should that be Captain’s Page…? ED)
Welcome to this next edition of the Tyrrells Wood
Newsletter, I am sure we are all delighted with the
condition and presentation of the course, thanks go to Bert
and his team for all their hard work.
I have received much favourable feedback on the flag
colours to indicate the pin position; we have certainly seen
some interesting pin positions of late!
In the last newsletter, I referred to the problems of
slow play. No doubt you will be aware that we are timing medal rounds
and I, or a member of the Committee, have been in evidence
at the halfway house to keep an eye on the general speed of
play. As a
result of this, we have identified some problem areas and
several players have been advised they are on a “watch
list”. I hope this will be sufficient, but if necessary we will not
allow repeat “offenders” to secure an early tee time for
a period of time. As
an example of slow play, taking four hours to complete your
round if you tee-off in the first three or four groups is
totally unacceptable as it inevitably means those teeing off
later will take at least as long, probably longer and
players will be left waiting on virtually every shot.
Also unacceptable is completing your round with a
20-minute plus gap between you and the group ahead.
PLEASE REMEMBER IT IS YOUR DUTY TO KEEP UP WITH THE
GAME IN FRONT!
Can I also please remind you of two other things:
- Since we introduced the new rakes, they are often
left propped up on the edge of the bunker, causing the
potential for an awkward lie if your ball hits the rake.
This is why we have traditionally asked players to
leave the rake IN the bunker.
Your co-operation would be appreciated.
- Also, if you are wearing shorts and short socks,
the socks must be
PREDOMINANTLY WHITE SPORTS SOCKS. The Professional’s staff
are authorised to ask you to comply with the dress code
before starting your round.
have my full support, and that of the Golf Committee, in
ensuring compliance with the dress code.
some time now, there have been concerns over the management
of the tees and starting times, particularly during the week
with all the various societies, green fees, matches and the
regular roll-ups. The
introduction of Tom, our Starter, has been a major step
forward, but he cannot be there at all times.
Therefore, with effect from 1st July, the
Proshop is taking full responsibility for the management of
the tees and the Starter will be a member of Simon’s team.
This is a very positive move and we expect it will
provide a significantly higher quality of service to members
and our guests and prevent the mishaps that have occurred
from time to time. I
know you will give Simon your full co-operation as we make
this important change in the operation of our two starting
On the playing front we have had some notable
to our team of Paul Hughes, Paul Earl and Adam Romain who
have just won the prestigious Inter-Club Tournament at the
RAC, this only the second time we have won this important
Congratulations also to Paul Hughes (again!), Ian
Gale, Jamil Chugthai and Paul Hearne who won the Betchworth
Park Trophy. This
is the third year running that we have won this trophy.
Congratulations also to Geoff Hubbard and our Warren
League team who currently have won all four of their matches
to date. Geoff
knows that his performance targets for this year include
winning this for third year in succession !
Captain is proud to report his first ever hole-in-one on the
205 yard 3rd at Hadley Wood Golf Club, playing
with Charles in a Captain and Secretary competition.
This was a big competition and therefore an extremely
Members are advised that to qualify for entry into the Winter League
2003 / 2004 it will be necessary to have played in FOUR qualifying competitions. This requirement will also be
relevant for next year’s Knock – out Competitions.
We are very pleased to welcome Billy McMillan into the
Tyrrells Wood “ family, “ and we look forward to
September 1st when he will be starting his
employment with us.
Billy comes from a green keeping family: his father and four
brothers are all involved within the green keeping industry.
It would seem that Billy has taken after his parents as he
has six children of his own made up of four girls and two
boys, currently with ages ranging from 19 to 5.
He started his green keeping career as an apprentice
at Bush Hill Golf Club in North London in 1975, rising to become
a Head Green keeper in his own right at the tender age of 17
¾. He was
known to fib as he told his employer that he was 18 so that
he was assumed old enough to take on this demanding role.
Since that time he has held many Head Green keeper
positions working at clubs such as Sunningdale, Effingham,
and more recently at Mannings Heath. Over the years he has
had some experience in general club management and has spent
some time as
General Manager for both Wildwood and Lamerwood Country Clubs during the
Billy takes an active part in the general advancement of
Green keeping within the golf industry and has presented
papers at educational conferences in most parts of the UK,
Ireland and Sweden. He
is a social golfer and plays off a handicap of seven.
5 Day Members
Board recognises that 5 Day Members who are trying to reduce
their handicaps with a view to becoming 6 or 7 Day Members,
do have very limited opportunities to play in any qualifying
competitions. With this in mind it has been agreed to run a
Monthly qualifying competition solely for such 5-Day Members
during the period July to November. The following dates have
been penciled in and entries will be able to be made in the Pro shop shortly before each event.
Sunday 20th July Approx 2.00 pm
Sunday 24th August
Approx 2.00 pm
Approx 2.00 pm
Approx 1.00 pm
Sunday 16th November
Approx 12.30 pm