Month: January 2019

Its Still Cold Out There

Well its currently -6 degrees out there!!!!Frost greens in play to start with on front and back 9’s. Inspections will be at regular intervals so please check at the pro shop for any changes. Buggies in use on front 9 only and must stick to the paths. Trolleys in use on both 9’s, please use the paths where possible. Please take care as certain areas will be slippery

Its cold out there!!

Frosty greens with potential light dusting of snow in some areas. All temporary greens in use until further notice and the back 9 temporary greens have been cleared of snow. Buggies on paths on front 9 only. Trolleys on front and back 9’s, sticking to paths where possible

Meet Jack from the Abridge Pro Shop Team

Jack Winer – Qualified PGA Teaching Professional and Pro Shop Manager

Age: 30 years old 

Lowest score at Abridge :-7 (65)

Lowest score in a tournament:  -6 (65) Euro pro Event @ Astbury Hall GC in 2013

Make of Driver & Carry Distance:  TaylorMade M3 440 9Degree – 270 yards

Favourite players – Past & Present : Seve Ballesteros/Payne Stewart & Tiger Woods

Reason for taking up golf: My dad who still comes to watch me play at most of my tournaments.

Golf Career before Abridge :

Played county golf for Essex.

Amateur Wins – Abridge Scratch 2007/2008, Romford Scratch 
Clifford and Courage Trophies Chigwell & Upminster Bowls, Keating Trophy 
Pro Career- Europro Tour – 2010 – 2014 and Challenge Tour Card – 2012/13

Golfing ambition next 3 years: 

I strive to one day be Head Golf Professional or Instructor for a golf team at a University, College or National Team

If you could play any golf course in the world – where is it and why ?

I’d love to play Cyprus point. why? Go look at it. It looks amazing

I think any golfer would be delusional if they didn’t say Augusta just to see for myself the slopes on those greens and the immaculate course conditions 

Contact Details: Lessons available for all levels 6 days a week on course, range or short game area. For all booking and enquiries please contact me on :

M: 07835205710 

T:  01708688333 

E:   [email protected]

Abridge Irrigation Lake update

I thought you might like an update on the Irrigation lake.

The best way I could do this was to give you a Bird’s eye view using a Drone. Its only my second proper flight so please be patient with my flying skills! Don’t worry I have all the permissions from the relevant authorities to fly it so hopefully I will not be bringing any airports to a standstill!!

 The Greenstaff have been working incredibly hard and we are really making some progress. Watch the video and you will see it shows the middle of the area and then zooms around the perimeters.

The film starts looking at the perimeter of the proposed lake along the side of the 4th fairway where these trees you see will remain. It then shows the row of trees along the 1st fairway will remain and this will extend round to the 2nd tee. You then see the new water tank and pump house, we have to remove the trees initially. Once digging commences and soil is moved the Water Tank and Pump house will be hidden by Soil mounding and new trees planted.

The video then shows the 3rd hole where we have now removed more trees, this area again will be shaped and mounded with excess soil forming the bank of the Lake.

The aerial view gives you an idea of the size of the Lake, it will store approximately 35,000 cubic litres of natural water, and at its deepest is roughly 6 m deep. The Lake, when full, will give us enough of our own water to use for irrigation to the course throughout most summers.

Finally I have tried to show you further views of the area.

We still have more clearance work to do and then the next stage of construction can start.

Enjoy the Video

I will update you further on this in the next few weeks

Regards Geoff

The new year brings the new season of monthly Medal and Club Stableford competitions at Abridge.

7 day club members at Abridge are openly invited to play in all the monthly medal and stableford competitions. These are run on alternate every other weekends throughout the year. 

In this article we will explain the differences between the two types of competitions, how to enter and what you can win.

All the information for these competitions can be found in the members section on the club website click here or on the various noticeboards around the club in the week leading up to the competition.

The Abridge calendar has also been updated so members have notice of the date of the monthly competitions and the designated tee box. To get access to the calendar click here

What are the differences between these type of competitions ?

MEDAL COMPETITIONS

The medals are stroke play competitions played off full current club handicap. There is one monthly medal competition run over both Saturday and Sunday and the course will be set up with the same tee and pin positions for both days. 

All the monthly competitions have 3 separate divisions with the 3 divisional winners decided by the player with the best net score per division.

Division 1 is for 0-9 handicappers

Division 2 is for 10-18 handicappers

Division 3 is for 19-28 handicappers

Note : You can only enter the competition once on either of the days. 

The winners of each division each month will also gain automatic entry into the ‘Gold Medal’ event played in the Autumn. This concluding medal competition also includes some other club competition winners. It is played as one field to decide the overall ‘gold medal’ winner – The player with the best net score on the day using the player’s current club handicap.

CLUB STABLEFORD COMPETITIONS

Stablefords are a points based competition played off the designated tee over 18 holes

The competition is played off current full handicap using the normal stableford points system.

Depending on the weekend the competition may be run as 2 separate competitions, There will be one on the Saturday and the other on the Sunday . 2 comps mean that you can enter twice and compete in both events.

On certain weekends there may only be one competition run over both days and the course will be set up with the same tee and pin positions. These comps can be only entered once on either day. 

There are no separate divisions in Club Stableford competitions and therefore there will be one overall winner and prizes for 2nd and 3rd places.

Countbacks when scores are tied. 

Players with tied scores will be separated by using the countback system over the last 9 holes. If players are still tied then the scores over the last 6 holes are counted. After that it will be decided using the rules adopted by the club committee.

HOW TO ENTER

On the day, members need to register to enter the monthly competitions, before, they tee off, by using the computer in the spike bar or the pro shop. 

The entry fee is £5 but remember that you need to have funds on your golf membership card to enter. You can check your balance and/or top up your card at the bar but not in the pro shop.

Members can play in these competitions with friends in their own groups at any time during that day. The only requirement is there are at least 3 players in the group so that the scorecards can be independently marked.

PRIZE POTS

The prize pot for each competition will be dependent on the number of players entered and distributed in the form of pro shop vouchers .

CONGU HANDICAPS

All medal and club stableford competition results will affect you Congu club handicap both up and down based on the Competition Scratch Scores (CSS) – This is the official measure of the playing difficulty of the course depending on factors such as the wind, rain, temperature etc.


Friday Swing Tip: Get your set up right to optimise your golf shots.

One of the fundamentals for any golfer is to get their set up right in order to have the best chance to optimise the ball strike and to maximise the distance.

Remember the golden rule of ball striking: Use a descending strike when hitting irons and an ascending strike when using your driver.

This video concentrates on the set up when playing the tee shot with a driver .

Get your set up right pre swing, to help you hit the ball as best as you can..
Covering the golf ball with your chest is not ideal for driver. Irons ……. great!! 
You’ll see from the video that If you set your head behind the ball slightly. It’ll help you get the ascending strike your require to maximise distance.

Firstly set the ball up just inside your left heel (for a right handed golfer) and grip the club how you like to.

Star Tip : Then once your set up, feel like the head and chest tilt away from the target by lets say 5%. This will make your low point an inch or so behind the ball.

With this adjusted low point, by the time you make contact you will naturally be hitting up on the golf ball.

For those of you that like data from launch monitors you want you the attack angle to be a positive or + number.

In addition to hitting up, to increase distance you need to increase ball speed. PGA Tour Pro’s generate a ball speed of 170 + mph to achieve their carry distances of +/- 300 yards.

Simple Fact: The faster the ball speed the further the distance. Look out for Jack’s lesson on “How to increase ball speed tip”

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