golf
During a recent medal round Captain Allan and Vice Captain Graham both hit their tee shots into the same area on the right hand side of the 2nd hole. Both balls were found but, because Allan and Graham were playing identical balls and neither had put an identification mark on the ball, they could not determine which ball was which. What is the ruling?
Pro Shop News
Well there is definitely a feel of Autumn in the air as the last couple of rounds I’ve played has seen the waterproofs and jumpers on and off a bit. We can’t complain though, it’s been a stunning summer and the course has played beautifully.
It will be all change in the pro shop over the next couple of weeks with our Autumn/Winter ranges starting to arrive. This year we have a large range of clothing and waterproofs by Ralph Lauren, Galvin Green, UnderArmour, Green Lamb, Footjoy and many more. As always if there is something you would like that we don’t have in stock we can get it for you usually within a few days so please do ask us.
We still have some great bargains on offer in the sale with TaylorMade Ghost putters reduced to only £85, cart bags from £59 and the final clearance on Adidas shoes.
For those of you looking for a winter golf shoe we have just taken stock of Footjoys new black Sport series, Contour series and ankle boot which all come with a full 1 year waterproof guarantee. These styles are for both gents and ladies and we have a full size run available.
We are also running a great Callaway promotion for the month of September offering a free Callaway XHot hybrid (value £139) when you purchase any Callaway XHot Driver!! We also have 1 final set of Ping G20 irons left at a massive discounted price of only £375!!
Onto the Pro/Capt challenges and we have still managed to remain unbeaten this season with a hard fought 1up victory over Jim kirsch and Alan Clarke. Despite a final surge of 4 birdies in a row from the 15th to the 17th by Jim and Alan we managed to hold them off on the last. The unbeaten season gets ever closer but we still have a few very tricky opponents left to come including last year’s Pro/Capt victors , Phil Olds and Stuart Charman.
BARRYS TIP OF THE WEEK
This week’s tip is a putting tip and is based around distance control and lag putting. This area is tricky on our greens as they are both very undulating and quick. Too many people struggle with their distance control as they don’t vary the length of the putting stroke. If you were to throw a ball under arm different distances you would instinctively vary the distance you take your arm back to control the distance you are throwing. You wouldn’t take your arm back the same distance to throw different lengths but too many people have the same length backswing for every length putt. A good drill for this is called a ‘Ladder Drill’ where you practise hitting putts of gradual increased or decreased lengths by lengthening or shortening the length of your backswing. It’s ideal to do before you play as it gives you a great feel for the pace of the greens.
See you soon….Neil and the Pro Shop team.
Junior News The School and College Summer holidays have unfortunately finished now, but it’s been great to see so many junior members playing regularly at Broadstone for the last 7 weeks. The Junior open was one highlight of the summer with around 75 playing and competing in scratch and handicap sections. The winning score was an impressive 69 was Rachel Naylor from Parkstone GC with the home prize going to the very promising Bradley Cox with a gross score of 76. Well done to all the members who competed and next year we hope to have even more playing!! Within the club we also staged our Junior Club Championship. The standard for golf was extremely high and congratulations to all those who played so well on a hot day of 36 hole golf!! The Scratch Championship went to the highly impressive Jordan Howlett with scores of 72 and 71, with the handicap prize going to James Dodds with another solid showing in a big competition. I'd like to also congratulate Logan Davies and Rhys Harrison who both played their hearts out in the Stableford Championship, with Logan edging out the hugely talented young Rhys on the back 9 to claim the first prize. Joe Beck our President watched much of the day’s golf and was extremely impressed with both the standard and behaviour of all the Golfers...and Joe is extremely hard to impress, so well done to all!! Many Thanks to Joe for presenting all the prizes and helping to make the day a special one too!! The Dorset League team were unfortunately unable to produce a miracle comeback in the second leg of our quarter final away at Parkstone. Trailing 5-1 from the first leg and needing a magical team performance to qualify for the semi-final we unfortunately lost 3-2 to a very competitive young Parkstone side. I'd like to thank all the team members who have represented Broadstone so well this season, in both the Dorset League and the Longmore Shield. We have a really talented and loyal squad that represent us at present so special thanks to; Kyra Horlock, Alex Shenton, Toby Long, Joel Sandford, Michael Chapman, Logan Davies, Alex Heath and Jordan Trent especially for their efforts this season...well played everyone!! With regards to future Junior Golf, we are currently planning for next season already. It is our goal to build a bigger junior section, strengthen our squad and offer much more junior competitions and fixture for all our members to play in. This will include; structured junior team coaching with one of our Professionals, more competitions both within the club and outside and more emphasis being placed on our representative teams. This is an on-going process but it really would be great for the club to have a thriving junior section here at Broadstone. A letter out-lining all our plans for 2014 will be finalised very shortly so all Junior Members and their parents please look out for what we are planning and any thoughts and feedback from you is more than welcome! Many thanks, Andrew Helby
Junior Golf Manager
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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.