Question & Answers
Q - Realise we did a lot of work on the greens last year and hoping we will see the rewards this season. Can you tell me if there are any plans for similar work during this season?
A - We have received some early indications with some indicative costings........ the work will not be as aggressive but we do need to carry out a sand injection at least once. We also need to carry out some other greens work that reaches a little deeper than the injection works at the end of the season. Ideally we also would like to continue to improve the bunkers. We will also need to carry on with the 3 weekly cycle of additional greens maintenance that we adopted last season.
That being said at this moment in time the treasurer is rigorously looking at the budget due to some issues arising from the AGM. Unfortunately there could be some impact on planned works. More information will be provided in the near future with a full update for the members on the situation and impact on course plans.
Q - Was on the course today and noticed the area to right of 2nd green has been dug up and now gur, what has happened here and why?
A - At some stage in the recent years rubber mats were laid in the said area and grass allowed to grow through the matting. The area has never recovered and advice tells us that it never will unless all 20-25 mats were dug out and ground repaired and turf relaid. Please be mindful of this area when you are playing the hole.
Q - Wondering if we could have a bin on every tee? Ive found myself picking up a lot of empty bottles and rubbish that have been discarded, perhaps extra bins would help?
A - Its a good point and we will certainly look into the options, thanks for the tip off.
Q - Bit concerned about the three new tees, will they be ready for the season as the weather has certainly hindered the progress?
A - You are correct, we are disappointed to be behind on this work. Two of the tees are ready for turf and the 12th will hopefully be ready by the end of next week. The turf will arrive at the back end of the week and lads will move straight onto this as a matter of urgency.
Q - I noticed the greenkeeper marking a line down the left hand side of the 18th, what is that all about?
A - Further to the course rating and some queries we are digging a small ditch on the edge of the rough, this will then define the out of bounds. White posts will be placed in the ditch and the rule will be that if you are in or beyond the ditch you are out of bounds.
Q - What happened at the weekend with regards to is it open or is it closed! We woke up finding that the website said closed on Sunday only later to find out it was actually Open?
A - The greenkeeper on duty regrettably failed to change the website status, there was an issue with the answer phone which was beyond his control. We have changed the website setting so that the course status will only change if and when it is amended from the previous day. In the event of no update being made at least you will be able to see that no update has been logged and can then either call the course condition line or the pro shop to double check.
The issue with phone is that it is an answer phone setup, members tend to press the option and not hang up. This then clogs up the message box and the greenkeeper is unable to change the message. We have an engineer coming out to try and alter the system to remove the problem that we have. Apologies to all who were frustrated by the system this weekend.
Q - What are the rules with entry into the fedex? Can you pay money afterwards?
A - You must fill in the entry sheet and pay the £1 before your round. We cant run the risk of someone having a bad round and then just not paying the entry etc. If you so happen to play before the shop opens then please fill in your name on the sheet in the locker room.
Q - Where do we now get updates on course conditions please?
A - The telephone answer phone is updated after early morning inspection at approx 7.30-7.45am. The website is also updated on Course Conditions, the office will when possible send an email out but this is not always possible.
Q - Why has the category prizes been changed in the fedex?
A - This was the one area that was left to discretion of management, the amount in category's means that it makes more sense to cut to 3 cats, 0-9, 10-18, 19-28 for this next week. This will be reviewed on a weekly basis.
Q - Why are holes being closed at times when there is a midweek Fedex comp on?
A - Work to the course in winter takes priority 100%, we are making some really good changes this winter and the greens staff are being given priority as we plan for the season ahead. In the event that a hole is closed and a golfer has paid his entry and mid round the golfer will automatically recieve 2 points for that hole.
Q - Ive missed first few weeks of the fedex, is there any point in entering?
A - The main prize is the weekly comp, with 40% of entry going to winner and then balance to the category's. A £1 entry means this is well worth entering!
Q - Why is the practice net closed?
A - Unfortunately an individual who will not be named was spotted crossing the ropes and walking straight over the maintained tee area. Shame but the nature of the beast. However, watch this space for some improvements on the practise ground in next couple of weeks.
Q - How are the winter team competitions handicaps adjusted?
A - Same process as last year....... 1st Place = Cat1 0.5. Cat2 1.0. Cat3 1.5. Cat4 2.0. 2nd Place = Cat1 0.3. Cat2 0.6. Cat3 0.9. Cat4 1.2. 3rd Place = Cat1 0.2. Cat2 0.4, Cat3 0.6, Cat4 0.8.
Q - Are there handicap lifts in the winter?
A - In the fedex there are 0.1 lifts applied weekly where required.
Junior Fund Raising
As we continue to raise funds for the Junior Section we have our second promotion....
WIN TWO TICKETS FOR THE PLATINUM CLUB AT ST JAMES PARK FOR THE NEWCASTLE V MANCHESTER UNITED MATCH ON 11TH FEBRUARY.
NUMBERS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM THE PRO SHOP AND THE BAR AT A COST OF £2/NUMBER. THE DRAW WILL BE MADE AS SOON AS THE NUMBERS ARE ALLOCATED. WITH ONLY 100 NUMBERS UP FOR GRABS THE CHANCES OR WINNING OR MUCH INCREASED.
Seniors Xmas Cup Cancelled
Due to the existing and likely continued trolley ban the Seniors Xmas Cup on Thrusday has been cancelled.
The event will now take place on Thursday 4th January between 9am-10am.
Sunday 17th December - 4BBB Twister Fun Competition.
- Better Ball Stableford with Twists
- 90% Handicap allowance
- Hole 5 - Both players points count
- Hole 10 - You must use your partners tee shot, then continue to play as normal until the ball is holed.
- Hole 15 - Greensomes Format; Both players tee off, choose a drive and then play alternate shots until the ball finds the hole. Strokes will be awarded based on the highest handicap player from the pair.
- Hole 18 - 'Reverse Scramble' Both players tee off, the worst shot is chosen. Both players take a second shot and again the worst shot must be used, this process continues until the ball is in the hole. In the event of a debate the cross partners will have the final decision. Strokes will be awarded based on the highest handicap player from the pair.
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU MUST SIGN INTO THE COMPETITION USING THE USUAL TERMINALS. HOWEVER, SCORE CARDS MUST SIMPLY BE PUT INTO THE BOX ON COMPLETION OF YOUR ROUND.
PLEASE NOTE THAT FROM THIS WEEK UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE THE PRIZE SPLIT WILL BE AS FOLLOWS:
1ST PLACE 40% UP TO MAX OF £50
BEST IN CAT 20% OVER 3 CATEGORIES WHICH WILL BE 0-9, 10-18, 19-28
PLEASE NOTE THAT IN THE EVENT THAT A HOLE HAS BEEN TEMP CLOSED DUE TO WORKS, A FEDEX PLAYER WILL AUTOMATICALLY SCORE 2 POINTS ON THAT HOLE.