Greenkeeper's Report November 2019

It’s been a long, warm summer here at Burstwick and the course has been very busy, but now we turn our attention to improving the course in the colder months. We have several different plans for the winter so keep reading to find out what to expect before Spring 2020.

Greens

We hollow-cored the greens a few weeks ago, and considering it was later in the year than we would usually like to do, they are recovering well and should stay in fairly good stead for the winter. Frequent players will have noticed an outbreak of disease on a handful of the greens, namely the 2nd, 6th and 8th greens.

There are two diseases that are affecting the health of these greens, Fusarium (8th green mainly) and Anthracnose (2nd and 6th). We have sprayed an application of fungicide to stop the disease in it’s tracks and hopefully the greens will recover somewhat before the growth slows too much.

Unfortunately, as is often the case with fungal disease on greens, it is very difficult to eradicate, but we do our best. The main reason for disease growth is moisture on the surface, which is the reason we hollow-core twice a year to try and keep the top of the greens as free-draining as possible. We feel that the overall health of the greens is slowly improving but there is still work to be done on this in the coming months and years to get them to a point where disease does not come around so often.

Flagsticks and Flags

New ferrules are to be added to the current flagsticks to make them sit straighter in the cups. Around half have had their new ferrules installed with the others being done very soon.

On hole 18 we are trialling a new “tournament” flagstick (also known as “javelin”) to see how it copes in the windier conditions at Burstwick, as well as a cup stabiliser ring above the hole cup to give the hole a better look. Tournament flagsticks are made from aluminium rather than fibreglass, are thicker, heavier and taller. The result is a flagstick that does not flex as much in the wind and hopefully stays more upright. Feedback is appareciated on the new flagstick and cup stabiliser.

The downside is that they are expensive, which is the reason we have not purchased them in the past, but the committee has kindly offered to donate a set of flagsticks to the club in the coming months, should the treasurer funds remain high for the rest of the season.

Irrigation

We’ve conducted many minor repairs over the course of the summer including leaking sprinkler heads on 4, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15 and 16. Some of these leaks have taken a while to solve because the root cause of a leak can be hard to diagnose, so we thank our members for their patience on the matter.

Moving forward there are still a couple of leaks to be solved, the most difficult one being to the left side of the 5th green. This appears to be a break in a pipe underneath the ground but finding where that leak is can be very difficult, as the water has formed in a valley but the leak could be for example 10 yards up the hill. Some of our pipework can be as much as 6-8 feet deep, so this will not be easily solved without some major work, so please have patience with us on this. Until it is resolved it will remain as GUR.

There is another small leak near the “riser box” to the back of the 18th men’s tee but this should hopefully be a straightforward fix.

We have installed irrigation to two competition tees (2 and 18) this year and aim to install new sprinklers on four more competition before Spring, 3, 6, 10 and 12.

6 & 10th Competition Tees

We plan to completely renovate the competition tees on holes 6 and 10, as they are not near the standard of other tees on the golf course. The renovation will include stripping the tops of the tees off, adding a large amount of topsoil to the area and creating two tees which are much flatter and bigger, then putting new turf on the surface to get them growing and into play quicker.

We will also be installing irrigation to the new tees as above to ensure they stay healthy in the drier months.

Extra care will be taken to make sure the job gets done right this time around.

Trees

This Winter we will be removing stakes and tubes from most of our trees, but there will still be a small amount that have stakes around them.

Some pruning work needs to be done in a few areas where some low lying branches are obstructing mowers and golfers when they are walking in the woody areas.

We are also looking to team up with a local community group, and member volunteers to plant some more varieties around the course in certain areas to give the course more colour and improve the aesthetics. We will be carefully planning where these are to be planted so that they don’t change the way the course plays too much, but add a nicer look to some of the holes.

Bridge Repairs

There is some more work to be done to the bridge which involves installation of new timbers, this is ongoing so your patience is appreciated.

Lakes

Some maintenance work is planned for the lakes, particularly on hole 2 where we are looking at removing some of the trees that have sprouted on the banks, and hole 4 where we hope to clear some reeds on the fairway side.

Conifers on 1st Tee

We aim to give a good trim to the conifers around the 1st tee to help more sunlight get to the tee bed.

Bunkers

No major bunker work is planned for this winter other than continual monitoring of bunkers that need a top up of sand, and we plan to put some wooden steps into the bowl bunker to the left of the 17th green.

Academy Tees

We have put some blue academy tees out on six holes: 1,2 15, 16, 17, 18. These are designed for the younger juniors but also beginners to the game who may be a little intimidated by the full length golf course. The tees are located on the fairways (apart from hole 17, they are the front of the tee) and we have chosen holes that stay within a short distance to the clubhouse and car park for convenience.

New Academy Tees on Six Holes at Burstwick

We have introduced new Academy Tees on six holes aimed at young juniors and beginner adults, to give them a small introduction into the game without feeling too overwhelmed!

The new tees, which are blue, can be found on holes 1, 2, 15-18 to create a small loop which comes back to the clubhouse. The tees are located on the fairways (apart from hole 17, they are the front of the tee) to give players some short yardage holes which will be easier and more fun to play for beginners of all ages!

Improve your golf in the Winter months

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As the nights draw in and the weather gets colder, the best way to keep your golf swing going is to come to our 14 bay floodlit driving range, and lots of people are indeed doing that!

With good quality two-piece balls and mats, 300 yards of fairway with plenty of targets, many golfers from the local area love coming to perfect their swing in the winter months. Coupled with the fact we have the best teaching facility in the area with Matt Daley’s Golf Academy, we have everything you could need to improve your golf!

New menus at Nineteen Restaurant!

We have recently launched brand new menus at our restaurant in a bid to freshen up the offering and better appeal to the wider audience.

Alongside the new lunch, evening and Sunday menus we have also launched a small gin menu as we have received a lot of feedback about people wanting a bigger gin selection. To start with we are keeping it compact but have introduced such gins as Whitley Neill and Hendricks, as well as bringing on board four gins from Fever Tree: original, light, elderflower and aromatic.

Our new menus feature classic favourites such as our home-made steak pie with hand cut chips and “Burstwick Burger”, and we’ve added some new dishes such as mushroom bruschetta, salmon salad nicoise and a brand new chicken and ham pie which has already received excellent reviews from our customers!

One thing we always try to stress is that Nineteen Restaurant and Bar is open to the public, with absolutely no dress code and you definitely do not need to be a member or even a golfer!

The restaurant is contemporary and relaxed, once sat down you would barely know you’re even in a golf course - if it wasn’t for the beautiful views of course.

If you want a new place to bring your partner or the family, which won’t break the bank but serves good quality home-made food that is sourced locally, give us a call on 01964 670112 or visit www.burstwick.golf/nineteen to book now!

Rob Draper wins the 2019 Club Championship!

Last weekend we held our Club Championship which is a two round strokeplay event which determines arguably the best golfer at the club.

Two trophies are up for grabs on the weekend: the Club Championship Trophy which goes to the player with the lowest aggregate gross score, and the Ted Key Trophy which goes to the player with the best accumulative net score.

We made a slight change to the format this year in that we told all the entrants that the top 16 gross scores from the first round would be seeded into selected fourballs on the Sunday morning so that the leaders were all playing together.

As it was the first time we had ever put this seeded tee format into play, we were a little apprehensive how it would be received by the entrants, so you can imagine our delight when every player in the top 16 embraced and priased the idea.

On the Saturday (first round) scoring was disappointing from most players apart from Lee Webster who posted a solid 71 gross to lead by four shots from Mike Taylor and James Sprangle. Other notable players had higher scores such as Steve Sorrenson on 76, Rob Draper on 76 and Chris Young on 78 - all of these players were disappointed with their efforts.

Going into day two and it was arguably Lee’s championship to lose, but as we all know in golf it’s not over until the last putt drops.

Rob Draper was in the penultimate fourball and was playing very solid golf on what was a reasonably tough day on the golf course with the wind blowing around 15-20mph. Meanwhile Webster was having a wobble on the first nine holes with a string of bogeys to post a +6 score of 41. It was all to play for!

As the first fourballs of the top sixteen came in they all stayed around the 18th green to see how the Championship reached its climax - and it didn’t disappoint! Draper parred the last hole for 71, which meant that Lee needed a level gross back 9 to take it to a play-off.

Unfortunately for Lee, a bogey on the par-3 17th hole cost him, and he missed a 25 foot birdie putt on 18, meaning that Rob was crowned the 2019 Club Champion after overturning a four shot defecit! The Ted Key Trophy went to Shaun McGeachy who scored a fantastic net total of 6-under par.

Congratulations Rob, although we won’t hear the end of it! And well done to Shaun who showed fantastic consistency throughout the weekend for the net prize!

Matchplay Finals Day - Saturday 21st September 2019

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 2pm* and there are five matches due to be played:

2:00pm - Scratch Final*: Lee Webster vs Danny Proctor
2:08pm - Men’s Final: Danny Trafford vs TBC
2:16pm - Senior’s Final: Steve Whiting vs Ron Wicks
2:24pm - Ladies’ Final: Emma Newman vs Gina Strafford
2:32pm - Greensomes Final: Jamie Maston & Joe Harrison vs TBC

Spectators (including 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 2pm.

Burstwick Juniors presented with team shirts

Last week we presented three-quarters of the Burstwick Junior Team with team shirts as a thank you for representing the club in the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Tom Ward (left), Alex Hewitson (middle) and Alfie Tidder (right) were presented their embroidered Footjoy shirts by myself, while the fourth player, Ashton Webb wasn’t able to make it as he was still on holiday. I will be presenting Ashton his shirt this Thursday so keep an eye on our social media for that one!

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Men's Invitation Day - Saturday 28th September 2019

Do you have any golfing friends in the Hull and East Riding area, or even further afield?

We have a fantastic opportunity to invite them to play at Burstwick in our Men’s Invitation Day on Saturday 28th September 2019.

Entry costs £10 per member which includes your guest’s green fee and competition entry for both players - that’s right just ten pounds!

Members can book themselves in via the BRS app but will need to contact us at the club to add their guest names (as the app only lets you book members in competitions). Members must have a minimum of two guests per fourball to play within these times on the Invitation Day. Members can bring three guests if they wish and it will cost £20 in total.

Some great prizes will be available on the day including straightest drive and nearest pin, as well as great team prizes. It promises to be a great day so why not bring a friend and proudly show them around your club while possibly picking some decent prize money up along the way!

Captain Tony Howard leads Europe to Burstwick Cup!

After a fantastic weekend on the golf course Europe emerged victors in the 2019 Burstwick Cup. Captain Tony Howard led his team to victory on Sunday afternoon after a very tight first day of fourballs.

Scores were tied on Saturday at 4-4 which meant that it was all to play for come Sunday morning on the first tee. The individual fixtures promised some big grudge matches, with not only a Burstwick Cup medal at stake for the players but pride and bragging rights in the clubhouse.

Noteable matches included Tom Peyman vs Joe Harrison, Alan Key vs Rob Draper, Andy Giles vs Mike Huzzard, and of course the Captains; Tony Howard (Europe) vs Dave Smith (USA) who were out first.

As Tony and Dave whizzed round the course in a buggy, Tony started playing some of his best golf and quickly got ahead - and stayed there. At 9:30am they were already finished and enjoying a glass of port in the bar after Tony beat Dave 6&5, a real message sent to the USA team that the Europeans meant business.

After the first few matches came in it was still very tight, but into the latter half of the field a sea of blue started to show on the leaderboard.

In the end a strong finish came from team Europe and it was already over with a couple of matches still to come in; the blues ended up taking the individual matches 10-6, making the overall score 14-10. Captain Tony Howard made history by being the first Captain to retain the cup after winning it in his Vice-Captain’s year in 2018, a fantastic feat!

Thank you to all that played, it was as always a very enjoyable event (and slightly messy one in the bar by the end), and some fantastic golf was played from both teams!

Burstwick Sixes Cancelled

Unfortunately due to lack of participation the Burstwick Sixes pairs competition scheduled for this Saturday has been cancelled. This competition will be replaced by a pairs betterball stableford.

If you have any feedback as to why you haven't entered the Burstwick Sixes, we would be very grateful to hear it, please complete the form below:

Enter your team into the 2019 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.

There’s still time to enjoy lots of Twilight Golf!

The nights are slowly starting to draw in but do not fear! There is still plenty of time to get some Twilight Golf in at Burstwick.

If you come for a round of golf after 4pm on a weekday you can enjoy 18 holes of tranquil, summer golf for just £15, and 9 holes for just a tenner!

Many people say that either end of the day is the best time to play because the conditions are always at their most benign, and they’d be right!

So if you fancy some late evening golf after work to wind down why not book a tee time at our website: www.visitors.burstwick.golf

Srixon Balls 3 for 2 Offer on personalised and non-personalised

Here is your chance to get a fantastic deal on any of the mid-range or performance models of Srixon balls in the Burstwick Pro Shop!

Order three dozen of either the Z-Star, AD333 Tour, Ultisoft, AD333 or Soft Feel balls and you will only pay for two dozen. You can have these balls personalised for free too!

That means the the top Srizon ball, the Z-Star can be had for less than £22 per box, an astonishing deal for a fantastic ball!

This offer is open until the 31st August and delivery of personalised balls will be within 2-3 weeks of receipt of you order. 

This is a great opportunity to stock up on your Srixon golf balls so why not pop into our shop now and speak to Alan to place an order!

Record numbers coming to the Matt Daley Golf Academy for coaching

Matt Daley has been so busy coaching lately that he has enlisted the help of his good friend and fellow PGA Professional, Laurence Warne, to help him coach at the MD Golf Academy.

Matt has been playing a lot of tournament golf lately as well as working 12-hour days coaching and custom fitting, and it has been proving a little difficult to fit all of his clients in, which is why a call to Laurence was needed.

Last week both coaches set a new record at the club and coached between them more than 35 players over the course of the day which included 16 individual lessons and two groups. A fantastic feat for Matt, Laurence and the club!

Laurence is helping at the club now in the short term and is doing a great job helping Matt.

It’s great to see so many people coming to the club and improving their game, from complete beginners to advanced players and other professionals coming for coaching.

If you would like to book a lesson with either coach go to www.lessons.burstwick.golf and you can reserve your slot now!

Places available for the Burstwick Sixes Tournament

In just over a fortnight we will be hosting our Burstwick Sixes event which is a six hole pairs knockout tournament played over one day!

There are just 16 spaces available for the Burstwick Sixes tournament on Saturday, August 24!

Here’s how the tournament works; pairs are split into four groups of four and play each other in three, six holes ‘Round Robin’ matches. After 18 holes, players will have a small break and the winners of each group will play a six hole semi-final and in turn the winners of those matches will go on to play the final, while the losers take part in a third place play-off.

There is a £260 prize fund at stake and we’re sure there will be a lot of tense games on the day, good luck to all that are playing!

PING Demo & Custom Fitting Evening - Friday 30th August 2019

BOOK your FREE fitting with us on the official PING Demo and Custom Fitting Evening at Burstwick on Friday 30th August 2019 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.

Time slots are 40 minutes long so gives you plenty of time to explore the full range of PING equipment including the G410 series, i210, Blueprint, G-Le2 and much more! There is no better time to come and try out some new clubs for absolutely no cost whatsoever.

To book your place for this evening please call Alan on 01964 670112 or email alan.key@burstwick.golf.

Greens have recovered from last week's issue

Last week we had an issue with the greens where they turned almost completely discoloured due to a slight mis-timing of an application of wetting agent, which is designed to help the rootzone profile retain water but must be applied in a very specific time frame. The greens were stressed from the issue but it was a short-term effect which thankfully has now disappeared and they are looking very healthy again.

Lesson learned and we apologise for the inconvenience this may have caused over the past 5 days!

Greens on Thursday 25th July

Greens on Monday 29th July

As part of your membership you are now insured with England Golf and Bluefin Sport!

As part of being a member at Burstwick Country Golf, golfers are now entitled to free personal liability insurance to cover them in the event of an accident on the golf course.

England Golf have teamed up with Bluefin Sport to provide every member of a golf club that is affiliated to the National Union with public liability insurance up to £10m while on the golf course. As a member of Burstwick this automatically came into effect on July 1, 2019, and you do not need to do anything. In the event of a claim you would need to register at www.englandgolf.org/my-account so that Bluefin Sport can validate your claim.

Bluefin Golf Insurance

So what's covered?

Basically the cover is for personal injury claims, so for example if you hit someone with a golf ball then Bluefin will cover you for the incident, however this only applies in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man. You are also covered for abroad golfing if you have adequate travel insurance but terms and conditions do apply for this.

Are my clubs covered if they are stolen? Or am I covered for my bar bill if I get a hole in one?

The answer is no, this cover is intended for liability only, and does not include the extras that can be found in other packages with an annual fee. This insurance is purely to protect you on the golf course in the event of an unfortunate accident.

Benefits of being a member at Burstwick

As part of being a member at Burstwick this new benefit from England Golf is automatically included, as well as many other benefits at the club such as discount on food, drink, driving range and more. We are also part of a 15-strong reciprocal group of clubs which offer discounted golf for our members (from £10 per round at each club), as well as unlimited golf, having an official handicap and much more. If you woud like to know more about joining then visit www.burstwick.golf/golf-membership or call us on 01964 670112 and we will be happy to help!