Spring Invitation Day

 Spring Invitation Day

18th May:  Alfreton Golf Club Spring Invitation Day was a great success. Despite the weather not being the heat of last year, golfers played throughout the day on a course carefully prepared by the Greenstaff and volunteers to present it as a tricky test of golf on our 125 year old track.

Captain Pete Labas thanked all the willing helpers who had made the day a thoroughly  enjoyable event. Special mentions were made to the Ladies section for the half way house support, Professional Nev Hallam for all his assistance plus of course the Greenkeepers.

Our caterers provided a full range of meals from bacon cobs through to a two course meal after the close of play. Thanks to Steve and Donna and all their staff for their service and hard work too.

The winners were:
1st : Dave King and Mick Gregory (47pts)
2nd : Roo Burnham and Alex Baugh (47pts)
3rd : Roger Collis and Gary Wasbey (46pts)
4th : Sean King and Mick Sherrard (45pts)
5th : John Clarke and Pete Doherty (43pts)
6th : Gordon Swain and Allen Richmond (43pts)

Nearest the Pin winner: Stu Walters
Longest Drive: Pete Doherty
There were also 13 twos.

The prizes were awarded by Captain Pete Labas assisted ably by Vice Captain Billy Morrison. Those not able to attend the evening prize giving can contact the Captain to receive them.

A final thanks goes to our Members and their guests for supporting the day.

Captain vs Vice Captains match

Captain vs Vice Captains match

The annual team match between the Captain and the Vice Captain was held on 11th May. The teams were drawn randomly from the hat to avoid arguments this morning before we started the event with a brunch.

The 2018 fixture was won by the Captain, (Dereck Martin), so last years Vice, our current Captain Pete Labas was keen to take the spoils this time.

Much to his delight, his team secured a well fought victory 6.5 to 1.5. The Centenary Tankard was presented to him by this year’s Vice Captain, Billy Morrison.

Thanks go to all who participated and supported the event.

Stu Walters Fundraising Golf Day

Stu Walters Golf Day is coming.

For the seventh year, the Stu Walters Fundraising Golf day is nearly upon us. It takes place on Saturday 8th June.

Spaces are filling up rapidly for the golf, which is a 4 ‘man’ team event (ladies are welcome too!) Contact the Club to take one of the last spaces if you are quick. It’s £10 per person for non members and £5 per person if you are a member.

If you can’t make the golf then come along to the evening event. For just £10 per person, live band VIDA are performing and there’s a buffet too. Food’s available from 6.30 and music from 8.15. Tickets are on sale at the Club.

This is a big fundraising event for the Club and is a great day from start to finish so please support this if you can.

18-30 Tour

Alfreton to host the 18-30 Tour

Alfreton Golf Club is pleased to announce that it is hosting one of the 6 rounds of the inaugural year of the 18-30 Tour, on Sunday 22nd September.

This is a series of golf competitions across Derbyshire that aim to keep golfers playing the game after their junior days have finished and also bring back players who did drop out at that stage.

It is open to all amateur golfers aged between 18 and 30 years old who either:
– Have a handicap, or
– Have had a handicap in the past, or
– Deem themselves capable of regularly shooting less than 100 for 18 holes.

Check out the notice below for venues and further contact details.

Society Days

Society Days at Alfreton Golf Club

We are currently taking bookings from new and returning Golf Societies in 2019. Most availability is either on a Monday or during the afternoons on a Tuesday or Thursday. However, some other days, including Sundays may be made available on request.

Check out the details of pricing for golf and food and how to book on the following link.

The layout and style of our course, being around 5,300 yards long and 11 holes, (with 18 separate tees), lends itself to a great social day of golf. Maybe not the longest, but the holes are challenging and you are required to plot your way round.

The format means you can play 18 holes in 3 to 4 hours giving time to perhaps have a morning and afternoon format of say a 9 or 11 hole competition before lunch then arriving back at the Clubhouse followed by a further 18 hole competition afterwards.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements, we would be very pleased to welcome you to Alfreton Golf Club.

2019 Captains Elected

2019 Captains elected

Congratulations to our 2019 Captains, Ellie Bennett (for a second year) and Pete Labas. At the Golf Club AGM on 20th March they were elected for the next 12 months.

Peter says, “I would like to thank Dereck Martin for being a great Captain in 2018 and I hope I can do as half a good a job as he has done. I certainly hope I can get a repeat of the weather that Dereck had in 2018. I am continuing the fundraising focus that Dereck set up, this being the Golf Club.

I would also like to thank all the past Captains who have given me advice on what to expect during 2019. I hope I can live up to their expectations.”

Ellie adds, “I’m delighted to represent the Ladies of AGC for a second year and look forward to working with Peter and his Vice Captain Billy Morrison and am thrilled to welcome Linda Baston as my Vice Captain.

Due to injury, I do not anticipate being able to play golf this season, but hope to see you all on the first tee and around the Clubhouse.”

See pictures of Ellie, Peter, Linda and Billy below.

In addition to the appointment of the Captains and their Vice Captains, another notable change was the retirement of Alan Bramley as our President after his two year period and the election of Ken Swift as his successor. See pictures of Alan, (with outgoing Captain Dereck Martin), and Ken below.

Outgoing Captain Dereck has asked that his speech of thanks be included in this news item for those who were unable to attend the AGM to see.

“Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen.

Thanks to you all for making it such a wonderful year for Ellie and myself. It is a year I will remember for a very long time.

I would like to thank a few special people, first the Ladies, for all their help throughout the year, doing the tables for the dinners and for making such a wonderful job of running all the half way houses. All the Members on the Committee for all their help throughout the year, they have certainly taken a lot of work off my shoulders, thank you very much.

The Green staff, for the way they prepared the course for the Invitations, the course was superb, Neville for making such a great job of selling raffle tickets for the invitations, thank you “big fella”. And last but certainly not least, a man who I could not possibly have done without, a man who has carried me through the year, a man on the end of the phone anytime, a wonderful friend of mine for life I hope, that man is Trevor Parrett.

Ellie and myself raised a great sum of £3,100 for the Golf Club, £200 for the juniors and a further £150 approx when we get all the money in from the ‘in and out’ dance for the Social Committee to help towards the cost of covering the chairs.

Again, thank you and goodnight!”  Dereck Martin

New Tee Markers

New Tee Markers installed

Check out the new tee markers recently installed around our golf course.

Visitors have in the past asked for clearer direction to follow the layout of our course. To assist with that, we’ve just erected sponsored tee boards with hole maps.

The signs also include the hole names that Members had a competition to come up with last year.

Thanks go to the external and internal Companies and Members who have sponsored these boards. Well done to the Green keeping staff for their hard work siting and installing them as well as Phil Bennett our Chairman for managing the project.

(The detail on the boards were produced by local printing Company, Printscene utilising mapping layouts originally created for us by graphic designer Phil Clarke)

Charity fundraiser

Alfreton Junior cuts hair for charity

Eight year old Isabelle Turner, a Junior golfer at Alfreton Golf Club has raised nearly £1,000 for charity by cutting off most of her hair last month.

The Little Princess Trust provides real hair wigs for children and young people suffering with hair loss due to cancer treatment and other conditions. A year or so ago Izzy found out about the Trust and she decided to grow her hair long enough and to get sponsored to have some of it cut off and donate it to the charity.

In memory of her grandad Christopher, she had it cut off on what would have been his 60th birthday, he passed away in 2013 from cancer.

As well as providing wigs the Trust also funds research into less toxic treatments for paediatric cancers so Isabelle asked friends and family to sponsor her so she could donate that to the charity too.

Well done to Izzy, an example to us all!

Junior Golf Evenings

Junior Golf Evenings 

Throughout the season (March to September), we run a junior golf evening every Thursday starting at 4.30, it’s for all ages.

We hold fun competitions as well as providing coaching sessions. It’s free to come along for the first year, and all equipment is provided too.

If you’d like to get your kids into golf come along and give it a try. Check out the ‘Junior’ section of out our website for more details.

Mens Presentation Dinner

Mens Presentation Dinner

Friday 15th February saw the Annual prize presentation dinner at the Golf Club. It started with a four course meal followed by speeches from Frank McCabe and the Vice Captain, Pete Labas. Afterwards the season’s winners were recognised and received their trophies.

Outgoing Captain, Dereck Martin  was pleased to hand out the awards to the men who had won competitions throughout the season. They were:

  • Scratch Cup: Trevor Pearson
  • Les Richardson Trophy: Winner – Lex Berta, Runner Up – Chris Burnham
  • Vice Captains Prize: Winner – Roger Walker, Runner Up – Pete Train
  • John Brownhills: Winners: Christian Townsend and Darren Oldknow
  • Runners Up: Paul Eveson and Gordon Kells
  • 1950 Trophy: Brandon Haslam
  • Order Of Merit: Brandon Haslam
  • Presidents Putter: Dan Bennett
  • Scratch Matchplay: Winner – Dan Bennett, Runner Up – Adam Glew
  • Stroyan Cup: Roger Walker
  • Oakes Cup: Alex Baugh
  • Searson Cup: Gary Griffiths
  • Silkstone Cup: Chris Brooks
  • Speeds Trophy: Andrew Burnham
  • Stroyan Medal: Nigel Smith
  • Handbury Trophy: Roger Walker
  • Morewood Cup: Kev Rawson
  • Yeomans Cup: Dan Bennett and Adam Glew
  • Mark Strange Trophy: Lee Morgan and Gary Griffiths
  • Air Ambulance Trophy – Dave Hallott
  • Veterans Cup: Mick Pollicott

  • Octogenarians Trophy: Mackay Duff
  • Scratch Cup: Div 2: Bob Gascoigne, Div 3: Dave Hallott, Div 4: Steve Heenan
  • Second Division Cup: Graham Boyd
  • Rabbits Salver: Gary Crompton
  • Crickmore Salver: Steve Heenan
  • Armistice Day Medal: Dave Haywood
  • Ernest Goodwin Trophy: Gordon Swain
  • Centenary Salver: Div 1 – Dave Rhodes, Div 2 – John Spencer
  • March Medal: Div 1 – Stan Munks, Div 2 – Brandon Haslam
  • April Medal: Div 1 – Wyn Avery, Div 2 – Brandon Haslam
  • First Division Medal: Mark Toplis
  • MacMilan Spoon: Brandon Haslam
  • June Medal: Div 1 – Dave Housley, Div 2 – Gordon Allsop
  • September Medal: Div 1 – Mark Beastall, Div 2 – Dave Hallott
  • September Extra Medal: Div 1 – Brandon Haslam, Div 2 – John Bennett
  • Holes In One: Peter Train, John Spencer, John Lawrence, Paul Eveson, Peter Duric, Eric Wilkinson, Alan Beastall

Photos above show some of the dinner attendees as well as some of the winners of multiple prizes, Roger Walker, Dan Bennett and Brandon Haslam, (with Captain Dereck Martin.)

Clubhouse refurbishment

Clubhouse Refurbishment

During the past 24 months the Golf Club has been fundraising.

During the 2017-18 Captains year, Trevor Parrett and Olivia Dowling raised some £4,000 which was donated to the Derbyshire Autism Service and during this 2018-19 year Captains Dereck Martin and Ellie Bennett focused their efforts on putting monies raised back into the golf course recently enabling various pieces of equipment to be purchased.

From the 2017 fund there was an element retained which has now been put towards some new sofas in the Clubhouse. Additionally, during 2018 the Social Committee has held various fundraising events with a view to also updating the fixtures and fittings in the Clubhouse too.

So, in addition to the recently delivered sofas, this weekend new blinds have now been fitted in the Clubhouse, (thank you Dave Gould for your time). As money becomes available through this year’s fund raising efforts there are plans to undertake further work such as new curtain surrounds, updated central heating covers and perhaps new carpeting too.

We would ask our Members to please keep supporting your Social Committee as they work towards achieving these goals.

2019 Fixtures published

2019 Fixtures published.

On this website we will be putting a copy of our 2019 fixture book when it has been printed over the next few weeks. However, in the meantime the current list is uploaded into our Calendar.

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 will be able to ‘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

Celebration of Christmas

Celebration of Christmas Concert

Our annual Christmas themed concert took place at the Clubhouse yesterday, (11th December).

This year we invited local choir Amber Valley Voices to perform. With almost 40 of their members participating; the Clubhouse, admittedly not the biggest, was full from front to back!

We were entertained to a range of Seasonal songs in a first half which lasted nearly 45 minutes. During the interval, when complementary mulled wine and mince pies were served, the Club Grand Christmas Raffle was drawn with nearly 70 prizes on offer.

The choir were warmly welcomed back to perform a second half of popular carols which the audience were encouraged to participate.

Another great evening at the Club, thanks going to the Captain and Ladies section for the donation of the refreshments. Thanks too to those who purchased tickets and donated prizes for the raffle, the proceeds of which are going towards Clubhouse refurbishments.

Christmas Shotgun Competition

Christmas Shotgun Competition

The course was filled this morning, (4th December) for the annual midweek Golf Club Christmas Pairs competition. The shotgun start, organised by the Seniors section was delayed by 30 minutes to let the frost thaw a bit and open to all members to join in.

An extra challenge was that it was the first day of using the winter tees and fairway mats, but despite this the course played really well in dry but cool weather. The teams all finished around the same time and congregated back at the clubhouse for an excellent three course Christmas meal.

Afterwards the main prizes, wine hampers and spirits, were presented by the Seniors Captain John Carpenter.

The winners were:
1st : Keith Hopkinson and Terry Taylor (42pts)
2nd : Ian Cook and Alan Bramley (41pts)
3rd : Bob Batterick and Ken Montague (41pts)
There were three other teams also on 41pts, so a close game all round.

Nearest the Pin winners: Gordon Kells and Jacob Smith.

It was a great day and fine atmosphere in the club afterwards. Thanks to
the organisers and caterers for making the event run smoothly as always.

Christmas meal and Magician

Christmas meal and Magician

The Christmas spirit has arrived early at the Golf Club this year: A three course meal with a magician to entertain the guests at their tables has set the scene for December.

John Scott Mansfield delivered his clever sleight of hand tricks to a fascinated  room of Members and friends. From card tricks to disappearing coins and making elastic bands appear to pass through each other, we are all taken in with his skill.

Congratulations go to Steve Slater, Donna Clay and their staff for providing an excellent meal with attentive service. Many a guest enthused about the quality, the Christmas Pudding was especially commented upon.

Well done to Pat Allen who organised the evening and thanks to all who supported her in putting on a night to remember.

The pictures below show some of the guests who attended the night.