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.


Turfing the new tees

Turfing the par 5 tees

Earlier in the the year, we reported on the construction of the four new tees on the par 5; 3rd/13th hole. Today was the day that the turf arrived to be used to finish them off, covering some 500m2 of area!

A call was made last week for volunteers to assist in the labouring to enable the tees to be covered. The skilled work of turf laying was mostly done by greenkeepers Alex, Seb and Harvey, with some assistance from Tony Morgan and Roger Walker. The donkey work of fetching and carrying the turf by the other eager Members.

A big thank you goes to all who assisted this morning, especially in these troubled times. Fresh air and exercise was just the ticket to take your mind off what’s happening in the world, even if it was just for a few hours.

Let’s get some warm rain and sunshine to have the tees looking great for the new season.

Check out some of the other pictures of today’s efforts below.


2020 Lady Captain's Drive In

Lady Captain's Drive In

A big welcome goes to our 2020 Lady Captain, Linda Baston. Having been formally ‘voted in’ at the Ladies AGM last week she had her traditional ‘drive in’ yesterday lunchtime.

It was followed by a social match versus the Vice Captain, Val Sharpe. The match participators were limited somewhat by the recent wet weather meaning that it was ‘carry only’ on the day; the Lady Captain’s team won.

After the game many of the Ladies section gathered in the Clubhouse for an afternoon tea.

We all wish Linda and Val the best of good fortune for their year. It would be remiss of us not to mention a big thank you to the outgoing Captain, Ellie Bennett, who carried out those duties with great success and effectiveness for the past two consecutive years.


Team Building or Society Days at Alfreton Golf Club

Team Building or Society Days

Have you thought about Alfreton Golf Club for a team building event or society day out? We are currently taking bookings from new and returning Golf Societies and Organisations for 2020. Most availability is either on a Monday or during the afternoons on a Tuesday or a 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. We have private room hire available also for meetings.

The style of our course, now recently lengthened to nearly 6,000 yards has 10 holes, (with 18 separate tees), and lends itself to a great social day of golf.

Our layout means that you can play 18 holes in 3-4 hours or perhaps a shorted format of 10 holes in 2 hours or so, giving plenty of time in a day for other activities.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements, we’d be very pleased to welcome you.


New course scorecard

New course scorecards

In line with the new course layout introduced towards the end of last year; we now have our new scorecards in print.

Adding around 500 yards to the ‘old course’, the two new par 5 holes, the 3rd and 13th, provide a new challenge which increases our par to 69 and length to nearly 6000 yards off the gold tees.

For those looking for less of a challenge, the silver and bronze tees course length are 5,600 and 5,300 yards respectively. Come along and give us a try.

With our new Head greenkeeper Alex Roberts now in place since Christmas, despite the wet weather, if you’ve not played Alfreton for a while, you’ll certainly notice the difference.


Mens Presentation Dinner 2020

Mens Presentation Dinner 2020

Friday 21st February saw the annual Mens prize presentation dinner at the Golf Club. Commencing with a four course meal, well prepared and efficiently served by Steve and his staff, we then had speeches from the President Ken Swift, who proposed a toast to Alfreton Golf Club which was responded to by the Vice Captain Billy Morrision.

Billy gave us an amusing insight into how he secured his one and only Club Competition medal win during the season. Let’s hope it’s set him up for more success when he takes over the Captaincy next month.

Afterwards, the season’s winners were recognised and received their trophies, which were handed out by the outgoing Captain Pete Labas.

The evening was enjoyed by the attendees, photos of some are below. Ian Briggs also took photos of the winners which will be printed and on sale later in the month in support of the Captains fundraising pot.


Update your GPS devices

Update your GPS devices

Our course changes, implemented towards the end of 2019, are now available for most of your GPS devices, (Bushnell, Tom Tom, Garmin for example).

We now start on the ‘old 10th’ hole as the new 1st and have the addition of a new par 5 as the 3rd and 13th holes. This should now be visible if you update your devices and re synchronise them.


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. Check out the link for more details.

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?


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.