Category: Golf

Pro Shop Re opening Wednesday 1st July

Members, visitors and customers! I`m looking forward to returning to normality this coming Wednesday 1st July.

May I ask that you come to the open pro shop door and “give us a shout”. I need to make sure there is just one person in the shop plus myself at any one time, whilst maintaining a two metre safe distance gap between us.

The club has released a “back to work” statement today to all members and there will be notices on the shop front to display our requirements please. This is a new arrangement for all of us, please don`t be offended if I have to point out certain things, don`t take it personally.

Needless to say, my coaching has recommenced many weeks ago and things are slightly different but I`m having some incredible success with more visual demonstrations and verbal instruction. Have your clubs been neglected since last season? How about a new set of grips and a clean up? You will be amazed at how they will scrub up and feel like new with some improved traction.

 

Need balls?

 

I`ve got a full stock of all top brands with a special on Taylormade TP5x at just £30 per dozen. I`ve still got hundreds of quality lake balls left from last years delivery that I can organise into brand and model – please just ask. Titleist, Srixon, Callaway, Taylormade and Nike are all available from £10/doz.

 


As far as the men go – I need to rid a large stock of shirts that have sat here for several months. Therefore Island Green shirts will be £20 each or 3 shirts for £49 until all stock has gone out of the door. Ladies clothing is pretty much all at £10 per item. Please remember returned items need to be left 72 hours which I need to keep track of so retailing is not always going to be straight forward as you see it from your point of view. Please understand.

All golf, including visitors and member`s guests should all be on the v1 booking app. If I am not in the shop and there are fees to pay, please get in touch with me by any means. With technology these days it is so easy – Facebook Messenger, Whats app, Email and Bacs, it can all be done without contact, don`t make me chase you.

 

Taylormade Sim is all in stock, Ping and Lynx – service and business are almost open as usual. I look forward to seeing you. Best wishes Alex

End of Spring

Dear Golfers!
I hope your chipping improved on your back lawn during lockdown and you
are enjoying a return to the game, hopefully on our wonderful course.
A funny old time nevertheless but storms don`t last forever.

Socially Distance Lessons

I write to tell you that from Monday 1st June I will be showing my face at the
golf club more regularly and that “socially distanced” golf lessons are available.
Such a long lay off has made me realise how much I missed coaching and,
coupled with such wonderful weather and eager students the last week or so,
has really reignited my teaching mojo.
So come on, let`s improve you today!!

Point and Shout Service

Government restrictions currently prevent me from opening my shop “as normal” and, for all our safety, I ask that no one comes inside or touches the door frame.
Please note I am not back at work under contract from the club, but simply wishing to provide a reasonable service in the interim until we agree on a resuming date.

The club will be releasing soon some guidelines about the pro shop but in the
meantime, rest assured, infection control measures are in place. I can operate a
“Click and collect” service (it has been amusingly referred to as “Point and shout”)
for everyone. So far, many of you have been messaging or ringing, telling me what
you require and the items have been waiting for you. Pop 07890 021575 in your
phone (you can always try the shop 01354 657255), befriend me on facebook or
messenger, whats app or email me with anything your require. I want to help you!

The various equipment companies I deal with are nearly all back in operation, albeit
with skeleton staff, so orders are possible but it is not next day Amazon Prime delivery.
There have been several pluses over the last couple of weeks – a bit more golf and
prior to that the ability to get on top of all those jobs that I never have the time to do.

Unlimited Golf in June, Just £3.33 a day!

 

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Lastly, can I bring your attention to our unlimited golf offer for June. With so many
people still furloughed, a great opportunity is possible for 30 days golf with great
weather on our brilliant course – just £3.33 per day for as many holes as you can!

If you know any of your friends or family who may be interested, ask them to get
in touch and the process will be made very easy for them by yours truly.

 

Hope to see many of you very soon, best wishes, Alex

May 2020 Greens Update

We are two weeks back into golf and I would like to think you can all now appreciate the wisdom of keeping Blue and Ian working on the course during “lockdown”. Alan Jones, immediate Past Captain and a member at March Golf Club for forty-one years said to me this week “in all the time I have been a member here I have never seen the course looking better. A big thank you is due to our brilliant green keeping pair, the Seniors for their generosity, and the numerous volunteers, who have all helped to make this possible”.

The greens are superb thanks not only to the acquisition of the new aerator and the turf iron, but also the expertise of Blue and Ian. We have had one small hiccup as the crows, rooks and magpies have taken a liking to the leatherjackets beneath the turf and have caused quite a bit of damage to some of the greens, particularly the eighth. The leatherjacket is the larval stage of the crane fly and in April they move up to the root zone of the grass, where, during May, they grow and change into pupae – tasty morsels for the aforementioned pests.

The fairways were also looking a picture a few weeks ago, but following the wettest February on record we have seen hardly any rain at all since then. Rainfall in April was well below average and we are heading for the driest ever May. The grass is already scorched and the familiar cracking is beginning to appear. We can but hope we don’t get another summer like that of two years ago when drought conditions caused untold damage to both greens and fairways. We can but pray for rain.

You will have noticed that the bunker to the left of the third green has disappeared and may have questioned why?

Evidently some years ago the third green was considerably larger and much further to the left. At that time the bunker in question was a greenside bunker. As the large tree in front of the bunker got bigger it obstructed the approach shot to the green so the green was moved to the right and over time became much smaller (as did many of the other greens).
If you pull your approach shot to the left of the green you invariably hit the tree. Rarely did you get through the tree and finish in the bunker so the main penalty was the tree and not the bunker, making it somewhat superfluous.

Another problem was, that with the bunker subsequently in the rough and with steep sides, it was impossible to cut with the “rough cutter”, and our Greenkeepers were obliged to use the strimmer – a considerable waste of valuable time that could be better spent on other parts of the course.

You will have already noted a vast improvement to the shaping of the bunkers, thanks almost entirely to the sterling work of Tom Sharpe. We now have a large group of volunteers who have offered to maintain the bunkers, trimming the grass around the edges and raking periodically, but please do not expect miracles. Without the rakes in situ, at times they will inevitably leave a lot to be desired unless you are playing just after they have been raked.

Those of you with buggies will have noticed that at last the matting in front of the sheds has been laid. The installation was carried out by four volunteers, two from the Greens Sub–committee and two members, Paul Goddard and Jed Vawser. Hopefully when winter is upon us ingress & egress to the sheds will be greatly improved

As a result of the Covid-19 virus and the severe impact it has had on our finances we are being forced to work with a severely reduced Green staff.

Normally at this time of the year we would have a head Greenkeeper plus two permanent assistants but we are having to survive with just Blue and Ian. Their time is stretched to the limit, therefore throughout what remains of the year we will have to survive with the aid of volunteers.
We have many volunteers who go unnoticed in the Club and my thanks go out to all of you for helping to make our course what it is. You will be needed even more during this vital period of financial hardship.

I don’t think I have anything further to add other than to say that I hope you have the most enjoyable, albeit somewhat curtailed, year on our fantastic nine – hole course.

March Golf Club ready to re-open

Social isolation and lack of exercise have been just two of the challenges brought about by the Covid 19 pandemic. With infection rates falling, people are looking forward to a de-escalation in the lockdown measures and that includes the reopening of golf courses.

March Golf Club has been getting ready for this happy event by not only working to present the course as best it can, but also in formulating all the necessary safety measures to adhere to the strict Government guidelines which are designed to protect the safety of players and staff alike.

March’s management committee took the decision to retain the greens staff full time throughout the lockdown. This was partially funded by the generosity of the senior members at the Club who wanted to ensure that the course was not compromised in any way through lack of manpower and attention.

Initially the club will open for members only. This will enable the club to manage a cashless transaction and booked tee times, to comply with the guidelines set down by the Government.

Blue Revell, the head greenkeeper at March says

“After all the heavy rain we had over the winter we needed more time to get all the necessary work done. Usually we must work round our members but instead we have been free to roam. It was very frustrating, having just purchased new greens equipment and not be able to use it because of the weather conditions, but now the investment has paid dividends. The new aerator, tees mower and greens iron have proved their worth and the course and greens have never looked better. We can’t wait to show off our handiwork to members.”

 

Rob Henshaw, the Club Captain says

“It has been a strange captaincy so far, with no matches and competitions, and looking at a beautiful golf course but not being able to play. We are a club blessed with a loyal and supportive membership and we cannot wait to be able to get together again and just enjoy a round of golf with our friends.

Members can rest assured that we will take all the necessary measures to ensure their safety and enjoyment and a team of marshals will make sure everyone is staying safe. As soon as we have a confirmed date for opening, we will let our members know and update our website and social media sites.”

Bunker Adoption

Adopt a bunker, that’s a bit different!

Thank you to all those members who have committed to help the Greens Team with bunker maintenance.

This volunteer project will commence once we are reopen.

When? well let’s just keep patient. We actually don’t know right now, speculation is rife.  Rest assured though we are busy behind the scenes preparing.

The bunkers are having an overhaul as we speak and, more details will be announced to those adopters.

The overhaul that you can see in the attached gallery is being undertaken by a volunteer Tom Sharp.

I am sure you will all show your appreciation by leaving a comment or two.

Well done Tom and thank you again from the Chairman. See all soon as we can. Stay safe.

 

April Showers are what we need

‏When it comes to April, we normally think of those lovely spring showers to help the grass grow.

Well, this year whilst we are staying away from the club and enjoying the unseasonal weather the course needs the water.

Perhaps if we pray or do the odd rain dance, it might just help!

Anyway, I thought I would share some lovely images of the course with you all. The boys are doing a wonderful job and the holes are really taking shape, with lots of definition.

I hope you’re all keeping safe and healthy.  Keep looking after yourselves and I am sure we will soon be there again really soon.

 

 

 

 

Happy Easter Update

So, where did all the water go?

It hasn’t been that long since we couldn’t play golf due to excess water on the course and surrounding land.  Now the sun is shining brightly, seed and turf has been set and laid and, the essential maintenance of our lovely course continues.  Watering is now part of the maintenance programme, you probably can’t imagine how long it actually takes?

Blue and Ian are working in shifts to keep contact down to a absolute minimum whilst they continue to carry out their day to day tasks, so we have golf course that is not only ready for our return from isolation … but one we will all be proud of!

Please see above the very latest images from the course, again thanks to Derek and there a few from me too!

Stay safe, eat as much chocolate as you wish and see you soon!

 

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