Club News

Abridge Golf Safeguarding Policy

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

Ladies Charity Golf Day

We are delighted to announce the return of our annual charity Golf day after postponing last year due to Covid 19. We hope you can join us to make it a fun filled and exciting day on Tuesday 27th July.

Charities need our help even more than ever so please help us make this year a bumper success.


This years nominated charity is The Dream Factory, it is an Essex-based charity established 11 years ago to brighten the lives and encourage hope for children and young adults aged 3-25 years, who have either life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, or who suffer from severe disabilities.
They do this by granting their dreams and making their wishes come true.


Please find below entry form for our eagerly anticipated annual event. We would urge you to return it as soon as possible as demand for places often exceed available spaces.

Team Game Best 2 from 4

Shotgun Start 9.30 am, Tuesday 27 th July

ENTRY FEE IS £70.00 PER PERSON
This includes morning coffee and home-made biscuits on arrival.Halfway house, lunch, and prizes
Please advise of any special dietary requirements.

We have a limited number of buggies available. These will be allocated on a first come basis.


Looking forward to seeing you at this worthwhile and enjoyable day.

Thanking you for your kind support in helping dreams come true

The Abridge Ladies

Abridge Ladies’ Open

Wednesday 11th August 2021

Team of 4 Best 2 Scores to Count

Full Handicap Stableford

Cost of the day £40 pp include Tea/Coffee Danish Pastries on arrival.

Halfway House. Sumptuous Buffet Lunch.  Prizes

CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES 1st August 2021

Please return the entry form:

with your cheque made payable to:

Abridge Golf Club (Holdings) Ltd

Epping Ln, Stapleford Tawney, Romford RM4 1ST

(please advise of any dietary requirements)

The Start Sheet will be sent by e-mail to the lead player after 1st August

DRAINAGE ! is going in at Abridge Golf Club

This Winter has been one of the longest, wettest and ‘trying’ ones for many a year. In fact February has just been announced as the wettest February’s on record! So it’s time to do something about it.

We are going to start installing a Comprehensive Drainage system into Fairways and Approaches to make the Course more playable in the wetter periods. This drainage will never stop some of the excessive flooding conditions we have had this Winter, BUT what it will do is to enable the surfaces to cope with the rainfall and drain the surfaces quicker. At the moment the water has nowhere to go and just sits on the surfaces as the clay subsoil underneath is saturated.

The plans and install methods have been checked by a qualified Drainage Consultant.

The plan consists installing Main, Primary and Secondary Drainage. We have measured and surveyed all 18 holes and then prioritised where we feel is best to start, but this depends massively on ground and Weather conditions and maintenance of your Golf Course.

Perforated drainage pipe

Overall, we will be laying in excess of 3,500M of Mains Drainage, in excess of 7,000M of Primary Drainage and in excess of 80,000M of Secondary drainage over the next 3-4 years!

MAIN DRAINS

These will be installed in the appropriate places in the Rough just along the edges of Fairways and Approaches.

Trenching
Another view of the Trencher at work

They will consist of a trench with 100mm perforated pipe covered with a non-woven Geo textile Sock (this helps to stop the silting up of the pipe), the trench will then be backfilled to the surface using 10mm washed pea shingle. These will be visible for a while until the grass grows over the top of the gravel. Inspection points along the Main drains will be installed for us to service and keep the pipes clear.

How we will backfill the primary drainage trenches with Gravel

Backfilling trenches with a 3 Ton Gravel Trailer

PRIMARY (LATERAL) DRAINS

These will be installed in the appropriate places. They are spaced between 5M and 10M apart and connect directly into the Main drains

Primary drains consist of a trench with 80mm perforated pipe, backfilled with 10mm washed pea shingle up to 75mm below the surface. The remaining 75mm will be filled with an 80/20 sand/soil mix. This stops gravel coming to the surface which can ruin mower blades and also help to limit ‘Tiger striping’ during very dry periods. It also gives a good base for grass to grow and ‘knit’ the drainage lines in.

SECONDARY DRAINS

Secondary drains enable surface water to reach the Primary Drains quicker. They are spaced at 1M apart.

Secondary drains  consist of closely spaced gravel bands , approx. 20-25 mm wide and injected into the playing surface 200-250mm deep by a vibrating channel opener. Instead of using gravel we use Lytag.

Gravel Bander used for secondary drainage installation

 LYTAG is a porous material that is far superior to gravel in carrying water away from desired areas. It can drain up to 10 times faster than 10mm gravel. It’s a recycled material from made from the fly ash, a by-product of coal fired power stations. It’s been used by Drainage contractors for over 30 years. Lytag on the surface does not cause damage to mower blades and owing to its honeycomb design it holds a small percentage of water which helps with stopping ‘tiger striping’ during dry periods.

Also, as no soil is removed in laying secondary drainage surface disturbance is minimal and play can resume almost immediately.

Watch how the gravel bander works to install secondary drainage

Using a 3ton Gravel bander to install the Secondary Drainage

HOW CAN YOU HELP WITH YOUR COURSE!!

One of the most labour-intensive jobs during the drainage installation will be the back filling of the primary drainage trenches with the 75mm of sand/soil. This has to be done by hand and shovel.  It’s your Golf course remember and if you would like to help us with this job it would be greatly appreciated! Two members have already instigated that they would be willing to help at times so if you would also like to get involve please contact me on [email protected] or leave a message with Lol Green or the office.

WHAT DISRUPTION WILL THERE BE AND IN WHAT ORDER WILL DRAINAGE BE INSTALLED

You cannot make an omelette without breaking some eggs! However, given this Winter we have all just endured I hope to think you will all cope with a little inconvenience whilst we endeavour to make your Golf Course so much more playable. There will be some mess and occasionally we will have to close a whole while certain jobs are carried out.

We have decided on the following strategy, but this really does depend on several factors, weather, the ability to get onto the surfaces with the machinery, staff levels and pressure of Golf. We have also to maintain your Golf Course to the highest standards the main Season.

March 2020 – November 2020.        Holes 1- 7

March 2021 – November 2021.        Holes 10,11,14,16,18

March 2022 – November 2022.       Holes 12,13,14,17

March 2023 – November 2023.       Holes 8,9, practice hole and parts of the Driving Range

The above is definitely subject to change. I will update you as much as I can.

I hope you are excited as we are of completing this massive upgrade in your Course.

Hole 18th at Abridge Golf Club
Hole 18th at Abridge Golf Club

WITH THE NEW FULL IRRIGATION SYSTEM, A FULL 18 HOLE BUGGY PATH, SOME OF THE BEST PRACTICE AND DRIVING RANGE FACILITIES IN THE COUNTY,THE WONDERFUL NEW CLUBHOUSE, THE AMAZING FOOD SERVING AT ‘THE LOUNGE’ AND JACK WINER OUR NEW HEAD PRO, ABRIDGE JUST GETS BETTER AND BETTER !

‘THE LOUNGE’

BE PART OF IT NOW!

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

As announced a few weeks ago the next stage of your Golf Course improvement plan is to invest heavily in Drainage .

The weather won again

Very sorry but we cannot beat this relentless wet weather. The Front 9 holes will be closed today as its just too wet underfoot to be safe to play. The back 9 holes are open but there will be some temporary greens in play . Buggy’s and ALL Trolleys must stick to the paths at all times. Please take care there are some very slippery areas on the course

The Rain Came Back

After some rainfall last night, there may be some temporary greens in use. Please check at the pro shop for any updates. Holes 1-18 are in play with an artificial tee mat on holes 1 and 16. On the 8th, the grass tee will be in use but please play to the practice 8th green on rather than the main green. All buggies and trolleys are to stay on paths at all times. Please repair pitch marks and divots and enjoy your round.

18 Holes Open

There are 18 holes open with a few minor adjustments. The 1st and 16th will be played from a mat rather than the grass tee boxes, both still as par 4’s. The 8th will be played still from the main tee but then played to the practice 8th on the left of the 8th green. All buggies and trolleys must stay on the paths at all times. Enjoy your round and thank you for your cooperation.

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