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A little chilly

Frosty start this morning but all greens on except the 4th green. Buggy’s please stick to the paths on the front 9 and the roughs on the back 9. We do intend to let Buggy’s off the paths from Friday providing there is no more rain.Trolleys are on

Catch me if you can !

Hi everyone and I hope you are all enjoying Abridge Golf Club?

The Golf course is coming together nicely, but to quote the great lyrics of the 70’s song ‘You ain’t seen nothing yet! ‘ We have so much planned to increase the course’s presentation but it’s early days

From this coming week we will be introducing a new 3 coloured flag system. We will still be using the ABC system as per the scorecard map but this new system will also be used in parallel. Thank you for the kind generous donation from the Gentleman of the 9 Hole Golf Society. Enjoy the video explanation below

I know, I need to get out more !

This week we will be starting our last Spring Renovation work. This involves using this Big Bad boy bit of kit.

We use it to scarify all the fairways and some other areas with. It does a fantastic job. It scarifies and sucks up most of the debris and then we follow behind with a Tractor mounted Blower and a fairway cut. After this in the coming weeks we overseed areas where needed. Click on the video below to see it at work

The bad boy at work

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

I am sure you will have noticed a low black perimeter fence has been erected around parts of the 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th holes ? This is to trap and catch our little dear friends the Great Crested Newts and any other little critters in the area!

We have to trap, record and monitor the area for up to 60 days so we can then start on digging the Irrigation lake.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU DO NOT ENTER THIS FENCED AREA TO RETRIEVE YOUR GOLF BALL IF YOU HIT IT INTO THE AREA .PLEASE TREAT IT AS A TEMPORARY GUR AREA. DO NOT GO INTO THE AREA TO GET YOUR BALL PLEASE.

If you keep hitting balls into the area may I suggest you do one of three things?

1: Move your stance to change direction? 2. Get a lesson off Jason, Jack, Reece or Bobby ! 3. Take up another sport !!

That’s all from me for now .

Regards Geoff

Enjoy your Course Enjoy your club…..It’s your’s remember !

Abridge cruise into the second round

Abridge have made it through a tricky first round tie against Toot Hill Golf Club, after a convincing 4-1 lead after the morning foursomes they pushed on to take six and a half points from the afternoon singles for a convincing 10 and a half to 4 and a half win. This sets up an away tie in the second round against either Frinton or The Essex on Sunday the 19th of May.

A mixed bag

All weathers forecast today starting with frost, then sun, then the wind picks up and a little rain! Buggy’s are on , please keep to the paths on the front 9 holes and the roughs on the back 9 holes. Trolley’s are on. The 4th green is on a temporary

Seniors Golf Season starts with a visit to Stapleford Abbotts

We are pleased to have started yet another Seniors Golf Season with a visit to Stapleford Abbotts on Thursday 21 March. Despite having what we felt was a powerful team the result didn’t quite live up to our expectations, and as our Captain for the day, Roger, stated in his speech, we are still a ‘work in progress’. Bit like the redevelopment of Abridge which we are sure will bring a much better result than we achieved.

We sincerely hope that this season brings further tales of gallantry in battle against tremendous odds, while fighting for Abridges’ good name around the area.

We are very happy to confirm that our match at Stapleford Abbotts did not start like last year, with our Seniors colleague severely injuring his finger while putting up his trolley.  Despite the medical ministrations of Vince Allen, who produced Black Duck Tape to staunch the blood flow in ‘VEIN’. In true tradition though, Barry played stoically in his match. 

As usual we can’t remember whether he won or lost, but as all losers say, ‘it is the taking part which matters, not the result’.

Unfortunately we will never get a repeat of Menashy Cohen heroically flying in from India, with his trolley battery in his luggage, and explaining why to the Indian Customs Authorities. Despite this he came straight to the course, to play in an away match at Potters Bar. In pouring rain he played so well that we won the match well before the end of the 18 holes, and were fortunate enough to be able to walk in saving us from further drowning.

This will never happen again because, not long after our teams’ heroics, Potters Bar sadly closed down, so there will be no repeat this year. Despite this, our hero’s efforts will never be forgotten.

We have not yet replaced Potters Bar on our schedule, so there will be two less games this season, unless we can find another venue suitable to us all. This clearly does not mean the most difficult course we can find, and, in fact the easier the better would be great.

It seems to us that every match is just a fun day, particularly as we never note down the results. Even if we had written them down we probably would have lost them by now, and we certainly can’t remember them.

So we welcome our regulars and new participants to take part by either informing Barry or putting their names on the list in the changing room, presuming that you can still find the changing room?

Abridge Seniors Golf Team
Abridge Golf Senior Team 2019

We also look forward to guests enjoying our new clubhouse and playing on our excellent golf course.

The Seniors Organisors.

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We are going a little Crazy!

Well despite the awful weather the last few weeks, the Greenstaff have been very busy. Working with MJ Abbots we have installed Perrot Irrigation into the 11th fairway, a few extra sprinklers in places. The new water main pipe and electric has been installed across the Driving Range, the 1st Hole and the 2nd Hole and we have also created a ditch to catch run off water from the 1st hole and the Driving Range!

Ben and Jamie having fun with the new ditch


Apologies for the mess but these are essential jobs. Take a look at the video below to show a little bit of what we have been doing.

Busy Busy Busy

Sorry there was no music on that video , I had put ‘Let’s go Crazy !’ by Prince on it , but I had a few copyright issues !!! So watch it again and either sing the song or play it on your phone alongside the video!!

We have also started work today on the 4th Green to repairt he issues we have with it.

These last few days there has been no rain and the grasses are beginning to wake up for spring. Slowly and carefully we are starting to get a few things cut and shaped . Please be patient with us on this one as you as golfers and us all have been so careful not to leave too much mess anywhere so we don’t want to get out there with big machines too soon ! Though by next week if it stays dry I will be letting the boys with their toys loose!

All the Tee markers and Tee stones have been painted for a fresh feel. And we have started overseeding the Tees and Topdressing them and this work will continue over the next couple of weeks. The approaches have also had a feed this week.

So, what busy times lie ahead next week? On Monday and Tuesday next week we will complete our 2nd Spring Green’s Renovations . This will include a further deep Verti-drain going down 11-12 inches followed by some overseeding and a nice bit of feed for the plant. If conditions stay good we may apply some topdressing. This feed will cause the greens to go a little black in places owing to the Iron content in the feed, but that will soon disappear. Have a click on the video below to see the great verti-drain on the greens at work

Also we should be turfing the 13th Bunker complex on Thursday and I will release a report on that hopefully next week.

The work on the 4th Green will continue and this will be on a temporary Green all of next week as we need to give it time to recover.

Finally the Irrigation work continues with sprinkler installation on the 14th Fairway and the starting of the Pumps by the new water tank . Please be aware that the 14th hole will be closed from Today until we anticipated Monday/Tuesday

Phew!! I think that’s all next week!!

Enjoy your Golf. Enjoy your course. Enjoy your Club, remember it’s yours!

Masters Draw is Now Open

It’s that time of year again where the Majors start our golfing season, and what with the new schedule changing for 2019. All four Majors will be held inside a 4 month window. Making golf very exciting leading us into summer.

MASTERS – Apr 11 – 14th (AUGUSTA)

US PGA CHAMPIONSHIP – May 16 – 19th (BETHPAGE BLACK )

US OPEN – Jun 13 – 16th (PEBBLE BEACH)

148th OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP – Jul 18 – 21st (ROYAL PORTRUSH)

Can the man they called Captain America in last years Ryder Cup be the first player since Tiger in 2002 to win back 2 back Green Jackets.

Open to members, visitor and guests their are some amazing prizes this year. New Epic Flash Drivers to Ping Umbrellas

Come in to the Professional Shop to pick your raffle tickets today and have a chance to win these incredible prizes.

SIMPLY LOVELY !!!

“This is where God hangs out.” Mac O’ Grady

“Every shot is within a fraction of disaster – that’s what makes it so great.” Gary Player

“If the Masters offered no money at all, I would be here trying just as hard.” Ben Hogan

MASTERS RAFFLE

£5 PER TICKET OR £20 FOR 5

1ST PRIZE CALLAWAY NEW EPIC FLASH DRIVER    
2ND PRIZE – OGIO GOLF BAG  
3RD PRIZE – 1 DOZEN TITLEIST GOLF BALLS  
4TH PRIZE – PING UMBRELLA  
5TH PRIZE – PING BAG TOWEL    

THE PRIZE DRAW WILL TAKE PLACE ON SUNDAY 14TH AT 5PM

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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