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  • Fore Info October 2019 Oct 1, 2019 @ 8:30

    Management Corner

    Clubhouse Development

    The Management Committee met on the 23rd September and has finally approved our Architect’s specifications and drawings for membership consultation.

    These are now being prepared for presentation to you, which we hope will take no more than two weeks, at the time of writing. This probably means that consultation will now start in the first half of October. 

    I am conscious that we are slightly behind our timetable, as indeed I am for your considerable patience in waiting for the consultation period to start.  In mitigation I am sure you will understand the complexities of working with third parties and bringing all members of the Management Committee to the point of agreement and approval to proceed.

    It is still our intention to hold an EGM, which we shall call with two weeks’ notice, following conclusion of membership consultation.

    Social Media

    The Planning and Development Committee’s task is to manage both internal and external club communications and we have as a goal how we might make better use of our Facebook page, and other Social Media, in promoting the club and its activities to potential golfers.

    We recently undertook a mailing to members to invite enthusiastic users of Social Media to offer their expertise, advice and potentially on-going help to the Committee. We received a positive response to this mailing and are currently in discussion as to how best to take forward this offer of help. We will report further as developments advance, but suffice to say we will do everything we can to ensure these channels of communication are used both professionally and effectively, rather than a source for potential trivia. 

    Non-Paying Visitors

    We have had a recent spate of non-paying visitors; a problem faced by all golf clubs, yet one we should all help in keeping to a minimum occurrence. When challenged “we were going to pay at the end of our round” is a typical response.  Whilst many might resist making such a challenge, if you have any suspicion of a non-paying player, then please do approach and report. It is your course and we all need to do what we can to ensure these are rare incidents. Many thanks.

    Nick Duncan
    Chair, Planning and Development Committee

    From the Club Captain

    I start by reporting a superb result from one of our Junior Stars – Rosie Rooney – who, on 15th September, beat Cara Patient of Meon Valley 3 & 1 at Corhampton in the final, to win the Hampshire Ladies County Golf Association Junior Summer Knockout. A brilliant performance Rosie – well done!

    Jenny Myers narrowly lost her semi-final match in the same competition.

    I reported last month Rosie Rooney also won the Munro Spencer Bowl at the end of August with Harriet Riches in 2nd place. Not to be outdone, Millie Jonathan followed this up by winning the Ladies Captains Macmillan Rose with 41 pts with our Lady Captain in 2nd place.

    It’s fantastic that our Juniors are playing so well.

    The Mens Friendly matches conclude when we host Ryde Pirates on the 5th October. Whilst these matches are billed as “friendly”, every player has a desire to perform well and win their game and pride is at stake – there is no such thing as a friendly match!

    It’s enjoyable to show off our course to visitors and also to visit new courses, to sample the hospitality on offer and to play a competitive game for a very modest amount of money. This season, with one match to go, we have played 17 – won 8 – lost 7 – halved 2.

    Our happy team at Tidworth Garrison Golf Club

    The Francis Holmes Shield was hosted by Romsey on 1st September. It is fair to say that the course wasn’t in great condition, but it was the same for all competitors. Despite a good performance by our team in the morning foursomes, just 1.5 shots behind the eventual winners, the afternoon round didn’t go so well with Derek Myers having to withdraw due to injury. Home advantage was of great benefit and Romsey were the winners with Alresford in last place – we hope for better luck next year when Andover host the competition.

    The Pro Am was another huge success for Malcolm, Jane and Alresford Golf Club. The course was in fine condition and all competitors were very

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  • Fore Info September 2019 Aug 30, 2019 @ 22:35

    Management Corner

    Clubhouse Development

    By the time you read this we should have received our Architect’s detailed drawings, comprising plans, elevations, design options, proposed layouts and visualisations.

    Assuming this to be the case the timing now looks this:

    End August – meeting of the Management Committee Sub-Group leading on the project to review and approve drawings and visualisations

    September – up to three weeks membership consultation, including if required one-to-one and small group meetings 

    September 23 – Management Committee sign-off of the consultation process, but to extend the deadline beyond this if proving necessary

    End September – finalisation of all plans and costings

    October – finalisation of funding proposals

    End October – EGM (Extraordinary General Meeting) for membership final approval of project plans, costings and funding proposals

    We will be in touch with you again once we have the appropriate visualisations to hand, and the methodology for consulting all members.

    Thanks once again for your patience and for your continuing support for this exciting project.


    Nick Duncan

    Chair, Planning and Development Committee

    From the Club Captain

    I start this edition with the sad news that Derrik Moorhouse, a member since 1974 and former Club Captain passed away on the 17th August.

    Throughout his playing days he was fiercely competitive, his greatest triumphs being in the matchplay format, winning the Ross Trophy (over 50’s matchplay), Rotherham (mixed foursomes), Cooper Foursomes  and he was a member of the Marston’s Trophy winning team in 1992. He was also an active member and supporter of the Hampshire Alliance (http://www.pga.info/regions/england-(south)/counties/hampshire/hants-alliance.aspx) and Derrik latterly played his golf with his ‘Skool’ friends. After his playing days were over he retained a Social Membership and he visited the Club once or twice a week courtesy of a lift from his good friend Robin Good.

    Derrik’s funeral will be held at Basingstoke Crematorium on Friday 6th September at 11:00 and afterwards at the Club. All friends are very welcome.

    August has been a good month from a golf perspective, with many of our players producing a lot of first-rate scores. Some are worthy of an individual mention, the first is Ron Markwick who started the month with a playing handicap of 20. After winning the 100 Club Salver with a impressive 43 points, Ron followed this up by winning his division in the August Midweek Medal and a 2nd place in the Midweek Stableford, he finished the month with a 3 shot reduction and a 17 handicap – well played Ron!

    The Centenary Trophy, hosted this year by Army Golf Club was played in extremely windy conditions but this didn’t stop our Club Champion, Will Packenham-Walsh, from playing extremely well and finishing head and shoulders above everyone else by winning the best individual score with 36 points in this team competition.  The conditions were so tough that the CSS rendered the competition reductions only and Will’s handicap was reduced by 0.3. The Alresford team finished as runners-up; better luck next year when Hayling host the competition. Will had previously won his division in the August Midweek Medal and he finished the month off by taking 3rd place overall in the Bill Young Trophy, which was won by Kevin Stride – well played Kevin! Will started August playing off of a 5 handicap and finished on 3, this is a notable achievement for a Category One player where the reduction is only 0.1 per shot – well played Will!

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  • Fore Info August 2019 Jul 31, 2019 @ 21:30

    Management Corner

    Clubhouse Development

    Last month I was able to share with Members our outline timetable for clubhouse development. Hardly expecting anyone to commit this to memory, here is a brief reprise:

    July: Architect working on all aspects of feasibility and planning, refining initial designs, and commissioning necessary survey work

    August: Management Committee then giving their support to a ‘preferred set of proposals’ for visual presentation to Members, in the form of physical representation in the clubhouse, and digital format to members online

    September: Finalisation of design proposals and costings, for sharing with Members 

    October: If all goes to plan – approved design, costing and funding proposals to be presented to Members at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM), for final approval and sign-off

    I am pleased to advise that we remain on track with this timetable, with the July actions all but completed. That said it is likely to be towards the end of August before we have our visuals completed and ready for presentation to the membership.

    Thank you for your patience during what must seem a protracted period of ‘behind the scenes’, but we do want to meet / exceed your design aspirations, and through the most cost-effective means.

    There will be further communication once the initial visuals become available for viewing.


    Nick Duncan

    Chair, Planning and Development Committee

    From the Club Captain

    It is always nice when you receive a compliment, it’s even better when you receive them on a very regular basis. I am of course not talking about personal compliments but those I receive as the Club Captain about the quality of our course, the Hampshire Past Captain’s match against Essex, our own Mixed Open, the mens match versus Cowdray Park…………….. the list goes on. The credit of course goes to Simon Justice and his team who continue to take pride in their work, their attention to detail is second to none. The Greens Maintenance programme starts shortly to ensure that our greens will be in good condition for play in the autumn and winter months, please be patient whilst the team carries out this important work.

    The Mens Invitation is due to take place on 18th August, if you are a man and haven’t entered yet please do so and bring along a friend to show off what our club has to offer.

    As Club Captain I am able to introduce a new competition or match for one year only. I chose a 3 clubs and a putter format that took place on Friday 26th July. The competition I decided would be free to enter and I provided a few prizes, and 56 members entered. Chris Pullinger was keen to put on some food and entertainment and our Immediate Past Vets Captain – Chris Thompson – and his friend Chris Nash provided the entertainment in the form of an Acoustic Guitar Duo – Nash & Thompson. Needless to say the meal was great, and the talented guitar duo put on a very polished performance of some well known classical and jazz standards.

    Despite having just 3 clubs there were some very very good scores, there were 3 x 38 points, 3 x 40 points but with an amazing 41 points Steve Morgan won the mens competition on countback from Steve Oldham. The ladies competition was won by Lyn Jones with 35 points from Sarah Staines on 32 points. Despite being free to enter £181 was added to the charity pot by way of generous donations.

    You will have noticed that the recent work to rebuild the eastern wall of Curly’s Barn is now complete and it looks good. Some of you have commented on why the work needed to be done.

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  • Fore Info July 2019 Jun 30, 2019 @ 12:25

    Management Corner

    Clubhouse Development

    Three short-listed local Architects have now responded to the detailed brief given them, and have presented their design ideas and proposals as to how they will meet our objectives – within ‘ball-park’ budget guidance.

    Apart from their individual creativity, each was judged on how closely they catered for the Club’s key requirements, as voted by so many Members: Discrete dining area for up to 100; better laid out bar, and increased bar seating; additional lounge seating; creation of a ‘spikes’ bar area; room for Sky TV and other social activities; reconfigured patio layout and capacity; covered trolley area. Other considerations were their grasp of the initial concepts, our ability to work together, and above all their understanding of a de-facto budget.

    I am delighted to confirm that we have now appointed ‘Lawson Architecture’, an established Practice in Liphook, with experience of golf clubhouse design, whose proposals most effectively met our priorities. These are now the phases of work that we shall be following: 

    1. Feasibility and Planning Stage 

    2. Building Regulation Phase

    3. Construction contract tendering

    4. Contract administration

    5. Construction management

    As you know, continued communication and consultation with Members remains at the core of this initiative, and so I want to give you some guidance as to what you will see, and ultimately approve, over the coming months.

    During July our Architect will be refining detailed designs, as well as putting in place all aspects of the planning phase. The Management Committee then expects to be able to give their support to a ‘preferred set of proposals’ for visual presentation to Members in August. This is likely to take the form of physical representation in the clubhouse, as well as in digital format to members online.

    Only when this phase of consultation is completed will we be able to finalise design proposals and hence costings, our plan being to share these with Members in September. If all goes to plan the approved design, costing and funding proposals will then be presented to Members at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) in October, for final approval and sign-off.

    Going further forward, we would then expect to be tendering over the winter months, with construction work commencing in the Spring. Suffice to say every forethought and planning will go into how we can ensure as little disruption as possible for Members during the construction phase.

    Exciting times indeed!


    Nick Duncan

    Chair, Planning and Development Committee

    From the Club Captain

    A big thank you to all who sponsored Sarah and I for our 100 mile bike ride. The day didn’t get off to the best of starts as I fell off my bike before getting to the start line – I had the honour of being the first patient of the day in the First Aid tent!  

    Not to be deterred we managed to complete the 100 miles. We are very pleased to announce that, with Gift Aid added, we raised £3286 which will be split between the UK Sepsis Trust and Breast Cancer Care.

    The Triumvirate held on the 6th June saw 15 teams of four golfers from various Clubs around the county taking part in our club invitation. Waterlooville were the winners on count back from Hockley, Alan Hadfield the winning captain must have been confident as he came with a prepared winners speech!

    The day was introduced by Brian Young in his second stint as Club Captain in 2002. It was originally called the Alresford Matchplay Trophy, and I believe it is still a unique format in Hampshire, what is also unique is that we don’t enter a team. The name – Triumvirate Trophy – came about because we had a picture hanging in the mens changing room of the Great Triumvirate – Harry Vardon, James Braid and JH Taylor. Fred Morse, who sadly passed away earlier this year, said he could recreate that picture in glass, thus the glass trophy – thanks Fred we are indebted to you.

    The Seniors Open the following day was wet and windy, with a few participants failing to turn up which was a shame. Congratulations to our own Mike Battisson who won the main prize.

    We were blessed with dry weather for the Charity Day on the 9th June. The format of the day being slightly different this year with 2 separate competitions, a 6 hole foursomes knockout and a 9 hole stableford. It is fair to say that the change met a mixed response but, those that did take part, thought that it worked well and they would like to play it again. The sudden death nearest the pin element deciding the winners in 4 matches producing additional excitement.

    The first semi final between Liz & Les Thorne and Kathryn and Drew Fielden going to sudden death. You will see from the picture that teeing area into the 18th green was about 90 yards from the green with just a hint of tree to mess with the mind when standing over the ball. Congratulations to Mandy and Brian Overton who beat Kathryn and Drew 1up after coming down the 6th (18th) all square.

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  • Fore Info June 2019 May 25, 2019 @ 14:45

    Management Corner

    Clubhouse Development

    Clubhouse Development. This is a ‘wait and see’ period, as the short-listed local architects – all of whom have golf club experience – are developing their detailed proposals; this in response to a comprehensive background brief provided them by a sub-group of the Management Committee. 

    Their proposals, each in turn, will be presented to the Management Committee next month, and will reflect those specific aspirations found to be most appealing by overwhelming numbers of members in the survey. As a reminder – Patio re-configuration (4.03 rating out of 5); Increased (and better laid out) dining capacity (3.94); covered trolley area (3.72); increased (and better laid out) bar seating (3.49); additional lounge seating (3.38); creation of a ‘spikes area’ (3.32); room for Sky TV and other social activities (3.21).

    Suffice to say, we look forward to sharing these creative proposals with members, and will do so at the earliest opportunity.

    As far as finance is concerned, significant progress has been made in evaluating a mix of sourcing options, and from this, outline budgets. These in turn have been reflected in the brief to Architects.

    Once we have our preferred architect on board, and a preferred set of proposals to hand, we will be in a position to share supporting financial proposals.

    Curleys Barn. Delighted to note that after a period of considerable reflection and debate, the decision has been taken to undertake the necessary refurbishment work to the barn. Used to house water pumps taking water from underground water tanks, as well as the Greenkeeper’s equipment, the barn not only has a functional purpose, but is very much a feature on our course and in our history. A welcome decision.


    Nick Duncan

    Chair, Planning and Development Committee

    From the Club Captain

    It was good to see that “mixed” teams took 1st and 2nd places in the Courage & Barclay 4BBB on 5th May, well done Claire Gould (now Claire Sly – congratulations to Claire and Peter on their recent wedding) and Kevin Stride who won with an incredible score of 55 and four shots clear of Les and Liz Thorne in 2nd place – it shows that we can be “One Club”.

    Why not enter the Foursomes knockout in a day as part of the Captains’ Charity day on the 9th June? What are you waiting for get your names down on the board in the foyer. 

    Two Texas scrambles took place in May:

    The first on Sunday 19th May was won by the team of Glen Kreffer (HPLS member), Jan Harring, Matt Ball and Mike Lane.

    The second was the Jack Moody Cross Country Scramble on Friday 24th May the winners with an amazing score of 27.8 were Mel Elford, John Little, Dudley George and George Skayman.

    Team Golf is now well under way, if you are not part of a team you can always play 9 holes on the back 9 on a Thursday evening and enjoy some food and have a social evening with the Team Golf members.

    Congratulations go to Josh Evans who scored 43 points in the Men’s May Stableford, his round included 6 birdies, with 4 of them coming in the final 5 holes, well played Josh, and, with a handicap reduction, Josh is now a Category 1 player – well done! The Jubliee Cup produced another stellar performance in the form of Sean Yeates shooting a 62 & 64 on consecutive days – great golf. Also worthy of a mention is Jim White who had 3 two’s in the 1st round of the Jubilee Cup. 

    The observant amongst you will have seen that I have been running a feature of “found” lost balls. To date no one has come forward to claim any of them.

    I include another and a plea for the owner to come forward, we really do need a few of your dollars for the clubhouse improvement fund! I’m assuming that you had a hole in one and did actually win the $1,000,000?!!

    A final plug for the 100 mile sponsored cycle ride my wife Sarah and I are undertaking around Cambridgeshire on Sunday 2nd June on behalf of The UK Sepsis Trust and Breast Cancer Care If you have not already done so you are still able to pledge your support via the Virgin Moneygiving link or by donating at the club to the Office and signing the Gift Aid declaration on the table in the foyer.

    Some of you have questioned whether I am actually riding 100 miles on a folding bike well the answer is yes I am going to give it a really good go, it won’t be easy but nothing in this life ever is. 

    To all those who have already offered to sponsor, your support is gratefully received.

    Thank you – it really does mean a lot.


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  • Fore Info May 2019 Apr 26, 2019 @ 15:17

    Management Corner

    Clubhouse Development

    By the time you receive this, a small group from the Management Committee will have met to conclude the pitch we wish to make to interested local architects, to kick-start the phase of producing ‘creative visuals’ of what the clubhouse could look like in the future.  Once we have these they will be shared with our membership, both online and physically in the lobby of the clubhouse.

    In parallel, necessary work continues exploring the various financial options needed to support this important club development.

    We are acutely conscious of the sensitivity of raising finance for investment in the club at this time, or indeed anytime, and you should be assured that we have every confidence in being able to agree a design that is both realistic and affordable; one that, as far as possible, will meet the great majority of the improvements you voted for.

    In broad terms of timing, our aspiration is to gain final membership approval and sign-off for the changes before the end of this year, with completion of works well in time for next year’s end-of-year seasonal activities.

    On other matters, all current subscription categories are at or above both planned levels, both against budget and versus last year; 7 day, 5 day, Winter, HPLS, Green Fees, Societies – even the Bar! 

    We are in good shape, but must continue to build for the future.

    Nick Duncan

    Chair, Planning and Development Committee

    From the Club Captain

    I am very pleased to start with congratulations to Harriet Riches who won the Peter Gregory Salver, for the 2nd time with a very good score of 45 points. In 2nd place was Oscar Vaughan on 41 pts and Marcus Kail in 3rd with 40 pts. Marcus continued his good form in the 2nd round of the Linnets with a gross 70 (net 63), the best gross score of the weekend. It’s great to see our young players performing so well.

    The social committee produced another good fun event with the murder mystery evening Allo Allo meets Dad’s Army meets Eastenders!

    A large number  of the attendees got into the spirit by dressing as characters from the shows. Some more enthusiastically than others!



    My congratulations this month also go to Ian Jones who completed the London Marathon in a respectable official time of 4:44 (his actual time would probably be a bit quicker as congestion at the start slows things down), his efforts raised £1600 for his nominated charity – Breast Cancer Care – well done Ian.

    The men’s Gales Hockley and County 7’s teams were knocked out in the first rounds despite putting up a good fight, better luck next year. There has been better success with the Men’s friendly matches with only one loss so far this season. The latest result was a win away at Corhampton in a 3 way match against Corhampton and Waterlooville. Mary Rook is doing a very good job in arranging the Mens Friendly teams, but at times we struggle for numbers, please put your name down to play in at least one match this year, they are good fun but played in a competative but friendly spirit.


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  • 2019 Open Events Added Jan 8, 2019 @ 19:22

    The sign-up sheets giving details of our initial 2019 Open events have been added to our Open Events page.

    • Ladies Coffee & Golf Morning – Tuesday 12th March 2019
    • Ladies Open – Thursday 30th May 2019
    • Seniors Open – Friday 7th June 2019
    • Mixed Open – Sunday 7th July 2019

    Alresford’s Open Events are always very popular and early booking is advised.

    We look forward to welcoming you to Alresford.

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  • AGC Captain and Charity Information Updated Nov 24, 2018 @ 9:08

    The Alresford Golf Club Who’s Who and Captains Charity pages have been updated to reflect the new captains and their choice of charity.

    Ron – AGC Webmaster

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  • Course Policy Document Added Aug 21, 2018 @ 8:28

    A newly produced “Course Policy Document” has been approved by MANCOM and added to the Members’ Area.

    England Golf state that the Golf Course should be the main focus of any Club’s strategic planning, so the purpose of this document is to establish a clear and consistent policy for the management of the course at Alresford Golf Club This will fulfil the potential of the course for the benefit of members, their guests and visitors.

    AGC Members can view this document by logging in to the Members’ Area.


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  • Lady Captain’s Day 2018 Start Sheet Added Jul 3, 2018 @ 14:54

    The start sheet for Mary’s Lady Captains Day is now available in the Ladies Section of the member’s area. Log into the member’s area to view it – if you need the password please contact the office.

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