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Summertime Golf

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t’s all go on the courses at the minute. The sun really brings out the amateur golfer like bees around a honeypot. I include myself in that comment. There’s no wonder I don’t improve on a year to year basis however, catching up and shaking off the rust in the lovely summer weather is always a treat. After watching the Open at Royal Birkdale and watching someone wipe out a three shot lead I am quite enthused that my golf suffers the same ups and downs on a pro rata to skill basis as the best in the world. In this edition, Lefty, Newby, Fame, Spence, Mike, Brian, Uncle Tom Cobley and I have all have been traversing the counties. We have visited, Chevin GC, Rufford GC, Matlock GC, Newark GC and Ganton GC and Oakmere GC. I will be honest and say now that I hadn’t heard of Ganton which is just near Scarborough in the Vale of Pickering (I had heard of that). However Lefty and Newby informed me that it had hosted the Ryder Cup, Davis Cup and Walker Cup. It looks stunning and now I want to play there. My assignment was to play at Rufford Park GC and check out the new layout for holes 7 and 8. I have to say right now it’s a stroke of genius and makes the Par 3 7th a sweet hole and leaves you a super 8th to work out how best to play. You’ve got to give it a go. Wherever you play we do hope that you enjoy a great summer of golf.

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Matlock

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Matlock

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County Golfer has for the past couple of years been trying to review Matlock Golf Course, but kept getting told “No, we are not ready for you yet!” In the words of Christian, the Club Pro, “We are on a two year project to return the course back to having a moorland feel about it.” They have done this by lowering the cut of the whole course from the rough to the greens, and encouraging the moorland heather and the gorse bushes to return. So when we got the call to say that they were ready for us and that the course is the best it’s been for years, the golf bags were in the boot quicker than the boss could say “is it not your day to cover the office?”

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Matlock Golf Course is positioned on the east side edge of the Peak District; high on the hills looking across the historical Derwent Valley with the Bentley Brook meandering through the course. Newby and Stav were down to review the course but after Newby retired with his dodgy hips yours truly Lefty was parachuted in to take over.


All Change Newby had very kindly got a par for me on the 2nd par 3 before he retired, so it would only be fair if I carried on in the same vein. I got to warm up on the 3rd 479 yard par 5, I watched a couple of members tee off and both of them went up the right of the fairway, and I could see why as the fairway slopes right to left. If you don’t push it up the right far enough your ball will roll down into the rough, both Stav and I followed their lead. Now, if you are a big hitter you could go for the green in two, but as I’m not, I got myself within a wedge of the green which was the right option as I got a par. Well Newby did set the standard. Standing on the 4th par 3,165yard, both Stav and I were having a right moan, because looking down to the green off the tee you could see that it sloped left to right giving

no chance of the ball sticking on the green. “Why make a green like this we said?” Surely you have to give golfers a chance if they play a good shot and not make it so that if you hit the green your ball rolls off! Both Stav and I hit the green, and as you can guess, the balls both rolled off. I was having a right chunter on the way to the green, and then I realised the green is actually flat; it was an optical illusion caused by sloping hills making it look like the green sloped. So actually it was just my bad tee shot; no excuses! It does take you about 3 holes to get your eye in and get used to the terrain. This is evident especially on the 5th. Christians own words are, “A tough hole that has been the ruin of many a promising score card.” What makes this hole a potential card wrecker is first, you must clear about

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150 yards of rough that drops into a deep gully. Clearing this still leaves a long uphill approach. Reaching the green can very easily lead to the ‘3 putt walk of shame’ both Stav and I walked off with a 7! Don’t worry though, that’s only the stroke index 3! Hole 6 is the stroke index 1. You do find that on most of the holes you need a good tee shot to avoid the rough. So if you are starting out in this game, I would suggest you visit their new driving range before you hit the course. The 6th is a good example of what I’m talking about; only a good tee shot will do here. There is a lot of heavy rough off the front of the tee. Then you must navigate from an undulating fairway to a narrow elevated green. If you walk away with a bogey you have played it well. Now you might at this point be thinking “blinking heck!

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This course sounds tough.” It’s not if you stay on the fairway; this is a thinkers course. Sometimes the driver is not the right option. This course makes you think hard about how you’re going to play each hole before you tee off. Stav and I had many an in depth conversation , standing on the tee discussing the best way to play and which club to use; it makes you focus on the golf. Don’t get me wrong, you do have some holes you should be parring. The14th is one of these. It’s a short par 4 only 255 yards; it’s a blind tee shot to the green but you can drive it. If you have never had an eagle before then this hole will give you your best chance. Matlock makes good use of the hills. A good example of this is a cracking par 3, hole 10; you could say it’s their signature hole, certainly a strong contender. You stand on a high, elevated tee with a shot across a


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ravine of ferns, heather and gorse to a green that’s cut into the hillside with bunkers front right and side left. It’s a cracking hole and if played right will become one of your favourites. I must mention that Stav went off the back of the green but chipped in for a birdie; funnily enough it’s Stavs favourite hole on the course! The back 9 uses the hills well, giving you some cracking views off the tee, especially when the cloud came down leaving whisps of it in the valley. Overall Matlock Golf Course is somewhere special. The work carried out has vastly improved the playing conditions and it is well on its way to becoming a moorland course that will have you using your full arsenal of clubs.

If you have not played Matlcok GC before then I would advise you to get a four ball together, hire a buggy and enjoy this corner of Derbyshire. It will give your golf a fair challenge and leave you wanting to come back to see if you could better your score. Card Wrecker the 5th at 403yards (Sally Gunnell will not help you here). Signature hole 10th par 3 (clouds kissing the hill behind the green, elevated tee looking down on the green, picture perfect). Cracking driving hole 17th par 4 (it’s all down hill from this tee to the green).

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Up-and-down the country there’s only really a handful of golf courses that you would honestly categorise at prestigious. St Andrews, Royal Birkdale, Royal St Georges to name a few. Ganton is certainly a course that can be discussed in the same breath as these. Ranked Number 9 in the U.K.'s top courses, and having held the Ryder Cup the Curtis Cup and the Walker cup, the club has some real pedigree. First opened in 1891 as Scarborough Golf Club the course was soon put on the map by the great Harry Vardon, the then captain. The course continued to develop and change, with the likes of Harry Colt, Alister McKenzie, and Tom Simpson all making their mark on it. That was until the late 1930s, since the course has been left pretty much alone in its design. To get an idea of how highly regarded this club is, just check out the long list of competitions it has held over the years on their website. The standouts being the 1954 Ryder cup as well as the Curtis and Walker cups at the turn of the century. When you arrive you instantly realise that you are in a world where golf is changing and rules are constantly

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being relaxed, Ganton have taken the approach of sticking to their traditions. Myself lefty and Spence found this out straight away. Spence particularly being clad head to toe in Adidas golf gear, he wasn’t allowed anywhere near the club house, instead he was banished to the patio. A long debate, about how long, long socks should be, ensued. Gantons policy of ‘tailored shorts may be worn but only with single colour knee length socks’ might catch a few out. This meant on a baking hot summers day Spence was forced to wear trousers. At least his weren’t made of thick wool like mine. Ball management was the order of the day, both on and off the fairways! We did receive a very warm welcome at the club,


A Course for all Seasons both by the Secretary Richard Penley-Martin and the Caddiemaster Paul Harrison. Richard sat with us as we enjoyed our coffee and explained the direction the club was going in. Keeping it as traditional as possible whilst also keeping the course in top condition. The main focus over the next few years being the completion of the renovation of the 100+ bunkers. The Course itself has an inland links feel to it, fast, sandy and gently undulating fairways, weave around the gorse and heather. This is explained by the fact that thousands of years ago the area would actually have been a beach. One of the standout features of the course are the bunkers, put simply, you will end up in one. Placed perfectly around the course to catch

anything slightly wayward, they are the main obstacle to try and avoid, and, when you first go in one, you’ll want to avoid them even more! The vast majority have been revamped recently and the sand is perfect to play out of. But the depth of them is just something else. The sand base of the course means that there isn’t really a perfect window to play Ganton in, it’s as good both in the summer and the winter. So look out for their winter offers. It might not be the cheapest round you play, but pound to quality wise, I can’t think there’s anywhere better. Our thanks to all at Ganton Golf Course for a great days golf.

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I am writing this article watching the last round of the Open Championship on the TV from Royal Birkdale. With Jordan Spieth leading by three shots going into the last round, you would think he would walk away with it. I think he needs to win, to put the nightmare of the Masters behind him from last year. Sometimes we forget he is only 23.

The Sawgrass Classic Pro AM

JAMES WHATLEY James Whatley, writes for County Golfer, informing us about the life of one of Derbyshire’s top Professionals. James is A AA PGA Professional, Head Professional of Morley Hayes and Academy Director of East Midlands Golf Academy. James has been ranked in the top 10 in the Midlands 7 out of the last 8 years. He has represented Great Britain and Ireland in the PGA cup against the USA, played for England in the International Team Championships and played on the European Tour. 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. 20 www.countygolfer.co.uk

You will see from the 4 pictures opposite, my trip to Sawgrass was a success. We watched the last round of the TPC Players Championship on the Sunday. I love watching live golf and seeing the best players in the world tackle the best courses, it’s a real treat. I will outline each day for you. Sunday. A great day watching the last round of the Players Championship. We went around the course, stopping off for beers on the way. The weather was fantastic and I was very impressed watching Dustin Johnson on a few holes. He is like an elastic band that just lets rip from the top. Monday. We had a free day to practice and chose to play at Pontre Vedra Ocean Course. The first time you play abroad on a trip it can take some time to acclimatise; to get used to the different types of grass, the different greens. They are very grainy in the USA. All in all I felt my game was in OK shape going into the first round of the tournament. Tuesday. The first round of the tournament and we were playing at Sawgrass but on the Dyes Valley Course. I would highly recommend this course, the condition was just as good as the Stadium course. When you first start a tournament it can be quite nerve racking , although I’ve done it hundreds of times. A birdie birdie start settled the nerves and we were off. Some loose shots coming in and a few short putts missed, I had to settle for a 1 over 73 and a share of 3rd place after round one. The evenings, were mainly enjoyed in some local bars, nothing too heavy but this particular evening we were talking with some local guys and one particular enthusiastic American wanted to show off how strong he was. He was trying to pick people up. He went to pick me up by bear hugging me, I can only describe it as being put into a vice, I could hardly breath and I felt something crack. I knew something wasn’t right but I wasn’t sure what. Wednesday. I woke up and straight away knew I had done some damage the night before. On the practice ground the first ball I hit, I squealed like a baby. The pain was unbelievable. I am not one for quitting but I honestly didn’t know what to do. I took plenty of pain relief and tried to find a swing that wouldn’t hurt. In the end I went with just trying to hit a big fade, standing very open .


I got round in 80, and I have to be honest it was more down to a bad short game that cost me. The whole thing wasn’t ideal and I felt quite low after the round. I am very competitive and hate not playing well. Thursday. Today was the day we had all been looking forward to. We get to play the stadium course in a separate challenge day. The professionals have to play from the furthest point and are challenged to break 80 and rewarded with a cash prize if successful. My newly manufactured swing was settling in and I got to the 16th at 7 over par, therefore I needed to finish with three par’s. The 16th is a tricky par 5 with water around it and the 17th is a world famous island green and

the 18th is just a monster with water hugging the left side of the hole. In a situation like this, there is only one answer. As the buggy bar came past, I had to have a beer. It hit the spot, the ribs stopped hurting and I finished with three par’s, holing a nice 5 footer on the last to complete the task. What a golf course, apart from playing links golf, I can honestly say that it’s the best golf course I have ever played. From the moment you drive in to the time you sign your card, everything is first class. Friday. Still high from the day before’s score and breaking 80, I was now looking forward to hopefully shooting a good www.countygolfer.co.uk 21


score. With the help of plenty of painkillers I shot a 71, 1 under par around the World Golf Hall of Fame course. I had moved back into the top 10 of the tournament with one more round to go which was to be on the Stadium course. Saturday. This time playing the stadium course, we were playing off the white tees which made it play slightly easier than on the Thursday. I managed to start with a birdie and followed it in with an eagle on the 2nd, holing out from 40 yards. The course is very tight and it’s easy to drop shots. I came to the 15th hole at 2 over par for the round. I holed a long putt on the 15th for birdie, pared 16 and 17, and then drained a 30ft putt for birdie on the last. It was a great feeling. In the end that round of level moved me up to 4th place which I have to say I was happy with, especially under the circumstances.

My Playing Season On arriving home, still very uncomfortable, I went straight to Derby Royal, following an X- Ray I found out I had two broken ribs. I was told 4-6 weeks rest. This was terrible news as I had major tournaments coming up. I thought about it and looked at my schedule. I had the Derbyshire Pros Championships in 5 days time at Matlock then after that I had two weeks off for a family holiday. I decided to play and see how I felt after round one. I had nothing to lose. Well I made the correct decision as I went out and shot 70 67 to win by three strokes. It was 10 years before I had won the same event for the first time. This now was the 4th time of winning the PGA In Derbyshire Professionals Championship. I returned to action two weeks after at the Midland Masters, I was very rusty and looking back wasn’t fully recovered at all. I shot two average rounds of 74 and 73 for a finish of 24th. Two days after I travelled to Ireland to play in the British Club Professionals Championship. I still was looking for something to change my game, I love to play with one simple swing thought/feeling. The course we played in Ireland was called Luttresltown Castle. A long tough course. Not exactly what I needed. At 5 over par after 8 holes, I wanted to go home. Golf was getting the better of me, more mentally than anything. When it’s on, it feels the easiest game of all but when it’s not, we all know that feeling we just 22 www.countygolfer.co.uk

want to find the nearest bin. Anyway I gave myself a stripping down and birdied the 18th hole which was my 9th. I managed to get in the clubhouse at 3 over par, which just put me inside the cut mark. Top 50 and ties make the cut after two rounds. Round two saw me get some of my mojo back and had it 2 under for the round with 6 holes to go. But two easy bogeys saw me back to the 3 over for the tournament with 4 holes to go. The last few holes when you are trying to make the cut can be very pressurised. I scrambled my way in to stay at 3 over and shoot level for the round. I made the cut by three shots. In rounds 3 and 4 I never really got going and shot 3 over and 4 over to finish in a tie for 25th. It was a tough week, a very tough course with high winds. I came through it, mentally physically drained. What I hadn’t realised was how much strength and power I had lost, I went on the FlightScope and I had lost 14 yards off my 6 iron. Since Ireland I have started to progress, shooting rounds par on a regular basis, I shot two rounds of 65 at Wellingbrough recently which gave me some confidence but as I write I am still trying to find that feeling to take me through to the end of the season.


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We are one of the only Academies in the Midlands that has multiple PGA Professionals all specialising in coaching. James Whatley – Head Professional Morley Hayes and Academy Director of EMGA. Steve Astle- Head of Coaching and Performance coach. Aaron Holtom- Head of Junior Instruction and Senior Instructor. Dean Hibbert- Head of Beginners coaching. Morley Hayes If you have been down to Morley Hayes recently you will have seen the re development of the Driving Range. Initially the entrance area is being re built, creating a lounge area, with sofas and Sky Sports TV. Down the line extra bays with a specialised teaching bay will be added. As always please feel free to visit us and if you would like to receive special offers via our free privilege card please www.morleyhayes.com The Majors Since the last article there have been three majors and my predictions were all wrong. Although I did predict Sergio to win, but I said the Open and not the Masters. With one major left, the USPGA, I think it will be really hard to look past Rory. He definitely found something after his terrible start to the open. I hope I don’t jinx him as there is nothing better than watching him play at his best.

Just last week I visited the Open Championship on Day 1 at Royal Birkdale. I took my 7 year old son, Jay. We had such a fantastic day. I have many happy memories visiting Golf tournaments with my Dad, it is now time to create new ones. One thing I must say is how impressed I am with Sky Sports coverage of the Open. They are so interactive with the players. Being able to hear the likes of Gary Player talk about his game was fascinating. I am very fortunate that Total Aggregates will be supporting me again for the forthcoming year. This makes my playing schedule possible and I am very grateful.

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existing home owners, as well as first time buyers. We would encourage anyone looking to move, to come along to our sales centres and talk to us and we will do everything we can to help them”. This scheme is a government backed initiative which does exactly what it says; it helps you buy a brand new home. Whether you’re a first time buyer or an existing home owner wanting to move, “Help to Buy” will get you moving. Plus, you could also qualify for some of the best mortgage rates on the market through high street lenders. Whether you are looking for a starter home, or an executive detached home Wheeldon Homes has something to suit everyone. With properties in prime locations and an enviable specification - you are sure to find your ideal home with Wheeldon Homes. For further details, terms and conditions, please visit: www.homesandcommunities.co.uk/helptobuy Or www.wheeldon.co.uk. www.countygolfer.co.uk 25


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Director of Golf Daryl St John Jones gives County Golfer the latest news from

OAKMERE PARK GOLF CLUB

GP. From the outside Oakmere Park seems to have it all. A splendid countryside location with a heathland landscape and sandy base, 27 holes and 36 tees of golf, driving range, excellent practice facilities and FootGolf too, all complimented by modern styled and extensive 19th hole charms. But no, being this good clearly isn’t enough, the staff, committee and members alike have aspirations to raise the bar much higher and the club are investing a cool £1million to do just that. So, what does the future hold at Oakmere Golf Club? Let Daryl explain... www.countygolfer.co.uk 27


DSJJ. There are 5 phases for the future plans of Oakmere. Phase 1 is to install the latest ‘state of the art’ Toro irrigation system to cover all 36 holes of golf, practise facilities and some fairways. Phase 2 is to re-landscape all of the Admirals course holes to become a Mackenzie & style/ design golf course with new bunkering and green surrounds. Phase 3 is to change the layout, length and configuration of the Commanders Course to make it a shorter easier test of golf. Phase 4 is to build 4 new holes on the Admirals Course and extend 4 others. Phase 5 is to build a 9 Hole par 3 academy course. Phase one was completed last year. Phase 2 has seen 12 of the 18 holes greens, surrounds and fairway bunkers completed over the last 3 winters. 2 Holes of Phase 4 have also already been built and will come in to play next year, and the other 2 are planned to be done next winter. The idea put forward to the club by Golf course Architects

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Mackenzie and Ebert was to present a rugged inland links look to the Admirals layout. In doing so, natural fescue grasses will be encouraged to flourish and although this will all take time, the finished results will be something else. Mackenzie & Ebert are best known for their work in re-designing Turnberry, Royal Troon and Port Rush among many other famous locations across the world. The final changes to The Admirals Course are due for completion in 2018. This will keep Championship length and standard but will level out the two nines a little more than they currently sit and also take away a pair of uphill par threes. No effect to current playing conditions and all 18 holes have remained open as these changes take place. As for The Commanders Course, Mackenzie and Ebert made the point in their survey that it should be made significantly easier to play, becoming the intermediate course, a friendlier examination for the greater good of Oakmere Park. Plus the extra space created by the changes will be used for the starter course, a brand new par 3 layout, sitting in close proximity to the clubhouse. This new layout has been completed and has been very well received by the members with 2 new excellent finishing holes to the round. This would result in Oakmere Park being able to provide a


complete pathway into the game, from range and putting green to the Par 3, to the development of a full game on The Commanders and then on to The Admirals. A total commitment from the club to encourage the local population to get into golf, and in doing so, securing the club a bright long-term future. Not forgetting also that the improvement in quality and looks once complete will give Oakmere Park the tempting possibility of competing on a level playing field with the traditionally higher ranked Notts heathland trio just across the way.

GP Not just content in upgrading both courses but in the space created by altering the Commanders layout they have been able to add a further 9 FootGolf holes which has now made Oakmere the only 18 Hole FootGolf facility in the county and one of the only dedicated FootGolf courses (not part of a golf course) in the Midlands. This new sport hasn’t wained in popularity and has not only brought new clients and revenue stream to the complex but they are also hosting the Notts Open on Sunday 13th August. The FootGolf facility has brought a new wave of youngsters to Oakmere who not only enjoy FootGolf but have become involved in taking golf lessons on the range and playing golf. These youngsters would probably never have visited a golf course previously but now these barriers have been taken away they’ve embraced golf as well.

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Fame’s Report When I was asked to do a course report for Oakmere Park, I was really looking forward to it as the last time I played there was over 20 years ago, as a junior in the Under 14 Sunday Express Competition, which I won, qualifying for the final at Valderrama, Spain. I have been trying to rack my brain as to what year it was but it must have been either 1993 or 1994. I seem to remember the course being quite open and exposed when I was last there but nothing else so I was keen to see how it had matured and developed over the years. On arriving at the club, we received a warm welcome from Director of Golf Daryl St John Jones. The plan for the day was to play 9 holes on the Commanders course, followed by the front 9 holes on the Admirals course. It was a very busy morning on the Commanders course so we quickly caught up with the group in front. On the sixth tee, I had the opportunity to talk to three lovely lady members (picture). The course itself was very pleasant, heathland landscape with trees. From the ladies tee there were two nice par 3’s 30 www.countygolfer.co.uk

and a par 5. The 7th hole was a nice short par 4 where you had to be fairly accurate off the tee, favouring the left side of the fairway. After a brief pit stop after the 9th to buy a sandwich we headed to the 1st tee of the Admirals course. From the red tee, the first hole was a 455 yard par 5, dog-leg to the left. After a precarious little drive down to the tee in the buggy, mum and Jean hit two cracking drives so we were off. Straight away you could tell that the two courses were very different in their nature and had a completely different feel about them. The second hole was a lovely par 3, 123 yards in length, with a left green side bunker and a pond short right of the green. By the time we got to the sixth hole I had the strange sense of de-ja vu. Prior to this, I had not remembered any of the holes but as I looked back from the sixth hole to the bank of forestry behind the seventh green, I started to remember the holes.


The sixth to the ninth were a lovely loop of holes, all requiring accuracy off the tee for good scoring. The eighth hole was a short par 3 back up the hill to an elevated green, anything short could make you look very foolish as I would imagine in really dry conditions, the ball could come back down the hill. The ninth hole, like the eighth, was back up the hill and a short dog-leg to the left, par 4 to finish. All in all we had a lovely round and again it was a pleasure to walk the course and watch some lovely golf played by my mum and Jean. My personal preference would be the Admirals course but both courses certainly cater for all levels and abilities. After the round we enjoyed a drink on the terrace. The clubhouse was extremely busy with a nice friendly feel. For me, it was lovely to go back to a course that I hadn’t played in over two decades and take a trip down memory lane.

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On Friday 7th July, Jean, my mum and I packed up the car and headed off to Newark Golf Club. We had looked on the sat nav and it had offered us various routes ranging from 38-46 miles. If you are travelling a far distance, do allow plenty of time as it is a bit of an awkward drive. I listened to the sat nav going and to Jean and mum’s better judgement on the way home! On arriving at the club, I went to the professional’s shop where I met Chris and Simon. We were made to feel very welcome and after buying some sandwiches from the clubhouse to take out onto the course with us, we were on our way.

The first hole was a tough starting hole from the reds playing 397 yards in length, stroke index 5, par 4. Although it seemed fairly straight forward in terms of direction, it was heavily tree lined and quite narrow, immediately giving us a feel for what was in store for us. Jean and mum hit great drives straight down the middle of the fairway so we were nicely away. I was official flag holder/note taker for the day, as I was still unable to play after recent shoulder surgery. The first nine holes were extremely pleasant and considering it was quite a busy morning out on the course,

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we got round the front 9 holes in just over an hour and a half, which I thought was good going. The tenth hole was a short par 4, 311 yards in length however, you had to be accurate and favour the right side of the fairway off the tee due to a well placed water hazard on the left side. Again Jean and mum hit excellent drives. It was all becoming quite boring watching them hit every fairway off the tee. After playing the 11th hole, we had the pleasure of meeting one of the green staff, Nigel Walker, who was very friendly and I even got to sit on his mower! There were no what

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I would call “signature holes” however, there was a nice loop of three holes on the back nine, from 12 to 14, all par 4’s and again all requiring well placed tee shots. The 14th hole was a short par 4, dog-leg to the left, again requiring strategic placing off the tee. If you didn’t hit it far enough down the fairway, you would be blocked out by a large tree on the left hand side and if you hit it too far, you would run out of fairway. Again, the ladies made it look very easy with well positioned tee shots. Overall, the course was a flat, mixed parkland/heathland, in excellent condition and the greens seemed to roll very true. Some entries to the greens were tight with well placed bunkers. I would imagine that if

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you were wayward off the tee, the course would play very differently indeed and definitely not as forgiving, as every hole was tree lined. It is a super course for any ability and certainly a fair test of golf. It was very hard to find any faults. All in all, we had a thoroughly enjoyable round and I was lucky to be able to watch Jean and mum play some consistent and excellent golf. I found it a pleasure to walk round and actually quite relaxing, which may not have been the case if I had been hunting for some of my own errant tee shots in the trees. Thank you Newark Golf Club for a lovely day out!

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would say that Chevin Golf club is one of our better courses in the area, and certainly one of the most picturesque, as the course winds its way up and down with cracking views towards Derby and beyond. If you talk to some local golfers this puts them off playing here because it is quite a walk, I always thought that this is the reason they play golf, not because of the golf, trust me I have seen them play! This now is not a problem, because the club has invested heavily in brand new golf buggies,which is a game changer for them. I’m sure a lot of you reading this will now take advantage of this new investment as we did, and I can assure you we reviewed this course on one of the hottest days of the year but came off the course not shattered like the last time we played here.

Along with the addition of golf buggies, Chevin has also invested in new mowing equipment. This has made the biggest change of all in our eyes, the definition between rough, edge of green and the greens themselves is to be applauded. Also they have employed a new golf manager, Andy Mellor from St Austel, who we met in the club house after the round, we were impressed with his driving ambition and passion for the club. So all in all Chevin have all the right pegs in the right places, so the only thing to do now is get onto the course to play. Newby was my playing partner today and we took full advantage of having buggies and stocked up on golf balls and water from the very well stocked pro shop. The first is a steady hole to get you warmed up, a 349 par 4. The fairway is forgiving, so for your first tee shot of the day there is not much to worry about even with my slice! 42 www.countygolfer.co.uk

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From this point you will start working your way very quickly up the hill creating some tough up hill shots, but also some cracking holes. One of these holes you ‘will or will not enjoy’ is the stroke index 1, hole number 3 simply called “The Hill”. From the tee it looks quite a straight forward shot but what you don’t realise is that the second is an uphill shot onto a blind green. To hit the green in two would require a lot of skill and a bit of luck. I walked away with double bogie and was happy with that as it is a potential card wrecker. The bonus I think, of having a course built on a hill is that it creates some cracking par 3’s, so after being humbled by the 3rd you get relief on the next hole. “The Spinney” is a par 3 at 124 yards long. Basically on this hole hit the green first time, as anything to the right of it will roll off into the trees. Anything short will more than likely go into the bunkers guarding the front. Both Newby and I hit the green and walked away with pars. Even though I was a good way from the hole I did rattle it for a par, this is the beauty of investing in new cutting equipment as the greens were stunning, the ball ran fast and true the way I like them. On the front 9 you get two par 3’s that follow each other, the 6th being a long 228yards while the 7th is 124yards, the 6th is a trick shot especially if you have not played it before as it’s a blind tee and the fairway slopes up away in front of you. It’s really deceiving but not that far. I wrongly used a driver and managed

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to hit the back of the green and out of bounds. A well struck wood will see you get near if not on the green. I learned a lesson there. The green itself has a green moat around the front and a steep bank at the back so you do have a good chance of hitting short and rolling onto the green which Newby did. Let’s move onto one of the most talked about holes amongst Derbyshire Professionals. Why you might ask, especially as this hole has no bunkers on it, easy!! It’s called “Tribulation” for a reason. If you are playing in a competition this hole is always at the back of your mind, it will not forgive a wayward drive. OOB down the right and left on this tight fairway that slopes away left and right, you have to hit the middle. After doing this, it’s all up hill. A difficult uphill 2nd shot to a green that has OOBs on the right, and over the wall at the back of the green is challenging too. Both Newby and I found the OOB and nearly took a woman out walking her dog, who got revenge on us by popping the said golf ball in it’s mouth and running off with it...The dog not the woman! If you come off hole with a par, pat yourself on the back as you managed something that most pros cannot do. You really are now starting to climb. The 9th is called “The Beacon” you will see why when you stand on the green, the views are stunning. I will now hand over to Newby who will carry on the story as it’s my turn to drive the buggy, Lefty.


I can’t remember any of that happening Lefty! Especially the birdie!! ;-) And on with the round as we continued to climb on the 10th hole, an interesting driving hole, where you have to circumnavigate three fairway bunkers with your drive. Laying up short is an option, but one that leaves you a 175yd minimum approach shot, as a higher handicapper I’d go for this all day long. A 5 on your card here is not a bad result at all.

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The 11th hole really starts messing with your mind, not so much the golf, but more the fact that you’re going up hill still! Surly an 18 hole golf course going up and down a hill will have 9 holes going up and 9 down. How are we still climbing on the 11th? What’s about to happen? Does the club provide oxygen or should I have brought my own? How steep are the remaining 8 holes? Spoiler alert! The answer comes at the 17th. But for now the par 3 11th is a lovely little hole, with a massive 2 tier green, hit the wrong one and a 3 is a very good score. And so the descent begins!

Starting with a drive, with a little slice I sent one flying over the two bunkers on the left and round into the middle of the fairway of the 12th, my best drive of the day by far. The additional distance due to a good tail wind, playing down hill and a thin altitude (Maybe the last one is an exaggeration, but it is high!). The green is surrounded by bunkers, with just a small opening to play through if you land short, which unless you approach from the right is incredibly tough. Then comes the views, and what views they are too. I’ve yet to play a course that can match Chevin for

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the incredible sights from some of their tees. Words cannot describe how good they are, fortunately the camera can! The view from the Ladies on the 13th cannot be beaten, take a look even if you are not going to play it. The sweeping holes back down the course continue, with the par 3 14th being a stand out hole, where precision is key. It’s less than 150 yards, but miss left and you have nothing to do but hope it either sticks above the bunker or, if you’re longer hope it rolls down, go right and… well yeah, you’re in trouble. You’ll finish at least 20 feet below the green and a 4 is a good score.

Earlier I mentioned the 17th as being the hole where you eventually end up back playing on the flat. It’s a hole that seems to have divided opinion with some of the members really not liking it. Here’s my opinion for what it’s worth. It’s a good hole! Standing so elevated above on the tee, you have to drive down the hill, but not so far as to reach the brook or rough. Then the approach to the green is a big uphill iron over the brook. If your drive is left or right of the fairway, the bottom of the hill determines how big your approach will be, varying by at least 50 yards. It’s a real challenge, yes it still looks a little open and new, but it will mature, the trees will grow, when you have a buggy it’s not that tough to walk down. I like it!

But then again I like the whole course, it is mature, well laid out, a real challenge. Add all that to the improvements they have made to the condition of the course with the new equipment, it’s now a genuinely top course. With the buggies you no longer have to be Edmund Hillary to get the most out of the course as well. All in all, over the past year, the club have taken another big step forward.

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Alan ‘The Goat’ Whatley Plays 100 Holes of Golf in 24 Hours and Raises £3000 for Brain Tumour Charity

Chevin member Alan Whatley played 100 holes of golf on Wednesday 21st June, which just happened to be the hottest June day for 40 years! Alan completed his marathon round of golf at 7pm accompanied by Chevin Captain, Neil Armstrong, Ladies Captain, Janet Thomas and Seniors Captain, Nigel Brooks. He started by playing 10 holes on Tuesday evening, being seen off by Captain Neil Armstrong, and then was up early Wednesday morning at 4am to start the first of his 5 rounds of golf. He was accompanied throughout the day by other Chevin members, and finished finally just before 7pm on Wednesday evening. Members and friends had already sponsored him to the tune of £2800 before he started, and many other members contributed to the fund throughout the day and it is estimated that at least £3000 will have been raised by the time all donations have been collected. All money will be added to the Captain’s Charity this year which both Neil and Janet are supporting, which is the Brain Tumour Charity. A number of members gathered on the patio to welcome him back on the 18th Green where he enjoyed a well-earned pint of beer and delicious barbeque, among friends.

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Nine of the best

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When County Golfer was launched in 1999 we visited Rufford Park Golf and Country Club and played the course on a sunny summers day. Since then the course and facilities have just grown and improved tremendously. Sadly my golf hasn’t matched that progress. A nine on the first hole destroyed my confidence immediately. I shouldn’t have gone off the white tees. It could have been an 8. Stalwarts that we are I battled on and started to put my game together, eventually producing some good shots. As is normal when I play with my good friend Brian, who I hadn’t seen for ages, we talk a lot and take in the views around us, catch up on health and family issues, put pen to paper on the immediate impressions of the course and then start concentrating on the game by about the third hole. That is the problem when writing a report, the golf suffers. However I can’t blame my nine at the first on any of that, it was pure bad shots that took me way off, right into the trees and long rough. I would have got out better if the rough wasn’t so long but I would be a hypocrite if I moaned about it as I’m an advocate of leaving the rough, rough. What could be nicer than long wispy grass blowing in the breeze? So it’s over to me to accept blame. www.countygolfer.co.uk 51


The work needs to go on. Arriving at Rufford park always makes me think of hiring a log cabin by a lake somewhere in Scotland, such is the design of the clubhouse, blending gently into the surrounding countryside. Over the years extensions have been sympathetically added to keep up with the demands of the modern day golfer even including a meeting room that can be hired for business meetings. The smart new changing rooms nestled under the main function room provide all the mod cons that we expect. Drinking coffee in the bar with Director of Golf James Thomson, he explained with great enthusiasm how the course, which he came to work at when it opened in 1994, “has a thriving full membership which has grown dramatically over the past three years”. The initiative to encourage the 27-37 yr old bracket to join has paid off dividends giving the club a ‘young’, feeling. Golf societies find Rufford an ideal place to book for a great day out too. Members like to see their club progress and that has constantly happened. We could see, as we played, that work on improvements was taking place without disrupting the flow of golfers. We had a cheery wave from one of the greenkeepers as he saw Brian sink a long put. Why didn’t he wait to see mine? It was far better! The trees that were planted back in 1994, on a pretty bare landscape, are now mature and have, in some cases needed thinning out, thereby allowing the course to get light and air plus opening up vistas of the surrounding countryside. There are great views of Rufford Abbey from most parts of the course. I especially loved the view from the fourth tee.

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However we don’t go to a golf club to admire the views do we? Er, I do. It’s part and parcel of the day for me. James accompanied us to the tee giving us a brief overview and then said “I’ll leave you guys to tee off in peace” that’s nice because I hate being watched as I mess up on the first. Mind you he did shout and tell Brian where his ball had landed. So,he was watching after all. Part of the fun of golf isn’t it? Teeing off at the first we saw plenty of wildlife milling around on the dipping fairway below. Why aren’t they over there by the lake I thought. After my first shot I bet they wished they had been. When James explained the first hole I got the impression that he thought we would make it to the bunkers with our first shot but that didn’t happen. I leave hitting it that far to him. You can’t show off too soon I feel so I contented myself in going off to the right into the trees. The last time I played I went left so next time it will be down the middle. Not wanting to show me up Brian carded a 6. He played his usual steady game no rushing, plenty of club choice and shot thought. We weren’t in a comp though just out to enjoy the course which was good because no one was following us. The greens at Rufford were in superb condition showing that the new irrigation system is paying dividends, especially since we have had a dry spell. The “rain in the past week was much needed for the fairways” James said. Whatever the new Head Greenkeeper, Paul Hill, is doing we approve heartily as the greens are as true as you can get. The first green was pretty tricky as I went past the flag by


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20 feet and had to putt back down the slight slope without going past the flag. Brian was onto the back of the green for 3 but over-hit his putt which rolled down the slope. It cost him dearly, hence the 7. Having had a disastrous start the “Two Putt Plant’ came into force narrowly avoiding double figures. Curse that wispy grass! Emerging through the trees we came to the 2nd a lovely 491 yard Par 5 (off yellows) gives you another chance to open your shoulders getting to the dogleg right. Having been disappointed with my first tee shot I got the driver out nothing to lose now. I’ve avoided using this club as I have felt out of control with it recently settling for steady irons. Obviously that didn’t work on the first so why not swap? I actually hit it well. Why is golf so fickle? I caught the ball well the third but swung to the left “head up” said Brian. I ignored that because annoyingly I knew

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it, My second shot just had the ball teetering on the edge of the bunker up the slope. Brian’s drive had crossed the road. Don’t you just hate that?! The green here was again tricky but true. My ball ran on too far but at least I could get a chip back and landed with three feet off the hole. No par again on this stroke index 18 but at least I was playing much better. The 4th gives knock out views over to Rufford Abbey, we stood ages taking it all in, the peace and quiet and the fact we had no pressures. We both got bogeys here and I was so relieved to see my putt go in. The 5th looks a simple par 3 but we both made hard work of it making recovery shots necessary and carding a bogey. The problem was the trees on the right. Brian hit the nearest but then played a cracking shot through the trees onto the green. I hit the tree furthest away and had to play over the

bunker onto the green. I slipped slightly over the edge but a chip to within three feet of the hole saw me safe and in. At 6 the views came in again. Can’t beat it. A straight drive is required and as usual Brian just kept plugging away at driving straight. My score card says 5 but I must admit I can’t quite see how I did it, but I must have, because Brian said “your honours here mate” as we approached the 7th tee. Holes 7 and 8 have changed for the better improving the flow of golf. We can now walk to each tee without having to backtrack or wait for other golfers to tee off. The new elevated tee on the 8th is brilliant, however, I read the sign wrong and aimed my drive to the right of the bunker thinking the hole was over there. I’m still convinced the map on the tee shows a straight hole and not a dogleg left. I won’t be shifted on that one no matter what I’m told!! That’s my excuse for a 6 and I’m sticking to it. I was now getting the feel of my 4 and 5 irons and hitting well off the smooth fairways. I wasn’t going massive distances but at least they were safe. A 7 iron out of the bunker here saw me with a safe approach to the green and a nice tidy 5. We had played so far in the dry but the clouds gathered again as we teed off on the 9th. Brian’s second shot saw him facing downhill into the valley below, needing to play down and then up onto the green I managed to get to the very left edge narrowly avoiding the bunker by a yard. I putted up to the hole and then sunk it for a 5. I was so happy with the last 4 holes after such a poor start and average middle bit. We decided at this point to stop at the clubhouse for lunch a hearty portion of steak and ale pie with chunky chips. They’re famous for their food here and at two for a tenner you just can’t go wrong. It’s worth more. I know golfers will hate me for saying that but when was the last time you went to a restaurant and got such a plateful of good food for a fiver. It beats me why golfers complain. The staff make it a treat to be there too. Believe it or not there are some clubhouses where the staff are pretty miserable but not here it’s a really friendly place. At this point the skies opened and it chucked it down and stayed that way for the rest of the day so sadly it was the end of our round as we didn’t want to get the camera wet!! We are invited back anytime to do holes 10-18 and will definitely take James up on that offer. Note: In this article I’ve intentionally avoided any reference to Robin Hood. Things like ‘my shot went like an arrow’, ‘the view made me quiver ‘ ‘or jokes like ‘is there a Friar in the Abbey’. No it’s in the kitchen.’ ‘We tucked into our lunch’. They would just be stupid. So I have contented myself knowing that I have avoided sinking so low. I couldn’t avoid using the word ‘green’ though! Our thanks for all at Rufford for a great day. GP and BW www.countygolfer.co.uk 55


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Midlands Schools Championships Ingon Manor GC, Warwickshire. June 2nd 2017

Battling Display by Derbyshire Youngsters at Midlands Schools Golf Event

A Derbyshire Schools’ Team, consisting of 4 boys and 3 girls, the youngest ever assembled, represented their county at the Midlands Schools Championships at Ingon Manor GC in Warwickshire. The team have been sponsored by The Derbyshire Union of Golf Clubs and Derby University. The whole squad only included two players higher than Year 10. They played superbly well to finish third in both the boys and girls events The full team were as follows, Dani Hoof, Derby College Sam Potter, Trent College Dan Heaslip Ripley Academy Henry Hayward, Chellaston School Harriet Evans, Trent College Mia Eales-Smith, Eckington School Charlotte Hazelwood, Frederick Gent School

start, punching well above their weight, with the boys joint first and the girls 3rd, but only two shots off the lead. For the boys a 74 from Dan Heaslip and a 73 from Sam Potter left them well placed with the best score a 72. The best score for the girls was Harriet’s 74, again only 2 shots off the lead. As the afternoon wore on, they began to tire a little but eventually did really well to finish third in both the boys and girls events. All 7 did very well, but notable performances were from Dani Hoof who finished on 149 and was 6th and Daniel Heaslip who was 7th on the same score. Amongst the girls, Harriet was 3rd with 150 and Mia 5th with 159. Mia, Dani and Dan will now go forward to the National Schools event at The Kendleshire in 3 weeks time. Sam Potter is second reserve. Harriet is unavailable due to exams.

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Girls Cheshire Match 2017 It is a time for change in Derbyshire with the merger of the Derbyshire Ladies County Golf Association (DLCGA) and the Derbyshire Union of Golf Clubs (DUGC). We are now operating as Derbyshire County Golf Ltd, one body covering all aspects of Golf throughout Derbyshire, men, ladies and juniors in a bid to move the County towards a more integrated, efficient and well-managed organisation. As Derbyshire’s new County Secretary, I confess to being on a steep, but very interesting, learning curve, taking over 200 years of combined tradition and moulding it into something more suited for a modern era. The days of waiting lists to join a golf club are over for a great many golf clubs. Instead they are looking at having membership packages to suit modern lifestyles, 9 hole or flexible memberships, they are also looking at ways to play the game faster with Golf Express and Golf Sixes, everything seems to be geared to the world of Now – of instant communication, do it and move on. Sadly (in my opinion) there doesn’t seem to be time to just, well, “smell the roses” – to enjoy the social aspect that golf offers, with gentle (depending where you play) exercise. Golf allegedly extends our lifespan by 7 years, it is the only sport I know where anyone can play, from grandchildren to great grandparents, men and women and from the able-bodied to the disabled – there are no barriers to playing golf, age, gender, disability, even time is no longer a barrier! So really – we should all have waiting lists! The lifestyle of the golfer may have changed, and it is good to see that clubs are managing to accommodate the needs of their members, maybe by offering more 9 hole 58 www.countygolfer.co.uk

or twilight competitions, but County Golf is still very traditional in its outlook. That said, we are moving to online booking, electronic communication of start sheets and a couple of competitions are now any combination, in a bid to have more gender-neutral competitions - gender neutral tees may have to wait a while! The main question I am asked when I tell people what I do is “what does the county do for me?” I understand that this is a common question posed throughout the country… well, this is where my job gets interesting (for me anyway!). In Derbyshire, we look to support the game of golf – whether this is a golf club that needs support, or the players themselves. From beginners, through to those who wish to further their game and may even become professional golfers, we look after them all. Let’s start with the Junior Golf, we run the Futures Tour for children as young as 5, it’s a fun event run on a Sunday afternoon at different golf courses in Derbyshire, we have almost 100 children aged between 5 and 15 taking part in this Tour. From here, they move up to the Rookie Tour, this is aimed at those who want to play a little more competitively, again they compete at different venues and there is an Order of Merit. We also have Junior Teams, who compete against other Counties, split by age – Under 14’s, Under 16’s and Under 18’s. Many of them also compete in the Midland Championships for their age group. We have some amazing talent coming through! Not forgetting Schools – our Derbyshire Schools Team recently made the record books by being the youngest ever team to compete in the Midland Schools Championship


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Juniors Futures’ Tour from the final presentation evening last year in Warwickshire – they finished 3rd which is an incredible result.

leave you with some lesser known and hopefully interesting facts:

For adult golfers, we offer competitive golf by way of Inter-Club matches, ladies’ Trophy Matches, men’s Scratch Matches and both men’s and ladies’ Inter-Club Foursomes Knockouts. For the lower handicappers, we have 1st and 2nd Team Matches, these are played against other counties and players are selected to play by the Team Captains. The men play in a Midland’s League (10 Counties) to find the best County whilst the ladies play a week long (Ryder Cup format) Round Robin competition (6 Counties).

• Derbyshire is the only county to use both the Tudor Rose and the Royal Crown together, this is because the Duke of Devonshire gave the DUGC Royal Patronage in 1913 when first it was first formulated.

We run County Competitions, some are designed for low handicappers whilst others are open to all members of a Derbyshire affiliated Club, we run championships – junior, male, female and seniors. In short, we try to offer something for everybody, it is not just for the elite players – though we can’t deny that we would be extremely happy having several Derbyshire players on the (L)PGA Tour, (L) European Tour, etc and that we are very proud of our own Melissa Reid! I hope that this goes some way to explain what Derbyshire County Golf does, and my role within. Just as many Golf Clubs would like more members, we would like more volunteers and participants in events. So, please do get in touch if you have some time to spare, and don’t be afraid to put your name down for County Competitions, it is just another game of golf ! As our newly merged body continues to work on budgets and targets, and I grapple with understanding the differences of Union and Association ways of workings, together with how to modernise certain elements; I will

• We have 1,052 players aged between 70 - 90 (212 ladies/840 men). Compared to 298 players aged between 30 - 40 (3 ladies/295 men) – Seniors’ golf for the future looks threatened! • Derbyshire has at least 4 players in World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR) – Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park) leading the way in 67 place. • Ryan Wesselingh (Kedleston Park) is the current Midland’s Champion (MGU 10 Counties). • Derbyshire are 13th place in England Golf ’s County Order of Merit. • Oliva Kelly (Erewash Valley) has been selected to represent Wales in the Ladies Home Internationals to be held at Little Aston Golf Club, England on the 9–11 August 2017. • Lydia Ingman (Tapton Park) won both the World Deaf Championship and the Australian Deaf Golf Ladies Championship. • We are a small but talented county! If the above interests you and you would like to be involved or if you would like any more information on Golf in Derbyshire, please get in touch, contact details can be found on our website www.derbyshirecountygolf.co.uk www.countygolfer.co.uk 59


NE Derbyshire Golf Development Group Awarded Grant A group of Derbyshire golf clubs and coaches have joined forces to help spearhead the drive to encourage more people into the sport in the North East region of the county. The formation of the North East Derbyshire Golf Development Group involves 8 clubs in the area and has been set up to deliver a range of activities to make it easier than ever to learn how to play golf. Now the group has received additional support after their small grants application to Sport England of £10, 000 for developing golf in the North East region of Derbyshire was successful. The grant will be used to raise the profile of golf out in the local community with an aim to encourage people to take up the sport and hopefully become golf club members. Several community golf coaches will be engaged to take the sport out into local parks, schools, organisations and businesses, with the help of a new inflatable and portable net, which means someone can try swinging a golf club and hitting a ball away from the traditional greens and fairways of a course. Currently Fame Tate (Tapton Park GC) and Craig Pollard (South Chesterfield GC) have signed up to deliver golf in the community through the project. Former Ladies European Tour player, Fame commented, “I am particularly excited to be working on this project as my passion as a coach is getting more people playing the game.  Hopefully the sessions we are planning to organise will encourage a wide variety of people to give golf a go.” The money will allow the NE Derbyshire Regional Golf Development Group – made up of Bakewell, Barlborough Links, Chesterfield, Matlock, Shirland Stanedge, South Chesterfield and Tapton Park golf clubs – to raise their profile out in their local communities even further. Nigel Furniss, Development Officer for the Derbyshire Golf, said: “It is really encouraging to see clubs coming together and working in partnership to try and develop the game of golf. “All clubs are facing the challenge of recruiting and retaining members and it is easy to take an individual approach to the problem. “But this group has recognised the potential of strength in numbers and of pooling ideas and resources to the benefit of the sport and also their own clubs. “The additional funding will help the group progress further and we are indebted to Sport England for their support. “Our target now is to introduce 800 people to golf and 60 www.countygolfer.co.uk

hopefully excite them to want to continue in the game and hopefully join a club, but more importantly become a lifelong participant in a sport which brings so many health and social benefits.” The North East Derbyshire Regional Golf Development Group is one of a number in the county, brought together by the Derbyshire Golf Development team. Other proposed golf development groups in the county are; High Peak, Derbyshire Dales, Amber Valley and Erewash; and Derby and Derby South To sign up to take part in one of these FREE LEARN TO PLAY GOLF sessions over the summer please email your contact details to nigel.furniss@derbyshiregolf.org


Bakewell Golf Club receives England Golf’s GolfMark Award Bakewell Golf Club is the third Derbyshire Club to be awarded the new national GolfMark accreditation demonstrating their hard work and dedication to both junior and beginners’ golf.

The club’s President, Geoff Holmes, added: “Bakewell Golf Club is fully committed to developing Junior Golf in the Derbyshire Dales, reflecting the enthusiastic and inclusive approach shown by our dedicated team.

England Golf developed the GolfMark award to identify and acknowledge golf facilities that were junior and beginner friendly.

“Having supported the junior section, our Junior Organiser Val Cousin has been instrumental in encouraging young golfers of all ages to take up and enjoy the game by organising coaching, matches, competitions and fun events.

The GolfMark award also integrates Sport England’s Clubmark award - a national standard for quality sports clubs recognised across the country. There are a number of benefits that golf clubs can enjoy by achieving GolfMark accreditation, including increased membership, raising the club’s profile, further development of coaches and volunteers, and greater access to funding. GolfMark evaluates golf clubs on the following four areas: • Recruitment and Retention of members • Coaching and Competition • Management and Sustainability • Child Protection and Duty of Care The award will be proudly displayed at the club and will provide parents with the reassurance that the needs and safety of children have been thoroughly considered. Nigel Furniss, Development Officer for the Derbyshire Golf Development Group, said: “Derbyshire Golf would like to congratulate Bakewell Golf Club, and in particular the hard work of Golf Mark coordinator Val Cousin, on being awarded GolfMark. “This demonstrates the club's commitment to encouraging junior golf and creating opportunities for people to participate and enjoy the game of golf. All those involved in reaching this achievement deserve a vote of thanks.”

“These activities been supported by our PGA professional Ricky Carvell, who has been heavily involved in delivering coaching programmes at the club.” Bakewell Golf Club has membership vacancies available and is providing membership to juniors up to the age of 18 at £66 per year. Adult membership starts at £360 per year. So if you are looking to get into golf or join a golf club then now is a good time to contact the club by emailing membership@bakewellgolfclub.co.uk Visit the club web site: www.bakewellgolfclub.co.uk for more information. Further information on GolfMark and a list of all GolfMark clubs can be found on the GolfMark website, www.golfmark.org, or by contacting England Golf. The Derbyshire Golf Development Group is a collaboration of a number of stakeholders in the sport including the Derbyshire Ladies County Golf Association, the Derbyshire Union of Golf Clubs, Golf Foundation, England Golf, Derbyshire Schools Golf Association, Derbyshire Sport and the Derbyshire PGA. For more details of the activities in Derbyshire visit www. derbyshiregolf.org

Bakewell Golf Club receives its GolfMark award (Left to right) Neil Peters (Club Captain), Nigel Furniss (Derbyshire Golf ), Val Cousin ( Junior Organiser), Geoff Holmes (Club President), and Jean Goodwin (Ladies Captain)

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1st Morley Hayes Golf Day - 2017 2nd

By far and away the best corporate golf day of the year took place again at Morley Hayes golf day, where some of Derbyshire’s elite (and many non-elite too!) come together to compete and have a good time. After finding it too easy over the last few years, we decided to enter only 3 players this year to spice it up a little (he says tongue in cheek). The County Golfer team for 2017 was Newby, Lefty, and old friend of the magazine Mike Ashby.

3rd

Despite a numerical disadvantage County Golfer still managed to post a decent score, finishing 1 point off the podium (If there was one of course). It was, as always, a great day. The course was in tip top condition and the food and drink after were of exceptional quality. East Midland Golf Academy’s Steve Astle was on hand to give out a few tips throughout the day and evening. Helping those most in need, he was spoiled for choice. Thanks to Morley Hayes for another brilliant day.

1st Tioga, Angela Williams, Mike Thompson, Richard Hopkinson and Adrian Mansey. 2nd JC Balls, Paul Brooks, James Fletcher, Mike Heathcote and Alan Benfield. Again not sure of the order

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3rd Mickleover Forever, Paul Amott, Alan Hughes, Archie Gemmill and Peter Robinson Longest Drive (by far!!!) County Golfer’s Mike Ashby


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Golfer Club Directory Derbyshire Golf Courses Golf Course

Alfreton Golf Club Allestree Park Ashbourne Golf Club Bakewell Golf Club Barlborough Links Golf Club Birch Hall Golf Club Bondhay Golf & Country Club Brailsford Golf Course Breadsall Priory Golf Club Broughton Heath Golf Course Burton- on-Trent Golf Club Buxton & High Peak Cavendish Golf Club Chapel-En-Le-Frith Chatsworth Golf Course Chesterfield Golf Club Chevin Golf Club Erewash Valley Golf Club Glossop & District GC Hallowes Golf Club Hope Works Golf Club Horsley Lodge Kedleston Park Matlock Golf Club Maywood Golf Club Mickleover Golf Club Morley Hayes New Mills Golf Club Ormonde Fields Golf Club Pastures Golf Club Renishaw Park Rother Valley Golf Centre Shirland Golf Club Sickleholme Golf Club Sinfin Golf Course South Chesterfield Golf Club Stanedge Golf Club Tapton Park Golf Club 64 www.countygolfer.co.uk

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Beeston Fields Golf Club Brierley Forest Golf Club Bulwell Forest Golf Club Chilwell Manor Golf Club College Pines Golf Club Coxmoor Golf Club Edwalton Golf Course Kilton Forest Golf Club Leen Valley Golf Club Mansfield Golf Centre Mansfield Woodhouse Golf Club Mapperley Golf Club Newark-on-Trent Golf Club Norwood Park Golf Course Nottingham City Golf Club Notts Golf Club Oakmere Park G.C Radcliffe-on-Trent Golf Club Ramsdale Park Golf Centre Retford Golf Club Riverside Golf Club Ruddington Grange Golf Club Rufford Park Golf & Country Club Rushcliffe Golf Club Sherwood Forest Golf Club Southwell Golf Club Springwater Golf Club Stanton-on-the-Wolds GC The Nottinghamshire Golf Club The Orchards Golf Course The Serlby Park Golf Club Trent Lock Golf Centre Wollaton Park Golf Club Worksop Golf Club

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