Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Target Golf League!

Overall Standings
PositionTeam NameScore
1stPlenty O' Inches (LEAGUE WINNERS)
(J. Maston, W. Maston, J. Harrison, S. Bamford)
1770
2ndSallie's Handsome Brutes
(D. Key, S. Nielsen, N. Kelly, S. Alger)
1646
3rdNorfolk n' Good
(L. Waites, N. Waites, A. Waites, P. Lowery)
1601
4thThe Bisby Babes
(S. Foster, A. Heidstra, A. Foster, D. Marks)
1539
5thMichael Hunt's All Stars
(M. Hewitson, D. Smith, J. Gill, T. Sims)
1372
6thThe Pattie Butties
(A. Wilson, B. Wilson, A. Robbins, J. Lees)
1301
7thThe Burstwick Bandits
(M. Huzzard, A. Giles, S. McGeachy, N. Rutter)
1195

Congratulations to the winners of the first Target Golf League at Burstwick: Sam Bamford, Joe Harrison, Will Maston and Jamie Maston!

Their team managed a fantastic final score to overtake the existing leaders (David Key, Sallie Nielsen, Steve Alger and Nev Kelly) on the final night to become champions. Sam and his team blasted past with a final week score of 395, after being just 10 points behind first place starting the night. Sallie’s team just couldn’t quite get things to go their way on the night and only managed 261, so the deal was sealed!

It’s safe to say that the league was a massive success, and we will be most definitely running one again at the end of January 2018. Well done to the winning team and thank you for everyone taking part!

Win a Bushnell Tour V4 yardage laser worth £279.99!

How would you like to win a nice little christmas present for yourself? Maybe a Bushnell Tour V4 yardage laser, or a Titleist Tour Bag?

We’re running a Christmas Prize Draw which will have a total prize value of £1,050, and costs just £10 to enter. The top prize is worth £280, second is £180, and third £130. But don’t worry, there aren’t just three prizes on offer, there are twelve!

The rest of the prize pot includes lessons from our PGA Professional James Bisby, clothing, sunglasses, balls, hats and more. So why not pop in and enter the draw, and you could be the one walking away with a brand new Bushnell Tour V4!

Use the new BRS Smartphone App to book your tee times!

We are delighted to announce that there is now a smartphone app for booking your tee time at Burstwick. Search for “BRS Golf” on your Android or iPhone and download for free.

With this app you can sign into your BRS account (you’ll need to register through the BRS website if you have not already done so, see Alan for more details), add buddies, view upcoming competitions and book tee times at the club.

With the launch of this app we have also coincided the activation of competition tee booking (from competitions November 25 onwards) and also visitor tee booking on our system. We originally withheld these options to make sure the member booking facility got underway without too many hiccups or teething problems, and this has been very smooth.

If you have any questions about using online booking via a computer or the app itself please do not hesitate to come and see Alan at the club and he will do his best to help!

Footjoy Shoe Sale!

We have a selection of shoes in the shop that we have put exclusively on sale, you can save up to £60! Sale prices are subject to availability of our stock, so grab a bargain quickly!

 
Men's Shoe ModelSizes AvailableRRPSale Price
DNA BOA (White)9£180£119.99
DNA (Black)8£165£109.99
AWD XLBlack: 7, 8
White: 9
£77.50£54.99
AWD Casual (White)8, 9£70£49.99
Ladies' Shoe ModelSizes AvailableRRPSale Price
Empower (BOA)6£115£79.99
Empower5£95£64.99
 
Footjoy DNA BOA
Footjoy Empower BOA

Christmas Open Am-Am postponed until Saturday 18th November

Last Saturday we were due to host our 2017 Christmas Open Am-Am but due to persistent rain we had to call the competition off and postpone it until Saturday 18th November.

All the teams will remain in their original tee time slot unless we are told otherwise, so please let us know if you cannot make the rearranged date.

Let's hope for better weather the second time around and we'll see you on the first tee!

Receive a FREE Motocaddy golf bag with any lithium electric trolley!

Motocaddy free golf bag

Between Tuesday 7th November and Sunday 24th December 2017, anyone buying a Lithium trolley from you will be eligible to claim a free Motocaddy cart bag worth at least £99.99! The bag model is dependent on the following criteria:

  • If you choose an S1, S1 DHC, M1 PRO or M1 PRO DHC with Lithium battery you are eligible to claim a FREE Lite-Series or Club-Series bag worth at least £99.99
  • If you choose an S3 PRO, M3 PRO, S5 CONNECT, S5 CONNECT DHC or S7 REMOTE with Lithium battery you are eligible to claim a FREE Dry-Series bag worth £199.99

Speak to Alan in store and you can benefit from Motocaddy's great offer this Christmas!

Free ball personalisation from Titleist and Srixon!

We are delighted to announce that both Titleist and Srixon are are once again offering FREE Personalisation on golf balls up until Christmas. You can have the following golf balls personalised for free* by ordering through our pro shop.

TitleistSrixon
Pro V1 / V1x
NXT Tour / Tour S
Velocity
DT Trusoft
Z Star / Z Star VX
AD333 Tour
Ultisoft
AD333 / Soft Feel / Lady Soft

Delivery charges may apply if minimum quantity is not ordered.

Titleist Christmas Personalisation
Christmas Personalisation

*Terms apply.

Discount Coaching Week - Another loyalty benefit for Members!

James Bisby is launching a week of discount coaching, starting Tuesday 14th November! James is cutting the price of his Visitor Coaching by £5 per session, but the big winners are members of Burstwick that will have 50% discount on any lessons that week!

For a standard lesson, members will pay just £10!

If you would like to book in with James either give him a call on 07896 257878 or pop into the clubhouse and a member of staff can book you in.

Scores reflect great weather at the Seniors' Xmas Invitation

Today we held our 2017 Seniors' Xmas Invitational, and Mother Nature gave us fantastic conditions for the event, showcasing the course in a great light. This competition is an open pair's event which is divided into four age categories: 60-64, 65-69, 70-74 and 75+. With very little wind and quite mild conditions the winning scores in each category where all very worthy, two of the home pairs that came in with 46 points each thought they would have walked away with the top prizes but they were pipped by some cracking scores from away pairings!

Age 60-64NameScore
1stM. Woodhouse & D. Lawson (Drax) 47 pts
2ndA. Steward & G. Scott (Burstwick)46 pts
3rdB. Simpson & R. Devant (Boothferry)32 pts
4thP. Robert & P. Collins (Burstwick)40 pts
Age 65-69NameScore
1stD. Dance & P. Baillie (Boothferry)47 pts
2ndR. Tonkinson & D. Wright (Burstwick)46 pts
Age 70-74NameScore
1stM. Emson (Burstwick) & R. Harris (Chilwell)45 pts
2ndM. Leason & B. Todd (Hainsworth Park)44 pts
3rdG. Hornsey & P. Bridges (Hornsea)44 pts
4thA. Calverly & M. Parker (Hornsea)40 pts
Age 75+NameScore
1stI. Lewis & G. Dolman (Hornsea)42 pts

Worm Suppressant taken off the market

This year a crucial pesticide has been taken off the market for golf clubs, a chemical called Carbendazim. This chemical is used by many of us golf clubs to prevent wormcasts appearing on our surfaces. Some clubs spray their greens and tees, but we have always applied the chemical to our fairways too.

Why do we want to suppress worms? The wormcasts that they leave behind cause us lots of problems. They smear under foot and trolley wheels, creating muddy areas, they are unsightly, they can block up mowers, they cause uneven playing surfaces, they prevent good surface drainage, they help weeds germinate, and they smother grass so it can’t grow effectively.

The chemical was been taken off the market earlier this year as it was deemed to be too dangerous to the environment, even though it has been used for decades, and there is no replacement that has come onto the market so golf clubs are actively looking at other ways to control the worms. On the right is a poster that is being circulated by the British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association with information about the ban.

Please be patient with your golf club this winter if you feel the the playing surfaces are messier and wetter than they have been in previous winters, it’s probably not their fault! 

Every club is facing this issue at the moment and we are all going to be doing our best to keep our courses as good as possible this winter!

Members' Online Tee Booking - Starts Monday 16th October 2017!

We have teamed up with BRS Golf - the leading tee time booking software in the UK and Ireland - to give the members of Burstwick the ability to book their tee times online!

Every member of the club will receive a email asking them to register with the software so that they can begin booking.

If you have not received the email please let us know.

Please be aware that telephone booking and bookings in person in the clubhouse will still be available. This is merely an addition to make booking easier for members.

For competition tee booking between 7am and 9:15am on a weekend the sheets will still remain on the board.

Bonfire Night and Fireworks Display - NOW SOLD OUT

Come to Burstwick Country Golf on Saturday 4th November from 6:30pm for a Bonfire and Fireworks Display, a great family evening!

Professional Fireworks organised by Epic Fireworks

Tickets cost just £8 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.

Congratulations to all the winners in the 2017 Matchplay Finals Day!

LAST Saturday we hosted the 2017 Matchplay Finals Day, which consisted of five matchplay finals: Scratch, Men’s, Seniors‘, Ladies’ and Greensomes. Unfortunately the Junior final was not able to be played due to Jack Maxey being in both this and the Scratch final.

Tee offs were from 1pm in the afternoon to give members a chance to come and spectate the matches after their morning rounds. All matches are played over 18 holes apart from the Scratch final which was over 36 holes.

The weather was kind and gave us good golfing conditions, with a dry but mild afternoon. First to tee off was the second round of the Scratch Final between past winner Jack Maxey and Steve Sorrenson. Steve Sorrenson was 1 down after the first 18 holes but valiantly battled back to get back to all square, then on the back nine went on a birdie barrage (four in a row) to beat Jack 5&4. What a fantastic way to win the final!

In the Men’s final Andy Giles managed to edge second-time finalist Sam Bamford 2&1 after a very close match between the two players.

Next was the Senior final and Dennis Wright put in an excellent performance to beat the reigning champion Ron Wicks 4&3. In the Ladies’ final Laura Key played very steady golf to become victorious over Sallie Nielsen with a score of 3&2. Laura said she played some of the best golf she has in weeks!

Finally, the Greensomes final went down to the first play-off hole after being all square through 18 where Phil Bullen and Ryan Pettit edged father-son duo Les and Nick Waites.

A huge well done to all the winners who all did themselves very proud on the day, and good luck to both Jack Maxey and Alex Hewitson in the junior final next week!

We're hiring! Come and join the restaurant team

Job Vacancy

We are looking for an experienced cook to work in our restaurant for approximately 20-25 hours per week for a temporary contract with a minimum of 6 months, possibly leading to a permanent contract.

The hours will be mainly lunch times (with the possibility of an evening shift), but will include extra hours in December on a few evenings due to Christmas parties. Duties will include preparing home-cooked meals, maintaining food and hygiene requirements, and placing orders with suppliers.

Please register your interest by filling out the form below:

Name *
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Matchplay Finals Day - Saturday 30th September 2017

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 five matches due to be played:

1:00pm - Scratch Final*: Jack Maxey vs Steve Sorrenson
1:10pm - Men’s Final: Sam Bamford vs Andy Giles
1:20pm - Senior’s Final: Dennis Wright vs Ron Wicks
1:30pm - Greensomes Final: Les Waites & Nick Waites vs Ryan Pettit & Phil Bullen
3:00pm - Ladies’ Final: Laura Key vs Sallie Nielsen

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.

Target Golf Nights, starting Thursday 12th October 2017

From Thursday 12th October we will be hosting a 6 week Target Golf League on the driving range between 6 and 7pm. Entry costs £25 per member or £30 per visitor 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 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 five targets set out on the range, and a sixth challenge will be a Straightest Drive challenge on James Bisby's Flightscope!

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).

Greenkeeper's Report September 2017

Clover, Clover, Clover

It's been a strange season for us with regards to weeds. Each year we buy a bulk of herbicide (weed killer) to tackle the clover, lesser trefoil and other weeds which this course is prone to, and usually for the most part it's pretty successful. We always spray around mid-May when the weeds begin to flourish and by June they're mostly gone.

In the past we've allocated enough budget to do about 50% of the rough areas and a few fairways. 2017 was no different, in fact we purchased another 10% of spray to try and gradually expand the spraying.

Clover

Unfortunately, the weather beat us this year.

We sprayed as usual in mid May, but to our dismay, by mid-June there was over twice as much clover and lesser trefoil coverage than we have ever had after spraying. After closer inspection, a huge portion of this was on areas that had been sprayed with herbicide, which should have been clear of weeds! After some more investigations it was discovered that because of the slow start to the growing season (due to the cold, dry weather - also the reason the greens took longer to recover) there was a lot of weeds that weren't growing so the herbicide didn't achieve the full effect. This basically meant that the exercise was a very costly waste which is extremely frustrating for us.

Clover is a golfer's worst nightmare! So we're putting this right in 2018!

We're preparing our 2018 maintenance budgets and have taken the decision to increase investment quite significantly into materials; including increasing our weed killer budget by more than double. We've resided to the fact that we're always going to have to battle with clover and lesser trefoil due to the type of land the course is built on, so we need to bring much more water to the fire to get on top of it!

The Greens

Right now as we stand, we would say that the greens aren't where we want them to be. With USGA greens we've always prided ourselves on firm, well drained greens that provide a great growing surface for fine grasses. While this is still true for some part, we need to increase the work that we're doing on them to get them back to where we want them to be.

Fusarium.jpg

Firstly, let's talk about disease. Green number six has been notorious over the past couple of years for suffering from big outbreaks of Fusarium Patch - the Greenkeeper's biggest enemy. Fuzz (as it's commonly called) thrives on moist, warm conditions which is why it is always prevalent in Autumn.

Why does the 6th green suffer the most?

We've recently had a company in to take some soil samples to find out if there is a difference in the soil make-up, as this could be one reason it suffers more than other greens. An imbalance in nutrients can lead to the turf becoming stressed which increases the likelihood of a disease outbreak.

Secondly, we are starting to suffer with thatch problems on some of the greens which adds to the problem of threatening disease. After consultation with various head greenkeepers at other courses, and some meeting with industry experts we have made a plan to increase the aeration and topdressing in 2018 to bring the thatch level down. With excess thatch, the surface stays moist for longer, and the roots tend to shorten meaning the grass becomes more susceptible to stress. By taking out cores and adding more sand into the surface, the greens will drain better (like they did 2-3 years ago) and also promote healthy, long root growth.

In conclusion, we will be coring the greens twice (spring and autumn) in 2018, and topdressing with sand both times. We have taken the decision to hire in a top dressing machine for each of these rather than applying manually to achieve a better, more consistent coverage and also take less times before each green is back in play.

Extra spiking will also take place on the 6th green this winter to help the surface remain dry, as well as applying a chemical penetrant, designed to pull the moisture away from the surface.

The 7th green had an issue recently which was caused by the spiking machine pulling up an area of turf on the left side which was suffering particularly from Dry patch. Unfortunately this was a catastrophic error that we did not foresee happening, and it is with deep regret that this occurred. We have been as quick as possible to repair the area, but it will take time to establish. We have put a small netting around the area to attempt to keep wildlife away and also keep golfers from walking on it. If you could please respect this area we would very much appreciate it. 

Bunkers

We have had some comments about the tidiness of bunker edges this year, and that they haven't been kept to the same standard as 2016. Whilst we have not spent as much time on the bunker edges, we still believe the quality of the sand and sand levels have improved on last year, but definitely agree that presentation is important and 2018 needs to see this become more of a priority.

This winter we will continue to press on with bunker work, and have provisioned a budget to bring in another 90 tonnes of bunker sand for renovation. We will be going around the course and prioritising the worst bunkers to do the work on, and aim to renovate 12-15 bunkers, most of these being large ones.

We have had a company come in to quote for a full bunker liner installation, the same as what is used on courses such as The Celtic Manor. This would cost us around £1,500 per bunker on average, and for the time being we feel that this kind of money would be better spent on other parts of the course (weed killer, extra rootzone for coring, etc), however it is good to know for future reference how much it would cost for a complete bunker liner system.

Humps on 12

Mounds on hole 12

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the bunkers that were filled in last year on hole 12, which we'd like to clear a few things up about. We first came up with the idea back in early 2016, to get rid of the bunkers and put something in their place that would still be a similar hazard but require low maintenance. One option was to fill them in and plant Gorse, but some thought that would be too punishing; another was to plant heather as a similar idea, and; the last thought was to just grow the grass a little longer across there so that people can still find their ball but the rough would be enough to consider another option to avoid.

When we first filled them in last summer year we were ready to prepare to seed but received a lot of negative feedback that we hadn't put enough material there and that they were too flat. We then took the decision to put more than double the material on there to raise them higher, which meant we had to wait another full winter before it was dry enough to take these huge loads of soil across (otherwise the machinery would have torn the surrounding area up). A total of 350 tonnes of earth has been put into this area.

We have now finished the mounds and have seeded the areas. Once they are established in Spring we will look at whether to plant heather or to let the grass grow a little longer, and will canvass opinions of golfers on this. The main thing is we get these back in play as soon as possible, because they have been out of play way too long already.

Putting Green

The problems with dead patches of turf on the edge of the putting green has been causing us a great deal of frustration this year. The black patches you see on the green are areas of completely dead grass, which will never grow back. It needs to be removed. Until now, our only option has been to seed areas like this, but it's difficult to get the seed to establish without closing the full putting green.

We have now managed to find a company that supplies fine turf of the exact same specification as our greens, with an 80:20 mix of Fescue and Bent grass. We are going to make arrangements for buying some of this turf and replace the dead areas on the green so that we can look towards having a fully healthy and completely open putting green as soon as possible.

Driving Range Ball

Driving Range

We have another batch of 6,000 driving range balls due to land in the next few days, and we hope to have these in play within a week. Many of the older balls which are looking very tired will be pulled out and replaced by the new balls.

We are also looking at ways to enhance the outfield of the range, as the three main targets have not survived the prevailing wind very well. We are looking at enhancing these existing targets with some new PVC on the frames and also adding a couple more, shorter range targets in the next couple of months.

Conclusion

This Greenkeeper's Report seems a little doom and gloom compared to past reports, but we are keen to stress one thing. After the 2017 season we recognise many areas where we can improve going forward, and we are determined to do so. With a bigger budget and better planning we can solve the few issues that we surround the course: clover, disease on greens, bunker improvement, and the putting green issues.

We are confident that we have a strong plan going forward and although nothing in the plan is an 'overnight remedy' we are passionate that we can significantly improve the course in 2018.

Burstwick says farewell to jet-setter Ryan Oliver

Ryan Oliver

The time has come when one of our own wants to fly the nest and travel to pastures new, and this time has come for our greenkeeper Ryan Oliver.

Ryan has been with us since 2013 when he started working with us as a volunteer, and progressed into employment with us from 2014. Throughout this time he went through the ranks at college to achieve his foundation degree (FdSc) in Sports Surface Management, which he completed this summer. 

Throughout the time Ryan worked with us he was an integral part of the team, always keen to come up with new ideas and help with whatever job was on hand, and he will be sadly missed by all the staff, management and members.

So where is he going? There is a little known golf resort called Harbour Town Golf Links in South Carolina, USA. Ryan was successfully accepted on a one-year internship at this famous PGA Tour venue earlier this year, and you might have guessed he is a little bit excited about his journey! Needless to say, we’re sure that he will excel at this top class golf club, and look forward to hearing many stories from him along the way.

Good luck Ryan, and thank you!

Exclusive offer to members of Burstwick - Saturday 30th September

EXCLUSIVE OFFER TO MEMBERS OF BURSTWICK - Book a FREE golf lesson with James Bisby!

Our PGA Professional James Bisby is running a free coaching day solely for members of Burstwick on Saturday 30th September 2017 from 8am to 4pm. Each session will be 30 minutes long and will consist of everything that a full lesson would include:

  • Video swing analyis
  • Flightscope technology
  • Expert tips from a level 3 PGA Professional
  • Video review sent to your inbox

Call James on 07896 257878 or come into the clubhouse to reserve your space now, but make sure to be quick as there are only a select number of slots available!

USA take stunning victory over Europe in Burstwick Cup

Last weekend we hosted the infamous Burstwick Cup which is one of the most fun events in our calendar. The format takes resemblance to the Ryder Cup where USA take on Europe in a Matchplay event.

Day one consisted of fourball betterball matchplay whereby pairs from each team are pitted against each other, with a total of 6 points being up for grabs. Although it could have been argued that both teams were very even on paper, team USA quickly went on the offensive and charged to a 4-2 lead.

With the European team certain to not let their determination waiver, Captain Mike Smith rallied up the troops on Sunday morning as the blues set out to cut the deficit and make amends for their first day performance.

Things did not go the European's way. USA Captain Bruce Carter got the reds off to a strong start with a win, and Dave Thompson continued before Ashley Heidstra got a point back for the Europeans.

With the scores USA 6-3 Europe at this point and with nine matches still to come in it was game on! Or, game off, as far as the European's were concerned. Match after match the USA team started to trounce Mike's lads, and with 5 matches still to play it was already all over!

In the end the blue team just could not compete. The score finished at USA 13.5-4.5 Europe, an absolute crushing victory for the reds. Well done to everyone that played, particularly the American team and their captain Bruce Carter!