Welcome to another edition of T2G.
I'd just like to thank those people that attended the course walk that we held last Monday evening. Hopefully the points that were covered during the walk were of interest and helped give an understanding of some of the duties and issues that Martin and his team face on a day to day basis. It was also good for Martin to hear firsthand some of the thoughts the members had on the golf course, including the recent course improvements, which in general were extremely positive. The sand issue did get discussed along with the steepness of the slopes, but as mentioned in last weeks T2G, we will be looking to rectify the problem bunkers along with improving the overall finished presentation as part of this winters work programme.
Next date for your diary is the Members Open Forum Evening – Thursday 3rd October which starts at 7pm. We look forward to seeing as many members as possible attending this evening. Frank Pont will once again be with us to explain his design plan for the 11th green and to talk through the works we've undertaken so far. There will also be a brief update from David Holmes on our finances and chance at the end for a short Q&A session, hopefully we'll see you there!
News from the Ladies’ Captain - Jane Best
Ladies’ Invitation Day.
The ladies thoroughly enjoyed the Invitation Day last Thursday. The whole day ran very smoothly and we were very grateful to Carol Cass who managed the ‘meet and greet’ in the morning, sold lots of raffle tickets and checked all the score cards at the end of the competition, and provided the results sheet –what a star!
The photograph is of the winning pair Jane Groves and her guest Jenny May from Knighton Heath – many congratulations to them both.
Ladies’ Inter-Club Eclectic Foursomes – Thursday 26th Sept
Broadstone and Bramshaw GC take it in turns each year to host this event. This year it is our turn. 34 Clubs will be sending teams of four players to represent them and compete for the trophy.
This is a big all day event and any offers of help will be much appreciated – don’t hold back, you know you want to….my phone number is at the bottom of this submission!
The Big Match
On Monday 30th of September we are going to Crane Valley to win the final of the Interclub series. Dorset Golf & CC will be the runners up and we will be victorious…………oh the power of positive thought!
News from Club Captain - Allan Hutchins
After what has been, without question, an excellent summer autumn seems to have now officially arrived! This past week has been busy with matches for both the scratch team and the Millennium team. The Ladies have had a successful Invitation day, but for me though the Charity day on Sunday was always going to be one of the biggest days of my year. Lots of planning went into the day and my thanks go to everybody who helped. I cannot name them all. A field of 36 teams took part with the early starters getting the best of the weather. The second team out, aptly named "The Dream Team" Stuart Merrell, Matt Groves, Sam Chapman and Phil Lewis set an impressive score of 89 points which was never under threat. Whilst the golf was important the main reason of the day was Charity. In total and with the help of "Mulligans", "Beat the Pro (Adey), the raffle a mini auction and outstanding generosity, the magnificent sum of over £7,000 was raised for Julia's House. A BIG THANK YOU to everybody concerned. A roll of honour and pictures will be available to view on our website in the next day or so.
On Monday Chris Roberts (winner of the draw) and I had the pleasure of playing a round of golf with Matt Le Tissier known as "Le God" to all Saints fans. He and his guest Laurie Parsonage were great company and both of low handicaps. Home advantage prevailed however and we managed to sneak a win on the 18th. Julia's House were once again the main beneficiary and my sincere thanks go to Matt for giving up his time.
With Frank Sinatra being put back to February we haven't anything planned at the moment. I am however, thinking of perhaps night golf in November, another quiz night or food evening. I would love some feedback on what YOU would like so please email or ring me with your suggestions.
Back to golf we have two mixed friendly matches (22nd Sept and 6th Oct) and the Autumn Challenge Bowl on the 29th September. If you would like to play please enter in the clubhouse.
Finally, don't forget it’s the Captain and Professional Challenge this Saturday. Neil and I are looking forward to a big field so hope to see you on Saturday!
Until next time...
Weekly Course Report
First off, many thanks to those that ventured out Monday evening for our course walk.
The evening went very well and it was a great chance to look at some of the issues that we are currently facing and also to pass on some of the ideas and intentions for this winter.
During the walk we stopped at various areas around the course discussing many things, one such point was on the poorer growth we've have had on 2nd, 3rd and 4th fairways this summer. Hopefully now those that came with us on the walk have a better understanding of the problems and issues we've faced, some of which started right back from the end of last summer with not being able to verti-drain etc due to the wet conditions which didn’t help! We also spoke about the Gwazae deep aerator machine that we plan to hire in during October to help deal with the clay subsoil problem that affects these fairways. It was also really good to hear people’s views and ideas as we walked around particularly the sand playability issues in the new bunkers. All in all a great evening that hopefully now will become a more regular event.
Evening sunset on the 13th during the course walk
Onto other things and with the rain now softening up the course a little work has already begun on solid tining to relieve compaction and allow some much needed air into the ground.
This week the greens have been verti-drained with the bigger tractor and machine, which allows the tines to go in deeper. Next week this work will continue and we will now move onto approaches and tees. If the conditions remain good we will also carry out some hollow coring work to the weaker areas around the course starting with the fairways around 2nd to 4th. These will then be over seeded and top dressed to achieve some better grass coverage as we head towards winter.
As we move into the autumn and early winter the turf disease risk increases dramatically. With warm soil temperatures, heavy dew in the morning and cold, damp, still conditions our most common disease “fusarium patch” thrives. Some of our greens are showing signs of this disease and are noticeable by small rusty brown patches varying in size. Last week our intentions were to get straight out and spray a fungicide on the greens, unfortunately due to wet or windy conditions we were unable to carry out this job. The Fusarium had started to spread a little during the weekend but thankfully the staff on duty on Sunday morning for the Captain’s Charity day noticed it and informed me that they were heading straight out to spray the worst affected greens ahead of the golfers. The rest of the greens have now been sprayed this week. Timing is always critical with this operation to ensure the weather is calm and the chemical is not blown off target by strong wind or washed off straight after with rain. To help with this we receive a detailed disease forecast weekly that gives us a heads up as to whether disease is likely based on ideal weather data for disease to attack.
Just before I close, I thought I’d mention a couple of points that have been raised this week by golfers. New steps have been installed on the steep slope at 6th green. These steps are not quite completed yet and will be covered with a heavy-duty grip tape that will be tacked to each step to make the sleepers non slippery. This will be monitored closely to see if it provides a better surface than artificial turf. If the grip tape does not do a satisfactory job then we will again look towards installing artificial turf on them.
New 6th steps
Another issue that we have been made aware of is the condition of the “short course” the blue/green marker or forward tees. These tees have now proved to be very popular with some of our senior members and we’ve had some good feedback throughout the summer on how this shorter course has added to their enjoyment of the game. This winter it’s our intention to carry out some work improving them all by levelling and re-turfing the existing tee’s and where appropriate we will also create small purpose built forward tees closer to the fairways. This shorter course is ideal if you are just out for a little bit of golfing exercise! Once the tees are complete it is the Clubs intention to have the short course measured and a SSS set for it.
Finally, during the evening course walk I got chatting with a member and we were discussing traffic routes around the course. We then started looking at the amount of wear areas etc created by foot traffic and trolleys etc. It is amazing how many small paths have been made and areas worn out just from everyone taking the natural and shortest “a - b” route. Worth a look next time you are out and if during the winter you could all just be a little more conscious of these areas around the course and by next summer the course could be looking even better.
Worn heather path created by traffic onto front of 7th Men's Tee
Many thanks for reading my update back again next week.
I am pleased to announce this week’s Club competition results:
This week’s Club competitions results as follows:
Seniors Stableford – Monday 9th September 2013
18 Entries CSS 71
1st David Burns 37 points
2nd Alan Reynolds 37 points
Medal & Fire Officers Salver – Saturday 7th September 2013
131 Entries CSS 72
1st Howard Johnson 66
2nd Jon Tremlett 68
3rd David Rosier 69
1st David Miles 64 Wins Fire Officers Salver
2nd Jonathan Trembath 67
3rd Geoff Pike 68
Mid-Week Medal – Wednesday 11th September 2013
30 Entries CSS 73
1st Richard Crabb 71
2nd Steve Lowery 71
1st Alex Rae 73
2nd James St Quintin 75
Stableford – Saturday 14th September 2013
123 Entries CSS 71
1st Alan Clarke 42 points
2nd Ashley Beckett 38 points
3rd Robert Allen 38 points
1st Andrew Emmerson 38 points
2nd Simon Burke 38 points
3rd Robin Joy 36 points
This Saturday’s competition is the Captain & Professional Challenge, open to Men, Ladies or Mixed Pairings. Could all competitors please ensure scores are entered on the computer in the Pro Shop.
Have an enjoyable weekend.
Back next week with more updates.
Basic Rules of Golf
Captain Allan was out playing in the medal recently and pushed his drive right on the 4th hole, his ball ended up in thick rough. Whilst searching for his ball Allan accidentally kicked it.
What's the rule?
Allan incurs a penalty of one stroke for moving his ball and the ball must be replaced. In searching for a ball the player may touch or bend long grass, bushes and so on, but only to the extent necessary to find and identify the ball (Rule 12-1). If the player stands on or kicks his ball then he will be deemed to have moved it and must replace the ball. Although the player must replace his ball, in practice, as the original lie of the ball is not known and the exact spot where the ball lay is not determinable, the ball must be dropped as near as possible to where it lies. See Rule 18-2a.
Pro Shop News
Well Autumn has arrived with a bang but as ever the course remains in fabulous condition and having played a number of courses recently in various tournaments I can tell you that Broadstone is well ahead of the game both in terms of layout and condition.
The turn in weather has also coincided with the new arrivals of Autumn/Winter clothing in the shop. We have recently taken stock of the new Galvin Green, Under Armour, Footjoy and Ralph Lauren ranges including lined winter sweaters and a large range of waterproof suits to fit all budgets with Cutter and Bucks fully guaranteed suit priced at only £99!
Our amazing Callaway offer of receiving a FREE X Hot Hybrid (value £129) when you buy a Callaway X Hot driver still runs until the end of the month and we still have final reductions on many polo shirts and a clearance on the Adidas shoe range. So grab a bargain whilst you can.
As many of you know our own Adey and Paul are running the Bournemouth marathon on Sunday October 6th CLICK HERE to view their poster. They are running for the Julia's House charity and we have a collection box in the shop so your support on this is much appreciated. As I write this now Adey has just left the shop and is preparing for a 26 mile training run………..Andy and I are preparing for our bacon sandwiches which should be here shortly!!!
Congratulations to Barry for winning the Wessex Alliance Pro-am at Ferndown on Tuesday, retaining the title he won at the Isle of Purbeck last year. A great round of 72 in the pouring rain gave him a one shot victory. Well played Barry.
If anyone is interested in playing in the Wessex Alliance, please see Barry for details.
Finally keep your eye out for some winter coaching packages that we are putting together. Even though the competitive season is drawing to a close it’s a great time to make those necessary swing changes to get ready for the start of next season. Winter practise is crucial and the pro’s see it as the ideal time to look back on the season and see where improvements can be made. Get ahead of the game!!
BARRY’S TIP OF THE WEEK
With the unfortunate (but inevitable) passing of summer, it’s time to brace ourselves for some windy weather. The low running punch shot is a shot that can benefit every golfer and help keep the ball on the short grass. To play the shot you will need to adjust your set up slightly and as with any changes, it takes practice to get it right.
Let’s start with the ball position. Move the ball slightly back from centre but keep your hands in their normal position. This will take some loft off the club and make the swing path a little steeper which helps to give the ball a lower trajectory.
Next we need to take some spin off the ball so it doesn’t climb into the wind. Grip down the club 1”-1”½ and swing smooth, around 75% speed is perfect.
To allow for the reduced club head speed, play one extra club to give you the distance. This will also lower the ball flight even more.
This should produce a shot that flies lower (through the wind) and has some roll when it lands. Aim to land the ball on the front of the green or just short of it to allow for it to release.
It’s a useful shot. Give it a try and let us know how it goes. Any questions just ask me one of the lads in the Pro shop.
Coaching Update from Adey Harris
The time of the year has come again where the nights are drawing in and the waterproofs are coming out, but rather than bemoaning the end of the summer why not see it like the Pro’s, as a time to work hard on your game and get yourself firing on all cylinders for next year.
I am running a unique offer beginning at the start of October. For a monthly commitment of just £50 between October and March you will be entitled to:
- Four sessions a month (inc. an on course playing lesson) on any aspect of your game (usual value £150.00)
- An assessment in the first session of current strengths and weaknesses and goals for the season ahead
- A monthly review of the sessions covered, with a progress report and advice on the areas to concentrate on in the following month
- Email interaction for any questions you may have during the offer
In order to offer the best possible service to anyone signing up to this I will be limiting spaces on a first come first served basis so please contact me soon to avoid disappointment.
If you are interested in taking advantage of this fantastic offer please contact me on either my mobile 07916250266 or email email@example.com
See you soon….Neil and the Pro Shop team
Senior Section News
Broadstone Seniors say farewell to Sherborne
On Tuesday 17th of September the final friendly match was played between the Club Seniors and the Sherborne counterparts in driving wind and rain. Sherborne brought a strong team along to a match which is the highlight of their season and always oversubscribed. Broadstone lost 5 1 with several matches going down to the 18th it was much tighter than the score illustrates.
Sherborne praised the course as the best they have played on and in superb condition with excellent greens. They were sad that we had decided to drop the fixture and expressed a sincere wish to recover it in the not too distant.
Seniors Autumn Meet and AGM Tuesday 8 October 2013
The Seniors have their Autumn Meeting followed by their AGM on Tuesday 8 October. There is a stableford competition followed by a light lunch which is open to all Club members over the age of 60 who are welcome to enter. There is the prize giving for the annual competitions played for by the Seniors which are, the Chris Coombes Knock Out cup played for by members over the age of 60, the Maurice Bourne Knock Out played by those of 70 years and above and the winners of the Winter League competition (the Kirkman/Long Trophy) which this year was completed in the middle of August. It’s a long winter when you’re older!
After the prize giving is a short AGM discussing only Seniors business which generally lasts no longer than 30 minutes. If your 60 years young and wish to enjoy a round of golf with like minded vintage individuals and play in matches at most of the top clubs in Dorset and Hampshire why not come along and join the Seniors. All are most welcome and it only costs £6 a year.
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 (XL & XXL)
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
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.