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Club Charity

In October Edward Richardson met with your Captain, Vice Captain and Competition and Handicap Secretaries from each section. At the meeting Ed explained that it is Get Golfing’s wish to support the coming together of charitable fundraising at each club. Currently, each section raises funds for the Captain’s chosen charity independently of Get Golfing and each of the other sections. The Captain’s have to work tirelessly and without support to raise these funds. While the charities are grateful for the hardwork and endeavours of the respective Captains, the actual sums raised vary considerably year to year.

Ed was proposing that we collectively adopt a different strategy for 2022 where the Club as a whole dedicate its support to one local charity. Get Golfing have hired a designated member of staff who would work with the Captain’s and the chosen charity to promote the following:

  • Fundraising within the member and visitors for the local charity.
  • Support the charity by creating greater awareness within the club and the local community of the charity’s hardwork.
  • Use of club facilities at no cost.

What Get Golfing are bringing to the table is a dedicated member of staff to work with the Club and the charity to ensure they get the most out of the opportunity. In addition to the staff member, the initiative has the full support of the Get Golfing back office with sales and marketing which will further enhance the initiative.

Get Golfing would fund the dedicated member of staff Stu Williams ([email protected]) and train that member in the specialist field of fund raising. Get Golfing would not be charging a levy for these services. Having looked closely at this change in the structure of fundraising at Club level we believe that the following will take place:

By coming together as a club with the support of Stu,

    1. We believe we can raise more funds for the chosen charity without having to constantly chase members for greater contributions.
    2. We believe we can enhance the awareness that the charity’s good work.
    3. We believe that it change the perception of the immediate community and bring us closer together.
    4. We believe we can help improve the performance of the chosen charity through the support of the club and the use of our facilities.

This proposal has been left with the Captains to discuss amongst themselves and with other members of the Club as a principle, and if they are in agreement, then collectively decide on a couple of suitable candidates as our Club Charity. Having drawn up a short list, they would then work with Stu Williamsn to assess the suitability of the charity. While we all recognise the good work of charities, we believe that not all charities would be suitable partners that would enable them, and the club, to maximise the opportunity. It is proposed, that once a charity is selected, that the Club will commit all their charitable endeavours to that charity for a fixed period of three years to enable the Club and the charity to properly develop the relationship.

The decision making panel at Mill Green is Timothy Thetford, Carole Frater and Chris Hale along with Stu. If you have any suggestions or thoughts on this proposal, may we ask that you come back to Stu so that he can collate and distribute the feedback.

Club News

From Gary Walsh, Golf ManagerAs we move into November, we hope you have enjoyed your golf this season. As a club we have made fantastic progress this year, through our clubhouse refurbishment, wholesale bunker renovations and improved course conditions. This has all led to an increase in Membership and it has been great to welcome so many new Members to the club, while receiving such positive feedback from existing Members.  

On Friday October 15th, we hosted our first Advisory Board meeting. During the meeting we provided an update on actions following the Q&A. 

A new pin placement system has been introduced. Each day pins will be located in either zone A, B, or C. The new pin sheets can be collected from check-in and the day’s zone will also be displayed.  

We are pleased to announce the bunkers are now back in play for both general play and competition rounds. The hydroseeded areas surrounding the bunkers will remain GUR and relief without penalty may be taken in line with the rules of golf. Andy and the team will rivet the bunkers throughout November, and this will further improve the aesthetics of our new bunkers.  

The trophy cabinet and honours boards are still under review and a further update will follow as soon as a location has been decided. 

As we move closer to the Christmas season, we have a number of events planned from our ultimate quiz night to breakfast with Santa. We hope to see our Members attending these events and if you have any questions or if you would like to make a booking, please contact Nicola or myself.  

Clubhouse Improvements

This winter we will re-commence the improvements to the clubhouse with soft furnishings to the main bar and the events space. We recognise that this still has to be finished and we will be adding curtains, rugs, hanging pictures, further lighting and a second mobile bar for the far end of the function room. These additions, along with a specialist acoustic consultant will greatly improve the sound quality within the premises. In March we anticipate the extension to the patio, so that we go into 2022 in a better place that we started 2021.

Subscriptions

The improvements have already started to pay dividends with function bookings for 2022 with significant increases in the number of bookings and the values for each. This should not be lost on the membership, as it is through the generation of visitor income that we have been able to invest significant sums back into Mill Green. Since we took over in June 2020, we honoured covid credits and did not increase the subscription this year. The primary goal of Get Golfing is to deliver a quality experience to our members with excellent value for money. As we all know, inflation has started to raise it head and we have been advised that we should expect an increase in operational costs of between 5 and 7.5% due to increased staffing costs, energy, supplier pricing, etc.

We are very keen to resist increasing subscriptions, but have to act with an air of caution. We are therefore going to increase subscriptions across all categories except Par 3 and junior members, by £5.00 per month. This amounts to an increase on a full or five day membership of 4% and 5% respectively. A separate email with a detailed breakdown will follow shortly. These increases only kick in when your membership renews.

Course News

From Andy Copeland, Course Manager: October a month of rain, growth and a busy golf course! 

Receiving over 5’’ of rain throughout October, we were faced with inevitable problems such as worm casts! A problem that is rife within the industry and no one has an effective solution. My philosophy is to dry down the surface as quick as possible so we can run brushes over the fairway to remove a dry worm cast. We are going to achieve this is by spiking all the fairways, tee and apps with a large solid tine 2-3’’ deep. We have hired a large tractor and verti-drain to do this week commencing from the 1st Nov. (this is something Mill Green has never seen on the fairways due to lack of resources and finance. We want to open the top surface and allow water to pass through the profile). On areas worse hit by worms, we will be sand dressing over the top to fill the holes up which will allow constant water movement. Localised drainage is currently being mapped and the plan will be released soon. 

I’m extremely pleased with how the course is still performing given the above conditions. Greens, tees, approaches and the majority of the fairways remain in great shape. Fusarium disease is very present at the minute with warm, wet humid conditions but our daily maintenance minimises the risk of an outbreak. Bunkers are really firming up and playing exceptionally well from personal experience. All bunkers are fully raked daily. We request that if you play out of a bunker please rake after. 

Posts and roping are now the key to maintaining great grass coverage across our surfaces. We will be updating the check-in desk daily whether it’s all traffic to stick to the post and roped areas or just buggies. We urge all members and visitors to keep buggies and trolleys off the designated areas around the course. 

Pitch marks are a common problem across all courses. We would like to remind everyone to repair their own plus one on a green. We will be top dressing the greens with a minimal amount of sand pending weather conditions on a frequent basis. This will not disrupt play but to fill in any old pitch marks / voids on the putting surfaces. 

We will also be top dressing the old greenside bunkers to smooth off any low points and to improve the playability. 

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Clubhouse News

From Nicola Callander, Events ManagerAs Christmas is fast approaching, be sure not to miss out on the events we are hosting:  

Christmas Craft Fair – Saturday 20th of November 2021 

Open to all from 11-3pm. Find unique handcrafted presents this Christmas from a variety of local businesses at our Christmas Craft Fair. Free entry with food & drink available on the day including mulled wine and mince pies. 

Christmas Party Nights on the 3rd, 4th (sold out), 9th, 10th (sold out), 17th, and 18th (sold out) of December 2021.  

Join us at the Club this year for one of our fantastic Christmas parties & enjoy an evening filled with the following: 

  • Prosecco on Arrival
  • Three-Course Festive Meal
  • Decoration & Crackers provided
  • A DJ & Disco!
  • £45.00 per person 

The Ultimate Christmas Quiz Night – Wednesday 8th of December 2021 

  • 7pm for a 7:30pm start  
  • Teams of 8-10  
  • £15.00 per person to include prizes and curry  
  • 8 rounds and a marathon round 

Breakfast with Santa – Saturday 18th of December 2021 

  • Join us at The Club at Mill Green for a delicious breakfast with Santa between 9 am & 11 am 
  • Enjoy a choice of cooked breakfast, cereals, pancakes, and fruit with Santa and go home with a small gift for all the children   
  • Tickets £12.50 per person

New Year’s Eve Party – Friday 31st of December 2021 

  • Celebrations start at 7 pm on Friday 31st December 
  • Enjoy a drink on arrival followed by a two-course meal, then dance 2021 away to music from our resident DJ before raising a glass and celebrating the start of the New Year! 
  • Tickets: £50.00 per person 

From Liam Shaw, Clubhouse Manager: 

It’s been another busy month with the new bar menu’s launch. We now have BT Sport on the TV’s inside the clubhouse so it will be nice to see a few familiar and new faces coming down to enjoy the football in the evenings. On nights that we have the football on we will be keeping the kitchen open later than usual. We are also going to be introducing some local food and beverage suppliers both at the bar and in the kitchen, hopefully you can join us in supporting the local businesses. In November we will be showing the following football games: 

Premier League  

  • Brighton v Newcastle – 6th November 17:00 
  • Leicester v Chelsea – 20th November 11:30 
  • Arsenal v Newcastle – 27th November 11:30 

Champions League 

  • Malmo v Chelsea – 2nd November 17:00 
  • Atalanta v Manchester United – 2nd November 19:45 
  • Liverpool v Atletico Madrid – 3rd November 20:00 
  • Chelsea v Juventus – 23rd November 20:00 
  • Manchester City v PSG – 24th November  20:00 

Captains’ Update

Men 

From Chris Lane, Men’s Captain: Phew what a last few weeks, where do I start? 

The Foxes lost in semi-final away at Arkley 4 nil.  The Foxes end of season event was at Brickendon Grange, we fielded a team of 6 comprising of myself, Chris Myers, Rob Clayton, Tim Dent, Chris Tilbury and Kab Addai, we put up a strong performance, finishing last on the day… There’s always next year! 

The CBL team lost in their semi-final away at Wycombe Heights 6 nil. 

The CBL Challenge Cup took place at Aldwickbury, we fielded a team of 8 comprising of myself, Stuart Ashby, Steve Garwood, John Hulse, Del Warren, Paul Nash, Kab Addai and Dean Marshall. We finished joint runners-up losing out by one point to Three Locks. 

At this event we were presented with the Divisional Trophy winners award, which I hope will be displayed in the bar. 

I hosted the Captain’s Salver for present and past Men’s Captains and the current Vice Captain. Chris Myers with 43 points retained the title which was last played for in 2019. Derek Farrant with 42 points was second and Graham Carter in third place with 41 points… Tough school! 

The Ken Wood Memorial Trophy is by invitation in memory of past Captain Ken Wood who sadly passed away on the course 12 years ago. This is the 10th year of this event and was won by Sam Davidson and John Silverosa (former member) with 49 points. 

Other competition winners since the last newsletter include: 

  • A team of Daniel Cox, Samuel Fowler, Will Hayward and Liam Hulse who won the Presidents Putter 
  • Midweek Medal winner Terry Morris 
  • Seniors Club Championship was won by Michael Angus 38 points, 2nd Steve Hinchliffe with 37 points and 3rd that old warhorse Derek Farrant with 36 points. 
  • Congratulations to all winners and those on the podium. 

The Men’s Section are looking to recruit 2 new competition organisers for the weekend competitions, if you are interested, please let me know. 

I am pleased to say that we are trying to re-introduce a Scratch Team next year. The application has been made to Herts County Golf. We are looking for players with handicaps of scratch or less up to handicaps of 8. If you are interested either let me know or Darren Wheston who has agreed to administer/manage the team. 

I am reminded that before playing in a competition you must register at the Golf Reception on the day. 

On to Social events…

Congratulations to the team of Peter Shanks, Richard Gale, Alan Tweddell and their wives won the Quiz on 1st October in a closely fought affair. Many thanks to all those who took part. 

The Sportsman’s Evening on 14th October with Bob Wilson and Mick Harford was a great success. The evening was hosted by comedian Russ Williams. Thanks again to those of you who came along and supported the event. I have received messages from both Bob and Mick thanking Mill Green for their hospitality. 

My last event is the 70’s & 80’s Night featuring Neil Diamond tribute on Saturday 13th November. Cost £25 includes a fish and chip supper. If you are interested let me know as soon as possible as there is some interest being shown, you don’t want to be disappointed. 

Thanks for your support as always! 

Chris 

 

Ladies 

From Carole Frater, Ladies’ Captain: The Ladies section enjoyed their first Autumn Meeting since before Covid. This medal round was played either as 18 or 9 holes. Rachel Dunsdon carded a score of 74 nett to win the 18-hole competition and the Autumn Meeting Cup. Lavinia Hale won the 9-hole competition with a nett 39. Rosie Meager won division 1 with 75 nett, and Liz Pemble division 2, also with a nett 75. The event was rounded off with a late lunch in the Lake View Suite. The Ladies section generously added another £155 to my Captain’s Charity – Isabel Hospice – through the raffle. 

The Grannies teapot was won by Jan Houston, who dedicated the win to her newest grandchild. 

2 committee members and I were invited to join Get Golfing at A Festival of Golf held over 2 days at Pyrford Lakes. Karen Bond as this year’s RTL winner and Zainab Jeppe as Ladies Club Champion were also invited. The event was extremely well organised, and showcased the Get Golfing ethos. 

The Ladies section diary has now been completed by Annie Westcough and me. Throughout the 2022 season there will be opportunities for competitive golf, team competition and fun games. There is an array of matches planned – The Ovaltine Scratch League, Pearsons League, mixed matches and ladies’ friendly matches. Something to suite all tastes and abilities. If you would like to join us on a Tuesday or at the weekend, please don’t hesitate to contact Gary and his team who will introduce you to likeminded golfers. 

The Ladies section will be holding a Presentation Evening towards the end of November. Trophies will be presented after a meal with golfing buddies. Details of this event are on the notice board in the changing room, and all ladies are warmly welcomed. 

 

Seniors 

From Chris Hale, Seniors’ Captain: Things are winding down for the Autumn and the longer competitions are coming to a conclusion. The summer knock-out was won on the 18th hole by John Simpson, a stirring comback after being 4 down with 7 to play. A very well done to a very worthy winner. We scheduled each of the rounds for a Wednesday as part of our weekly get together, and this initiative has worked amazingly well with no stress at the end of each playing period. 

This summer we opened the eclectic to all seniors who enter the Wednesday competitions. This has been a great success resulting in a tight finish for the first three places. The Seniors Captain, Chris Hale topped the list with a net score of 57.1, very closely followed by Aubrey Brathwaite (58.6) and Solly Khosravi (59.1). It’s a good event, and I suppose I would say it, a great result. 

We ran a hidden pairs competition during the month. It’s a bit of a lottery but I am happy to complement John Simpson and Henry Rivers on a winning partnership and the runners up (on countback), Harold Snow and Kay Smith. Alan Tweddell and David Fowler were in “hot” pursuit.  

The monthly stroke play event was won by John Simpson with Karl Pedder and Graham Williams in 2nd and 3rd places. The scores in the stableford competition reflected the weather, but Richard Collett lifted the 1st prize and Roger Huggins and Kay Smith shared the balance of the sweep.  

It’s that time of year when we are looking for willing volunteers to help run the section. There is never a huge amount to do and no formal arrangement but the more people who can lend a hand the better. Please talk to me, John Smith or Peter Aubusson if you would like to contribute. 

Chris Hale 

Senior’s Captain 

The MILLERS. “Golf for all over 55s at Mill Green”

Proshop News

From Nicholas DarbyGolf Retail Sales & Operations Manager: The Proshop yet again has three fantastic offers for you this month!

Mill Green Golf Club

Get personalised 4-FOR-3 dozen TaylorMade golf balls! The limited time offer enables you to purchase 3 dozen TP5, TP5x or Tour Response White or Yellow and receive 1 dozen free along with free personalisation.

Our TP5 sale price: £125.97

Our Tour Response sale price: £104.97

 

Get your personalised golf balls

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Just a quick reminder, the Mumba Charity Buy Back scheme ends on November 30th, so make sure to get any more old logo’d gear in for £10 off your new club apparel.

Pro News

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

  • The Flatstick Challenge: This month’s Flatstick Challenge will test your ability to use the sweet spot of your putter to improve speed control and start line. I will be hosting an afternoon session on the putting green at which 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 focused on holing more putts. Book here: https://markdaygolfcoaching.as.me/theflatstickchallenge.   
  • The Power Hour: This month I will be sharing with participants what vertical force is and how to maximise vertical force for increased speed and distance. During the session, there will be 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 

 

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

  • Thursday 11th November – 11am – 12am – Driving accuracy, spend the hour testing your driving accuracy using various drills and techniques to improve understanding and ability.
  • Wednesday 17th November – 10am – 11am – Finding the middle of the putter. If you are looking to improve your pace and accuracy with putts, finding the middle of the face can play a huge part in this. Come down and learn some straightforward ways to improve our strike with the putter.
  • Saturday 27th November – 1pm – 2pm – Iron striking session, its important with our irons that we are making contact with the ball first. This is a very common issue I see with lots of lessons and can cost people plenty of shots and distance on the golf course. We will look at why this is important and more importantly how we can improve our strike.

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

Community Outreach

The team this month have been focusing on working with our 8 sites to adapt the Club’s charitable role within their communities.

As you’ve read, Ed our CEO would like all sections of the club to work together to support one local charity for the next three years and really embed them into our sites with awareness, fundraising and use of our amazing environments.

The aim will be to have one Group charity across all Get Golfing and then one local charity at each site that can receive great support over a sustained period of time. This should maximise fundraising and allow charities to plan and budget more effectively over a 3-year period.

We also hope that with all sections of the club working together it will integrate sections, create great social interactions, and create an inclusive and exciting program of social and fundraising events.

Captains and vice captains are currently in discussion to select the Club’s local charity and we aim to announce group and local charity partners with a January launch. We are supporting this process and will have designated resources to help sites make a real difference to the local charity of their choice.

The team are also currently:

  • Selecting our partner primary and special schools for 2022 that will receive an amazing package of support over the next 3 years.
  • Organising our TAP/SEN program cohorts for 2022.
  • Setting up our This Girl Can Get Golfing calendar.
  • Developing partnerships with a wide variety of clubs and providers to broaden activities offered on our sites.

We look forward to supporting your club and if you have any ideas or links to local groups who could benefit from our support please get in touch with the team.

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