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Exminster Golf Centre

Official Brochure 2013 - 2014


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Contents 05........................................ Welcome

17.............................................Tuition

31.............................. Social Activities

07........................... About the Course

19......................... Driving Range and Practice Facilities

33................................Members’ Golf

08.................................Course Guide 11................................... Membership 14......................The Professional and the Pro Shop

22.........................Visitors & Societies

37...............................How to Find Us 38..................................... Contact Us

25......... The Clubhouse & Restaurant 28...................Weddings & Functions

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Welcome Exminster Golf Centre, one of the friendliest clubs in Devon, is only five minutes’ drive from Exeter and the M5, yet offers peace and tranquillity with great views across 55 acres of beautiful countryside. Our course was designed with the help of former English champion and Exminster PGA Professional, Jon Langmead, with the aim of making it challenging for new and experienced golfers alike. The 18-tee, nine-hole, par-66 layout has undulating fairways, providing 5,255 yards of great golf. The majority of the course enjoys stunning views of the Exe Estuary and with our fantastic free-draining soil we hardly ever close. The club has been progressive ever since its inception, with developments and continual investments being made by the Candy family who own the centre.

We provide everything that a golfer would expect at a well-established club. Jon Langmead and his team are on hand in the Pro Shop, which stocks a full range of equipment and clothing, while expert tuition and extensive practice facilities offer the opportunity to work on your game and lower your handicap. Our recently-extended clubhouse has excellent facilities including a licensed bar, a restaurant serving tasty home-cooked food. The clubhouse can also be used as a function room where wedding receptions, parties and business functions take place throughout the year. We work hard at ensuring we provide everyone with a fantastic service so come and see what makes us special.

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About the Course Exminster Golf Centre is an 18-tee, 9-hole, payand-play course that measures 5,255 yards, with a par of 66.

While those enjoying a good day with the flat stick are likely to prosper, there are a number of testing holes that examine all parts of one’s game.

While the perfect course for inexperienced or beginner golfers, it also offers a serious and interesting test to the better player.

The par-4 fifth, for example, is the toughest hole on the card for good reason. A dog-leg right, this hole requires an accurate drive, two shots across a water hazard and a well-guarded green.

The majority of the course enjoys stunning views of the Exe Estuary and free draining soil means that we are open when others aren’t. The course features superbly contoured greens, interesting natural water hazards and a host of strategically placed bunkers. It is maintained year round to a high standard, with minimal need for temporary tees and greens.

The signature hole of the course is the par three, 136yard fourth, which requires a precise tee shot in order to carry the pond system and leave you with a fighting chance for par.

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Course Guide If you have never played at Exminster Golf Centre before you are in for a treat. Make the most of your trip by learning about some of the pitfalls that lie in wait and how to avoid them as you follow our hole-by-hole tour. Hole 1, 385 yards, par 4 A dog-leg right and downhill approach to the green starts the round. A drive of 250 yards is needed to reach the corner of the dog-leg. Hole 2, 160 yards, par 3 A long par three, Be careful with your approach to the putting surface, as a bunker-guarded green with banking lies in wait.

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Hole 3, 338 yards, par 4 A side hill and downhill par four that contains a slight right to left dog-leg leading down to a well-guarded green. Short is better than long on your approach. Hole 4, 136 yards, par 3 The signature hole of the course, this short par three requires accuracy with your tee shot in order to carry the water hazards. Hole 5, 352 yards, par 4 The hardest hole on the course and Stroke Index 1 for good reason. A slightly uphill par-4 left-to-right dog-leg, this hole requires a drive up the valley, across a water hazard and back across the water hazard to a wellguarded green.


Hole 6, 196 yards, par 3 Accuracy is key on this par three, with a drive across the valley and stream to a large, elevated green that is bunkered and banked at the rear.

Hole 9, 175 yards, par 3 A worthy par three finishing hole across a valley to an elevated and banked green with a steep approach.

Hole 7, 387 yards, par 4 This par 4 requires a downhill drive before a gentle uphill approach. Be careful on your second shot as a well-guarded green provides mounds and bunkers to scupper your thoughts of an easy par. Hole 8, 478 yards, par 5 A short par 5 but normally into the prevailing wind with a steep uphill finish, featuring out-of-bounds all the way along the left-hand side.

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Membership Exminster Golf Centre has a very active membership and represents fantastic value for money through a variety of membership categories that suit all ages and standards. The process of joining is simple and some membership fees may be paid by instalments. Our golf centre is fully affiliated and our Gold, Senior Gold, Silver, Bronze and Junior memberships will enable you to have an official handicap. In addition, our memberships will provide you preferential course booking where possible and eligibility to enter Golf Club competitions once you have gained a handicap.

The Exminster membership year runs from April 1st through to March 31st, however, you can join at any time of the year on a pro-rata basis. All adult memberships include a discount card for the bar and restaurant. Gold Membership A one off fee for the year means you can play at any time without paying. Silver Membership This allows members the opportunity to pay reduced green fee (approx ½ price) when playing.

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Membership Cont... Bronze Membership Our most popular membership is aimed at the golfer who would like all the benefits of a membership including gaining an official handicap, playing in club competitions and being able to play on other courses on a “pay as you go” basis. A reduction on the green fee is provided and you can now take advantage of our Capped scheme, which means you will not over spend if you play often. Club 18/30 Membership Limited availability and full gold membership at a highly reduced rate. Please enquire. Senior Gold Membership This membership is available to members aged 60 or over and provides free use of the course before 4pm Monday-Friday. This is the perfect membership for

those who wish to make good use of the course during the week and outside of peak hours. Junior Membership We recognise the future of our great game is in the hands of our junior golfers and we offer reduced membership rates to younger players. Two different age categories and fantastic value. Payment for membership is flexible for Gold, Senior Gold and Silver memberships, with the option to pay a lump sum available as well as the option to set up a standing order for monthly payments. For more information on how to join or the benefits of membership, contact the Members’ Manager at the Golf Centre, Adrian Hughes, on 01392 976075.

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The Professional and the Pro Shop The Head Professional and Golf Director at Exminster Golf Centre is Jon Langmead. Jon and his team including three more qualified PGA Professionals, Mike Rowett, Andy Fox and Jody Bee provide a welcoming reception area, which doubles up as a wonderfully stocked golf shop too. With approaching 25 years’ as a Professional and over 100 tournament victories, including the English Championship, Jon has amassed a wealth of golfing knowledge that he is happy to pass on in order to help you improve and enjoy your golf. Jon is also proud to be the head coach to the golf team at Exeter University who recently became British Champions and ranked Number 1 in the country.

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The team are on hand in the Pro Shop to give firstrate advice, while offering a comprehensive stock of equipment. Come and talk to them about the equipment you need, whether you’re just beginning to learn golf, or you’re a seasoned player seeking to improve your game. The shop stocks a wide range of quality golf equipment at very competitive prices with the added benefit of being able to try before you buy. Better still, why not have your clubs custom fitted? Jon and his team also specialise in custom-fitting clubs so that the golfer can have a set of clubs made specifically suited to their specifications, rather than having to adapt their technique to fit a piece of equipment bought off the rack.


Every golfer is different in size, swing characteristics and strength and with a Fitting Centre now based at our Pro Shop, it is easier than ever to customise your golf club. Specially-created software sifts through the mass of shaft options to select the optimal match, based on Swing DNA recorded by the Shaft Optimizer. Customising the clubs to position the golfer in the ideal position for their physical characteristics will train them to address the ball with the correct posture and swing along the ideal swing plane, which all adds up to the correct impact position and better scores.

Combined with our competitive prices and a wide range of different products and brands readily available, whatever your budget or handicap we can make sure your needs will always be met. To contact Jon with your equipment queries and buying advice, pop in and see him in the Pro Shop or call 01392 976 075.

The Pro Shop is also the place to go to hire pull trolleys, while electric buggies can be hired too, although booking in advance is advisable.

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Tuition The Langmead Golf Academy at Exminster Golf Centre is the place to come and learn to play or improve your golf. Our indoor training studio with GASP computer video swing analysis and the covered floodlit range makes us the ideal place to come and improve your game whatever the weather.

Jon says: “To see players of any level improve is a great thrill for us and to have such fantastic coaches with me here at Exminster is amazing. The use of modern technology and a deep understanding of the golf swing can make the game so much easier.�

The Professionals at Exminster pride themselves on helping make the game easier and more enjoyable for all levels of players. Beginners academy groups start regularly for adults and juniors alike with individual lessons available on the range or course.

For more information on tuition or to speak to Jon, Jody, Mike or Foxy call the Pro Shop on 01392 976 075.

Lessons are available seven days a week for individual or group lessons for all ages and abilities.

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Driving Range and Practice Facilities The driving range and practice area is a unique and valuable facility, enabling players to warm up before venturing on to the course and for others, experienced or novice, to improve their game. We have also attained GolfMark High achiever status, which means the club’s facilities have been recognised as highly valuable by Golf England. At over 300 yards long, it gives the longest hitters a chance to open their shoulders, from either the covered bays or from the outside teeing areas. Each bay has a

quality artificial surface and varying tee height which, together with real golf balls, spacious bays, ample parking and welcoming staff make Exminster Driving Range a pleasure to visit. Clubs are available to borrow free of charge if you don’t have your own. The range is open from 7am-9pm throughout the week and from 7.30am-7pm at weekends. Floodlights operate in the evenings to allow you to enjoy the facilities of our driving range after work. For more information, call 01392 976075 or visit our website at www.exminstergolf.com

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Visitors & Societies Exminster Golf Centre welcomes visitors and is happy to provide a tailored golf experience for societies, charities or corporate groups throughout the year. Visitors are always welcome to use the course throughout the week and weekend are invited to use our club’s outstanding facilities including changing rooms, lockers and the Pro Shop and of course the restaurant at any time. Handicap certificates are not required but each player must have their own clubs and golf shoes and dress

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appropriately. A basic knowledge of the game’s rules and etiquette are required. Our group and society packages are all very competitively priced can provide everything you need to make sure your day is a success, including nearest the pin and longest drive markers. Up to £100 worth of free prizes can be given depending on the size of your group. If you are looking for some stylish prizes, then look no further than our well-stocked Pro Shop.


We are happy to quote prices for any other tailor-made packages that your society may prefer. All visitors are respectfully asked to familiarise themselves with the club’s Dress Code. On the course, no jeans, T-shirts, football/rugby shirts or trainers are allowed. Shorts are acceptable but must be a tailored type worn with long or short white socks. We look forward to welcoming you or your society to Exminster. If you would like any further information, please contact our Club Professional Jon Langmead on 01392 976 075.

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The Clubhouse & Restaurant Exminster clubhouse has a warm and welcoming atmosphere for all visitors, whether you are playing golf or just visiting the club for the first time and with panoramic views over the Exe Estuary, across the course and down on to the 9th green, it provides the ideal surroundings in which to relax. Our bars are well stocked with a selection of beers, wines, spirits and an extensive choice of non-alcoholic alternatives. Golfers and guests can enjoy drinks and light snacks in the Charcombes Lounge Bar, the fully Licensed Bar or, weather permitting, out on the patio looking across 55 acres of beautiful Devon countryside.

A lovely spot to spend some time on a sunny day, it will come as no surprise to learn that outdoor activities besides golf are a popular feature in the summer months. Our catering team is very highly thought of and you only need to enjoy one meal with us to see why. Charcombes Lounge and restaurant area provides a range of light snacks or, if you would prefer something more substantial, a full menu of meals and daily specials.

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The Clubhouse & Restaurant Cont... You can also enjoy an early breakfast, a hearty lunch or a delicious home-cooked evening meal, with ingredients all sourced locally to ensure the freshness and quality of our food. Currently the restaurant is open every day until 2.30pm and also on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings.

If you wish to book our facilities or would like to talk to someone about the options available to you, then please do not hesitate to contact Luci in the club office on 01392 976 075.

Whether it’s a quick coffee before a round, a drink at the 19th with a bar meal, or a more substantial meal in the restaurant, our accommodating staff provide first class customer service that will make your visit to Exminster Golf Centre a memorable one.

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Weddings & Functions If you want to make a special occasion exactly that, then why not talk to us about hosting it at Exminster Golf Centre. We cater for all kinds of parties – anniversary, birthday, christening or retirement – use your imagination to think of an event to celebrate in our magnificent surroundings and we will make sure it is one to remember. The clubhouse, enclosed within a picture postcard setting of Devon, has wonderful views across the Exe Estuary and course. The magnificence of the location is matched only by the meticulous attention to detail that is applied by our conscientious staff on every occasion.

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The venue really does provide the perfect setting for a truly memorable day – a newly-refurbished clubhouse and patio with beautiful views of our golf course creating the perfect backdrop. Outside, that wonderful scenery will help your photographer create a wedding album to be treasured. Our main room, the Charcombes Lounge, offers flexibility, being used for all sorts of activities from small parties to all-day conferences. Charcombes Lounge also has an authorised extended bar licence until midnight Sunday to Thursday and until 1am on Fridays and Saturdays, allowing you to party late into the evening.


If you would like to book a smaller venue, you can enjoy the delights of a competitively priced licenced bar, selling a complete range of beers and lagers, together with various wines and an ample selection of soft drinks, tea and coffee. Another reason for choosing Exminster is the expertise of the club’s resident chef who, together with his team, can prepare whatever you desire, from a three-course a la carte-style meal to a sumptuous fork buffet, while our packages can also incorporate arrival drinks, canapÊs and wines.

Overnight accommodation in a honeymoon suite is available at a number of local hotels with our helpful management team always available to give you advice on what best suits your special day. The catering on offer at Exminster is second to none and will ensure your guests leave satisfied and remember the occasion for all the right reasons. Call Luci on 01392 976 075 to arrange an initial meeting where you can have a tour of our facilities and discuss the extensive menu options available.

A dance floor is also available and we can make recommendations regarding entertainment to make sure you round off the day in style.

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Social Activities With friendly, approachable members and staff and outstanding off-course facilities, we really feel there is nowhere better to enjoy not only your golf, but everything else that a well-rounded golf centre has to offer. Not only does the setting lend itself to some spectacular golf, it is also a pretty special place to relax as well. The club offers a busy social calendar with numerous activities organised to ensure that members are given every chance to enjoy the club’s wonderful facilities. If they can be combined with the excellence on offer from our catering team, then so much the better.

Key dates throughout the year such as Easter, Christmas and New Year’s Eve tend to be celebrated with a sitdown meal and some form of musical entertainment and the members have also been able to enjoy a range of bands and tribute acts. The club’s presentation evenings and annual dinner dance are also well-attended events, which are eagerly anticipated by members.

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Members’ Golf Members at Exminster enjoy a full programme of golf throughout the year. There are fixtures against other clubs, together with much competition to be enjoyed alongside fellow members, some for silverware and some of a more social nature. Most of the club competitions at Exminster embrace the England golf modern thinking of “equity in golf” with and ladies playing alongside the men. One of the big attractions to new and established members are the ‘Roll up’ games we host throughout the week, while our non-competition weekends are also available for members to come along and enjoy a friendly day of golf.

There is always something to suit your handicap, age and golfing desire at Exminster and you will certainly not be short of playing opportunities. Gentlemen The men’s section at Exminster Golf Centre is strong on competitive golf both within the club and with other golf clubs and leagues. The men field a team in a Devon county competition called the Palairet Memorial Trophy. This is a Scratch Foursomes match played over 18 holes, with each match consisting of three games.

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Members’ Golf Cont... The men also compete in the Parker Trophy, however, their main focus is in the East Devon Men’s League which is played with a team of ten. The men’s side also play a number of friendlies throughout the season against other local clubs, while there is also a keen focus on social golf where the only thing on offer is renewing friendships and perhaps a drink in the bar afterwards for the winner. Ladies The Ladies section at Exminster has a full range of playing abilities catering for all standard of golfers. They field a side in the President’s Trophy Stableford Division 6, while they also compete in Division 3 of the

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Sheelah Creasy Bowl. This competition is a betterball Stableford for teams of four. The Ladies section also enter a side into the Doris Willes-Little Cup Foursomes, a Ryder Cup-style match play format played over two days. Ladies will find Exminster the ideal place to play and improve their golf, with a warm welcome awaiting new members. Juniors At Exminster Golf Centre we welcome juniors of all ages and standards to come and have a fun, safe and positive experience when playing golf.


We currently have a number of junior members aged 8 to 18 with the opportunity to compete in regular competitions and inter-club team matches.

Seniors The Seniors are a very strong section of the club, meeting weekly for either fun competitions or Stablefords.

The Juniors field a side in the East Devon Junior League, which sees teams of six playing singles match play over 18 holes. They also compete in the Basil Steer Inter-Club Knock-Out Trophy, which is a match play competition.

The Senior field a team in the East Devon Veterans League with all the participating clubs taking turns to host a round of the event which is then followed by a very sociable get-together.

Foxy’s Junior Academy also gives juniors the chance to partake in a programme taught by our PGA Professional with the aim of learning the game of golf by enjoying it.

The section also competes in the Emerton Court Cup, which is open to all golf clubs in Devon but is restricted to members over 60 years of age. Format of play is a ten-man team playing fourball betterball.

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WE ARE HERE

How to Find Us Exminster Golf Centre is situated on Exminster Hill, less than a mile from Exminster town centre with easy access to the M5. Directions From the North – Follow the M5 southbound until the A379 exit towards Exeter where you should take the roundabout’s third exit. Head straight over the next roundabout on to Bridge Road, before taking a left at the following roundabout on to Sannerville Way. At the next roundabout turn right on to Lower Duck St and head straight until a left turn on to Exminster Hill. Follow this road until you arrive at Exminster Golf Centre car park.

For satellite navigation purposes our postcode is EX6 8GA.

From the South - Follow the A38 northbound until the A379 exit. Head straight until reaching a roundabout where you take the fourth exit on to Old Matford Lane. Follow this road until a right turn on to Main Road and head straight until a right turn on to Exminster Hill. Follow this road until you arrive at Exminster Golf Centre car park. Public Transport – The nearest railway station is Starcross, which is a ten-minute taxi ride away. We look forward to welcoming you to Exminster Golf Centre. If you have any questions or would like further information then please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Contact Us Here at Exminster it is always a pleasure to meet new members, visitors and guests. If we can assist you with any queries or questions that you may have then please do not hesitate to get in touch. Exminster Golf Centre | Exminster Hill Exminster | Devon | EX6 8GA Office General Manager: Luci Lacey Tel: 01392 976 075 | Email: luci@exminstergolf.com Members Manager: Adrian Hughes Tel: 01392 976075 Email: secretary@exminstergolf.com

Pro Shop Professional/Golf Director: Jon Langmead Professional’s Andy Fox, Jody Bee & Mike Rowett Tel: 01392 833 838 | Email: jon@exminstergolf.com Website: www.exminstergolf.com Opening Hours Golf Course / Driving Range Mon-Fri: 8am – 9pm | Sat-Sun: 8am – 7pm Bar (open to all) Mon-Fri: 8am – 10.30pm (may vary) | Sat-Sun: 8am – 7pm Restaurant (open to all) Mon-Sun: 9am – 2.30pm (breakfast/lunches) Wed-Fri: 6pm – 9pm (evening dinner) N.B Times may vary at quieter times.

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Exminster Golf Centre | Exminster Hill Exminster | Devon | EX6 8GA Tel: 01392 976 075 | Email: secretary@exminstergolf.com

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EXMINSTER GOLF CLUB ANNUAL CORPORATE BROCHURE 2012 - 2013