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


New Members social Competition

New Members Social competition

After the reopening of our Club since lockdown restrictions were lifted, we have seen a good quantity of new Members join.

Last night, (3rd August) we decided to run the first of what we hope will be a number of social competitions to enable some of these newcomers to play with existing Members. The plan being to show them round the course, meet other faces and have a bit of fun too.

We played a 10 hole Texas Scramble to give everyone a chance to contribute to the team score and after a shaky start the group lead by current Captain, Billy Morrision comprising Matt Howe and Roy Bailey just pipped Trevor Parrett’s team with Phil Smith, Keith Else and Daniel Webster.

Afterwards the group had a socially distanced drink on the patio where the prizes were presented. Well done to Peter Hilton for organising the event.

The evening nearly cost the Captain a room full of drinks as his tee shot on the par 3, 5th nearly finished in the hole!


3 Club challenge - 2020

3 Club challenge competition

Why do we carry around 14 clubs in our bag when just three will do? Yesterday, (29th July), we held our annual 3 club challenge competition, and the winning score over 10 holes was an impressive 24 points.

The rules were any 2 clubs plus a putter. A range of options were tried by the group of mixed Members, most opting for a hybrid and a short iron.

Congratulations to the winner, Joe Dawes using a 4 hybrid and a pitching wedge, (24pts), beating runner up Pete Labas (22pts). In the ladies section, Bev Gould just pipped her regular playing partner Bev Housley on count back, both scoring 18pts. Her winning combination being a 5 wood and a 7 iron.

Afterwards Captain Billy Morrison presented the prizes to the winners outside on the Clubhouse patio in front of the socially distanced group of participants. Well done to all who participated in this fun format.


A38 Trophy 2020

A38 Trophy - 2020 

With so many fixtures in our golfing Calendar lost to the Covid 19 lockdown, it was great last night, (17th July), to complete the annual Alfreton vs Swanwick fixture.

A traditional match between 14 pairs of Members and visitors, there’s always been a competitive but friendly rivalry between the two sides to see who keeps the A38 Trophy for the next 12 months.

Chris Burnham for Alfreton and Phil Walters (ably assisted by Steve Nutt) for Swanwick, had posted their team selections earlier in the week and the weather last night was perfect for the match to play out.

Alfreton had won in the previous year, but this time Swanwick took and early lead but from being 6-3 up they saw it clawed back to 6.5-5.5 with two games left to play.

However, 2020 Captain Billy Morrison was seen walking up the 18th fairway with a smile on his face, his pair having secured the winning point for Swanwick. The final result was a close fought 7.5-6.5 victory.

The post match barbecue and beer went down well and over £500 was raised for the Club on the night. Thank you to all who organised and participated in the event.


Pond renovation

Pond renovation on the 5th 

There’s always more work to do around the golf course. In addition to the general upkeep which the green keeping team have been working hard on over the past months; they have also been taking on a new project recently.

The pond in front of the 5th green has been looking somewhat overgrown with weed, silt etc so not only has this been manually removed its also been stocked with a range of freshwater fish too.

Member Ian Briggs started the clearing last month and this has been completed by Alex, Seb and Harvey with further help from Bob Green. They also all chipped in to purchase 15 more fish, so to date we now have a stock of 20!

They are koi carp, mirror carp, ghost carp, shazuno goldfish, ghost koi and blue orfs. This will make a great feature once the pond settles down and the fish grow a bit.

Another example of the positivity going around Alfreton Golf Club.


Junior nights are restarting in July

Junior nights are restarting 

After the problems of Covid 19 which delayed the start to our season; we are pleased to confirm that our popular Junior Coaching nights are starting again from 4.30pm on Thursday 9th July.

Please check out the link here for further details.


Well done green keeping team!

Well done Green Keeping team!

The summer weather continues to go from the sublime to the ridiculous. One minute too hot, then the next so wet you can’t stand outside.

Despite that, our green keeping team headed by Alex Roberts with Seb Tysall and Harvey Allsop keep hard at it presenting the course for Members and visitors in a fantastic condition.

Whilst playing yesterday, it was great to see Alex and Seb managing to leave the machinery behind and find time to get a game in themselves. Let’s hope they enjoyed it as much as the rest of us do.

Visitors are welcome to check us out to see what all the positive comments are all about. Please remember though you MUST prebook a time slot via our online booking system. Click here for the link.


COURSE REOPENING PLANS

Golf Club reopening plans from 13th May 2020

Please read the details below regarding our plans to start our reopening from this Wednesday, 13th May.

Visitors are now also able to play from Monday 18th May. Visitors may book online up to 7 days in advance. You must not turn up to play unless you have a pre-booked starting slot.

Please also be aware that the Seniors Open planned for June 10th and the Ladies Open planned for August 4th have both been cancelled.

As mentioned in the news above there are revised ‘on course’ playing rules to be adhered to during these times. They are listed below and were in the recent newsletter sent to Members earlier this afternoon. Please read them carefully. 


New course gallery

NEW COURSE PHOTO GALLERY 

During lockdown, whilst the Club was closed, our hardworking greenkeeping team were maintaining their work schedule, getting the course ready for re-opening.

As they went round the course they’ve taken a number of photos to keep us all sane and whetting our appetite for when the day arrives that we can get back outside playing again.

The pics are taken from hole 1 through to hole 10, enjoy and see you soon!


2020 Captains in position

2020 Captains in position

Congratulations to our 2020 Captains, Billy Morrision and Linda Baston. Although our Club AGM was cancelled last week due to the current restrictions; Members welcomed them at an informal ‘drive in’ yesterday morning.

Billy feels it’s a great honour to be allowed to be our Club Captain, and hopes once these current restrictions are reduced that members and families participate in as many Club events as they can.

Linda was delighted to be asked to represent the Ladies and confirms that new members of whatever standard will always be welcomed.

They both thanked and appreciated the efforts of last year’s Captains Pete Labas and Ellie Bennett for all their hard work too.

Taking into account the current guidelines of social distancing, we continued yesterday afternoon with an AMAM competition, which was a mixed event and well supported by all areas of our Club from Gents, Ladies and Seniors.

The first prize, with an impressive 98 points, went to Stu Walters, Martin Baraclough, Phil Bennett and Bob Green. Runners up were a three ball (with a ‘pro’!) comprising Pete Gould, Jason Bingham and Wyn Avery with a close run 95 pts.

There were two ‘nearest the pin’ winners, Terry Taylor and Sue Bennett, (‘one in the eye’ to her husband, Chairman Phil, who made her pay for her own entry as he didn’t think it was worth the fee!!)

The prizes were awarded on the side of the 18th green. Afterwards, Captain Billy announced that the day (along with proceeds from the sale of photos of last season’s prizewinners), has raised nearly £300 towards the purchase of the new greens mower.

We all wish Billy and Linda a great year, albeit tinged with uncertainty at the moment.

Below are some pictures of the day.