Matchplay Finals Day - Saturday 30th September 2017

Come and spectate the Matchplay Finals Day with your friends, it promises to be a great afternoon! Support the members of Burstwick who have played great golf all seasons and made it to the finals of their knock-out tournaments. Tee offs begin from 1pm* and there are five matches due to be played:

Non-members are very welcome. Alcohol is permitted on the golf course and there will be no dress code for spectators.

*The Scratch Final is over 36 holes and the tee off for the second round is at 1pm.

Target Golf Nights, starting Thursday 12th October 2017

From Thursday 12th October we will be hosting a 6 week Target Golf League on the driving range between 6 and 7pm. Entry costs £25 per member or £30 per visitor for the whole of the league, with nothing more to pay on each night.

There is a £200 team prize to be won for the league winners, and an individual prize for the best score on each night!

Teams consist of four players and each target golf night includes balls. Each player will have a set number of attempts at each of the five targets set out on the range, and a sixth challenge will be a Straightest Drive challenge on James Bisby's Flightscope!

As part of the challenge we are going to include handicap shots which are added on to a score at the end, so everyone has a fair chance of winning the league.

Teams will be allowed one substitute per week so don't worry if you think that 6 weeks commitment might be a problem, just tell a friend to take your place.

If you would like to sign up for the Target Golf League, come into the clubhouse and put your names down (sheet behind the bar, entry fee payable upon booking).

Greenkeeper's Report September 2017

Clover, Clover, Clover

It's been a strange season for us with regards to weeds. Each year we buy a bulk of herbicide (weed killer) to tackle the clover, lesser trefoil and other weeds which this course is prone to, and usually for the most part it's pretty successful. We always spray around mid-May when the weeds begin to flourish and by June they're mostly gone.

In the past we've allocated enough budget to do about 50% of the rough areas and a few fairways. 2017 was no different, in fact we purchased another 10% of spray to try and gradually expand the spraying.

Clover

Unfortunately, the weather beat us this year.

We sprayed as usual in mid May, but to our dismay, by mid-June there was over twice as much clover and lesser trefoil coverage than we have ever had after spraying. After closer inspection, a huge portion of this was on areas that had been sprayed with herbicide, which should have been clear of weeds! After some more investigations it was discovered that because of the slow start to the growing season (due to the cold, dry weather - also the reason the greens took longer to recover) there was a lot of weeds that weren't growing so the herbicide didn't achieve the full effect. This basically meant that the exercise was a very costly waste which is extremely frustrating for us.

Clover is a golfer's worst nightmare! So we're putting this right in 2018!

We're preparing our 2018 maintenance budgets and have taken the decision to increase investment quite significantly into materials; including increasing our weed killer budget by more than double. We've resided to the fact that we're always going to have to battle with clover and lesser trefoil due to the type of land the course is built on, so we need to bring much more water to the fire to get on top of it!

The Greens

Right now as we stand, we would say that the greens aren't where we want them to be. With USGA greens we've always prided ourselves on firm, well drained greens that provide a great growing surface for fine grasses. While this is still true for some part, we need to increase the work that we're doing on them to get them back to where we want them to be.

Fusarium.jpg

Firstly, let's talk about disease. Green number six has been notorious over the past couple of years for suffering from big outbreaks of Fusarium Patch - the Greenkeeper's biggest enemy. Fuzz (as it's commonly called) thrives on moist, warm conditions which is why it is always prevalent in Autumn.

Why does the 6th green suffer the most?

We've recently had a company in to take some soil samples to find out if there is a difference in the soil make-up, as this could be one reason it suffers more than other greens. An imbalance in nutrients can lead to the turf becoming stressed which increases the likelihood of a disease outbreak.

Secondly, we are starting to suffer with thatch problems on some of the greens which adds to the problem of threatening disease. After consultation with various head greenkeepers at other courses, and some meeting with industry experts we have made a plan to increase the aeration and topdressing in 2018 to bring the thatch level down. With excess thatch, the surface stays moist for longer, and the roots tend to shorten meaning the grass becomes more susceptible to stress. By taking out cores and adding more sand into the surface, the greens will drain better (like they did 2-3 years ago) and also promote healthy, long root growth.

In conclusion, we will be coring the greens twice (spring and autumn) in 2018, and topdressing with sand both times. We have taken the decision to hire in a top dressing machine for each of these rather than applying manually to achieve a better, more consistent coverage and also take less times before each green is back in play.

Extra spiking will also take place on the 6th green this winter to help the surface remain dry, as well as applying a chemical penetrant, designed to pull the moisture away from the surface.

The 7th green had an issue recently which was caused by the spiking machine pulling up an area of turf on the left side which was suffering particularly from Dry patch. Unfortunately this was a catastrophic error that we did not foresee happening, and it is with deep regret that this occurred. We have been as quick as possible to repair the area, but it will take time to establish. We have put a small netting around the area to attempt to keep wildlife away and also keep golfers from walking on it. If you could please respect this area we would very much appreciate it. 

Bunkers

We have had some comments about the tidiness of bunker edges this year, and that they haven't been kept to the same standard as 2016. Whilst we have not spent as much time on the bunker edges, we still believe the quality of the sand and sand levels have improved on last year, but definitely agree that presentation is important and 2018 needs to see this become more of a priority.

This winter we will continue to press on with bunker work, and have provisioned a budget to bring in another 90 tonnes of bunker sand for renovation. We will be going around the course and prioritising the worst bunkers to do the work on, and aim to renovate 12-15 bunkers, most of these being large ones.

We have had a company come in to quote for a full bunker liner installation, the same as what is used on courses such as The Celtic Manor. This would cost us around £1,500 per bunker on average, and for the time being we feel that this kind of money would be better spent on other parts of the course (weed killer, extra rootzone for coring, etc), however it is good to know for future reference how much it would cost for a complete bunker liner system.

Humps on 12

Mounds on hole 12

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the bunkers that were filled in last year on hole 12, which we'd like to clear a few things up about. We first came up with the idea back in early 2016, to get rid of the bunkers and put something in their place that would still be a similar hazard but require low maintenance. One option was to fill them in and plant Gorse, but some thought that would be too punishing; another was to plant heather as a similar idea, and; the last thought was to just grow the grass a little longer across there so that people can still find their ball but the rough would be enough to consider another option to avoid.

When we first filled them in last summer year we were ready to prepare to seed but received a lot of negative feedback that we hadn't put enough material there and that they were too flat. We then took the decision to put more than double the material on there to raise them higher, which meant we had to wait another full winter before it was dry enough to take these huge loads of soil across (otherwise the machinery would have torn the surrounding area up). A total of 350 tonnes of earth has been put into this area.

We have now finished the mounds and have seeded the areas. Once they are established in Spring we will look at whether to plant heather or to let the grass grow a little longer, and will canvass opinions of golfers on this. The main thing is we get these back in play as soon as possible, because they have been out of play way too long already.

Putting Green

The problems with dead patches of turf on the edge of the putting green has been causing us a great deal of frustration this year. The black patches you see on the green are areas of completely dead grass, which will never grow back. It needs to be removed. Until now, our only option has been to seed areas like this, but it's difficult to get the seed to establish without closing the full putting green.

We have now managed to find a company that supplies fine turf of the exact same specification as our greens, with an 80:20 mix of Fescue and Bent grass. We are going to make arrangements for buying some of this turf and replace the dead areas on the green so that we can look towards having a fully healthy and completely open putting green as soon as possible.

Driving Range Ball

Driving Range

We have another batch of 6,000 driving range balls due to land in the next few days, and we hope to have these in play within a week. Many of the older balls which are looking very tired will be pulled out and replaced by the new balls.

We are also looking at ways to enhance the outfield of the range, as the three main targets have not survived the prevailing wind very well. We are looking at enhancing these existing targets with some new PVC on the frames and also adding a couple more, shorter range targets in the next couple of months.

Conclusion

This Greenkeeper's Report seems a little doom and gloom compared to past reports, but we are keen to stress one thing. After the 2017 season we recognise many areas where we can improve going forward, and we are determined to do so. With a bigger budget and better planning we can solve the few issues that we surround the course: clover, disease on greens, bunker improvement, and the putting green issues.

We are confident that we have a strong plan going forward and although nothing in the plan is an 'overnight remedy' we are passionate that we can significantly improve the course in 2018.

Burstwick says farewell to jet-setter Ryan Oliver

Ryan Oliver

The time has come when one of our own wants to fly the nest and travel to pastures new, and this time has come for our greenkeeper Ryan Oliver.

Ryan has been with us since 2013 when he started working with us as a volunteer, and progressed into employment with us from 2014. Throughout this time he went through the ranks at college to achieve his foundation degree (FdSc) in Sports Surface Management, which he completed this summer. 

Throughout the time Ryan worked with us he was an integral part of the team, always keen to come up with new ideas and help with whatever job was on hand, and he will be sadly missed by all the staff, management and members.

So where is he going? There is a little known golf resort called Harbour Town Golf Links in South Carolina, USA. Ryan was successfully accepted on a one-year internship at this famous PGA Tour venue earlier this year, and you might have guessed he is a little bit excited about his journey! Needless to say, we’re sure that he will excel at this top class golf club, and look forward to hearing many stories from him along the way.

Good luck Ryan, and thank you!

Exclusive offer to members of Burstwick - Saturday 30th September

EXCLUSIVE OFFER TO MEMBERS OF BURSTWICK - Book a FREE golf lesson with James Bisby!

Our PGA Professional James Bisby is running a free coaching day solely for members of Burstwick on Saturday 30th September 2017 from 8am to 4pm. Each session will be 30 minutes long and will consist of everything that a full lesson would include:

  • Video swing analyis
  • Flightscope technology
  • Expert tips from a level 3 PGA Professional
  • Video review sent to your inbox

Call James on 07896 257878 or come into the clubhouse to reserve your space now, but make sure to be quick as there are only a select number of slots available!

USA take stunning victory over Europe in Burstwick Cup

Last weekend we hosted the infamous Burstwick Cup which is one of the most fun events in our calendar. The format takes resemblance to the Ryder Cup where USA take on Europe in a Matchplay event.

Day one consisted of fourball betterball matchplay whereby pairs from each team are pitted against each other, with a total of 6 points being up for grabs. Although it could have been argued that both teams were very even on paper, team USA quickly went on the offensive and charged to a 4-2 lead.

With the European team certain to not let their determination waiver, Captain Mike Smith rallied up the troops on Sunday morning as the blues set out to cut the deficit and make amends for their first day performance.

Things did not go the European's way. USA Captain Bruce Carter got the reds off to a strong start with a win, and Dave Thompson continued before Ashley Heidstra got a point back for the Europeans.

With the scores USA 6-3 Europe at this point and with nine matches still to come in it was game on! Or, game off, as far as the European's were concerned. Match after match the USA team started to trounce Mike's lads, and with 5 matches still to play it was already all over!

In the end the blue team just could not compete. The score finished at USA 13.5-4.5 Europe, an absolute crushing victory for the reds. Well done to everyone that played, particularly the American team and their captain Bruce Carter!

Burstwick win the 2017 East Riding Junior Final at Ganton!

On Tuesday 29th August we visited Ganton Golf Club, near Scarborough, to watch our Junior Team compete in the East Riding Union Junior League Final for 2017. The event consisted of three players from the finalist clubs, Burstwick, Hornsea and Scarborough North Cliff, and the format was an aggregate 18-hole stableford competition.

Burstwick looked the strongest team on paper with Jack Maxey (2 hcap), Lewis Hunt (4 hcap) and Alfie Tidder (9 hcap) representing the club, but as it was a handicapped event anything could happen on the day.

When spectating the event, which consists of three 3-balls with one player from each club in each group, it's difficult to judge which of the players are doing well and which are not. You never truly know how players are scoring, although you think you might have an idea.

In the end we are delighted and proud to say that the Burstwick lads won the event by five points, with Hornsea in second place and Scarborough in third. It was a fantastic performance from Jack Maxey (36 points), Lewis Hunt (37 points) and Alfie Tidder (31 points) to make a total of 104!

Hunt picked up the award for the best individual score and the lads were honoured with the title of Junior League Winners 2017. Well done to Lewis, Jack and Alfie, not forgetting Rob Hunt who is our Junior Organiser and works tirelessly with the help of the other parents to keep the team going throughout the season!

It really was a fantastic day for the club at the most picturesque course in the Union!

"Call My Bluff" Wine Tasting - Saturday 23rd September 2017

Join us from 7pm on Saturday 23rd September for a night of fun, testing your taste buds and attempting to win a bottle of champagne in a game of Call My Bluff!

Guests will be sampling wines from all over the world and trying to guess who is telling the truth about the wines and who is telling porkies. Of course the more drinks you have the funnier it becomes, and the team with the most correct answers will be treated to a bottle of champagne on the house!

Come into the clubhouse now to book your place!

Men's Invitation Day - Saturday 23rd September 2017

Do you have any golfing friends in the Hull & East Riding area, or even further afield? Why not invite them to come and play at Burstwick in our Men's Invitation Day on Saturday 16th September 2017? 

Entry costs £10 per member which includes the guest's green fee and competition entry for the pair.

The sheet is up in the clubhouse now for members to put their names along with their guests. 

Members must have a minimum of 2 guests per fourball to play within these times on the Invitation Day. Members can bring 3 guests if they wish.

James Bisby is hosting some events to get more involved

Head PGA Professional James Bisby has lots of great events planned for the upcoming months, aimed at getting more people playing better golf!

James’ Golf Academy now has all the tools (GASP video analysis and Flightscope launch monitor technology) to ensure that his clients receive the absolute best in coaching and custom fitting, and he is keen to create a calendar of events that will help get more people involved and show just how beneficial he can be for your golf, but also have fun at the same time!

Speaking of fun, James is hosting a ‘Closest the Pin’ competition on Thursday, August 31 from 6:30pm where anyone can come to the range and have a go. The Pin will be exactly 125 yards away so most golfers will have a chance of winning!

It costs just £2 for 5 shots and players can have as many goes as they want to pay for. The winner will receive a box of Pro V1 balls worth £42.

Other upcoming events will include a free members’ coaching day on September 30, and a discount coaching week in November for both members and visitors. There are also plans to greatly increase lady and junior participation in the coming months!

How we doubled our lady membership in three years

As a new club on the scene, we found it difficult in the first few years to build the ladies sector of our membership. What we found was that Ladies’ tend to be very loyal and not move clubs much, and they would rarely move singularly if they ever decided to, it would tend to be in a group.

This meant for a club like Burstwick it was difficult for us to attract many lady golfers, and in 2013 we were at a low in lady membership numbers so we knew something had to change.

Between us we did some brainstorming on how to attract more ladies to the club and we decided that we would need to focus on new golfers rather than trying to attract existing members from elsewhere. So the question was posed: how do you encourage more ladies and girls into golf?

The first move we made was to come up with some beginner female coaching sessions with emphasis on the fun factor, and that there is no snobbery, dress code, or experience required.

As time went by we started seeing some regular girls coming to these sessions, at which point we did our up most to make them feel as welcome as possible. Over a few months we converted quite a few into members at the club, and the section began to slowly grow.

My wife, and 2017 Lady Captain, Laura Key took it upon herself to really begin pushing the ladies section and to become more involved with putting on events for them as well as continuing to encourage others to become part of the group.

Fast forward to now, and our ladies participation has increased more than double and there are frequent events throughout the year that the girls enjoy, from away days, meals out, parties, and of course many golfing events!

One thing we have always prided ourselves on is the friendliness of the club, and that is something that is in abundance of the Burstwick Ladies. If you would like a new hobby, or have tried golf before and want to get back into it again, why not give our Head PGA Professional James Bisby a call on 07896 257878 and come along to one of his beginner sessions on a Wednesday evening?

The teams have been drawn for the Burstwick Cup!

Who will win, Europe or USA? Team Captains Mike Smith and Bruce Carter have today drawn the teams for the Burstwick Cup this coming weekend, and it's due to be a great brawl between the two teams!

Please remember to wear team colours both days of the competition (USA red, Europe blue) and may the best team win!

Team America
Team Europe

Saturday - Fourball Matchplay

 
Saturday FourballsTeam EuropeTeam USA
8:00amCaptain - Mike Smith
Darren Wilkinson
Captain - Bruce Carter
Pete Hilton
8:10amMark Barningham
James Bisby
Neil Turner
Andy Wilson
8:20amA. Key
Ashley Heidstra
Alex Foster
Jamie Brewer
8:30amAllan Smith
David Key
Pete McEwan
Tony Bird
8:40amMike Huzzard
Glenn Brewer
Craig Smalley
TBA
8:50amDave Silversides
Ron Wicks
Dave Thompson
Steve Sorrenson
 

Sunday - Singles Matchplay

 
Sunday SinglesTeam EuropeTeam USA
7:54amCaptain - Mike SmithCaptain - Bruce Carter
8:01amRon WicksDave Thompson
8:09amAshley HeidstraAndy Wilson
8:16amDavid KeyCraig Smalley
8:24amMark Barningham/td>P. McEwan
8:31amDave SilversidesPete Hilton
8:39amJames BisbyAlex Foster
8:46amGlenn BrewerJamie Brewer
8:54amMike HuzzardTony Bird
9:01amAllan SmithTBA
9:09amAlan KeySteve Sorrenson
9:16amDarren WilkinsonNeil Turner
 

Good luck to all the players and may the best team win!

New PING G400 Series now in store!

PING G400 Driver, Fairways, Hybrids and Irons

PING Golf’s brand new golf range, called the G400 is now in stock at Burstwick. With their refined design which improves on their previous G Series, these clubs are getting fantastic reviews both by tour players and golf reviewers across the world.

The new G400 drivers’ streamlined shape advances aerodynamics and stability to their highest levels ever, giving the best numbers they have ever recorded on their launch monitors. Available in three different guises, the standard G400, the G400 ‘Low Spin’, and the G400 ‘Straight Flight’, the range covers all bases and every ability of golfer. The fairways follow the same suit with ‘Standard’, ‘Straight Flight’, and ‘Stretch’ which is aimed at people who prefer the look of 3 wood to a driver but want a little extra length.

As ever with PING there are an array of different shafts to pair with each club to ensure that you find the best performance from your new purchase.

At Burstwick, we are offering free fitting with James Bisby’s Flightscope Launch Monitor in his teaching studio; if you would like to arrange an appointment with James call him on 07896 257878.

Maxey & Hunt Pushing Forward in County Matches

After becoming the Burstwick Country Golf 2017 Club Champion last week, Jack Maxey has continued his great form over the last 10 days with some very notable performances. 

On Wednesday Jack competed in the Yorkshire Union Under 16s Boys’ Championship at Shipley, and finished a very impressive fourth place, just four shots off the lead after 36 holes. The next day he played in the East Riding Union Boys’ Championship at Hainsworth Park, and after a slightly rocky second round managed to beat the talented Tom Duck in a play-off after 36 holes to win the championship.

Not finished with this fantastic form, Jack earned his first call up to the East Riding Men’s scratch team to play against league leaders Sheffield Union, and Jack was the second highest point scorer for the Union!

Finally, Jack won both his matches in the East Riding Union Junior Matchplay tournament, meaning that he will be in the semi-final on August 27 at Hull Golf Club. 

Lewis Hunt, another gifted Junior at the club also had a good week with a third place finish in the ERU Boys' Championship, just two shots off Jack and Tom's finishing score, and Lewis also won both of his ERU Junior Matchplay matches meaning that him and Jack are representing Burstwick as 50% of the semi final field!

Needless to say we are extremely proud of these young men who have been at Burstwick since very young ages, and we will be supporting them all the way!

Jack Maxey wins Club Championship for the second time

Last weekend we held our Club Championship which is a two day event comprising of a strokeplay aggregate format. There are two trophies to play for in the event, the best net score over the two days is awarded the Ted Key Trophy, and the best gross score is crowned the Club Champion.

On the Club Championship weekend you'll usually find a lot of avid members going out and trying their best on the course in order to do themselves justice in this tough event that takes no prisoners. 36 holes of strokeplay is tough for even the most patient of player.

On day one Jack (2 handicap) posted the best score of the day with a level-par 70, closely followed by Steve Sorrenson (5) on 71, Scott Jackson (2) on 73, Lee Webster (3) on 75, meaning that on day two it was all to play for. Pressure was on Jack, as the holder of the trophy, to keep the opponents at bay and when Scott Jackson posted the first score early doors of 71 to make a total of 144, Jack had very little room for error.

Lee Webster posted 71 for a 146 total, and Jack was next to come in, with Steve Sorrenson going out slightly later.

Jack's round started the worst way that he could have hoped. After five holes the East Riding Union youngster was three over par, with a very difficult stretch of holes to come on the front nine. After keeping a level head, he made a very much needed birdie down hole six to get him back on track, and proceeded to tackle Burstwick's 'Amen Corner' (holes 7, 8, 9) in one under par to post a 36 front nine. Game on!

After successfully navigating the back nine in 34, Jack posted a total of 139 to lead the Championship by five shots from Scott. Still to come in though, was Steve Sorrenson, who had a fantastic first day score of 71.

Steve posted another great round of 72 in the afternoon to make a total of 143, but crucially for him his net total was 133, which meant that he snatched the Ted Key Trophy from the hands of Ashley Heidstra on 136.

It was a brilliant weekend of golf by the members of Burstwick, congratulations to Jack and Steve on winning their respective trophies, and well done to the 63 players who entered the event!

 

Captain's Charity Race Night - Saturday 22nd July from 7pm

Our Men's Captain Mike Smith and Ladies' Captain Laura Key are hosting a Charity Race Night on Saturday 22nd July in aid for raising funds for local charity Freddie's Friends.

On the evening you will be able to bet on races with cold hard cash, and everyone has a chance of winning! It’s a fun packed lottery where everybody nobody has a competitive advantage. It’s fun for the complete racing beginner and expert alike and every race contains eight runners that you can choose from.

How does it work?

Before each race punters have a chance to bet. They can buy as many betting tickets as they want, the more tickets you buy per horse, the greater the share you'll receive if that horse wins!

Don't like to take risks? If you're a safe better you can bet on more than one horse to increase your chances of winning, but you're net profit won't be as much as you'll lose the bets on the horse(s) that don't win.

It is a non-profit event meaning that the ticket sales are there to cover the cost of the food and the race night equipment (any surplus goes to the charity), and a portion of the money from each race goes to the charity, while the rest is handed out to the winners!

Tickets cost just £5 including a finger buffet, so pop into the clubhouse now and get your name down for what promises to be a great night!

Burstwick Sixes Cancelled

Unfortunately due to lack of participation the Burstwick Sixes pairs competition scheduled for this Saturday has been cancelled. This competition will be replaced by an Individual Stableford.

If you have any feedback as to why you haven't entered the Burstwick Sixes, we would be very grateful to hear it, please complete the form below: