News and Updates from BHPGC

Here you'll see posts from our Club Captains, Green keeping and Events Teams, along with lots of other news!

Ladies' Vice-Captain's Announcement

Like Ray last week our Lady Captain has left for sunnier climes, resuming her world tour in Dubai, she tells me she's 'having a blast'! The Pearson team bounced back from their disastrous result at Mill Hill, only losing 5/2 away at Ealing on Monday. I thought that perhaps I should fall on my sword, so improvising, I threw myself to the floor in th...
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Captain's Announcements

Captains Blog Stardate -41298.35 (15 March 2019) Welcome back, Tracey and I had a brilliant holiday but like so many that we have enjoyed, it was of course too short. Big G said I would need a warm coat when we get back, as usual, he was right. Having read our VC's stand in blog last week, I am delighted to say that I am justifiably in awe of his w...
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Course Update

​ As we get closer to the golfing season, our winter work starts drawing to a close and we now look forward to, and plan our maintenance programmes for the summer. The winter has been kind compared to other years with only five course closures, three of which were due to snow. In February we saw temperatures reach 20 degrees with very little rain, ...
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Ladies Captain's Announcements

Commiserations to the Pearson team who lost away to Mill Hill and to the Middlesex Foursomes who also lost. I am pleased to report that the downstairs shower head has been replaced and fitted by our intrepid Sue Charles who also put a new battery in the clock which is now working. A new part has been delivered for the upstairs shower and it should ...
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(Vice) Captain's Announcements

Our Captain has travelled to sunnier climbs this week and has left his members with wet and windy weather. Good timing! My first commitment this week was the four ball draw which takes place on the first Sunday of every month. The weather forecast was dire early doors but 6 intrepid golfers, 4 being septuagenarians, turned up anyway. Simon the chef...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Congratulations to the Pearson team who won the first match of the season at home to Highgate on Monday- what a splendid start. Next Tuesday we take on Mill Hill away and we need more volunteers for the match against Ealing away on March 11th.The list is in the locker room. Friday March 22nd heralds the start of our season with the infamous Captain...
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Captain's Announcements

Captains Blog Stardate -25267.63(28 February 2019) Good Moaning, (copywrite not expired) I hope you have had a great week, how can it go by so quickly, it only seems like a week ago that I was composing my last blog, incredible. Blog Alert – New Format: FREESTYLE The English Oxford dictionary definition of FREESTYLE when in adjective form is as fol...
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Captains Blog Stardate -100000.22 (22 February 2019) Allo, Allo (copywrite expired) Continuing this week with the new format theme; Weather Mixed bag, mostly sunny, slightly chilly wind with no rain, continuing through to Wednesday of next week. Main Bar We have received a few ideas for naming the main bar. The best two so far have both come from t...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

  It was lovely to play in the sunshine this Wednesday and this concludes our match play ladder.I am pleased to announce that the winner is Sue Agapiou. Well done Sue. Next week is the Bisque Salver and this will be played in the usual way.It is played on full handicap and strokes can be taken where desired not according to the stroke index un...
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Course Update

​ The weather has been kind in recent weeks with higher seasonal temperatures and more importantly very little rain. This window of opportunity has allowed us to cut most of the course to restore definition and for other projects to be completed. Clearance projects Area adjacent to the 12 th green has been cleared removing dead trees, holly and bra...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Let's hope the weather is improving and more of us will come out to play.Thank you to all the ladies who turned up for the Middlesex meeting on Thursday. It was a good turn out from BHP. We still need pledges for the proposed new toilet as without them we will not get the sponsorship from outside. Enjoy your golf. Chris
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Captain's Announcements

Captains Blog Stardate -917888.(15 February 2019) Hello, BLOG ALERT – MARGINALLY NEW FORMAT You will not believe how much is going on at the club at the moment and all of the efforts are being made with the express objective of improving your club, for all of our members, playing and social alike. Those of you who may have previously tried out one ...
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Captains Blog Stardate -17334.07(8 February 2019) Hi All, BLOG ALERT – THIS ONE IS A BIT LONGER, BRINGING POSSIBILITIES OF SEVERE HEADACHE AND MAY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION NOT AVAILABLE ELSEWHERE If you weren't at the Grand Opening of the main bar last Friday evening, where were you? The heady cocktail of free Prosecco with canapés, mixed with...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

This week we had a golf clothing display by Danny so we could splash the cash ready for the summer while enjoying our first lunch in the newly refurbished bar. Congratulations to the bridge team who beat North Middlesex on Monday.Our next bridge drive is on Friday 15th February. The Pearson match against Highgate has been cancelled due to bad ...
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Captain's Announcements

Captains Blog Stardate -36832.03(1 February 2019) Hi All, Touch of déjà vu this morning. Looking back at last week's blog for inspiration, I notice that I mentioned snow closing the course and here we are again. Still, it's not really been bad this Winter so far but let's hope this weather improves rapidly soon. Danny and I attempted to defend the ...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

  Well done to all the ladies who braved the cold this Wednesday - sadly I was not one of them. This Friday was the grand opening of the new bar from 7pm with drinks and canapes and what a great evening it was, with over 130 people attending..The bridge drive which was cancelled will now be on February 15th so sign up in the George Low. R...
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  Captains Blog Stardate -21614.28(25 January 2019) Hi All, Some snow and the course needed to be closed, the first time that I can remember since the dreadful wet winter the year before last, or was it last year, I don't know. To be honest I don't really care either, I think it's better to live in the present, not the past. I need to report o...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

We were not able to play the ladder competition this week due to inclement weather but many of us were glad not to have to brave the cold. We are all invited to the grand opening of our new bar and to welcome our new chef on Friday February 1st at 7 p.m. so I hope many of you will come to support. Unfortunately due to a a funeral booking and the ba...
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Captain's Announcements

Captains Blog Stardate -33333.33(18 January 2019) Hi All, The weather has turned a bit chillier, with some bright sunshine but still no significant rain, so all still really good on the golfing front, technically speaking. More good news on the membership front, this week we welcome Ian Rudd as a Lifestyle member, who has been referred by Chris Aga...
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Course Update

Course maintenance Greens Greens are in very good condition with no outbreaks of disease over the Christmas period, which is normally a hotspot for Fusarium to appear. Preventive fungicide applications continue to be applied monthly to combat further threats, this will enable the greens to remain in good condition for the coming season. Greens cont...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

​ Greetings from sunny Tenerife, where I am recharging my batteries for the coming season. Would you believe we met up with two Vices who are also soaking up the sun. When I return next week we will have a new Chef and a refurbished bar and lounge and the exciting prospect of a new loo at the 13th. Di Williams is hosting a coffee morning to promote...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

We had a good start to our match play ladder on Wednesday and this will continue until February 20th.  If you have not started you just put your name at the end of the ladder and book a game with someone.You book in on the system as usual and just alter your position on the ladder accordingly in the locker room. I am away this week so Irene wi...
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Captain's Announcements

Captains Blog Stardate - 19111.10 (11 January 2019) Howdie, We continue to be contained within a bubble of stable weather patterns, delivering above average seasonal temperatures, with the occasional perturbation around the mean with almost no precipitation punctuated with some sunny intervals. For most of us, that's very pleasant and for the cours...
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Captain's Announcements

Captains Blog Stardate - 10401.19(4 January 2019) Happy New Year, The year is still fresh and youthful and probably around 4 or 5 days old by the time you get to see this message. The weather has turned colder but is still dry with some beautiful sunny intervals, nothing to really moan about yet on that front. We have more new playing members who I...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

  Happy New Year ladies - let's make it a good one! O ur fun competitions at the end of the year were very successful and thanks to Irene for arranging the draws so well. We are starting the New Year with a match-play ladder competition from January 9th to Feb 27th.This is expertly explained in the email sent to all and will be good practice f...
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New Year Celebrations

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Captain's Announcements

  Captains Blog Stardate - 1812.27(27 December 2018) Interregnum Greetings, Not technically correct but a nice word which sort of indicates a pause between two periods, in this case Christmas and New Year. I really hope you enjoyed Christmas as much as I did and are now looking forward to the New Year celebrations. Which brings us a little clo...
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Course Update

After a particularly mild autumn temperatures recently have dropped slowing up grass growth and helping the last of the Oaks to shed their leaves. Many believe grass stops growing in the winter, but actually grass growth slows but never stops growing. This does mean surfaces will need light cuts throughout the winter which does prove difficult ...
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Captain's Announcements

Captains Blog Stardate - 1212.12(21 December 2018) Greetings, On this day in 1937, Jane Fonda was born, which was great – without that event who would have played Barbarella? So many questions, so few answers. Well, anyway, the next big day has almost arrived. What wouldn't you give to see the grin expand across the chubby cheeks of Robbie 'Rules' ...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Here we are again, it's nearly Christmas. Where has this year gone? Well done on a good turn out for our Christmas Texas Scramble. We were lucky with the weather, congratulations to Una, Tracey and Penny on winning the first prize. We were fortified at the hut by Sarah's delicious mulled wine with stollen and mince pies. Thank you Sarah you were a ...
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Captain's Announcements

Captains Blog Stardate - 0312.14(6 December 2018) Welcome Dear Reader, I adore the concept of time, don't you, and why do we perceive this as only travelling in one direction? This blog must be short by popular demand since strangely, I am running out of time, which is another interesting paradox. Firstly, unfortunately a very short report on the l...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

I hope you all recovered well from last night's party which certainly went with a swing. You all did dress to impress as instructed and I was proud of you. The atmosphere was great and just goes to show what a fabulous ladies' section we have with old and new members mixing together. Our thanks go to Alasdair for a stunning meal which we all enjoye...
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Captain's Announcements

Captains Blog Stardate - 6512.06(6 December 2018) Welcome to Week no.49, Where has the year that didn't seem to start, gone? Last Saturday afternoon at the club, saw the resurrection of the Bush Hill Park Golf Club children's Christmas party. I don't have the exact numbers but at least 45 children were booked in to see Sally Squiggles do her stuff ...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Well done to all the ladies who braved the weather to play in the foursomes matchplay on Wednesday. It is good to practice the different formats during the winter months. Next week is a greensomes stableford and the draw has been sent out. Please put your names on the list for the Texas Scramble on December 19th. Although it is a draw for partners ...
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Children's Christmas Party

We had a great time at the Children's Christmas Party on Saturday 1st December, there was lots of fun and dancing with Sally Squiggles, who kept the children entertained for hours! Then we had a very special visitor as Father Christmas took some time out of his very busy December schedule to pay a visit and hand out gifts to all the child...
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Captain's Announcements

Captains Blog Stardate - 2956.23(30 November 2018) Happy St. Andrew's Day, The above salutation naturally only makes technical sense if you are reading this on Friday 30 November 2018, if not, please see below; Hello, Last Friday evening saw the eagerly awaited Prize Presentation Evening at the club. I think that this must have been one of the best...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

On Tuesday an intrepid band of ladies decorated the clubhouse in time for the festive season and it looks lovely even if I do say it myself. Unfortunately we had to cancel our end of season Alliance on Wednesday due to inclement weather. However everyone turned up for a splendid fish and chip lunch in the restaurant.Thank you Alasdair for another g...
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Prize Giving 2018

 The Annual Prize Giving took place on 23rd November 2018 in front of a fantastic turnout of members and their guests. A total of 49 prizes were presented during the evening, and trophies were handed out by last year's Captain David Dickison and Ladies' Captain Irene Dickinson. Congratulations to all the winners! Take a look at the winner...
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Course Update

This week the temperatures have dropped rapidly and it's beginning to feel like winter has arrived after a very mild autumn. Most of our time this week has been spent clearing leaves, especially the Oaks that are always the last to drop. Thankfully we have the equipment at our disposal to make this time consuming job much quicker and more effective...
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Captain's Announcements

Captains Blog Stardate - 2027.13(23 November 2018) Hello, Good Evening and Welcome (wrong script) We start today with the news that Niall Longworth has joined the club as a full member and on your behalf I would like to extend a super BHP welcome. I hope that Niall will quickly get into the swing and perhaps join us for the special Turkey Trott dra...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Hello ladies - sorry I wasn't with you on Wednesday but hope you all played well. Next week is the Alliance and you have been emailed your starting tees and times. The format is one score to count on the par fives,two scores to count on the par fours and all three scores to count on the par threes.Please be ready on your allocated tees at 8.30...
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Captain's Announcements

Captains Blog Stardate 1956.25(15 November 2018) Hej allesammen, If you are reading this now, it is likely that I am in Copenhagen, hence the Danish salutation, which I am sure Russell will appreciate. I must begin with an apology and a correction to an item in last week's blog. It has been pointed out that one of the winners of the Autumn Vases wa...
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Ladies' Captains Announcements

We were lucky to have a fine day for our greensomes on Wednesday and it was good to have some match play as some of our newer members were able to learn some valuable tips. I have been asked to remind you all that when raking the bunkers we should rake in different directions and not just pull the rake forwards while backing out as the sa...
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Bush Nationals Annual Dinner

 On Friday 9th October the Bush Nationals celebrated their Annual Dinner.  The Bush Nationals is a society of members of Bush Hill Park Golf Club who completed a term of National Service. They  were formed in 1985 as a society for young ex-servicemen who had stepped forward when their country called in the dangerous post-Wa...
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Course Update

Practice Ground I am extremely pleased with the progress that has been made to the new short game area on the practice ground. Our initial aim was to carry out the work in two phases over a period of 18 months, but due to the good weather and the hard work of the greenstaff all ground works should be completed this winter. The turfing of the areas ...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Unfortunately the weather on Wednesday was inclement and only two intrepid players braved the course. Well done Helen and Lisa.  Congratulations to Penny Bushe who won the final stableford and to Alison Towndrow the winner of the final medal. We had a successful bridge drive on Friday and it was good to see some of our new bridge players,...
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Captain's Announcements

​Captains Blog stardate 1361.5 (8 November 2018) Buongiorno a tutti, Excellent news, this week we welcome Susan Craig to the club, who has joined us as a Lifestyle member. Susan was a regular player some years ago and now wants to resurrect her game with us at Bush Hill. Susan wants to get involved in all aspects of the club so ...
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Ladies Captain's Announcements

Many thanks go to Janet for the wonderful Halloween cakes at the hut today to celebrate her hole in one at the 16th last week. Congratulations to Sarah Rees for winning the Spring Cup and to Cela and Norman for winning the Rose Bowl (we came second!). The first tee time is being extended back to 11 a.m. on a Wednesday. Please be aware that you cann...
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Captain's Announcements

Captains Blog stardate 1347.8(2 November 2018) Hello Everyone, Firstly, I would like to welcome Gary Dearle to the club this week. Gary is a Lifestyle member and is looking forward to resurrecting his golf and his handicap with us here at Bush Hill Park. I know that Stewart has extended a warm welcome to Gary and informed him of the Pro 4-Ball Draw...
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Ladies Captain's Announcements

On Sunday we were blessed with lovely sunshine when six couples turned out at short notice for the re- arranged Iris Sumner trophy.For those of you who never knew Iris she was a keen hockey player before joining Bush Hill Park where she enjoyed her golf. She was a real character with a great sense of humour and enjoyed a beer and a cheroot after go...
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Course Update

  Greens Greens have recently been aerated and a liquid feed applied containing Iron to harden the turf and improve colour. At present greens are cut daily at a cutting height of 4 mm.  As growth slows and the greens get softer we will raise the cutting height to  5 mm and begin cutting with pedestrian mowers. Tees Tees are cut twice...
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Captain's Announcements

Captains Blog stardate 13752.8 (26 October 2018) Hello Funsters, I can now see why our Immediate Past Captain (IPC) became fixated with the weather. It seems a natural ice breaker for the blog and I guess as Brits, it is a national obsession. Anyway, we have seen more decent weather over the last week but make the most of your golfing at the weeken...
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Ladies Captain's Announcements

Chris Robertson - Ladies Captain I am sorry I didn't have influence over the weather this week as it was a pretty miserable day but just to prove us all wimps we had two great scores of 39 points from Wendy and Janet. Well done both of you. I visited Marie Hollingworth on Monday as she had come home from hospital. She had an abyss on her pace maker...
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Captain's Announcements

Ray Ripsher - Club Captain Captain's Blog star date 1367.8 (19 October 2018) Hello, That's another week gone by and the weather has been tremendous. We are somewhat short on rainfall, as Graham Careford will protest, with some justification and there is a distinct nip in the air, I assume that's still an acceptable comment in 2018, but this has bee...
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Course Update

The dry weather has continued with only 15mm of rain falling in September and so far just 10mm in October. We do rely on increased rain fall in the autumn to help the fairways recover after the very hot summer. Irrigation lines that have recently been topped up and seeded also need adequate rain for the seed to germinate. Fairways will be aerated t...
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Captains' Announcements

Captains Blog stardate 1527.2(12 October 2018) Good morning All, I just love salutations, don't you? Unfortunately, assuming that someone is actually reading this, it could of course be any time of day or night. Anyway, since I have been correctly accused of employing twenty words when just one will do, I am going to try to keep the blogs short and...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Hello ladies- welcome to my first blog. Thank you for being so supportive at my drive in on Wednesday. We were so lucky with the weather so let's hope it is a good omen for the year ahead. I would like to say a big thank you to Alasdair for his amazing lunch and the terrific bread pudding, which he sold for Beyond Ourselves without being asked...
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Captain's Announcements

Hello everyone, I am honoured and absolutely delighted to be addressing you as Club Captain of Bush Hill Park Golf Club for 2018/19. This feels a bit like an Oscar acceptance speech, well not exactly but there are so many thank yous that I am not quite sure where to begin. I think I should just stick to thanking my proposers and all of you who have...
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Captain's Announcements

Well here it is dear reader, my final blog. Please don't shed a tear, though, because you will have a lovely new broom coming in on Saturday and we will be swept along on a tide of renewed optimism as the new administration gets underway. Thanks to everyone for making the year so enjoyable; committee, staff and of course to you the members for maki...
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Course Update

The pond clearance project has now been completed resulting in the 13 th pond looking much tidier and healthier because of this work. The long reach excavator was ideal in reaching the middle of the pond removing in excess of 150 tons of silt that had built up over many years. Last week we started the long filling programme replenishing the water t...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Well not much again this week. Only 24 hours to go, in fact by the time this is published I'll be finished; funny feeling that, not sure how I feel about it, although I will be pleased to get more control over my life again! The Lambert Trophy went well on Sunday and for once Ray Ripsher managed to hit his drives onto the correct fairways and staye...
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Captain's Announcements

My penultimate blog and most events have now been played. However, it was quite a busy week so read on. Ray Ellis Trophy On Tuesday the annual match against Winchmore Hill Cricket Club Golf Society took place at Bush Hill. A win by your Captain and Robbie Martin and another by Martyn Lainchbury and Eusebio Ramirez was sadly not enough to stave...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Well not much again this week. It's definitely getting towards the end of my year! Don't forget to put your name down for the Autumn Meeting, September 19 th ; the sign-up sheets are in the locker room. If you add your name now, can you let me know your food option, so that I can let Alasdair know? Similarly if you take your name off, please let me...
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Captain's Announcements

I apologise that my advice regarding the need for a brolly last Saturday was somewhat inaccurate. Sometimes it's good when Carol gets it wrong. Middlesex Handicap Championship I've just had this bit of breaking news about the men's handicap championship at Stanmore, played on Wednesday this week. 66 people played and our very own Richard Blyth won ...
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Course Update

Clearance work to the 13 th pond was planned to start on Monday of this week but was hampered by the dumper trucks not arriving until Tuesday, due to transporting issues. Finally though on Tuesday morning work started clearing the silt and thick vegetation that has choked up the pond for many years.     The only machine capable of doing t...
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Captain's Announcements

You've all heard the news that the committee have made the decision to terminate the catering franchise and I for one will be sad to see Alasdair go. He will be disappointed to leave Bush Hill, where he has enjoyed more than 14 years, but he is pragmatic about the nature of franchises and I am confident he will find somewhere where he can be happy ...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Don't forget to put your name down for the Autumn Meeting, September 19 th ; the sign-up sheets are in the locker room. Please sign up for the food as well as on the timesheet. Those ladies who are past playing members are also invited to the meal and prize-giving after the golf, so please sign –up if you'd like to join us. We had a friendly match ...
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Captain's Announcements

As we push into September we start to see the last big events of the golfing season. This Saturday is President's Day and I know that Nigel has put a lot of effort into the day, so I hope it will be a memorable one for him and for everyone. The promise of top quality fillet steaks has lured nearly 80 people to the evening, which promises to be a li...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

The New Members trophy was held on Sunday and was won for the first time by a lady, Sharon Saunders, with 39 points. Congratulations Sharon. The Grace Lawrence (business ladies) Cup had also been scheduled for Sunday but because of the weather no one took part, so we will try to reschedule for later this year. Monday saw the bank holiday fun golf, ...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

The Gents invitation to the Ladies went well on Sunday, after Ray's arm twisting we had one of the best turnouts in recent years with 22 pairs entering. Neal Avent and Sharon Saunders won with a huge score of 45 points beating Janet Connor and Mark Stevens into second place with 43 points. Tuesday saw the Ladies V the Bush Nationals annual match. S...
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Captain's Announcements

The season is progressing fast now and competitions have already reached the semi-final stage. It is still our intention to have a special finals' weekend. This will give more prominence to the competitions and let finalists feel proud about their achievement. It will also give members the opportunity to follow the progress of the matches, both on ...
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Course Update

Renovation week The second round of renovation works to the greens will commence on Tuesday 28 th August and will take 4 days to complete. This work is disruptive to the surfaces but is essential for the long term health of the greens. The first process is to aerate with a machine called a verti-drainer that uses metal tines to punch holes into the...
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Captain's Announcements

This week saw the South of England Girls Championship and if you were unable to come along you missed some magnificent golf from the girls, one of whom was as young as 10. One of them even got a hole in one on the 7 th , particularly impressive because they played off the white tees. Five counties took part, Middlesex, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

A big thank you to Sue Coates who came especially to do the registration for the Ladies Invitation Day and also purchased the balls for the ball sweep. The day started well with tea/coffee and biscuits but the weather got the better of most of the participants unfortunately. My team with Heather Wood from Muswell Hill, Una Kilgallon and Jo Brown fr...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Once again I would like to say a big thank you to Billie for all her efforts last week. The 5-a-side team had a fantastic win 4.5/0.5 last Saturday to take them through to the finals at Finchley against Mill Hill on September 22 nd . Well done and we wish them good luck in the final. Can we also ask that as many of you as can come put the date in y...
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Course Update

With the heatwave behind us, we are now experiencing much cooler temperatures and wetter conditions with over 40 mm of rainfall this week. The rain is very welcome but it did hamper our preparation work for the junior county match week which the club had the honour of hosting. The event started on a Monday so the green staff had to work throughout ...
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Captain's Announcements

When you're in the clubhouse next, pick up a copy of Golf News . The latest edition features a very complimentary article about Bush Hill Park . It reminds us all of some of our assets and the benefits of being a member at Bush Hill Park, from the clubhouse and the course, to the swing studio, the 1895 membership and of course the new irrigation sy...
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Captain's Announcements

Well, I'm in the Autumn of my term as Captain and things seem to be getting a little easier, so I've taken the opportunity of having a golf lesson with Danny. I only tell you this as it's only right to give you fair warning of my impending success in competitions following said lesson! Club Championship Speaking of success, I think the new format f...
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Course Update

The cooler wet conditions of late has been a welcome change to the very hot weather we have experienced over the last eight weeks. 21mm of rain fell in the last week with 10mm alone falling in two hours on Monday morning. The irrigation system has worked very well in keeping surfaces alive and in a healthy condition, but nothing can beat natural ra...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

A huge thank you to Billie for organising and running the Ladies' Captain's Day. She has done a fantastic job and then to top it all has managed to get two people to step up as vice-Captain (Sue Charles) and Captain (Chris Robertson) for next year! Well done and I would also like to thank everyone else who helped to make the day a success. Rita did...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Congratulations to Sue Collins who won the Kay Steele Trophy last week with a Nett 70 The Committee cup went well on Monday and was won by Pauline with a nett 70, well done. Pauline also played well today to win the Silver division with 37 points and getting her handicap back down to 20, Tracey was runner up with 35points. The Bronze division was w...
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Captain's Announcements

Have you noticed how the weather has ceased to be a topic of conversation? We know what it's going to be so why discuss it! So what am I going to talk about? Here's an interesting one. If you are playing in a medal qualifying competition and you 'blow up' on one or two holes, don't despair. Just enter NR for the hole(s) concerned and, for handicap ...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

The Past and Present Lady Captains Cup had a few problems at the start but not enough to spoil the day. We had a very nice meal and the winner of the competition was Janet Connor with 39points, well done she is playing well this year. Talking about Janet Connor, she and Wendy Goodman played in the Coronation Foursomes regional final on Wednesday at...
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Captain's Announcements

The five year plan presentation was held on Tuesday evening and there was a good turn out by the members. Stewart gave a comprehensive report on his first year at Bush Hill and Nick Balnave then gave his plans and concerns for the future. Thanks to both Nick and Stewart for the work they put into these presentations; I am quite aware of the time th...
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Course Update

This long period of hot dry weather continues and the new irrigation system is doing a fine job in keeping primary surfaces green and healthy. Some members have commented on the speed of the greens and why they are slower than usual. Maintaining the greens during this dry period is very difficult and my sole aim is to keep the greens healthy and fr...
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BANIM, DR Shay
Hi Graham Great to see the benefits of irrigation on the greens and tees. You’re right to preserve the green grass. The wild flo... Read More
Saturday, 21 July 2018 09:19
Mark Kermode
Thanks for you excellent and informative posts, Graham. And we do notice the nice additions like the meadow grass behind the 5th t... Read More
Saturday, 21 July 2018 18:38
WATERMAN, MR Bryan
Great work Graham. The greens are excellent - to my standard - and the practice putting green is excellent - probably one of the b... Read More
Wednesday, 25 July 2018 11:23
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Ladies invitation to the Gents went well in blistering heat on Sunday. Well done to Chris and Paul Robertson who won with 41 points despite them getting a penalty for Chris running over their ball! The Past and Present Lady Captains Cup is next Monday and there is a sign-up sheet in the locker room, also for those past Captains who no longer play b...
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Captain's Announcements

I know you're disappointed about events in Russia but cheer up, the sun continues to shine and the course is still in great shape. The greens, tees and aprons are looking great, thanks to the irrigation system. Cross country We're sorry that the cross country golf has been postponed but let me explain the reasons why. One problem was that this week...
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Course Update

It has been one of driest Junes since records began with temperatures reaching 30 degrees for long periods and only 1mm of rain for the entire month. It has been a real test for the new irrigation system and generally its coped admirably, although there has been a few teething problems along the way. The 3 rd , 17 th and 18 th tees were showing sig...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Georgie Russell had a very good turnout for her afternoon tea party in aid of Marie Curie on Friday. She raised well over £700; from the tea and cakes plus raffle and donations via the internet and on the day. Excellent, I'm sure the charity will appreciate her efforts, well done. Last week we had the Captain's day for the Ladies which was a shotgu...
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Captain's Announcements

Before I start I need to grovel in forgiveness for not mentioning Len Palmer's magnificent hole in one on the 15 th during the American Cup last week. This is especially poor of me as Len provided us all with wine at the table in the evening. Can you ever forgive me Len? Captain's Day I can't tell you how much I enjoyed my Captain's Day on Saturday...
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Captain's Announcements

Captain's Day for the Ladies This was the highlight of my week and what started as quite a cold day ended up being glorious. 34 ladies competed for my Captain's prize, which was won in stunning style by Sarah Rees with 41 points. Angela Balnave was second with an excellent 38 points, beating the Lady Captain on the back nine. Jenny Pizey won the ve...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Looking at last week's results it seems that no one entered with handicaps above 36 meaning that the Cashmere Cup is uncontested in its first year?! However well done to Louise Fickling on winning the Wright Cup with a nett 71 and to Lisa Martin on winning the Angora Cup with a nett 72. Thank you to our Captain David for arranging Captain's day for...
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10 Top Tips for Planning a Successful Golf Day

Whether you're the chief-organiser of a long-running golf society, or the designated office social planner, when it comes to organising the next group outing the pressure is on to ensure everyone enjoys their day. So, to ensure you don't lose friends with your menu choices, or severely limit your career prospects by forcing your manager to pla...
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Course Update

The new irrigation system is now fully operational and is active every night during this dry period watering greens, tees and approaches Even after this short period surfaces have greatly improved especially the tees and approaches that did suffer during dry periods. Greens are also in very good condition with very little visible signs of dry patch...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Last week's professional's prize winners were Silver Division: Cela Selley with 33points; Bronze Division: Janet Connor with 34 points; and the Copper Division: Rita Kapur with 35points. Well done. We had a great day on Monday at the away-day. The greens were running at 12 which made the putting even more tricky than they would normally be but our ...
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Captain's Announcements

I played a course this week whose irrigation system had broken and I can tell you it was burnt to a cinder. Some tees were completely devoid of green grass and the greens were very patchy where hand watering had not given suitable coverage. It brought home to me the importance of an efficient watering system. Bush Hill looked magnificent yesterday ...
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The Blooming Great Tea Party

​You're invited to a blooming great tea party at Bush Hill Park Golf Club. The money raised will help Marie Curie Nurses care for more people living with a terminal illness in the UK. Bring a cake if you can! When ​ ​ Friday 29th June, 2:30 - 5:30pm Where ​Bush Hill Park Golf Club ​Tickets No need to book, just turn up and pay a £3 entry fee (inclu...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Summer is definitely here this is two Wednesday's in a row that the weather has been nice to us! Well done again to Sue Coates and Dawn Rose on winning the Ping 4BBB with a massive 42pts, hopefully this will qualify for the next round of this competition. Well done also to the runners up Di Williams and Penny Bushe with 37pts. Our away-day is comin...
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My head still aches from the Past Captains dinner on Wednesday evening, though I am assured I had a good time. The Past Captains Cup was held in the afternoon and was won by that man Morris, who some of you might just remember, used to be Captain. I have to say he played a magnificent round of golf, scoring 43 points and winning by the impressive m...
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Course Update

Irrigation The irrigation contractors were at the club for two days last week finishing off the snagging list and reinstatement works. Victor Jamieson (designer) will now have one final visit to check and sign off the works. Although wet of late the system has been up and running during dry periods in May and I have been very impressed with coverag...
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