Members Information 22nd April 2015

By BR - April 23 2015

Firstly this week a few thank yous to several people. 

Thanks go to Michael Cairns, Chris and Pat Coppen and Neil Melrose for all their work in organising and running the charity day last Sunday. 

Thanks also to Peter Wylie and Michael Richardson for organising the race night last Friday which if the takings are anything to go on was a very good evening and to the bar staff who had a particularly busy weekend under difficult circumstances caused by the various computer issues I mentioned in my previous email. Hopefully the worst of these problrms are now behind us with the till and score entry system now working and for that thanks go to out IT wizard Neil Smith. 

Also I would like to thank the growing list of members who have asked me to pass on their thanks to the green keepers for producing such good putting surfaces so early in the season which I am very happy to do. A combination of dry weather over the last two weeks (not including the 12th April when the Victory Cup was rained off!) a fairly mild winter, the graden treatment last August, the continuation of the verticutting and top dressing programe and the hard work of the staff have produced true greens with a good pace much earlier than in previous years. The positive feedback has been along the lines of “this is the best we have seen the greens in April since I have been a member” which is good to hear and a remarkable turn around from the complaints we received just 2 weekends previously. 

The verticutting thins out the grass in the surface of the green but this work cannot be undertaken when the greens are wet or too soft as they were at the start of the month. As soon as they were dry enough the verticutters got to work and that coupled with the dry weather is the reason for the vast improvement over such a short time. We double verticut and top dressed the greens again on Monday meaning they should be even better over the coming week. This work is not usually started until mid to late May meaning we are roughly a month ahead of where we normally would expect to be at this time of year. 

The greens are cut every day in the playing season (April to October) and the plan is to reduce the height of cut from the current 4mm to 3mm at the begining of May again subject to conditions permitting. 

Our Mens Open is fast approaching and due to several cancelations we have some early times available between 7.45 and 8.15. The competition is a 4 ball better ball, the entry fee is £20 per pair and if any members would like to play please let me know as soon as possible and I will slot you in. 

We are hosting the Northumberland County Seniors Championship on Wednesday 10th June and a list of course courtesy times for that day will be posted on the notice board in the Lounge at 16.00 on Friday 24th April. I would ask members to read the information at the bottom of the sheet, particularly the part that refers to what should happen if you have to cancel. Several clubs complained to me last year that members who had booked times did not turn up on the day. If that continues then the club will get fewer times offered and those members responsible will be prohibited from reserving course courtesy times in future. 

This Sunday it is the final of the Winter League and a correction is required on the events list. The first tee will not be reserved in the morning as originally stated as is it the normal winter league shotgun start so members will still be able to play. The tee time reservation in the afternoon of 13.30 to 15.00 still applies however. 

While on the subject of competitions a couple of groups this Saturday are in need of playing partners. The tee times are 8.48 and 12.00 so if anyone can help please enter your name on the sheet in the gents locker room or give the shop a ring (0191 2362794 ext 3) from 11.00 on Friday. 

The results from last week now and the Stableford on Wednesday was won by Garry Douglass with 40 points with Jim Ellison on 38 points second beating Gavin Foster on the back 9. 

Last Saturday saw the annual 5 club competition the Brunton Trophy with much head scratching before hand as to which 5 clubs players should arm themselves with. I was happy to inform Andy Lynch that his ball retriever did not count as a club although having seen how he uses his wedge he might be better off chipping with that. The winner with a nett 67 was Martin Arnstrong on the countback from Tom Brooks with Richard Moller third one shot further back in third. 

Some people have said it is difficult having the 5 club comp as a strokeplay event but surely it just adds to the fun and making it even more important to select the right combination of clubs. Although I can see the other side of the arguement in poor Fred Woodhouses case who took a 9 on the first including 5 bunker shots which is not the ideal start. When some wag commented it served him right for not choosing to take his sand iron Fred replied “that was my bloody sand iron!!” at which point his playing partners fell about like the martians from the old Cadbury’s Smash adverts. 

A quick reminder to members that play is not allowed before a competition on a Saturday during the season. 

Sunday’s Stableford was won by Darren Jordan with 38 points with Neil Smith second on 35 beating Lee Pattison on the back 9. 

The Mixed Greensomes event played on Easter Monday was won by Mo Farsi and Jane Bainbridge with a nett 69.2. Second was John and Pat Bainbridge with 69.8 with Chris and Liz Barnett third on 71.2. Michael Richardson and Anne Carter finished in sixth place recording yet another top ten finish. 

Well done to some of the Clubs Junior members who took the honours at the Northumberland Junior Golf Association Spring meeting at Seahouses. Josh Brookes won the best gross prize with Adam Wales winning the best nett and reducing his handicap by 4 shots in the process. 

On the subject of the Juniors there is a Junior medal every Bank Holiday Monday at 10.00 and we have posted an entry sheet on the notice board in the lounge for the event on Monday 4th May. Can I ask all the juniors who would like to play in the competition to enter their names on the sheet in advance of the day. 

A recent entry into the suggestion book (thank you Connor) mentioned amongst other things how to rake a bunker properly. What should happen after a player has finished in the bunker is that the sand should be smoothed over using the rakes provided whilst being careful not to drag all the sand towards the edges of the bunkers on your way out. This subject is similar in a way to repairing pitchmarks in that everyone I mention this to says they know how to rake a bunker properly just as everyone says they always repair their own pitchmarks but the evidence seems to suggest otherwise. Please take care when raking the bunkers that you don’t pull all the sand away from the middle of the bunkers to the edges because it can result in bad lies around the sides of the bunkers and make it more difficult to get out from the middle (isn’t that right Fred?). 

Some news from Eaglescliffe is that they have just started using the BRS tee booking system so if anyone is thinking of making a trip down to play you will have to ring and book a tee time. Please note that you can’t book more than 8 days in advance.   

We have some new stock just arrived in the shop and some special offers to make you aware of. We are selling off the 2014 Pro V1 balls at £30 a dozen (only available while stocks last).

Also we have some new Stuburt shoes and shirts in stock that we are selling a very reasonable prices. The shoes are £29.99 per pair but we must stress they are a summer shoe that does not carry any waterproof warranty and the shirts are £19.99 each or 2 for £30. If any of these offers are of interest just call in and see the staff in the shop. 

News from the Seniors section is that the Seniors Invitation Day is on Monday 11th May and is open to all members of the Club aged 60 & over. If you would like to play please enter your name on the list which is posted on the Seniors notice board in the mens locker room before next Tuesday when the draw will be made. 

Further news from the Seniors is that Terry Potts won the Seniors Spring Cup yesterday with a fantastic score of 43 points. Second was E Turnbull on 40 points with Michael Cairns two points back in third. A great result for Terry who was presented with the Trophy and the winners green jacket at the meal after the game. So if anyone asks who is the odd one out between Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy or Terry Potts you now know the answer. It’s Rory because the other 3 have all won green jackets! 

Finally for this week the kitchen and restaurant will be closed on Monday 27th April to allow for essentail electrical work to be carried out. We apologise in advance for the disruption.   

Kind Regards  


Brian Rumney