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Club News

From Gary Walsh, Golf ManagerOn July 10th we had our first away day on the Get Golfing circuit. Thirty-five Members visited Redlibbets and a great day was had by all. The course was in fantastic condition and Anne and the F&B team looked after us all very well before and after the round.  

There were some great scores on the day but none better than Jon Williams, who won with an excellent score of 41 points. 

  1. Jon Williams – 41 points 
  2. Tomas Horsley – 38 points 
  3. Martin Dossett – 38 points 
  4. Alex Bartlett – 37 points 

A big thank you goes to Gabriel Kan who was injured and couldn’t play on the day but kindly arranged the live scoring and managed to capture some great pictures out on the course.  

Following the success of our first away day, we have arranged another away day to Pyrford Lakes on September 19th. Pyrford Lakes is a beautiful course located in Woking, Surrey. Like Mill Green, Pyrford Lakes has just undergone a wholesale bunker renovation and had a new lake installed on the 6th hole, meaning there is now water on all 18 holes! The cost for the trip is £65 per person and details are outlined below. 

  • 09:45 – Meet at Mill Green  
  • 10:15 – Coach departs Mill Green 
  • 11:30 – Arrive at Pyrford Lakes for breakfast rolls with tea/coffee 
  • 12:36 – 1st tee time 
  • One-course meal served on a rolling basis after the round 
  • 20:00 – Coach departs Pyrford Lakes 

There will be live scoring and prizes on the day. We will also run a sweep with entry optional.  Spaces are limited to 40, so if you would like to play, please book in as soon as possible by emailing [email protected] 

Member Societies: We are delighted to see an ever-increasing number of our Members bringing their societies to Mill Green. If you are part of a society and decide to book at Mill Green, not only will you receive an invitation to our Society Masters in October, but all profit will be reinvested into your club. 

Please contact Nicola or Gary for a tailored quote and to get your day booked in. 

 

We would like to remind all Members and guests that, following the Government’s announcement about the removal of Covid restrictions across England, the wearing of masks inside the clubhouse will be optional.   

There will be no restrictions on mixing with other households, but furniture will be arranged in the bar to encourage social distancing between tables. We will also continue to provide sanitising stations throughout the clubhouse. Shower facilities in the locker rooms are now back in use.   

Lockers: We sent out an email last November to request that all locker holders return their keys prior to the refurbishment of the clubhouse. If anyone hasn’t yet returned their key, please do so within the next seven days. If you do still have your keys and would like to keep your locker, please contact us, quoting your locker number.    

We are now offering Members the following locker options:  

Men’s Locker Room  

  • Club locker: £12 per month  
  • Holdall locker: £6 per month  

Ladies’ Locker Room  

  • Holdall locker: £6 per month 

Course News

From Andy Copeland, Course ManagerA green golf course in July!?! Something I haven’t seen in a while, but we have been truly blessed with the weather for the grow-in of our newly seeded areas and retaining healthy grasses on our fairways.  

This month we have really pushed ourselves to complete phases 1 and 2 of the bunker project. The front 9 is in phase 2 of completion, with sand starting to settle down and firm up in the bases. The back 9 is still in phase 1 of rubbering. We are ever so close to completion but are waiting on a batch of rubber and resin to arrive before we can finish them. We have new stock of bunker sand arriving shortly and we will be adding it to the bunkers on the back 9. The sand will take a few weeks to settle but continued use of the whacker plate and watering to compact it will speed up the process. The third and final phase will be to revet the new bunker edges with upside-down turf and turf the perimeter of the bunkers. This will finish the bunkers off visually.  

We have our new solar-powered pump installed on our new lake on the 7th. This is a great eco-friendly way of recycling the water between the two ponds. We will be adding lilies to the front edge and transporting fish into the new lake.  

We have been overseeding the historically thinner and drier fairways with a Rye grass seed mix. Not normal for us this time of year but with the frequent thundery showers it’s perfect timing. 

We spiked greens with a 10mm solid tine and we will continue to do this monthly to allow the greens to breathe. We have also been verti-cutting greens every two weeks to help remove lateral growth and retain smoothness across the surfaces.  

After seeing how good the course was at Royal St George’s and their hole-changing equipment, we purchased the same set up. We are now able to maintain perfect holes all week long with a much cleaner, sharper finish.  

My deputy Rob has returned back to work after breaking his ankle at the end May. Welcome back Rob! 

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Clubhouse News

From Liam Shaw, Interim Clubhouse Manager: Now that the clubhouse is complete, we are looking forward to members and guests enjoying the new lounge areas, especially as Covid restrictions have been lifted. We have been excited to use the facilities to their full potential at last, particularly with the Euro football matches leading to a busy clubhouse and creating a fantastic atmosphere. 

Captain’s Day was a brilliant day, enjoyed by everyone, a massive thank you to Chris Lane for organising the event. 

We have lots of new faces in the clubhouse, working front of house and behind the scenes. Following Darren’s departure, we have now appointed a new head chef. We are looking forward to working closely with Kevin and rolling out the eagerly awaited new menu and specials board!  

Keep an eye out for the What’s On page on the website for upcoming events or email me [email protected]. 

From Nicola Callander, Events Manager: July saw us host various football nights with great success for the Euros with our new 16ft inflatable screen. We welcomed 100 fans on the final night, including guests who had never been to the club before. We will definitely look to hosting more nights like it in the future.  

We also hosted our first Wedding Open Day since the clubhouse has been refurbished and welcomed more than 30 guests, who we hope will book with us in the future.  

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Throughout August we will be hosting live music nights every Thursday. The first of these will be on August 5th when George Powell comes to Mill Green. He is an upbeat acoustic guitarist, who plays a range of covers including the likes of The Beatles, Paolo Nutini, Oasis, Ed Sheeran and more! You can check out George’s Facebook here: George Powell music.

We will also be hosting Hobo Chic at Mill Green this month. Hobo Chic is a loop pedal artist, noise maker and singer. His style is unique and intriguing, and promises to be unlike anything you have seen or heard before. Check out Hobo Chic’s website for yourself here.

Alongside our live music, we will be running food and drink specials, with a BBQ planned (weather dependant), and other options in reserve should the weather not be in our favour. So be sure to invite your friends and family down to the golf club for what will undoubtedly be a great night. 

Captains’ Updates

Men 

From Chris Lane, Men’s Captain: Thank you, thank you so much to all of you who took part in the Captain’s Day, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Sincere thanks also to those who made donations to the charity on the day. 

Congratulations to winner Simon Lake beating Richard Gale on countback, both finishing with 40 points. The Texas Scramble winners were Vice Captain Tim Thetford, Martin Dossett, Martin Groom and Adrian Gould, who kindly donated their prize to the charity. Nearest The Pin winners were Damien O’Neill and Mark Evetts. Island Challenge winner was Peter Start, Putting Competition winner was Billy South and the Dartboard Challenge was won by Gary Walsh, who kindly donated his prize to the charity. 

Raffle prize winners were Stuart Ashby, Peter Gregory, Steve Langridge, Del Sherman, Chris Myers, “Big” Jack Russell, Rob Fenton, John Hulse, Richard Gale, Tony Whybrow, Rob Lowman, Lee Isherwood, Damien O’Neill and Terry Flain. Any not collected are in the office. 

Before I finish, I would like to thank Gary, Nicola, Jack, Liam and the team for their efforts on the day plus Andy and team for the setup of the course. Thanks to our starter Morton, who dressed for the occasion and plied me everyone with champagne and strawberries at the start. 

What else has happened since the last edition! 

The current captains hosted the Past & Present Captains annual event, 23 captains took part and five came for tea afterwards. Congratulations to winner Roger Butcher who beat Chris Hale on countback, both finishing on 38 points. Ken Gordon was third, edging out Julie Nedza with both scoring an impressive 36 points. 

Mill Green’s teams continue to be undefeated and top their respective leagues. The CBL team did the double over Chesfield Downs winning 4-2 away. Waterstock away is the next fixture. The Foxes also did the double over Essendon winning 4-0 at home and 3-1 away.  Next up is The Hertfordshire away. 

Sadly, our run in the Crameri Cup came to an end losing at home to Brocket Hall, one down in a seesawing game. In the Daily Mail Foursomes, Chris Myers and Steve Garwood lost 2&1 away at Girton. It was the furthest a pair from Mill Green has gone in the national competition. 

The fourth round of ThRace to Le Touquet — The Independence Day Trophy — was won by Caroline Tweddell. The fifth round — The Summer Cup — is on August 7th, and competition entry is now open.  

Enjoy your golf, be aware some bunkers are now back in play, and you can take the flags out. Thanks all for your support. 

 

Ladies

From Carole Frater, Ladies’ Captain: Firstly, congratulation go to Zainab Jeppe for her win in the Club Championship (June 26th-27th), with a gross 153. Congratulations also to Andrea Clark for taking the Best Nett Trophy, with 145 nett. 

The ladies’ section had its ‘Away Day’ on June 29th to South Herts, who made us very welcome. The day’s winners were Rose Taylor, Anne Westcough and Jenny Orbell. Babs Gaskell won the longest drive, while Rose Taylor was nearest the pin. Congratulations to you all. 

Unfortunately, Gill Goodchild and Babs Gaskell narrowly lost out to Letchworth in the fourth round of the Daily Mail Foursomes. Well played in getting us to this stage in the competition. 

The first round of the Annodata was played at Bishop’s Stortford on Saturday, June 19th, which we won 3-2. Mill Green went on to play Brookmans Park on Saturday, July 16th. We had conceded our home advantage for this leg and, sadly, lost 4-1. Thank you to the team and all the players who made themselves available for these matches. 

Debbie Barnes has played the next round in the De Paula Cup and won 5-4 against Ashridge GC. 

Our Scratch team played their sixth match of the League on July 11th against Harpenden, who sent out a strong team, resulting in a MGGC loss of 3 ½-1 ½. The Scratch team have now played six matches, winning three and losing three, with two more to go! 

On Sunday, July 18th, there was a friendly match at home against Aldwickbury GC. On a very hot afternoon MGGC won 2 ½-1 ½. 

 

Seniors

From Chris Hale, Seniors’ Captain (The Millers: Golf for all over 55s at Mill Green): July has been a busy month and, at last, the weather is picking up. We should, however, reflect on how lucky everybody has been with the rain and its impact on the way the course has come on in the last couple of months. The grass is on the move around the newly altered areas, and they are beginning to look better. The rough has exploited wet weather as well and we have some mighty long grass around those parts that we should not be visiting!  

We played the Captain’s Cup earlier in the month. The lowest handicapper, Nigel Glover, lifted the trophy with 40 points, playing off 8, which is seriously good golf. Our congratulations to him and to those who were in hot pursuit, Chris Tilbury, Dave Davis and Alan Tweddell. 

We also celebrated the golfing prowess of our more senior members, those over 75, with the Senior (Seniors) Trophy. Peter Martin (35 points) won this with runners up Dave Davis, Tom Papathomas and Suru. All those who took part are an example to us. 

In our white/yellow stableford Stephen Leadbetter picked up a modest prize as did John Aitken and newcomer Ray Bloom. Stephen Lewis was the best player the following Wednesday. 

The number of members who play regularly with us is on the increase and has now topped 70. I doubt we will ever get past the 100 as we have in the past, but you never know. 

John Hobbs has been poorly for many months and I am so sad to let you know that he passed away on Monday.   

He was a founder member of the club and the Millers.  In 2005 he became Millers Captain with all that meant in the days when regular Wednesday players exceeded 100.  And he appeared regularly in our interclub friendly matches. 

He always took a keen interest in the welfare of the members and was enquiring and supportive. He had a moment for all he met.  

I had the misfortune to meet him, in his more youthful years, in more than one of our knockouts.  Ever straight and accurate he was always hard to beat when he got his head down and the bit between his teeth. In fact, I cannot remember ever getting the better of him. There are several trophies that bear his name. 

For many years he flew down to South Africa to overwinter and enjoy the cricket, the wine and the golf. So, he has made his last migration. A genuinely good man who I know will be missed. 

 

Competitions News

July saw over 70 players compete last Sunday in the 4th event of our Race to Le Touquet series – The Independence Day Stableford 

The race is certainly starting to heat up which was evident from the scoring, with over half the field scoring 32 points or more.  

Please see the results below. 

1st Caroline Tweddell – 42 points – £74 and 4 sleeves of Srixon AD333

2nd Stuart Ashby – 40 points – £55 and 2 sleeves of Srixon AD333

3rd Terry Morris – 40 points – £42 and 1 sleeve of Srixon AD333

4th Kevin Pendell – 40 points – £30

5th John Hulse – 39 points – £18

6th Steve Garwood – 39 points – £12

 

2’S CLUB 
Simon Radin

Glenn Rees

David Russell

Alan Tweddell

Timothy Thetford

Terry Morris

@ £8.67 EACH

 

Nearest to Pin – Cindy Greenhalgh – Singha Hat

Longest Drive – Andrea Clark – Singha Hat

 

We also hosted Chris Lane’s Captains Day in July. The day was very well organised and Chris arranged some fun challenges including the island challenge and football dartboard. There were great prizes on offer and it was great to see so many of our Members enjoying themselves at the club. Congratulations to the winner, Simon Lake, with a fantastic score of 40 points, 24 of which came on the back 9!

 

Overall Winner

Simon Lake – 40 points – £100

Div 1
1st Richard Gale – 40 points – £45
2nd Derek Warren – 38 points – £27
3rd Jonathan Lane – 37 points – £16

4th Matt Eckland  – 36 points – £8

Div 2
1st Glyn Ratcliffe – 39 points – £45
2nd Billy South – 39 points – £27
3rd Martin Dossett – 38 points – £16
4th Dave Brown – 37 points – £8

Div 3
1st Lee Claridge – 38 points – £45
2nd Ian Klein – 37 points – £27
3rd Keith Gallagher –36 points –  £16
4th Malcolm Cragg – 36 points – £8

You can see the current Race to Le Touquet standings below:

Men’s

NamePoints
Richard Gale118
Gavin Fryer-Kelsey106
John Hulse95
Kevin Pendell94
Stuart Williams93
Warren Riley90
Stuart Ashby87
Steve Garwood83
Michael Franks78
Aaron Clements75
Derek Warren69
Dave Brown63
Robin Clarke62
Matt Eckland61
Tony Staley60
Terry Morris60
Derek Sherman59
Sean Spellman57
Stuart Plumb57
Gabriel Kan56

Ladies’

NamePoints
Alison Shanks187
Caroline Twedell165
Adele Morris163
Karen Bond155
Andrea Clark139
Zainab Jeppe135
Rosie Meager106
Anne Westcough94
Cindy Greenhalgh87
Debbie Barnes75
Carole Frater68
Julie Lowman64
Debbie McLoughlin63

It is tight at the top as we approach the penultimate Race to Le Touquet event of 2021. The Summer Cup will take place on August 7th make sure you enter as soon as possible. With 80 points up for grabs for the winner, the race is still wide open. We look forward to seeing you on the day.

Ross Jones’ Update

Get Golfing takes the conditioning of all of the golf courses at our sites incredibly seriously. We want to ensure all our members and visitors have the best playing conditions possible. We are also aware that lot’s of our sites have had some large projects taking place on their golf courses, and our Head of Course Maintenance, Ross Jones, here shares a few videos explaining some of the processes the team uses to improve your course.

The work the teams all put in across all the sites to present our courses in such great condition is outstanding. Why not visit our other sites like Warley Park and check out the progress made in person?

Community Outreach

From Stuart Williams, Get Golfing Community Development Officer (Education, SEND and Communities): Below is a brief description of the community outreach events we are organising at the Club. As with all our community work, please do get in touch if you have any ideas as to how our amazing clubs and facilities can benefit our local communities, groups or charities. 

We want our local communities to feel welcome at all our venues and feel that they can just meet up with friends and family for great social interactions. 

Do the Stroll: Get Golfing is delighted to support the Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk campaign this September by hosting a series of social walks around its golf courses. 

You can join us on September 18th at 4pm, donate to the charity and enjoy a beautiful stroll around our lovely site that starts and finishes at the clubhouse. The Get Golfing Memory Walk is family and dog friendly, so why not gather a group together and join us for a great cause? 

If you would like to help us run the event by marshalling or serving refreshments as we raise funds to fight this terrible disease, do please get in touch with me here. 

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Our national partnership with NHS Blood and Transplant continues this month with the recruitment team heading to our Hampton Court Palace site for their awareness campaign on August 14th. They will be visiting Arkley in September and Pyrford Lakes in October. 

Please remember it is about more than just blood, with people also needing stem cells, tissue and platelets. For more information visit NHS Blood and Transplant. 

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Because we’re HAPpy: The Club at Mill Green — in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council and Hertfordshire Sports Partnership — is hosting a series of free golf camps for children who qualify for free school meals. They run from 10am to 2pm and include lunch. 

The next one will run over August 30th to September 1st as we aim to introduce the great game of golf to as many children as possible in the Welwyn Hatfield area. We hope to roll this initiative out across other Get Golfing sites over the next 12 months. For more information click here. 

HAPpy Holiday Activity Camps this summer and are open for bookings! Why not join us to make this summer one of the best ever! You can book our camp by visiting www.sportinherts.org.uk/hafhappy and clicking on the ‘Activity Finder’. You will need the code issued by your school to book on.  

 

Girls just wanna have funOur Mums & Daughters session at Mill Green took place in beautiful sunshine in July saw more than 130 girls attend during the week. Twenty ladies and girls had a super session delivered by the coaching team at the Club as part of the mums’ and daughters’ session. Thanks go to Mark Day for a great social event that saw everyone making new friends, enjoying hitting it further than mum and finding a new sport that they can enjoy together. This Girl Can will be back at Mill Green in September and across all sites in the next 12 months. 

Following on from this there is a mums and child event being hosted at Mill Green run by Hertfordshire golf as part of the Girls Golf rocks campaign. This fun par three challenge will see you working as a team to stay out of the rough and drop some putts. 

Parent/Child event — August 25th — CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP Please note: The cost of £20.00 covers both parent and child for the event. So only purchase one ticket at registration. 

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Music is Healing: As part of the Community HUB (Helping Unlock Barriers) programme, the Club at Mill Green is partnering with Music24, which will have free use of a room in the clubhouse to run its monthly music therapy sessions. 

Music24 is a registered charity offering music therapy and other music-related activities as a creative outlet for people who are socially isolated and vulnerable. It works with various groups across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire who face difficulties, such as those living with dementia, neuro-disabilities, learning disabilities or mental health illnesses. 

For more information visit the Music 24 website and if you are interested in getting involved, please contact me. We hope to partner with similar charities at all our sites in the future. 

Pro News

From Mark Day, PGA Professional: Here are my FREE lessons for August: 

Thursday, August 19th — 19:00-20:00: The Flatstick Challenge 

This month the challenge is to hole 100 feet of putts from 5 feet. This evening session takes place on the putting green and offers Members the chance to ask any questions they have about how to improve their putting. We’ll have some fun and friendly competition, with the challenge being to hole 75% of 5-foot putts. 

Click here to book. 

Saturday, August 21st — 14:00-15:00: The Power Hour — The Art of Consistency

Consistency is the holy grail of golf and an aspiration for most golfers. In this month’s Power Hour, we will explore how you can improve the consistency of your game. I will share frameworks and opportunities for you to explore new ideas and ask questions about hitting your best shot more often.   

Click here to book.  

 

From Jack Grogan, PGA Professional: Here are my FREE lessons for August: 

Tuesday, August 3rd — 19:00: Keep it low in the wind 

Ever wondered how players manage to keep the ball low when playing into the wind? Come along and find out some hints and tricks we use to manipulate the ball flight to ensure accuracy and distance in all winds.

Monday, August 16th — 18:00: Practice club 

Nothing keeps us motivated more than practicing together. During this hour feel free to get down to the range and take advantage of a PGA Professional’s knowledge on any area of your game you feel like you need to work on.

Saturday, August 28th — 12:00-14:00: Swing and club MOT 

Book a 15-minute slot when we will look at your equipment to make sure it’s customised to your swing and game, as well as using video analysis of your swing to find any issues to work on. 

To reserve your place on any of these sessions please contact Jack via email: [email protected] or phone on 07517490792.  

Proshop News

From Nicholas Darby, Golf Retail Sales & Operations Manager: We are pleased to announce that we now offer Callaway clubs and apparel in the Pro shop as well as Titleist and TaylorMade soft goods. Click here to view. 

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Our latest promotion for August is an offer of two dozen Titleist TruFeel golf balls for £45 (less your member discount). Shop Titleist TruFeel golf balls here.

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You can also get 5% off the Bushnell Phantom 2 – are you struggling with your yardages? The all-new Bushnell Phantom 2 will give you easy-read front, centre and back yardages to the greens, with over 38,000 course pre-loaded and ready to play. Shop the Bushnell Phantom 2 here.

Mill Green Golf Club

Show your club pride with some of our all-new logo’d merchandise! With a wide range of gear available, from shirts, hats, towels, headcovers and more, make sure to get online and buy your club apparel today! Shop club merchandise here.

We are pleased to announce that we now offer Callaway clubs and apparel in the Pro shop as well as Titleist and TaylorMade soft goods. Click here to view. 

We have also launched our Pro Shop Sale. Grab a bargain with some discontinued merchandise on the website today! 

Remember the profits made by the Pro Shop are reinvested into your club. 

Reviews

Mill Green has again received some fantastic reviews in the past month, enjoy a selection of the best below:

“Wonderful club! Just turn up to enjoy this place ”
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anthony Kemp
“Played here Friday, July 9th. Was a bit worried about the course being a building site after reading some reviews but, apart from the bunkers being GUR and some other areas also being GUR, the course was in great condition. Greens were fast and tricky fairways very good. When the work is finished in August this course will be top notch. Beware the new pond in front of the green on the front 9, I can't remember which hole it’s on but it caught us out.”
Rated 5 out of 5 by Colin Morgan
“Lovely course with fantastic greens, will definitely visit again!”
Rated 5 out of 5 by Paul Batty