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  • Fore Info September 2021 Aug 31, 2021 @ 17:48

    Content 

    Here are some of the September highlights:

    • Next steps in deciding on Tee Times
    • Clubhouse development latest news.
    • A new section on Members with non-golfing special achievements: Derek Andrews
    • Updates on the Course and some future plans
    • Our Ladies excelling in competitions around the area
    • Exciting end to our Stoneham Cup Team campaign
    • Details of the Winter Knockouts and upcoming team competitions
    • Latest news from the Vets and upcoming events
    • Reciprocals: find out where you can play for free
    • Update on Upcoming Social Events
    • Lucky Winners in the 100 Club
    • Pro Tip from Mark Wood on the Whoosh…
    • Joke and Cartoon of the month
    I hope you enjoy the read.

    If you have ideas to further improve Fore Info, please email me at newsletter@alresfordgolf.co.uk or look me up on the club directory for a chat.

    David Marshall

    Editor

    So what has Nick Duncan done again? Another ace, this time with a 7 wood on the 13th hole from White, as witnessed by Andy Morffew!

    According to the R and A holding a flagstick does not qualify as proof Nick!

    His first ace was in November 2014 on the 16th and second was last year in June on the 6th hole.

    How does he do it? Meticulous planning?  Well as our AGC Chair of Planning (and development) he should have lots of practice.

    Congratulations Nick!

     

    Management Corner

    Tee Times

    We continue with our commitment to our traditional ‘roll up’ golf without Tee Times as restrictions due to the pandemic have been lifted. Simultaneously the Captain and his working party continue to collate feedback from Members as part of the Tee Times consultation leading up to a SGM where Members will vote to decide the outcome.

    It is important to inform you that no preferred option has been tabled and that any recommendations will ultimately reflect the feedback received from the Members Consultation. It is obviously not possible for any outcome to meet the preference of every individual member, but the outcome of the Tee Times debate will be decided by Members in a full vote on options at the SGM. I have personally been informed by individual Members that some will leave if we do not re-establish Tee Times, and I have also been informed by others that they will leave if we do re-establish Tee Times. So, it would appear that Covid has resulted in a situation where we will be unable to please everyone; all we can do as a Management Committee is assure all members of a transparent and fully democratic process and appreciate every individual choice on Membership for next year.

    The Management Committee will meet on September 15th and hope to determine the schedule for the SGM at that meeting.

    Clubhouse Development

    As I write this, the very final details are being made to the specification for Phase 1 of the Clubhouse Development plans which will enable the Club to go out to tender. There are four, full-service building firms that have been approached to tender competitively for the six-month project, all of whom have been selected for their capability to effectively complete with the given schedule and have been risk assessed for their financial standing.

    Throughout; the Club has relied upon on our resident, professional Architect, Sue Masser. I have personally experienced the relentless detailed, hard work Sue has put it as Chair of House; entirely voluntarily, on behalf of all of us. The specification is so detailed, right down to light fittings and door handles, and is an impressive achievement. For many years the Club has not substantially improved electrical systems, the kitchen, and has never provided a rest area for all of its staff as required by employment legislation; so there is an awful lot of improvement to be made in the background in addition to improvements to our lounge, bar and patio areas.

    We will shortly move onto discussions about launching Members Loan Notes in support of the Clubhouse Development, and indeed assessing tenders received. It is fully two-years since we last gained an insight into potential costs of Phase 1, so we are anticipating that prices will have risen, and of course there will be the ‘Covid Factor’ which will also have an impact no doubt.

    Membership Subscriptions

    We now have 20 temporary members who have joined the Club with some restricted access times for the course. Our temporary members have either paid some, or all, of their joining fee already and will be offered full 7-day membership as soon as others leave. As previously suggested, we would expect that around 50 existing members may not re-new next year as we historically experience up to 9% annual attrition.

    Therefore; we may only have 25 memberships available for entirely new members next year in addition to our temporary members upgrading to guaranteed full membership. Again; I suggest that any Academy Members contact David immediately if you wish to convert to full Membership…and similarly; do contact David if you are aware of any friends or family who may wish to join next year so that we can also give them priority in addition to our temporary members.

    I hope you continue to enjoy the fabulous condition of the course, which is such a credit to our Greens Staff led by Course Manager; Simon Justice.

    Robert White

    Chairman of the Management Committee

    Members special non-golfing achievements: Derek Andrews

    AGC: We’ve Got Talent. This is the first of my reports to uncover special ‘non-golfing’ achievements from our membership. If during a game or over a beer you hear a story about another members’ special non-golfing achievement let me know and I will publish it. Maybe we have past Olympians, World Record holders or someone in the Guinness Book of Records?

    Often members are shy to report these things but I hope readers will enjoy hearing about these special people in our midst. Just send me an email or give me a ring.

    David Marshall

    Editor

    From Hampshire Cricket Supporter to BBC TV Cricket Scorer

    AGC member, Derek Andrews is a life-long supporter of Hampshire Cricket and member for over 50 years and a member of the MCC for over 35 years. Through Hampshire, Derek was recommended to the BBC TV and became the last BBC TV Cricket Scorer (before Sky TV) covering over 140 one day matches during the final period of the BBC coverage of Sunday League cricket and all one day matches from 1982 to 1989. He worked with experts from Honeywell to create a data rich output that soon became the norm with the BBC commentators.

    Derek had the pleasure in working with Richie Benaud, Bob Willis, Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Jim Laker, Geoff Boycott and Peter Walker in the commentary box including the 1983 world cup final at Lords.

    From the Club Captain

    Another month flies by!  Mark Wood and I really notice the nights pulling in as we complete our Captain-Pro challenges on Thursday evenings.  Only a couple of weeks ago we could enjoy a leisurely pint on the patio with our challengers.  We will have to start 30 minutes earlier at 3:30 soon!  This has been a great success with some super matches, all played in great spirit.

    So far 5 pairs of challengers have won their matches and will play off 2 be the first winners of the Captain-Pro Trophy.  They are Harry Dhand and Dave Fox, Peter Gunn and Chris Spicer, Gareth Rees and Tony Stanton, Gary Mugford and Ian Jones, Gill Freemantle and Sarah Thorne. The challengers have kindly donated over £650 so far to the Captains’ Charity.

    The Vets Invitation on the 12th was a highly successful and enjoyable day.  Invitations have always been a personal favourite of mine. I was fortunate to be invited to the Men’s Invitation 3 times before I joined the club and always take the opportunity to invite friends.  It was clear that our guests all enjoyed the course and hospitality. Congratulations to Vets Captain Gareth and Wynne Tufnell for organising a successful day. I look forward to the mixed invitation on Sunday 5th September.

    Thank you to all members that have contributed to the tee booking consultation. The working party have gathered over 200 views in many formats from verbal to highly detailed and well thought out emails. The 6 weeks of “open tees” ends soon and we plan to launch an online survey at that time.  The feedback gathered will help us to build the most meaningful survey and lead to a proposal for the SGM. This will be progressed at pace.

    During the past 6 weeks I have represented the club at several events with Captains, Vice-Captains and Past Captains from clubs in Hampshire and the South Region. Many “members” clubs are in a similar position to us, with Covid causing the introduction of tee bookings to clubs which previously had open tees. We all compare notes!  It seems that those clubs that have retained tee bookings have had criticism. It also seems that those that have NOT retained tee bookings have had criticism! I have lost count of the number of Captains that have said they wished they had had the foresight to consult members before implementing. When I meet new member applicants, I always make the point that we are a “members” club, run and managed by members, for members.  While this is a difficult process to manage, I am proud of you all for the way you have contributed. The working party and subgroups have represented you well.  Thank you all.

    Finton Cobb

    Back to Golf!  Congratulations to all Competition winners during the month. Special mention to Phipps Trophy winner Finton Cobb and Junior Captain Jenny Myers who won the net prize at the Brockenhurst Junior Open.  Our Scratch Team, led by Jim White, have a big match on Saturday the 5th at Sandford Springs. Good luck!

    I was proud to take part in the Hants Past Captains V Hants Past Lady Captains match. Alresford was the host Club.  Roger Corkhill organised of the event. 39 Past Captains of Hampshire clubs and all asked me pass on their congratulations on the quality of the course, catering and friendly welcome received. Many took the trouble to seek me out to praise our club. We are well respected!

    Finally, I do look forward to seeing you at Captain’s Day on the 12th. Teams of 4 (men, ladies, juniors, mixed, new members all welcome!) with and individual stableford for the Captain’s Prize. Always a great day so I have a lot to match up to!!

    Happy golfing!

    Tip

    Ladies Section

    Sadly our Stoneham and Annodata teams were knocked out of this year’s competitions in the past few weeks. Congratulations and commiserations to Jan Harring and her Stoneham Ladies and Linda Glynn and her Annodata players for their gallant efforts over the past months. They all played splendidly and did their best managing to go as far as they did, making it known that Alresford Ladies are a force to contend with. There is always next year.

    The Senior Ladies Championship, splendidly organised by Linda Wager, was won by Sarah Worthington with a nett 141 with Jo Youngs the runner up with a Nett 146. Congratulations to you both.

    Although no major wins we were well represented at other competitions. Lynne Cowser and Linda Wager played in the Hull Shield at Southwick Park and Ann Gunn and Elaine Sutherland with caddy Caroline Warne played in the final of the Centenary Foursomes at Sandford Springs. This turned out to be an interesting but challenging introduction for Ann and Elaine to outside competition and I believe they handled it extremely well.

    Alresford ladies had some success at the Par 3 Championships at Ampfield with Carol Roe coming second in the individual competition and Lynne Cowser, Karen Fox and Polly Church 4th in the teams.

    Congratulations to our Ladies Vice Captain, Jan Harring for winning the Company Cup a tremendous feat.
    Our ladies played in the quarter final of the North Hants Trophy on Sunday against North Hants. All three matches were tough and very close our team sadly losing on the 17 th hole after all played superbly and fought valiantly all the way. Congratulations to Mandy and her team. We are all very proud of you.

    Jean Coveyduck posting a great score?

    I managed a visit to The Carroll Centre during their free School Holiday Play sessions and was really impressed by the effort and thought put into all aspects of the day. I was invited to make a sample apple doughnut for the children to copy for their pudding on that particular day.

    Tee time consultations are still taking place which will be followed by a survey. If you have particular views please take part as it will help a final and fair decision to be taken.

    Di

    Ladies Captain

     

    Stoneham Cup 2021

    For those that are unfamiliar with the Stoneham Cup, it’s a county competition run by Hampshire Ladies Golf.  As many teams enter, they are divided into groups.  Each group plays each other and the winner of each group goes through to the quarter final and hopefully on to the semi and final day.

    This year Alresford ladies were drawn in a group with Brokenhurst, Cams Hall, Basingstoke (now at Dummer) and Sandford Springs.  We started off the competition so well.  We won our first five games.  A win away at Sandford Springs and Cams Hall, followed by home wins against Basingstoke, Brokenhurst and Cams Hall . Our final three matches away to Basingstoke and Brokenhurst and home to Sandford Springs resulted in losses.  By the time we played our final match at home against Sandford Springs we needed at worse a 4/3 loss to enable us to go forward to the quarter finals.  This was not to be as Sandford Springs put out a very strong team which we were unable to match and they won 5/2.   Consequently Basingstoke have gone forward to the quarter finals having beaten us into second place by just one game!

    A disappointing end to what started off on such a high – but there is always next year.

    My thanks to the team and all the caddies and those who have supported us throughout the year.

    Jan Harring

    Captain – Stoneham Team

    Match Committee Report

    This month the report is advance notice of team competitions which are scheduled for the coming weeks for which you’ll have to book or reserve places. A reminder, that for all these competitions you have to be a full 7-day member and have played in at least 6 handicap qualifying competitions in the 12 months prior to the closing date for the competition.

    Millennium Quaich

    A Quaich is a two-handed drinking bowl used to offer a welcoming drink to friends and visitors. The two-handed design incorporates trust on the part of both giver and receiver,

    This competition was inaugurated in the year 2000 by Club Captain Alex Davie. It is now a mixed 4BBB Stableford competition in which teams can be any combination of men and ladies. Please make up your own teams. This will be on Sunday 19th September, and you can play at any time other than when the tee is reserved for the HLCGA Alresford Cup. You may play with another team or another member who has a handicap and who can mark your card. The competition is open to full 7-day members who have played in at least 6 competitions since 19/9/2020. Booking to reserve a place will be available from 1st September until 19th September. When you reserve your place, you will be able to see who else has entered the competition. You must still sign-in to the competition on the day you play.

    Cock & Hen Trophy

    This competition was inaugurated by Club Captain Ken Mills and Lady Captain Kate Mills and is another mixed better ball Stableford competition.

    The big difference is that teams will be drawn as will the playing groups, and tee times will be allocated. Please reserve your place as an individual for the competition Cock & Hen Men Entries or Cock & Hen Ladies Entries. The competition is open to full 7-day members who have played in at least 6 competitions since 25/9/2020. To allow for the draw for partners and playing groups, entry will close on Saturday 25th September and due to timing considerations, the total entry will be limited to 16 teams. The competition will be on Sunday 3rd October with the first tee-off around 12:30pm.

     

    Winter Leagues

    Booking for the Winter Mixed Foursomes 2020-21 and the Men’s Lombard 4BBB 2020-21 will be available from 26th September. These competitions are open to 7-day members who have played in at least 6 qualifying competitions since 24/10/2020. The closing date for entries is Sunday 24th October and the draw for the leagues will be posted by Wednesday 28th October. You should enter as a team and the entry fee of £3 per player will be taken when you book and reserve a place.

    The first stage of both competitions is played in leagues of 4 or 5 teams where each team plays match-play against the others. Points are awarded for winning (3), drawing (2) and losing (1). All

    matches in the leagues must be completed by Sunday 20th February 2022 after which winners of each league and possibly one or more runners-up will go forward to the knock-out stage.

    The entry for both competitions will be limited to the first 32 pairs who book. Additional entries will be considered as reserves for any team which is found to be ineligible or withdraws.

    Sign-in for the Ladies Winter Foursomes and 9-hole Winter League will also be available shortly. Full details will be sent by email to the Ladies Section. The closing date for entries will be 22nd September to allow the draws to made with a view for matches to start in early October.

    Handicap Allowances for 4BBB

    The playing handicap for 4BBB games when the competition or match includes both men and ladies is worked out as follows …

    • Men Medal (White Tees)
      • Course Handicap * 0.85
    • Man Stableford (White Tees)
      • Course Handicap * 0.85
    • Ladies Medal (Red Tees)
      • Course Handicap * 0.85 + 2.6
    • Lades Stableford (Red Tees)
      • Course Handicap * 0.85 + 1
    • Men Matchplay (White Tees)
      • Course Handicap * 0.9
    • Ladies Matchplay (Red Tees)
      • Course Handicap * 0.9 + 2.6

    The rounding of the Playing Handicap for the Ladies takes place after the adjustment (2.6 or 1) is added so not after the percentage allowance of the Course Handicap has been calculated.

    Strokes are taken relative to the player with lowest Playing Handicap. Players score using the par and SI appropriate for the tee they are playing from.

    Scorecards

    In general, scorecards are now being completed much better than before. However, I’ll reiterate that you must put your course handicap on your scorecard; your handicap index and playing handicap are only for your own use and are not checked by the Committee. Please also remember to have the date, name of the competition and the tees used on your card as this information is used to ensure your card is processed in the correct competition.

    Casual Rounds

    You must register to play and enter your score on the day you play. We have a report that shows that on nearly 100 occasions, players who registered to play a Casual Round have not entered a score. You don’t have an option – if you register to play then you must enter a score.

    George Clelland

    Chair, Match and Competitions Committee

    Mixed Matches

    There are only 2 mixed matches left to play this year:

    Basingstoke     Home    Friday 10th September at 2.00pm   

    Corhampton    Away     Friday 8th October at 2.30pm

    The sign up sheet for Corhampton is on the notice board. If you are unable to get to the club to sign up you can ask the office to do it or contact Marion or Alan Bruce and you can be added to the list. The sign up sheets close 3 weeks before a match.

    Any club member with a CONGU handicap is welcome to sign up to play. All the matches are played in a friendly manner and everyone is welcome, no matter what their handicap. It is hoped that members who haven’t played before will join in and sign up for the opportunity to play mixed golf both at home and on some very enjoyable away courses. Playing partners are drawn as part of team selection.

    The match teams will be communicated by posting the team list on the Mixed notice board and an email will be sent to all individuals involved. Team members are requested to play in team colours of white shirts and navy jumpers.

    All matches will include a meal after the game.

    For more information or any queries please contact Marion or Alan Bruce.

    A Look at the Rules

    Question.

    A player finds their ball embedded in the rough in the general area. Which of these statements is correct?

    a)   The player may take free relief by lifting the ball, cleaning it and placing it immediately behind the spot where it was embedded.

    b)   The player may take free relief by lifting the ball and place it immediately behind the spot where it was embedded without cleaning the ball.

    c)   The player may not take free relief as the ball is not on the fairway or grass cut to fairway height or less.

    d)   The player may take free relief by lifting the ball, cleaning it and dropping it within a club length from a point immediately behind the embedded ball not nearer the hole.

    e)   The player may take free relief by lifting the ball, dropping it within a club length from a point immediately behind the embedded ball not nearer the hole without cleaning it.

    Vets Section

    Not quite sure what happened to August, it only seems a few days have passed since the Editor was prompting us for the August contribution and here we are again. The Section have played four friendly matches during the month and I am pleased to say we won three of them to maintain our unbeaten ‘home’ record.

    The match at Romsey deserves special mention, not only did we win 5 – 1 but this was achieved despite two of our team playing a singles.  Unfortunately Mike Garton and John Goddard found themselves without partners and while John could do little about it, especially when one of his opponents had a hole in one  Mike however pulled off an amazing win much to the chagrin of his two opponents.  Looking ahead September is going to be even busier with 7 matches scheduled so if you wish to be considered for selection please sign up on the Vets Notice Board in the Club House.

    In addition to the matches in August we also hosted the Vets Invitation with 30 members from Alresford, together with their guests, playing a better ball stableford. Although the day started a bit damp fortunately it soon dried up in time for everyone to have an enjoyable round  and enjoy the hospitality that Alresford Golf Club is known for. Winners (photo above) with 45 points were Charlie McLaughlin and Andy Cousins (Corhampton), 2nd place with 44 points was Andy Gagen and Dave Stubbs (Worldham) and 3rd with 43 points was Gerry Collard and Geoff Spear (Old Thorns). It has been good to have so much positive feedback about the day and thanks to all of you who have taken the time to email Wynne Tufnell and myself.

    September also sees other important events in the Sections’ calendar. The Over 80’s Championship will be on the 16th September. This is a single stableford format that is open to all  members of the Section who are 80 years of age or over on the 16th. If you wish to play for this keenly contested trophy please sign up before the closing time of 12.00 on Friday 10th. To make it more interesting each player will receive an additional stroke to their handicap for every year they are over 80.  The annual Ladies v Vets match will be on 30th September. It’s the Ladies turn to choose the format and final arrangements are being made with more details to follow. Finally September sees the playing of the Joe Kitchen Trophy. Formally known a the Vets Secretary Trophy the first round, a medal, of this 36 hole competition will be played on Friday 24th with the second round, a stableford, on Monday 27th. This is a qualifying competition run by the Match Committee and entry will be through the Club V1 app.

    The Wednesday Roll Up continues to be well supported despite a number of you being on grandparent duties, and it has been particularly encouraging to see some new faces rolling up and I hope we will see the continued gradual increase in the numbers going forward.

    Finally this years Vets & Partners Dinner is on the 21st October. Due to the planned redevelopment of the clubhouse the evening is being held at The Bell Hotel in Alresford. Numbers are limited to 80 and to date the response has been fantastic so please let me know if you wish to attend and I will add your name to the list which is quickly filling up. This black tie event will cost £30ph for a three course meal and coffee. Menu choices are on the Notice Board.

    Gareth Rees

    Vets Captain

    General Manager’s Update

    NEW MEMBERS

    Welcome to the following new members who have all joined the club during August ; Ewan Murray, Martin Richards, Jeffrey Ellington, Jeremy Collins, Andy and Mary Ritchie (Temporary Member) , Clare Nightingale (Academy) and Sam Collins (Intermediate).

    We hope that your time at the club will be a long and enjoyable one for all of you.

    CLUB ‘ROLL UP’ RESUMPTION

    Fancy a game during the week? All members are welcome to come along to the informal ‘club roll-up’ on Wednesday mornings. The usual start time is between 11.00-11.30am all year round but may change subject to any advanced tee reservations. Everyone welcome, 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.

    SEPTEMBER

    Wednesday 1st ~ 11.00am (Mid-week Medal)

    Wednesday 8th ~11.00am

    Wednesday 15th ~ 11.00am  (Mid-week Stableford)

    Wednesday 22nd ~ 11.00am

    Wednesday 29th ~ 11.00am (Mid-week Medal)

    RECIPROCALS

    Our Reciprocal clubs are gradually starting to accept reciprocals once again – however at present the booking periods (how far in advance you can book) will fall into line with any restrictions they have on their own members. Currently with most clubs it is 7 days or in some cases 6 days.

    We can have a maximum of one fourball per week to play their course for no fee   (unless otherwise stated). This is always subject to availability and course conditions. Bookings can only be booked directly through our Office ..

    • WATERLOOVILLE G.C., HAMPSHIRE                          (Mondays-Fridays only)
    • LEE-ON-THE-SOLENT G.C., HAMPSHIRE                    (Mondays-Fridays only)
    • TIDWORTH GARRISON G.C., WILTSHIRE                    (Mondays- Fridays only)
    • BRAMLEY G.C., SURREY                                             (Mondays-Fridays only)

     

    FACEBOOK – check out our Facebook page

    https://www.facebook.com/alresfordgolfclub

    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/

    • RUSHMORE G.C., WILTSHIRE                         (2 fourballs per week permitted, £10pp                 w/day or £20pp w/end)
    • SALISBURY & S. WILTS. G.C. , WILTSHIRE                 (Mondays – Fridays , only after 12.30pm on Weds. & Fri.)
    • ROWLANDS CASTLE G.C., HAMPSHIRE                     (Mondays-Fridays only)
    • HIGH POST G.C., WILTSHIRE                                      (Mondays-Fridays only , after 11am)
    • CHOBHAM G.C., SURREY                                           (Mondays-Fridays only)

    If your holiday plans are keeping you in the UK this summer, we also have reciprocal arrangements the 1890 clubs. The list of these is available via our website.

    This damage was done before any visitors were allowed on the course on Sunday 22nd August.  In the words of Ian Poulter ‘Lazy lazy golfers!’ Repair your pitchmarks and any other damage you cause on the greens. Be considerate to other golfers.

    For anyone who hasn’t seen Ian take the members of his club to task, here it is ;

    https://www.instagram.com/tv/CMZpVphDj6s/?utm_source=ig_embed

    Also please rake the bunker if you have been in it! Here is evidence some of us don’t…

    David Maskery

    General Manager

     

     

    Social

    Bridge – The club has a good number of mixed ability Bridge players and we hold a thriving and friendly monthly event, typically on a Tuesday evening. These have now resumed.  If you want to know more, please contact Richard Bass

    Soultown -We are pleased to bring a great evening of Soul and Motown music courtesy of Soultown. VJK and Glenny have a wealth of experience behind then with VJK performing for many years as part of the legendary group The Gillettes. They will bring their love of Soul and Motown to Alresford Golf Club and this evening promises to be unforgettable; our first social event since Covid restrictions were lifted.

    The event is ticket only and we will not be serving food as we wanted the opportunity for as many members as possible to enjoy the atmosphere and to keep it informal. There are no set tables to allow circulation and dancing of course!

    The band will be starting at 8.30 with two 45 minute sets with a 30 minute interval.

    We look forward to seeing you there with your dancing shoes on.

    Kit Quiz – After a prolonged absence due to lock down, Kit is back at the Club with his highly successful quiz on Saturday October 9th. Put the date in your diary.

    Mike Battisson

    Chair, Social Committee

     

    Saturday 4TH SEPTEMBER 2021

     

    Pro- Corner

    Create A Whoosh Through Impact For More Distance

    Many golfers create a lot of unwanted tension in the arms, wrists, and hands in the downswing causing them to have a very slow and stiff release through impact. Imagine throwing a ball with a very stiff arm, wrist and hand, you would not be able to throw the ball very far. It would be a different story if everything was relaxed, the ball would travel a lot further through the air once released from your hand.

    So with this in mind; make some practise swings concentrating on hearing a whooshing noise as the club picks up speed through the impact area. You want to hear a long loud whoosh as the club passes through the impact area. I term it as the club is ‘freewheeling’ and the ball just gets in the way at impact. This will generate more power and distance for you.

     

    Pro Shop End of Summer Sale

    We have some fantastic savings for both Men’s and Ladies clothing items in our end of season Summer sale. Pop into the shop next time you are up at the club and grab yourself a bargain.

    MORE GOLF TIPS

    I am always filming new video tips and popping them over on my YouTube channel which is completely free to subscribe to. You can find my channel here – https://www.youtube.com/user/markwoodgolfacademy

    Greens News

    Having been fortunate enough to play North Hants this week you will not be nagged this issue about our bunkers as compared to them ours are perfect!! Your Chair of Green has stumbled across a lovely little bluffers phrase to give the impression that he knows what he is talking about; Angle of Repose (AoR). This isn’t when you are sitting in your recliner, if you put different sands into a heap they will form different angles depending on their tendency to roll down the hill or not. So for example whilst we want to see the new fairway bunker from the 1st tee we also want a shot to be playable to the green. As the weather is very dry the sand at the front face has tended to roll down leaving a sharper edge than intended. This will be worked on and adjusted as the conditions allow. So if you end up with an impossible shot blame it on the AoR.

    The grass is still growing like crazy despite the growth regulator applied which is most unusual for the time of year. Apart from having a higher fuel bill just keep in mind that it’s difficult to keep all of the grass under control with the fairways needing to be cut daily. It was decided the wavy fairways edges had been slightly overdone and you can see where this has been eased off where the lighter coloured grass has been lowered.

    Our Arborist should be accomplishing a review of our trees soon. This is done every 3 years and is to supplement and support our guys who have been trained to identify diseased trees and also Colin Luff when he comes around each winter with his crew of tree surgeons. We have identified that our boundary edges are internally becoming somewhat overgrown so we are looking into flaying them in Autumn to recover some of our course.

    The Greens Maintenance went very well with the rain immediately afterwards helping to sort them out. Our staff really know what they are doing with the greens still running true the following weekend.

    It’s amazing what the Greens Team gets out of just one green.

    Within 10 days the seed could be seen to be germinating in the scarification lines which is exactly what we wanted.

    The Tee mirror on the 17th will be replaced. It’s being done by some willing volunteer members who most inconsiderately also insist on taking holidays!

    Toro are not exactly rushing around for us to trial their new Lithium Ion mower. It could be another case of demand outstripping supply. Whilst interested a hefty dose of scepticism is probably healthy with the existing units being well known and understood. We actually have a considerable amount of machinery and are incredibly fortunate that most of it is maintained by our staff. There is always something to do so you might have spotted the Greens Iron is AWOL with a stub axle issue. Fortunately the old rollers could be pressed into use at short notice.

    Having mentioned last month the new Academy 1 hole was ready to open we are just double checking so meanwhile the new green has been tined and dressed. Likewise the roped off area for where the Academy 9th green is proposed is being surveyed to understand the frequency of stray golf balls.

    Bob Moore

    Chair, Greens Committee

     

    A Look at the Rules

    Answer.

    d) is correct

    Relief for Embedded Ball

    When a player’s ball is embedded in the general area and relief is allowed under Rule 16.3a, the player may take free relief by dropping the original ball or another ball in this relief area (see Rule 14.3):

    • Reference Point: The spot right behind where the ball is embedded.
    • Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: One club-length, but with these limits:
    • Limits on Location of Relief Area:
      • Must be in the general area, and
      • Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point.

    If you would like to find out more about the rules, there is a wonderful rules section on the R&A website www.randa.org  where you can also find these exceptions. Just download the R&A app (Rules of Golf) from the app store. 

    Thanks to Brian Overton for all these Rules Q and A’s.

    100 Club

    100 Club 

    The winners of the 100 Club prize draw for September 2021 were:

    £100    Jean Coveyduck

    £50      Linda Wager

    £32      Di Peisley

    £32      Tony Marshall

    £32      Gil Francis

    £32      Peter Wallis

    Congratulations go to all our winners this month – the ladies have snapped up the top prizes again including our Ladies Captain.  Next month’s draw will take place during week beginning 20 September.

    The 100 Club was started back in 1987 and continues today with the objective to provide funds for projects or items which would enhance the Golf Course and/or Club House and generally be considered as extras and not necessarily within the Golf Club budget.

    Why not join in and for as little as £1 per month can have the opportunity of winning a cash prize in the monthly draw and know you are actively contributing towards future enhancements to the Golf Club’s facilities.

    For more information then please contact Pat Wallis by phone 01420 564417 or email peterpat51@outlook.com or call in to the Secretary’s Office.

    Pat Wallis

    Funny Endings: Joke and Cartoon of the Month

    Congratulations to Derek Andrews again for winning this months best joke. Another drink well earned…

    Golf is the only sport where the most feared opponent is you.

    Why is golf better than sex? When your equipment gets old you can replace it.

    We are looking for golf related, clean, seriously funny humour suitable for all members. Send your contributions to the Editor (David Marshall) at newsletter@alresfordgolf.co.uk

    If we use your joke or cartoon, I will buy you a drink in the bar.

    Thanks also to Jeff Staines for an excellent ‘Quote of the month’ below.

    Quote of the Month

    “A well-adjusted person is one who can play golf as if it were a game”

    Editor: David Marshall

    DISCLAIMER

    The Editorial Team take no responsibility for incorrect information received from Contributors.

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  • Fore Info August 2021 Aug 1, 2021 @ 11:59

    Content 

    Here are some of the August highlights:

    • Next steps in deciding on Tee Times
    • A new Lady President from Alresford GC
    • Results of our Junior Club Championships
    • Updates on the Course and some future plans
    • Results from our Team Matches
    • Vets Championship Results
    • Final Results of Team Golf
    • Update on Upcoming Social Events
    • Lucky Winners in the 100 Club
    • Pro Tip from Mark Wood on ‘Bombing your Driver’
    I hope you enjoy the read. July is always one of our busiest months, take your time to take it in…

    If you have ideas to further improve Fore Info, please email me at newsletter@alresfordgolf.co.uk or look me up on the club directory for a chat.

    David Marshall

    Editor

    The photo above may seem ordinary, but it is far from it! Tom Beecher looks rather happy as he had just driven the 18th. Your eagle eyed editor was about to pick up the ball as nobody was in sight, not left in trees, right in trees or on the fairway. Two minutes later Bill Ragan and Tom appeared in the far distance,  almost 350 yards away, Tom grinning like a cheshire cat. Sorry for Tom, but he left the eagle put one inch short! No problem as he had already won his match. I apologise to all those who drive the 18th green, but this is the first one I witnessed. Let me know of your exceptional shots.

     

    Management Corner

    Tee Times

    As Covid restrictions have eased, together with advice from Golf England, our Club no longer needs to operate pre-booked Tee Times due to the pandemic and have therefore reverted to traditional ‘open tees’ for casual play and most competitions. As is traditional at the Club; there will continue to be Tee Bookings for Club matches and Golf Societies etc.

    Tee Time bookings for casual play were brought in 15-months ago under emergency provisions aligned with established Club rules and it had been signalled since that inception; there is no mandate to continue with Tee Time bookings beyond emergency requirements. Therefore, as emergency provisions have been removed our normal queueing system is now in place, and all golfers are reminded not to join the queue until all playing partners in their group are present. There will no ‘saving places’ in the queue, and no jumping in. If you are playing in a 3-ball, for example, all three players must be present before joining the queue; there cannot be any exceptions.

    The subject of Tee Times is being considered through a consultation with golfing members of the Club, which will lead to a members’ vote at a General Meeting of our Club to determine future arrangements either with or without some pre-booked Tee Times. If you have an opinion on the future of Tee Times at our Club you need to contribute to the consultation and ultimately cast your vote at the General Meeting when held. You really should not leave this to other members to decide for you; your comments and vote at the future General Meeting have equality with everyone else.  Club-Captain, Mark Tiplady, has included further information in his report within this edition of Fore Info.

    Membership

    As expected, and predicted by the Management Committee in December 2020, our Club has a full membership for the first time in recent memory. This is testimony to; the overall management of our Club under General Manager –  David Maskery, the work of the Management Committee and the Planning and Development Committee, and the brilliant and welcoming environment created by all members and of course our Club Captain, Mark Tiplady, who arranges a meeting with all new members ahead of joining us. The ‘year-round’ quality and presentation of our course is undoubtedly a significant reason for new members choosing to join our Club.

    We tend to experience attrition in membership of up to 9% at the time of annual renewal in December each year, that means that we expect to lose around 50 current full-members this year. The Management Committee has created a ‘Temporary Membership’ scheme so that aspirant new full-members applying for membership at this time could join our Club but are not currently permitted to play at peak times. As we become aware of individual members leaving our Club the Temporary Members will be converted to ‘Full-Members’, thus we have a pipeline of new full members which secures a very positive immediate future. Currently, the Temporary Membership scheme is likely to contribute about 50% of spaces for full members in December. I would therefore recommend that any Academy Members who are considering taking-up full membership should make this known to David Maskery as soon as possible. Also, any member wishing to introduce friends or family to join as full members next year, should also make David aware as soon as possible.

    Finance

    Our current financial year runs through to September 30th 2021. In August each year our Chair of Finance, Ray Panter, sets an annual budget for our Club and reports to the Management Committee on that budget at regular intervals. It appears that our second ‘Covid-affected year’ will result in lower income than normal from visitors, guests and societies but effective management of the Club’s finances will ensure that we are close to breaking even. We still have two-months’ of the financial year to go, but we do appear to be doing very well and have been very well managed despite the impact of the pandemic.

    John White

    This year we acknowledged John White’s contribution to our Club over many years; specifically in running the Thursday evening Team Golf completion which has been a fixture at the Club for 20 years. The reason I bring it to your attention is that; it is a unique opportunity for older members, juniors, new members, men and ladies to compete in the same team of six golfers. It also provides the opportunity for individuals to Captain their own team.

    John also reached out to other local Club’s and the winning team from each Club compete in a final inter-club Team Challenge. This year, Alresford lost to South Winchester who enjoyed their visit to our Club last week.

    John has always been well supported by his wife, Jan, who has also made an enormous contribution to our Social Committee over many years at our Club, and this year James White also helped to ensure that the seasonal Team Golf competition ran perfectly.

    This year the Club inaugurated the ‘John White Trophy’ to recognise the 20th year of Team Golf, which was presented to the winning team Captained by Mark Pyne. Do look out for the ‘John White Trophy’ – a large wooden bowl beautifully crafted by our expert, professional woodturner and ex-Captain; Les Thorne.

    Closing Comments

    I do hope that we can continue to enjoy golf without further restrictions, but must ask that all members consider the safety of our staff and franchisees when coming to the Club.

    ….and please, do make sure that you contribute to the consultation on Tee Times, we need to hear all views so that relevant recommendations can be made to vote on at the General Meeting.

    Robert White

    Chairman of the Management Committee

    President of Hampshire: highest accolade for Jane

    Every member at AGC can feel immense pride at the recent announcement that Jane Scott has been invited to become the next Hampshire Ladies Golf (HLG) President.

    HLG looks after the golfing interests of all ladies and girls in Hampshire and has approximately 4,500 members, providing training, welfare and competitive golf for ladies and girls of all golfing abilities.

    Jane (and Malcolm) has worked incredibly hard for Hampshire over the years and was County Junior Organiser before becoming Vice Captain and then Captain in 2016.

    As most will know, Jane is a tireless worker and was Captain at Alresford in 2013.  She brings a wealth of county-level knowledge to her 3 year term when she takes up the Presidency at the end of this year, having played 2nd team golf for Hampshire against many of our neighouring counties and further afield.

    We all wish you well Jane for the future and know you will be ably supported by your entire family and us all at Alresford.

    Ann Younger

    Delegate, Hampshire Ladies Golf

    From the Club Captain

    July is a busy month for golf in the UK and we all had packed diaries.  The Men’s Friendly team, superbly organised by Vice Captain Simon Freemantle, had matches with Lee-on-the-Solent (away), Blackmoor (away), Basingstoke (home) and Meon Valley (home) with mixed results but all highly enjoyable contests.  We also had some super mixed team fixtures, entertaining Royal Winchester and visiting Rowlands Castle.  We also had our first match with North Hants.  This fixture finally took place at last after 3 years of trying and was highly enjoyable.  A great addition to our fixture list.  Great work by Marion and Alan Bruce who are meticulous in their management of the mixed matches.  The Mixed Invitation will take place on Sunday 5th September and full details will be published soon.  Please support this great opportunity to invite friends to share a super day at our club.

    The Men’s competition teams have also been busy with matches in the EAGG, Annodata and County 7’s.  Led by Jim White, wins against South Winchester, Hartley Wintney and Bohunt Manor were well earned.  Only one loss to Andover.

    Jim White, Dave Fox, Gary Mugford and Bill Ragan joined Simon Freemantle and me at the Waterlooville Cup.  On a very tough, high scoring day we finished in a creditable 4th place.  Simon was the only golfer in the field to beat his handicap and, despite my very poor performance, we won the Captain/Vice Captain Trophy.  Great stuff Simon!

    Our Junior Captain Jenny Myers continues to represent the club with distinction.  At the England Golf South Region Ladies and Girls Championships, held at Hartley Witney, Jenny was the Under 18 handicap winner. few days later she won the club junior championship again.  Well done Jen!!

    Tony Stanton and I played 2 further rounds in the Daily Mail foursomes, beating Waterlooville away and then Somerley Park at home.  We are now waiting to see who we play in the 7th round, with the winners going to the finals weekend in October.

    Finally, an update on the tee booking Consultation/Working party.  Chairman Rob has confirmed the background to this in his report.  I am grateful to the “volunteers” I have coerced into being part of this working party.  They are Alistair Gray, Andy Gagen, Chris Reilly, Caroline Warne, Charlie McLaughlin, Clare Monkhouse, Derek Andrews, Drew Fielden, Jean Coveyduck, Peter Gunn, Polly Church, Simon Tillson and Simon Wills.  Jenny Myers will represent Juniors.  Please make your preferences and feelings known to myself or any of this group.  This can be face to face or by email.  I am grateful for the many emails I have received on this subject.  These have all been well thought out and will really help with our process.  All feedback will be considered.

    The working party met initially via Zoom.  We will keep in contact, record all views and opinions.  We will share and measure all our information.  We will then use this information to design an online survey.

    As you might expect, we have found that members preferences do range from Fully Open as we have now, to the 100% booking as we had during lockdown.  We have also discovered that members do understand and respect that other members have different views.

    I am proud that we are a member’s club.  We have said all along that we, the members, will decide on this matter.  Thank you for taking part in this consultation.

    Finally, members often tell me what their friends and family think of our course.  I was pleased to receive the following email which is a typical example. “I took a friend round yesterday afternoon who had never played the course before.  To say he was impressed would be an understatement.  He thought it was as good as any he has played in the area. 

    Please let the Green staff know their hard work is appreciated not just by members but by visitors as well.”  Hear hear!

    Happy golfing!

    Tip

    Ladies Section

    This month began with our Stoneham team winning 5/2 at home against Brockenhurst but losing away 4/3. We did however have a great away win 4/3 against Cams Hall.  We have two matches to go having to win one in order to go through to the next round.

    My Captain’s Charity Stableford was a huge success and despite only 43 entries managed to raise well over £ 800 for the Carroll Centre. This will help with the Holiday Play Scheme and also go towards a new sensory play area. Whilst essential for all this is beneficial fo children experiencing difficulty playing with others. Thank you all for being so generous.

    Some of our Ladies enjoyed the Ladies Triangular match with Liphook and Meon Valley with Alresford runners up to Meon Valley.

    Sharing my Captain’s Day with last years Captain Mal was a great success.

    All Ladies embraced the Carnival atmosphere and seemed to enjoy the one Lady Steel band who sadly only played for an hour. Our team format questioned some Ladies maths but all seemed to manage. My thanks to all who helped, Tip and David Hope-Mason for starting, Ray Panter and Tony Hutt for running the putting competition, David and Mel in the office, Simon and his team,Tracy and the Bar and Kitchen Staff and Gill for doing the cards.

    Our Annodata team won their third round  and play next on Tuesday. We enjoyed our mixed Matches at Rowlands Castle and North Hants kindly organised by Marion Bruce.

    Tip Mal, Grahame Marshallsay and I played in the Promethean in very hot weather at Royal Winchester managing to come somewhere in the middle of the field.

    Liz Williams covered herself in glory winning the 2nd division of the Hampshire Senior Ladies Championship at Royal Winchester.

    It shall be interesting to see how we all cope with no tee times after the regimentation we have become accustomed to. Please be polite and abide by the rules.

    Our junior girls have been doing well and Congratulations to Jenny Myers who won the under 18 Net Competition Southern Region recently.

    It was with great regret that I accepted Rox Dhand’s resignation from the Committee as she felt she could not commit due to other activities.

    Sarah Staines has accepted Jan’s and my invitation to join the Committee and we wish her all the best.

    Play well and enjoy.

    Di

    Ladies Captain

    Match Committee Report

    Junior Championship

    The Junior Championship was played on Monday 26th July. This is a 36-hole competition played on one day. The first round is scored as a Stableford competition for the John Holmes Trophy and was won by Jasmine Jury with 34 points. The afternoon round is played by the top 4 gross scorers from the morning round with the result of the Championship determined by the aggregate gross score over the two rounds. This year’s Junior Champion is Jenny Myers who scored 83+78 for a total gross of 161; Marcus Kail was the runner-up with 82+83 for a total gross of 165.

    Jasmine Jury and Jenny Myers

    Husbands & Wives

    This popular foursomes Stableford competition is back. Booking is now open and filling up fast; Booking will close at 7pm on Saturday 7th August to allow time to make the draw and then the Start Sheet will be emailed to everyone at the beginning of the following week. This particular competition is also open to 5-day members without payment of a green fee. We’re anticipating a 2 tee start from approximately 08:27 till 09:30, but we may be able to extend this is necessary. Costs and details for the lunch will be made available shortly.

    Greens Maintenance & Casual Scores

    The first week in August is Greens Maintenance week during which there could be a number of temporary greens in use on some days Consequently, Casual Play scores will be suspended from Monday 2nd August through Friday 6th August.

    Match & Handicap Committee Documents

    We have added to our page on the Club website a document giving a more detailed summary of the Results of the Survey than appeared in last month’s Fore Info. The Committee thanks all that contributed and will take the feedback into preparing the 2022 Competitions Calendar.

    The General Terms of Competition document has also had some updates applied recently.

    George Clelland

    Chair, Match and Competitions Committee

    Mixed Matches

    There are only 3 mixed matches left to play this year. The sign up sheets for the matches until the end of September are on the notice board. The remaining matches are:

    Bramley          Home     Friday 20th August at 2.00pm

    Basingstoke     Home    Friday 10th September at 2.00pm  

    Corhampton    Away     Friday 8th October at 2.30pm

    If you are unable to get to the club to sign up you can ask the office to do it or contact Marion or Alan Bruce and you can be added to the list. The sign up sheets close 3 weeks before a match.

    Any club member with a CONGU handicap is welcome to sign up to play. All the matches are played in a friendly manner and everyone is welcome, no matter what their handicap. It is hoped that members who haven’t played before will join in and sign up for the opportunity to play mixed golf both at home and on some very enjoyable away courses. Playing partners are drawn as part of team selection.

    The match teams will be communicated by posting the team list on the Mixed notice board and an email will be sent to all individuals involved. Team members are requested to play in team colours of white shirts and navy jumpers.

    All matches will include a meal after the game.

    For more information or any queries please contact Marion or Alan Bruce.


    A Look at the Rules

    Question.

    In a 4BBB competition, on one of the holes, Player A returns a score of 4 and Player B returns a score of 5. Player A was in breach of Rule 12.2b(1) for touching sand in making a practice swing in a bunker but neither partner was aware of the penalty before returning the scorecard. The committee was then made aware of the breach of rule Rule 12.2b(1).

    Which action by the committee is correct?

    1. Player A’s score of 4 counts.
    2. Player B’s score of 5 counts.
    3. Player A’s score of 4 plus 2 shot penalty, making a score of 6 counts.
    4. The side is disqualified.

    Vets Section

    July was a busy month for the Section with seven friendly matches in the diary, the Vets Past Captains Plate and the 36 hole Championship.

    The month started well with a fine victory at Test Valley 5 – 1 but the bubble was soon burst with a rather crushing defeat at Tylney Park 5 – 2. However we soon bounced back to record a home win against Bramshaw 41/2 – 11/2. This was a very close match with 3 of the games being decided on the 18th green so it could have gone either way. Once again we received plenty of compliments from our visitors both about the condition of the course and the after match hospitality.

    Our visit to Hampworth on the 26th started a run of 3 matches in the final week of July. For those of you who have played the course you will appreciate the test of golf it presents. Although we could not overcome a strong home team going down 5 – 1 it could have been a much closer score with three of the matches being decided by a single hole. Blackmoor is always a popular venue and there were 23 players looking to be selected for the match. I am pleased to say that our teram  secured a fine win 41/2-21/2.

    The return match against Bramshaw was played over the Forest Course. Certainly a different experience and one some of our team had not experienced before. Apart from the vagaries of the course we also had Storm Evert to contend with. This all proved too much for us and we had our first, and hopefully only, whitewash going down 6 – 0. I often remark on how close these friendly matches are  but can’t do that this time as  the star performance  of the day came from Nick Duncan and Graham Lumb who only lost 3 &  2.  Its perhaps worth noting the comment from the Bramshaw Seniors Captain who can’t remember the last time they lost a match over the Forest Course. Perhaps we can take some solace from that.

    Ed Tinley (left) being presented the Past Captains Plate by Gareth

    The Vets Past Captain Plate on the 8th July saw 12 players taking part in this annual event. An individual stableford competition, Ed Tinley’s score of 40 points proving too much for the rest of the field. A further 6 Past Captains joined us for the after match hospitality  enjoying the opportunity to catch up with friends and golfing chums. Thanks to Vice Capt. Bob Archer for organising a very enjoyable day which proves to be a popular event in the Vets diary.

    The Vets Championship, held on consecutive Mondays in the middle of the month, had a strong field competing in the hot weather conditions we were experiencing at the time.

    Robert Doley’s gross 158 proved far too good for the rest of the field winning by a comfortable 9 strokes from 2nd  place Brian Wright with 167 and Jonathan Scott a further 2 shots behind. Congratulations to Robert and also to Brian Wright who also wins the Best Nett Trophy with an excellent 133 from Geoff Jenkins in second place with 142.

    Entries for the  Vets Invitation on the 12th August have now closed and the draw for 4 balls will take place within the next couple of days and everyone involved will be notified.  This is a shotgun start at 9.00 followed by a Hog Roast, hopefully on the patio weather permitting.

    The return to golf balls in the bag for our Wednesday Roll Up was welcomed by all those taking part. 20 players joined in and it was especially good to see a few new faces rolling up and can only look forward to seeing more players taking part over the coming weeks. To keep the Roll Up players together could anyone looking to play please roll up by 9.00am. This will also help clear the 1st tee by 09.30. Thank you to all Club members for respecting the preferred tee times on a Wednesday morning.

    Gareth Rees

    Vets Captain

    General Manager’s Update

    NEW MEMBERS

    Welcome to the following new members who have all joined the club during July ; Clovis Axton, Mark Hudson, Simon Buckenham, Marc Leckie, Darren Wilkes and Alex Hammond ( Temporary Member) and Paul James (Country).

    We hope that your time at the club will be a long and enjoyable one for all of you.

    COVID RESTRICTIONS & GUIDELINES

    As of 19th July, the updated Government roadmap dictated that almost all Coronavirus laws and restrictions would be lifted. The choice now falls back to individual golf clubs as to how best to safely manage their facilities and the health and welfare of their members, their staff and their visitors. Consequently, some practices and advice will remain in place. We urge all members to proceed with caution and to continue to be mindful of others around the clubhouse areas and on the course.

    With this in mind here are some key guidelines still in place at the club;

    • As of 26th July the booking system is NOT now in place , DO NOT attempt to use it.
    • Access to the course is restricted until 07.30am
    • Members are reminded that access to the course is subject to availability and any pre-booked club team matches or golf societies have priority on the tee for the specific allocated time. Please refer to the club website diary and tee reservation notices for details of these.
    • Members should queue in an orderly manner at the designated queuing points, only taking a place when their entire playing group is present. If all your players are not present then you may not join the queue.
    • Queuing points will be marked from the starters hut back towards the driving nets.
    • Members should observe the normal 1st tee protocol as displayed at the tee and if they have seen the group in front tee off – wait for the bell to be sounded OR if they have not seen the group ahead tee off – wait a minimum of 9 minutes before teeing off. This will ensure safety and maintain a good pace of play.
    • Guests of Members are permitted after 11.00am weekdays and again after 1.00pm on Sundays plus any non-board competition Saturdays
    • Visitors are only permitted after 12.00noon weekdays and Sundays.
    • For the ongoing protection of members and staff (many of whom are younger) our preference is that you continue to wear a face covering when entering and moving around the clubhouse.
    • Please continue to use the hand santisers when entering or exiting the clubhouse.
    • You may now order drinks directly from the bar or continue to enjoy table service. We will provide both options.

    FACEBOOK – check out our Facebook page

    https://www.facebook.com/alresfordgolfclub

    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/

    Butts: no joke!

    Judging by the number of complaints we have received over the past couple of weeks , this is becoming a major issue. Please use the ash trays and bins provided.

    CLUB ‘ROLL UP’ RESUMPTION

    Fancy a game during the week? All members are welcome to come along to the informal ‘club roll-up’ on Wednesday mornings. The usual start time is between 11.00-11.30am all year round but may change subject to any advanced tee reservations. Everyone welcome, 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.

    AUGUST

    Wednesday 4th ~ 11.00am

    Wednesday 11th ~11.00am

    Wednesday 18th ~ 11.00am

    Wednesday 25th ~ 11.00am

     

    DON’T FORGET ‘GREEN MAINTENANCE WEEK’ – Monday 2nd – Friday 6th August

    There may be times when temporary greens are in play – Casual Play scores will be suspended from Monday 2nd August through Friday 6th August.

    Greens Staff have priority on the course.

    David Maskery

    General Manager

    Social

    Social is focussing on two key events which are coming up soon:
     
    Par 3 Championship (Monday 30th August 2021)
    The sign up for this exciting event will appear shortly. The event will feature a brand new par set up for the course. There will be 18 named holes identifiable with known ‘good and true’ members of the Club.
    Prizes for ladies and men and include a ‘Two’s’ competition.
    This is an unmissable event so keep your eyes open for details shortly.
     
    Soultown (Saturday 4th September 2021)
    This is your chance to soak up the unparalleled atmosphere of Soul and Motown music.
    VJK & Glenny have been performing for many years now and have a wealth of experience behind them; VJK performed for many years as part of the legendary Soul & Motown group The Gillettes and brings his love of Soul & Motown music to Soultown in every performance.
    The sign up sheet will be appearing soon.

    Saturday 4TH SEPTEMBER 2021

     

    TEAM GOLF ’21

    A successful season ended with a flourish on a glorious summer’s evening on Thursday 22nd July, having started in complete contrast to the pouring rain nine weeks earlier. Ten teams completed their nine rounds of leagues matches a week earlier with the closest of finishes.

    The penultimate week of the League, saw three teams level second, all on 13 league points, 3 behind leaders Massers Mates. On the last round of the competition, top team Massers Mates were then beaten by the team in 10th place, Birdies and Eagles with David Thomas’s last putt on the last green in the last match, putting three teams on 16 points at the finish! Stableford points (SP) then came into the reckoning giving Team Golf debutantes Rabble without Applause, Captained by Mark Pyne, a fine win by 3 SP from Massers Mates & Captain Sue Masser with Free ‘n’ Easy & Captain Simon Freemantle, third a further 2 SP behind. Fourth was Papa Morph & Captain Ian Cantrill.

    The Championship and Prize giving evening was held on the 22nd July when all players took part with best four Stableford points to count for each team, although unfortunately a few players were unavailable. The outcome was also very close again with Massers Mates just pipping Papa Morph by 3 points on countback of their 5th player, followed closely by Free’n’Easy in 3rd place (again!).

    Rabble w/o Applause: Chris Clayton, Rob White, Jenny Myers, Dave Buckland, Nikki White, Mark Pyne (Captain)

    Following supper, TG Organiser John White introduced the Prize giving, reminding all that last year was the 20th year since we started playing Team Golf at Alresford. To celebrate the occasion, Les Thorne had kindly made a magnificent wooden bowl, which a ‘certain’ committee decided it should be named ‘The John White’ Challenge Bowl. Unfortunately it could not be competed for last year, so was presented for the first time this year.

    John then thanked a number of people who had helped to the success of this event including the two starters, Keith Monkhouse and Robin Kennedy, David Maskery and his staff, but most of all the support of the team Captains and all their players. Mary Rook, past Club Captain, presented the prizes to both the League and Championship winners. The twelve gross birdies during the League games were rewarded with a sleeve of golf balls – a notable winner being Jim White with a total of 6, three of which achieved in really wet conditions on the very first round in May.

    The Club Chairman, Rob White (no relation to the organisers!) thanked the White family, John, Jim and Jan for organizing and running this popular and enjoyable competition. It enabled members from all sections and new members to mix, meet and play golf with a number of golfers they would otherwise probably not come across, plus add a few pennies to the bar takings!

    Jim White closed the proceedings saying we hoped to see everyone back next year and wished Rabble without Applause good luck with their representative match against South Winchester at Alresford.

    John & Jim White on behalf of the Social Committee

    Messers Mates: Tony Hastings, Jim Bullock, Sue Masser (Captain), Liz Williams, Bailey Riches

    TG Match v South Winchester

    Our League winners Rabble without Applause represented  Alresford on the 29th July against their team also consisting  of  four men and two Ladies, one of ours being our Junior Captain, Jenny Myers, who was our highest scorer with 16 points.

    It could have been a very even match with both teams having four scores either side of 14. However an excellent round scoring 20 stableford points by John Samson for S Winchester swung the result in their favour by six points.  As Alresford had won the Challenge Cup for the last four years they were particularly pleased with their win. We look forward to returning to South Winchester next year and winning it back!

    John White

     

    Pro- Corner

    How to Bomb your Driver

     

    WIDEN YOUR STANCE TO SET YOUR SPINE ANGLE
    For a normal set up to the ball we have our feet shoulder width apart, this gives you mobility and balance for the full swing. But when you really want to notch it up a gear to hit the long BOMB from the tee, I want you to widen your stance a few inches. Keep the ball opposite the left heel and widen out the stance with the right foot. This will tilt your spine more behind the ball and will naturally drop your head more behind the ball as well. More weight will be felt down your right leg and into your foot; this is absolutely fine – just go with the feel of it.

    TURN YOUR SHOULDERS FULLY
    A typical fault that most golfers do when they are trying to generate more distance is to generally make the swing quicker- quicker in the backswing!!
    If this happens you rush to the top of the backswing, arms and body out of sync and a real poor short body rotation. This is a big power lose in a golf swing.
    Just concentrate on making a smooth backswing turning your shoulders fully, a good thought to have is to get your left shoulder behind the ball at the completion of the backswing.

    LET’S RIP IT
    Now you are fully coiled in the backswing now is the time to let rip……
    You need to shift your weight into your left side with a slight lateral movement before you start your rotation, this will drop your club on the perfect plane on the downswing, just slightly on the inside. Keep the body turn speed up and focus on keeping the clubhead accelerating into the back of the ball and all the way through to the finish of the swing.

    Enjoy the extra distance and enjoy bombing it past you’re playing partners.

    From Your Friends at Mark Wood Golf Academy

    WISHING BENJY WELL

    Mandy and I would like to thank Benjy for all of his hard work and help over the past 4 months in the professional’s shop. We would like to take this opportunity to wish him all the very best for the future as he leaves us at the end of next week to get ready for his university studies at Bournemouth which starts in September. Please feel free to pop into the shop this week to wish him well for the future.

    MORE GOLF TIPS

    I am always filming new video tips and popping them over on my YouTube channel which is completely free to subscribe to. You can find my channel here – https://www.youtube.com/user/markwoodgolfacademy

    Greens News

    It’s both lovely and odd to have all the course furniture back in use. Have you noticed how many people are happy putting with the flag stick left in now? Will there be a flood of cheap small rakes available in the Alresford area I wonder! Sadly I’m still seeing footprints so would again ask members to leave the bunker as you would like to find it. The white rakes should be left completely in the bunker with the handle pointing away from the green back towards where you came from. If you leave it half in and half out the greenkeepers need to shutdown their mower before getting off to put it back in again to allow them to cut the edge.

    Now if you have overdosed on TV Golf please be realistic about our bunkers. Compared to other courses in Hampshire ours are very good and we simply don’t have the budget or climate to provide what you see on TV. Extra efforts are being made to rake the bunkers but after rain they are effectively reset and need to be raked again.

    The grass is growing like crazy so that the course is in fabulous condition. The priority has to be the tees; fairways and greens so if you think the grass is a little longer than normal under the trees it’s not a devious plot to hide your ball. It’s more a difficulty in keeping up with the growth we have.

    So having got the course into great condition it must be time to have some Greens Maintenance then! In the first week of August the plan is to deep tine the greens to around 8 inches; scarify to 5mm in two directions; seed; top dress and brush in. The Tees will also be hollow cored to remove thatch and top dressed and over seeded.

    The Greens Committee recently met and amongst other things agreed this winters development projects, the Minutes etc are on the Club Website under the members section.  Having done so the process is to seek Mancom approval and building it all into the next budget. We also discussed some of the marmite issues including rough height; curved fairway edges and carry from the red tees. The outcome was for things to stay as they are for the time being.

    Going back to the Greens for a moment you might have noticed that sometimes the birds are doing a single “peck” into some of the greens. Exactly why is currently a mystery as we don’t think they are pulling out leather jackets. The situation is being monitored. At the risk of tempting fate we are fortunately facing little bird damage to the turf at the moment and hope this continues.  It seems the starlings were reluctant to take up residence in the boxes we provided so they will be relocated for next spring in the hope some move in.

    Some of you might have noticed the mowers have a set of brushes before the blades, this allows a drier cut earlier in the day. Did you realise our Greens Mowers are diesel powered? We have a rollover program and two of them are due to be replaced early next year. As they are retained for 10 years this time we will need to consider if it would be more strategic to switch to Lithium Ion powered! They are available already being a lot quieter and without hydraulics. The business case is only just about to start but this could be very interesting so watch this space.

    Finally the course risk assessment has recently been updated which fits nicely with the New Academy 1st hole being able to open. So rather than walking beyond the chipping dome you can tee off near the end of the car park which means we now have 8 Academy holes open for play.

    Bob Moore

    Chair, Greens Committee

     

    A Look at the Rules

    Answer.

    3. The Exception to Rule 3.3b(3) applies. As Player A’s score was the score to count on the hole, the Committee must apply the general penalty to Player A’s score on that hole for a breach of Rule 12.2b(1).
    Therefore, the side’s score for the hole is 6.
    See Interpretation 23.2b/2

    If you would like to find out more about the rules, there is a wonderful rules section on the R&A website www.randa.org  where you can also find these exceptions. Just download the R&A app (Rules of Golf) from the app store. 

    100 Club

    100 Club 

    The winners of the 100 Club prize draw for August 2021 were:

    £100    Ron Markwick

    £50      Mary Rook

    £32      Ray Grainger

    £32      Jeffrey Staines

    £32      Chris Thompson

    £32      Kim Johnson

    Congratulations go to all our winners this month.  Next month’s draw will take place during week beginning 23 August.

    The annual 100 Club Summer Stableford Competition was played on Friday 23 July on a warm but breezy day.  Thirty six members played during the day and a number either stayed on or returned in the evening for a social get together with food available for those who wanted it.  Members were given a brief update on the position of the 100 Club and some statistics on membership before the results were announced.  The winner of the Salver was  Andrew Frearson with 37 points, in 2nd place was Gareth Rees with 36 points on countback from Bob Germon who came 3rd.

    This was an excellent number who entered the competition and despite there being no formal meal in the evening it was good to see some members enjoying a chat and meal after the game.

    The 100 Club was started back in 1987 and continues today with the objective to provide funds for projects or items which would enhance the Golf Course and/or Club House and generally be considered as extras and not necessarily within the Golf Club budget.

    Why not join in and for as little as £1 per month can have the opportunity of winning a cash prize in the monthly draw and know you are actively contributing towards future enhancements to the Golf Club’s facilities.

    For more information then please contact Pat Wallis by phone 01420 564417 or email peterpat51@outlook.com or call in to the Secretary’s Office.

     

    Pat Wallis

    Funny Endings: Joke and Cartoon of the Month

    Congratulations to Derek Andrews for winning this months best joke/cartoon. He already drank his free drink….

     

    Golf can best be defined as an endless series of tragedies obscured by the occasional miracle, followed by a good pint of beer.

    Golf is also like marriage, If you take yourself too seriously it won’t work, and both are expensive. 

    We are looking for golf related, clean, seriously funny humour suitable for all members. Send your contributions to the Editor at newsletter@alresfordgolf.co.uk

    If we use your joke or cartoon, I will buy you a drink in the bar.

     

    Quote of the Month

    “The best wood in most amateurs’ bags is the pencil.”

    Editor: David Marshall

    DISCLAIMER

    The Editorial Team take no responsibility for incorrect information received from Contributors.

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  • Fore Info July 2021 Jun 30, 2021 @ 21:10

    Content 

    Here are some of the July highlights:

    • Latest news on the Clubhouse Development
    • Insight into the Vets with a Gareth Rees, Vets Captain interview
    • Club Championship Results
    • Updates on the Course and some future plans
    • Results from our Team Matches
    • Update on Upcoming Social Events
    • Lucky Winners in the 100 Club
    • Pro Tip from Mark Wood on honing your Short Game

    I hope you enjoy the read.

    If you have ideas to further improve Fore Info, please email me at newsletter@alresfordgolf.co.uk or look me up on the club directory for a chat.

    David Marshall

    Editor

    Congratulations to Scot Johnson who last month shot an albatross 2 on the 7th. Even more amazing was that he used a brand new rescue club bought from Mark Wood and made it with the first strike of the club. I am sure Mark will use this in his promotion- but no guarantee! Scot seems to like the 7th, as he shot another albatross there a few years ago. Can anyone better that?

     

     

    Management Corner

    Clubhouse Development

    The Club has received planning permission for the intended Clubhouse Development Project; there are some conditions that we need to confirm; which is in hand. However, planning approval was received within 10-days of the target schedule.

    Next steps will be to conclude completion of a tender specification and building regulations requirements. Our budget for the Clubhouse Development project has been calculated within the last 18-months using industry costings. We will now go out to tender to ascertain the best value for money and the actual budget required for a build to complete within the next 9 to 10 months.

    Once we have the final costs understood, we will confirm both the amount of the Club’s cash reserves to be used for the project and the members’ loan notes that will need to be raised. Obviously there is a full governance process to follow for both funding methods for the project.

    Exciting times ahead!

    Land Lease

    Our Land Trustees and General Manager have been working hard over the past year to negotiate the extension of the land leased from the Tichborne Estate. Terms have been agreed for a 25-year lease and we await the documentation to sign off.

    Bar and Catering Service

    In my most important role at the Club, as an ordinary member, I have been so impressed with the efforts of Bar & Catering staff to meet our needs in difficult times. Many new staff members have joined and I have witnessed first-hand, how members in general have welcomed the effort made to provide table service both indoors and out. Table service for drinks and ordering snacks has become established due to the pandemic restrictions, and I am really grateful to our bar and catering staff for their enthusiastic service.

    Club Championship & Course

    What an absolute pleasure it was to play the course as a hopeful competitor in the Club Championship last weekend. As Chairman; I take time to gain a reasonable insight into the inherent issues and benefits of our course, especially the differing sub-soils and grasses that make up our 18 greens. This enables me to fully appreciate the extra effort and planning required by our Greens Team to deliver consistent surfaces over the season, and last weekend in particular at the upper end of our target greens speeds.

    Our course has really benefitted from planned developments that reach back to Harry’s time as Chair of Greens with further implementation under Tip and Bob. With such a dedicated team led by Simon Justice we can all enjoy course conditions that are the envy of competitor courses. It’s been such a tough year for greens with; alternating dry and wet weather spells, leatherjackets and rooks, and grass varieties seeding at the wrong time for our golfing calendar.

    Well done to all, it’s such a shame I do not currently have golfing ability to match the high standard of the Course.

    Tee Times

    As previously stated many times, once the need for mandated pre-booked Tee Times subside as part of lockdown easing, the Club will move to traditional roll-up golf without pre-booked Tee Times.

    Covid has resulted in quite a long experiment of the use of Tee Times at our Club and I am aware of multiple good and bad reviews. To enable a full and compliant dialogue to take place on the matter of Tee Times, the Management Committee and the Captains Committee have agreed to undertake consultation on the matter with golfing members. This will initially be led by Tip and a working party reporting into the Captains Committee.

    Once the consultation has been launched, we need to hear your personal views on how you think Tee Times has worked out and also your views on traditional roll-up golf.

    Ultimately, we envisage that any change to our traditional roll-up golf would need to be voted upon at a General Meeting of the Club. Much more information to follow in the coming weeks, but just a ‘heads-up’ for now that consultation is coming.

    Rob White

    Chairman of the Management Committee

    A View inside our Largest Club Section…

    Gareth Rees, Vets Captain in the interview hotseat

    Although many of you know Gareth is our Vets Captain, few probably know exactly what he gets up to. What follows is the fourth of my editorial interviews to uncover more beyond the role and the person! I uncover his back story as he shares his aspirations for the Vets Section and the club.

    So Gareth I hear you won the Captains Drive in! Did you use a 3 iron?

    No David just my trusty 7 iron. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed that, particularly as the other Captains all missed the green by quite large margins and they are all better golfers than I.

    Winning Captain…

    I can hear from the accent that you are not Alresford born and bred. Tell us about yourself and your family and career.

    Although I was born in Cardiff I was only a baby when my parents moved to Liverpool and that was were I was educated, met and married Sue. Our two children were both born there and we lived on the Wirral until moving to Alresford in 1989. The move was for work as I had been offered a position as a River Pilot in the Port of Southampton. We didn’t have much time to be house hunting due to the distances involved and an urgency to find a school for the children. We came across Alresford and quickly realised that this would be a good place to start with as there was only the one school and with new houses being built at the time, we hoped it would be easier to integrate into the community. This proved to be correct and here we still are, 3 houses and 32 years later. I worked as a River Pilot until retiring at the end of 2018.

    How long have you been playing golf?

    I had a couple of attempts at playing as a teenager but  didn’t really start in earnest until 1990. I seem to recall it was quite difficult to become a member of a golf club. You usually needed a handicap and that was difficult to get if you were not a member of a golf club. Waiting lists were long and municipal courses few and far between.

    Fortunately a couple of my colleagues took the game up and we used to play at the pay & play courses that were springing up around that time. I joined Alresford as a 5 day member in 1992 when it went to an 18 hole course. 

    Firstly tell us what you see as the role of the Vets Captain ?

    I think there are several important functions to fulfil, but I see the main role as ensuring the smooth running of the Vets Section. I can’t do that alone and am very fortunate in having the help and support of an excellent Committee. We have summer matches with 20 other clubs plus an Invitation event in the summer so there is also very much an Ambassadorial role in representing the Club. I also feel it important to promote the Section within the Club and if necessary protect it.

    Present Role Vets Captain, Alresford Golf Club 2020/21
    Last Job River Pilot
    Married  Wife Sue
    Children 2 + 4 Grandchildren
    Hobbies Walking, cooking.
    Golf Handicap 18

    What are some of the best things about the role?

    Talking with other members of the Section to get their views on how we can do things differently or make things easier and better. Ian Hewlett touching his forelock when he sees me!

    What are the biggest challenges you have faced so far as Captain?

    To make sure we get a team out for every match and we all turn up at the right course at the right time.

    What annoys you most ?

    Members who think they are too good a golfer to play with the Vets.

    What would you like to change if you could?

    The view that Vets drink only red wine and take 5 hrs to play a round, need a 3 iron to hit a ball 120yds and clog up the course.

    Tee bookings are contentious. Would you bring back tee bookings permanently?

    Although I have played at Alresford for a long time without a booking system,  I do think a booking system has strong merits. You know when you are going to start and more importantly you know when you are going to finish. A round of golf appears to flow much better.  My experience is that with 9 minute intervals, the number of times you are held up during a round appears to be a lot less.  Having been starter a few times over the last 12 months I can appreciate the various views that members have and hope we can come to a compromise to satisfy players needs.

    What are your aspirations for the Vets Section?

    Getting acceptance within the Club that we are an important, active and vibrant Section. In summer home matches alone while advertising the Club and the course, we entertain 250+ players from other Clubs, purchase circa 500 meals through the caterer and consume the appropriate amount of drinks from the Bar. Added to that there are consumables taken after casual play during the week.  It doesn’t take much to appreciate the contribution we make on and off the course.

    Quickfire Q and A

    Your biggest golfing achievement?

    Surviving a round without losing a ball

    Favourite holiday destination

    The Dodecanese islands

    Favourite Food?

    Roast beef with all the trimmings

    Favourite drink after a round?

    Ginger Beer Shandy to begin with.

    Favourite Movie?

    Shawshank Redemption

    Favourite Car?

    Ferrari 250 GTO – I should never have sold it

    If you had only one thing to take on a desert island what would it be and why? (there is enough food, water).

    A 2000 piece jigsaw. I find jigsaws very relaxing, time passes by and you can do them over and over again while exercising the brain.

     

    From the Club Captain

    June is always a busy month in the world of golf and Alresford in particular.  More than 200 members enjoyed lovely weather on our Captains’ Charity Day.  26 teams of 4 took part in the morning and afternoon competitions.  The winning team in the morning was Trevor Pearce, Neil Flowers, Tim Chandler and David King.  The afternoon winners were Liz Williams, Tony Hastings, Gavin Jones and Suzie Batty.

    The real winners were our charities with £4001 raised on the day.  This included funds raised by Mary Rook for the long overdue Captains’ Drive-in.  Thank you all for your support.

    The Ross and Wessex KO’s are going ahead as are some team matches.

    Marion and Alan Bruce continue to manage the mixed team.  Latest results v Hockley at home won 5½-2½, and at Cowdray, lost 5½-2½.  All played in good spirit, and we are managing social distanced dining.

    Thanks to Jim White for organising the Scratch League. Here are the latest results and upcoming fixtures. Those keen to play contact Jim.

    The club championships were held over the weekend of 26th & 27th June.  The course was in outstanding condition.  Simon and his team managed to get the greens up to speed despite the torrential rain of the previous weekend.  Congratulations to all who took part.

    Di covers the Ladies results in her report below, so this is the story of the Men’s Championships and John Holmes Trophy

    New member James Banks had a great 2nd day with a gross 73 taking him into 3rd place.  Tom Beecher and Will Packenham-Walsh had a great battle in the final group with Will coming out on top and is our Champion Golfer for the second time.

    The net competition for the John Holmes Trophy was another closely fought affair.  Mike Pigott came 4th with Tom 3rd, James 2nd.  Rounds of 71 & 67 gave Gary Mugford the trophy by one shot. Full prize winner details in Match Committee Section below.

    Tee bookings

    Captains Committee (CapCom) have agreed to form a working party to gather member views and preferences.  This working party will be representative of all demography and consist of members who can listen to views without debate or putting their own personal preferences forward.

    CapCom will review all feedback (from working party as well as all emails received) and make recommendations to ManCom.  Any final decision will be made by the members at an SGM.

    Happy golfing!

    Tip

    Ladies Section

    Although June has been a month of ups and downs our Alresford Ladies are on a high winning the first North Hants Trophy Match at Cams Hall, the first round of the Knights Cup against Highcliffe at home and the second round of Annodata at South Winchester, in extreme inclement conditions. In the two Stoneham matches, one away at Sandford Springs and the highlight against Cams Hall at home where the team won seven nil , two players progressing to the first again, Kathryn McLaughlin winning on the nineteenth and Pat Palmer on the 21st. Our Magnificent Seven chosen by our Stoneham Captain, Jan Harring were well supported by their caddies. Congratulations to all.
    The Captain’s Charity Day was a wonderful success raising £4,100 for our charities. Although rather challenging for the Ladies who had to play off the yellow tees, everyone seemed happy and relaxed with The Captain’s Drive well attended, organised by Mary Rook and commentated by Les Thorne.
    It was with great regret that I accepted the sudden resignation from my Vice-Captain, Cathy Hilton due to family commitments and with the sudden change in circumstances felt it impossible to carry on. I wish Peter and Cathy all the best in their new ventures and hope they won’t desert us completely.

    Past Captains are an incredible support offering help and expert advice in all circumstances. Amongst many, three need special mention. Mary Rook who immediately offered to help with the Friendly Matches and Sue Masser and Mary Panter who immediately took over all the arrangements and organisation for the Ladies Invitation.
    Jan Harring is a super star agreeing to become ViceCaptain which is not an easy thing to take on halfway through the year. I can’t begin to thank all who have been so supportive over the past few months.
    Although cloudy and sometimes drizzly, some stalwart members braved the Dawn Patrol followed by a hearty breakfast produced by Steve which was much appreciated. Les Thorne was the winner obviously managing to wake up earlier than some of us.
    How wonderful it was to enjoy fine weather throughout the Championship weekend. The course was in excellent condition thanks to Simon and the Greens Staff and although difficult everyone seemed to enjoy the experience of playing the course in prime condition.

    Congratulations to Becky Scott, our Ladies Champion, Jenny Myers, Debbie Wills, Jane Scott , Mandy Overton, Linda Wager, Sarah Densham and Liz Williams and all the other Ladies who took part and a huge thankyou to all who worked so hard to make the weekend such a huge success. Full prize winner details in Match Committee Section below.

    The Ladies Invitation, was a fun day, brilliantly organised by Guardian Angels, Sue and Mary and their team of excellent helpers, Jan, Lesley, Polly, Lynne, Marlene and Mo. My thanks to everyone at the Club who work tirelessly to keep things running smoothly.

     

    Di Peisley

    Match Committee Report

    Match & Handicap Committee Survey

    Possibly many of you will have forgotten about the Survey which was available in April. After the Survey closed, we had some technical issues in extracting the results into a usable form, but these have finally been resolved and the complete results package is available in the Match & Handicap Committee section of the Club website. Thank you to the 267 members who gave us their views on a range of issues. We will analyse the results and take these into consideration for our plans going forward.

    Some highlights …

    • 267 respondents (45% of playing members), 81% of respondents are 7-day members
    • More pairs/team competitions … Better Ball, Greensomes, Foursomes, Texas Scrambles
    • A small majority 9% in favour of more drawn competitions.
    • Significant majority (73%) for return of Club Roll-up.
    • 50/50 split on whether roll-up scores should be pre-registered for handicap.
    • Significant minority (47%) for introduction of handicap restrictions on some or all competitions.
    • Although several comments advocated more mixed competitions, the Yes/No question on more mixed pairs was 57% to 43% against.

    Club Championships

    Full details of all the winners and runners-up are below. The organisation and management of the competitions are very much a team effort from the Match & Handicap Committee, the Office Staff, and Pro-Shop Staff, past captains Keith Monkhouse, Terry Glynn, Andrew Frearson, David Nightingale, Jean Coveyduck, Mary Rook and Les Thorne, plus a number of volunteers including Jess Miles, Caroline Warne, Paul Wager, and Tony Collins  … a total of nearly 30 people. Without their support and involvement events like the Championships would be impossible to run.

    Upcoming Events

    The re-scheduled Harry May – Two Generations will be on Sunday 1st August. This foursomes Stableford competition is open to both 5 and 7 day members; 5 day members are not expected to pay a green fee. The relationship between the players must be parent, grandparent, step-parent or step-grandparent with child, or grandchild. One of the players must be a current Alresford member. If one of the pair does not have a handicap, then while they are welcome to play, they are not eligible to win the trophy although they are eligible to win a prize. Booking for the competition will open in the week beginning 5th July.

    Two weeks later, on Sunday 15th August will be the Husbands & Wives Foursomes Stableford. Full details of the arrangements will be worked out over the next few weeks as we know more about what will be possible re-catering etc at that time. We’ll post a notice in the Entrance Hall and booking for the competition should open by mid July.

    A little further out, the Mixed Invitation is planned for Sunday 5th September. Again, more details will follow later, but in the meantime get in touch your potential male/female playing partner to invite them to our wonderful course.

    Match & Handicap Committee

    I’d like to thank Ian Jones, who has decided to step down from the Committee, for the work and commitment to has made over the past 3 years. Given the increasing workload of the Committee I’m pleased to say that Geoff Jenkins, Frank Blackmore and Tony Collins have joined the Committee

    George Clelland

    Chair of Match and Handicap Committee

    Mixed Matches

    The mixed match season is well underway with a number of matches already played. The sign up sheets for the matches until the end of August are on the notice board. The matches are:

    Royal Winchester  Home     Friday 2nd July at 2.00pm

    Rowlands Castle    Away     Sunday 18th July at 9.30am

    North Hants           Away     Sunday 25th July at 1.00pm

    Hayling                  Home     Sunday 1st August at 1.00pm

    Bramley                 Home     Friday 20th August at 2.00pm

    If you are unable to get to the club to sign up you can ask the office to do it or contact Marion or Alan Bruce and you can be added to the list. The sign up sheets close 3 weeks before a match.

    Any club member with a CONGU handicap is welcome to sign up to play. All the matches are played in a friendly manner and everyone is welcome, no matter what their handicap. It is hoped that members who haven’t played before will join in and sign up for the opportunity to play mixed golf both at home and on some very enjoyable away courses. Playing partners are drawn as part of team selection.

    The match teams will be communicated by posting the team list on the Mixed notice board and an email will be sent to all individuals involved. Team members are requested to play in team colours of white shirts and navy jumpers.

    A decision has been made that Five Day members may play in the weekend matches if we are unable to field a team from the Seven Day members. There will be a section on the sheet for Five Day members to sign up. Green fees will not be required.

    All matches will include a meal. For home matches we expect to continue with a smart/casual dress code for our match meals.

    For more information or any queries please contact Marion or Alan Bruce.

    A Look at the Rules

    Question.

    A player finds their ball on a cart path. They decide to take a free drop and lift the ball. Then realise that the nearest point of relief is in a bush. They decide to take a penalty drop instead and drop within two club lengths of where the ball was on the cart path. Has the player proceeded within the rules and if so how many penalty shots should they add?

    Vets Section

    The Section continues to attract new members and we now have 127 which is fantastic.  The inter club summer friendlies carried on  during June with away fixtures at Waterlooville,  where Mike Garton and Eddie Martin recorded a very impressive 6&5 win, and Corhampton. Unfortunately both matches ended in defeat but again by very narrow margins. Due to the excellent draining properties of our course we play a lot of our home matches early on in the season which have obviously been cancelled so we very much enjoyed  entertaining Hockley  in our first home fixture of the season. This resulted in a home win 4-2 and avenging our defeat earlier in the season. We lost only one of the games and returning some large winning margins in 3 of the others. The home match against Weybrook Park was halved but could have gone either way with a couple of very close games but it felt like a win after losing the first 3 games only to rally and win the last 3. We look forward to the return fixture in August and playing over their reconfigured course which opened recently. A busy month lies ahead with 7 matches programmed and only one of them being played at home.  I am very grateful to all those who have put their names down as available for selection.

    Thursday 8th July also sees the Vets Past Captains Trophy. This is an annual event and is a keenly fought competition with a singles stableford format. While not all the surviving Past Captains are able to play the 18 holes they are still keen to join us for the after competition meal using the opportunity to catch up with friends. The Vets Championship, a 36 hole medal competition, is being played this month with Round 1 on Monday 12th and Round 2 on Monday 19th. Entry is £6 and is payable through the Club V1 app. prior to playing the first round.  As with last year the first round participants will be able to play with who they wish at a tee booking to suit them. For the second round tee times have been reserved to enable those players with scores close to the leader to go out together. This proved very successful last year and  hope will do so again. I will send out the groups and times as soon as possible after the first round. The Championship has  two trophies to play for, The Best Gross Score and The Best Nett Score.

    Thank you to all participants in the Knock Out competitions for playing their matches within the allotted dates, it really helps in avoiding fixture congestion, especially for those who have entered all three of the competitions. The 3rd rounds should be completed by the 23rd July.

    The Vets Invitation, on the 12th August, is proving very popular and is filling up quickly with only spaces for 12 pairs left before we reach the maximum number of 40. if you haven’t already done so and are intending to enter then don’t delay in adding your name to the list, or alternatively let me know by email. Please make sure you have paid by the closing date of 12.00 on Friday 30th July. Payment can be through cash or cheque, made payable to AGC Vets Section, and left in a clearly marked envelope in the office.

    Gareth Rees

    Vets Captain

    General Manager’s Update

    NEW MEMBERS

    Welcome to the following new members who have all joined the club during June ; Jim Baker, Richard Bennett, Mike Botterill, Richard Furby, Nigel & Charlotte Johnson, Michael Mckenna, Jennifer Steiner and Andrew Stewart (Temporary), Sam Charlton , Toby Charlton, Callum Butler, Jack Catterall ( Intermediate), Will Caplan (Student), Nicholas & Rosemary Ashford. Paul Colmer and Michael Evans (Academy), Justin May (Country).

    We hope that your time at the club will be a long and enjoyable one for all of you.

    RECIPROCALS

    Our Reciprocal clubs are gradually starting to accept reciprocals once again – however at present the booking periods (how far in advance you can book) will fall into line with any restrictions they have on their own members.

    We can have a maximum of one fourball per week to play their course for no fee   (unless otherwise stated). This is always subject to availability and course conditions. Bookings can be booked through our Office and NOT directly.

    • WATERLOOVILLE G.C., HAMPSHIRE                          (Mondays-Fridays only)
    • LEE-ON-THE-SOLENT G.C., HAMPSHIRE                    (Mondays-Fridays only)
    • TIDWORTH GARRISON G.C., WILTSHIRE                    (Mondays- Fridays only)
    • BRAMLEY G.C., SURREY                                             (Mondays-Fridays only)
    • RUSHMORE G.C., WILTSHIRE                         (2 fourballs per week permitted, £10pp                 w/day or £20pp w/end)
    • SALISBURY & S. WILTS. G.C. , WILTSHIRE                 (Mondays – Fridays , only after 12.30pm on Weds. & Fri.)
    • ROWLANDS CASTLE G.C., HAMPSHIRE                     (Mondays-Fridays only)
    • HIGH POST G.C., WILTSHIRE                                      (Mondays-Fridays only , after 11am)
    • CHOBHAM G.C., SURREY                                           (Mondays-Fridays only)

    COVID RESTRICTIONS – STILL IN PLACE

    No change to the current restrictions and guidelines surrounding the playing of golf and use of the clubhouse.

    ALL Members are expected to have their own personal rakes for use on the course.

    Controlled access to the toilets is still operational – Showers are NOT in use at present.

    We will advise any changes as soon as these are relayed to us.

    Additional assistance with STARTER SHIFTS is still gratefully received. Please contact the Office if you can assist.

    Please note that the water fountains are currently ‘not in use’ due to the COVID19 guidelines. It is therefore essential that you take your own water or drinks on to the course, especially during periods of hot weather.

    Take regular sips on every tee – if you wait until you become thirsty it’s too late and you may already be becoming dehydrated.

    FACEBOOK – check out our Facebook page

    https://www.facebook.com/alresfordgolfclub

    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/

    CLUBHOUSE/ BAR & CATERING OPENING TIMES

    Outside and Inside table service will be available for drinks /coffee from the bar. Please be patient whist we take and prepare your orders. During busy periods we are increasing our staffing levels but there is a limit to how fast we can pour drinks. Please DO NOT approach the bar for service.

    The bar will now be open from 11.00am – 9.30pm. The Clubhouse will close at 9.45pm. Opening times will be continually reviewed.

    Members are reminded NOT TO MOVE tables around the patio or grass area – they are placed specifically to ensure compliance to social distancing.

    Maximum group size must be 6 people at the moment.

    Inside seating is restricted to a total of 48 people. At busy times or when bad weather, Members are requested to limit their time at inside tables to 45min. to allow others to make use of the inside space.

    Similarly, outside space is also limited so members are requested to show consideration to fellow members and not to stay longer than 45minutes following their round to permit others to make use of the tables.

    Covid compliance checks have been reported in the area – please do not put your club at risk of breaking the regulations.

    Opening Times;

    Monday – Fridays   10.30am – 6.00pm

    Saturday 9.00am – 6.00pm

    Sunday 9.00am – 5.00pm

    These times will be subject to review dependant on member’s support. Please welcome and support our new caterer, Stephen Richardson, during this difficult period and whilst he is ‘finding his feet’.

    Remember the Sunscreen    

    Choose a SPF 30+ sunscreen

    You can still burn when its cloudy

    Stay hydrated when on the course – take water with you

    Don’t forget to add sunscreen to you non-gloved hand

    Protect your ears

    Tell others if you see them burning

    Seek shade or use a brolly to keep out of the sun

    David Maskery

    General Manager

     

    TERRY GOSDEN

    Terry Gosden wishes to kindly thank the members for the kind gesture of the M & S voucher.

    It was a lovey surprise and made me feel very proud of my four years at the club.

    I will miss you very much, but l will play once a month on the kind PGA membership that Malcolm kindly arranged for me.

    See you all very soon,

    Regards Terry

    Social

    Captain’s Drive In

    This was a chance for Club members to enjoy some uncomfortable moments for the Captains but also to get to know them better. Well drilled by Les Thorne, the Captains took it all in good part and played their shots to the 18th under immense pressure . It was to Gareth Rees’ great credit that he kept his bottle and was the only one to find the green and put his ball within birdie opportunity. No let up for Tip who has to ‘go again’ this Autumn.

     

    Dawn Patrol

    A hardened band of golfers ventured out on 19th June at the crack of dawn. Fortified by drinks and snacks and the promise of a full English breakfast on return they braved the elements as the weather could have been kinder. New technology was introduced to allow entrants to make their breakfast choice on line thanks to George.The eventual winner is pictured below – a shy retiring individual who some of you may know.

    Well done to Catherine and  Garreth for organising the event. Next year we will be trying to get more new members to enter this unique experience.

    Saturday 4TH SEPTEMBER 2021

    Watch out for ticket information & details

    Continue reading →

  • Fore Info June 2021 May 31, 2021 @ 17:42

    Editorial

    Although it may be too early to say things are getting back to normal, AGC is coming back to life. The photo above shows a ‘far from normal’ shot. A visitor’s ball landed on the wall and he played it! Before George calls ‘rule infringement’, it was just a friendly game but he entertained us on the terrace and was applauded after getting back on the green.

    Don’t miss the June update from Rob White on the Tee Times and Planning update. If you really want to help your club, help us find bar/catering support staff or volunteer yourself. John will be happy to train you.

    This edition brings insight to the Captains role, through the interview with Ladies Captain, Di Peisley. The first of the Captains interviews. We need a flow of future captains so I hope some of you might aspire to put on the special jacket and help your club.

    Plenty to report on the state of the course in Bob’s Greens Corner, which I hear is the first read for many of you. Learn about the tarpaulins across the course in the evenings.

    With the Club Championship coming soon, make sure you also read George’s important update.

    Finally it is great to hear that Alresford is making history on a number of external competition fronts. We do really have a club to be proud of. Our full membership is a sign of our success. Welcome all new readers!

    My sponsored ‘Golf Handicap Chasedown’ for the Captains Charities reached over £500. Thanks to all who did or will contribute online or on the noticeboard/office. Keep it coming. The Chairmans big donation still to come!

    If you have ideas to further improve Fore Info, please email me at newsletter@alresfordgolf.co.uk or look me up on the club directory for a chat.

    David Marshall

    Editor


    Management Corner

    Tee Times

    As has become customary over the past 15 months; we await announcements from central Government and golfing authorities on Covid restrictions that may subside on June 21st or indeed may not.

    You will recall that Tee Times have been in place under emergency measures throughout the pandemic, when the course has been open. If golfing authorities permit the removal of Tee Times we will remove the need to book ahead at the earliest possible opportunity, but of course it may take a few days to sort out. We will of course provide full information at that time.

    The emergency Tee Times have become a bit of a ‘marmite’ subject; some members love them and some members hate them. At this democratic members’ Club it is important that all members have the opportunity to voice their own opinions and to be heard equally, therefore; the Club will hold a full members’ consultation on Tee Times at the appropriate time.

    So; we will return to ‘roll up’ golf should authorities permit, and then consult on the future so that the will of our full members can be carried. Any permanent changes to our traditional ‘roll up’ golf will need to be voted in/out at a General Meeting of the Club.

    The Management Committee and the Captains Committee will work together to ensure that any consultation is open, transparent, democratic and in the best interests of the Club.

    Clubhouse Development

    The decision on planning permission for the proposed Clubhouse Development Project is scheduled to be made by 8th June 2021; we have not received any information to suggest that the decision is not running to time. Therefore; I very much hope to be able to provide you further updates throughout June through the General Manager and of course our subject matter expert; Sue Masser- Chair of the House Committee.

    Key Members

    Bob Moore – Chair of Greens, alerted me to the number of members who signed up instantly to assist with the leather-jacket grubs issue by volunteering to cover a different green each evening. Its just amazing; how willing members are to get involved in so many voluntary activities; marshalling the course, acting as starters, building the new starter’s hut….it goes on-and-on.

    So…a huge thank you to all our Key Members, you make our Club so unique!

     

    Robert White

    Chair of the Management Committee

    Our Ladies Captain: putting members first

    Di Peisley in the interview hotseat

    Di (left) with Sarah Densham, winning the Cup in Gosport two years running

    Many of you might wonder what life is like as a Captain of Alresford Golf Club. Maybe you aspire to be Captain or just wonder what on earth they do all the time?

    In this edition I get to better understand the role through the eyes of our present Ladies Captain, Di Peisley. She gives us a peak into the highs and lows of her captains year and I also get to uncover her off course skills and experiences. Quite a talented lady! Enjoy the read.

    So Di, I hear you are not Alresford born and bred. Tell us about yourself.

    Yes David, I am an Australian citizen but have lived in the UK since 1974. My ex-husband moved us to London for work. I stayed, with our 3 children but he has since gone back. We soon moved to Hampshire where the family joined in village life and continued our love and pursuit of equestrian activities. For a few years I ran an Equestrian Centre as well as having occasional B&B guests. Although I still love horses its now just the daughter and grand daughter that ride. I subsequently decided to take up golf and soon joined Alresford.

    A busy family life…I have always been an artist, having studied and worked as a teacher in Sydney and the UK. Now I just love all artistic activities ‘collages’ at present are my speciality.

    How did you get into golf?

    Well my parents were both keen golfers. In fact my mother was twice Club Champion at her course in Sydney. Despite their passion for golf, growing up, I only had eyes for horses! A friend suggested that I join her and begin to play golf and and I was hooked, playing initially at Worldham, Avington and Four Marks.

    Firstly tell us what is the role of Ladies Captain?

    I see my role as taking care of our ladies. Making sure they enjoy their golf as well as their social time at the club. It is critical to me that new members feel at home and quickly find playing partners and friends.

    As Alresford Ladies ambassador I need to be at as many Alresford matches as possible to welcome and where possible, play too. The Captain is a key supporter to the Ladies Teams and attends away games whenever possible.

    A key part of the role is chairing the Ladies Committee meetings and attending Captains Committee Meetings. Not always the most fun time but it gives you great insight and input into the workings of the club. I am proud of the smooth running of all the committees, although opinions often differ, and the great volunteers we have in the ladies section.

    It is wonderful to be able to raise money for Our Charities and also help with the organisation of many different events held in the year.

    Present Role

    Ladies Captain, Alresford Golf Club 2020/21

    Artist (BA, MA Southampton Uni.)

    Married Formerly
    Children Three (Andrew, Samantha, Fionna)
    Hobbies Reading, Bridge, Gardening and of course Golf
    Golf Handicap 20.3

    What are some of the best things about the role?

    Well I get lots of opportunity to play golf, usually averaging 2-3 times a week. I get to know most members and play with many I never did before. But the best part is the assigned CAR PARKING SPACE!

    What are the biggest challenges you have faced so far as Captain?

    COVID has affected all of us in some way and much of the captains activities were curtailed. Let’s hope that’s soon behind us.

    We have some tough decisions to make in the Ladies Committee. Sometimes I have to make unwelcome calls but what I believe is the best for the Club at this time. I have learned you can’t satisfy or please everyone. Although at times it is tempting to spill the beans, sorry I cannot! We have a large Ladies section and I hope to keep the majority as happy and contented as possible.

    At present I miss the Ladies Roll ups as it is a chance for the members to mix and get to know and play with different people.

    Most members are extremely supportive and Past Captains are a wonderful source of information and help. They have experienced many of the difficulties one faces at times.

    What annoys you most ? Maybe something about those slow men?

    It is a shame that some members are not aware of play behind them. Letting faster players though would help everyone. Slow play, unrepaired pitch marks and unraked bunkers are all things that upset everyone, but we still see it every week.

    We Ladies have our Tuesday morning unofficial (9-11 am) slot but we get some men booking, despite a David Maskery request not to. That bugs me! Our Ladies would not dare to turn up when we know some of the men have regular times that they play.

    It would be great if all members treated each other with courtesy and respect at all times.

    What would you like to change if you could?

    As a keen dog lover, I would love to see the club rules follow those at Liphook , Hockley, or Hankley Common and allow dogs on a lead. My wire haired daschund would love it although he would need to mature and become more obedient before this could occur.

    Tee bookings are contentious. Would you bring back tee bookings permanently?

    Tee bookings are great to ensure you don’t spend too long waiting to play. Also one then knows how many hours one is committed. This should be a bonus for those who work or have young families. Given that we have a full club and now more playing, we may have issues once booking is removed. I have waited sometimes up to an hour on the first tee before booking was introduced. I know this is an extremely contentious issue but I would like to see some blocked booking zones for example ladies on Tuesdays (9-11 am). This allows mixing but in a managed way and a chance for the Ladies to play their competitions without interruption. Maybe this would make way for other sections.

    What are your aspirations for the Ladies Section?

    I really want to make the Ladies Section ‘inclusive’ where everyone feels comfortable and has fun. Whether that be low handicap match players, right through to those happy to just be enjoying the course and companionship. I would like to see the higher handicappers who are new to golf included in all events and encouraged and helped by some of the better players. After all we all had to begin and I can remember being helped so much in my early years at the Club by many lower handicappers who all joined the Saturday morning Ladies roll up. I believe we have a reputation for being a friendly club and one of the largest ladies sections in Hampshire! As captain I want to reinforce this great legacy.

    Quickfire Q and A

    Your biggest golfing achievement?

    Two holes in 1 (10th ) in a single year, 2 others since, on the 6 th and 13 th.

    Favourite holiday destination

    Italy: I love the people, culture and the food

    Favourite Food?

    Oysters

    Favourite drink after a round?

    Gunners (Lime, ginger ale and bitters)

    Favourite Movie?

    Pride and Prejudice

    Favourite singer(s)?

    Pavarotti, Bob Marley and many others.

    If you had only one thing to take on a desert island what would it be and why?

    A magic freezer that would produce unlimited ice cream in the desired flavour on demand. This has been a favourite wish of mine ever since I first read the Australian story of the Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay

    A busy family life…

    From the Club Captain

    There is an increased feeling of normality returning as we see knockout matches taking place (thank you for avoiding busy times where possible), team matches, visitors and societies and Team Golf on Thursday evenings.

    Our Ladies had a most successful and enjoyable time at Corhampton in the Hampshire Ladies Golf Championships.  Di will cover this in her report but congratulations to all who took part.  We hope for more success next year when Alresford host this highly prestigious event.

    The Mens Scratch Team opened their season with an away fixture in the Annodata National Match Play at Horsham GC. The sideways rain and ‘blowy’ wind finally relented as the last group tee’d off and all matches were keenly contested. Two halved matches and three wins meant an overall 4 v 1 result in Alresford’s favour, which puts us through to round 2.

    On Saturday 28th May, we start the EAGG scratch group matches away to Corhampton with following fixtures against Waterlooville, Hartley Wintney and Andover to come and of course the County 7s, where we have received a bye into the second round.  The Scratch League fixtures are being finalised and will be found on Club V1. Thanks to the team and good golfing.

    The Men’s friendly team took on Hayling Island in a gale and heavy rain!  Arguably the greatest challenge in Hampshire and unsurprising lost 5-0.

    Lady Captain Di and I were pleased to play in the Mixed friendly fixture at Petersfield.  Although this fixture was also affected by weather, it was most enjoyable, and we were just pipped 4½ – 3½. These are good fun fixtures so if you would like to take part, please add your name to the list on the notice board or contact Marion or Alan Bruce direct.

    Vice-Captain Simon has been active working with our new male members.  We have a New Male Member evening of 9 holes of golf on Tuesday 15th June and hope to see many new chaps, with support from longer serving members.  The Ladies and Vets have good systems in place to help new members to integrate and we expect this to evolve for gentlemen over the coming years.

    The Captain-Pro challenge is proving to be extremely popular.  Mark and I have enjoyed all our matches and it’s particularly good for Mark to meet members on the course.  Remember, we accept challenges from any pair of members, 4BBB matchplay.  Pairs who beat the Captain-Pro will play off to be the first winners of the Captain-Pro Challenge Trophy, which you will see in the ProShop, above the workshop door.  We suggest a minimum donation of £20 to the Captains Charity for these matches.

    Your Captains are all looking forward to seeing everyone on Captain’s Charity Day, Sunday 6th June.  The sign-up sheet is almost full.  Please be sure to reserve your food (BBQ with chicken kebab, Robinsons Burger and Sausage plus salads).  Teams of 4, all playing from the yellow tees, prizes for winning morning and afternoon teams.  The long overdue Captains Drive-In will take place around 7:00-7:30pm. Please bring cash!!  There will be a big raffle, putting comp, silent auctions, and other fun activities.  Thank you for all donated prizes.

    Happy golfing!

    Tip

    Ladies Section

    The past month has been fairly busy whilst settling in to the new normality with our regular competitions and others being introduced. Team Golf has also begun kindly organised by John White.

    Karen Fox

    A number of our ladies took part in Hampshire Ladies Golf Championships at Corehampton in May with some excellent results. Despite the appalling weather conditions, Karen Fox won the Hampshire Challenge Bowl, Rosie Rooney (13 years old) was Runner Up in the Hampshire Challenge Salver, and Sarah Densham came 3rd in the one day Division 2 Competition. Others qualified and managed to get through to the second and third rounds including Jane Scott, Polly Church and Liz Williams a great Alresford achievement. Allena Doley who is a member at West Meon and Alresford was runner up to Karen. Congratulations to all.

    A number of us played in the Petersfield Mixed Match kindly organised by Marion Bruce and although wet was an enjoyable afternoon.

    Rosie Rooney

    The Mary Anderson Trophy was efficiently organised and run, at a distance, by Linda Wager who is busy at home looking after Paul. Despite not being in situ she managed to arrange an extremely enjoyable and successful day with 59 ladies taking part. The winners were Jackie Coulson and Fi Garber, followed by Kim Johnson with Alicia Hardy, and Liz Williams with Nancy Brooke.

    The following day 28 ladies played at Goodwood Park Course on our Away Day, excellently organised by last years winning team of Sue Masser, Sarah Staines and Jennifer Clelland. A racing theme was chosen with teams of four aptly named and given odds.Teams embraced the idea by dressing in colours, one even sporting pink tails. The organisers have to be congratulated for unintentionally treating us to a wonderful air display whilst playing.

    Sue seems Partial to Away Day organisation as her team of Jane Henry, Ann Gunn and Alicia Hardy won the day so we eagerly anticipate  what venue they choose for us next year.

    I look forward to June the 21st when hopefully all restrictions are lifted and we can begin to enjoy the full Club calendar.

    Congratulations to all the May Stableford and Medal winners.

    The Ladies Invitation shall take part on the 29th June and I do hope as many ladies as possible will enter as it is a fun day and a great way to entertain golfing friends.

     

    Di Peisley

    Match Committee Report

    Club Championships

    Entry for players with a handicap index of 12.0 (men) or 20.0 (ladies) has now closed. For those with higher handicaps there are still qualification rounds on 5th/8th June for the ladies and 12th June for the men. Remember you need to book/reserve a place in the appropriate Championship Qualifying Entry competition before your play in the actual qualifying round.

    The allocation of playing groups and tee-times will be made as soon as possible after the 12th June so that competitors will receive an email with their start time for Saturday 26th June as least a week beforehand. You will not have book tee times for either the Saturday or the Sunday as the course will be closed for casual play until at least 3:30pm on both days. Those players who do not make the cut to play in the Championships will be notified separately by email. If there are withdrawals on Wednesday or Thursday then those places will be filled by the next players who were on the list.

    Once the last group has handed in their cards on the Saturday, the Men’s and Ladies’ competition organisers will compile the scores for Round 1. The Men’s and Ladies’ playing groups will be revised separately based on the gross scores from Round 1. The order of play for Round 2 will be in descending order of Round 1 scores. This start sheet will be emailed to all competitors on Saturday evening. It will be the responsibility of each player to know their start time on Sunday morning. The first start time for both Round 1 and Round 2 will be 08:00am.

    On each day of the competition, players should register and collect their score cards from the Scorer’s Table in the Dining Room.  Entry to the Men’s Championship sweepstake will be available in the Pro’s Shop. Within 5 minutes of completion of each round, players should return their cards to the Scorer’s Table and ensure they have agreed with the scorer that the card is correct before leaving.

    Given the format of the Championship, players who fail to turn up for the 2nd round will cause significant disruption to the running of the competition. Consequently, and based on our experience of other 2-day competitions, we are making it a condition of competition that unless a player notifies the Committee by 4:00pm on the Saturday that they will be unable to play in Round 2, he/she will be excluded from all competitions, and knock-outs until 1st August 2021.

    Scorecards

    We’ve now been able to play for some 12 weeks since the transition to WHS and it became a requirement that you had to put your Course Handicap on your scorecard. Effectively this has been the only change to what should be on your scorecard, as things like your name, signature, an identified marker, plus date and competition name have always been required or asked for. The Committee has decided that from 1st June we will enforce this Rule of Golf and disqualify from the competition any player who fails to put his/her Course Handicap on their scorecard. You may, if you wish, include your Handicap Index and/or Playing Handicap but these are not required.

    George Clelland

    Chair of Match and Handicap Committee

    Mixed Matches

    The first mixed match has been played and the next match is a home game against Hockley on 2nd June. The full list of matches and dates is on the Mixed notice board at the golf club.

    There are 2 sign up sheets on the notice board and the North Hants sign up sheet will be posted soon. The teams for the Hockley and Cowdray Park matches have been selected. The matches until the end of July are:

    Hockley                 Home     Wednesday 2nd June at 2.00pm

    Cowdray Park        Away     Monday 14th June at 12.00noon

    Royal Winchester  Home     Friday 2nd July at 2.00pm

    Rowlands Castle    Away     Sunday 18th July at 9.30am

    North Hants           Away     Sunday 25th July at 1.00pm

    If you are unable to get to the club to sign up you can ask the office to do it or contact Marion or Alan Bruce and you can be added to the list. The sign up sheets close 3 weeks before a match.

    Any club member with a CONGU handicap is welcome to sign up to play. All the matches are played in a friendly manner and everyone is welcome, no matter what their handicap. It is hoped that members who haven’t played before will join in and sign up for the opportunity to play mixed golf both at home and on some very enjoyable away courses. Playing partners are drawn as part of team selection.

    The match teams will be communicated by posting the team list on the Mixed notice board and an email will be sent to all individuals involved. Team members are requested to play in team colours of white shirts and navy jumpers.

    A decision has been made that Five Day members may play in the weekend matches if we are unable to field a team from the Seven Day members. There will be a section on the sheet for Five Day members to sign up. Green fees will not be required.

    All matches will include a meal. For home matches we expect to continue with a smart/casual dress code for our match meals.

    For more information or any queries please contact Marion or Alan Bruce.

    A Look at the Rules

    Question.

    A player plays a shot from just short of the green. They shank the shot and their ball hits their caddie standing on the green to the side. The ball then deflects off the caddie and rolls across the green and into the hole.

    Which of these rulings is correct?

    A. The player has holed out but must add one penalty shot.

    B. The player has holed out but must add two penalty shots.

    C. The player has holed out with no penalty shots.

    D. The player must replay the shot with no penalty.

    Vets Section

    Last month  saw us play the traditional season opener ‘Captain versus Vice Captain’ four ball better ball match. A match that is normally played in March which had to be postponed but fortunately we were able to rearrange. With 48 members of the Section taking part, and despite an early start and threatening rain, all games were played in a friendly but competitive spirit with many being very close and could indeed have gone either way. The match was however halved, each team scoring 6 points a piece. This was the first time in the history of the match that it has been halved and ended a run of victories for the Vice Captains team with the round of the day being played by Ed Tinley which contained 10 pars and resulted in a win of 7 & 6 for Ed and his playing partner Philip Green against the pairing of Terry Lane and Dudley George who could only watch with little defence to such consistent scoring. A great round by Ed, which had only one double bogey on his card, and that no doubt he will remember for a long time to come.

    It was also really good to be able to welcome a number of new members to the Club playing in a Vets event for their first time and very much look forward to them playing in more events during the remainder of the season. The further easing of some lockdown restrictions on the 17th May coincided with our away fixture against Petersfield. Once again we were fortunate with the weather as the rain kindly held off until after we finished our games. Regrettably home advantage proved to much for us and we lost the match 6:2 making it now played 2 lost 2. However the result seemed to be of little importance as everyone commented on just how good it was, once again, to be back eating indoors and enjoying the good company that the interclub friendlies so often provide. This coming month of June is a busy one with 4 matches in total scheduled against Waterlooville (a), Corhampton (a), Hockley (h), Weybrook Park (h)  and I am very much looking forward to recording our first win!  Although the teams for Waterlooville and Corhampton have been chosen if you wish to be considered for any of the others, or would like more information on the fixtures for the rest of the season, then please either email me or add your name to the sign up sheets on the Vets Notice Board.  All 3 of our Knock Out Competitions are now well underway and thank you to all players involved for arranging your games so promptly as it really does help to avoid congestion later on in the competitions especially if you are playing in all three KO’s. A reminder that entries to the Romsey’s Seniors Open, an individual stableford, on the 5th July closes on 7th June. More details are available on the Vets Notice Board if you wish to enter.

    Gareth Rees

    Vets Captain

    General Manager’s Update

    NEW MEMBERS

    Welcome to the following new members who have all joined the club during May ; Shaun Butler (7 day) , William Locke (Academy), Finton Cobb, Teddy Richardson, Archie Williams and Nell Murray (Juniors).

    Also welcome back to Paul Kettley and Andrew Chandler who have resumed their playing memberships after a few years ‘rest’.

    We hope that your time at the club will be a long and enjoyable one for all of you.

    END OF COVID RESTRICTIONS

    We will confirm the end of restrictions scheduled for 21st June as soon as we are given the FINAL confirmation via England Golf and any Government announcement. We expect this to be a few days before the scheduled date to allow for any adjustments to operating procedures. However please be aware that given the re-surgence of the virus in certain areas the end to restrictions in their entirety is not guaranteed at this stage and we may find that some golfing guidelines remain in place – let us all hope that this is not the case!

    DRIVING RANGE

    The driving range will close each Wednesday evening at 7.30pm (last balls dispensed at 7.00pm). This is to allow a full ball collection in preparation for grass cutting early Thursday morning before opening. This will help us ensure we do not damage range balls with the mowers and so reduce the number of balls available. Thank you for your understanding. The practice areas are available for use at any time.

    FACEBOOK – check out our Facebook page

    https://www.facebook.com/alresfordgolfclub

    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/

    CLUBHOUSE/ BAR & CATERING OPENING TIMES

    Outside and Inside table service will be available for drinks /coffee from the bar. Please be patient whist we take and prepare your orders. During busy periods we are increasing our staffing levels but there is a limit to how fast we can pour drinks. Please DO NOT approach the bar for service.

    The bar will now be open from 11.00am – 8.00pm (8.45pm on Thursdays after Team Golf). The Clubhouse will close at 8.15pm. Opening times will be continually reviewed.

    Members are reminded NOT TO MOVE tables around the patio or grass area – they are placed specifically to ensure compliance to social distancing. Maximum group size must be 6 people at the moment.

    Inside seating is restricted to a total of 48 people. At busy times or when bad weather, Members are requested to limit their time at inside tables to 45min. to allow others to make use of the inside space.

    Covid compliance checks have been reported in the area – please do not put your club at risk of breaking the regulations.

    Catering will resume from Tuesday 1st June.

    Opening Times;

    Monday – Fridays   10.30am – 6.00pm

    Saturday 9.00am – 6.00pm

    Sunday 9.00am – 5.00pm

    These times will be subject to review dependant on member’s support. Please welcome and support our new caterer, Stephen Richardson, during this difficult period and whilst he is ‘finding his feet’.

     

    David Maskery

    General Manager

    Social

     

    Upcoming Events Reminder…

    6th June – Captains’ Drive In (Part of Captain’s Charity Day)

     

    19th June – Dawn Patrol (For those early risers!)

     

    30th August- Par 3 Competition

     

    4th September – Soultown

    Saturday 4TH SEPTEMBER 2021

    Watch out for ticket information & details

     

     

    Mike Battisson

    Chair of the Social Committee

    Continue reading →

  • Fore Info May 2021 Apr 29, 2021 @ 11:09

    Getting back to (near) normal…

    As golfing started back in April, the successful Ladies Spring Meeting made the most of some good weather in amongst a cold snap. Nevertheless many members are still missing the, all important, social side. Behind the scenes our Social Committee are gearing up for a post pandemic splash. Great news too that the Team Golf is fully subscribed!

    It has also been great to have our gregarious bar steward and his staff back and some hot and cold food to help sustain the cold and hungry. More on the future of catering later in the interview section.

    In this edition I get to better understand behind the scenes of the Management Committee through an interview with our Chairman. Far from the stereotype; old, crusty and dictatorial, Rob White tells us his views on the running of the club, how things work and what stands us apart from other clubs.

    This month there is a new section from our new Pro, helping to bring in his advice from the Pro-Corner.

    As Rob White reminds us it is a members owned club and we all have a voice. So please do send me your input or questions for the management so we can have open dialogue on the key matters that mean a lot to all of you. Interviews with club captains are coming soon so I am particularly keen to get your questions  to ask them.

    My sponsored ‘Golf Handicap Chasedown’ for the Captains Charities is in phase 1 after an on course assessment and subsequent swing changes for pitching and chipping from Mark Wood. It’s a marathon not a sprint and I hope to make first handicap progress in May. Thanks to all who sponsored with a total of £350 raised so far (mostly on-line). Details on the club noticeboard for those wanting to support me and the charities. Thanks.

    I hope everyone completed the recent survey on our competitions calendar. If not you still have a few days. If you need the link again please ask David Maskery. Get your voice heard!

    If you have ideas to further improve Fore Info, please email me at newsletter@alresfordgolf.co.uk or look me up on the club directory for a chat.

    David Marshall, Editor


    Our Chair: what makes him rock?

    Rob White in the interview hotseat

    Rob with wife Nikki

    Although many of you know Robert White is our chairman, few probably know exactly what he does for the club. What follows is the third of my editorial interviews to uncover more beyond the role and the person who tries to fill Mary’s big shoes! I uncover his back story and he shares his aspirations for the club as our Chairman.

    So Rob, There seems to be more Whites in Alresford than you can shake a stick at! (16 in our directory). Tell us about yourself.

    Yes David, a lot of Whites but I am a bit of a dark horse and not related to the more famous local White families of Alresford. I was born in Southampton, moved to Old Alresford in 1977 and joined Alresford as a junior at the age of 15.

    You have had an interesting career, tell us more?

    Having left school at 16, my first job was in the printing industry with Sir Joseph Caustons in Eastleigh; within 10 years I had started my own printing factory but in Brecon, Wales. I had managed to win extensive backing from the Welsh Development Agency and subsequently became a Non-Executive Director in the region. The most important learning however was how critical hiring and people development was to success. This lead to my career in people management and more recently setting up my own consultancy.

    Are you a management consultant then?

    Not exactly. I specialise in change management. Organisations bring me in when they need to restructure their workforce  and need to be compliant with employment law. I always try to look at things from all sides to get a win-win-win for the company, staff and exiting employees. Negotiating these situations is critical for everyone’s future success. I work a lot for the NHS but also spent 15 months at the biggest law firm in the world restructuring their transactional staff in the UK.

    So you must have had to deal with very tough personnel discussions. How has this impacted your approach as a leader?

    Absolutely. I learned that you first need to listen, really listen! It’s easy to think you know the answer but until I really understand everyone’s angle on an issue it is best to keep quiet. I would say I believe in a collaborative approach, especially at this members club where we have a flat hierarchy.  Being Chairman is a bit like being a Non-Executive director, but I do have line management responsibilities at the Club.

    Tell us something that is ‘unique about you’ that none of us already know?

    I supported Tottenham Hotspur as a boy (it’s been a hard life!) and my eldest brother Colin became groundsman at White Hart Lane in 1977, and I become friends with some of the younger players and followed them in their careers. Then in 1987 I played for a Spurs guest XI at Craven Cottage which was incredible. As the 6ft 3’’ centre half I marked Martin Peters playing for the Fulham side; and never got near him! Even in his early forties, he was an incredible player.

    Why did you get involved in managing the club?

    I sponsored the Pro-Am for a few years in the 1990’s and was then asked to join a working party with Brian Young to develop the Club’s committee structure and subsequently became our first Chair of Planning and Development. We have a stunning golf club which we collectively own; many previous generations have put heart and soul into making the club what it is today. Having enjoyed the benefit of their labours I feel it’s now my turn to ensure that Club develops and can continue to thrive in the foreseeable future.

    I am sure many readers think the Chairman’s role sounds like a figurehead with a lot of wining and dining and fun golf. Are they right?

    Well if it is, I have missed out on all that stuff. All I can remember is one invite to play in a special day at Royal Winchester…and I forgot all about it, leaving Mary in the lurch!

    Due to Covid most meetings have been via zoom so not much fun and certainly no dinners out, other than the one I paid for!

    What exactly do you see as your role?

    Members will be quite surprised to hear that the chair has influence but little power invested in it. Decisions at the Managing Committee that runs the club, are made on a vote basis and all I have is a casting vote, if needed. So far; I never used it and always try to ensure we gain consensus.

    My role is to ensure the Club brings all the expertise and ideas to the table and that we discuss the options and decide the best way forward, united as a team, in service of our members. I am also responsible for succession of the team. David Maskery reports to me but he is responsible for execution of the MANCOM decisions. I need to make sure implementation is successful and where not help to make it happen.

    What is your biggest challenge in leading the Management Committee (MANCOM) meetings?

    MANCOM is by nature made up of strong individuals with strong opinions; they each have expertise in their portfolios of choice. They bring their proposals from their committees (Chairs of PD, Greens, Bar/Catering, Finance and House) and the Vice- Captain has his new perspective each year. This means there are often long discussions to get to the best conclusion. We have to make critical decisions as a team so I believe they should not be rushed and every member of ManCom must be heard.

    I hear MANCOM Meetings can get quite heated? Can you tell us some stories?

    Not really, given the confidential nature of what we often discuss. However; I can say that not always do we get easily to consensus. For example; we were not all in agreement on the selection of the new Pro, but through a robust but respectful debate we did get there in the end and made a great decision for the Club.

    A lot of members are very unhappy with a lack of a restaurant service. So; what can we expect and when?

    We have in recent years been using a franchise model very successfully. However due to the pandemic the model does not allow the franchisee to make enough money to survive. For more than a year now we have been unable to hold our usual events and matches. We are considering moving to an in-house chef model as used in many other clubs, but realise that this may require subsidy from the club whilst Covid restrictions have impact. Members do not want to pay higher subs but the club needs to find the extra cash to support catering when we cannot hold the larger events that would help to make it viable. Nevertheless, we aim to deliver a hot and cold meal service for members as soon as indoor restaurant service is allowed after May 17th.

    Present Role Chairman, Alresford Golf Club since 2018

    Change Management Consultant

    Born 1962
    Married Nikki
    Children Samantha and Libby
    Hobbies Jogging, Golf, Tennis, Cricket
    Golf Handicap 14

    Members are also asking when we can get back to normal golf, removing tee time bookings. What can you promise?

    At present we are abiding by England Golf (EG) pandemic regulations and must have booked tee times only to control play. Tee times were brought in by the club under emergency regulations and had to be adopted by MANCOM. That means as soon as the EG restrictions are lifted we will revert to the old system without requiring pre-booked tee times. I know the topic is widely discussed in the membership and if needed we will respond to a member initiated consultation to discuss future options which would need to go to the AGM and voted upon by members. 

    What has been the biggest challenge of your role during the COVID pandemic?

    In 2020 the club lost £130,000 income through loss of bar sales, catering, visitor green fees and societies as a result of the pandemic. Despite this we managed to break even. In January 2021 we were then told to shut for another 3 months causing a further £40,000 shortfall. We have had to make tough decisions to furlough staff and cut back on all non-essential costs. We questioned everything we had been doing and renegotiated contracts with many suppliers. It was a stressful time for all and one I hope never to repeat. It did however demonstrate the strength of the Club, the expertise of Ray Panter our Chair of Finance, and the dedication of David and Mel in the office to remove all unnecessary expenditure and model many financial forecasts.

    What annoys you most about the club?

    That’s a tough one! What really bugs me is when things are decided based on age or gender.

    Really positive legislation was introduced to remove gender and age discrimination in 2010 for all walks of life; Graham Marshallsay heralded our ‘One Club’ movement during his year of Captaincy and proposed our first female Club Captain…it only took us 130 years! We are ‘One Club’; each of us collectively owns the Club whether we have belonged for 10 years or indeed 10 days, and no matter what age or gender.

    Unlike many other clubs, we are so lucky to have so many willing member volunteers and I think they all deserve our respect and gratitude. We have a disappointing core of members who tend to be disgruntled as a hobby. I would like to encourage the ‘usual suspects’ to find new acceptable ways of communicating and indeed respecting those who have sought election by the Members at the AGM, which of course they have not!

    What are you most proud of achieving as Chairman so far?

    My role is to steer the Club and the Management Committee to make the right decisions for the benefit of the club and ultimately the members. I see myself as ‘The Member in the Room’, and ensure that all decisions are in the best interests of the members; it seems obvious but Members’ golf and enjoyment of the Club must be our priority. In January 2019, my second month as Chairman, we closed the month with only 486 members, we now have roughly 100 more members and have now closed for new member applications. Therefore; we need less income from visitors, societies and temporary membership schemes. It’s a huge success!  But I suppose I am most proud of the selection process for the new Pro. It was so critical to get the right fit to our club following on from Malcolm. We screened 29 applications and CVs over 2-months and after much scrutiny by a ManCom panel we whittled it down to 3 final candidates. The final test was a trial lesson and interviews to make the selection. This extensive process, carried out entirely during the Covid pandemic, was designed to provide a ‘level playing field’ for all candidates irrespective of age or gender and provided the opportunity for the Club to learn from the contemporary world of golf beyond our Club based focus. Mark Wood commented that it showed how AGC cares about its staff and was a key factor in his accepting the role. We got the right Head Pro, which supports the strength of the recruitment process.

    What are your aspirations for the club?

    Its all about quality!

    Quality of the course, quality of our Clubhouse, quality of the service that we provide. Fortunately; we have the right person in the hot seat as General Manager; David Maskery, and we have the right Course Manager, Simon Justice, both of whom are dedicated to continuous improvement at the Club. Mark and Mandy Wood in the Pro-Shop have invested their family savings in developing our ‘front-of-house offering’; they are here for the long-haul.

    Clubhouse development will deliver the final piece in the jigsaw and will complement the work going on in all other areas to make Alresford the perfect Members’ Club, that we can all be proud of as collective owners.

    All officers of the Club can only serve for a maximum of six years, and I have to seek re-election in November after three years as Chairman. So; I hope to serve another term and then aspire to be succeeded by someone who equally has the success of the Club, as a members’ club, at heart. I then aspire to be able to keep my nose out…but support and respect their equally unique contribution to the Club.

    Quickfire Q and A

    Favourite holiday destination

    Havana, Cuba

    Your biggest golfing achievement?

    John Holmes Trophy Winner 2003 (Club Championships Net Winner), and getting down to single figures…for a few weeks!

    Pulpo Negro or Shapla ?

    Shapla

    Favourite drink after a round…

    Guinness

    BMW or Mercedes?

    Mercedes

    Opera or Glastonbury?

    Opera in Verona!

    Song choice? ‘California Girls’ or ‘Girl from Ipanema’?

    Girl from Ipanema

    Jogging or Driving Range Practice?

    Jogging, I got up to 8-miles during the pandemic

    Gordon Brown or Rishi Sunak?

    Rishi Sunak

    Southampton FC or Spurs FC?

    Spurs – of course!

    Chris Clayton presents Rob a Spurs Shirt, signed by Stephen Bergwijn

    From the Club Captain

    At last, the season feels like it is underway!  Huge congratulations to Harriet Riches on winning the Hampshire Girls Spring Meeting at Royal Winchester. A score of 40 points on a chilly, windy day is a great achievement.  We were well represented with Junior Captain Jenny Myers in 6th place.  Well done!   https://hlgjuniors.com/2021/04/26/junior-spring-meeting/

     

    Harriet Riches

    Vice-Captain Simon and I were honoured to act as starters for the Ladies Spring Meeting.  This was a great success, and the organisers are to be congratulated on a super day.  It was great to see the patio full of happy golfers.

    It was such a disappointment to have to cancel the Captains Charity Trip, planned for the first week of May.  I am pleased to have been able to re-book the golf for the equivalent week next year and am awaiting confirmation from the hotel.  The 56 members who booked this year still have something to look forward to.  I am still trying to arrange a substitute event for later this year but am getting no response from hotels.  I will keep you posted on progress.

    The Mens friendly team got off to a welcome start at Hockley with a hard fought 2-2 draw.  The Mixed friendly fixture list is posted on the Mixed noticeboard in the foyer.  These are good fun fixtures so if you would like to take part, please add your name or contact Marion or Alan Bruce direct.

    The knockout season is upon us.  These competitions are a popular part of our golfing calendar and this is peak time for matches (before 50% of us are knocked out!).  Singles matchplay is one of the quickest formats of play so please be aware of other players.  Where possible, arrange your matches at times when the course is quieter.  When you book the tee, contact David or the ProShop to block out the other 2 spaces. If you are playing in a 3 or 4-ball with a 2-ball following, please call them through, even if you have not lost ground on the group ahead.  The full guidance can be found on page 13 of the club diary.

    I have interviewed 35 new members and I do consider we have acquired some assets and wish you all a long and happy time as members of this wonderful Golf Club.

    As you are probably aware, I am to stay on as your Captain for 2022.  This was not an easy decision! Simon is keen to have a full year as Vice-Captain and we have both spent 5 months deleting events from our calendars.  I am fortunate to have the understanding and support of my wife Pat and am grateful for the many messages of support from you the members.

    Happy golfing!

    Tip

    Ladies Section

    Although frosty the sun was shining with all the signs of a beautiful day for our Spring Meeting as I walked the dog early on Tuesday Morning. On entering the car park I breathed a sigh of relief as I realised there was no trolley ban. Eighty Six Ladies were welcomed by Tip (Club Captain) on the first tee and Simon (his Vice) on the 10th, two smiling, helpful and enthusiastic Starters who sent all happily on their way.

    The day had been carefully thought out and planned with great precision by Jan Harring and Caroline Warne with cards and Handicaps organised by Gill Freemantle. The course, as usual was beautifully presented by Simon Justice and his hard working team and it was thrilling to use the new Ladies first tee.

    Two of our Ladies Jennifer Clelland and Lynne Duncan who were sadly unable to play, kindly ran Halfway Houses at the 1st and 10th where we were treated to biscuits and drinks refuelling us for our second nine.

    My playing partners Rosie and Barbara, were incredibly patient, playing out of they socks, keeping me calm whist I dealt with a small but significant domestic drama for a couple of holes. They deserved our win carrying me all the way.

    After a very friendly and happy round we met on the terrace joining up with Cathy and her team for a drink and sandwich surrounded by other tables filling up with other teams, later dispersing so that others could take their place. Our Club General Manager, David, joined by Melissa and Bar staff, Tracy and Hammy darted amongst us in their usual affable and serene manner serving drinks and sandwiches.

    Everyone was in great spirits, smiling and happy spurred on by the lovely weather. Jane Macrae celebrated her Birthday and I could not believe Rita Robinson, who played well, had celebrated her 90th Birthday the week before. Congratulations Rita you are a wonderful example to us all.

    Whilst we were all enjoying the sun Lynne Cowser joined Gill Freemantle inside to mark the cards.

    Congratulations to all the winning teams and thank you to all for making the day so special and a great start to our official Golfing season.

    Two of our Juniors took part in the Hampshire Junior Girls Spring Meeting at Royal Winchester on Sunday 25th April, Harriet Riches the outstanding winner with 40 points and Jenny Myers our Captain of the Juniors coming eighth with 30 points. Congratulations to both we are very proud of you.

     

    Di Peisley

    Match Committee Report

    Course Handicap & Playing Handicap

    All the questions you’ve been asking now about the why’s and wherefores’ of Course Handicap and Playing Handicap were all raised with England Golf by us back in November 2019. By that time, the implementation of the system was a fait accompli.

    In summary, the reason for the difference between the course and playing handicap is that statistical evidence shows the handicap index calculation (best 8 from 20) provides equity for singles match play but favours higher handicap players in stroke play events.

    • The course handicap is used in working out any adjustment to your handicap index. The handicap index calculation uses gross differentials, so the course handicap is used to determine par and net double bogey in working out your adjusted gross score.
    • The playing handicap (95% of course handicap) is used to calculate your score for the competition,
    • When you enter your score in the system it is working out and displaying your score for the competition.
    • All the data is then sent to England Golf who work out your handicap adjustments. The result of that calculation is sent back to the Club’s database overnight.
    • The R&A and USGA who now have full control of the handicapping system worldwide decided that players must put their course handicap on their scorecard (see Interpretation 3.3b (4)/1 of the Rules of Golf).

    Sign-in, Scorecards & Score Entry

    • You must sign-in on the day of the competition before the start of your round. Your Course and Playing Handicaps will be displayed when you sign-in.
    • Currently scorecards must not be exchanged, so you must record your own score.
    • The scorecard must have your name and Course Handicap (as displayed by the system at sign-in).
    • The scorecard must have the name of competition and the date so that it can be distinguished from any other competition that day.
    • The name of the player in your playing group who will verify your score must be clearly identified either on the physical or electronic scorecard.
    • You should record your own gross scores for each hole on the scorecard.
    • If you are verifying another player’s score, then those scores should be recorded on your scorecard and the player clearly identified.
    • After the round, the scores should be verbally agreed between you and verifier and you should sign the card.
    • You must enter your gross scores for each hole into the system using the PSI or Members App or HowDidiDo before 22:00 on the day of the competition.
      • You must leave your scorecard in the correct box. The Committee will not go looking for it.
        • Men’s and Mixed competitions  brown wooden box in Entrance Hall.
        • Ladies’ competitions  box in Ladies Changing Room.
        • Casual Play Scores  green metal box in the Entrance Hall.

    A Guide to WHS

    The Match Committee is preparing a Guide to WHS which will be made available to all members in May.

    Club Championships

    For clarification, due to a change in the software we are having to use Reserve lists for both the main and qualifying entry competitions of the Championships. When you try to make a booking, you must select Reserve List and then Join Reserve List.

    A reminder that all lower handicaps (men 12.0 and lower, ladies 20.0 and lower) must book by 31st May otherwise they will have to go through qualifying for which they would have to register.

    Members Survey

    The Members’ Survey will remain open till Sunday 9th May. We should be able to let you know the results in next month’s Fore Info along with our response and a plan for any resulting actions.

    Courage & Barclay Better Ball

    This competition on Sunday 9th May is a Better Ball medal competition for a pair in any combination – 2 men, 2 ladies, or man and lady. Sign-in is available now, but as this is a team competition only from the PSI in the Foyer. Score entry must also be done on the PSI. Sign-in and Score Entry for team competitions are not available on the Members’ App or HowDidiDo. Please make up your own teams and playing groups. There are no specifically reserved tee-times for the competition. As you are playing against the course, the handicap allowance for each player is 85% of Course Handicap.

    Harry May – Two Generations

    We intend to proceed with the Harry May – Two Generation on Sunday 13th June as planned. This foursomes Stableford competition is open to both 5 and 7 day members; 5 day members are not expected to pay a green fee. The relationship between the players must be parent, grandparent, step-parent or step-grandparent with child, or grandchild. One of the players must be a current Alresford member. If one of the pair does not have a handicap, then while they are welcome to play, they are not eligible to win the trophy although they are eligible to win a prize. Booking for the competition will open in the second week of May.

    George Clelland

    Chair of Match and Handicap Committee

    Mixed Matches

    The first mixed match this year will be an away match at Petersfield on 23rd May. The full list of matches and dates is on the Mixed notice board at the golf club.

    The sign up sheets for the early matches until the end of June are on the notice board. They are:

    Petersfield        Away     Sunday 23rd May at 1.30pm

    Hockley            Home    Wednesday 2nd June at 2.00pm

    Cowdray Park  Away     Monday 14th June at 12.00noon

    If you are unable to get to the club to sign up you can ask the office to do it or contact Marion or Alan Bruce and you can be added to the list. The sign up sheets close 3 weeks before a match.

    Any club member with a CONGU handicap is welcome to sign up to play. All the matches are played in a friendly manner and everyone is welcome, no matter what their handicap. It is hoped that members who haven’t played before will join in and sign up for the opportunity to play mixed golf both at home and on some very enjoyable away courses. Playing partners are drawn as part of team selection.

    The match teams will be communicated by posting the team list on the Mixed notice board and an email will be sent to all individuals involved. Team members are requested to play in team colours of white shirts and navy jumpers.

    A decision has been made that Five Day members may play in the weekend matches if we are unable to field a team from the Seven Day members. There will be a section on the sheet for Five Day members to sign up. Green fees will not be required.

    Specific catering arrangements are unclear at the moment but as we have rescheduled the early matches it is expected that all matches will include a meal. For home matches we expect to continue with a smart/casual dress code for our match meals.

    For more information or any queries please contact Marion or Alan Bruce.

    A Look at the Rules

    Question.

    A player finds their ball just outside of some rough ground marked GUR. The player can play the ball while standing outside the GUR. A bush growing inside the GUR overhangs the white line marking the GUR and interferes with the players swing. Is the player allowed to take free relief?

    Vets Section

    I am pleased to report on just how busy the Vets Section has been since last months edition of Fore. We now have 124 Members, up 35 since the start of the month.  Too many to name individually but welcome, or welcome back, as the case may be to  the Section.

    We played our first inter club friendly match at Hockley on the 19th April. The weather was exceptionally kind to us and our team enjoyed excellent hospitality provided by our opponents as we ate undercover outside on the patio. Although we unfortunately lost the match 4 – 2 each game was very close going down to the last couple of holes. We welcomed three of our new members to the team and hope they enjoyed themselves on their debuts. Our next 3 matches are away  to Waterlooville and Corhampton followed by the return home fixture against Hockley  on the 23rd June.  If you have not put your name down as available for selection then please do. If you are new to the Section and are putting your name down for the first time then, as we have done in previous years, you will be picked to play.

    The Wednesday ‘Roll Up’ has restarted within the current tee booking system. It certainly has proved very popular with large numbers of Vets playing which has now made the prize pot quite attractive. The format changes weekly and if you wish to roll up then book a tee time as normal for your 3 or 4 ball between 8.00am and 2.00pm. Please record your participation in the log book in the Starters Hut and leave your £2 in the cash box. On completion of your round leave your cards in the box on the Foyer Table. Winners will be notified by email and prize money will now be added to your Bar Card via the Office. This is to ease the workload of Melissa and Lynda and reduce footfall in the Office during the present Covid restrictions.

    Entry for the three Vets Knock Out competitions has now closed and the draw has been made. We had an excellent number of entries for each competition and the pairings and the ‘play-by’ dates for each round by are posted on the Vets Notice Board and have been circulated by email to members of the Section. If you are unsure of who you are playing with and/or against please contact me and I will resend you the details.

    Entries for the Captain v Vice Captain 4BBB on the 19th May closed on the 30th April. Again another excellent entry with 44 members keen to take part. We look forward to a fun event, contested in a friendly manner and hopefully, reversing the trend of previous years,  recording a win for the Captains team.

    We have received two invitations for entries to Senior Open Competitions at Romsey and at Blackmoor Golf Clubs. While notification of these Competitions is normally sent to the Vets Captain they are, of course, open to all senior golfers. Romsey’s Seniors Open is an individual stableford on the 5th July with closing date for entries on 7th June. Blackmoor are hosting their Senior Invitation Open, a stableford pairs competition, on the 30th July with a closing date of 9th July. Please see the Vets Notice Board for more details on how to enter these Open events.

    Hopefully you will be aware that one of our members, David Marshall, is seeking to reduce his current handicap from 14.7 down to 10. As an incentive to help him reach this target David is seeking Sponsorship with donations to the Captains Charity. To sponsor David sign up on the noticeboard in the clubhouse and put the donation into his Orange Sponsorship Envelope in the office.  Alternatively you can donate on-line at JustGiving.com and search for David Marshall -David’s Golf Handicap Chasedown. If successful think of all the shots he will be giving you!

    Gareth Rees

    Vets Captain

    General Manager’s Update

    This time last year we were still in the middle of the first lockdown period, wondering what was going on ? It is interesting to look back at some of the photographs you all sent in and which are posted on the website under ‘Covid photos’. Things have certainly moved over the last 12 months both on and off the course – Clubhouse Development approval, new 1st and 12th tees, new starters hut and surrounds plus of course a new Head Professional and increased membership numbers. We certainly can not be accused of standing still during lockdown.

    NEW MEMBERS

    Welcome to the following new members who have all joined the club during ‘lockdown’ ; Russell Smart, Robert Tilney, Chris Tully, Peter Williams, Johnny Cantor, Chris Taylor, Chris Smith, Robert Stone, James Banks and Sarah Clark (7 day) , Gerard Skinner (intermediate), William Howard  and Alfie Bougard (Student)

    We hope that your time at the club will be a long and enjoyable one for all of you.

    CLUBHOUSE/ BAR OPENING TIMES

    Outside table service will be available for drinks /coffee from the bar. Please be patient whist we take and prepare your orders. During busy periods we are increasing our staffing levels but there is a limit to how fast we can pour drinks. Incidentally the Peroni pump is the slowest!

    A range of pre-packaged hot and cold sandwiches are available for purchase.

    The bar will now be open from 11.00am – 7.30pm (Clubhouse will close at 7.45pm). Opening times will be continually reviewed.

    Members are reminded NOT TO MOVE tables around the patio or grass area – they are placed specifically to ensure compliance to social distancing. Maximum group size must be 6 people at the moment. Covid compliance checks have been reported in the area – please do not put your club at risk of breaking the regulations.

    FACEBOOK – check out our Facebook page

    https://www.facebook.com/alresfordgolfclub

    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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    COMPETITIONS & CASUAL PLAY

    As we begin along the pathway to a more normal level of play – you will note that knockout competitions have resumed. This will mean that on occasions there will be 2 balls playing the course. Whilst we would encourage any 2 ball knockout match to try to avoid the main busy periods (4 balls), it is recognised that many members are restricted as to when they can play their golf. Therefore all members are reminded that the etiquette is to allow any faster group to play through, whether or not you have lost distance on the group in front. Please be aware of what is happening around you on the course and treat each other as you would wish to be treated yourself.

    DRIVING RANGE

    The driving range will close each Wednesday evening at 7.30pm (last balls dispensed at 7.00pm). This is to allow a full ball collection in preparation for grass cutting early Thursday morning before opening. This will help us ensure we do not damage range balls with the mowers and so reduce the number of balls available. Thank you for your understanding. The practice areas are available for use at any time.

    HISTORY BOOKS

    Have you finished all your box sets, read all your holiday books  and now looking for something to occupy your time?

    Did you know that we have copies of the History of Alresford Golf Club available for purchase from the Office at a cost of £10.

    This is a fascinating insight into how the club was established and its transition from 9 hole course to the 18 hole course we have today. There are stories and memories from members past and present as well as photos.  It’s a great coffee table book!

    CLUB ARCHIVE – Working Group

    We are fortunate to have retained (hoarded) a huge amount of historical and photographic material about the club over the years. Recent clearance of roof spaces during lockdown have revealed even more boxes containing some gems about the transition of the club from 1980’s and 1990’s into what it is today.

    The House Committee would like your help in sorting the archive material  and detailing exactly what we have and will keep as part of the club’s history. If you are interested in joining this ‘working group’ please contact me at secretary@alresfordgolf.co.uk

     

    David Maskery

    General Manager

    Social

    Dates for your Diary over the next 6 months

    6th June – Captains’ Drive In (Part of Captain’s Charity Day)

    This is your chance to get to know the current captains better. Under the watchful gaze of Les Thorne, a few dark secrets may emerge! Captains will then be asked to carry out their traditional tee shot and you will have the opportunity to make a guess where the balls end up.

    19th June – Dawn Patrol (For those early risers!)

    This is a competition where we play for the renowned Druid’s Cup and includes prizes

    The entry fee entitles you to provisions that will sustain you for your early start (05:30- 7:00). Pre Covid we were able to offer a full English Breakfast. If you’ve not managed to play in this event before, it is great fun once the shock of the early start has worn off. It really is a lovely time to play golf and you get to witness all the wildlife on the course!

    Golden Bell, Augusta

    30th August- Par 3 Competition (Some exciting changes will be made to last year’s holes which are shown here).

     

    You will have seen and enjoyed the Par 3 Tournament at the Masters. The main course will be set up with 18 x Par 3 holes. Included last year within the course were three of golf’s most iconic Par 3 holes:Tee times should be booked in advance as normal, all play must be from the allocated Par 3 tees on the day – the regular tees are not available for play on the day.

    Island Green, TPC Sawgrass
    Postage Stamp, Troon

    4th September – Soultown

    For a fantastic night of Soul & Motown, look no further than SOULTOWN. VJK & Glenny have been performing for many years now and have a wealth of experience behind them. VJK performed as part of the legendary Soul & Motown group The Gillettes and brings his love of Soul and Motown music to Soultown in every performance.

    Their repertoire consists of songs such as Red Light Spells Danger, Get Ready, Higher & Higher, Love Train, and More Than a Number. Their slick choreography, powerful voices and the personalities to really grab an audience mean that this show has led these seasoned performers all over the UK & abroad.

    Mike Battisson

    Chair of the Social Committee

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  • Fore Info April 2021 Mar 31, 2021 @ 19:39

    Let golf begin…

    Never before has there been such excitement to get back to golf. The ‘divot parties’ have once again been popular, testament to many dedicated members using any excuse to get on the course. Due to the lack of play I guess it was more like ‘Spot the Divot’.

    I hope you were lucky or skilful enough to master ClubV1 and get your favourite 4 ball booked. I expect many of you have played already. How was the first round? Please send me any funny restart stories and photos that I may publish next month. As always the best/funniest will be rewarded by a free drink in the bar when we get back to drinking.

    Not only was March 29th our first day of golf after lockdown 3, but also the inauguration of the improved first hole, as part of what was the ‘first impressions project’. The project, kicked off in 2018, has successfully met its objectives of both improving the first hole as well as making the arrival at the first tee more attractive and welcoming.

    The new starter hut, nicknamed ‘Bobs Billet’ or ‘Gezebob’ after Bob Moore (Greens Chair) was duly opened with a ribbon cutting by Pat Willis on behalf of the 100 Club, which kindly funded its purchase.  We must thank all the members that helped erect, paint, wire and prepare the hut which is a vast improvement in itself and as part of the new welcome at Alresford. Our Club Captain Tip, reminded everybody assembled as part of the honorary drive in group, of the initial drawing coming from Malcolm Scott for the new hole with bunkering and dogleg adaption. The greenstaff and Greens Committee has done an excellent job bringing these ideas to reality. A special thanks to Mal Hope-Mason for redesigning the flowerbeds and several members that sponsored the new plantings. A cleaned and repainted John Jacobs plaque now stands ideally positioned at the entrance to the hole. It was moved from behind the putting green where nobody saw it. This is a fitting addition as Malcolm was a disciple and friend of the great coach who opened the 18 hole course in 1993.

    The new first hole was officially renamed Scotts in recognition of Malcolm and his family that gave so much to the club over so many years. It was great to watch the opening drives from the family. Given their golfing pedigree it is no surprise that neither Malcolm, Jane, Becky or Tom tested out the bunker. That honour was left to Graham Marshallsay as 1st (but not last as Mel Exton followed Graham) in to the new bunker.

    It was fitting that Mary our most regular starter and recent Club Captain and former Chairman (amongst other roles- sorry Mary not enough space here to mention them all!) should be the Honorary Starter for the opening of Scotts.

    Well done to the whole First Impressions Team and Greenstaff  for all the excellent hard graft, making starting at Alresford something of which we can all be very proud.

    Given the easing of lockdown we are all hoping to restart our wonderful Social Scene, which over the years has been a hallmark of this great club. In order to give more Social space we will now have a dedicated regular column so nobody misses out on the next events. Make sure you read this section well every month so you don’t miss out on the signup.

    This month my ‘hot seat’ Interview is with Mark and Mandy Wood our new Pro Team. Find out more about them and their ambitions for the Club.

    I am personally keen to raise funds for the Captains Charity. Given the pandemic, charities have suffered reduced income so they need our help even more. So what can we do? Well I have decided to do a sponsored ‘Handicap Chase to Single Figures’. Mark Wood will be coaching me and I will personally add a £ donation for every member that sponsors me. (Sponsorship sign up on noticeboard & payment in office when club reopens). I will be reporting back on my progress during 2021 and beyond if necessary. I hope you will consider supporting me and the Captains Charity.

    Finally I would like to thank those members who contacted me with ideas for Fore Info. Although we cannot include them all, they are very welcome and have contributed to some of the changes you will see here and in the coming months.

    If you have ideas to further improve Fore Info, please email me at newsletter@alresfordgolf.co.uk or look me up on the club directory for a chat.

    David Marshall, Editor

    Finally I would like to pass the word to our Land Trustees. If you, like me are uncertain who the Land Trustees are and what they do, let me explain. We are not a Limited Company but rather an unincorporated members club where the members share in the Clubs Assets and Liabilities. When it comes to Land and Buildings owned or rented by the club, it is obviously not practical for these to be in the names of all members. So they are put in the names of at least two but no more than four ‘Land Trustees’. They hold them on behalf of all members and are obliged to deal with them as directed by the Management Committee. For the full story and much more I highly recommend ‘The History of Alresford Golf Club’ book, especially insightful for new members. (Copies available from the Office).

     

    MESSAGE FROM THE LAND TRUSTEES

    (David Harrison, Brian Young, Keith Monkhouse and Mary Rook)

    Now that we are back playing golf, albeit not yet enjoying the clubhouse to the full, you will have seen how the course has changed. New tees, bunkers and buildings have all appeared since we last played. Those of you who have walked the course during the closed period will have noticed how many were involved in achieving these changes. Not only were our greens staff doing their normal excellent work but many members were helping with the new buildings and re-siting the practice nets to complete the First Impressions project.

    But many more were involved with the club during the lockdown period, quietly working away to ensure that our club maintains and improves its standards during this difficult time. The Chairman, Captains and their committees have done much to prepare us for a possible club development and, with our General Manager and his staff, have kept us all well informed about the club future programme via periodic most informative emails. A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes.

    We would therefore like to pass our appreciation onto all those who, in their own quiet way, have done so well to keep our club responsive and developing during the lockdown period.


    Our New Pro Team

    Mark and Mandy Wood in the interview hot seat

    The pandemic has limited our time to engage with our new Pro, Mark Wood and his wife Mandy. What follows is the second of my editorial interviews to uncover more beyond just the obvious golfing skills and good looks! I uncover their back story and Mark shares his aspirations for the club as our new Pro.

    So Mandy, tell us about your family
    As some members may have seen, we have 2 children. Bella has just turned 10 and loves dancing, gymnastics, reading and computers. Our son Zach is 12 plays golf and like most boys is fanatical about computer games.
    Unfortunately, we have no pets at present as we recently lost our 15 year old cat. If the children get their way, we will be having a dog soon!
    I lived the majority of my life in a small village called Benenden in Kent after my parents relocated from Liverpool when I was only 4 years old.  Although I have lost my accent,  I have been told it comes back when I am with fellow Liverpudlians.
    Mark is from Seaford in East Sussex and has always lived in the south.
    Mark, have you always been into golf?
    Yes, golf was what I always wanted to do. I have played golf since the age of 12. After my parents divorced my Dad bought a house overlooking Seaford Head golf course which gave me every opportunity to play. I used to sneak onto the golf course everyday with a set of old golf clubs that I had found in the Cellar. On one of these occasions I was caught by the Head Pro of Seaford Head, Tony Lowles and to my surprise he did not berate me but took me under his wing and employed me in the Pro shop! I really did not enjoy school, however golf caught my attention and I tuned pro at the young age of 19, passing the exams with flying colours.
    I was coached by Justin Rose’s coach Nick Bradley, but decided not to follow Justin onto the tour. I was fascinated with the instructional side of golf and always will be.
    What are you most proud of in your career so far?
    That’s a tough question. I suppose coaching European tour pro, Steve Richardson, was a great experience. I also really enjoy writing articles in golf magazines.
    I have been a pro at several clubs including Seaford Head, Wellshurst and Dale Hill. It was at Dale Hill that I met Mandy. She was helping out as a puppeteer and working in the Pro Shop. I decided to start my own Golf Academy and moved the family to join Chichester Golf Club in 2016.
    Tell us something that is ‘unique about you both ’ that none of us already know?
    Mark? I have been a calendar boy for Play Better Golfs yearly calendar where I was flanked either side by the rather glamourous ‘Eye Candy Caddies’!  For those who do not know, this is a company that provides attractive male or female caddies for special golf events.
    I have self published two golf instructional books ‘Never Shank Again’ and ‘How to Crush it 20 Yards Further’
    How about you Mandy?
    Probably few members know that I am a trained Quantity Surveyor. My speciality was suspended ceilings and partitions. Exciting stuff!
    So why did you decide to join Alresford Golf Club? I heard the interview process was quite brutal- tell us more…
    Yes the interview process was like no other I ever experienced. Surviving it was a career highlight!
    There were several interviews then a live teaching lesson with a member, where I was being observed. The thorough interviewing gave me a good impression of the club and how seriously they take the recruitment of new staff.
    Mandy and I are quite superstitious and after I started at Alresford I noticed the plaque presented by John Stirling in the clubhouse. John Stirling was my tutor throughout my training and in the final coaching interview he took me to one side and told me he could see me being very successful in the future, which was a great honour , we knew it was a ‘sign’ Alresford was meant for us.
    I think it is one of the top jobs in Hampshire golf. I really wanted to get back to a friendly ‘members-run’ club where we can really get to know the members both through coaching, in the shop and at club events.
    How have you found Alresford Golf Club so far? It must have been terrible with lockdown affecting your start up and now Terry leaving…..
    It is sad that Terry is leaving but we wish him well. He did a lot to help us in the transition, so we are very grateful. We are in talks with getting a new Pro soon and have employed Benjamin as a summer student (Business Studies at Bournemouth). We will expand as needed to meet member’s needs.
    It was challenging to start on the 1st November 2020 and shut within the week for lockdown 2, followed by a wonderful December.  Alas, January brought lockdown 3 leading to us having to close the doors once again, but we have tried to remain positive throughout.  We are so thankful of the kindness, support and advice from members and committee members. We were made to feel at home right away.
    Mark, there are many ways to teach golf. Tell us about your approach and why you chose it?
    I believe a ‘one size’ approach does not fit all. It all starts with really understanding what the person really needs and where we can make a difference. Most important is to agree what achievement to target before getting into swing details.

    Present Role Professional, Alresford Golf Club since 2020
    Turned Pro 1996
    Married Mandy (Qualified Quantity Surveyor)
    Children 2, Bella and Zach
    Qualifications PGA Advanced Professional
    Hobbies Mark: Reading, Fishing, DIY, Stocks & Shares,

    Mandy: History, Architecture, Reading Crime Thrillers

    So what differentiates your approach to coaching from other Professionals?
    The main difference is that I care about results delivered, not just ‘swing change by the hour’. It is more of a coach-coachee partnership working for sustainable improvements. I have found this approach really works, although requires commitment from both sides.
    Many of us are tired of taking lessons because we don’t see sustained improvement. Why should I come to you for help?
    Lessons and coaching are two different things. It should not start with a lesson but on an agreement on what you want to achieve in a given time scale, say 3, 6 or 12 months. Once we set the objectives, then we start to work TOGETHER to reach them.
    A key element is to understand what you are doing, where ‘video’ makes this a lot easier. The Flightscope technology helps me understand why things are going wrong as well as track progress. I often have new people coming to me that have never seen their coach on the course, always on the range. Can you imagine a football coach not watching all his teams matches, relying only on the practice ground? I firmly believe in a playing lesson to see where and how shots are lost before agreeing an approach to meet the objectives. There are many ways to lower scores.
    So can you help me get from a handicap of 15 down to single figures Mark?
    I can’t promise but I have helped many golfers in the past achieve it.
    Editor: OK Mark lets call it the Editor Pro Challenge ‘Handicap Chase to Single’. We can follow progress in Fore Info. I will try to raise sponsorship money for the Captains Charity. I know a lot of members who would bet you could not get me to single figures!
    I am up for the challenge, David. I will book a playing lesson to spot what I am up against.
    Mark, We can get unlimited free golf lessons on Youtube so why should we come to you?
    There are thousands of video tips, many conflicting each other that can make it confusing. So which is right for you? Which suits my body size and swing history?
    It’s easy to misunderstand the changes from watching a video. You can never see yourself so you may not be doing exactly as they suggest. Also some tips don’t work on specific swing issues. Golf swings are so personal.
    Mandy, you are going to be the Shop Manager supporting Mark. Tell us about what we can expect in the shop and what services you offer?
    I would like the shop to reflect the ethos of the club. Professional and knowledgeable but run with a warm and friendly feel. We want the shop to be a nice welcoming place not a place where you feel you are just being sold to! After all it is the ‘members’ shop.
    We will try to get whatever members want. I know due to COVID and Brexit we could not get stock and it was tough not being able to supply what that members needed.
    Suppliers delayed launches as they had lots of old stock. This meant we were stocking up at a time that new season stock was not available to us.
    We will run a bespoke club service with core ranges of Callaway, Taylormade and Ping clubs. We can get others if members want it through our link to a network of other Pro’s so don’t worry- just ask.
    We are making plans for the season and have a few new ideas up our sleeves. There will be a number of Demo days throughout the year for members to try clubs on the range. We aim to be ‘Your total golf solution’……. competitive and local. We hope you will make the most of our services.
    There is a perception that on-course golf shops are expensive and it is better to buy on line or in a mega store. What’s the benefit of buying in the AGC golf-shop?
    This is a common misperception we want to dispel. We offer a ‘Price Match’. That means if you find something at a cheaper price on line or at a golf mega store we will match that price. Two recent examples of this can make our point. On Footjoy Tradition shoes we were able to match a new Clubhouse Golf offer of £99 vs £109.
    Also the Bushnell Pro rangefinder was offered on a special by American Golf so we gave a member a price match and £10 back. We can’t keep up with the ever changing offers around the UK and online but the price match is our way of proving our competitiveness.
    I heard you have lots of technology in the Academy. Tell us about how this can help members?
    Yes we offer swing analysis with Flightscope. It can measure many things including club head speed, angle of attack and ball speed and much more. Mostly it helps me more quickly find the fault and decide how to fix it. Everything happens in just a few seconds in the swing so its great to be able to slow it down and locate the issue.
    I am also fine with the golfer that does not embrace technology. Say she or he is hitting it short and comes to me for help. I am able to show what the difference is and help her or him to understand.
    Mark you follow in Malcolm’s footsteps, who was here for so many years, so it can’t be easy.
    He had a great long career at Alresford!  Big shoes to fill for sure. I am so grateful for the help Malcolm gave in the transition and I hope we will continue to see him playing at the club in the coming years.
    What would you like to be remembered for as our Pro?
    I would like to contribute to the club development in several ways.  I want to support the club to continue to attract new members, I will use a beginners program as the centre point, and will ensure that we continue with our great work of making sure that the new members slide right in.  Some new initiatives I am proposing are to encourage them to play a round of golf with myself and recommend partners that will complement their playing ability and style.
    In addition I want to make sure that all members find me accessible and available should they need advice on their golf or even just a chat.  The Captain/Pro matches will be the start of me trying to get to know all of the members and for them to become more comfortable with me.
    We want to make the shop welcoming and spoil the members with offers that showcase some of the best golf equipment on the market.
    I hope to contribute to enhancing the clubs’ reputation as one of the best and most friendly clubs in Hampshire.

    Quickfire Q and A

     
    Favourite golf course?
    The Forest Golf Club, Florida
     
    Dream 4 ball partners?
    Tiger, Jack Nicklaus, Rory McIlroy
     
    Your biggest golfing disaster?
    6th Head at Seaford GC. Hooked it onto the road and almost hit a car.
     
    Curry or Fish & Chips?
    Mark: Curry, but Mandy: F&C
     
    Wine or Beer?
    Mandy: intravenous Sancerre. Mark: Wine and Beer, not mixed…
     
    YouTube or Netflix?
    Netflix for Mandy, You Tube for Mark
     
    Favourite Film
    Mandy: ‘Seve’
    Mark: ‘CaddySack’
     
    The Beatles or The Sex Pistols?
    The Beatles (Liverpool connection)
     
    The Queen or Madonna?
    The Queen
     
    Gym work or Driving Range Practice? 
    Mark: Both
    Mandy: Gin work with tonic…
     
    Spurs or Southampton FC?
    Mark: Spurs
    Mandy: David Beckham for his good looks

    Management Corner

    Return to golf

    Obviously, it is a relief for us all for golf to be legal once more; on reflection…what a very strange statement that is; but never-the-less an accurate assessment of the journey that we have all endured as golfers and members of our Club.

    Mandatory Tee Times continue for as long as required as stipulated by authorities such as; England Golf. Pre-booked Tee Times will not continue at the Club for any longer than needed. Once Tee Times fall-away we will return to roll-up golf on all days, subject to traditional bookings for matches etc.

    Finances

    There is some difficulty for our Club in our financial forecast for this financial year through to September 2021. Currently we forecast a loss of £40,000 due to less income from the bar, visitors, guests and societies. The Management Committee has taken the view to not to chase increased income in the golf season from visitors and societies, so that Members’ golf is prioritised. We hope for a brilliant golf season making full use of our wonderful and improved course, practice facilities and bar & catering services. I am sure we will all value our club far more this season.

    Proud to be a Members’ Club

    Since becoming Chairman in 2018, I have sought to prioritise members who provide nearly 80% of our golf income; we are a Members’ Club. We collectively own the Club, and throughout 2020/21 we have provided a higher proportion of income than normal, and have faced very long periods of being unable to use our own Club. I am therefore really grateful to Management Committee Members, and Vice-Captain Simon Freemantle in particular, in prioritising Members’ Golf and accepting this may result in a deficit for this financial year.

    The Club faces a loss of members every year at the time of annual renewals, we plan for 9% attrition each year which was accurate again this year.  In my first year as Chairman, member renewals at the end of January were 486, this year we had 536 renewals. This increase significantly improves financial forecasting and enables us to set lower income expectations from visitors and societies; thus further developing priorities for our Members. Club rules allow for a total full membership of 675 5 & 7 day members; the Management Committee are required to regulate this number based on income requirements and the capacity of the Course. Given the increased amount of golf that our Members tend to play, my Committee has decided to initially limit the number of members this year to one hundred less than permitted; 575.

    At the time of writing; we have 560 members signed-up and only 15 memberships available. This success is testament to the Club’s culture in prioritising Membership which is driven by Nick Duncan and the Planning & Development Committee, implemented by our General Manager, David Maskery. All this success leads to an increased workload for our Captains who provide essential screening and ultimate welcome for our new members.

    You will recall some of the congestion we suffered previously, due to; visitors, HPLS members and Winter Members bringing lots of guests and being able to play at the same times as Club Members. Again, the increase in full member numbers allows us to not seek these subsidiary membership schemes but to release course capacity for full members.

    Key Members – Festival Weekend

    There will be a ‘festival weekend’ at the earliest possible opportunity, once all Covid restrictions are lifted; currently this is anticipated as being after June 21st, according to current, central information. The festival weekend would be planned to include a Friday so that 5-day members and 7-day members can take part. It is likely that we will hold a competition to award the newly presented Key Member trophy won by Richard Lane last year. This year we have all been Key Members and we hope that as many members as possible can take part over a 3-day weekend. The Club are planning to provide drinks, food and a warm Club atmosphere to enable us to celebrate a full return to golf and our Club. Much more information once we have some confidence in lockdown restrictions.

    Clubhouse Development

    Chair of the House Committee, Sue Masser, has been working tirelessly to progress plans and planning for the agreed Clubhouse Development scheme. Our plans have been submitted to achieve planning permission, so we hope for a positive outcome. Once we have a positive outcome and final plans we can go out to tender with contractors and then finally implement the members’ loan note scheme to support the build. We will then be able to award the contract and provide members with a schedule for the build.

    I hope that you enjoy your return to golf as much as I anticipate that I will on Good Friday, and that we can be ‘one club’ again as soon as all restrictions are lifted. I also need to register my immense thanks to David Marshall for not only bringing Fore Info together each month, but for the new format and content; thank you David.

     

    Robert White

    Chairman of the Management Committee

    From the Club Captain

    We’re back!   On a lovely sunny Spring day, the course opened on 29th March in wonderful condition considering the recent weather and those pesky rooks.  Some of our members found getting their kit together a challenge, but most got round OK.

    Our editor has covered this earlier, so I add my thanks to all involved in the planning, financing and execution of the First Impressions project.  “Scotts” is a permanent legacy to mark 40 exceptional years and we look forward to a full Alresford Golf Club celebration when circumstances allow.

    The Captain/Pro Challenge is open for bookings through the ProShop.   Book early, 4 of the first 8 have been taken.  The trophy will be in the shop when it reopens.

    Friendly interclub matches have previously been listed on a notice board but in 2021 we are going techno – all fixtures have been entered into ClubV1 for you to review. Some fixtures have not made the list this year due to Covid restrictions and calendar clashes as we inevitability have a truncated season.

    Our first match is soon upon us and is away at Hockley on Thursday April 15th at 3pm. Covid restrictions will still apply so you should look at this event as ‘golf only’ and please remember social distancing. If you wish to be considered for this match please mark your availability in ClubV1. Within the ClubV1 Members Hub menu select the Club Teams option, then select Men’s Friendly Matches 2021 followed by view team details. That should take you to our fixture list where you can, at this early stage, mark which matches you would like to be considered for.  Vice-Captain Simon simonfreemantle@btinternet.com organises the teams and you can contact him direct if all else fails!

    George has covered other events and knockouts in his report.  My thanks to him and the Match Committee for their hard work.

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  • Fore Info March 2021 Feb 23, 2021 @ 17:14

    Still going after more than 40 years

    As the new editor, bored in lockdown and looking for ideas, I decided to read many of the old newsletters for inspiration.

    The idea to start a newsletter came over 40 years ago from Brian Young in spring 1980, with the aim to improve communication between the committees and members.

    Initially called ‘ALRESFORD LINKS’, the newsletter started off as a humble thrice yearly, 3 page newsletter written by Captains, Committee Chairs and polished with the help of Kit Neilson’s journalism skills as Editor.

    Although we cannot technically claim to be a ‘links’ course, the name Links was used by locals to describe the land beyond Tichborne Down. In addition the original clubhouse was later the ‘Links Laundry’ and the ‘Links Cottage’ property on Tichborne Down has its golf club links, being owned today by a well known member!. Most importantly the name ‘Links’ described well the aim, to connect members to those running the club.

    Although the internet had not yet been invented, it was possible with a typewriter and copier to produce regular newsletters and here are a few highlights of the first edition in 1980.

    In his introduction Brian gave a hint to how the ‘healthy’ club finances of 1980 were achieved by “the clubs best member, the fruit machine”. Maybe a new idea for Ray Panter? Many of you may be unaware that Brian was a fruit machine fan and himself once cracked the jackpot and won £200 on the Wentworth Club machine. He complained when not all the money came out and needed their committee to intervene to pay him back.

    The Greens Committee was in the capable hands of a certain David Harrison. Unlike Bob Moore, today’s chair, he had only 9 holes to manage. David however had the slight irritation of several greens needing replacement and a planned bypass. Luckily, he delayed green rebuilding as the old 9th green was soon concreted over as the new A31!

    It also made me laugh to see David begging members for  “any gifts of exotic flowering shrubs and bushes”. Last month Bob Moore did exactly the same (still not too late to offer…). Nothing changes and hopefully we will get the same generous sponsorship this time.

    In those days the Social Committee, chaired by Robin Good, did not have COVID restrictions and put up a full calendar of events. Fancy dress disco, Film night, Pub Night, Quiz, annual BBQ and much much more. I am sure today’s committee would welcome your ideas too.

    The Competitions schedule added ‘midweek medals’ and the inaugural ‘Husband and Wife Competition’ in 1980. This was also the year David Harrison became Manager of the England Boys Team, which later proved so successful.

    The Newsletter proved so popular that it moved to monthly, went electronic and in October 2015 changed its’ name to ‘Fore Info’. Thanks to the many editors along the way, who gave their time and helped improve it to the enviable format you see today.

    If you have ideas to further improve Fore Info, please email me at newsletter@alresfordgolf.co.uk or look me up on the club directory for a chat.

    David Marshall

    Editor

    Unmasking our new General Manager

    David Maskery in the interview hot seat

    Although you know who David Maskery is, few probably know him very well at all.  What follows is the first of my editorial interviews to uncover more beyond just the obvious golfing skills and good looks! I uncover his back story and he shares his aspirations for the club as our new General Manager.

    So David, tell us about your background

    I was born in Leicester but moved south when I was about 5 yrs old to Sherfield-on- Loddon near Basingstoke and then to Liphook. I went to school in Petersfield and then on to Roehampton Institute to study Sports Science and History. After leaving University, I started as a Lifeguard /Sports Assistant at Guildford Sports Centre. I progressed through several managerial roles at the Sports Centre (1985) and later in the massive new Guildford Spectrum Sports Complex (1993). This culminated in me becoming Operations Manager, handling many big national and international sporting events.

    Which events stand out in your memory?

    I can remember two big international basketball matches that I was involved with at the centre. Firstly, I remember having to escort the Macabi Tel Aviv Team around. I will never forget being a little nervous by the machine gun wielding Israeli Special Forces Security walking alongside us.

    Secondly, I remember the box office mayhem when the Greek Olympiakos Team arrived to play the Guildford Kings. Hundreds of supporters were police escorted from the railway station to the venue all of whom had pre booked tickets. Not a security issue as such but complete confusion and uproar as all names were versions of what sounded like ‘Papadopoulos’ and our staff obviously spoke no Greek!

    So when did you get into Golf Management?

    Back in 2000 I started my first job in golf at the Oak Park Golf Club near Farnham. I was the General Manager of this 27 hole facility which at that time was operated by American Golf UK (not the retail chain). Although this was a great career step, the ownership changed and in 2003, I decided to move to a private golf club and came here to Alresford.

    Tell us something that is ‘unique about you’ that none of us already know?

    I am related to a previous Lord Mayor of London. As a privilege, I can access the Lord Mayors building where the Coach and regalia is kept.

    I was once on security duty at the All-England Tennis Club, Wimbledon and had to radio in a potential suspect package resulting in the evacuation of the Centre Court, before play had started but just as spectators were arriving. It was a false alarm and turned out to be a briefcase left behind by a TV company who had been doing a players interview.

    There are many golf clubs around the country. How do you tap into their experience and compare how we are doing?

    I really enjoy being part of the Golf Club Managers Association (GCMA). Networking is key and it gives me plenty of opportunity to discuss specific golf club issues. We are all facing the same challenges today of COVID but also the ageing demographic and changing needs of the new generation golfer.

    I really enjoyed my time as Captain of the Southern Region in 2010. It was great to get an even deeper understanding of the industry and give something back.

    Present Role General Manager, Alresford Golf Club since 2003
    Born Leicester
    Married Julie (COO North Hampshire Hospital Trust)
    Children Callum (Studying International Relations and History, Exeter University. Currently on placement in Sweden)
    Qualifications BA(Hons) Sports Science & History (1985), Surrey University
    Hobbies Skiing, Golf, Cooking, Rugby Union Referee (Hampshire)
    Achievements

    School football, hockey, cricket and rugby teams

    Guildford Hockey Club

    County Table Tennis Player

    Trumpet in Hampshire Youth Band.

    Golf Handicap 13.5

    So what differentiates Alresford from other clubs in the Southern Region?

    We are more fortunate than many other clubs by the number of volunteer members who work in helping run the club as part of the committees. This shows good member engagement and it is something I want to even strengthen further in the future. Although it is not possible to accept every new idea from every member, we encourage you to get engaged and learn more about the running of the club and help shape our future.

    It must not be easy dealing with all the challenges in a private members club. What annoys you most?

    I rarely get really annoyed and try to stay calm, which is not always easy. I know members are stressed with lockdown but I often get questions about things that we have already addressed or answered in the weekly updates or Fore Info. Nevertheless, I accept there are many ways of communication and some still love the direct contact, which I believe is essential to maintaining a happy and welcoming club. For everyone else I encourage them to read the weekly updates and Fore Info to keep abreast of all the changing circumstances in these COVID times.

    Customers or members being rude or disrespectful towards staff and committee volunteers always annoys me intensely. We all try to do our best and most people do not deliberately set out to do a bad job.

    Although many other clubs seem to have bigger ‘slow play’ problems with some rounds taking over 5 hours, this is still an issue often brought to my attention. I believe it’s about awareness about what’s happening around us on the course. When I play, I try to stay aware of the distances in front and behind, the format of play of the group behind and whether they are big hitters, so I can speed up or let people through accordingly This often reduces the stress and helps me as well as others on the course. Something for us all to think about.

    What is your biggest fear for the club?

    People losing sight of the value of club membership. Although the club has been able to retain an almost full membership, my concern is always keeping a healthy membership level and the customer (member) well served and delivering what they want. That includes not just the facilities but the whole experience both on and off the course which makes for a thriving social and sporting club. With the closure of the bar/restaurant and COVID restrictions the reduced service offer of membership has affected the experience. My aim is to regain the clubs’ reputation as one of the most friendly and popular clubs with a first-class course in the region. We all have a part to play in influencing the club culture and atmosphere which is so important for prospective members and visitors.

    What has been the biggest challenge of your job during the COVID pandemic?

    The pandemic created an unprecedented situation for the Club and there was no operating manual. Although that was frightening at times it was a great challenge and I learnt a lot. We had to reinvent the way we operated, reduce costs and manage all the changes needed to keep members and staff safe. The move to remote working was challenging as a manager and I missed interaction with the team and members every day. With all the job uncertainty and changing government advice it was hard to stay focused. Thankfully we were able adapt and keep the club on a solid footing.

    Looking back, it was a challenging time but very rewarding for me personally.

    What are you most proud of?

    All the staff have stepped up as a team despite all the COVID challenges in these stressful times. I used my industry contacts to learn from other golf clubs and make better and faster decisions. Keeping everyone updated weekly with all the changes going on, proved key. I must say I am most proud to have received so many positive comments and ‘thank you’s’  from members. Other golf club managers I know were not so lucky.

    What would you like to be remembered for?

    Somebody who made a real difference at the club. A nice person to members, customers and staff who enabled the club to grow and develop, strengthening our reputation and profile within the industry.

    What are your aspirations for the club?

    I believe success will come from continually developing the ‘whole club’ experience. The new clubhouse development is at the centre of this, enabling a step change in the social life at the club. I see this as the final piece in the jigsaw to elevate Alresford from a minor player to a ‘top 6’ player – a journey which began and has evolved over the last 15 or so years.  This in addition to keeping up what is already a top golf course with some of the best practice facilities in Hampshire. This should further enhance our reputation in the region as being welcoming, friendly and the club of choice.

    Quickfire Q and A

    Favourite holiday destination?  Mauritius

    Your biggest golfing achievement?  Won Captains Day here twice….

    Your biggest golfing disaster?  Teed off on 1st at Hindhead, ball hit teemarker and went back over my shoulder OB

    Curry or Fish & Chips?  Fish and Chips, but not for my waistline

    Wine or Beer?  Depends on situation. Nice wine in a good restaurant, Weiss beer as part of apres-ski after a hard day on the slopes or a cold beer overlooking the 18th green at Aloha GC, Spain.

    Star Wars or Schitts Creek?  Schitts Creek

    ‘50 Shades of Grey’ or ‘Gone with the Wind‘?  Not for me…

    The Beatles or The Sex Pistols?  Sex Pistols

    Kylie Minogue or Madonna?  Kylie Minogue

    Jogging or Driving Range Practice?  Jogging – too much driving range practice makes me worse!

    Boris Johnson or Maggie Thatcher?  Maggie Thatcher

    Leicester City or Southampton FC?  Leicester City

    From the Club Captain

    Isn’t it good to have a date in the diary for our return to golf?  That said, it is a diary that has had to be re-written.  Following the Government announcement on Monday 22nd, the Captain’s Committee, working with the Match Committee, have made the following decisions.

    Board and Trophy Competitions in March and April have been rescheduled to later in the year and replaced with medals or Stablefords.  As 4-balls are likely to be allowed later in the year, more members will be able to compete.

    Our most difficult decision was to recommend cancellation of several “prestige” events.  All Opens and invitation events before June 21st are cancelled.  These are Ladies Open, Men’s Invitation, Triumverate, Seniors Open and Mixed Open.  We do still hope that the Ladies Invitation (29th June) can go ahead.

    The main considerations were uncertainty around when 4-balls will be allowed, closing the course to members who have been deprived of golf for 3 months and catering being outside only.

    Friendly fixtures will be cancelled until 4-balls and inside catering are possible.

    At this stage it is also unlikely that the Pro-Am will take place this year.

    The Men’s Invitation date of Sunday 6th June will now be Captain’s Charity Day so we hope many members will have a fun day.  Details will follow, but expect a day combining serious golf and fun!

    You will be aware that the Captain’s Charity Trip will be cancelled.  Had it been 2 weeks later it might have gone ahead but we are where we are!  Initial feedback from the tourists indicates an appetite to try to rebook the same event later in the year.  Failing that, I will seek out an alternative.  With 10% of our membership involved, I will need to be on my toes!

    The weekly Captain-Pro Challenge will start when 4-balls are allowed.  Full details when we launch, but we will be accepting challenges from any pairs.

    George has covered other events and knockouts in his report.  My thanks to him and the Match Committee for their hard work.

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  • Fore Info February 2021 Jan 31, 2021 @ 13:43

    Management Corner

    Clubhouse Development Programme – Approval to proceed.

    I am delighted to report that the recommendation of the Management Committee to progress with Option 2 of the Clubhouse Development Programme was carried at the Special General Meeting (SGM) of the Club. The Club is most grateful to extensive contributions made by former Captains Graham Marshallsay and Brian Wright at the early stages of concepts, and the most recent contributions of Sue Masser and David Maskery in preparation for the SGM on behalf of the Management Committee. We are also indebted to Nick Duncan, Chair of Planning and Development, for communicating so effectively throughout the planning stages and for delivering on ambitious targets for full members, which provides a stable financial base on which to plan confidently for the future.

    The Club held the Special General Meeting (SGM) on Friday, 15th January 2021 to determine matters in relation to Clubhouse Development as required by our rules. 121 full members participated by either providing proxy votes to the SGM or by attending, and voting, at the meeting hosted on Zoom. In compliance with Club rules regarding general meetings of the Club; the meeting was quorate upon the participation of a minimum of 50 full members.

    Next Steps

    Chair of House, Sue Masser, and the General Manager will progress the following, on behalf of the Management Committee;

    • Liaise with the architect to provide final plans and apply for planning permission
    • Review schedule and costs associated with the Clubhouse Development
    • Invite and review tenders from contractors
    • Provide final costs to the Management Committee (assuming planning permission is granted)

    Should planning permission be granted the Management Committee will consider costs and schedules, taking into account the agreed caveats in place; set out below.

    There are three caveats to be in place, before the build for Option 2 begins;

    1. An extension to the current lease for the 30 acres leased from the Tichborne Estate is signed and in place.
    2. The Management Committee’s assumptions on the maximum number of full members are achieved.
    3. The Management Committee will continue to manage the risks presented by the ongoing Covid pandemic. Whilst it is not possible to specify the exact conditions that need to be in place in relation to Covid in order to commit to the build phase of Option 2, the Management Committee will restrict or approve progress sensibly in relation to the restrictions imposed due to the pandemic.

    Club Professional – Mark Wood

    You can probably imagine how tough it is for our new Head Professional, Mark Wood and his wife Mandy who both joined us on 1st November 2020.

    Due to Covid restrictions they are currently unable to open the shop or provide coaching at this time. However, they are taking bookings for coaching and indeed providing excellent deals on equipment that can be collected in readiness for your return to golf. Golf coaching packages are available at discounted rates which will provide the perfect springboard for you to get back into golf for the season.

    The Pro-Shop has been upgraded, to provide a lighter space.  Upgrades to Flightscope for coaching provide state of the art coaching support, with video, together with ball and swing path tracking. It’s quite an experience and available through Mark at your Club in the new Golf Studio; so, do book in advance.

    Members Subscriptions

    Many thanks to the vast majority of members who have paid their 2021 subscriptions already and claimed their £50 credit for paying before the end of January. As a members club, your loyalty is critical to our successful future.

    We do appreciate that some members do leave each year, which is why the Club runs a continuous campaign to bring in 40 to 50 new members each year. On 1st February the Management Committee will meet to determine the maximum number of full members for 2021, as we have been experiencing much more members’ golf during the Covid period, and there is an obvious limit to the number of tee times that can be available. There will be no opportunity to pay a ‘pro-rata subscription’ to renew later in the spring; for example, as we are expecting membership to be full at that time.

     

    Any current member who paid before 31st January 2021 is guaranteed membership for the year, however from 1st February the Club will be accepting the applications from new members waiting to join, and we will be limiting the total number of full members to ensure that the course is not too busy. That number is very likely to be slightly less than the total number of members that we had last year.

     

    As recently announced; the Government will be reviewing Covid restrictions in a few weeks’ time, and we expect the course to re-open at that time so we will re-open tee bookings to paid-up members at the earliest opportunity. However, when coming to play, do ensure that you attach your members tag to your golf bag because the Club will be operating a strict ‘no bag-tag…no golf’ policy. We do appreciate that there can be a lag of a few days between making payment and collecting your bag-tag, especially if playing at weekends. I am sure that you will understand that we need to check that only 2021 members are playing the course.

     

    So; if you intend to play at the Club in 2021, and have yet to pay your subscription, you must do so without delay. Otherwise you risk losing out should new membership be closed.

     

    1st Impressions Project

    In our absence, Simon and the greens team have made outstanding progress on the 1st Tee and 1st Impressions project. There is a noticeable improvement already in the layout of the 1st Tee providing for a safer environment and greatly enhanced ‘first impression’. As announced on Malcolm’s retirement; the 1st hole will be re-named; ‘Scotts’, in appreciation of the many contributions to our Club and course by Malcolm, Jane and family. I look forward to not only returning to golf, but also to some ceremony and celebration upon formal drive-in of the new 1st hole. No pressure, Malcolm, just a nice easy draw over the new bunker. I am sure, at that time, there will be a lot for the Club to celebrate in near-normal golfing conditions; hopefully!

    I am expecting that next month’s Fore Info will be written having returned to golf at the Club. Times like these really do remind us how important our golf, community and friends are to us. Not long now; hopefully!

     

    Robert White

    Chair of the Management Committee

    From the Club Captain

    I write this looking out on a wonderful snow-covered vista.  No golf today!  During this period of golfing inactivity our committees and members generally are still working on our behalf.  George and his match committee are putting plans together for competitive golf when we restart.  The Captain’s committee are also working on golfing matters.  Simon and the match organisers are trying to work out friendly and match fixtures.  All in the hope that we do have some normalcy later this year.  Early casualties include the Gales Hockley competition which is cancelled for this year and the highly prestigious pre-season friendly against the Hampshire County Team.  Last year would have been the 50th anniversary and it now looks like it will be next year before we can mark this occasion.

    Our charity work continues.  Former member Kevin Peel kindly made 12 rounds at Remedy Oak available to me, proceeds to 2021 captains Charity. This raised £731 including gift aid and Ocado added £500.

    Di’s appeal to provide craft bags for the Carroll Centre has brought in about £855 so far. The first 50 bags were delivered last week, and Di is now putting similar kit together for Winchester Young Carers.

    £2000 so far in total and still no Captains Drive-in!!  Thank you for your support.

     

     

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  • Fore Info January 2021 Dec 31, 2020 @ 13:00

    Management Corner

    Clubhouse Development

    You should by now have received notice of the forthcoming Special General Meeting (SGM), finally to reach a decision to proceed with Phase 1 of the planned programme of Clubhouse Development.

    It is hard to believe the length of time that has passed since my last update on the subject, but for reasons we all understand it has not been possible to advance matters any further, until this time.

    The background to the project, and the originally surveyed options, are well understood by the membership, but it is perhaps worth reprising on the outcome of the more recent survey, which concluded this last September.

    This second survey aimed to measure members’ on-going appetite to continue with the Programme, and to quantify potential participation in a voluntary loan scheme. This survey closed on 30th August 2020 and attracted 352 participants; again, something of a record for such initiatives.

    Results, in summary were that:

    · 81.9% of members remained in favour of continuing with the Clubhouse Development Project, with 18.1% against

    · 135 members would consider making voluntary loans to Club totalling a minimum (theoretical) sum of £935,000

    The Management Committee therefore accepted the result of the survey as in favour of continuing with the development programme

    The SGM is being held by Zoom on Friday 15th January, with members receiving in advance a significant amount of supporting information, necessary to take the final decision to proceed.

    Long term vision for our clubhouse

    The information pack included the following:

    • Background to the project – how and why we have got to where we are now
    • Summary perceptions of the existing clubhouse
    • Initial survey conclusions (hierarchy or proposed improvements)
    • Expected benefits from the development (membership, revenue, savings, the intangible gains)
    • 2nd survey findings
    • Questions and Answers, covering in detail:
    • Cash management
    • Profit and loss
    • Planning
    • Project management
    • Security
    • Lease
    • Timing

    The journey to taking a final decision to start this much-needed project has been long and eventful, but at last we have in sight the starter’s gun…..

    In concluding, it is perhaps worth reminding ourselves why this project is so important for us.

    As with all golf clubs we are an ageing membership, with some perhaps tempted to think ‘what’s in it for me’, or maybe ‘it’s really just about the course. I’m only here for the golf’.

    The Clubhouse, and the services it provides, is as much a part of the club as the course itself. The completion of this project will provide a legacy for future generations of members that we – the current membership – can all be proud of.

    Postscript

    PLEASE NOTE that in order to vote at the meeting on the 15th, or by proxy before that, you will need to have paid your subscription and renewed your club membership.

    Nick Duncan
    Chair, Planning and Development Committee

    From the Club Captain

    I do hope you all had a very enjoyable Christmas.  There will have been very few of us who were able to celebrate as plannedThe changes to the rules did create problems and opportunitiesAlthough disappointed to be unable to travel to my mum and sister, I was delighted to take my place in the Boxing Day Captain v Professional Challenge matchWe were blessed with a fine day of weather and over 60 members and guests took part.  Mark’s team was always going to win this yearI’m delighted to report that Mark Tiplady’s team came out on top 18-14!   

    Less than 4 weeks after we were able to re-open the course, tier 4 came and limited us to 2-balls only (apart from players from the same household).  In that short time the match committee arranged a number of competitions and Pro Stablefords filled the gaps. 

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  • Fore Info December 2020 Dec 1, 2020 @ 0:01

    Management Corner

    AGM

    The Club held a quorate and compliant AGM by Zoom on Friday 27th November, with both live voting and proxy voting ahead of meeting.

    The AGM meeting was expertly arranged by David Maskery having spent a lot of time in research into other Club’s remote AGM’s and having taken advice on compliance with our Club rules. Zoom held up well and the meeting was continuous without any breaks in the online platform.

    The AGM confirmed that Honorary Membership will be conferred on Brian Young who has been central to so much of the Club’s development, from a nine-hole course to the eighteen-hole course we play today. The Club lost a significant amount of land to the Alresford by-pass more than 30 years ago, and Brian was instrumental in securing replacement land ensuring a bright future for us.

    All other motions were passed by a combination of both the live and the proxy voting methods, with more than 120 members taking part.

    I was delighted that we were able to hold live discussions under AOB, on; suggestion to maintain some tee time booking post-covid, a suggestion to provide compensation for our members in 2020 due to the course being closed for two periods, and the membership schemes offered in 2020 in response to the emergency created by the Covid pandemic.

    Re-Opening of the Course

    The course will re-open following guidance from regulators and central Government. Tee times need to continue for now which will continue until such time as we are informed that they are no longer needed. It is the default position of the Club to return to golf without pre-booked tee times at the earliest opportunity. If there is sufficient interest in having some pre-booking in the future the Management Committee and Captain’s Committee will lead a full consultation of our members to ensure that all members have an opportunity to contribute their thoughts on the matter.

    Clubhouse Development

    The Management Committee has invited members of the Finance Committee to our next meeting in two-weeks’ time to review plans and finance options for the proposed Clubhouse development. A Special General Meeting (SGM) of the Club will be called should a preferred package of improvements and finance be approved. That SGM will be called with at least two-weeks’ notice with all full members being provided with detailed plans and costings so that informed decisions can be made at that time.

    Head Professional – Mark Wood

    I need your help! Mark first applied to become our Head Professional in March this year; and then after 6-months of interviews and planning he started with us on November 1st and was forced to close within a few days.

    Mark, and his wife Mandy, have invested personal funds and much time in an update of the Pro-Shop and brand-new stock. Mark also has invested many thousands of pounds in ‘Flightscope’ which is a high-tech coaching aid which replicates your swing path, ball flight, angle of attack etc. He will also provide you with a video of your swing and pinpoint improvements and practice drills for you, following a lesson with him.

    Mark has a price match guarantee for shop stock and will provide a full range of standard and custom fitted clubs from Callaway, TaylorMade, and Ping for example.

    So; do check out the updated Pro-Shop on your return to golf at the Club, and do your Christmas shopping safely at your Club.

    Management Committee

    It is a privilege for me to be Chairman of the Management Committee, and act on your behalf; I thank the AGM for their ratification of my post for a further year. If you want to provide me with any feedback about our Club please do so by emailing me; chairman@alresfordgolf.co.uk. But do tell me good things as well as the not-so-good!

    All existing members of the Management Committee were ratified to continue in post for another year, with a new Vice-Captain of the Club joining us for the next 12-months as usual.

    Management Committee members are;

    Chairman – Robert White

    Chair of Finance – Ray Panter

    Chair of Bar & Catering – Trevor Pearce

    Chair of House – Sue Masser

    Chair of Greens – Bob Moore

    Vice-Captain – Simon Freemantle

    Chair of Planning and Development – Nick Duncan

    Membership Numbers

    Our Club rules permit a total of 675 full members. Given the amount of golf each member now plays this is considered to be an outdated limit, but no change has been made in recent decades. The Management Committee will determine a ‘maximum number of Full Members’ policy, to be implemented this year, without a rule change at this time. It is likely that the Club will need to close to new members at some point during the spring of 2021, so that our course does not become over-crowded and that; as members we enjoy the privileges of a Club that really feels like ‘a private members’ club’, reflecting that our Club is owned by its members.

    Any 2020 full member is guaranteed continued membership on payment of their 2021 membership subscription before January 31st 2021. After that date; lapsed members can re-join but it may be that the Club has taken on other members in the subsequent months and that we might have closed to further 2021 subscriptions.

    So the simple message is; if you intend to pay your 2021 subscription, do pay on receipt of the invoice from David Maskery and by the very, very latest by January 31st 2021. If you might have some difficulty in meeting that date, do discuss it with David as he will be keen to help.

    David Maskery – General Manager

    The AGM conferred thanks and congratulations to David for an outstanding years’ work keeping us all safe and well-informed. David’s role has changed from that as a traditional Club Secretary, so I have moved his role, by agreement, to that of ‘General Manager’. On your return to the Club you will notice that the main office has been extended into Malcolm’s old office. This will help David to maintain confidentiality and to be undisturbed by members when he is busy. The new layout of the main office, will also provide a better impression for new customers and new members.

    Robert White

    Chairman of the Management Committee

    From the Club Captain

    Here we go then! 

    We are back on the course, which looks to be in wonderful condition considering the weather.  

    Great work Simon and team!  

    I was able to join Caroline Warne as she acted as starter at 8:00 on Wednesday 2nd. 

    The first group out was Les Widdicombe and Ed Fox. Huge smiles all round!  

    First impressions coming along nicely.

    Good to see the progress made on the winter projects. 

    The new bunker on the first hole looks superb from the tee. 

    The honour of being the first to find it from the tee went to Dudley George who was the 18th to tee off at 8:36.

     

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