Month: January 2019

Abridge Ladies are at it Again!


Yes!!!!! Abridge ladies are running another fantastic Charity Golf Day & Competition at Abridge Golf and Country club for teams of lady golfers .

No sooner has our previous campaign finished than we are starting with our 2019 Charity Golf Day in aid of Prostate Cancer. This year we are aiming to buy a fluorescence microplate reader that can be used to personalise treatments and hopefully improve survival rates.

Our Charity Golf Day day will be held on 25th June 2019 at Abridge Golf and Country club with teams of four Lady Golfers and the best two out of four scores counting.

Don’t miss out on your chance to attend one of the most prestigious Ladies Golf Charity Days in the Country. You are guaranteed to have fun and the chance of winning a fantastic prize at one of the most beautiful golf courses in Essex.

Yes! You can win a Lexus car if you are lucky enough to get a hole in one on our 9th Hole. Lexus of Woodford are kindly sponsoring us.

It is the most fabulous day with fantastic food, superb half way house full of homemade cakes and biscuits plus other delights, delicious lunch and great prizes.

We will have our legendary tombola in place. Abridge Ladies go above and beyond the call of duty by scouring shops and manufacturers to have the most impressive display of prizes when for only £10.00 per pick you can win a prize every time.

  • Last year we raised a whopping £22,500 for King George and Queens Hospital Charity enabling us to purchase memory boxes for dementia patients.

Abridge Ladies know how to give everyone a wonderful day. Many Ladies regularly return to Abridge annually for our wonderful Ladies Golf Charity Day. Thanks to our friends old and new who have enabled us raise over a gigantic million pounds for local charities over the past 26 years.

Please help the Abridge ladies by either sponsoring our day, donating a gift for our raffle or tombola or by entering our wonderful golf day. The entry fee for the day is only £65 per person.

We would love to see you at this fabulous day so please join us.

Golf Principles are delighted to have their new base at Abridge Golf Club

Golf Principles, headed by Jason MacNiven, are based in their state of the art indoor custom fitting studio at Abridge. The club also has excellent outdoor practice facilities so clients will receive both ‘data + visual’ feedback.

The team at golf principles will be able to show you that a good set of clubs and a powerful swing are not enough for you to play your best golf. 

The improved results come from having the additional benefits of the perfect combination of shaft, loft and flex working together in harmony with your natural swing.

Then and only then, can you start to play golf to your full capability.

To have professionally-fitted clubs is essential to getting the most out of your game and our PGA-qualified staff do this by reading your ‘signature’ swing. We coach using Trackman to provide instant feedback, link the numbers and help you enhance the mechanics of your swing.

We also offer a complete repair service for all your golf clubs. This could be a quick re-grip or shaft replacement to a complete MOT including loft & lie adjustment.

It can’t stress enough how important it is to have your clubs correctly custom fitted. The video below demonstrates how having the wrong lie angle effects club face direction at impact (known as Face Plane Tilt). Club face is the biggest contributor to the direction of the golf ball.

Come and see any of our Golf Principles Team to check yours !

If you would like more information, please contact the pro shop on 01708 688 333 or complete this form and one our team will be in touch.

Pro Shop Raffle Results

Pro Shop Christmas Raffle Results

On behalf of the Professional shop we would like tothank those of you that supported our 2018 Christmas raffle

We would like to congratulate;

Maurice Hart on his 1st place, winning a New s3 Pro 18 Hole Lithium Electric Trolley

Richard Gray on his 2nd place, winning a PX6 StormForce Proquip Waterproof Jacket

And Lol Green on a 3rd place finish, Receiving a New Odyssey O-Works No7 Putter

We wish you all the best for 2019.

The Professional Staff

Frustrating Frosts to Fantastic Greens

It can be very frustrating when you turn up for a round of golf at one of your favourite top quality courses like Abridge Golf Club and there is a frost and the Course Manager Geoff Smith will only let you play to temporary Greens!

So why do I do it ? Is it to be awkward, is it I don’t want to allow you to use the main Greens because I cannot be bothered to set them up ? Or I just like to annoy Golfers!

Some of you may know the reasons why, but for those that don’t please click on the video link and watch and learn!

Its a video from the US but the principles and reasons for protecting our Greens from frost and golfers are exactly the same

So having now watched the above video, I hope you understand why the top Courses such as Abridge Golf Course protect their Greens when we have frosts.

Although it’s frustrating for you as the Golfer on these frost days it enables me to write articles later in the year that start with the heading ‘ FANTASTIC GREENS!’

Golf Drills and Tips from Jack Winer our resident PGA Professional at Abridge.

Early Extension

Do you struggle with inconsistencies in your ball striking that produces unexpected bad shots including pushes, slices and hooks ?

Poor contacted golf shots like these may be caused by an early extension of the body. This occurs when there is a forward movement of the hips and lower body towards the golf ball at the start of the downswing.  As a result the plane gets underneath us causing the club and arms to get stuck behind the body.

Here is a simple drill that can be easily practiced on the range.

You should start the drill by taking your normal set up with the back of your ‘derriere’ resting against your golf bag. 

From this position take the club to the top of the back swing whilst ensuring you stay in contact with bag.

On the downswing try and feel like you are going to maintain that contact or even push back slightly as if you are trying to push the bag over. This subtle feeling will greatly assist the ability to stop that early extension.

Jack qualified as a PGA professional in 2018 and finished the year by competing in the PGA Play-Offs at Antalya Golf Club on the PGA Sultan course in Turkey. He will be regularly providing his tips and drills over the coming months to help all levels of golfers

To improve any part of your game please contact Jack for lessons via the club website www.abridgegolf.com/your-game/

Alternatively you can contact Jack directly by :

Pro Shop: 01708 688 333 – Mobile: 07835 205710

Email: [email protected] 

Instagram: @jackwinergolf

Geoff Smiths’ course updates – The Irrigation Lake

Each month Geoff Smith, the course manager at Abridge, will provide an update of the schedule of works currently being undertaken to improve the course at Abridge and ensure it remains one of the ‘must play’ top golf courses in Essex.


Happy new year to you all from myself and the greenkeeping team at Abridge. We have been planning the ‘new dawn at Abridge’ for some time and I can ensure you that there are really exciting times ahead on the golf course in 2019. With so much going on, my green keeping team are all really looking forward to enhancing the playing experience for all of our members and visitors in the coming year.

Irrigation Lake.

In 2018 the golf club invested heavily in a new irrigation system at Abridge. We were able to water and maintain almost all of the fairways during one of the hottest summers on record.  As part of the decision making process it was agreed to install an irrigation lake so we can store and then supply our own water.

If you have played the golf course in the last 2 weeks then you will know that these works have started so I thought that you may appreciate a full schedule of programmed works! It’s not set in stone as many factors can lead to change. Here is some video footage of what we are doing at the moment…

Abridge Golf Club commence work on the new irrigation lake

1. The first job is to clear the area of trees adhering to the plans approved; this will take approximately 4-6 weeks.

2. We then have to put in place some temporary protection and monitoring for wildlife that may or may not be there for a period of time and then the plan is to start the main construction of the lake.

3, Once completed we are then in the hands of the weather to start filling it and then at some stage we will be able to stop being totally reliant on expensive mains water to irrigate our Golf course. This makes us more environmentally sustainable and responsible as a Golf Course and user of water.

4. Then when construction is finished and suitable conditions replacement tree planting and landscaping will take place.

As the saying goes ‘Rome was not built in a day!’ and we know there is a lot of work to be done but my staff and I are all very keen to get it done and we also have the passion and desire to take the condition of the  course to the next level. This work takes time, investment, patience with some disruption and inconvenience that will require understanding and compassion from you, the Golfer and a little bit of luck with regards to the weather!

That’s it for now but over the coming months I will update you further on our progress to include

  1. Expansion of the new Irrigation system to other parts of the Golf Course.
  2. Re constructing some bunkers, starting with the 13th greenside.
  3. Drainage of the 18th Green and other areas.
  4. Completion of the buggy path around the back 9 holes giving us a buggy path all around the course.

Happy golfing at Abridge and here’s to a great 2019.

Geoff Smith

E: [email protected]

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