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Mount Pleasant Golf Club Official Brochure 2014 - 2015 01462 850 999


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Contents Welcome..................................................................................... 04 The Course.................................................................................. 06 The Clubhouse............................................................................ 08 Weddings & Functions................................................................ 10 Conferences................................................................................ 14 Social Events............................................................................... 17 Becoming a Member.................................................................. 19 Membership Benefits................................................................. 23 Members’ Golf............................................................................ 29

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Juniors........................................................................................ 33 Visitors........................................................................................ 37 Golf Societies.............................................................................. 39 The Pro Shop & Professional Team............................................. 43 Equipment.................................................................................. 45 Coaching..................................................................................... 47 How To Find Us........................................................................... 49 Contact Us.................................................................................. 50

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Welcome Mount Pleasant Golf Club is open to the public and situated in some beautiful Bedfordshire countryside in the village of Lower Stondon, which is within easy reach of Hitchin, Luton, Bedford and Stevenage. We have a very attractive 9-hole golf course, with 18 different tees, offering a

golfing challenge of nearly 6,200 yards with a par of 70. The layout is always immaculately presented and incorporates an abundance of natural features. Our fantastic award-winning clubhouse is perfect for celebrations of all types and sizes including weddings, birthday and anniversary parties. The building can


be split into different-sized rooms that can accommodate from 10 to over 100 people. We have great catering facilities, with lovely views across the golf course, ample parking and are an excellent venue for conferences. For a refreshing drink, filling snack or a relaxing dining experience, head for the

Fairway Bar & Bistro, where everyone will be looked after by our caring and attentive staff. A comparatively young club, formed in 1992, you will find this translates into a positive. There is a youthful enthusiasm, warmth and friendliness about Mount Pleasant and we are proud to be a family-

run business that cares. New faces are not strangers for very long and there is none of the stuffiness to be found at many ‘traditional’ golfing establishments. The new clubhouse opened in 2010 and won the prestigious award of Club Mirror ‘Proprietary Club of the Year 2010’.

We very much look forward to welcoming you for what we are sure will be a memorable visit. 5

The Course Mount Pleasant opened for play in July 1992 and has established a reputation for its excellent condition and presentation. The Club is open for Pay & Play as well as offering flexible membership options. It is a very attractive nine-hole golf course, with 18 different tees, covering about 70 acres. From the white tees it measures nearly 6,200 yards with a par of 70.

The course has been designed to provide an interesting challenge, as well as a fair test of golf to established players, but not be too intimidating to enthusiastic beginners. The layout incorporated three meadows, with existing trees, hedges, ponds and ditches. Some 10,000 extra trees, mainly indigenous species, were planted and all of these plantations are now very well


established, making for some excellent tree-lined holes. By using the well-proven construction principals recommended by the English Golf Union and incorporating a good drainage and irrigation system, the course is playable all year round. Some revisions to the course have taken place over the years. A new 4th/13th

green has been built, extending a short par 4 by some 70 yards. The old green was excavated to form a large pond. A new tee has been built for the 18th hole and new tees have also been constructed to add further length for competitions.

using the natural contours of the land, and its maintenance is carried out in a sustainable way. See our website for more fantastic photographs and hole descriptions.

Mount Pleasant Golf Club is owned and managed by the Simkins family, who previously farmed the land. The course complements the environment, 7

The Clubhouse The clubhouse (known as the Fairway Bar & Bistro) is open to the public and has a fantastic view overlooking the course, with a covered veranda for yearround outside seating.

A full catering service is available seven days a week, providing quality food prepared and cooked by our own chefs using fresh ingredients and innovative menus. Food is served daily between 9am and 3pm, offering an extensive bar menu, providing club favourites and good quality traditional homemade food. On Sunday’s food is served until 4pm with traditional Sunday roasts from 12pm, prepared for you fresh from our kitchen.


The bistro menu is available as an addition to the bar menu on Wednesday to Saturday evenings, from 6pm to 9pm, with the chefs using their culinary expertise to create some of their favourite dishes. The fully licenced bar is supported by Fullers Brewery, offering London Pride on cask, as well as a selection of ales, lager and ciders. Unusually for a golf club, our real ales have ‘Cask Marque’ accreditation.

Our wine selection cannot be purchased on the high street, again offering just that little something different. The contemporary lounge area is a great place to meet and relax with friends over a cup of fair trade coffee and a slice of delicious homemade cake.

environment. Care was taken to make the building as environmentally friendly as possible, using air source heating and energy efficient lighting. The new facilities function rooms available for hire for conference and training needs, as well as private parties, events & weddings.

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Weddings & Functions Mount Pleasant Golf Club understands that your wedding is one of the most important days in the lives of you and your partner. Our experienced hospitality team has one objective when organising weddings – to make your day stress free, with superlative service, top quality catering and unsurpassed value.

More than just a golf club, at Mount Pleasant we offer the perfect venue for your special day. Our facilities are luxurious, spacious, modern and welcoming. Our chefs have carefully planned an extensive formal Wedding Breakfast menu which we are confident features dishes which will appeal to all tastes. Canapés and a selection of welcome drinks can be served for your guests on


arrival and for the evening reception why not select from our extensive buffet menu. Plus let’s not forget the entertainment. At Mount Pleasant there are a number of resident DJs who will play a variety of songs or you can contact them directly should you desire particular songs. You are also welcome to provide your own disco/band for a nominal fee and subject to certain conditions.

From our experience, no two weddings are alike. We appreciate it is your special day and will always try and accommodate any personal requests where possible.

• Use of wooden dance floor • Use of PA system and projector, if required • Free car parking

Here is what is included in your wedding package:

In addition to weddings, we would be delighted to be your chosen venue for any special occasions such as private dinners, birthday, anniversary or retirement parties. You will find us a caring and considerate host for funeral teas and wakes.

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Weddings & Functions (continued) “Hi Tara, We both wanted to say a huge thank you as the day was perfect and we can’t thank everyone enough who was involved. Rebecca was fantastic, very attentive and made sure all our guest and both of us were looked after all day. The food was amazing and all our friends and family agreed. I want to thank you personally for looking after me during the run up to the wedding, I appreciate how busy you are and you always got back to me promptly. You really were the perfect venue for us, made everyone feel very relaxed and it was the atmosphere we wanted. We will be recommending you to all family and friends for future occasions.“ - Kristina and Tom “We would just like to say a huge thank you for all the effort and dedication Tara and her team put into helping make our wedding day so special. The service we received was second to none, you couldn’t fault a thing and the day ran seamlessly. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves and all commented on how lovely the venue was, thought the food was fabulous and cooked to a very high standard. If you are looking for a venue to host your special day then look no further Mount Pleasant is the one, you certainly will not be disappointed, we weren’t! Thank you again for making our day truly magical, and one we will both cherish forever.” - Emma & Ian

For a weddings or function brochure please call 01462 810100 / 810104 or email: We would be delighted to give you a no obligation tour.


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Conferences Mount Pleasant is delighted to offer businesses the opportunity to make use of our club and its facilities for corporate golf days or as the memorable spot for a meeting or conference. Our modern, spacious clubhouse provides an ideal venue away from the office environment and a friendly welcome and exceptional service allows you to concentrate on the business at hand.

There are two private function rooms, the Orchid Room and the Iris Room, which are available for hire for conferences, board meetings, seminars, corporate days, training sessions, networking events and team building. These rooms are partitioned allowing them to become one room, to accommodate up to 80 people for a theatre-style meeting. Outside there is the main feature - a veranda covered by the roof canopy and adjoining patio to allow for additional seating, with picturesque views of the 18th fairway. For meetings or events of more than 30


guests or depending on room layout we would recommend removing the partition and using both of the function rooms. All the rooms are temperature controlled and have background music and PA facilities. The rooms also have their own toilet facilities and disabled facilities are also available. The meeting rooms are equipped with complimentary wifi, flip charts, projector and screen. All equipment is subject to availability and should be pre-booked. Whether you wish to use the room for

a few hours or a full day we are able to accommodate. You can tailor your package to suit your requirements, creating your own bespoke event. The catering options are similarly versatile. We can offer any combination of breakfast, lunch or evening meal, sit-down dinners, light buffets and anything in between from tea, sandwiches and a selection of cakes and scones to fruit platters for the health-conscious.

To make the day one that really lasts long in the minds of your delegates, how about incorporating a round of golf? Prizes are available from our pro shop and one of our Professionals would be delighted to put on a group golf clinic before you take to the course.

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Social Events Mount Pleasant is a young and vibrant golf club. Our friendly membership have an equally enjoyable time off the course as they do on it.

These social occasions range from the traditional favourites such as quiz nights and race nights, to summer discos and even a fireworks display.

An extensive and varied programme of social events is organised throughout the year, with the aim being that there should be something to appeal to everyone, whatever their taste in entertainment and all are welcome.

Notable dates in the diary such as Christmas and Mother’s Day are marked with social events at the club and the party to welcome in the New Year is always one not to be missed.

The annual Christmas Fayre never fails to get everyone in the festive spirit, while wine tasting and jazz and tapas evenings highlight a variety you will not see in the social calendar of many golf clubs. Mount Pleasant even has its own take on Ladies Day at Ascot - one of the social events of the year - with a very enjoyable afternoon tea held at the Club.

For more information regarding upcoming events please contact the General Manager on 01462 810100 email: or view our website: 17

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Becoming a Member Mount Pleasant Golf Club has a very active membership. Our Men’s, Ladies’, Senior and Junior/Intermediate sections offer a full competition fixtures schedule aimed at players of all standards. We also run several family-friendly events and a varied social calendar. The Club operates a very flexible membership structure to help fit in with your lifestyle and requirements.

Three options are available:

There is also a very attractive discount on offer with our joint gold membership, aimed at couples choosing to join the club at the same time.


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Becoming a Member (continued) All Members have equal status in the club, including Ladies and Juniors, and most competitions are open to all Members. The Club also operates on a ‘Pay & Play’ basis allowing non-Members to book eight days ahead.

“Mount Pleasant is a very friendly, fun, family run club, where you always get service with a smile. The golf course is a challenge for all levels from scratch to 28. The food is great too. Keep up the great work” - Lee King

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Membership Benefits There are many reasons to consider becoming a member of Mount Pleasant Golf Club. One of the most compelling apart from having a lovely course and wonderful new, modern facilities - is that we consider ourselves to be the friendliest club in the area. It is easy to make such a claim, but we would be delighted for you to put us to the test.

Pop in as a visitor for a quick drink and while you are here sit down and sample the atmosphere. Feel free to chat with our Members and ask them what they think of the club and what makes them renew their subscriptions. We are confident the feedback you receive will be positive.

The dictionary defines pleasant as “giving a sense of happy satisfaction or enjoyment” and “friendly and considerate”. In short, here at Mount Pleasant, we live up to our name.

To enquire about becoming a member, please contact the Pro Shop on 01462 850999, the General Manager on 01462 810100 or email: 23

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Membership Benefits (continued) If you need any further persuasion, here are a few more reasons to join: • 15 days priority booking • Sign in up to 3 guests per game, at Members’ guest rate • Obtain a handicap • Eligibility to play in club competitions • Direct debit options available

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Members’ Golf Members at Mount Pleasant enjoy a full programme of competitions throughout the year, both playing against each other and at home and away against other clubs. We have active and thriving sections for Men, Ladies, Juniors (under-18s) and Seniors (aged 55 and over). Each group

enjoys several friendly matches over the course of the year which offers the chance to test one’s game under the pressure of competition as well as to play some of the other courses in the area. Members are also encouraged to enter county competitions.

Within the club itself, one of the most prestigious trophies contested annually are the Club Championships, which seeks to identify the outstanding golfer of the year in each playing category. 29

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Members’ Golf (continued) Each section runs their own matchplay knockout competitions for pairs and individual players, as well as monthly medals and stableford events. A particular highlight of the year are the respective Captain’s Days, which always promise a terrific day out both on the course and off it.

Much of the golf precedes an eagerly anticipated get-together in the clubhouse afterwards, the 9-Hole Championship being one such example, with the competition being followed by a barbecue.

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Juniors Mount Pleasant Golf Club is totally committed to promoting golf at all levels, and nowhere is this more apparent than with our Junior section.

We aim to coach, encourage and assist juniors to play at a level that they are comfortable with and to ensure new players are introduced to the game of golf with a sound knowledge and understanding of the game, rules and etiquette.

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Juniors (continued) Male juniors who have a handicap are eligible to play in all club competitions. Boys can play in the Men’s competitions and girls in Men’s and Ladies competitions.

Juniors have a handicap greater than 28 or do not yet have a handicap should play from the red tees at all times (including competitions). Male juniors with a handicap of 28 or below should play from the yellow tees for general play and from the white tees in competitions.

The club operates an equity, equality and equal opportunities policy with regards to male and female juniors competing together in junior competitions. Various events are held throughout the season, organised around the school holidays. There is also group coaching for juniors held on a Saturday morning.

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Visitors Visitors are always welcome at Mount Pleasant. We endeavour to provide a warm welcome and a day out to remember. You do not have to be a golfer to be able to spend an enjoyable time with us. The Fairway Bar & Bistro are open throughout the day where you are always welcome to enjoy a social drink or friendly meal. If you do come for the golf, players can look forward to an excellent round with some of the fastest and best greens in the area.

The course drains exceptionally well and is playable in all but the severest of weather. It was designed to provide interesting and varied levels of challenge to give a fair game of golf to established players but not to be intimidating to enthusiastic beginners.

Handicap Certificates are not required for general play at Mount Pleasant. We are a fairly relaxed club, but we do ask visitors to respect our rules, dress code and standard golfing etiquette to ensure their visit runs as smoothly as possible.

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Golf Societies Society bookings are welcome at Mount Pleasant Golf Club, any time during weekdays and on weekend afternoons. You can be sure of an extremely warm welcome from our staff, at all times. We consider a society to be a minimum of 12 players, up to a maximum of 48 for golf. We can, however, cater for more. Our pro shop can offer a variety of prizes for your day and golf clubs, trolleys and buggies can be hired on the day.

You are welcome to play 9, 18, or 27 holes, depending on the size of the group and your golfing requirements. Longest drive (recommend 5th or 14th) and nearest the pin (recommend 1st, 10th or 17th) markers can be provided if required.

Our society menu is guaranteed to satisfy even the largest of appetites and features golfer’s favourites such as ham, egg and chips or sausage, mash & onion gravy, together with a large selection of other mouth-watering options, beef & ale pie, baked hake in a creamed leek & carrot sauce or Coq au vin.

We would prefer societies to play in threeballs wherever possible; however, we reserve the right to insist on a specific playing format depending on the number of players indicated. 39

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Golf Societies (continued) Did you know a typical golfer will burn about 1,124 calories during an average round? It will make you feel a lot less guilty when you plump for the likes of sticky toffee pudding, treacle tart or vanilla cheesecake with fresh fruit compote from our dessert menu! We will try to meet all your requirements to our highest standard and should you require slight variations to this menu we are happy to discuss this with you.

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The Pro Shop & Professional Team The shop provides a comprehensive repair service from re-gripping to reshafting. Custom fitting sessions are also available for those looking to get the most from their equipment. This is where a series of static and dynamic measurements are taken and the result

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Equipment The Pro-shop is always well stocked with equipment from leading manufacturers including Callaway, Titleist, Ping and Taylormade. We can source almost any item from any brand at a competitive price.

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Coaching Our PGA Golf Professional is Pete Blanch. Pete has been a qualified member of the PGA since 1996, and been working within golf for the last 25 years. He has worked as Assistant manager and head teaching Professional at American Golf in Biggleswade, A1 Golf Range in Borehamwood, as well as private golf clubs including John O’Gaunt, Welwyn Garden City and Letchworth. Pete feels there are no two people the same, and therefore tries to treat each pupil as individuals, your golf will be defined by your personality, and it would be unwise to work against this. How you practice, think,

your personal circumstances, motivation and play the game will be different from one person to another.

Junior golf coaching is held every Saturday morning throughout the year. Level 1: beginners 9.00am

V1 golf video analysis is used on every lesson, and can be emailed to the pupil on request, along with lesson notes for your reference. The structure of a golf shot is simple and rigid, although the content will differ from person to person depending on your individual faults. The aim is to try to help make you the best you can be.

Level 2: intermediate 10.00am Level 3: experienced 11.00am You can sample the sessions on a roll up basis for ÂŁ5.00, or commit to each 13 week period and take your certificate at the end to move up to the next level, a one to one coaching session per month is included in the price at ÂŁ50.00

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How to Find Us Mount Pleasant Golf Club is situated in the centre of the village of Lower Stondon, less than 1 mile west of the Stondon/Henlow camp roundabout, off the A600 Shefford to Hitchin Road. For satellite navigation purposes, our postcode is SG16 6JL Directions From The M1 South Leave the motorway at Junction 10/10A (Luton Airport/Hitchin). Follow the A505 to Hitchin. In Hitchin turn north on to A600

Bedford Road. After 4 miles enter Stondon; turn left at the roundabout by ‘Bird in Hand’ pub. Mount Pleasant is on the left, 1 mile into the centre of the village. From The M1 North Leave the motorway at Junction 13 for the A421 Bedford. Immediately turn right at the traffic lights, signposted A507 Ampthill and A1 Baldock. Follow A507 for 10 miles. Turn right at roundabout by Airman Hotel on to A600 Hitchin. At next roundabout turn right by ‘Bird in Hand’ pub. Mount Pleasant is on the left, 1 mile into the centre of the village.

From The A1 Leave at Junction 10, following the A507 signs for Shefford/Ampthill/Milton Keynes/ M1. Remain on this road for 6 miles. Take left at roundabout by Airman Hotel on to the A600 Hitchin and pick up the directions in “From the M1 North” above. By Train The nearest railway station is at Arlesey (3 miles), though Hitchin (5 miles) is better served with more frequent services. Direct services run to London King’s Cross, which is around 30 minutes away. 49

Contact Us Here at Mount Pleasant Golf Club, 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.

Pro Shop 01462 850999

Mount Pleasant Golf Club Station Road Lower Stondon Bedfordshire SG16 6JL

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Opening Hours Kitchen Daily 9am to 3pm Wed to Sat evenings 6pm to 9pm Roasts served Sundays 12pm to 4pm Bar Open Longer Course Summer 6.45am-8pm Winter 7.30am-5pm (or until dark)

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