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Welcome to There are lots of positives this month apart from snow, wind, ice, water, oh and our own individual handicaps! We’ve had the opportunity to fly by private jet to Scotland courtesy of MPS Aviation. Now that’s the way to arrive for a round of golf. “Fairway 4 in sight Captain”. Lefty, Newby, Adam and the Yorkshire Terrier set off in jubilant mood from Newark Airport. You can read their report in this issue. Talking of reports, all are based on what we all see. Writing anything else would send people to courses under false pretences! Words like ‘it’s the best course on planet earth’ would send out the wrong vibes. They are written to be informative and include a sense of humour which life is all about. We won’t dress it up to be something it isn’t. We believe that golf is a service industry that survives on being financed by us, the golfer. If we can’t laugh at ourselves we are losing the plot as a human race. Interestingly, many ask us ‘which is your favourite course?’. The answer may surprise you if we gave you a straight one. But, here it is. Our favourite courses are not necessarily based on the course itself; the trueness of the greens, the longness of the rough, or the dogleg in the fairway. No, our view of the club starts as soon as we meet the staff and members.
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Golf had a long tradition of being a little bit ‘stuffy’. Thankfully many clubs have come out of that era and are enjoying what we would call a ‘new look’. On a recent visit to a big North Wales club we were bowled over by the reception we received when we entered the clubhouse and nobody knew who we were at that point. Friendly bar staff, a lovely helpful professional and some great banter with the committee after the round. Oh and the course was fantastic which is an added bonus. On the other hand we went to another course and may as well have not existed. I thought at one point I was invisible! The starter had as much personality as a brick! ‘Good morning’ would have been a nice start. It’s the little polite touches that make us feel at home and likely to return. It’s the clubs without this that keeps golf in the dark ages and anyone who plays there. Thankfully they’re a dying breed and the new era of golf is with us - upbeat, friendly and catering for us. Pay and play has helped golf a lot in this way. They’re competing hard in all ways, with clubhouses that cater for the all day golfer, improved facilities and well maintained courses so they have gained a great footing in recent years. Members’ courses now enthusiastically welcome visitors realising that they add much needed revenue. We visited one course recently and the captain told us that they had taken £1500 in green fees on the day purely from casual visitors. We weren’t surprised, as it was possibly the most welcoming course I’ve ever visited. It was ‘you’re welcome’ all the way from
Golfer Spring 2013 entering the clubhouse to leaving, having our lunch at 3.30 and paying our dues by credit card (oops..... I promised Lefty and Newby I wouldnâ€™t be controversial this year!).
We do hope that you enjoy this issue and that the reports in it truly reflect the courses we have played.
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As a self confessed fair weather golfer, the idea of playing golf in the rain/wind/cold isnâ€™t something that appeals to me. Give me summer golf any day or even better golf in Spain, Portugal or Florida. Though with the MD not willing to send us to Florida for our next course report we found ourselves a little more local. Itâ€™s fair to say that summer golf has been a little longer coming this year with courses still covered in snow at the beginning of April. These were the conditions of most of the courses in Derbyshire the day we were supposed to be playing Newark on Trent. So it came as a massive surprise when the call came in on the Monday morning from the club manager Davis Collingwood saying that the course was open and the game was on! My instant reaction? Orange balls it is then. How wrong was I? The last time County Golfer played Newark was over 4 years ago and my memory of the course was one of a very well maintained, open woodland course and the club itself having a very good set up. Not only that, I also remember us losing the game on the 17th hole with a shockingly bad couple of shots. So not only was this a chance to see how the course has developed but also to gain some revenge and level the score!
David had cracked another big drive down the fairway unfortunately landing in a fairway bunker where I joined him.
As we left Derbyshire it was hard to see how we were going to play as there was no hint of green anywhere and everything was covered in 6 inches of snow. By the time we pulled up at Newark though, there was practically nothing at all, ‘the advantage of being in the Trent Valley’ so I was told. After the usual warm welcome you get from the guys at Newark, a bacon cob and a coffee we made our way to the locker room to prepare ourselves for the winter wind, layer after layer was added as the conditions made Scotland the previous week seem practically tropical! This time we would be playing against the Club Captain David Hood and Vice Captain Colin Dixon, who we later found out had had a bit of a practice in their Swing Studio before we arrived, but more about that facility later. Clearly they have every intention of keeping their lead. The 1st hole is a pretty steady, long opening hole at 439 yards. As we were nominated to tee off first, I had the privilege of starting. It was during my first practice swing that I was given a very painful reminder that i had practically dislocated my little finger only 4 days earlier. ‘Play through the pain’ I thought, everything will be fine. So as I cracked my first shot with an immense amount of slice, enough to clear the huge trees and land on the adjacent fairway, I realised my pain threshold was a little lower than I expected. As a tear slowly ran down my face, I decided that I may have to change my swing a little! Unlinking my fingers for the next few shots took a little getting used to, but after 3 scuffs my 4th sailed majestically back over the trees and onto the green. This was never going to be enough to win the hole but it gave me hope; that and a hand full of pain killers kindly given to me by David (later he would regret that though). 1 hole played and Newark 1 up. The next few holes were halved thanks
to my playing partner Lefty who needed to carry me whilst I got used to my new grip. It made a refreshing change to have Lefty carry me, I blame my bad hips and many other health issues after having had to carry Lefty so much over the past few years! ;-) One of the stand out features of the first few holes are the greens at Newark. Over the past few months we’ve been battered with torrential rain, snow and freezing conditions, so to be honest we hadn’t expected the course to be in great shape. However, the green looked great, you’re never going to get August condition greens in the middle of March, but they really were in outstanding condition under the circumstances. Quick and true, all a golfer can ask for really. Although we had managed to hold it at 1-0 for quite a while, it was more that we were clinging on by the skin of our teeth rather than playing good golf. David was constantly putting us on the back foot by crashing massive drives down the fairway, quite regularly 50-75 yards plus further than either Lefty or I could manage. Whether a good/ fortunate or lucky approach, something was keeping us in the game. As we sat in the half way house having a well needed warm up and a coffee, we realised that somehow unbelievably we were back level. How, we’ve no idea. We were particularly looking forward to the back 9 as they have made quite a few improvements to a few of the holes, most notably the par 3 17th, with an extended green and a new bunker protecting it. After the 10th hole, Newark were back where they should have been, 1 hole up. David had cracked another big drive down the fairway unfortunately landing in a fairway bunker where I joined him. His approach though was head and shoulder above mine as he landed the green with his second and holed out a par. Sometimes you can be annoyed that you’re behind, however in this instance, we were happy County Golfer
to only be 1 behind so we laughed our way to the 11th tee wondering why we were still in the match. Bar the cold wind and the small pile of snow here and there, you wouldn’t have known we were playing winter golf. The ball was running on the fairways, pitching nicely on the greens and the bunkers (especially the new ones) were playing well. This really bodes well for the summer, because if the course improves at the same rate as others, by mid summer Newark should be one of the best condition courses in both counties. After a long chat with David and Colin this is no fluke, they are constantly looking to improve and invest in the course, they have been making changes to the course for years and have a plan in place for the next few as well. It just goes to prove that hard work and effort really do pay off. Amazingly..... and we genuinely have no idea how, we held David and Colin over the next few holes before winning the 16th hole to put us back level. So as we stood on the 17th ready to play the redesigned hole we stood a chance of taking the lead for the first time.. If you check out www.countygolfer.co.uk you’ll
see how we got on, let’s just say that both myself, Lefty and Colin all agreed that the new bunker plays really well! We managed to win the hole with 3 but stopped short of any celebration as none of us really knew quite how we’d managed it. Back at the clubhouse we sat tucking into one of their famous ‘cow pies’ an absolute must if you are visiting (worth the trip even if you don’t play golf). The food recently won an award at the National Golf Awards. As did their shop winning ‘Most Improved Golf Retail Experience 2013’. The club now has a new Swing Studio in the pro shop, meaning you can book a 20 min session to tweak your swing before going out and playing; another great idea and again a facility that shows the progressive and forward thinking nature of the club. So its back to 1-1 between Newark and the County Golfer team and we really hope it’s not long before we can play again as the course really is one of my favourites in the county. The layout, condition and general club set up are all really outstanding. Next time it’ll be Newark seeking revenge!
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On tour with a local pro: James Whatley
Goodbye to 2012 Hello to 2013 James Whatley writes for County Golfer, providing an insight into his life as Derbyshire’s Number 1 Golfer. James is AA PGA Professional, Head Professional at Morley Hayes and Academy Director of East Midlands Golf Academy.
He is the current Derbyshire PGA Professionals Champion who has represented Great Britain and Ireland in the PGA cup against the USA and played for England in the International Team Championships. His reputation as a consistent player and a highly regarded coach is recognised by top class amateurs and professionals who regularly seek his advice and knowledge on their own games. He is lead coach to the following: • Derbyshire Union U16’s County Team • Derby Performance Golf Programme • Lee Westwood Junior Camps And coach to: • 2012 Derbyshire Amateur Champion • 2012 Derbyshire Girls Champion Welcome to a new golfing season everyone and welcome to County Golfer. It has been a very long winter and as I write, it doesn’t seem to be stopping. As I have done over the past few years I will try to give you a bit of an update starting with my playing and the progress I have made.
PGA Playoffs Turkey December 2012. I wrote in my last blog that I had qualified to compete in the end of season PGA Playoffs in Turkey, where I would be playing for starts on the European Tour. I will take you through my build up and the tournament its self.
- One Month Before I started my preparation in St Andrews on a 4 day trip with my boss (wife) to celebrate my 30th birthday, yes I am that old, hard to believe, I 14 County Golfer
• 2012 Notts Girls Champion • 2012 Derbyshire Ladies Medalist • 2011 Derbyshire Schools Champion • 2011 Derbyshire County Trials Champion • 2010 Derbyshire Ladies Champion • 2010 Derbyshire Boys Champion • 2010 Derbyshire Boys Matchplay Champion • 2010 East Midlands College Champion know. With three games played and an honourable half my game started to feel half decent. St Andrews is such a magical place and it really did inspire me to appreciate the history of golf. My birdie up the last on the old course was very special so I decided to celebrate with a pint of Guinness followed by another and another and another... :) I was playing around with a few swing feelings with my coach Steve Astle who works for me at Morley Hayes. Here are a few of the swing thoughts I tried before Turkey. Tuesday 27th November: Hands in tight on the backswing, hands in tight on the follow through. Really felt it worked and thought I had the key ready for Turkey. Wednesday 28th November: Oh no! - Hands
in tight didn’t work, went back to an old feeling. Short game feels great. (Good job). Thursday 29th November: Got a feeling of my left ankle starting the downswing. Feels good again. Friday 30th November: Practice drill is now just with my left arm. Loving it. Wednesday 5th December: Push Draw feeling, 81 at Little Aston in a pro am. I was terrible. Fly out in three days. Not what we were looking for. Thursday 6th December: Final chance with Steve to rescue a feeling before I go. ¾ swing, stop then fire the left hip. Boom… it feels great! This should give everyone hope that professional golf isn’t always plain sailing. I was going into the tournament with mixed feelings on how I was playing and hand on my heart I had no expectations and was just going to do my best and make sure I enjoyed the all inclusive hotel. I had a couple of hours with our sports psychologist Rich Hampson on how to cope with certain situations that may arise whilst I was playing. So here is the tournament broken down into days for you all: Saturday 8th December: Parked up at Heathrow and waited to board the flight to Istanbul where we would have a three hour wait before the internal flight down to Antalya. Watched Forrest Gump on the ‘plane… what a film! Life definitely is like a box of chocolates. We arrived at the Sirene Hotel in Belek at midnight and by the time we had everything sorted it was 1.30am before my head hit the pillow. The alarm was set for 6am to wake up ready for the practice round. Sunday 9th December: Practice round with fellow Midlanders Lee Clarke and Paul Streeter. Very overcast but we got 18 holes in and set a plan for the week. I was first out at
7.30am the next day so it was a quick gym session, dinner, a beer then early to bed. Having lots of time to kill in a hotel can be painful, but my ‘Only Fools and Horses’ box set always accompanies me on my travels. Monday 10th December: Alarm went off at 5.30am and I looked out of the window to see that it hadn’t stop raining since yesterday evening and there was the most horrific electrical storm. There was no official call from the course so I still had to prepare as if I was going to tee off at 7.30am. With my stretches done I headed to the course, where inevitably we were told there was a delay. Well 1.30pm came and we were told that the day’s play was abandoned and round 1 would start on Tuesday followed by playing the 2nd round in the afternoon. I took a video of the thunder and lightning, it was like nothing I had ever seen before. Tuesday 11th December: Again the alarm went off at 5.30am, so with my stretches done and a large breakfast consumed as I knew it was going to be a long day, I headed to the course. The sun was out and you honestly couldn’t tell it had been raining. The PGA Sultan is an incredible course and the 1st hole makes you concentrate. With water all down the right and plants down the left, I had been thinking about this tee shot for weeks. I stood up to my drive and absolutely nailed it down the middle. I flushed a 6 iron to the middle of the green, sunk the 20ft putt and we were off and running. I signed for a 1 under par 71, which I hung on for towards the end of the round but it put me in a tie for 3rd. I was back out again at 1.30pm for the start of my 2nd round and we were told to get in as many holes as possible before it got dark. I managed to get to the par 5 16th when the hooter went. We decided to finish the hole. BIG BIG MISTAKE: I went at the green with a 3 wood and managed to just make contact with the ball, it set off low and stayed low, finding the water at the front of the green. I County Golfer
holed out for bogey 6 and trudged back to the clubhouse but still with a smile on my face as I was still in the mix. Each evening I went to the gym then stretched off and finished with a sauna to help my body recover.
now, I just had to control myself and emotions. I reminded myself I came here with no expectations of how I would play and that it wasn’t life or death. There would be no tears shed if things didn’t go my way.
Wednesday 12th December: Another alarm call at 5.30am as we were restarting at 7.30am, the rain was pouring down and I had two holes to play. I pared the 17th with a good 3, then I stood in the middle of the 18th fairway with 205 yards to go. All over water and the wind was swirling. I looked in the sky and the clouds were going in two different directions. I went with my 3 wood as it was so strong in my face, but yet again I hit it low, you could call it a top but we won’t, it was more of a thin. I dropped another ball, pitched on 2 putts and signed for 74, 3 over par and stood at 2 over for the tournament, tying 12th. It was still only 8.15am so I headed back to the hotel to get some kip. I was off again at 11.40 for the start of my 3rd and penultimate round (or so I thought).
I got my course planner for the event and wrote SLOW in big red pen across each of the last 10 holes. I knew I would get quicker, so I set myself the goal of getting to my ball last.
I had to try and find something on the practice ground before I went back…so I went through some drills Steve had given me, and I went for a basic one, count 1,2 at the top of my backswing then just rip it! Well 2 under par through 8 holes of my third round I felt I could low. I was just about to tee off on the 9th and the hooter went again. The thunder had reappeared (so much for winter sun). After trying to restart us an hour later the PGA made a big decision which would affect everyone. There would be no more play for the day and we would come back on the last day to finish the 3rd round and that would be it. It would be a 54 hole tournament. Instead of me thinking I had 28 holes to go I now only had 10. I really felt I had a chance to make my way into the top 10 which would give a start on the European tour at the BMW PGA Championships in May. It has been my life goal just to play one event and I had my chance
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A couple of beers and off to bed and ready for the last 10 holes of 2012. Thursday 13th December: I had slept great and was buzzing. A blast of The Killers whilst doing my stretches got me fired up. I started par, birdie, bogey, birdie, then had chances on the next holes that just missed. I decided to really test myself on the 16th, when I fatted a 3 iron into the water on the par 5. Maybe I should have laid up, but I’m all for the excitement. A bogey 6 put me back at 2 under for the round. I figured on the 17th tee that if I could finish on par I had a good chance of top 10. My experience also said that if I was nervous everyone else was. An easy par on 17 was followed by a nervy tee shot on 18 which I ripped down the middle. Remember the 2nd shot into the last was surrounded by water? Well I must have panicked at the top of my backswing, as I hit it long and left of the green. I got up to my chip shot and just thought routine. It was heading straight for the hole, lipped out and went 6 ft past. GREAT!… just what I wanted. I had holed out great all week, the only difference on this putt was my hands were now starting to shake. I read it right half, went through my routine and poured it dead centre. I didn’t know if I had done enough to get the top 10 so it was a bit of a nervous 30 minutes as everyone finished. When I realised I had finished tied 6th I was over the moon. My attitude all week had been routine and the outcome would take care of itself. It was now
time to go to the beach, have a beer and make a few phone calls home. The first would be to the wife as hearing a shouting Geordie lass down the phone always makes me happy.
Derbyshire get behind their juniors and develop their needs. After all they are the future of all the clubs.
Friday 14th December: It was a long flight home but the thought of seeing Rachel and my two boys kept me going as I was stuck on the M25. Christmas was nearly upon us and it was going to be a great one.
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Well that was a week inside me playing a tournament away. Predominately I am a teaching professional so I don’t travel a lot and don’t intend to. A week away is long enough and I take my hat to all the professionals that are away for weeks on end away from their families. I was straight back into teaching when I got back and it felt good.
BMW PGA Championship European Tour The event is 23rd -26th May this year and it would be great if you can come and support me on any of the days. Coaching My diary is pretty much full now until the middle of April. I applied for the Head Coach role for the DUGC, got offered the job and duly accepted on the 1st January this year. I was in the post for 3 weeks and unfortunately I felt I didn’t have the time to commit to the role the way it developed in that time. I wish all the county players and officials, especially John Jenkins and John Rawson, who put a lot of their own time into developing Junior golf the very best this year. Ian Walley has accepted the Head Coach role now and I wish Ian all the best in preparing the players for this year’s events. #wearederbyshire. I will continue to coach quite a few of the players individually and I am really looking forward to seeing their results this year. It is a really exciting time for Derbyshire Golf. It is important that all members of the clubs in
Putting Master Class I have put on four putting master classes which have all sold out. If you are interested in attending any in May/ June please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will cover the stroke and analysis on the SAM Putt lab, green reading and routines. It is the most used club in the bag but often over looked. Ladies Coaching My assistant Joe Biggs is heavily pushing Ladies golf and he has the following opportunity for ladies who are looking to get into golf. A Free Ladies Taster Session 13th July 9-10, 10-11 or 11-12… golf balls and clubs included. Contact email@example.com to book or for more information. For ladies wanting to have a go at golf, try something new or improve on what you have already started, the class welcomes all. A fun hour’s coaching giving an insight into the game of golf. It is a great way to meet & practice with people at a similar standard. Short Game Coaching Short game workshop coached by Aaron Holtom PGA Professional. This workshop includes information on the easiest way to improve your handicap with the least amount of work. The info included in the seminar will not change your current golf swing or impact any of the work you are currently doing with any other coaches. Find out what an ex NASA scientist discovered about pitching and how it can help your game. One of golf’s biggest secrets for saving pars and making more birdies. Anyone can do it regardless of age or ability and the County Golfer
more practice you do, the better your scores. Improve your short game without expensive practice facilities. The workshop is 3 hours long on Sunday 27th April from 1pm –4pm, costing £50. To secure your place please reply back to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Aaron on 07854445063 Sponsorship I have been lucky enough to secure three sponsorship deals for the next 12 months. I will be carrying their logos on my car and total aggregates and intercity on my clothing for all my tournaments.
I will have some great outfits for the year and you can buy the latest Puma clothing from the Morley Hayes Golf shop. There are only two outlets in Derbyshire so demand is high. Come on down and see what we have to offer at Morley Hayes Golf Shop. Major Predictions With the Masters up next, the result may have already been decided when this gets printed. Here are my 2013 predictions: US MASTERS: Tiger Woods US OPEN: Lee Westwood The Open: Justin Rose USPGA: Tiger Woods Editor’s note: At the time of going to press the US Masters was still being played. Best of luck James.
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OAKMERE PARK A mature, parkland course On the 80th anniversary of the Loch Ness Monster sighting we set off on a blustery day to play Oakmere Park in the hope of making a few monster puts. According to one report the â€˜monsterâ€™ is a phenomenon of wind whipping across the water and building up waves up the waves. Funnily enough I went into the water but even using the latest Nikon technology I failed to come up with a monster pic. All I got was a lost ball.
Our return to Oakmere Park in early April was one that brought back fond memories of a couple of lessons with Professional Daryl St John Jones. I can still envisage myself lining up in the training bay with cameras ready to roll and then taking a huge swing and my golf club ending up clattering into the top of the roll up door and breaking the shaft. I’m hoping that Daryl wasn’t videoing that bit because it was a sure fire bet to get £250 on ‘You’ve Been Framed’.
We both got caught out on this bunker.
I have honestly improved since then and over the past couple of years settled into a pattern of getting the ‘gung ho’ attitude out of my game and replacing it with the ‘steady eddie’ style which is synonymous with the style of a club senior. Arggggghhhhhh. Boasting two courses; The Commanders and The Admirals, Oakmere Park Golf Club has proved a very popular club to join, with fees as low as £345 for full 5 day membership for 8 months - that's less than £50 per month for unlimited golf. Brilliant value. We were to play the 18 hole course, named after Admiral Sherbrooke VC, which is 6739 yds (white tees) of rolling, undulating terrain, with a par of 73, sss 73. A pleasant relaxing walk with ponds and the Dover Beck meandering through the course coming into play on some of the holes.When I last played Oakmere in 2011 it was also quite a windy day and I really struggled to get to grips with it. Even compensating for the wind I was way off beam (nautical slip there by accident!) with my shots so today I was hoping to make amends for shooting a very poor 99. After a coffee it was time for Brian and I to commence battle. I don't think I've ever beaten Brian and I'm getting quite a complex about it, even contemplating sabotage - that's how desperate I am!
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went one up. The greens on the whole course were quite fast as the course has dried very quickly since the snow. We struggled to get to grips with this and bounced a few shots off the back of the green, having to chip back on. This cost a shot or two on our round. It’s funny how you know things will happen but don’t quite get the compensation right. By the 400 yard par 4 7th, I was two up and feeling pretty chirpy. Revenge was in sight. We were now in a sheltered area of the course and Brian was starting to get his shots together. We halved the last two holes (just). It was touch and go because we both messed up big style putting an 8 each on the scorecard (ouch!). We noticed as we went around that there was plenty of work taking place on the course following a pretty hard winter for golf courses. This time of year sees courses at their worst and yet also at their awakening which is lovely. I enjoy this time. Sorry ‘head down’ boy.
Watch the birdie! On to hole 1 and time to get my head down, something I don't do enough of (heads up is usually the cry!). This hole has to be the best starting hole in the county. Standing on an elevated tee with the view over the horizon is striking. At 515 yards off yellows it’s quite a daunting prospect. A good tee shot is essential here as a mistake will cost dearly. I managed the ladies’ tee but recovered well and got to the corner with no more mishaps. The course is very parkland in nature with trees dotted around and water running through. Gorse plays its part too, adding colour. But ‘we’re there to play golf you say’ true, but please enjoy the scenery too. Heads up now not heads down! The par 3 second is evil and will ruin your scorecard and it did both ours. Feeling scathed and bruised we rushed onto hole 3, time to open our shoulders and on this 388 yard hole I
Once on the tenth par 4 419 yard Brian hit a rich streak and rattled off a few wins to put him one hole up by the16th. I was pretty gutted with this as I had fallen apart on my short game. My driving had got better progressively but I let myself down when approaching the green. Once on the green I was comfy which is my want. By the 18th the contest was over and Brian had won. I have a confession here. I should have put 50p in the box at the clubhouse because my tee shot on the 18th went straight into the practice ground. (I’ll give you that next time Daryl or add another 10 words to this story whichever you prefer!) Brian said the course is a real challenge and admired the seniors who raced up the hill ahead of us. He loved hole 1 too but it was his birdie on the 8th that will carry him along for a while. His sweet tee shot up the hill landed just at the back of the flag and a short tap in ensued. How annoying for me though. Following our round we had a hearty breakfast and studied our scorecards. Not pretty at times but happily average for a windy day. County Golfer
Once in the smart, crisp, airy clubhouse with a pint and a pie it was time to reflect on our round. ‘Not quite the masters’ we both agreed. How can you play a round after watching golf like that and be happy with your game? However we had a great day at Oakmere. The welcome was great, our golf average and the course was everything I remember; tough, picturesque and a treat to play. Oakmere is also well equipped to provide lessons for all golf levels with 7 professionals on hand. It also boasts a par 3 course, driving range, chipping and pitching area and a discount golf shop.
Out come the buds. I can’t resist looking.
Our thanks to Daryl St John Jones and all at Oakmere for a great day out. PS: Being placed close to the Notts border Oakmere is dead easy to get to from Derbyshire. I left the office in Alfreton at 8.15 and despite hitting a very bad traffic jam was there for 8.55.
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Lets a’ gang tae Scootlund ‘n’ speil golf. Translated - let’s go to Scotland and play golf. Yes it’s that time of year when the County Golfer team steps outside the East Midlands to play somewhere in Scotland. Last year you read and saw on our facebook page that we played at St Andrews which we fully enjoyed. The only problem is the bar was high. Where do you go to play after that experience?
It all started when MPS Aviation offered us the use of their plane (Beech King Air turboprop for all you plane geeks out there). Which got me thinking. ‘Last year it took us 8 hours to drive up to St Andrews so this could be great’. Where could we fly where there is an Airport next to the golf course? The answer - Machrihanish Dunes, Argyll, Scotland where the runway is one of the largest in Europe. It was designed to accommodate the Space Shuttle in case it had to land somewhere else other than America! Now all it had to accommodate is yours truly; ‘Lefty’, Newby, Randall and the Yorkshire Terrier. Adam takes up the story: We arrived at Gamston airport with a departure time of around 8am but this was 28 County Golfer
delayed as we had to wait for the fog to lift. So we went to see the private plane that we were going to fly up in and what a surprise we got! As you can see in the pictures, it’s a nice piece of kit seating up to 7, boasting cream leather seats with tables that let you keep on working (or in our case play cards) whilst in the air. Cruising at 250mph, depending on departure points you would be able to reach all major UK golf courses within one hour and most of continental Europe in just three. Adrian our pilot gave us coffee and croissants to enjoy while we waited for him to get the plane ready. The four of us plus the pilot boarded the plane with our luggage and four sets of golf clubs and we were up and away by 10am in MPS Aviation’s Beech King Air. With ‘Lefty’ sitting in the co pilot’s position we were naturally a bit worried but trusted Adrian
not to let him take control! After taking some great shots from inside the aircraft, a little over an hour later we arrived at Campbeltown airfield ready for our first round at Machrihanish Dunes GC. Had we driven, it would have taken 8 hours so it was a no brainer really; flying up in style in one of the smoothest plane journeys I have ever been on was far more preferable! Lefty continues: When we got to the Airport we were greeted by customs, the fire response team, the airport mechanic and passport control or, as the locals call him, John! John had opened the airport for our arrival. Leaving the airport we were greeted by Mike, who loaded our bags and golf clubs on the Mac Dunes mini bus and drove us straight to the course.
Now a little about Machrihanish Dunes: When I tell people I have played here they invariably say, ‘oh this is on my wish list of courses to play’ and I’m not surprised. It’s an 18 hole links course of untouched beauty which winds its way 7,175 yards effortlessly to and fro along the shore line. The routing, as well as the positioning of its tees and greens, was dictated by the lay of the land - and the presence of several endangered species of flora and fauna. Machrihanish Dunes is the only course ever created on a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and unlike Mr Trump, who moved in and changed the landscape of the dunes on his course, Machrihanish laid the course within the dunes without touching them. In fact the greens are the only bit of the course that was landscaped so this leaves a course that is unique in that it was not designed but found amongst the dunes. County Golfer
This makes it like no other you have played. After coffee and biscuits in the temporary clubhouse we were shown to the 1st, a short par 3 to get you warmed up. Adam: The course was opened in 2009 but you find that hard to believe as it feels as though it’s been there for years. This isn’t just down to the sea spray and the scenery, but the fact that every hole has something to offer. The greens had recently been hollow tined so were a little woolly and unfortunately the signature hole, the 14th, was out of action due to the bad weather over the last few weeks. Nevertheless this was a great experience with blind tee shots over mounds, hills and bumps then approach shots on undulating fairways with pot bunkers awaiting you both on the fairways and around the slopey greens. The only fault I could find was that there was a lot of walking between holes and not enough sign posts telling you where the next tee was.
to keep the ball down to the left of the fairway with your second shot placed on top of the dune, (yes I said dune) giving you a shot into the green, which undulates like the waves of the Atlantic. None of us got pars, in fact we were humbled straightaway, as we paid dearly for accuracy. The 3rd hole is a little beauty; a 148yrd par3. A partially blind tee shot onto a large green.You can see the flag waving in the fresh Scottish wind; this brings a whole other element to the game as well. My advice here is to put back the club you think you need and pick up an extra club to get the distance, it was a real joy when I saw my ball hit the green. The 4th is a 369yrds. You will find, along with most of the holes on the dunes, that you are trying to aim at a well placed post in the middle of the fairway as it raises up before you, hiding the view from the green. Just one bunker on this hole but don’t be fooled, you can lose a shot on this hole by being too far away from the flag on the green, as it’s 45 yrds from front to back. If you have a range finder in your bag this would save you some dropped shots. The 5th, a par4 295yrds, will tempt the big hitters to go for the green but be aware... Newby and Randall can both hit so decided to go for it. Randall just made it but Newby disappeared into one of the two bunkers waiting to catch anyone who hits too short.
Lefty: We all managed to get away clean and got a couple of pars. Not a bad start and it looked like we were on for a good round. Maybe a bit premature though, as we realised this was a temporary first hole. So when we stood on the second, looking out into the wilderness of the dunes with the Atlantic sea in the background, we could see that we were going to have to produce our best golf shots. The 2nd is a short par 4 being only 292yrds. As in all links golf you have to keep it on the fairway or else you will be in a world of trouble. So the driver is not the best option as you need 30 County Golfer
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As you walk onto the 6th you start to see the real beauty of the course, with the sea to your left and an empty beach as far as the eye can see. You will love this hole as it’s a short par4, 314yrds to the green with the famous marker post resurfacing showing you the way to go.You need to negotiate your drive over a dune. We all managed to get away cleanly with Newby just missing the post. He could not have got it closer if he’d tried! Unfortunately he was not as successful with his second shot, failing to get up to this elevated green, guarded by formidable bunkers. By this time he was getting better at getting out of them. Now we come to our first 458yrds par 5. The fairway narrows at about 182 yrds so ‘sally gunnels’ will not help you here. A large dune sits to the right of you half way up the fairway so again you don’t want to be behind it.
walked off with double bogies but after reading the course planner it says ‘a par is a very good score here!’ The 3 holes that follow each other at the most southerly end of the golf course are the 13th, 14th and 15th and they are 3 crackers. The 13th is a 223yrd par 4. You would think with it being only 223yrds that you could walk away with a birdie or even an eagle. Don’t be fooled. There is a cross marker showing you where the green is, but my word if you miss, say good bye to your ball. I must point out that the green is great to aim at. After you have negotiated this you are then faced with a peach of a hole; the 129yrd par 3, but be aware, if the wind is up get out your driver. It’s an elevated green with two bunkers to catch you, one on the left and one on the front bank of the green. When you make it to the green just stop for a minute and take in the view as you’ll say to yourself ‘this is why I love links golf’. This hole is followed with another par 3. This is short at only 98yrds. Get the right club and judge the wind and you should walk off with a par. You do need to hit the green in one, as anything short will land you in trouble. Fortunately we all managed to walk off with pars.
There is a fairway bunker about 116yrds from the green to catch your second shot, so keep down the left if you can. It can be difficult though, as if there is a gale blowing off the Atlantic, you would probably have to hit your ball at the sea and hope it lands back on the fairway! Now on to the hardest hole on the course. This is the starter’s favourite hole on the course and I can see why. It’s 348yrd par 4. The famous marker pole is back showing the line. This truly is a blind tee shot. What you don’t see is that on the other side, the fairway slopes away and ends abruptly. If you’re a long hitter you would be better using your 3 wood.Your second shot is over wetland up to a hidden elevated green. It’s a real beauty this hole and caught us all out! We 32 County Golfer
On finishing the par 5 17th, 513yrds, we were absolutely exhausted. We had run out of haggis, lawn sausage and my hip flask had almost run dry which caused mass panic amongst the boys. Consequently we were glad to see the 18th, a gentle 359 par 4. Considering how shattered we were you could not wipe the smile off our faces as we putted out with the sun starting to set,
casting an orange glow across the golf course. We all stood there and agreed that we had just played somewhere special - an absolute gem of a links course. We got back to the temporary club house and were met by Mike. He loaded our bags back on the mini bus and took us to the Mac Dunes’ owned Royal Hotel in Campbeltown. The rooms were massive with a bed big enough for your clubs and your caddy. They also own Ugadale Hotel and Cottages which is right next to Machrihanish Golf Club. The hotel has been renovated to a very high standard. After we had showered and changed we once again got back on the mini bus which took us to the old club house bar and restaurant. The food was excellent and the whiskey even better. I recommend you try the local whiskey ‘Springbank’.
Adam: After over a 5 hour round which included a sandwich at the clubhouse and a brief break after 9 holes we returned to our hotel which was a very luxurious stay, the one night we were there was not really enough but that is all we had time for unfortunately. After a well earned pint in the bar and a very nice meal at the Ugadale hotel (I highly recommend the
yellow curry with chicken) we sat down to watch the Man United vs. Real Madrid game which left Ali (Newby) in tears. After a good night’s sleep and a Scottish cooked breakfast I was ready to play our second round at Machrihanish Golf Club. Being a bit stiff after the previous round the conditions had changed and were a lot worse as we were about to tee off in a very cold gale force wind. The first tee, as you will be able to see on the County Golfer website, is one to behold and especially with the wind blowing into your face it’s not one for the faint hearted. I got over the sea/beach ok as did Newby and Lefty, just! However, Mark (Yorkshire terrier) was not so successful and ended up playing more than one shot from off the beach! This was my favourite course even though the weather was a lot worse. I enjoyed the layout and you can see that it is more mature than the Dunes course. Again, like the dunes there were a lot of blind tee shots and hidden bunkers, with undulating fairways and slopey greens - it really was a good test of golf. I was a bit disappointed that I couldn’t finish my round but it was that cold I was seizing up by the hole and I ended up tearing some abdominal muscles on the 15th tee which meant I had to walk in. Not long after the round we realised that we had missed calls and voicemails from Adrian the pilot who needed us to try and leave earlier than expected due to adverse weather conditions back in Gamston. After a frantic drive to get to Campbeltown airfield we were taken once again by a staff member to the airfield and it was my turn this time to sit in the Co Pilot’s seat! What an experience that was, it’s not every day that you get to fly a private plane! And yes, we did manage to get back to Gamston in time before the weather got any worse.The funny thing was it took me longer to get back from Gamston to Mickleover than it did from Campbeltown to Gamston! I would highly recommend MPS Aviation as the company to fly with, it’s a lot more affordable County Golfer
than you think and with no charge for carrying your golf clubs on board their plane why not contact them today to see about flying you and your friends up to play golf at some of the best golf courses in the UK. Playing in Scotland was a great experience and I would recommend you book a package. Fly up and stay over in either The Royal or The Ugadale hotel at Campbeltown so you can play both Machrihanish Dunes and Machrihanish Golf Course as they are two excellent links courses.I can’t wait for our next trip, sorry I can’t tell you where yet but keep your eyes peeled for an update later this year, you will be intrigued if it comes off!!
Lefty: The courses, hotels and restaurant are owned by Southworth Developments, an American company in Boston and you can tell; the service was second to none. I can honestly say I did not open a door for myself for the whole two days I was there. I got a shock when I got back. I stood outside our office for two hours before someone opened the door for me. We would like to thank MPS aviation and Cindy from Southworth Developments for their help arranging this trip. I recommend you take up the offer in County Golfer Magazine and arrange a trip you will thoroughly enjoy.
Airfield distances from top 25 UK and Republic of Ireland golf courses All distances are as-the-crow-flies.
As you can see from the list below, there are useable airfields within 10 miles of all but 3 of the top 25 United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland golf courses and within 10 miles of all top golf courses in England. Course Royal County Down St. Andrews Muirfield Royal Dornoch Royal Portrush Turnberry Ballybunion Royal St. George’s Royal Birkdale Sunningdale (Old) Carnoustie Kingsbarns Woodhall Spa Lahinch Royal Lytham & St. Annes Portmarnock Ganton Sunningdale (New) Waterville Royal Troon Loch Lomond European Club North Berwick Royal Porthcawl Royal Aberdeen
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Nearest Airfield (C172) Aughrim (8.5 miles) RAF Leuchars (2.5 miles) Archerfield (0.4 miles) Dornoch (0.8 miles) Causeway (9 miles) Turnberry (on-site) Kerry (19 miles) Manston (5 miles) RAF Woodvale (2.5 miles) Fairoaks (4.5 miles) Dundee (9.2 miles) Kingsmuir (4 miles) RAF Coningsby (4.8 miles) Shannon (16 miles) Blackpool (1.3 miles) Dublin (5.2 miles) Eddsfield (6.9 miles) Fairoaks (4.5 miles) Kerry (32 miles) Prestwick (2.3 miles) Glasgow (14 miles) Brittas Bay (on-site) East Fortune (3.7 miles) Old Park Farm (4.1 miles) Aberdeen (4.2 miles)
Nearest Airfield (KA90) Belfast City (33 miles) RAF Leuchars (2.5 miles) Edinburgh (20 miles) Dundee (21 miles) Londonderry (19 miles) Prestwick (14 miles) Kerry (19 miles) Manston (5 miles) RAF Woodvale (2.5 miles) Fairoaks (4.5 miles) Dundee (9.2 miles) RAF Leuchars (8.1 miles) RAF Coningsby (4.8 miles) Shannon (16 miles) Blackpool (1.3 miles) Dublin (5.2 miles) Pocklington (21 miles) Fairoaks (4.5 miles) Kerry (32 miles) Prestwick (2.3 miles) Glasgow (14 miles) Weston (32 miles) Edinburgh (26 miles) Cardiff (14 miles) Aberdeen (4.2 miles)
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With alittle advice from the pro I addressed the ﬁrst tee.
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Bulwell Forest is probably the best known golf course in the county, firstly because it is the oldest golf course in Nottinghamshire with golf being played in Bulwell Park from as far back as the early 1870s. Its position makes it so well known as it is next to one of the busiest roads in Nottingham. Having worked in Nottingham I must have driven past it a thousand times, so when the opportunity came to play the course my curiosity got the better of me and I put my name down for this one. The course’s history is quite intriguing. Back in the 1800s it was known as the Notts Golf Club, a name you might recognise, but a group of members decided to split off and form a new
Notts Golf Club in Hollinwell citing the problem with the old course as being ‘too narrow and with too many gorse bushes’ as the reason. Nowadays though courses are putting gorse bushes back in to add colour and a challenge. In 1902 Bulwell Forest Golf Club was formed, managed by the Nottinghamshire County Council and a new clubhouse was built which is still in use today. All that before 1906!
t n a h p e l e e h T in the ro o m Let’s deal with the elephant in the room first; it has got a reputation as a council run course and as being a bit of a pitch and putt course where you have to constantly keep an eye on your clubs if you follow what I’m hinting at?! So when Lefty and myself arrived we were intrigued to see what Bulwell Forest really has to offer. Not sure if I should write this or not but what the heck, why not? I think the reputation it has actually works for it as there’s no air of ‘over importance’ which you get at some clubs.
bunkers to leave me a simple putt to finish off. Lefty landed in the middle of the trees on the left, I didn’t see his second shot but did notice him walk even further left and slightly backwards before playing his 3rd. Either he had played one of the greatest trickshots ever seen or he’d hit another tree!
We’ve all been to clubs where you walk in and feel about as welcome as a… (we all know the Billy Connolly line!). Not here, straight away you feel relaxed, the members are happy to chat to you in the car park asking where you are from, and giving you the usual golfer’s banter. The Pro Ian Brown greeted us in the pro shop and made us feel more than welcome, giving us not only score cards but a bit of advice on how the course was playing too, always useful when you play anywhere for the first time.
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The front 9 is quite short at 2637 yards off the whites, with 2 par 3s and no par 5s, with 8th the real standout hole, a massively elevated tee shot which requires a slight fade around the trees. At 351 yards, it isn’t the longest hole, but the trees in front of the green along with the large bunker make the approach shot very tricky. I put my drive in the trees on the right of the fairway which leaves you with a tricky second, fortunately I got up and over the trees and 38 County Golfer
The 8th. A massively elevated tee shot
Although it wasn â€™t perfectly manic ured the layo ut was fa ntas tic
After the front 9 holes, we were both really enjoying the course. Although it wasn’t perfectly manicured the layout was fantastic, the mature trees and the gorse bushes add to the feel that this really is a well established course. I was 2 over for the front 9, by far my best opening 9 for a few years which only added to the enjoyment. The course contains some of the hardest par 3s I’ve ever played, at 231 yards, 226 yards, 229 yards and 207 yards. If you’re struggling with your long iron game, you’re going to have fun here, the 14th in particular will be tough, though I used a driver for this one as there was no way I would make it with an iron. The whole feel of the course is one of a tight woodlands course, it gives you a bit of room for error, but if you take it for granted it’ll eat you alive. We both shot good rounds and thoroughly enjoyed the course. It’s a lot more of a challenge than we expected and the quality of the layout really took us by surprise. Back at the club house we sat with a sandwich and drink, me wondering what happened on the last 7 holes, Lefty wondering what happened to him on the last 17 holes. We were joined by
The open, par 4 18th. 40 County Golfer
club secretary Rod Savage who gave us a bit of insight into the more recent history of Bulwell Forest. During the early part of the century a few of the members could really see the potential of the club. The council’s way of maintaining it, ‘an occasional mowing of the course’, clearly wasn’t the way to get the best from it. So in 2004 the club negotiated a deal with the council where they took control of the course from them and now run it as a proper members’ course. After the initial teething problems that are inevitable, the club is now rapidly on the up. With plans to add to the facilities and refurbishment of parts of the club house, this trend looks set to continue too. Its fair to say the Club is moving forward at a fast rate. So don’t expect valet parking on arrival and a bottle of Dom Perignon White Gold Jeroboam (google it) behind the bar at Bulwell Forest any time soon, but do expect a very warm welcome, some great golf and some cracking food to finish. Don’t be put off by negative reports, play it yourself and make your own mind up. I promise you, it’s far more that you’ll be expecting.
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Oliver Wilson opens the new Golf Performance Centre at Sherwood Forest Golf Club Mansfield born golfer and Ryder Cup Star Oliver Wilson looked in fine form when he opened the new Golf Performance Centre at Sherwood Forest GC (now well within the worldâ€™s top 100 courses). Recovering from a broken wrist sustained in a freak snowballing accident in January he played through a repertoire of golf shots on the recently installed Foresight Sports simulator. The opening ceremony was performed by Club Captain Richard Cooper. The system installed by Foresight Sports is the ideal solution for indoor teaching and club fitting for golfers of all standards and includes the latest widescreen display and will assist our club professional, Stuart Betteridge in continuing to establish Sherwood Forest as one of the most forward thinking and ambitious membersâ€™ clubs in the country.
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The simulator known as the GC2 can be used for coaching and high specification club fitting. It works using an ultra-high-speed dual camera to measure ball flight and spin at club impact and launch, recording ball speed, spin (side, back and total), direction and launch angle to calculate carry and
total distance. Foresight the manufacturers, designed the simulator to be fully portable and as such it can be used both indoors and out. The widescreen display being installed at Sherwood Forest will be the first of its kind in a golf club in the UK. To arrange your swing review contact Stuart or Maria on 01623 627403
Oliver Wilson, Stuart Betteridge, Richard Cooper and Brian Noble in discussion.
Oliver with Sherwood Forest GC Professional Stuart Betteridge
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Now I have been in a few golf club locker rooms in my time as a golf journalist and one that stands out in my mind as a perfect example is the locker room for the 2010 course at Celtic Manor - solid lush carpet on the floor, light oak units, places to hang your jacket, neatly designed pigeon holes to put away your shoes and plenty of seating to rest your tired legs. In fact if you want to know what Celtic Manor’s locker room looks like, go to Kedleston. Just look at the pictures. All hand built by Allwood Kitchens a local Derbyshire company.
Yours truly ‘Lefty’ was invited down to Kedleston Golf Club to see the new improved locker rooms for the members and visitors.
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Fundraiser Auction Norwood Park Club Captains 2012 Janet Harbord and Tim Tunnicliffe raised over £6,000 during last year in aid of MS Society & Notts/Lincs Air Ambulance The Club held their final fundraiser auction at their presentation event at Norwood Hall in their last month. Tim Tunnicliffe said “Janet and I have been overwhelmed by the support we have been given by members, volunteers, visitors and local businesses in Southwell and within the region. This has been the most we have ever raised at Norwood and special thanks must also go to all the staff and their suppliers who helped contribute a great deal to the total. We would like to wish our new Club Captains Sarah Woolley and Mick Heron the very best for 2013”.
Three captains raring to go… Club Captain Ted Wallace, Ladies’ Captain Julie Lowe and Junior’s Captain Will Newton – are eager and raring to start their new season at Stanedge Golf Club. Ted Wallace of Wingerworth celebrates 50 years as a member of Stanedge by taking over as Captain of the Club. Ted is using his year to raise the Club profile and raise much needed funds for the Ashgate Croft School in Chesterfield.
Stanedge very friendly and welcoming to newcomers. Julie is looking forward to leading the Ladies’ Section and welcoming visitors and new players during the new season.
Julie Lowe of Cromford joined Stanedge after retiring from nursing and says she found
Will Newton, from Coal Aston is a pupil at Henry Fanshawe School in Dronfield, 15 year
The 3 new captains pictured at the recent Captains’ Drive In. old Will has been a member at Stanedge GC, for 3 years and plays off a handicap of 21, he also has a keen interest in football, cricket and tennis. Will is looking forward to playing golf with all the junior members this year as well as representing his club in County matches. County Golfer
DERBY COLLEGE STUDENTS GO CLOSE Derby College Students came close to winning Gold Medal for the East Midlands team at the British Colleges Sports (BCS) National Finals held at Bath Golf Club on Friday 22nd March. The team, consisting of Greg Tickell (Hallamshire GC), Jordan Barker (Kedleston Park GC), Will Painter (Kedleston Park GC) and Jake Conoley (Seascale GC) won the silver medal returning a score of 224, 2 strokes behind winning region of West Midlands on 222. The East Midlands boysâ€™ team scores were; Greg Tickell 74,
Will Painter 74, Jordan Barker 78 with Jake Conoley 86 non-counting for a total of 224. The four Derby College students, all part of the Performance Golf Academy programme based at Morley Hayes in Derby, qualified to represent the East Midlands by finishing in the first four places out of a field of over 70 competitors in the regional qualifier played last October. Greg Tickell, a Welsh Boy International who won the BCS Eat Midlands Championship was again Derbyâ€™s top performer taking
bronze medal in the individual event played over 36 holes on Friday and Saturday with scores of 74 & 75 = 149, 6 shots behind the leader Curtis Clarkin Burnley 71 & 72 = 143, with Will Painter finishing in 4th place with scores of 74 & 77 = 151. Jordan Barker shot 78 & 76 = 154 with Jake Conoley out of sorts with 86 & 84 = 170.
Clowne Golf Society Awards The Clowne Golf Society held their annual awards night on Saturday 2nd March 2013. This is the start of our events for 2013 and an increase of members. The main winner of the night was Nigel Presswood winning an event trophy and Player of the Year. The trophy presentation ended with the 2012 Captain Andrew Richards handing over to the new Captain 2013 Paul Hendry Pictured are Player of the Year Nigel Presswood (left) receiving the trophy from Andrew Richards 2012 Captain and our youngest member, Chloe Pinegar, winner of the Scott Hibbard Memorial Trophy the retiring captain. 50 County Golfer
Glossop & District Golf Club receives England Golf’s Golf Mark Award Glossop & District Golf Club is the latest Derbyshire Club to be awarded the national GolfMark accreditation, demonstrating their hard work and dedication to both junior and beginner’s golf. England Golf developed the GolfMark award to identify and acknowledge golf facilities in England that were junior and beginner friendly. The GolfMark award also integrates Sport England’s Clubmark award - a national standard for quality sports clubs recognised across the country. More than 30 other sports, including tennis and rugby are also using the alliance to add value to their accreditation schemes and over 10,000 sports clubs have been awarded Clubmark or are working towards achieving accreditation. 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 • 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 Glossop Golf Club and in particular their Chair of Junior Golf, Tony Meheran, 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 Captain, Ken Harrison added “We are fully committed to encouraging as many youngsters as possible in the Glossop area to be given the opportunity to take up the game of golf and achieving GolfMark accreditation is a great boost for this initiative. This year we are investing in our practice area to give the young golfers of Glossop a great coaching environment with state of the art bays, a chipping and putting facility and a dedicated teaching area”. Glossop Golf Club offers subsidised coaching to Junior Members as well as having an active schools outreach programme. Taster sessions are also available for schools and community groups, as well as groups of adults.
Sinclair Award Nominee The Presidents’ Awards exist to acknowledge and reward the achievements of those working to develop and support grass roots junior golf. In May 2013 at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, the awards will be presented to individuals, organisations and projects that made a major contribution to the development of the game amongst children and young people. Richard Strange, PGA Senior Teaching Professional at Norwood Park Golf Centre in Southwell and NCGP (Nottinghamshire County Golf Partnership) Academy & Community Coach has been nominated for The Sinclair Award. Presented to a PGA Professional who, as a direct result of his/her efforts, has made a significant impact in the development of grass roots junior golf. Paul Thornton, General Manager at Norwood Park says “Richard has shown on outstanding contribution to Junior Golf at grass roots level both at the Centre and within the County and this nomination is well deserved. He works with many organisations, work places, schools and disability groups throughout Nottinghamshire to actively encourage new golfers of all ages and abilities.
Richard Strange Our Junior membership has increased by over 50% within the past 2 years and many new adult golfers have since become members from his numerous initiatives. We are very lucky to have him here at Norwood”. "Norwood Park Golf Centre has shown to be one of the more pro-active clubs in Nottinghamshire since achieving GolfMark in 2010. The recent success of the club has occurred through a huge amount of hard work, but also because of a rare ability to marry a business led approach with development at the heart of everything they do, which creates a warm and friendly atmosphere at the club. Much of the development that has taken place at the club has occurred through staff taking on much more than what is expected of their role and that has enabled the club to move forward so quickly”. Matthew Bloor
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Results from Pakmere Park GC Saturday February 23rd Re-arranged Golfer of the Winter Round 4th 2 Man Texas Scramble 1st Robert White and Michael White Nett 61.2 2nd Phillip Holmshaw and David Soar Nett 63.4 3rd Russ Woodward and Bill Hunter Nett 64 4th Richard Devine and Ian Jackson Nett 64.6 February 24th Golfer of the Winter Round 4 Betterball Stableford 1st Mark Pearce and Sean Pearce 47 Pts 2nd Stephen Lee and Peter Brown 46 Pts 3rd Trevor Pearce and Chris Cooper 45 Pts 4th Gary Oscroft and Keith Hoskins 45 Pts 25th Senior’s Winter Eclectic Round 9 Stableford Div 1 1st Mel Bower 42 Pts 2nd John Wilson 37 Pts Div 2 1st Roger Allen 38 Pts 2nd Derrick Bentley 37 Pts February 28th Stableford QR 1st Ian Williams 46 Pts Ladies Section February 23/24th. Golfer of the Winter Stableford Q.R. 1ST Christie Hall 33 Pts 2nd Nancy Sheffield 30 Pts February 17th 2013 Golfer of the Winter Round 6 Aggregate Medal 1st Andrew Shaw and Andrew Cressy Nett 147 (Back Six) 2nd Paul Stoker and Phil Ellis Nett 147 3rd Dean Tomkinson and Steve Mee Nett 148 4th Callum Wood and Richard Radford Nett 149 Date Monday February 18th Senior’s Chapman Pairs
1st Colin Ralphs and Alan Thompson 41 Pts 2nd Nick Thornton and John Wilson 39 Pts 3rd Colin Binch and Carl Billson 38 Pts
Ladies Section March 2013 Winter Merit Final 1st Ruth Pennick 38 Pts 2nd Pattie Wilcox 37 Pts 3rd Jean Johnson 34 Pts 4th Pattie Ramsell 29 Pts
Ladies Section 11th February Golfer of the Winter The Margeret Roche Trophy 1st Christine Muse 33 Pts 2nd Ruth Pennick 32 Pts 16th/17th February 16Hole Stableford 1st Nancy Sheffield 25 Pts (Back Nine) 2nd Julie Walkden 25 Pts
30th March Coronation Foursomes 1st Christine Muse and Jean Codner 25 Pts
Sunday March 31st 2013 March 30th Betterball Stableford Div 1 1st Dave Cope and Alex Morrell 44 Pts (Back Three) 2nd Paul Williams and Alistair Antill 44 Pts 3rd Iain Williams and Carl Henshaw 43 Pts Div 2 1st Chris Walker and Anthony Bromirski 44 Pts 2nd Geoff Coleman and Les May 41 Pts (Back Nine) 3rd Andrew Hodgkinson and Ujagar Singh Sandu 41 Pts (Back Nine) March 31st Medal QR Div 1 1st Nigel Birch Nett 68 2nd Steve Mee Nett 69 (Back Nine) 3rd Matthew Rowbottom Nett 69 Div 2 1st Patrick Mitchell Nett 65 2nd Colin Ralphs Nett 71 3rd Roland Eaton Nett 72 Div 3 1st Matthew Corbett Nett 60 2nd Ben Charlton Nett 71 3rd Leslie Turner Nett 72 Date Tuesday April 2nd Senior’s Winter Eclectic Stableford Round 13 Div 1 1st Roger Allen 37 Pts 2nd Ken Parker 36 Pts Div 2 1st Denis Billson 42 Pts 2nd Jim Newton 39 Pts
Monday April 2nd The Charlton Trophy (Team) 1st July Craggs, Terry Craggs, Ruth Pennick and Terry Pennick 79 Pts
A sunny day at Pastures Golf Club Sunday 3rd March A nice sunny day greeted this year’s Captains’ Drive In at Pastures Golf Club, Gary Fletcher drove off in front of the 42 golfers with the usual barracking and air horns blaring out. A 9hole Stableford was followed in the club house with the winter golf presentation, followed by the presentation for the day’s event won by Mike Fox with 24 points, best senior was George Wain on 21pts and nearest the pin was Kev Morrell'. March 10th 2013 Greensome Stableford 1st John Wiggins and John Rostrom 45 Pts 2nd Roger Hill and Jason Vickersn 43 Pts 3rd Matt Fazekas and Martin Spooner 42 Pts
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Last Friday, my friend Judith and I had the very great pleasure of attending a pre-opening night at The Cardamom Club in Derby, situated next to Pentagon Island near to the Cricket Club. It was clear as soon as we entered that this was not just a restaurant. As you walk through the door it is more reminiscent of an exclusive club; everything gleams and glistens, from the stunning water feature at the entrance and all the fixtures and fittings right through to the glasses and cutlery. Ash, the Creative Executive & Manager and Annette, our waitress for the evening, greeted us by the door and it was clear from the outset that their sole aim is to make their customers’ evenings as enjoyable as possible. We ordered a bottle of white wine which arrived with some delicious chocolate and smoked chilli coated strawberries. We were sent four starters to wrap our taste buds around. First arrived two pan fried king scallops with a carom crust, served on a bed of samphire with a mango and chilli marmalade. The scallops were perfectly cooked and the accompanying wonderful flavours didn’t detract from their delicate taste at all. As soon as we’d finished our first bite we both realised we were in for a real treat if the rest of the food was going to be to this standard. Our next dish was a variety of free range chicken tikka pieces; kasundi mustard, curry leaf and green herb and crème fraiche and black pepper, served on a bed 60 County Golfer
of cucumber spaghetti with pomegranate seeds and coriander chutney. Every single chicken piece was cooked to perfection and incredibly juicy. Then arrived a trio of lamb seek kebabs; little rolls of minced lamb, one flavoured with spring onion and chutney, one with prune and black pepper and one with mint, they were all filled with a moist creamy yoghurt based centre, delicious! Our final starter was a vegetarian option; a roasted beetroot samosa with cottage cheese and pepper skewers served with two bhajis, one on a tamarind chutney and one on a coriander chutney. The pastry on the samosa was really crisp and tasty, freshly made on the premises – a samosa will never taste as good again I fear. All our starters were presented as works of art; so beautiful that for a while, all you wanted to do was look at them.
Champagne Bar & live music Ash explained the ideas behind The Cardamom Club which he is clearly very passionate about, genuinely wanting to run an establishment where the customers’ expectations are always exceeded. This is a venue where you will be able to spend your whole evening if you want to, as the space has been cleverly separated into different sections. Along with the central main bar and restaurant which will serve traditional ‘true’ fine Indian cuisine, there is also a champagne bar geared for entertainment and live music, however it’s far enough away from the main restaurant so as not to disturb anyone wanting a quiet family meal. To the side of the main restaurant there is another room which
will provide more of a fusion menu, based on the chef’s selection. There is also a private dining room which can be booked a few weeks in advance for any function; a ‘chef’s table’ with specially prepared menus, hence the need to book. Our main courses were brought to us personally by the Executive Chef, Harrie Haran. We started with a Goan style, gilt head sea bream curry; filleted fish surrounded in a tangy coconut and cocum sauce, with lemon rice and masala fried whitebait pakora. The fish was cooked to perfection and the sauce was delicious, quite pokey which I like, yet beautifully layered without any flavours either outdoing or competing with the other, there is immense skill in this, especially with a curry and we really enjoyed it. The next dish to arrive was a slow roasted Gressingham duck leg, accompanied by spiced lentils and beans, a duck samosa and a roomali (translated as handkerchief) roti which was a type of flatbread. Harrie has an amazing cv, despite it having to be gently cajoled out of him as he is a truly modest character, far more interested in talking about his food than himself. He has been working for 30 years in the industry and his pedigree explains the eclectic dishes and flavours we were lucky enough to enjoy. He grew up in
southern India where he trained and worked for 10 years, after this he moved to the United Arab Emirates working in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Dubai for 12 years before moving to London and working at Quilon, the Michelin starred restaurant on Buckingham Gate. Now he is bringing all this knowledge to us where he is providing progressive, experimental but real Indian fusion dining, I feel we are very lucky.
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Although we were really getting a bit worried about not being able to eat any more (I have a feeling that we were probably just supposed to sample each dish instead of polishing them all off but there was just no way anything that delicious was going back to the kitchen!), Harrie arrived at our table with a dish of bhuna salli gosht; braised Derbyshire texel lamb in caramelised onion, ginger, garlic and tomato sauce with fiery spices, reduced and topped with fried potato shreddies, Judith proclaimed this her favourite dish of the evening and again, the sauce displayed this incredible marriage of
Portobello mushroom filled with kadai paneer served with okra tempered with white sesame seeds, cumin pilau and a beetroot raitha. Although I am not a vegetarian, I was for a long time and remember always being bored with the vegetarian options on a menu, I still look at them now and am rarely enthused so it is wonderful to find somewhere, where you can be assured of not only a choice but also the opportunity to experience something new, despite not eating meat.
flavours without any being lost or detracting from the dish. Harrie explained that he is devoted to using as much local, seasonal produce as he can; he is using a local butcher, there will be regular menu changes and he will not have any processed food in his kitchen, no colours and no preservatives. Everything that can be made in-house will be and anything that is bought in will have been personally sourced or designed by him, including the special kulfi which is being made to his own recipe by a Derby based company. Not content with using mass produced, bulk bought spices either, everything used will be stone ground to order which of course means always fresh with no loss of flavour. It is a refreshing attitude and one that maybe explains why Harrie’s food just tastes so very good.
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Finally two delicate little swans arrived, crafted
The Cardamom Club is opening on the 28th March, I can’t recommend it highly enough – we will certainly be going back for seconds, maybe even thirds…
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