Question & Answers
Q - Locker room toilets.... are they open or closed
A - CLOSED members should not be using them. Lockerrooms are for club storage only until further notice. In order to have toilets and wash facilities open we would need to clean and sanitise touch points every 30 mins throughout the day. Members should not enter locker rooms without a mask.
Q - is the rule of arriving on tee no more than 10 mins before time still in place, I say this because the congregating of people around the lockerrooms at lunch time Saturday was shocking and for me not safe?
A - Yes - golfers should arrive via pro shop entrance to the tee no more than 10 mins before their allocated time.
Q - has the club sold land to the left of 1st tee behind practice net?
A - NO Brian at Daft as a Brush used the area for celebration of his historic walk, they have donated and are planting blue bells in the little wood area which will look very pleasing on the eye.
Q - What is the committee thoughts as to future clubhouse strategy?
A - Decision made following report from club management and treasurer that we work towards a plan when no 'private functions' will be required. This involves the continued success of the Bistro resturant which is a 'so far so good' feature. Midweek funerals will continue but in the long term to eliminate the need for functions would be most welcome. This includes provision to ensure golf members have seating following their golf and on other occastions.
Q - Will the winter course be the same as last year?
A - No there will be some changes that will make the course a real test and enjoyable challenge during the winter months. Hole 4 tee for example as long as weather allows wil move into the woods and present a completley different par 4. Hole 5 will also provide something rather different as we look to protect summer tees. becoming a par 3 stroke index 2 for the men and a shorter par 4 for ladies. As always we attempt to provide golfers with a true test and enjoyable winter golf experience.
Q - why is there no FedEx this winter?
A - it is a time consuming operation, the competitions sub-committee have come up with a great alternative with full program of competiions including an order of merit and eclectic
Q - heard a rumour that we are over subscribed with members is this the case and lots more to join?
A - no 'fake news'. The committee at the last meeting decided that we need to remain well within the articles of association figure of 650. We have taken some new 18month members taking us to 602, we are also pleased to say that we have a good group of GIG (get into golf members) who have a membership until April that allows them to play after 2pm on non competition days. The ladies section particularly are making great efforts to develop these new members as they start off in golf.
Q - will honours boards ever go up?
A - Great question, the project pre-covid was taken on by the competitions sub-committee. All of the boards are complete and ready to be installed in the old pro shop where you may of noticed is free of pictures for this very reason. With a volunteer stepping up the boards should be up in the next couple of weeks.
Q - im a golfer not a bistro diner!!! is there a way I can not get these emails?
A - By now golfers know there is a bistro if they so choose to use it, the notifications will go primarily to 'bistro' customers and to social members.
Winter Competitions Update
The Weekday and Weekend winter sweeps are now underway and open to men and women. Entry fee is £2 with an optional twos and back 9 sweep.
The Prize money each week is split: 80% to the weekly winners, with 10% going to a pot for those finishing with the best end of season overall eclectic, and 10% going to a pot for those finishing with the most Order of Merit points.
Order of Merit Points are awarded to the top 20 positions in each weekly sweep.
A player’s eclectic score takes your best score on each hole with a handicap allowance of one half of your new World Handicap System handicap (once they are available).
We plan to distribute the end of season Order of Merit and Eclectic prizes as follows: 1st (40% of the pot), 2nd (30%), 3rd (20%) and 4th (10%).
Full results and prizes, including up to date Order of Merit and Eclectic league tables for all players, are available on the website at: https://www.cityofnewcastlegolfclub.com/competition-results-and-analysis/
60 AND OVER WINTER SWEEP
In response to feedback from some members who would like the opportunity to play more than one competitive weekday round we are re-introducing the 60 and Over sweep for winter.
It will be open to men and women, and will take place each Thursday, starting on 29th October.
Entry will be via the HowDoIDo app with the usual fallback options to enter in the Pro Shop or by emailing the competition team at firstname.lastname@example.org before teeing off.
The entry fee will be £1.
Note that there will be two competitions for those aged 60 and over on Thursday’s and it’s your choice which one to enter before you tee off.
Just in case anyone has missed the notice, Preferred Lies came into operation from Monday 5th October. Players can prefer their lies on the fairway, the semi rough and bunkers, by replacing the ball within 6 inches of the original position, no nearer the hole. Players can optionally use a mat on the fairway or semi-rough. Players CANNOT prefer lies in the plantation areas or thick rough. The full definition is available on the club website news items and in the locker rooms.
Unfortunately, Club V1 / HowDidIDo have not made team competitions available using the HowDidIDo app. Once they are available we will introduce a full range of winter team competitions. The next Olivers competitions will take place on the weekend 7th / 8th November.
ANY QUESTIONS ON COMPETITIONS
Please contact the competition team at email@example.com
Christmas at the City!
Bookings are now being taken for Christmas in our bistro.
For more information and to view the menu, please click here https://www.cityofnewcastlegolfclub.com/christmas-at-the-city
It is with much regret that we have to inform you that Joan Mitchell has passed away. Joan was a much valued member of our club. She played golf with us when she was well into her nineties, and came along to support the ladies section, when she could not play herself. She was an inspirational lady, who will be sorely missed.
Winter Competitions Update
We’ve introduced new winter sweeps as a simpler alternative to the FedEx competition, with a clearer prize structure which players can dip in and out of and play at any time they wish. We are also confident that we can continue with this format through Covid restrictions, with straight forward score entry using the HowDidIDo app.
WEEKDAY WINTER SWEEPS, open to men and women, will take place Monday to Friday during the winter period, starting Monday 5th October. The format is singles stableford, from yellow and red tees. Players are limited to one competition entry each week (Monday to Friday). Entry fee is £2 per round, and there are optional 2s and back 9 sweeps.
Sign in and score entry will use the HowDidIDo app, just as we have during summer. Players must sign in using the app on the day they are playing, prior to teeing off, and return their score using the app shortly after finishing their round. Players can not sign in on one day, and then play on another day. As in summer, fallback arrangements will be available should players have a problem signing in before they have played or returning their score after their round: either at Pro’s Shop or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEEKEND WINTER SWEEPS will take place each weekend (apart from the first weekend of each month when the Olivers is played). The format and arrangements will be the same as the Weekday Winter Sweep, with players limited to one competition round over the weekend.
RESULTS / PRIZES: Prizes will be awarded to the leading players of both the Weekday and Weekend Sweeps for each week, and there will be additional prizes for overall winter Weekday and Weekend Order of Merit and Eclectic leaders. Live scoreboards will not be available for these multi day competitions, and we will endeavour to publish the weekday results on a Friday evening and the weekend results on a Sunday evening. We will publish all results, including regular updates on the overall Order of Merit and Eclectic leaderboards on the competition results website: https://www.cityofnewcastlegolfclub.com/competition-results-and-analysis/
COURSE CONDITIONS: It is probable that course conditions will change during the period at short notice. For example, winter tees or greens may be introduced or withdrawn at short notice to reflect changing weather conditions. But this will not impact the running of the competitions – the winner will be the highest points total regardless of the course set up.
WINTER HANDICAPPING: The winter handicapping arrangements will be much simpler, due the introduction of the World handicapping System which no longer support winter handicaps.
As we have now introduced preferred lies on the fairway, semi-rough and bunkers, all competitions will now not count for handicapping purposes, and there will be no automatic handicap reductions or increases while preferred lies are in operation across the fairways, semi-rough and bunkers.
WORLD HANDICAPPING SYSTEM: A reminder that the World Handicapping System commences on Monday, November 2nd. We have provided a link to the further details on the change at
We will provide further updates as we approach November 2nd. We expect to play some WHS singles qualifier competitions in March, once the course conditions start to improve, and preferred lies are removed..
TEAMS COMPETITIONS: Once the Club V1/HowDidIDo apps support pairs and teams competitions we aim to reintroduce a series of winter pairs and teams competitions to supplement the Winter Sweeps.
OLIVERS: Although the weather was very poor over the weekend, the course held up well, and the Olivers was completed with 54 pairs playing. Congratulations to Vic and Andy Elliott who won with a score of 11 up, and qualify for the final on 28th March.
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