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

Next Wednesday 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.

Get your tickets for Presentation Night now!

Come into the clubhouse now to get your tickets for our annual Presentation Evening Celebration which will be hosted on Saturday 24th March from 7pm. It isn't just a case of handing out medals and trophies, it's a night of food, drink, dancing and good times!

Members can bring as many guests as they wish. Tickets are sold on a first-come-first-serve basis, and cost just £5 each.

The night will include a freshly prepared hot buffet for all guests, and awards will be handed out to members before they dance into the night with entertainment from Active Sound Discos!

Order of Merit Finals - 8th & 10th March 2018

The top 30 of the Weekday and Weekend Order of Merits will be eligible to compete in the Finals days on 8th and 10th March respectively. On the day there will be double points up for grabs for all competitors and there will be two trophies on offer each day: The Order of Merit trophies and the Finals Day Winners trophies.

Who will take the trophies? Good luck to everyone competing!

Clock is fitting memorial for Dennis Jones

 Dennis Jones Clock

On Saturday we held a competition in memory of our beloved member Dennis Jones who tragically died in 2016. This is the second time we have run the competition, which was named by his friends and colleagues the “Flat Cap” event in homage to Dennis’ classy and distinct look.

We were originally meant to run this event on December 27, but due to exceptional weather the course was closed that day so the competition had to be postponed.

On the morning we unveiled the new clock on the first tee which was erected in Dennis’ memory and paid for by generous donations from his friends and colleagues. Namely, Hugh Rice Jewellers, Ian Blowers and Goldsmiths, who all put in good money which helped pay for the clock, along with several hundred pounds raised by members at Burstwick. 

A huge thanks goes to Eddie Beadle for the steel work which James Thompson worked very hard on in his own time, and Ideal Electrical Solutions who volounteered to install the electrics free of charge. Without the help of these people the clock wouldn’t be there.

Captain's Bring in their year with a bang!

Our Men's Ladies' and Seniors' Captains kicked off their Captains' year with a great drive-in on Saturday 3rd February! With lots of support and a full compliment for the Texas Scramble competition, Bruce Carter, Sarah Leonard and Ron Wicks enjoyed a lovely day, despite the weather trying to dampen spirits!

Good luck to each of the Captains and we wish you all the best for your upcoming year!

 Captain's Drive In

Greenkeeper's Report - The wettest winter we can remember

Rain, rain, rain, and.... more..... rain.

 Waterlogged fairway

It goes without saying that we have had one of the wettest autumn-winter periods since we opened in 2004. Just to put it in perspective, our friend Martin Hayward (Head Greenkeeper at Hessle Golf Club) put an interesting tweet out the other day that said we'd had nearly double the amount of rain between June-December than the previous two years (887mm vs less than 500mm in 2015/2016).

It really is unprecedented for us to have been closed as much as we have been this winter, the only time I can remember that came close to this was 2010 when we had six weeks of snow on the ground.

Needless to say we've been hard at work doing whatever we can to maintain the golf course and get ready for the summer season, but it hasn't been easy as there have been many days when we couldn't take machinery onto the course.

One of the major aspects of maintenance on the golf course we have been doing is maintaining the underground drainage by checking manholes, clearing throughways and exit points. This enables the excess water from all the course get away as quick as possible.

 Bunker renovation on hole 12

Bunkers

Over the last few months our greenkeepers have been hard at work prepping bunkers ready for new sand coming in the next few weeks. As with last year, we are bringing in 90 tonnes of bunker sand which will help us renovate around 13-15 large bunkers and top-up another 10.

Each year when we do bunker renovation we target the worst bunkers on the golf course, and begin digging the old sand out. From there we pull out the existing drainage and install new pipe to ensure good water flow, back fill the drainage channel with gravel and cover with a permeable membrane.

Once we have all the bunker ready for sanding we’ll bring in the first load and begin distributing among the bunkers at a depth of around four inches, then we compact to ‘bed in’ the sand. Over the first few weeks of use the sand will settle and you’ll have a great playing surface for bunker shots!

Trees

 Tree pruning

It's been a couple of years since we've had chance to do some good tree maintenance, so recently on wet days we've been beavering away (excuse the pun), pruning trees around the course.

The aim is to remove the bottom portion of branches from the tree for a few reasons: 1) the golfers can navigate through the trees more easily, and 2) less energy is used by the tree in growing the bottom branches, so that energy can be used to grow taller and stronger.

Fairways

As many of you will have seen, there is a poster on the notice board about worm cast suppressant chemical being banned from the market, and that it is illegal for golf courses to use. 

Not every golf course in the area used this chemical but we used it religiously every November, to keep the worm casts down to a minimum on fairways, tees and greens through the winter months. The knock on affect of this was that fairways would be less muddy and could be mown more frequently and at a lower height. Due to the ban we weren't able to spray the chemical this winter, and subsequently weren't able to mow as much. This has definitely had an effect on the overall presentation of the course but it is a problem every golf course faces and we think you'll agree that these playing surfaces (despite being very wet) have been in more than acceptable condition.

 Killing clover in 2018

Mission Clover-Kill

As discussed in the previous greenkeeper's report, we are on a mission in 2018 to demolish the clover issues that we experienced last year. We will more than double the budget for herbicides this year in determination to get rid of nearly all the clover. Members will most definitely see a big improvement in this regard in 2018.

Course Furniture Am-Am

At the latest committee meeting we have discussed what to spend money on when we receive a donation from the Spring Am-Am in March. Last year we bought five bins to place around the course, the year before we bought four new benches. We discussed having more bins, new plastic 150 marker posts, material for the bridge to make it less slippy, and also new range mats (including looking at the Truestrike mat). 

If you have any ideas on what you'd like to see the money spent on, please email Alan and let him know.

Thanks for reading, here's looking forward to the Spring arriving soon and light nights letting us play as much golf as possible!

Enter your team into the Spring Open Am-Am - Raising funds for Course Furniture!

The Spring Am-Am has now been re-arranged for 21st April due to extreme weather conditions. All tee times have been rolled over to that date.

Our first open event of the year is already around the corner; the Spring 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 £80 per team.

As always with our first open of the year, money raised will be put towards some furniture for the golf course. We have not made the decision on what we would like for the course yet but to give you an idea of what to expect, last year we bought some hand-made wooden bins, and in 2016 we bought some recycled plastic benches.

We still provide great prizes for this Am-Am, despite the fact that a good portion of the money is raised for the furniture, so we expect a nice amount of teams to take part as usual.

We appreciate every team that enters this event as it helps us improve the course for the people who play it. If you fancy a great day out for just £20 a person why not give us a call on 01964 670112 and book your team in? Times are available from 8am to 1pm.