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BEWARE ! COMING TO A COURSE NEAR YOU ! Masters syndrome !

Morning all, I thought I would share this article I read last week, It’s a bit of a chuckle but very informative and I have put my slant on it in places.

This is a very dangerous illness that some golfers suffer from sadly every April.

The symptoms are suffering from delusions and unrealistic expectations that their own golf course should look like Augusta National

It’s a fair point really I suppose ? (not !) So anyone who is suffering from this condition I thought I would aide your recovery by giving you some facts about Augusta and why no course can ever be in as good as condition this time of year especially in the UK.

  1. Budget:- Between the TV money and the wealthy members, the greenkeeping budget at Augusta National is astronomical. Only the crème-de-la-crème are welcomed into the ranks of membership at Augusta, and they pay a premium for the privilege.
  2. Climate:- The subtropical climate in Georgia is in stark contrast to the UK, which has temperatures far lower over the past few months. Grasses that are starting to grow slowly in April in the uk are growing from early January in Augusta. They also benefit from million dollar sub air systems under the Greens which heat the grass to make them grow.
  3. Course :-Imagine closing your course between May and October, as they do at Augusta National. The grass species used on the course struggles to survive the hot Georgia summer, so closing the course means it isn’t put under undue stress, and golfers aren’t damaging the hard, dry turf.

4.Green speeds :-The green speeds at Augusta exceed 13 on the stimpmeter. The cost of getting a green to that standard is incredible, let alone the stress on the grass. That aside Club golfers playing on excessive speeds would lead to huge numbers of 3 and 4 putts. Note, we get very close to these speeds for the Club Championships.

5. Artificial aids to appearance:- We’ve all heard the myths about filters over the camera lenses to make the grass appear greener, trees being shipped in , fans hidden in trees and the azaleas being kept on ice to ensure they flower at the correct time. Some of these have been denied, but the fact is the management team at Augusta National only show you what they want you to see, and that’s the impression of golfing perfection.

6. Greenstaff and Volunteer Greenstaff :- They have more greenstaff than you can imagine, plus they then ship in 100’s of volunteer greenstaff from other courses although it is an incredible experience for those greenkeepers who are given the opportunity to get involved with one of the greatest spectacles in golf.

WOWSER !
Augusta Greenstaff working on 1 hole, they have similar numbers on each hole

7. Machinery: Machine companies are happy to supply 100’s of extra machines as a gesture or tournament support as it gives them a great TV advert.

15 Fairway mowers on this hole, Abridge have 2 fairway mowers , and thats a luxury !

So there you have it , a few tonics to help with the condition!

I thought the above was very interesting I hope you did . Us Course Managers sound bitter and twisted, we are really not . Personally I enjoy watching the Masters as much as anybody, but I just have to remind myself firstly its an incredible unique experience and secondly the resources and machinery my excellent Greenstaff have available to them in comparison do a bloody great job!

Hopefully you agree from the pictures below taken the last couple of days

4th Fairway yesterday
3rd Green, oh , and Ben’s b……e!
Looking back down the 5th hole

I hope you enjoy playing The Abridge Masters over the weekend. Good luck

Enjoy your Course, Enjoy your Club……It’s your’s remember!

A little chilly

Frosty start this morning but all greens on except the 4th green. Buggy’s please stick to the paths on the front 9 and the roughs on the back 9. We do intend to let Buggy’s off the paths from Friday providing there is no more rain.Trolleys are on

Ladies’ Open 2019 – Limited Space Left

Abridge Golf club are hosting the Ladies’ Open on 7th August this year. Entry forms are available in the club house, or you can call the office on 01708 688396 to register your interest.

The cost of entry is £75 for the pair and the forms needs to be submitted by the 26th July to secure you place.

The day will consist of tea/coffee and pastries with on arrival. Then full 18 holes four ball better ball format.

Where each golfer hits her own ball throughout the round but after each hole, only the best score amongst the pair is recorded and counts as the score for the team for that hole using the stableford scoring system.

We will then finish off with a two course buffet lunch and prize giving. We have some fabulous prizes for 1st 2nd and 3rd along with nearest to the pins and longest drive.

What are you waiting for? Register today and come join us for what will be a fun filled day.

Warm but dull

Not a great weather day forecast, lets hope they get it wrong! Please note the importance of looking at my latest course update called ‘Catch me if you can!’ as it contains two important messages.

Buggys are on , but please stick to the paths on the front 9 and the roughs on the back 9 . Trolley’s are on

Catch me if you can !

Hi everyone and I hope you are all enjoying Abridge Golf Club?

The Golf course is coming together nicely, but to quote the great lyrics of the 70’s song ‘You ain’t seen nothing yet! ‘ We have so much planned to increase the course’s presentation but it’s early days

From this coming week we will be introducing a new 3 coloured flag system. We will still be using the ABC system as per the scorecard map but this new system will also be used in parallel. Thank you for the kind generous donation from the Gentleman of the 9 Hole Golf Society. Enjoy the video explanation below

I know, I need to get out more !

This week we will be starting our last Spring Renovation work. This involves using this Big Bad boy bit of kit.

We use it to scarify all the fairways and some other areas with. It does a fantastic job. It scarifies and sucks up most of the debris and then we follow behind with a Tractor mounted Blower and a fairway cut. After this in the coming weeks we overseed areas where needed. Click on the video below to see it at work

The bad boy at work

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

I am sure you will have noticed a low black perimeter fence has been erected around parts of the 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th holes ? This is to trap and catch our little dear friends the Great Crested Newts and any other little critters in the area!

We have to trap, record and monitor the area for up to 60 days so we can then start on digging the Irrigation lake.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU DO NOT ENTER THIS FENCED AREA TO RETRIEVE YOUR GOLF BALL IF YOU HIT IT INTO THE AREA .PLEASE TREAT IT AS A TEMPORARY GUR AREA. DO NOT GO INTO THE AREA TO GET YOUR BALL PLEASE.

If you keep hitting balls into the area may I suggest you do one of three things?

1: Move your stance to change direction? 2. Get a lesson off Jason, Jack, Reece or Bobby ! 3. Take up another sport !!

That’s all from me for now .

Regards Geoff

Enjoy your Course Enjoy your club…..It’s your’s remember !

Abridge cruise into the second round

Abridge have made it through a tricky first round tie against Toot Hill Golf Club, after a convincing 4-1 lead after the morning foursomes they pushed on to take six and a half points from the afternoon singles for a convincing 10 and a half to 4 and a half win. This sets up an away tie in the second round against either Frinton or The Essex on Sunday the 19th of May.

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