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County Summer 2012

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire’s Complimentary Golf Magazine

In this edition we visit: - Erewash Valley - Hope Valley - Worksop - Woodhall Spa Plus: - Golf Day at Morley Hayes - TaylorMade’s ATV - Ping’s new i20 - James Whatley

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Course Report Erewash Golf Club

Home of the world famous ‘quarry holes’

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Driving southbound on the M1, just before you hit junction 25, you may notice something that resembles a golf course on your left hand side and you would be right, because at one time, before the M1 was built, it used belong to Erewash Golf Club, so you are probably driving at 70mph through what used to be their 9th. You will be pleased to know that all 18 holes are now all in one place with the motorway nowhere in sight. Erewash is what I like to call a perfect example of a members’ club, a healthy membership, a large refurbished club house which serves food all day and a well stocked pro shop. The trophy cabinet is full of past and present winners and the course will give you a challenge without it being too impossible to have a good round. Today my playing partner was our new boy, Adam Randall who most of you will know by now if you are friends of County Golfer on Facebook. He actually won the Junior Open Trophy back in 1995 at Erewash. Now he is a bit taller and wider but I was still expecting big things from him.

The course has seen many developments over the years with the most recent from 1995 to 2004 when the greens were redesigned, mainly by Hawtree Ltd golf architects and reconstructed to USGA specification. Off the yellows it’s 6155 yards long with the course slowly winding its way up the hill side and back down. There are buggies available. The 1st is a nice long par 5 just to get you warmed up, 482yards off the yellow and 560 off the whites. It’s a stroke index 2 and pretty straight. I would keep down the left side taking out the bunker that gapes open to the right of the green.

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Course Report Erewash Golf Club

We didn’t get off to the best start and both hit 7, this being the number I always seem to hit on my first hole. Quite the opposite to Newby who always pars the first! Adam was not happy at this point and decided to stop eating his chocolate bar and focus on the 2nd, which is a blind tee shot over an elevated fairway. Again it’s a par 5 (what are you trying to do to me Erewash?) 464 yards long. This is a thinkers’ hole which ruled me out straight away. Both Adam and I got away clean with Adam hitting a massive drive. This worked in his favour because as you get over the brow of the hill you see the big pond. He was close to this so it did not come into play, but for me I was left with the decision ‘do I lay up or go for it?’ I decided to lay up unfortunately- and the wrong club choice combined with my gorilla arms saw me put my ball right in the middle of the blinking thing. Adam on the other hand was on the green for two, rattled the hole for an eagle and dropped it in for a birdie... now he was starting to play. The 3rd, a par 4 358 yards, saw Adam hit another massive drive but I would say this one is all about your second shot. The 8 County Golfer

fairway now climbs up the side of a hill with your second shot having to reach an elevated two tier green, which I might add was in great condition. You do have to hit a big shot, otherwise if you’re not on you could see your ball rolling back towards you. Both of us hit the green - Adam got his par and I shot one over. Now the fun begins and this is what I have been waiting for, as I told Andrew Burrows (General Manager) “I’m not coming until these holes are open”. The Quarry Holes - These are quite unique and are great fun to play. There are two holes in the quarry, the 4th which is a short par 3 at 92 yards and the 5th at 135yards. On the 4th you tee off from an elevated

position looking down on the green. Adam hit a beauty and landed his ball about 6 inches from the hole - he got a birdie and I got a par. It is one of those holes you would like to go back and play again. The 5th in the quarry requires an accurate iron off the tee as the green sits like a bowl framed with trees, so if it’s not straight you’re in trouble. Coming back out of the quarry holes (with a big grin on our faces) you are met with another par 5 502 off the yellows and uphill again. A good tee shot would give you the chance of a birdie but be aware as the green is well protected by two bunkers at the front. Adam got another birdie! You now start to zig zag your way up the hill with the fairways running parallel with each other and trees dividing the line.The 12th is the highest point. After hole 9, Adam was 1 under par - not a bad start for the new boy, I think he thought he was back

in his junior open competition days again. Little did he know the only prize you get at County Golfer is a pat on the back and it’s your round at the bar! I will bring you to one of my favourite holes on the course, the 13th; now you’re heading back down the hill it’s a par 4 349 yards long downhill shot to a dog leg right, you have to be careful not to hit it too far off the tee as you will land in the bend of the dog leg and in a world of trouble, unless you have a chainsaw in your bag! If you get it right, you have a good chance of a birdie because it’s only a wedge on the green from here. Now, onto what looks like a straight forward par 3 but don’t be fooled, hit the green, even go left, but whatever you do don’t hit it to the right, as Adam and myself did, only to discover an incredibly steep slope covered in trees. It’s so steep that we almost had to abseil down it.

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The 15th was my shot of the day. You stand on an elevated tee wondering ‘where is the fairway?’ as all you see are trees in front of you and a sign telling you to wait for the bell. Luckily for us a member came by and pointed us in the right direction, it needs a faded shot for us leftys or a draw for you strange right handers. I landed a solid par. Let’s move on to the 17th. This looks like a straight forward shot but you have out of bound all the way down the left side. Then you have a large pond with a fountain I might add, right in front of the green which you have to chip over - well I did anyway (go to our facebook site to see the video). By the time we came to the 18th, which is a par 3 towards the club house over water, we both decided that, if we were going to be members of a golf club, this would be at the top of the list. It ticked all the right boxes and let’s face it, if you’re going to spend some of your hard earned cash to join a club you want it to have the following: a great and interesting course; a social club house which puts on events; good food; lots of competitions....and two holes in a quarry. All I can say is tick, tick, tick, tick, oh and Adam wanted me to point out that he shot 7 over par - show off! 10 County Golfer

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James Whatley, the current Midland Open Champion, has represented Great Britain and Ireland in the PGA cup against the USA and played for England in the International Team Championships. His reputation as a consistent player and a highly regarded coach is recognised by top class amateurs and professionals, who regularly seek his advice and knowledge on their own games.

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how bad has the weather been since I last wrote? When I was putting on my factor 50 the last week in March I thought something was wrong. It always makes me chuckle when I read in the paper that this June was the wettest on record (thanks for that). I am going to start this article by saying a massive well done to Paul Wesselingh on his fantastic start to his senior tour season. Winning in his 4th start was an incredible achievement and one to be very proud of. I partnered Paul in the 2007 PGA Cup and ever since I have known him, he has been working towards the senior’s tour. His work ethic and commitment is something to admire and aspire to. If any young assistants want any advice, work hard and the results will come. Well done Paul and all the best for the rest of the season. It has been a fantastic few months for a few of my clients, congratulations must go to Danny Tomlinson on winning the Derbyshire Amateur for the first time. He is playing full time and puts tremendous effort into his game. He is one for the future. Well done Danny. 12 County Golfer

A massive shout out must also go to 14 year old Olivia Kelly on winning the Derbyshire Girls Championship and then going on to win the 36 hole medal for the Derbyshire Ladies Championship. To finish a great month off she won the lowest gross at the Nottinghamshire Girls Championship. What a great achievement. I have worked with Olivia since she picked up her first club and I was so proud to learn of her success. Olivia has also been part of the EMGA School of excellence squad, which is aimed to help players aged 12-17. For more information on this please visit

Coaching On another coaching front, we are using two new machines down at Morley Hayes. The Flightscope and Zenio putting systems. We are always looking at new ways to improve and develop the experience our clients have when they visit Morley Hayes. An overview.

flightscope The NEW X series leads with the flagship X2 series. Arguably the world’s most accurate and portable launch monitor, the X2 offers exceptional versatility with an amazing battery life of 10 hours, full wireless capability allowing direct connection to a PC, smart phone or mobile device including both Apple and Android™ platforms, plus the option of a built in alignment camera* and self levelling feet*. Mobile applications will be available through the Apple App store and Android™ marketplace. * X2i (USA model X2Complete)

Zenio ZENIO is a revolutionary new training and fitting system that gives golfers immediate and accurate data on their putting in real time and in real outdoor conditions. Measuring the size of a matchbox and weighing just 29 grams, the ZENIO attaches

to any putter in just 15 seconds. It uses the latest sensor technology to measure the key parameters of the putting stroke - impact, rhythm and face angle - and then immediately transmits the information to a Smartphone of PDA via Bluetooth, where it is displayed in an easy-to-understand graphical format. Going on to my own game, I have had a lot happen since the beginning of April. I will break it down into sections.

PGA Europro I entered the qualifying school with the thought of playing a few events to help me get my game in shape ready for the start of the Midland PGA season, as this is my main priority. I went down to Frilford Heath in Oxford for the 54 hole school. Rounds of 72 73 put me in a tie for 48th and I made the cut for the last round. A slow front 9 of 1 under saw me catch fire on the back 9, birding 10, 11, eagle on the par 5 15th and a pure 3 iron on the par 3 16th, I found the ball at the bottom of the hole for another eagle and a hole in one. A little shell shocked I managed a par down 17th and finished with a frustrating bogey on 18. But a 6 under par 66 saw me climb to 13th and gain a full card for the 2012 PGA Euro Pro Tour Season. The first event was two weeks later at Wensum Valley. The weather there was so wet that half way through the first day officials decided to reduce the event to 36 holes and make an 18 hole cut. At which County Golfer


On tour with a local pro: James Whatley time I had only played 8 holes of my first round. I had to go back the next morning to finish my round, where I honestly didn’t play very well. I ended up shooting 77 5 over par and missing the cut by 2. I spent a lot of money just to play 18 holes but hey, that is tour life. The next event took me to Lingfield Park down in Surrey where once again the weather was horrendous. Officials again made the decision to call it an 18 hole cut but still a 54 hole tournament. This time I was on the correct side of the weather as my 1 over par first round was enough to see me make the cut. I followed it with another 1 over par round and was way down the leader board in 44th place. I went out in the last round looking to get round the course as quickly as possible so I could miss the Friday M25 traffic and a 3 under par 68 saw me jump to 18th. I was showing progress and was really happy to shoot an under par round to finish another wet week.

Here I am teeing off in the British Club Pros qualifier with my Cobra ZL Encore 8.5 degree driver.

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My next Europro event was at a very windy Burhill Golf Club in Surrey at the beginning of June. I played well in parts and managed to make the cut by 1 shooting 73 and a 75 to be on +4 going into the last round. I dropped too many silly shots over the 3 rounds and finished the 3rd round with a 74 and a tie for 42nd. By playing the Europro tour my game definitely got sharper but also put a lot of pressure on me away from the course and being away from a young family was very hard. I can honestly say I felt old at 29, as the tour consists mainly of young professionals who hit the ball miles. I enjoyed my three events but I was looking forward to getting back to the Midlands Region.

Midland PGA The first of the Midland Order Of Merit events was staged at the South Staffordshire Golf Club over 3 days. Last year I wrote about how I missed the cut and played

dreadfully. This year I am really pleased to report rounds of 70, 71 and 67 saw me tie for 3rd. This was televised on Sky and it was great to shoot 4 under par on the last round in front of the cameras.

Professional. His main responsibilities will be running the ladies programme. He has had great success playing as an amateur and I know he will make a great professional in the years to come.

As I write, the next event on the Order Of Merit is the next two days at Wellingbrough. My best over the last few years is 6th. I always feel the course suits me so it’s disappointing that I haven’t done better than that. Hopefully 2012 may bring a win. I’ve had some good success in the first few Midland Pro Ams, shooting under par at Nuneaton, Shirley, Stratford and Stourbridge.

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I was lucky to qualify for the British Club Pros at the Midland Qualifier at Little Aston. I played horrendously but my short game was fantastic. I got up and down 9 times from missed greens. I have worked really hard with my coach Steve Astle on this, so it’s always rewarding to get results. The final is at Carden Park at the beginning of August. This is my major for the year, so a good result here would definitely go down well. Even the boss is coming with me and bringing the kids. I must thank the staff at Cobra Golf, who helped me get my driver spec. right. They couldn’t do enough for me. We achieved the correct balance between the shaft and the loft resulting in my ball seeing more fairways than in any other year. You can buy Cobra equipment from the shop at Morley Hayes, to enquire call Daniel on 01332 782000.

New Professional at EMGa Joe Biggs has joined our team. He will move straight into the role as Head Assistant

Aaron Holtom who was a guest writing in the last edition, made a rare appearance in a tournament in the Alliance at Ashbourne. He shot 69 -2 to win. Well done to Aaron, it shows why he is regarded as one of the top professionals in Derbyshire.

Derbyshire u16 County Team As lead coach to the Derbyshire U16 county team, I am very proud to say they are so far unbeaten this year. With wins at Chapel and Ashbourne against two strong counties in Shropshire and Staffordshire. I always think it’s fantastic that such a small county as Derbyshire manages to produce the results it does. Well done boys. Keep the run going.

Predictions for 2012 Majors Well I got the predictions wrong for the first two majors, so I’m going for the following in the next two: The Open Championship: Padraig Harrington US PGA: Tiger Woods. I understand I said the British Open in my last article, I can only apologise for my mistake, it’s the Open Championship. I had a few choice emails telling me of my mistake. I hope you have enjoyed reading my column and I look forward to hopefully reporting some success when I write again.

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Course Report Woodhall Spa

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wooDhall sPa Golf Club Make no mistake about it this is one tough golf course. Woodhall Spa is set to test your game to its limit whatever your handicap. For the high handicapper playing off the yellow tees it is a daunting task standing on the tee and seeing an expanse of rough in front of you, knowing that a poor tee shot will be punished by a visit into either gorse, heather or long wispy grass. ‘Just keep to the fairway’ was the advice I got. ‘Thanks’ I thought, ‘that’s what I usually try to do’. I also took a sneaky look at what life would be like playing off the white tees and decided that I was more than happy to play off yellow. 18 County Golfer

Woodhall Spa management make no apologies for the set up of the course. It’s golf as it should be, I was told. Golf is a hard game and for that reason Woodhall Spa attracts the more serious golfer. If you can tee off cleanly every time and hit the ball at least 150 yards in the air, landing it accurately on the fairway then you will have a cracking round. If you scuff or slice your tee shot occasionally, which sums a lot of us up, then Woodhall Spa will break your heart. This is not hit and run golf, it’s masters stuff, golf that needs thinking about. You need a course planner to study the next shot and plan it out. Fail in that area and you will shoot over 100 like me, but the challenge is one that all golfers need to raise their game and play like a champion. I loved this course despite my score. This was my first game since illness in February but I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Standing on the first tee the starter informed us of a few things we should know and then told us to “keep up with the game in front as it was a busy day”. Fat chance of that. The game in front was a two ball and they were members. They were off like a shot and after they had moved off the first green,

we didn’t see them again. Gladly the two ball behind us were happy to follow along picking up our dropped scorecards and shots! Being my first game in 4 months I decided to play with caution and stick to irons and it worked. Lefty went for it with his usual gusto and Newby, having forgotten to take his tablets, was fortunate to finish with a full set of clubs! Adam our newest recruit and former Assistant Pro at Brailsford set about the course with precision, but had to admit at the end, bringing in a tidy 98, that it was tough. He has written about his finest hour. As we approached the first par3, Lefty was heard to say “I normally birdie these”. Hmmm… where? The opening hole is a little teaser. At 353 yards and stroke index 17 it looks quite simple to get you off the mark. We all took our own route to the greens and surprisingly my choice of sticking to the irons worked not only on this hole but for the rest of the round. Keep it straight and keep it simple that was

Course Report Woodhall Spa my ethos. Sadly it was this lack of adventure that cost me in length of shot and getting to the green a bit sooner. Once on the beautifully sculptured greens I lived up to my ‘two putt’ reputation. I loved the greens readable, true and a dream to play. Even the semi rough around the greens was playable off with a putter. This served me well on the day. With all the best intentions I still carded over 100 on this par 71 course off the yellows. That’s good you may say but how many over 100 is the big question? That’s for me to know and you to keep out! On the front 9, Adam was putting in the odd par and bogey so it was obvious that his golfing experience would count for a lot. Nothing could legislate for his shot on the 17th though. I will let him tell his own story. I am not going to do a hole by hole description of the course because you will be able to count my shots.

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As we are all aware it has not been the driest couple of months but the course was in immaculate condition. Being built on sand has obvious advantages to the normal Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire clay. The fairways had a lovely bounce to them due to the rain. They are normally harder we were told. I am trying to describe this course in a way to make you go and play, not to put you off by telling you how hard it is but you have just got to go and play it. As the home of English Golf it is a must on your year’s golfing calendar even if it is to experience what the golfers we see on TV go through to get their par on a par 5. I visited at least three bunkers which presented me with a vertical face. Amazingly, on most of them I was out in one which is not like me but that is the

effect of playing a course that makes you raise your game a notch or two. After our round we went in to the plush and welcoming club house and chatted to the management team. Their earnest desire is to attract the serious golfer and booking a round is essential as they are extremely busy. You will not find them on a ‘get a cheap round’ web site as they don’t want to attract, in the words of Basil Fawlty, ‘the Riff Raff’. They aren’t being funny here because they take their golf seriously and love the serious golfer but don’t really want the ‘hackers’. So, when you go and play you won’t get stuck behind someone who takes 10 shots a hole. Mind you I did nine on one but don’t tell them. We all would like to express our gratitude to all at Woodhall Spa for a truly great day.

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Course Report Woodhall Spa

Adam’s Debut

Woodhall Spa Golf Club, voted 25th in the top 100 courses in the World, ‘well not a bad start to my County Golfer career’. The journey on the way to the course was a long one so we had plenty of time for some banter and the day started well with Lefty boldly stating ’par 3’s, I normally birdie those’ which came back to haunt him later on a very challenging round! The day was one of the few good days of weather we have had recently but we arrived in classic County Golfer style, entering the car park with just 20 minutes until our tee time, so as we hadn’t had any breakfast we managed to put the tee time back 10 minutes and grab a well needed bacon cob and coffee before teeing off. The first was quite a short hole and not the hardest but still quite tight in places and well guarded, like many holes, with bunkers. In fact there are 365 bunkers on the course and we all had the chance to show how good our bunker play was by taking turns.... A lot of the time you were doing well to get the ball back into play as they are some of the steepest and largest bunkers I have seen! At quite a few holes you don’t need to use your driver as the bunkers are waiting for you if you are only slightly off line. I was hitting my hybrid off a lot of the tees but then still needing a mid iron for a substantial amount of the par 4s. The carry on a lot of the holes to clear the gorse bushes and heather was around 150 yards, which troubled the shorter hitters - Garry and Lefty - on a number of holes! I started the round well, parring the first 3 holes and was only 3 over after 8 holes, but then the bunkers and the combination of missing too many fairways meant that I dropped quite a few shots on the back nine! However the 17th was the highlight of my round. I missed the fairway on the left and found my ball behind a tree so could only chip back on to it. I had about 60 yards to the green. So with a little sand wedge on line, one bounce onto the green and straight into the hole for a birdie! Or should this have been the first County Golfer eagle? The course was in very good condition and I would like to play it again now that I know where most of the hidden bunkers are and where not to go. Overall it was definitely one of the best and most challenging courses I have played. I enjoyed the way you had to think about each shot and how each hole was a different challenge. 22 County Golfer

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Course Report Hope Valley

Hope Valley Golf Course

Derbyshire’s Hidden Gem

Looking back at up the 3rd with the fairway veering left back towards the tee.

The Hope Valley will always have a special place in my heart as when I was a younger lad we visited Castleton, Mam Tor and the surrounding areas many times. I’ve even climbed Mam Tor in the middle of the night with a few friends (not quite sure why now to be honest!). But despite all my visits, until a couple of years ago I didn’t know about the golf course nestling in the valley. It was the Yorkshire Terrier in fact that recommended it to me. So when I was invited to play there by club captain Mick Horan and my friend John Spencer; who incidentally was part of the County Golfer team that played in the Morley Hayes golf competition, I jumped at the opportunity. The weather this year has been a bit erratic to say the least, so when I arrived and saw blue sky and sunshine it was a relief. The entry to the course is not what you expect, with the Lafarge cement works towering over you on the approach. Trust me though, when you’re on the course you have no idea it’s

anywhere near. I was met at the course by club captain Mick Horan who took me straight through to the social house for a coffee and a bacon cob; there really is no other way to prepare for a round of golf I think, forget the driving range and putting green! Stood on the first you are lulled into a bit of a false sense of security as it’s pretty open and there’s a lot to aim at. You can take on the stream about 190+ yards down the fairway or lay up and leave yourself a wedge into the green. John, being a big hitter, went for it as I’d expect. 3 pars to start will do. From here on in it gets tight! Before I played, John had told me how difficult a course it is and how tight the fairways are, but until you play you will really have no appreciation of how tough a challenge of golf it is. The second hole is played over the brow of a hill; if you hit left you’re out of bounds, right and it opens up… a little! I went slightly left and as it sailed through the air I pulled the face all golfers have pulled many times, wincing as if in pain, but really just hoping for a lucky bounce! As it sailed over the boundary by only a couple of feet at most, I County Golfer


Course Report Hope Valley waited, hoping to see it suddenly shoot right back across the fairway and back into play, but it didn’t!! 3 off the tee and not for the last time that afternoon. The 3rd is a dog leg right and again an iron off the tee is the answer, leaving a short 2nd into the green, once more very tight. Wayward shots at Hope Valley are punished! Both Mick and John were showing me the way well, they were playing controlled golf, keeping it short but accurate. A cracking par 3 follows, an elevated tee shot over hidden water and rough, the rolling back drop of the Derbyshire hills constantly in view, making this one of the most picturesque holes on the course. Stroke index one follows and possibly the most daunting 2 tee shots I’ve played this year. Both 5 and 6 run parallel to each other, but are as tight a two holes as I’ve ever played. The first should be a driver off the tee, but if you’re not

incredibly accurate you’re on the green for 3 at the very best. The fairway can’t be more than 15 yards wide and 200 yards down, with thick trees left and a large clump of trees on the right. Again an iron off the tee for accuracy is the key, unless you’re John, then you just boom one down the middle with the driver and take another par! The 9th is called ‘Birdie Chance’ and that just messes with your mind, it’s not the hardest hole on the course, but 336 yards par 4 means it’s also not a piece of cake either. As soon as I was told the name, a birdie was never going to happen! As it’s a 9 hole course you replay the holes but off different tees, making it play differently again, though not easier, especially the par 3 17th, the hardest par 3 I’ve played in a long time. Not only long at 188 yards, but again very tight and with not much to aim at as a small undulating green makes it difficult to make the ball stick too.

Back at the Social club we enjoyed a platter of sandwiches, some chips and a much needed pint of lager all very kindly supplied by Steve Hunter the club steward, while we mulled over missed chances and lost balls (mostly mine). We’d played Stableford rules on our way round and I have to point out that John won by one point. However, I got the only birdie of the day, just thought I’d slip that one in! This course is a real challenge for any level of golfer, it has a really friendly atmosphere and with green fees from just £10 for 18 holes it’s a must try for anyone golfing in Derbyshire. I’d like to thank Steve Hunter, the Social Club Steward for putting on a fantastic spread after the round and also Mick Horan the club captain for looking after us on the day.

Above from left to right: Club Member John Spencer, Captain Mick Horan & Social Club Steward Steve Hunter.

John attempts the incredibly difficult par 3 17th.

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Course Report Worksop GC


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If I mention Worksop Golf Club, who instantly springs to mind? There’s no doubt that Lee Westwood is a real hero at Worksop; the course where the world’s number one golfer first learnt his trade. On arriving at the club house, you notice the entrance is decked out as a bit of a shrine to him, with signed pictures, shirts and golf bags once used by Lee. I, however, didn’t start playing at Worksop and am not ranked #1 in the world - probably around 20 plus shots a round off that at present!- so am guessing my experience was a little different to his! The day we arrived to play was an absolute shocker; it had rained all night and was showing no signs of letting up during the day. Though this summer, that has been the story for most days it seems. We sat in the club house and enjoyed a sandwich with Alan Mansbridge and a coffee in the hope that the rain would subside. Alan explained to us that they have made a few changes to the green keeping staff recently and that the course is just getting better and

better as the season goes on. As we stood on the 1st tee we were already wet through and fighting the elements. With driving rain hitting us head on it turned what should have been a straightforward uphill 330 yard par 4 opener into a real slog, however when we got to the green it was in remarkable condition. Due to very good drainage on the course the rain hadn’t affected anything that we noticed, fairways, greens and rough all playing really well.

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Course Report Worksop GC The 2nd hole is a fantastic looking par 4 that sweeps down in front of you. With a good drive it’s only a wedge in, but with 2 bunkers squeezing the entrance to the green any drive left or right leaves an approach over a bunker. Lefty was not having a good opening couple of holes, already a ball and a few shots down on his handicap. His time was about to come though. The par 3 3rd hole has had quite a few nominations for the hardest hole in the counties. It’s 185 yards long and has an elevated green surrounded with deep bunkers. I can see why so many view this hole as one of the toughest around. The rain had really soaked us through by this point, my glove and grips were absolutely sodden and clearly, for that and that reason alone, my next shot wasn’t all that impressive, in fact visit and watch the video as it is far too demoralising for me to describe in words. Lefty’s shot was pretty good here, as he struck it, it sailed straight as a dye towards the flag and dropped just feet before it. Then it rolled straight for the hole, we were just waiting for it to drop. Sadly it didn’t, sadly for me that is, as it would have been the first drink he’s bought me for a very long time! When we got to the green his ball was sitting a few feet from the hole and he duly despatched it for a birdie. On to the next few holes as we moved away from the club house into the trees. The course was founded in 1914 and the mature nature of the landscape is apparent throughout all 18 holes. I love playing such enclosed courses, where each hole feels as though it’s the only one around. The only disadvantage is that if you miss a fairway there isn’t another running parallel to help you out very often. The 9th was my favourite hole, that might have something to do with the way I played it, but I 36 County Golfer

mainly just think it’s a great hole. It’s a 484 yard par 5, so with a good shot drive off the tee, the approach is simply great. There are mature trees surrounding a good size green that slopes right towards you. With a soft green it means that from a distance you can still attack the flag. A 200 yard approach from myself stuck like glue to the green, leaving me 2 putts for a birdie… but it took me 3 and I hate it when that happens! Weaving through the trees was an absolute joy; you really get the feeling you are the only person for miles around, with thick trees all around you and from time to time above you depending on the accuracy of your shots! By the time you play the 16th you are coming out of the forest (the rain had also stopped by this point which was a huge bonus) and back into open areas approaching the club house and the 17th is another cracker of a hole. At 380 yards it’s not all that difficult; it swoops down in front of you and right back up to a green with bunkers catching any wayward approach shots. My first was poor and landed at the bottom of the hill in the semi rough. This left a big uphill second shot which, although left of the green, was pin high and I was able to get up and down for a par.

At this point I will have to ‘big up’ my playing partner Lefty, who had a bit of a tough day with the exception of the par 3’s. There are 4 par 3’s in total over the course and he has always struggled with them, but not today. He went birdie, par, birdie and rimmed the cup for a par. All that work on the Irons has clearly paid off!

Course Report Worksop GC

As we sat back in the club house with a pint of lager, surrounded by memorabilia from the club’s local hero we realised that we probably saw more of Worksop Golf Course than Lee Westwood ever has in his years there and we loved every minute of it! 38 County Golfer

WORKSOP GOLF CLUB Home club of Lee Westwood and Mark Foster would like to welcome you to our course. The course is regarded as one of the outstanding courses of the area in both difficulty and quality. We have an excellent heathland course which has recently been host to the North of England Brabazon Qualifying Round. It is a mature 18 hole course, 6628 yards SSS 73, set in an area of gorse, broom, birch and oak. Visitors are very welcome and we have a new on-line booking system with tee times and great discounts available most days including weekends. See our website for details ( Book a tee time online in July to enter a draw for a signed, framed Lee Westwood shirt. You can also arrange a game or visiting party by telephoning our Professional. Full catering facilities available, you will not be disappointed!! Clubhouse available for hire for private functions – ring 01909 477731 for details.

Summer and winter packages available. 7 day membership is available at £874 for full year (Nov – Oct) plus £200 joining fee.

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Morley Hayes Annual Golf Day On Thursday the 24th of May, Morley Hayes hosted their annual golf day; this time celebrating 21years since the course was first opened to the public. County Golfer have been invited to the event for the last 4 years running and when the invite arrives there is always an air of tension, with everyone checking their calendar to ensure they can play. This year Lefty, due to other commitments, was the unlucky loser and therefore the County Golfer Team was as follows; Newby, Jules Green, John Spencer and the Yorkshire Terrier. As we stood on the par 3 16th hole awaiting the sound of the firework to set the round going, we had time to stand back and take in one of the best days we’ve had so far this year, how Morley Hayes managed to arrange such glorious weather I’ll never know! It was an absolute scorcher of a day and the competition was more about who could keep performing for the full 18 holes without wilting in the heat. With the course in perfect condition and beautifully manicured there was no excuse for a bad round. That is with the exception of the 10th hole where James Whatley from the East Midlands Golf Academy was stood with his launch monitor and video camera, analysing everyone’s tee shot. The video of everyone’s shot, as we knew from last year’s experience, would be displayed on a large screen during the dinner afterwards. No pressure there then!

1st 1st: Team Flint Cooper consisting of: Ran Oren, Nick Wells, David Nelson, Dean Nelso.



The County Golfer team didn’t fair too badly in the heat returning a respectful score that saw them lose out on 3rd place over a back 9 count back. We’d like to thank everyone at Morley Hayes for putting on such a great day, especially Andrew and Robert Allsop, Dan Delaney.

The County Golfer team: Jules Green, The Yorkshire Terrier, Newby and John Spencer. County Golfer


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Equipment TaylorMade ATV Wedge

TaylorMade Introduces ATV Wedge No Bounce Number Necessary with Innovative Sole Design that Enables a Multitude of Shots for Various Course Conditions.

Basingstoke, Hants. (5 January, 2012) – Born from years of research and development as well as extensive player testing, TaylorMade Golf is proud to introduce the ATV (All-Terrain Versatility), a wedge created to offer golfers a simple choice to handle the multitude of shots and course conditions. With its strategically designed sole geometries, the ATV is the most versatile wedge in golf. “Prior to the introduction of the ATV, the wedge is a piece of equipment that traditionally forces a player to sacrifice a certain shot type,” said Brian Bazzel, Product Creation Manager for 46 County Golfer

irons, putters and wedges. “The ATV wedge is engineered to perform beautifully on a multitude of different types of shots, including chips, pitches, sand shots, full shots from fairway, out of the rough, off bare-lies, flop shots and bump-and-runs.” The ATV was designed with every curve, angle and edge serving a purpose to make the club more versatile. Significant relief at the toe, heel and trailing edge reduces resistance and changes how the sole reacts with turf and sand, depending on how the club is positioned at address and how much the face is opened. Each ATV sole is slightly different, depending on the loft. Bazzel added: “You won’t find a bounce number etched anywhere into the ATV clubhead

Equipment TaylorMade ATV Wedge

because the sole takes on different bounces depending on how you position the club for the type of shot you’re hitting, including where your hands are positioned in relation to the clubhead and depending on whether the face is square or to what degree it’s open.”

New Groove Design The ATV wedge incorporates a new groove design created by the company’s R&D department that generates nearly as much spin as its previous highest spinning groove ever, the Z, outlawed in high-level competitions starting last year when the USGA & R&A reformed its definition of acceptable groove design. In addition, the flat areas between the grooves of the ATV wedge clubface incorporate a micro-texture that helps hold the ball to impart backspin.

Seven Lofts Made of 304 stainless steel, the ATV wedge is offered in TaylorMade’s non-plated tour satin finish in seven lofts: 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 64. Each sole is slightly different, depending on the loft.

New Lamkin Wedge Grip The ATV is equipped with Lamkin’s new wedge grip, which extends farther down the shaft to provide improved traction when you choke down “to the metal,” and includes reference points to help create consistency in how far down the grip you go when choking down for certain shots. County Golfer


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PING launches i20 “In the i20 series, we’ve combined workability, distance and forgiveness with the goal to make any golfer a more versatile and complete player,” said John A. Solheim, PING Chairman & CEO. “We’ve engineered the i20s with a solid feel and generous forgiveness but also a degree of workability for the player who wants full command of the clubface for controlling trajectory and shot shape. Anyone who is passionate about their game is going to be very confident and capable with this game-improvement technology.” The matt-black finish of the driver, woods, and hybrids is more than eye-catching, Solheim emphasised - there’s a real performance benefit. “The non-glare finish absorbs light, allowing the player to focus without distraction,” he said. “Our tour pros are very enthusiastic about the finish – but even more so about the i20s’ performance. Players are able to execute any shot they want with confidence.” The 460cc driver head is highly aerodynamic to reduce drag, which generates clubhead speed and ball velocity for maximising distance. “The i20 driver is incredibly long but also highly accurate,” Solheim said. “We gave the fairway woods and hybrids the same matt finish, and their designs offer the high-launching forgiveness that makes them 48 County Golfer

reliable from all turf conditions and from the tee.” In the multi-metal irons, a progressive set design features long irons that are slightly larger, high launching and more forgiving. The smaller short irons feature less offset and provide exceptional control. Distance control, a key to consistent iron play, was a priority in the irons’ design, Solheim said. “The stabilising bars and the thicker face offer great feel and ensure that golfers can hit to precise yardages. Distance control is an absolute must for better players, but precision is going to help anyone lower their scores.”

i20™ Driver The crown is highly aerodynamic to reduce drag for maximising clubhead speed and ball velocity, resulting in greater distance. The 460cc head features dense tungsten sole weights that increase the MOI and position the CG for low-spin, penetrating trajectories. The head is made from Ti 8-1-1, a lighter, lower-density titanium alloy that allows for a weight allocation that adds to forgiveness. A distinctive matt-black finish eliminates glare and distractions. Golfers can choose from two stock shafts: the PING TFC (Tip, Flex, Control) 707D for a low-spin, boring trajectory, or the lighter Project X Black by True Temper, offering mid spin and a higher trajectory.

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Launches First-Ever Performance Hybrid Golf Shoe BIOM Hybrid Combines Natural Motion Technology with Renowned Golf Street Outsole Danish brand ECCO – maker of the world’s most comfortable, stylish and technically-advanced footwear – announces the launch of BIOM Hybrid, golf’s first-ever performance shoe built atop a hybrid outsole. Showcasing a completely anatomical last developed by scanning more than 2,500 feet, BIOM Hybrid combines ECCO Natural Motion technology with the company’s patented, award-winning Golf Street outsole. The result pairs the human body’s evolutionary system for absorbing impact with a non-cleated shoe bottom that provides superior durability, comfort, traction and stability on or off the golf course. Initially developed for the premium running market, patented ECCO Natural Motion technology encourages players to land more toward the mid-foot than heel. Additional features of the ultra-lightweight BIOM Hybrid include: • Extremely Low Profile – Brings a golfer’s weight closer to the playing surface for unmatched stability, ground feel, traction and swing power • Advanced Outsole Technology – 100 molded, wear-resistant TPU traction bars create more than 800 traction angles and have been shown to last five times longer than rubber • Direct Injection – A process unique to ECCO in the golf industry provides superior cushioning, stability and comfort via a one-piece shoe that’s built without glue or stitching

• Superior Weather Resistance– Proprietary ECCO Hydromax™ leather treatment keeps a player’s feet dry and comfortable in all conditions • Climate Control – Triple-component ECCO Comfort Fiber System insole guarantees a cool, dry shoe interior • Tibetan Yak Leather – Naturally soft, durable, smooth and breathable uppers made from Tibetan Yak leather that is three times stronger than ordinary leathers The ECCO men’s golf collection is worn in competition by scores of international Tour stars, including Graeme McDowell, Fred Couples, Thomas Bjorn, Stuart Appleby, Thongchai Jaidee, Thorbjørn Olesen, Andreas Hartø and many others.

DANNY’S DAY Danny Willett spent Sunday May 13, 2012 with the juniors from surrounding golf clubs at Bondhay Golf Club. Danny presented all the prizes and spent time with photo shoots and signing.

Everyone enjoyed the afternoon with Danny giving a demonstration of his skills. It was a real privilege for all the young golfers to have a top PGA golfer like Danny to take time out to encourage everyone to play golf.

Danny Willett with all the juniors at Bondhay Golf Club

Sinclair Lands Mick Grundy Trophy Graham Sinclair from Doveridge, who has started the season in fine style, struck yet another blow for the more mature golfer when he won the prestigious Mick Grundy Trophy at Ashbourne Golf Club on Sunday, May 20th with a net 69 off his handicap of thirteen. Second place in division two was local man and long time member, George Williams and in third place was Frank Marshall. The division one winner was Darren Hooley with a nett 71 followed by Martin Murphy who is also enjoying something of a purple patch with a net 72 and who beat Jim Lewsley into third place 50 County Golfer

on the back nine. The third division winner was Leaun Jones from Brassington also with a net 69 followed by David Branson and Arnie Hackett with a net 73 and 74 respectively. In the first round of the first division of the Crompton Cup Inter Club Foursomes the Ashbourne team of Craig Young, who plays off a handicap of plus one, partnered by young Nathan Lee playing off five and Simon Griffiths, playing off a handicap of one, partnered by another young player, Liam Ellis, playing off a seven handicap beat the Mickleover team by two holes and progressed through to the second round.


‘Summer of Sports’ Norwood Park is supporting the ‘Summer of Sports’ Notts County Council campaign with many events planned. PGA Professional Rob Macey says “Golf will return to the Olympics in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro which is fantastic for the game. The impact is going to be felt all over the world. People from all walks of life will be inspired to play the game of golf and play for sports' highest recognition - a gold medal. In a recent survey published by England Golf there has been a significant increase in participation within our sport in the run up to London 2012 which is really good news.

the year and I’m positive that both new juniors and adults will be attracted to the sport as a result of this facility being built.” “Norwood Park is fast becoming nationally recognised for their commitment to the growing game of golf.” Martin Crowder, Regional Development Officer The Golf Foundation

We continue to make investments at Norwood including recently opening a new-floodlit 18 bay Driving Range with new Pro Shop and Custom fit centre supported by TaylorMade, Ping and Cobra. The project has received national and local support from the golfing governing bodies including Golf England, The Golf Foundation GOLF ROOTS, Notts County Golf Partnership and Notts County Council Aiming High Disability Programme, all highlighting our commitment to all golfers and who knows we may even produce an Olympic champion one day!” The PGA Staff recently helped out at the Olympic Relay event at Kelham Hall offering Tri-Golf to many primary schools ahead of the Torch passing through. “As a HSBC Golf Roots Centre, it’s fantastic to see Norwood Park Golf Centre ‘ Summer of Sports’ initiative offering so many events especially for young people. They have invested money into constructing a covered floodlit driving range to accompany the 18 hole main course and the 9 hole par 3 course. This will enable junior coaching to continue throughout County Golfer


Derbyshire County Golf Partnership PROMISING young golfers in Derbyshire have a new target a mini tour all of their own. The Derbyshire Futures Tour is aimed at boys and girls under the age of 14. Players do not need to be a member of a club to enter. A series of eight and nine-hole competitions will be held across Derbyshire with results counting towards an Order of Merit. Prizes are available in three age categories: Under 14 order of merit for boys and girls (born 1998-99, no CONGU handicap) Under 12 order of merit boys and girls (born 2000-2001) Under 10 order of merit boys and girls (born 2002-05)

The programme of events is: July 15: New Mills GC July 22: Breadsall Priory GC August 5: Alfreton GC August 19: Bakewell GC August 26: Ashbourne GC An Order of Merit final will be held in September with the prize presentation evening being held in October. Further details about how to get involved are available from organiser Victoria Riley at Says Nigel Furniss, county development officer for Derbyshire Golf: "This is a great opportunity for young golfers to pit their wits against each other in a competitive, but friendly atmosphere, and test their skills on a variety of different courses."

England Golf invites applicants for university scholarships England Golf is pleased to announce that a limited number of university scholarships are available for talented young amateurs attending British universities. The annual golf scholarship of £3,000 aims to help support English players of national standard at a time when the pressure on personal finances often prevents many players from competing at the highest levels of the amateur game. Nigel Edwards, England Golf’s Director of Coaching, commented, “The recent increase in tuition fees and the financial demands on students are often a deterrent for some of our best amateur golfers, it makes it very difficult for them to commit to a high performance amateur 52 County Golfer

programme. Many of our better players that wish to continue their studies are often successful in attracting scholarships from US colleges and compete successfully in the NCAA divisions. Whilst the option of studying in America will always be the right decision for many, there is no doubt the standard of amateur golf in British universities has improved. The aim of the England Golf University Scholarship is to assist the best amateurs in British universities to continue to improve and to give them every chance of breaking in to the full England team.” Full details of the qualifying criteria and an application form are available from the Coaching section of the England Golf website. The closing date for prospective applicants for the 2012/13 academic year is Friday 31st August 2012.

Results from Oakmere Park Golf Club Date Saturday May 19th Medal Q.R. Div 1 1st Tom Doyle Nett 71 2nd Mark Cobett Nett 73 (Back Six) 3rd Steve Dean Nett 73 (Back Nine) 4th Iain Williams Nett 73 Div 2 1st Robert Gregory Nett 70 2nd Carl Henshaw Nett 71 3rd Matthew Rowbottom Nett 72 4th Simon Ball Nett 73 (Back Nine) Div 3 1st Phillip Hamm Nett71 2nd Terry Wilson Nett 73 3rd Howard Henshaw Nett 74 4th Paul Gatkin Nett 75 Date Sunday May 20th 2012 Stableford Q.R. Div 1 1st Steve Dean 39 Pts 2nd Paulo J Williams 37 Pts 3rd Richard Bardgett 35 Pts (Back Nine) Div2 1st Tim Burton 41 Pts 2nd Paul Hodgkinson N40 Pts 3rd Phil Ellis 39 Pts Div 3 1st Anthony Bromirski 37 Pts 2nd John Richardson 36 Pts (Back Nine) 3rd Chris Walker 36 Pts Date Monday May 21st Senior’s Summer Eclectic Rd 2 Div 1 1st Rik Richardson 37 Pts 2nd John Wilson 36 Pts Div 2 1st John Kenton 38 Pts 2nd Bob Arberry 37 Pts Date Thursday May 24th Medal Q.R. Div 1 1st Chris Cooper Nett 71 Div 2 1st CallumWood Nett 68 Div 3 1st Steve Foster Nett 70 Date Saturday May 26th Team Stableford Comp

1st Rob Gregory, Gary Oscroft, Keith Hoskins, Ben Charlton 114 Pts 2nd Neil Harvey, Chris Jennings, Steve Hinton, Sean Gerber 113 Pts (Back Nine) 3rd Darren James, Lee Brearley, Jacob Smith, Michael Snell 113 Pts 4th Alan Seddon, Tony Eaton, Dave Cope, Dave Kiely 110 Pts Date Sunday May 27th Betterball Medal Div 1 1st Alan Seddon and Dale Shepherd Nett 68 (Back Nine) 2nd Crawford Hunter and Paul Hodgkinson Nett 68 (Back Nine) 3rd Paul Williams and John Richardson Nett 68 Div 2 1st Alan Ward and Jack Wolstenhulme Nett 66 2nd Anthony Bromirski and Chris Walker Nett 67 3rd Bill Sheffield and John Villiers Nett 69 (Back Nine) Date Monday May 28th 2012 Senior’s Betterball Stableford Div 1 1st Nick Thornton and Jim Newton 41 Pts Div 2 1st Bob McEwen and Graham Hawkes 41 Pts Date Wednesday May 30th Medal Q.R. Div 1 1st Sean Pearce Nett 66 Div 2 1st Nigel Carby Nett69 Div 3 1st Alistair Antill Nett 73 Date Saturday June 9th Betterball Stableford Div 1 1st Andrew Hall and Walter Hollingsworth 42 Pts 2nd Paul Stoker and Phil Ellis 40 Pts 3rd Clarke Bradshaw and Danny Seddon 38 Pts Div 2 1st Phil Holmshaw and David Soar 41 Pts 2nd Neil Clarke and Scott

Froggatt 40 Pts 3rd Ben Charlton and Sam Henderson 39 Pts Date Sunday June 10th Club Championship Medal Q.R. Div 1 1st Stephan Foster Nett 68 2nd Jack Taylor Nett 71 3rd Dean Tomkinson Nett 71 (Back Nine) Div 2 1st Tim Walker Nett 67 2nd Guy Overton Nett 70 3rd Mark White Nett 72 Div 3 1st Gary Oscroft Nett 72 (Back Nine) 2nd Ebrahim Fredricks Nett 72 3rd David Hallam Nett 77 Gross Winner Jason Davies 73 Date Monday June 11th 2012 Senior’s Eclectic Medal Rd 4 Div 1 1st Henry Klapkowski Nett 73 2nd Terry Craggs Nett 74 Div 2 1st Alaister McDonald nett 77 2nd Ernest Scott Nett 78 Div 3 1st Tony Smedley Nett74 2nd Steve Quarton Nett 74 Date Thursday June 14th Stableford Q.R. Div 1 1st Mark Corbett 37 Pts 2nd Scott Hinton 35 Pts Div 2 1st Craig Pearce 43 Pts 2nd Dave Westwood 32 Pts Ladies Section Date Saturday June 2nd Stableford 1st Sue Reynolds 34 Pts 2nd Dorothy Bradshaw 34 Pts Date Monday June 4th The Blue Ribbon Trophy 1st Sue Reynolds and Colin Walkden 35 Pts (Back Nine) 2nd Carol Houghton and Simon Houghton 35 Pts

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With all of the activity it must be noted that Shirland have not forgot about the future of the game and the junior section has also been an area that has been invested in heavily. The club are now offering some great opportunities for the golfers of the future to learn the game in a safe environment at a subsidised price. In summary it seems that the great work at Shirland continues!

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ALFRETON Alfreton Golf Club Wingfield Road, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 7LH T: 01773 832070 Stats: 11 holes • 5451 yards Par 67 • SSS 66 Green Fees: £19 per round, £28 per day, £11 with a member

ASHBOURNE Ashbourne Golf Club Wyaston Road, Ashbourne, Derbys, DE6 1NB Tel: 01335 342078 Stats: 18 holes • 6308 yards Par 71 • SSS 71 Green Fees: Mon- Fri £30, Sat & Sun £35 & Bank Holiday

BAKEWELL Bakewell Golf Club Station Road, Bakewell DE45 1GB Tel: 01629 812307 Stats: 9 holes • 5244 yards Par 68 • SSS 66 Green Fees: £20 per day (£25 weekends and bank holidays) Playing with a member: £12

BAMFORD Sickleholme Golf Club Bamford, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 OBN

Tel: 01433 651306 Stats: 18 holes • 6064 yards Par 69 • SSS 69 Green Fees: £29 weekdays. £34 weekends

BARLBOROUGH Barlborough Links Golf Club Oxcroft Way, Barlborough S43 4NW Tel: 01246 813111 Stats: 9 holes • 3164 yards Par 35 •SSS 35 Green Fees: Mid week: £7.00 Weekend: £8.50 per 9 holes.

BRAILSFORD Brailsford Golf Course Pool Head Lane, Brailsford DE6 3BU Tel: 01335 360096 Stats: 12 holes • 5844 yards Par 69 • SSS 67 Green Fees: Weekends & Bank Holidays 9 holes £15, 18 £23 Weekdays 9 holes £13, 18 £18.

BREADSALL Marriott Breadsall Priory Hotel and Country Club Moor Road, Morley DE7 6DL Tel: 01332 832235 Stats: Priory Course: 18 holes 6100 yards • Par 72 • SSS 69 Moorland Course: 18 holes

6087 yards • Par 70 • SSS 69 Green Fees: Priory: £55 per day; £40 per round (£45 per round weekends and bank holidays) Moorland: £55 per day; £40 per round (£40 per round weekends and bank holidays).

BURTON-ON-TRENT Burton- On-Trent Golf Club 43 Ashby Road East, Burton-on-Trent, DE15 0PS Club House: 01283 568708

Stats: 18 holes • 6579 yards Par 71 SSS 71 Green Fees: Weekdays £40 per round, £50 per day.

BUXTON Buxton & High Peak Townend, Waterswallows Road SK17 7EN Tel: 01298 23453 Stats: 18 holes • 5966 yards Par 69 • SSS 69, Green Fees: Weekdays - £24 Weekends - £30

Cavendish Golf Club Gadley Lane, Buxton SK17 6XD Tel: 01298 79708 Stats: 18 holes • 5721 yards, Par 68 • SSS: 68 Green Fees: £30

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Derbyshire Directory… visit for more details CHAPEL-EN-LE-FRITH Chapel-En-Le-Frith Manchester Rd, Chapel-en-leFrith, High Peak, SK23 9UH Tel: 01298 812118/813943 Stats: 18 hole •, 6434 yards, Par 72 • SSS 71 Green Fees: Weekdays £32 Weekend/ Bank Holidays £42.

CHESTERFIELD Chesterfield Golf Club Walton, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S42 7LA Tel: 01246 279256 Stats: 18 holes • 6301 yards, Par 71 • SSS 70 Green Fees: Mon - Fri £32 Sat, Sun and Bank Holidays £40

Grassmoor Golf Centre North Wingfield Rd, Grassmoor, Chesterfield S42 5EA Tel: 01246 856044 Stats: 18 holes • 5723 yards Par 69 • SSS 69 Green Fees: Weekdays: £12 Weekends: £15

Stanedge Golf Club Walton Hay Farm, Chesterfield S45 OLW Tel: 01246 566156 Stats: 9 holes • 5786 yards Par 69 • SSS 68Club membership 320 Green Fees: £15 per round (18 58 County Golfer

holes) Sat and Sunday £15.

Tapton Park Municipal Tapton Park, Tapton, Chesterfield, S41 OEQ Tel: 01246 239500 Stats: Markham Course 18 holes • 6013 yards • Par 71 SSS 72 Dobbin Clough: 9 holes 2613 yds • Par 34 Green Fees: TBC TBC TBC

CHURCH BROUGHTON Broughton Heath Golf Course Bent Lane, Church Broughton, Derbys, DE65 5BA Tel: 01283 521235 Stats: 18 holes • 3110 yards, Par 54 • SSS 53 Green Fees: Midweek £9.00, Weekend £12.00

CODNOR Ormonde Fields Golf Club Nottingham Road, Codnor, Ripley, DE55 9RG Tel Secretary: 01773 570043

Stats: 18 holes • 6502 yards Par 71 • SSS 72 Green Fees: Weekday £17.50. Weekend £22.50

DERBY Allestree Park

Allestree Hall, Duffield Road, Allestree DE22 2EU Tel: 01332 550616 Stats: 18 holes • 5727 yards

Par 68 • SSS 68 Green Fees: £12.00 TBC

Sinfin Golf Course Wilmore Road, Sinfin, Derby DE24 9HD Tel: 01332 766462 Stats: 18 holes • 6185 yards Par 70 • SSS 70 Green Fees: £12.00 TBC

DRONFIELD Hallowes Golf Club Hallowes Lane, Dronfield, Sheffield S18 1UR Tel: 01246 413734 Stats: 18 holes • 6342 yds Par 71 • SSS 71 Green Fees: Weekdays £37.50 Sundays: £37.50

DUFFIELD Chevin Golf Club Golf Lane, Duffield, Belper, Derbys, DE56 4EE Tel: 01332 841864 Stats: 18 holes • 6127 yards Par 69 • SSS 69 Green Fees: £30.00 round, £35.00 day

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GLOSSOP Glossop & District GC Sheffield Road, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 7PU Tel: 01457 865247 Stats: 9 (11) holes • 5800 yards Par 68 • SSS 68 Green Fees: Weekdays £20 Weekends £25

HOPE Blue Circle Hope Blue Circle Cement, Hope Cement Works, Hope, Hope Valley S33 6RP Tel: (Sec) 01433 622282 Stats: 9 holes • 5350 yards Par 68 • SSS 66 Green Fees: £10

HORSLEY Horsley Lodge Smalley Mill Road DE21 5BL Tel: 01332 780838 Stats: 18 holes • 6400 yards Par 71 • SSS 70 Green Fees: Mon - Thur £30 Friday - Sunday £35

KEDLESTON Kedleston Park Kedleston Road, Quarndon, Derby, DE22 5JD Tel: 01332 840035 Stats: 18 holes • 6731 yards Par 72 • SSS 72

Green Fees: Weekdays £40 Weekends £45

MATLOCK Matlock Golf Club Chesterfield Road, Matlock Moor, DE4 5LZ Tel: 01629 582191 Stats: 18 holes • 5804 yards Par 70 • SSS 68 Green Fees: £28 per round

MICKLEOVER Mickleover Golf Club Uttoxeter Road, Mickleover, Derby, DE3 9AD Tel: 01332 518662 Stats: 18 holes • 5708 yards Par 68 • SSS: 68 Green Fees: Adults £25, 4-Ball £80, Juniors £10 Location: 3 miles west of Derby on A516/B5020

Pastures Golf Club Off Merlin Way, Mickleover, DE3 0UJ Tel: 07766 098628 Stats: 9 holes • 4938 yards Par 64 • SSS 64 Green Fees: Visitors per day £25, 9 holes £10,

MORLEY Morley Hayes Main Road, Morley, Derbyshire, DE7 6DG Tel: 01332 780480 Stats: Manor Course: 18 holes 6726 yards • Par 72 • SSS 72 Tower Course: 9 holes • 1647 Yards • Par 30 Green Fees: Manor Course: Weekday £20 Weekend £28, Tower Course: Weekdays TBC, Weekends TBC

NEW MILLS New Mills Golf Club Shaw Marsh SK22 4QE Tel: 01663 743485 & 746161 Stats: 18 holes • 5604 yards Par 69 • SSS 67 Green Fees: £26 Per round, £32 Per day

RENISHAW Renishaw Park Club House, Mill Lane S21 3UZ Tel: 01246 432044/435484 Stats: 18 holes • 6262 yards Par 71 • SSS 70 Green Fees: TBC TBC

RISLEY Maywood Golf Club Rushy Lane DE7 3ST Tel: 0115 939 2306 Stats: 18 holes • 6424 yards Par 72 • SSS 71 Green Fees: Mon-Fri £15 Weekends £20 County Golfer


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ROTHER VALLEY Rother Valley Golf Centre Mansfield Road, Wales Bar, Sheffield S26 5PQ Tel: 0114 247 3000 Stats: 18 holes • 6400 yards Par 72 • SSS 72 Green Fees: Mon - Thur £16, Fri £18, Sat-Sun & BH £20.50

SHIRLAND Shirland Golf Club, Lower Delves, Shirland, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 6AU Tel: 01773 834935 Stats: 18 hole • 5729 yards,

Par 71 • SSI 71 Green Fees: Weekdays £15 Weekends £20

STANTON-BY-DALE Erewash Valley Golf Club Golf Club Rd, Stanton-By-Dale, Ilkeston, Derbyshire DE7 4QR Tel: 0115 932 3258 Stats: 18 holes • 6557 yards Par 72 • SSS 71 Green Fees: Weekdays £37 Weekdays £48

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Sheffield Road, S18 4DB Tel: 01246 291979 Stats: 18 holes • 6409 yards Par 73 • SSS 71 Green Fees: £10

WHITWELL Bondhay Golf & Country Club Bondhay Lane, Whitwell, Worksop S80 3EH Tel: 01909 724709/723608 Stat: 18 holes • 6871 yards Par 72 • SSS 74 Green Fees: Weekdays £16-£19 Weekends £26.00

Nottinghamshire Directory… visit for more details

BEESTON Beeston Fields Golf Club Old Drive Wollaton Road, Beeston, Notts, NG9 3DD Tel: 0115 925 7062 Stats: 18 holes • 6430 yards Par 71 • SSS 71 Green Fees: £33 per Round £35 per day,

BRINKLEY The Orchards Golf Course Fiskerton Road, Brinkley, Southwell, NG25 0PT Tel: 01636 812257 Stats: 9 holes • 5088 yards Par 68 • SSS 67 Green Fees: Weekdays 9 Holes £7, 18 holes £13. Weekends 9 holes £9, 18 holes £16

BULWELL Bulwell Forest Golf Club Hucknall Road, Bulwell, Nottingham NG6 9LQ Tel: 0115 9763172 Stats: 18 holes • 5726 yds, Par 68 • SSS 68 Green Fees:

Nottingham Golf Centre Norwich Gardens, Bulwell, Nottingham NG6 8LF Tel: 0115 927 2767 Stats: 18 holes • 6218 yds

Par 70 • SSS 70 Greenfees: Midweek £13, Weekend £17

CALVERTON Ramsdale Park Golf Centre Oxton Road, Calverton, Nottingham NG14 6NU Tel: 0115 965 5600 Stats: Seely Course 18 holes • 6541 yds • Par 71 • SSS 72 Lee Course: 18 holes • 2844 yards • Par 54 Green Fees: Seely Course Weekdays £23 Weekends £29 Lee Course: Weekdays £12.50 Weekends £13.50

Springwater Golf Club Moor Lane, Calverton Nottingham NG14 6FZ Tel: 0115 965 2129 Stats: 18 holes • 6224 yds Par 71 • SSS 71 Greenfees: Weekdays £22 Weekends £27

CHILWELL Chilwell Manor Golf Club Meadow Lane, Chilwell, Nottingham NG9 5AE Tel: 0115 925 8958

EAST LEAKE Rushcliffe Golf Club Stocking Lane, East Leake, Loughborough LE7 5RL Tel: 01509 852959 Stats: 18 holes • 6013 yds Par 69 • SSS 69 Greenfees: Weekdays £27.50 Weekends £42

EDWALTON Edwalton Golf Course Edwalton Lane, Edwalton Village, Nottingham NG12 4 AS Tel: 0115 923 4775 Stats: 9 holes plus par 3 course, 3336 yds, SSS 72

HUCKNALL Leen Valley Golf Club Wigwam Lane, Hucknall, NG15 7TA Tel: 0115 964 2037 Stats: 18 holes • 5890 yds Par 70 Green Fees: Weekdays £13.00 Weekends £16.00


Stats: 18 holes • 6379 yds Par 70 • SSS 70 Greenfees: Weekdays £26 Weekends £32

Brierley Forest Golf Club Main Street, Huthwaite, Notts NG17 2LG Tel/Fax: 01623 550761 Stats: 18 holes • 6008 yds Par 72 County Golfer


Nottinghamshire Directory… visit for more details KIRKBY IN ASHFIELD Notts Golf Club Hollinwell, Derby Road, Kirkby-In-Ashfield, NG17 7QR Tel: 01623 753225 Stats: 18 holes • 7030 yds • Par 75 • SSS 75 Greenfees: From £45

LONG EATON Trent Lock Golf Centre Lock Lane, Sawley, Long Eaton, Nottingham NG10 2FY Tel: 0115 946 4398 Stats:18 holes • 5848 yds Par • SSS 68 & 9 holes, 2911 yds, par 36 Greenfees: 18 Holes: £15.00 midweek £20.00 weekends 9 Holes: £6.00 midweek £7.50 weekends

MANSFIELD Mansfield Golf Centre Jubilee Way North Mansfield NG18 3PJ Tel: 01623 422 764 Stats: 18 hole • 6170 yds, Par 71 Greenfees: Weekdays from £10 Weekends from £12

Sherwood Forest Golf Club Eakring Road, Mansfield, Notts NG18 3EW Tel: 01623 626 689 62 County Golfer

Stats: 18 holes • 6732 yds Par 71, SSS 73 Greenfees: from £35

MAPPERLEY Mapperley Golf Club Central Avenue, Plains Road Mapperley NG3 5RH Tel: 0115 955 6672 Stats: 18 holes • 6307 yds Par 71 • SSS 70 Greenfees: Weekdays from £25 Weekends from £30

NEWARK-ON-TRENT Newark-on-Trent Golf Club Coddington, Newark, Notts NG24 2QX Tel: 01636 626282 Stats: 18 holes • 6421 yds Par 71 • SSS 71 Green Fees: Weekdays £25.00 Weekends £42.00

NOTTINGHAM Riverside Golf Club Trentside, Lenton Lane, Nottingham NG7 2SA Tel: 0115 986 2179 Stats: 9 holes, 1952 yds • SSS 62 Greenfees: Weekdays 9 holes £4, 18 holes £6, Weekends) 9 holes £5, 18 holes £7

RUFFORD Rufford Park Golf Centre Rufford Lane, Rufford, Notts NG22 9DG Tel: 01623 825 253 Stats: 18 holes • 6286 yards Par 70 • SSS 70 Green Fees: Weekdays from £22, Weekends from £28.

OXTON Oakmere Park G.C Oaks Lane, Oxton, Southwell, Nottinghamshire NG25 0RH Tel: 0115 965 3545 Stats: Admirals: 18 holes 6612 yds sss 72. Commanders: 9 holes • 6573 yds • sss 72 Greenfees: Admirals: Weekdays from £24, Weekends from £34. Commanders: Weekdays from £14, Weekends from £18.

RADCLIFFE-ON-TRENT The Nottinghamshire Golf and Country Club Stragglethorpe, Nr Cotgrave Village, Notts, NG12 3HB Tel: 0115 933 3344 Stats: Open: 18 Hole • 6302 yds • par 71 • SSS 70 Masters: 18 Holes • 5933 yards Par 70 • SSS 68.

Nottinghamshire Directory… visit for more details Radcliffe-on-Trent Golf Club Dewberry Lane, Cropwell Road, Radcliffe-on-Trent, NG12 2JH Tel: 0115 933 3000 Stats: 18 holes • 6381 yds • SSS 71 Greenfees: Weekdays £23 Weekends £28

RETFORD Retford Golf Club Brecks Road, Ordsall Retford Notts DN22 7UA Tel: 01777 711188 Stats: 18 Holes • 6446 yds SSS 72 Green Fees: Midweek £25 Weekends £30

RUDDINGTON Ruddington Grange Golf Club Wilford Road, Ruddington, Nottingham NG11 6NB Tel: 0115 984 6141 Stats: 18 holes • 6545 yds SSS 72 Green Fees: Weekdays £15, Weekends £30.

SERLBY The Serlby Park Golf Club Serlby, Doncaster DN10 6BA Tel: 01777 818 268 9 holes, 5404 yds, SSS 66 Stats: 18 Holes • 6127 yrds Par 71

SOUTHWELL Norwood Park Golf Centre Southwell, Notts NG25 0PF Tel: 01636 816 626 Stats: 18 holes • 6805 yds SSS 73 Greenfees: Norwood Course £22 weekdays, £30 weekends WESTWOOD Academy 1364yards, par27 £6 9 holes. £9 for 18 holes On-Sun

Southwell Golf Club Southwell Racecourse, Rolleston, Newark, NG25 0TS Tel: 01636 813 706 18 holes, 5770 yds, SSS 68 Stats: 18 holes • 5772 yrds Par 69 • SSS 68

STANTON-ONTHE-WOLDS Stanton-on-the-Wolds GC Golf Road, Stanton-on-theWolds NG12 5BH Tel: 0115 937 4885 Stats: 18 holes • 6369 yds Par 72 • SSS 71

SUTTON-IN-ASHFIELD Coxmoor Golf Club Coxmoor Road, Sutton-inAshfield, Notts NG17 5LF Tel: 01623 557 359 Stats: 18 holes • 6571 yds

Par 72 • SSS 72 Greenfees: £42 per round. Close to junction 27 M1.

WOLLATON PARK Wollaton Park Golf Club Lime Tree Avenue Wollaton Park NG8 1BT Tel: 0115 978 7574 Stats: 18 holes • 6445 yds SSS 71 Green Fees: Weekdays from £37, Weekends from £42

WORKSOP College Pines Golf Club Worksop College Drive, Worksop, Notts S80 3AP Tel: 01909 501 431

Stats: 18 holes • 6716 yds SSS 72 Green Fees: Weekdays from £16, Weekends from£22

Kilton Forest Golf Club Blyth Road, Worksop S81 0TL Tel: 01909 479 199 Stats: 18 holes • 6424 yds SSS 71 Green Fees: Weekdays from £12, Weekends from£14 Worksop Golf Club Windmill Lane, Worksop S80 2SQ Tel: 01909 472 696 Stats: 18 holes • 6660 yds SSS 73 Green Fees: Weekdays from £26, Weekends from£35 County Golfer


Aston Martin unveil their stunning new luxury sports car –

the Vanquish.

Sitting proudly at the pinnacle of the luxury British car maker’s sports car line-up, this breathtaking new super grand tourer represents the zenith of current Aston Martin design and engineering. Vanquish points to an exciting and confident future for the historic brand. Unmistakably an Aston Martin, the design shows a clear and coherent lineage from its heritage while providing an equally clear pointer to the luxury car brand’s vibrant future. Closer inspection reveals details such as the stunning new Aero Duct on the rear boot lid. This 64 County Golfer

elegantly devised passive engineering feature, which counteracts lift at the car’s rear when travelling at speed, is a triumph of both design and technical ability. As happy on the streets of a bustling city as it is carving through the countryside or long distance motorway touring, the Vanquish offers a thoroughbred British luxury sports car that’s also suited to everyday use. Powered by a significantly revised naturally aspirated 6.0-litre V12 petrol engine mated to

the proven Touchtronic 2 six-speed automatic gearbox, the new car offers suitably impressive performance figures. The V12’s power peak of 565 bhp (573 PS) makes it Aston Martin’s most potent production model yet, outmuscled only by the strictly limited edition £1.2m One-77 supercar. The raw statistics speak for themselves: 573 PS at 6,750 rpm, 620 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm, 0-62 mph in 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 183 mph place the Vanquish firmly into supercar territory.Yet the brand’s team of engineers have

been working towards economy and emissions improvements, too. Dr Bez said: “The Aston Martin range is stronger now than at any time in our 99-year history. The new Vanquish represents the perfect way to signal the beginning of our centenary celebrations next year.” Priced from £189,995 RRP first deliveries of the new sports car are expected to begin in the UK and Continental Europe late in 2012. County Golfer


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