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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

It's been a very eventful and enjoyable week at BHPGC, not least with the opening of the clubhouse on Saturday 4th July. Although we had to abide by COVID 19 rules, the event was well supported and lasted well into the evening. Our staff managed to accommodate all the members that attended and SoHo Gourmet Catering kept us well fed with burgers, ba...
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Congratulations to David Sparwell in the Wally Gatward Trophy last Saturday, winning with a magnificent 46 points, slightly ahead of Eusabio on 40 points. The weather wasn't so good this week with some rain and extremely windy conditions. Let's hope it calms down for our grand opening on Saturday 4th July. It's been a long time coming and could be ...
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The big news is that on 4th July the clubhouse will be open for business, so come along, have a drink and support the club. We have had another gloriously sunny week, something we can all enjoy in these dark times. The course is still in great condition thanks to the hard work and diligence of our green keeping staff One way of maintaining the slic...
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I seem to be recovering slowly from my back injury and intended to play this morning, Thursday. Unfortunately the heavens opened and out paid to that, hopefully it will be dry on Sunday. Had a walk around the course this evening and the rain has had a remarkable effect on the fairways. All lush and green and ready for the Rafferty Qualifier on Satu...
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Welcome to all the new members that have joined BHPGC recently. I hope you are enjoying the course and the weather. Luckily we've had a couple of rain showers that have freshened up the course, it was becoming quite dry in places but we do have the sprinkler system to protect the tees and greens. The marshalling on the first tee seems to be wo...
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It's been a lovely sunny week, ideal for golf but I hate to say it we could do with some rain!The transition from 2 balls to 4 balls has been achieved relatively smoothly -probably aided by our volunteer Marshall's, thank you to all those who have volunteered and been on duty this week. We could do with more volunteers helping out, it's in 2 hour s...
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Well it looks like there is light at the end of the tunnel. Today Boris announced that more than just two people can meet out in the open but still must observe social distancing. In view of this the Captains Committee will introduce the beginning of Saturday competitions, starting on the 20th June, with the Rafferty Qualifier. Also we will arrange...
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We've had a fantastic first week since we opened last Wednesday 13th May with an amazing 1,000 rounds of golf played by members and 47 new members joining. We can't wait to meet them all!There are rumours about a potential for competitions to start sometime in the near future but don't worry, we will keep you updated as we know more.Our volunteer s...
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What a joy it was to be able to play golf today! Glorious sunny weather, albeit with a chilly wind, but having had seven weeks of no golf we would have played in any conditions. The modifications to the first hole look really great, a delight to behold, unlike our tee shots! Graham Careford and his gang have done a wonderful job on the course keepi...
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Once again the incessant rain put paid to the 22nd week of the winter league. Surely we must have some improvement of the weather soon as spring is with us. This Saturday sees the final opportunity to play the winter league which at present is being led by David Knott, just in front of John Guiney.This Sunday, the 15th March, is the 125 year golf c...
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On Sunday 15th March the club is celebrating its actual 125 year anniversary which was the day that Mrs Aveline played the first tee shot. In recognition of this we are holding a 4-ball mixed golf team event, which can be any combination of male/female players. A time sheet is posted in the George Low bar for participants and the cost of enter...
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I'm not going to mention the weather this week we must all be fed up with it. I will concentrate on the positives.Friday night we had a meet and greet with some new members organised by Billie Newland and various committee members mingled with around 10 debutants on an informal level advising them of the main benefits that could be achieved by supp...
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Another shocking week for golf. Unfortunately the course was closed on Saturday, cancelling the winter league, so no results to report.On Wednesday 19th February the club held an EGM to vote on the adoption of the new Ltd Company. This was passed unanimously.I posted a request for a Welfare Officer in my blog last week. This position was immediatel...
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I must start my blog this week by thanking Iain Lanario for holding the fort for the last three weeks. He has done an excellent job and is truly a magnificent blogger.We're still struggling to have a rain free week of golf although we have had a few odd days. Unfortunately there's not much we can do about it - only pray. Winter league 18 was played...
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It was dry, but not for long!Well the weather on Saturday was good and Winter League, week 17 was able to go ahead. The course was holding up remarkably well considering the amount of rain.Of the 29 competitors who took part , only 2 managed to equal or better there handicaps, Mike Stainton with 38 points & Kevin Lewis with 37 points. Well done...
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IMPORTANT NOTICE ( if the course is open) This Sunday is Pro Draw. 02/02/2020. Meet in the George Low bar, 8am, draw at 8.15 Golf, Golf, Glorious Golf.At last, it feels like forever, and I know it's only been a week or so, but we finally got to play the next round of the Winter League. The weather was fair & the course was in very good conditio...
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Well another winter weekend has passed us by & the opportunity of the next round of the Winter League has eluded us once more. So as we look at the current Winter League standings, David Knott is sitting in pole position, 5 points clear of Current John Shaw champion, Mike Stainton, who is looking to pick up his 2nd Major trophy in 4 months. But...
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Unfortunately the weather hasn't improved this week preventing most of the members from playing but there is not much we can do about it. Sunday was an enjoyable day with quite a few golfers on parade but not many since. Still, we have a number of social events to look forward to.First there is the Mauritian evening this Friday with food supplied b...
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Sunday the 5th January saw the first Fourball draw of the year with 24 participants in which Danny and I had a Captain and pro challenge against David Boothroyd & Jack Bidmead. I hadn't played for three weeks so was a bit rusty but with a little help from the Pro we managed to draw on the 18th with a birdie from Danny. The course is still a lit...
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Happy New Year to all our members. 2020 has started well with the course drying out and fully open. Hopefully this sees the end of the really wet weather. The New Year was ushered in with a dinner dance, Simon supplied a lovely meal and then we danced the night away with music by Michael of Vibes Disco, which continued way past midnight and Auld La...
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Unfortunately not much to report this week. Due to the heavy rainfall we've had over the last few weeks the course had been closed as it is water logged. The Christmas season is in full swing starting with the Dinner Dance on the 14th. This was a great event with a DJ/Martin Magic Kevin keeping us on our toes with his tricks and sleight of han...
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Saturday saw the Annual Children's Christmas Party which I attended in my usual going out gear. It was amazing when I entered the restaurant how the children reacted, they really seemed to think I was the real Father Christmas. It was an event I thoroughly enjoyed.Sunday Ray Ripsher organised the Turkey Trot, not as well supported as I'd hoped but ...
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Sadly I have to report the passing of Cliff Fielder, a long standing member and former Captain of Bush Hill Park. Cliff was Captain in 1978 and President in 1986 and 2007. Details of his funeral have already been circulated.We also lost Ted Hunnisett this week, another former member.On a lighter note we had a successful four ball draw on Sunday, 24...
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Last Thursday saw our Annual Beaujolais Day, expertly hosted by Peter Beton who watched us all tee off then vanished into the warmth of the clubhouse to sort out the wine and prizes. After the meal of French Onion Soup and Beef Bourguignon and cheese cake, Peter informed us that he would be standing down as organiser but President John Bottoms will...
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Evening all,Another trying day at the coalface starting with the Captain and Pro challenge. This was against big hitting Ray Ripsher and Iain 'steady Eddie' Lanario. Danny has already divulged the result so I won't bore you with the score. It appears that I have acquired a new nickname - not Big G, as I was last year, but Steinway as Danny was stru...
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Before I start I would like to thank my Vice Captain, Iain Lanario, for holding the fort while I was away. He did an admirable job, especially at the Four Ball Draw. Well done. Quite soon after my return from holiday, Danny and I had our first Captain and Pro challenge against Richard Empson and Mark Watts, two single handicap golfers. I'm not goin...
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Winter League week 4.Well what a Saturday morning that was. After getting soaked and literally blown the wrong way down the 10th fairway, My group decided we would be much better off sitting in the bar watching the Rugby final with everyone else, and you all know how that went. However there were a number of players who didn't let the outcome of th...
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This past weekend it was Week 3 of the Winter League, and once again the poor weather got the better of most of the field on the Saturday. However, 4 people did manage to better their handicap. For the second time in as many weeks Richard Paterson was leading Division 2 with a very credible 38 points, only to be pipped into 2nd place by Rob Mo...
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Well it was week 2 of the winter league & the weather was much kinder to us this time around. Again, there were a number of very good scores. Some of the score cards made interesting reading, in particular, Sean Nugent scoring a very impressive 25 points on the last 8 holes to get a total of 41 points along side Paul Robertson with the same sco...
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As our Captain and Lady Captain have flown to sunnier climes it falls to me to bring you my first blog. It was week one of the winter league, Saturday just gone, and the wintry weather certainly made its presence felt. Understandably, the field of competitors was quite small, but with six or more players putting down a very good score to start thei...
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It seems like only yesterday I was sitting at my computer tapping out last weeks blog. Well here I am again having feelings of deja-vu. At last we have been having quite a lot of rain, super for the course but not too good for golfers. Even if it isn't raining the threat of a shower puts some people off. This happened on Sunday for my first pro bal...
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This will be my second attempt at the Captain's Blog this year. I wrote one earlier when Ray was on one of his many excursions abroad. He'll be a hard act to follow but I'll do my best.My first official engagement was the Captain's Driver competition. This was a pairs better ball bogey competition which attracted 40 stalwart golfers. Unfortunately ...
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Tempus Fugit Whilst lying in bed half asleep last night, the perfect, ultimate blog formulated in the mist of my mind. Unfortunately, by morning this masterpiece has evaporated and was forever lost, meaning I need to start again and try to produce something sensible to sign off with, but I wouldn't hold your breath. Recently, Tracey won a prize whi...
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Captain's 'Penultimate' Announcements

Penultimate Blog Anxiety One more blog after this one, the AGM and I'm toast. After the AGM I could either be perfectly toasted on both sides or burnt to a crisp, I guess we will find out which one soon enough. One last point on the AGM, if you have questions which you wish to raise, please try to give prior notice if you can, since it enables prop...
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Captain's Announcements

Farewell to Summer, really? Seems like the demise of Summer as prescribed last week was a tad premature, which is of course brilliant news. The mercury has risen and should peak nicely at around 23°C over the weekend. With the relative humidity projected at around 75%, the 'feels like' temperature will definitely produce a warm sensation, accompani...
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 Farewell to Summer One brilliant reason to live in England must surely be the beauty of the seasons. Whilst it is obvious that Summer has gone and we are now into Autumn, we both mourn the loss but embrace the change this brings. The colour of some leaves are utterly incredible and totally endearing, until they drop to the ground and provide ...
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The Final Countdown Until very recently, I have not been consciously considering the termination of my tenure as Club Captain. As we rapidly approach September, this now begins to comes into focus. No need to panic, this is not the time for a reprise of my year, a deep retrospect or any appraisal, that time will come. However, despite the fact that...
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​Return of the Sun Warm Bank Holiday Weekend Greetings, Denmark is behind us and the Bank Holiday ahead of us. I get that great feeling of being in profit as we approach a Bank Holiday do you?, it's all still in front of us and with this Autumnal break looking set fair, the prefect long weekend combo. If you have missed any of the recent publicity,...
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Return of the Blog - Onwards and Upwards Hvordan har du det, For any non-Daneophile, can there really be any, this is of course real Danish for 'how are you', the answer to which I trust is very well indeed. This Danish bent is influenced by the fact that I am composing this blog at a kitchen table in Copenhagen. We are visiting our son and grandso...
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6 the new 18 Good day, Having risked the Latin greeting last week which fortunately met with the approval of Mr Munyard, I have gone for a safer, basic and somewhat antipodean greeting this week. My week felt a couple of days short but at the same time, packed with stuff, I hope your week has gone well. Unfortunately, I missed the second week of th...
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26 July 2019 Space Is Not The Final Frontier Die enim bona, For once an actually correct greeting, unless of course any Latin scholars would disagree. Latin as an everyday language seems to have run its course and is no longer popular as it was back in Dick Emery's day. That's probably not overly surprising, since it was never terribly popular in t...
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Captain's Blog 19 July 2019 Space – The Final Frontier https://longestdaygolf.macmillan.org.uk/Team/captainpro Mare Tranquillitatis, Once again, perhaps not a technically correct greeting, this is in fact the location on the moon where Apollo 11 landed 50 years ago. I think it sounds quite calm and maybe could be adopted as a gentle morning greetin...
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12 July 2019 Return of the blog Greetings, The last two weeks have been blogless with regard to my literary output but fortunately not the case with Chris who has stalwartly continued in that vein, keeping us abreast of current club activities. Why were you so lucky to have a couple of weeks Captain's Blog free. Well, mostly because I was in recove...
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Longest Day Golf Challenge Gallery

 https://longestdaygolf.macmillan.org.uk/Team/captainpro Thanks to everyone who have supported us!
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Fargo everyone, I don't think that's an actual greeting but it is one of my favourite films/TV serials. It seems like it could be real since much of today's language is made up, but I guess that's another story. Now there are a couple of interests which I share with our twice removed past captain, David Morris (268). One is a love of butterflies, t...
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​Captain's Blog 14 June 2019 Benvenuto, Another week, another blog. How long can we put up with this rubbish? Probably not too much longer but for anyone interested enough to be reading or still taking anything in, the remarkable news is that there only remain eleven weeks of my captaincy before Big G takes over. Which suggest that if I don't miss ...
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​Captain's Blog 6 June 2019 BLOG ALERT – Slightly low key Hi to All Members, If last week was rapid, this week has been decidedly odd for me, maybe it's been the same for you? I think that the recent European football finals may have taken their toll on some people. The Champions League final last Saturday, clashed with the 60's night at the club a...
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​Captain's Blog 30 May 2019 BLOG ALERT – No alert required this week Hi All, Well, that was a pretty rapid week, probably exacerbated by the inclusion of Bank Holiday Monday. You know, we can sometimes struggle at the club to be active on Bank Holidays and I know that some members consider such days as family time and cannot commit to club activiti...
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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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Just read Captains Blog,thanks Rat !!! So sorry to hear about the guys give them my brst,tell them keep smiling.
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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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​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 going...
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​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-golfers...
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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 experiences. We ...
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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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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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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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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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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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(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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Very impressed with Big Gs first blog. Shame he only came second in Sunday's four ball draw (improvement is needed) JB
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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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Suggested bar name. THE GOLFERS RETREAT. Sounds about right for those that have hacked their way around the course.
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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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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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 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 on...
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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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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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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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 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 clos...
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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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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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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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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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I was surprised to read the adverse comments regarding the Beaujolais format information. I had asked that the usual format was in... Read More
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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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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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​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 yo...
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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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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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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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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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Great drive Ray Keep it up Sé
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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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With you all the way, Sub Mariner!
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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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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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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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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
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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 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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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 7th, particularly impressive because they played off the white tees. Five counties took part, Middlesex, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and K...
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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 syst...
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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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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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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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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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Before I start I need to grovel in forgiveness for not mentioning Len Palmer's magnificent hole in one on the 15th 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 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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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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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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It was gratifying to see the club so lively on Friday night. People eating in the restaurant, drinking in the bar and enjoying the patio at the end of another hard week. This is what the club is all about and I look forward to more great evenings such as this. June Medal A brilliant score of 66 won Neil Hurst the June Medal in division 1 last Satur...
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One of the signs of impending summer is the rescinding of the winter rules. It's has been a long time coming this year because of the protracted cold and wet weather. As a result, Middlesex Golf gave clubs permission to extend these temporary rules for a further month if needed. If the temporary rules were just about rolling on the fairways we woul...
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Isn't it gratifying when things go well? Charity Day on Monday turned out to be a splendid day. The weather was excellent, the course was in tip top condition and, thanks to all our volunteers and helpers, the day was a great success. Special thanks must go to the green staff, who laboured over the weekend, giving up their free time, to give us a c...
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