Broadstone T2Green NEWS Bulletin
Welcome to another edition of T2G.
Bar & Catering Update
As I reported in the last T2G, we have now appointed our new bar & catering providers. Our new company is Huckleberry's Kitchen which is owned and run by husband and wife team of Russell & Jo Tucker. Russell and his team take over on December 1st and will have to get off to a fast start as they have plenty of parties and functions booked through December to keep them busy! If anyone is interested in booking an event at the Club and wants to get in touch with Russell his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org I'm sure he would be delighted to hear from you.
Below is a short introduction from Russell -
A big warm welcome to all the members at Broadstone golf club, we at Huckleberry’s Kitchen are very excited to be the new caterers at your club and look forward to an exciting and hopefully “tasty” future! Starting us off we have an exciting and what looks to be a very busy Christmas and New Year which of course is just what we want.
To help set the scene a little for what we'll be offering I’ve listed below some of the ideas we are looking to bring to the Club and would really appreciate any further ideas or feedback you have on what we are doing once we get going. We will of course be offering bar food all day every day, also there will be a designated restaurant area fully laid up with linen cloths that will be serving lunch each day, along with dinner evenings on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
We will also introduce an amazing value Sunday Carvery lunch for £9.95 for two courses and in the afternoons we will be offering afternoon tea served on vintage China with a delicious selection of cakes fresh from our bakery in Ashley cross!
That’s it for now but Huckleberry’s Kitchen will be back in each edition of T2G to keep you updated on what we have planned. Many thanks for reading and we look forward to getting to meet you all soon.
Thanks, Russell and the Huckleberry’s team
Winter Golf – Restriction to Member’s Guests at Weekends
Due to the lack of daylight hours during the winter, the Club will again repeat last year’s position of suspending member’s from inviting guests to play golf on Saturday's (all day) and on Sunday mornings before 11.30am. The restrictions will be in force from Saturday 23rd November through to Sunday 16th February 2014 inclusive. Thank you for your understanding with this matter.
Congratulation to the Broadstone Millennium team for winning the Millennium League, this is their fourth straight league victory! Well done to all the players who played in the various home and away matches and to Pete Asquith as team Captain for picking the winning teams over the duration of this year's league. Well done chaps!
News from the Ladies’ Captain - Jane Best
Heavy Lifting Practice
The practise sessions went well and paid dividends for at the Presentation of Trophies at the Dorset Ladies County Golf AGM, the Broadstone ladies lifted most of the trophies!
Although we have a relatively small ladies’ section (relative to other Clubs in Dorset) the Broadstone ladies were the most successful in all categories. After the AGM at Ferndown GC, many of the attendees came over to congratulate me on our successes – it really was phenomenal and almost embarrassing (but fortunately I’m not easily embarrassed!). We absolutely dominated the prize giving – we may be small but we are perfectly formed or as one of the other Dorset Lady Captains said ‘we have the cream of the cream’. Congratulations to all the ladies whose successes enabled us to win the Order of Merit trophy - the LLOYD WILSON CUP which is awarded to the most successful club returning the best results across ALL Strokeplay and Matchplay competitions during the year. I was proud to accept this wonderful cup on behalf of Broadstone Golf Club, Ladies’ Section.
Excitement mounts as Martin Coward looks forward to taking tea with the ladies on Thursday 21st November – not sure who is more excited – Martin or us?
This is a talk not to be missed…….all you ever wanted to know about Broadstone golf course, history, care and management. The ladies look forward to giving Martin a warm welcome.
News from Club Captain - Allan Hutchins
Autumn has well and truly arrived with plenty of rain, preferred lies and slower greens!! Oh well we must not forget the great summer we have just had and how fantastic the course played during those important months. Roll on next year when I am sure we will have more of the same. In the meantime let us just enjoy what winter golf is all about......too much clothing and plenty of missed putts!!
Inter Team Club challenge
On Sunday 12 teams of six took part in a shotgun start stableford where the best five cards were added together to find the winning team. This year the Hardy A team won comfortably with the Junior Section a very creditable second. Many congratulations to both teams, (especially the juniors!)
Above - Hardy A Team, winning Inter Club Trophy Team (inc Simon's new moustache and Jim's green cords!)
The event is intended as a big thank you to everybody who has contributed to the success of the club this year. A great day was had by all and with over 70 in the bar, followed by lunch it all helped to provide a great atmosphere. Perhaps we should have more shotgun starts??
Talking of success Congratulations to the Millennium team who have won the league again, beating Ferndown by one point. Well done to everybody who played throughout the season.
The Halloween Quiz night proved to be, as expected, a huge success with the quiz master Barry setting some terrific questions, most of which were based on a "spooky" theme. Many thanks to Barry for all his efforts, and of course his helpers Jane and David.
Captain's Away day
A Captain's away day has been organised to Hayling Island for Wednesday the 20th November. At the time of writing there are just a few places left so if you are interested in a day out on a fantastic links course please contact the Pro shop to register your name. For £56 you there is a coach both ways, breakfast buffet on arrival and green fee.
New Years Eve
The tables are filling up for the New Years Eve party. If you are planning to join in the fun please book your table as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment. If you require any further information then please give me a ring or ask the office who have all the details.
Until next time.
Weekly Course Report
Hello again and welcome to another course update.
Everything is now all systems go with the winter work and we are currently making good progress with the new 5th Tee construction. This week the basic tee shape has been formed and drainage installed. As many of you have seen whilst playing the course, it will be a two-tier tee with the whites mainly on the back top part and the yellows on the bottom. From standing on the tee it is clear now to see how this hole will play with the new bunkers incorporated into Frank Pont’s original design. The shot from the tee will now aim you slightly more right than before which is why through the summer the fairway was taken out on the right beyond the top bunker. More work is still to follow by way of taking the fairway out further to the right hand side on both the bottom and top fairway areas.
The next phase will be to add a gravel carpet across the whole tee to improve the drainage further and provide good growing conditions for the turf. Two sets of steps will be put in on the bank and the idea is around the tee on the left as you play the hole to form some natural looking humps. These will then be turfed with tall wispy natural fescue grass and allowed to grow long. In amongst the turf we will also add mature heather. The bank between the steps will also be turfed similarly. The bulk of the existing tee that is in use now will be removed and lowered back down to blend in with the natural terrain that lies to the front and back of the tee. We will be keeping the small existing teeing area at the back around the white tee post so as yardage on the course will be unaffected.
Hopefully this gives you an idea of how the tee work is progressing and a rough idea of how it will look next summer when in play.
The picture below shows the new 5th tee with drainage now installed. Please note that the final angle of the tee is not yet complete so gives the impression it is aiming a little too far right, fear not we won’t be steering you into Delph woods!
Onto other things and tree clearance work left of 4th is continuing well. This is being carried out under funding from Natural England with the intentions of opening up the large views across the heathland towards 7th and gives the hole a more open heath land feel. The benefits to the 4th fairway with good airflow coming across this area should also help to keep things a little drier through the winter months. We will be leaving some feature trees along this edge so that this side is not completely open.
Whilst on the subject of tree clearance we are being asked regularly from various members whether there are any logs cut up and going spare. The logs to the left of 4th belong to the contractor, which has been all priced into his work. As this area is very wet at the moment unfortunately he is unable to extract the wood away from the site so will be taking them away at a more convenient time through the winter. From our side of things we have not yet started any tree clearance work as all our efforts are currently being put into work on the course e.g. 5th Tee construction etc. Therefore at this time very little wood is available for any members requiring logs. As we progress through the winter and when ground conditions become more difficult we then normally start tree clearance work and then have logs available. I will advise of this through my course update when logs are available.
Continuing on and verti-draining work across the course is now complete. Pretty much the whole course including fairways, tees, approaches and walk offs should now have 1” holes in to a depth of around 12”. This will benefit the ground greatly allowing air and drainage into it whilst relieving compaction.
With the constant rain and greens being a little soft at the moment we are struggling at times to cut them and complete the remaining verti-draining work on the greens, which in turn should firm them up a little. This is now a similar problem to last year. The ground needs opening up to help dry things out but too wet to get on in the first place, frustrating!
Just of interest I have just updated the rainfall figures for last month (October).
We seem to be very close again to last year's huge amount of rain that fell in October
Oct 2010- 99mm
Oct 2011- 71mm
Just to finish up, some information on plans for next week.
Over this weekend (9th and 10th Nov) a water pump will be running constantly next to 3rd lake. Could all golfers please use the path to the left of 3rd lake only as we intend to close the path to the right until later next week? Next Tuesday and Wednesday the 3rd hole will be closed or the temporary hole used as the lake will finally be cleared out! Hooray I hear you cry!
The pump will be pumping water around the lake from the inlet right of the pond to the outlet on the left. This way the lake will get a chance over the next few days to dry out slightly which will make the removal of the weed etc much easier.
Also during next Tuesday and Wednesday the Guawze deep aerator machine will be carrying out work on holes 2, 3 and 4. As previously included in my course update this is to improve the poor drainage on the fairways due to the underlying clay soil problems in this area. The machine is fitted on to the back of a tractor and inserts a probe deep into the ground. A blast of compressed air is then injected at high pressure deep under the surface, which then sends fissures through the soil. The greenstaff will then follow behind pouring kiln-dried sand into the holes to improve the drainage and allow roots to travel down.
Whilst this work is being carried out and with a hole out of play, next week will be the first chance to try out the new short par3 on 9th as a stand in hole from the newly added tee mat by 9th walk off.
Above - New spare hole Par 3 "Nine b"
Anyway that’s all from me this time, plenty more to talk about next week.
Thanks for reading
I am pleased to announce the latest Club competition results:
The competition results are as follows:
Ladies 4BBB – Thursday 24th October 2013
13 pairs entered
1st Kate Roberts & Cathy MacFarlane-Thompson 37 pts
2nd Diane Freda & Carol Cass 36 pts
Scholes Team Trophy – Sunday 27th October 2013
18 Teams of 4 entered
1st Rob Atherton, Ashley Beckett, Ashley Harvey and David Fellows win the trophy nett 127
2nd Matthew Groves, Sam Chapman, Phil Lewis and Matthew Hunt nett 133
Ladies Bowmaker – Thursday 31st October 2013
11 Teams entered
1st Penny Channon, Maggie Bray & Rose Warwick 69 pts
2nd Lyn Whiting, Cathy MacFarlane-Thompson & Jo Hadley 66 pts
Inter-Team Club Challenge – Sunday 3rd November 2013
Retaining the trophy for another year, the top team is Hardy ‘A’ Well done again!!
Senior’s Stableford – Monday 4th November 2013
21 entries Non Qualifying
1st Michael Burden 43 pts
2nd Frank Hayhoe 40 pts
Ladies Medal – Thursday 7th November 2013
34 entries Non Qualifying
1st Louise Sims nett 73
2nd Debbie Driver nett 76
1st Rose Warwick nett 79
2nd Bernie Oxley nett 81
Congratulations to everyone.
Turkey Trot Competition (2 ball Texas Scramble) – Saturday 7th December.
Fabulous Christmas Prize Table for top 5 pairs (apologies for mentioning Christmas!)
Booking available online – Wednesday 13th November at 8.00 pm
Back next week with more competition results and Club Summer Knockout Winners.
Friendly Match Round Up
Match report - High Post v Broadstone 19th October 2013
The season of club matches came to an end at High Post Golf Club on Saturday 19th October. After a tour which started in Somerset in April via Hampshire and Dorset, we ended on a sunny afternoon in Wiltshire.
The Captain and VC both just back from warmer holiday locations were paired together for the first time. The holiday must have worked because after just 4 holes they were 3 up. The Captain seemed highly motivated and continued to wear down the opposition. The VC was happy to hear complaints from his opponents with some straight hitting. After a slight blip at the start of the back 9 the match was won on the 18th with the captain getting up and down from 100 yards.
An excellent half was earned by the second pairing of James Bright and Mike Cave. Unfortunately the home pair in the final two matches were too strong and the final score was 2 ½ v 1 ½.
Thank you to the many members who played this year.
Basic Rules of Golf
Captain Allan hits his tee shot on the 13th hole and he’s not sure if it has gone out of bounds or not and so he plays another ball. He walks forward and finds his original ball in play. What is the ruling?
By playing a second ball from the tee, Allan put another ball into play and this rendered his original ball automatically lost. As there was a chance that his original ball may have been out of bounds, Allan could have played a provisional ball; however, when playing a provisional ball it is necessary to (i) inform your opponent, marker or fellow-competitor that you are going to do so, and (ii) play it before going forward to search for your original ball. When informing your opponent, marker or fellow-competitor that you are going to play a provisional ball, you must say that it is a provisional ball or make it clear that you are proceeding under Rule 27-2a. Phrases such as “I’ll play another” or “that might be lost” are not good enough.
Pro Shop News
Well the seasons have definitely changed but I think the course is holding up pretty well when you consider many of the venues around us are waterlogged and closed. We played the Bournemouth Alliance this week and despite heavy rain throughout the night and morning the course was totally playable and the putting surfaces were a credit to our greens staff.
THE WINTER ECCLECTIC IS UP AND RUNNING! And to remain sharp and competitive throughout the winter the Winter Eclectic is the perfect competition for that. Entries are now open in the pro shop and you get 10 rounds to score up until March 31st 2014. All entry fee’s go back into the prize fund and It’s a great chance to win some big prizes with last year’s winner receiving a voucher for £200.
THE PLANE SWING MACHINE
Many of you will also have seen our new teaching gadget up on the driving range. This was purchased on the back of Adey and I discussing how many of our pupils seem to have the same fault of struggling with their swing-plane and most notable an ‘over the top’ movement in the transition from backswing to downswing. Our new PLANE SWING machine is the perfect answer to give golfers the feel of the correct swing plane. We will be incorporating the machine in all of our lessons when needed but we are also adding a 15 MINUTE QUICKIE (that means golf lesson!!) into our lesson offers. This is basically 15 minutes on the Plane Swing with one of the professionals for only £10. It will be just enough to give you a feel of the correct swing path and one of these sessions every couple of weeks should help keep the swing in check.
Alongside this I will be running my winter MOT course of lessons of 4 lessons for £100. This is aimed at checking all aspects of your game and keeping you sharp throughout the winter. It’s also a great time to be making those bigger swing changes necessary to get ready for next season.
PRO SHOP NEWS
TaylorMades' SLDR and Speedblade range continue to be popular and we know have our full allocation of demo and custom fit equipment so come and see what all the fuss is about by booking in you Flightscope session. Speaking of Flightscopes due to the popularity of our free Flightscope sessions we have decided to extend this over the whole winter. The offer remains that if we cannot beat the performance of your current Driver, Irons or fairway woods we will give you a free sleeve of TaylorMade urethane balls. So far we have only had to give 1 sleeve away so it shows how much improvement we can find on most people's equipment. This year to date we have managed to find an accumulative improvement on driver distance alone of over 2000 yards!
We are also now offering hugely discounted prices on the R1 and RBZ drivers, fairways and Hybrids:
R1 Drivers – originally £319 now only £225
RBZ Driver – originally £219 now only £169
RBZ Fairway – originally £169 now only £125
RBZ Hybrids – originally £139 now only £99
The reason for the discounts is to make way for the new TAYLORMADE JETSPEED range which is due to hit the shelves in January but as ever we will be one of the first to get hold of and I will have a limited allocation in December. As always we will have demos in all models. The JETSPEED Driver has been shrouded in secrecy and is meant to have some new ground breaking technology in it. I don’t know any more than that but we’re anticipating something quite special.
Another launch this week comes from TITLEIST who today launch their new 714 Sets of AP1 and AP2 irons. The AP2 irons really are a stunning club and aimed specifically at the single figure golfer but for those forged iron fans out there they are a must try. Come and be custom fitted for a set FOC and find out how a forged club feels.
Finally you have all received our November offers and can see we have some great deals on waterproof suits, lined jumpers and trousers and many other products so come and see us for all of your winter golfing needs. As ever I stress that if we have not got what you are after in stock we have access to pretty much everything on the golf market at very competitive prices.
BARRYS TIP OF THE WEEK
With arrival of the winter weather we’re now facing more wind and softer fairways (as if the course wasn’t hard enough). When facing tee shots into the wind many people will tee the ball lower to try and keep the ball down.
THIS WILL LOOSE YOU DISTANCE. It makes you hit down on the ball creating more spin which means more height and less roll.
The best way to drive the ball into the wind is to tee the ball up were you normally do and swing it smooth. This will help you to hit up on the ball creating less spin. A smoother slightly slower swing will also take some spin off the shot creating a flatter flight that will fly through the wind rather than rise into it.
Andrew is on holiday this week but will be back in the next edition of T2G with around up of all the latest junior section news.
That’s all for now.
Look forward to seeing you all soon. Neil and the Pro Shop team.
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