Author: Spencer Fenton

Four steps to better course management.


Reece Francis and Bobby Parmar will be co-hosting the Four steps to better course management at Abridge.

The date for your diary is Sunday 17th March from 2pm – 4pm.

Course Management workshops

In addition to golf lessons and club fitting, Reece and Bobby are hosting regular monthly golf seminars at Abridge Golf and Country Club. These seminars are open to all members and guests.

In the next one of the series, the guys will be looking at the mental side of the game. As a result your thought processes should be much clearer on the course.

Course management – This is part of the game that is often overlooked. Yet it plays a vital role in lowering scores and maximising your golfing ability. 

Course strategy – A good strategy can save you countless shots over your golfing rounds

Pre shot Routine – bullet proof routine produces consistency as well as a positive mindset 

Shot choice – decisions on what shots to play by assessing what is in front of you landing spot, targets etc 

If you would like more information or want to participate please speak to Reece or Bobby at the pro shop on 01708 688333

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The benefits of Twilight Golf.

Twilight Golf
Twilight Golf membership

The main benefits of twilight golf is that it is played at the end of the day before it gets dark when you have the course to yourself. The aim is to play as many holes as possible before you can’t see the ball anymore. 

Most golf clubs will offer Twilight Golf tee times with discounted green fees throughout the year. A buggy would normally be included in the green fees (weather permitting) to speed up play.

Sometimes it’s a quick 9 holes, it might stretch to 13 or 14. Very rarely will it be more than 18 holes.

The 2019 golf season is almost upon us and traditionally golf club members will book morning tee times. This means that many clubs will have restrictions for non-members at these times.  

The clocks go forward at the end of March and therefore the days will get increasingly longer. As a result, the golf courses will then get busier in the early afternoon with members, visitors and societies.

These weekday morning/mid-afternoon tee times are probably not feasible for most golfers. The majority will need to go to work or have families and other commitments taking place during the day.

But what about arranging you game later in the day when it’s time for Twilight golf   

Benefits of Twilight Golf

  • The courses are quieter 
  • The weather is warmer 
  • The green fees are cheaper
  • The pace of the game will be quicker 
  • The better golfers will be practising on the course.

Twilight golf is therefore not just great value but offers the opportunity to play some quality golf before the end of the day.

Here are a few helpful hints to make the most out of your Twilight Golf round

  • It’s might be a rush to get to the course but ensure you are ready at least 5 minutes ahead of the scheduled tee time.
  • Use the yellow (forward) tees to shorten the length of the course.
  • Book a buggy and have some fun – you will get around the course much quicker.
  • Utilise the new 2019 Rules of Golf to help speed up the game especially regarding lost balls and take a penalty drop – If in doubt, always play a provisional ball.
  • Consider extending the lengths of the ‘gimme’ puts and allow holes to be halved when both players are in and around the pin.
  • If the course is quiet then you may be able to skip from hole to hole or miss out some holes altogether to play through any slower groups.

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Our Junior Golf sessions are aimed at being fun and engaging!

Junior Golf Lessons on Saturday Morning.
Junior Golf Lessons on Saturday Morning.

“I highly recommend Jack and the golf lessons at Abridge Golf Course.”

My son is 8 years old and is generally pretty shy and doesn’t like trying new things so i wasn’t sure how he’d take to golf.
I decided to introduce him to Jack a year ago as one of his friends had taken it up which made it a little easier to introduce him. So far he absolutely loves it, and can’t seem to get enough! 
He started off a little nervous and shy but thanks to Jack’s brilliant care, knowledge, attention to detail and fun sessions he’s come on in leaps and bounds. Jack really is brilliant with all the kids, and Gabriel cannot wait to get back to playing every Saturday!
Once the half term course started he was first in line to sign up for the week and i can see how much he has improved along with his general attitude towards the game.
I highly recommend Jack and the golf lessons at Abridge Golf Course.

“All the children felt like winners on the last days ceremony.”

My children attended Jack’s February half term golf camp. Jack always greets the children with a warm welcome and makes them feel comfortable and at ease whatever their ability/level of play is.
Jack has an ability to look after many children and teaches them with a fun approach which they all thoroughly enjoy.
All the children felt like winners on the last days ceremony.

“The fun factor you also put in place is excellent”

I just wanted to thank you personally for the half term golf course that you ran, to take your time away from your clients to do this for the children was amazing, your attention to detail and the skills that you have shown them was brilliant.  
Samuel has now been with you for a while now and I have seen his development improve 100% not just in his golf playing but also his attitude towards the the game of golf which only you have installed into him and for that I thank you. The fun factor you also put in place is excellent,  I was not able to make the presentation on the last day but for Samuel to call me and say he was awarded a trophy made his week I feel the smile on his face through the telephone.  It has encouraged him to work harder at his game and every moment that he has he is swinging his clubs either at the local driving range or in the garden.  I would like to thank you and Abridge Golf and Country Club again for putting on your Saturday lessons and half term course and would highly recommend yourself to anyone who wishes to take up the sport.

If you want to find out more about junior golf lessons or book your child in for a group lesson, go to our Junior Golf Group lesson page.

Junior Golf Group Lessons

Every Saturday morning the practice areas at Abridge are filled with the next generation of young golfers. They are taking part in the Junior Golf Group Lessons with PGA Professional Jack Winer. 

The emphasis is on fun through all sports

Jack explains that the junior group lessons for the 4-12 age group are about having fun. He introduces the fundamental movement skills which develops their desire to become better at golf.

The children are encouraged to take part in various sports that include playing tennis, football and tag. Therefore this will include throwing, jumping, catching, skipping and balancing drills.

During the group lessons, Jack is looking to naturally build their muscles and make them stronger through all sports.

But most importantly, he wants the juniors to enjoy the group sessions. As a result, they will ask their parents to bring them back each week.

As you can see in these videos other sports do correlate with golf. The body responds to these different types of movement skills and show how they are very similar to golf.

In conclusion you will notice how the lower body sets the appropriate sequence of movement to give a similar finishing position.

Jack goes onto explain that he takes great satisfaction in watching junior golfers becoming mini athletes. It is not by luck that we have started to see the development of some great young golfers from these group lessons.

For instance, some of the juniors that started in group classes are now having individual 1:1 lessons and playing golf to a good standard.

Jack host hosts his group classes every Saturday morning from 10:00-11:00 and the cost is just £6 per person.

For all group lesson bookings and general enquiries please contact Jack at the pro shop 01708688333 or email him at  [email protected] or fill out the contact form underneath.

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Putting lessons and the importance of the pre putt principles

Putting Lessons will enhance one of the most important yet under practised shots in golf.

If players could hit all 18 greens in regulation and then finish each hole with 2 putts (avoiding that dreaded 3 putt) then those 36 putts would account for exactly half of their shots.

On average tour professionals will only hit 12 out of 18 greens in regulation meaning they have missed one third of the greens . However they will normally finish their round at level par or less so their total number of putts per round must be 30 or less.

For most club players the time invested in putting is often unfocused and sometimes taken for granted or completely overlooked.

Players therefore need to understand that their best chance of lowering their score and/or handicap is to focus on their short game – chipping and putting.

A Putting Lesson Seminar held at Abridge

Our Pro shop team of Reece Francis and Bobby Parmar recently held a putting seminar using the indoor studio at Abridge. The principles of this seminar was to highlight how the pre stroke fundamentals in set up can affect the putting stroke and efficiency.

It was explained to the members how the four pre putt principles will affect the stroke in different ways with the following direct effects:

Body alignment – club path, face angle and roll

Ball position – attack angle, club path and face angle

Clubface alignment – face angle and path

Grip – face angle, club path and roll Posture – attack angle and club path

Reece and Bobby will be running more seminars for members throughout the year. The next one will be in March and cover on course management / strategy.

For more information or to organise a lesson please call the Pro shop on 01708 688 333 or book your next lesson on our your game page.

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]

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Meet Reece from the Abridge Pro Shop Team

Reece Francis – PGA Assistant Professional

Age:  24 years old

Lowest score at Abridge: 65

Lowest score in a tournament: 68 – Essex Amateur Championship at Crondon Park 

Make of Driver – Carry Distance:   Callaway Epic – 280 yards

Favourite players – Past & Present:  Arnold Palmer &  Tiger Woods  

Reason for taking up golf: My dad started playing as his friends started so he decided to get me a set of clubs and we went from there. 

Golf Career before Abridge : 

Started in Essex county squads from the age of 10 played at under 14/16/18, colts and men’s level. Was also chosen for the England regional squad at boys level.

Golfing ambition next 3 years: 

To win a PGA event and to continue to build my coaching portfolio. 

If you could play any golf course in the world – where is it and why ? Augusta National – It’s the most iconic of the major courses where all the best golfers have played.

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: 07402 145798

T: 01708 688333

E: [email protected]

Instagram @reecefrancisgolf

Meet Bobby from the Abridge Pro Shop Team

Bobby Parmar – Club Technician/Club Fitter

Age: 21 years old 

Lowest score at Abridge :-8 (64)

Lowest score in a tournament: -2 (67) Armitage Cup WansteadGolf Club

Make of Driver & Carry Distance:  TaylormadeM3 9 Degree Tour Head with Oban Tour Limited Shaft. – Carry Distance 275 Yards

Favourite players – Past & Present : Arnold Palmer & Sergio Garcia/ Tiger Woods

Reason for taking up golf: My Grandad who introduce me to the game at an early age.

Golf Career before Abridge : Played county golf and represented Essex since I was 12 and have also played in National events. 

Studied at Stoke by Naylandand then worked in golf retail.

Golfing ambition next 3 years: 

I would like to be on Tour working on the Tour trucks and working alongside Touring professionals

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

I would love to play Augusta because of the heritage it has and the amount of great golfing memories it contains

Contact Details: Club fittings available 7 Days a week, with Trackman 4 and we offer a regripping and re shafting services which are all done onsite.

For all booking and enquiries please contact me on :

M: 07507712583 

T: 01708 688333 

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 in your “competition purse” on your 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.


Christmas present ideas for golfers that have everything.

Looking for the perfect golf gift this Christmas for the golfers that have everything.

Now that we are well into December and the nights are noticeably shorter, all thoughts are turning towards Christmas and the excitement of receiving that perfect golf present to be opened on Christmas day.

The pro shop team at Abridge Golf & Country Club appreciate that, at this time of year, most golfers are already planning for and looking forward to the new golf season. There will be ideas about new golf clothing & equipment and thoughts on how to improve their game.

So this is the perfect opportunity to kill 2 birds with one stone by visiting the Pro shop and speaking with Jason MacNiven and his 3 wise men Jack Winer, Reiss Francis and Bobby Parmer. They will be bearing special golf shop offers all the way through to Christmas Eve although you will be hard pressed to find any gold, frankincense or myrrh.

You can contact the pro shop team on 01708 688 333 during winter opening hours which is to 15:30 on weekdays and 16:00 at weekends.

Get the perfect gift in time for Christmas

If it’s new equipment you require, there is also no need to miss out on that Christmas day present as the Abridge Pro Shop team are bringing forward the boxing day sales with their very own version of the “12 Days of Christmas”.

Starting on Thursday 13th December there will be special daily offers running right up to Christmas Eve. There is something for everyone amongst the offers which will help those still finding it difficult to come up with good golf gift ideas for that perfect present.

Improving your Golf Game

Jack and Reece have put together Christmas Gift Packages for golf lessons to improve all aspect of your game including on course strategy playing lessons and gapping sessions.

A festive gift voucher for these golf gift packages will be provided and can be purchased by visiting the pro shop or calling them directly.

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