Welcome to the latest T2G, this edition has plenty of information to keep you up to date with what's going on at the Club.
Members will be aware that the post of Committee Chairperson is elected by the committee members from their own number. Despite being re-elected to the committee at the last Annual General Meeting, Chris Dennis has stood down from the Chairperson role. At the recently held committee meeting Phil Purvis was elected by the committee to succeed Chris as chair of the committee.
I would like to take this opportunity of personally thanking Chris for all the time, effort and hard work he has put into the role of Chairperson.
Phil Purvis – “From the Club’s perspective nothing has changed. The committee personnel are the same as last year and we are already working hard in conjunction with our General Manager. In the next few months the committee amongst other things will be reviewing the Business Plan and updating it as necessary, reviewing the Course policy document, planning a Members Forum for September, and with the guidance of David Holmes, keeping abreast of our budget forecasts. I’d would also, along with the committee, like to thank Chris Dennis for his time & efforts he has put into the role as Chairperson over the last 4 years.
I would also like to remind members that if you have any issues with the running of the club then the first port of call must be to our General Manager. Any issues that he cannot resolve will, and are brought to committee for discussion and direction.
I hope everyone has an excellent year on the golf course which with the warmer weather now arriving is set to improve as new growth starts to gather pace, regards Phil Purvis.”
It's been brought to my attention that there have been one or two incidents lately whereby people playing the course have had a close call in regards to nearly being hit by a golf ball. The most common offence appears to be people playing up to a green before the group in front are properly clear or golfers playing a shot when it is not safe to do so, such as to the 15th green or the 7th fairway. I'm sure you don't need me to say that a golf ball travelling at speed can be extremely dangerous if it hits someone! So please can I urge everyone to take a little more care when playing.
News from the Ladies’ Captain - Kate Roberts
Thursday 27th March - a big day for the Ladies Section. For the first time we were hosting a coffee morning the purpose of which was to increase funds for the section but most importantly to raise money for our charity Julia's House.
The morning was bright and sunny. Phew!! 76 Ladies arrived from around the county and from Hampshire and Wiltshire. They started the day with coffee and gorgeous cake from Huckleberry's and then had time to buy tickets for the raffle and tombola, purchase homemade cakes made by our own 'Mary Berry’s'' and spoil themselves with the purchase of scarves, bags and jewellery. If that wasn't enough they then went out to play the course!
The day was a great success. We raised £783 for Julia's House! The visiting ladies had nothing but praise - for the cakes on arrival (main topic of conversation on the course), for the green keepers (they thought the course was in fantastic condition much better than their own courses) and for a good day generally.
However none of this would have happened if it wasn't for the hard work of my committee and helpers, for all the ladies who contributed to the various stalls and to Val and Tracy for doing all the administrative work. I am truly grateful.
The golf season has already started for us. We had our first friendly match against Stoneham on Monday 31st March which we won (all matches played in good spirit) and have our first Interclub match against Wareham on 7th April. We are through to the third round of the Mail on Sunday, playing Ashley Wood on 16th April. So it's now full steam ahead!!! Good luck to all.
Club Captain - Graham Wilkin
The annual warm up match between Hardy A and Millennium League took place last Sunday 23rd March. This was also the date for the Volunteers Cup.
Most recent past Captain Allan Hutchins continued his rich vein of form winning the Volunteers Cup with 37 points.
The Hardy A team beat the Millennium team 3 ½ to ½. The Millennium team 1/ 2 being won by Chris Terndrup and Frank Snow.
Well played to Rob Atherton and David Fellows in the 4BBB on Saturday 22nd March. Their 46 points won by a comfortable margin. My thanks to my playing partner Peter Mann who led us to a credible top 10 finish.
I am planning a Captains Away day in August and hope to release details soon.
The club would like members support for the Frank Sinatra night on Saturday 5th April. If you wish to book a table then please phone the office or bar as soon as possible.
I have added 2 photo’s below of my drive in day kindly provided by Keith Rawling. There is also a video edit which is available to view, once you have clicked on the link you need to enter the password bgc to get it to play. CLICK HERE to take you to the video
Back next edition with more news.
Our lovely Samantha is on her holidays this week and left me in charge!
So, not to ruin the good work she has done I will just thank you all once again for the great support we have received from you all.
The Restaurant is open every day for lunch where our Menu & Daily Specials are available, or even afternoon Tea, we are now open till 9pm now on Thursday, Friday and Saturday Evening with the lighter evenings.
Carvery menu for this Sunday 6th April is available to view here, give us a call to book your table.
See you at the Club soon.
Finally, I have some results to report!
Ladies Stableford – Thursday 30th March 2014
35 Entries Non-qualifying, playing 9a/9b
1st Louise Simms 33 pts
2nd Carol Cass 33 pts
1st Barbara Rowland 38 pts
2nd Sylvia Kent 30 pts
4BBB Stableford – Saturday 22nd March 2014
70 Pairs Entered
1st Rob Atherton & David Fellows 46 pts
2nd Richard Crabb & Neil Taylor 42 pts
3rd Gary Meakin & Norman Meakin 41 pts
4th Andy Horn & Richard Dods 41 pts
5th Howard Johnson & Ashley Beckett 41 pts
Volunteers Trophy – Sunday 23rd March 2014
12 Entries Stableford Non-qualifying, playing 9a/9b
1st Allan Hutchins 37 pts Wins Volunteers Trophy
2nd Sally Mathurin 34 pts
Seniors Texas Scramble – Monday 24th March 2014
9 Teams Entered Score
1st Mike Edmondson, Reg Villa & Ken Gerrard 62.0
2nd Bill Kent, Lionel Pryor & Malcolm Wilson 63.2
3rd David Reeve, Tony Crowther & Dave Marsh 66.1
Phyl Pearce Trophy – Tuesday 25th March 2014
On Tuesday the 25th March the annual Seniors and Ladies Mixed Foursome competition for the Phyl Pearce Trophy was played. The winners with a magnificent 43 points were Maggie Bray and Terry Clark who are pictured below receiving the trophy from Kate Roberts the Ladies Captain.
14 Pairs Entered Mixed Greensome Stableford
1st Maggie Bray & Terry Clark 43 pts Wins Phyl Pearce Trophy
2nd Debbie Driver & Hugh Bell 36 pts
3rd Sally Mathurin & Bill Kent 34 pts
Medal – Saturday 29th March 2014
136 Entries Qualifier
Division 1 Nett
1st Kevin Phillips 67
2nd Paul Torrible 68
3rd Mark Warwick 68
1st Neil Miller 69
2nd Ian Pitchforth 73
3rd Keith Newman 73
The first Lawford Trophy will be held on Monday 21st April 2014. A Mixed Foursomes Stableford event held on Easter Monday and the two Bank Holiday Mondays in May. The best aggregate score in two out of the three competitions wins the Lawford Trophy. Entry sheet now displayed on the notice board in player’s entrance. A meal will be served afterwards.
Online booking Dates
Bank Holiday Monday Team Competition – 21st April 2014 Teams of four, best two stableford scores to count. Open to Men, Ladies and Juniors (one junior permitted per team).Booking available online - Wednesday 9th April at 8.00 pm
Bank Holiday Monday Team Competition – 5th May 2014 Booking available online – Wednesday 16th April at 8.00 pm
Bogey Cup - Saturday 17th May 2014 Booking available online – Wednesday 16th April at 8.00 pm
We are looking for home teams for the Broadstone Bull competition on Sunday 27th April 2014. This is our flagship event at the Club, with home and away teams each consisting of 6 players. Each team must include at least one lady and one gentleman, playing a greensomes format. Ideally, each Broadstone pair plays with a visiting pair, most away clubs enter each year so there is a great atmosphere both on and off the golf course.
Please contact the Club office to enter team or if you would like to play we may be able to create a team!
More updates next week guaranteed!
Weekly Course Report
Welcome once again to this week’s course update.
It’s been a long time coming but at last I am able to say the words “6th tee now complete!” All that remains is a small area to turf in front of the ladies tee, a boarded path with recycled tarmac, the same as 5th tee and a railed fence to prevent wear from the tee to the green. We will be leaving very small gaps between the railings, just enough room to walk through to play a shot whilst trolleys and buggies remain on the path.
Over the next few weeks both 5th and 6th new tee’s will be regularly cut at a high setting and top dressed to smooth out any small undulations and help the turf to knit in quicker. This hopefully should then put the tees in good stead for the end of April, opening just before for the Broadstone Bull. In the meantime any medals and some extra comps will be played from a mat only on the 6th tee. I appreciate this is a little inconvenient for the next couple of weeks opening and closing the new 6th tee but as it has only just been laid and needs time to root properly. It is going to be as always a high wearing tee so needs to establish properly with the best possible head start.
In due course we will be installing a small fixed mat into the back left corner of the bottom tee for winter use if excessive wear starts to establish on the tee.
Finishing the tee has now allowed staff to be freed up out on the course and already this week we’ve hollow cored the tees to remove some of the thatch build up from the winter and allow much needed air into them. Next week they will be top dressed and then given a feed to promote some growth and thicken the tees up ahead of the summer.
Approaches will also have the same treatment though to cause less disruption we will probably solid tine instead of taking out cores, which does tend to leave a small amount of mess on them for a few days.
As for the greens we have now managed to get a total of around 70 tonnes of sand onto them since coring, this will really help the greens to firm up and give a nice even putting surface.
As already explained this year we cored with bigger tines so it will take a little longer than usual to fully recover. After the huge amount of rain this winter it was very important to try and remove as much of the organic layer as possible and get a large amount of dressing in early on.
Also as previously covered we are this year dressing with sand only. The sand used is a combination of two sands blended together. These are exactly the same sands that we have always used in previous dressings to prevent any layering underneath but without any organic material (the small dark peat bobbles that used to remain on the surface). As our organic layers are little high at the moment, not helped by a very wet winter, it is felt no organic would be beneficial. It is this ‘excessive’ layer that makes the greens softer than we would prefer.
Top dressing sand being brushed in on 5th green
Next week the greens will be given a granular fertiliser to get them going and this will help to thicken up the sward and close over any holes that are still remaining on the surfaces. Due to the dismal winter and lack of play it is important that we now try to get the greens back into good shape as quickly as possible so that they are putting as good as we can get them for a long summer season. A good deal of concentration will be put into this by way of regularly brushing and rolling the greens as well as frequently cutting them to deal with any uneven growth.
The problem with 18th fairway still remains and I am well aware of the condition it is in. During the next week, as soon as a delivery of grass seed arrives, our intentions will be to hollow core the fairway with shallow tines, over-seed the fairway and fertilise with a calcium and magnesium feed to raise the ph. We will then top dress the fairway and brush it all in. Then over the coming weeks, and with regular nitrogen applied, the fairway should start to recover.
As we head towards the Bull at the end of the month concentration will be steered towards sorting out the issues from the winter and tidying up the course in general. All areas will be fed so that we start the season with good grass coverage and small regular dressings on the greens and approaches applied.
A couple of other jobs that will be undertaken in the next week or two is the remaider of the logs on the 4th will be removed and the fallen tree to the right of the first that has been chopped up will be cleared. We have been waiting on Richard Ashendon (woodcutter) to come back on site when the ground conditions permit to remove the logs.
Before I finish I would just like to mention a possible forthcoming event, date yet to be decided. Sometime during the next few weeks we are looking at the possibility of setting up an “open to all” “divoting” party helping catch up a little after the winter with filling divots on the fairways. Other golf courses successfully carry this out from time to time and it works very well. It’s a case of the more the merrier as larger numbers can whip through a fairway with buckets of divot mix very quickly. Members of the greenstaff and myself will also join in so it will be a great chance to have a chat with the greenstaff and answer any questions about the course in general. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I am on holiday next week, as soon as I return I will come back to you with a fixed date and time, If anyone is interested could you please let David (General Manager) know beforehand just to get an idea if it is worth doing and we can take it from there.
Think that’s about it from me for now, back in a week after half term with the family, refreshed and ready to go again full steam ahead for a great summer out on the course.
Very many thanks for reading.
Pro Shop News
Due to my recent miss-hap on the football pitch this tee 2 green is being typed a little more slowly and gingerly than normal. As most of you know I suffered a little collar bone fracture a few weeks ago and the support and sympathy I have had has been nothing short of…well……nothing actually!! I’ve had numerous comments of ‘your too old’, ‘serves you right’ and ‘your not as young as you used to be’ and that’s just from my wife! Anyway I’m on the mend and looking forward to a great season.
TITLEIST FITTING DAY – FRIDAY 25TH APRIL (12.00 – 5PM)
We still have some availability for appointment to our Titleist fitting day and it’s a great opportunity to try out all of the kit including the new AP1 and AP2 IRONS, THE AWESOME NEW VOKEY WEDGES and we are also lucky enough to have a full range of SCOTTY CAMERON PUTTERS on the day for you to try out on the putting green. Everyone is welcome on the day but if you would like a ½ hour appointment with a Titleist custom fit specialist then give us a ring in the pro shop and we will book you in.
FOOTJOY DNA HAS ARRIVED!! In the shop and we all agree it is the best looking Footjoy shoe since the iconic FJ Classics. The shoes sell for £149 and you get a free DNA shoe bag (RRP £19.99) free. We also have in all of the other new range of Ladies and Gents Footjoy and Puma shoes so come and have a look.
On the clothing front we are now fully stocked with our Spring/Summer range of RALPH LAUREN, UNDERARMOUR, FOOTJOY AND PUMA CLOTHING along with a huge choice of bags, putters and pretty much anything to match your golfing needs.
THURSDAY NIGHT ROLL UP
The boys in the shop are chomping at the bit to start our Thursday night roll up again and now the light is getting better we are hoping to have our first get together on Thursday 17th April. Last year we ran it as a social roll up for the scratch and lower handicap players to help get their team up and going but this year we would like anyone to join us, but there are rules!! We generally play 11 holes (1-9, 17th and 18th if possible) anyone playing off 4 or below has to play off scratch and any higher gets ¾ handicap and shots only the holes where there shots would come. It’s a stableford competition and £5 entry into the kitty. Generally winner takes all but if numbers are good we may pay the top 2. It generally doesn’t matter too much as most of the kitty goes towards the first round of beer after in the clubhouse! We start going out at 5pm so let us know if you’re coming and we’ll add you to the draw. ARE YOU UP FOR TAKING ON THE PRO SHOP TEAM??
JUNIOR NEWS UPDATE
The Junior’s are in action this Sunday, hosting Weymouth in the Longmore Shield! This year we will be looking to regain the premier junior scratch match play competition which we won in 2012! Kyra Horlock will captain this year’s team as it’s her last year as a junior member here and we are hoping for a successful cup run to glory over the up and coming months!! Throughout the Easter holidays we have also organised several individual junior competitions and it would be great to see as many players as possible. The 10th April is also the annual Doug Cobb trophy, where the Senior members lead by Paul Nelson will take on our Junior section! The Juniors always look forward to this friendly fixture and this year is no different. We look forward to seeing some new faces represent the junior team having gained many new members over the winter. I wish both teams good luck but will be subtly cheering for the junior's!! Good luck to all those playing over the next few weeks, and we hope it’s a successful start to the season!! Many Thanks Andrew
EASTER HOLIDAYS JUNIOR ACADEMY CAMP
We will be running a junior academy camp with the following details. EVERYONE IS WELCOME so if you have sons, daughters, grandchildren, nieces or nephews please do bring them along. Please click on this link HERE to get all of the details give us a ring in the Proshop to book in.
That’s all for now. Look forward to seeing you all soon
Neil and The ProShop Team.
NEWS ARCHIVE AREA -
Rainfall Chart for Dec 13 - Feb 14
As you are aware there has been ongoing case against the HMRC in respect of VAT paid on visitor green fees.
The lead case was by Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club v HMRC and was being argued for Bridport by KPMG. The Judge at the Tribunal asked the European Court of Justice for a ruling on VAT applied to green fees by HMRC before a decision could be given on the Bridport and West Dorset Golf Club case. The case was heard at the ECJ on Thursday and the good news is that the ECJ has ruled that no VAT should be applied to Non-Profit making Golf Club’s on any type of temporary membership fee/visitor green fee.
It is all very positive news but does not yet mean we have the cash, it is still too early to celebrate. The ruling is now passed back to the Tribunal where the judge at this court will make a definitive ruling based on the ECJ ruling, so we are still a bit away before a final result but I’ll keep you updated as things progress.
The 2014 Club diaries and membership stickers are now available for collection from the Professional shop. We do not intend to post out the diaries unless specifically requested.
Winter Rules/Preferred Lies have been introduced with effect from 1st November 2013, until further notice. To view the notice for winter rules - click here
Temporary Greens – Please treat as GUR
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
Marriott High Cliff Hotel Health Club Membership
The Club have secured some corporate rates/discounts at the above venue for membership at their Health Club. 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.