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Club News

From David Harris, General Manager: The course is going from the strength to strength with our full team now in place and the conditions improving every week which can clearly be seen by many from tee to green. One thing to remind all golfers of is the SSSI which is mainly those longer rough areas at this time of year, we are unable to cut this area but it does help add protection to the course and creates a requirement for more precision golf to be played.  

It is great to finally be back open as normal once again with larger groups of people being able to meet and see each other for the first time properly in over a year. Our wonderful clubhouse can now open up more than ever with our large bifold doors on each side of the bar and restaurant which follow through to the extended patio.   

If you haven’t had a chance to do so, please feel free to come and look around our new clubhouse rooms with Clare where you can hold your own event and utilise the club and our facilities. Please contact [email protected]  

We are blessed to have many PGA professionals associated with us, all of the guys coach and run their own booking systems. They offer various lessons detailed below for FREE which you can sign up too and recommend getting in the quickly to secure your place, these lessons are a great way to meet other members, have fun and get some great advice. If you are looking to improve your game faster then take a look at our professional page and book private lessons. 

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Course News

From Richard Hill, Course ManagerThe golf course held up well during the recent hot spell, and we now head into a cooler week before another forecast hot spell arrives at the start of August. The course hasn’t been this green heading into August in the 14 years I’ve worked at the Club and this means it will be in a great position as we head into the autumn when we are usually looking for it to recover from the scorching summer sun.  

The September overseeding will have an even bigger impact than normal along with the September/October growth flush we usually see. The grass coverage will increase and the health of the fairway turf will greatly improve as its root mass increases. Of course, it depends on what the weather does, but, historically, as we get further away from June 21st, the chance of long, hot summer nights reduces significantly, as do long, hot days. This should leave the cool season grasses to thrive should an Indian summer arrive.  

The new yellow tournament pins and flags have arrived and are now out on the golf course. We have also ordered a 10ft flag to use when the pin is placed towards the back of the 13th green. The new hole cutter is a big upgrade on the previous equipment used to change holes. There are new yardage discs on order and as soon as these arrive, they will be out on the golf course.  

Bill Bolton’s Bar on the 9th tee will also be making a return very soon, just in time for the next forecast hot spell at the start of August. The investment into Hampton Court continues, as we recently took delivery of a spin dresser and are awaiting the delivery of a new green’s mower, all of this helps us to keep improving the course.   

We have some irrigation extensions to make to some tees, these will be taking place on the main 2nd, 5th and 15th tees on July 27th and 28th, again just in time for the next forecast hot spell.  

The changes will help us water more efficiently and gain better coverage over the tee, thus improving the quality of the surface and reducing our water usage. The irrigation run time will also be significantly improved, allowing us to irrigate far more effectively, especially as we now need to find the time to irrigate the 1st and 18th fairways.  

The new additions to the greenkeeping team — Carl and Max — have settled in very well, which has very positive implications all-round as we look to continually improve golf course and the way we work.  

We did not, however, come through July without a mistake. Many of you will have noticed the lines on nearly all the greens. These lines aren’t the result of an oil or hydraulic leak but of a slightly twisted nozzle on the sprayer, which then put out a more concentrated amount of solution. Unfortunately, the errant nozzle was located at the rear of the sprayer, out of sight from the operator. The lines, which are dark in colour due to the iron and seaweed present in the solution, aren’t immediately visible when spraying, which makes it hard for the operator to spot. They will eventually disappear over time as the grass grows it out.  

On a positive note, the team has installed a new drainage system and soakaway in one of the 7th greenside bunkers. This will reduce the amount of time the bunker is waterlogged significantly, and means it will be back in play far sooner after any substantial rainfall. We will also be looking to do the same to a few of the bunkers on the par-3, 8th.  

Clubhouse News

From Clare Twyford, Events ManagerEvery Monday Charity Coffee Mornings – 9.30am – 11.30am   

Join us for the best coffee from The Lost Barn and we will donate £1 from every one purchased to the special charity! This months charities are:

We will also be hosting live music every Thursday night from 7.30pm – 9.30pm throughout August. Booking a table is the best way to reserve spaces and you can do so here: book-a-table. There will be a special food menu will be available on the night and a fully stocked bar! So make sure to get yourself to Hampton Court Palace GC this month!

Competitions News

Well done to everyone in competing in the fourth round of The Race To Le Touquet. The final results are in and congratulations to the winners below: 

  • 1st: Adam Corbett — £75.00 + 80 points + 3 sleeves Srixon AD333 balls + Singha hat 
  • 2nd: Danny Shamhong — £50.00 + 75 points + 2 sleeves Srixon AD333 balls + Singha hat 
  • 3rd: Benny Nur — £25.00 + 72 points + 1 sleeve Srixon AD333 Balls + Singha hat 
  • 4th: Harry McCreanor — £15.00 + 70 points + 1 sleeve Srixon AD333 balls 
  • 5th: Oliver Haine — £10.00 + 68 points + 1 sleeve Srixon AD333 balls 
  • Last Place: Will Edmunds — free 30-minute lesson with Richard Harrison. Please get in touch to book your lesson. 

Please collect your prizes from the office. Money will be added to your members’ card automatically and can be spent at our new online Pro Shop https://www.golfshop.live/. If there is something you cannot find on our website, please use the contact us page, as our team will be able to deliver. 

Please remember to enter for the final round of The Race To Le Touquet — Round 5 is on Saturday, August 7th. The entry fee is £5.00.  

Thanks to Singha for sponsoring The Race To Le Touquet event, they are providing a huge prize to be won for the winners at Le Touquet! 

 

Ross Jones Update

Get Golfing takes the conditioning of all of the golf courses at our sites incredibly seriously. We want to ensure all our members and visitors have the best playing conditions possible. We are also aware that lot’s of our sites have had some large projects taking place on their golf courses, and our Head of Course Maintenance, Ross Jones, here shares a few videos explaining some of the processes the team uses to improve your course.

The work the teams all put in across all the sites to present our courses in such great condition is outstanding. Why not visit our other sites like Warley Park and check out the progress made in person?

Community Outreach

From Stuart Williams, Community Development Officer (Education, SEND and Communities), Get Golfing: Our focus is to utilise our beautiful site and clubhouse to host social engagements ranging from Dementia coffee mornings to school art competitions, music performances to Memory Walks as part of our Community HUB (Helping Unlock Barriers) programme. We want our local communities to feel welcome at all our venues and just meet up with friends and family for great social interactions. 

Joining Get Golfing’s national partnerships and programmes, such as with This Girl Can, NHS Blood and Transplant, The Great Dog Walk Together, we are pleased to announce a partnership with The Alzheimer’s Society and its battle to beat this horrendous disease. 

Taking place in September, you can join us on the day, donate to the charity and enjoy a beautiful stroll around our lovely site that starts and finishes at the clubhouse. The Get Golfing Memory Walk is family and dog friendly, so why not gather a group together and join us for a great cause? 

If you would like to help us run the event by marshalling or serving refreshments as we raise funds to fight this terrible disease, do please get in touch with me here 

There will be more information to come in the September newsletter. 

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Our national partnership with NHS Blood and Transplant continues this month with the recruitment team heading to our Hampton Court Palace site for their awareness campaign on August 14th. They will be visiting Arkley in September and Pyrford Lakes in October. 

Please remember it is about more than just blood, with people also needing stem cells, tissue and platelets. For more information visit NHS Blood and Transplant. 

 

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Girls just wanna have fun: Our Mums & Daughters sessions that have been piloted at our Hertfordshire site took place in beautiful sunshine in July and saw more than 20 ladies and girls having a super session delivered by the coaching team at the Club. This great program creates a great social event that sees everyone making new friends, enjoying hitting it further than mum and finding a new sport that they can enjoy together.  

This Girl Can Get Golfing will be rolled out across all sites in the next 12 months. 

 If you would like more information about Girls Golf Rocks please click on the link- Girls Golf Rocks – England Golf 

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Music is Healing: As part of the Community HUB (Helping Unlock Barriers) programme, Get Golfing is partnering with Music24, which will have free use of a room in the clubhouse at its Hertfordshire club to run its monthly music therapy sessions. 

Music24 is a registered charity offering music therapy and other music-related activities as a creative outlet for people who are socially isolated and vulnerable. It works with various groups across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire who face difficulties, such as those living with dementia, neuro-disabilities, learning disabilities or mental health illnesses. 

We hope to partner with similar charities at all our sites in the future and if you know of any local groups who need a free space to operate out of, we would be happy to help. Please contact [email protected].

Also in September we will launching our Adopt a School program where we identify a local special, primary and secondary school to help unlock their student’s potential. We will host a series of golfing, music, art and drama opportunities on our sites to allow their students to shine. There is a lot of fantastic work happening throughout the all our sites at the moment and we look forward to expanding this further throughout the rest of the year.

Pro News

From John Powell, PGA Pro: My August FREE member lessons are as follows:  

  • Thursday, 12th August: Are you flipped off by flopping?
    Learn the simple steps to help execute the high-tariff flop shot 
  • Thursday, 19th August: Distance control with your putter. 
  • An area of the game which is often weak for golfers but often an area not practised enough. Use this hour to learn some drills and understand how you can improve yours and three putt less. 
  • Thursday, 26th August: Can you hit the ball straight?
    Using my Flightscope launch monitor understand why you don’t and how you can improve your accuracy. 

To book please visit: https://johnpowellacademy.setmore.com/bookclass  

  

From Alex Vezey, PGA Pro: My August FREE member lessons are as follows: 

  • Wednesday, 4th August  — 09.00–10.00 and Saturday, August 7th — 10.00–11.00: Beginners’ introduction to golf.
    This lesson is aimed at newer golfers or beginners who want to understand the basics to golf swing set up. We will refresh your grip, alignment, set up and basic swing moves, while exploring how to build a repeatable golf swing.
     
  • Friday, 27th August  — 09.00–10.00 and Saturday, August 28th — 10.00–11.00: Putting help for beginners.
    In this lesson we will cover all the basics for a consistent putting stroke. We will cover green reading, pace control of the golf ball, while giving you an understanding of putting swing mechanics. Ideal for newer golfers or beginners looking for some putting help. 

To book a place on any of these coaching dates please email Alex at: [email protected] 

 

From Billy Irvine, PGA Pro: My July FREE member lessons are as follows: 

Group Clinics (Max 6 Golfers) 

August 2021 Topics – ‘Fundamentals vs Variables’ Location – Driving Range

Thursday 12th August 11am to 12pm

Fundamental #1 Good contact off the ground with irons/ Controlling the low point

Thursday 19th August 11am to 12pm 

Fundamental #2 Increasing distance/ Distance Leaks

Thursday 26th August 11am to 12pm 

Fundamental #3 Controlling the ball flight/ Curve on the ball

 

Contact – Billy to register at [email protected] 

 

From Chris Moss, PGA Pro: Join Chris at Hampton Court Palace GC on Saturday 21st August for 4 hours of Free Coaching.

Time: 12.00pm-4.00pm

Theme:

Practice on the Range

Learn with Trackman

Play on the course.

Itinerary:

12.00pm – 2.00pm

Meet Chris on the range to discuss and learn all about your golf swing and how best to use it on the course.

2.00-4.00pm

Play 6- 9 holes on course with Chris walking the fairways with you. Max 8 players

To reserve your slot simply register here: https://bookings.chrismossgolf.co.uk#book/service/90 or for further details call, message or WhatsApp Chris on 07710532853

Proshop News

From Nicholas Darby, Golf Retail Sales & Operations Manager: We are pleased to announce that we now offer Callaway clubs and apparel in the Pro shop as well as Titleist and TaylorMade soft goods. Click here to view. 

If you can’t find a specific product from any of our brands, please contact [email protected] and he will be happy to assist you.

Hampton Court Palace Golf Club

Our latest promotion for August is an offer of two dozen Titleist TruFeel golf balls for £45 (less your member discount). Shop Titleist TruFeel golf balls here.

Hampton Court Palace Golf Club

You can also get 5% off The Phantom 2 – are you struggling with your yardages? The all-new Bushnell Phantom 2 will give you easy-read front, centre and back yardages to the greens, with over 38,000 course pre-loaded and ready to play. Get your Bushnell Phantom 2 here.

Hampton Court Palace Golf Club

Show your club pride with some of our all-new logo’d merchandise! With a wide range of gear available, from shirts, hats, towels, headcovers and more, make sure to get online and buy your club apparel today! Shop club merchandise here.

We have also launched our Pro Shop Sale. Grab a bargain with some discontinued merchandise on the website today! 

Remember the profits made by the Pro Shop are reinvested into your club. 

Reviews

Hampton Court Palace GC has again received some fantastic reviews over the last month, here are a selection of our favourites:

“Gorgeous venue for a wedding or wedding reception with dear roaming freely. The garden is spacious with plenty of room for activities and entertainment. The staff are welcoming and accommodating and the club house is beautifully presented and everywhere has a clean and modern feel. ”
Rated 5 out of 5 by Louise Antoine
“Food was amazing especially the fish and chips and club deli sandwich. Golf course is huge and so is the car park. ”
Rated 5 out of 5 by Keith K
“Beautiful course in the deer park of Hampton Court Palace. Challenging course where every shot needs to be carefully planned to avoid the rough. Keep it on the fairway and you can score well. Nice to see the deer roaming in the park which makes it a lovely walk. Course in excellent condition. Staff in clubhouse were all very pleasant and took care of me. I would highly recommend visiting this course.”
Rated 5 out of 5 by Royston Barnes
“Went with family, lovely food, beautiful surroundings, we sat outside even though the weather was overcast really wonderful lunchtime. Gets my vote 👍”
Rated 5 out of 5 by Susan Loggey