Lockdown: Course news

Lockdown: Course News

During this current phase of Lockdown, Alex Roberts our Head Greenkeeper is creating updates of what the team are getting up to around the course. You can find these posted on youtube and twitter.

Currently these are being created on a weekly basis and give us all a good insight of the hard work still being carried out whilst we wait patiently to get back to the game we love.

They are also being uploaded to the ‘Greenkeepers’ page of this website so you can follow their progress and appreciate where the majority of your Membership subs are being invested. Check out the link here.

2021 Fixtures published

2021 Fixtures 

Once printed, we will be putting a copy of our 2021 fixture book onto this website, (expected over the next few weeks). However, in the meantime the current provisionsal list is uploaded into our Calendar.

Apart from the current course closure, we hope these dates can be adhered to, but this will become clearer as the Covid restrictions hopefully improve.

Also, from time to time new or revised fixtures will become added. For example, Taskers Trophy games, Society visitors etc.

For the most up to date information on whether the course is busy on a particular day you can go to our Calendar to check. It’s situated under the ‘News and Fixtures’ banner of the website.

There’s a screenshot of a typical month below. You can ‘click’ on any entry for more information about it. They are colour coded as follows:

Green: Mens Comps
Pink: Ladies Comps
Blue: Seniors Comps
Orange: Juniors Comps
Black: Mixed or special Comps
Yellow: Important or external events

Closure from 5th January

Closure from 5th January

Please check out the latest news below regarding current Covid restrictions.

This notice replaces that from yesterday (4th January 2021).

Tiering restrictions from 4th January

Tiering restrictions from 4th January

With the introduction of further Covid conditions for our region, we are required to follow the guidelines for playing golf safely and protecting our staff and Members.

If permitted under the latest government guidelines, an individual can play alone or with one other person. Three ball or four ball play is only permitted for people within the same household/bubble.

If you have arranged a game and it doesn’t follow the above instruction then please make sure that you re arrange for everyones safety.

Subject to the latest Government guidelines: We are able to accept visitors and Members guests from Monday 11th January. There are limited tee times available for up to 7 days in advance. None available at weekends. 

Thankyou for your cooperation in this matter.

Below are current summaries from us as well as from England Golf with clarification of other aspects of being in various tiers.

Ladies Social Christmas Comp

Ladies Social Christmas Competition 

As the year draws to a close, our Ladies section decided to have a social Christmas game of golf this afternoon, (15th December).

The participants were required to get onto the seasonal spirit and dress in some form of Christmas garb to set the tone for the time of year.

There was a prize for the best outfit of the day, which went to Ann Eley as our favourite Santa’s Elf!  (See pic above alongside Vice Captain, Val Sharpe).

The comp by the way, was a ‘3 club and putter’ Texas Scramble which was won by Val, Ann and past Captain Ellie Bennett.

Course re-opening 2nd December

Course reopening plans from 2nd December 

With today’s Government announcement (26th November 2020) that all of Derbyshire will be in Tier 3 until at least the middle of December, please check out the latest update from the Club concerning playing golf and the use of the Clubhouse.

PLEASE; remember that you MUST book any tee time on line prior to playing.

Course Closure for November

Course Closure for November 

Please read the notice below from the General Committee regarding the Course Closure plans as part of the National November Lockdown. THIS UPDATES AND REPLACES THE RECENTLY POSTED ‘TIER 2 ‘ NOTICE FROM 30th OCTOBER.

New Tier 2 restrictions

New Tier 2 Restrictions  

Please read the latest news from the Club below regarding restrictions as we move into Tier 2 Covid restrictions.

World Handicap System

World Handicap System  

Early access to the World Handicap System – Golfer Platform; ‘My England Golf’ is now available to Members. This lets you see your projected Handicap Index ahead of the system going live in the UK on 2nd November.

If you go to the ‘My England Golf’ platform at the England Golf website you can register with your CDH number, (which you can find on your handicap certificate on the ‘How did I do’ app.) This gives you access to a range of functions including your Handicap Index, Handicap record and graphics showing your best 8 scores from 20.

There will also be copies of a master sheet of the Handicap Indices (HI) on notice boards around the Clubhouse too. Be aware that at present the HI is based upon scores up to the middle of September. It will be revised by England Golf to take into account competitions played over the past month at the beginning of November.

Once live, in November, to obtain your actual playing handicap you’ll need to use the specific Course and Slope rating charts for our three courses, (gold, silver and bronze). These are shown below and are also available around the Club too.

Junior Award

Junior Award for Charlie 

As the junior Season comes to a close this week, (somewhat curtailed by the COVID 19 restrictions), one of our Junior Organisers, Martyn Baraclough was able to present to Junior Member Charlie Burnham the ‘Skills for Life’ Medal.

It was awarded to him for his dedication to golf. Junior Organiser Diana Riley says, “He thinks of others, is always polite and his etiquette both on and off the course is exemplary”

Well done Charlie, who has been very supportive and given help and encouragement to our other Juniors too. The Award is well deserved and you are a credit to Alfreton Golf Club.

Captain vs Presidents Match 2020

Captain vs President Match

The annual match between the Captain and the President took place today, 12th September.

Prior to the game the Captain and President made their choices of teams from the Members signed up to play, no doubt negotiating who was to have who!

Members gathered for an early brunch to find out who and where they were playing in the shotgun start matchplay format.

The weather also ‘played ball’ with a dry early autumn afternoon for the match to be be completed.

With the results in, the Captain secured a victory 5.5 to 2.5 and President Ken Swift, as the losing team leader presented Captain Billy Morrison with the Harold Gledhill trophy. The second year in a row for the Captain to take the spoils.

Well done to all who played and a special thanks for Steve and Sharron for the pre match catering.

Greens Maintenance Week completed

Greens Maintenance week completed

The week commencing 1st September, has been a busy time at the course for the green keeping team. Along with volunteers, the autumn greens maintenance schedule has been completed.

  • Hollow coring to a depth of 1.5 inches
  • Overseeding with 40kg of browntop bent/fescue mix
  • 30 tonnes of kiln dried sand applied
  • Sand and seed brushed into the core holesDespite the unsettled weather, all 10 greens (plus the practice green) have been worked on. It was a challenging time completing the work before the weekend, whilst still allowing Members and a few visitors to continue to play around them.
    The next two Saturdays will see ‘non board’ competitions played to give the greens time to recover before the rescheduled ‘majors’ continue. Despite Covid and necessary course work we will get to the end of this difficult season with the main competitions completed. Visitors and societies are welcome to return to play now that the week’s work has been done.

A good job by all involved. Check out some more pictures on our Twitter pages.

Terry Round Trophy 2020

Terry Round Competition – 2020

After a second attempt, we managed last night (28th August), to complete the Terry Round Trophy. Originally played at the end of July we were washed off the course then, half way round, with one of those torrential summer storms.

As it had been a shotgun start it was not possible to find a winner that night with players having completed a range of holes and also some had managed to play more holes than others.

The Trophy is played in memory of Terry who died back in 2017 and this was the fourth annual gathering to remember him. So, rather than leave it unplayed in this strange year it was rescheduled for last night. However, the weather gods were still not playing ball and after an afternoon of continuous rain the brave souls who were prepared to go out agreed to reduce it to a 10 hole competition.

Well done to Trevor Pearson, (ex member, now playing at Ormonde), who played to his handicap and won with 20 points, just ahead of Roo Burnham (19) and Martyn Baraclough (18) who nicked third spot with a well timed birdie for 4pts on the last hole.

Terry would have been looking down on us laughing….he wouldn’t have gone out in that weather.

More pictures of the first night’s game are on our twitter pages, @Alfreton_Golf

Ladies vs Men Competition

Ladies vs Men Competition


The annual competition held between the Ladies and the Men took place yesterday, (Sunday 23rd).

Before each of these friendly, but competitive matches there is usually some banter to try to add to the mood of the game.

The gathered group got somewhat confused about what the format was going to be. Eventually, due to their being an even number of players, the Mens Captain Billy Morrison’s choice won out and it was played as betterball matchplay games rather than Linda Baston’s (Lady Captain) initial proposal for a single stableford and adding all the scores up.

(The choice was probably better as it meant the match was completed slightly more quickly on a showery afternoon).

The result came down to the last match, and despite the ladies fighting hard, the Men triumphed 3.5-1.5, congratulations to all who played. The result means the ‘prize’ of the rolling pin trophy remains in the hands of the ladies, with pink ribbons still adorning it. Handicapping and team selections proved to be about right with at least three of the five games going to the 16th green or beyond.

Next year the Lady Captain gets the choice of format!

For more pictures please see our twitter page @Alfreton_Golf

Autumn Invitation Day 2020

Autumn Invitation Day


After the long period of lockdown we were pleased to welcome invited guests to play with our Members in the Autumn Invitation Day.

The weather wasn’t too bad considering the forecast and we managed to get 55 groups on to the course over the day.

It was a credit to our Greens team who worked hard in the week coming up to the event and also making an early 4.00am start on the day to make final preparations.

Scoring proved to be high with 43pts being needed just to get into the top 8 prize places. A big thank you to Captain Billy Morrison for his hard work on the day and also to all the other helpers and sponsors too.

The winners were as follows:

1st: Mark Downing and Tom Castledine: 47pts
2nd: Steve Heenan and Pete Wright: 46pts (Back 9: 24)
3rd: Stu Anthony and Paul Hopkins: 46 pts (Back 9: 23)
4th: John Lawrence and Pete Turner: 45pts
5th: Petter Aaser and Stewart McCabe: 44pts (Back 9: 24, Back 6: 17)
6th: John Radford and Dan Heaslip: 44pts (Back 9: 24 Back 6: 16)
7th: Sean King and Darren Brooks: 44pts (Back 9: 21)
8th: Sean Dolan and Ron Sharpe: 43pts (Back 9: 22)

There were also over 20 winners for getting a 2 during the course of their round.

Full details and scores of all participants are posted on our twitter page: @Alfreton_Golf