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Well, Summer has gone away rather quickly !! Whilst the Course is holding up very well and the greens are playing nicely I thought you all might appreciate learning about some of the issues we have to deal with over the last few weeks and going into Autumn. We have had over 60mm of rain in the last 2 weeks , 40 mm in the last week! with more forecast.

This very wet and humid weather has caused us several problems .

For the record these problems are not special to Abridge! Those of you that play elsewhere will have seen all or some of the same issues at other courses.

Worm casts have suddenly gone crazy on all areas of the Golf Course. Owing to chemical restrictions there are very few, ( that work and are not stupidly expensive or illegal!), products we can spray to deter worms from casting . Whilst the aeration they provide the sub surface can be seen as beneficial the soil casts they leave on the surfaces are an unsightly pain! We are next week trying a new turf conditioner which whilst quite expensive is being reported as doing a great job. So fingers crossed ?

You also have probably noticed everywhere these little critters ! especially on our Greens. Bless them ……….not !

These have been hatching out all over the place and once they have they just fly around looking for places to lay there eggs which become ‘Leatherjackets!’ The damage Leatherjackets do is well documented as is the fact we no longer have legal chemicals we can spray anymore . Until 3 years ago we could spray the whole golf course with a pesticide that worked brilliantly for about £500. Now we have a pesticide from USA that is only allowed to be used only on Greens and tees under an emergency licence . It has to be heavily watered in, ( which does not help other issues!) , to get the pesticide deep into the soil. And it cost’s about £1200 just to spray the Greens !

The above picture shows a disease called ‘Dollar Spot‘ we have areas of this on some fairways and approaches. Dollar Spot occurs when there is additional moisture present on warmer days and the cool nights of spring and autumn. Such conditions have been very prevalent the last 4 weeks . Dollar Spot disease appears as small (dollar size) spots of pale, bleached turf. The spots may be slightly sunken, causing an uneven surface, and can merge to form large areas of affected turf. There are a few fungicides that can help stop it but it does just recover itself after a while. At a approx £750 per hectare it would cost in excess of £6500 to spray all fairways and approaches we let it recover itself !

This warm wet weather also encourages the development of Fusarium disease on greens.

The best analogy I can give you is its like a human getting a cold or virus. Often caused by stress and especially during damp conditions. Ask yourself how many people you know at home or your workplace that are presently suffering at the moment with some kind of cold or virus? And to use the Human analogy again strains of viruses are getting more and more resistant to medicines and anti-biotics. Well the same applies to Fungicides. Add to that that most fungicides that actually worked have been banned from the uk it makes our job even harder. Measures we do take to try to prevent Fusarium is to make the grass plants more hardy, by use of iron, potassium and Silica. Also we try to keep the surfaces as dry as we can, not easy when we have damp days and clear nights creating heavy dew’s in the mornings. Hopefully we will get a few hard frosts soon as this normally stops the disease in its development.

Finally the other issue we are having at the moment is the deluges of rain coming in large quick quantities. this makes cutting surfaces very difficult without leaving either brown water marks or grass clippings. Although we have the luxury of our Irrigation system which, has kept our course in great condition all summer, it only keeps the top levels moist. A few inches below ground the mainly clay soil is very dry and so sudden deluges of rain either rus off onto certain low lying areas or just soaks the top few inches with no where to go. On that note though you may have noticed the first 3 fairways are particularly wet , well, some dipstick! and I am always big and bold enough to admit a mistake ! made an Irrigation computer error and did not switched off an automatic programme ! So those areas received a good soaking by mistake early this week ! I’m sorry for that but hopefully people except we all make mistakes ?

So…….. these are some of the issues we have to deal with as GreenKeepers! We are not moaning about our lot , just really trying to educate everyone that times are changing and making our jobs harder.

As a golfer its good, I believe, to understand these issues and to then appreciate that when things are not always how we want them on the Course , you know that myself and my staff are doing all we can to prevent things, (legally that is !), though as often said we cannot control the Weather .

On a brighter note we are getting along nicely with the construction of the back 9 holes paths. We hope to have 11,12,16 and 17 finished in the next couple of weeks .

Buggy Path at Abridge Golf Club

The new practice area on the field opposite the Driving Range is also now fully open for you.

Finally I, and on behalf of my Team, would like to welcome all of our new members that have joined Abridge over the last few months. And also to wish Stanley and Carole all the best for their year as Captains starting this Sunday

Sorry about such a long update but hopefully you have found it an interesting read or I have helped solve your lack of sleep issues!

Enjoy your Course Enjoy your Club…………………… Remember it’s yours !!!



Due to the new building works, the professional shop telephone number is currently down. This is the 01708688333 number. A technician from BT has been informed and we are waiting for them to sort the issue.

If you do require the professional shop for anything, please call the golf club switch board on 01708688396 and opt for Pro Shop


Morning all and I trust you have all been enjoying our Golf Course?

We have been very busy with Green’s renovations and maintaining the course, whilst, many of my staff have also been enjoying their holidays. Ben’s wedding came and went and it was really a lovely day and lovely venue! Congrats to him and his wife Sarah.

The greens have recovered very well, certainly according to 98% of you! There are still a few dry hydrophobic patches on a few greens, which we are dealing with .

Big Bad Boy

This big bad boy will be seen back out on a fairways over the next two weeks. It will scarify all fairways and approaches. Hopefully this will not cause you too much convenience? If it does , i’m sorry, but it’s a vital job to be done.

We have now planned pretty much all of our Autumn / Winter work for this coming period.

This will include the following :- Scarifying , overseeding and topdressing Tees. Rebuilding and reshaping of the 18th, 11th and possibly 1st green’s bunker complexes. Trimming back all hedgerows. Hiring of a cherry picker to trim back some of the branches on some of the taller trees in certain areas. Completion of our Buggy path around the Back nine holes so you will be able to use buggy’s and trolley’s 365 days of the year!! So plenty for us to do !

I’d like to thank the Board for their support re the Buggy Path as I’m sure many of you would?

New Perrot sprinklers on 14th Fairway installed Feb this year

Just a quick note to mention our Irrigation system !

Perrot Irrigation system working well!

It’s been an absolute blessing and 150% asset to our Golf Course and again I thank the Board of Directors for the support of this project. We can already see the massive difference its made to our course and being able to maintain things during hot spells. We are very proud and grateful of what we have got ! It puts us into a new league!

We are all confident with other projects we have planned the course is going to be even better next year !

That pretty much is it for now, sorry no Drone footage lately but its quite time consuming and there is a lot of work to do

Finally can I please ask you all to remember that it is your job to repair pitch marks and rake bunkers if you go in any! Thank you.



Well I am pleased to report that the greens renovations were completed late last night. After a 4.00am start, Monday was very frustrating ,owing to the weather and that put us behind schedule.

Another early start , a late finish and some great work by my team we managed to catch up and get it all the intensive work done yesterday.

Greens were firstly Verti-drainedverti

Then cored

Paul loves clearing up after …not !

Each green was then topdressed with between 2.5-3 ton of dry Sand and Soil Amendment

Ready for brushing with our sweep and fill brush similar to the video below

An overseed and a jolly good iron was next

Further Brushing before we watered it all in for 3 minutes each green.

And that’s a wrap for Tuesday night and home time for a well earned rest !

Well Done my Team! Great work!

This morning all the greens got a nice organic feed to help with recovery and this rain will help wash everything in.

The Golf Ball is not rolling too badly, considering the heavy disruption we have done as you can see below. Jack Winer and our Captain played late yesterday afternoon and Jack said they were not bad at all .

Ball roll after its all done

With the right weather and a bit more TLC the greens should be fine within a couple of weeks . I am sure any of you that have played any other courses are very aware we are all up to the same type of work on our Greens.

Things will get back to normal next week on the rest of the Course with regards to cutting and presentation. Though I do have a few staff off the latter part of the week as Ben my Deputy gets married , I’m sure you all will wish him well and the best of luck , ( Sarah his partner will need it putting up with him!!)

That’s it for now, thank you for all those golfers that showed co-operation and patience with these essential Greens Renovations


Abridge Golf Club Ladies Open 7th August 2019

Abridge Golf Club were pleased to host their Ladies Open on a beautiful sunny day at Abridge Golf and Country Club on Wednesday 7th August 2019.  Over 100 golfing ladies from all over Essex and beyond, representing 23 different golf clubs, came to join in the fun. The day was an enormous success enjoyed by all who attended.

On arrival tea coffee and Danish pastries were served to the ladies, after which all prepared for golf. This commenced with a shotgun start at 9.30 am. The event was a pairs better ball competition, with teams of four, setting off from all around the beautiful course.

The weather was kind and the course in magnificent condition, the fairways like carpet and the greens fast and true. This led to high quality golf and good scores. A fantastic time was had by all.

Winners Jeanette and Jenny with Carol Piper Vice Captain

I would like to offer a huge thank you to Our Greenkeeper Geoff Smith together with all of his team of wonderful and helpful greenkeepers for keeping the course in such exceptional condition.

On completion of the round, the ladies entered the clubhouse for a scrumptious buffet, with a truly delicious selection of food and wonderful deserts. Everyone who attended agreed that it was a truly magnificent day and the comments we received in admiration were amazing.

Thank you to our fantastic kitchen staff for providing such a wonderful fare and an excellent halfway house with tea coffee and beautiful cakes.

The only dampener on the day was a rain deluge during the last couple of holes,  but it didn’t spoil the special day.

The prize table of beautiful orchids trimmed in turquoise matching the decor looked stunning and all players were eager to win such lovely prizes. There were prizes for first second and third teams, as well as best back and best front nine hole, also for nearest the pins and longest drive.

The winners were Jeanette Marks and Jenny Charles from Hobbs Cross with an amazing 44 points. The runners up where Shelley Atkins and Wendy Scales from Stockbrook Manor with 41 points.

It was a fantastic event and we look forward to seeing all who attended this year, as well as new teams for next year’s open where we will entertain you in our brand-new clubhouse which as you will have seen is currently under construction.

I would like express my sincere thanks to Pam Levine and Oriol Austin for organising this tournament and ensuring the smooth running of the day

Deborah Jacobs

Lady Captain.


Good morning all! I hope you have been enjoying the summer and most importantly your Golf course? We are really pleased how Abridge Golf Course has played and how we have presented it this summer to date.

4th Hole at abridge golf club

The New Perrot Irrigation system has been a major factor to the Course presentation.

If you have played any other Courses the last couple of weeks you will probably be very aware the it’s time for our ‘ Greens renovations week’

Boo Hiss Boo I hear some of you say! Those with a little more knowledge will fully understand these renovations are essential to continue to improve the quality of the greens with regards to thatch control, root development, overseeding , drainage improvements and general health of the Greens.

Some of the benefits of Greens Renovations

Yes it is disruptive and Yes it makes the greens not great for a couple of weeks, and Yes its a lot of hard work for my team! But we definitely no the benefits the work bring and the backwards steps we would be taking if we did not do this work.

So i will give you an insight to what we will be doing from 4.00am this coming Monday . Starting on the back 9 holes , that will be on temporary greens, we will first verti-drain the greens using 3/4 inch solid tines down to a depth of 8-10 inches.

Verti-draining with 3/4 inch tines

Then we will hollow core the greens using 1/2 inch hollow tines. Then a clear up, a cut and iron and then we will topdress the greens with approx 3 ton of dry sand mixed with ceramic soil amendment product per green to fill the holes up.

Hollow Coring
Top Dressing

The greens will then be over seeded and heavily brushed using our sweep and fill brush as you can see below

sweep and fill brush we use at Abridge GC

Finally the greens will get a nice ‘smelly’ Organic feed to aid recovery and seed germination.

We will water the greens a little over the next few nights if no rainfall occurs and during the next few days continue to vibro roll and iron. If things go to plan (Weather dependant!) we should be all done by Wednesday and in a position to start cutting the greens again by Saturday/ Sunday. Sometimes a further top dressing will be applied if necessary the following week.

So that’s this years Summer Green’s Renovations . We really appreciate your help and understanding why we do this essential work.

Don’t know if you saw how we drained the 18th Green a few weeks ago but here are a couple of pics and Video on the process. The Green has recovered well and it will be so much better in the Winter now this wrok has been done.

18th Green

A few bits of early information on this years Winter work. We intend to rebuild the 1st, 4th and 18th bunker complexes and also re build the sleeper wall on the 4th tee. We have few other plans but these are still in discussion

We also hope to be introducing a ‘125 club’ with the chance of members winning monthly money prizes and moneys raised going to Special Course projects such as the reshaping of the 14th Pond. More of this next time.

That’s it for now , sorry no Drone footage recently but we are very busy especially with holidays being taken but I will hope to produce a few films soon .


Club House Honours Board Competitions

There are a number of Honours Boards competitions at Abridge Golf Club. Also know as Gold Letter (although ours are black). For club members getting your name on one or more of the clubhouse boards is a chance to become part of Abridge club history and consequently elevate their golfing status, a very proud achievement if you’ve managed to do it.

The history of the club dates back to September 1963. The original club competitions were named after and in honour of the first board of directors.

The format of these competitions have remained virtually the same since that time. The names of all previous winners have been recorded on the honour boards in the clubhouse. Competition golf brings its own unique pressures. However, in order to create your own ‘gold letter’ place in Abridge history, then you’ll need to be in it to win it. Our handy guide on how do I enter club competitions

The current gold letter Club competitions that are held over the spring and summer months are listed below :

GOLD MEDAL – White Tees

All monthly medal winners from each of the 3 handicap divisions qualify to play in the final round. This is played towards the end of the summer to crown the Champion of Champions.

The result is based on the best Net score playing off full handicaps.


This is presented to the overall Gross Winner of the Club Championships.


Format: Based on accumulative competition scores over the year.

The winner is calculated on the total of the best 6 scores of any medal/stroke play competition.

This includes monthly medals, Committee Vase, Sponsors Trophy and a maximum of 2 Club Competitions. 


A knockout match play competition played over the summer – There are no handicaps and therefore it will be for the low handicappers.


This is a medal competition played over 2 weekends.

After the 1st round the top 20 qualify to play in the final round.

The result is based on the best Net score off full handicaps

JACK STONE – White Tees

This a knock out match play competition played off full handicaps.

Prior to the 1st round draw, there is a preliminary qualifying stableford round. The top scoring 32 players go into the draw for the knockout matchplay competition. 

The final is also match play and played over 36 holes.

Note: named after an original founder member


Format: A medal competition played of full handicaps 

It is run over a weekend and can be played on either Saturday or Sunday. This is a major competition that qualifies for the Merit Cup.


Format: A better ball pairs stableford competition played off the white tees.

Qualification takes place over 1 weekend and the top 32 pairs are entered into a knock out match play competition

The number of shots are calculated as 90% of the difference from the lowest handicap.

JOHN RUEBEN – White Tees

Format: Pairs greensomes stableford competition 

Both players take their own tee shot and then take alternative shots.

3/8 of combined full handicaps

Note: named after a former president of the club.


Every year there is a Captains prize day at Abridge.

This is a stableford competition played off full handicaps.

There are prizes for the overall best score and the 3 handicap divisions.

ALEC BOURNE – White Tees

Format: Stableford Competition off full handicaps

It is run over a weekend and can be played on either Saturday or Sunday

Note: named after an original founder member


Format: This is a knock out match play competition

£10 entry and a prize pot of £100 for the winner.

SOCIETY CUP – White Tees

Format : A bogey match play competition played against the course off full handicaps. The players score on each hole will be based on the net par score after handicaps.


Format: Stableford Competition off full handicaps

It is run over a weekend and can be played on either Saturday or Sunday

Note: named after an original founder member


Format : Full handicap stableford competition 

Played on a Sunday and open to all 7 day members.

Note: named after a former board member that ran the club competitions.


Format: A match play knock out competition for high handicap 22+ members 

Each match is played off full handicaps.

Note: named after a former member.

VETERANS CUP – Yellow Tees

Format : A Stapleford competition for those members over 65 off full handicaps.


Format: A pairs stableford competition played off the white tees.

Alternate shots. The team handicap is calculated as the average of both players full handicaps.

FAMILY FOURSOMES – (Yellow and Red Tees)

Format: A family relation pairs stableford competition.

Men play off yellow tees and Women from the red tees.

Alternate shots. The team handicap is calculated as the average of both players full handicaps.


  1. These competitions are always played over the weekend on Saturday and/or Sunday.
  2. Members will require an active club handicap to enter any competition.

Please contact the club office for more information about any of these competitions or to speak to a member of the club’s competition committee.

Free personal liability insurance for every Abridge Golf Club Member

As of 1 July 2019, every Abridge Golf Club Member is provided with £10m personal liability insurance as part of their affiliation to England Golf.

We have put together some of the common questions and how to claim in the event of an accident.

As an affiliated member of England Golf what am I covered for?

You are covered for personal liability in the event that you are found to be negligent for causing injury to another person or damage to third party property whilst playing or practicing golf at any golf club or recognised practice facility in the UK, Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man.

Do I need to activate my insurance cover?

If you are a member of an affiliated golf club, and are paying an affiliation fee to England Golf, then your personal liability insurance cover came into effect automatically on 1 July 2019. Should you wish to make a claim, you will need to have registered with us at so Bluefin Sport can validate your eligibility. They will do this by confirming
both your membership with your golf club and your online registration with England Golf.

Am I liable to pay anything personally if an incident occurs?

In respect of any personal injury claims you are covered for the full amount of any awards made to an injured party including any legal expenses. In respect of damage to third party property the England Golf member is responsible for the first £500 of any claim.

What happens if I already have cover for personal liability through another product?

The benefit provided via England Golf to an affiliated member whilst playing golf at any golf course in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man, is designed to offer “primary” insurance for personal liability. Whilst you may
choose to cancel any additional “personal liability” cover that you have, be very careful before doing so as most specific “golfers” insurance products tend to offer a combined package of benefits which include equipment and/or personal accident covers as well as personal liability.

Does this cover extend to include golfing holidays?

If your holiday is in the UK, Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man then yes you are fully covered.

What about golfing holidays anywhere else in the world?

Provided that you have arranged travel insurance for your golfing holiday then cover will extend to include golf trips of not more than 28 days on a worldwide basis. This extension is included on a contingency basis up to but not exceeding the limit provided by your travel insurance policy. This cover is subject to UK jurisdiction and specifically excludes USA and Canada.

What does UK Jurisdiction mean?

It relates to where any disputes are actually heard. For clarity provided any action is bought in a UK court of law then the cover will be operative.

What if I cause any injury to a playing partner?

Cover extends to include your playing partners so the cover will be fully operative.

Does this insurance include any cover for golf equipment?

No, not under this membership benefit. The cover provided relates to personal liability only.

What action should I take if I become aware of a potential claim?

Notify Bluefin Sport immediately on 0131 255 0340 or [email protected] and let us have any relevant documentation.

In what circumstances might I be negligent for injury to another person whilst playing golf?

The most obvious example is negligence arising through a “ball strike” causing injury to another person. The most common example of this would be taking your tee shot when golfers playing in front of you are still within range or ignoring signage on a blind tee shot telling you to wait for the “BELL” before playing your tee shot.

What about incidents that might occur whilst I am practicing on the range?

Cover applies whilst playing or practicing golf at any golf club or recognise practice facility in the UK, Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man.

Am I covered whilst using a golf buggy?

No cover is provided for incidents arising out of the use of golf buggies. Many golf club’s own or lease golf buggies for their members and visitors. It is our belief that all golf clubs should have a minimum of third party motor insurance for driving buggies’ in and around the course even if it is private land.

Am I covered in respect of any incidents involving the use of a golf trolley?

Yes, full cover is operative.

Where can I get some more advice about insurance?

We have a dedicated insurance microsite that can provide an additional source of information. Please visit to access. Should you have any specific insurance related questions or require
advice please contact Bluefin Sport. 0131 255 0340

If you have a query relating to your membership (non insurance related) then please contact England Golf.

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