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County AUTUMN 2013


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What a Summer! We’ve had a great summer of golf at County Golfer. Lefty and Newby have been enjoying their lessons with James Whatley, who has been the epitomy of patience with them.Their latest lesson emphasised that as amateurs we think that we are professionals and try to play the same shots as they do. I blame television, if Ernie can do it so can I! If he can get a ball 300 feet into the air and land it next to the pin, so can I. However nobody should take away our aspirations but playing to our limitations can sometimes produce a better score than trying to be Tiger. I think we all lose too many shots by trying too hard. I find that if I’m playing with a big hitter, I try to match him but it goes horribly wrong. So, here is a suggestion: with winter creeping up, why not take advantage of the time that your local Professional can give you and have a few lessons. If it can knock a few shots off your round and get you into winning ways it’s well worth the effort. Many courses boast undercover driving ranges and some have simulators all of which can keep you playing and stop you getting rusty, Our course reports this month feature Chevin GC, Sherwood Forest GC and Branston GC. Lefty and Newby report on their lessons with James. We do hope that you enjoy this issue

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What an Issue! Sherwood Forest - page 6

Chevin - page 24

Coxmoor - page 32

Branston - page 40

Golf News - page 47

Equipment News - page 52 5


There is a lot implied by the heading above. Sherwood Forest golf course newly ranked at 93 in the world or 50 in the UK is an absolute beauty but at the same time a complete beast. Playing this course as a high handicapper will break your heart but, on the other hand, fill you full of hope that it is possible to rise to the challenge on a course of this stature. 6

My experience of playing the other 92 world top courses is rather limited so I will have to take the word of those who know more about that matter. As for me, playing the worlds number 93 course was an absolute delight even though the course is far above my current punching weight. If I ranked golf courses I would rate Sherwood Forest high up the list because not only is it a phenomenal club but they also take credit card payment for food and drink (controversial!). It has rocketed to my

number one choice of courses to play. Getting a par on the first hole filled me with false hope. I came off and said ‘easy’ to Lefty and John and then proceeded to card two 9’s in a row! But, there is more to the story than that. In the beginning Let’s go back to the beginning of our golfing experience at Sherwood Forest GC. On arrival we were met by club Captain Richard 7

Cooper who had been out on the course and got quite a soaking when a downpour occurred. We knew however that the sun was going to shine on us because my iphone said it would, and it did. We had arranged to look around Sherwood Forests ‘Golf Performance Centre’ which features a Foresight simulator, and also receive a few tips from club Professional Stuart Betteridge before we went out on the course. John went first and was immediately told to move his left foot! Me next. I had the ball too near the middle of my stance and needed to move it a little towards my front foot. It felt better immediately and I spent the rest of the round trying to remember it, but as usual kept forgetting. Lefty went last and was told to give up golf! No not really, he was told to watch the positioning of his arms as they rolled over. I mused that it must be really hard as the professional to watch us playing our shots badly and that he must want to rip our game to pieces. But Stuart is a patient man and for that we were grateful. ‘The important thing is to come and enjoy your golf whatever your ability’ he said.

his apprenticeship at Sherwood Forest many years ago, and his team. His motto is “the course should be in peak condition every day of the week giving the Monday golfer the same high standard as the weekend one.” The greens are absolutely top class. I love being on the greens and at the start of my round I was enjoying them immensely but towards the end I was getting a bit scared of them for some unknown reason and ended up coming short on every one, costing me the chance of at least one birdie and two more pars. I loved the par 3’s and got par on each one. I also carded 4 bogeys. The rest of the holes, whilst I enjoyed them immensely, fell woefully short of my current form. Finding the bunkers on at least ten occasions cost me dearly. I only got out of 6 with one shot. Boy are they hard if you end up too deep as some of them have the north face of the Eiger to contend with. Fortunately I’m quite a resilient person and always feel it will get better and I really did need that positive attitude on this course. There’s no room to scuff a tee shot as it must carry a fair distance over the heather. The first hole, a par 4, lets you in gently providing you get over the heather, which we all did. John, a big driver, went slightly left but I went straight because I remembered what Stuart told me (on this hole!). Once on the green two putts did the trick for a par. Lovely. The lads got bogeys. IT WAS ALL GOING SO WELL. The second hole I found the heather and also brought with it my first visit to the bunkers (Bingleys) and I took two to get out only to find myself in the next bunker (which I named Bradford!) to the right of the green. 9 - rubbish.

Richard and Garry enjoy watching John That is the beauty here, you can, because the course is prepared to such a high standard by Head Greenkeeper Kim Kirkham, who started 8

The sun was now doing its job of drying out the course after the morning’s downpour and the light breeze was a welcome visitor. John found his first bunker but such is his ability he was quickly out and proceeded to have a game which brought him a few bogeys which he is not used to! John has played many of the top 50 courses in Britain and acclaimed this as the

best he has played. High accolade from John who doesn’t pass compliments around too quickly on golf courses. Such is the quality of Sherwood. The par 3 4th is a lovely hole that gives you full view of the clubhouse and whilst the lads messed about getting bogeys I got a par. Life was on the up, well it was, and I had to wait for the 7th for my next par although I did bogey the 6th which really did surprise me as it’s stroke index 2. My game is so erratic it shows no respect for stroke index one or eighteen. It’s best if I don’t look at those figures and just get on with it. If I read the course planner and it says ‘stick to the left’ I go right and vice versa. ‘Just play golf Garry, ‘ I told myself. The longest hole on the course is hole 8, 522 yards off the white tees. Stuart had said “if you want to have a dabble off the whites feel free”. Er, no way. I was having enough trouble off the yellows. I thought Lefty and John might have stepped up to the mark but they shied away. Typical. If your game is going OK don’t risk it. I had nothing to lose so I..... stayed on yellow too! Finding the sloping fairway and then going into the dip seemed as though I was going to

make easy this stroke index 4 only to find the buker to the left of the green. There were times when my driving was hopelessly wrong but on this hole it worked well and my following 4 iron off the fairway did too, but then BUNKER - two to get out, three putts and a most beautiful hole was ruined. I loved the description of hole 11. I quote it word for word. “This is the start of Sherwood’s version of ‘Amen Corner’. Anyone who goes from here to the 14th in level par deserves respect.” As far as I know Amen Corner were a group with songs aptly named for golf at Sherwood, "The World of Broken Hearts" "Bend Me, Shape Me" "High in the Sky" "If Paradise Is Half as Nice" and "Get In" (actually I changed that from Get Back!). I didn’t make it over the heather at 12 and was feeling quite a broken man but 6 shots later I was on the green and sank a belter, but that’s an 8. What use is that on a par 4. Mind you I had parred the 10th so all wasn’t bad in the world. I think at this point I had passed the club record but I’m not saying which one.

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All of us were singing the praises of Kim for his fantastic course. It was in exceptional condition, the greens were the best I’ve ever played on and whilst I mentioned I don’t do course ratings, I do believe that whoever does must look very carefully at Sherwood because it’s way too far down the list in our opinion, How some courses are above it beggars belief. John has played many above it and declared it much better than those and for a golfer who plays off 6 I respect his opinion. Both Lefty and John went off to the left at 14 and I went straight...into heather. Once out I found the dogleg left quite straightforward and there is a most lovely approach to the hole. I’m sure my golfing problem is based on the fact that I get carried away where I am. If it’s countryside I’m in heaven: ‘That’s a pine, that’s an oak” etc. I can’t just play golf. When did you last see Tiger Woods examining a leaf or a bird? I reckon that’s why he wins. Whilst playing our round I would never have imagined I was anywhere near Mansfield as the whole world was blocked out by idyllic surroundings. Approaching the clubhouse on

the 18th we could see work taking place to improve the dining room facilities allowing more opportunities for functions and society days. As with all golf courses nothing ever stands still as members require a constant challenge out on the course so trees have been cleared and the course has returned to its moorland nature. Obviously winter is now upon us and it is here the new simulator comes into effect as, if the weather is inclement, golf can be played indoors,You can travel to the club of your choice with reality golf ,and lessons can be taken all in a nice warm atmosphere. There’s also the added benefit that Stuart will be there to give you his professional advice, help with club choice and measure you for them, should you wish to take up the service. In fact here is everything at the Golf Perfomance Centre to help improve your game and prepare you for the hardest and most pleasurable 18 holes in Nottinghamshire. Our thanks to Richard, Stuart and Kim for giving us a great welcome and a beautiful course to play on. We had a great day.

‘…a wonderfully good golf course, as good, in fact, as any inland course in the country.’ James Braid c1920 ‘…and it still holds true to its tradition today.’ Garry, Lefty and John c2013 (At the bar drinking a pint of bitter brewed on the Welbeck Estate.) What could be better? 10

factfile the course A full eighteen hole true Championship Course of 6,861 yards (par 70 S.S.S. 74).

the history Records begin with the Club’s formation in 1895, moving to its present location on Eakring Road in 1912 when the Sixth Duke of Portland granted the lease of a portion of his Welbeck Estate for the pursuance of the game of golf. Only four years later records show courtesy of the course being granted to Officers of the Scottish Highland Infantry Regiments in trench warfare training camps adjacent to the twelfth tee. The ‘Clipstone Camp Cup’ and the ‘Scottish Trophy’, donated by these Officers, are amongst the club’s most revered treasures. By 1921 with an expanding membership of over 200, Sherwood Forest Golf Club became the proud owner of its own course when the ever benevolent Duke sold the freehold to the members for £1,500. From an original Harry. S. Colt layout the course was redesigned in the 1920’s by James Braid the well known Open Champion and golf architect. On completion he reported 'a wonderfully good golf course, as good, in fact, as any inland course in the country.' Eighty years later and to his great credit, apart from a few extensions, players still wrestle with Braid’s course. 11

On tour with a local pro:

James Whatley James Whatley, writes for County Golfer, informing us about the life of Derbyshire’s Number 1 Golfer. James is AA PGA Professional, Head Professional of Morley Hayes and Academy Director of East Midlands Golf Academy. He is the current Derbyshire Open Champion, has represented Great Britain and Ireland in the PGA cup against the USA and played for England in the International Team Championships. His reputation as a consistent player and a highly regarded coach is recognised by top class amateurs and Professionals who regularly seek his advice and knowledge on their own game.

When I wrote in July I was pretty down with my game after shooting 82 at Little Aston but I said then, golf is a great game that keeps us coming back for more. At the time I was lying outside the top 30 in the Midland Order of Merit and a repeat of qualifying for the end of season playoffs was a distant thought. I was very much just trying to put together a few rounds under par. Instead of making a rash decisions and rushing out for lessons I decided to work things out for myself. I went back over my notes and scores for the last few years and came up with what had worked so well before. Starting with a 4th position in the Midland Masters at Kedleston where I shot two rounds of 68 -4, my season had finally 12

got going. I went on to win the Enville Pro Am with a another 4 under par score, 2 days later. I was back!! A respectable 8th position in the Midland Open with scores of 69 and 70 marked a break in my diary. I had two weeks off without competitions, where I would do a lot of lessons and take a break with the family.

I came back fresh and shot 68 70 -6 to win the Derbyshire Open by three shots at Erewash. This has put me in a very commanding position in the Order of Merit in Derbyshire with only a few events left. The end of August saw me play in the oldest professional tournament in the world, the Midland PGA Championship at Cold Ashby. I returned 69 and 64 for -9 and a 2nd place finish. I had moved my way up to 7th in the Midland Order of Merit with only the Tour Championship left. I would need a win or at least a top 3 finish to push myself into the top 4. In the end I only managed a tied 8th position but it consolidated my 7th position and signalled that I hadn’t finished outside the top 7 in the last 5 years. Not bad for a club Professional. The balancing act between coaching and playing is getting tougher and tougher, especially as the family is getting older. I will take a step back from it all in the next few months and set some goals based on my motivation, time and the tournaments that are available to play in.

students with special needs. The following are recent extracts from Derbyshire golf. Morley Hayes PGA Professional James Whatley decided he needed a new challenge in his coaching career and felt that little was being done to attract more disabled people to the game. A phone call to Derby College changed this and James is now coaching 25 young disabled people on a weekly basis. 30 year old James said, “this is without doubt the most rewarding coaching I have done in a number of years. The progression the groups have made already is outstanding and they are getting so much out of it personally too.”

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Chris Thompson age 22 from Alfreton; “Golf is fun to play. We like James, he makes us laugh and he is a good teacher. He has taught us how to hold a club, how to swing it and that it is important to exercise. We need good balance to be good golfers. We work on exercise and balance before we start our classroom lessons which helps us get ready for our lessons.”

My role at Morley Hayes as Head Professional and Academy Director is so fulfilling at the minute. I am covering many different aspects of a PGA Professional. The most rewarding part recently has been my commitment to coaching

Samantha Pratt ( College lecture) “I would re-iterate that the learners are enjoying the golf sessions. It is fantastic to see the sense of achievement they have when they are able to do something that they 13

previously felt was beyond their capabilities. Learners with Dyspraxia often find organising themselves ready for the start of their lessons very difficult. Starting each session with a short stretching and balance task, learnt at golf, is helping all the learners to engage immediately in their classroom-based learning activities. Thank you so much James for giving the students the chance to play Golf”

Performance Golf Derby College Programme From September I took over as Lead Coach and Performance Manager of the Derby College Golf Programme. I have put into use skills I developed as the Lead Coach to Derbyshire Under 16’s a few years ago. Coaching golfers aged between 16-19 years is fantastic but it’s not as easy as some Professionals may think. A real understanding of what motivates them is important, linked in with respecting you and creating a bond where they trust what you are telling them. I am sure this will be good experience when my two young boys grow up to be this age! I have grown strong links with Derbyshire Golf this year, with their support I have put on many free taster sessions and three, 14

four week beginner courses. I have never shied away from coaching from the bottom to the top in the learning spectrum. Many Professionals for whatever reason don’t want to teach at this level. I am really looking forward to this winter’s coaching. I may have ten coats on at times but with many different projects planned I can’t wait for each week to start. I am very lucky to be based at Morley Hayes, the atmosphere on the Driving Range between all the Professionals and the staff is great. A cold winter is always helped with a few warm weather trips planned. My annual coaching trip to Turkey at the end of January 2014 was fully booked within a week of returning this year. With a lot of familiar faces on the trip I am sure there will be many laughs.

A Massive Learning Curve 2013 has been a massive learning curve for me. From playing my first European Tour Event, having a major slump and motivation mid season, to resigning as lead coach to the Derbyshire County Teams after only three weeks. I have learnt a lot about people and the way to bring the best out of myself. I am always looking at ways to improve myself as a coach and person and most of all trying to have a positive influence on the people around me.

Remember if you’re serious about improving your game this winter contact me for more information on my lesson packages. Remember we have the latest flightscope to monitor your ball flight and distance and new this year was the SAM Putt lab.

There is one thing left for me to say, ‘best wishes’ and I can’t wait to report to you early in 2014 that Nottingham Forest are top of the league and that Derby are mid table. If this is the case I’m sure I will still read on Twitter from other local Professionals how amazing Derby County are but hey ho, they are allowed to dream! Thanks for reading my articles and it’s good news there will be four issues of County Golfer next year instead of three☺ Have a good one and cheers 15


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Since starting my lessons with James my game has come on leaps and bounds. My slice, although not completely gone is now so minor that it is easily controllable. My sand shots are more consistant and irons are now flying far straighter with more distance and control. Also my putting is now better than it has ever been. So, taking all into account I’m now playing off scratch and will be hitting the European tour hard next year hoping to be part of the European team come next summers Ryder cup!… or maybe not. Why not though? I clearly have all the shots in my bag, so what’s the difference? Well it’s back to Derbyshire’s top professional James Whatley to find out why I’m still playing off late teens. With all our past lessons taking place at the East Midlands Golf Academy (EMGA) HQ at Morley Hayes driving range, James thought it was time that we went out onto Morley Hayes Tower Course for some on-course training to see what could be improved. 22

We started with the par 3, and teed off rather nervously, under the watchful eye of James hugging his coffee mug! After a decent strike, my shot drifted right and although pin high it was off to the right of the green. Out of my bag I pulled my trusty sand wedge but was quickly stopped by James with the question “Why sand wedge?” The only answer I had was “because I always do”, which isn’t the best answer really. “Try a 7 iron to chip and run instead”. I did and landed 2 feet from the pin. I tried again with my sand wedge to see if I’d have got any closer. 4 feet away. It was clear at this point what both myself and Lefty needed to work on - club selection. The theory is quite simple. Lift up a ball 30 feet into the air where firstly, the wind can get hold of it and it’s a far more difficult shot to play. The simpler option is to play a lower club, a 6 or 7 iron and pitch the ball low, keeping it under the wind and under control. It takes a bit of working out, and after my initial amazing results, the following hole wasn’t too pretty. Practice though, as with all shots in golf, will render good results. As we moved onto the 6th hole, we were taught another lesson in club selection. It’s a 300 yard par 4, playing down hill. Down the left is pretty thick rough, right is a ditch and trees stretch from about 200 yards right down past the green. We were encouraged to hit 2 balls. Firstly a driver off the tee, secondly a 6 iron. After threatening to blow James’s theory out of the water, my first drive went to the back of the green. Although I’d be the first to admit that it was a 1 in 10 shot. My second landed in the middle of the fairway and ran on to about 200

yards, leaving me a chip onto the green. The drive, as I’ve mentioned, is more a 1 out of 10 effort and on the occasion where it goes wrong I’d be in so much trouble and struggle to get anything other than a bogey at best. Whereas the 2 irons approach I reckon I could do 9 times out of 10 with a par more often than not. James simply taught us to play the percentage shots. Not always going for glory, when a simpler option would still reap good results. It’s not all about chasing a birdy at my level, it’s all about the final score. The following day we were able to put the theory into practice at Branston Golf Club. The improvement in my score was instantly visible even though I was still learning on our way around. I usually play to about 18 or 20, so after only my second round at Branston shooting a 16 over was a good 6+ shots better than I could have expected. Yet again another visit to EMGA and another improvement to my golf. A massive thank you to James for not only his knowledge and training but also for his patience, 23

Chevin Golf Club, Duffield, Derbyshire. At the outset I would like to thank John Jenkins Secretary/Manager at Chevin Golf Club for his hearty welcome and hospitality. If that’s the kind of atmosphere that runs throughout the club I can see why their membership is as high as it is. Obviously it’s not just in this area that we judge a club, the course has to measure up big style, and it does. The setup here is one that is conducive to playing real golf on a course that is well maintained and constantly being improved to present a challenge.

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We come across many courses that offer very cheap deals and attract more of the high handicapper golfers. Talking to a course manager in Lincolnshire recently, they said that “they had stopped offering cheap deals on line due to the fact that the time and effort in maintaining the course after a day or two of this type of golfer doesn’t add up financially” We questioned them a little further and because they were offering a deal and also paying commission they had ended up with less than £10.00 for a round of golf and bacon cob and coffee. What’s left for the club to maintain the course? Whilst Chevin do have offers like ‘£300 a year for Sunday golf ‘ it’s not a silly deal, it’s

sustainable in a way that the course can still retain a very high standard. On to our golf. Standing on the 18th tee I reflected on my round so far! I looked at the trees running along the fairway between me and the first hole. Where did it all go right and wrong in the middle 16. The first thing I realised is that I should have started my round at Hole 4. I’m going to do this in future as the first three holes seem to be just a mess. John Jenkins said he ‘watched the tee off at the 1st and closed his eyes”. “So did I” was my reply, “that’s why it all went wrong”. Coming off the 1st smarting from a very bad tee shot, followed by one into the bunker and then sweetly out of the bunker 25

straight across the green into the ditch never to be seen again was the story of my first hole. But it got better, in fact much much better. My playing partners Brian and Lefty carried on with their game as I fished about with a long pole for my ball. Fortunately our photographer for the day Newby, who has a broken foot (or “Potter” as he was nicknamed due to his ‘mobility buggy’ kindly loaned to him by Chevin Golf Club), hadn’t set up his video equipment. Neither Brian or Lefty had played Chevin before and all the way round I was hearing superlatives like ‘stunning’ ‘super green’ ‘look at that view’ ‘can you see the Kremiln from here?’ ‘what club do I use” ‘you’ve got to think about this shot’. Without describing every hole, you can see that this course is a true golfers course making you work at every shot. Don’t for a minute think that you can relax or it will bite you in the bum. Having lost confidence in my driver, I was teeing off with a 3 iron which I am comfortable with but not brilliant. The first hole ended with me in the water but by hole 3 a 407 yard Par 4 I had got into the swing. Hitting off the tee with an iron I left myself a nice approach to the green even though I had gone down the right slope. I didn’t make the green and took another three shots to get there and then the statutory two putts into the hole. So 6 went onto the scorecard. Lefty who can’t count got a 6/7/8 or was that the date? Fortunately Potter, whizzing around on his Wilton carpeted scooter, was scoring. Setting up the video for the 4th I was asked to wait before teeing off and now, this is the good bit. Bearing in mind it’s a 124 yard par 3 the lads said “what club are you using?” “A 4 iron: I said, at which point they all sniggered. Slow half backswing, up away, nicely avoiding the bunkers and onto the green, 12ft putt, missed by 6 inches but sunk for a par. Ha! game on.You see, I had thought it through (for the camera), now for the next 14. The 5th now presents a blind shot over the hill. We all got away nicely past the black and white pole. I nearly got killed here as someone teeing 26

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off on a different tee put a shot well wide and it whizzed past me. I can’t moan because many of my tee shots go wide, so who am I to complain. Wasting a shot by hitting a tree I eventually made the green and carded a 7. How annoying after a Par. The 228 yard par 3 6th stroke index 8 is a super hole and again I got it just right placing the ball neatly on the fairway but leaving a chip to the green. I fell woefully short and ended in the moat (dry) but got on for a bogey put. As a north Derbyshire country boy I love stone walls and at Chevin they are everywhere to my delight except the one on the 7th. The last time I played Chevin I hit it and cannoned back off the chimney. I was over this time thankfully and got myself another par. So, par 3’s are now becoming my favourite holes where judging club choice is concerned. This is a part of my game thats coming together at last. The par 4 stroke index 3 369 yard 8th nicknamed tribulation is a hole of two halves, one before the wall(!) and the other after it. The funny thing about this hole is we had been talking about it before and during the round and, as we played the 14th Brian said “Is this tribulation?” He had played it and not noticed. Potter was worried about his battery at tribulation, but he was Ok. Its climb climb all the way now and we played and parred even birdied these holes. Hole 11 sees us on the plateau and with a deceptive Mackenzie green. I underestimated it, as usual and was woefully short and had to watch as Brian birdied it. I was however putting for a par. In fact just to show how golf is such a strange game I was putting for par on holes 11 to16 inclusive. It would have helped if I was nearer to the hole on each one but hey, getting there in regulation is a real treat. I was driving well now and enjoying every shot and feeling good about my game. 12 onwards starts our descent and a very picturesque descent too. The wide space on the 12th and the elevated bunker-guarded green was a challenge but we all got there quite easily. 27

We all decided to visit the left bunker on hole 14. We were like little ducks in a row and all chipped onto the green although I three putted due to underestimating the speed of the green. That’s the thing here, the greens are quick but accurate. The 16th I landed just short of the road and got a good shot to the green. My 4 and 5 irons were working a treat and I could hit a ball anywhere, well until the 18th where I pondered the reason for total lack of skill after hitting a vertical wood straight into rough never to be seen again. Deciding I would play the 18th for the camera I put the next ball into the small brook never to be seen again, again! Lefty tried to kill a member with his approach to the green and then did a typical 18th hole shot by placing his chip right next to the hole and sinking the put with aplomb. For the whole round, Potter AKA Newby was itching to have a go and on the 17th decided to play a shot and ended up hobbling about moaning “I shouldn’t have done that” and he shouldn’t. Back in the clubhouse, chef had made us a very tasty chicken, mushroom and leek pie, chips and peas. John left us to our meal and then came over for a chat. His background is corporate business and it shows. He’s a Burton chap and works tirelessly in all aspect of golf especially


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Completing the Trio I have had the pleasure this year of playing Hollinwell and Sherwood Forest golf courses but something was always missing. Imagine buying a nice cream cake but finding no cream in the middle or listening to the Goon Show with no Spike Milligan, or watching the three Amigos without Ned (“Can I kiss you on the veranda?” “No... the lips will be just fine!”) The point I’m trying to make is that you have to play Coxmoor to complete the experience. It would be wrong to play the other two without playing Coxmoor. So it was with glee that we accepted the invitation to play, even more so as it is their centenary year.

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The first tee - to the right of the pro shop. Coxmoor has a proud history of tour-playing professionals. The most recent is Oliver Wilson who qualified for the Ryder Cup back in 2008 and represented Great Britain and Ireland in the Walker Cup in 2003. He also enjoyed playing on the European tour. The reason for his success must be in part because he had this fine course on which to hone his skills. The course is 6224 yards off the yellows, par 73 It is set, like Hollinwell, on sandstone. They are at the moment working with the Sherwood Forest Trust on woodland management and the protection of the flora and fauna. It was designed as an 18 hole course by Tom Williamson (1937). From that time the course has carried on developing to the test of golf it is today, as well as deserving a place in the top 100 golf courses to play in the UK. Today I was joined by Newby who, like me, was looking forward to playing. We received a welcome at the Pro shop and duly stocked up on the essential supplies.You will find the first tee to the right of the shop. The assistant pro decided to come and watch because he wanted to see the ‘famous’ Lefty and Newby tee off! Well, as you know I don’t like to let my fans down and smacked my drive straight down the

fairway leaving me a chip onto the green. “Good shot” he said. Newby on the other hand said “You jammy beggar!” He knows me too well. Newby got away clean as well so now we could relax. The first is 423yrds par 4, downhill and a slight dog leg left to the green. A good drive will leave you an 8 iron onto the green, which is fairly large so go for it! If they are nasty they might put the flag on the back. If they do this take an extra club otherwise you will be lucky to two-putt. This happened to Newby and myself and we three-putted. The next hole throws you straight into a very picturesque par 3. It’s downhill to the green but you have to be accurate. The green is protected by no less than 7 bunkers. Taking this in mind I made sure I hit the green. It’s 152yrds but plays more like 170. I managed to drop it on the green but soon realised on this large green that it was all uphill. I’m ashamed to say it took me 4 putts to get it in the hole. Ouch! Licking my wounds, we headed through the trees to arrive at the first par 5 of the course. It’s not the longest par 5 at 476yrds but the fairway slopes uphill from the tee. The course planner says ‘wallop your driver and aim to get a birdie’ and to be fair they are right as Newby 33

The 10th - a little par 3 got to the green in 3. Granted he had a long putt but he had a chance. The 4th is all about club choice. I would advise a driver is not the way to go.You want to hit it about 175yrds off the green as this will leave you a wedge to the green and again another birdie chance, Newby and I played this completely wrong. First of all we used our drivers to tee off and went too far and into trouble. Let’s move to the 6th, a tough hole I thought. It’s a par 5 and uphill with the fairway sloping to the right. For any chance of a par you need to pull out a big drive otherwise your second shot will have to be massive. About 100yrds from the front of the green is a ditch that cuts across the fairway. This will catch you if you are short with your drive. Unfortunately Newby ended up facing this ditch leaving him an impossible shot into the green. If you go to our Facebook page you will see this for yourselves. I got a 7, Newby got a 6. This leads us on to a stunning par 3. I must say the white tee is where you want to be as it makes this hole a little special. It’s an elevated tee over the clubhouse driveway looking down 34

onto a kidney shaped green. It’s only 128yrds but you must be accurate as anything too far right or left will ruin any chance of a par. We have uploaded the videos onto our website so you can see Newby’s shot and see whether he made it or not!! The course for me from this point turned from a nice course to a stunning course.You will enjoy teeing off on the 8th it is a cracking tee shot, in fact it made the front cover of our Facebook page so, well worth looking at. You stand on an elevated tee looking down on a sweeping fairway.You need to be hitting it about 235 yards into the knuckle of this dog leg, it still leaves you a tricky shot to the green because even if you don’t drop it like a bomb on the green you will be through the back. As they say ‘a par is most acceptable here’ or a bogie if you’re like me. I will move you onto the 10th, a little par 3 137yrds, I must admit after coming off the 9th we got a little lost and could not work out where the tee was. I will help you and say as you walk up the path it’s on your right. Don’t do like we did. We wandered around until some members took pity on us and pointed us in the

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The tricky 14th - a pond and a sloping green right direction. The green is well protected by trees, in fact this is what confused us as we walked, we did not see it when we came off the 9th. Newby landed on the green but walked off with a 5! Again the green defeated us.

the course was busy we hardly saw anyone. We were not being pushed from what I call ‘hit and run golfers’ who seem to play the game like polo by never putting their club back in their bag.

The 11th needs an accurate tee shot.You need to keep it down the left so this gives you a chance of hitting the green which is surrounded by trees, so you have to be accurate if you go for it. I managed to hit the green in two, the only problem was it was the wrong green. I pitched it onto the winter green which I might add was in very good condition so don’t be confused like me. Aim for the green with the flag on it!

The 18th is quite special but you only realise this as you approach the green. Not too long ago this used to be the largest green in Europe so by all accounts whether you mean it or not your second shot will definitely be on the green, but try and get it near the flag or else like me you could still be on the green but need an 9 iron to get it near the hole.

Let’s move on to one of my favourites the, 14th 299yrd par 4. As you stand on the tee you have to work out how you are going to play this. I will advise you that it is not a driver off the tee as it is only 186yrds to a pond that cuts across the fairway. So it’s a 3 iron then a 9 iron over the water and then 4 putts. Trust me it’s a tricky green because of the slope. You find as you play the next few holes that you are in a total world of your own. Even though 36

All in all Coxmoor is a course all golfers should have played or be looking to play. It will challenge you but also give you some birdie chances which, let’s face it, if you get just one of them on your round makes your day. So if you have played Sherwood Forest and Hollinwell then it is time you completed the set by playing the most excellent Coxmoor. Our thanks to all at Coxmoor for letting us play your course and to Jill Chambers, the Club Secretary for arranging the day.

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Experience On a cold but sunny day you find yours truly, Lefty, and Newby heading south on the A38 toward Branston Golf Course. Newby has played this course twice before and quickly volunteered himself to be my playing partner. Even though he played here quite recently we drove passed the entrance twice! I will let him off the hook though as the entrance, if you have not been here before, is reached by driving through a modern housing estate. On finding the entrance you quickly leave the houses behind and find yourself driving up a tree lined road to the club house. On arriving we were met by one of the young aspiring PGA professionals who took us on a tour of the facilities which include, a 17 meter swimming pool, outdoor hot tub, sauna and steam room. The owners have made a significant investment, including a state-of-the-art gym and restyled locker rooms. This was all very impressive but what we really wanted to know is what is the full English breakfast like. Well I can tell you - ‘filling’.

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The club house bar and restaurant is excellent, food served all day, a number of real ales on the pump and my personal favourite, a little snug where you can hide away with your pint of Pedigree and watch the golf on Sky sports. If it was not for the young pro telling us he has arrange for us to go and warm up on the driving range we would not have moved, but that would have made a boring course report! The course is relatively young. It began life with the opening of nine holes on the Trent floodplain by George Hamshaw in 1974 and grew to fifteen and then to a basic eighteen holes by the time Burton Inns Group took over in the early nineties. You find they use the water to good affect. I would recommend a course planner as you cannot see the entire hazard from the tee. The first is 336yrd par 4.You are given a taste of the water hazards to come as there is a large pond in front of the tee. You can tell many a golfer has visited this, as by the side of the tee is a plastic tub full of balls saying ‘help yourselves’. Fortunately both Newby and I got away clean, a good tee shot will get you to within a 9 iron on the green for a birdie chance. Both of us managed to get on the green and landed two pars! Just a short walk to the 2nd, a 307 par 4. I must admit I was glad I was with Newby because I was scratching my head wondering where the hole was. Basically it’s a straight drive then a dog leg left onto the green.You do need a good drive because the green is partially hidden by trees, Newby caddied me through this hole and I got on the green again for two, another par!! This was great, but how long could it last? Not long. Let’s move on to the 4th. It’s a stroke index 2 348yrd par 4. This hole get’s you pulling your driver out and then reaching for your 4 iron because at about 220 yards water cuts across the fairway. The best way is to lay up. Even if you do this you will still have a difficult second as the green hugs water all the way down its left side.You need to hit a big iron. Newby landed on the green but I went in the drink and by the time I got in the hole I had carded a 6. I had paid dearly for not being accurate. I thought I could get back on track as the next hole was a 551yrd par 5 with no hazards to hinder a good drive. I hit one about 230 yards right into the middle of the fairway. This time I was determined not to let my second be a bad shot so I pulled my 3 iron from the bag and hit it clean. With our new 42

SkyCaddie watches on our wrist we could mark/measure the shot and I hit it as far as my driver. This left me with a simple chip onto the green but in true Lefty style I hit it short and into a bunker. 3 shots later I got it in the hole for a bogie. How can I hit the ball 400 and a bit yards in two shots then the last few yards take 3 shots? As you move on to the 7th,8th, and 9th holes the Trent river is now on your left side. It starts becoming a threat around the 11th 14th 15th holes but for now let’s get back to the 8th, a 584yrd par 5. This hole should come with a warning as it cost me a shot due to a dyke I couldn’t see about 50 yards in front of the green. I put my 3rd shot into it by getting the club choice completely wrong again. It cost me and I walked away with a 7, ouch!! Turning onto the back 9 you find most of your shots are into the wind so take 1 club more. A great example of this was on the 15th, it’s a186yrd par 3 with the Trent running down the left side waiting for your ball. Newby hit a well struck 3 Iron but still came short, so I decided to bop it up with a driver but failed. Now you start to make your way back to the club house but with the wind behind you. This was evident with Newbys drive on the 16th, a 432yrd par 4. It was massive, we measured the drive with our SkyCaddie watches and they showed he hit it 310yrds! He walked away with a solid par. Now let’s move on to a cracking finishing hole the 18th, a 317yrds par 4.You need two good straight shots, a good drive, then a 9 iron onto the green, but be aware the green is protected by water at the front and, directly behind the green is a large patio area where you will find members and visitors out for a meal sitting outside waiting to see if you will end up in the drink. Newby got his second 2 feet from the flag which reflected his round, a solid performance from him. I, on the other hand, managed to put mine behind a tree to the right of the green leaving me in a bit of a predicament much to the amusement of the diners. To sum up, Branston has everything you want from a golf course, challenging but fair as you will get your pars and you will get a few birdie chances. The course is in great condition. At the time we were there, they were interviewing for a course manager, the reason for this is that they want to move the course to the next level, so by the time you read this, that should be in place. We had thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. In fact if we lived a bit closer I would seriously look at becoming a member, as you get a very good deal on golf and use of the gym and leisure facilities to get fit and healthy, but...who am I trying to kid, just the bar and golf would do me. 44




Horsley Lodge Win The Daily Mail Foursomes 32,000 entrants have to play 14 rounds to find a winner in the World’s largest golf competition, the Daily Mail Foresomes. The best any team had done from Derbyshire was the last 16 some years ago, but on Tuesday October 15th Dan Housley and Chris Drabble from HORSLEY LODGE showed their county class as they survived a late scare to win a dramatic men’s final at St Pierre, Wales. Two birdies and seven pars in the first 14 holes left the Derbyshire county players, four up with four to play at Marriott St Pierre. But Leslie Waddell and Craig Goodwin, from the Moss Valley club in North Wales, won the next three holes to go to the signature 18th hole at the Chepstow venue just one down. However, the Derbyshire boys in blue arrested the slide when Chris, 34, who will captain the county’s first team next year, found the green at the 236-yard par three to close out a two-up victory.

The Horsley Lodge boys looked the pairing to beat throughout the showpiece. They didn’t drop a shot as they trounced father and son Charlie and Luke Yates 9&8 in the last 16 before another convincing victory in Monday’s quarter-final, 4&3 over Muswell Hill’s Tim and Julian Jones. They trailed early on in their semi-final yesterday against another father and son, Milnathort’s 72-year-old Donald Brown and son Iain, but roared back on the back nine to close out another 4&3 victory. Dan, 25, whose 300-yard drives and clutch putts made him the strong man of the pairing, blamed their late wobble in the final on their earlier emphatic successes. ‘It meant we just had not played the later holes and playing into the green on the 17th when you haven’t played it was just impossible.’ To read more visit

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Results from Oakmere Park Golf Club Sunday September 22nd Date: Saturday September 21st Betterball Stableford Div 11st Chris Cooper and Andy Green 43 Pts (Back Nine) 2nd Alan Seddon and Alex Morrell 43 Pts 3rd Declan Kelly and Jeremy Lockley 42 Pts (Back Nine) Div2 1st Sanjeev Sandhu and Avinder Singh Mann 42 Pts 2nd Paul Griffin and John Clarke 39 Pts 3rd Dave Soar and Stephen Redfern 36 Pts Date: Sunday September 22nd Medal Q.R. Div 1 1st Sean Pearce Nett 69 2nd Trevor Pearce Nett 73 3rd Richard Aldread Nett 74 (Back Nine) Div 2 1st Colin Ralphs Nett 70 2nd Roland Easton Nett 71 3rd Alan Foster Nett 72 Div 3 1st Neil Ridley Nett 70 2nd John Richardson Nett 72 3rd Neil McAdam Nett 73 Date: Monday September 23rd Senior’s Betterball Medal 1st Nigel Richardson and Terry Pennick Nett 64 2nd Ken Parker and Roger Allen Nett 65 3rd Terry Clarke and Mick Marriott Nett 68 Date: Thursday September 26th Stableford Q.R. Div 1 1st Mark Robinson 39 Pts 2nd Lynden Purnell 38 Pts (Back Nine)

Ladies Section Date Saturday/Sunday September 21st and 22nd EWGA Ladies Medal Final 1st Tracy Aslam Nett 80 2nd Sue Baxter Nett 82 3rd Nancy Sheffield Nett83 Tracy Aslam is the winner of the gross and Nett trophies Results from Oakmere Park Golf Club Sunday September 29th Date Saturday September 28th Medal Q.R. Div 1 1st Michael Douglas Nett 67 2nd David Sills Nett 760 (Back Nine) 3rd Nigel Richardson Nett 70 Div 2 1st Paul Griffin Nett 70 2nd Ian Haynes Nett 71 (Back Nine) 3rd Troy Anderson Nett 71 Div 3 1st William Hunter Nett 66 2nd Frank Loach Nett 70 (Back Nine) 3rd Andy Green Nett 70 Date Sunday September 29th Betterball Stableford Div1 1st Liam Taylor and Ashley Smith 45 Pts 2nd Haydon Saxton and Steve Mee 42 Pts (Back Nine) 3rd Paul Harrington and Alex Ashurst 42 Pts Div 2 1st Andrew Shaw and Kevin Booth 44 Pts 2nd David Oldfield and Andy Green 44 Pts 3rd Les Turner and Andrew Cressey 43 Pts

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Ladies Section Date Monday September 30th Final Summer Merit Medal 1st Diane Hofton 68 Pts 2nd Sandra Spencer 51 Pts 3rd Pat Wilcox and Jean Johnson (Tied third) 47 Pts 5th Amanda Hambling 44 Pts Results from Oakmere Park Golf Club Sunday October 6t Date Thursday October 3rd Medal Q.R. Div 1 1st Liam Taylor Nett 77 Date Saturday October 5th Medal Q.R.

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NORWOOD PARK GOLF CENTRE TEAM CELEBRATE Scratch team successful season for Norwood Park GC Norwood Park GC Scratch Team: Simon Dickens, Lee Molloy, Grant Lee, Dave Prest, Sam Buckle, Gavin Keyworth, Anthony Kefer, Mark Todd are all celebrating a recent win against Newark GC to secure them as Champions of Div 2 NUGC (Nottinghamshire Union of Golf Clubs) Interclub league, promoted to Division 1 for the 2014 season

Amy Oxbury also equalled the Ladies Course record at the club earlier in the year.

The Gents Team members also played their part in winning in the Southwell Autos Summer Cup, an Inter league against local clubs including Southwell, Oakmere Park, Ramsdale Park, Springwater & Mapperley

The Ladies Team have reached the final of NCLGA Foursomes playing Retford Ladies at Wollaton Park at the end of the month, this for the first time in the clubs history

Grant Lee, Team Member and current Club Champion also set a new Amateur Course Record at the club in September with a net 66.

Norwood Park Scratch team have been nominated for the Newark & Sherwood Sports awards and for ‘Club of the year’

GRIFFITHS WINS PRESTIGIOUS ORDER OF MERIT AWARD AT GOLF CLUB The Ashbourne Golf Club Order of Merit award for the 2013 season which covers the the best overall performance in the eight monthly medals and three of the honours board medals ,the Burkill Cup,Centenary Cup and Mick Grundy Trophy, has been won by two handicapper Simon Griffiths from Cubley. Long time member Griffiths who first joined the club as a junior whilst still at primary school said “I was determined to try and win the award this year and although my handicap stayed roughly the same over the year as a whole I was fortunate enough to win one or two competitions at the right time and was just consistent enough in the other events when I needed to be”. This proved to be something of an understatement as he eventually won the award by eighteen points from Steve Biddulph who has 48

a had a superb year and the consistent John Taylor who won the award last year . In the last major competition of the year, the Champions Trophy, the winner was Wayne Clowes from Mayfield who spread-eagled the field with a net 65 to win by four shots.Clowes who only rejoined the club this year, has had a spectacular return to golf and was indebted to his best ever front nine in winning the trophy. There were three players behind Wayne with net 69’s ,Karl Halford, who lives in Chellaston, who was second with the best back nine followed by Paul Bebbington and one of the best juniors at the club,Nathan Lee. Anyone interested in learning more about the various membership options at Ashbourne Golf Club should call Andrew Smith on 01335 347960.

Mickleover Golf Club receives England Golf ’s GolfMark Award Mickleover Golf Club is the latest Derbyshire club to be awarded the national GolfMark accreditation which demonstrates their hard work and dedication to both junior and beginners golf. England Golf developed the GolfMark award to identify and acknowledge golf facilities that are junior and beginner friendly. The GolfMark award also incoporates 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 gain 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 three areas within their junior section: Coaching & Playing, Club Environment, including sports equity and ethics and Child Protection & 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 Partnership, said: “Derbyshire Golf would like to congratulate Mickleover Golf Club, and in particular their Junior Organiser Richard Burley and Carl Vernon, 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.” The club’s Managing Secretary, Graham Finney, added: “ Mickleover Golf Club has, for many years, been fully committed to junior golf in the Derby area, reflecting the enthusiastic

(left to right) Carl Vernon, John Wright (Club Captain), Nigel Furniss (Derbyshire Golf Development Officer), Richard Burley (Junior Organiser) and Arthur Burns (Club President). and inclusive approach shown by our dedicated team. “Richard Burley, our Junior Organiser for the past 24 years, 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. Carl Vernon, who will shortly be taking over this important role, must be commended for his work in achieving the GolfMark accreditation, which will further enhance the overall golfing experience for young people.” The GolfMark award is an initiative jointly provided via the England Golf Partnership’s ‘Whole Sport Plan’ for golf. The Derbyshire Golf Partnership is a collaboration of a number of stakeholders in the sport including the English Golf Union, The English Women’s Golf Association, the PGA, the Golf Foundation and Sport England. In Derbyshire the partnership is supported by the Derbyshire Ladies County Golf Association, the Derbyshire Union of Golf Clubs and the Derbyshire PGA. For more details of the activities in Derbyshire visit 49

Golf balls rain over course as world record is broken! A QUIRKY world record was broken in Edwalton when seven golf balls were caught in just one minute after being hit from more than 100 metres away. The challenge took place at Edwalton Golf Course in Wellin Lane yesterday as contenders tried to break the world record of catching as many golf balls as possible in one minute hit from a distance the length of a football pitch – 110 yards, or just over 100 metres.

at the Meadow Covert pub which is just by the club. We wanted to break a world record and do something that was easy to set up. “So we had a look in the record book and picked this one.” He added: “This was all about bringing attention to golf and raising its profile, but also it is amazing that we beat the world record and put Nottingham on the map a bit.” The previous world record was set in Germany in June 2012 when six balls were hit by Klaus Simianer and caught by David Cox of the USA. Dan added: “It is all about how hard you hit the ball. We decided to use a five-iron because from trying out different techniques this seems to be how the catcher can see the ball coming at them better.”

Daniel Parkes, left, with Peter Hawksworth from the Meadow Covert pub and Nick Parkes, centre, who is one of the catchers. Edwalton Golf Club coach and professional Dan Parkes was hitting the balls and a variety of brave onlookers, one at a time, were attempting to catch them, their hands protected by huge wicket-keeping gloves. Midway through the afternoon, the world record had been smashed with seven balls being caught by Nick Parkes, a retail assistant at the golf club. Golfer Dan, who does all the coaching at the club and plays for the Professional Golfers’ Association, said: “It is very difficult, a very hard record to break. “The idea came about when we were all down 50

Debbie Kerrison, manager at the golf club, said she hoped breaking the world record would put the golf club on the map too. “There’s always something going on here at the club and always something to do, but we thought we would do this too because it’s a bit quirky and a bit different. Beating the record is a good thing for the club,” she said. West Bridgford residents Sarah and Ian Collindridge went down to watch the attempt take place. Mr Collindridge, 55, who takes part in the golf tournaments organised by the Meadow Covert at the golf club, said: “It’s something different to watch. It makes a change doesn’t it, to have a go at beating a world record. “I might have a go at catching the balls myself.” The attempt was filmed yesterday and now the footage will be sent off to the Guinness World Record offices, where it will be verified.

Matlock Golf Club Invite You To Become Members Of Their New Driving Range At Matlock Golf Club our aim is to provide you with an excellent and enjoyable opportunity to practice both your long game, as well as your short game. We now have 10 flood-lit bays, which will be opening on 14th September 2013, to provide a state-of-the-art golfing facility. We pride ourselves on using only the highest quality mats and ‘Premium range’ balls. The range is open from 8.00am to 9.00pm in winter and 8.00am to dusk in summer. We have a separate practice area the other side of the 18th fairway, with a chipping green and bunker, which enables you to practice your short game off the grass. Driving Range ONLY Membership Driving range only membership is available to non-club members for just £24 per year. However new members will receive the equivalent back in ball credits. A basket of balls will cost: • Small Basket 30 balls = £2.00 • Large Basket 70 balls = £3.00 • XLarge Basket 100 balls = £4.50 The machine will be operated by use of a digi-card, which will be pre-programmed with various credits, and can be purchased from either the Pro-Shop or Bar. The digi-cards will be pre-programmed: 1 credit equates to 1 small basket, 2 credits to a large basket and 3 credits to an X large basket. For further information about membership of the driving range please contact our Club Professional Christian Goodman.

Matlock Golf Club is grateful to our main corporate sponsor: Gordon Lamb Limited, and to our subsidiary sponsors, each of whom have provided funding to support a bay reflecting their involvement. Club Professional - Christian Goodman Tel: 01629 582191 | Email: 51


Golfer equipment SkyCaddie celebrates 10 years with no-fees promotion! “Newcomers to golf should have best possible information” says SkyCaddie BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, UK … SkyGolf®, maker of SkyCaddie®, the most trusted GPS rangefinder in golf, today announced that buyers of its sub-£200 Sport Series models in the UK and Europe can now access its 30,000+ golf course maps without paying annual membership charges. The promotion, part of the company’s forthcoming 10th Anniversary celebrations, applies immediately to all new Sport Series GPS products bought in the UK, including the AIRE, GIMME and WATCH models. “SkyCaddie is 100% dedicated to golf, and we have always adapted to the way the sport is changing” said the firm’s Jacqui Surman. “In fact, it is that versatility which inspired us to create the world’s first golf GPS handset, almost ten years ago. “This change is sure to inspire even more golfers to buy a SkyCaddie, and to become loyal to golf’s most trusted rangefinder brand.


“Newcomers to the sport, and to the DMD1 market, should have the easiest possible access to the best possible information. This offer helps them to avoid a bad golfing experience by using information which may be inaccurate.” SkyCaddie Sport Series users will be able to access the new promotion, entitled “Go Play”, at no charge as soon as they register their device. This gives them Front-Middle-Back yardages to all courses mapped by SkyCaddie globally, on their Sport Series device. Sport Series customers will still be able to access SkyCaddie’s highly popular Club SG service, enabling them to upload scores and

odometer data, and to access SkyCaddie Partner offers, for an extra payment of just £14.95 per year. The move is expected to create a new generation of golfers devoted to SkyCaddie’s painstakingly-created golf course maps. SkyCaddie’s Sport Series devices are all pre-loaded with SkyCaddie’s complete global database of golf course maps. There are over 30,000 of these, all mapped and regularly re-mapped on foot by SkyCaddie’s course surveyors, using professional-grade mapping equipment. Only SkyCaddie surveys every single golf course in this manner, and the company’s golf course maps are widely regarded as setting the accuracy benchmark for the industry. SkyCaddie mappers have already walked the equivalent of 12 times around the planet in the last decade, with thousands of courses re-mapped and updated for SkyCaddie users to download afresh each year.

maps in the UK & Ireland. Tour Series customers can also upgrade to other SkyCaddie annual memberships which give greater access to the company’s global golf course map database. Tour Series models can all access the ultimate SkyCaddie features set, including full-colour hole maps with Intelligreen Pro and Dynamic RangeVue. In the Sport Series, the SkyCaddie AIRE retails in the UK at a suggested retail price of £129.95, with the GIMME at a suggested £169.95, and the WATCH at a suggested £179.95. In the Tour Series, the SkyCaddie BREEZE retails in the UK at a suggested retail price of £229.95, with the SGX at a suggested £249.95, and the SGXW at a suggested £299.95. For more information, visit

SkyCaddie refreshes its Sport Series maps database several times each year, to reflect the hundreds of annual visits it makes to re-map when golf courses make alterations. This means that Aire, Gimme and Watch owners who regularly update their devices have the most up-to-date golf course maps available in the UK, covering over 99% of golf courses in the country. Buyers of the company’s fuller-featured Tour Series models – which include the BREEZE, SGX and wireless SGXW – receive a free 12-month SkyCaddie Birdie Membership bundled with their purchase, giving full usage of all 3,000+ SkyCaddie golf course 53


Golfer equipment Glenmuir Rochelle 5 Pocket Slim Leg Moleskin Cotton Golf Trousers Price: ÂŁ64.90 A slim leg style in a golf trouser! Rochelle is the latest addition to Glenmuir's collection of ladies' golf trousers, shorts and skorts. Made from 98% cotton, these stretch slim leg trousers feature five pockets and a moleskin texture. Available in a range of bold and staple colours, Rochelle is finished with the Glenmuir 1891 script embroidery on the back pocket.

Glenmuir Yale Zip Neck Lined Golf Sweater with Contrast Diamond Intarsia and Stripe Detail Price: ÂŁ86.90 The Glenmuir Yale is one of the latest additions to the Glenmuir men's performance outerwear range. Golf in style and keep on top of your game with this fully lined performance zip neck golf sweater. Solid colour with a classic contrast diamond intarsia design on the right chest, complimented by contrast stripes on the right shoulder,Yale features a nano-technology water repellent 'Bionic Finish'. With a lightweight windproof lining, this wool blend sweater features double cuffs and a double welt for comfort and is finished with Glenmuir 1891 script embroidery on the right sleeve. 54

Young Athletes Can Play Like the Pros with the Nike Golf VR_S Covert Junior set - New club set allows junior players to learn the sport of golf and improve skills Young athletes looking to play like the pros now have a game-changing set of clubs to help them reach their goal. The Nike Golf VR_S Covert Junior set, available now at retail, features the same look, feel and signature red colour as the VR_S Covert line of clubs made for adults. The club sets, uniflex and available in two sizes, offer a range of Nike Golf clubs designed to promote proper swing fundamentals through ideal length, weight and aerodynamic design. Both the five-piece and seven-piece sets include a lightweight and specialised VR_S Junior Golf bag. The Size 1 set features a driver, 7-iron, sand wedge and putter. As young athletes progress in size and skill level, they can transition into the Size 2 set, which adds a hybrid and 9-iron to the bag. Benefits include: • Aerodynamic, oversized, ultra-light driver and hybrid with high loft to promote launch • Rubber grips and graphite shafts for durability and controlled swing • Wide sole, deep cavity back #7, #9 irons and sand wedge with a low centre of gravity to help get the ball airborne • Pro-style design putter with milled flat face for precision putts • Lightweight carry bag with double strap for ease of carry; four-way divider to organise clubs; three zip pockets; and bag kickstand Specifications: Size 1 set: Driver, 7-iron, sand wedge, putter and bag (RH). RRP: £149.99 Size 2 set: Driver, hybrid, 7 and 9-irons, sand wedge, putter and bag (RH/LH). RRP: £189.99 55

ECCO Golf Launches BIOM Zero Minimalist Natural Motion Shoe Ultimate Walking Comfort Ensured by Lightweight, Flexible and Low-Profile Design Offered in two colors, BIOM Zero weighs less than 10 ounces, making it the lightest golf shoe ECCO has produced. Built atop the patented Street outsole featuring the ECCO dynamic traction system (E-dts), its unique, direct-injected construction showcases unrivalled flexibility and an exceptionally low profile. These combine to provide full-length foot support and a Natural Motion experience that benefits the wearer. Additional features and benefits of BIOM Zero include: • BIOM Technology – Anatomical shoe last that promotes a natural foot position • Low-Profile – Closest to the ground of any ECCO golf shoe

• Caldera Leather Uppers – Full grain, stain resistant and easy-to-clean • Hydromax™ – Premium, tanned-in water-resistant treatment guaranteed to last • Second Skin Leather Lining – Wicks moisture while creating a rich, supple interior • Direct Injected Midsole – A process, unique to ECCO in golf, that provides superior cushioning, stability and comfort via a one-piece shoe built without glue or stitching ECCO golf shoes are preferred by discerning players worldwide, and worn in competition by scores of Tour stars, including Fred Couples, Graeme McDowell, Thomas Bjorn, Thongchai Jaidee, Stuart Appleby, Andreas Hartø, Belén Mozo, Gerina Piller, Caroline Masson and Line Vedel Hansen. RRP: £160 Featuring Patented Street Outsole


ECCO Push Boundaries Further with Matte Black ‘Stealth’ Biom Full Grain Caldera Leather Material Boasts Premium Matte Finish Danish brand ECCO – a leading global manufacturer of innovative footwear – announces the addition of two special-edition Caldera leather models featuring a premium matte finish to its BIOM Golf Natural Motion shoe line for 2013. Additional technical advantages include: • Direct Injection – This process, unique to ECCO in the golf industry, provides superior cushioning, stability and comfort via a one-piece shoe that’s built without glue or stitching • Hydromax™ – Among the world’s most effective methods for producing highly water resistant shoes, this treatment is guaranteed to last the entire product life.

• Climate Control – A triple-component ECCO Comfort Fibre System insole guarantees cool, dry shoe interiors • Outsole Design – Enhanced support, comfort and balance via anatomically correct flex grooves that follow the foot’s biomechanics and a wider heel with a unique three-cleat configuration and stability bars between each cleat Along with other styles from the 2013 ECCO men’s golf collection, BIOM Golf will be worn in competition by Fred Couples, Graeme McDowell, Marcel Siem, Thomas Bjorn, Thongchai Jaidee, Stuart Appleby, Andreas Hartø and scores of other Tour stars worldwide. RRP: £185 57

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C-X17 DYNAMICS: FLEET-FOOTED AND SURE-FOOTED As a sports crossover, the C-X17 concept is positioned as a driver’s car. It has an on-road bias and its low height, optimised centre of gravity and lightweight all-aluminium body endow it with superior, car-like driving dynamics and a level of agility that would make it quite at home on the fastest roads. The C-X17 also features cutting-edge dynamic technologies such as Torque Vectoring by Braking, a system which constantly monitors the vehicle’s cornering dynamics and, when required, intelligently uses the brake system to rebalance the distribution of engine torque to the wheels, in order to reduce understeer and maximise grip. With its 213mm ground clearance and intelligent All-Wheel Drive, the C-X17 could also offer reassuring capability and enhanced grip on poor roads and in varying weather conditions. Jaguar’s intelligent All-Wheel Drive system continuously monitors grip levels and


driver inputs and uses feed-forward torque distribution to both pre-empt and react to wheel-slip, providing greater driver confidence and vehicle stability in low-grip conditions. In normal grip conditions, the system predominantly delivers drive to the rear wheels, providing the dynamic driving experience all Jaguars are renowned for.

Exterior Design: Beauty Of Proportion With a crossover being a new journey for Jaguar, Director of Design Ian Callum and his team were clear that the C-X17 would not compromise on the time-honoured values of Jaguar car design: purity of form, beauty of line and balance of proportion. Even as it subscribed to the practicalities expected of the crossover category, the C-X17 had to be stylish, sporty and exciting. It had to instantly stand out from the crowd, yet retain the sense of timeless sophistication that is typically Jaguar. The C-X17 has dynamic yet perfectly balanced proportions, with the low profile and large wheels giving it a powerful, planted stance. In

terms of form, it is sleek and fast, relying on pure lines rather than exaggeration or showmanship. The long bonnet’s twin ‘power bulges’ and prominent grille impart a muscular look. The headlamps hint at the C-X17's sedan siblings while the grille is inspired by the XJ, resulting in a distinctive family look that is reassuringly familiar yet uniquely appealing. The grille features a hexagonal pattern, with small aluminium panels within its structure that can close to enhance the vehicle’s aerodynamic properties.

front and the rear passengers. By enabling sharing, both in terms of technology and information, between the occupants of the C-X17, the Interactive Surface Console puts as much focus on the rear compartment as on the front and immerses all four passengers in a unified multisensory experience.

The C-X17's twin ‘heartlines’ are clearly visible when viewed in profile. Two clean and simple design lines, with a subtle crease in the metal to catch the light, visually tie together the C-X17's shoulder and haunch. The accentuated length of the windows adds to the vehicle’s overall sense of sleekness.

Multi-passenger Interactivity The C-X17 takes interactivity to a new level with the unique Interactive Surface Console that runs the length of the car’s centre tunnel, from the centre console of the dashboard through to the rear seats. Made up of a series of interconnecting touch screens encased in transparent acrylic glass, the Interactive Surface Console connects those in the rear cabin with the driver and front seat passengers via a secure in-car Wi-Fi network. The Interactive Surface Console allows the vehicle occupants to upload pictures, video and sound files from their mobile devices and share them with their fellow passengers, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media channels. Using the touchscreens and an intuitive user interface, information can be ‘flicked’ forwards and rearwards between the 63

Talk on Life by GP

It’s a numbers game Numbers play a vital role in our lives. Remembering numbers has become a necessity. Where would we be without our PIN? As a kid at school the times table was the closest I came to having to remember numbers (apart from the hook to hang my coat on), or reciting the 7 ancient wonders of the world some of which I still can’t remember. I was pretty good at the times table until it came to the 7s. 8x7 9x7 got me every time. I came to a grinding halt at that point which meant either a scolding from Mrs Ambleton (which due to being north Derbyshire kids meant we added an H) or ‘start again at the 2s’. I managed to get through because I was quick at 7x8 and 9x7 and I used to replace it. That’s a great way but it doesn’t happen like that with a pin number does it? You get nothing at the mini bank for an incorrect answer. Remembering the home phone number came next and depending on when you were born of course, started at 1 digit and then grew into having to remember not just the number but the area code. I am quite surprised at how many people can remember their first home phone number but if you ask them their mobile they struggle and then have to key in a code to unlock the mobile in order to find out! It would appear that 4 digits are easy for us unless that is of course you change the digits depending on what you are accessing. Getting into the compound at work requires a 4 digit code, undoing the alarm 4 more digits, opening the computer 4 digits or more if you want to complicate it. Then with on-line banking we are asked to create a password and a memorable number. Now it’s getting tricky and we start to think, ‘I should be writing this down’ but where? Putting it into your phone we


are told is dangerous because if we lose it then someone will have access to all our personal things. That is of course if they can work out the code to unlock your phone which we, who set it up, have trouble remembering anyway. A recent visit to a website where I wanted to buy something resulted in a real problem because the last time I went on I had forgotten the password and so I had to create a new one which was lovely. Now the problem was that the next time I went on and asked for a prompt I was given a clue which reflected the first password that I had previously forgotten! Oh and they also want you to include a number in the password too. Remembering your car registration was always a vital part of getting past the second question when stopped by the police. Obviously the first question was “Is this your car sir?” That’s a trick question in anybody’s language. Who drives their own car nowadays? It’s either a company car, your partner’s, hired or yours that you changed recently. So, private registration numbers make it a lot easier. In America they call private registration plates ‘vanity plates’ which is great coming from a country where they plaster where you live all over their plates! How many can remember their National Insurance number? I’ve no idea of mine but many can. I went to visit an elderly gentleman a while ago who was very poorly. He was an old soldier and as a laugh I said ‘stand easy’ to him. He immediately stood up and recited his name rank and number. As I write this article the aim is to write 750 words so I’m now on 620 so I must keep going for another 130 words. Who says we aren’t slaves to numbers? 122 now. Oh that’s 120. This could go on forever like the Enigma code.

Work it out! All these numbers have something in common. What is it? 1804. 1968, 1888, 2400, 2172.

Summer joke. I was at the beach when I saw a bloke with a donkey and a sign reading ‘Rides from 2.50’. So I paid my money and jumped on. We got about halfway down the promenade and I was loving it. I didn't want it to end but he said he had to get back to his donkey. 65

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Winter Warmers 1st October 2013 – 1st April 2014 Monday – Friday & Sunday Fill your Boots! 18 Holes Golf & Owen Taylor Steak Pie and Chips*

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