Spring Am-Am pays for New Hole Cutter for Greenkeepers

Many of our members may have been wondering what the money from the Spring Open Am-Am fundraiser went towards, as we haven’t made any announcements yet.

The reason is we have been passing some ideas around the Competition Committee with regards to how best spend the money and get the most benefits on the golf course. In the past we have spent the money on bins, benches, ball washers and bunker rakes, but we agreed at the last meeting that nothing in regards to course furniture really jumps out as needing renewing at the moment, and that priorities lie elsewhere.

With that in mind a suggestion was made about a new hole cutter for the greenkeepers, since the main issue we have on the golf course right now with the bunkers and greens having vastly improved is that we are having inconsistencies with the old holes when we are changing pin placements.

This week we had a demonstration of a top of the range piece of equipment called the iPro by BMS, which is used by the best courses on tour, but is at the same time very expensive at around £1,000.

That’s why the committee voted in favour of putting the £720 raised from the Spring Am-Am towards this new hole cutter, and that members will see the instant benefit which will keep the holes consistent for years to come.

Zebra Finance have cease all new lending

It came to our attention on Thursday of last week that Zebra Finance Ltd have ceased all lending for new or renewing clients. This is due to their funding bank R. Raphael & Sons PLC having their banking licence revoked from the Bank of England and are therefore being wound up.

Zebra Finance

This has significant affects in the short term as the club have been using Zebra Finance as our preferred lender for membership subscription direct debits, but we hope to have a new company to replace Zebra as soon as possible.

What does this mean for me?

If you applied for your membership finance before 15th March you shouldn’t have been impacted by this, as Zebra have told us that it only affected applications from this point, and that previous applications had already had their funding allocated.

Zebra have also told us that they have been in touch with every applicant that has been affected, so members should know their individual situation.

What happens next?

In the short term, we are continuing to honour all membership rights to all members who have attempted to renew with Zebra, and as soon as we have confirmation of a new funding company we will inform everyone affected and have them apply with the new company.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this situation, but we were kept completely in the dark on the matter by Zebra Finance and had no warning of anything happening of this nature, and we fully appreciate everyone’s patience while we get another finance company on board.

Competition Committee Volunteer Required

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We are looking for a new member to join the Competition and Handicap Committee on a two year term as our Volunteer Coordinator.

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 18th March the nominations will be gathered and a members vote will commence.

Get into golf with our Taster Memberships

It's the time of year again when we will be putting on a recruitment drive in order to attract new people to the golf and to the club. Our Taster Memberships have been very successful in the past and our new Head Professional Matt Daley is very keen to get started with the 2019 packages.

Aimed at golf novices and beginners, our taster memberships are a perfect way to get a feel for golf, with a block of group lessons from Matt Daley, 800 driving range balls and two months’ of golf. It’s a crash course in golf!

After the three month course has finished each person will have a good understanding of golf and will have improved by a good margin. We can almost guarantee too that they will want to continue further and play as much golf as they can!

The course of lessons will involve a general understanding of the rules and etiquette of the game and then Matt will move on to the golf swing, short game, and putting. All the while keeping fun and laughs as the main priority!

As part of the lessons and the range work, Taster members will not be required to have their own equipment or even have any golf apparel, they can just turn up in whatever they feel comfortable in and be ready to enjoy themselves and meet new people!

If you’ve been looking for a new hobby, or if you’ve always fancied a crack at golf but never got round to it, now is the perfect time to start with our Taster Memberships! Pop into our clubhouse or download an application form to apply now!

Record numbers for Captain’s Drive-In

Captains Drive In - (left to right) Seniors’ Captain Steve Alger, Men’s Captain Tony Howard, Ladies’ Captain Sarah Leonard, Men’s Vice-Captain Dave Smith

ON Saturday we hosted our Captain’s Drive-In Texas Scramble, after it was re-arranged due to snowfall on 2nd February. For those who don’t know, the Captain’s Drive-In is the official event where the previous Captains hand over to the incoming Captains for the year, and it’s always a great event.

Around 25 spectators gather at the first tee at 7:30am on the morning to watch Our Men’s Captain Tony Howard, Ladies’ Captain Sarah Leonard, Seniors’ Captain Steve Alger and Men’s Vice Captain Dave Smith tee off on for their first official round of golf in their new roles.

Fittingly, the Captains all had walk in music to the tee and I was the MC introducing them, and in true Burstwick fashion obviously tell a few jokes and giving some banter along the way.

Our Professional Matt Daley had his Trackman launch monitor on the first tee so that the Captains could see shot data from what was rather a nerve-racking first tee shot in front of an audience, having just walked on to their chosen song!

The competition, which was a Texas Scramble, attracted record numbers for the club as 109 players entered the event, a fantastic number for a club competition in winter! It was great to see such huge support for the incoming Captains.

Afterwards members enjoyed a nice home-made stew and yorkshire pudding in the clubhouse and Tony was handed his Captain’s blazer, and told the club what his plans were for the year, as well as explaining about his nominated charity: Hull for Heroes.

On behalf of the Captains, a huge thank you goes out to all the support from the members, and here’s to a successful 2019!

Thank you to the members from Matt Daley

It’s been nearly three months since I joined the team at Burstwick, and it has flown by!

I just wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the members at the club who have made me feel very welcome, and already part of the family at Burstwick.

The reception I have received since October has been humbling and I know that I haven’t quite met everyone yet, but I’m sure I will get to know you all at some point soon, it’s just that I have been putting every ounce of effort into the studio to make sure it was completed as soon as possible.

Many of you will be aware that when I joined the club my aim was to create the best teaching facility in the whole of the East Riding area, with the best technology, knowledge and expertise, and I see this as a fantastic facility for the members of Burstwick, whether it be for lessons or for hiring with friends to play on the virtual golf simulator.

The studio is now complete and I would love all of the members to come and have a look so if you see me in the clubhouse don’t hesitate to grab me and I will gladly show you around.

Also I would just like to say a big thank you to Alan and family for their support and patience throughout, you have all made me feel so welcome and have been a massive help in my start at the club.

So a huge thank you to all members, staff and family of Burstwick Country Golf. It means a lot!

Regards
Matt Daley

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.

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.

25% OFF Membership for groups of four new joiners!

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!

 

Category

Single

25% Offer

Direct Debit*

7 Day £595 £446£53/m
5 Day £495 £371£44/m
Senior 65+ £505 £379£45/m
Country (20+ Miles) £495 £371£44/m
Intermediate B (26-30) £415 £311£37/m
Intermediate A (22-25) £315 £236£28/m
Student(18-21) £215  
Junior 12-17 £70        
Junior < 11 £60        
Locker Rental (Optional) £50        
 

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!

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!

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!

Clock is fitting memorial for Dennis Jones

Dennis Jones Clock

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.

Captain's Bring in their year with a bang!

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!

Captain's Drive In