Courtesy and ‘Playing Through’… R&A Guidelines

We have some wonderful new members and we have been delighted with the feedback received from them regarding being welcomed to the club - thank you to everyone for making this club the friendly and welcoming place that it is!

We have been asked to clarify the rules relating to slow play and 'playing through'... so here you go... click here for the link to the R&A Rules Guide and the specific section on playing through.

In short...

Keep up with the Group in Front

It is a group’s responsibility to keep up with the group in front. If they lose a clear hole and delay the group behind, they should invite the group behind to play through, irrespective of the number of players in that group. Where a group has not lost a clear hole, but it is apparent that the group behind can play faster, they should also invite the faster moving group to overtake them.

  • Do not worry about the group behind – keep up with the group in front.
  • If you feel that your group is falling behind take responsibility and bring this to the attention of the other players in your group.
  • React positively to the situation.
  • If your group is behind there is no need to run but try to catch up quickly.
  • Invite the group behind you to play through if you are delaying them.

What can we all do to help?

  1. The club house team are encouraging slower golfers to play at times when the course is less congested - usually from noon to 5pm
  2. Slower golfers must please keep an eye on and follow the pace of the group in front or politely allow a faster group through
  3. Faster golfers must politely play through a slower group when asked to do so.
  4. Report any slow players to Golf Reception

What must we not do? Be impolite or hit balls dangerously close to slow golfers ahead.  If the slow golfers are reported to golf reception, we are able to politely help them to understand some of the techniques to help speed up play without losing any of the joy of playing.

Thank you once again for being so polite and understanding

Read the August Member Updates… Ladies’ and Men’s sections

Please read the two August Member Updates; one for the Men's section and one for the Ladies'.  A big thank you to Barry and Beryl and the respective committees for all of the hard work that goes into these updates and programmes.

The updates include all that you need to know about what's going on in August and as importantly what happened in June and July!

The updates are now housed with other key member information in the Members Section of the website, click here for details ...

It may also be helpful to remind yourselves of the discounts provided to members for hospitality and lessons.

Enjoy the sunshine!!

New Blue Tee Trial for Veterans, Juniors and Newbies… find out more

Golf Clubs are a wonderful fusion of enjoying the game + keeping healthy + friendship and camaraderie.

The more innovative clubs are trialling the introduction of blue tees to enable people to enjoy the game just that little bit more. So, based on feedback so far, we are finding the following people attracted to using them:

  1. Veterans of the game, who have lost a little distance over time
  2. Younger juniors who are out playing with their parents or grandparents
  3. Newbies to the game who want to build up confidence and speed up their play before moving onto the yellows

We are not applying any rules to the usage of blue tees in friendly golf. Simply agree before you play who is playing off what tees and enjoy your game!  To be clear, their are juniors that can hit the ball longer than a low handicapper and there are veterans who are still very comfortable playing off yellows.

We do strongly recommend that people new to golf play off the blues, simply because it will be more enjoyable for them and will speed up play.

We will be regularly checking in with people across the trial and welcome feedback on their location.  If you have any thoughts - please contact us.

Grandad’s Cup – the Results are in and what a day!!

Morning to all those who took part in the 2020 Grandad's Cup on Tuesday

2020 Grandad's Cup

Well, Tuesday's weather couldn't have been better. Warm with a slight breeze to temper the scoring. The course was in immaculate condition. Thanks to Mark, John and and Jake for doing the event justice. Even the pin placings befitted (is that a word?) the importance of this senior event, as was the good turnout.

My personal thanks to Gary, Sarah and the clubhouse team, whose patience and co-operation made the event run smoothly. There were lots of smiling faces and compliments from newer members wishing to take part in more club, and particular senior competitions.

Thanks also to my team, Al Bowyer for sorting out the payment (you'll all get a statement later in the year). To Steve Williams for generally keeping his eye on things, liasing on the handicaps. To Barry Woledge for advising on club and handicap matters, and finally to David Whitaker who sorted out the cards, winners, and losers.

The results are in!!!

2020 GRANDAD'S CUP - RESULTS

NAME H’CAP POINTS/ DISTANCE
FIRST INDIVIDUAL GRANDAD DAVID NEIGHBOUR 32 41
SECOND INDIVIDUAL GRANDAD MATT WATT 28 39c/b
THIRD

INDIVIDUAL

GRANDAD

MARK TUBB 18 39
WINNER NON GRANDAD CRAIG WHITWORTH 12 42
Front 9 PAUL GERRARD 19 19c/b
Back 9 STEVE WILLIAMS 23 20
SCORE PLUS NUMBER OF GRAND CHILDREN
BEST GRANDAD DOUG TAYLOR 38+6 =44

Congratulations to a new member, David Neighbour on a splendid score of 41 off a handicap of 32. Well done to all the other winners (and losers for taking part)

I better arrange to pick up the rocking horse from Brian and ride it into the sunset....

Doug Taylor

Seniors Captain

Hospitality re-opening – a massive success…

First, a massive thank you to all of our golfers and hospitality customers for being so kind, courteous and understanding of our need to work to the new Government guidelines.

We particularly appreciated the round of applause from the Grumpies to recognise all the hard work that has been put in by;

  • Sarah, Julie and Lisa to ensure that they could drink happily and safely and by
  • Trisha and Belinda so that they could eat happily and safely

It has been such a happy weekend at the club!

Working towards a "better normal"

  • Members were particularly pleased that they can now order from Trisha's full menu and get a 20% discount (including Sunday Roast) and
  • Diners can now eat in the new 'Orangery' with beautiful views of the course (and remember,  please book in advance and that we are only taking card payments for the safety of our staff - thank you)

 

 

We are now open for hospitality – please read the government guidance…

We are delighted to announce that we are now open for hospitality. We must ask however that our customers follow the government guidance in order to keep you and our staff safe.

GOVERNMENT RULES FOR HOSPITALITY
PLEASE BE PATIENT WITH STAFF – WORK WITH US TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

1. People can meet and drink with people from their own household (and social bubble*) and one other household in any location, indoors or outdoors at a social distance

2. If more than two households are meeting at any one point this must be outdoors in groups no great than 6 – this includes beer gardens

3. It is recommended that you stay 2m apart and always aim to be 1m+ socially distant

4. You can order at the bar but not drink at the bar.

5. All PRGC customers must be playing golf that day, hold an e-Player Card or an e-Membership Card and present this to the bar staff on their first round

*single adults living alone - or single parents whose children are under 18 - can now form a support bubble with one other household. The second household can be of any size

PRINCES RISBOROUGH GOLF CLUB LADIES SECTION News Update June 2020

PRINCES RISBOROUGH GOLF CLUB

LADIES SECTION

News Update June 2020

 

INTRODUCTION

We are now in the early stages of emerging from the Lockdown and have been able to return to 9 hole golf within the discipline of the social distancing rules. Many of you have taken the opportunity to enjoy our lovely course over the last few weeks and to get a feel for some of the changes that are being introduced, not only in terms of arrangements and golfing behaviour, but also in terms of the course changes that are being made, particularly to the 9th/18th. Feedback has been positive and despite the sudden dip in weather conditions your Ladies Committee hopes that everyone is feeling good about getting back out there – whenever the time is right for you.

There have been at least two new lady members since Lockdown and we welcome them, hoping that it won’t be too long before we can all actually meet to put names to faces. If you see new people out on the course please do say hello, from a distance!

The other good news is that with effect from Saturday 13 June we have returned to planned 18 hole golf and with effect from Wednesday 1 July we can commence our revised programme of competitive golf always remembering the Golf England mantra: Play Safe – Stay Safe.

Below you will find a reminder of the new conventions and information about how we are organizing competitive golf over the coming months. If you’ve got any questions please get back to your Ladies Committee via our Secretary, Beryl Austin, in the first place. And don’t forget that you must have your Club ID with you at all times when you are at the course – if you haven’t arranged yours yet, give Sarah in Main Reception a call.

BEFORE PLAYING

  • Book your tee time in advance direct with Sarah at the Clubhouse, or by using the website
  • Arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to your booked tee off time
  • Follow the Club’s one way check-in system going in the double doors and out through the single door
  • Have your personal ID ready for inspection at Reception
  • Always stay a minimum of 2 metres distant from others

 

DURING YOUR ROUND

  • Always stay a minimum of 2 metres distant from your playing partners
  • Only handle and touch your own golf kit
  • Do NOT pick up stray golf balls!!
  • With no rakes in the bunkers, please make every effort to smooth the sand using your club or your feet
  • NEVER touch the flagstick
  • Take your rubbish home with you

AFTER PLAYING

  • Exit the course to the car park
  • Do not linger even at a social distance. Head home.

LADIES’ COMPETITION GOLF

Ladies competition golf will recommence from Wednesday 1 July

Monthly Qualifiers

  • All Qualifiers will be played to the Stableford format, either over 9 or 18 holes.
  • If you wish to play in a scheduled Wednesday Qualifier, you should let our Competitions Secretary, Jacqui Taylor, know by email by 1700 on the preceding Monday. Entries will be accepted in order of receipt and Jacqui will advise your tee time and playing partner(s) by 1700 on Tuesday ahead of play on the Wednesday.
  • If you wish to play on a Saturday, you should make your own arrangements with the Club for a tee time.
  • All participants will be required to complete a card. To avoid the “swapping” of cards, the card should annotate the participant’s personal score in the Marker’s Score column, and their playing partner’s score as Player A. The Marker must sign the card and write their name in block capitals alongside. There is no requirement for Player A to countersign the card. This is a little different from what we normally do but avoids two people handling one card and the risk of cross contamination.
  • Completed cards should be placed in the Ladies Competition Box which will be situated in the lobby area of the Main Reception. All cards must be returned. Our handicap secretary, Jill Peppett, will collect cards from time to time – wearing suitable PPE – and will publish results via email.
  • As you can see, for the time being we are moving to a ‘personal responsibility’ approach to participation in Qualifiers. By signing up with Jacqui you are declaring your intention to play in the competition and making a commitment to submit your card at the end of your round, whether for 18 or 9 holes. There can be no ‘nil returns’.

Ladies Singles and Ladies Summer Pairs Knock-Out Competitions

  • Jacqui will be recirculating the draw for both these competitions shortly. Please note any play-by dates and if you now have a problem with competing then you should be in contact with Jacqui as soon as possible.
  • Competitors should book their tee times via the Club website.
  • Cards are not shared for these competitions but you will want to keep your own record of each hole as you play.
  • Competitors should let Jacqui know of the result once the match is played. She will keep a record and will advise who your next match will be against.
  • Please remember that there is an entry fee payable. The same payment arrangements as for Qualifiers will apply.

The Hutley Cup

  • This competition is a mixed pairs knock out. The draw was made earlier in the year. Expect to hear more about this from Jacqui who will confirm the draw and dates by which matches should be completed.

ENTRY FEES

  • Entry Fees will be collected by BACS transfer to the PRGC Ladies Section account. Sort code: 30-96-26, Account no: 38454668.
  • Please reference your payment as SFORD, SINGLES, PAIRS, HUTLEY, etc. Cost of entry for a Stableford is £3 for 18 holes and £2 for 9 holes. All competitions are £3 per person.
  • If you are unable to access electronic banking our Treasurer, Beryl Austin, will keep a record of what is owing and will discuss privately with you how to settle your account. Please remember these fees are used to provide trophies, cash prizes, members’ facilities and events.

 

AMENDED RULES DURING SOCIAL DISTANCING

Bunkers: In competition all bunkers are in play. As there are no rakes, we will adopt a temporary rule whereby preferred lies can be taken in the bunker within one club-length of the original spot and not nearer to the hole than that spot.

Hole and Holed: In accordance with Golf England advice, our hole liners have been set in a way that means all of the ball cannot be below the surface of the putting green. The ball is considered holed if it comes to rest in the hole with any part of it below the surface of the putting green. There will be no gimmees in any Qualifiers. In knock-out competitions, gimmees are of course permissible.

SUPPLEMENTARY CARDS

All ladies are encouraged to consider submitting supplementary cards ahead of the planned revision of the handicap system later this year. This will help ensure that you have a realistic handicap going forward into 2021.  If you wish to submit a Supplementary card which will be recorded against your handicap, you should:

  • Play with a member of the Club who has a current handicap.
  • Declare your intention to your playing partner before starting your round and agree whether you are playing 9 or 18 holes.
  • Complete your card as if you were playing a Qualifier (see above) and clearly mark the card as Supplementary.
  • After play, take a photo of your card and submit it to Jill either on 07774 584455 or by WhatsApp before you leave the Club. Nil returns are not acceptable.
  • Make a BACS transfer for the entry fee using the information above and the reference SUPP.

JULY CALENDAR

Sat 4 July         Stableford

Wed 8 July       Stableford

Sat 18 July       Summer Stableford – alternate day

Wed 22 July     Summer Stableford

All the above are qualifying competitions

Please note that for the time being we are not re-introducing Ladies Informal Mornings. We are confident that our ladies are well enough networked to make their own arrangements for non-competition golf at this time but hope it won’t be too long before we can welcome back our informal games and the social contact that accompanies them.

As we said in our earlier communications, all this will seem very strange to begin with, but we will all become familiar with the new ways of playing competitive golf surprisingly quickly and your Ladies Committee is here to help if you have any questions. For now though we hope that you will all continue to enjoy your golf whenever you feel that you are ready to be back out on the course.

KEEP GOLFING – PLAY SAFE – STAY SAFE - ENJOY

12 June 2020

 

 

 

Princes Risborough Golf Club Men’s Competition Update: June 2020

Princes Risborough Golf Club

Men’s Competition Update: June 2020

 

INTRODUCTION

Well, what a year we have had so far!! The dump from Trump giving us the wettest winter in years, only to be followed by the best Spring most of us can remember. And through that wonderful Spring-NO golf!

The impact of Covid-19 has been severe on our United Kingdom and will continue to be so for a long time to come. The enforced social distancing was very necessary and forsaking a few weeks of golf for the betterment of the Nation’s health was an easy call to make.

We are now in the early stages of emerging from the lockdown and have been able to return to 9 hole golf within the discipline of the social distancing rules. With effect from Saturday 13th June we have returned to planned 18 hole golf and with effect from 01 July we can commence our revised programme of competitive golf.

We are not out of the woods yet with regards to Covid-19 so I make no apologies for repeating the essential Play Safe: Stay Safe mantra of Golf England:

 

PRIOR TO GOLF

  • Book your tee time in advance direct with Sarah or by using the website
  • Aim to arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to your booked tee off time
  • Follow the club’s one way reporting system and the one in and one out model for checking in
  • Have your personal ID ready for inspection by the club
  • Stay a minimum of 2 metres distant from all others at all times

 

DURING THE ROUND

  • Stay a MINIMUM of 2 metres distant from all your playing partners at all times, anywhere on the course
  • Only handle and touch your own golf kit
  • Do NOT pick up stray golf balls!!
  • With no rakes in the bunkers, please make every effort to smooth the sand using your club or your feet
  • NEVER touch the flagstick
  • Take your own rubbish home with you

 

AFTER THE ROUND

  • Exit the course to the car park
  • Do not linger even at a social distance
  • Head home-safely

 

MEN’S COMPETITION GOLF

We will commence our competitive golf from 01 July and the planned diary for July is listed below. The men’s white tees will go out from that date.

  • Men’s Summer knock out matches: these matches can start. Competitors should make arrangements for their matches, book their tee times and play. No cards are required. The draw sheets will be on the web site. Winners are asked to email Barry at woledge@gmail.com with the match result. Barry will then arrange for the result to be loaded on the web site.
  • Monthly qualifiers and board competitions: These will be played as per the schedule. All participants will be required to complete a card. To avoid the “swapping” of cards, the card will annotate the participants personal score as the Marker ‘s Score and their playing partner’s score as Player A. The Marker must sign the card and write their name in block capitals-please. There is no requirement for Player A to countersign the card. This is little different from what we normally do but avoids two people handling one card and the risk of cross contamination.
  • Completed cards and results: the competition box will be placed in the lobby area of the main reception and all cards must be placed in this box after completion. Our handicap secretaries, wearing suitable PPE, will retrieve the cards after a suitable dwell time, again to avoid cross contamination. The results will be published on the web site and the winners notified by email
  • Entry Fees: these will be collected by BACS transfer. In due course all participating players will be advised of the entry fees they owe, less any winnings, for the competitions they have played in. Members will be asked to pay this sum to the members funds via BACS. We may do this monthly or quarterly depending on how the lockdown rules progress. Please remember these fees go to your own members funds and are used to provide for trophies, cash prizes, members facilities and events
  • Honesty and integrity: these are at the heart of golf and we assume all PRGC members are honest golfers. Participants must declare their intention to play in the competition on the first tee and then fulfil that intention by submitting the card. Members will be held to account by their playing partners and their conscience should they have a bad round and even think of not submitting their card!
  • Bunkers: in Competition all bunkers are in play. As there are no rakes, we will adopt a temporary rule whereby preferred lies can be taken in the bunker within one club-length of the original spot and not nearer to the hole than that spot
  • Hole and Holed: In accordance with Golf England advice our hole liners have been set in a way that means all of the ball cannot be below the surface of the putting green so the ball is considered holed if it is at rest with any part of it below the surface of the putting green. In competition golf, it is a requirement that the ball is holed in this manner. There will be NO Gimmees in any board competition or monthly qualifiers. In the club knock out competitions only, gimmees are of course permissible.

 

JULY 2020 COMPETITION SCHEDULE

Tuesday 07               Seniors Medal

Friday 10 &              Fowler Bowl (mixed competition for players with handicap of 19 and higher: yellow and red tees)
Saturday 11

Friday 17                  Club Monthly Stableford
Saturday 18
Sunday 19

Tuesday 21              Grandads Cup

Friday 24                 The Spring Stableford
Saturday 25

CONCLUSION

Good luck to one and all. Whether it is the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning, STAY SAFE.

 

BW

13th June 2020