Welcome to another edition of T2G.
Members Open Forum
The Club held its annual "members open forum evening" last Thursday. On the evening, the membership were given the opportunity to come along and hear what the Club are hoping to achieve in the next 12 months, both in terms of golf course development and also our continuing Club development. The evening was well supported with approximately 80 members in attendance, at the end of the presentations the members were given the opportunity to ask any questions. To read a roundup of the evening and also to view the power point presentation that was given on the night please click here.
Just a reminder that this year for the first time we have sent the subscription renewals by email. Utilising members email's will help reduce our costs on both postage and stationery, if you prefer not to receive your annual renewal by email then please let the office know and we will print of a paper copy for collection, or if needed we can post it out.
Slow Play Survey
Below is a link to a survey on slow play which has been set up by one of my trade publications - The GCS (The Golf Club Secretary). The survey has been set up to help identify, what you as golfers feel, are the issues that cause slow play. The survey is available to complete for the next 2-3 weeks, once the survey has been closed and all results analysed I will come back to you with the results. This information will hopefully help identify what the main problems are for Clubs to deal with in regards to the slow play issue.
Bar & Catering
Just a quick update on where we're at with appointing a new provider for our Bar & Catering service. We have had lengthy discussions with a couple of preferred companies and should be in a position to make an announcement within the next week, sorry to keep you hanging on!
Last Minute Invite
Annabel Clark (Marketing Manager) at Poole Audi has asked me to pass on the following invite, It's a bit last minute but that's my fault as it was due to be emailed out at the beginning of the week!!
Now in its ninth year, Eat Out is the number one guide to eating out in Poole and the surrounding areas. Broadstone Golf Club in association with Poole Audi and Poole Tourism, has a selection of tickets for the champagne reception, taking place tonight Thursday 10th October from 6-8pm, to celebrate the launch of the guide.
The evening will showcase the quality of dining experiences in the area with five local restaurants featured in the guide catering the event for all guests to have a taste! The reception is being held at the premises of our partner, Poole Audi, on Ringwood road in Poole.
Numbers are strictly limited and by invitation only, so to reserve your place please call Annabel Clark at Poole Audi on 01202 775050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
News from the Ladies’ Captain - Jane Best
The Big Match
Last week we went to Crane Valley to win the final of the Interclub series. Dorset Golf & CC were to be the runners up and we planned to be victorious………….
Things were going to plan until ………………….it started to get very close. Two games concluded on the 18th green, and another two on the 19th.
It was a nail biting finish which could have gone either way……….but just didn’t go our way! The result was so close – however, we lost the match 3 games to 4.
Congratulations and thanks to everyone in the Interclub squad who got us to the final.
Although we are a relatively small section (relative to other Clubs) we have a very good reputation and we are always considered to be a force to be reckoned with (and feared!).
Pictured below are some of the squad who were available and brave enough to play in the final at Crane Valley.
Also pictured are the caddies who supported the team and did a great job.
It was good to see many other Broadstone ladies who travelled to Crane Valley just to support and encourage the team.
The Ladies’ Section has been extremely successful again this year in reaching the finals of a number of tournaments, however this year it’s been our turn to be the bridesmaids!
News from Club Captain - Allan Hutchins
As the golfing season draws to a close it is time to reflect on a great summer....but I think I will do that another time! As for now.....
For three Sundays in a row mixed golf has been on the agenda. On the 22nd September we hosted a team from Remedy Oak. Followed by the Autumn Challenge Bowl on the 29th, (a mixed foursomes stableford) and finally on the 6th October another home match, this time against Ferndown. Each day was a great success and Congratulations go to Bill and Sylvia Kent for winning the Autumn Challenge Bowl with 36 points. Both of the inter club matches were won by the home team and my thanks go to everybody who took part. I must say the mixed matches have been one of the highlights of my year and I strongly suggest that next year you find a partner and join in, they are "fun" days and more than just golf.
The Sugden Bowl Qualifier
Some great scores were recorded and my sympathies go to those who posted "winning scores" but were beaten on the day by better ones!
Congratulations therefore must go to Steve Birrell who won Div 1 with an excellent net 65. Having played with Steve recently in a Cap't & Pro I am not surprised as at times he made Neil look short, and I am not talking height!!
However the big score of the day was left to Jon Batten who posted a terrific net 63 to win Div 2 and claim the overall top spot. Well done Jon a great score.
Regretfully, I have not had a big enough response to night golf with only about a ten saying they would like to play. Unless therefore, I get a flood of emails to register an interest this will not go ahead.
A Halloween themed quiz night is scheduled for the 1st November. If you like Quiz's then get a team together and register in the bar. These nights are great fun and at £8.95 to include food and prizes, everyone is a winner!
New Years Eve!
Due to the change of caterers the final details have yet to be sorted but an exciting night is planned. Tables can be reserved in the office if you want to secure a place. You can be assured of great value with a superb three course meal, two sets from our very own Elvis Presley and a disco into the early hours. NOT TO BE MISSED!
That is all for now so until next time enjoy the green fairways and less run.....come back summer!
Many thanks, until next time...
Weekly Course Report
Hello again and welcome to another course update.
Before I start can I just say a big congratulations to Paul and Adey for completing the Bournemouth marathon. No easy feat but all the training paid off with money raised for Julia’s House, a great cause, well done!
On Thursday evening the member’s forum was held at the clubhouse and some of the works for the coming winter were discussed. Frank Pont gave another excellent and interesting talk on the ethos behind Harry Colt course design and this winters phase 2 restoration work on hole 11. As we are already aware Frank again emphasised that Broadstone is being talked about across the nation now even by golf magazines and top golf course designers. Whilst it is accepted that some more issues still need to be addressed on holes 5, 6, 8 and 14 this winter, in general it seems that the bunker work has caused quite a bit of excitement in the golfing world! With regular postings on our twitter page showing photo’s etc it has been proved that this is a great way to show the improvements off to everyone.
On to matters in hand and last week we started hollow tining, overseeding and top dressing the tees as part of the routine renovation work. For the same reasons that this work is carried out on the greens it is essential that any thatch build up is eliminated and air allowed back into the soil to stimulate bacteria etc. Work continued last week with cutting down the heavy rough across the course as explained in my previous T2G.
Also last week the area of scrub to the front right of the new 5th bunker on the bottom part of the fairway has now been cut down very short. It is the intention now to turn this area into semi-rough. This will have the effect of widening the fairway giving a more open view and also help to prevent any loss of balls with the ability to play a shot for any sliced balls from the new tee at 5th once completed.
Scrub area on 5th to be removed
Last week much of our concentration as always at this time of year is dealing with falling leaves. This job invariably ties us up with a huge amount of time and labour. On a daily basis we turn our concentration towards priority areas such as clearing leaves off of greens and tees. Depending on how strong the wind has blown and the general amount of debris across the course determines whether other areas have to be dealt with straight away or can be left for a day or two. It gets to the stage sometimes where if strong winds persist, as fast as they are cleared more leaves drop behind, so in this instance we normally come back to these areas when the wind has dropped or towards the weekend to tidy things up. Invariably with fading light in the mornings at this time of year we do occasionally come to work with some horrendous leaf problems that quickly need to be sorted. This was the case last Friday after a night of very strong winds. With this situation and golfers out early we will understandably get caught up with the early golf at times. As always every attempt is made to clear the course as quickly as possible whilst causing minimum disturbance to golfers. Apologies to those early golfers that do seem to get caught up with our work first thing in the mornings but please appreciate that as was the case on Friday morning the greens in front were unplayable and no matter how many staff are put out to clear up, it does unfortunately still take a considerable amount of time to sort things out.
Leaves on 10th green Friday morning (one of many)
Into this week and from my perspective much of it will be geared towards final planning work for the start of the winter projects. Next week we will have a 5 tonne digger on site operated by ourselves to begin the work. The 1st job will be to construct a small astro-turf tee close to the pathway off of 9th green. In the past to make use of our old 9th green whilst a hole is closed you have played hole 9a as a par 4 to the old 9th green and hole 9b as a par 3 from the mat to the left of 9th fairway to the usual green. The idea has come about to continue as normal with the usual 9th hole being played as the par5 but then play to down to old 9th green as a par3 across heather from a small tee close to the walk off from 9th. Once the par 3 has been played exit to 10th will be via the old path at the back of old 9th green. This is a great idea and will add some excitement when a hole is closed out on the course. A path will be cut down short through the scrub and each side will be topped to show more of the green underneath.
Pic above an approximate plan for new 9th par 3 as an extra hole when a hole is closed on course.(markings are approximate)
To finish up, an answer with a little more detail to a question that was bought up at the forum. It was asked whether the scrub areas that were cleared last year such as in front of 14th tees were just going to be left now to grow back again and return to how it was. Worth noting that last year this area had become badly overgrown with gorse, brambles and birch saplings.
From the tee only the top part of the fairway could be seen. Years ago this was a prime piece of heath land with heather stretching down to the fairway. We intend to now manage this area and to date we have already sprayed it with three different products tackling the different unwanted plant species such as bracken, gorse, purple moor grass and brambles etc. As I have already explained in previous articles heathland management is very difficult and takes a number of years to achieve the desired effect. By cutting at a correct height the heather is allowed to flourish whilst gorse is kept a little more under control. Gorse will always come through but if we can achieve a happy medium of heather and short gorse then this area will be a huge improvement on how it was.
The final point as we approach that time of year when the greens are a little softer is pitch marks. Please spare a few seconds on the green to check for and repair your pitch mark.
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:
Extra Medal – Sunday 29th September 2013
35 Entries CSS 71 Nett
1st Matthew Groves 68 on c/b
2nd Neil Irish 68
3rd Steve Goodall 70
Medal & Sugden Bowl – Saturday 3rd October 2013
128 Entries CSS 71 Nett
1st Steve Birrell 65
2nd Richard Taylor 67
3rd Andrew Gilbert 68
1st Jon Batten 63
2nd Keith Balmer 67
3rd Frank Hayhoe 69
Players in the top 16 (nett scores) qualify for the Sugden Bowl winter knockout competition: They are: Jon Batten, Steve Birrell, Keith Balmer, Richard Taylor, Andrew Gilbert, Jim Salmon, Frank Hayhoe, John Bowen, Phil Olds, Graham Adams, David Millward, Ray Meakin, Robin Woolrych, Stephen Shaw, Ashley Harvey and Nick Dunford. Congratulations everyone.
Family Pairs Competition – Sunday 13th October 2013 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. Entry sheet is posted on the noticeboard.
Frank Cup – Entry now available in the Pro Shop
The Frank Cup is one of the Club’s most prestigious trophies. The format is 4BBB winter match play with drawn partners. Matches will be played on specified dates - Sunday 10th November, Sunday 24th November, Sunday 8th December and Sunday 5th 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 30th October.
Back next week with more updates.
Basic Rules of Golf
Captain Allan plays his 2nd shot to the second green but when he gets up there he is unable to find his ball so he returns to where he last played from and puts another ball into play. He then walks past the hole and discovers his original ball in the hole. What is the ruling?
There is no penalty. The score with the original ball counts as the play of the hole was complete when Allan holed that ball. See Decision 1-1/2.
Pro Shop News
Well it looks like we may have a few last minute contenders to try and prevent the Captain and I from our unbeaten season in the Pro/Capt challenge with a couple of the cancelled games now being rearranged. Our confidence is high though and I know the Captain is determined to go unbeaten so I’m under orders to play well!!
Adey and I had a great week at the superb Forest Pines venue as we played in the final of the National PGA Professional Better Ball Tournament. We finished the 3 round event on 20 under par with rounds of -7, -6 and -7 and managed to finished 5th, only 3 shots of the winners. We were both chuffed to bits as the field was very strong with many of the players still playing full time and myself & Adey playing very little these days. Maybe senior tour beckons???
We are now fully stocked with our Autumn / Winter ranges including a large choice of waterproof suits from UnderArmour, Footjoy, Ralph Lauren, Cutter and Buck plus many more. Plus all of the usual necessities such as bobble hats, mitts, rain gloves etc.
The hotly anticipated TAYLORMADE SPEEDBLADE Iron has now arrived and I must admit it looks a beauty. It has all of the power and forgiveness of the RocketBallz iron but looks much more playable with a thinner sole and top edge. TRY ONE TODAY!! The new SLDR fairway and hybrid will soon be with us as well and as usual we will have plenty of demos for you all to try.
FREE FLIGHTSCOPES THROUGH THE MONTH OF OCTOBER!! This month we are offering all members a free ½ hour session on our Flightscope. Simply book your session in the shop and we will run you through how your driver / irons are performing and we will try and improve your performance by fitting you with more suitable equipment. In fact we are so confident we can beat your current equipment that if we fail to improve your stats we will give you a FREE SLEEVE OF TAYLORMADE GOLF BALLS!! Come and take the challenge.
We are also selling off much of this year’s demo equipment so come in the shop and see if you can bag yourself a real end of season bargain.
Firstly on behalf of myself and Paul I would like to thank you all for your generous support in our Bournemouth marathon run last Sunday. I managed to complete the marathon in 3hrs 59mins which was a good first effort though I was aiming to get a little closer to 3 ½ hrs. My preparation went a bit wrong before the start though when I realised I’d left my phone in the car which I use both for listening to music and also most importantly to check I’m going the right pace throughout the race. Unfortunately I had to guess my pace and realised I had gone off a bit to quickly through the first 10 miles and suffered later on in the run. It was all for a great cause and we managed to raise £1000 for the Julia’s House Hospice. In fact if you make your way down to Bournemouth Pier sometime around Wednesday, Paul should be finishing around then!!! J
BARRYS TIP OF THE WEEK
With the ground conditions softening and the course playing a bit longer you may find that your using your Fairway woods and Hybrids more often. So here’s a tip to help with these tricky clubs.
Hybrids are there to make the game easier. No one wants to stand on the 8th tee on a frosty February morning after hitting a 3 iron a bit thin, only to find it take 3 bounces to reach the bunker! Hybrids have a much larger sweet spot than an iron and launch the ball much higher so they should be the favourite club in your bag.
Many people struggle to hit their hybrids consistently and some say they can’t hit them at all. But if you follow these simple steps, you should find those high soft landing shots much easier.
Let’s start with ball position. This needs to be just forward from centre, the same position you would play a 5/6 iron. This will help a slight downwards hit on the ball which is the key to successful hybrid shots. Remember, it’s an iron replacement so swing it like an iron hitting down, not sweeping like a fairway wood. Try to take a little divot just like an iron and don’t swing it too hard!
Fairway woods are slightly different as they normally have less loft. Position the ball further forward in the stance somewhere opposite the left heel. This helps to encourage a more upwards sweeping action and helps get the ball airborne.
Hope this helps.
ANDYS JUNIOR UPDATE
The Junior season has been completed in terms of team matches and major Championships, but we are already planning a detailed approach to the 2014 season. A newsletter will very soon be sent out to all junior members highlighting the structure of the Junior teams very shortly so please keep an eye out for this. This letter will detail how the teams will be run, coaching plans, internal and external competitions and show how Broadstone Golf Club plan to develop the full Junior membership over the next 12 months and beyond!!
We are always looking for new recruits so those of you members with children who may be interested in joining our Saturday morning coaching session please do bring them along or ring us in the shop for any further information.
That’s all for now.
Look forward to seeing you all soon. Neil and the Pro Shop team.
Senior Section News
Seniors Section News
The Anderson Salver, a 4BBB competition was held on Tuesday 8 October and was won by Bill Kent & John Briggs on CB with 42points
This trophy always precedes the AGM for the section when the prizes are presented for the winners of the annual perpetual trophies which are listed below. All club members over the age of 60, 70 in the case of the Maurice Bourne, can and are welcome to enter these competitions.
Winter League 2013 Kirkman Long Trophy
Hugh Bell - Lewis Emms
Runners-Up - Peter Asquith John Groves
Winners Chris Coombes KO Trophy 2013
Runner-Up - Roger Ireland
3rd - Ian Potter Geoff Pike
Winner over 70 KO Maurice Bourne Trophy
Larry Cooper (pic below)
Runner-Up - Charles Thornton
The section has yet to complete all their 12 friendly home and away fixtures for 2013 against local and some not so local Clubs. This year’s results have been variable but all matches are most enjoyable and the many comments and praise passed on by our visiting Clubs this year at the high standard of presentation of the course have been very pleasing to hear. Our thanks go to all Club staff especially the green staff for their hard work in achieving such a high standard throughout the 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.