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Buggies only allowed on the front 9 holes and must stay on the paths provided at all times . Trollies on
Buggies only allowed on the front 9 and must stay on the buggy paths provided at all times
Well done to Jean Shulton winner of this weeks ladies competition. She beat off all the opposition in very cold,wet and windy conditions.
Next Tuesday we have a captains pick competition. Please be there at 8.45 for the draw
Winter Rules are now in effect. Pick Wipe and place on all fairways
Buggy’s to stick to paths on holes 1-4 and then in the rough Trolleys on One temporary green owing to the persistent rain yesterday.
I’m sure you are all aware that there are rule changes coming into effect in 2019. Here is an excellent video that summarises the 20 most important changes. It’s worth checking out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Find out more about our junior golf membership
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.
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.
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.
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.
We have two full sized high quality, snooker tables for use exclusively by members. Balls and cues are available from the Bar.
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
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.
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