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Club News - Summer 2017

Issue 99 published by GolfClubNewsletters

Dear Member

Well, once again I seem to be late with the Newsletter although it is still Summer, just about!  My course was burnt to a cinder a month ago but is now beautifully lush, only downside is that the ball doesn’t roll as far!
 
I’ve got lots to report this time so will keep this brief but once again need to have a nag about scorecards!   All cards must have your membership written on before submitting and gross score MUST be added up!  You would be surprised at the number of cards that have not been added up.  If you email me your cards and there is no apparent course name, the card will be entered as “Course Unknown”.
 
Hope you all get in as much golf as possible before the end of the Summer and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our golf days.  Nigel Smith takes over a South East Captain on 16th August at Maylands Golf Club – many thanks to Ogy John who has kept us all entertained during his term as Captain!
 
Until next time

 
Kate


 

 MEON VALLEY – WEEKEND WONDER   16/17th July

 


Our annual weekend away was a return visit to the Marriott Resort Meon Valley, near Southampton on what was probably the last decent weekend of the Summer!  We were blessed with dry weather and even sat outside until late on into the evening having drinks after dinner.
 
With a fantastic field of 32 golfers the first day was an individual stableford event. As the scores came in there were three on 35 so it was going to be a carefully studied countback situation but the last score to come in was an excellent 38 points from Nigel Smith.  This knocked Ogy John into 4th place, Steve Salt into 3rd and Andy Shaw into 2nd, all with 35 points.
 
Nick Summers won both the men’s Longest Drive and Nearest the Pin and I’m delighted to report that Anne Colbourn won the ladies Nearest the Pin and I won the Longest Drive, beating such likely contenders as Linda Rich and Karen Duncan!
 
Monday was a team stableford competition with best 2 of out of 4 scores counting, although I asked everyone to keep all scores (this seemed to cause some consternation!) as there was a secret prize to give away.  3rd place went to Ken Hall, Brian Cosgrove, Jane Ware and Jeff Ridge with 81 points, 2nd place went to Alan Cornford, Gary Cavill, Pauline Ronson and Janet Mock with 84 pints and lst prize with a magnificent score of 85 points went to Linda Rich, Anne Colbourn, Nick Summers and John Sear.
 
The secret prize was the best overall individual score for the weekend, which was between Ken Hall and Nigel Smith, both on a total of 65 points, on countback this went to Ken Hall so well done! Nick Summers, Norman Beckett and myself were all close behind with 62 points.
 
All in all a splendid weekend’s golf with some excellent golf and great company.
Our annual weekend away was a return visit to the Marriott Resort Meon Valley, near Southampton on what was probably the last decent weekend of the Summer!  We were blessed with dry weather and even sat outside until late on into the evening having drinks after dinner.
 
With a fantastic field of 32 golfers the first day was an individual stableford event. As the scores came in there were three on 35 so it was going to be a carefully studied countback situation but the last score to come in was an excellent 38 points from Nigel Smith.  This knocked Ogy John into 4th place, Steve Salt into 3rd and Andy Shaw into 2nd, all with 35 points.
 
Nick Summers won both the men’s Longest Drive and Nearest the Pin and I’m delighted to report that Anne Colbourn won the ladies Nearest the Pin and I won the Longest Drive, beating such likely contenders as Linda Rich and Karen Duncan!
 
Monday was a team stableford competition with best 2 of out of 4 scores counting, although I asked everyone to keep all scores (this seemed to cause some consternation!) as there was a secret prize to give away.  3rd place went to Ken Hall, Brian Cosgrove, Jane Ware and Jeff Ridge with 81 points, 2nd place went to Alan Cornford, Gary Cavill, Pauline Ronson and Janet Mock with 84 pints and lst prize with a magnificent score of 85 points went to Linda Rich, Anne Colbourn, Nick Summers and John Sear.
 
The secret prize was the best overall individual score for the weekend, which was between Ken Hall and Nigel Smith, both on a total of 65 points, on countback this went to Ken Hall so well done! Nick Summers, Norman Beckett and myself were all close behind with 62 points.
 
All in all a splendid weekend’s golf with some excellent golf and great company.

 




NAT WEST TROPHY – PAIRS BETTERBALL
WESTERHAM GC – 10TH MAY

Having retrieved the trophy from the Stewards Office at St. Georges Hill Weybridge (where it had been left for collection by last year’s winner), Westerham might have been a come down but that was certainly not the case. 

A challenging course with plenty of hazards and very hilly so quite tiring which is probably why the pair in a buggy won the trophy!  3rd place went to Peter Hickson and Barry Hitchins with 39 points, 2nd place to Alan Cornford and Steve Salt on 42 points and the winners with 45 points were Bernard Pendry and John Beer..

Nearest the Pin went to Kate Brown (couldn’t have been more than 12 “ from the hole!) and Longest Drive went to Cliff Larkin.


SILVER JUBILEE CUP
SINGING HILLS – 14TH JUNE

It’s some years since we last played at Singing Hills so was a treat to return.  Scores were quite low as I think a lot of us struggled with the water hazards!  I’m delighted to report that Clive Martin came 3rd with 31 points on countback, having recovered from his misadventure in Cyprus and Jim Pitman was 2nd, also with 31 points.   Karen Duncan was the winner with an impressive 36 points.   Peter Hickson won the Longest Drive and guess what, Kate Brown won the Nearest the Pin – again!!  And over water onto an island green...


 

SPRING TRIP 2018
BELEK, TURKEY – APRIL 25TH – MAY 2nd

It is now three years since we were last in Belek and in that time we have been to Morocco (still not developed enough) and Cyprus which unfortunately due to Brexit and the fall in the pound against the Euro has become extremely expensive.   Having canvassed all our regular Spring trippers, the overwhelming majority vote was to return to Belek with its stunning golf courses and superb value all inclusive luxury hotels.  Once again Golf Escapes will be looking after us and the package is  all inclusive to include ALL food and drinks (local wines and spirits), 5 rounds of golf, transfers to and from the airport and all golf courses.  The hotel is the Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa.  As usual, flights are extra and as soon as Easyjet release their 2018 schedule I will advise you of the details.  The cost of this trip (exlcluding flights) is just £885 and £600 for non golfers.   Single rooms are incredibly cheap at just £40 extra for the week (£925)


The Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa is a stunning 5* venue with all you could ever want or need from a golf holiday to Turkey. The luxurious accommodation and facilities will ensure that you are always comfortable, and the 27 hole golf course will guarantee that you are never bored at this stunning hotel. 

We will be playing the Cornelia Faldo hotel course twice, The Carya, the Pasha and the National course, all firm favourites with those who have been to Turkey in the past.


Places are limited so to reserve your place as soon as possible please contact Kate in the office.  A deposit of £125 will secure your booking.

For further information and advance booking form call 020 8391 4666 or email katebrown@golfclubgb.co.uk


 

THE OPEN  2017
Report by Simon Grigor

First dates put in my diary every year are those of the Open.  And 2017 was no exception.  I drove north-westwards to Royal Birkdale, the second-nearest (to me) course on the rota, looking forward to my 32nd Open, and my 5th at the beautiful but intimidating links on the Lancashire coast.

The day before the Championship, I met a friend of mine who lives at Lytham St Annes, and played the course he is a member at, Fairhaven.  A James Braid designed inland links with a tough par of 73 off the yellows, I would recommend it to anyone visiting the area , though our round was curtailed after 16 holes when a mighty deluge (of GCGB Bletchingley 2016 proportions) arrived and, more importantly, the klaxon sounded as lightning was seen.

It was off the next day to Southport where, as always, the park and ride worked smoothly.  I sat in the stand on the very tough 13th (499 yards – but only a par four) in the morning, and moved to the short 7th in the afternoon, before walking the inward nine with the group of Bubba Watson, Scott Hend and Rafa Cabrera Bello.  Three Americans, Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth and newly-crowned US Open champ Brooks Koepka led the field.

Day two saw me meeting a friend and walking much of the course with Koepka, Hideki Matsuyama and local hope Tommy Fleetwood, who was battling hard to scrape in for the weekend.   The stewarding was excellent though I think that, in common with the other courses on the rota, there are fewer spots open to spectators than was the case say, thirty years ago.  Speith ended the day two shots ahead.
The pros hit the ball for absolutely miles, and day three saw me in awe as Martin Kaymer and Jimmy Walker both drove the 346-yard 5th, without any significant following wind.  Very few of these players make any sort of ‘thrash’ at the ball, it’s all in the timing.  There’s probably not much that a 23-handicapper like me can learn from that, but there are lessons to take away in watching their short games.   Time and time again they are down in two from off the green.   Saturday afternoon saw me sat on the grass behind the long 15th, with the sun shining brightly.  Speith extended his lead by a shot but, listening to the radio on the drive back to my hotel, I thought that John Inverdale, suggesting a possible procession on the final day, needed to have a look back at the history books.


When the Open is in Scotland I don’t always stay right to the end on the final day, but I did so at Birkdale and got myself in at the grandstand at the 18th late on Sunday morning, after a brief walk round holes 15 to 18.  And there I stayed, watching all the groups come down the last, every one of them getting a huge ovation.  Out on the course, the Championship was still very much ‘open’, with Spieth in trouble and his lead evaporating.  An early finisher was the Chinese, Haotong Li, and for a while his score of six-under looked like it might put him in a play-off.  But Spieth then pulled himself together, with a fantastic run of five under par over four holes from 14.  A par on the last gave him the Championship, his first, and a third leg towards a career grand slam. 

Spieth has a maturity that belies his years, and made an excellent speech at the presentation, noting that he had supped from the Claret Jug two years ago when his friend Zach Johnson was the champion.  Others had told him that it was unlucky to have done this, and he said that for a while on his round he had believed them.  Afterwards, as he sat on a bunker’s edge cradling the Jug in front of a phalanx of cameramen, about half a dozen attempts at a ‘selfie’ managed to get me with him in the background!
It’s off to Carnoustie next year.  A beast of a course even on a benign day.  Looking forward to it already! 
 
Simon has had a busy summer and before heading up to Scotland he completed the London to Brighton bike ride in June – congratulations for completing on what was undoubtedly the hottest weekend of the Summer!


GOLF IN TUSCANY

Overseas member Jim Kachenmeister is the owner/manager of an amazing property near Lucca called il Borghetto in San Gennaro, Italy.  It is a completely rebuilt Tuscan farmhouse going back hundreds of years, which he has turned into six beautiful apartments which can accommodate 22 people in en-suite bedrooms in total and up to 28 if you utilise the sofa beds in the living rooms of three of the apartments. 

The beautiful Montecatini Golf Club is nearby, set amongst olive trees and rolling hills.    Their signature hole (18) is a Par 3 over a small lake with views of villas and the stone clubhouse.    There are several other courses in the area as well.

A typical high season rate is €200 euros per night for a two bedroom, two bathroom apartment.  Prices are lower in the shoulder seasons.  Jim has kindly offered 10%  discount to all GCGB and IGC members.  For more information please contact him direct on +39 320 812 1183 (Italy) or email kachlucca@hotmail.com

Please visit https://www.vrbo.com/576618 for photos and details of these fabulous villas.

 

 

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