A great weekend in the sun at Scarborough

Last weekend our Men’s Captain Tony Howard hosted his Captain’s weekend away in the sunny isle of Scarborough!

On Saturday Tony had organised the 32-strong party to play at Scarborough North Cliff which is in fantastic condition, and the weather was absolutely perfect with sunshine throughout the day. On the day Tony organised a “Blind Betterball” where pairs were picked at random after the round had been completed. Tony Peroni and Matt Gilgeous took the top prize in this event with a fantastic score of 42 points.

This round was followed by a meal at the club and then we headed to our hotel in the centre of Scarborough to check in before we headed out for a small quantity of refreshments and of course an early night! The tee time for the second day wasn’t until 1pm so the lads didn’t have to be up too early which was music to Alan’s ears in particular, having contracted some kind of headache!

The second round was at Scarborough South Cliff and the format was a Waltz. The winning score of 18-under par was achieved by Past Captain Alan Mackinnon, Lee Jackson, Tony Sims and Jamie Gill, cracking scoring on the day!

A special thanks was given to the injured Past Captain Andy Wilson who provided the “beer buggy” on both days, although the amount of willing people accepting the beers was significantly less on the second day!

Many thanks to Tony for organising a fantastic weekend by the sea, and well done to all the winners!

Course at its Best in Years Say the Members

After all the trials and tribulations of the roller shutter door needing medical attention last week and our greenkeepers not being able to get out any of the machinery for four days, I’m happy to say that the team worked tirelessly from Thursday onwards to get the place back in shape for the weekend.

We received many messages on the weekend about the condition of the course and that people couldn’t tell we had had such problems, which is a testament to the green staff here - especially when we have a small team compared to most other courses.

The only thing that didn’t get cut last week was the rough, and to be quite honest it made the course look fantastic.

Our rough is mainly fescue grass which at this time of year looks absolutely stunning with the long, whispy tops surrounding each fairway. We have had many of the better players asking us to keep the rough that way all year round but after an online survey of the members it was obvious that most of the players (especially anyone above about a 10-12 handicap) thought it was beautiful but just too difficult, and slowed play down due to looking for balls too often.

It sparked a lot of conversation though, and has given us reason to think about where we take the style of the golf course in the future.

Who will win 1,000 Range Balls in our June Members' FREE Monthly Prize Draw?

To thank our awesome members for their loyalty, we have introduced a Monthly Members’ Prize Draw in which we’ll pick one member at random each month for a chosen prize, it’s that simple!

Andy Coult won last month’s prize which was a Steak Night for two!

Who will win the June prize? Up for grabs we have a card for 1,000 balls on the driving range, good luck everyone!

Support your Men's Captain on Saturday 20th July!

On Saturday 20th July your Men's Captain Tony Howard is hosting a Charity Open Am-Am for his nominated charity "Hull 4 Heroes”. 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!

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Disaster for the Greenkeeping Team!

East Yorkshire Shutters

On Sunday morning Alan got a text message from one of our greenkeepers, Ryan, at 6.10am saying that he couldn’t get any machinery out of the workshop, as the main roller-shutter door would not raise up.

After getting there soon after to try and help diagnose the issue and it seemed that the motor was working, but the gears weren’t turning to roll the shutter up - they were just jumping - and the manual override chain had the same issue.

Up the ladders they went to have a quick look at the gearing but it appeared that the issue was internally in the motor so there was nothing we could do, which meant no greens cutting that day and no buggies.

First thing Monday morning we called East Yorkshire Shutters who were very helpful on the phone and they told us someone could be here within the hour, which they were. They quickly found out that the motor needed replacing as the internal gears had sheared, and told me that they could order the motor and install it Tuesday.

New Roller Shutter Motor

So here’s the stressful bit - there was NO way to get any machinery out of the shed until the new motor was fitted. So that means that our team had to begin mowing tees by hand, collect driving range balls by hand (a very long job when you have 20,000 of them), greens weren’t able to be cut for days, rough that was all due to be cut had to be left, etc. Disaster!!

On Tuesday afternoon EY Shutters came with the new motor ready to solve all our problems and permit our lads a sigh of relief as they could get out on the course - but then problem number two arose.

When they dismantled the old motor they found out that the spring inside the 4.2m long tube that rotated to lift the door up, had collapsed. This meant a new motor would be wrecked within weeks if they fitted it.

So the next step was to remove the 200kg+ tube from the door which was approximately 4 metres above the ground (not an easy task!) and take it back to their workshop to see if it could be repaired as a replacement would be approximately a week’s lead time. Things were going from bad to worse.

They took the tube away and an hour later I got a phone call from James at EY Shutters who told us that thankfully the spring could be repaired in the tube and then the full thing reinstalled with the motor - hurrah! So on Wednesday evening EY Shutters came back to the club with the new motor and repaired tube to get us fully back up and running. Phew!

This has not been a fun ordeal and we thank all of our golfers for their patience in the matter, the grass is growing at a very fast rate and we haven’t been able to mow any of it since last week, but we will work very hard to catch up as much as we can now that this is all over.

Home team wins top prize at The Audio Room Pro-Am as event is a huge success!

We couldn’t have asked for better weather for the Audio Room Pro-Am on Friday 24th May - bright blue skies, not too much of a breeze and a temperature that meant many legs were out in force on the day!

With a field of 33 teams - the most we have ever had at the club - it was a very busy day on the golf course, and the numerous kind comments about the golf course and hospitality meant that our team had done a fantastic job of preparing for the day.

The halfway house which was sponsored by GRT7V Promotions providing an array of homemade sandwiches, sausage rolls, quiche, flapjack and lemon sponge served with complimentary beer, wine or soft drinks, kept the golfers fueled after nine holes to keep the scoring going.

The winning team of Carl Cunningham, Chris Farr, Warren Peers and professional Alex Belt scored a fantastic 20 under par to win the event, a great score on a challenging and quick golf course!

Professional scoring was impressive with 9 of the 33 professionals shooting under par for the day, but none threatened Alex Belt’s course record score of 62. Gareth Traynor took the top prize of £1,000 with his 66, with John Wells, James Drinkall and Robert Booth in tow for tied 2nd on 67.

Home professional Matt Daley was disappointed with his 1-under 69 after a bogey-bogey start and bogey-bogey finish but finished a very respectable tied 5th in his first event at Burstwick as the Head Professional.

Thank you to Darren Bamford of The Audio Room for sponsoring the whole event, and to all the associate, prize and tee sponsors which helped us along the way, and most of all thank you to the 132 players who participated in this fantastic event!

There are a few spaces left for The Audio Room Pro-Am!

Our flagship event of the year, the annual Pro-Am sponsored by The Audio Room in Hull, is due to take place on Friday 24th May and is filling up nicely with teams from around the region.

Professionals will be competing for a fantastic £1,000 first prize, one of the highest in the region, but it’s not just about rewarding the professionals. Amateur teams will be competing for a prize table worth over £2,500, with the first team prize being worth over £800! Not bad for a day out on the golf course, eh?

There are still a handful of spaces left for the event so if you would like to be part of one of Burstwick’s biggest events drop us an email now .

Teams consist of three amateurs and a professional (who we can allocate for you, if required) and the day includes refreshments at various parts of the course including a fully stocked halfway house, and a two course meal afterwards.

Spring Am-Am pays for New Hole Cutter for Greenkeepers

Many of our members may have been wondering what the money from the Spring Open Am-Am fundraiser went towards, as we haven’t made any announcements yet.

The reason is we have been passing some ideas around the Competition Committee with regards to how best spend the money and get the most benefits on the golf course. In the past we have spent the money on bins, benches, ball washers and bunker rakes, but we agreed at the last meeting that nothing in regards to course furniture really jumps out as needing renewing at the moment, and that priorities lie elsewhere.

With that in mind a suggestion was made about a new hole cutter for the greenkeepers, since the main issue we have on the golf course right now with the bunkers and greens having vastly improved is that we are having inconsistencies with the old holes when we are changing pin placements.

This week we had a demonstration of a top of the range piece of equipment called the iPro by BMS, which is used by the best courses on tour, but is at the same time very expensive at around £1,000.

That’s why the committee voted in favour of putting the £720 raised from the Spring Am-Am towards this new hole cutter, and that members will see the instant benefit which will keep the holes consistent for years to come.

John Ward wins the Masters Par 3 Competition!

Last night we had close to 50 people enter our Masters Wednesday Par 3 9 Hole event at the club and it was a great evening for it!

With a total of 1,078 yards for the nine holes most players won’t have needed much more than a mid iron in the bag, but thanks to a cool breeze many of the holes were playing much different to their written yardage.

The format was a strokeplay with 25% handicap allowance, and the scores were very tight at the top, with just two shots separating the seven best cards.

Prizes went to the top five players and it was John Ward who climbed to the summit of the pile with a great score of 25 (-2) net.

PlayerGross Score Handicap (Shots Received) Net Score
John Ward2813 (3)25
Alex Foster2911 (3)26 (Bk 6)
Chris Theron3119 (5)26 (Bk 1)
Kevin Bullock3118 (5)26
Colin Russell3117 (4)27 (Bk 6)
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Greenkeeper's Report April 2019

As we enter the new season we’d like to give our members an update of what has been happening at the club over the winter months and what we plan to do going forward.

He’s Back!

Welcome back Ryan Oliver to the team, after 18 months away from the club, including a year at the world famous Harbour Town Golf Links. Ryan is back to work with the Greenkeeping team for the Summer!

We look forward to having Ryan back working at the club and we’re sure that with the extra knowledge and experience he has gained on his travelled, Burstwick will quickly benefit and be in great shape. Welcome back Ryan!

Weeds in 2019

As we have discussed in our previous report, we decimated all of the clover and other broad leaf weeds on the course last year, after more than tripling the weed-killer budget. This was very well received by members and in 2019 we aim to continue progress and do the same again.

What we are doing different in 2019 is we’ve also fertilised the fairways early Spring to give them a boost of growth before any weeds begin to take hold, this should mean that the weeds don’t get chance to spread on the fairways like they have done in previous years; a form of prevention rather than curing. But don’t worry, any weeds that do appear will be killed again by our team.

Hollow coring the greens

Greens

We have recently cored our greens for the third time in just over 12 months, and this is done to improve the growing profile of the turf, which in turn leads to better, more consistent surfaces all year round.

We took extra care when coring this time to avoid any issues that we had previously with some holes being left unfilled with sand, and already you can see a massive difference. The greens are coming back nicely and are showing great signs that in 2019 they will be the best they have been in years!

Our focus now turns to trying to increase root growth as we have had issues in the past with shallow rooting on some greens which can cause disease and other issues, so we will keep members updated on how this is doing.

Bunkers

We have been continuing to top up bunkers throughout the winter with around 40 tonnes of sand and are confident that right now they are the best they have been in over 10 years. We still have improvements to make but the positive comments that we are receiving from members tell us a story that progress is being made.

Fairways & Tees

As discussed above we have fertilised our fairways for the first time in around 5 years to give them an early boost into the season, this will mean that the fairways should have an increased thickness of turf throughout the course, which will produce a more prominent stripe when mowing too.

We have began putting in some new irrigation to two of our competition tees on holes 2 and 18, and aim to have these completed by the end of April. This will help the turf on these tees continue to grow and resist wear through the summer months, producing a better playing surface and presentation.

Rain bird Sprinkler

Irrigation Repairs

We are continuing to conduct a number of irrigation repairs on the course as we still have a few leaks, but with increased research from the Rain Bird website and advise from our Golf Course Constructors MJ Abbots, we are aiming to have all of these solved within the next few weeks for a stress free summer of irrigating the course!

Conclusion

In 2018 we made massive steps towards improving the greens, bunkers and fairways, and in 2019 we aim to continue pushing forward for a better golf course. Obviously with a small team we will never get everything correct all of the time but hopefully our members will agree that we are making improvements in the right areas.

Zebra Finance have cease all new lending

It came to our attention on Thursday of last week that Zebra Finance Ltd have ceased all lending for new or renewing clients. This is due to their funding bank R. Raphael & Sons PLC having their banking licence revoked from the Bank of England and are therefore being wound up.

Zebra Finance

This has significant affects in the short term as the club have been using Zebra Finance as our preferred lender for membership subscription direct debits, but we hope to have a new company to replace Zebra as soon as possible.

What does this mean for me?

If you applied for your membership finance before 15th March you shouldn’t have been impacted by this, as Zebra have told us that it only affected applications from this point, and that previous applications had already had their funding allocated.

Zebra have also told us that they have been in touch with every applicant that has been affected, so members should know their individual situation.

What happens next?

In the short term, we are continuing to honour all membership rights to all members who have attempted to renew with Zebra, and as soon as we have confirmation of a new funding company we will inform everyone affected and have them apply with the new company.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this situation, but we were kept completely in the dark on the matter by Zebra Finance and had no warning of anything happening of this nature, and we fully appreciate everyone’s patience while we get another finance company on board.

Join us for a Par 3 Competition before watching The Masters Par 3 on TV!

On Wednesday 10th April we are holding a 9 Hole Par 3 Competition between 4-6pm, where members can come and test their short iron skills before coming back into the clubhouse and watching The Masters Par 3 Competition on the TV!

There will also be curry and rice or chips available for £5 afterwards for anyone who plays the competition

Entry will be just £3 per person and cash prizes will be handed out on the night to the winners.

Competition Committee Volunteer Required

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We are looking for a new member to join the Competition and Handicap Committee on a two year term as our Volunteer Coordinator.

If you would like to nominate someone please fill in a nomination slip in the clubhouse and put it into the ballot box on the bar. On 18th March the nominations will be gathered and a members vote will commence.

Get into golf with our Taster Memberships

It's the time of year again when we will be putting on a recruitment drive in order to attract new people to the golf and to the club. Our Taster Memberships have been very successful in the past and our new Head Professional Matt Daley is very keen to get started with the 2019 packages.

Aimed at golf novices and beginners, our taster memberships are a perfect way to get a feel for golf, with a block of group lessons from Matt Daley, 800 driving range balls and two months’ of golf. It’s a crash course in golf!

After the three month course has finished each person will have a good understanding of golf and will have improved by a good margin. We can almost guarantee too that they will want to continue further and play as much golf as they can!

The course of lessons will involve a general understanding of the rules and etiquette of the game and then Matt will move on to the golf swing, short game, and putting. All the while keeping fun and laughs as the main priority!

As part of the lessons and the range work, Taster members will not be required to have their own equipment or even have any golf apparel, they can just turn up in whatever they feel comfortable in and be ready to enjoy themselves and meet new people!

If you’ve been looking for a new hobby, or if you’ve always fancied a crack at golf but never got round to it, now is the perfect time to start with our Taster Memberships! Pop into our clubhouse or download an application form to apply now!

Record numbers for Captain’s Drive-In

Captains Drive In - (left to right) Seniors’ Captain Steve Alger, Men’s Captain Tony Howard, Ladies’ Captain Sarah Leonard, Men’s Vice-Captain Dave Smith

ON Saturday we hosted our Captain’s Drive-In Texas Scramble, after it was re-arranged due to snowfall on 2nd February. For those who don’t know, the Captain’s Drive-In is the official event where the previous Captains hand over to the incoming Captains for the year, and it’s always a great event.

Around 25 spectators gather at the first tee at 7:30am on the morning to watch Our Men’s Captain Tony Howard, Ladies’ Captain Sarah Leonard, Seniors’ Captain Steve Alger and Men’s Vice Captain Dave Smith tee off on for their first official round of golf in their new roles.

Fittingly, the Captains all had walk in music to the tee and I was the MC introducing them, and in true Burstwick fashion obviously tell a few jokes and giving some banter along the way.

Our Professional Matt Daley had his Trackman launch monitor on the first tee so that the Captains could see shot data from what was rather a nerve-racking first tee shot in front of an audience, having just walked on to their chosen song!

The competition, which was a Texas Scramble, attracted record numbers for the club as 109 players entered the event, a fantastic number for a club competition in winter! It was great to see such huge support for the incoming Captains.

Afterwards members enjoyed a nice home-made stew and yorkshire pudding in the clubhouse and Tony was handed his Captain’s blazer, and told the club what his plans were for the year, as well as explaining about his nominated charity: Hull for Heroes.

On behalf of the Captains, a huge thank you goes out to all the support from the members, and here’s to a successful 2019!

Treat Mum to a day she will remember this Mothers Day

Let's treat Mum...

Come to Nineteen Restaurant & Bar, near Hull, on Sunday 31st March and show Mum how much you love her. For just £18 you can enjoy a freshly prepared three course meal (or £14 for two courses), and mum gets a complimentary glass of fizz to say thank you for being the best!

Children's portions are available, please ask a member of staff.

Brand new Ping G410 range launched

Today Ping have launched their brand new G410 range which replaces the outgoing G400. The new G410 range features the Ping G410 Plus, Ping’s first ever driver to feature moveable weight, specifically a 16g tungsten weight that can be relocated at the back of the clubhead to add 10 yards of draw or fade bias while maintaining forgiveness.

In 2019 Burstwick have now strived to become advanced Ping Fitters, with demo clubs in the range including drivers, fairways, hybrids and irons, so you can book in for a free custom fit session with our PGA Professional Matt Daley for the full range of G410 clubs!