Barry’s Newletter … “What’s on in February”

PRGC Members Report
February 2020

January

As anticipated January has been a quiet month on the golf course. As of this writing the Seniors Stableford and Club Stableford were both played on the scheduled dates which is an achievement given the deluge of rain we have been experiencing since October 2019. The third week of January has dawned clear and cold so maybe the weather has turned and the course will get a chance to dry out.

We continue to have water retention issues with the third and fourth greens which for some time have been too soft for the greenkeeping team to get any machinery on to cut and treat them. This has led to the unusually extended use of temporary greens on these two holes. The Club is on the case for a permanent solution to avoid this water retention in future but that can’t happen until the Spring. Let’s hope the rain has abated for an extended period.

Men’s Winter Eclectic

This competition is up and running with some good scores being submitted despite the inclement weather. There is still plenty of time to play in this competition which is based on submitting 10 designated cards over the winter period. Due to the poor weather we have decided to extend the closing date to 30th April so even more time to get the cards in. If you have not yet signed up, please do so, put your £5 in the eclectic box and get on and play in this our premier winter event. There is money to be won!!

Annual Handicap Review

I chaired a meeting of the handicap committee last week and we completed the annual review of all members handicaps. This is a process where our system database identifies those members who have played consistently on, above or below their handicap in qualifying competitions over the previous 12 months. From this, an algorithm recommends those members who should have a handicap adjustment up or down. For the majority of members there is no change but for some there is a change.

We have actioned the recommended changes and the affected members have been informed of their new handicap which is effective immediately. All members handicaps are posted on the notice board so please make sure you check your handicap before you play.

Global Handicapping System

This new system is now slated to be introduced in the United Kingdom with effect from 01 November 2020. In part this new system will provide for the real time adjustment of handicaps utilizing the best 8 of the last 10 cards played. To achieve this, we will be introducing a computer terminal in to the clubhouse, where all members will be required to directly input their scores in to the system on completion of their round. We will still require the properly completed and signed card to be placed in the box for verification by the handicap secretary.

Our plan is to have the computer terminal up and running from 01 April so all can get used to the new system before it goes live nationally on 01 November. The Club is securing a grant from England Golf to help pay for the equipment which is bespoke and cannot be generally sourced.

We will be providing full details on the new handicapping system in due course.

Slope System of Course Measurement

This is another major change which ironically is designed to bring the UK in to line with Europe!! Timing for introduction of this universal system is still in doubt so we will keep you informed as best we can. Suffice to say, PRGC was assessed several years ago: so long ago in fact that we have changed our course since with the new men’s white tee on hole 14. Hey ho!!

February Competition Dates

MEN:

Club Stableford: Friday 07, Saturday 08 and Sunday 09 February
Seniors Stableford: Tuesday 11 February
Club Medal: Friday 21, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 February

LADIES:

February Stableford: Saturday 8 and Wednesday 12 February
Informal Ladies Mornings:
o Wednesday 5 February – American Foursomes
o Wednesday 19 February – Triple Alliance
o Wednesday 26 February – Blind Holes
Roll Up Mornings: Mondays 3, 10, 17 and 24 February

Race Night in aid of Captains’ Charities

Final reminder that our Vice Captain Al Bowyer will be hosting this fun night on Friday 7 February – prompt start at 1930. Tickets (£12 each) are still available. Men speak with Al, and ladies speak with Jill Peppett.

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COACHING UPDATE: WANT TO HELP A FRIEND OR RELATIVE TAKE UP GOLF?

If you know people who should take up golf or you would like to take up golf - please note the launch of the March Intake for the PRGC Beginners Golf Academy. All of the fee for this incredible offer goes to Bruce and the club includes 3 months of full membership to kick start the new members into club life. Click here for details.

 

Barry Woledge
Competitions Secretary

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Want to help a friend or relative to take up golf? check this out!!

Click here to find out more about this amazing deal to help people get into golf in a fun and affordable way.

Our first four recruits are already underway and loving it!

"Definitely recommend the coach, he is patient, extremely knowledgable and makes the lessons really enjoyable. It has been great being able to practice on the Academy Course between lessons too. Would recommend joining Princes Risborough Golf Club very friendly and welcoming to new members." Judy Pope, Academy Member.

Looking for a last minute Christmas Gift??

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We have partnered with Rebellion Brewery to create some very attractive, personalised Christmas vouchers.  This could be the perfect gift for a golfing friend or relative who you may want to kick start back into golf or just have a friendly round with.

The Super Premium and Premium Golf Day Vouchers have proven to be our most popular. See below for details.

Simply pay at golf reception, over the phone or online via Paypal; then provide the personalised information via the 'contact us' form and we do the rest!

NB 1 Because it is a such a strong deal, we have restricted the offer to a maximum of 4 per household and one per individual.

NB 2 if the gift voucher is for a lady, we can offer a glass of wine or soft drink as an alternative.

We are closing the offer on Sunday 22nd December at midnight so if you are interested, please hurry 🙂

 

Have a wonderful Christmas!

New Years Eve – Family Friendly Party!!

By popular request from members and frequent visitors to PRGC, we have laid on a "family friendly" - no admission after 9pm - New Year's Eve Party.
It's completely free but it will be guest list admission only. Please contact Nick to put your and your friend's names on the guest list.
Hope to see you on New Year's Eve!!
See below for details

Merry Christmas from all at PRGC

Christmas Eve Texas Scramble – What a turn out!! Running order…

The BIG Christmas Golf event at Princes Risborough is the annual Texas Scramble which will be played next Tuesday, 24th December. We have 52 players signed up for this event which will be a shot gun start at 0900, 18 holes of team golf followed by a buffet lunch and prize presentations. All should be concluded by 1430 although the Christmas Bar will still be open-of course.

The batting order is below and I would ask all participants to be at the club for coffee and biscuits and full briefing at 0815 so we can ensure a prompt SGS at 0900.
There is space for one more team so if anyone else wants to play please advise Nick Shaw asap.

Best wishes

Barry Woledge
Competitions Secretary

Toffs Xmas Bash – great event, great choir! Doug’s summary…

Yesterday was the Toffs Christmas Bash, attended by 30 ish Toffs and guests, together with a dozen ladies for tea and scones.
The final event consisted of a choir of children from Longwick C of E School, who sang carols and Christmas songs to the delight of the remaining Toffs and the ladies.
We were blessed with a cold but bright, sunny morning which enabled us to play 18 holes, as the course was virtually clear of frost. On a few  holes we played to temporary greens but this didn't spoil our enjoyment.
Winners were as follows:
Winner: Alan Caldicott - 40 points, won on countback from...
Second: Keith Mitchell - 40 points
Third: Jim Findlay - 39 points
Front nine: Doug Taylor - 22 points, countback, last 6.
Back nine: Alfons Walser - 20 points, countback, last 6
Nearest the pin on the 3rd and 12th: Barry Woledge - 5'-7"
Nearest the pin in 2 on the 4th and 13th: Mike Pool - 2'-4"
Team prize: Jim Findlay, Alfons Walser, David Yorke, Bernie Livett - 126 points, countback last 6 (45)
Guest Winner: John Tubb - 34 points
Thanks to Nick and his team, Tricia and her team and the greenkeeping staff, John and Jake, whose hard work enabled the day to be successful.
May you all have a great Christmas, We may see you before, especially if you are taking part in the Club Christmas Eve Texas Scramble. Teams of four so put your name on the sheet on the general board in the locker room.
Best wishes
Doug