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!

Captain's Announcements

BLOG ALERT – POST EVENT LETHARGY Morning/Good afternoon/Good evening, (delete as appropriate) The Captain's Away Day to Goodwood last Sunday and Monday is certainly not the only event in town, it's not the most important and unfortunately, it's not the most inclusive but there is no denying that it was damn good fun. Having been steeped in the ince...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

There is a rumour going round that our Lady Captain will soon be returning to Blighty to resume her duties! Congratulations to Lucy Bidmead who won the Victory Cup Last week with a great score of 141. Last Friday we hosted the Middlesex Ladies County Championships, this was played over 2 days and congratulations go to our own Jessica Brown who rece...
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Captain's Announcements

Captain's Blog 17 May 2019 Hello Dear Member, I am addressing my blog directly to you in complete confidence this week, with the full knowledge that your discretion will mean that the following will not become common knowledge. I was fortunate enough to be picked for the Bush Hill Park team to play in the match on Wednesday at Frinton Golf Club aga...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Our intrepid Lady Captain continues her exploration of foreign lands, well laying on her sun bed in Spain!  We had lovely weather for the Victory Cup, which was won by Lucy Bidmead, congratulations! The 5 a-side team won their first match 3/2, well done to them. This Friday is the Middlesex County Championship, Silver Spring Meeting and Senior...
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Captain's Announcements

​ Captain's Blog 10 May 2019 Greetings, We returned from Lymington in good order and managed to miss the really nasty weather conditions earlier on Saturday so, all was looking good for a golf fest, with the Pro Draw on Sunday and Charity Day on Bank Holiday Monday. The numbers for the Pro Draw were always going to be challenged. We had 15 men goin...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

As the Lady Captain is now on the European leg of her world tour it falls to me to write the blog. Due to the inclement weather I decided to cancel the Australian Spoons, hopefully we can reschedule it. We played a triangular at Hadley Wood last Friday along with Brickendon and came second to Hadley Wood. This Sunday the 5-a-side team have their fi...
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Course Update

Tree transplanting work was successfully carried out on Monday with 5 trees being moved using a large tree spade. The trees that were chosen for transplantation were 3 Pines, Conifer and a Lime tree, all located on the fringes of the rough. With the expertise of "Civic Trees" and aided by the greenstaff the trees were moved to more prominent positi...
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Captain's Announcements

​ Captain's Blog 2 May 2019 VERY VERY SHORT BLOG Bonjour tous les mondes, Great news, this will be the shortest blog on record. Tracey, Will and I are away in Lymington for a few days, sharpening up our sailing skills ahead of Captain's Charity Day on Monday. The weather looks dry and cool for the Bank Holiday, not too bad for golfer and non-golfer...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

What a lovely day we had on Wednesday for our Spring Meeting. Even the weather behaved itself and we had an enjoyable time followed by a splendid meal and prize giving in the restaurant. Congratulations to all our winners. Thank you so much to the ladies who made cakes and to Davina for the lovely flowers. We can now look forward to the summer mont...
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Captain's Announcements

Captain ' s Blog 26th  April  2019  (1984) SHORT BLOG Greetings , The predicted warm air bubble, akin to the South Sea Bubble, came and went. I hope you made the most of the warm air and sunshine wherever you could. It certainly added another dimension to my golf, attire wise and ball flight wise, I imagine you had similar experience...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Congratulations to Lucy Bidmead on winning the five club competition with 38 points. She will now progress to the area finals. Next week heralds the coming of our season with the Spring Meeting.Cards will be prepared and found in the locker room together with the lunchtime sandwich list.The meal will be at 5.15pm in the restaurant followed by the p...
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Captain's Blog 19 April 2019 (43574.00) BLOG ALERT – MEDIUM LENGTH, SHORTER THAN BEDTIME READING Easter Greetings, I think for many of us, Easter ranks as the best time of the whole year. The welcome warm air bubble will provide a closeted environment for us to enjoy golf, gardening and shopping. The predicted 15 degree Celsius swing with a full su...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Well done to Cela and Dave Morris who won the Brasted Trophy with a whopping 41 points on Sunday.Congratulations to the victorious Pearson team who beat Ealing at home on Monday.Well done team and Sue Charles who came in with a win as we all held our breath at 3 all to make it 4-3. Dates to remember Thursday April 25th. Mixed Texas scramble at 4 p....
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Captain's Announcements

12 April 2019 (43567.00) Die enim bona, You don't need to be told that this is the form of "Good Day" used by the Romans in Gladiator. You knew that obviously, but why use such a language is the question. Well, basically, a few members have requested a more intellectual blog, so this is at least a starter for 10. First though, (how's that Cela?) we...
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Course Update

  Greens renovations which involved hollow coring and over 30 tons of sand dressing being applied was successfully completed and the greens are now returning to some normality, thank you for your patience during this essential maintenance work. Height of cut on the greens has been lowered to 4mm and will be reduced further in the coming weeks ...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Our first 13 hole fun golf took place on Monday and was enjoyed by all with Tracey emerging as the winner.The next one will be on May 13th and all are welcome.Congratulations to Lesley who won the flag competition. The final date for signing up for the knockout competitions is on April 14th and you can do so on the V1 app or in the pro shop. If you...
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Captain's Announcements

Brexit, This is of course "good day to you all" in Desperanto Esperanto, another very useful phrase in one's linguistic armoury. Last week was a blog free zone, which like most things in life, was met with mixed responses. So, apologies to all who enjoy their weekly personalised message, Ian Lanario and Peter Robinson obviously spring to mind and f...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

My thanks go to all the ladies who came to my over-nighter at Bowood and made it such a fun time.We really had a great crowd and I am so glad that you all enjoyed it.Most of all I would like to thank Sue Collins who organised the venue so superbly.It was a lovely hotel and an amazing yet challenging golf course. The season is swinging into gear and...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

​ On Sunday we are off to Bowood in Wiltshire for my Lady Captain's away weekend and look forward to having a fun time.It takes about two hours and 15 minutes to get there so it would be advisable to get there by 11.30 if you wish to get a sandwich before our first tee off time at 12.30pm.Dinner is at 8.30 presumably because they are busy on Mother...
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Captain's Announcements

Captain's Blog 22 March 2019 Buenos Aires, This is of course "good day to you all" in the Argentinian language, always a very useful phrase. I am somewhat struggling to get to grips with the new format blog, please try to stick with it, maybe it will all make sense one day. However, if you can cope with convoluted nonsense, keep an eye out for the ...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Here I am back from Dubai where I had an amazing week including playing the Emirates golf course. I am sorry I did not bring the weather back with me.Congratulations to Alison Towndrow who won the play off for the Bisque Salver - the first trophy of the season.Our season swings into action with the big match Captain v Vice followed by a meal. Sarah...
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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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Captain's Announcements

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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Captain's Announcements

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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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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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 and had two operations so is fee...
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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 been a glorious October. Enjoy...
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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 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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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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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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Mark Kermode
With you all the way, Sub Mariner!
Friday, 05 October 2018 16:30
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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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GRAHAM, suggestion. Why not use the silt from the pond to fill drainage lines and unsightly parts of the course. The end of the pa... Read More
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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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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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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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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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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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Nicely done Dave. You should take up a career in journalism. Sé
Friday, 07 September 2018 13:42
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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