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Proshop News

A word from our Professional, Andrew Blackman, on the Proshop:

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Club News

From Dan Lucking, General ManagerAs the season draws to a close, we have been treated to another fantastic September, the consistent weather has really helped the course improvements bed in, and many of the new bunkers now look like they have been in place since 93.  

This month we saw the climax of our season-long Race to Le Touquet event, massive congratulations to David and Eiko, I hope you’re looking forward to an amazing trip to France next year!  

Richard and his team have continued to elevate the golf course beyond recognition. Our approach to course maintenance of ‘little and often’ has worked wonders and our greens are the envy of many in Surrey. It is very exciting to be in this position so early on in our journey and I can assure you that going forward you will continue to observe improvements, not least with the Clubhouse. 

 

From Alex Wright, Trainee Manager: September was a great success, on and off the golf course! And I hope everyone has enjoyed the weekly updates! 

From now on we will be summarising each month’s updates within the Newsletter, just in case you missed something. 

Club Championships  

What a success this was! Two days of great golf on our fantastic golf course! The weather was on our side and it was so good to see so many of you adorn the terrace on the Sunday and congratulate the following winners: 

Men’s Nett – John Hennessy 

Men’s Gross – John Hennessy 

Women’s Nett – Eiko Michalski 

Women’s Gross – Jacqui Green  

Autumn Bowl 

Another spectacular weather day and another wonderful event. The day brought with it some wicked scoring with Gary Rodrigues signing for a magical nett 64. An equal highlight of the day was the crowning of our Race to Le Touquet winner – a nail-biting race between Father and Son … 

Race to Le Touquet 

David Smailes took the crown, pipping his offspring by 15 points. Eiko Michalski overtook Jacqui Green in the last event, and both Eiko and David will be off to Le Touquet in 2022 to take part in the Amateur Classic. 

Thank you for everyone’s contribution and involvement, in what is a brilliant race and an awesome addition to the golfing calendar. Here’s to next year! 

Course Maintenance 

Since our major alterations over Lockdown, we have continued with several other minor improvements, such as path-works and our practice net. Please continue to bear with us as these items are completed. The course is looking fantastic, and it is these periphery bits that often go unnoticed that will make all the difference going forward. 

Course News

From Rich Covey, Course Manager: The first weekend in September saw the Annual Club Championships at Pyrford, which bought a very healthy field and some great scores, congratulations to John and all the winners over the weekend. 

Following the Club Championship, it was time to give the tees and greens some aeration, the tees were solid tined to relieve some compaction that has built up over the season, the greens were also solid tined and ninja tined to continue with the thatch removal process and to open up the canopy.  A light sand dressing was applied to the greens to replace what we had taken out in our ninja tine and finally a granular fertiliser was spread across the greens to aid recovery. 

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The path work continues, and the team are making good progress on the front 9 paths. 

The Society Masters is at Pyrford on Thursday 7th October so the team will be preparing hard on course presentation and attention to detail to ensure the golfers enjoy the day. 

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Clubhouse News

From Craig Casey, F&B Operations Manager: We’ve had some really positive feedback this month on our new Function & Events menu. We’re now on a big recruitment drive so we can offer a more extensive daily menu to all our members and guests and we’re looking to have the kitchen open later into the evening, so that we can offer an exciting dinner dining option for all golfers and your friends and family. 

A lot of work is being done behind the scenes currently working on the design plans and the small details that will make our new clubhouse extra special, ready for Spring next year! 

Just a reminder to everyone, if you’re ever running a little late for your tee time or need to go somewhere straight from golf – you can ask any of our staff on the course or the clubhouse and we can prepare something ready for you from our takeaway menu.  

Taxi for…: While it’s fantastic to see everyone enjoying a drink or two on our beautiful patio, please remember to book yourself alternative homeward travel if you want to relax a little longer! One of our team will be more than happy to arrange a friendly trip with one of our local taxi firms. 

Captains’ Update

From Tony Brunt, Men’s Captain: Hi Folks, 

This month has been a busy month for our usual mix of competitions in combination with concluding ‘ongoing competition’ results, so I would like to take some time to laud the superstars of these events. Also, we have re-introduced scorecards as the principal means of entering a valid competition score, we still have some issues and perhaps a few misunderstandings so I would like to clarify! 

Firstly, the big one, the Club Championship. All hail John Hennessy! Winner of both Gross and Nett competitions from some exceptionally tough opponents in both, a top performance sir, winner by 2 shots in the gross and 4 shots in the nett. Bravo Charlie Townsend for his 2nd place in the gross and to Ian Smailes in the nett. There were 59 starters so excellent work guys in coming out on top. 

There were 4 ladies contesting the Ladies gross and nett trophies. Well done to Jacqui for her tenacity in yet another gross win and bravo Eiko in her pursuit of immortality for the nett win. Great job! 

As for the prizes allocated to winning positions, your Admin Team has consistently awarded beer coupons (via levy card) to the top 20% of the field. This was introduced when I took over Captaincy to offer a semblance of a reward to more players, albeit not huge one in the grand scheme of the awards spectrum. But hey, an extra pint or two is always worth it in my book! This competition had the added intrigue as there was a gross prize to consider, apart from the glory of the main trophy of the year of course. Many of us are not in a position to win on a scratch basis, physically or mentally (!), so a decision had to be made on how to reward these elite troopers.  

Whilst there are various options to determine prize funds, we want to offer a good level to the main competition for the majority (Nett), yet still make the traditional gross competition a valued and sought-after award. Consequently, we split the entry fee nett £9 / gross £3 and awarded prizes to the top 12 of the nett and top 3 of the gross. 

I understand some have differing views, but this in our view offers the best compromise to all entrants. We are considering the effects of change to prizes/cups in next year’s championship and hence have the opportunity to review our system. We will inform via the competition NTCs when posted. 

The Autumn Bowl saw back-to-back wins for Gary ‘ChiChi’ Rodrigues, a real pro’s result beating the field of 40 by 4 shots. A fabulous result when you realise the 2nd place was the mighty Ian Smailes, top draw ChiChi! The ladies result saw Eiko take on Adele, in what was more of a matchplay event for the coveted ‘Rose Bowl’. Eiko came away smelling of roses with an emphatic win, but Adele received Singha logo balls from our sponsor, so everyone’s a winner… although how we sort the 20% prize fund from 2… I’m sure our treasurer can work it out! 

You will have all noticed the Race to Le Touquet series being run this summer, as presented on the clubhouse external board. This has now finalised and David Smailes and Eiko Michalski are the two winners of fame and fortune. Winning ongoing OOM competitions require tenacity and peaking when it counts, clearly both have done this, bravo. Both will be sent packing to Le Touquet next year with the opportunity for yet more fun, fame and fortune. Again, Ian is 2nd, really?! Well done Adele for 2nd in the Ladies League, sorry no balls this time! 

This season’s FFOOM (April – August) ended with the finale on 30th Aug. This was a hotly contested league with 5 of us vying for the top slot. Whilst the senior Mr Smailes had his clutches on the prize, a mis-timed trip to Cornwall put paid to his quest for the OOM triple crown and yours truly grabbed the opportunity with a surprisingly good performance. Marvellous! Mark’s Gladiatorial skills put him into 2nd with David in 3rd dreaming of what might have been. See the website for the full placing list of the 89 players! Onward with the Autumn series… 

The Summer knockouts have concluded…..in the summer! A miracle! Well done to everyone taking part and thank you for enabling it to be concluded ahead of the start of the winter series! A big thanks to Rob for managing the competition so well! Bravo Eddy & Moose in their quest for pairs victory, to Eddy in winning individual glory and to John H confirming his position as top scratch player in the club! Search out your gloves and thermals, the winter’s coming…. 

Finally a word on scorecards. The Admin Team now require the return of a scorecard per player to verify an entry to any handicap qualifying competition. This card needs to be signed by both marker and player, it needs your handicap to be shown, name on the card and tee played marked. It then needs to be left at the club (!) in the box near the PSI terminal.  

If you play each hole (tee off at least) but do not complete it, the hole is marked NR or ‘0’ in the box. If you leave the course or just do not tee off on any given hole, this needs to be marked NS for each hole not started. However, your card is treated for competition prizes, it will usually be submitted for handicapping, as say the rules of the WHS. There is not an option for NR of a card only DQ. The admin team will apply a DQ via the system if need be, but all scores should be entered so handicaps can be kept current and up to date.  I hope that helps clarify things. 

The Victor Ludorum up next cup-wise, followed by the Autumn foursomes both in October, last chance for crystal and silver! Play well.

Pro News

From Andrew Blackman, PGA Professional 

Dear Members, 

What an amazing September we’ve just had, long may it last into October. 

I’ve seen some great golf being played recently, it’s really nice to see people improving and enjoying their golf at the moment. As Autumn approaches golf becomes a little harder, less run, no nice bounces onto the green, more wind, wetter lies, scoring goes up. As I always say, short game is everything to help your score, how’s yours these days?  

Check out my October Game Improvement Clinics. 

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From Andrew Blackman, PGA Professional: Here are my FREE to members lessons (£15 for guests) for October . Please book your place in any of the classes via [email protected] or 07977 652798.   

Friday, October 15th 1pm-2pm – Back to Basics 

Explanation and demonstration on why the basics are so important in producing better golf. 

Thursday October 7th 2pm-3pm– Shot Shaping 

Learn how to shape the ball, high, low, left and right. A great insight into how setup can produce different ball flights. 

Saturday October 23rd 9.30-10.30– Faults and Fixes 

A clinic concentrating on your faults a how to correct them through good technique and practice drills 

 

My group paid sessions are as follows. 

Seniors Weekly Clinic 

Tuesday — 10am – 11am 

Ladies Weekly Clinic 

Wednesday — 10am – 11am 

These classes are fun and informative concentrating on different aspects of the game weekly. 

Cost £15pp to include tea/coffee afterwards, all range balls and coaching. Roll-up format and no longer restrictions on maximum participants, meet at 9.45am. 

Sand School Greenside Splash 

Thursday October 7th 3.15-4.15 

Friday October 15th 2.30-3.30 

Want lower scores and more sand saves? Learn how to be a master with better knowledge and technique in greenside bunkers. 

Cost £20pp. Max four in a class.   

ShortGame MasterClass 

Friday October 8th 2pm – 4.30 

Saturday October 16th 9.30 – 12pm 

Thursday October 21st 2pm – 4.30 

A popular class and very well attended, lots of theory and technique with questions and answers explained… 2.5 hours all around the short game area trying all kinds of shots from pitching (high and low) club selection, the basic chip, tight lies, rough lies, lob shots etc…Titleist Prov1 practice balls supplied and refreshments. 

Max 4 students…£60pp  

  

Junior Golf  

From Gus Mottershead, PGA Professional: These sessions run on Saturdays with a maximum of six juniors per class. It’s not too late to register so make sure to sign up now!    

Ages 5-11 am session  Ages 12-17 pm session  

October 2nd 9am-10am, 11am-12pm, 1pm-2pm, 2pm-3pm 

October 9th   9am-10am, 11am-12pm, 1pm-2pm, 2pm-3pm 

October 16th  9am-10am, 11am-12pm, 1pm-2pm, 2pm-3pm 

October 23rd  9am-10am, 11am-12pm, 1pm-2pm, 2pm-3pm 

October 30th  9am-10am, 11am-12pm, 1pm-2pm, 2pm-3pm 

Price for a 4-week course is £50. To sign up or find out more information please contact Gus Mottershead at [email protected] or call him on 07507 682969 or Andrew at [email protected] or 07977 652798. 

Re-gripping 

Re-gripping is done on site and can be done straight away or 24 hour turn around, competitive prices using Golf Pride, Lamkin, Winn and SuperStroke grips held in stock. 

Let’s hope for a great start to Autumn and please feel free in contacting me about your game and goals for the future. One to one individual lessons are the best and fastest way to improve, check out my google reviews at  

http://andrewblackmangolf.co.uk 

  

Community Outreach

From Stuart Williams, Community Development Officer (Education, SEND and Communities), Get Golfing: For this month’s newsletter I thought I would introduce the fantastic team we have here at Get Golfing managing the community events at your sites: 

 

Faydra Mitchell – Community Events Coordinator East 

Faydra has a passion for all things charity and community, from volunteering with local groups to running music festivals. She is a mum to 2 amazing children, and her life is never quiet, but always fun! I love to be involved in all things to do with the elderly or children, especially those with SEN or disabilities, and my real passion is providing activities and entertainment for the community. I’m lucky to be involved in some great music festivals like Local and Live and Tonbridge Calling, and to me there is nothing better than seeing people having a good time at an event you have provided. 

 

Yvonne Brooke – Community Events Coordinator West 

An experienced golf and leisure operator I am really passionate about encouraging more women and girls to play sport. I have created the Ladies Golf Lounge, a Facebook Group for female golfers, which now has nearly 6,500 members. 

The group has given me a platform to support and promote a number of sport related charities, give a voice to women’s golf and allowed me to work with a diverse community which has been amazing and something I’m really proud of. 

My husband and I have 2 children, a 7 year old boy and 9 year old girl, so most of our life is spent as a taxi service (I’m sure many of you reading can relate!) ferrying them around to various clubs, birthday parties and playdates. Hence, I regularly escape to the golf course for some peace and quiet and to recharge my batteries! 

 

Stuart Williams – Group Community Development  

Having worked in education and community sport for over 25 years I have a passion for creating safe, enjoyable and engaging events and opportunities. I enjoy building programs that make humans feel better about themselves and am passionate that we at Get Golfing have an amazing impact on our local communities. I want to create great environments where people (visitors and staff) can help each other, enjoy our sites and contribute to building a better society. 

 

Looking ahead to 2022 

Adopt a school 

We will be announcing the primary and special schools that each site will be adopting as partners for 2022 where we will be offering a wide variety of activities for both students and staff. Golf of course will be included but there will also be music, art, drama, a venue for staff training and our great TAP program that targets FSM & PP children. 

Group Charity Adoption 

Our group charity has now been selected for 2022 with the Anthony Nolan Trust partnering with us. More information with both an education, awareness, and recruitment campaign to roll out next year and an exciting pro-am series planned. 

Local Community Groups 

The team will be working closely with site teams to identify a local group or charity to support for 2022 and whilst we can assist with fundraising, we would prefer groups that can utilise our beautiful spaces (for free) to enhance or expand their provision to local residents 

NHS Blood Donation Partnership 

Over the last 6 months we have hosted Recruitment and Awareness campaigns for blood donation. This month Arkley GC host the team where anyone can come along, find out how they can become a donor and find out their blood type. The event is on Sunday 3rd October and there is also a fun pairs scramble competition if you would like to play this hidden gem. 

What’s On – Arkley Golf Club Arkley Golf Club 

Reviews

“Society afternoon. Course was stunning greens were lovely. Bacon, sausage and egg roll was really good just before playing the 10th. Really enjoyed the round.”
Rated 5 out of 5 by Derek Crabtree
“Good course and friendly staff!”
Rated 5 out of 5 by MacHugh Munchie