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The Members Club Handbook is published online in the Members Handbook section of the website its reviewed April each year, however Members should note these are subject to change and they should always consult the online version of the for current information. Which can be downloaded here Members Handbook 2020-21 V6
Abridge golf and Country Club as an active member of England Golf fully supports the initiative of protecting Children and Adults at Risk. We have therefore, encompassed the recommendations and instituted and updated the following policies which can be downloaded.
Adults Safeguarding policy
Children’s Safeguarding policy
They outline our safeguarding procedures and how we feel all members as well as children, should behave whilst on our premises.
As the Club Welfare Officer, please contact me as soon as possible with any safeguarding concerns.
Also attached is Club Welfare Officer Role Description which can be downloaded in word format from the link underneath as well as the SafeGolf certificate.
Lewis Jacobs, Club Welfare Officer
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 ?
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 on your golf membership 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.
The prize pot for each competition will be dependent on the number of players entered and distributed in the form of pro shop vouchers .
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.
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.
Abridge Golf Clubs operates an online calendar called “Teamup” as the club diary. The advantages of using this over a traditional printed diary is that events may be added and/or modified throughout the year, and these changes will be immediately viewable by members.
Most members have mobile devices and many will choose to view the calendar on their mobile device. Although it is possible to view the calendar in a web browser on a mobile device, the recommended method is to download the free Teamup app. This may be downloaded from the AppStore (Apple devices) or Google Play for Android devices.
The KEY for the Abridge Calendar is ks19sz33d76mwera7j
You only have to enter the key once. From then on, every time you open the Teamup app, it will display the Abridge Calendar.
If you already use a Calendar app on your phone or tablet as your personal diary, you can merge the events in the Abridge Teamup Calendar with your own calendar. As events are added or modified on the Abridge calendar, they will be automagically updated in your own calendar!
For full details of all of the features, download the full user guide below.
Etiquette on the Golf Course
The guidelines for good golf etiquette are there for several very important reasons: Many of them relate to the safety of golfers, many relate to pace of play (which helps keep the game enjoyable), and other rules of golf etiquette relate to maintaining the quality of the golf course.
In other words, golf etiquette is an essential part of the game. And it’s something that newcomers to the game often learn as they go – on the course,when playing with more experienced golfers.
If you are new to the game, or just need to brush up on your golf etiquette, here are some basic rules that will help keep the game enjoyable for you and those around you.
Keep It Safe
Do not swing your club until you know that others in your group are at a safe distance. Likewise, keep your distance when others are swinging. Be aware to steer clear of trouble.
When practising your swing, never swing in the direction of another player. There may be pebbles or twigs or other matter in the grass that could fly up and injure a playing partner.
Do not hit the ball until you are certain that the group ahead of you is out of range.
If your ball appears headed toward another player or another group, give them a warning by yelling out, “Fore’’ (an internationally recognized alert).
Observe the safety suggestions posted in golf buggies and drive carefully.
Never throw clubs in anger. In addition to being rude and childish, it could also be dangerous.
Ring the bells on the 6th and 8th holes on passing, and 11th tee on arriving, to advise following players that it is safe to play. Listen for these bells before playing your tee shot on the 6th tee and when approaching the 8th and 10th greens.
The retrieving of balls from the pond on the 2nd is prohibited.
Maintain a Good Pace
Keep the round moving by being prepared to hit your shot when it is your turn. You probably don’t like waiting on other groups – don’t make other groups wait on you.
Do not spend too much time looking for a lost ball, particularly if there is a group behind you ready to play. If you insist on taking the full five minutes allotted in the rule book to look for lost balls, golf etiquette says wave up the group behind to allow them to play through.
Always try to keep pace with the group ahead of you. If space opens in front of you, allow a faster group to play through.
When two players in a buggy hit to opposite sides of a hole, drive to first ball and drop off that player with his club, then drive to the second ball. After both players hit, meet up farther down the hole. When walking from your buggy to your ball, take a couple clubs with you. Taking only one club, then having to return to the cart to retrieve a different club, is a huge time-waster.
Always leave the putting green as soon as your group has finished putting.
Be Kind to the Course it is there for all of us to enjoy
Observe buggy and trolley rules. Stick to buggy paths wherever practicable and when directed by notices on and around the course.
Keep them away from greens and hazards. Do not take them between the greenside bunkers and the green as the wheels can damage these sensitive areas. Please try to avoid damaging the course.
Repair your divots in the fairway.
Repair your ball marks on the green.
Always rake sand bunkers after hitting to erase your footprints and damage to the area where your ball was.
Avoid taking a divot on a practice swing.
Use your hand to remove the ball from the hole NOT your putter as this often misshapes the hole.
And a Few More Golf Etiquette Hints
Never talk during another player’s swing.
Do not yell out following a shot. Even if boisterous behaviour doesn’t bother your playing partners, there are other people on the course who may be within earshot.
Be aware of your shadow on the putting green. Don’t stand in a place that causes your shadow to be cast across another player or that player’s putting line.
Never walk through a playing partner’s putting line. Your footprints might alter the path of a partner’s putt. Step over the putting line, or walk around (behind) the partner’s ball.
Club House, Patios and Car Park
Golf Course and Practice Areas
IF YOU ARE NOT PROPERLY ATTIRED YOU MAY BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE CLUBHOUSE/COURSE BY A MEMBER OF STAFF OR CLUB OFFICIAL
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. 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
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.
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
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
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.
In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s a nucleus of Jewish golfers formed the South Essex Jewish Golfers Society (SEJGS) as they were being refused membership to local clubs on religious grounds. Because of the situation they decided to setup their own golf club. The founding members agreed to invest, and with the help of a wealthy benefactor, JohnRubens, purchased the farm land where we are today. The Club was finally opened in 1964. Abridge accordingly respects its Jewish heritage and is closed on theJewish Holy Day of Atonement, as well as Christmas Day. In the constitution of the Club, we are proud to state that not only do we welcome members of the Jewish faith, but all creeds and faiths have and will always be welcome.