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.
A wee bit windy !! Should be dry today but we had over 10mm of rain in about 2 hours yesterday. There will be a few temporary greens and also the 1st hole is shut for irrigation work . Buggy’s are allowed only on the front 9 and must stick to the paths. Trolleys are on but must stick to the paths on the front 9 please.
The weather has mostly been very kind to the Abridge Ladies in February and we have enjoyed some inventive fun team games and competitions. With the arrival of March our true golfing season is about to start with some competitions already beginning.
On Sunday in extremely windy and rainy competitions our winning pair of Carol Gray and Paula Wendleken set off for their Daily Mail Foursomes competition away in West Essex Golf Club. (They qualified for this by being the winning pair of our summer Greensomes competition). So representing Abridge Golf club in the most unfavourable conditions that I would not let my dog (if I had one) out on our adventurers battled forth. The brave battle went on for 19 holes but unfortunately our worthy Abridge ladies succumbed to defeat after a tremendous effort.
Well done Carol and Paula for your supreme effort in
horrendous conditions. Now you will have to champion your way in the summer
Greensomes competition again this year.
Talking of summer competitions this is now the time to sign up
to play the Midsummer cup and the Summer Greensomes. Please put your names down
so that we can make the draw at the beginning of April.
Our winter knockout is coming to a close and our two finalists
are playing their match on 31st March. Good luck to both Mandi
Barker and Paula Wendleken.
Our first Bronze Match away at Frinton Golf Club is fast approaching. Karen Rosenbloom will captain the team. Good luck to all the players and caddies.
We have our eagerly
awaited, popular Ladies Quiz with fish and chips supper again this year on
Tuesday 7th May at 7.00 for 7.30.
Please ask your friends and make up a table now. If you cant make up a table just bring a couple of friends and we will put you on a table. If you havn’t got any friends ( then I’m a bit sorry for you) just bring yourself. We need to make the evening a bumper success. Every penny raised goes directly to the home Beit Uri Home for disabled children and adults to help enable them to has a full and purposeful life.
Also just a reminder that we need your games in for Charity
Day plus gifts for the tombola and sponsorship. Alison and her committee are
working so hard to enable to make sure the day will be fantastic. I know that
many ladies from other golf clubs look forward to our special day that is
always run with sparkle and pizzazz.
If you have been aware of the last 48 hours of weather you will know we have had almost an inch of rain, wild winds and its a little cold! The course needs to drain down, until it does there will be at least 4 temporary greens today. Buggy’s are on the front 9 only and must stick to the paths. Trolleys are on , if you have winter wheels please use them, if you don’t, please stick to the paths as much as possible with your trolley. Please also be aware the 11th hole is shut for Irrigation work and from approx lunchtime the 1st hole will shut. Please use the replacement hole after the 8th hole
May we kindly remind all members that shop credits have to be spent by 31st March. As from April 1st there will be a new vouchers system for Competition winnings.
If you are not sure if or how much money you have on your account. Please come in to the shop and ask a member of staff. We’ll be happy to spend it for you.
This is to insure we do not have too much money tied up in our inventory and can be used to purchase new stock and merchandise for the shop in the new membership year.
Our current stock is quiet low but please let us know if there is anything you see online as we would be happy to order it in for you. The professional shop has accounts with virtually all main brands in the golfing market. Please be advised there may be cartridge charges with some manufactures for single item orders but we will certainly let you know if this applys to you.
Although our FootJoy Shoe order may not have landed by the 31st March, their footwear this year is very special and we would advice you to look online at their range.
We have new Greg Norman shirts in stock at a very reasonable price and our FootJoy Sale shirts are STILL here.
RRP @ £50-£60 per top we are selling them at £35 each, 2 for £60
Your credit can also be spent in our Studio having loft and lie checks, fitting, gapping sessions, purchasing putters, wedges, fairway woods, drivers or even shafts to fit your own clubs you like so much.
We do it all !!!!
*please remember to always support your Pro. We will always try our best to price match what you see elsewhere
This morning Mj Abbotts return for a few weeks to install further Irrigation and a few other things to our great course. Have a look below.
Between us we will start installing further improvements to our new Perrot Irrigation system.
The work includes sprinkler installation to the 11th fairway and also parts of the 14th fairway. We will also be adding sprinklers to the 2nd tees, surrounds on holes 7,12,13,14 and further sprinklers to the 10th approach. Please be aware that holes 1,10,11 and 14 will be closed when work is being done but no more than one hole will be closed at a time. The par 3 normally the practice green to the left of the 8th green, will be used as the substitute hole when these holes are shut
Other works to be done will include the new water mains installed from the road across the bottom of the driving range , across the 1st approach , in front of the 2nd tee and then connected to the new Pump House. The new 3 phase electric cable will also be taken across the same route and also join into the new Pump house. The Irrigation holding tank will also be finished, computer software and irrigation programme control system updated and then everything connected up. The new state of the art Perrot Irrigation equipment /Mj Abbot install will be all ready to rock n roll!
No other Golf Course in Essex will have such an efficient modern Irrigation system. We were in great condition last year, and we should be even better this year.
I ask again for all golfers to be patient and understanding while these works take place. I will each day let the pro shop know and update the website and ‘team up’ calendar as to where works are being done.
On a different subject i’m sure you will have noticed we have a problem with the 4th green. Between our agronomists, my own staff and myself we believe we have established a very good theory as what’s wrong with it and are now taking the necessary steps to get it sorted. I will give you the full story on it once we are 100% sure of what has happened.
We had a visit from this man on Tuesday afternoon.
What a very very pleasant man, happy to talk and for me despite being a 125% Gooner was really impressed to hear of his passion for West Ham and his desire to take to take them higher in the league. He asked me for a selfie, which I was happy to give him.
Enjoy your golf . Enjoy your Course . Enjoy your club, remember its yours!
This crazy warm spell is starting to cool down and normal early spring service should be resuming! Buggy’s are to the paths and on the front 9 only. Trolleys are on. Please note we are working on the 13th bunkers.
Crazy weather times we are having, -3 degrees at the moment but meant to be up to 19 degrees lunchtime ! We are continuing verti-draining the greens today. Buggy’s are only allowed on the front 9 and must stick to the paths. Trolleys are on .
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.
Well, I hope you are enjoying this spell of early spring sunshine and warmer daytime temperatures? I personally don’t think we are out of Winter yet as some people keep saying but fingers crossed !
As the title says, (no its not a spelling mistake !), owing to the good conditions we are having we are pushing ahead with lots of aeration work . On Monday we will be deep verti-draining all of the greens, originally planned for March. A good iron behind this work and apart from the visual holes the greens will be fine, especially for February. I will need your patience on Monday and possibly Tuesday while we breathe some vital air into the greens. Anyone that missed my drone video on why we verti-drain its below for you.
The greens will then receive a fertiliser which is designed to correct any lack of nutrients from the winter , harden the plant to protect from disease and also start to kick the grass into growing slowly.
Hopefully the 18th green should be back in play by the weekend. Its been very wet and we have just booked to have drained later this year.
If you have played this week you will have noticed that the large verti-drain is out on the fairways again? It’s making a little superficial mess but the benefits and the great results this will bring to our ‘carpets’ in the spring will outweigh this mess.
We have also already started Solid Tining Tees, Approaches and Surrounds using our great Toro Procore.
The areas look a bit like tea bags after but this aeration is so good for the ground and creates some excellent airspace and vital oxygen to the grass plant. The diagram below hopefully explains why we aerate .
Following this process Tees and Approaches will also receive a nice ‘wake up’ meal as well.
Next week further work will take place on the 13th bunkers rebuild. Hopefully the weather will be kind to let us get these works completed . Incorporated into the new bunker complex will be a ‘run off’ to the right of the 13th Green similar to the 10th and 18th Greens
Finally I would like to clarify a couple of things. Buggys are only allowed on the front 9 holes and must stick to the paths at all times. Trolleys can be used on all 18 holes, but unless you have purchsed Winter wheels (available from the Pro shop), you must keep your trolley on the paths . We really appreciate your support on this matter, its your course, so lets look after it !
So lots going on on your Golf Course ! That’s it for now , enjoy your Golf , enjoy your Club.