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The Warren Golf and Country Club is undergoing a major programme of investment and improvement. Recent work includes full bunker renovation for our front 9, drainage, tee reconstruction, forest management, roadway resurfacing, clubhouse improvements including kitchen refit, two refitted and extensively stocked Pro shops, the addition of Trackman III technology for coaching and custom fitting, new practice nets, new menus and wine list, and improved pool and spa facilities. This all in addition to our already superb golf courses and practice facilities. We have a further programme of major investment planned as we further transform The Warren Golf and Country Club and confirm our place as the Home of Golf in Essex. Our Open Weekend is your chance to see these exciting developments and meet the team behind it.

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There could be quite a clash looming on the horizon. It will pit the U.S. tournament pros against the establishment. Namely, The R&A and The USGA who between them control and police The Rules of Golf worldwide. The argument concerns the use of belly putters. Although they have been around for many years, these two bodies are now considering banning them. It won't affect many amateurs because you rarely see them on general sale. However, lots of touring pros use them. In fact, some pros have never used anything else. To suddenly and arbitrarily take away an integral piece of equipment from a self-employed tradesman (for that is what a golf pro really is), is tantamount to taking away his living. And under what lawful jurisdiction can these governing bodies justify such action. This is the position of many U.S. pros, and it looks as though a court case could be the eventual outcome. Watch this space! Norman Head

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Clocks changing, Easter coming, at long last we are up and running!! This month you will see above and below some of the new drivers available this year. From our top selling value brand we have the MD ST3 to the new revolutionary Lynx Boom Boom which is gas filled and comes with it’s own heated head cover to keep the gas warm! As always if you are not sure which driver is for you our very experienced staff are here to advise. Unlike some of our competitors we are here to sell what’s right for you and not what is right for us! Three offers this month feature strongly on clothing, putters/wedges and regrips. Most clubs will need regripping every 2 to 3 years. We are offering free fitting on any grips plus we will measure your hand to ensure you have the correct grip before changing. This is all part of the custom fit process we do for customers who purchase a new set of irons. Size does matter!! Finally our Spring/Summer clothing for Ladies and Men is now in. Featuring this year are Nike, Callaway, Daily Sports, Ping, Oscar Jacobson, Green Lamb, Stromberg Trousers, Underarmour, Dwyer's Trousers and Footjoy. A fantastic selection for everyone. Looking the part is a good start! Phil

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Gosfield Lake Golf Club On the Lakes & Meadows Courses Designed by Sir Henry Cotton

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**Celebrating our 25th Anniversary in 2013** For further details please telephone: Office 01787 474747 Pro-Shop 01787 474488 e-mail: gosfieldlakegc@btconnect.com Or visit our website: www.gosfield-lake-golf-club.co.uk

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Rainham takes centre stage The ambitious new golf complex at Ingrebourne Links at Rainham is to host the first-ever parthree championship to be organized by the PGA of England (East) on August 5th. The Winner Takes All! Ingrebourne Links Par Three Championship will be played over one round of the 876-yard par-three course. The longest hole is the 124-yard seventh and the shortest is the 66-yard ninth. The winner will take all with a prize fund of £2,000. It is anticipated that the winner also will gain an invitation to the well-established and prestigious £100,000 British Par Three Championship over the Cromwell course at Nailcote Hall between August 6th and 9th. Ingrebourne Links Golf Complex is also to sponsor the well-established PGA of England (East) Autumn Classic to be played at Aldeburgh and Thorpeness golf courses on October 3rd and 4th. John Smith, secretary of the PGA of England (East) said: "We are delighted to be working with Ingrebourne Links and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship that will prove beneficial to both parties.”

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ESSEX LADIES COUNTY GOLF ASSOCIATION TWO MAJOR EVENTS FOR 2013 Orsett Golf Club will host two prestigious events for the Essex Ladies County Golf Association during 2013, the Essex Ladies County Championship and the East Region Foursomes. The County Championship will be held over three days, Friday 24 May to Sunday 26 May. It is hoped that the challenging course at Orsett will attract a large number of entries. County Champion Charlotte Thompson, of Channels Golf Club, and Seniors County Champion Trish Wilson, of Chelmsford Golf Club, will defend the titles they won in 2012. The awards ceremony will take place at a celebratory tea on Sunday afternoon, when the Champions will be presented with their trophies. Amanda Colgate-Herbert, County Captain, will then announce the team who will represent Essex in the 2013 East Region County Week to be held at The Bedfordshire Golf Club on 24-28 June. Essex, who are currently English County Champions, will hope to progress to this year’s national finals at Wilmslow Golf Club, Cheshire in September.

Orsett GC Clubhouse has recently undergone a refurbishment. The clubhouse overlooks the 18th green, putting green, and practice chipping area.

The East Region Ladies 36 Hole Strokeplay Foursomes will be played at Orsett on Tuesday 16 April. The East Region comprises Bedfordshire, Cambs & Hunts, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. Entries are limited to 40 pairs, and handicap limit is a maximum of 40 combined. Closing date 16 March. Entry forms are available from the ELCGA website at www.essexladiesgolf.org

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Lee Porter, the PGA Professional attached to Hylands Golf Complex in Chelmsford, has been voted  Clubmaker of the Year by the Golf Clubmakers Association in the UK.   Lee now ranks in the top ten custom-fit clubmakers throughout Europe. No wonder he counts 8 touring golf pros as customers, including the ever popular local Pro, Robbie Coles.

Weapons Of Mass Destruction 2013 is definitely the year of adjustable technology with many companies offering more options than ever on the driver and more adjustability on both fairway woods and hybrids. Although these options are great, they are certainly not the answer to a golfer's prayers. In fact, I think adjustable clubs are actually one of the best but most misunderstood technologies available. If we were to roll back around 30 years, it would be commonplace for a golfer to visit a club maker and have a persimmon wood made to their specification. This would include loft, face angle and weight. From this, a wooden head would be formed to suit the golfer perfectly. Once finished, changes were possible but a lot of work. Golfer's even had the opportunity to choose the colour of their choice. Sound familiar? Well, that's because that's pretty much where we are currently - we can now adjust loft, face angle, weight and even choose the colour. Wow - we've gone back to the 70's! In all honesty, it's a good thing; having more options to suit the golfer should surely lead to better golf - right? In my opinion, the problem is around three inches tall and about two inches wide and answers to the name of 'The Key'. Changing a persimmon wood took time and skill to make any alterations, now it takes about a minute - and that's a problem because golfers are now constantly 'fiddling'. Having observed players on the driving range unwrapping their new weapons of mass destruction it seems evident to me that the most common first move is to crank all the loft off the club. But surely, if that's what was needed you would have bought a less lofted club? Problem is with taking the loft off the club you open the face - and for most people that's a 'Fore Right!'. So my best advice here is to think of the club as a wooden head, once it's set up correctly it stays there - if you're not sure how to set it up correctly go see a professional. Then ask a loved one to hide 'The Key' and go play golf. At least, this way if you bomb your golf ball into the trees you can be sure it was you and not a 'notch too far'. Talk to your local PGA Professional or contact me at Hylands Golf Complex on 01277 356016 email: porterlee@mac.com 10


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Matt Stables is a PGA ‘AA’ Teaching Professional based at North Weald Golf Club near Epping.  Matt played collegiate golf in the USA and today competes in regional and national pro tournaments.  As a teacher, Matt is involved with the Essex County Academy Program and is qualified in club making, golf fitness and the mental side of golf.  As a golf coach, Matt believes in good fundamentals, including an on plane swing, an understanding of each individual’s strengths and weaknesses, plus an effective short game.  Golf tuition is available from Matt call 01992 522118  mobile 07808 003 619, or www.mattstablesgolf.com

One - Armed Drills One - armed drills require a decent amount of strength and good technique to perform correctly. The idea of doing them is that if you can perform a one - armed swing right, then hitting with two arms should be easy, and they are great drills to improve your technique. One - armed swings are easily performed poorly so it is very important that if you are going to do them; that you do so with a good technique otherwise you will get no benefit. Only use a 9 iron to start with, and make sure you hit off of a tee. Also, only hit 10 shots per session with each arm so that you don’t overdue it and put undue stress on your arm. At least until you have done the drill over numerous sessions. These drills are difficult and will challenge you so aim to get gradually better over time at them.You can start just by aiming to hit the ball 10 yards off the tee. Left arm and Right arm drills are correct for a right-handed golfer, if you play left handed this will be the other way around. Right arm only- Take your normal address and then take the back of your left hand and put it just below your right elbow. By putting it there you will be able to get the right elbow in the correct position, and it will encourage you to turn your shoulders properly. Aim to get your right arm into a throwing position just like you would when you would throw the ball a long way, with your shoulders turned as you would normally. The right arm should make an L shape and aim to mimic the above pictures. Make a number of practice swings doing this, firstly, and ensure that you can do this with the proper technique. Once you feel comfortable doing this then you can hit some shots. Left arm- Take your normal stance then put your right hand behind your back. For most people, this will be their weaker arm. Aim to turn your shoulders properly also to get your left thumb under the shaft and when you are at the top of your swing, your arm is extended as well. On the way through let your left arm fold. Again, aim to mimic the above pictures. Have fun with these drills and you may surprise yourself. Matt usually begins a lesson program with a Player Assessment where we look at a player’s strengths and weaknesses and recommend a plan of improvement. This lasts 60 minutes and looks at all parts of your game at a cost of £25. If you quote Essex Golfer, you can receive a £10 discount on this session, which is valid until the end of March. 

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Essex PGA Reports by Secretary, Suzy Garland-Collins Tel: 01277 223510 essexpga@googlemail.com www.essexpga.com

Unfortunately, the weather continued to cause us problems during February but luckily we managed to hold two events. First of all - The Addington in Surrey. We played a superb course in warm sunshine couldn't believe it! Jason Levermore won, by one shot from Johnnie Fryatt, Mark Stokes and Paul Barham. The team event was won by Roger Gray and his Thorndon Park team of Ian Restall, Mark Downey and Peter Millett by 2 points from Paul Barham and his team. A very cold Rushmere on February 25th but we all survived it - the course, and in particular the greens, were superb. Jason Levermore continued his form with 38 points winning by one point from Johnnie Fryatt on 37 pts. Roger Gray was in third. In the team event Roger and his Thorndon Park team of Ray Fairs and John Bilverston won on count back from Johnnie Fryatt with another Thorndon Park team of the two Garland-Collins. Shaun Westfall from Belhus Park with Jason Horne and Daniel Everington were in third spot. The Essex Open Championship will be held at Chelmsford Golf Club on Thursday May 16th, 2013 and is to be sponsored by Burts Potato Chips.  The Pro/Am will be held the day after on Friday May 17th. 16

The official entry form for the Pre-Qualifying Round on Thursday March 21st can be downloaded from our website or email your entry to essexpga@googlemail.com Entries close this week. Remember it is open to all Essex based PGA Professionals and Essex Club Amateurs with a handicap of 5 or less. The holder of the EPGA Championship Trophy is Ben Horton, an amateur from Thorndon Park Golf Club. We are have some exciting events planned in our last month such as the glorious Aldeburgh on March 11th for a Winter League (open to Professional and Low Handicap Players), A Day Trip to La Mer on Friday March 15th, Fourball Better Ball at Channels on Tuesday March 26th and our last event of the season - the Princes Pro/Am on Thursday March 28th. 

Jason Levermore - winner of The Addington and Rushmere Pro/Ams

Our email address is essexpga@googlemail.com or refer to the website www.essexpga.com or get the latest news on our brand new facebook page search for Epga Essex PGA or simply phone Suzy GC on 01277 223510 if you want to know anything PLEASE SUPPORT OUR ESSEX PROFESSIONALS – THANK YOU!


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The Golfing Artist  Paul Barham has been a PGA Professional for nearly 28 years and is based at Stockbrook Manor and Rayleigh Golf Range. Paul has taught some of the elite players in the county and been a regular winner at east region and county level. He has been doing pencil drawings for 30 years and was never taught; but passed his Art O-Level and A Level exams. It is something he has done as a hobby during winter times and gives him great pleasure in drawing portraits of people's family or pets. He was lucky enough to get Mark O'Meara to sign his drawing just after he won the British Open in 1998. Paul has still not given up hope of getting Leonardo Di'Caprio and Kate Winslet to sign the drawing with the Titanic. You can contact Paul on paulbarham09@gmail.com or 07713304523

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To see up to date results go to www.jubileecup.com The Jubilee Cup Committee and our sponsor, Seabrook Warehousing Ltd, are delighted to be able to say that the season is well and truly upon us! We have been taking queries around the rules and setup for the 2013 competition, and continue to build the governance around the competition. 2013 will see the biggest number of competitors in the Jubilee Cup, and we hope to continue that trend into next year - please make sure you mention us to other Colne Valley GC Winners 2012 non-JC clubs you may play in your normal calendar of golf. We have already had some interest from clubs who have volunteered their facilities to host the neutral venue matches -leading the chase here is newcomer to our competition Manor of Groves. Check out the website for full details about the Jubilee Cup Competition: http://www.jubileecup.com/ including full Competition Rules (such as player eligibility details), and the details of the League composition, competition draw, plus match completion dates. As this edition of the excellent Essex Golfer magazine goes to print, the Jubilee Cup website could begin to show the competition results from the League phase, so please to check in and view the progress. Any suggestions for the website, please do not hesitate to contact us! Good luck 2013 competitors! 20


GET TO KNOW  YOUR ESSEX PROS Tom Cranfield started his career as an Assistant Professional at Gosfield in 2007.  After completing his PGA training, Tom became the Head Professional at Gosfield in 2011.  Tom uses modern techniques at the Gosfield Lake Golf Academy, and has a covered driving area, grassed tee area, practice holes, practice bunkers, chipping and putting green.  For his beginners playing lessons Tom has the shorter meadows course to add to the experience.  During his time at Gosfield Tom has advised on course maintenance and conditioning to the Sir Henry Cotton designed layout, he believes that modern equipment such as the contour mower on the fairways and  turf iron on the greens have made Gosfield a must visit course in Essex.  

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Garon Park wins the GolfM Garon Park Golf Club in Essex has completed a remarkable revival by winning the prestigious title of GolfMark Club of the Year 2013, supported by COBRA-PUMA GOLF. It’s a triumph for coowner Alan Walker, who bought the club from the administrators in May 2010, and for his team. “We are absolutely chuffed, this is a wonderful achievement for a club which was in the doldrums three years ago,” said Alan, a past captain of the PGA and a PGA Master Professional. This England Golf award, which is now in its fifth year, recognises golf clubs that make an outstanding and innovative contribution to junior and beginner golf, showing a willingness to improve and develop. The award was announced at the England Golf Partnership’s County Golf Development Conference at Holywell Park Conference Centre at Loughborough University. The club works closely with Essex County Golf Partnership and is committed to growing the game and their business. The secret, says Alan, from left: Alan Walker, Ben Jones, Carol and Micky Pearson is: “Doing the basics and seeing them through. We are passionate about people, and we make them feel very, very welcome.” Presenting the award, Craig Verrinder, UK Marketing Manager for COBRA PUMA GOLF, said: “We are delighted to be able to recognise Garon Park for their outstanding efforts in providing a golf facility that truly supports the development of the game. “Golf is changing and the ability to offer venues that are inclusive and fun for golfers of all abilities is key to enhancing golf participation within the community. “COBRA PUMA GOLF are proud to continue supporting the GolfMark programme and helping golf grow across the UK.” Any affiliated golf club can apply to work through the GolfMark process and achieve the accreditation, by visiting www.golfmark.org There are currently 620 golf clubs with GolfMark and a further 545 working towards accreditation. Essex Golfer caught up with Alan Walker and had a chat. Congratulations on winning the GolfMark ‘Club of the Year 2013’ award – you must be very pleased?   Yes, it was a fantastic achievement for us to win this award, and the staff and club members are extremely proud of our achievement. What does this mean for Garon Park?  It means a lot, but it demonstrates our enthusiasm for promoting junior golf and also bringing new beginner golfers into the game. From a club perspective, it shows that our golf club has an allencompassing approach to all golfers – which is sometimes not found at every club you visit. It also shows our ability to bring new golfers into the game which are sadly lacking in the sport at the moment. 24


Mark club of the Year 2013 What type of junior programmes do you run and why have you been so successful?  Our success is down to our Junior Organisers Micky and Carol Pearson and our PGA Pros, together with the help and guidance of the Essex Golf Partnership. Throughout the year, we run weekly coaching sessions for our juniors. During the summer month's juniors of all ages come to the club for coaching and then to play on our par three course. These evenings attract upwards of 40 juniors! During the winter months, they are split into ability ‘squads’ and have specific coaching from our Pro’s on the driving range. To bring new Juniors into golf, we run free of charge taster days for boys and girls and from there we introduce them to our weekly coaching sessions, and the juniors meet other juniors, and it mushrooms from there. You have been successful with beginner golfers as well. Last year, we coached 150 complete novices to golf using the very successful ‘Get into Golf’ programme. We had numerous starting dates and different times of the day so that everyone could be accommodated. These 4 week courses gave people a ‘taste’ for the game and after finishing the initial course over 90% enrolled on our own ‘Get further into Golf’ programme where we developed their skills so that they could move to our final programme called ‘Get into playing Golf’ where we actually take pupils onto the golf course and get them playing. The final course is the key because it actually gets beginners onto the golf course. From there they may wish to join the club, buy golf equipment, use the bar and restaurant. They do this because we have built up a relationship with them over the weeks. What are your goals for 2013 now that you have been nominated GolfMark ‘Club of the Year’?  Our goals are to keep improving, keep expanding and keep very focused on the basics – and do them well. Our involvement with the Essex Golf Union and Essex Golf Partnership will hopefully increase as they see us taking the right steps forward and creating well coached Juniors and, importantly bringing many more new golfers into the game. So what’s the secret?   Well, no real ‘secret’ just getting on with the numerous opportunities that are out there. Waiting for new golfers to come to your club is not going to happen – you have to go out and find them and create your own market. If these new golfers are catered for by you and your club in the very first instance, there is every chance, they will become customers for life – and that’s really is the secret! Congratulations to Alan and the team at Garon Park

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SARAHBENNETTGOLF   Come and visit Sarah at Three Rivers Golf & Country Club and learn from a Ladies European Tour & PGA Qualified Professional. Sarah has over 20 years of experience in the industry, a former +4 hcp player, one of the lowest handicap’s achieved in the UK.  Sarah was one of a select few British players to win the Moria Smyth Salver (low amateur Women’s British Open). A certified TPI Junior L2 Fitness Instructor and Jim Hardy Plane Truth Certified Instructor Sarah coaches players new to the game, through to County and the Professional ranks.  She is delighted to pass on her first-hand experience to guide and assist her clients with course management techniques incorporating the mental side with her specific qualification. Lessons available with Sarah: 07719 617349 E: sarahbennettgolf@gmail.com 

Eliminating those 3 putts Unfortunately the talk in the 19th hole is more often or not based around the statement “I hit the ball really well today, if only I hadn’t had all those 3 putts I would have played well below my handicap!” Sound familiar?…… As a former Tour Player and now full time PGA coach I will aim to help you understand the bigger picture and how to improve in this area over the next few articles. Firstly do you analyse why you had the three putts? There could be a number of reasons, a few of which I have listed below • Lack of comprehension how to read the greens • Inconsistent aim of the putter • Lag putts left short of the hole, leaving putts between 6ft-10ft range • Approach shot to the green too far from the flag (incorrect club selection or a miss hit) • A high percentage of missed putts from 3 ft range Once your troublesome areas have been identified then you can design a specific plan to work upon and monitor your progress. The number of putts per round is useful information, but in my view requires some more in depth analysis taking the above areas into account. A single figure handicap player who hits 6/18 greens in regulation to par may finish with 27 putts, this would indicate their short game is in excellent shape at that given time. The area of weakness would therefore be their approach shots but this could well be affected by missed fairways from the tee. It is clear to see that a complete analysis is required to see the whole picture.

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ORSETT GOLF CLUB CADETS The first competition on the Cadets calendar for 2013 was held on 19th February 2013. The Bill Pember Trophy a Stableford competition played 18 holes. 22 players turned out on a perfect playing day with the course in excellent condition. A good competitive atmosphere which resulted in some good scores being posted. Results: Louis Saunders 43 points in first place and equal second place Alfie Buttle & George Bailey with 40 points. A “shot of the Day” was also introduced on the 12th tee the signature hole. Our cadets section consists of over 50 boys & girls of all ages and abilities. Competitions are played throughout the year and a presentation evening where cadet competition winners are presented with their trophies and some for their efforts and continued improvement of the game throughout the year. It is a fun evening for all cadets, their family and friends. If you would like to find out more about this section or would like to join us please contact Mark White Cadet Organiser on 07528 968080

Congratulations to the Pheasant Pluckers Clacton-on-sea Golf Club member’s society ‘The Pheasant Pluckers’, joined together with Captain Russell Carter to celebrate the raising of £3,115 for the Captains 2012 Charity, which was Macmillan Nurses. Clacton`s ‘Pheasant Pluckers Golf Society’ has been in existence for 23 years and have in this time raised thousands of pounds for charity. Captain Russell was pleased to welcome Laurie Gray to the Clacton Club; Laurie is Chairman of the Macmillan Nurses fund raising team for N.E.Essex and was also responsible for opening the Macmillan charity shop in Walton-on-the-Naze in Essex. Captain Russell raised the funds between April and October 2012 and expressed his thanks to all of the Pheasant Pluckers who supported him throughout his year Holding the cheque are, (Right) Captain Russell Carter & as Captain. On receiving the cheque, (Left) Laurie Gray from Macmillan Nurses ‘Laurie Gray thanked the ‘Pheasant Pluckers’ for their generosity and assured them that the funds will be well applied by ‘Macmillan Nurses.’ Lou Barratt who will be the Captain of the Pheasant Pluckers for 2103, his charity will be raising funds for Breast Cancer Awareness. 30


Essex County Schools Golf Association (Affiliated to The English Schools Golf Association & The Essex Golf Union) Hon.Secretary: June Morgan ‘Wodi’ Albert Road, Bulphan, Essex. RM14 3SB Phone No: 01375 891769, Mob: 07917 333492 Email: jsm2000uk@tiscali.co.uk

Annual Handicap Championships to be played at Bentley Golf Club on Thursday 25th  April 2013 This year’s championships will be held at Bentley Golf Club. Essex.  The championships are open to all students in full time education, who were under 18 on 1st September 2012 Boys must hold a current handicap of 11, or ABOVE.Girls must hold a current handicap of 14, or ABOVE.

• The championship will be individual score over 18 holes of stableford points play. • In the event that the entries exceed the capacity of the course the organiser reserves the right to ballot the entries. • No caddies will be permitted. • Parents may walk the course but must stay in the rough and MUST refrain from advising the golfers at risk of disqualification. Start times will be sent out as soon as possible after the entry closing date by email. Where possible, later tee times will be allocated to those with longer journeys. Closing date for entries – Tuesday 16th April (Late entries will not be accepted.)

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Hever -  A Sense of History The Hever Castle Estate which was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn reveals a rich and fascinating past, dating back to the 13th Century. But it was in the 1920s that Golf first featured with Lord Astor’s private 9 hole links course in the grounds. Golf featured highly in Astor’s entertaining, and he would often have guests playing, including Members of Parliament and it is thought Royalty. Today’s 27 Hole Championship course is set on the same land as Astor’s early links course and in 250 acres of truly beautiful countryside offers guests the chance to play golf on the stunning unspoilt Estate. Taking the name of the Famous founder of Golf at Hever, the newly refurbished Astor Lounge Bar and Restaurant, offers golfers and non-golfers a chance to experience a slice of history. To arrange a visit you can book online at www.hever.co.uk or call the Club on 01732 701004

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Ben Jones is the Head of Junior Development at Garon Park and has recently gained a place on the Essex Golf Partnership representing the Essex PGA. He has also just been nominated to be an Essex County Under 12 Development Coach.

Q. Favourite golf course that you have ever played? A. Sunningdale New Q. Best golfing tip you ever received? A. Never show an opponent your beaten. Q. The golfer you admire most? A. Tiger Q. Most embarrassing golfing moment? A. I was playing in the Champions Championship at East Sussex National. I went to hit my short approach to a par 5 but hit a full blown shank, nearly hitting my playing partner! I actually holed my next shot though. Q. Favourite holiday destination? A. Caribbean Q. Best round of golf ever? A. Shooting a 69 (1 under) playing off a 12 handicap in a Club competition. Q. Favourite film? A. Die Hard Q. Favourite Car? A. Range Rover sport Q. Favourite football team? A. Tottenham Q. What career would you have chosen if not a golf pro? A. Army Q. What is the best piece of Advice you would give to someone taking up Golf A. Set yourself short and long term goals and work hard to make them happen.

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Membership opportunities for 2013.

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Chelmsford Golf Club is one of the oldest traditional, private members' clubs in the county having celebrated our club centenary in 1993. From modest beginnings, this gem of a parkland course is now recognised as one of the best in the County of Essex and is a 'must' for the discerning golfer. We currently have a limited number of full vacancies and invite applications for consideration.

TRIAL MEMBERSHIP

This year we are offering both a 3 month trial and 1 year trial starting in April. Each one will have full playing rights* and enable the member to enter competitions, obtain a current handicap if not already held and play for as little as ÂŁ75 per month (depending on which scheme applied for). This is open to both men and ladies and we welcome groups coming on board so you are able to play with each other as well as join in the competitions and social events. *Subject to terms and conditions

STARTER MEMBERSHIP

This has proved very successful section over the last 2 years with over 16 starter members now moved up to full membership. This is a one or two year scheme which offers complete beginners or golfers with limited experience to have lessons (both individual and group), course experience, professional guidance and other full members organising events, playing partners and generally ensuring you become comfortable at our club. Open to both men and ladies it is priced very competitively to ensure you get excellent value for money in your quest to become a golfer with a handicap. To receive further information on our membership choices for 2013 please download the current membership brochure via our website or contact the office by telephone or email.

Tel: 01245 256483 E-mail: office@chelmsfordgc.co.uk Website: www.chelmsfordgc.co.uk

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Essex County News by Frank Tomlin, Press Officer, Essex County Golf Union 

THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. Our AGM was held at Upminster Golf Club on 7th February as planned. Representatives from our affiliated Clubs attended and stayed to dine with us afterwards. John Peters was duly elected as President for the next two years. Mike Hart was endorsed as “President Elect”. He will now be the County’s representative at England Golf. Our newly appointed County Captain, Alex Woodward of Orsett Golf Club was introduced. At the meal, our President thanked Brian Benton, Captain of Upminster Golf Club, and the Board of the Club, for their continuing hospitality as the host venue for the Essex Golf Union AGM. INTRODUCING JOHN PETERS, OUR NEW COUNTY PRESIDENT. As John Peters, begins his two year tour of duty, I thought that you might like to know a little more about him. John Peters joined Woodford Golf Club as a junior in 1972 and Wanstead Golf Club in 1976. He is still a member of both clubs. He achieved a Category 1 handicap as a player. He has served on the Essex Golf Union Executive Committee and latterly Board of Directors for 17 years carrying out various roles including Chairman of selectors, Chairman of the Championship Committee, County Team Match Secretary and qualified Rules Official. He has represented the County Union as its delegate at the English Golf Union, now England Golf, for the last six years.

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as well as the Rules of Golf presentations, the Referees School, the Inter County Card Scheme and the Course Rating Program. He is ever mindful that we are here to serve Essex Club golfers across the entire range of handicaps and abilities. He can be assured of the full backing of the Board of Directors, as well at the staff at the County Office in Witham. INTRODUCING ALEX WOODWARD, OUR NEWLY APPOINTED COUNTY CAPTAIN. As a general rule the County Golf Union appoints a new County Captain once every two years. At the AGM, President John Peters announced that Alex Woodward has been appointed County Captain for the next two years and introduced him to the meeting. The role of County Captain is one of the highest honours the County Union is able to confer. As John Peters said, this appointment is thoroughly deserved by Alex, being a recognition of his playing ability, loyalty and leadership skills which we hope will enable the Essex Golf Union to build on the successes of our County teams at all levels going forward.. Alex has played for the County First Team and the Colts Team for a number of years. He has played in Orsett G.C. winning Thornton Cup teams. Last year he and his Orsett partner Mark Whiten won the Essex Foursomes. He has solid business experience and we are confident that his business skills coupled with his golfing skills will equip him to fill his new role with distinction.

He takes great satisfaction from working with young people who aspire to become elite golfers and ultimately professionals, following their progress knowing that the County Union has been a springboard for their success. He reminded those present at the AGM that the County Union provides a range of opportunities for affiliated Clubs and their members who are not elite golfers by way of the various inter club knock out competitions

From the left Mike Hart, John Peters and Alex Woodward

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Essex County News by Frank Tomlin, Press Officer, Essex County Golf Union

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NATIONAL HONOURS. Bobby Keeble of Abridge Golf Club, our 2012 County Champion, has been selected to play for the England Under 18 Team in the Kenako South African World Juniors event on 3rd to 7th March. He will also enjoy some warm weather training prior to the event. He will go on to play in the Western Province Under 23 Stroke Play Championship on 10th March. Bobby won his first England Cap in last year’s home internationals REGIONAL WINTER TRAINING. Last month we reported that no less than five Essex boys were among the eight selected for winter training by the regional coach for the South Eastern Group of counties. They are Louis Lazarus, Sam O’Brien, Connor Morris, Jack Dyer and Dylan Mahmut. The Chairman of our Player Development Committee, Keith Mitchell, reports that the training is going extremely well and that our lads are thoroughly enjoying the coaching sessions.

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NEW LAKE AT BRAI Major course investments have been made by Braintree Golf Club over the past 3 years, culminating in the installation of a new lake. It was needed to satisfy the Environmental Agency requirements for water storage to supply adequate irrigation for the golf course; the club is near to completion of a 1,650,000 gallon lake covering 0.75 acres. In positioning the lake, a number of options were considered. Finally it was decided to construct the lake to significantly enhance the course whilst also satisfying ecology and environmental issues. The construction impacts both the 6th and 7th holes, requiring the removal of 10,000 tons of soil to an adjacent site. Before filling, the excavation required lining with a membrane and Butyl liner. Numerous trees had to be moved to other strategic places on the course using a 16 Ton Tree Spade. The construction also necessitated new bunkers around the 6th and 7th greens, and new tees on both holes. Other associated projects that had to be undertaken were, drilling a new bore hole to 80 metres, construction of a new storage tank, installation of new pumps and irrigation system and extensive landscaping.

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INTREE GOLF CLUB The lake project commenced in January 2012 with archaeological tests and planning approval being given in October 2012. Work commenced in early November 2012 and despite some appalling weather, the landscaping and final turfs were laid 8th February 2013. It is planned to have holes 6 and 7 back in play by the first week of March 2013. The main contractor for the excavation and landscaping of the lake was Martin Guy Developments they are also contracted for the golf course maintenance at Braintree GC www.martinguydevelopments.com. Other contractors included Ruskins trees & landscapes, Aquamation and Stockshill Drilling.

This latest project compliments what has been a major course improvement program over the past 3 years with a number of fairways being completely refurbished with improved irrigation. A significant number of bunkers have been restyled and reconstructed. All the greens have had extensive work carried out to make them playable 12 months of the year. The Directors of Braintree Golf Club believe that these projects have significantly enhanced the course for both members and visitors alike.

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Vicki Cumberworth has been in the fitness industry coming up to 10 years, working with golfers since 2007 after completing a challenging course in California to become a golf Biomechanic.  Vicki has worked with numerous golfers including European Tour Player Dale Whitnell, Gary Carter, Golf Pro at Crowne Plaza Five Lakes and  Will Boniface to name but a few.  Vicki advises clients on how to improve their golf swing & eradicate faults through flexibility/core/posture while also working on strength & conditioning. Vicki is based at Crowne Plaza Five Lakes and can be contacted  by email on vickipt@hotmail.co.uk or Tel 07921 075212 web www.vickipt.com

Connect With Your Core Part 2......Conditioning The Abdominals The Abdominals are split into 4 parts, the rectus Abdominals, the transverse Abdominals, the internal obliques and external obliques. The Abdominals have many functions in the body, protection of the organs; they provide movement and support to the trunk, assist the breathing process but most importantly, in relation to golf; the Abdominals provide postural support. They act as an in built corset to the body, supporting the spine and holding everything in place......hence being so very important to condition in any sport. The most common thing I hear when it comes to training the Abdominals is "how many crunches a day should I do?" I would not use crunches at all in a core/abdominal programme; crunches will predominately train the rectus Abdominals; these set of muscles are important but should not be targeted until the deeper muscles are strong and stable. All you will need is a Swiss ball and a blood pressure cuff to get the lower Abdominals and deep abdominal wall functioning. Firstly, I would teach how to breathe and use the abdominal wall, followed by contracting the transverse Abdominals correctly, then internal obliques then external obliques. Using exercises such as the horse stance, 4 point tummy vacuum, lower Abdominals series 1-4. Every golfer when starting a gym programme should start here, with a good quality core and postural programme. I have mentioned the book "the golf biomechanics manual" by paul chek, this really is a fantastic book to condition the Abdominals. Another book I love is "flatten your abs forever" by paul chek......never underestimate the diet and abdominal function. In part 3 I am going to discuss the importance of the back!! Back care you will all agree as golfers is VITAL!!

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CROWLANDS HEATH - A MUDDY RELEASE  Report by Norman Head Many Essex courses are built on clay. Nothing much you can do about it, but it does mean that water collects in the topsoil and stubbornly refuses to drain away. That's when it turns into mud. And for the last few months, it seems to have been ever present at many clubs. Looking for a change of scenery and a dry round of golf, I headed down the A12 to Crowlands Heath GC, which is situated between Dagenham and Rush Green. This nine hole course is laid out in a golf links style and home to a unique driving range where balls are hit into a boating lake. However more importantly for me, the Greens have been built to USGA specifications to ensure proper drainage. Furthermore, underneath the fairways, a conduit of connecting water pipes drained all the surface water and delivered it into a series of lakes and ponds around the course. Hey presto! I played there in the middle of February, and the fairways and greens were immaculate. No mud! It's an interesting and challenging course too. Well worth a visit; and considering the location, remarkably peaceful. West Hams training ground runs alongside the last hole so you may even get to see some football.

Jack picks up his new Callaway’s Arsenal and England mid-fielder Jack Wilshere visited the Callaway HQ's Performance Centre in London to get custom-fitted for the latest Callaway equipment. If he plays golf like he does football, I recommend not playing him for money.

Affiliated to the Essex County Golf Union, Crowlands Heath is a friendly club, noted for its fine teaching academy and work with junior golfers. Apart from inexpensive green fees, they also offer a yearly membership for just £99.00. It enables any golfer to acquire an official handicap, half price green fees and discount range balls. This is a great deal! For further details and to book tee off times call the club on 0208 984 7373 46


MALDON GOLF CLUB TO HOLD  MIXED OPEN Maldon Golf Club have decided to hold an ever popular Mixed Open on Saturday June 22nd 2013. You will play one of the oldest and most attractive courses in Essex (9 holes 18 Tees) which is easy walking, yet requires accuracy if you are to score well. Situated between the Chelmer/Blackwater Navigation Canal and the tidal reaches of the River Chelmer sits a triangle of low-lying ground, some 50 acres of peace and tranquillity. Wildlife abounds, particularly birds, and there are views to charm the eye in all directions. The competition comprises three separate 9 hole formats with prizes for each, in addition to generous prizes for the best overall scores. There will be tea or coffee upon arrival, a brunch after the first 9 holes and Pimms after the second 9. Following the competition, there will be a 2 course dinner with coffee, when prizes will be awarded. The cost for this wonderful day is just £75 per pair. Closing date May 15th 2013. To enter visit www.maldon-golf.co.uk or call the Secretary on 01621 853212.

Ilford’s new Captain drives in Ian Morgan aged 29 had his Drive In at Ilford GC, the youngest in the club's 105year-old history and possibly Essex? He has been a member for 16 years, junior captain 11 years ago and member of both Thornton cup and Leslie Woods teams.

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THE GARY PIKE GOLF ACADEMY Top teaching professional Gary Pike PGA.AP (advanced professional) invites you to his golf academy at Forrester Park Golf Club near Maldon. Gary has over 31 years of coaching experience and is a David Leadbetter trained instructor.  He has published over 150 articles on the golf swing. Gary is coach to Walker Cup player Dale Whitnell and was the Essex County Senior Coach from 1998 to 2012 Contact the golf academy on 07801 428174 or visit www.garypikegolf.com

Why am I going to practice? Amazingly, I see many golfers practicing at the various ranges that I visit around the world; however I very rarely see constructive practice. This is where a player is trying a practice drill, or implementing a swing change. If the player is not trying to change, to improve or develop; the net result will be no change, therefore, no improvement.  So in answer to my own question: I am going to practice making changes, to improve my technique to make myself a better player. As a coach, I would advise all efforts to make changes should be done with the guidance of a PGA Professional, orchestrating the changes required and showing you the best way to practice. Bearing in mind it will take several thousand repetitions to change the neurological pathways to make the change automatic. In my opinion, the golf swing has five areas where you should be working to improve, here is a blueprint to look at your swing objectively and see if improving any of these will help you improve.

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Picture 1: The Pivot The pivot is responsible for your centeredness, stability and rotation during the swing.

Picture 2: The Plane The planes roll is to keep the club shaft in balance, assist the swing path and guarantee the automatic collision with the ball at impact.

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Picture 3: The club face  The club face is the biggest factor in the directional properties of the ball flight.


Picture 4: Balance Great balance allows you to turn and rotate in a fast athletic movement, which will assist you in creating power and consistent connection.

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Picture 5: Lever Angle The lever angle between the left arm and the shaft creates angular catch up speed, one of the best power sources. This enables players like Ernie Els to appear to be moving so slowly yet create such huge power.

The next time you go to the range look at this list, try to make a change. Think to yourself, if I'm not changing I'm staying the same, and if I stay the same I'm not getting better.

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John Peters’ Golfing Journey From caddy to the most prestigious post in county golf, that has been the remarkable journey of John Peters. Last month (Thursday Feb 7) at the annual meeting of the Essex Golf Union at Upminster GC in Havering, John Peters was elected unanimously as President of the Essex GU. He will serve a term of two years. It was more than 40 years ago that his interest in the game was sparked by his carrying the clubs of his family's next-door neighbour in Leytonstone around Hainault golf course in Redbridge. Soon this caddying business so inspired him that he became a junior member of Woodford Golf Club in 1972, he also signed up with Wanstead GC and has been a member there since 1976, managing to get his handicap down to five at one point. At the young age of 32, he was elected Woodford's club captain in 1986. An even greater honour was to follow. On the centenary of Woodford GC in 1990, five members' names were nominated for the captaincy. This was not a decision, as is usual, by the club's management committee but one by the whole membership, and they voted overwhelmingly for John Peters. And so began, as John acknowledges, the greatest golfing year of his life with a pro-am competition arranged and many other events to mark the centenary of the secondoldest club in the union; only Royal Epping, formed in 1888 is older. Over the years he, has seen many changes both to the course at Woodford and those who play it. When he first joined, there were posts with chains around the greens to keep off stray cattle. The members around in the 1970s were mainly businessmen; now the club caters for folk from all walks of life. Yet the Woodford course is still just as challenging, he said, and the greens magical. Golf has opened all sorts of unexpected doors for John Peters. Clearly now that he is the leader of affiliated golf clubs in Essex and north-east London, there will be even more surprises and challenges ahead.

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Would like to welcome you to one of our Open Days on Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd and  Saturday 23rd March 2013. Give  us the  opportunity to showcase what we have  to offer  – FREE OF CHARGE. Enjoy our arrival hospitality of refreshments and a bacon sandwich. Then play 18 holes on one of the most renowned and long established golf courses in Essex. Contact  us now  to register your interest and book your hosted tee time. Please bring proof of golf handicap  (or call our Secretary Manager if you are ‘back to golf ’). Dress Code: Strictly recognised golf clothing only  (see Dress Code on our web-site below). Contact either Neil Wells (Club Secretary Manager) on 01702 544302 email: neil@rhgc.co.uk. or Ivor Finer on 07771 621621 email: ivor@rhgc.co.uk. We look forward to hosting you!  Prizes each day  donated by Lancaster Mercedes-Southend For further information about our Club please visit our web-site www.rhgc.co.uk

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Amber Heath B Sc (Hons) ION, ITEC Diploma in Nutrition and Diet Theory. Amber is a fully qualified Nutritionist working for Bodysense UK Ltd.  Amber also works with England Golf and Essex County Cricket Club, with over 15 years’ experience in both Nutrition to aid Sports Performance, and private clients wishing to improve health and wellbeing through Nutritional Management. Tel: 07801 813687 / 01245 223155

www.bodysenseukltd.co.uk Food for Thought!  You ARE what you eat…there is overwhelming research that what you consume, particularly for your golfing performance, will have a significant impact on HOW YOU PLAY. More importantly, all prolonged exercise (over 45-60 minutes) requires (1) carbohydrates and (2) water, to improve play. So what are the healthy options? Definitely, check out the Big Oven app for over 250,000 recipes of delicious, yet nutritious, combined carbohydrate / protein meal options and recipes. Low Fat Lifestyle.com should also inspire you with quick, easy sauces and dishes to clean up your act. For example, choose those slow release wholesome carbohydrates to stabilise blood sugar during and in the run up to practice and play. Your pancreas recognises white refined carbohydrates as SUGAR! As soon as you eat refined pasta, bread, biscuits, etc., your body produces a surge in insulin to adapt. Carbohydrate spikes are followed by a dramatic drop in both brain fuel and energy. This could dramatically affect your back 9! Use delicious, wholesome (wholegrain) slow release carbohydrates as breakfast options, porridge, wholemeal seeded breads, spelt bread, then brown rice and wholemeal cous-cous combined with steamed salmon or chicken wrapped with unsalted bacon for optimal lunchtime dishes,,,, delicious!!!!! Be prepared, stay sharp till the end. Amber Heath

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www.futuresgolfacademy.co.uk JUNIOR GOLF ACADEMY       INSPIRING DREAMS      FULFILLING POTENTIAL

The Futures Academy Principle Coaches are. David March PGA Advanced Professional, Challenge Tour Coach, Essex County Coach and Essex PGA Captain 2004. David’s reputation as a leading coach has led him to work with a number of Professionals and top amateurs. He is personal coach to Lloyd Kennedy: a European Challenge tour player. He also coaches Euro Pro and Jamega tour players as well as some of the PGA East Regions top players. David has also worked with European Ladies Tour player Wendy Dicks. David works with the Essex Ladies Golf Association helping to develop girls golf and is personal coach to one of counties top girls Charlotte Thompson. In 2009 David joined the Essex Boys Coaching team. Gary Pike PGA Advanced Professional, European Tour Coach, Today’s Golfer top 40 Coach 2000, Essex County Coach, The Sports Academy Coach - Alhaurin - Spain, and former David Leadbetter senior instructor. Gary has had a distinguished career in coaching having lectured and coached on four continents crossing the globe, over 200 articles in publication with his views on the golf swing, coach to many professional golfers including Vanessa Bell, Mary Gallagher and Sally Prosser from the ladies tour, also the personal coach to Dale Whitnell, England no1 in 2009 and 29th and 4th respectively in his first two European Tour events as a professional Stephen Cardy MSc PGA Fellow, PGA National Swing Tutor and Assessor, Essex County Coach, Lead Coach for The Sports Academy. Steve has had a very successful career in coaching, holding the highly distinguished position of PGA National Swing Tutor. He has also been a headline speaker on developing Junior Golfers at PGA coaching conferences. Steve now spends over half of his working week developing elite young golfers for The Sports Academy Steve is personal coach to Joanna Mills a 2 times winner on the ladies European Tour. He is also the personal coach to James Webber the winner of the 2009 Junior Dutch Masters and England’s leading point scorer in the 2009 Boys Home internationals. Stephen has a Masters in the Science of Sports Coaching from the London South Bank University.

Junior Programmes Available Program 1. Every alternate Saturday from 9am to 4pm. Program 2. Every Wednesday evening from 6pm until 8pm Program 3. Prep program under 12’s every alternate Saturday from 1pm until 4pm Trial days and evenings available please call 01245

361100 for more information.

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THE BURSTEAD

Letters to the Editor

GOLF • CLUB

Junior Golf Academy · 5 week programme run in accordance   with the PGA Junior Passport Scheme · 4 x 45 minute grouped lessons  · 1 x 45 minute session on the golf course · CRB checked PGA Qualified Coach · All aspects of the game covered -  including long game, chipping & pitching,   putting as well as rules and etiquette · Our use of skills tests and tuition  combined with competitions and games  means your child can learn golf the fun way Planned start date 6th April 2013 Maximum no. per class - 8

Price - £40

FOR MORE DETAILS CONTACT: Chris Nunn, Director of Golf Tel: 01277 631171 Email: chris.nunn@thebursteadgolfclub.com

No account is taken of the effect of weather and weather forecasting on our economy. The first 4 months of 2012 were the driest in 50 years, prompting a hosepipe ban in the South East. Financial forecasters, such as Neil Woodford (Invesco Perpetual), predicted a boom year for the economy "The equity market had its best start to a year since 1994." As it is now well known, the remaining 9 months of 2012 bought nearly double the average rainfall. This has bought the Golf Industry, for one, to its knees. Turnover at our previously thriving golf course is down due solely to the weather. I am quite sure that many others in Britain, being basically a nation of farmers (or shopkeepers!), would say the same for their business. Not one financial pundit or politician, observing the world from their cosy, dry, office, has seen the correlation between the weather and our current poor economic state. Even more marked is the effect of the weather forecasted, often erring on the negative side, affecting commercial activity the next day. If a rainy day is forecast, no matter how sunny, it turns out; our golf course will be quiet. Not one financial or political commentator, in the chest beating; following our downgrading from AAA status and predicted triple economic dip, has cited the worst rainfall in our history as a major factor. The weather affects all businesses-usually negatively. No one even wants to go out shopping if it’s pouring with rain, but no one will even plan to go shopping if the weather forecast is bad! Despite the figures, I think hardworking Britain has done pretty well against such overwhelming poor weather. My money is on a good summer and mini economic boom as a result. We cannot control the weather, but a few more optimistic comments in the evening weather forecast would help the next day’s business considerably!

Neil Sjoberg. Secretary, Manager, Proprietor, The Epping Golf Course

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Mardyke Valley Golf Club South Road, South Ockendon, Essex, RM15 6RR

SPECIAL SOCIETY WEEKDAY PACKAGES

With this offer code BP/MR0312 Bacon roll/tea or coffee. 18 holes of golf and chef ’s ‘special’ lunch Minimum 30 players £18, Minimum 20 players £19, Minimum 10 players £20 New members and ‘Pay & Play’ welcome.

FREE BREAKFAST ON TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS* *conditions apply

Tel: 01708 855011

Find us at: www.mardykevalley.co.uk or www.golfcentral.co.uk Email: secretary@mardykevalley.co.uk

Stoke by Nayland launches unique new “Corporate Passport”  Golf, Fitness and Hotel package for local businesses In these times when forward-thinking companies are putting employee health and fitness as one of the top items on the company agenda, Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa has launched the ideal affordable solution to encourage and support this trend. The new “Corporate Passport” provides the means for businesses to not only keep their employees fit, but also their valued clients and prospective customers – with the added bonus of being able to conduct business at the same time in a healthier environment than a meeting room or office. The Gold, Platinum and Diamond “Corporate Passport” packages offer a range of attractive, value for money options, allowing company executives and their guests to make good use of the excellent extensive facilities and services on offer at the family-owned Stoke by Nayland resort. These include 4 rounds of golf for up to 16 guests per month on the two renowned championship courses, poolside and Technogym passes in the hotel’s Peake Spa and Peake Fitness complex, as well as tickets for the popular Christmas party nights and use of the meeting and function rooms. The Passport also includes the provision of a special Corporate “Privilege” card which allows substantial discounts off dining, retail purchases and Spa treatments - as well as hotel accommodation and meeting room hire. For more details about this fantastic opportunity please contact Anna on 01206 265801 or email anna.young@stokebynayland.com. Visit www.stokebynayland.com and www.stokebynaylandlodges.com  55


GOLF MART

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Tel: 01621 815577   E-Mail:- info@essexgolfer.com FOR SALE: Sit on electric buggy 2 brand new batteries also buggy trailer, new tyres just been refurbished Prolong your golfing career £800 ONO TEL 01268 747400 Benfleet FOR SALE: Power Kaddy battery charger £15 ONO Tel 01702 303336 Southend FOR SALE: Powakaddy winter wheels, used only once, as new £50 Tel 07860 366537 Billericay FOR SALE: Golf Balls all V.G.C. Titleist PRO V1 20p each other Titleist makes 15p each. SRIXON AD333 20p each. Soft feel, ZUR and Z Star 15p each. Callaway Warbird, CXR and Big Bertha 15p each. Wilson Staff, Dunlop and Nike 10p each. Pinnacle, Ultra and Top Flight as new 5p each. Tel 01279 658932 Bishops Stortford FOR SALE: Ladies left handed clubs, set of Top Flites, bag, putter SW, PW, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, hybrid, fairway wood & driver. All in excellent condition, only 4 months old £175 ONO 01702 472418 Leigh on Sea FOR SALE: Slazenger F.A.S.T. Hybrid style clubs. With adjustable weight system for fade or draw. There are 10 clubs in all. They have graphite shafts. All have head covers. Good condition £60 Tel 01375 379189 Grays FOR SALE: golf travel bag, Pro Action Bag £10 TEL 07974 867408 Rochford WANTED: Men’s (any colour) size 13.5 -14 wide fit golf shoes Tel 07875 743286 Barking pay up to £30 Andy FOR SALE: Yonex VMass 270 irons rhanded 3-SW good cond £65 ovno,Yonex cart bag, 9 pockets,14 dividers, purchased last year vgc £40 ovno TEL 07791 225059 Pitsea FOR SALE: Hillman 4 wheel sit on golf buggy kept at Hainault GC needs some electrical attention £75 ovno TEL 0208 3863801 FOR SALE:  mid sized Wilson golf clubs 3,4,5,6,7,9 SW,PW irons, 3&5 metal woods good cond £50 possible delivery. TEL Brian 01255 672829 Frinton FOR SALE: Callaway Razr X Tour. Set of 8 men's irons, 3-PW, with stiff S300 shafts. Standard loft, lie and length. Bought in April of 2011. £319.00 ono TEL 01268 757471 Benfleet, email: alanjamal@live.co.uk" FOR SALE: Callaway Great Big Bertha 11+ 10 degree driver, with head cover, good condition £50 ono. TEL 01245 426431 FOR SALE:  King Cobra 10.5 degree RH Offset S3 Max Driver as new £60.00. King Cobra 9.0 degree RH F/Speed Driver as new £50.00. TEL 01268 766311 Wickford Email albert.ede@btopenworld.com FOR SALE: Set of left hand Cobra 34001/XH transition irons 3-SW 9 irons offers. TEL 01268 755991 mobile 07889 476263 FOR SALE: Mens right handed Z2 Ping clones; Irons 4-si, lightweight steel shafts R flex, good grips. £40 TEL 01277 654506 Billericay FOR SALE:  Ping G15 irons 3-9 silver dot which have 1/2 inch longer shafts and mid size grips with Ping AWT stiff shafts.VGC 9/10 £285 ono. Ping Tour W Wedge 47degrees 10 Bounce green dot with a 1/2 inch longer shaft and mid size grip, Ping AWT stiff shaft £45 o.n.o. Ping Tour W Wedge 52 degrees 12 Bounce silver dot with a 1/2 inch longer shaft and mid size grip, Ping AWT stiff shaft £45 o.n.o. Ping Tour W Wedge 56 degrees 10 Bounce green dot with a 1/2 inch longer shaft and mid size grip, Ping AWT stiff shaft £45 o.n.o. A single offer on all the clubs will be considered. TEL Mark 0780 1266497 Dagenham FOR SALE: : Set of King Cobra SSi Irons, regular graphite shafts, 3 –SW inc gap wedge. Exc Cond. £120 ONO. TEL 01702 542745 Rochford FOR SALE: Mizuno MX200 forged irons 4 to PW regular steel shaft. New golf pride grips. Good Cond £150. Mizuno F60 3 wood Exsar graphite stiff shaft. Used once at range therefore as brand new, headcover £40. Benross Velo CT 21 degree rescue club, graffaloy reg shaft, headcover VGC £20. Benross spring steel woods 3,5,7 graffaloy reg shafts £15 each club or all 3 for £40 with headcovers. Cleveland CG16 wedges 50, 56 and 60 degree.VGC £35 per wedge or all 3 for £90. Benross VMC 34 inch mallet putter VGC, adjustable weights, plus headcover £20.00. TEL Mobile 0775 2546933 South Woodford. FOR SALE: Powercaddy trolley, battery and charger, umbrella holder, and seat, plus a trolley carry bag for sale £75.00 ono. Tel 01277 356364 Ingatestone FOR SALE: Set of Benross Clubs 5,6,7,8,9, PW,SW & Chipper, TaylorMade R5XL Driver 10.5 degree, TaylorMade Rescue 4 22 degree, Odyssey 2 ball white putter and Srixon golf bag £110 ONO Tel 01255 880261 or 07817495689. FOR SALE: TaylorMade R11 9degree reg shaft, headcover and tool £120 good cond. Cobra S2 offset reg shaft, head cover good cond £55 01375 671826 Stanford le hope. FOR SALE: Mizunho MX 500 driver 10.5 degree reg shaft with head cover VGC £40 TEL 07791 225059 Pitsea FOR SALE: Set of Wilson mid size clubs 3 & 5 wood, 3,4,5,6,7,9,PW and SW £80 01255 672829

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The new rules of golf at your fingertips New golf rules have been in force since 1st January 2012; it is therefore high time to get a new rule book for your golf bag. The best choice is “Golf Rules Quick Reference 2012-2015”. The multi award-winning, ringbound book has already sold more than a million copies and contains the answers to all the rules questions that commonly arise on the golf course. It is intended to be used while on the course, therefore it has a practical pocket-sized format, uses hard-wearing, water-repellent paper and has a sturdy protective cover. As every rules situation is illustrated (more than 170 graphics), players can find the right solution straight away. To sum it up, this little gem belongs in every golf bag. £11.75 inc postage

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Golf tips for around the course As every golfer knows, if the ball doesn’t land on the fairway your problems are only just beginning.Your ball could be on a slope, in tall grass or bushes, on the lip of a bunker, on stony ground etc. etc In his new compact guide, bestselling author Yves Ton-That (“Golf Rules Quick Reference”, more than 1 million copies sold) gives the reader tips for every seemingly hopeless situation – short and concise, illustrated and easy-to-understand. Thanks to the structure with sections from tee to green, golfers can find the information they need in an instant. A quick fix guide for eliminating mistakes makes the practical ring-bound water-repellent booklet the ideal accompaniment on the course. The tips are based on many years of competition experience by leading golf professionals. We’d be willing to bet that “Golf Trouble Shots and Quick Fix Guide” will help you save a number of strokes on your next round. £11.75 inc postage

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Future Golfing Events  & Competitions  Attention! Club Secretaries and Competition Organisers: Please forward any info on future Open competitions and golf related events at your Golf Club to 

info@essexgolfer.com 08/03/2013 Essex Golf Tour @ South Essex Golf Club - £32 per person 14/03/2013 60 60 Golf National driving range challenge @ The Essex Golf & Country Club - entrance free 15/03/2013 OGD Golf.com Essex tour @ Stockbrook Manor - £42 per person 20/03/2013 Team Open @ Maylands Golf Club - £90 per team 21/03/2013 Essex PGA Pre Qualifying Event @ Chelmsford GC 04/04/2103 Mighty masters@ Epping Golf Club 05/04/2013 OGD Golf.com Essex tour @ North Weald GC - £35 per person 05/04/2013 Essex Golf Tour @ Ballards Gore Golf Club - £32 per person 10/04/2013 Junior Open @ Stoke by Nayland Golf Club - £36 per person 15/04/2013 British Heart Foundation Junior Championship qualifier @ West Essex GC 16/04/2013 Essex PGA Open Championship @ Chelmsford GC 17/04/2013 Ladies Pairs Open @ Chelmsford GC - £70 per pair 25/04/2013 Essex County Schools Handicap Championships @ Bentley Golf Club - £17 per person 26/04/2013 Essex Golf Tour @ Romford Golf Club - £39 per person 30/04/2013 Mixed Pairs Open @ Orsett GC - £65 per couple 03/05/2013 OGD Golf.com Essex tour @ Benton Hall GC £35 per person 03/05/2013 Threadgill Trophy @ Orsett GC - £45 per person 03/05/2013 Senior Pairs Open @ Essex Golf & Country Club - £62 per pair 15/05/2013 Ray Wilson Memorial Golf Day @ Colne Valley Golf Club - £55 per player 17/05/2013 Essex Golf Tour @ Five Lakes Golf Club - £32 per person 23/05/2013 The J's Hospice Golf day @ Three Rivers Golf Club - team of 4 £280 24/05/2013 OGD Golf.com Essex tour @ Hainault GC (upper course) - £35 per person 26/05/2013 Mixed Pairs Open @ Saffron Walden GC - £68 per couple 28/05/2013 Ladies Team Open @ Saffron Walden GC - £130 per team 30/05/2013 Lee Westwood Junior Tour @ Nazeing GC - £ 30 per person 30/05/2013 Ladies Team Open @ Bentley Golf Club - £140 per team 31/05/2013 Team Open @ Colchester GC - £120 per team 10/06/2013 Ladies Team Open @ Burnham on Crouch GC - £90 per team 11/06/2013 Seniors Pairs Open @ Burnham on Crouch GC - £60 per pair 12/06/2013 Seniors Pairs Open @ Colne Valley GC - £65 per pair 12/06/2013 Centenary Cup @ Rochford Hundred Golf Club - £35 per person 14/06/2013 Gents Individual Open @ West Essex GC - £35 per person 14/06/2013 Essex Golf Tour @ Woolston Manor Golf Club - £32 per person 18/06/2013 Ladies Team Open @ Stoke by Nayland Golf Club - £136 per team 19/06/2013 Seniors Individual Open @ Orsett GC - £30 per person 22/06/2013 Maldon Inaugural Mixed Open @ Maldon GC £75 per pair 26/06/2013 Mixed Pairs Open @ Braintree GC - £62 per couple 60


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FOR RENT: Beautiful 2 bed, both en-suite, villa in Palm Springs area, Southern California. Situated on a 27 hole championship golf course. Private pool and spa. Gated community with club house, pro shop, tennis courts, fitness centre, bar and dining room. Price £400 per week. Contact elainemcgilvray@yahoo.co.uk for further information. FOR SALE: Time-share 2 bedroom apartment for 2 weeks in September at the Alto golf & country club, Alvor on the Algarve. (golf available at a discount). Beautifully maintained grounds, facilities with in-door & out-door pools, tennis, restaurant, bar etc. Annual maintenance fee £480 per week. Asking price £3000 for 2 weeks. Peter Maris TEL 01992 572777 email: petermaris@btinternet.com FOR SALE: A weeks stay in a luxury lodge at The Carrick on Loch Lomond starting 7th July, The lodge is set within lovely surroundings, overlooks the golf course and full use of the facilities at Cameron house are available, £2000 ono, normally £3400 for this week. TEL 0785 4980509. FOR RENT: Overlooking Bernard Langer designed course from front and back terraces, this 2 bed apartment offers the ideal location to explore the peaceful Spanish area of the Costa Azahar, between Barcelona and Valencia. Prices from £200-00 pw. Offers great value for money, with all mod cons and laundry service. Larger groups can be accommodated, please contact 07711470146 or email nigelmartin2006@hotmail.co.uk FOR RENT: Villa in Portugal’s sunny Algarve sleeps up to 6 has three bedrooms, three bathrooms very modern kitchen. Close to shops and restaurants and has 20 top class golf courses to choose from in a three mile radius. This newly built villa boasts a large decked bbq area and has a big pool that looks over surrounding areas. This is perfect for a lads golf holiday or a large family holiday. Prices vary on time of year. For more info call Dan on 07923943434 or email me dannyarnold_@hotmail.co.uk 61


Sarah Bennett Golf  brings TPI Junior Programme to Essex

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Spring golf offers are back!

Two fantastic Spring golf packages at Three Rivers Package 1 Coffee and Bacon Roll 18 holes of Golf Chef’s Special and a Pint Jubilee Course £17.50 Kings Course £27.50

Package 2 Coffee and Bacon Roll Unlimited Golf Chef’s Special and a Pint Jubilee Course £20.00 Kings Course £32.50

Upgrade options Full Breakfast for an additional £3.00 per person Starter or Dessert for an additional £3.50 per person

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Stow Road, Cold Norton, Purleigh, Essex CM3 6RR

Minimum 4 players per tee time. Weekend supplement £5 Jubilee/£10 Kings course per person Valid from 1st March until 30th April 2013.


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lf is back Two Fantastic Spring Golf Packages Package 1 Coffee and Bacon Roll 18 Holes of Golf £26.50 per person Package 2 Coffee and Bacon Roll 18 Holes of Golf 1 Course Chef’s Special and a Pint £32.00 per person

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www.stockbrook.com Queens Park Avenue, Stock, Nr Billericay, Essex CM12 0SP Minimum 8 players. Available Monday to Thursday. £5 supplement per person for Friday play or an extra 9 holes. Excludes weekends and Bank Holidays. Offer valid from 1st March to 17th May 2013. Terms & Conditions Apply.


March 2013