Rider Cup '2019' rerun in 2020!

'2019' Rider Cup rerun in 2020

The eighth annual running of the Seniors Rider Cup competition was completed today. Traditionally run in November as a three day end of season event; wet weather at the close of last year meant it was not possible to play at that time.

Rather than see the event be missed for a year, it was decided to attempt to play it as early as possible this year. Due to the course conditions, day 1 was not played as it was ‘carry only’, but the last two days were completed without a hitch on 21st and 23rd January.

After Tuesday’s four ball and foursomes games, the team from Nottinghamshire, captained by Clive Natrass, held a slender 1 point lead over the Derbyshire team to take into today’s 13 singles games.

For some reason; recently the Derbyshire team always seem to play well in the singles and today was no different with them winning 8 of the ties to just manage fall over the line 19.5 to 17.5 winners, enabling Captain Trevor Parrett to take the trophy for Derbyshire for the first time since 2014.

After the matches the teams enjoyed a great two course carvery lunch in the Clubhouse. Thanks go the Steve and Sharron Slater plus their team for the food and service.

Congratulations goes to all who organised and participated in the golf, it was a very sociable and friendly couple of days played in the right spirit.

Let’s hope the weather plays ball in November to enable to 2020 event to run to schedule.

Course maintenance

Golf Course Maintenance

We reported last month about the appointment of our new Head Greenkeeper, Alex Roberts. Well, he’s been in position for nearly a month now and we are pleased to report on the developments he’s been responsible for setting in motion.

Working alongside greenkeeper Seb Tysall, Chairman of Greens Roger Foster plus numerous volunteers from our Membership a substantial volume of course improvements have been achieved.

With weather conditions being slightly better recently the course has been tidied up and put into shape with definition achieved by cutting fairways, tees, rough, greens, aprons and collars.

Other priorities are the new par 5 (3rd), on which 3 new tees are required and one has been constructed and the competition tee will be next.

The plan above shows the new layout of the course with the position of the par 5 3rd and 13th holes. See also the pictures below of the tee work plus some others from around the course, can you figure out where they are taken?

We would also like to mention that we are currently advertising for an apprentice greenskeeper to join our team. The ad can be viewed on the National Government Apprenticeship website www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship.

Christmas Concert

Annual Christmas Concert 

Amber Valley Voices returned to the Golf Club for a second year, last night, (17th December), and gave us a wonderful Christmas themed musical concert.

With space for only some of their large local choir, 40 singers gave us nearly two hours of festive songs and poems. Performing to a full room they kept the gathered crowd well and truly entertained.

The traditional complementary mulled wine and mince pies were provided by the Ladies golf section and the Captains at the half time interval, thanks goes to them.

Additionally the Grand Christmas raffle was drawn with over 50 prizes on offer. We were pleased that some of the choir participated and also took away some of the spoils.

Thank you to all who attended, performed, purchased raffle tickets and donated prizes and food. The proceeds of the raffle, around £500, will go towards further Clubhouse refurbishment.

New Head Greenkeeper

New Head Greenkeeper

Welcome to Alex Roberts. our new Head Greenkeeper, starting at Alfreton next Monday, (16th December). He is a local man, living Swanwick and we asked him for some details of who he is and what he likes, he says:

“I am delighted to be appointed as Head Greenkeeper at Alfreton Golf Club. I have been green keeping for 10 years now, starting my career at Shirland Golf Club, working my way up to Head Greenkeeper. In 2016 I joined Horsley Lodge as Deputy Head Greenkeeper.

I am a proactive motivated individual who is determined to achieve. I currently hold an NVQ Level 2 and Level 3 diploma in sports turf, spraying licences, chainsaw licences and first aid at work. I am currently studying towards a foundation degree in sports turf management, and I am an ambassador and scholar for the R&A.

I am a family man that loves spending time with my daughter and fiancé. In my spare time I enjoy a round of golf and am a season ticket holder at Derby County”

We all welcome Alex and look forward to his time at our Club.

Check out this link for more details about our Greenkeeping staff.

Christmas Dinner Dance 2019

Golf Club Christmas Dinner Dance

The Golf Club annual dinner dance was held yesterday, (Sat 7th) comprising a three course meal with entertainment from local singer Robbie H. He entertained the packed clubhouse after their food with initially a Frank Sinatra style set followed by some more upbeat Motown songs to get many of the guests onto the dance floor.

Congratulations go to Steve Slater and his well drilled team who provided an excellent meal with attentive service. Many a guest passed positive comments about both the quality of the salmon main course and the home made lemon meringue pie.

Well done to Pat Allen who organised the event again and thanks goes to all who supported her in putting on yet another great night out at the Club.

The pictures below show some of the guests who attended the night and some of the hard working staff too.

Christmas Shotgun Competition 2019

Golf Club Christmas Competition 2019

The course was filled today, (3rd December) for the annual Golf Club Christmas Pairs competition. It was a morning shotgun start organised by the Seniors section and open to all members over the age of 55.

Considering the recent wet weather the course played well in bright and sunny weather. Well done to the green keepers for getting the course ready for the Members and their guests. The teams all finished around the same time and congregated back at the clubhouse for an excellent two course Christmas meal after which the prizes were awarded and the raffle was drawn.

The main prizes, Christmas hampers and wine, were presented by Dave Evans and Brent Ridley.

The winners were:
1st: Gary Crompton and Dave King (43pts)
2nd: Keith Hopkinson and Peter Labas (43pts)
3rd: Alan Bramley and Alan Beastall (42pts)
4th: Stu and Phil Walters (42pts)

Nearest the Pin winners: Dave King and Stan Munks.

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.

Ladies Presentation Dinner 2019

Ladies Presentation Dinner 2019

Prize giving time for the Ladies section at the Club was last friday evening. The seasons winners were recognised at the annual presentation dinner, with trophies being given out by Lady Captain Ellie Bennett. Helen Labas and Martine Morrision  (Mr Captain and Vice Captains wives) were welcome guests alongside social members of the Club.

There were a number of 9 and 18 hole stableford and medal competitions held through the season from March through to September. In addition there were trophies awarded to the following:

  • Gilbert Cup: Ann Eley
  • Centenary Lady: Bev Housley
  • Parkin Trophy, Div 1: Debbie Matthews
  • Parkin Trophy, Div 2: Bev Gould
  • Presidents Trophy: Anthea Thompson
  • Betty Cockerill Trophy: Ellie Bennett
  • Golden Putter: Olivia Dowling
  • Scratch Cup: Denise Chapman
  • Morewood Cup: Ann Eley
  • Centenary Salver: Ellie Bennett
  • Ford Trophy: Bev Housley
  • Millennium Trophy: Wendy Gascoigne
  • Llewellyn Cup: Ann Eley

  • Millennium Trophy: Wendy Gascoigne
  • Llewellyn Cup: Ann Eley
  • Rose Bowl: Ann Eley
  • Royston Trophy: Ann Eley
  • Meg Nelson Trophy: Bev Gould (Most improved player)
  • Air Ambulance: Ann Eley
  • Ping 4BBB: Bev Housley and Bev Gould
  • EGWA Medal: Ann Eley
  • Martlew Trophy: Anthea Thompson and John Lawrence
  • Mixed Knockout: Denise Chapman and  Pete Gould
  • Hardwick Bowl: Val Sharpe and Phil Bennett

A special mention should also go to the Ladies Bronze team who won the County Inter Club foursomes knockout Competition this season, the squad each received a memento to mark their success.

New Flexible Membership

New Flexible Membership

Did you know that you can now join Alfreton Golf Club for only £260 per year as a flexible PlayMoreGolf Member?

Play More Golf Logo - Alfreton Golf Club Offer

Our flexible points based PlayMoreGolf membership category is designed for the infrequent golfer. It’s clear that one of the biggest reasons for not joining a golf club is simply you not being able to play enough golf to warrant the price of a full Membership.

This new category will enable you to gain or keep an official handicap, play in selected Club competitions and have full access to the Club’s facilities.

For £260, (plus £17 for Derbyshire and England Golf Union fees), you will receive 80 points which are deducted as and when you play golf. The course is available to you 7 days per week via our online booking system and you can bring friends to play too. You will also gain access to more than 200 PlayMoreGolf courses around the UK.

Our new flexible membership is perfect for new to golf beginners looking to join a Club for the first time, and for golfers with limited opportunities to play.

The amount of points you use each round is governed by peak and off-peak times of the day. Details of the points each time you play can be viewed on our matrix when you click the links (buttons) below.

Seniors 2019 AGM and Prize giving

Seniors 2019 AGM and Prize Giving

The Seniors section ‘end of year’ prizes were awarded today at Alfreton Golf Club, Thursday 21st November, when they held their Annual General Meeting.

They reviewed another successful season having played interclub matches across the County as well as a numerous in house Club competitions that ran from January through to October.

Seniors Treasurer, David Evans reported on other general aspects of the Club’s operation and after a well attended buffet, prizes were awarded to the season’s winners, they were:

AM-AM Comp: Clive Natrass, Alwyn Brooks, Terry Hamp and Alan Keeling

Yellow Ball Comp: Trev Haslam, John Spencer, Dick Easter and Keith Hopkinson

Voucher ‘Pairs’: Terry Gregory and Gordon Kells

Texas Scramble: Ian Cooke and Robin Green

Birks Haywood Trophy: Paul Eveson and Clive Natrass

Div 1 Shield: Gordon Kells

Div 2 Shield: Colin Haywood

3 Clubs and a Putter: Colin Haywood

Ray Sunderland Plate: Ken Montague

Ted Griffiths Trophy: Colin Haywood

Roger Bostock Trophy: Brent Ridley

Peter Fisher Trophy: Martin McCarthy

Winter Eclectic: Gordon Kells

Captain vs Vice Captain: Brent Ridley

Pairs Knockout: Gordon Kells and Dereck Martin

Individual Knockout: John Clarke

The pictures below show some of the prize winners being presented with their trophies by Brent Ridley.

Music Quiz Night

Music Quiz Night

Pete Gould’s regular annual music quiz took place last friday evening at the Club. As requested he made it more straight forward this year and many of the room full of teams were still in with a chance of winning as the last round started.

Ably supported by his wife Kate, the questions were enthusiastically answered by the teams with only the odd element of dissension to his answers!

Congratulations to the winning team lead by past Captain Trevor Parrett supported by wife Linda and guests. Runners up were the current Lady Captain, Ellie Bennett with her 6 person team. A special mention going to the Captain, Pete Labas and Vice Captain’s team who came third with just three in their squad!

Thanks goes to Pete and Kate for taking the time to set up and run the quiz and also to Steve and the catering team for the food, including the tasty lamb stew in the interval.

Firework Party

Bonfire and Fireworks

Saturday 2nd November saw the second Golf Club Bonfire and Fireworks night. Despite the wet weather earlier in the day, it was dry enough for the event to go ahead and there were plenty of visitors and Members who came along to enjoy the evening.

The bonfire was lit around 6.00 with a 30 minute firework display commencing at 7.00. Traditional food was on offer in the Clubhouse which kept the visitors warm and afterwards there was a disco in the main room.

Well done to Steve and his staff for organising another great night out at the Club.

Winter four ball offers

Winter Fourball golfing offer.

Check out the details below of our Winter golfing offer including coffee and a bacon cob. Available from November through to next March.

The link also gives more details.

Winter Membership

NEW Winter Membership Offer 

Check out the details below, of our Winter Membership offer. Available from 1st November, APPLY NOW.

Junior season review

Junior Season Review

Another successful junior season drew to a close yesterday, with the annual awards ceremony at the Clubhouse. This was well supported by mums, dads and grandparents, with Lady Captain Ellie Bennett kindly presenting the prizes.

A big shout out of thanks goes to our Organisers Di Riley and Martyn Baraclough along with everyone else who has supported the Junior section throughout the year.

Prize winners were:

Junior Award: Josh Brewer
Skills for Life Medal: Thomas Brown
Silver Award: Josh Brewer, Thomas Brown
Bronze Award: Izzy Turner
September Award: Lexi Gascoigne and Rylan Greig
Future Tour: Charlie Burnham Josh Brewer, Thomas Brown and Izzy Turner
Improvers of the year: Lexi Gascoigne, Rylan Greig, Harry Arnold, Regan Morton, Abbie Hunt, Maggie Sharpe, Seb Bowater
Youngest Girl: Grace Allsopp
Youngest Boy: Joseph Viles
Trigolf: Jessica Brewer

We are all very proud of our Junior programme that has seen four youngsters representing our Club on the Derbyshire Futures Tour.
Charlie Burnham came joint second in the Under 11s, Josh Brewer came third in the under 10s, Thomas Brown participated in the Under 8s and lets not forget Izzy Turner representing the girls, she came 5th in the under 9s.
See the picture below of the lads collecting their certificates last weekend at Breadsall Priory.

No team is complete without their leaders, so in addition to Diana and Martyn we mustn’t forget our Junior Captain Brandon Haslam. As one of 9 Young Golf Ambassadors in Derbyshire he sets a fabulous example for the young golfers to follow.

This month he came runner up in the Derbyshire Schools Matchplay competition. Playing the number 1 seed Molly Campbell at Matlock in worsening conditions which at one point suggested that the match may have to be postponed, he was 5 down but as they continued Brandon then won 11, 14 and 15 to reduce the deficit to just 2 holes.
A 9 iron to 6 feet on 16 though, gave Molly the luxury of 2 putts for the title which she duly took.

The match was played in a great spirit, and Brandon in particular must be commended for the part he played. Even when 5 down he was always supportive of Molly, a spirit he had shown in the quarter finals, when he had offered his opponent the use of his towel even when the match was in sudden death. he certainly sets a great example.

It’s been a great year all round, so if your youngster is interested in looking at golf as a sport. Make a note to contact us in the spring and come along as give us a try.



County Interclub Foursomes win again!!

County Inter Club Foursomes win - again!

For the second year in a row, Alfreton ladies played some great golf on 27th Sept to win the final of the Derbyshire Golf Inter Club Foursomes Competition.

This year it was our Bronze team that took the spoils playing versus Matlock at the neutral venue of Chevin Golf Club.

The team of Sue Bennett, Anthea Thompson, Bev Housley and Bev Gould have done Club proud.

It was a close and tense match with Anthea and Sue winning their game 1 up and the ‘two Bevs’ halving their game.

In addition to the team who represented the Club today, we musn’t forget Val Sharpe who dropped in to last weeks semi when Bev Housley was unavailable.

Following Debbie Matthews’ success in winning the past Derbyshire Captains Autumn competition yesterday securing the Jubilee and Keenan Cups, it’s been a great season for ladies of Alfreton.