Question & Answers
Q - Whats next with greens?
A - Today (Monday) all greens were treated with fertilizer which will help the recovery of the sand injection lines.
Q - Rough seems a little long in places compared to normal, is this deliberate?
A - The lads are on catch up after a extremely busy yet short week last week, the main rough should get a trim this week. There are areas that are out of play that will not be cut as often as we create time for greens work etc.
Q - I noticed some tee positions that were literally just in front of a freshly repaired area!! does this not defeat the purpose.
A - 100% correct, we have a strategy this season with tee box management. On one day this last week this went a little 'pear shaped'. This has been rectified.
Q - Why is there blue tees on the course and can I use them?
A - they are there as an option to those who would prefer a shorter round/ quicker round/ beginners. Just another option for members.
Q - Why do we not have a pro sweep/comp on the alt day on weekend?
A - Just down to members, if they would like an extra comp then we have no problem providing this opportuinity. Last summer we had a number of 4bbb sweeps and singles stableford on alt day but at times were not very well supported. If this is something you would like please email the club at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q - Some of the greens seem to be a bit discoloured on edges, any idea why?
A - Many of the greens are being enlarged back to their former shapes, this will take a bit of time but will close the gap between bunkers and greens on many holes.
Q - If we do have additional functions in the clubhouse will additional monies be used to improve the course?
A - For sure, we are first and foremost a golf course and our aim is to keep improving the course as quickly and professionally as is possible. There is so much to do and it really is all about the funding, we know exactly what we have to do to improve we just need the budget. Any additional funding from whatever stream will make its way into the budget where 'greens' will always be high on the priority list.
Q - Wheres the sheet for entering knockout competitions?
A - You now can enter using the comp sign in terminal in pro shop and clubhouse lobby.
Q - The area in front of 13th tee is the worst on the course, why is this so wet and what is planned to rectify the situation?
A - This you may remember is where the Contractors compound was situated, the ground has been compacted and therefore the water is not draining away as well as we would like. After a meeting with the water authority its was agreed that we initially 'mole plow' the area and see what affect that has, the area will be assessed and possibly additional drainage laid in the spring.
Please note that from Sunday 16th April there will be a new set of tees on the golf course. The tees are blue in colour and will give golfers of all standards a new challenge and option.
- Speed Golf - if you want a quick fly around late in the day these tees are ideal for you
- Less Miles - new tees offer opportunity to continue to enjoy your golf without such a long walk, at 750 yards shorter than the yellow course its ideal
- New to Golf - England Golf are encouraging new golfers to the game, these tees will be ideal for new starters.
- Juniors - for the younger section this will provide greater enjoyment
- Tees will be used from time to time for additional midweek sweeps, over 65's.
The 58th Berkhamsted Trophy
Well done to Alex Dixon who made the cut today in the prestigious Berkhamsted Trophy today, he needs to get a wiggle on over the weekend to make an impression!! Go low Dixon lad!!!
After some mind coaching in the last 12hrs Dixon hit 1 under to move up the leader board on day 3.
In other news Phil Ridden & Mark Wharton start City's Defense of the inter county foursomes today at Longhirst v Foxton Hall.... the latest is that the boys are 2 down after 14 but we are in tight on 15!!!! so fingers crossed. Result will be posted later.
Good effort but lads go out to Alnmouth.
Preferred Lies on fairways only from Friday 31st March 2017.
‘Preferred lies’ is the term that means that you as a golf player are allowed to improve your lie without penalty on certain parts of a golf course. It’s a local rule only and is also known as ‘winter rules’. It’s only in effect if you’re informed upon arrival at the golf course.
‘Preferred lies’ means a golfer can lift up the ball (if he or she want to) that is landed on a closely-mown area and move it to improve the ball position, but not closer to the hole. A closely-mown area is any area of the course that is cut to fairway height or less and includes paths cut through the rough and the fringe/apron around the green. If the ball doesn’t lie on a closely-mown area, the player can’t take a preferred lie.
Why does this (local) rule exist?
Imagine a golf course is struck by a very bad drought. Its fairways are baked and there are bare patches of ground in the fairways. Than course management, a committee or the club might invoke the ‘Preferred Lies’ (local) rule so that its golfers can find a good lie in those damaged fairways.
Only than a player is entitled to prefer the lie of their ball. Simply saying “preferred lies in operation” or “winter rules apply” is inadequate. Nor can a player decide himself that the rule is in effect.
How to handle in the situation of a preferred lies?
The position of the ball must be marked first. This can be done with a tee, a pitch fork or e.g. a coin. Than you can lift the ball up and clean it if desired. The ball must then be (re)placed on a spot not nearer to the hole within the area specified e.g. within six inches, a score card-length or perhaps even one club-length (which is for example common on the PGA tour). This distance is decided by the local commission. So it’s best to check it in advance, to avoid an unnecessary penalty of one stroke.
An example of a terrible mistake in such as case you can read in the Funny Golf Facts.
The ball is in play as soon as it’s placed on the ground. If the player picks it up again and moves it, he would incur a penalty stroke for ‘moving his ball in play’.
Preferred Lies and other winter rules are no official Rules of Golf; instead, they are always a local rule.
Winter Open 4BBB Results
Monday 27th March 2017 - Winter Open 4BBB
1st - G Henderson & A Henderson 47points £150.00
2nd - B Scott & B Schofield 46points £ 100.00
3rd - R Ireland & R Woodlock 46points £ 50.00
NEAREST THE PIN WINNER - B Porter
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