Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of our members from all of the staff at Burstwick, we hope you have a wonderful festive period!
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.
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.
If you are looking to join a golf club in the Holderness and East Riding area then look no further than Burstwick Country Golf. In August and September we are offering 25% DISCOUNT for groups of four new joiners, meaning you can save up to £140 on your first year!
This offer applies to new adult joiners over the age of 21 who have not been a member at the club in 2017 or 2018, and the group of four players must join at the same time.
Click below to apply online and see just how much you could save!
|Country (20+ Miles)||£495||£371||£44/m|
|Intermediate B (26-30)||£415||£311||£37/m|
|Intermediate A (22-25)||£315||£236||£28/m|
|Junior < 11||£60|
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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 email@example.com to enter your team now!
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.
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!
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!)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
Rain, rain, rain, and.... more..... rain.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
As part of our ongoing quest to grow the club we’re running a fantastic offer for new members between December and February.
If you join the club in these three months you will receive up to TWO months’ free membership, so you pay for 12 months but receive 14!
Couple this deal with the fact that we’re one of the cheapest 18-hole clubs in the area to join, and you realise how much of a deal this really is.
What are the benefits of being a member at Burstwick?
Honestly, one of the best things about our club in my opinion is that we are very open and friendly. We welcome everyone to the club whether they’ve been playing for 20 years or have never touched a club before and they are looking for a new hobby.
On top of that, we have first class teaching facilities that are used by our PGA Professional James Bisby, including the latest technology from Flightscope and GASP video analysis. With all the tools at hand on our driving range and in James’ teaching studio, we have everything you need to learn, improve and perfect golf.
As a member of Burstwick you are entitled to also receive 10% discount on any food in the restaurant, 5% off alcohol and 5% off range balls. For a keen golfer this can really tally up for some big savings!
Another part of the membership package is our reciprocal deal with 14 other clubs. As a member of Burstwick (and any of the other clubs involved) you are entitled to play each of the clubs for just £10 during the week or £15 on weekends. If you like to try lots of different courses then this scheme is perfect for doing just that. Since joining the scheme in 2016 we have had a lot of our members take advantage and enjoy some fantastic golf courses in the East Riding.
There are many other features of the membership package at Burstwick, but if you would like to know more feel free to call me on (01964) 670112 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will gladly do my best to help.
It has come to the time of year that one of our Competition Committee members has come to the end of their tenure, so we are looking for a new volunteer to join the Committee on a two year term.
If you would like to nominate someone please fill in a nomination slip in the clubhouse and put it into the ballot box on the bar. On 16th January the nominations will be gathered and a members vote will commence.
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!
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!
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.