JH Taylor Designs
Article by Rob Smith, Contributing Editor – Golf Monthly August Edition
JH Taylor Designs
Article by Rob Smith, Contributing Editor – Golf Monthly August Edition
There’s been a fair bit more activity with the bees this month. We managed to split our hive so that now we have two hives, we are just waiting to see if this has been successful or not. One of the hives has a egg laying queen in it which is what we need and we are just waiting to see if the other queen will start laying. We have seen a lot a wildlife this month and our member Simon Booker has taken some great pictures around the course. The highlight this month was finding a tree creeper that was nesting just behind the 11th green, this was spotted by another member Paul Rainsden. I also managed to capture a tawny owl on one of my cameras in the 18th woods. The wild rough around the course is now looking great, it adds so much definition between holes but also really helps the wildlife. We manage the wild rough that is in play any unsightly or wild flowers that will hurt like thistles or stinging nettles are killed off in playing areas, however these are left in areas that are out of play are they are great for the wildlife.
This month has seen a lot of rain, this has meant that the course is very green at the moment especially for July. It has been a challenge some weeks to get a dry cut on surfaces, however we always find a way to get the work done.
The new 4th tee had its first cut at the start of the month, this was done with a rotary hand mower. We cut the tee with this mower for most of the month and now we have just started to use a cylinder hand mower to get the height of cut down and closer to the tee height of cut we have. It still needs time for the grass to fill in and for the roots to develop further but it is progressing well.
It has been a very busy month for the greenkeeping staff. A busy month in which we saw very high amounts of rainfall throughout with less than a handful of days having no precipitation. This has made it difficult to find opportunities at times to cut certain areas, but we have managed this well. The cutting frequencies have now picked up with the soil temperatures rising. Spraying applications have taken place on all fairways, tees, greens, around the greens and surrounds. We managed to get our maintenance in earlier in the month, with a verti-drain, top dress and a scarify taking place. This all goes a long way to improving our playing surfaces.
The course has really taken shape now as we moved into the latter stages of the month of May. We also spent the last week of the month preparing for the BB&0 Championships. The team worked tirelessly throughout to ensure that the course was in the best condition possible for the event.
As the weather hopefully turns now , let’s all enjoy much warmer days and playing golf out in the sunshine.
Conor Huntley – Assistant Greenkeeper
We have had 3 ducks making the course their home, two male mallards and one female. They are great to watch and pop up all over the place, with the 14th pond seeming to be their favourite spot. There’s been a fair amount of activity worth the bees as well this month, we had a swarm appear on Sunday 16th which was collected and placed into a new hive on 3a. Two days later we had another swarm but this one disappeared before we got round to collecting it. The bad weather has been affecting the bees, they are a bit behind due to the low growth rates this spring but hopefully a change of in weather is coming soon. A slight disappointment occurred a few weeks back, it looked promising that some red kites were nesting at the 10th in the large beech in the pit, but this seems to have failed which is a shame as it would have been nice to see them raise young in sight. It’s great to see some wildflowers appearing around the course, adding a nice amount of colour around the course. I also spotted a couple of hares which are always nice to see on the 10th hole one morning.
Melissa Winkworth – Assistant Greenkeeper
April has seen a lot of frosty mornings which has meant the grass growth is very low for this time of year. However the course is starting to take shape with the fairways starting to show and rough being cut. You may have notice the changes to these areas, fairways have been made wider to make them fairer and the first cut of rough now has been striped because the fairways are now being cut half and half for the more traditional look. The new shapes of the approaches are also now standing out and looking great. We are really trying to improve these surfaces with more verti cutting, aeration and top dressing throughout the year. You may have also noticed the ball washers, these are actually our original ball washers which Steve has refurbished. I think you’ll agree they look great.
The bees are doing really well, we managed at the last look to find our queen and get her marked and her wings clipped to help stop them swarming. We are going to this year get another hive up and running and the honey produced by our two hives will go on sale to members hopefully at the end of the year. Any money made from the selling of the honey will all be used for environmental projects on the course the following year.
Assistant green keeper
The latest lockdown period has been an extremely busy one for us greenkeepers. We have managed to get a lot of work done and progressed to woodland areas that were planned for next winter. The last month has seen us getting ready for the return of golf, which we have been looking forward too as much as you. We have been busy marking out the fine turf with the fairways getting new shapes as well as around the greens extending in places and lowering the height of cut in this area to give a new challenge. All bunkers have been edged, weeded and sand topped up, all course furniture has been cleaned and repainted to give it all a freshen up, all paths have had a new layer of red gravel and been edged and the rubber ones have been cleaned.
On another note two members of the green keeping staff have completed their college courses, first was Conor who completed his level 3 in greenkeeping and second is Josh who completed his level 2 to become a qualified green keeper which is fantastic. I have also started my level 3 and I am really looking forward to gaining more knowledge.
The course is starting to get there and for March is looking great, let’s hope for no more lockdowns and a full year of golf.
Fantastic News!!! It’s a hat-trick!
We have great pleasure in announcing that Matt Aplin our Course Manager has been awarded Greenkeeper of the year at the 59Club Awards 2020 for the 3rd time in a row.
Quite simply an outstanding achievement from Matt and his team. This never before achieved ‘hat-trick’ underpins how far the club and course has come.
Matt was up against some of the great golf courses in the country. Not only is this outstanding, he and his team managed to achieve this with Covid restrictions in place.
The awards were presented online by presenter, Dan Walker and can be viewed at:
Matt’s award is a bit later on in the video at the 21 minute point in the video.
Hats off Matt & team, Take a bow!
Goring & Streatley Golf Club hits the mark with national golf accreditation for safeguarding.
Goring & Streatley golf club, which is backing the drive to grow the game, has achieved the SafeGolf club accreditation from England Golf, demonstrating the clubs commitment to safeguarding children and young people, as well as adults in risk in the sport of golf.
The club has strong links in the local community and is constantly coming up with new initiatives to attract new players and new members.Our Junior Development Programme managed by Matt Woods, Head Professional and his team has had outstanding success in bringing younger players into the game and continues to go from strength to strength.
Martin Hucklesby who led the club’s push to SafeGolf, said: “Goring & Streatley is a great club, it’s very friendly, welcoming and forward-thinking. This award helps us to spread that message and to tell people that children are safe and secure here and that we understand about beginner golfers.”
The award was presented to Goring & Streatley by Sam Clapham, England Golf’s Club Support Officer. “I’m delighted that Goring & Streatley GC has achieved SafeGolf and that its efforts to grow the game can be nationally recognised.”
The SafeGolf is a partnership of UK golf bodies committed to promoting a safe and positive environment for all those participating, working and volunteering in the sport of golf.
The SafeGolf partnership consists of members from the golfing bodies across Great Britain & Ireland and has been established to help golf respond to the issue of child protection in sport. Its mission is to safeguard the welfare of children and young people, as well as adults at risk, in the sport of golf.
SafeGolf is firstly, a website – www.safegolf.org – through which anyone with a concern about the welfare of a player, or the behaviour or practice of a coach, volunteer, organiser, parent or a player, can contact the lead safeguarding officer at their national governing body.
Secondly, it is the safeguarding standard England Golf will promote to all their affiliated clubs to ensure all clubs provide a safe and positive experience to children and young people whilst playing golf. The PGA are also using the standards to apply to all their PGA professional Coaches.
Find an accredited coach – www.safegolf.org
Coming Soon – a full list of clubs and facilities that that uphold the standards of SafeGolf will be housed here – www.safegolf.org
For more information please contact:
Name: Martin Hucklesby
Position: General Manager
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Aplin Goes For a Hat Trick!
Great News! Matt Aplin our Course Manager has been nominated for greenkeeper of the year by the 59 club for 2020. Matt has previously won the award in 2018 and 2019 and 2020 would make it a hat trick of wins!
He is up against some of the best venues in the country including: The Belfry Hotel & Resort, Foxhills Club & Resort, Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club and The Grove, to name a few. This highlights the hard work Matt and he team undertake at Goring & Streatley to be nominated against such esteemed company.
The award winners are determined by scores collected from 59club’s impartial mystery shopping team, which evaluates the experience afforded to visiting golfers and prospective members across the spectrum, in accordance with objective industry leading benchmarking criteria. Find out more about the 59 club awards here: https://www.59clubuk.com/2021/03/12/nominees-unveiled-as-golfs-oscars-prepare-to-celebrate-excellence/
I am sure you will join us in wishing Matt all the best for the 24th March.
The time has finally come to open up the golf course, and I for one am delighted about that. Lets all hope this is the last lockdown that golf has to endure.
The golf course has had an incredible amount of maintenance carried out, and we will be in as good a position as we certainly ever have been entering December, after a months rest.
The traffic ropes are now out all around the course, and now is certainly as good a time as ever to dust of the carry bag and embrace these months of non competitive golf, with perhaps a half set, and improve your all round games, and keep the pace of play high. The ropes and all posts are not to be touched or moved at any time, please drop away from them accordingly under the immovable object rule.
The new world handicap system is certainly new to us all, and will take a bit of getting used too. The aim of putting as many cards in as possible is not the best idea during winter in my opinion, as it will only add to slow play, at a time of year when getting round swiftly should be the objective. It is what it is though, so with that in mind we will be adopting a system where there will always be a minimum of one course available, that will remain in a “qualifying” distance, so a card can be recorded and submitted. From November through till April it will mainly be the red, yellow and green courses, as we simply cannot afford to have no grass left on our white tees come the main playing season. That being said, all markers will still be available to play from, it’s just not all will be in “qualifying” distance.
Once we have taken delivery of the relevant signage there will always be the details displayed of which course is within “qualifying” distance on any given day. In the interim period, the qualifying courses will be added to the course status, on the website, and on the phone message, as well as the professional shop being aware at all times also.
The practice range will be closed until Monday, there will only be 2 artificial mats available, that will need to be pre booked in the professional shop for 30 minute slots. The practice range grass tees are now closed until April to allow recovery through the winter months. The mats will be numbered 1 and 2 and signage will be present to identify them. Please do not play from the turf at any time.
The works carried out by Dave Bonds digger driver at the 1st tee, 4th tee, 8th tee and practice range areas are now complete with seeding also nearly complete. These works once seed is established will really enhance our product, and have helped to really improve all of these areas. Thanks once again Dave!
Also thanks must go to Simon Booker our member who has produced some stunning photography during this lockdown for us to use, and to Wobbly who has been busy baking the green staff many cakes to keep us going. And thanks to all of you for your continued support!
The final video is available on the link below to give you a glimpse of what’s been going on behind the scenes. These have all been courtesy of Dominic who is one of our greenkeepers.
Whilst we do not ask for handicap certificates, Goring & Streatley is a multi-award winning golf course , and for your enjoyment you should be a competent golfer.
Prior to booking we request you ensure you have read the etiquette and dress code guidelines below and agree to fully comply by entering your name and email address. Once you have completed this you will be re-directed to our booking page.
Thank you for your cooperation. We hope you have an enjoyable round of golf.
Goring & Streatley Golf Club Ltd
Dress Code & Course Etiquette – A Guide for Members & Visitors
Background & Introduction
These codes and guidelines apply to all golfers enjoying the fantastic golf course we are very lucky and privileged to have the opportunity to use for our enjoyment here at Goring & Streatley Golf Club (G&SGC). Members have access via the members’ pages on the website and societies and green fee-paying visitors will be given a copy before they play.
G&SGC was formed in 1895 and these codes and guidelines reflect both our history and heritage and our modern-day culture and values.
It is expected that all golfers will have a good knowledge of, and adhere to, the rules of golf whilst playing at G&SGC. The recently updated rules include a number of enhancements designed to increase the speed of play and it is expected that all golfers will embrace both the literal meaning and the spirit of these new rules. A social round of golf at G&SGC should not take any longer than 4 hours when playing in a 4 ball.
Course Dress Code Guidance
All players must look like golfers when on the course.
Professional golfers are starting to wear collarless shirts so it is becoming more difficult to be too specific, but golf players are always smart. Shirts are to be clean and tucked into tailored trousers or shorts. Lady golfers need not tuck their shirts in.
Shorts will be tailored and therefore of a standard length. Socks can be of any length.
Golf shoes must be worn on the course.
The Golf Professionals in the Pro Shop will help with advice if you are in any doubt about any aspect of our on-course dress code. If your attire isn’t suitable, the Pro Shop carries a wide range of clothing and new items can be purchased if necessary.
A Marshall will be making regular buggy trips around the course.
Members bringing guests will be asked to ensure their guests comply with the code.
Practice Areas Dress Code
All players above the age of 12 must look like golfers when using the driving range, practice hole, chipping and putting greens.
The course dress code is required for all players above the age of 12, subject to the discretion of our team of Golf Professionals.
The practice area dress code for players below 12 is more relaxed to the extent that recognised golf wear is not required.
The Golf Professionals coaching on our practice areas will enforce the code.
Clubhouse Dress Code
We want players coming off the course to feel comfortable after their round of golf.
After wet weather we ask all players to change any wet or muddy clothing before entering the bar and restaurant areas within the clubhouse. Showers, with towels provided, are available in both the men’s and ladies’ changing rooms.
In sunny and hot weather we ask that a smart casual standard of dress is maintained. Flip flops and sandals are allowed.
Some form of footwear must be worn at all times
Golf shoes may be worn in the spike bars but caps or any other golf headwear must be removed and not worn in the clubhouse.
Smart jeans may be worn but not brands with holes down the leg.
T shirts may be worn as long as they comply with the smart casual standard of dress.
Bar staff and waiters will ask people not complying with the code to change.
On Course Etiquette
POLICY- If our greens staff are anywhere on the hole that you are playing, a shot cannot be taken until the green keeper acknowledges you to do so. Our greens staff are trained, and have policies in place, not to be around near play unless it is necessary. Please adhere to this policy at all times, with no exceptions.
By its very nature the sport of golf requires participants to maintain high standards of integrity and honesty at all times. This also applies to players behaviour whilst on the course.
Each player must be ready to play their next shot before it is their turn to play. The principle of ready-golf must be employed at all times (except in matchplay). It is each player’s responsibility to ensure their group keeps up with the group in front.
Do not leave bags or trolleys in front of greens.
Mark your card once on the next tee.
Buggies and trolleys must be kept off tees and greens at all times.
Shouting or making loud noises of any kind is liable to break the concentration of fellow golfers and is not allowed on the course.
Golf can be a hugely challenging and frustrating sport. Players must not allow their frustrations to have an impact on their fellow golfers in any way. Damage caused to any part of the course through the venting of any frustration, demonstrates a lack of respect that is simply not tolerated and will be reported to the General Manager and the Captain’s Committee.
It is deemed disrespectful to our Course Manager, his team and fellow golfers not to:
Repair your pitch marks on greens.
Repair pitch marks left unrepaired by players in front of you.
Rake bunkers after you have used them. Leave them in a state you expect to find them in. After use, leave rakes in the bunkers with about one or two feet of the handle resting outside the bunker.
Avoid creating any damage to the surface of greens.
Replace divots on the fairways.
If all groups comply with the new time saving rules, gaps between groups shouldn’t occur. However, if your group does lose a hole or more you should allow the group behind to play through. It makes sense to do so and is part of the good etiquette which you should follow on the course.
Larger groups should allow smaller groups through.
Golfers playing social golf should allow golfers playing in competitions to play through as soon as it makes sense to do so.
Golfers using buggies must drive them safely at all times and ensure no undue noise or disturbance is created whilst a fellow golfer is preparing to take, or is in the process of taking, a shot.
When “cutting in”, for example to play the holes at the top of the course, there must be at least one clear hole behind before teeing off.
A steward will make regular buggy trips round the course
Golfers not obeying these guidelines will not be allowed to play at Goring & Streatley Golf Club again