Broadstone T2Green NEWS Bulletin
Welcome to the latest T2G, as usual we have plenty of information to keep you up to date with what's going on at the Club.
The Committee met on Thursday 28th August and in line with their responsibilities they have reviewed the business plan and set a DRAFT budget for 2014/15. The strategy adopted was set against the following priorities-
Ensure the continued maintenance and upkeep of the course in line with expert advice from our consultant agronomist, Gordon Irvine – The works involved include a fairway renovation programme over the next 2-3 years which see’s us commence works in September this year. The works will be undertaken by a specialist contractor coming on site to core all fairways on the course this will be followed up with an overseeding and top dressing programme to all weak areas of the fairways. These works will commence with the contractor coring all fairways from Tuesday 16th September for 3 days. Disruption to play will be minimal and preferred lies will be in operation during this period.
Drainage is also part of the course development programme over the next 2-3 years. This year and next we are planning to tackle drainage issues on the following areas - Driving range, 3rd, 10th and 12th fairways.
Continued development of the course and its heathland environment whilst improving its presentation – This work will include the continuation of the bunker redevelopment programme. The 11th green is scheduled for improvement works this winter. Along with this a new short game practice facility will be developed in the area of the current chipping green. The course policy document will also be reviewed and if necessary updated with the help of our Agronomist. The aforementioned course works are of course all subject to weather conditions, however to try and ensure we complete these to the highest standard we will commence with some of the winter project works earlier than in previous years, more than likely we will start the works in late October to make the most of what will hopefully be better weather conditions.
Continued maintenance of the clubhouse whilst improving the facilities available to all of the members and guests - The Golfers hallway access will be refurbished this winter along with some investment into the “19th” Bar area by way of some new furniture and redecoration.
The Committee are committed to a continuing investment programme to raise all standards for the enjoyment of the membership, but at the same token are mindful for the need to operate within the confines of our current business model which sees careful management and use of our overdraft facility. To facilitate all of this the subscription for the coming year will be raised by 5% (1% more than forecasted). This will mean that the cost of a full annual subscription for the year 14/15 will be £1355, an increase of £65 from the current year.
The Committee have along with the draft budget agreed on the following Capital expenditure programme for the next 3 years (click here to view) this forms part of the Club’s long term Capex programme, this will be brought to you in more detail at the Open forum evening which will once again take place this year. The date and time for the forum is - 7pm on Thursday 25th of September.
At the forum our Agronomist Gordon Irvine will be in attendance to talk us through the future plans to improve the playability of the course and explain the maintenance techniques that we will be utilising to improve all playing surfaces. We will also bring you the proposal for this winters continued course and practice facility developments. David Holmes will be on hand to explain where we are with the business plan and answer any questions on finance that anyone might have. There will also be an opportunity for an open Q&A session at the end of the evening.
Kyra’s off to the States!
It was a day tinged with both sadness and happiness when Kyra came along to the Club for a last visit prior to flying out to the States to start her scholarship. It was great to get the opportunity to chat with her about the journey she was about to embark on in regards to her College life in the states.
The Club put together a little good luck package of some dollars, and club t shirt, the shirt just to make sure she remembers where her home club is!! The ladies section also had a collection and gave her a gift of some US dollars to help her buy everything she needs when she arrives at College.
I know Neil and the shop team will be missing Kyra, she was always in the shop having a giggle, particularly with Andrew, easily taking money from him on a putting challenge round the practice putting green!
I’m sure Neil’s relieved that Kyra’s in the States at present, especially after the Liverpool v Spurs result on Saturday!
Anyway I’m sure Kyra is having a great time in the States and hopefully when she comes home for a break at Christmas we can catch up with her again.
Best wishes & Good Luck Kyra!
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Hello and welcome once again to another course update.
Here we are again already into September and nearing the end of another summer.
After the prolonged dry spell through June and July, August has provided us with a reasonable amount of rain.
In total for August we have had 104mm (just over 4”) of rain!
Some of this fell as very substantial storms and twice last month we came into a scene of devastation. Pathways and bunkers were washed out with a great deal of work by the greenstaff to repair the damage.
Pic above repairing storm damage
1st stream washed over debris
Having seen reports over the weekend that ‘summer is set to return’ hopefully we can drag the good weather out for a little longer once again. The course in general was in need of a little rain and this has worked perfectly in ensuring that as we head into winter with any areas that may have started losing grass, these will now be in a stronger position with better coverage.
Onto other things, since coming back off holiday last week I have been busy working out expenditure and planning for the winter work programme. Things are now shaping up and being finalised and once again we are heading towards an exciting period!
Working closely with our consultant Gordon Irvine I recently spent another day discussing and looking in detail at our fairways. With the greens, tees and approaches in better shape over the last couple of years we are now also steering our attention towards the fairways. The last two winters have been very wet with record amounts of rainfall the fairways are the one area that has perhaps been slightly neglected.
With rainfall figures as high as we have had during last winter and the forecasters warning us of wetter winters and drier summers this has been a wake call up that work has to be carried out on the fairways from now on. We all know that excessive thatch layers and poor drainage has not helped so a plan has been put into place to help address these issues. During the middle of September we have a contract company coming in to hollow core all the fairways and approaches. These cores will all be picked up and cleared. This will allow a good percentage of the thatch to be removed and opened up allowing much needed air into the soil. Problem areas on certain fairways will then be overseeded with a disc seeder and top-dressed with different type root zone dressing depending on the soil type that particular fairway consists of. For example a very wet and heavy soil type fairway such as 3rd will be top dressed with sand whilst a very dry, gravel or stone based fairway such as 9th or 13th will be dressed with a 50/50 mix i.e. half sand, half organic to provide a growing medium. Verti-draining will also be carried out in the autumn and the fairways sprayed with liquid seaweed feed, wetting agent and an insecticide for the control of leather jackets. Some drainage work in problem areas has also been planned.
Incidentally whilst on the subject of tining work, verti- draining and holes in the ground in general it was very encouraging this week to actually see how much good this type of work does. Whilst changing a hole on a green it was good to see strong healthy roots being encouraged to grow down deep through a tine hole. This is what we are trying to achieve.
Roots growing down a tine hole
Though this is not an immediate fix of the fairways it is a great start and over the next couple of years the benefits should hopefully be clear to see.
As for the rest of the course, winter work has now pretty much been sorted and these details will be released shortly, a programme has been put into place with regards to overseeding the greens making them more sustainable in the future and provide improved playability for longer periods through the year. Gordon Irvine is set to give a presentation at the open forum evening later this month where he will discuss all of these topics further.
Back to the current time and during the last few weeks most of our work has been geared towards course setup and presentation as we went into a spell of big comps such as the opens etc. August is normally a time that is, dare I say it slightly quieter for us so is a great time to get staff off for holidays before the normally manic autumn arrives! We now have a couple of weeks before the mentioned fairway work begins so this allows us some time to carry out work that is needed before the winter.
As good as it has looked this summer the time has come now to cut all the heavy rough around the fairways and bunkers down to just a couple of inches. I'm sure many of you will breathe a huge sigh of relief at this news! To leave the rough at this length will cause long-term problems. As it becomes wet and heavy the tall grasses will topple over and die off, this will then rot down, next year when it re-grows it would have become thick and clumpy. Obviously we are trying to produce a heavy rough that is tall and wispy where shots can be played and balls found so this is a very important job to carry out. The intentions are to strim all the bunker banks and rake up the grass and around the fairways using our tractor mounted cut and collect machine to completely remove all the grass. For the time being any heavy rough that has heather amongst it will be left until the heather has stopped flowering. This week we are also spraying the greens with a small feed and top dressing once more.
Before I finish I would also like to introduce a new member to our team. Our two seasonal workers Christine and Dom have now finished for the summer and we are now in the fortunate position of having another apprentice, Sam Widdicome join us, Sam has just left school and completed his work experience with us a year or so ago. A keen collector of old lawn mowers with his Dad, Sam has been an old hand at cutting peoples lawns and working on lawnmowers for a long time.
He was very keen to get into this line of work and is now on a part funded apprenticeship scheme working with both Myerscough College and ourselves to gain a greenkeeping qualification.
Anyway I think that’s about all from me, fingers crossed the summer returns and I’ll be back again next time.
Many thanks for reading
News from the Ladies’ Captain - Kate Roberts
August has been a really busy month! We’ve had the Ladies Open and Ladies Invitation and a series of semi final knock out competitions.
The Ladies Open had representatives from 7 different counties and in total 93 ladies played. They all enjoyed the day and were very complimentary of the course despite play having to be suspended for 10 minutes whilst we waited for the thunder and lightning to pass! I would like to thank all the ladies and gentlemen who helped to make the day so successful. It never goes unnoticed by the visitors who love being looked after so well.
Our Ladies Invitation was on Thursday 28th August. Other than one shower it was a lovely day. 60 ladies played in an am/am. They thoroughly enjoyed the format, the catering and the course. We had raffles in the two events and as a result of everyone’s generosity we have raised over £500 for Julia’s House.
Winning Team at The Ladies Invitation - Hilary Walker, Pat Reid, Kate Roberts Ladies Captain (being attacked by the foliage) Jane Groves and Grace Burke.
In the external knock out competitions The Ladies Section is doing brilliantly well!
Beales Semi finals v Rushmoor – won 5-2
Parkin Semi Finals v Ferndown – won 2-1 (Sylvia Kent digging in and winning on the 20th hole!!)
Humphrey’s Semi Finals v Ferndown - won 2-1 (3rd match conceded)
We are now in the finals of four big competitions. All to be played in the next few weeks!
Hezlet Trophy - 5 person scratch v FerndownSunday 7th September at Brokenhurst. First tee time 11am
Humphrey’s Bowl - 3 person scratch v Ashley Wood Sunday 14th September at Wareham Golf Club. First tee time 14.04hrs.
Parkin Cup - 3 person scratch v The Dorset Golf and Country Club Sunday 14th September. At Wareham Golf Club. First tee time 14.30 approx following Humphrey’s matches.
Beales Trophy - 7 person team v Parkstone. Monday 15th September at Ferndown Golf Club. First tee time 13.30hrs.
GOOD LUCK to all the Ladies and their Caddies. I’m sure everyone will wish them good golfing and the best of luck. If you’d like to come and support, that would be even better!!
Club Captain - Graham Wilkin
Lots of activity since my last update but I would like to use this month’s report to focus on my fundraising role. Thanks to the generosity of members we have so far raised nearly £2,500 this year for Julia’s House. The ‘Boat trip’ and the Captains Away Day recently added over £300. I have a target of raising £10,000 during my year and my Charity Golf Day (see details in Captains events update) will make a large contribution to this target.
However all members can help gradually during the next 7 months. Do you play in scrambles or roll ups and win some cash? Please consider donating all or some of your winnings to Julia’s House. Collection boxes are in the bar and pro shop. Many members already do so and I thank them for their generosity. Do you ever play from a bunker on 14? If so, consider making a £1 donation.
Another charity I have asked to bring to members attention requires clothing not cash! The Post Typhoon Haiyan Appeal is in need of summer clothing, shoes, bags, books and blankets. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Items to be shipped in October.
The past month has seen the Open Events completed with teams from all over the south competing. It was one of the highlights of my Captain’s role to hear all the compliments paid to the golf course. I never tire of hearing nice things being said about our club.
During the past month I have had the chance to referee a junior team event at Dudsbury GC. The club can be proud of our junior team not just their golf skills but also their golf etiquette.
The playing highlight of the month was winning and retaining the Tiger Trophy. This annual match between Parkstone and Broadstone was this year played at Parkstone. We have not won this event at Parkstone for nearly 40 years. Our President Joe Beck was in the team when we last won at Parkstone and was in the team of 12 in 2014. I proved yet again that I am a lucky captain by winning a very close match 6.5 points to 5.5 points.
Pictured are the 2 club captains with guest of honour and former Curtis Cup captain Jeanne Bisgood CBE.
Captain events update
Sunday 5th October. Captains Charity Day. Brochure now available from the office or pdf via the web site. Only £140 per team of 4 members. Fantastic prizes. Celebrity auctioneer and chance to play with 2 Special Guests. The names of the Special Guests will be announced on Twitter @broadstonegc on 13th September when raffle tickets go on sale. This will be a wonderful opportunity and not to be missed. Even if you are not available to play in the event please come along to the auction in the evening and enjoy the fun.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available from £50 – please email email@example.com for details.
Friday 31st October. Pig racing night – yes return of popular evening with a chance to win money by backing your favourite. See notice board for details.
All attention will be focused on the Beckford Bowl Final to be played at Broadstone on Sunday 14th September. The final is between our own scratch team and the scratch team from Stoneham GC. Please come along and support Rob’s team. The event is all day with foursomes in the morning and then the all important singles in the afternoon.
Finally I mentioned last month that our Hardy A team were due to play at Ashley Wood in a fixture that may well decide promotion. I am pleased to report our team duly won 5 points to 3 and move to top of the league table. Final match is next Sunday at home to Highcliffe.
Thanks for reading.
Junior section News
Unfortunately our Junior news reporter is flat out with work at present but he assures me he will be back in the next edition with a full report on all Junior affairs around the Club, including a roundup of the Junior champs and all the external knockout comps, plenty to read in the next edition of T2G!
Monthly senior stablefords have been well supported this year with many over 60s members joining in. All are very welcome and the prize money has increased significantly.
Chris Coombes KO Competition - The final will be played between Bill Kent and Chris Dearsley in September.
Maurice Bourne KO - Charles Thornton and Peter Scott have battled their way to the final and this will also be played in September.
Matches - Only one match result to report. Broadstone Seniors defeated Dudsbury 4 - 2 at Broadstone. The match at Dudsbury was a 3 all draw so overall a good result.
Broadstone Seniors Open - A very successful day with a full field. Results are available here
September already? It’ll soon be December and Huckleberry’s Kitchen will have been here one year! Where’s the time gone!
Speaking on behalf of everyone within the team, we are really enjoying being here and look forward to continuing to work with you to offer great food and friendly service.
A few things to keep you updated with - Back by popular demand, the Next Steak Night is 19th September, and the Next Fish Supper Night is 3rd October. Please book in at the Bar for both these events.
Opening Hours for food, at the moment food is still being served from 8am, with last orders at 8pm and don’t forget our Sunday Carvery is on every Sunday.
Anyone have any celebrations coming up? Anniversaries, Parties or even just a social get together? Why not come along and have dinner in your golf club restaurant, we can provide a specific menu to your requirements. Feel free to come and speak to us.
Watch this space also for your next Quiz & Curry Night.
Russell, Sam and the Huckleberry’s team
August Competition Results, Junior Club Championship News and Club Open Competition winners.
Junior Stableford – Friday 1st August 2014
4 Entries Qualifier CSS 71
1st Oscar Perry 40 pts
Junior Medal – Tuesday 5th August 2014
2 Entries Qualifier CSS 71
1st Joel Sandford Nett 72
Mid-Week Medal – Wednesday 6th August 2014
44 Entries Qualifier CSS 72
1st Brian Thomas 69
2nd Stuart Charman 70
3rd Nick Dunford 71
1st John Armour 72
2nd Sam Chapman 74
3rd James Glass 74
Ladies Daily Mail Foursomes – Thursday 7th August 2014
8 Pairs Entered Non-Qualifier
1st Kate Roberts & Cathy MacFarlane-Thompson 76.0
2nd Sue Jackson & Debbie Driver 78.0
Summer 4BBB – Saturday 9th August 2014
69 Pairs Entered Non-Qualifier
1st David Fellows & Richard Pearcy 43 pts
2nd Jon Batten & Martin Chapman 42 pts
3rd Neil Miller & Ross Abernethy 42 pts
4th Ashley Beckett & Graham Butson 41 pts
5th Keith Richards & Campbell Boal 41 pts
Seniors Stableford – Monday 18th August 2014
40 Entries Qualifier CSS 72
1st Terry Clark 36 pts
2nd Ed Golder 36 pts
3rd Chris Dearsley 34 pts
Mid-Week Stableford – Wednesday 20th August 2014
45 Entries Qualifier CSS 71
1st Frank Fellows 38 pts
2nd Dean Bridges 37 pts
3rd Andy Horn 37 pts
1st Michael Berry 42 pts
2nd Jack Turnbull 33 pts
3rd Graeme Dunn 32 pts
Ladies Medal – Thursday 21 August 2014
26 Entries Qualifier CSS 73
1st Lesley Muddiman 68
2nd Diane Freda 71
1st Ruth Meakin 71
2nd Barbara Rowland 75
Medal & Long Handicap Cup – Saturday 23rd August 2014
105 Entries Qualifier CSS 73
1st Andy Horn 67
2nd Matthew Laishley 68
3rd Graham Adams 70
1st Jon Batten 66
2nd Alan Tyler 71
3rd Keith Drake 72
Congratulations to Clive Lear on winning the Long Handicap Cup.
This trophy is awarded to the best nett player having a handicap of 18 – 28, well played Clive.
Stableford – Sunday 24th August 2014
17 Entries Qualifier CSS 71
1st Kevin Willcox 37 pts
2nd Peter O’Keeffe 36 pts
3rd Tony Braithwaite 34 pts
Texas Scramble – Saturday 30th August 2014
33 Teams Entered Non Qualifier
1st Daryl Marshall, Doug Topple, Tony Braithwaite, Chris Dearsley 56.7
2nd Mark Baber, Paul Hector, Stephen Wood, Matthew Laishley 56.8
3rd Nick Cheaney, Clive Lear, Stephen Beasley, Stephen Nicholls 57.5
Junior Club Championship News
Our Juniors played their Club Championship on Monday 1st September.
Gross Winner Bradley Cox 73+74=147
Nett Winner Toby Long 68+73=141
Congratulations to Bradley & Toby, who will be presented with their trophies at the Club Annual Prize-giving.
Club Open Week
The Club hosted its Open week in August and fabulous feedback from received from many visitors who enjoyed the course, catering and friendly welcome.
Scratch Open – Sunday 10th August
The winner was Thomas Robson from Weymouth following a play-off against David Cook, Parkstone. Thomas won on the second extra hole, exciting finish.
Seniors 4BBB Open – Wednesday 13th August
Winners – Jim Farrell & Steve Lewington from Newbury & Crookham 40 points
Ladies Bowmaker Open – Thursday 14th August
Winners – Angie Brudenell, Tracy Bazell and Ann Elliott from Dorset G&CC 73 points
Men’s 4BBB Open – Saturday 16th August
Winners – Robert Farmer & Mel Dawson from Kingsdown/Bowood 42 points
Mixed Greensome Open – Sunday 17th August
Winners – Liz & Andrew Waters from West Surrey 42 points
Junior Open Medal
Overall Winner – Brad Cox, Broadstone Gross 71 Well played Brad!
Junior Open Stableford (hcps 17 & over)
Winner – Ben Olding, Bulbury Woods 38 points
Diary Dates – Saturday 27th September 2014 Ryder Cup Competition
4BBB Competition, entry fee and prizes as normal. In addition, a Ryder Cup match play twist, captained by Graham Wilkin and James St Quintin purely for bragging rights!
Online Booking available Wednesday 3rd September at 8.00 pm
Sunday 5th October – Captain’s Charity Day, forms available.
That concludes the competition news.
More updates soon!
Pro Shop News
Well it’s hard to believe the season is already drawing to a close with all of the 4 majors been and past. However we do still have the big one to look forward to with the Ryder Cup getting closer every day. The Europeans look very strong and my money is firmly on them to regain the trophy, in fact I think the way he is playing Rory Mcilroy could just about win it single handed!!!
The season’s weather has been kind to us after a difficult winter and the course has been superb all year. The comments we have had from members and visitors alike are a pleasure to listen to…well done to Martin and his team for their efforts this year.
We continue to add new stock to the shop all the time and we have had some recent launches by a couple of the big boys for you all to have a try of.
The PING G30 range has hit the shop and is already a popular driver and a very strong performer on the flight-scope. The driver and fairways particularly are impressive with its ‘Turbulators’ on top of the head which can increase club-head speed by as much as 8mph. Well worth a try particularly for all of you Ping lover out there.
The newest Driver to just hit us this week is the CALLAWAY V SERIES BIG BERTHA…WARBIRD IS BACK!! I can vouch for how awesome this piece of kit is as I have hit it already and I’m having one!! For those of you who used to love the original Big Bertha this is the driver for you. As always we have demo kit available in all drivers so come along and book your flightscope today.
All of the Autumn / Winter clothing will be hitting us soon as well. Already some Ralph Lauren and Puma clothing has arrived and not that I am wishing for bad weather but many of the garments are from exclusive lines and not always available once they are sold so come and have a look at the new ranges asap. We are also currently clearing out a lot of the summer polo shirts with a Buy 1 get 1 ½ price offer... Shirts are going fast so grab yourself a bargain.
The summer has seen a huge amount of junior action. Here at Broadstone there have been a number of medals and stablefords for our full members to play in and the turnout has been very encouraging. Special mention has to go to our individual winners have been Harvey Randall, Dominic Williams and Aaron Martin, who all won separate tournaments. The Junior Open was once again a successful showcase for the course with 60 players coming from all over Dorset, with a handful of home representatives. The overall winner was won by Brad Cox a Broadstone member with a fine score of 71, Away Gross winner was Ben Russell from Hindhead with a 72, Best Away Nett was won by Thomas Seville from Parkstone GC with a 68 and best Home Nett prize was picked up by Alex Heath win a 70. Home gross winner was Michael Chapman with a 77. The stableford competition for handicaps of 17 and over was won by Ben Olding from Bulbury Woods with 38 points. The feedback from the visitors was once again extremely positive so a big thank you to all the players and those responsible for organising a great day.
The summer holidays have also seen the conclusion of the Junior Team Match Play Events. In the Scratch Longmore Shield we were beaten at the Quarter-Final stage away to a very strong Lime Regis side, but well played to all the team for competing so well. As a team we were more successful, reaching the Grand Final and avenging our defeat to Lime Regis on the way. The Semi-Final and Final were both played at Canford Magna on the same day and having piped Sturminster in a hard fought battle with Michael Chapman securing the vital point we needed to progress. The Final was fiercely contested against a fine Yeovil side. It was close throughout the contest with the team of Toby Long, Michael Chapman, Oscar Perry, Harvey Randall, Alex Heath and Rhys Harrison trying their hardest to win the prestigious team trophy, unfortunately a couple of putts lipped out and a few bounces went their way at the vital moments and we lost out in a nail biting match. Congratulations to all the representatives over the season, it’s been a great season and also an extremely fun one to be involved with. The development of the junior section at Broadstone Golf Club continues to grow and the future looks extremely bright with some fantastic new talent progressing through the ranks. Congratulations to everyone involved.
That’s all from us
See you all soon
Neil and the Pro Shop team.
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