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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer is definitely here this is two Wednesday's in a row that the weather has been nice to us! Well done again to Sue Coates and Dawn Rose on winning the Ping 4BBB with a massive 42pts, hopefully this will qualify for the next round of this competition. Well done also to the runners up Di Williams and Penny Bushe with 37pts. Our away-day is comin...
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Captain's Announcements

My head still aches from the Past Captains dinner on Wednesday evening, though I am assured I had a good time. The Past Captains Cup was held in the afternoon and was won by that man Morris, who some of you might just remember, used to be Captain. I have to say he played a magnificent round of golf, scoring 43 points and winning by the impressive m...
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Course Update

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

Well hopefully summer has at last arrived! Wow Sue Coates and Dawn Rose had a cracking score of 41, so hopefully stand a good chance of qualifying for the next round. Well done. Our 5-a-side team did well on Sunday drawing their game 2.5 / 2.5, away to Ealing. Well done. Our away-day is coming up fast and Cela not only needs your money but als...
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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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Course Update

Irrigation update The first phase of the snagging has now been completed, work involved repairing any leaks and setting arcs on the sprinkler heads. Reinstatement works have now begun in making good the trench lines and valve boxes with seed and soil. Once this final phase has been completed Victor Jamieson our consultant will make his final inspec...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Oh my goodness back to winter, the wind was so cold on Wednesday! However this didn't stop Sarah Rees; she had a great morning round, scoring a fantastic nett 69. Her afternoon score was not quite so good but still enough to win the Victory cup by a clear 4 shots with a total of 153; Well done. The Pearson team had a fantastic win on Monday against...
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Charity Day Gallery

Charity Day took place on Monday 7th May 2018 and raised over £2700 for Diabetes UK! Here are some photos from the day
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Captain's Announcements

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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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Was it really Wednesday today? No one told the weather obviously because we had a beautiful day, excellent conditions, nice temperature and 28 ladies out playing in the competition. Congratulations to Janet Connor and Lia Martin who won on countback with 28 points. We ran our charity quiz last Thursday and took just over £200 making £166 for Alzhei...
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Lady Captain's Announcements

Well done by the weather again! Unfortunately we had to cancel this afternoon's section of the competition, however I think a good time was had by all and the evening was an enjoyable affair in a lovely atmosphere with very good food thanks to Alasdair and his team. Well done to Val for winning the scratch, Helen the silver division, Lisa the bronz...
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Course Update

The weather this spring has comprised of extremes; snow in March very wet in April and only recently temperatures reaching 20 degrees. April rainfall reached 101mm compared 31mm in 2017, maintaining the course with this amount of rain has been extremely difficult as it limits machinery usage on the golf course. Charity day, the clubs firs...
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MILLARD, MR Paul
The course is looking great Graham. Sterling work by the lads. Good luck on Monday.
Saturday, 05 May 2018 07:49
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Captain's Announcements

Well, we're all ready to go. I'm talking of course about Charity Day on Monday. We now have 25 teams, which I'm really pleased about, the weather looks set fair and we're all going to have a great day whilst raising money for Diabetes UK. Winter Rules Due to the unprecedented amount of rain and cold weather, the County have given dispensation to al...
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Course Update

The warm weather last week combined with high moisture levels in the soil created a grass factory of growth that pushed our machinery to the limits. Fairways, approaches and tee were cut three times to keep growth in check, whilst the rough was cut continually throughout the week. All the cutting did create wonderful definition as the course starts...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

Back to the cold and wet on Wednesday! Some us that weren't so lucky got caught out in the rain and hail. Still it gave those of you that managed to get in early a good laugh at our expense! Unfortunately we came second in our matches last week: Pearson away against Enfield on Thursday lost 5&2 Pearson against away Hendon on Monday lost 6&1...
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Captain's Announcements

Hold onto your hats because I have got a lot to get through this week and I need your complete attention. First of all I want to tell you that Sarah and Amy left us this week for pastures new. They were reliable and attentive bar staff and their cheery greetings will be greatly missed. Replacements will be difficult but we will see what we can do. ...
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Course Update

Taking advantage of the dry weather this week our priority was to get as much of the golf course cut as possible, after what has been a very wet spring. As predicted the course is very lush and grass growth is vigorous so it is critical that all areas are kept in check to keep the course looking its best. There are still pockets that are still not ...
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Ladies' Captain's Announcements

At last the weather has improved and we had over 20 players out on Wednesday. Let's hope this is the start of the summer season! Note all who played will have their scores entered into the Red Cross Eclectic but must see Sue Charles and pay their £5 entry before any more scores can be entered. Congratulations to Sarah Carver on winning the Vet...
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Captain's Announcements

What a difference a week makes. I can see that the new irrigation system is going to come into its own sooner than we thought. On Wednesday a deputation of Bush Hill Park warriors went down to Frinton Golf Club, an 1895 course, to do battle with the locals who had thrown down the golfing gauntlet. It is my sad duty now to tell you that it was a rou...
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Course Update

Only thirteen days into April and rainfall is already up to 53mm, average rainfall for April is usually 43mm for the entire month. This amount of rain has caused disruption to golf with more course closures on Monday and Tuesday. The forecast for next week is better with temperatures peaking at a barmy 22 degrees, this will help dry the course and ...
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Lady Captain's Announcements

Goodness this is getting really boring now, once again no golf due to rain. I will have forgotten what a lot of you look like when we eventually get to play again! This will result in the 5-club being rescheduled again this time to April 25 th (AD April 22 nd ) and then the professional's prize will move to June13th (AD= June 10 th ) along with the...
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I'll just make this one observation – last year at this time we had sun and temperatures in the mid-twenties. This year we had 62 mm of rain in March compared with 18 mm last year. For the mathematically inclined that's over three times as much. Enough said. The Rangers played against Finchley on Monday and I feel someone should review their medica...
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Lady Captain's Announcements

The ladies committee have decided to reschedule the Spring Meeting for May 2 nd , however this results in the Australian Spoons being moved to May 9 th (AD May 6 th ) and the monthly medal to May 2 nd (the am part of the Spring Meeting with Alternate Date monthly medal on April 29 th ). Can we please ask you to stay in the original groups orga...
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​ A disappointing bank holiday weekend weather-wise, it must be said, though I suppose only having one day of complete disruption should be viewed as a bonus. We did have to cancel the Brasted Trophy on Monday, our first mixed event of the year, but hopefully we will be able to find another day when it can be played. We were, however, able to play ...
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Course Update

​ Over 35mm of rain fell over the Easter bank holiday, leaving the course saturated and leaving surfaces across the whole course flooded. The heavy rain forced us to close on Bank holiday Monday and Tuesday to enable the course to dry out, but it's a slow process. Further light showers on Tuesday night allowed only 10 holes to be open on Wednesday,...
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Captain's Announcements - 30/03/18

​ Captain's Announcements – Week ending 30/03/18 It was nice to get a glimpse of spring at the weekend, even though it was cruelly snatched from us, and the bank holiday weekend looks to be a wash out. Where is global warming when you need it? I start by announcing a fantastic achievement by our own Jenny Benge, who last weekend ran a half marathon...
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Lady Captain's Announcements

​After golf was rained off on Wednesday we have  decided to rearrange the competition to April 11 th and the Stableford for that day will now run in conjunction with the Vets cup on April 18 th  , plus the AD days will change accordingly. Jenny Benge ran a half marathon for my charity Alzheimer's UK last Sunday, March 25 th , in...
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Course Update

  The greens are slowly getting back to some normality after the intensive aeration and sanding programme of last week. They have been cut by hand this week to give them a light trim and roll. Cutting of the greens will now intensify in cuts per week and height of cut reduced to 4mm as day time temperatures rise. Work has already started ...
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Captain's Announcements

Well Carol got the forecast right again and we had to suffer another weekend twiddling our thumbs. The Annual Dinner was a great success, however, and I would like to thank all those who made the evening so enjoyable. Alasdair for the delicious food, Debbie and her helpers for looking after us in her normal inimitable fashion and to Jenny Benge for...
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Lady Captain's Announcements

Well the weather was much better today, we saw the sun and it was warm! It was surprisingly dry out there considering the amount of snow earlier in the week. However the scores were still not great making it once again a reduction only competition but then some of that could be put down to the course renovations going on and the near beaches that w...
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Course Update

The snow at the weekend was not ideal preparation for the up and coming renovation week, and starting work on Monday morning the course still had a thick covering of snow and ice. But we persevered and by the end of the first day the greens had received their first spike using the 19mm tines to a depth of 200mm. Day two saw over 20 tons of sand app...
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Annual Dinner 2018

Saturday 17th March was the Club Annual Dinner, an event which has been part of Bush Hill Park tradition for over 100 years. The event was completely sold out and it was great to see so many members dressed to impress and out to enjoy the evening. Speeches were given by Steve Rickwood and Captain David Dickinson, and a four-course dinner was e...
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Captain's Blog - Week Ending 09/03/18

Captain's Blog – Week ending 09/03/18 Well, it was a much nicer weekend and there was even a touch of spring in the air. Can you believe it though, Carol has forecast snow again for this weekend! You'll be pleased to hear that your Captain scored 41 points on Saturday, and you'll be even more pleased to learn that he didn't go in the competition! T...
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Course Update - 16/03/18

Our main focus this week was the maintenance of bunkers, work consisted of edging to redefine the edges and the movement of sand to ensure the bases are more consistent. We did experience a large build-up of sand to the backs of many bunkers we worked on, this is due to incorrect raking. I do encourage every golfer when raking their footmarks to ra...
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