A sneak peak into Matt Daley's new Studio!

This week Matt Daley’s new Trackman Golf Studio is now open and ready for use after a full refurbishment. There isn’t much that Matt hasn’t changed: flooring, walls, colour scheme, launch monitor, computer and four monitors, putting matt, couch and more!

The place has a brand new feel and is much cleaner than the previous design, providing the best teaching and practice facility in the area with market-leading Trackman technology - the same that is used on the PGA Tour.

The indoor simulator will be up and running this weekend and ready for golfers to hire for £25 per hour. This includes the ability to play 30 golf courses (including St. Andrews Old Course and Royal Troon), run Nearest the Pin competitions, play some Target Golf or just hone in your numbers and practice your swing by yourself.

Matt has already been teaching an impressive number of lessons without the studio being in action, so he is very excited to get going in teaching golfers from all around the area in the facility from this week.

If you would like to have a look at the new studio Matt would be very happy to give you a free tour and demonstration of everything that can be done to help improve your game and also enjoy your golf in a warm, cosy environment, which is perfect for these cold and wintry days we are having lately.

Give Matt a call on 07706 285296, email matt.daley@burstwick.golf or pop in and see him!


NEW RULES from 1st January 2019 - Everything you need to know

The new Rules of Golf from the R&A and USGA come into force from 1st January 2019 and it is important that golfers know about the changes if they are going to be playing competitively.

This helpful video below gives you a fantastic overview of the 20 biggest changes in the rules, which will be the most commonly occurring in your game. Make sure you give this video a watch before the 1st of January if you are unsure of any of the new rules.

Rules not being adopted by Burstwick

Some of the new rules include the options for local rules to be enforced by the Committee at each club, and currently the Committee has no plans to enforce any of these, this includes and alternative penalty procedure for an out of bounds or lost ball; we will remain with the traditional method of going back to where the shot was last played from under a one stroke penalty.

If you have any questions on the new rules please don’t hesitate to speak to either Alan or Matt at the club for any help or clarification.

Matt's Daley's teaching studio shaping up nicely

Matt Daley’s quest to have the best teaching facility in the whole of the East Riding is coming along very nicely indeed.

This week Matt has had a plasterer to give the room a full board out and skim give the studio a brand new feel. As well as new walls, Matt has purchased new nets including a white screen for use with the Trackman indoor simulator when you decide you want to play with your friend at St. Andrews Old Links, or one of 30 other golf courses.

Trackman boasts the most up-to-date features and technology in ball and club tracking, and differs from the rest of the market by being able to thoroughly analyse chipping and putting too.

The addition of two wall mounted 43” TVs, two cameras and various other premium teaching aids, there will be no other studio in the area that offers the same level of equipment or experience.

Matt hopes the room will be ready within the next week and we can’t wait for people to come and give it a try! If you’re coming to the driving range any time soon please feel free to pop your head in and have a look at the new facility.

Lady Captain's team wins Xmas Ladies Am-Am!

Position Team Score
1st S. Leonard, C. Greenwood,
C. Wicks, A. Roberts
74 pts (Bk9 39pts)
2nd S. Jessen, B. Hanneman,
T. Fethon, M. Arnold
74 pts (Bk9 35pts)
3rd A. Maher, J. Peacock,
W. Pryor, J. Woodcock
73 pts
4th L. Richardson, L. Atkin,
J. Minns, K. Screetham
71 pts
5th R. Green, J. Richards,
A. Hunter, A. O'Donnell
69 pts

Last week we held our annual Ladies Xmas Open Am-Am and Mother Nature blessed us with a more than acceptable day for golf, which remained dry and not too cold. We had a full compliment of teams in the 10:30am shotgun start, and scoring was quite tough on the day with only the top three teams shooting under par scores.

Congratulations to the winning team consisting of our Lady Captain Sarah Leonard, Cathy Greenwood, Chris Wicks and Ann Roberts, with a score of 74 pts, winning on the back nine.

Thank you to all that attended the event, we hope to see you all again next year!


Treat your loved one this Christmas with Matt Daley's gift packages!

Matt Daley has the perfect gift packages to suit any budget this Christmas! If you have a beloved one who is a keen golfer, or looking to start golf, Matt is the perfect professional to fit the bill.

If you would like to purchase give Matt a call on 07706 285296 or come and speak to him at the golf club!

FREE Bag with any Lithium golf trolley bought before 31st December!

Free Motocaddy Bag

Between Friday 2nd November and Monday 31st December 2018, customers buying any new Motocaddy S-Series trolley with Lithium battery will be eligible to claim a FREE Motocaddy golf bag worth up to £199.99.

The bag model is dependent on the following criteria:

  • Purchase a new S1 or S1 DHC with Lithium battery, claim a FREE bag worth £99.99

  • Purchase a new S3 PRO with Lithium battery, claim a FREE bag worth £159.99

  • Purchase a new S5 CONNECT, S5 CONNECT DHC or S7 REMOTE with Lithium battery, claim a FREE bag worth £199.99

Come into the shop now and take advantage of this fantastic offer!

Target Golf League, starting Thursday 8th November 2018

From Thursday 8th November we will be hosting a 6 week Target Golf League on the driving range from 6pm. Entry costs £30 per player 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 £100 for second place, as well as 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 targets set out on the range, and then tackle the Pro’s Challenge hosted by Matt Daley!

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).

PING Demo & Custom Fitting Evening - Tuesday 23rd October 2018

Ping Demo Evening

Book your FREE fitting with us on the Official PING Custom Fitting Evening at Burstwick on Tuesday 23rd October between 3pm & 7pm.

The PING Team will bring all of the latest and greatest equipment to the range for you to try, and you can book a time slot to spend with the PING technician to receive the full custom fitting experience, with every possible combination of shafts and clubs and the detailed reports from launch monitor technology.

To book please call Alan on 01964 670112 or email alan.key@burstwick.golf.

New Cleveland RTX 4 Wedges now in stock!

We have taken delivery of a range of brand new Cleveland RTX 4 wedges in the shop in both black satin and tour chrome satin. In Cleveland’s own words, these are the most “Tour Authentic” wedges ever made with tour zip grooves and laser milled faces. Wedges can be ordered with lofts as low as 46 degrees, all the way up to 64 for those Phil Mickelson-esque flop shots.

You can choose from four different sole grinds: Full, Mid, Low and X-Low, and these can be customised per wedge to suit your game and the shots you want to play.

Come into our shop now to have a look at Cleveland’s brand new product, you won’t be disappointed!

Welcome Matt Daley to the team at Burstwick!

We are proud to announce that Matt Daley is the new PGA Professional at Burstwick, starting Monday 22nd October 2018!

Matt has very high ambitions for the club and wants to hit the ground running with a complete makeover of the teaching studio. In the coming weeks Matt will be adding many premium pieces of technology to the studio including a launch monitor, an indoor golf simulator and state of the art high speed cameras to create the “Ultimate Golf Experience” at Burstwick.

Matt has a wealth of experience in both teaching and playing at elite levels, and has seen many successes in his career including winning several amateur and professional championships around the country. Matt has also played on the PGA Europro Tour and European Challenge Tour alongside some of Europe’s most talented players, and is very well respected among his peers.

If you would like to book a lesson with Matt call us on 01964 670112 or email matt.daley@burstwick.golf!

Bonfire Night and Fireworks Display

Come to Burstwick Country Golf on Saturday 3rd November from 6:30pm for a Bonfire and Fireworks Display, a great family evening!

Tickets cost just £10 per adult and £2 for children under 16 (tickets MUST be purchased in advance).

Food will be supplied for all guests as part of the ticket price, and alcoholic and soft drinks will be available for purchase at the bar.

Get your tickets (in advance) quickly as last year we sold out! Come in to the golf club or give us a call us on 01964 670112 to purchase.

Four players emerge victorious at Matchplay Finals

Congratulations to Lee Webster, Mike Oliver and Steve Alger on winning their Matchplay Finals on Saturday 22nd September!

Lee beat George Grassby 10&9 in the 36-hole Scratch Final, Mike beat Alex Foster 5&4 in the Men’s Matchplay and Steve also beat Graham Wilkinson 5&4 in the Seniors’ Final. All very strong victories from each player!

Laura Key also won the Ladies Matchplay two weeks previous, having played Catherine Greenwood early due to Laura being seven months’ pregnant, and the Greensomes final had to be postponed due to Lee Webster also playing in that fixture and it clashing with the Scratch Final.

Congratulations to all the winners and commiserations to the losing finalists, and thank you to all that entered the events! We will see you all competing again in 2019!

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.