- Captains Charity: Rainbow Trust
- An update from the Chair: optimising our club
- Club and Ladies Captain News: news and 2023 Invitation dates for your diary
- Rules Quiz Question: playing alongside a boundary fence? What not to do…
- Competitions: Winter play, competitions and handicap reviews
- Juniors: upcoming roll ups
- Vets update: competition news and winners
- Social : successful Club Dinner and new events coming soon…
- Greens News: latest on our course
- Winners in the 100 Club: did you win?
I enjoyed the recent New Years Eve event and it was great to see the return of this annual event after losing out to clubhouse refurbishment and COVID in recent years. Our members know how to party! A big thank you to the Social Committee for organising and Ben and his staff for the excellent food and service.
In this edition you can read about how we are planning to optimise our course utilisation whilst keeping members access a priority. I know some members can get frustrated when they see societies playing the course but it does bring in needed revenue. There are many quiet periods where the course is underused which will be the future target for MANCOM.
As usual you can read about all the news in your section (Ladies, Vets and Juniors) as well as mens activities from our Captain. For those readers who may be thinking of joining, I hope you will see how our club excells in both sporting and social events and as I found, very very welcoming.
Finally let me thank all readers for their support in 2022 and wish you all a great golfing 2023!
Rainbow Trust: the Captains charity 2023
Simon, Gunnel and Steve are delighted to have Rainbow Trust as the Captain’s Charity in 2023. Rainbow Trust provides expert Family Support Workers to families who have a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness. When serious illness affects a child, family life is turned upside down, and time becomes more precious than ever. Rainbow Trust pairs each family with a dedicated Family Support Worker who becomes a trusted and constant person in family life, providing practical and emotional support. This support helps families to face and make the most of each new day.
There are 86,625 children in England with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, three times that in 2001/02 and predicted to rise by 11% in the next decade. This significant increase reflects how vital Rainbow Trust’s practical and emotional support is, as many more families across England care for babies, children and young people with a life-threatening or terminal illness.
Rainbow Trust’s community-based direct support is available at no cost to families and is provided no matter what a family’s background or circumstances. There is no other national organisation offering the range of social palliative care support directly to families when they need it most.
All monies raised by AGC Members will be exclusively for the Southampton Care Team, which has a team of 4 Family Support workers and a Family Support Manager who are currently supporting 69 families across the Wessex region, with another 8 families on the waiting list. The pictures are just a few of the children currently supported by the team.
The team works in partnership with health and social care professionals across the region to ensure they receive referrals for the families who are most in need of support. This includes hospitals such as Winchester, Basingstoke, Southampton General, Princess Anne’s Hospital, Queen Alexandra in Portsmouth, among others. Other key referrers include Young Lives vs Cancer, Macmillan Nurses and the palliative care community nursing teams in Southampton and Portsmouth. Rainbow also work closely with local hospices such as Julia’s House, Naomi House, Chestnut Tree, and Southampton’s Ronald McDonald House, to provide joint support to families.
Family Support Worker Mandy from the Southampton team has been supporting Teddy and his family since the COVID-19 pandemic. Teddy was born prematurely at 34 weeks and has multiple conditions which require regular hospital appointments and medical management. Chelsea, Teddy’s mum, said:
“We would feel lost and stuck without Mandy and Rainbow Trust’s support. She is always there, and she takes some pressure away from us. She will spend time with Teddy and his brother, she gives guidance and gets things done. For me, she is someone to talk to, someone to cry to and someone who will listen.”
Rainbow Trust are delighted to be partnering with Alresford Golf Club – our fundraising will help support more local families like Teddy’s, by funding more days out for families and ensuring the Rainbow Support workers are available to those in need.
December is generally the most quiet month of the year for the Management Committee as each year’s workload naturally completes to inform our annual AGM in November.
Our Club rules require us to meet at least six times during the year, but we tend to meet eight or nine times dependent on workload. In addition to meeting as a full committee we have sub-groups/working parties that develop proposals and recommendations on a single-issue matters.
At our first meeting of the year in January 2023 we will understand the number of members who have renewed their membership and how this compares to the budget which assumes 91% renewals and therefore 9% attrition. This number will be known as of 14th January 2023 which is the latest date for any member to pay their 2023 fees.
The information on member renewals will therefore allow final decisions to be made about admitting new members from the waiting list and indeed accepting new applications should vacancies exist.
There are have been fewer issues this winter in relation to naturally reduced course capacity during the winter months. In recent years, we had found that members were playing far more golf at their home club as Covid restrictions prevented us all from travelling and carrying on with other elements of our lives.
It’s remarkable to think that premiership football was being played behind closed doors and that even Christmas celebrations at home were regulated.
We had suspected that the intense pressure on course capacity was related to Covid restrictions, but it is reassuring to see this phasing out. However, we do continue to prioritise peak times on the course for our members.
The Management Committee will be considering how we can accommodate more visitors outside of our peak times and specifically direct visitors to our quieter times when the course is under-utilised. ManCom will be considering proposals in this area early in 2023 to encourage visitor traffic at those quieter times.
2022 has been another fantastic year for the Club, seeing us grow stronger and more confident in our course and facilities. Our ethos of continuous improvement continues, so do expect continued and measured investment to keep Alresford Golf Club at the forefront of golf in the County.
Do make sure that the office receives your renewal payment by the 14th January 2023 to fully guarantee your golf next year.
Happy New Year
From the Club Captain
Time flies. One month down already!
I’m pleased the weather was kind for the Turkey trot competitions, but it soon turned cold. However quite a few of us continued with our winter knockout matches – well done for persevering through the cold snap, just a couple of weeks to go before all league matches must be played. The week after Christmas has been mild and the course has been busy again. We must thank our Greenstaff for their hard work and efforts over these winter months.
Thank you to all those that joined Richard and myself and played in the Captain v Vice Captain Boxing Day Challenge; over 80 golfers on the course and 100+ in the clubhouse. It was 9 holes enjoyed by members and their Christmas house guests, the Captain’s team sneaked it but more importantly all enjoyed the morning followed by Christmas drinks and nibbles provided by the Social Committee.
Successfully combining The Football and Horse Racing evening was a great success (apart from the football result!). Thank you to the contributions made to the Captains’ Charity that evening.
Diary planning is a monumental task at AGC. Thank you to all those involved in the planning and the updating of our systems. As we look to 2023 there are a few significant dates I would like you to add to your diary.
MENS INVITATION 11th JUNE – AM 12 holes Greensomes PM 18-hole 4BBB, lunch & dinner
LADIES INVITATION 27TH JUNE – AM 18 holes 4BBB followed by lunch
VETS INVITATION 31ST AUGUST – 9am Shotgun Start, 18 holes 4BBB followed by lunch
MIXED INVITATION 8TH OCTOBER – PM 18-hole 4BBB & dinner
Now is the time to ready your guests, if you haven’t participated before or haven’t done for a while then 2023 is the year to put that right. It is your opportunity to show off your club at reduced green fees and fine food and drink on hand. Line up your guests and be ready for the sign-up sheets.
The Men, Ladies, Vets and Mixed have a full season of home and away friendly fixtures alongside the usual more competitive matches. The friendly matches are for everyone, all handicap levels, new and old members alike. Let’s have a record year of participation across the whole club. It is a great opportunity to widen your circle of golfing friends and catch up with others that you don’t normally play with.
I have had initial chats with several new members over the last month. Please play your part by warmly welcoming them to your tee slots, should they add their name. I have asked new members, and I ask existing members, to send a short polite text or email informing the ‘lead player’ that they are joining the group. Let’s continue with our great reputation of being a friendly welcoming club.
I hope you all had a great Christmas and happy New Year to all Members.
“STOP PRESS – Charity Car Parking Space winner – congratulations to Kathryn McLaughlin. Over £700 raised from the raffle, thank you.”
Hope you all enjoyed the New Year Party
December has flown by with prolonged, severe frosty days, and cancelled matches. Temporary greens and ‘carry only’ have been the motto. Prior to that, we had our traditional ‘Drive-in’ on the 27th November when Simon, Steve, Oscar and I endured an entertaining baptism of fire in front of a generous crowd watching in the clubhouse. I think we all passed with reasonable honours with a spectacular final shot from our club captain over and into the carpark. Great cheers from everyone!
December Matches Played or Cancelled:
Turkey Trot, 4th/6th Dec, won by: Div1. Sarah Farthing, Div2. Jo Youngs, Div3. Jacquie Sanger
Texas Scramble, 13th Dec. Teams of 4 drawn, 9 holes played in joyous sunshine followed by traditional (and other choices) delicious Christmas lunch. Thoroughly enjoyed by 76 members including the club captain with the vets captain joining us for coffee.
Maple Leaf – 2 Dec – vs Army; re-sched. Jan.
Hayling Trophy – 8th Dec – vs Stoneham; re-sched.Jan.
Legg Bowl – 9th Dec – vs Blacknest; re-sched. Jan.
Winter Triple – 12th Dec vs Lee-on-Solent and Corhampton; re-sched. Jan.
Boxing Day Roll-up, organised by club captain, Simon, and vice-captain Richard, was attended by a large number of members. We enjoyed the festive delights in the clubhouse afterwards arranged by Les Thorne and his helpers. Many thanks!
Tuesday Ladies Roll-ups went ahead as normal. 2 additional informal roll ups at midday was arranged by the Lady Captain on 20th & 27th Dec attended by a few members. More roll ups in January to look forward to!
New Members joining in 2023:
Jill Wilson from Avington. We welcome her to the Alresford Golf Club.
People leaving the club:
Jenny Fothergill is moving northwards to be closer to her family. We will miss her.
At the end of the year we remember past members:
Cynthia Barrett, Sally Willis, Pat Young
Our charity for 2023 is the Rainbow Trust. Please support our good cause as much as you can during the coming year – many thanks.
Wishing you a very Happy New Year!
P.S. I am away 2- 6 January
Competitions and Handicap Committee Report
Congratulations to all those that took place in December’s Turkey Trots. Vouchers supported by Evans Butchers, Alresford are available for collection from the Pro Shop for the winners
|3rd =||Tony Collins||35||£30|
|Saturday 4th & Tuesday 7th|
|Div 2||Jo Youngs||33 c/b||£24|
|Div 3||Jacqui Sanger||31||£24|
Winter 2022/23 – Competitions and General Play
The winter Pro’s Stableford competition schedule is as follows:
Saturday 14th January – Mixed 9 hole (Men yellow/Ladies Red)
Tuesday 17th January – Ladies 9 hole
Wednesday 25th January – Mixed 9 hole (Men yellow/Ladies Red)
Sunday 29th January – Mixed 18 hole (Men yellow/Ladies Red)
Saturday 4th February – Mixed 18 hole (Men yellow/Ladies Red)
Tuesday 7th February – Ladies 9 hole
Wednesday 15th February – Mixed 18 hole (Men yellow/Ladies Red)
These competitions have a £3 entry fee for 18 holes or £2 for 9 hole competitions. The mixed and men’s competitions also have an optional 2’s club (cost £2 for 18 holes, £1 for 9 holes). Each of the above are Pro’s Stableford competitions and any winnings will be credited to Pro Shop accounts.
As a reminder, Greenstaff will update the App of a daily basis as to whether the courses is qualifying or not, and the course signage will be visible on the first tee, clearly stating whether the course is deemed qualifying or not. The decision taken at the time of posting the course status if final and will NOT change after that time.
The C&H Committee really would appreciate your help and only submit general play cards on a day when the course is deemed qualifying – please refer to the daily App notification.
Now that we have temporary greens marked on the course, a reminder about wrong greens. A Wrong Green is any green on the course other than the putting green of the hole being played. This includes all marked temporary greens. You must take free relief if your ball comes to rest on a wrong green or the wrong green physically interferes with your stance – ie you must not stand on the wrong green to play your shot. The (free) relief area is 1 club length from the reference point.
Annual Review of Handicaps
The Competitions and Handicap Committee is required to annually review the Handicap Index of all players to determine whether their Handicap Index is reflective of their demonstrated ability, and their current scoring pattern is consistent with their expected scoring pattern. A report is produced to help identify such players and those players will be reviewed by the Committee at their meeting on Friday 13th January. Any member who may receive an adjustment will be contacted by the Committee.
Mixed Winter Foursomes and Men’s Lombard 4BBB league matches are well underway. As a reminder the league stages commenced on 1st October and must conclude on or before Sunday 15th January 2023. Each side has equal responsibility to arrange their matches. In the event of a League match not being played or completed on time, the C&H Committee may, at their discretion, award points to the team not at fault.
Chair Competitions & Handicap Committee, Handicap Secretary
A Look at the Rules
A players ball comes to rest near a boundery fence that is leaning onto the course. The player backs into the fence moving the fence which allows the player to play a stroke. Is the player subject to a penalty?
Hi everyone, I hope you all had a nice Christmas and new year, I’m looking forward to seeing you all on the course very soon.
The dates for the upcoming junior roll ups throughout January are as follows: (meet at the first tee at 2pm)
•Saturday 7th January
•Sunday 15th January
•Saturday 21st January *
•Sunday 29th January
*On the 21st January, Mark Wood will be holding a Junior clinic between 12:30-1:30 before the roll up that day. All juniors are welcome, and I’m looking forward to seeing many of you there!
As we reach the end of 2022 I hope that you have achieved or at least partially achieved any golfing targets which you set for yourself for the year. If not there is always 2023, golf is nothing but a game of eternal optimism which keeps us coming back for more!
The highlight of the month for the vets was the Xmas Scamble and Lunch held on 7 December. Luckily for us this was the last day before the recent cold spell struck and we had a fine day on a course which was in excellent condition. 48 players took part with separate competitions for the front and the back nine. The winners of the front nine were Stuart Gaunt, Derek Andrews, Peter Kinlochan and Geoff Jenkins with 27.8 points whilst the winners on the back nine were Gunnel Berry, Graham Lumb, David Maskery and our very own Vets Vice Captain Ewan McGregor with 22.3 points. Congratulations to the winning vets and guests.
The Nearest to the Pin winners were Ed Tinley (2’nd hole), Colin Newton (6’th), Gerry Collard (13’th) and David Marshall (16’th). Last but not least the winner of the bottle of wine donated for the Best Xmas Tie was Peter Armitage who narrowly pipped Stuart Gaunt (whose tie may be admired in the photo above).
My thanks to Ewan, Wynne and everyone else who helped to make the day a success.
Two Winter League matches were scheduled for December but only one match was completed before the bad weather returned. Hockley away was postponed until the new year but we managed to complete the fixture with South Winchester away. This was a close match with the deciding two games settled on the 18’th but we eventually lost 1.5:2.5.
We also played Royal Winchester away at the end of November and in very wet conditions lost 1:3. Hence the record so far is Lost 2, Halved 1 with 7 matches still to be played. There is much work to be done if we are to retain the trophy!
By the time you read this Christmas will be over for another year, I hope you all had a great time and wish you a happy and successful New Year.
General Manager’s Update
CLUB ‘ROLL UP’
Fancy a game during the week? All members are welcome to come along to the informal ‘club roll-up’ on Wednesday mornings. There is a tee reservation between 11.00-12.00 – members wishing to take part should meet at the starters hut from approx. 10.45am for allocation of groups. As per the times highlighted for the Ladies and Vets Sections, we politely ask members to show courtesy to those who wish to play in this ‘roll up’ at this time. If you do not wish to play with this group please choose another time if possible. If there continues to be a limited use of this time , then the Captains Committee will review the tee allocation.
ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS 2023
You should have received your annual subscription invoice via email. If you haven’t, please check your inbox or junk mail or contact the Office.
Payments can be made over the telephone with credit/debit card or even better via BACS transfer (details on the bill).
You may not play after 1st January if you do not intend to renew your membership.
We do offer an Advanced Payment Scheme for your 2024 subscriptions. You choose how much you wish to pay against your bill for 2023 and your account is credited. Speak to the office if you would like a Standing Order form.
CLUB DIARY – IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Members should have noticed that the club diary icon within the Club V1 app , now contains details of matches, golf societies etc. Finally it does now link with our google calendar and so reflects the full club dairy with any tee reservations for matches or golf societies.
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
Follow us at https://www.instagram.com/alresford_golf_club/
WANTED: COURSE MARSHALLS / STARTERS
Following the announcement at the recent AGM, advising members of our intention to resume the deployment of Course Marshalls and Starters in 2023, we are now seeking interested members.
We will be running two sessions ;
Thursday 19th January, 3.00pm
Tuesday 24th January 1.00pm
The sessions will provide some clarification of the roles and expectations, key areas of responsibility, and duties and give an opportunity for members to ask questions before committing.
If you would like to consider offering your time for either of these roles, please in the first instance advise the General Manager and attend one of the sessions if possible.
FUTURE DATES FOR YOUR SOCIAL DIARY
Fun Quiz – Friday 13th January
Burns Night – Saturday 21st January
Mr & Mrs (Valentines) Dinner – Saturday 11th February
Fun Quiz – Friday 17th February
Fun Quiz – Friday 17th March
Winter is on it’s way- Be Safe on the Golf Course
Rain/Mud/Frost/Ice = slippery golf course, especially grass banks, wooden sleepers and any untreated areas.
PLEASE TAKE CARE AND KEEP TO THE PATHS WHEREVER POSSIBLE
DO NOT WALK ON SLOPES
DO NOT TAKE YOUR TROLLEYS ACROSS THE SIDES OF SLOPES AND BANKS
PLEASE ADHERE TO ANY TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SIGNAGE ON THE COURSE
KEEP BUGGIES AND TROLLIES AWAY FROM THE EDGES OF GREENS AND TEES
If roads are icy in the morning on your way to the club, it is fair to assume that the car park and the paths around the club will be icy too! We do our best to grit and salt these areas but please take care.
Burns Supper 2023
Saturday 21st January 7.00pm for 7.30pm
Now the Christmas and New Year celebrations are over, it’s time to book up for the first big event of 2023 … the Burns Supper. The list went up on Christmas Eve, and at time of writing there is one place left. There’s now a Reserve List in case there are any late cancellations. This is an evening which can be enjoyed by everyone. There are many reasons for this … the uniquely Scottish experience of good company with whisky, haggis, neeps (mashed swede) and tatties, and a light-hearted appreciation of Scotland’s Bard, and of course, the skirl of the bagpipes. The sign-up list for the evening is on the Junior notice-board adjacent to the Social notice board. The Social notice-board was full … there’s a lot going on over the next few weeks!
This year the principal speakers will be Carol Rose, who will propose the Immortal Memory; Alistair Gray will be proposing the Toast tae the Lassies and will be hoping for a gracious reply the Ladies’ Captain, Gunnel Berry. George Clelland will ‘perform’ the Address to the Haggis in the time-honoured fashion.
The cost of the evening will be £32 per person and includes the three-course meal with coffee and a glass of your favourite tipple for the toasts after the meal. Please make sure you make your payment to the Office before the event, and also if you wish the vegetarian option please advise the kitchen well in advance. Members who have invited guests on their table are responsible for ensuring that their guests are paid for and any food allergies are notified to the kitchen as above.
Contact George Clelland for further information.
Dress: Black Tie
Dates for your diary:-
April 27 Championship first round – all play
May 4 League first round
July 13 League final round
July 20 Championship second round & Presentation Night – all play
Best wishes for the New Year,
John, Jan, and Jim White
Organisers on behalf of the Social Committee.
I write this article for FORE on the last day of the 2022 and looking back over the year I still cannot believe the extreme weather conditions we had to cope with. From extended periods of intense heat and no rain to what only can be described as deluges of rain lasting for days on end. Through it all the greens team have done their best to present members with a course in the best possible condition. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of the team for their dedication and hard work. So, Simon, Adam, Ben, Mark, Mick and Dom, “Thank you!” I would also like to thank the Greens committee members for their support this year, thank you all.
Even recently we have experienced challenging weather and difficult conditions not least the freeze followed by rain that meant we had to close the course, something we rarely do. But through it all the team have undertaken their winter work. We continue to manage our woodland, including the removal of Ash trees suffering from dieback and we have completed the bulk of this work for this winter. You will have noticed we have been thinning the hazel on the 4th and between the 14th and 15th this work should be completed soon.
The team applied a fungicide to the greens before the freeze and intend to apply turf hardeners and iron in due course. Tees and Aprons are cut fortnightly. Winter maintenance on fairways is underway and will consist of brushing and mowing each fairway plus worm cast control on 9th,11th and 12th holes. We will also continue to undertake maintenance work on pathways, including path ends, the relaying of the rubber mats and re-turfing worn areas. We have cut the temporary greens slightly lower to try improve appearance and playability.
Improving the condition of our bunkers is one of our winter projects and the renovation of the 7th fairway bunker went well.
The team dug out the existing base and built a new wall. The old bunker sand was used to line the base and new sand will finish the job. They have now started the renovation of the fairway bunkers on the 15th hole. The Course Manager reports that, generally bunkers are in good condition with a lot of edges now repaired or re-turfed.
Unfortunately, at the time of writing, the sheep still have not arrived. This is disappointing to say the least. In the meantime, the team have cut those areas of the long rough that the sheep will not graze.
Those of you who use the short game practice area will have noticed four stakes set out about eighty yards from the tee. These are the first physical signs of a project that the club are undertaking with Huxley Golf. This partnership, developed by our Head Professional and General Manager, will see our Greens Team and Huxley Golf install their most up to date chipping green. Mark Wood tells us that good chips played into the green should spin back!
Those of you who have braved the elements and played the course recently will see that work on the 5th tee, another of our winter projects, continues. Following the clearing of the site and the removal of the soil 120 tonnes of chalk, courtesy of James White, was set down. It was then “tracked in” and irrigation lines dug up ready for relaying. This last week the topsoil has been brought back onto site ready for levelling. We will continue to work on the tee over the next few months. In addition, over the next few months we will extend the grass tee on the range and continue to improve the condition of the course. This will include the removal of the mound front left of the 1st green and the creation of a swale.
Finally, can I take this opportunity to wish you and your families the happiest of New Years!
Chair Greens Committee
A Look at the Rules
No, Backing into a branch or a boundary object when that is the only way to take a stance for the selected stroke, even if this moves the branch or boundary object out of the way or causes it to bend or break, is considered as fairly taking a stance.
See Interpretation 8.1b/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.
Our New Year winners
Our winners in the 100 Club prize draw for January 2023
£100 Nick Male
£50 Jean Coveyduck
A very Happy New Year to everyone and congratulations to all our prize winners for this first draw of 2023. A good start to their new year and maybe a chance to spend some money in the January sales.
Why not kick off your 2023 by joining the 100 Club – you may win a cash prize.
If you would like to be part of the 100 Club and actively contribute towards future enhancements to our golf club facilities, and have the chance of winning a cash prize each month, then why not join us. If you are already a member then please encourage your fellow golfers to join us too.
The monthly draw will now be 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Or you can pick up a form from the Office.
Editor: David Marshall
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