Club News

IMPORTANT PRO SHOP CHANGES FROM 1ST OCTOBER

  Important Information Regarding

        Changes in the Pro-Shop

Dear Members and Guests

From the 1st October 2019

the Professional Shop will be going cashless.

This means that cash will no longer be accepted. All payments made in the shop from this date will have to be made by either;

  • Using a credit/debit card to add money to a Pro-shop account and making payments using your account.
  • Using a credit/debit card to make payments in the Pro-shop.
  • Digital wallet payments via services such as Apple Pay & Google pay will also be accepted.

If you have any questions about the changes please contact Jack in the

Pro-Shop as soon as possible, thank you.

Golf Principles @ Abridge Pro-Shop

MORNING WORLD

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.

ENJOY YOUR COURSE ENJOY YOUR CLUB, REMEMBER………IT’S YOURS!

SORTED !

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

ENJOY YOUR COURSE ENJOY YOUR CLUB, REMEMBER………IT’S YOURS!!

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.

SPOIL SPORTS !

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 .

ENJOY YOUR COURSE, ENJOY YOUR CLUB, REMEMBER………… ITS YOURS!

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.

PRESIDENTS TROPHY – White Tees

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

MERIT CUP

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. 

SCRATCH MATCH – White Tees

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

SPONSORS TROPHY – White Tees

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

COMMITTEE VASE – White Tees

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.

FOUNDERS BOWL – White Tees

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.

CAPTAINS PRIZE DAY – Blue Tees

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

AUCTION TROPHY – White Tees

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.

LIONEL ACTON TROPHY – Blue 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

GERALD GOLDSTEIN – Blue Tees

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.

LOU FAGELSON CUP – Yellow Tees

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.

FOURSOMES CUP – White Tees

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.


Notes:

  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 www.englandgolf.org/my-account 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 www.englandgolf.org/my-account 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.

Norman Plumb ¼ Final v Chigwell Golf Club

The adventure ends with much gained and valuable experiences established. A close and tight encounter finished 2½ -3½ to our local rivals. Rather like the other sporting events on the day, tie breakers loomed but were not required. It has been clear from team members responses that this event has forged new friendships and opened up the club for different players to compete together. Team selection has often been a challenge with a wealth of players to chose from. However, next year will see a foundation to build upon from the honest toil of this.

Congratulations to all players who have represented the club with aplomb, dignity and of course plenty of heart. The good name of the club has been further enhanced which can only be good for our future. We would like to wish good luck to Chigwell Golf Club in the rest of the competition.

Abridge Club Championships 2019

Lee Oliver – Abridge Club Champion 2019 with Club Captain Gary Bronziet and Lol Green

The Abridge Club Championships for 2019 were played on the last weekend in June. The 78 strong field were split into 3 divisions:

Division One : Handicaps 0 – 6

Division Two : Handicaps 7 – 14

Division Three : Handicaps 15-24

Divisions One and Two started their rounds from the 1st tee. Division 3 started their round from the 10th followed by the ladies.

Nothing could be won on Day 1 but those who scored well would put themselves in pole position for Day 2.

On Sunday morning the field played in reverse order after the Day 1 gross score results. The leaders went out in the last groups of their respect divisions.

Mens Champion: Lee Oliver

Congratulations to Lee Oliver (pictured above) who shot a brilliant 2 under par gross 70 on Saturday and then a very steady 76 on Sunday.

Lee ending up winning by 3 shots to become the 2019 Abridge Champion Golfer.

Ladies Club Champion: Fredricka Sebardt

Congratulations also goes to Fredricka Sebardt who held her nerve on Sunday to become our 2019 Abridge Ladies Champion.

The course was in perfect condition and set up to test the field.

A special thank you to our green staff for getting the course into such excellent condition. We had the traditional diamond fairways and greens that were true and really quick.

We would also like to thank Lol Green for all his hard work to organise the event. Lol strategically placing the pins in equally difficult but different positions on both days .

Lol Green stocking the beer buggies
Lol Green stocking up the beer buggy for the club championship

He also made sure that most holes played to their full length from the white tees. Occasionally he pushed them forward (7th hole) to tempt the big hitters to attack the green from the tee.

A final thank you must go to all of the kitchen/bar staff, marshalls and the countless other volunteers that helped over the weekend.

Awards and Pro Shop voucher prizes

The overall club champion would be the player with lowest gross score over the 2 rounds. This was always going to come from Division One.

Prizes were awarded for places 1st – 4th in each of the 3 divisions for the lowest gross score over the 2 days.

There were also prizes for places 1st – 4th for the lowest net score on Day 2. This meant that those players that had a bad first round could still end up with honours on the Sunday.

The final leaderboard board :

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