Author: Lewis Jacobs

Ballards Gore Golf Club Jubilee Cup Report

Ballards Gore Golf Club travelled to us for an early start to the season saw the Teams play in all four seasons! Two evenly matched sides battled hard and had to dig deep in difficult conditions. At the turn, the singles matches looked to be evenly balanced at 3 games up & 3 down. These matches finished 2 wins, 2 loses and 2 halved. Some tremendous finishes down the last from the top two matches with Adam Nossek & Lewis Shurlin producing battling halves. Darren May and Warren Whiteman were beaten by opponents who took a liking to our course. Andrew Durrant & skipper David Phillips then added strong wins to help the “goal difference” with 2&1 and 8&6 respectively.

Over to the pairs who were naturally some way back in the timescale of the afternoon! Abridge maintained dominance through these games with early leads that were built upon gradually. ‘Birthday Boy’ Spencer Fenton & Eitan Fox opened with a 3&2 win, followed by Menashy Cohen & Jonathan Lewis who secured the winning point with a convincing 4&2 victory. With the light dwindling rapidly, the two Stephens…..Golding & Tall closed out for a half point on 18th.

Abridge Golf Club V Ballards Gore Golf Club – Jubilee Cup 2019

Final Score 5 ⅟2 -3 ⅟2. A valuable home win, always essential in Jubilee Cup. Next up AWAY to Crondon Park, a tough challenge against a seasoned & experienced Jubilee side. By then it may have warmed up, but in the mean time we can bask in current success and reflect upon a good job done in the right spirit.

Congratulations to our new President, Steve Action

It is with great pleasure that I can announce that the Board have unanimously decided to honour Stephen Acton with the title of President of Abridge Golf Club. This position is in recognition of all the hours and days of voluntary hard work he has performed for decades for the benefit of Abridge.

I probably know more than most how much work he has done. Having been a member of Abridge for 55 years and served with him on the Board over 17 years ago, I have seen first-hand his tireless efforts. Most of you are probably aware of his recent help with the sale and leaseback deal. That is just one of the many mammoth tasks he has undertaken, along with writing and re-writing the constitution and always being on hand to answer any legally related questions for the Club.

We hope this title brings Stephen gratification and kudos, and we also intend to provide him with a coveted parking space.

With the probable demise of the London League in its current format Abridge intends to host a day for our sister clubs and we will play for the Stephen Acton Trophy.

I am sure you will agree this is a much-deserved honour and please join with me and the Board in wishing him many years of happiness, joy and success as President of Abridge.

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Fantastic new buggy paths

Dear Lol

Re: Buggy Paths

I congratulate Jeff and his team and yourself on the fine and quick installation of the paths.  I can see multi benefits of having them.  I out-line my views as follows: –

 

1.    The Course will benefit greatly by reducing Wear and Tear especially during the Winter months.

2.    Buggies can be used twelve months of the year.  At the moment, any Buggy user can play the front line twice providing they get a second start time.

3.    The current 10 club Buggies can be used 12 months of the year instead of being laid up from November to March, therefor not generating any income to pay their rental charges

4.    In due course Abridge will develop its standing to a club that can be played all the year round for Buggies and Electronic Trolleys and even Walkers in a comfortable environment (no wet feet or trousers)

5.    From my own experience I have not found it any hardship to walk and play the 90º rule, play is no longer than normal. 4 Ball Times.

Finally, I would urge you to proceed with the back Nine as a matter of urgency so that we can all benefit from the Points outlined.

Once again well done, everyone keep up the good work.

Best Regards

Alan Hopson

Ladies Golf at Abridge

Ladies Section –   Ladies Captain Deborah Jacobs

The club has a very successful ladies section, running competitions every Tuesday meeting at 9.00 am. They have an annual Charity Day which raises large sums for local charities. If any lady would like to join the section either as an experienced or novice golfer, they will be made most welcome.

Visit our ladies golf membership page to find out more about Abridge Ladies Section.

Golf Club, Bar and Restaurant

Opening hours of restaurant

The restaurant and bar is open every day throughout the year from 7.30 am  until 7.00 PM in spring and summer months and until sunset in Autumn and winter months.

Breakfast and Lunch are  available until 3.30pm,  outside of these times, you may  pre-order and pre-pay for sandwiches, baguettes and salads to be collected from the bar after your round..

The Bar and Restaurant will no longer be able to accept cash payments from 1st May 2019 and only credit and debit cards can be accepted.  Cash payments will still be accepted in the Office although Payment Cards are the preferred method.

Telephone Numbers

Course condition hotline  Call 01708 688537

This is a recorded message, available throughout the winter months, to enable you to find out where buggies and trolleys are allowed, if there are temporary greens  or areas restricted for maintenance.

Office:                      01708 688396

Pro-shop:                  01708 688333

Club Membership Card

This is to be used for entering and leaving the Club, as well as competition entry and bar and food purchases.  The deposit paid on the card at renewal must be fully used before the end of that current membership year, as refunds are not available.

The membership card has two separate purses: one for dining charges, the other for entering   competitions. Members are able to top up both purses at the bar at any time.

Social Events

Some interesting events will be arranged during the year, so please keep an eye on the advertising board near the bar area.  Sometimes these are also announced via email.

Changing rooms

Permanent Lockers are available for rental by members in varying sizes, for more information please contact the office.

Towels are provided for members use

Special Golfing Events

Please check the diary, website and notice boards for the many interesting competitions that are arranged throughout the year. 

Snooker Room

We have two full sized high quality, snooker tables for use exclusively by members. Balls and cues are available from the Bar.

Snooker Room (Members Only) 

Private Functions

From time to time the Club hosts weddings and other private functions in the main Clubhouse.  In these circumstances, please utilise the Spike Bar for dining and refreshments.  If you are interested in hiring the Club premises for your own function (or for your business purposes) please refer your enquiry to the Catering Department – Members may hire the Clubhouse for functions at a special discounted rate.

Abridge Golf Club Dress Code

Club House, Patios and Car Park

  1. Smart casual wear must be worn at all times.  Shirts must have collars and sleeves; but need not be tucked into the waistband.  Polo and turtleneck sweaters are permitted.  Golfers must change before using the restaurant if clothing is soiled.
  2. Smart jeans,chinos, and cords are permitted; not permitted are jeans with holes, tears or prints.   Vests, t-shirts, tracksuits or jogging suits, army trousers, in full or part, are not allowed.
  3. Tailored shorts may be worn in the clubhouse but only until 7.30pm.
  4. Clean trainers may be worn but if worn with shorts, white socks are also required.  Loafers and deck shoes are permitted with or without socks.  Sandals and flip flops are not permitted.
  5. Hats must not be worn in the clubhouse.
  6. Waterproofs of any description are only allowed in the Spike Bar.

Golf Course and Practice Areas

  1. Shirts must have collars and sleeves but polo and turtleneck sweaters are permitted.  Shirts must be tucked into the waistband at all times.
  2. Tailored trousers and tailored shorts, with belt loops.  When wearing shorts, white socks must be worn.
  3. Hats and visors must be worn correctly with the peak to the front.
  4. Vests, t-shirts, jeans, army trousers, or army shorts, tracksuits jogging suits, in full or part, are not allowed.
  5. Golf shoes only with soft spikes between 1st April and 31st October unless otherwise specified. Soft spikes are permitted in the locker room and toilet but shoes with metal spikes to be changed at the entrance.

IF YOU ARE NOT PROPERLY ATTIRED YOU MAY BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE CLUBHOUSE/COURSE BY A MEMBER OF STAFF OR CLUB OFFICIAL

Come Join in the Swindles

Swindles  who runs them and when

There are informal swindles and roll up competitions throughout the week  and run throughout the Summer and winter seasons, These are open to all club members and all players are made welcome  and it is a great way to meet members, come along and join in..  Below are the current approximate timings and who organises them:- 

Monday Morning Group first tee off approx 9.16 am (arrive by 9.00 am at the latest) 

Organiser Lewis Shurlin

Wednesday Captain’s Club Morning made up of 9 holes, lunch, and then cards, snooker or maybe table tennis.  This will be through the Winter months and should the weather not lend itself to the 9 holes, we would still like to meet for all the other activities and a general get-together.  All are welcome.

Organiser Stuart Disdale

Thursday Morning Group first tee off approx 9.16 am (arrive by 9.00 am at the latest)

Organiser Lewis Shurlin

Thursday Afternoon Group first tee off approx 11.25 am (arrive by 11 am at the latest) 

Organiser Dennett Harvey

Sunday Afternoon Group first tee off approx 11.25 pm (arrive by 11 am at the latest) 

Organiser Kevin Rabbitte

Visit the Pro Shop

Pro Shop

We have a fully stocked Pro Shop for all your golfing needs, from chocolate to golf balls, clothes and equipment.  Also this is the place to book tee times and enter competitions.

Golf lessons are available from our Golf Professionals, Paul Holland, Jack Winer anmd reece Francis.    Lessons can be booked in the pro shop.

Within the pro shop we have the “Golf Principles” club fitting studio. Jason Macniven is one of the leading independent club fitters in England and he will be delighted to arrange to “custom fit” your next set of clubs.

Opening Hours         

Winter              Weekdays7.30 am to 16.30 pm,          Weekends        7.00 am to 16.30 pm

         Summer           Weekdays 7.30 am to 19.00 pm,          Weekends        7.00 am to 19.00 pm

Buggies

We have 10 buggies which may be hired from the pro shop. At peak periods these should be booked in advance.

Members may store their own buggies at Abridge at their own risk,with permission as we have limited storage space. For fees and to arrange storage please contact the office

Club Storage

Members are able to store their golf clubs and trolleys at Abridge in the trolley store next to the Pro Shop in new specially designed lockers. For more information on cost and to reserve a space, please contact the office.

Booking Tee Times

Booking Tee Times

To book a tee time during the week you can either telephone or visit the Pro-shop who will assist you in booking a tee time.  These bookings may be made up to 7 days in advance.

Booking Tee Times – Arrangements for weekend

To play in the mornings at the weekend, please register your name with the Starter(s) in the restaurant who will help you to find a game.The current policy, if you have a pre-arranged four ball, is that one person can pre-book a maximum of two people, therefore to book all four players; two must be in the restaurant!  Any reservations between 8.00 and 11.00am on a week-end must be booked with the Starter(s) within the Clubhouse on the day they are playing. Any reservations on a weekend before 8.00am or after 11.00 are to be booked with the Pro-shop or on the web site and can be booked up to one week in advance

Booking Tee Times – Web Site

Tee times may be booked by going to book now section of the website.

Please log into the web site and follow the link from the member’s page.  .

Booking Tee Times – BRS golf  App

This may be downloaded from the AppStore (Apple devices) or GooglePlay for Android devices, enter club name Abridge and your membership number to sign in.

Guests of Members

Members guests are always welcome and pay a reduced green fee.

It isthe host member’s responsibility to ensure that all guests are authorised to play and have paid the appropriate green fee to the Pro-shop before play, as well as being responsible for their dress code and etiquette on and off the course.  

Please be reminded that a guest can only pay a members’ guest fee 6 times per membership year (1stApril-31st March).

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How do I enter competitions

How to obtain your handicap

New members who join the Club without an active handicap need to hand in three cards before they can enter any Club competitions.  Should your handicap become inactive you are requested to speak to members of staff in the Pro-shop prior to starting your round and tell them that you would like to put a card in for handicap purposes.They will enter you in the book and charge a minimal fee.  You are required to hand in three cards in this way to gain an active handicap.

How to Enter Competitions

To enter Club competitions you will need to swipe your Abridge card on the computer in the Spike Bar, or Pro Shop, and, on certain occasions,you will be requested to pay the Pro-shop. Sometimes other arrangements are made and are explained on the days of the competition.  Please ensure that your Club Card is in credit by topping this up, if necessary, behind the bar or in the restaurant.

Ladies have their own separate competitions, which are organised and arranged by the Ladies’ Section.

Inter-Club Competitions

The Club enters a number of competitions and is always looking for members that wish to be considered for selection. The competitions are:-

Thornton Cup (Scratch Competition)

Thornton Cup Plate

Leslie Wood (Handicap 8 and over and Scratch Competition)

Essex Seniors (+55)

The AJGCS Metropolitan

The AJGCS Southern Provincial

The Ladies’ National

Norman Plum

Jubilee Cup

London League arranged by the Vice Captain

Glancy            

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