Fore Info August 2023


  • An update from the Chair: welcoming our new ‘front of house’
  • Club Captain News: don’t miss out on key board competitions coming soon.
  • Ladies Captain News: yet another Hampshire successful month for AGC
  • Rules Quiz Question and Answer: rabbit hole relief in penalty area?
  • Competitions:  key info on upcoming Winter Knockouts
  • Mixed Matches: results and upcoming games, sign up to be part
  • Juniors: upcoming roll ups and junior championships not to be missed
  • Vets update: past captains event and match progress
  • General Managers update: lots of key info- a must read.
  • Team Golf: final results and winners
  • Social: upcoming events and key signup dates
  • Greens News: new pin position guide and greens maintenance update
  • Winners in the 100 Club: did you win? Need some/more tickets?

Have you ever been confused as to whom to ask for something in the office? David is very busy and getting continually interrupted. Mel and Lynda are also trying to do all the finance and admin work but put down things to help members. There was no focal point for members. Now there is with the reorganisation of the office and the arrival of a new role and person: Jamie Batts, Golf Operations Assistant. Give him time to get grips with everything at AGC but soon he will be not only supporting member queries but also help develop our social media presence and marketing. Read more in this edition from our Chair, Rob White.

I have heard of quite a few frustrated members finding footprints in unranked bunkers. It could be societies, but not always, as I have seen it on non-society days. It could be guests- but the member inviting the guest surely knows the etiquette. Last week, in the distance I even saw a member driving his trolley between bunker and green. Surely all know this is not allowed? Our rangers try to spot these things but cannot be everywhere. If you ever see such travesties I hope you will call it out so it does not get repeated. New member?- no excuse.

The 100 Club held their annual Salver ‘member-only’ event and dinner recently. Thanks to Pat Wallis who tirelessly runs the ‘club in a club’. It was great to see a good turnout of 100 club shareholder members, but I was surprised only about 20% of AGC member are in the 100 club. I know times are tight but we could do so much more as a club with more financial support from the 100 club. Find out more in the 100 Club Section and join up soon.

It was a double whammy for Holes in One this month. Congratulations to Jane Andrews for her hole in one on the 13th. It was a rescue club and made in soggy conditions. Also well done to Steve Harris for his brilliant ace on the 6th, in a Ross KO match against our Captain.

Let me know if you or a friend gets a hole in one so we can recognise them here

As well as our monthly newsletter we post lots of photos and news on our various Social Media Platforms – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, if you aren’t already following us then please do.  Don’t worry if you don’t have, or want to have, an account, if you click on the links at the bottom of our website page you can still see what is going on!.

If you take any photos or have any stories that you think will be of interest to fellow members or our Social Media followers then please send them to Jamie Batts or Elaine Capp.

Enjoy the read,

David Marshall


From the Chair

Today we welcome Jamie Batts who has joined our office-based team as Golf Operations Assistant. Jamie has local background having attended both Perins & Peter Symonds before heading to Bournemouth University where he achieved a BSc in Sports Management.

James will be completing induction and initial training with David, and then finding his way around our quirky club and our systems, which will obviously take some time.

Jamie’s particular interests in the role are the opportunity to develop our social media presence, providing excellent customer service and a general understanding of our members club.

Behaviour Towards Employees (including franchisees and contractors)

Having Jamie start with us today provides a good opportunity to remind the Club about the standards of behaviour expected towards our employees, franchisees and contractors.

Fair treatment is a key principle in best employment practice at Alresford Golf Club. The Club promotes equal opportunities and good relations for all staff and others working in an official capacity on behalf of the Club, such as; contractors, franchisees, employees of franchisees, committee members.

All members, visitors and guests are required to treat all employees, and others working in an official capacity on behalf the Club, as follows;

  • With respect
  • Equally
  • Without rudeness
  • Without foul language
  • Without harassment or bullying
  • Without threat or intimidation
  • Without sexual harassment or nuance

Should any member, visitor or guest be dissatisfied with the performance of any employee this must be reported to the General Manager or the Chair of the Management Committee without delay.

The Club has suspended members in the past who have not maintained these standards, so do please keep up our excellent relationship with those that work here and fully contribute to an amazing place to be.

Non-Payment of Green Fees

One of our diligent and helpful Course Marshals approached a member with three guests on the course not displaying green fee tags. The member concerned had not paid for or signed in the three guests but suggested they were all going to pay the green fees after the round.

Our club rules state;

At the time of payment of the appropriate green fee, the guest/visitor must sign the Green Fee Register and will then be issued with a Green Fee Paid label that must be displayed on their golf bag or trolley.

I will be asking the Management Committee to confirm that any member taking a guest onto the course without having paid a green fee before play will be subject to full disciplinary proceedings.

My thanks go to all of our marshals who are improving standards on the course and discovering these problems.

Robert White

Chairman of the Management Committee

From the Club Captain

I hope you are enjoying your summer golf.

First of all I must thank Jan, John and Jim White for another successful year of Team golf. Diverse teams, great comradery and competitive golf – well done to all teams involved, successful or not! I mentioned last month the Captain’s Invitationals that I and others gladly attend representing Alresford. The most recent was a rare chance to play with Gunnel and our vice-captains Richard and Sandra at the Promethean Trophy at Royal Winchester. It was a great day and a top six finish was an acceptable result. Next up for me, Hayling for the Centenary Trophy followed by Stoneham and Hockley with past captains.

Francis Holmes Shield

It is with great pride that Alresford host this years’ Francis Holmes Shield on Sunday August 20th. The format is teams of 8 playing foursomes medal in the morning and singles medal in the afternoon. Francis Holmes MBE was a well-connected and popular figure throughout the County and highly respected in Hampshire Golf for countless years. The Proprietor and Editor of The Andover Advertiser, and prominent member of The Andover Golf Club. He was always concerned that the ‘nine-holers’, as Marlborough, Romsey, Alresford and his own Andover were overshadowed by Hampshire’s so called bigger clubs and resolved in the mid-‘Sixties to launch a competition just for them. It was an instant success, even with three of the four now 18 holes — Romsey in the 1970s, Marlborough in the 1980s and us in the 1990s the competition continues from 1965 and adds to the rich heritage of all competing clubs. Please check the diary that day and I thank Members in advance for their understanding of restricted tee times as Alresford take their turn in hosting this historic Shield.


Bill Young Trophy

We have significant Members competitions throughout August; Courage & Barclay 4BBB, 125 Medal (which is a Stapleford!), Mackershaw and finally one of our ‘majors’ for men, Bill Young Trophy, 36 holes played over the weekend of 26th and 27th August.

This trophy was presented by the 1978 Captain, Albert Mayes, to honour Bill Young, life-long member, Captain in 1959 and Professional/Greenkeeper 1964-77. Good luck to you all whichever competitions you play in this month.

Finally, Vice-Captain Richard has put together his Captain’s Trip 2024. Full details are on posters in the clubhouse, it runs from Tuesday 7th to Friday 10th May 2024 and is being held at East Sussex National, Uckfield. Sign-up sheet will be posted on the foyer notice board at 9am Saturday 5th August. I’ll join you in the queue!

Simon Freemantle  Captain

125 Mixed Medal

Courage and Barclay



Ladies Section

‘July’ has been rather wet and windy compared to June. Yet, the golfing season is still in full flight!  The AGC Ladies are doing great yet again and we welcome our new member Jeanne Renshaw to our section.

We remember with sadness John Goodacre, husband to Esme, who finally succumbed to illness. Our sympathies go out to Esme and her family at this sad time.

Ladies Charity Day Prize Stableford Winner Lynn de Mestre

The Charity Bowl Trophy, donated by George Grant in memory of his wife in 2011, is played annually in the summer months. The entry fee to play is by donations to the Club Charity which raised £167.10 for the Rainbow Trust. It was played on 1 & 4thJuly with a close-run affair between Helen Marchant and the Ladies Captain both on  40 points  but awarded to the Ladies Captain on countback.

Ladies Captains Day took place on 11 July. 81 ladies joined in the ‘Swedish Summer with Daisies’-theme  arriving wearing daisies as hair decoration, as head protection, dressed as a daisy and shoes wearing daisies , and more. Teams were drawn and played as a Bowmaker with stableford individual counting. Winning team included Catherine Carberry, Lyn de Mestre, Mary Ritchie and Caroline Warne with 118 points just beating team 2 & 3 by 1 point! Lyn was delighted to be awarded best individual score to win the Ladies Captain’s Prize, an honourable title only. The Kitchen made a magnificent effort to comply with a Swedish food menu of ‘Jansson’s Temptation’, herring, beetroot salad and meatballs! This was a ‘new’ for them and many others but enjoyed by everyone, I think! Well done to caterers and thank you for trying and complying hard. No-one recognised the picture of the Swedish king in the quiz, but I was most impressed by the knowledge of the rest! Grieg’s summer symphony went down well during the lunch. We celebrated  a happy day together.

The Alresford Scratch team, lead by Lynne Cowser, is playing until the end of September.

The Annodata team, led by Sally Reid, is through to final stages taking them to national levels being the only Hampshire club to achieve that. Well done Team!

The Knight Cup, lead by Karen Fox, is through to the semi-final/final  on 4th Sept.

The North Hants Trophy team, lead by Polly Church, look forward to the semi-final/final on the 8th October.

The Stoneham Cup team, lead by Rosemary Verrall, is still playing matches until end of summer.

I wish you all Good Luck! in the next stages.

The Alresford Ladies won the Romsey Ladies Team Tournament on 19th July played at Romsey GC averaging 35 points to win amongst 14 clubs which was a nice surprise for all.

Team Golf  finished with a spectacular last evening on the 20th July with all members of 14 teams played and enjoyed a BBQ afterwards.   ‘Jabba the Putt’ – team with Alicia Hardy, Jo Youngs, David Forrest, Tomascz Prescott, Richard Prescott and Dave Seager won the competition. It was particularly nice to link up with the juniors in a competition. A special thanks go to the White family, John Jan and Jim , for staging this very popular summer competition!

The Friendlies –  Thank you to Sandra for continuously, and without complaints, organises and sort out players and clubs for the Ladies friendly matches. Only 6 to go now!

Mixed Golf  – Thank You to Liz and Les for doing the same organisation for the mixed friendlies. These events are such an opportunity to meet other golfers and to play on new and different courses. They are well worth joining!

Happy Daisy Players: Jean Coveyduck, Tonny Maxwell, Lesley Martin, Elizabeth Hesse


Romsey Ladies Team Tournament Winners 2023: left to right: Gunnel Berry, Karen Fox, Ann Gunn, Jenny Steiner, Pat Palmer, Louise Morton, Sarah Scott.

Hampshire Ladies Golf  – Ann Younger is keeping us updated for the wonderful opportunities to play in a much wider group amongst ladies in Hampshire. Many ladies from ALG are taking this chance to expand their skills and test their talents. Thank you Ann for organising.

Stay well and enjoy your golf!


Gunnel Berry

Ladies Captain

Hampshire Ladies Golf

Junior County Match Week – Aug 7th – 9th
You are all very welcome to join the girls of Hampshire at Hockley GC when they take on teams from Kent, Middlesex, Surrey and Sussex in singles and foursomes matchplay.
Every year, the 5 counties face each other and it’s Hampshire’s turn to host.  You will see some excellent golf from 5 teams of U18 year olds play scratch golf on the gentle, undulating course down the road.
Our Hampshire President, Jane Scott sees play get underway as Starter on Monday morning and  at 1pm the Hampshire girls start their campaign against Middlesex
Ann Younger
AGC Delegate, Hampshire Ladies Golf

Competitions and Handicap Committee Report

Winter Knockout Competitions: Men’s Lombard 4BBB and Mixed Winter Foursomes

Entries for our Winter Knockout competitions 2023/24 will open later this month.  Please keep an eye on the Members Update for further details and where to find the Terms of Competition and Entry Procedures.

Members are asked to consider their own availability for arranging matches before entering, particularly if players are intending to have extended holidays in the new year.  The provisional timetable for the winter competitions are:

Entry Opens:                             6am on Monday 14th August 2023

Entry Closes:                             10pm on Sunday 24th September 2023

League Stages Commence:        2nd October 2023

League Stages Conclude:           31st December 2023

Knockout Stage Commences:     8th January 2024

The provisional deadline dates for knockout stages is as follows (based on 16 qualifying pairs):

Round 1:           11th February 2024

Quarter Final:   10th March 2024

Semi Final:        7th April 2024

Final:                28th April 2024

Entry for both the men’s Lombard 4BBB and mixed Winter Foursomes will be via the Club V1 App/HowDidiDo.

Entry for both competitions if open to 7 day members who have competed in 6 qualifying competitions in the preceding 12 months (25th September 2022 to 24th September 2023).

How to enter for Men’s Lombard 4BBB & Mixed Winter Foursomes:

Entry is via “HowDidiDo” or Club V1 Members Hub.

  1. From the “menu” select “knockouts” and find either

“Mixed Winter Foursomes 2023-24 (entries only)” OR

“Men’s Lombard 4BBB 2023-24 (entries only)

  1. Select “View Info” or down arrow to view details, and select “enter knockout”
  2. At the confirmation screen, your name will appear in the box labelled “player 1”, start entering the the surname of your playing partner in “player 2”, and select the correct partner and click “enter”.

Gill Freemantle

Chair Competitions & Handicap Committee, Handicap Secretary


Three mixed matches were played during July. The first, an away trip to Rowlands Castle where we came away with a draw, closely followed by a home win against Bramley. Next stop 30th July was a home match against Hayling.

We then have a break during August before commencing the final 3 matches in September.  Still plenty of time to sign up via Club V1 – Teams – Mixed Matches or on the manual sign up sheet on the board, we are always looking for players to join in the mixed matches, the remaining matches are:

North Hants (away) 3rd September
Royal Winchester (home) 8th September
Basingstoke (home) 22nd September

Les & Liz Thorne

A Look at the Rules


A player finds their ball inside a rabbit hole located inside a dried up penalty area. May the player get free relief by dropping the ball within one club length not nearer the hole, providing they drop within the penalty area?

Juniors Section

I hope you are all well and enjoy the summer holiday season!

Lots of junior competitions have come and are coming up in the summer months of July and August. On Tuesday 25thJuly we had the junior summer stableford.  It was a great day and lovely to see so many juniors there. Huge congratulations to William Kendall and Will Carnegy who were both winners in their respective sections of the competition!

Dates for your diary of upcoming competitions in August:

14th August the John Phipps Memorial Trophy

21st August is the Junior Club Championships

Once again, both the group emails and group chats allow a great way for us to promote all the competitions going forward, introducing juniors to scoring and generally what it is like to play competitive golf. We have a junior whatsapp chat to keep in touch, if you would like to join the group please send your number to and we will get you added. I highly recommend this as a great way to keep involved in all things to do with the junior section.

Junior Rollup dates throughout August are as follows, with 2pm as the first tee:

  • Sunday 6th August
  • Saturday 12th August
  • Sunday 20th August
  • Saturday 26th August

I am away from 29th July to the 13th August, but in the meantime I hope everyone enjoys getting out on the course in what will hopefully be better weather!

Oscar Vaughan

Juniors Captain

Vets Section

July was a very busy month for the Vets which started with the 36 hole Vets Championship at the beginning of the month before we moved on to the Vets Past Captains Day whilst playing a further seven summer friendly matches.


The winner of the Vets Championship, our flagship competition, on count back with a score of 171 was George Skayman, many congratulations George. Terry Lane continued a fine run of form to take the prize for the best nett score with a total of 131 strokes.


In the middle of the month It was good to see so many of the Vets Past Captains returning to the club to play in the competition and/or stay for the lunch and “awards ceremony”. If you are wondering why the photo was taken inside the clubhouse take a look outside the window, yes, the rain returned shortly after we completed our rounds.

This year the competition was won by Norman Sheen seen below receiving the salver from organiser and Vets Vice Captain Ewan McGregor.



The summer friendly matches continued in rapid succession and it is amazing to reflect that we are now three quarters of the way through the season. The results of the latest matches are given below:

Salisbury & South Wilts Away Won 5:1

The Army Away Won 4:2

Barton on Sea Home Halved 3:3

Bramshaw Home Lost 2.5:3.5

Royal Winchester Home Won 5:1

Blackmoor Away Lost 2:5

These matches are always played in a friendly spirit and it is encouraging to see so many new Vets taking part and showing us old hands a thing or two.

Our thoughts have now turned to the Vets Invitation which this year will take place on 31 August. We already have a good sign up for this popular event which means that it is certain to be a success.

Finally, congratulations to last year’s Vets captain Bob Archer for winning the 100 Club Summer Stableford Competition.

Steve Oldham

Vets Captain

General Manager’s Update

New Members

Welcome to the following members who have all joined us since 1st July; Herman Hintzen, David & Jeanne Renshaw, Shafeda Mohammed (7 day) , Jack Brady (Intermediate), Jonathan Eadie, Alex Lock, William Wickham, Thomas Sidall (Student), Will Ashbee, Amelia Bennison, Harry Saunders, Archie long and Joel Nicholls ( Juniors), Christopher Evennett, Julian Deshmukh and Damian Mills (Academy), Charles Chilton, Harry Chilton, Ashley Thorne and Richard Furby ( Social Extra).

Welcome to Alresford and we hope you enjoy your time at the club.


Do you have some spare time once or twice a month ? We are looking to bolster our Course Marshall Team over the summer months particularly in the afternoons – full training given.

We have a ‘real time’ calendar of dates and times when Marshalls are required so you can select convenient times in advance. If you are interested please speak to the General Manager .

DON’T FORGET ITS GREEN MAINTENANCE WEEK – Monday 31st July – Friday 4th August

There may be times when temporary greens are in play – we suggest that you do not plan to submit general play cards for handicapping during this time as the course may not be a qualifying course.

Greens Staff have priority on the course.


The PUTTING GREEN outside of the clubhouse is NOT to be used for chipping or wedge practice. We are lucky enough to have two other practice greens to utilise for this practice.


If you do not know how to rake a bunker properly, please see the video link

A message from the Greenkeepers


Smokers who drop them on the ground may not realise:

  • Cigarette butts are the most littered item on the planet.
  • They take from 4 to 15 years to break down.
  • As well as being a potential fire hazard, they are non-biodegradable, and contain the carcinogens, nicotine and toxins found in all tobacco products.
  • They poison wildlife, pollute our waterways and can damage and discolour sensitive golf course grasses.

The less time we spend picking up litter, the more we can concentrate on keeping the course in great condition.


We welcome Jamie Batts to the club on Monday 31st July as our new Golf Operations Assistant.

New to golf, Jamie’s role will involve dealing with member and non-member enquiries face to face, and both via the telephone and email. Golf Society liaison, social media and marketing and general office support and assistance. Please say hello and help him settle in, bearing in mind that it will take a while for him to become familiar with all the intricacies of golf club life and operation.

David Maskery

General Manager

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Make sure you ‘like’ our Facebook page and you will link to it and get the regular pictures and updates on what’s happening ! Share with your friends to help us boost our online and social media profiles


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Team Golf

What a great Championship evening to end our season!

Last week the league finished with three teams in with a chance of winning the title at the start of the evening. Sadly, Sunrisers lost to the Cheeky Chippers leaving them finishing third with 23 points; the Tweets were the only winners drawing them level with Jabba the Putt, who were also the last match in, both with 26 points. So to the total number of Stableford points scored in the season, Tweets had a total of 254 but Jabba were ahead with 263, so therefore crowned the League Winners.

Many congratulations therefore to Jabba the Putt’s Captain Alicia Hardy and her team on winning the League and the John White Bowl. Teams could not have been closer with the Cobblers and New Cavaliers just behind and both on 25 points, however Cobblers took third place with just two more Stableford points. Titorius Titans only again one point behind with 24 taking fifth place and Sunrisers one point behind in sixth place. Full details and finishing order of all teams is on the notice board and club website.

The standard of play increased as the league progressed with 7 birdies then 8 in the latter rounds and finally 9 in the last round; so well played you lucky winners of a sleeve of golf balls.

The new Junior Order of Merit took the best three rounds of the maximum five and was won by Harriett Riches winning the new Liam Spencer Cup, which he kindly donated before leaving AGC last Monday.

Our final evening produced some very close scores in the Championship when complete teams in most cases competed with the highest four scores to count.


Championship Winners: The Tweets (Captain Mel Gates)- 77 points

Runners up: Rabble without Applause (Captain Mark Pyne)- 73 points
Third: Titorius’s Titans (Captain Steve Johnson)- 72 points

Fourth: White Sharks (Captain John White)- 71 points

Best scores
Front 9
Ladies – Sarah Scott 20

Men – Rob Gates 23

Juniors – Jacob Howells 18

Back 9

Ladies – Sigi Hill 23
Men – Rob White 20

Juniors – Finton Cobb 15

Congratulations to all winners who received their prizes kindly presented by our Lady Captain Gunnel Berry following a tasty barbecue. A really enjoyable evening finished with the Chairman Robert White thanking family White (no relation) for their time and effort in running a highly successful competition, indeed one of the highlights of the Summer at AGC.

John,  Jan, and Jim White

Organisers on behalf of the Social Committee.


After a successful ‘Team Golf’ event we have the following upcoming events.

Par 3 & BBQ (Monday 28th August, Public Holiday)

Les, Alicia and Gavin, for the ladies and men respectively, will design the holes which will also include some Black Flag double pointers.

Full details will be on the Social Notice Board soon

80’s Disco with 80’s dress to be encouraged  (23rd September)

Dance the night away to music from the 1980s, whether you are an Abba Fan or a Dire Straits Fan we will be playing all your favourite tunes.

The evening will include a buffet

Start 19.00 until 23.15

Price TBC

Sign-up sheet will be on the notice board on Friday 18th August

Quiz – Quizmaster will be Kit (Saturday 14th October)

Food included which will be Fish & Chips or something similar

Start 18.45 subject to change with teams of a maximum of 6

Price TBC

Sign-up sheet will be on the notice board on Friday 15th September

Club Dinner (Saturday 11th November)

Reception at 19.00 with carriages by 11.45

Dress Code: Black Tie

Menu TBC

Entertainment will be music sung by ‘Rachel Hockley’

Sign-up sheet will be on the notice board on Friday 7th October

When I have more details for these events, I will inform you all

Steve Johnson

Chair Social


The observant amongst you will have noted some small lines at the edge of the greens this has come from a piece of work done by Rob Gates, Ash Wilmott, Sean Yates, Simon Justice and the green team to make the use of coloured flags to denote the front, middle and backs of greens more accurate. They measured the depth of each green front to back perpendicular to the tee (or the fairways for doglegs). The depth was then divided into three and marked at the side of each green, giving the greens team a guide for flag colours.

The “Alresford Golf Club Pin Positions” have been posted on the course information page of the club website and a hard copy pinned to the members notice board for your information.

The first week of August is usually Greens Maintenance Week. This is year we start on Monday 31st July, but we are starting later in the day as we are also accommodating a Vets Match V Sandford Springs so once the match is through the first green the team will make a start!

The running order for Greens Maintenance Week this year is as follows.

  1. Greens will be cut to remove growth from the previous 24 hours.
  2. We will then scarify to a depth of 3mm. This cleans the sward of any surface thatch.
  3. Solid tining to a depth of 7 inches, to aid root growth, relieve compaction and allow oxygen deep into the profile.
  4. Scarification is followed by hollow coring to a depth of 1-2 inches. This will remove organic matter/thatch and help to firm up the surfaces.
  5. We will then overseed with bent grass at a rate of 5-7 grams per square metre followed.
  6. Then comes sand dressing followed by brushing and rolling the green surfaces.
  7. Cutting heights will be raised to 4.5mm to help the seed germinate and the greens recover.
  8. The greens will receive regular nutrition in liquid form after maintenance week to speed up recovery. Given good weather we should see normal playing conditions and ball roll 2 weeks after maintenance.

At our last Greens Committee meeting Simon Justice, our course manager, explained the makeup of our greens and how the types of grass are affected by factors such as weather, disease etc and how that affects green speeds. Consequently, I asked Simon to provide an explanation to members in FORE. Simon writes,

“Our greens are made up of a mix of Poa grass and Bent grass. Poa is an annual meadow grass which flowers mid-May creating a white tint to the green. Typically, this slows the speed of the green during this period. This is complicated by the current climate as this grass also throws a seedhead or flower out when it is stressed, and I am seeing this more and more often as we go through the summer months. Bent grass is the darker coloured grass, with a slightly thicker leaf blade, you can see within the sward.

Poa annua is susceptible to many turf grass diseases whereas Bent grass has a good resistance to the diseases. If you look at the grass sward on the greens, it will always be the lighter coloured Poa which gets hit by disease and the darker coloured Bent will be sat happily with no disease. This is why we are trying to establish a greater proportion of Bent grass in our greens, to prevent major disease outbreaks. Another major and related reason for this is the reduction of chemicals available to greenkeepers. Currently, we are losing fungicides at a rate of at least one a month, so we need to look at a grass species that requires less water, less fertiliser, and suffers from less disease outbreaks. Bent grass surfaces are considered the best in the UK, for greens, given the right environment.

We will never be Poa free, but we are making good progress in increasing the proportion of bent grass in our greens. For Bent grass to survive it needs a free draining surface which, we create with all the maintenance regimes, including top dressings, we apply to the greens throughout the year. Bent grass also need light and air movement so presently if we use the 10th green as an example we have restricted light because of shading from the trees, this will also cause rooting problems so the Bent grass will struggle to establish in this environment.

Having a mix of grasses in greens does leave us some challenges, we go through a tough period between April and May when at first the Bent starts to grow. It grows at lower soil temperatures than Poa, so we get an uneven effect on the surface and then the Poa species throws out its flower. This naturally slows the ball down until we can do we get consistent soil temperatures and we can then improve the situation. Maintenance procedures that will help us get through this period are regular mowing and at the nearest opportunity to getting consistent soil temperature lowering the cutting height, regular brushing and applications of top dressing and nutrition liquid spraying implementing plant growth regulators into the mix. We are already doing most of this, but we have been advised by the STRI to substantially increase our application of sand dressing. This, as with almost all improvements comes at a cost; the cost of purchasing more sand (from 60-80 tonnes to 100-120 tonnes of sand dressing per year) plus increased maintenance costs for our cutting units.”

Recently Mark Tiplady, Simon Justice, Rob Gates and I took a “Tree Walk” (woodland management). The objectives on a tree walk are as follows.

  • We are mindful of the safety of anyone on our site, greenkeepers, walkers and golfers.
  • Ash Dieback. We are now (through 3-5 years’ experience) able to identify diseased specimens. These become increasingly unsafe as many die from the top down.
  • Identify weak, dead, poor quality, trees that detract from the look or play of the course with a view to removal.
  • Identify areas where the old “plant 3 to keep 1” has not been followed through, leaving trees struggling for space, light etc.
  • Last but not least, identify opportunities to plant new and appropriate trees.

We made excellent progress on the tree walk and our findings will inform our work over the next six months and beyond.

Derek Myers

Chair of Greens

Scratch Team

The Scratch Team finished their season with a competitive home tie against a strong West Byfleet team. All matches were close and the result went down to the last putt on the last green of the last match, which unfortunately slid by the hole. Alresford therefore lost 2-3 but all players thoroughly enjoyed the experience of competing against some very good players and improving their own games.

Thanks to all those that played this year and congratulations to Ben Ludlam who remained unbeaten!

Squad – Grant Thorne, Ben Ludlam, Sean Yeates, Ash Wilmott, James Banks, Will Packenham-Walsh, Richard Prescott, Oliver Stuart, Gavin Jones and Jim White.

Jim White

Scratch Team Manager


A Look at the Rules


When a player’s ball is in a penalty area, there is no relief for:
• Interference by an abnormal course condition (Rule 16.1),
• An embedded ball (Rule 16.3), or
• An unplayable ball (Rule 19).
The player’s only relief option is to take penalty relief under Rule 17. See Rule 17.3

Thanks to Brian Overton for all these Rules Q and A’s. If you have any rulings questions for Brian he will answer them here in future editions, just email the editor.

100 Club

Chris and Roger – our winners for August

Winners in the 100 Club prize draw for August 2023

£100    Chris Thompson

£50   Roger Corkhill

£35 Prizewinners

Mark Tiplady

Tineke Ribbink

Keith Turner

Sue Masser

Terry Hallas

Congratulations to all our winners in the August draw. This is the first time Terry has appeared in the winners list so hopefully the first of many.

100 Club Summer Stableford and Evening Meal

The annual Summer Stableford and Salver Competition was held on Friday 28 July on a pleasant day with only a light shower to dampen the spirit of those who played in the morning.  34 members entered and there were some excellent scores.  The winner was Bob Archer with 41 points winning on countback from Simon Freemantle. In third place with 39 points was Colin Verrall again winning on countback from Drew Fielden.

Fifty members and their partners sat down to an excellent two course meal and all enjoyed a very sociable evening.  Pat Wallis gave members an update on what has been happening with the 100 Club then George Clelland presented the prizes.  The main project funded by the 100 Club this year is the Honours Boards so Simon Freemantle gave a short update on the project describing the order in which they are being created and the progress so far.  The draft version of the next set of boards was mounted on the wall for us to see. These boards will demonstrate for many years to come what 100 Club funds can help to achieve within the golf club.

Why not join the 100 Club today

If you have recently joined the golf club then how about making 2023 the year that you join the 100 Club and help contribute to future projects like the Honours Boards. You will have a chance of winning a cash prize each month too all for as little as £1 per month. 

To know more about the 100 Club, how it began and what the funds are used for then please give me a call or email – details below.

For those who already belong then please encourage your fellow golfers to join us too.

The monthly draw is for seven cash prizes: £100, £50 and five at £35.

Each share cost £1 per month paid for by monthly standing order and there is no limit to the number you can purchase.  Members generally have between 1 and 10 shares with 5 being the most common holding.

For further information about the 100 Club or for an application form please give me a call or send me an email – Pat Wallis phone 01420 564417 or email  Or you can pick up a form from the Office.

Pat Wallis

Editor: David Marshall


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