On the Course...
This week was the time of year when I dress up in my plus fours (sorry no pictures I'm afraid) and head out to battle against the rest of the field with my hickory set of clubs. Unfortunately, due to the weather we had to enforce a trolley ban which had an effect on Saturday's field, but the men came out in force on the Sunday. It's always a great challenge to adopt a swing that works with these 100 year old clubs, but after a couple of holes I found the speed to get them working, although I would like to bet that I'm the first golfer to employ a 'claw' putting grip on a hickory putter! So at the end of my very enjoyable round with the men's and ladies Captains, I'd managed to only drop five shots to post a 75 for the rest to beat. The rest of the field had to play off three quaters of their handicaps as well as playing a couple of shots around the course with some lovely hickory clubs I'd provided. Those who managed to beat my score shared the prize pot, but only 16 managed it! Congratulations to Martin Cooper who posted a superb nett 68 to come out on top!
The weekend was topped off by, our now traditional, Founders Weekend Dinner and Quiz night. The lounge was packed to the rafters for a very tasty traditional dinner with 'neaps and tatties' on the menu. I, in the absence of Epsom's legendary Mr Quiz David Hylton, took up the mantle as the evenings Quiz Master with a little help from my little boy Theo and I have to say it was a very funny evening. We had a few rounds and thankfully now controversy this year, eh Don and thanks to his heads and tails round win, the winning team was the team led by our own Men's Vice Captain, David Barnett. They won a bottle of bubbles which was opened and drunk before I'd even finished the presentation. A great evening and a special thanks to Mr Hylton who helped design the quiz with me.
Golf Simulator Hire
Although the weather is a bit grotty at the moment, the sun is always shining in the Swing Studio! Book either a play or practice session on the GC2 golf simulator today. Call the pro shop on 01372 741867 to book or for more information.
With the new TaylorMade M1 and M2 drivers just landed in store, I'd like to give you the opportunity to come down and test your existing driver against not only the latest TaylorMade bombers, but also we have the latest Callaway, PING and Yonex drivers available to try. If I can't gain you at least another 10 yards on the simulator, then you walk out with a FREE sleeve of balls! Plus all the NEW demo kit is arriving in store so please pop in and grab anything from drivers to wedges and give them a go out on the golf course.
Big Puma Clothing Sale
All Puma clothing is now HALF PRICE. Come and bag a bargain while stocks last. Course Update
If you venture out on the course this week you will see that the green staff have a few small projects on the go at the moment of which we are looking to complete in the next week or so. 1st Tee Path And Trolley Park
As the picture below of the first tee shows, we have taken the decision to help improve the drainage and reduce water run off on to the trolley park part of the new teeing area. This is also in preparation of the instalment of the NEW
rubber crumb path which is due to happen in the next couple of weeks depending on weather. 14th Walk Off Area And 15th Fairway
You can see that the three small Hawthorne bushes have been removed and the area from the right hand side of the start of the 15th fairway has also been levelled off. The plan now as part of the 2017 rough management scheme is the extent the thicker rough all the way down to cover this area, therefore making the target from the tee a little tighter. In growing the rough up in this area will also give us an opportunity to create a clear and safer path through the rough from the 14th green to the 15th, clearly marker in the picture below in white lines. 16th Green Steps
For some time now there has been a concern for safety when leaving the rear of the 16th green, especially during wet and icy conditions. Permissions have now been granted by the Local Council to install a set of steps so we have decided that the best place for the steps is as the picture below illustrates. This positioning was chosen for a few of reasons; firstly, if we can have golfers exiting the green at the very rear it's safer and better for the wear and tear of the green. Secondly the situation is the most level area to install the steps and this will then give us an opportunity to grow up the rough along the left-hand side of the entire length of the green, within the 2017 Rough management scheme.