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Club News

From David Harris, General ManagerAs another month goes by, we hope you are enjoying the ongoing improvements to the clubhouse and course. Despite the variety of weather we have received, it has been great to hear the positive feedback coming in from the golf course.  

The rain has helped us keep the grass green, which has been noticeable on all fairways but, unfortunately, some of the rough too. The SSSI areas can be tough to manage as there is little we can do to manage the longer rough, but our contacts at the Palace have agreed that there are grasses that are not native growing in some places and we will be working with them to do something about this in preparation for 2022. 

Our clubhouse events are back in action and, with our new arrival of Johnny Koutouvidis (F&B Manager), Marian Perera (Events Co-ordinator) and Terry Lavelle (Chef), you will have noticed some nice changes. The menu will vary each week as we deliver higher standards of products, opening hours will be more consistent all week through and our front of house team are expanding to deliver more efficient service to your table.  

We are launching more social days and nights for you all to enjoy, so please keep an eye on our What’s On page as Clare and Marian add new weekly and monthly events.  

Q&A with Edward Richardson: On July 30th, Get Golfing’s CEO Ed Richardson hosted a member Q&A in our clubhouse. Several topics were discussed, with key areas being: 

Course Improvements: The first phase of fairway irrigation went in during January 2021 and we will be commencing Phase 2 in January 2022 with five more holes being completed. We have also agreed with The Palace to commence a full bunker restoration programme that will see many changes to all bunkers, including rivetted faces that will be turf on turf.  

The SSSI has been extra tough this year and, after closer inspection, it is clear that past owners had spread various seeds into these areas. The grass should be long but thin and wispy, allowing you find your balls and play out of it, this is something we will be addressing for summer 2022. 

Speed of Play: We have course marshals and starters throughout the week and increase these as bookings rise throughout the week. We understand that there is need for extra training and David and his team will be working with them and bringing in extra staff to help this. 

F&B and Clubhouse: The Clubhouse renovations have been completed, and we have taken on a team for maintenance to allow us to keep up to speed with things that need fixing and adjusting. The new rooms are available for members to use and you should contact either Clare or Marian to reserve. 

Johnny Koutouvidis joins us as F&B Manager and along with Jack Coleman (Director of Clubhouses) has had one of the toughest jobs due to the situation with hospitality and Covid. We are doing all we can to amend our menus and keep the kitchen and bar opening hours available for as long as possible, while delivering the best quality. There will be changes and hopefully you will see the adjustments as we have taken on board many of members comments, including the wider variety of sandwiches available to the ladies’ section on selected days. 

Plenty more topics of discussion were raised in the Q&A, and we hope to see as many of you as possible at future sessions. They are an excellent opportunity to voice your opinions regarding the improvement of your Club. 

Course News

From Richard Hill, Course Manager: As we head into the autumn months, the golf course has never been so green and the mowers are constantly out cutting the grass. We are mowing the fairways daily — far more often than we ever have before. It’s an alien situation for Hampton Court to be in but the benefits of this will be positive as the fairways head into the winter they will be in great shape and ready to be over seeded, fertilised and further irrigation to be installed in January 2022.  

The September maintenance work planned for the tees and approaches 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 turf will greatly improve as the turf’s root mass increases. It does depend on what the weather does but, historically, as we travel further away from the 21st June, the chances of hot scorching days significantly reduce, leaving the cool season grasses to thrive in an Indian summer should one arrive.  

The new yellow tournament pins and flags have arrived and are now out on the golf course. We have, however, switched the pins from a tournament javelin to far more flexible ½ inch pins that we currently use on the 13th hole due to the deer shedding their velvet. This will hopefully stop the deer from breaking the pins and ripping the flags. More flags have been ordered as well. In the meantime, please be patient as we deal with the damage caused by the deer at this time of year. The deer cull is imminent and starts on September 6th, the gates to the park will be open from 8am, so please plan your journeys accordingly to avoid congestion at the main entrance to Home Park.  

The deer cull also significantly reduces the time the greenkeepers have to stay in front of golfers, as we try to maintain the golf course to the standard we want. This will be especially the case as we try to cut and roll the greens and change holes. We are aware that golfers are present and will be working as hard as we can to limit the time golfers have to wait. All we ask is for your understanding and patience.  

On a really positive note, the installation of a new drainage system and soak away into one of the 7th green-side bunkers has been a big success and this bunker has remained dry despite some horrendous rainfall since we completed the work. Even though a complete overhaul of the bunkers is planned for January 2022, we will be looking at some serial offenders that have significant standing water issues, post rainfall, to keep more bunkers in play far sooner. 

As of yet, we have not carried out any significant thatch removal from the greens since March. We are planning to do this in first week of September, but due to the changed date of the last Race to Le Touquet event, this has now been postponed. We will be looking at dates to carry out hollow coring at some point in September. 

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Clubhouse News

From our events team – Clare Twyford and Marian Perera: Events coming soon include:  

  • Book The Ultimate Stag Day & Night  
  • Wedding Tasting Invitation  
  • October and Halloween Afternoon Tea 
  • Christmas Parties in December 
  • Wedding Showcase with Valentine’s Afternoon Tea in February 2022 

These will all be added to our what’s on page or you can enquire directly [email protected] or [email protected]  

Competition News

Huge congratulations to Sunmin Chee on winning the Ladies Race to Le Touquet, this will be played at another one of the Get Golfing venues, Pyrford Lakes due to the restrictions in travel. This will be an epic event with all food, drink, special goody bags, hotel, transfers and amazing prizes included plus the chance to win a trip to Thailand and play in an Asian Tour Pro Am! 

The Men’s event was postponed due to heavy rain and the final event will be held on September 4th and there’s still space to enter! 

Proshop News

From Nicholas DarbyGolf Retail Sales & Operations Manager: This month the Pro Shop is excited to debut two new brands — golf shoe supplier Payntr and apparel maker ProQuip. 

Our monthly offers are detailed below:

Hampton Court Palace Golf Club

The all new ProQuip Barstripe Polo at £19.99. Available in a range of colours, get yours today!

Hampton Court Palace Golf Club

Bridgestone Lady Precept Golf Balls (available in white and pink!) at a sale price of £19.95 per dozen. Get yours here!

We also have a member buyback scheme in aid of the charity Mumba Children’s ProjectGet Golfing sites are running a member buyback scheme on all branded golf clothes  and not just your specific clubfrom anywhereWe are also accepting clubs, balls and bags. These can then be partexchanged for new logoed apparel with our new club logos. You will shortly receive an email detailing the work this charity does and how you can help us help them. Check out the poster below to see when we are at Hampton Court Palace GC:

Mumba @ HCP

Pro News

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

  • Improve My Putting Stroke and Putting HelpFriday, September 3rd: 10.00–11.00; Saturday, September 25th: 09.00–10.00. These sessions are for golfers who need a little help on the greens, help with green reading to improving that putting stroke. Get your putting questions answered in this session.  
  • Fix My Swing Faults Sessions: Wednesday, September 8th: 12.00–13.00; Saturday, September 11th: 09.00–10.00. Come along to the range for a “fix my faults” session at which you get help for any full swing issues you may have. We’ll get to the bottom of the issue and give you a clear route to improving your swing faults. 

To book a place on any of these sessions please email Alex [email protected]  

 

From Chris Moss Golf coaching services: Join Chris at Hampton Court Palace GC on Saturday, September 25th for four hours of FREE individual and group coaching.  

Time: 12.00pm-4.00pm  

Theme: Practice and warm up on the range; Understand your swing with Trackman; Play on the course with Chris. 

Itinerary 

  • 12pm – 2pm — Meet Chris on the range with Trackman to discuss and learn all about your golf swing and how best to utilise your technique on the course. 
  • 2pm-4pm: Play holes with Chris walking the fairways with you.  

Max 8 players. To reserve your slot simply click on the link below and register your details: 

https://bookings.chrismossgolf.co.uk#book/service/90 or for further details call, message or Whats app Chris on 07710532853 

 

From Martin Dunsford, PGA Pro: My FREE lessons for members are as follows:  

September 11th and 25th from 4pm to 6pm: The principles and application of the Mac O’Grady research and development (MORAD) golf system: 

  • The P system 
  • The impact overtaking rates (clubface control) 
  • Ball flight applications 
  • Questions and answers 

Martin has attended over 15 golf schools with Mac over 10 years. He intends to give an overview of the system and some of the important points in order to improve your golf and for you to learn how to manage your own golf swing. 

To book these lessons or for more private lessons please contact me via [email protected]. Private lessons are £35 for 30 mins and £60 for an hour.  

 

From Johnny Powell, PGA Pro: My FREE lessons for members are as follows:  

All have eight spaces available and run from 12pm to 1pm. 

  • September 2nd: Driver — Using my Flightscope launch monitor to understand the technical changes to help you hit more fairways 
  • September 9th: Putting — Learn how to help start your ball on your intended line and hole more putts 
  • September 16th: The high chip — Needed when you are slightly short sided over a bump/rough/bunker. Learn the basics and practice how to mHere are my ake this shot more repeatable. 
  • September 23rd: Pitching — Learn a couple of simple drills to help with your strike and gain control of your distance. 
  • September 30th: Putting — Distance control is one of the main ingredients needed to be a good putter. Practice some drills to gain more awareness of how to move your putter and avoid three putting 

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

 

From Billy Irvine, PGA Professional: My FREE lessons for members are as follows:

  • Thursday September 2nd – 11am to 12pm – Flexibility in the golf swing
  • Thursday September 9th – 11am to 12pm – Putting drills/Practice concepts
  • Thursday September 16th – 11am to 12pm – Around the green wedge play
  • Thursday September 23rd – 11am to 12pm – The 3 fundamentals of golf

Contact Billy to register at [email protected]

Community Outreach

From Stuart Williams, Community Development Officer (Education, SEND and Communities), Get Golfing: Hola from a busy Community Events coordinator. 

Work on our Community HUB programme starts this month, which will see us aim to offer a variety of activities at our sites for our local communities and non-traditional visitors.  

We will be using art, music, sport, drama, walking, running, film nights and a host of activities to offer more for both members and visitors and so create some great social interactions in this disconnected age. 

Our NHS Blood & Transplant awareness and recruitment campaign is growing with every visit (see more below from Hampton court). Next stop is Arkley Golf Club on October 3rd when we will also run a great pairs scramble competition that is open to members, guests and visitors. After that it is the turn of Ansty in Coventry on October 30th 

The NHS desperately needs more donors. Please don’t be put off if you offer and they give you an appointment in a few months. They have to manage demand peaks, blood types and are still under-strength themselves as they return from Covid. You really will be doing something amazing and thanks to those members who already donate. 

 

 

Hampton Court gives blood: Our national partners NHS Blood & Transplant had a great recruitment day at our stunning Hampton Court site. They recruited more than 45 new donors, enlightened lots of people as to their blood type and spoke to a host of amazing people who already donate to help people they will never meet. Thanks to David and the team at Hampton Court for their support of this event. 

 

Community Partners: We are now taking nominations for local community groups that could do with help and we are also selecting our partner primary and special schools. Please do get in touch if you would like to suggest a small local charity or community group or school that we could help in 2022. 

Memory walks: We are hosting a series of Memory Walks for the Alzheimer’s Society around our beautiful sites and it would be great if you are free to join us at The Club at Mill Green, near Welwyn Garden City, on September 18th at 4pm, or at Redlibbets in Kent on September 19th at 3pm. 

You can find your nearest event at alzheimers.org.uk/memory-walk or you can set up your own. We are looking to raise funds to beat this horrible disease but also to create a lovely social event for people to chat and enjoy our sites. Everyone is welcome and we ask for a £5 donation for adults but nothing from children and dogs. We will have a 5km and 2.5 km route that will start and finish at the clubhouses. 

 

 

Exemplar local partnership: The Club at Mill Green is supporting Music 24, which does amazing work through music to bring smiles to dementia sufferers plus their carers, and creates amazing social interactions for those of us who are lonely. To find our more visit https://www.music24.org.uk. 

All this amazing group needed was a space to meet on a Monday afternoon every two weeks to bring sunshine and smiles to those suffering from dementia. We are happy to give them it free of charge. 

If you know of any local groups that need a free space to use, help expanding their provision or raising awareness of their work, we would be happy to help. Please contact [email protected]. 

Also, in September, we will be launching our Adopt a School programme, where we identify a local special school and primary school to help unlock their students’ potential. We will host a series of golfing, music, art and drama opportunities at our sites to allow their students to shine. 

Walking the Dog: Hopefully by now you are aware that all our venues are dog friendly and that you are keeping an eye out for when a great social walk around our sites is taking place at your club. 

Our dog of the month is Ted from Mill Green. Ted likes sitting down, sniffing, and listening to loud music. If you email me a picture of your dog at the golf course or on one of our walks, they could be famous. We look forward to next month’s nominations. 

Ideas please: Finally, I would love to hear from you, so please do contact me with any ideas you have for using our sites to do some good. Our venues and staff are our greatest assets, and we want to use them to have a positive impact on our local communities. Please do remember to say “thank you” to your clubhouse team, chefs, green keepers and golf ops as they are doing an amazing job in tricky conditions.  

I look forward to meeting more and more of you on my visits and please do come up and say hello if you see me in your clubhouse. Contact me at [email protected].

Reviews

“The staff were excellent in assisting my society day on Monday 16th August. We sorted out the food along with the chef and plumped for a BBQ. The food was superb as was the service all round the staff were a credit to Get Golfing. The course was in good condition but the rough was brutal. ”
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tim Grace
“Was here for a wedding and thought it was beautiful - such a nice place! the deer sitting around the golf course are beautiful too. Such a wonderful thing to experience when you're sitting on a bench in the sunset with your mates having a lovely beverage.”
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ehab Aboud
“Just tried the Roast Beef Sunday Lunch which was beautiful, served with a full complement of roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese and vegetables. Highly recommend. ”
Rated 5 out of 5 by Stuart Mills