Covid-19: The introduction of the three tier local alert system introduces certain additional restrictions on coming to the golf club and what can be done once you are at the Club.
We will keep the clubhouse open while we are in Tier 1 but we will have to close the clubhouse should Tier 2 occur.
The courses will stay open throughout and we are working on contingency plans that will enable us to provide food and drinks to Members and visitors both on and off the course.
It is the responsibility of Members, their guests and those playing in golf events to comply with the government regulations as befits their personal circumstances. We would urge all staff, Members and visitors to report any Covid 19 symptoms to the appropriate bodies.
We ask Members to respect the latest government guidance, which seems to be increasingly complex.
We recognise that these restrictions will have a negative impact on a number of events and those who might participate in them. This is deeply regretted, but we are obliged to follow the regulations and to adapt as they change.
From Andy Copeland, Course Manager: The feeling in the past month has been we are either flying high or laying low. The weather has played havoc with competitions and course set up but it has been perfect for the over-seeding to thicken it up and battle against the worm cast population!
We had the second highest rainfall total for the year in the first 10 days of October. We are now seeing consistent patterns of weather, fewer light showers over a longer period of time but heavier, thundery, showers over fewer days. The new ‘V ditches’ drainage around the course will help catch the water flow and divert it away from the course. We are also going to link the path between 17th tee / green and 18th tee / green. This will be a test run and if successful we will look at linking the paths on No.s 2, 3 and 16.
We are very proud of the course and watching it go from strength to strength. Greens are performing brilliantly under huge pressure from the weather. Little and often sand dressing is proving its worth as greens remain firm and healthy for the start of November. We are still on the lower side of heights of cut (HOC) around the course. Greens, tees, approaches and fairways seem to be flourishing for it.
Fairways are going to be slit with the new 16.5-inch-long tines. This will help the surface water pass through the ground and disperse quicker. We have also been applying water penetrants on the fairways to improve water percolation.
As mentioned, worm casts are appearing more and more around the course. Like all the other clubs in the UK, we are trying different soil conditioners or fertilisers to help reduce the amount of casts being formed. Unfortunately, there is no legal product to stop them these days but we will continue to top dress approaches and walk-off areas to increase the sand particles in the surfaces as we find the worms don’t like the rough texture on their skin. We’ve had success by sending out a brush to disperse the casts on dry afternoons before cutting.
Leaves held on a few weeks longer this year than last when compared to our photos. You will see the tractor and blower out there more and more as they come down. Please be patient while this is being done. We blow the 15th,16th and 17th twice a day to reduce the amount of leaves on the putting surfaces.
We hired a tractor and side arm flail this month to trim the boundary / internal hedging and the golf range perimeter. Unfortunately, due to the wet weather and soft ground conditions we had to off hire it after two days instead of the full seven days. We managed to cut back the hedging on holes 11, 12 and 18. We also cut back the hedging on the driving range and uncovered thousands of range balls.
All machines are now fitted with extremely bright LED lights. This enables us to be on the course earlier and get more work achieved before golfers turn up.
Get Golfing has bought us another new machine this month. It is a Toro 3100 and it will cut the tees and approaches, delivering a much finer and consistent cut. We are aiming to keep these areas nice and tight to improve playability around the course.
Elsewhere, we have begun work on a new path linking the 17th.
We have also cleared out the ditch as you approach the 8th.
We are constantly looking to get better in every aspect of the course. Having more staff, the resources/machinery and financial backing nothing seems too big to achieve. It’s already clear to see the amount of progress we have made in such a short period of time. This again is down to the backing of Get Golfing and their passion for golf course condition. I pray for a consistent spell of weather (not rain!) so we can all enjoy the progress Mill Green has made. We are looking forward to seeing you on the course soon.
First up, we must make mention of the success of Mill Green Member Ellen Hume over the United States where she shot a 3-under 69 to earn individual co-champion honours in the East Lake Cup. For more click here.
Congratulations also go to Chris Barnes and Zainab Jeppe for winning the Men’s and Ladies’ titles in the rescheduled Club Championships over October 24th and 25th. Their 36-hole scores were a highly impressive 145 and 148 respectively. Joe Gash was runner up in the Men’s section with a score of 147, while Andrea Clark was in second place with 177 in the Ladies’ category.
Membership migration: Some Members, who renewed just prior to the takeover, currently remain in their old chosen Crown category until their renewal next year. We appreciate, however, that Get Golfing’s new membership terms, including the booking window, are much more attractive than previous offers, so we can migrate a Member across to a newer category if they so want.
There are, however, some implications in doing this. Legally it is a new contract — so we cannot just migrate you over at the touch of a button. Also, because the previous owner’s rates included VAT that we cannot recover, there is a cost implication, which may affect your decision to change over. Please contact your General Manager to discuss ways in which we can tailor a solution most suited to your golfing needs.
We would also like to highlight the fact that we are committed to keeping your subscription flat in 2021, while at the same time continuing to invest significantly in delivering a high-quality course and great customer service.
Winter rates: Members should be aware that we put into effect a new points matrix on October 26th for the winter golf season to March 31st to reflect the new playing conditions in terms of light etc.
This will offer both Member guests and Flexible Members a much more economic rate when playing over the winter season. Details can be found here.
Freedom Play Members: Those Members still operating under the old Freedom Play membership category should all have been contacted by the General Manager about our new better-value points system created in line with the wider Get Golfing group. If you are not in the process of moving across to this improved offer, please contact the office so you don’t miss out! See here for more details.
Join the Golf Passport: If you are an existing Member of a Get Golfing club, you can play UNLIMITED golf at our other venues for just £25 a month or £300 a year (with a 7-day lead time for booking your tee time). Why not organise a 4-ball with your friends and enjoy an away day at another course near you? Remember you can use your Club Card across all Get Golfing sites as well! Please note that flexible members have their points deducted based on the time and day of play. Please click here to learn more.
World Handicap System update: As a golf club, we are the data controller for any data stored in IntelligentGolf about the membership. Members may be interested to know that, as part of the WHS license agreement with England Golf, certain fields of your member data are requested to be uploaded to the WHS.
Members are able to set their privacy preference but please before doing that, within your Member log-in, go to My Golf and then Preferences and verify your email address and tick all the appropriate boxes that allow you to receive communications.
Only then go to My Golf, My Rounds and click on the WHS Privacy Link.
FYI: If you click on the link below you will be able to view the latest communication sent out from England Golf to help golfers understand the new WHS system which comes into action from November 2nd.
Please remember that Intelligent Golf and all golf support companies have no access to anyone’s handicaps or playing records until November 2nd so any discrepancies or problems with any uploads cannot be resolved until after this date. The last upload from England Golf to the WHS takes place at 8.00pm on the 1st of November so things are constantly changing on a daily basis until this time.
From Mark Day, PGA Fellow Professional (UKCC Level 4 Coach): Level up your game this winter with guaranteed two hours one-to-one coaching and unlimited 30-minute sessions for just £99 a month.
I am offering something very special for this coming winter period and it’s limited to just 15 people. I will be providing a subscription service for £99 a month.
This service will run from November 1st, 2020, to March 31st, 2021 (Tuesday to Friday: subject to availability). Lessons are booked as 30 minutes per time (only one per day) and everyone is welcome, even non-Members.
- Unlimited 30-minute lessons (available daily)
- Technical coaching
- Skills development
- Supervised practice
- Speed sessions
- Personalised practice plans
- Monthly challenges
- Monthly online hangouts
How does it work?
It’s simple. You can book as many lessons as you require each week based on 30-minute sessions (limited to one a day).
Working days will be Tuesday to Friday. Sessions are subject to availability and I will be looking for at least a three-month commitment. I need eight students minimum to run this so once this number is reached I will email everyone to confirm payments to start on November 1st, 2020.
Please email me directly via [email protected] or text 07958 003756 if you would like to be added to the list or have any questions.
November Monthly Challenge: 250ft Putting Challenge. If you want to improve your performance on the putting green, you won’t be able to do this by always focusing on performance! Just wanting the ball to go in the hole more won’t actually help you achieve that goal. You have to access new learning. Instead of judging how well or badly you may have putted in a round, let’s ask the question after each round: what did I learn? There are many facets to improved putting performance such as more one putts, fewer three putts, fewer putts per round, higher putts gained and even total footage holed. Each of these will make their own contribution to better putting and lower scores in slightly different ways and, in my opinion, can be and should be practiced independently. We can’t just generically practice putting and hope some of those metrics get better but we can practice performance while keeping an eye on learning.
To help shape this learning for you I’ll be running a monthly challenge. This month’s challenge is the 250ft putting challenge and focuses on footage holed. All is explained in the video below for you so check it out. I’ll be running a leaderboard to see who can hole the most footage in the challenge over three attempts. You can have as many attempts as you like and we’ll total the best three. Weekly updates will be posted on my coaching facebook page which can be found here Mark Day Coaching Facebook Page
Of course, I’ll be having a go myself so see if you can beat me 😀
Regardless of where you finish on the leaderboard or whether you achieve your target goal or not, I’m most interested in what you learn about start line, speed control and green reading. It’s this information and feedback that holds the key to future improved performance.