Greens News February 2019

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Firstly, Happy New year to you all from the greenkeeping team. The winter is proving very difficult for us.  The mild weather that we have seen for the most part   brings high disease pressure to the greens.  Although the greens have coped well without any significant scarring there has been some discolouration and weakening to the affected greens, this should grow out as we move into the spring.  You will have no doubt seen the extensive damage that we have been sufferi...
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Mens Dinner Speaker 2019 - Jeremy Robinson

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The Men’s Dinner speaker for 2019 will be Jeremy Robinson European Tour player and Director of Blackstar Golf. Jeremy had a successful Amateur career with wins at: 1982 Peter McEvoy Trophy 1985 Lincolnshire Amateur Championship 1987 Brabazon Trophy, Lagonda Trophy, Berkshire Trophy, Scrutton Jug. Jeremy represented GB in the Walker Cup in 1987 winning two and halving two matches. He turned Professional in 1988 were he won Five times on the Challenge tour. Jeremy played in the Open Championships ...
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Officers Installation 2019 and Lowis Cup

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Sunday the 6th January saw the annual Officers Installation Ceremony after The Lowis Cup Greensomes. Mrs Heather Gale who was President for 2018 handed the Presidents Medal over to Dr Dick Ford to start his year in office. Ethan Jeffrey was made Junior Captain, Tania Wickham the Ladies Captain and Simon Hopkins the Veterans Captain. The Golf winners were presented with their prizes: 1st Alastair Ashworth & Keith Hutchins - 43 2nd Julian Goddard & Ethan Jeffery - 42 3rd Martin Butler &...
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2018 Vets Dinner

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The 65 good men who attended the annual Christmas gathering enjoyed some good food good company a little libation with some light entertainment all combining to make a very pleasant social occasion. In the absence of the Captain recovering from painful dental surgery involving inserting stitches in his mouth which frankly did not evoke the sympathy it merited coupled with the fact that the Vice Captain had fled the country meant that Andy Hood next years Vice Captain was called upon to present t...
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Winter Presentation night 2018

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Sunday evening was the presentation for The Whisky Foursomes events which are held on the 9th and 16th December. There are also presentations to winners of the last three monthly medals, Perpetual Trophies for the years golf and plenty of other hard fought Trophies for individual, Foursomes and team golf. Congratulations to all the winners and a massive well done to Royston and the hard working kitchen and bar staff who appeared to feed hundreds of members with fantastic Christmas dinners! Here ...
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Greens News - Winter 2018

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The greens are now at the winter cutting height of 5mm and I’m happy that they are still performing very well as we head into December.  They have a good dense coverage which should help them see out the winter months.  The greens were deep tined to a depth of around 11inches, which allows some much needed air into the soil profile and helps reduce the compaction caused by machinery and golfers. They have already recovered well from this procedure with minimal affect to how the ball ro...
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Event 2 - Winter Foursomes Series results

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  Event two of the Winter Foursomes Series took place on Sunday 2nd December on a blustery but thankfully dry day. The scoring was excellent with most pairs taking advantage of the scoring opportunities presented down wind, with today's event being played off the Red tees.  With an excellent score of 42 points the winning pair were Chris Drew and Martin Gibbs. 40 points meant Mark Luscombe and Steve Morrish took 2nd, with Martin Butler and Shaun Loze taking the third and final prize on...
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Christmas Lesson Offers With Ross!

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Hello Golfers, With the festive period fast approaching I thought it was an appropriate time to let everyone know about my Christmas Lesson offers for this year. The Santa Package: X2 1/2 Hour 1 to 1 Golf lessons + 5 Hole Playing lesson Only: £55   The Reindeer Package: X1 9 Hole Playing Lesson Only: £40   The Stocking Filler: A 60 Minute 1 to 1 Golf Lesson working on any aspect of your game.  Only: £25 Please note these offers are specifically for Christmas, so have to be purchas...
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President Vs Chairman 2018

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The annual President Vs Chairman match was played on Sunday 25th November. Leading the field was 2018 President Heather Gale playing with next years President Dick Ford against 2018 Chairman Mervyn Fudge and his wife Mary. Merv and Mary won their match which lead the way to a fairly comprehensive victory to The Chairman by a total of 16 1/2 - 9 1/2 Both Team captains complimented the Greenstaff on the amazing condition of the course and everyone enjoyed a huge "Royston Roast" afterwards. Below i...
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Lesson offer with Assistant Professional Josh Salmon

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I just wanted to give everyone a little update, over the last 6 months I have been doing more and more coaching finding my feet and teaching style. I would now like to further this coaching and begin working with more people. To do this I have created a lesson offer which I feel will provide maximum improvement for the minimum price. The current offer is: X1 half an hour one-to-one lesson working on any aspect of the game you might be struggling with. X1 Short game specific lesson, in mine and m...
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The Mens Dinner 2019 - Friday 29th March

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The Mens Dinner is an annual event at the Club which involves an evening Dinner, usually with a speaker and then a "live" draw for partners prior to an American Foursomes golf match the following morning. In 2014 we had 80 entries which is the maximum number. There is a "Tote" run after the dinner in which members can wager on the following days pairings that have been drawn out of the hat. For 2019 the winners of the "Monthly Medals" over the preceding year will get free entry to the dinner - a...
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Winter Foursomes Round 1 of 5

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Congratulations to Mark Lee and Shaun Smalldon who today won the first instalment of the 18/19 Winter Foursomes Series with an excellent 38 points. Richard Hughes and Steve Morrish came home in 2nd place with 37, and Chris Hampton and Richard Wilford completed the top 3 with 36 points.  There were no 2’s so the pot will roll over to event 2, which is on the 2nd December. Sign up can be found here:  https://royalnorthdevon.intelligentgolf.co.uk/competition.php?compid=8643 The Winter Fou...
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Golf Access Success

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GOLF ACCESS SUCCESS -  Since Royal North Devon Golf Club became an official Golf access centre back in April this year we have seen a very positive increase in junior golfers wanting to head out on the links and start to work towards an official golfing handicap.  What is Golf Access? Golf Access is an exciting new format designed to help golf clubs encourage new participants to play golf for the first time, with the opportunity to learn the game on the golf course, rather than solely ...
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Greens News

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With the weather finally turning colder we will see the grass growth start to slow. The greens are currently performing well and head into the winter in good health. We will bring the height of cut on the greens up to 5mm and start to reduce our cutting regime. This will help protect them through the upcoming winter months. It is now imperative that we repair as many pitch marks as we can, because any damage now sustained will not recover until the grass actively starts growing again in the spri...
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Rule Changes from 1st January 2019

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The following are the main changes to the Rules of Golf taking effect January 1, 2019 that are expected to have the most impact on the game and to be of most interest to golfers. Ball at Rest Ball Moved During Search No penalty for accidentally moving your ball during search. No Penalty for Moving Ball on the Putting Green No penalty for accidentally moving your ball or ball-marker on the putting green. Standard for Deciding Why a Ball Moved New standard to determine if you caused your ball to m...
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Club calendar on your mobile?

Many members use this all the time but just in case you are not aware or maybe a new member this is how you can have the Golf Club Calendar on your Phone/Tablet/PC along with your own personal Calendar. Apple iOS Setup Firstly for Apple iOS iPhones: Screen Recording 2018-10-25 at 02.13.39.35 PM.mp4  This short video shows what you need to do (there is no audio) - If you can it is best to do this on your phone. Login to your account on the Members area of the Club website and go to the Diary...
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Ross's Winter lesson offers

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As the winter months are fast approaching I thought It was a good time to let you all know about my winter lesson offers for the rest of 2018 and into 2019. REDUCED GOLF LESSON DATES: Some of you may recall from last winter I selected a few dates in each of the winter months (October - February) where lessons with myself will be reduced. Due to the popularity of this promotion last winter and a few people already enquiring about it I have decided to run the promotion again this year. OCTOBER RED...
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Winter Foursomes 2018/19

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This winter will see the return of the RND Winter Foursomes order of merit, where players earn points based on their finishing position in each of 5 events scheduled from November to March (dates below). Simon Trapnell won last years series, closely followed by Richard Hughes and Ewan Butler in 2nd and 3rd place. The points scoring system made for a close finish, which we will hope will be the case again this year. How it works: Players sign up individually online to enter the Winter Foursomes O...
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Professional Shop Updates

our M4 drivers are now reduced from £349 down to the internet busting price of £275 !

It is an exciting week for us here at the golf club, as I'm sure you are all aware we are holding the English Ladies county finals! This does mean the course is closed this week. However both short co...
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Rosebowl 2018 - Winners

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RND crowned champions as they clinch dramatic Rosebowl win!   On Sunday 16th September our mens team took on Saunton in the North Devon Rosebowl final at Portmore. We teed off on a windy day under dark skies, boosted by the support of a number of caddies and spectators who came along to help cheer the team on. The first match saw Paul Wilson and Chris Drew fight it out in what was a close contest throughout. Giving 2 shots, the RND pair could never forge ahead in the match, which was extrem...
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