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!

Callaway XR Speed now in store!

 Callaway XR Speed golf clubs

The new range of Callaway XR Speed Drivers and Fairways are now in stock at Burstwick! The XR Speed Drivers and fairways deliver exceptional ball speed and incredible forgiveness from the combination of our new X VFT Face, refined Speed Step aerodynamics and the inclusion of a carbon composite crown.

Drivers are priced at £299 (save £40 off RRP) and fairway woods are priced at £199 (save £30 off RRP). Call in and have a look at these fantastic new clubs.

Callaway Demo & Custom Fitting Evening - Thursday 7th June 2018

 Callaway Custom Fitting Evening.

Book your FREE Callaway fitting with us on the Official Callaway Custom Fitting Evening at Burstwick on Thursday 7th June between 3pm & 7pm.

The Callaway Team will bring all of the latest and greatest Callaway equipment to the range for you to try, and you can book a time slot to spend with the Callaway 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 buggies with on board GPS, scorecard & 3d flyover app!

Last week we took delivery of three brand new buggies at the golf club and all of them have state-of-the-art screens fitted to them with our very own golf app!

The app has plenty of features including GPS yardages from where ever the buggy is to any green on the course, a scorecard facility so that you can keep track of your scores for you and your friends, and also 3D flyovers of each hole to show you how it plays if you have never been before.

To hire the buggies you can call us on 01964 670112 to book one in advance or if they are not booked already you can hire one on the spot when you arrive!

The 2017-18 Presentation Evening was a fantastic night!

Thank you to everyone who came to the 2017-18 Presentation Evening, it was a wonderful event with a packed-out attendance from members and guests. It was great to see so many prize winners come to the evening, well done to everyone who won a medal or trophy. We wish everyone the best of luck in the forthcoming season!

Motocaddy Battery Trade-In for new Lithium Batteries

 Motocaddy Lithium Battery Trade In Deal Offer

We are pleased to confirm that our Motocaddy Battery Trade-in Promotion is now underway.

Between now and 13th May 2018 you can receive a £25.00 trade-in for your old battery, irrespective of age or condition. The promotion is redeemable against any new LitePower or Motocaddy Lithium battery, but not against a new Motocaddy trolley with a Lithium battery.

Pop into our Pro Shop now and speak to Alan for more information or to order your new battery now!

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.

Spring Greens maintenance has started this week

It is that time of year again when we begin our greens maintenance for the spring. We often get asked what the reason behind this annual maintenance is and why it is so important, so here I’m going to explain a little more.

To account for fine turf that remains healthy throughout the year it is all about balance. Balancing nutrients, moisture, organic matter, oxygen and of course wear and tear. The latter, we can’t control too much of as golf courses are designed to be open all year round, but a simple changing of the hole position can spread the wear nicely.

With nutrients, these can be balanced by a well-planned fertilising schedule which is suited to the types of turf species on the course, and the growing conditions on each surface.

Arguably, the most important part of healthy turf is the oxygen and moisture levels, which is where the greens maintenance comes in as a very important part of our Greenkeepers’ calendar.

For a turfgrass to be strong and healthy, it needs the best growing conditions, which include:

  • A free-draining surface to prevent disease,  weed and moss growth;
  • Sufficient moisture levels underneath the surface for continued growth;
  • Enough oxygen within the root system to allow good cellular respiration.

This in a nutshell is the reason you will see golf courses punch thousands of holes in a golf green in the spring and autumn. To maintain good moisture and oxygen levels, while providing a free draining surface, we need to aerate the greens.

In our case at Burstwick, from this season onwards we are increasing the aeration programme as we have a little too much thatch for perfect growing conditions. The great news is that our USGA greens have the best construction which means that past the thatch level the growing system is basically perfect, so all we have to do is take care of the top three inches or so.

This spring we are hollow-coring our greens (basically taking small tubes of thatch out of the surface) with 10mm diameter hollow tines, and refilling these holes with pure sand, and we will be doing exactly the same in autumn too. This will take about 3-4 weeks for the surface to recover and be back to the smooth greens that Burstwick is known for. 

By introducing extra sand to the surface we are helping the top drainage, and allowing oxygen to enter the root system. This allows the roots to grow deeper into the USGA rootzone later, promoting a strong and healthy plant. On a good green the roots can be over five inches deep, despite the actual leaf of the grass being less than a centimetre!

So there you have it. The reason golf courses hollow core (or slice, spike, sand inject, etc) their greens is to improve the growing conditions for the root to create a better surface! If you would like to know a bit more come and see me in the clubhouse and I will gladly give you a more in depth explanation!

We've rebranded the restaurant! Welcome to Nineteen, Restaurant & Bar

For five years now we have been running our restaurant, named Café Nineteen, and it has received excellent reviews from both golfers and non-golfers alike, on the quality of food and service.

We have decided to re-brand the restaurant with a name that we believe is more fitting: Nineteen, Restaurant and Bar.

There are a few reasons behind the name change, the first being that we felt like the restaurant has evolved over time and the word “Café” doesn’t give newcomers the correct image of what to expect. The second reason is that we are focusing on conveying a message that we are open to the public, with a very relaxed atmosphere and an ambience that is very different to a traditional golf club. 

With a modern attitude, friendly staff and chefs that pride themselves with their home-made food, we’re keen for everyone in the area to come and give our restaurant a try!

 Contemporary restaurant just 10 minutes from Hull

Titleist Pro V1 Personalised 4 for 3 Offer!

Here is your chance to get a fantastic deal on the 2018 ProV1 or ProV1x. Order three dozen of either the Pro V1 or Pro V1x with your name or initials on and get a fourth dozen absolutely free. This means that four dozen of your favourite Pro V1 Golf Ball will cost you only £132. This works out to less than £33 per dozen!

This offer is open until the 30th April and delivery will be within four weeks of receipt of you order. 

Here is a great opportunity for you to get your favorite Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball with your initials or your name on at a great price and get your season off to a great start.

To place your order or ask any questions re this great offer please speak to a member of staff.