From Tony Brunt, Men’s Captain: As I write this update, we are preparing for a weekend competition, Saturday’s club Stableford and Sunday’s Paul Hart Trophy. Paul Hart was our very first Captain and introduced the cup as part of his service to the club, it often produces surprise winners, last year’s winner, Smudge, was very surprised!
Handicaps: Our club membership is growing very quickly and, as a result, we have many people playing for cards and looking for first handicaps. Your admin group has been discussing the impact of this (not least the extra work for Pete Smart in processing cards), but also to ensure we all are on a level competitive playing field.
We will, therefore, be producing a few documents to detail key items to frame this, including competition eligibility, allocation of tee times, booking requirements, and local rules. We will announce when this refresh of the old competition rules is complete and where to find them, we would urge everyone to review and ask a question if anything is not clear. We do our best to make all things fair and equitable so competition is fun and, dare I say, exciting!
Drop zones: By the time you read this, we hope we will have introduced drop zones in areas where the usual Rule 16 drops would cause undue disadvantage. It is intended to employ these as the new works bed in and are nominated GUR discretionary or GUR No Play areas. We will highlight any further changes in due course and as the need arises. We believe the need is there for DZs to eliminate disadvantage and to provide a clear option in most cases. Please remember these DZs are discretionary and in all cases the drop is to the nearest DZ provided it is no nearer the hole than your ball’s GUR position. Perfect. Hopefully.
Tees and Plates: You may have also noticed that tees are now offering more challenging games by being much closer to plates and by and large, within the England Golf stipulated 100 yards difference from full plate distances. White tees are qualifying over the weekend and for the weekday club competition.
Yellow tees are qualifying each weekday. Reds are always qualifying (within the 100-yard stipulation). Many thanks to Richard Covey, our head greenkeeper, for working with us to get this process in place, it is much appreciated.
Bunkers: A quick update on bunkers. The team is finishing off the linings for the bunkers and sand is being put in them. This does not mean they are complete! There is more work on the surrounding borders and the sand needs to bed in so it performs as designed. This, plus the raking issue (Covid is still with us), means we will still be dropping out in competition for some time to come. Do I hear you sounding relieved?!!
Greg, Rob, Peter and John will also be providing specific details of relevant topics in these newsletters as the need arises. So watch out for their informative insight.
Winners and winnings: Our first cup of the season, Spring Foursomes has just taken place with a great win by David Reeves-Tyler and Matt Taylor. DRT hit a magnificent “Hail Mary” shot from near the 18th tee (cheers Matt!!) to the 16th green, a sight to be seen (which I did!). Worthy winners with a net 1-under score. I will let Greg share the day’s detail in his perky-yet-playful style and highlight competitions coming up in his update section.
There are various items we are working on, but a number of you are asking about payment of winnings, when are they being paid, how are they paid (if there are options) and how we know when they have been added to our accounts. We will endeavour to resolve this clearly in the near future so we can update in the June newsletter.
I hope you are making the most of your membership at Pyrford Lakes as we start to benefit from greater freedoms and warmer weather. If your administration team can help you with any of the organised games, or if you have any suggestions for improving our enjoyment of the Club, let one of us know. In the meantime, join in to the events, they’re all listed on the website and IG app and they’re all set up for you!