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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!

Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Last Friday saw half a dozen or so ladies decorating the Christmas tree in the lobby and putting up decorations, many thanks to all those who helped and also to Neil and Lee who used a bunker rake and a litter grabber, to great effect, putting up the lights and decorations on the top of the tree! They were a great help.  Friday evening was the...
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Christmas Fayre

Yesterday we had our annual Christmas Fayre, full of great stalls with perfect Christmas presents, from designer clothes to tasty treats and massages for our relentless shoppers! 
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Captain's Announcements

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, ...
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Golf Club Of The Year 2019

​Last night we won Golf Club of the Year 2019 at the  Club Mirror Awards  ceremony at Doncaster Race Course. This award is a positive recognition of the progress that has been made this year, a testament to the vision, investment and hard work put in to drive the Club forwards, and in our aim to be recog...
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Captain's Announcements

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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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Unfortunately no golf this week as due to the amount of rain we had the course had to be closed. Last Thursday though was Beaujolais Nouveau Day and it was played in what I would describe as 'slightly cool' conditions! That didn't stop a few hardy ladies and gentlemen taking to the course, All the winners have already been listed on Danny's blog. T...
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Vintage Vets Winter Luncheon

A very friendly lunch! This was our Vintage Veterans event during their annual Winter Luncheon at Bush Hill Park with their honoured guests Debbie, Sonia and Annie.
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Captain's Announcements

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 str...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

This week we played the End of Season Alliance, it was a lovely morning if a bit chilly first thing. The winners were Roz Margey, Sharon Saunders and Sue Palmer, well done ladies. Can I remind everyone to repair pitch marks on the greens!! The Christmas Fayre is fast approaching and we could still do with more bottles for Chris's stall and cakes an...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Unfortunately I was unable to play this week, as I've managed to pick up some sort of bug. In my absence my wonderful committee has done the draw for next weeks Alliance and Danny will be emailing starting tees for the 8.30 shotgun start. Lisa Martin kindly also did the notices as follows. Following feedback, there will be a £2 charge (& the op...
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Bush Nationals Annual Lunch

We are glad that our Bush Nationals Annual lunch went so well!  Bush Nationals is a society of playing members who served a period of National Service and we are proud to have them. 
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Captain's Announcements

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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Captain's Announcements

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 t...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

We have now returned, albeit reluctantly, from our holiday and will soon be into the Christmas season. The Christmas Fayre is fast approaching, Thursday 5th December, so please tell all your friends, we need donations for the raffle and also bottles for Chris' stall. If you have signed up for the Alliance on the 20th November please tick your food ...
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Halloween Night

What a night! It was dead at the Club Friday night ... but then things came back to life!  🧟‍♂️ 🎃 💀 👻 🧙🏼‍♀️
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Day 16 I'm finding my creative writing juices are not flowing very freely, they must have evaporated in the heat, luckily alcoholic juices are flowing steadily! I was wondering what to put in my blog this week, I almost resorted to a picture of the Captain in his speedos! Luckily along came our little star Jessica  who this week has won the Wo...
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Captain's Announcements

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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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

The club Championship was replayed last weekend, with Jess emerging the winner ahead of Holly, well done Jess! The scratch cup was won by Lesley Avent who narrowly beat Sue Coates. Before I went on holiday I spoke to Maureen Coates and Pat Turner who have both had operations. They were both in good spirits and Maureen had already been to the c...
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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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Saturday Night with the Protocols

What a stunning night of live music we had at the Club! The Protocols played the best of Rolling Stones, The Jam and The Beatles amongst many others. Stay tuned for more special live music nights!
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Thai Night

Our Chef Roy Ortoo cooked his delicious Thai recipes, all bursting with flavours and goodness! He brought the very best of Thai cuisine. His lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatic components and a spicy edge were a complete success! 
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

This is your foreign correspondent reporting from her sunbed. The view is a bit restricted as all I can see is blue sky and sun! The Lambert Trophy was played under skies that were definitely not blue, however it didn't really rain. The competition was won by Lucy Bidmead and Jim Craggs with 38 points. Well done! Janet Connor told an amusing anecdo...
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Captain's Announcements

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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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Well my year as the sorcerers apprentice has finished it seems to have gone in a flash! Last Friday, was my first day as Captain and we had two teams entered in the Lorna Peters competition at Highgate, I'm delighted to say that Sue Coates, Lucy Bidmead and Sharon Saunders emerged the winners and were 5 points clear of their nearest rivals, a great...
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Captain's Announcements

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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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

It seems incredible that a whole year has gone by since I became Lady Captain - how the time has flown.This week my last task was to take the non perishable goods brought by the ladies for our Harvest Festival competition to the Enfield food bank. I resisted the urge to make everyone sing "We plough the fields and scatter " at lunchtime as I gave m...
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Captain's Announcements

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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Captain's drive-in

A large crowd gathered to witness the 2019 Captain drive-in on 29 September. Graham successfully overcame a large amount of encouragement in the form jeers and miscellaneous sounds. After waiting for the noise to subside he successfully drove the ball straight down the fairway for 206 yards (Graham insists it must have plugged!), which was gre...
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Captain's Announcements

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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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

On Wednesday our summer season came to a close with the Autumn Meeting and despite drizzly rain throughout the morning we soldiered on and managed to finish. The afternoon round was better as it brightened up as the day went on and we concluded the day with a splendid meal followed by the prize giving.The winner of the scratch prize was Sue Coates....
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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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Course Update

  Autumn is upon us and as night temperatures decline so grass growth begins to slow, although with the recent very dry weather you would be fooled to think we are still in the middle of summer.We do rely on average rainfall at this time of year to encourage growth and help the grass to recover after a hot dry summer. The fairways in particula...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Congratulations to Wendy Goodman who won Division 1 of our monthly stableford with Lucy Bidmead second and to Penny Bush who won Division 2. Wendy and Lucy are going to Stoke Park to represent us in the Race to Mauritius so good luck to them. On Sunday is the Mrs Shaw Business ladies' cup. If you can't sign in on the hub do so through the Pro shop....
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President's Day

I couldn't have wished for a better day, from start to finish it was great. I would like to thank Bombardier for the bus, Debbie and her team, for looking after us so well, Roy and his team for the fantastic food, and the Tower of Swing for the entertainment. Mark Stevens See more here
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Italian Night

Our Italian night was fully booked! Everyone loved Claudio's music.... and also our mouthwatering pappardelle pasta and risotto cake! Watch this space for our next Italian night coming up.
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Mixed Pilates

We had our first Mixed Pilates class with Ewelina Krol and it was a full class! Pilates will be helping everyone  to strengthen muscles while improving postural alignment and flexibility.Do you know about all the benefits of Pilates for golfers? Read more here
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Huge congratulations to our victorious 5 a side team who won their Middlesex second division final against Stanmore on Sunday.  They gave a gritty performance with some players coming from behind to win.  Thanks to all who played in the previous matches enabling us to get to the final.We now progress to Division 1 next year. On Wednesday ...
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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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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

This week was our monthly medal and Division 1 was won by Helen Constantinou with a magnificent nett 66.Division 2 was won by myself with a much less spectacular score!  Congratulations to Sharon Saunders on winning both the Chinchilla Cup and the Spring Trophy. The Business Ladies Cup is to be played on Sunday September 22nd from 12.12pm.Plea...
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Course Update

Greens Maintenance Week Good progress has been made with all the greens being spiked to a depth of 200 mm using 19 mm width tine, followed by 50 tonnes of sand dressing to fill the holes. Aeration is essential to keep playing surfaces healthy and in good condition.Primarily aeration helps to control organic matter "thatch", relieve compaction and t...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

  The hot summer weather has helped produce some good golf this week. Congratulations to Lisa Martin on winning the Autumn Cup with a net 65 and to Sue Coates for victory in the Wilson Putting Vase on Bank Holiday Monday. On Tuesday October 1st we are having the last charity event for my charity Beyond Ourselves . It is a fun quiz organised by...
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Captain's Announcements

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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Seniors Open

A full field of 24 teams took place in our Seniors Open on Thursday 15th August with refreshments, registration and goody bag on arrival and a shotgun start at 09:30. There was a team event plus individual Stableford and nearest the pin prizes on all 6 of the Par 3s. Individual Winner 1st – 41 Points:  Len Palmer 2nd – 37 Points:  Andrew ...
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Wine Tasting & Tapas Night

Old Vines give better wine! Approx. 50 people in attendance (fully booked) to sample a number of selected wines from our new wine list. Hosted by Toby Dillaway WSET Level 4 Diploma and Wine Development Manager, Marstons. Very interesting descriptions of grape varieties and vineyard locations around the world, and a merry time was had by all!
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Friday Club Night with Alan Lovell!

Check our 'Friday Club Night' with Alan Lovell, the singer and guitarist from he Swinging Blue Jeans band!  Alan started his career in Wales in the early Sixties. He has toured extensively and recorded over the years with many named acts such as: Mary Wilde, PJ Proby, Dennis Laine & The New Vaudeville Band to name a few.  We...
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Captain's Announcements

​ 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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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

On Wednesday we had our Invitation Day and welcomed friends from 12 different clubs. We had the Lady Captains from Crews Hill and Hadley Wood and welcomed back our old friends Miriam, Janet and Sue McCall.  The winning team was Lesley Avent, Kim Wild,  Tracey Ripsher and Lesley Vincent. In second place were Carol Agass, Karen Chapman, Sue...
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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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Ladies Captain's Announcements

On Monday we went to Sandy Lodge for my Lady Captain's away day. We had a terrific day and somehow managed to dodge all the rain which I am told fell on Winchmore Hill. We enjoyed the course and were made very welcome- even the Lady Captain came to say hello.It culminated in a lovely meal and team prizes. The winning teams were- 1st Sue Collins, Tr...
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Ladies Captain's Announcements

  Well done to Ros Margey on winning the Rafferty Cup this week and to Lizzie Phillips for scoring a hole in one on the 16th. Lesley and Sharon represented us at the regional finals of the Coronation Foursomes at Bishops Stortford and put in a good score.Our 5-a-side team have won through to the finals of Division 2 to be played at Sudbury on ...
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Course Update

  After many months of work and hundreds of man hours the new short game area is now ready to open. The grow-in period has gone extremely well with all surfaces displaying excellent grass coverage. This new practice area will open on Friday 9 th August after the greenkeepers take on the committees in a nearest the pin competition to formally o...
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Captain's Announcements

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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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

What a wonderful day we had on Wednesday for my Lady Captain's Charity Day .The rain stayed off and the shotgun start worked really well. Thank you to all the ladies who made cakes which we enjoyed during and after the game.Thanks to Sue Collins for the Pimms which was most refreshing.Danny was a star taking all our shots from the first tee and lat...
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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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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Congratulations to Sarah Carver who won the Mrs Shaw committee cup on Monday and to Sue Collins on winning the Kay Steel Trophy on Wednesday. Next Wednesday is my Lady Captain's Charity Day for Beyond Ourselves .This wonderful charity helps build and support schools in Zambia. Only £16 a month provides education for a child including tuition, unifo...
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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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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

On Sunday we invited the gentlemen to our invitation day and a good crowd enjoyed the golf. Simon kindly held back the meal as we were all crammed into the George Low bar to watch the conclusion of the cricket World Cup.It was not an option to tell some 40 people to go upstairs at the very moment it was announced there was to be a deciding over!! C...
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Captain's Announcements

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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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

  This week we played for the Centenary Salver which was presented by Monica Gibbon. Monica was a popular member and was the First Lady to be a member of the board.Congratulations to Sarah Rees who won with a nett 68. Last Saturday our 5 a side team had a fabulous 5-0 victory against Stanmore so many congratulations to Lesley and her team.This...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

On Wednesday we had the Grandmothers and Senior Grandmothers cups. Sue Collins won the Grandmothers Cup and I retained the Senior Grandmothers cup for another year. Sue Coates had a spectacular round being only one over par for the first nine holes. This Wednesday is the Centenary Salver which was presented by a much loved member Monica Gibbon. She...
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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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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

We had a lovely day on Wednesday for the Captain's prizes for ladies. The weather held fair and the course was in great condition enabling some really good scores. Sadly mine was not one of them! However some spectacular cakes at the hut made up for everything and a glass of Prosecco healed the wounds.Thank you Ray for being with us and providing t...
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Captain's Announcements

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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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Some excellent golf has been played in the last week with good scores despite the inclement weather at times.Many congratulations to Lesley Avent who brought the Luther Smith Trophy back to Bush Hill Park last Saturday after two great rounds.Then the Coronation foursomes was won by Lesley and Sharon Saunders with 40 points.On Sunday the Winners of ...
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Captain's Announcements

​ 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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Course Update

After the very dry month of May that saw only 35 mm of rainfall, summer rain has finally arrived with over 50 mm falling in the last 7 days. This rain is much needed to help the repair process on the fairways that have not recovered from the heatwave last summer. Now we have sufficient moisture in the soil, work will start in helping the very worst...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Last Saturday nine ladies braved the weather to play the first round of the Luther Smith at Bush Hill Park. The best score for the ladies was a splendid nett 69 by Lesley Avent so fingers crossed for next Saturday at Enfield.Then on Sunday Lesley led our 5 a side team to victory against Muswell Hill away with another 6 and 5 victory by our young su...
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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 ...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

On Sunday we played the George Low trophy in memory of the much loved former pro who inspired so many of us to play golf years ago.Congratulations to Sue Coates and Irene Dickinson who won with a magnificent 44 points. The sun shone on Wednesday for my Ladies' Captain's day and we all had fun.The winners of the Alliance were Lesley Avent, Trac...
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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 activit...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

I am now back in the country for the rest of the season. Many thanks to Sue Charles for coping for the two weeks when I was away especially with the Middlesex Meetings.Thanks to the ladies who rallied with help and cakes. On Sunday we have the George Low Trophy in memory of a much loved pro who taught so many of us to play golf.We wish Di Williams ...
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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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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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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 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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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 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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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​ 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 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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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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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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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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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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Guest — John Bridgeman
Very impressed with Big Gs first blog. Shame he only came second in Sunday's four ball draw (improvement is needed) JB
Friday, 08 March 2019 16:47
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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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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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