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Club news

Covid-19: Tier 2 has come into play at HCP, which means we will be running the club and course with OUTSIDE food and drink available seven days a week. We will also introduce an on-course take-away menu — golfers can get a menu when they check in and can ORDER by TEXTING us on the course where we will deliver to you!!! Please understand that we are doing our best to provide the best possible service in the current circumstances!

Course news

From Richard Hill, Course Manager: It’s an exciting time for Hampton Court Palace Golf Club, since Get Golfing’s takeover, it has not hesitated to invest in the golf course: from machinery to resources to big projects like the greens drainage programme and the over-seeding of the fairways. This will have a tremendous impact in the long term even if there will be an element of disruption over the short term. 

The biggest bit of news to date is the installation of drainage in the greens. So far we have started and finished installing this in the 1st, 3rd, and 4th greens. As I write this, work will have already started on 7th green and will be closely followed by the 7th approach. The aim is to keep going as long as the weather permits, with the 13th and 17th next on the list to be tackled. 

As well as the bigger projects lots of other things have been going on. We have been repairing deer damage on the fairways, constantly raking the bunkers and painting all the 150 yard posts, which we were unable to refurbish earlier in the year due to lockdown. 

We have kept up with the cutting of all the surfaces as well as preparing and presenting the golf course as best we can while the drainage work continues. 

We have also successfully hollow-cored, scarified over-seeded and dressed all the teeing areas, which will benefit them hugely, again over the long term. Like the fairways, we have more planned in the way of fertilizing and maintenance between now and the spring of 2021. 

The other extremely positive news is that the huge amount of seed that we managed to get into the ground at the beginning of September is certainly starting to show.  This is a major step forward in the restoration and recovery of the fairways from the last three hot dry summers at Hampton Court.

As we head into the winter months, we are seeing an increase in grass coverage on a scale that we haven’t seen during my time at the club. We have more in the way of fertilizing and maintenance for the fairways planned between now and the spring of 2021. This also includes some new equipment to help maintain them. 

While our aim is to achieve as much as possible, please note we are about to enter the second deer cull of the year and our working hours will be condensed as a result. 

Competition & event news

Competitions are being merged into intelligentGolf and this will make things much easier to see what events are coming up and enter online through our website and the members login.

Member news

Membership migration: Some Members, who renewed just prior to the takeover, currently remain in their old chosen Crown category until their renewal next year. We appreciate, however, that Get Golfing’s new membership terms, including the booking window, are much more attractive than previous offers, so we can migrate a Member across to a newer category if they so want.

There are, however, some implications in doing this. Legally it is a new contract — so we cannot just migrate you over at the touch of a button. Also, because the previous owner’s rates included VAT that we cannot recover, there is a cost implication, which may affect your decision to change over. Please contact your General Manager to discuss ways in which we can tailor a solution most suited to your golfing needs.

We would also like to highlight the fact that we are committed to keeping your subscription flat in 2021, while at the same time continuing to invest significantly in delivering a high-quality course and great customer service.

Winter rates: Members should be aware that we put into effect a new points matrix on October 26th for the winter golf season to March 31st to reflect the new playing conditions in terms of light etc.

This will offer both Member guests and Flexible Members a much more economic rate when playing over the winter season. Details can be found here.

Freedom Play Members: Those Members still operating under the old Freedom Play membership category should all have been contacted by the General Manager about our new better-value points system created in line with the wider Get Golfing group. If you are not in the process of moving across to this improved offer, please contact the office so you don’t miss out! See here for more details.

Join the Golf Passport: If you are an existing Member of a Get Golfing club, you can play UNLIMITED golf at our other venues for just £25 a month or £300 a year (with a 7-day lead time for booking your tee time). Why not organise a 4-ball with your friends and enjoy an away day at another course near you? Remember you can use your Club Card across all Get Golfing sites as well! Please note that flexible members have their points deducted based on the time and day of play.

Tee bookings: When booking a tee time please ensure you add the names of members you are playing with or add the guests and make payment for these. Failure to make payment for any guests will result in them being removed from the tee time. Please note, anyone not showing up for tee times or cancelling in advance will receive

Four ball policy: Due to the increasing demand for golf and fewer daylight hours available, the four-ball policy in which we allow people to join other groups will allow more people to get their golfing fix. While social distancing must still be maintained, please see it as a great way to meet other people (golf is a social game after all), especially if you’re looking to get out at late notice.

Golf news

World Handicap System update: As a golf club, we are the data controller for any data stored in IntelligentGolf about the membership. Members may be interested to know that, as part of the WHS license agreement with England Golf, certain fields of your member data are requested to be uploaded to the WHS.

The club’s data privacy policy has been set to require consent from all Members before any data is sent — and to send placeholder data for any Members who do not have an email address or who have not provided consent.

Members are able to set their privacy preference but please before doing that, within your Member log-in, go to My Golf and then Preferences and verify your email address and tick all the appropriate boxes that allow you to receive communications.

Only then go to My Golf, My Rounds and click on the WHS Privacy Link.

FYI: If you click on the link below you will be able to view the latest communication sent out from England Golf to help golfers understand the new WHS system which comes into action from November 2nd.

Please remember that Intelligent Golf and all golf support companies have no access to anyone’s handicaps or playing records until November 2nd so any discrepancies or problems with any uploads cannot be resolved until after this date.  The last upload from England Golf to the WHS takes place at 8.00pm on the 1st of November so things are constantly changing on a daily basis until this time.

https://www.englandgolf.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/WHS_070_Golfers_Toolkit_FINAL.pdf

Pro news

We start with the news that one of our PGA Pros, Gus Mottershead, has scored another couple of wins recently, taking the PGA Fox Hills pro-am with -6 and the PGA Hayling Island pro-am with -4. He also finished second in the south region PGA order of merit, which gained him entry to the play-off finals where the top-24 GB&I PGA professionals compete for Challenge Tour and European Tour starts.

If anyone is interested in playing in pro-ams with Gus next year at some of the finest courses in the south region please feel free to contact him to discuss the options for 2021.

Free group lessons in November

Please book directly with our PGA Professionals using the following contact details:

Gus Mottershead — [email protected]

  • 7th: 13-18 year olds (encouraged to bring a friend) — 3pm-4pm
  • 14th: Over 18s only — 3pm-4pm
  • 21st: 13-18 year olds (encouraged to bring a friend) — 3pm-–4pm
  • 28th: Over 18s only — 3pm-4pm

Alex Vezey — [email protected]

  • 13th: Full Swing Fault Fixing — 10.30am-11.30am
  • 14th: Full Swing Fault Fixing — 10am-11am

Johnny Powell – https://johnpowellacademy.setmore.com/bookclass

  • 5th: Are you bonkers about bunkers? — 10.30am-11.30am
  • 13th: Can you read (greens)? — 10.30am-11.30am
  • 20th: Truth about lies — 10.30am-11.30am
  • 26th: How to hit draws and fades — 10.30am-11.30am

Pete Lockett – [email protected]

  • 9th: Driving Range Clinic — 3pm-4pm
  • 26th: 100 yards and in — 3pm-4pm

Dale Brooks – [email protected]

  • 6th: 10am-11am
  • 13th: 10am-11am
  • 20th: 10am-11am

Rob Dinwiddie – [email protected]

  • 20th: FREE lesson — 10am

Junior golf

From Gus, Mottershead, PGA Pro (a David Leadbetter level 1-certified junior golf coach): I will be holding junior group lessons for ages 4-16 every Saturday from:

  • 10:00-11:00
  • 11:00-12:00
  • 13:00-14:00
  • 14:00-15:00

*Dates will be confirmed two weeks before the next month’s lessons are due to start.

Pricing:

  • 4 weeks: £45
  • 3 weeks: £35
  • 2 weeks: £25
  • 1 week: £15

Ages and abilities are mixed to create a child-centered approach to the group sessions, which offer a holistic approach that will develop the junior golfer’s skills and understanding of the game while having fun and socialising with others.

For more information or to book November’s Saturday classes please contact Gus at [email protected] or call on 07507682969 

From Dale Brooks, PGA Pro: Junior golfers will be pleased to know that I will be offering a couple of new coaching sessions Sunday, November 1st, as follows: 

  • Birdie Class: Designed for children aged 4-7 years old, this will run from 9am-10am.
  • Eagle Class: Designed for children aged 8-12 years old, this will run from 10.30am-11.30am.

If you wish to book any of these classes or have any other questions or queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Dale via email [email protected] or message on 07901 088605.