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Our tips for making your society day one to remember

Golf Society Day at Abridge Golf Club

Are you looking to arrange a Society golf day for the first time? Not sure where to start? We’ve got your back (pink shirts are optional!) 

Preparation is key when planning a society golf day and communication with all the players is very important so that everyone knows what is going on and everything can be finalised well in advance of the event day. We have prepared our top ten tips for making your society day one to remember. 

Our top 10 tips for arranging a society day:

1. Location, Location, Location

Make sure you pick a golf course that all the people can get to. Travel time limited to 45-60 min its probably the max when arranging a day trip.

Using something like google maps is a great way to narrow down your search and make sure its reachable for all you society members. It’s also great way to discover some great golf courses in your area you might have not been visited.

2. Get an idea of the costs for a society day.

We would all like to play at St Andrews on our society day, but you need to put a budget together that’s not going to break everyone wallet. Even if you haven’t got dates and players confirmed its always worth asking the golf club for availability and a quote so you can be armed with information when your society members start asking questions. 

3. Practice Facilities

It’s worth doing a bit of extra research and seeing if the golf club offer practise facilities, most clubs will have a practise putting green to use before you go out. It’s worth checking out if they have full driving range or practise nets so you and your guests can make use of the facilities at the club and make a full day of it. 

4. Know you numbers

Ideally this should be multiples of 4 so you have even numbered groups. A good way to guarantee numbers is to collect all the monies in advance so there are no last minute payment issues. Creating a Whatsapp group is a great way of getting people together to chat through options sprinkled with a bit of banter and will get people excited about your day.

6. Payment of Green Fees 

Once the venue is known and the dates and numbers are confirmed then you can book your day with the course by paying a deposit to secure the reservation. It will also give you time to chase up those late payers and a chance to get a bit of banter before the big day. 

7. Organise a practice round 

It’s worth going the week before the event to play the course. Go and introduce yourself to the admin staff and pro shop who will help you finalise any of those last minute details, or suggest ways they can enhance your day. 

8. Trophies & Prizes

These should all be ordered in good time and collected in the week before the event. There are also plenty of online places that will engrave you trophies and deliver them direct to your door before your society day. 

9. Get there early.

A running order start sheet should be pre prepared showing the players’ names, their selected groups and details of their tee times and the format for the day. The individual scorecards should also be written out in advance with the players’ handicap details. It’s going to be hectic with people turning up different times have a running order available will help you stop answering the same questions as you society members arrive. 

10. Go out in one of the first groups  

Put yourself out in one of the first groups so they can be ready to collect and record scorecards at the end of the round, and remind the last group to pick up any nearest to the pin markers or longest drive markers. You dont want to end up having to run out to the 15th Par 3 to find out who has won. 

Finish the day on a high by collating all the scorecard information correctly and make sure that the presentations are made in a timely manner once the last group are back in the clubhouse.

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Remember, once the players tee off there is nothing more you can do other than to focus and make sure all the hard work is worth while by enjoying your own round.

If you would like us to help arrange your society day  you can fill out one of our contact forms or give the office a call. 

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Curtis Knipes crowned champion of champions

It has been an exciting and eventful year for the Abridge Junior section. We are fortunate to have some very accomplished golfers in this age group.

Curtis Knipes  crowned as Essex Amateur Champion at Upminster Golf Club

In June at Upminster Golf Club , Curtis Knipes successfully defended his title as Essex Amateur Champion. In his opening round he recorded 7 birdies and dropped just one shot to set a new amateur course record of 63.

Curtis also won the Abridge club championship for the second year in succession!

The Junior team had an excellent run in the Essex Youth Shield (Scratch) competition. The team reached the knockout stage by winning their group and went on to finish runners up.

A highlight was in the semi-finals where we played against Orsett. In what turned out to be the pivotal match, George Hallybone came back from 5 down with 6 to play, to chip in on the 18thfor a win taking Abridge through to the final against Colchester.

Sadly, the date of the final clashed with the date of the England Golf Union Men’s County Champion of Champions tournament at Woodhall Spa, which Curtis Knipes had qualified for as Essex men’s champion.

Abridge Juniors at Clacton

At Clacton, the boys were narrowly beaten by a very strong Colchester side. George was almost the hero again. At 2-2 in matches completed, George was 2 down with 2 to play against Charley Hatley of Clacton. George  tied the match on the 18thtaking the match down the 1stbut unfortunately for us, Charley prevailed on the first play-off hole, so result was a 3-2 win to Colchester. Congratulations  to them!

Abridge boys collect their Youth Shield  runners up medals. Left to Right – George Hallybone, Freddie Orwell, Matthew O’Connor, Lewis Wright, Liam Palmer Anscombe and team captain Harvey Sullivan.

Curtis Knipes crowned champion or champions. 


Meanwhile, while this match was taking place, Curtis Knipes was busy at Woodhall Spa.

I am delighted and very proud on behalf of Abridge to report that Curtis WON the England Golf Union Champion of Champions event where he birdied the fourth hole in a sudden-death play-off in this 36 hole competition.

Curtis Knipes crowned as England Golf Champion of Champions

I would like to thank all of the boys that represented the club this year and wish them luck in the future. I would like to thank Harvey Sullivan who served as Junior Captain this year.

Golf Club, Bar and Restaurant

Opening hours of restaurant

The restaurant and bar is open every day throughout the year from 7.30 am  until 7.00 PM in spring and summer months and until sunset in Autumn and winter months.

Breakfast and Lunch are  available until 3.30pm,  outside of these times, you may  pre-order and pre-pay for sandwiches, baguettes and salads to be collected from the bar after your round..

The Bar and Restaurant will no longer be able to accept cash payments from 1st May 2019 and only credit and debit cards can be accepted.  Cash payments will still be accepted in the Office although Payment Cards are the preferred method.

Telephone Numbers

Course condition hotline  Call 01708 688537

This is a recorded message, available throughout the winter months, to enable you to find out where buggies and trolleys are allowed, if there are temporary greens  or areas restricted for maintenance.

Office:                      01708 688396

Pro-shop:                  01708 688333

Club Membership Card

This is to be used for entering and leaving the Club, as well as competition entry and bar and food purchases.  The deposit paid on the card at renewal must be fully used before the end of that current membership year, as refunds are not available.

The membership card has two separate purses: one for dining charges, the other for entering   competitions. Members are able to top up both purses at the bar at any time.

Social Events

Some interesting events will be arranged during the year, so please keep an eye on the advertising board near the bar area.  Sometimes these are also announced via email.

Changing rooms

Permanent Lockers are available for rental by members in varying sizes, for more information please contact the office.

Towels are provided for members use

Special Golfing Events

Please check the diary, website and notice boards for the many interesting competitions that are arranged throughout the year. 

Snooker Room

We have two full sized high quality, snooker tables for use exclusively by members. Balls and cues are available from the Bar.

Snooker Room (Members Only) 

Private Functions

From time to time the Club hosts weddings and other private functions in the main Clubhouse.  In these circumstances, please utilise the Spike Bar for dining and refreshments.  If you are interested in hiring the Club premises for your own function (or for your business purposes) please refer your enquiry to the Catering Department – Members may hire the Clubhouse for functions at a special discounted rate.

Etiquette on the Golf Course

General Conduct

  1. Inappropriate language is not acceptable at any time, to either members or employees of Abridge.
  2. Use of mobile telephones are not permitted anywhere on the course or any practice areas
  3. Mobile phones may be used in the club house in silent mode, discreetly without disturbing others
  4.  Smoking is only permitted in designated areas;please ensure you always use the ash trays, not leaving butts on the floor.
  5. Clothing and shoes should be changed in the changing rooms only and not in the car park or other areas

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.

Abridge Golf Club Dress Code

Club House, Patios and Car Park

  1. Smart casual wear must be worn at all times.  Shirts must have collars and sleeves; but need not be tucked into the waistband.  Polo and turtleneck sweaters are permitted.  Golfers must change before using the restaurant if clothing is soiled.
  2. Smart jeans,chinos, and cords are permitted; not permitted are jeans with holes, tears or prints.   Vests, t-shirts, tracksuits or jogging suits, army trousers, in full or part, are not allowed.
  3. Tailored shorts may be worn in the clubhouse but only until 7.30pm.
  4. Clean trainers may be worn but if worn with shorts, white socks are also required.  Loafers and deck shoes are permitted with or without socks.  Sandals and flip flops are not permitted.
  5. Hats must not be worn in the clubhouse.
  6. Waterproofs of any description are only allowed in the Spike Bar.

Golf Course and Practice Areas

  1. Shirts must have collars and sleeves but polo and turtleneck sweaters are permitted.  Shirts must be tucked into the waistband at all times.
  2. Tailored trousers and tailored shorts, with belt loops.  When wearing shorts, white socks must be worn.
  3. Hats and visors must be worn correctly with the peak to the front.
  4. Vests, t-shirts, jeans, army trousers, or army shorts, tracksuits jogging suits, in full or part, are not allowed.
  5. Golf shoes only with soft spikes between 1st April and 31st October unless otherwise specified. Soft spikes are permitted in the locker room and toilet but shoes with metal spikes to be changed at the entrance.

IF YOU ARE NOT PROPERLY ATTIRED YOU MAY BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE CLUBHOUSE/COURSE BY A MEMBER OF STAFF OR CLUB OFFICIAL

Come Join in the Swindles

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, snooker or maybe table tennis.  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

Visit the Pro Shop

Pro Shop

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.

Opening Hours         

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

Buggies

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

Club Storage

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.

Booking Tee Times

Booking Tee Times

To book a tee time during the week you can either telephone or visit the Pro-shop who will assist you in booking a tee time.  These bookings may be made up to 7 days in advance.

Booking Tee Times – Arrangements for weekend

To play in the mornings at the weekend, please register your name with the Starter(s) in the restaurant who will help you to find a game.The current policy, if you have a pre-arranged four ball, is that one person can pre-book a maximum of two people, therefore to book all four players; two must be in the restaurant!  Any reservations between 8.00 and 11.00am on a week-end must be booked with the Starter(s) within the Clubhouse on the day they are playing. Any reservations on a weekend before 8.00am or after 11.00 are to be booked with the Pro-shop or on the web site and can be booked up to one week in advance

Booking Tee Times – Web Site

Tee times may be booked by going to book now section of the website.

Please log into the web site and follow the link from the member’s page.  .

Booking Tee Times – BRS golf  App

This may be downloaded from the AppStore (Apple devices) or GooglePlay for Android devices, enter club name Abridge and your membership number to sign in.

Guests of Members

Members guests are always welcome and pay a reduced green fee.

It isthe host member’s responsibility to ensure that all guests are authorised to play and have paid the appropriate green fee to the Pro-shop before play, as well as being responsible for their dress code and etiquette on and off the course.  

Please be reminded that a guest can only pay a members’ guest fee 6 times per membership year (1stApril-31st March).

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How do I enter competitions

How to obtain your handicap

New members who join the Club without an active handicap need to hand in three cards before they can enter any Club competitions.  Should your handicap become inactive you are requested to speak to members of staff in the Pro-shop prior to starting your round and tell them that you would like to put a card in for handicap purposes.They will enter you in the book and charge a minimal fee.  You are required to hand in three cards in this way to gain an active handicap.

How to Enter Competitions

To enter Club competitions you will need to swipe your Abridge card on the computer in the Spike Bar, or Pro Shop, and, on certain occasions,you will be requested to pay the Pro-shop. Sometimes other arrangements are made and are explained on the days of the competition.  Please ensure that your Club Card is in credit by topping this up, if necessary, behind the bar or in the restaurant.

Ladies have their own separate competitions, which are organised and arranged by the Ladies’ Section.

Inter-Club Competitions

The Club enters a number of competitions and is always looking for members that wish to be considered for selection. The competitions are:-

Thornton Cup (Scratch Competition)

Thornton Cup Plate

Leslie Wood (Handicap 8 and over and Scratch Competition)

Essex Seniors (+55)

The AJGCS Metropolitan

The AJGCS Southern Provincial

The Ladies’ National

Norman Plum

Jubilee Cup

London League arranged by the Vice Captain

Glancy            

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