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There are two things that I love about summer golf, one is the fact that your ball goes much further even if you don't hit it too well and with it the obvious benefit of a lower score. The downside is that your opponent has the same benefit thereby making things quite even but, even so, it's a great psychological boost when you tot up your score at the end of the round. Oh, the other benefit is that a cool beer tastes even better. A 'win-win' situation. Over the past four weeks here at County Golfer we have played golf in the most fantastic conditions, sun, breeze, and camaraderie with friends.

Here's a snapshot of our month: Lefty plays quite well at Radcliffe on Trent. Newby plays OK at Ramsdale and Buxton and High Peak. Mark plays South Chesterfield with his dad and Beeston Fields with Newby. Garry plays brilliantly at Erewash Valley with Brian, and has half a round with Lefty at Radcliffe on Trent. Fame Tate champions the benefits of families taking up golf. James Whatley is heavily into competitions at the minute so in this issue we feature for him 'East Midlands Golf Academy' where he encourages us to "Keep it fun, keep getting better". We profile professional Natalie Clarke of Beeston Fields. Also Garry fails to get a steak pie at Radcliffe! All in all a great month for us and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We hope that you enjoy this issue.

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"If you go down to Willow Farm to look for butterflies‌" So sang Peter Gabriel on the Genesis Foxtrot album in 1972. So, I did as instructed and ended up at Erewash Valley Golf Club. Read on and all will become clear! www.countygolfer.co.uk 7


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ou will find some butterflies but then again you’re more likely to find yourself on the 18th hole named after the original farm (Willow) that this course was built on-in 1905. The extensive clubhouse incorporates the original Willow Brook Farm and as with many areas of British countryside, over the years was carved up to make way for transportation links with either canal, steam or soon to come - high speed train, road or motorway. The latter was to befall Erewash Golf Course in 1965 with the construction of the M1 which deprived them of a good few acres. I looked on Google Earth and noticed that if only the planners had followed the Roman “straight road” policy then the course would have been left untouched, and they would still have a Par 6 hole. A sweeping curve must have been put in to avoid a house or a frog I presume! Whatever the reason the course still sits in 165 acres of well manicured parkland. When I arrived the course was buzzing with two competitions. Club Professional Lee Sheldon set me up with cards, and off into the clubhouse I went for a coffee, where I bumped into 92 year old Syd Meehan the club’s oldest member, having his breakfast. He still plays a few holes himself and has been a member for fifty two years. Manager Malcolm Dinneen joined me and filled me in on the latest developments at Erewash Golf Club. At this point my playing partner Brian arrived and joined our discussion along with Club Chairman Paul Thomas. Paul explained that “work is now well underway to provide a new covered driving range”. The earth movers could be seen in the distance making great progress, putting 17 acres of land near to the clubhouse to good use and providing useful income for the club. Let’s be fair, to keep a course as well manicured as Erewash, money is required. I would imagine that the members are delighted with this other ‘string to their bow’. Now members and visitors alike have the opportunity to get in plenty of practice before they play, or to spend a good few hours honing their skills. “The range is expected to open in late summer 2019” Paul continued “and will enhance the already fantastic facilities for members and the surrounding community. We will be running a variety of programmes for all ages and abilities to attract more people to the healthy and sociable sport of golf ”. Brian, my playing partner commented how easy the course was to find and that it looked in beautiful condition. I agreed wholeheartedly. Before I get onto the golf I must 8 www.countygolfer.co.uk

say how huge the clubhouse is. Over the years it has been extended to provide one of the largest and most up to date facilities in the area which now caters for fine dining, parties of all kinds as well as corporate entertainment and business seminars. These facilities are not just for members but available to the general public. A visit to www.erewashvalley.co.uk will give you the whole story and packages available. Malc explained that “the thing people remember most about the golf course is the quarry holes and the manicured condition of the course”. So what can I write about? Well this course has more to offer than that because once out there you come to appreciate how well laid out it is and,


Lots of mowing was going on around us as they worked tirelessly to keep things in tip top condition.

whilst not being the longest course around it has features that will test all standards of golfer. The other fact to mention is that, on a selfish note, this round of golf was the most successful I’ve had for the past five years. I was beginning to feel that, after a spate of illness and struggling to get my swing sorted, my good golfing days were over. As usual my putting was good and, as I’d been concentrating on chipping, that came good too. So why didn’t I challenge the course record? It’s a mystery to me! I’ll explain. This was the hottest day of year so far and I was smothered in sun cream to make me slip round the course with ease. No excuse there then. Malc suggested playing off the green tees followed up by ,“Please don’t use the whites there’ll be

uproar”. Funnily enough I wasn’t even dreaming of playing off the whites so all blushes saved there!! The first two holes are lovely, straight Par 5’s, Stroke index 2 and 16 respectively. I played better on the stroke index 2 for some reason, but we both double bogeyed them. Nerves I think! Two shots dropped each there as I veered off wildly to the right with my driver, but I was relieved to miss the water fountain on the 2nd. I loved the ‘bit of old England’ furrows on the third hole and hit a reasonable tee shot but went under the trees. There are a fair few trees on the course to catch you napping and on the first 12 holes I seemed to have to be rescuing myself out of them albeit successfully. www.countygolfer.co.uk 9


Arriving at the famous quarry holes 4 & 5 we parked our buggy up and just stood to admire the way this area of land, that provided plenty of stone for the Victorians to use, has been utilised to maximum degree. I hit a beauty off the tee and, with better accuracy would have birdied it, but I was happy to come away with a par. The same went for the 5th as I hit the immaculate bunker and played out to within three foot of the hole and got a par. Very happy now.

The famous quarry holes: 4 and 5.

Looking up the fairway from the first tee

We crossed the 15th fairway to the elevated tee at the Par 5, 6th. I was gratified to see my ball ping off a tree and out onto the fairway to land just in front of the bunker. Four shots later and my par was secured. “How was Brian doing” I hear you ask? Brain is a steadier golfer than me and far better off the tee and fairway, but I generally edge it on the green, today I seemed to be getting fairway and chipping going well. On one hole the ball sat up so well I used a three iron off the fairway and creamed it. I was hopeful of beating him for the first time in years. Mind you we do enjoying playing for the company it brings as we have loads to talk about. A par at the 6th and I was in dreamland. Hole 7 and I came to earth with a bang and lost control of my driving. I’m still having problems with my driver and I will tell you now that since I got home it’s in a corner and never coming out of the bag again. Here again I hit a tree, who put them there I wonder? Inaccuracy was costing me shots and there should have been birdies in at least two holes.

the 12th green from here it’ll cost you a tenner”, he didn’t I hasten to add. If you wish to help the lads, each of whom have been affected by cancer, either the loss of a family member, or seeing close friends heartbroken by the disease, just go to justgiving.com and then Happy Shankers and donate to their great cause.

We arrived at the 8th and faced an uphill shot to the green and a bogey each. The well manicured greens were playing beautifully and this suited my game. We were moving along at a nice pace playing golf, taking pictures and writing but a two ball was catching us up so we allowed them through. On the 12th hole which doglegs to the right, Brian hit a lovely shot which landed nicely on the 11th tee! Here we got a chance to talk to the lads from Happy Shankers doing 72 holes in a day in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. One of the lads quipped to Brian “If you don’t get the ball onto 10 www.countygolfer.co.uk

Left to right: Danny Anthony, Scott Kennerall, Gary Greatbatch, Jon Walker.


We didn’t hold them up long as they were on their third round but I do regret not getting a better picture of them. (Sorry guys, but I hope the plug helps). The 14th confused me as the undulations to the right kept catching my eye and the stripes of the mower caused me to line up wrong! Well that’s my excuse and I managed to put my ball on the path to the left of the green. A simple chip on was needed, but totally out of context for my round up to now, I chipped into the bunker then onto the green and walked away with a 5. Useless. Downhill through the trees at the dogleg left 15th, I must declare that I was tiring and hit a lazy shot that only got down to the trees on the right, but then I managed a good shot out and bogeyed this hole. The straight 16th again proved that using an iron instead of a big driver was making a better game of it and cutting down on wayward shots. I

messed up on the 17th by going out of bounds, so Brian won that one! Playing over the water at the 18th I hit it a lot further than I thought and ended up over the small path with a chip back on for another bogey. Brian went swimming! My hole. Shaking hands we both agreed, ‘fantastic course, pristine condition, a true members course in tip top condition with hardly any rough but plenty of trees to catch you out. Stopping for a beer, lasagne and salad, we soaked up the atmosphere of a 113 year old club. Yes I did go down to Willow farm, and I did see a butterfly on the fairway, all I’m hoping now is that when I get home “Supper's Ready” ! My thanks to all at Erewash Valley Golf Club for a great welcome and a fantastic course to play golf on managed by Course Manager, Darren Edwards. I will remember it as the day my golf finally came together. www.countygolfer.co.uk 11


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hat a stunner! As Beeston Fields rightly says on the website, “a relaxing, calm oasis, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.” It’s truly hard to play this course and believe you’re only a stone’s throw away from the A52 and just over 3 miles into the centre of Nottingham itself. I say a stone’s throw, it was probably further than our best drive on the day!

On entrance to the club you drive through a tree-lined drive, Old Drive, which certainly lives up to its’ name leading to the clubhouse, formerly the home of Sir Harold Bowden founder of the Raleigh Cycle Company, dating back to 1837. Being guided around the clubhouse later in the day by George Conrad, General Manager, he pointed out the Raleigh logo on the original fireplace, now the two-tabled snooker hall where you can feel the history flowing through the room. After meeting George initially at the club, we were guided to the pro shop, now located in the clubhouse itself, where we were handed our playing cards and a beautifully presented course guide. This offered details on each hole, length of hole, and what I personally describe as a well detailed obstacle course, with a huge right bias which gives you plenty of practice from beneath trees, bushes and rough throughout the challenging 71 par course.

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A steady walk down to the first tee where you are greeted by what used to be the pro shop, and now houses a custom club fitting room where you’ll have help at hand from the two golf pros; Natalie Clarke and Antony Ryder. The first hole really sets the high standard of the green keeping on the well groomed course, with a glimpse of the green in the distance at 304 yards and a steady 4-par first hole. Shaking hands with Newbie, we commenced play. Newbie taking his first drive of the day at what must have been a whopping 250 yards just short of the lake slightly left of the green, leaving a nice pitch onto the green and assuring me he doesn’t always play this way. Yeah, right! Straight in for par, and we’ll say no more about how I ended that hole! Onto the second tee, crossing a short flat bridge and over the lake. The country feel came into play with squirrels and pheasants crossing the fairway on the hole. I swear these were putting me off my game already! (#anyexcusewilldo). After a short hole on the 3rd we get to the fourth, and Newbie tells me that this is a green that not even the powers above can possibly master! The advice for this hole would be to get below the flag and be careful not to overdo the putting - you’ll end up back on the fairway with the gradient this green offers. Fortunately for us, due to the winter we’ve only just come through, the greens are running on the slow side, which really helped on this particular green. There are two holes, 5 and 12, on the course where a bell is found to inform the next players following that they are clear to play, they are truly blind holes from the tee. I’d advise ringing and moving to the sides in case there is a Tiger following on, with a huge drive. For me, and I don’t know why, but as soon as you see

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the OoB (Out of Bounds) highlighted on a course guide, it offers what can only be described as a magnet! Unfortunately for the neighbours of the course, they must have an extra ball in their perfect primulas, “stupid boy!” The Stroke Index for hole 7 indicates 1, which I would tend to agree with as a par 4 hole. You really need to get short of the right-bias for this hole, unless you can magic the ball round the corner with an excellent drive. It needs to be straight and centre for the next fairway, just in time for the second huge drive needed to reach the green in two, to help with achieving par, a challenging hole even for the dedicated golfer! Teeing off from the 8th, be sure to take a look at the course guide, you’ll find the back end behind the bunker ahead is much larger than you’d expect, so don’t under-do this, be sure to get over the bunker, but if you pull right, be sure to shout “fore” for the players at the 9th tee. In hindsight, it gives you the inclination to look back towards the 8th whilst on the 9th tee yourself. As Newbie and I approached the 10th tee, his game really took a turn! A great swing, strike and drive right onto the fairway, couldn’t have been a better shot, being dead centre - it’s a pity we weren’t on the 12th hole because it would have been a shot to be proud of. Sorry Newbie! Hole 14, though short, and a great opportunity to capture a photo, is deceiving. This needs to hit the green in a single shot and if you’ve got the skills, some slight backspin to stop it on point. A slight draw or fade and you’re in the trees, short and you’ll land in the bunker, going long there is a huge roll off, which will let your ball keep going into the trees at the back. Personally, I think this hole should be rated higher on the score index, especially as a par 3. There isn’t much chance for a comeback if you’ve executed


incorrectly, fortunately for me, it was my one and only par on the day, hero! At this stage, you’ll be hoping you’re not getting tired from the course. In comparison to the 14th you’ll have just played, the 15th looks like a very long walk to the flag, which again you capture a glimpse of in the distance, thinking, “is that actually where I need to get to?” Yes, it really is! You get to the end of the 15th hoping for a shorter hole, to find the 16th is another huge drive up the fairway for a back-to-back par 5. A great test of your golfing ability and fitness which I clearly need to work on! Following the 17th hole, you walk down a small pathway,

perfectly manicured like the rest of the course, and across the gated area to be faced with an absolutely stunning view for the 18th back to the clubhouse. This was a true moment of “wow.” What a stunning clubhouse it is! I’d agree with the score index on this hole, it’s two, nice gentle swings to reach the green in two, giving you a good chance of birdie if you’ve hit the green in a good position. Probably my best hole of the day - which made me look excellent in front of people watching from the clubhouse (good job they didn’t see the remainder of the round!). The cut and finish of this hole is truly superb - it’s a beautiful entry to the hole where the fairway merges with the green with precision.

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A quick handshake again between Newbie and myself to finalise the hole and thank each other for the game, and off we walked to the car park. When you’ve completed your round there is an air shoe cleaner, to rid those blades of grass that has stuck to the sole. Actually, we didn’t have very much to clean off due to the great weather conditions of the day. Then a short walk back to the car to change the golf shoes, and put the clubs in the car boot. Following the course we decided to take our chances at ‘a hole in one’ in the 19th. First attempt, and no out of bounds in here, much to the appreciation of the neighbours! The newly refurbished restaurant and bar is open to the public and gives a great view of the Park and the 18th green. The team in the restaurant are friendly, helpful and

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prompt with food which was much-appreciated by the hungry golfers, and is consistent with the high standard the club prides itself on. The club’s lunch menu has recently been updated and has been put together to ensure that everyone is catered for - though, I’m sure like most things, it’s impossible to please everyone! We both ate the chilli burritos and we’d absolutely recommend these, superb! It’s also worth keeping in mind the restaurant can accommodate up to 120 people, so for dinner parties or other social groups and clubs, this is an ideal location. The course is still owned by the Mitchell family, and is now run by the great-niece of Fred Mitchell, Philippa Marshall who is one of the few female Managing Directors of a golf club in the UK and a single figure handicap golfer. Philippa


is certainly not afraid of investing in the club, having spent thousands upon thousands on the Walled Gardens, where the wedding business to the golf club is found. There is ongoing investment in this club, the staff and the greenskeepers. A brand new Greens Shed houses all of the greenskeeping equipment. A new and experienced head greenskeeper, Steve, succeeds David, the greenskeeper for 32 years, and a new biomass boiler is more eco-friendly,

and there is a bar ‘app’ to keep tabs! We enjoyed our day here as the County Golfer team and would urge you to take a closer look at the facilities that this club has to offer in addition to the fabulous course on show - we’ll certainly return ourselves in the future! And finally a big thank you to George Conrad and the team at Beeston Fields for their excellent hospitality and clear vision of this clubs future! -Mark

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Natalie Clarke of Beeston Fields

I started playing the game at 11 years old, by the age of 14 I was off a handicap of scratch and selected to play for the England Girls and Ladies Team, I continued to represent England right through to the age of 21. During my amateur career, I gained 6 England caps, won many county and national tournaments, 2 of my majors were the The Telegraph Junior championship in Suncity South Africa and the Faldo Junior Series. At the age of 17, I was ranked number 3 in Great Britain and Ireland, playing full time amateur competitions. At the age of 21 and off a handicap of plus 3, I decided to turn Professional. I went to the European Ladies Tour School in Spain and qualified for a conditional tour card, unfortunately due to a serious injury requiring surgery, I never got the chance to compete on Tour. This is when I took the route into teaching and did my 3 year PGA teaching degree, based at Rotherham Golf Club. After qualifying I was headhunted to work for Peter Cowen the world number one coach at his academy. Here I gained valuable teaching experience watching Pete Coach some of the worlds best players. I teach all levels of golfers from beginners to professionals and love to watch how golfers can develop and progress. I don’t like to make the golf swing overcomplicated, I like to keep things simple throughout the swing. Dedication and practice is a must if you’re wanting to better your game.”

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I provide a wide variety of individual/group golf lessons and tuition that cover all aspects of the game including: Short game, Putting, Iron play, Driving, Course management, Full swing analysis, Flightscope data and the latest video technology.

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As well as being a fully qualified P.G.A golf professional, I have been running and organising corporate golf events and golf days for several years. I also work closely with European Tour star Robert Rock as part of the Robert Rock Junior Golf Tour.

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Favourite colour? Coral Favourite film? The departed Favourite music? R&B Favourite food? Sunday Roast Favourite holiday? California Favourite 4-ball? Tiger, Ant & Dec Spare time? Fitness, Family and Friends Animals? Hank, my bulldog Telephone: 0115 925 7062 (Ext 4) Mobile: 07908 962008 Website: www.natalieclarkegolf.co.uk Email: info@natalieclarkegolf.co.uk Beeston Fields Golf Club, Old Drive, Wollaton Rd Beeston, Nottingham, United Kingdom NG9 3DA

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I like to get a good understanding of what the pupil is wanting to achieve and how much practise and effort they are able to put into the changes so we can make an achievable goal. I like to work with the strengths of the individual, only making slight changes, therefore making the process as simple as possible. www.countygolfer.co.uk 27


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Empowering Ladies Since my last article in the Spring, there has been lots going on at Barlborough Links Golf Course and the weather has been amazing! The 5th of June was Women’s Golf Day, which is a global one day event to engage, empower, and support girls and women playing golf and learning the skills that last a lifetime. The event has encouraged women from professionals to beginners, to expand the women’s golfing community.

FAME TATE

I am delighted to say that the Tuesday night mixed beginners group who initially started their journey into golf through the Derbyshire Golf Project, funded by Sport England, continued on to another block of coaching with Andy and myself. This covered other aspects of the game, from putting, chipping, teeing off and their final session being out on the course. From this, I then formed a ladies group and a ‘Whats App’ community so there is regular communication about lessons and arranging games. I coach them every alternate Tuesday evening out on the course, and the week where there is no coaching they all get together and go and play at Barlborough.


and Girls to Play Golf Here are some of their thoughts: “My uncle invited me to the driving range with him and I was instantly hooked. I couldn’t wait to get on to the course. The coaching I received through the Derbyshire Golf Project made that possible. The coaching itself was done at a perfect pace for beginners as there is a lot to learn which can be daunting. I was worried I would have no-one to play with but thanks to the group coaching, I have a game every Tuesday with a great bunch of ladies. It’s amazing to see everyone progressing every week and enjoying the game. I would like to thank Fame for all of her help and advice over the past months.” Anna Perkins. “Taking up golf has been a wish of mine for several years. Having the opportunity to experience first class funded coaching made that accessible. Any initial anxieties were dispelled when introduced to the group of like minded ladies who wanted to do their best. Seeing everyone gain confidence and discuss tactics under Andy and Fame’s continued coaching is lovely. It’s challenging and very frustrating, but that’s the point. Tuesdays are the highlight

of the week. Thanks to all at Barlborough Links and the Derbyshire Golf Project.” Jill Warden. “My 7 and 9 year old girls play golf and I thought it would be a great family day out if I took golf up as well. Thanks to the Derbyshire Golf Project, it has given me the confidence to go onto the course and actually play and learn at the same time as my kids. I’ve met a lovely bunch of ladies to have a round of golf with every week, and we find we are constantly getting to know the game better each time we play with thanks to our brilliant coaches Fame and Andy.” Marie Dougill. “My partner plays golf and wanted me to give it a try. After a few unsuccessful trips to the driving range, I snapped up the offer of coaching with Fame and Andy through Derbyshire Golf. It was a love hate relationship at first but the coaches made it fun and now I am on the course loving it. The girls I play with are great, and Fame is now slowly making a golfer out of me.” Nina Chambers.

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As a female professional, I feel very strongly about growing the game for women and girls. Initiatives like these and my ladies “coaching, coffee and cake” morning every Thursday, are imperative in breaking down traditional participation barriers, such as socio-economic backgrounds, physical and mental ability and location, to name only a few, showing that golf is a sport that is accessible for all and brings many health benefits. The growing group of ladies are joining together to support each other and enjoy all the benefits of golf. Women need their own community where they can find other women to play with. Alongside my ladies coaching, my junior coaching at the course is growing all the time, there is no shortage of noise and laughter on a Saturday morning! I would like to thank the parents again for their continued support. The photograph of some of you sat together on the course really sums up what it is all about. You all support each other, in a fun and relaxed environment and it’s great to see the other benefits such as family time and doing a hobby together, that golf brings! I have recently completed working in two local schools, and over the last few weeks have started some curriculum sessions and an after school

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club locally in Chesterfield. In addition to this, I have been working with a mental health unit. It has been proven that mental health has a strong link with physical activity and fitness. Therefore, the opportunity for the ladies to get out of the unit and attend golf lesson’s is helping in their recovery. It not only increases their physical activity, but also being in a calming relaxed environment, with lessons tailored to each of their abilities, empowers them to learn new skills and develop new hobbies, that they can continue following being released from hospital. It is also an activity that they can use to manage their mental health, giving them an activity to solely focus on. Without initiatives like the Derbyshire Golf Project and the funding from Sport England, none of this would be possible. Even Parliament hailed and acknowledged the benefits of golf on the 19th June, so LETS GET MORE PEOPLE GOLFING #healthbenefits. For more enquiries about lessons, individual or group, please contact me on: 07500931759

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Ramsdale NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m a fair-weather golfer and I hate playing in the rain or cold. To me golf is a summer game to be played in the heat and in the sunshine! Just as it always seems to be on the TV. However… having said all that, 90 degrees and not a cloud in the sky has its drawbacks too. But on this stunningly hot day when we visited Ramsdale, they have this rare eventuality (in this country anyway) well covered.

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3 weeks into a heatwave and no rain forecast for another few weeks, has been a nightmare for golf courses around the counties. The sprinkler systems have been working overtime to try and feed the greens and tees, but sadly it’s not possible to water all the fairways on a course, so Ramsdale are in the same fight as everyone, a fight against yellow grass! The front and back nine are like chalk and cheese. The opening holes are pretty flat and easy going, with a good score possible. The 1st and 2nd hole are both par 4s and only a little over 300 yards, so a good start is possible in theory. That is, if you’re able to avoid the very well placed bunkers. The 1st is a dogleg left, with 2 bunkers on the corners that need a 190 yard carry to clear, or go safe with an iron and you’ll still be looking at a wedge in. Alternatively like me, you could go for an Iron and still land in a bunker!


Ramsdale NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

Local knowledge goes a long way on the 5th hole. Reading the course planner only partially prepares you for the hole, 296 yards and a par 4 that has a virtual 90 degree right turn. Again, the bunkers are very well placed, too right, too left, too short and you’ll probably find one. Spence took an iron to the corner and placed it perfectly, but was quite annoyed that he hadn’t taken it on after seeing the hole from his new perspective. I took on the corner, but didn’t get enough height on it, and clipped the tree. This probably did me a favour as it took enough distance off it to avoid the bunkers! Two pars! The 6th hole par 3 messes with your mind a little, at 117 yards it’s not the longest but with bunkers, lots of rough and water, it has it all. It’s a “this should be easy” hole, hit the green first time and it is, miss it and you’ll struggle.

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As you finish the relatively flat and meandering front 9 you’re greeted with the sooo welcome site of the halfway house hatch! As much as we were enjoying the course, the beating sun was taking its toll and we were beginning to flag. Now I’ve seen Spence eagle a par 4 at Royal St George’s, but I’ve never seen as big a smile on his face as when he reappeared from the hatch with two cold lagers in his hand. It took all our effort not to down it in one and go straight back for another. But being ultimate professionals, we kept it to 1, which we took up the hill to the 10th tee to enjoy. The back nine changes this course completely, you start up high and play along the top of a hill, which gives you


some stunning views over Nottinghamshire and back over the front 9. It feels like a completely different course. The 9th is so open and so inviting to smash as big a drive as possible. A sliced drive and 2 poor iron shots left me in a shockingly bad position and facing an 8 or 9 on my score card for the first time in ages. With a long putt back down the green I was able to rescue a 9. Thank goodness I hadn’t had the second pint! I’d probably have ended up well into double figures. Spence on the other hand played it like a pro, down the fairway, onto the green to putt, the first of 3 straight pars. My suggestion to him, “if you’re handicap is to come down, your beer consumption needs to go up!”

The dry weather has led to harder fairways and more roll on your drives, this is never more evident than on the 12th. A big straight drive down hill will roll and roll. Even a short driver will get 250-300 yards on this hole, and you’ll only need a short iron onto the green to finish. The hard fairways were really rewarding good straight drives, but they can also create their own challenges. The 13th for example. With a decent drive you’re left with a sloping fairway left to right on to the green. It’s a par 5 so you have 2 efforts. I hit a good 3 wood with my second shot, pitching it to the left of the fairway. I caught it as well as any 3 wood I’ve ever hit. But as soon as it pitched, it bounced right… a lot! A soft fairway would have probably caught it and left me on the

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right of the fairway, but not today. It rolled and rolled and gathered speed right into the rough. Rescuing a 6 was a huge relief. The poster hole of the course has to be the 15th, a high elevated tee looking down to a pristine fairway is as enjoyable drive as I’ve played this year. With just a small bunker catching anything short and right, it’s as safe a drive as you’ll find. Catch it just right and you’ll watch it sail high and up to the wide-open fairway. Another beer, burger, chips and Denmark vs France on the TV was the perfect end to the round. Ramsdale is a great example of a modern golf course. It has a good 18 hole course, an additional 18 hole par 3 course, which is great for young ones, beginners or just those looking to sharpen up their short game. And, for a bit of fun, an 18 hole pirate themed adventure golf course. Add to that a great restaurant, bar and very well stocked golf shop, Ramsdale has all you’ll need for a golfer of any ability.

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Buxton & High Peak Golf Club

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Back in 1887 someone looked at this land, set some 1’100 feet above sea level, and decided this would make a great golf course, so they instructed J.Morris to crack on with designing it. The result was a golf course that some have likened to an ‘inland links course’ (holes 4,5,6th) and others describe as a ‘challenging and enjoyable test of golf’, welcome to Buxton & High Peak Golf Club.

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On a blazing hot day yours truly (Lefty) and Newby were dispatched from the office to review this course high in the Derbyshire hills. The funny thing is, despite the course being set high in the Peak, this course is not subject to arduous hill climbs so you can leave your mountain gear at home. The course itself is 5786-yard par 69 off the yellows, and 5204 yards par 71 for the ladies. The clubhouse serves food, and there is a well stocked pro shop for balls, water etc. We were met by Steve Norton who oversees the promotion of the club and also bumped into the club captain who was busy watering the flower beds, he’s very good at multitasking I’ve been told. They also told us that they are a very friendly club which permeates down to its members and visitors. After stocking up on yet more balls (I lost quite a lot into the water on the 17th at Radcliffe-on-Trent) we headed out onto the 1st, which to be honest is quite a tough one to get you started, it’s a stroke index 3 uphill 427 yard par 4, and on the day we played we had a prevailing wind. I managed to get a bogie and I was quite happy with that, I won’t tell you what Newby got as I lost count at 7! Once you are up it’s followed by the easiest hole on the course, stroke index 18 269-yard par 4! Two very contrasting holes back to back.

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The Buxton and High Peak Golf Course is set in a beautiful part of the world, they make good use of the topography, bringing in quarry’s to get you thinking, and greens hidden amongst lumps and bumps.

Now to the 6th, it’s 412 yard par 4 which you might think is not too far, so what makes it a stroke index 2? This little corner of the golf course has a character all its own, giving you the feel that you have just walked onto a links course, the fairway undulates up and down before your eyes. The 6th requires a big drive otherwise an old quarry will come into play, I didn’t realise it was there but I soon found it with my second shot and the only way out was a sand wedge basically dropping a shot, if I played it again I would have played it very differently. This then leads onto another links shot, the 299 Yard par 4, it’s a bit of a ‘hit and hope for the best’ hole especially if you have not played it before. The green here is hidden from view, fortunately I hit a straight drive over a large hump hoping that was the line, it was thankfully. When you find the green you realise why you cannot see it because it’s in a basin hidden by humps and bumps, I got a par but I could imagine it could easily be a card wrecker. This is followed by a peach of a par 3, an elevated tee looking down onto a picture perfect green, they have made really good use of the land in this corner and it was a joy to play. I was really enjoying my golf at this point, the sun was shining, the course was throwing up some interesting holes. Let me bring you to the 7th, this hole really gives you a chance of a birdie especial on a hot day, where a good drive will see your ball roll and roll

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making you feel that you are Dustin Johnson, this left me an easy shot to the green, I got on in two, missed the birdie but got an easy par. This will lead you on to, depending on the wind, one of the hardest par 3’s you will ever played, fortunately for us the wind was a gentle breeze, but I have played this hole when even a driver would not get anywhere near the green! The 11th is the stroke index 1, and if played wrong is a beast, trust me because I got it so wrong. The way to play this dog legged hole is to aim for the path in the distance, use your driver as the more you get it towards the path the easier this hole becomes. I used an iron thinking I would drive too far, if you get a par on this then you have done well. Coming back down the other way on the 12th a par 5 482 yards, they make good use of the quarry, drive as close as you dare to the edge of the quarry face, if you do this without the ball falling off you have a real chance of

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a birdie, or a least a cracking 2nd shot down the fairway, this hole was a real joy to play. At this point Newby and myself had really got in to our stride, playing some really nice golf, and the course was responding to our shots from the 14th to the 18th it’s par 4 all the way. Coming onto the 18th on this sunny dry day, Newby hit his best drive of the day, and because the fairway slopes down to the green, he ended just right of it and finished with a solid birdie, you see I’m not biased I do mention his good shots every now and again. To sum up, the Buxton and High Peak Golf Course is set in a beautiful part of the world, they make good use of the topography, bringing in quarry’s to get you thinking and greens hidden amongst lumps and bumps that you would find on a links course. So the question is, is the course worth travelling too? Well put it this way I will be back.


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bunkers and clubhouse gallery. Not for the faint-hearted, when finished, this tee will still have water in front, but will be a useful winter teeing ground for Simon and the team to use, to keep Horsley open, as they have this winter, despite the inclement weather. Horsley Lodge is already looking great for the new season, and there is the chance to win a four-ball round at this East Midlands Top 5 course .

However, in an effort to offer more teeing ground, Simon spotted a tee shaped structure between the 8th green and 9th tee. It was the original 9th tee, from 1990, and been left to mother nature for over 20 years. Lost beneath brambles and willows the old tee had become a pretty uninspiring sight as golfers made their way from the 8th green. Having cleared the site, the tee, complete with stone wall plinth, has re-emerged. It will form a “forward “tee at around 125 yards on this awkward Par 3 hole, with its 6 pot

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What a difference half a decade makes‌

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South Chesterfield Golf Club Chatting at the bar in my local over a pint of San Miguel to some fellow golfers, and explaining County Golfer magazine would be playing South Chesterfield Golf Club the following day to produce a course report, someone said that they’d heard there was a golf course in Chesterfield that was pretty basic, not fantastic to look at, needed some due care and attention, with grass and trees that need to mature in order to be even a reasonable golf course to play. I asked them, “When was the last time you played at South Chesterfield Golf Club?” The reply was “at least 8 years ago”. Well I say to my fellow golfers, it may be time to take another look at Grassmoor, South Chesterfield Golf Club!

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Just 5 minutes from the M1 at Junction 29, and a short drive down the A617, you’ll soon be in the grounds of South Chesterfield G.C. itself, with a nice gated entrance, drive and reasonably sized car park for even the busiest of days at the course. Boy, was it a hot one! Remember the week in June where temperatures reached into the late20s? (or 80s for those who like the more British Imperial measure!), the same night England under-performed against Belgium! Well that was the day we played - it was like being in Spain! So for an 11am tee-time, we knew we needed to pack our trolleys with plenty of water. Upon arrival we were greeted by the Assistant Pro, Adam Bedford in the Pro Shop which offers a good range of top quality products at competitive prices which deliver brilliant value for the beginner to the more advanced golfer. Further offering the chance of a price-match (or even better), on any genuine quote on all golfing equipment. They also stock major brands from Ping, Titleist, Footjoy and Mizuno (Mizuno selecting South Chesterfield G.C. as their major fitting centre), whilst providing all the

professional advice you could ask for from a qualified PGA Golf Pro to help you improve your game further! Adam who was extremely knowledgeable about the course - as you’d expect, gave us plenty of sound advice before commencing play, advising that the course is running relatively quick due to the hot weather we have been having (excellent news for us who tend to be too short on most holes from the tee - and gives the ball the further bounce!) In fairness, I don’t think it played too quickly - I think the groundskeepers have done excellent work to keep the course playing very well, and that showed going round the course and seeing them watering the greens throughout the warmest times of the day. We started with half an hour of putting practice on the lovely set practice green that showed us how even the tiniest of putts will be challenging throughout the day… though, I’m not sure if it helped when we got onto the course. We blame the hot weather! A steady walk to the first tee, we decided to play from the

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yellow tees, and immediately I could see that this course was not what I’d got set in my mind from our discussions the night before! The course has clearly settled now, with grass that is well matured, and rough that I did get the chance to play through after my first shot off the tee. The first hole is a 327 yard, par 4, that dog-legs to the right after roughly 200 yards, so you’re truly straight into the action, no easy starts here, so I’d tend to agree with the score index of 8. We both finished 2 over par on this hole due to a “cheeky bunker” to the front-right of the green. I’d offer the advice of driving straight down the fairway on this hole, as far to the end of the corner as possible for a straight chip to the green. The course is nicely laid out without having to walk too far to each tee. The second hole is almost a reverse of the first, so switch the right dog-leg to the left and the bunker from the right to the left on the green and you’ve got the hole. This is a down-hill hole which I feel is quite challenging. Be really careful not to over-shoot the green, or let the ball roll, as the drop-off into the rough at the back of the green

caught me out! (I’d actually say it’s better to be short on this hole than long!) A short walk from the 2nd hole to the 3rd tee and we were greeted with a beautifully crafted hole, that is incredibly challenging. Although this hole is a short par 3 at only 157-yards, it has a S.I. of 6, and I think this will be to do with the gullies that have formed which I’m sure in slightly cooler conditions have a stream running through as a water-hazard! Fine for the seasoned golfer who can strike a nice shot directly onto the green, but more challenging for those who are not, especially if you were to play from the white tee which makes this hole a 185 yards. It would be advisable on this hole to reach the right hand side of the green and let the green do some work for you. Reaching the 5th tee, I see a clear water hazard in the distance in the form of a large-middle-fairway pond with well maintained water conditions and reeds to tempt the magnetism of my ball! Does any one else have golf-balls like that? Personally we knew we wouldn’t manage to


drive clear over the pond, so we both left it short for a nice long iron shot needed to help reach the green in 3 for this challenging par 5, and it was rather amusing to watch a crow chasing a cat off the course, clearly belonging to a nearby neighbours home. Looking back over the last course report in Summer 2014, I’d tend to agree that the 10th hole is one of my favourites on the course too. A dog-leg right with a hill and a beautifully maintained pond to chip over to reach the green. I took my shot, and fell incredibly short, meaning 3 shots to reach the green instead of the needed 2 to help with par. Interestingly, Derek (or Dad, as I’ve known him for years), who I was playing with decided to go long from the tee, taking a 7 iron to reach the green, flew over the green, shouting “fore” to the players who were sitting waiting at the next tee, stopping literally 3 feet from them, “Sorry Gents!” This made the remaining part of the hole extremely difficult for him, chipping back onto the green where it angles back towards the pond , meant it gained more momentum, and rolled all the way back onto the edge of the green, making a difficult putting shot! The course is 5982 yards, which has clearly been improved from the shorter 5379 yards it was in 2014, making it more challenging for the beginner than it was previously; however, the fairways are quite forgiving and kind to beginners to compensate, being nice and open on the majority of holes. The tree-lines have also improved dramatically from 2014, and certainly from 2008, meaning the course has now developed better character and is starting to shine nicely!

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I still find it amazing that this course never had to close during all the upheavals the course went through, to create the course you see today! The 17th hole is another favourite on the course, especially since we both hit par, even whilst it was being protected by the bunker to the right. A nice gentle hole that relaxes you slightly before the long 503-yard-par-5, 18th hole. This hole was originally nearly 120 yards shorter, but after further development of the course the green was moved 75 yards further and the tee was moved back over 40 yards to make it a challenge for even the seasoned golfer. The course par is 70, and we finished in under 5…hours! before returning to the clubhouse for the recommended Clubhouse burger and much-needed pint each! The food was fantastic and if you are hungry after your round, the clubhouse burger is certainly the choice I’d reach out for again. Not forgetting of course the pint of nicely chilled San Miguel. All-in-all, South Chesterfield G.C. is now a course that has seen huge improvement over time and now offers a friendly-local choice for not only golfers, but weddings and events - in fact, Chesterfield F.C, are using the course for a day-out and choice local course. Truly, if you haven’t played this course in the past 5 years, I would urge you to play again - you’ll be surprised at the difference half a decade makes. I would certainly return to replay in the near future, to challenge myself again and would like to take this opportunity to thank the whole team on the course for their kind hospitality to County Golfer in inviting us to play.


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The other half Lefty’s view

I think I just played the longest round of golf in the world! It started in April and finished in June. How is this possible you might ask, well I finished the front 9 at Radcliffe on Trent Golf course and got battered by rain and had to come off, so you got half a course report in the spring issue, then we waited for the weather to improve. In June we got a heat wave so Bingo! We are back to finish the report.

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Myself and 'two putt' Plant were despatched from the office on a glorious sunny day, in fact we waited until 4pm for it to cool down before we packed our clubs in the car and headed off to Radcliffe Golf Club. So, armed with a buggy, we quickly cut in on the 10th which caused great confusion for the golfers on the hole before, wondering where these strange people had just come from. But, let’s get cracking with the report, the 10th hole is a 357yards par 4 and a proper dog leg right, plenty of trees to stop you taking the tiger line to the green so don’t even think about it, nice steady golf play into the corner, then it’s a 6 iron onto the green, easy! unless you do go into the trees like me. Dropped shot! This is followed by a long 189 yard par 3. What has happened to the par 3s these days? I’m sure they are getting longer and longer. You have a bit of water on this hole to the right of the green, which shouldn’t worry you too much unless you hit a really wayward shot.

myself for missing a birdie chance on the 15th.

Now you get to stretch your legs with a nice par 5. This hole is pretty much straight with the odd bunker, but not enough to make it too tough, which let’s be fair is great for us mid handicappers. In fact I would say this course gives you a chance of putting in a good score, trust me I’ve played courses that seem to be set up for world class professionals and you come off the course thinking , what’s the point of playing golf anymore.

To sum up, I love playing Radcliffe, it’s a course that will challenge you, but it is fair and it gives you a chance, much as you would expect of a course in such fantastic condition as this.

Like the weather I was starting to warm up, I was getting on the greens for birdie and par chances, and I must say the greens were running true, medium to fast which made putting on them a pleasure, although I'm still kicking

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Let’s move on to what I think is Radcliffe's signature hole, the 17th 164 yard par 3, the only thing here to avoid is the lake that separates you from the green. It’s funny how you panic when you see a bit of water, if the lake wasn’t there you would not give a second thought to hitting the green. But, in the interest of journalism, Garry and I decided to hit 4 balls each into the lake before at last on my fifth ball I landed it 3 foot from the flag, you see I knew I had that shot in me somewhere! The 18th is a nice finishing hole, it’s a short, par 4 at only 313 yards long, and a good drive got me within a 9 iron of the green and put me 4 feet from the hole. It’s always nice to hit the green, especially when it’s in front of the club house, again I missed the birdie but a very solid par followed.

We must mention the club house as it’s one of the best I’ve been to for food, and the bar is so well stocked whether you’re a real ale drinker or there are plenty of lagers to choose from, I recommend the Hop House 13 from Guinness. Outside the club house is a very pleasant seating area which on a day like we played made you feel you were in the Mediterranean.


The other half to the other half! Garry’s view In the spring edition of County Golfer we were rained off after 9 holes at Radcliffe on Trent Golf Club , and repaired to the clubhouse to enjoy the best steak pie served since Desperate Dan days .

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Returning to play the back nine, especially the new 17th, on a twilight round we realised that we wouldn’t be able to avail ourselves of the steak pie this time. Please don’t think we only go to places to eat, but it is an added bonus when the food is as good as it is at Radcliffe on Trent. We quickly slotted in at the 10th and pushed on to give us time to take some pictures. I played this round within 24 hours of deciding that my big driver was never coming out again, and sticking to this decision I was delighted as I drove really well off the tee and fairways. It’s interesting to compare two courses played within a short period, and try to adapt your game to fit. Radcliffe on Trent punishes you for being wayward with long rough at the edge of the fairway, and to my dismay I lost two balls on the 11th even though I thought I had seen where they went (allegedly). I found the greens fast and had to quickly settle into not pushing my putting too hard. The dogleg 10th presents the opportunity for a long drive followed by a clean approach to the green, if you push it far enough on your drive. Too short, and you have to put it over the trees to get at the green. Soaking up the early evening sun and balmy temperature was a welcome experience, the shadows getting longer made it all quite atmospheric. However, I needed to concentrate because Lefty was driving the ball a good distance off the tee. Mind you, he was a bit agitated at times when my trusty 3 iron matched him on a couple of holes. Don’t write us oldies off too soon lads! The 12th, a 489 yard Par 5, is as straight as they come and I matched Lefties drive, but his second was a stunner 58 www.countygolfer.co.uk

leaving him on for an easy birdie. I was happy with his 5! But I did 6. I’m a bit nonplussed with the new 17th. Why on earth have they put so much water there? It’s so unfair. I have a mental block with water, if I see it, I want to go in it, and so I did! Twice. But in fairness, as we were well ahead of the players behind, we did have an extra tee off or two. I skimmed the water with one, only to find it about 40 feet from the green. One is still in the water, and the other I picked up. That’s the beauty of writing about golf courses, we can have a little play just to see if we are capable of mastering things. Cracking hole chaps, a credit to your creativity, and it poses a dilemma right near to the end of the round. Lefty thrashed me on the 18th with a drive that just kept going, but he missed his Par, Hee Hee. Mind you he was a little distracted by the fact that he had to go back to fetch the camera from the 17th tee. The current afternoon ‘4 Ball Offer’ is really well priced at £120.00, especially if you take into consideration the quality of course that you get to play on. The greens staff work incessantly to provide their members and visitors alike, with the best round of golf possible. Back in the bar we enjoyed the late evening sun, me with a pint of real ale and Lefty on Hop House 13. Ironically I won the 13th! Our thanks to all at Radcliffe on Trent for giving us a good welcome as always. We’ll be back again for another round and one of your brilliant steak pies. Maybe as I age my priorities are changing!


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Lindrick's Brace competition had a new name on its winners list as 10 year old Lucia Maturi and partner Luke Jackson won the annual foresomes event with a 40 point score, two ahead of their nearest challengers. The mixed open age event saw over 30 pairings enter with Lucia and 15 year old Yorkshire county player Mia Eales Smith, being the only junior competitors. Luke Jackson who plays on the EuroPro Tour said, "it's great to see the juniors getting experience playing in adult competitions so early and really enjoying their golf, it was good fun, winning was just a bonus.” Lucia, a pupil at Sheffield Girls High School and a member of the Yorkshire Ladies U14 development squad, became the youngest ever winner in Lindrick's long history when partnering Jamie Sheperd to win the Presidents Cup in 2016 added, "getting to play with such good players like Luke and Mia was just fantastic, they gave me a lot of advice and I learned a lot from them. Luke was really good at reading the greens and helping me with the lines, we were fortunate that the putts just dropped.”

Presenting the prizes, Lady Captain Suzie Moir added, "we are trying very hard to encourage more women to join in and play golf at Lindrick, so opening our adult competitions to our juniors seemed a logical move to stimulate more interest. Mia and Lucia are great examples to people who have not played before of just how much fun golf can be. However, we did have a last minute change to the prize table, the traditional 'crate of claret' didn't seem quite appropriate on this occasion!”

Left to right men’s captain Hugh Firth, ladie’s captain Suzie Moir, Lucia Maturi, Luke Jackson.

Lindrick member Nicola Slater, endured a frustrating start to her

appearance in the St.Rule Womens Trophy at St.Andrews, with rounds of 78 and 80 leaving the Yorkshire and England player well down the field. However, she managed to rescue her trip with a truly remarkable last round. The 18year old who is the current ‘Northern Ladies Champion’ shot a bogey free round, with 8 birdies and an eagle. Nicola's birdie on the infamous eighteenth hole ensured that her score of 66 equalled the women's all time course record on what is one of the world's oldest, and certainly most famous golf course. Amazingly in a mid round spell starting at the eighth, Nicola was seven under par for seven holes! The remarkable round boosted Nicola to a respectable 19th position but with an unforgettable record.

For the first time, the men’s county championships were held at Breadsall Priory Golf Club on Saturday 26th May. The

championships consist of 36 holes medal and was played over both courses. The event was well supported with entries up significantly from last year, with 15 players from Breadsall entering. The courses were very well presented, but conditions on the day were tough with winds up to 25 mph resulting in scoring being very challenging. SSS was 73 in the morning and 72 in the afternoon.

More success followed with Breadsall Priory winning the Union Shield for the best team. This award is for the lowest combined score from any three players from one club. The team of Sam Potter, Will Davidson and Phil Rhodes won and will go forward to represent Derbyshire at England Golf English Champion Club at Huddersfield Golf Club on 22nd/23rd September. Well done to all those members from Breadsall that played. It was great to see so many competing on the county stage.

Nick Taylor from Derby won with a score of 143, second was Sam Potter from Breadsall with a score of 145, and third was Will Davidson with a score of 146. The top 8 competitors go forward to the Derbyshire Matchplay at Chapel-en-le-Frith in early October. Will and Sam will also be joined by another Breadsall member, with Phil Rhodes claiming the last spot in 8th place. www.countygolfer.co.uk 61


Chevin looks forward to welcoming visitors this summer to their first

Open Golf Week 18th – 24th August

This year heralds a new venture at Chevin Golf Club. They are holding a Week of Open Golf Competitions and are hoping to welcome many visitors from far and wide, to enjoy their course and hospitality.

New Head Professional

The first two competitions will be for trophies, one new and one long established. The first, ‘The Bill Steele Memorial’, is a new trophy presented in memory of a very fine amateur golfer, Bill Steele, who passed away suddenly in September last year. He was a past Captain and Chairman of Chevin Golf Club. He represented Derbyshire County for many years and was a true ambassador for the game of Golf and for Chevin Golf Club. Many golfers throughout the county will have met Bill and Chevin Golf Club hope they would like to join them on Saturday August 18th for the inaugural playing of this trophy. The second Trophy is, Chevin Trophies, a competition played over many years. This year it takes the form of a mixed greensome. There is a prize and trophy for each of the winners. The rest of the week will be made up of team competitions being betterball, Texas scramble and teams of 3. A competition format to suit all. All golfers, male and female with a current CONGU Handicap are welcome to join them.

The entry fee for each visitor per competition is only £10.

All details are on our website www.chevingolf.co.uk BUGGIES ARE AVAILABLE TO HIRE – PLEASE CONTACT PROFESSIONAL WHEN ENTERING COMPETITION. 01332 841112

Following the retirement of our long serving head professional, Willie Bird, Chevin is delighted to welcome Tim Stevens, who joined us full time in June this year. Following a full refurbishment, the shop is well stocked with products from golf’s leading brands. Teaching is with the use of the latest fitting and teaching technology. You can be sure you’ll receive the best advice and the correct clubs for your game.  Coaching is available for players of all abilities and can be taken either indoors in the studio, outside on one of the practice areas, or on the golf course.

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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 & Country Club Wollaton Park Golf Club Worksop Golf Club

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