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Club News

From Gary Walsh, Golf Manager: We have now been back open just over two months and we hope that you are all enjoying your time back out on the course. Hopefully you have dusted off the cobwebs and your golf game is back to its best! 

Andy and the team have been making great progress with the course development programme. The new lake on the 7th hole has been lined and filled with water. The bruised areas surrounding the lake will be hydro-seeded over the coming weeks and a new bridge will follow shortly after. I am sure you will agree, the works carried out on the 7th, between the installation of a new fairway bunker and the new lake, will turn our signature hole into one of the best par 5s in the county.  

We ask all Members and Visitors to please be aware of the signage on the course that identify any bunkers in which the rubber crumb has been laid within 24 hours. We ask that you please do not enter these bunkers, even to retrieve your ball, as doing so will damage the rubber base and the rubber will stick to your shoes, potentially ruining them.  
Redlibbets Away Day 

We will be running an away day to Redlibbets on Saturday, July 10th. Redlibbets was the first course purchased by Get Golfing and is an excellent layout that provides opportunities to score low while also presenting plenty of challenges. The vibrant clubhouse offers stunning views over the course and the staff are extremely friendly and helpful. The trip includes coach travel to and from Kent, golf, food and a great opportunity to socialise with other Members while playing a great course. 

The schedule and cost for the day can be seen below and we hope you will join us for what promises be a fun trip with your fellow Members. 

  • 10:30 – Coach departs Mill Green. 
  • 12:15 – Bacon rolls with tea/coffee. 
  • 13:00 – First tee time on the 18-hole championship course. 
  • 17:30 – one-course meal served on a rolling basis. 

Cost: £60 per person. To reserve your spot, please contact Gary – [email protected] 

Charity News 

The Club will host a blood donation awareness event with our new partners, the NHS Blood and Transplant recruitment team, on Saturday, June 5th and Sunday, June 6th from 11am to 4pm. 

They will be based with us over the weekend to raise awareness of blood and organ donation and will be supporting a nearest-the-pin challenge on the 6th hole open to Members and guests and a putting challenge on the green by the clubhouse. 

We hope that they can recruit some new donors and answer any questions you may have about saving a life by giving blood. Just pop along and have a chat with the team, find out how easy it is to register and make an appointment to literally save a life — you may even get a biscuit! 

Course News

From Andy Copeland, Course Manager: Yet another rocky month of weather and this time it is due to too much rain. You are probably thinking I can’t make my mind up whether I want rain, no rain, warm weather etc but the quantities we have received have been huge.  

As a result, we have had to make a few changes to our work schedule and one was to halt on bunker rubbering — the glue doesn’t take well to excessive rainfall. One positive from all the rain is that we are learning how well the bunkers drain! We have, therefore, adjusted parts of the drainage system and, hopefully, got it right before next winter.  

Greens are going through their annual flowering, producing seed heads that do affect the putting surfaces and not for the good, unfortunately.  

We have increased vertical mowing to physically remove the seed heads and are using Primo Maxx, which is a growth retardant that also suppresses the seed heads. We are currently mowing them at 3mm to help with speed retention. We will soon be dropping back to top-dressing very lightly every two weeks to maintain firmness, as well as true and smooth surfaces.  

As mentioned already, we slowed up through May on the rubbering the bunkers bases as the weather halted the operation. We have a good run of weather coming up through June, so we are hoping to really make headway on the back nine and knock it out within a few weeks. We have also started to replace the bunker sand on the front nine. So far, we have gone through 180 tonnes of sand.  

With the weather as mild and moist as it has been, there was an opportunity to overseed the bare areas before the hydro-seeder made its way up to us. This will help us restore grass coverage on the open surfaces even quicker. While the conditions have been good, we overseeded the 6th, 7th and 8th greens with a dwarf rye and bent seed. This will help keep a retain great surfaces throughout the summer months.  

Over the last six weeks we have been working with an irrigation specialist, John Kidson. He’s helped with leaks and electrical issues on the course. He is currently working on reconnecting the approach irrigation system for the summer.  

John will also be installing a new fountain on the lower 7th lake and installing a pump into the bottom lake to recycle water up to the top lake. They will all be eco-friendly as they are solar powered.  

Staff: We unfortunately we have lost a crucial staff member, Rob (Deputy Course Manager) for a few weeks with a broken ankle! We wish him a speedy recovery and all the best! I will be working with Gary to have a couple of clubhouse staff helping on the course while we finish up on the projects.  

The team and I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel and the course being put back together. We are extremely proud of how its transformed over the last few months. In my years I have not seen any work being carried out to any course like this before and the drive and passion from Get Golfing is exceptional. We are excited to see the course playing its best again soon.  

Course work last month

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Captains’ Updates

From Chris Lane, Men’s CaptainI am writing this article prior to attending the dinner for the opening of the Clubhouse. I am sure you all agree it will be good to get back inside. I would like to thank Andy and the green staff for keeping the course in good order, the recent rain was somewhat necessary. We are all looking forward to playing the course once all alterations complete. 

Congratulations to our latest competition winners: 

  • St George’s Stableford: Glenn Rees 
  • Men’s Medal: Ignacio Monereo 
  • Midweek Stableford: George Newitt 
  • Ascension Medal: Gabriel Kan 

Good to see some new faces on the podium! Elsewhere, Steve Garwood and Chris Myers progressed in the Daily Mail Foursomes beating a pair from Harpenden away, winning 2 & 1, and they now await the draw for next round. 

As I mentioned last month, the Foxes and Chiltern Breakfast League (CBL) matches are now underway. 

The first of the Foxes matches got us off to a winning start at home to The Hertfordshire 2.5 – 1.5 

  • Terry Scaysbrook and I halved 
  • Rob Clayton and Tim Dent won 5 & 3 
  • Chris Tilbury and Guy Davies halved 
  • Glyn Ratcliffe and Alan Parker halved 

A very close match on a day when the weather produced all seasons in one afternoon. 

The second of the Foxes matches was another success at home to South Herts 2.5 – 1.5 

  • Guy Davies and Ian Prosser won 2 & 1. 
  • Terry Scaysbrook and I won 4 & 3. 
  • Rob Clayton and Tim Dent halved. 
  • Glyn Ratcliff and Alan Parker lost 1 down. 

Another tough match. Next fixtures are Arkley away, South Herts away and Essendon at home, in between the league games we have a Cup match away to Aldwickbury, reports next month. 

Chris Myers and I progressed through the first round of the Crameri Cup defeating a pair from East Herts 3 & 2 at home. We are away to Cheshunt in the next round. 

I would like to thank the Seniors for their hospitality, I played in the Senior Captain’s Charity Matchplay and had a very enjoyable morning during which John Simpson and I halved the match against Chris and Nigel Glover in a thriller. Good to see so many Seniors turning out to support Chris and his charity, Resolve. 

The CBL started last Saturday at home to Waterstock with a win 3.5 – 2.5. 

  • Rhys With and I lost 3 & 1. 
  • Glenn Rees and Dave Brown lost 4 & 3. 
  • John Hulse and Del Warren won 3 & 2. 
  • Steve Garwood and Terry Flain won 3 & 2. 
  • Dean Marshall and Stuart Plumb won 3 & 2. 
  • Steve Hinchliffe and Tim Thetford halved. 

A great result after a poor start, although the golf in those first two matches was far from poor. Next fixtures are Shendish Manor and Chesfield Downs, both at home. 

I hope you sign up for the Captain’s Charity Day on June 12th. 

On a separate note, I am looking for five inflatable paddling pools for Captain’s Day on July 17th! If you have one that you are prepared to lend me, please let me or Nicola, the Events Manager, know, thanks. Enjoy your golf. 

 

From Carole Frater, Ladies’ Captain: There have been exciting times in the Ladies’ section since our last newsletter. We have restarted face-to-face committee meetings! While April’s meeting was rather cold, it was great to have a meeting that was not on Zoom. If you ever have a query to put to the committee, or something you think we ought to know about, don’t hesitate to put pen to paper. Gary will tell you where to send it. Also don’t forget to read the committee meeting minutes because they give you information about the section and planned events. 

Interclub matches have begun. So far in weekday matches, we have played one, won one. Weekend matches — played one, halved. Most excitingly, our Scratch team have played two and won two, against some strong opposition. In the Daily Mail Foursomes, Gill and Babs won 2 up against Dyrham Park away. Well done to all who represent Mill Green and thank you. 

Finally, I must mention Alison Shanks, who has won the first two of the Race to Le Touquet (Ladies) events. 

 

From, Chris Hale, Seniors’ Captain: Our congratulations to Roger Huggins on winning the Rabbits Trophy. There are many things to be proud of in this achievement, not least the trophy, which will be awarded as soon as we can. 

Our first stroke play event was won by John Aitken in Division 1 and, in Division 2, on count back, by Peter Martin. He just pipped Kay Smith. If that putt hadn’t lipped out……! 

Charity event: Our first event mustered 44 entrants and we were joined by Chris Lane, the Men’s Captain. You raised £220 for RESOLVE, a local organisation that helps those recovering from various addictions and homelessness. My most sincere thanks to you all for your support. 

So, the result of the four-ball, better-ball match play event between the Senior’s Captain’s and the Men’s Captain’s Teams was an honourable draw. Of note was the nearest the pin achievement by Jackie Dixon on the 14th and the “nearest the pin in two” on the 12th by Nigel Glover, who also picked up the “Two Birdie” prize.  

And there were awards for all those who took part in the form of Lottery Instants. To those whose Instants actually paid out — David Fowler, Peter Aubusson and Graham Williams — a big thank you for donating your not-insubstantial winnings to the charity. 

Our first major, The Stroke Play Cup was won by Derek Farrant, who found the cups unmissable! Chasing him were Kay Smith, Peter Martin and Trevor Bull. Well done everybody. 

The Seniors’ County knockout, The Crameri Cup, sees Chris Lane and Chris Myers through to the second round. This interclub competition is hard fought, and a win is well worthy of mention. 

Finally, I was kicking a few stones around one of our new bunkers and tuned over an old fossil. Fortunately, it turned out to be an oyster shell and is probably about 160 million years old. I am happy to gift it to anybody who is a collector. 

Competitions News

Our season opener at Mill Green is the Open Singles Stableford on Friday, July 2ndThe competition is open to Members, their guests and visitors. Come along and enjoy breakfast served in our newly refurbished clubhouse, a great day on the course, followed by a lakeside BBQ with a DJ! 

  • Breakfast bap served with tea/coffee. 
  • 18-hole singles competition with fantastic prizes. 
  • Lakeside BBQ after the round. 

Entry fee: Members — £20; Visitors — £50 

The format is individual Stableford and there will be prizes as per below: 

  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall. 
  • Best male score. 
  • Best female score. 
  • Best society handicap score. 
  • Nearest to pin. 
  • Longest drive . 

There will be a party hole on the par-3 6th, which will have beat-the-pro, music, and a mobile bar selling beer, soft drinks and snacks! 

You will also have a chance to win a £50 bar tab in our patio challenge — more details to follow but think the 17th at Sawgrass! 

Results: We hosted our second Race to Le Touquet event on Sunday, May 16th. The Ascension Medal saw 90 players take part on what was a very challenging day. The overall winner on the day was Gabriel Kan with a fantastic nett score of 67. A full list of prize winners can be viewed below. 

Overall Results 

  • 1st: Gabriel Kan (67) – £82 credit plus 4 sleeves of Srixon AD333 
  • 2nd: Martin Dossett (68) – £61 credit plus 2 sleeves of Srixon AD333 
  • 3rd: Ross Phillips (68): £46 credit plus 1 sleeve of Srixon AD333 
  • 4th: Kevin Pendell (68) – £33 
  • 5th: Richard Gale (69) – £20 
  • 6th: Matt Kay (70) – £13 

Ladies Results 

  • 1st: Alison Shanks (74) – 3 sleeves of Srixon AD333 
  • 2nd: Caroline Tweddell (78) – 2 sleeves of Srixon AD333 
  • 3rd: Zainab Jeppe (79) – 1 sleeve of Srixon AD333 

2s Club Winners 

  • Chris Barnes: £14 credit 
  • Mark Draper: £14 credit 
  • Ray Forster: £14 credit 
  • Neil Whybrow: £14 credit 

Nearest the Pin 

  • Ladies: Zainab Jeppe – Singha hat 
  • Men: Mark Draper – Singha hat 

Longest Drive 

  • Ladies: Debbie Barnes – Singha hat 
  • Men: Stuart Ashby – Singha hat 

 

The Race to Le Touquet standings, after the second event, can also be viewed here:

Race to Le Touquet Standings

 

We would like to thank all Members who took part in the Ascension Medal and congratulation go to all prize winners and thanks to Singha for sponsoring the competition.  

Competition results and prizes: Moving forward, all competition results will be announced as soon after the competition has closed as possible. This will usually be within two days of the date of play. Any prizes won in club competitions will be paid to your club card on the 15th or 30th of each month.  

 Next Race to Le Touquet Event 

Our next Race to Le Touquet event, Day One of our Club Championship, will take place on June 26th. We will be hosting a Garden Party throughout the day, there will be a BBQ and music playing and we hope the sun will make an appearance! We will send out an email over the coming days with further information. 

Announcing Arkley

Charity Get Golfing CIO is excited to announce that it has agreed a 25-year lease with property company, U+I plc to take over the running of Arkley Golf Club, near Barnet in Hertfordshire.

Arkley joins Get Golfing’s stable of clubs including nearby Mill Green, which sits between Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire, Warley Park in Essex, Surrey clubs Hampton Court Palace and Pyrford Lakes, Redlibbets in Kent, The Bristol in the West Country and Sherfield Oaks in Hampshire.

Situated in close proximity to the M1, M25 and A1 on the outskirts of Barnet, Arkley Golf Club is a beautiful par-69 course laid out by celebrated golfer and course architect James Braid and further improved by the legendary course designer Harry Colt. The tree-lined, 9-hole course has 18 distinct tee boxes and provides an enjoyable challenge for golfers of every level.

Get Golfing CEO Edward Richardson says, “Arkley is a special golf club with an important place in the development of golf in Britain, so we are delighted to be involved in returning the club and course to its former glory. We would encourage anyone who loves golf to try Arkley, it is a historic course and a very welcoming venue to relax after a game of golf.

“We are also immensely proud that the current operator, U+I Golf Limited, has chosen us to continue their good work. Director John Weir is a hugely respected figure in the golf industry and to get his endorsement means a lot to all the team at Get Golfing.”

The change in management also means that Arkley members will now be able to access other clubs in the Get Golfing group at great rates and will benefit from a range of market-leading discounts on drinks, food and golf equipment. They will also be able to enter some of Get Golfing’s fantastic competitions, such as Get Golfing’s Society Masters and its Order of Merit series for members, called The Race to Le Touquet, which in addition to offering the opportunity to win golf trips, comes with a fantastic array of prizes.

Club Captain Kaz Donald told Arkley members in the club’s April newsletter that the handover was “a real positive” for the club: “President David and I have met Edward Richardson and we were very impressed. His passion for golf, and the future, is palpable… I do believe that the future is bright!”

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Clubhouse News

From Chris Lee, Clubhouse ManagerWe hope you all have enjoyed using the new Players’ Lounge. Our opening night menu had positive feedback and the people there on May 17th said they enjoyed the experience we had to offer. We look forward to offering more of these type of events in the future, so keep an eye on the What’s On page.  

Of course, with all new environments there are things to be done so we will be working on this over the next month. This includes the arrival of more new furniture, decor and audio-visual equipment. 

We will also be working with as a team to improve the service offering in the Players’ Lounge, particularly since we have had many new team members join us over the last month. For instance, it will take a few weeks to source the new uniform for every team member. The introduction of a new menu is imminent, and we look forward to serving it to you. There is still much to do but we cannot wait till get it all up and running as we are all excited about the great products that we will have to offer you. 

Events News

From Nicola Callendar, Events Manager: It has been a pleasure welcoming you all back into the newly refurbished clubhouse, we hope you have enjoyed the changes. This week saw us host the first dog walking session along with two weddings, which I hope will be the start of many more to come.  

With the weather (hopefully) improving, there will be many more social events popping up on our What’s On page on the website. Please see listed below the events we are hosting in June: 

  • Dog Walking: Wednesday, June 2nd at 7pm 
  • Dog Walking BBQ: Sunday, June 13th at 4pm 
  • Father’s Day Breakfast: Sunday, June 20th, 08:30-11:00am 
  • Race to Le Touquet BBQ: Saturday, June 26th  

 

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Pro News

From Mark Day, PGA ProfessionalJune 12th: The Power Hour — 14:00 – 15:00. Mark will be sharing with Members how to increase and maximise clubhead speed in this series of sessions. This month he will be sharing with participants how sequencing your transition from backswing to downswing influences speed through impact. During the session, Mark will deliver a short clinic with the opportunity for you to explore new ideas and ask questions about how you can increase clubhead speed and hit the ball further. 

Book Here https://markdaygolfcoaching.as.me/thepowerhour 

June 23rd: Over 50s Get into Golf Taster Session — 09:30 – 10:30. This free taster session for over 50s is an introduction to golf and the Mill Green Get into Golf Academy. This one-hour taster session offers you the chance try some skills and play some holes on the Par 3 course. Hosted by Mark, you will be able to ask any questions and discuss all that is available for you to progress and enjoy golf at Mill Green Golf Club.  

Book Here https://markdaygolfcoaching.as.me/over50staster 

June 24th: The Flatstick Challenge 19:00 – 20:00. This month’s Flatstick Challenge will test your ability to control speed. Mark will be hosting an evening session on the putting green where Members will get the chance to ask any questions regarding the challenge and how they can improve their putting. We’ll have some fun and friendly competition on the evening and this month will be focusing on reducing three-putts by improving speed control.   

Book here https://markdaygolfcoaching.as.me/theflatstickchallenge 

Schools News

We are kicking off our community outreach work with some of our local schools on Friday, June 11th, by hosting a TAP (targeted activity programme) event. This programme, in partnership with Welwyn Hatfield Council, creates opportunities for students to try new activities around the district that they would not normally be able to access and will see a group come to play golf at Mill Green for the very first time.  

Also, in June we are hosting our “This Girl Can Golf” programme that will see more than 100 girls come to the club to try golf with our amazing team over June 14th-18th. The week culminates in an open session on the Friday for mums, grans and daughters from 4pm-5pm to all come together to have fun hitting balls and dropping putts. Feel free to pop along. 

“This Girl Can” is also running an art and photography competition for those who live or are educated within the Welwyn Hatfield area. Anyone aged up to 16 (two separate age groups: up to 11 and 12-16), can create a piece of art, take a photograph or write a poem reflecting the theme “Sport; why you enjoy playing and why it’s good to be active.” 

Winners will receive a £50 Love2Shop voucher.  

The deadline to submit an entry via https://one.welhat.gov.uk/thisgirlcan is Friday, June 4th. 

We are lucky to have a great team of Coaches at Mill Green with Mark and Jack building a clear pathway from the first experience to lifelong participation. 

Archery Club Based on the Range 

A new Soft Archery Club for children aged between 7-12 will be based at Mill Green during June, running on Mondays between 4pm-5pm on the driving range. A free taster session is being offered on Monday, June 7th, so if you have a child who would like to try it for free, book a place by emailing [email protected] for more information. 

Proshop News

Demo Days

It brings me great pleasure to announce Demo Days will be coming to Get Golfing sites throughout the summer. With Premium brands including TaylorMade, Callaway, Cobra, Srixon, Wilson; get fitted for the latest and greatest!

Mill Green has confirmed demo days for the following manufacturers:

Please contact Nick at [email protected] or call 01474 554960 for available slots.

 

New Brands in the Proshop

  • Ecco Golf Shoes – Blending on-course performance with off-course style / Premium comfort and Henrik Stenson representing as their new ambassador.
  • Duca Del Cosma Shoes – All new Nappa Leather Golf Shoes. The Belair is an award winning shoe from Golf Monthly Editors Choice for 2020!
  • Srixon Golf Clubs – Tee off with the Srixon ZX5 driver that Hideki Matsuyama won the Masters with. All new hardware available now.

 

June Promotions

  • Buy a Cleveland Zipcore Wedge and receive 6 Srixon Z Star Golf Balls completely free!

 

  • Purchase a Wilson Staff Grip Plus glove and receive a 2 Ball Sleeve of Wilson Duo+