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Club News

From Dan Lucking, General Manager: I hope everyone has been enjoying their golf. While the weather has been frustrating, and has caused interruption to a few of our events, it’s been fantastic for the course. The increased daily maintenance, with divoting on the fairways and tees, has kept these areas in tip-top shape, even with the high volumes of play.  

Congratulations to Richard and his team, their hard work is really starting to show. I personally cannot remember seeing the course in such good shape! 

In our last newsletter I mentioned our plans to redesign the internal space of the clubhouse. We are close to agreeing the final layout and, to keep you updated, I have posted the new plans on the board by the stairs. Please have a look, and if you have any questions or feedback, please don’t hesitate to drop me an email or grab me for a chat.  

The course and clubhouse are regularly receiving positive reviews, and this puts us in an incredibly strong position ahead of the alterations when they begin in January 2022. We will look to elevate Pyrford Lakes into a top venue that stands alongside the best in Surrey. 

Thank you for your ongoing support.  

Q&A with Edward Richardson: On August 7th, Get Golfing’s CEO Ed Richardson hosted a member Q&A in our clubhouse. A number of topics were discussed, not limited to but including the following: 

  • Competitions Winnings: Competition moneys will be transferred into winners’ accounts upon confirmation from members in a monthly summary within two weeks.  
  • Pairing up tee-sheet: The tee-sheet is managed closely by club staff in the most appropriate manner. Members will be paired up with visitors from time to time and this will be closely monitored during the round. 

Plenty more topics of discussion were raised in the Q&A and it was fantastic that the event was so well attended by the membership. We hope to see as many of you as possible at future Q&As, they are an excellent opportunity to voice your opinions regarding the improvement of your Club. 

Course News

From Rich Covey, Course ManagerWe again carried out light maintenance to the greens this month with a ninja tine which is a very shallow, pencil-thin hollow core, which will in time help to reduce the organic material in the profile. It caused minimal disruption to the playing surface considering how beneficial this process is for the greens. 

The greens will get a final verti-cut a week before the Club Championships to really push the uniformity of the sward to create a truer, faster putting surface. 

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We have had an external team on site to make a start on the path network around the golf course. They started by grading the existing paths level and topping up with new path material, most of the back 9 has now been completed. 

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The fairways have been sprayed with a selective herbicide to kill the weeds and improve their aesthetics. The tees and hydro seeded areas will also be sprayed with a selective herbicide in August. 

Leading up to Club Championship the team will be increasing their focus on course presentation and fine tuning of the golf course. We want to be able to present it’s finest condition for our Members on what is the biggest weekend in the Club’s calendar. 

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Clubhouse News

Exciting times ahead! Plans for the interior in our new clubhouse are really coming together. We will hopefully soon be able to share with you all our vision for the future.  

Drinks buggy: Look out for a much wider range of beer/IPAs on the drinks buggy this month and for an extra special beer option for our big competitions and busy days. We will also be extending the times that the drinks buggy is out on the course, as we continue to try to improve the service we provide.  

We’re here to help: Just a reminder to everyone, if you are running a little late for your tee time or need to go somewhere straight from golf, you can always ask any of our staff on the course or the clubhouse to get something ready for you from our takeaway menu to grab and go.  

Taxi for one! 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 the 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, it’s September! Where did our summer go?!  

Club Championship: The big competition of the year is nearly upon us; our Club Championship is now in its new early September slot (4th & 5th). Booking is open until the 2nd but please get yourselves in sooner rather than later, if you are going to play.  

This is a two-day competition that will be drawn in handicap order for Day 1, so it is important not to try to enter last minute. Please don’t. Day 2 is optional, of course, no one is forcing you to play! However, if you play Day 1, there is an expectation you will want to play Day 2. If you want to pull out, please do so before the second day draw (in order of descending gross Day 1 score), this will be just after 5pm. Please help Greg and Rob by making your intentions clear. Ta muchly.  

If you would like more detail, please see the Guidelines & Notice to Competitors pinned on the board (and hopefully in the news section on the website). Please note, properly completed scorecards in the box after your round will be mandatory….. 

Protecting the field: While our playing surfaces are improving as the weeks and months go by, there are still areas that are most definitely ‘abnormal’. I have said much on this in previous months, so there is no need to go on, but do bear in mind that the Club Championship is our most prestigious event of the year, so monitoring each other’s play is of peak importance.  

This is not just to agree with requests by a player for relief, but to protect the whole field from unreasonable actions. It is sometimes a difficult balance, but please remember your duty to us, all as well as to yourself. If you do feel that something may not have been done quite right, please mark this on the scorecard and discuss afterwards. The game is to be enjoyed, no need for confrontation. Greg will deal with questions in the clubhouse (before posting in the box). Thanks Greg! 

It is likely the greens will have some zip to them! I would suggest that you give a few minutes to the practice green to check out the green staff’s talents! Play well and have fun, we’re here to enjoy our golf, even if it does involve bone-crushing pressure…. 

August competitions news: Elsewhere, August saw two Cup competitions (the Anniversary Cup and the ‘new’ Streeter Salver), two Club Comps, five Friendly Fivers, three mid-week qualifiers, and three, newly formed, Wednesday Workout qualifying Stablefords. A total of 14 opportunities to get your handicap down (the Streeter Salver was a greensomes comp). So those of you with scores counting on your MyEG apps from October last year, get joined in!!  

Congratulations to the skilful Dave ‘Woolly’ Woollatt, who won the coveted Anniversary Cup with a cracking 44 points (and an equally cracking handicap reduction!). He pipped Scott Dorrall’s particular set of skills by one wee point, a nail-biting time in the clubhouse no doubt!  

The all-new Streeter Salver was won by the well-known team of Carl and Guy, back to their victorious ways and winning the Summer Greensomes Salver with a net 64 shots. A queue of 65s was waiting in the wings, but in the wings, they stayed! Well done folks, great competition work. 

Friendly Fivers: I would just like to offer a brief note on the plucky Friendly Fiver. We have been playing this, now more socially oriented, competition since the Middle Ages it seems and although its reward structure has changed with the times, many of its original stalwarts still enjoy lording it over the rest when fluking a great score! For those not yet joining in to the future history of the FF, please do, we’re all lovely people…(well most!). As I write this section the bank holiday weekend looms and sees the end of the summer OOM (FFOOM). The Top 5 have a winning chance, your Captain even has a chance, heavens! 

Wednesday Workouts: Your admin team has introduced the Wednesday Workout, a fixed-day Stableford competition. This offers those wanting to play with others but not having to sort out their own group (unlike the ‘mid-week’ qualifiers) and still play handicap-qualifying golf. It has an OOM (seen under the ongoing comps section on the website) and the winner earning money on their levy card. Wonderful! Sign up as usual, if this sounds like your cup of tea. So far GvB and Mark (Crittenden) have swooped up the digi-cash pots.

Proshop News

From Nicholas DarbyGolf Retail Sales & Operations Manager: This month the Pro Shop is excited to debut two new brands — golf shoe supplier Payntr and apparel maker ProQuip. 

Our monthly offers are detailed below:

Pyrford Golf Club

The all new ProQuip Barstripe Polo at £19.99. Available in a range of colours, get yours today!

Pyrford Golf Club

Bridgestone Lady Precept Golf Balls (available in white and pink!) at a sale price of £19.95 per dozen. Get yours here!

We also have a member buyback scheme in aid of the charity Mumba Children’s ProjectGet Golfing sites are running a member buyback scheme on all branded golf clothes  and not just your specific clubfrom anywhereWe are also accepting clubs, balls and bags. These can then be partexchanged for new logoed apparel with our new club logos. You will shortly receive an email detailing the work this charity does and how you can help us help them. Check out the poster below to see when we are at Pyrford Lakes:

Mumba @ Pyrford Lakes

Pro News

From Andrew Blackman, PGA Professional: Firstly, a warm welcome to all our new members, keep an eye out on the website for upcoming coaching events that all members are welcome to attend. They are a great opportunity to meet new like-minded people, who all enjoy the game and are keen to improve. Here’s a few dates for your diaries in September for my FREE sessions and who knows we may even get a late summer!  

  • Thursday, September 2nd: 3.30pm-4.30pmBack to Basics: Explanation and demonstration on why the basics are so important in producing better golf. 
  • Wednesday, September 8th: 11.30am-12.30pmShot Shaping: Learn how to shape the ball, high, low, left and right. A great insight into how setup can produce different ball flights. 
  • Friday, September 17th: 1pm-2pmHybrid Hype: Learn how to use a hybrid more effectively and understand why the Pros love them so much. 
  • Saturday, September 18th 10.30am-11.30amBack to Basics: Explanation and demonstration on why the basics are so important in producing better golf. 

Please book your place in any of the classes via [email protected] or 07977 652798.   

 

My group PAID sessions are as follows:  

  • Seniors Weekly Clinic: Tuesdays: 10am–11am 
  • Ladies Weekly Clinic: Wednesdays: 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: Friday, September 3rd: 3.30pm–4.30pm; Thursday, September 9th: 2pm–3pm  

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.   

  • Short Game Master Class: Friday, September 10th: 3pm– 5.30pm; Thursday, September 16th: 2pm– 4.30pm; Saturday, September 25th: 9.30 – 12.00 

A really popular class and very well attended, lots of theory and technique with questions and answers explained — 2.5 hours 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. 

Cost: £60pp. Max 4 students. 

 

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 morning sessions   

  • September 4th: 9am-10am; 11am-12pm 
  • September 11th: 9am-10am; 11am-12pm 
  • September 18th: 9am-10am; 11am-12pm 
  • September 25th: 9am-10am; 11am-12pm 

Ages 12-17 afternoon sessions  

  • September 4th: 1pm-2pm; 2pm-3pm 
  • September 11th: 1pm-2pm; 2pm-3pm 
  • September 18th: 1pm-2pm; 2pm-3pm 
  • September 25th: 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 turnaround, competitive prices using Golf Pride, Lamkin, Winn and SuperStroke grips held in stock. 

Let’s hope for a better end to the summer 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: Hola from a busy Community Events coordinator. 

Work on our Community HUB programme starts this month, which will see us aim to offer a variety of activities at our sites for our local communities and non-traditional visitors.  

We will be using art, music, sport, drama, walking, running, film nights and a host of activities to offer more for both members and visitors and so create some great social interactions in this disconnected age. 

Our NHS Blood & Transplant awareness and recruitment campaign is growing with every visit (see more below from Hampton court). Next stop is Arkley Golf Club on October 3rd when we will also run a great pairs scramble competition that is open to members, guests and visitors. After that it is the turn of Ansty in Coventry on October 30th 

The NHS desperately needs more donors. Please don’t be put off if you offer and they give you an appointment in a few months. They have to manage demand peaks, blood types and are still under-strength themselves as they return from Covid. You really will be doing something amazing and thanks to those members who already donate. 

 

 

Hampton Court gives blood: Our national partners NHS Blood & Transplant had a great recruitment day at our stunning Hampton Court site. They recruited more than 45 new donors, enlightened lots of people as to their blood type and spoke to a host of amazing people who already donate to help people they will never meet. Thanks to David and the team at Hampton Court for their support of this event. 

 

Community Partners: We are now taking nominations for local community groups that could do with help and we are also selecting our partner primary and special schools. Please do get in touch if you would like to suggest a small local charity or community group or school that we could help in 2022. 

Memory walks: We are hosting a series of Memory Walks for the Alzheimer’s Society around our beautiful sites and it would be great if you are free to join us at The Club at Mill Green, near Welwyn Garden City, on September 18th at 4pm, or at Redlibbets in Kent on September 19th at 3pm. 

You can find your nearest event at alzheimers.org.uk/memory-walk or you can set up your own. We are looking to raise funds to beat this horrible disease but also to create a lovely social event for people to chat and enjoy our sites. Everyone is welcome and we ask for a £5 donation for adults but nothing from children and dogs. We will have a 5km and 2.5 km route that will start and finish at the clubhouses. 

 

 

Exemplar local partnership: The Club at Mill Green is supporting Music 24, which does amazing work through music to bring smiles to dementia sufferers plus their carers, and creates amazing social interactions for those of us who are lonely. To find our more visit https://www.music24.org.uk. 

All this amazing group needed was a space to meet on a Monday afternoon every two weeks to bring sunshine and smiles to those suffering from dementia. We are happy to give them it free of charge. 

If you know of any local groups that need a free space to use, help expanding their provision or raising awareness of their work, we would be happy to help. Please contact [email protected]. 

Also, in September, we will be launching our Adopt a School programme, where we identify a local special school and primary school to help unlock their students’ potential. We will host a series of golfing, music, art and drama opportunities at our sites to allow their students to shine. 

Walking the Dog: Hopefully by now you are aware that all our venues are dog friendly and that you are keeping an eye out for when a great social walk around our sites is taking place at your club. 

Our dog of the month is Ted from Mill Green. Ted likes sitting down, sniffing, and listening to loud music. If you email me a picture of your dog at the golf course or on one of our walks, they could be famous. We look forward to next month’s nominations. 

Ideas please: Finally, I would love to hear from you, so please do contact me with any ideas you have for using our sites to do some good. Our venues and staff are our greatest assets, and we want to use them to have a positive impact on our local communities. Please do remember to say “thank you” to your clubhouse team, chefs, green keepers and golf ops as they are doing an amazing job in tricky conditions.  

I look forward to meeting more and more of you on my visits and please do come up and say hello if you see me in your clubhouse. Contact me at [email protected].

Reviews

“Lovely maintained course with great fairways and greens. Lovely bar area with friendly staff too. I contributed a fair amount of balls to the multitude of lakes on this course……so bring your spares lol. All part of the fun aye. ”
Rated 5 out of 5 by Joe Braden
“We had beautiful weather and on arrival were welcomed cheerfully. They are doing work on the course but this did not detract from a great day, the green's are in mint condition just played again after all the heavy rain and they are still mint condition. Used a buggy, and all the work is coming to fruition well done! ”
Rated 5 out of 5 by Paul Oshea
“Beautiful golf course and great service ”
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kai Liang
“Fantastic place! Excellent golf course! ”
Rated 5 out of 5 by Shane Bjorkman