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Club news

From Gary Walsh, Golf Manager: As we move into September, we are nearing completion of our bunker renovation programme. Andy and the team are doing this as they continue to present fantastic course conditions during what is an extremely busy period for the team. We hope that you are enjoying your time on the course.  

As most Members will now be aware, we have recently taken over Arkley Golf Club, which is located in Enfield. Arkley is a great 9-hole course and provides Members at Mill Green with a great opportunity to play at another Get Golfing course without having to travel too far. To play unlimited golf at Arkley, along with other Get Golfing clubs Mill Green Members can take advantage of the Get Golfing Passport, which is just £300 per year. If you would like to add this to your membership, please email [email protected] and I will be happy to help. Flexible Members can also use their points at any Get Golfing club, if you would like to book a tee time, again, please contact me.  

Spaces are filling up fast for our away day to Pyrford Lakes, which takes place on September 19th. It promises to be another fun trip and provides an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow Members, while playing a fun competition on an excellent golf course. 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] 

Course News

From Andy Copeland, Course Manager: A huge achievement from the team as we completed Phase 1 of the bunker rubbering on the main course. From May 5th to August 4th, we managed to put drains in, hydroseed, rubber the bases and spread over 360 tonnes of bunker sand. It took relentless effort, and we are all extremely proud of how much work we have got through at the same time as we had one of the most active grass-growing seasons we have had to date.  

The back 9 bunkers are nearing completion of sanding and we will continue to whacker plate and hand water the sand to compact them. All in-play bunkers are raked daily, and they all have new Accupro bunker rakes.  

Regarding the rabbit damage on the new greenside bunkers on the 11th, we will be repairing the damaged rubber and covering the entire bunker with chicken wire to stop animals going into it. We will then be revetting the bunker edges from October onwards to finish the perimeters and tidy the aesthetics. 

With the larger project works coming to an end, we are starting to refine the putting surfaces more regularly by increasing verticutting, brushing and overseeding the greens. We have overseeded the greens with a Barenbrug all-bent grass seed. The end goal is to have a greater percentage of bent grass in the greens, which has multiple benefits.  

Firstly, it is a more disease-resistant grass type in the autumn/winter against the likes of fusarium and, with more and more restrictions on chemical use, this will be a vital part of the jigsaw in retaining good grasses on our greens. Secondly, we will be able to use less water on the greens in the summer months, which will ultimately give us firmer, smoother and faster greens.  

Fairways are continuing to improve and hit new levels of presentation. Height of cut is down to 14mm, and, with continued inputs of fertilisers, growth suppressants and wetting agents, they will head into autumn winter stronger than Mill Green has ever seen before.  

Summer/autumn renovations will take place early part of September. This will be a light spike and top dress followed up with a granular feed.   

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Clubhouse News

From Liam Shaw, Clubhouse Manager: It’s been another good month at The Club at Mill Green with the live music nights on a Thursday. We have added cocktail specials to our drinks and offered barbeques that have proved to be very popular. With the numbers growing each week and everyone enjoying themselves, we are planning to keep this going through the coming months. On a Tuesday evening we have now introduced curry night, comprising a curry and a pint or a glass of wine for £10, and which has also proved to be popular. 

Now we have BT Sport, we will be showing the live football matches and bringing out some more special menus to coincide with these, including some sharing platters and some special offers on beers for the big games. 

Tea Pot Gate: Back by popular demand – we have reintroduced pots of tea to the hot beverage menu. Our new tea pots serve two people and will be available at £4 or add a slice of cake for £5. 

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From Nicola Callander, Events Manager: This month we have hosted the first of our live music nights with George Powell and Hobo Chic. They have been a roaring success so far and we will be continuing them throughout September, with the addition of a 9-hole fun competition beforehand. Please see below the details:  

Thursdays throughout September 

9-hole fun competition from 17:30 – open to all 

Live Music from 19:30-21:30 

Cocktails & food throughout 

We will also have an announcement in the coming weeks of our first annual event open to all members, so please do keep an eye out for this.  

As we move towards the latter part of the year; we are beginning to take bookings for Christmas. Make sure you keep an eye on the What’s On page for more information on what’s taking place at the club later this year. 

Captains’ Update

From Chris Lane, Men’s Captain: With the bunkers nearly complete, I’m looking forward to the return of the bunkers in competition play. 

The Breakfast League team (CBL) continue to be undefeated, with wins away at Waterstock 3.5 – 2.5 and 6 – 0 at home to Hazelmere. We have two matches remaining, both are away to Shendish Manor and Hazelmere before the end of August. By the time this newsletter is circulated we may well have won the league, great effort from all in the squad. 

The Foxes had been unbeaten until this month! We lost at The Hertfordshire 4 – 0 on a damp thundery afternoon when play was stopped for at least 25 minutes due to the heavy rain. All matches were close but we still had a chance of winning the league had we avoided a 2.5 – 1.5 defeat at home to Arkley. However, it has been a tremendous effort by the squad, given we didn’t win a match in the previous full season played. We have qualified for quarter-final knockout stages and have been drawn away at Aldenham, the match will be played in early September. 

The Winter Singles and Doubles Knockout competitions will return this year, Dave Russell has agreed to take these competitions forward, look out for further details. 

Congratulations to competition winners since the last newsletter: 

  • Late July Midweek Medal: Richard Gale nett 72 on countback 
  • August Sunday Stableford: Conor Garwood 
  • August Midweek Medal: Michael Angus nett 66 

We have also had the fifth leg of The Race to Le Touquet: The Summer Cup, a medal competition, which was won by Stuart Williams with a nett 67. The final leg of the RLT is the Foundation Cup on September 11th, good luck to all those challenging for a trip to Le Touquet. 

I have already circulated details of the quiz on Friday, October 1st, please let me know if you are entering a team, except those of you who have already been in contact. 

Thursday, October 14th is The Sportsman’s Evening, make a note in your diaries, further details will be issued shortly. 

Saturday, November 13th is the 70s & 80s Night, which includes the Neil Diamond tribute. Details will be issued in early October. 

Thanks in advance for all your support and see you at the Club soon! 

 

Ladies

From Carole Frater, Ladies’ Captain: I was very pleased to see so many of the Ladies section at the Q&A session that Ed Richardson CEO of Get Golfing held on Tuesday, August 3rd. It was your opportunity to ask Ed any questions that you had. He answered questions from our section and has offered to investigate some of our concerns. 

Some of the Ladies section spent a lovely day at Crews Hill for our Away Day at the end of July. The staff at Crews Hill looked after us perfectly. Our breakfasts and late lunches were well cooked and presented. The course was in great condition except for the ‘undulations’, if you were there you know what I mean! Hopefully Brenda Funival-Jones has finally recovered from the experience on her one-woman buggy. 

The Vice- Captain’s purple team won, I won’t tell you the scores, but they had a resounding win. Annie Westcough was the best golfer on the day. Genny Hill won the front 9, whilst Caroline Tweddell the back 9. Eileen Davey was nearest the pin on the tricky, par 3, 13th hole. All in all, a good day. 

Debbie Barnes narrowly missed out in the De Paula Cup to a very tough opponent from Hadley Wood. However, Debbie and her husband Steve played in the second round of the County Mixed Greensomes on an extremely hot day and beat two single handicappers from Aldwickbury GC. Their next round opponents are from Brookmans Park GC. 

In the Annodata Matchplay competition Mill Green unfortunately lost out to Brookmans Park on an exceedingly hot day. The overall result was 4 – 1. 

Our friendly matches have proved to be a real mixed bag since the last newsletter. The Weekend Friendly match on July 18th at home saw us win 2.5 – 1.5 on an especially hot day against Aldwickbury GC. There was a friendly match against Brookmans Park Away on July 22nd that resulted in a 3 – 1 loss. Our Mixed Friendly away vs Aldwickbury GC on July 25th was a 4 – 2 loss on this occasion. 

There was a mid-week friendly against Dyrham Park Away on August 12th, unfortunately our team lost 1.5 – 2.5. Our Mixed Match against Mid-Herts away on August 15th was a resounding win for Mill Green 6.5 – 1.5. 

Our Scratch team put up a noble fight against a very strong team away at Harpenden GC on August 8th. The weather held out for them but, unfortunately, our team lost 4.5 – 0.5. 

Finally, I want to say a massive thank you to all our ladies, and our men, at Mill Green who make themselves available for matches. These matches are always advertised by email from Mill Green and sign-up sheets are posted in the changing room area. Our matches are open to everybody, and we try hard to give all an opportunity to play. 

 

Seniors

From Chris Hale, Seniors’ Captain, The Millers: “Golf for all over 55s at Mill Green”It has been a busy month. So, let’s start with the best bit. August 18th saw us play our fun Charity Milligan’s competition. Suru amassed a mighty 47 points, with Ted Pillinger and Chris Hale in pursuit, but not very closely. The day raised almost £300, which included one very generous additional donation. Thank you to all those who brought in raffle prizes. We had an exceptionally good table. 

In total, we have now raised £1,450 for my charity over the last 18 months. This all down to the generosity of The Millers. My sincere thanks to you all. My charity this year is RESOLVE. The team there look after the rough sleepers and homeless of Welwyn and Hatfield and act as a refuge and rehabilitation centre for those who suffer alcohol and drug addiction; not glamorous, but absolutely essential. 

We have also played the Pairs Cup in the last four weeks. Simon Lake and Kitmee Lim lifted the trophy and Richard Collett and Ted Pillinger ran them a close second. This is always hard-fought and there were some admirable scores, so well done to everybody who entered. A pleasant lunch was enjoyed by all after the event. 

Our regular stroke play match on August 4th was won by my good self with a net 67: Harry Bracher scored a 69, with Kay Smith and Graham Williams at 71 and 72 respectively. Quite good scores, if I am allowed to say so myself. 

Further back still, the July stableford was won by Suru (42 points) with runners up, Ray Bloom, John Hastings and Nigel Glover. 

Finally, fitted into the competition mix in last few weeks, there was a Texas scramble. Of the 4-ball groups, Team Glover won (2nd: Team Calcraft) with Team Hale picking up the prize for the 3-ball groups (2nd: Team Aitken). 

Given a green light, we are starting to confirm our inter-club friendly match schedule for next year. We have also brought some of the bunkers back into play, just the sandy bits! Not my most popular decision! 

Competitions News

We hosted our fifth Race to Le Touquet event, The Summer Cup, on August 7th. 72 players took part, with 80 points up for grabs for the winner on the day.  

Overall Results 

  1. Stuart Williams nett 67 – £68 and 4 sleeves of Srixon AD333 
  2. Derek Farrant nett 68 – £51 and 2 sleeves of Srixon AD333 
  3. Adrian Ward nett 69 – £38 and 1 sleeve of Srixon AD333 
  4. Karen Bond nett 70 – £28 
  5. Terry Morris nett 71 – £17 
  6. Robert Davies nett 71 – £11 

 

Ladies Results 

  1. Karen Bond nett 70 – 2 sleeves of Srixon AD333 
  2. Andrea Clark nett 71 – 1 sleeve of Srixon AD333 

 

Longest Drive 

Ladies – Karen Bond – Singha Hat 

Men – Simon Radin – Singha Hat 

 

Nearest to Pin 

Ladies – Andrea Clark – Singha Hat 

Men – Steve Garwood – Singha Hat 

  

2’s club  

Matt Eckland 

Gavin Fryer Kelsey 

Steve Garwood 

Edward Ogundele 

Darren Wheston 

Timothy Thetford 

£8.33 each 

 

Please see the updated Race to Le Touquet leaderboard below: 

Men’s Leaderboard

NamePoints Total
Stuart Williams173
Terry Morris130
Kevin Pendell123
Steve Garwood122
Gavin Fryer-Kelsey119
Richard Gale118
Sean Spellman108
John Hulse95
Steven Hinchliffe93
Warren Riley90
Stuart Ashby87
Aaron Clements86
Matt Eckland86
Alan Twedell79

Ladies Leaderboard

NamePoints Total
Alison Shanks257
Caroline Tweddell241
Karen Bond235
Adele Morris231
Andrea Clark214
Cindy Greenhalgh159
Zainab Jeppe135
Rosie Meager106
Anne Westcough94
Debbie Barnes75
Carole Frater68
Julie Lowman64
Debbie McLoughlin63
Elizabeth Sargant54

 

We now look forward to the sixth and final event of The Race to Le Touquet campaign. The Foundation Cup will take place on September 11th and, with the winner receiving 100 points, it is all still to play for. We look forward to seeing you on September 11th, for what promises to be an exciting finish to the campaign. 

Staff News

From Kevin Bennett, Head ChefHello, my name is Kevin Bennett, and I am your new Head Chef here at The Club at Mill Green. I look forward to working with the team here to create seasonal menus and some special dishes just for you. 

Please feel free to stop and talk to me about any ideas you have about menus or how we could make your club events more enjoyable as I am always open to new ideas that would make your experience here at Mill Green better. 

Proshop News

From Nicholas DarbyGolf Retail Sales & Operations Manager: This month the Pro Shop is excited to debut two new brands — golf shoe supplier Payntr and apparel maker ProQuip. 

Our monthly promotions detailed below:

 

Mill Green Golf Club

The all new ProQuip Barstripe Polo at £19.99. Available in a range of colours, get yours today!

Mill Green Golf Club

Bridgestone Lady Precept Golf Balls (available in white and pink!) at a sale price of £19.95 per dozen. Get yours here!

We also have a member buyback scheme in aid of the charity Mumba Children’s ProjectGet Golfing sites are running a member buyback scheme on all branded golf clothes  and not just your specific clubfrom anywhereWe are also accepting clubs, balls and bags. These can then be partexchanged for new logoed apparel with our new club logos. You will shortly receive an email detailing the work this charity does and how you can help us help them. Check out the poster below to see when we are at Mill Green:

Mumba @ Mill Green

Pro News

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

Tuesday, September 15th: Beginners Taster Session — 13:00-14:00 

Mark will introduce new golfers to the game by helping them easily learn how to stand to the golf ball for different shots and how to hold the golf club. Attendees will also get to experience success playing different shots and take those first steps towards getting out on the Par 3 course. This session is a simple and easy introduction to the game with all equipment supplied. 

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

 

Saturday, September 18th: How to Hit a Draw Shot — 14:00-15:00

In this month’s Power Hour, Mark will be sharing how to make a more solid contact and put less slice spin on the golf ball. Everyone wants to shape a draw from the tee so we’ll focus on how you can create draw shot impact conditions and hit the shape of shot you’ve always wanted.  

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

Thursday, September 23rd: The Flatstick Challenge — 19:00-20:00
 
The ultimate ladder challenge! This month’s Flatstick Challenge will challenge your speed control. 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 you can improve your putting. We’ll have some fun and friendly competition on the evening and this month will be focused on completing a 10-ball ladder. 

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

Community Outreach

From Stuart Williams, Community Development Officer (Education, SEND and Communities), Get Golfing: Hola from a busy Community Events coordinator. 

Work on our Community HUB programme starts this month, which will see us aim to offer a variety of activities at our sites for our local communities and non-traditional visitors.  

We will be using art, music, sport, drama, walking, running, film nights and a host of activities to offer more for both members and visitors and so create some great social interactions in this disconnected age. 

Our NHS Blood & Transplant awareness and recruitment campaign is growing with every visit (see more below from Hampton court). Next stop is Arkley Golf Club on October 3rd when we will also run a great pairs scramble competition that is open to members, guests and visitors. After that it is the turn of Ansty in Coventry on October 30th 

The NHS desperately needs more donors. Please don’t be put off if you offer and they give you an appointment in a few months. They have to manage demand peaks, blood types and are still under-strength themselves as they return from Covid. You really will be doing something amazing and thanks to those members who already donate. 

 

 

Hampton Court gives blood: Our national partners NHS Blood & Transplant had a great recruitment day at our stunning Hampton Court site. They recruited more than 45 new donors, enlightened lots of people as to their blood type and spoke to a host of amazing people who already donate to help people they will never meet. Thanks to David and the team at Hampton Court for their support of this event. 

 

Community Partners: We are now taking nominations for local community groups that could do with help and we are also selecting our partner primary and special schools. Please do get in touch if you would like to suggest a small local charity or community group or school that we could help in 2022. 

Memory walks: We are hosting a series of Memory Walks for the Alzheimer’s Society around our beautiful sites and it would be great if you are free to join us at The Club at Mill Green, near Welwyn Garden City, on September 18th at 4pm, or at Redlibbets in Kent on September 19th at 3pm. 

You can find your nearest event at alzheimers.org.uk/memory-walk or you can set up your own. We are looking to raise funds to beat this horrible disease but also to create a lovely social event for people to chat and enjoy our sites. Everyone is welcome and we ask for a £5 donation for adults but nothing from children and dogs. We will have a 5km and 2.5 km route that will start and finish at the clubhouses. 

 

 

Exemplar local partnership: The Club at Mill Green is supporting Music 24, which does amazing work through music to bring smiles to dementia sufferers plus their carers, and creates amazing social interactions for those of us who are lonely. To find our more visit https://www.music24.org.uk. 

All this amazing group needed was a space to meet on a Monday afternoon every two weeks to bring sunshine and smiles to those suffering from dementia. We are happy to give them it free of charge. 

If you know of any local groups that need a free space to use, help expanding their provision or raising awareness of their work, we would be happy to help. Please contact [email protected]. 

Also, in September, we will be launching our Adopt a School programme, where we identify a local special school and primary school to help unlock their students’ potential. We will host a series of golfing, music, art and drama opportunities at our sites to allow their students to shine. 

Walking the Dog: Hopefully by now you are aware that all our venues are dog friendly and that you are keeping an eye out for when a great social walk around our sites is taking place at your club. 

Our dog of the month is Ted from Mill Green. Ted likes sitting down, sniffing, and listening to loud music. If you email me a picture of your dog at the golf course or on one of our walks, they could be famous. We look forward to next month’s nominations. 

Ideas please: Finally, I would love to hear from you, so please do contact me with any ideas you have for using our sites to do some good. Our venues and staff are our greatest assets, and we want to use them to have a positive impact on our local communities. Please do remember to say “thank you” to your clubhouse team, chefs, green keepers and golf ops as they are doing an amazing job in tricky conditions.  

I look forward to meeting more and more of you on my visits and please do come up and say hello if you see me in your clubhouse. Contact me at [email protected].

Reviews

“Excellent all round course! Fairways and greens were really well maintained. Better now they have changed original back nine to front nine! Also added some more water features. Really enjoyed the round and will definitely be going back! Highly recommended. Also only £22.50 after 2pm fantastic value for money! Only small drawback no real pro shop! But can still pick up balls, gloves, tees at the end of the bar! ”
Rated 5 out of 5 by John Day
“Lovely golf course, would definitely play again! ”
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tracy Gorb
“ Played here today, couldn’t believe what fantastic condition the course was in. And nice to see the new bunkers starting to take shape and making the course even better. Can’t wait to come back and play again very soon. Greens were in unreal condition too. ”
Rated 5 out of 5 by Matt Oliver Peck