Matchplay Finals Day - Saturday 22nd September 2018

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 three matches due to be played:

1:00pm - Scratch Final*: Lee Webster vs George Grassby
1:10pm - Men’s Final: Mike Oliver vs Alex Foster
1:20pm - Senior’s Final: Graham Wilkinson vs Steve Alger

The Greensomes’ and Ladies’ finals have unfortunately been rearranged for different days due to unforeseen circumstances.

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, the first round of the scratch will be at 8:36am, spectators welcome for both rounds.

Team USA retain the Burstwick Cup for second year in a row!

Last weekend we hosted our coveted Burstwick Cup which is a Ryder Cup style event where members of Burstwick are split into Team Europe and Team USA for a 16v16 brawl!

Captains Bruce Carter (Europe) and Tony Howard (USA) both had great teams on paper, and it was obvious the weekend could go either way.

With fourball betterball matches played on the Saturday the scores came in at 5-3 to the Americans, but with double points available on the Sunday in the singles matches it was obvious that slender lead could quite easily fade away very quickly. And it did.

The first three matches on Sunday went to the Europeans, and suddenly with 13 points to play for the Americans started to wobble.

Myself and opponent Chris Young (who beat me 3&2 in the second match of the day) took it upon ourselves to grab a golf buggy and promote ourselves to theoretical vice captains, as we went around the course to see how the other matches were playing, and give our teams some encouragement.

The more Chris and I ventured around the course it was evident that this cup was going to be nip and tuck. Both the Europeans and Americans had a fair share of matches going their way, and with a lot of strong characters out on the course it was tough to call who might falter and who would strive to victory in each game.

In the end, the final few matches edged it towards Team USA and the race to 12.5 points was won with a couple of matches still left to come in. Congratulations to the red team on their brilliant victory, and thank you to all that played the weekend. I’m sure we will see many of you again in the Burstwick Cup next year!

Greenkeeper's Report August 2018

Around one year ago we prepared a Greenkeeper's Report which talked all about the problems we had faced with the course in 2017, and how we weren't happy with it's progress. Below we have made comparisons to last year's report in order to evaluate what has changed in 2018 and how we hope to move forward next year.

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Operation #CloverKill was a success

In 2017's report we talked about the fact that clover had all but overtaken the course last year and how we wanted to increase the herbicide budget by a factor of two to combat the problem in 2018. We are very please to say that this year we were determined to absolutely wipe out the problem by spraying every single fairway and 80% of the rough areas to completely get rid of clover for the year.

We actually didn't double the herbicide budget to do this, we more than tripled it! We had to do this to show the members we were serious about improving the course.

This doesn't mean that the problem will go away for good, and we're not naive enough to think that. In 2019 we will need to more than likely spend a very similar amount to keep the clover at bay, and we aim to do just that.

Greens

Last year our words were that the greens weren't "where we wanted them to be". This was because the thatch level of the greens had grown too deep, meaning the surface was holding too much moisture and the grass roots became much shallower which was a haven for disease, weeds and everything else you don't want on your greens.

 Sweep and Fill

As part of an ongoing process we promised to begin working hard on remedying this by putting in place a more aggressive aeration programme which would take away more thatch and introduce more sand into the surface to get them back to how they used to be. In Spring we cored with 10mm diameter tines instead of the 8mm tines we used previously (which also go about 30% deeper), and this has had a noticeable effect over the summer, with our greens being slightly firmer and better draining than last year. This is not an overnight remedy though, we will be coring again in a month's time to further progress the greens.

Another change we have made is the introduction of a Wetting Agent programme in 2018, to help the roots have access to water deeper into the profile of the rootzone, promoting healthier growth in drier times.

Over the course of 18 months to 2 years we should see a vast improvement to the firmness and drainage of the surface, aiding better gaseous exchange for the roots which will lengthen them, and the greens will then become more resistant to disease and be a much better, year-round putting surface.

As many will notice we are still suffering with disease on some of the greens (mainly 6, 8, 11), but we will be monitoring this in the coming days and spraying with fungicide if it worsens. As the greens get better due to our new aeration regime this should become less of a problem each year.

When we core the greens in September we will be hiring a Sweep & Fill machine, which will disperse the sand into the cores much more evenly then our previous methods, and get rid of any excess sand on the surface, meaning the recovery time from the aeration will be MUCH quicker and the greens will be back to normal a lot sooner.

Bunkers

Over the past month we have been receiving a lot of compliments about the difference in the bunkers since we topped up around 40 of them in June. We have opted to begin topping them up on a little & often basis, rather than our old method of waiting for a full renovation when a bunker gets too bad. 

Previously we felt that full renovation of the worst bunkers each winter would lead to eventually having a full set of 70 bunkers that are better than the year before, but in actual fact this hasn't happened. Instead of chasing the "perfect" bunker by taking out the old contaminated sand and renewing the drainage before adding new, we are instead now going to keep the old sand in and continue to top up with new sand on a more frequent basis.

While this means that the contaminated sand will still be in there so the bunker may not look as white as it would with 100% new sand, but the levels should be more consistent and there should be a nice firm base of sand with an inch of 'fluffy' sand at the top where your ball will sit. This method should be a much easier way of maintaining consistent sand levels because it's much less labour intensive.

Overall, our bunkers right now are the best they have been in the last two years due to the much better sand levels particularly in the greenside bunkers. We have paid more attention to the bunker edges this year too and they are a lot better presented than in 2017.

There are a couple out there that at the moment have a little too much sand in and these should bed in once we get some rain. This coming winter, we aim to get all of the bunkers topped up that we didn't get done in June, so around another 30 bunkers will receive various amounts of sand.

Driving Range

As discussed in the News Blog a few weeks ago, we have doubled the amount of new balls for the driving range in 2018, from 6,000 to 12,000. We have also invested in four new Truestrike mats which are a much more realistic surface to practice from, reacting like a fairway to your swing and strike. We have also added new flags to the range and introduced a map in each bay to detail the yardage of the targets. All these little additions help you get the most from your practice.

Fairways

Our fairways have been very brown this summer due to the huge lack of rain since May, and while they don't look as pretty without the stripes, they have still played well this year. As we begin to get more rain in the back end of the season the fairways should green up nicely going into winter. Going into 2019 we aim to give them a feed to get the turf more full and lush, something we have to do because they are built on ex-farmland and do not have enough natural nutrients in the soil.

Irrigation Repairs

We have conducted quite a few irrigation repairs (three replaced sprinklers, 7 replaced decoders, one replaced valve) this summer to get the system back up to spec, we still have a few small lefts from seals on sprinkler heads which we hope to get to within the next month or two.

Conclusion

2017 was a big learning curve for the greenkeepers and management of the club. Lessons were learned with regards to keeping the course moving forward, and hopefully members will see that money has been put where the proverbial mouth is in regards to killing weeds, and improving greens and bunkers. We still have some way to go but hopefully members and visitors alike will agree that we have made inroads in 2018.

"Call My Bluff" Wine Tasting - Saturday 8th September 2018

Join us from 7pm on Saturday 8th 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! The team with the most correct answers will be treated to a bottle of champagne on the house!

Come into the clubhouse or call 01964 670112 now to book your place!

Enter your team into the Summer Open Am-Am!

Our last team open event of the warmer months is already around the corner; the Summer Open Am-Am. This competition is open to all golfers from any club as long as they have a valid handicap, and entry costs just £60 per team.

As always with our opens, we provide very generous prizes for the top teams!

These prizes are in the form of vouchers which can be used on a variety of things including any goods from our pro shop (and if there is something you want that we don't stock, we will be able to get it for you!), food and drink from our restaurant, driving range, and more!

If you fancy a great day out for just £15 a person why not give us a call on 01964 670112 and book your team in? Times are available from 8am to 12:30pm.

25% OFF Membership for groups of four new joiners!

If you are looking to join a golf club in the Holderness and East Riding area then look no further than Burstwick Country Golf. In August and September we are offering 25% DISCOUNT for groups of four new joiners, meaning you can save up to £140 on your first year!

This offer applies to new adult joiners over the age of 21 who have not been a member at the club in 2017 or 2018, and the group of four players must join at the same time.

Click below to apply online and see just how much you could save!

 

Category

Single

25% Offer

Direct Debit*

7 Day £595 £446£53/m
5 Day £495 £371£44/m
Senior 65+ £505 £379£45/m
Country (20+ Miles) £495 £371£44/m
Intermediate B (26-30) £415 £311£37/m
Intermediate A (22-25) £315 £236£28/m
Student(18-21) £215  
Junior 12-17 £70        
Junior < 11 £60        
Locker Rental (Optional) £50        
 

Congratulations to Joe Harrison and Jamie Maston on winning the Burstwick Sixes!

On Saturday we hosted the inaugural Burstwick Sixes Tournament, which is a 6 hole matchplay tournament played over the course of one day. Sixteen pairs entered into the event which consisted of them being drawn into four groups, and the winner of each group progressing to the afternoon's semi finals.

Pairs in each group played 6 hole matches against each other (18 holes total for three matches), before a lunch break and the winners of each group drawn against another for the semi final. Winners of each group match got 2 points, halves earned 1 point each, and losses 0. The groups that had joint top pairs were decided by their win margin totals (i.e. 4&2 would beat 3&2, etc).

The semi finalists went out in the afternoon with Darren Wilkinson & Neil Turner taking on Lee Brooks & Darren Smith, and Joe Harrison & Jamie Maston versus Dave Smith & Martin Hewitson. In match one Lee & Darren beat Darren & Neil on the first play off hole after halving through 6, and in the other game Joe & Jamie beat Dave & Martin in regulation play.

Onto the the final and Joe & Jamie played fantastic golf on holes 13-18, with Joe holing a number of key clutch putts which ended up with them sealing victory on 18, a great performance against two very good opponents who played some great golf. In the third place playoff, Dave & Martin beat Darren & Neil to pick up a podium place.

As it was the first year we've run the event we took some good feedback and will make some small changed for 2019 to make things run a little smoother, but on the whole the feedback for the event was fantastic and we may expand it to more than 16 pairs next year!

New Truestrike Range Mats and 12,000 Golf Balls

This week we have had four new Truestrike mats installed on the driving range, which are designed to give you the most realistic feel from range practice - just like a fairway!

 12,000 New driving range balls

We have also just put in 12,000 new two-piece range balls so that your golf shots will produce a more consistent ball flight compared with the old balls. For the past 5 years or more we have purchased 6,000 new range balls per year but this year we decided to double that number to get the number of quality balls in your basket much higher.

Support your Men's Captain on Saturday 21st July!

On Saturday 21st July your Men's Captain Bruce Carter is hosting a Charity Open Am-Am for his nominated charity "Men in Sheds". Teams cost £100 to enter and a bacon roll & coffee are included in the price for all guests. There will be some great prizes on the day and we hope to see a full compliment of teams so don't miss out!

Race Night from 7pm

Following the golf day the Captain will be hosting his Charity Race Night which is open to anyone who would like to take part (not just golfers, and there is no dress code). Tickets cost just £5 and it promises to be a evening full of fun and laughs so come and support your captain and get your tickets now!

A lovely sunset over Burstwick

A couple of weeks ago we had a great opportunity to take some photographs of the golf club on a sunny evening, and the golden light gave a beautiful colour cast over the course, we hope you'll like the results!

Have you entered the Burstwick Sixes yet? There's a £260 prize pot to be won!

There are just 16 spaces available for the Burstwick Sixes tournament on Saturday 14th July! Get your names down now.

Here's how it works:

- Pairs are split into four groups -
- Each group play 3x6 holes 'Round Robin' -
- Winners of each group go to 6 hole Semi Final -
- 6 Hole Final & third place Playoff -

- £260 Prize fund -

Have you been to the Ping Fitting Centre in Gainsborough?

If you are looking to buy some golf clubs we have a great facility at Burstwick, and our PGA Professional James Bisby has everything to hand to custom fit Ping clubs for golfers of all abilities. However, if you're looking for something a little bit different, a trip to Ping's National Fitting Centre in Gainsborough is something to not be missed.

At under 60 miles from Burstwick, the centre offers the full Ping treatment for just £25 for a 45 minute fitting (aimed at just irons, or just woods), or £30 for a 90 minute session (for a full set). 

As part of the fitting you are assigned a Ping Custom Fitting Technician who takes you through the full process, starting with asking you about your game, handicap and what progress you want to make with the new clubs.

At that point it's time to hit some golf balls! I took my existing clubs to compare against the ones I was looking at buying, as it's advantageous to have a benchmark starting point. The Ping technician will being changing heads and shafts to begin tweaking your ball flight and optimise the performance of your golf swing, and this is where it can get really interesting.

Many people do not realise the importance of custom fitting, but once you have been to the Ping centre you will come away wondering why it took you so long to do it!

If you would like to book a fitting at Ping's National Fitting Centre come and speak to Alan in the shop, you won't regret it!

Clover killing and bunker work on the course

The last few weeks we have been concentrating on getting the greens and tees in great shape for the summer, with various over seeding work, wetting agent spraying, application of slow release fertiliser and repairs to irrigation. This has made massive inroads to the way the course is playing, particularly on the greens which are looking very healthy and rolling extremely well. Tees are now growing aggressively and looking very lush so we will begin mowing twice a week to keep them looking tidy.

Now our attention turns to finishing the bunker renovations and also topping up a large number of bunkers that need more sand in, at the same time we are spraying a great deal of weedkiller to combat the influx of clover and lesser trefoil on the course.

We often get asked why we suffer so badly with clover in particular, and a big part of the reason is that we’re on ex-farm land, which has had decades of work which has taken out much of the natural nutrients from the soil, meaning that it is very susceptible to weeds spreading quickly.

 White Clover

To get an effective kill on the weeds they need to be in full growth, so that means leaving them for a week or two before spraying, which is what we have had to do, leading to the rough areas in particular looking scruffier than normal for a short time.

We have more than doubled our herbicide budget this year to do our upmost to rectify the issue. In a couple of weeks the weeds will have wilted and the course will be looking much healthier, so we can keep cutting the rough at a shorter height again, it’s unfortunately a process that we’ve had to be patient with in 2018.

Get your team into the Junior Fundraising Open Am-Am on Sunday 17th June!

We are hosting a Junior Fundraising Open Am-Am on Sunday 17th June 2018, raising funds for the Junior Section at Burstwick. It costs just £15 a person and team can be mixed, and can be a member of any club in England. Give us a call on 01964 670112 or email alan.key@burstwick.golf to enter your team now!

Weather didn’t dampen most successful Pro-Am to date

On Friday 25th May we hosted our most high profile event of the year, the annual Pro-Am sponsored by The Audio Room. This event is run by the Yorkshire PGA, and attracts PGA Professionals from all over Yorkshire and further afield.

The day started with pouring rain and a forecast that was changing every half hour, but players remained positive and went out in the bad conditions to battle for the coveted prize pot worth over £6,000.

The first tee was at 10am and the rain stopped around 12pm, so the first 12 teams or so had to handle the rain in some shape or form, but the remaining 19 teams were lucky enough to stay dry throughout the afternoon.

In the end the top four teams and professional scores came from afternoon tee slots with the two winning professionals Matt Daley and Rob Calderbank shooting 67 in the afternoon. Home professional James Bisby put in a great score of 68 to finish tied third, which made many of the Burstwick members very happy.

The winning team consisted of James Bisby (pro), myself, Mark Webb and James Thompson, and with a score of -19 pipped another team of Burstwick members by one shot. I was personally delighted with the win, firstly because the first prize was fantastic but also because we (the same four players) placed very poorly in 2017, so we righted a few wrongs out there!

Thank you to all of the 124 players who attended, and also the volunteers who helped before and on the day:

Sarah Leonard & Kate Miskin (halfway house), Alex Foster, Darren Marks, Steve Alger, Craig Dodson, Mark Webb, and many more. We couldn’t have done it without you all!

Also a huge thank you to all of our sponsors who helped us achieve what we did at the event:

Headline Sponsor: The Audio Room
Associate Sponsor: Six-0 Cars

Tee Sponsors: 1 - The Accountancy Shop, 2 - Six-0 Cars, 3 - Six-0 Cars, 4 - Six-0 Cars, 5 - Industrial Refigeration Services, 6 - Reads Footwear, 7 - Carmichael Training, 8 - Phoenix Modular Buildings, 10 - AC Enviro, 12 - Kirk Ella Investments, 13 - Top Spec Roofing, 14 - Harts Plumbing, 15 - Ideal Electrical, 16 - Tom Peyman Builders, 17 - Sapphire Signs, 18 - Leonard Silver.

Food & Beverage Sponsors: Makro, Molson Coors, Woodwards Foodservice

Prize Sponsors: The Audio Room, Six-0 Cars, Cottingham Parks Golf Club, Hull Golf Club, The KP Resort, Matthew Clark, Callaway, Odyssey, Footjoy, Cleveland.

Volunteer Night this Thursday!

We are hosting a Volunteer Night this coming Thursday evening at 6pm, with the task of reseeding divots on tees, also known as "divotting". What this will involve is using a bucket and hand scoop to spread a rootzone and seed mix on the tees.

The more people that take part means the better the course will benefit!

If you would like to take part please let us know by emailing Alan or putting your name down on the sheet in the clubhouse!

Greenkeepers Report May 2018

Bunkers

 Bunker renovations

It has been a very busy week at Burstwick with the growing season now in full swing. Since the wettest winter in the fourteen years we have been open meant that we couldn’t get out and put sand in newly renovated bunkers, our staff have been working hard the past fortnight putting out 60 tonnes of sand, with another 30 tonnes to arrive next week for topping up other bunkers on the course.

Normally this would have all been complete by March but we’re now playing catch-up and should be finished with the bunker renovation work by next week, ready to begin mowing the bunker banks and keeping them as tidy as possible during summer (the banks have been left to grow longer recently because of the time we've had to put into bunker renovations, which are usually completed by March!)

Greens

Also this week we have begun work on manually overseeding greens. This means any small areas that have been affected by disease over the winter, old pitchmarks, and other worn areas are spiked, seeded and rootzoned to ensure new growth will come through. 

While this may look a little unsightly to some (small, sandy patches on the greens), it doesn’t affect the roll of the ball because it is so flat and within a couple of weeks the grass will have grown through and produce a great surface.

Rough, Irrigation Repairs, Tees

Other work we have completed this week had included: cutting the rough down, as it has been growing like it’s going out of fashion these past few weeks; we have also been continuing work on irrigation repairs, I have replaced two decoders to get the 12th green back online and also the third tee, there are a couple of repairs still to do and we are waiting on parts for these.

Clover

The onslaught against clover and other weeds begins in the next fortnight! We are taking delivery of 20 hectares worth of weed killer on within the next few days, and this will be used to spray fairways, rough, tees and basically anything that has clover on it!

To give you an idea of how much 20 hectares worth will cover, the most we have ever sprayed in one year in the past is 12 hectares worth, so we are determined in 2018 to break it's back!

Range Balls

We have 12,000 new range balls arriving at the end of June for the range, this is double the amount of balls that we normally renew each year. We are also looking at the possibility of installing three or four new TrueStrike mats, which are the best in the business, giving players a unique feel for every shot, just like being on a fairway!

For those who use the range often this should hopefully make a very positive difference to their practice regime.

Conclusion

All in all the course is coming on really nicely and the greens especially are running much better now that they have recovered from the coring early season. We're confident that with a more aggressive aeration and overseeding policy for the greens they will continue to improve year on year, starting with 2018. We should see the least of clover and other weeds around the course once it is sprayed in the next fortnight, so the fairways and rough should look much neater and also the speed of play will improve due to fewer lost balls.

Happy golfing!