Monthly Club News summary – February 2018
Following the formal handover to the new captains, there was a presentation about the club and course featuring work completed in the last 12 months and planned course work for this year. The main points were.
Greens – although a challenging year due to extreme weather conditions, grass coverage had been maintained and further good progress had been made in root development to ensure all year round play. This work will be ongoing with regular aeration and top dressing.
Investment in new machinery and equipment will aid efficiency and improve course presentation.
The focus will be to improve the tees with new the 10th, 11th, and 18th tees stripped, levelled, re-turfed and new irrigation added. A number of the other remaining tees will be levelled and top-dressed to provide better grass coverage. Where the tees have previously been cut round these will be mowed as a square or rectangle. This will allow more preparation and maintenance time on the actual teeing ground only.
Dykes across the 6th and 12th will be slabbed to help with maintenance and presentation.
Presentation of the bunkers will be improved with new sand added to those that didn’t get done last year.
New course furniture will be added, all tee signs will be replaced and ball washers refurbished.
To help preserve the course condition at this time of the year, players are requested to keep to the paths where possible and avoid taking their golf trolley on the greens surrounds/approaches and between the bunker and the green.
Every Thursday there is a ladies roll up, tee reserved 9.00am – 9.30am.
Ladies with and without handicaps are welcome to play, just turn up, meet outside the shop.
Housekeeping – Would players please clean their shoes / trolley on the grass areas and NOT the car park. Debris left on the car park blocks drains and gets trampled into other members’ cars. An air shoe and trolley cleaning area is provided and also shoe cleaning brushes.
The Local Rules have been updated in line with the new Rules of Golf and are on the main notice board.
The date for the Spring Quiz is confirmed as Friday 1st March with our ever popular quiz masters Rick and Eric. Teams of 4 £12, book and pay in advance at the bar.
During the interval home-made chicken curry or as an alternative chicken pie will be available, please pre-order at the bar.
Sunday Lunch is served every week, members and non-members welcome, 12.30pm – 2.00pm £9.95 pp tel. 01553 841800 or email.
The driving range is floodlit and open evenings Monday – Friday until 9.00pm. Please exit the car park by 9.15pm. This is a great time to get some practice in before the start of the main competition season and socialise with other members and visitors.
New Rules of Golf:
Members are reminded that the New Rules of Golf came into force from 1st January 2019.
Rules books are available from the foyer and golf shop. Some of the key changes are:
• Penalty Area – an area from which relief with a 1 shot penalty is allowed (formerly ‘Water Hazard’). Still defined as either yellow or red.
• Relief Area – the area in which the ball must be dropped (and come to rest) when taking relief under a rule.
• Reference Point – the point from which the size of the Relief Area is measured.
• General Area – anywhere on the course except Teeing areas, Penalty areas, Bunkers and Greens (formerly ‘Through the Green’)
• Temporary Water – formerly ‘Casual Water’
• Encouragement of Ready Golf in Stroke Play.
• Recommended maximum 40 seconds to play a shot.
• Reduced search time now 3 minutes.
• Players may agree to play out of turn in Match Play.
• Dropping from knee height only.
• Double hits no longer a penalty. Elimination of ‘Ball Moved’ penalties
• No penalty for accidentally moving a ball on the putting green or in searching for a ball.
Relaxed Putting Green rules
• No penalty if a ball hits an unattended flagstick in the hole.
• Players may repair damage to the green, whether their ball is on the green or not. This includes old hole plugs, spike marks and damage made by shoes, animals and maintenance practices.
• No penalty for touching the line of putt.
• A ball resting against the flagstick is deemed holed as long as part of the ball is below the surface of the ground.
Relaxed Bunker rules
• No penalty for moving loose impediments (stones, leaves, etc.) in a bunker or for generally touching the sand with hand or club (but not directly in front or behind the ball or in making a backswing or practice swing).
See link for more information https://www.randa.org/