Captain's Newsletter - 16th August

Aug 16, 2016

Hello Everyone, This week's winners

Next week's fixtures

Latest Course Report from Gavin

Greens Work.

1. The greens are good at the moment and we are happy with how they are coming on. We will continue with our normal schedule of hand cutting and rolling.

2. The sprinklers are on every night with this hot spell we are encountering and we are using 25,000 litres a day and hand watering the higher parts of the greens.

3. We have tried to work on the patches on the greens but with the rain, this is proving tricky. We have scheduled in to put drainage work in on these areas at the beginning of our winter program.

4. The second green has been forked and seeded to try and recover it. The 17th green will be seeded next week.

Bunker work.

1. We have edged, drained and topped up with sand now on 27 bunkers on the Championship course and 23 bunkers on the Eagle course. We have identified more 6 problem bunkers on the main course that need attention and we are looking to do 3 of them with some volunteer members on 18th August, with the plan to do the other 3 if it goes well.

2. All edges of bunkers are strimmed every three weeks and all grass bunkers are cut weekly.

Tee work.

1. All par three tees are divoted twice a week. We fill the divot boxes up at this time. The divots are taken off the tees when they are cut on Mondays and Fridays.


1. We are really pleased with our fairways at the moment and will next be slitted in the October work.


1. The rough has now been cut to a height of 1½ inches and growth has now slowed down (thank the Lord!!) to normal summer conditions. The first cut has now been put in.

Tree Work.

1. The electric board have a program to take out all trees directly under the pylons and the other trees will be trimmed so no trees are within 9 metres of the wires. Trees have been taken out so far on holes 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 14 and 17. They have been in to thin out some of the trees on the right hand side of the 3rd as part of the new hole changes this will continue through August.

2. We are looking to finish off the cutting of lower branches around the course.

Water Hazards.

1. The pump on the 14th hole which brings the water out of the Trent and brings it around the course has been repaired and water is now flowing in. The hazards are filling up nicely and some work has been done clearing out while the pump was off. The water hazard work is ongoing.

2. Some areas have been cleared but with the grass cutting extra work this year we haven’t been able to clear all ditches as well as we did the last two years. This is a continuous job over the next few months and we are aware of it.

3. The posts have been changed over from yellow to red (lateral water hazard) on the right of the first green.

4. Hazard lines will be again burned the week starting 15th August and will take a week to show.

Path Work.

1. Replenishing of the red pave on pathways throughout the course will be started Tuesday 9th August.


1. The pathway to the new third tee bridge will be trimmed and tidied up next week.

2. The out of bounds behind the second hole has now been corrected.

3. The grass cutting around the course will be moved over the next coming weeks. We know they look scruffy but these piles are due to the heavy growing conditions and all grass is picked up after much mowing. We didn’t want this grass left in the rough and semi-rough and was the lesser of two evils. This will be moved.

Lady Captain's Away Day: A Great Success

40 ladies enjoyed the sunshine and a great course on Friday 12th August at Ingestre Park. There was an individual non-qualifying Stableford with various spot prizes. The ladies enjoyed a two-course meal before the presentation and prize-giving.

Congratulations to the winners: 1st Rachel Emma Alford (pictured below with Jenney and her trophy), 2nd Nat Mitchell and 3rd Liz Shepherd. Spot prize winners were: nearest the pin, Nat Mitchell and Di Horsley; nearest the line Nina Snelson; best score on all par 3s Madelaine Udall; and the "other half" spot prize (courtesy of Jenney's husband, Nigel) Sandra Stebbings.

Well done to Tacey Boulton who almost scored a hole in one on the 4th and scored her first ever birdie. This was Tracey's tee shot:

Thank to you everyone who played and to Lady vice-Captain Charlotte Barker for all her help organising everything and sorting the cards on the day.

Steve's Away Day

The FINAL payment date for Steve's Away Day on Sept 2 is this Friday (August 19). Anyone who hasn't paid by this day won't be able to go. 1) Bank transfer to Barclays Bank sort code 20-15-96 a/c no 40787396 S.D.Warner (please ref with your name); 2) Cash, preferably given to Carole; 3) Cheque, payable to S.D.Warner.

The coach situation is still ongoing as at present Steve has ten definite payments and about three possibles, therefore he isn't going to book a 49-seater. He really needs to know more definite figures from anyone who wishes to travel by minibus as the fewer people, the dearer the cost. At present the cost is £15 pp from Branston to Beau Desert and then the return journey.

This Week's Trophies

Look at what you can win this week!

The Woollett Crystal Cup

And the Paul Winship Trophy:

Mactier Date

Branston hosted the Staffordshire Ladies Mactier Cup Final today, with Louise Manning (Silver Division) and Trudie Hanson (Bronze Division) representing the Club. Good luck to both: results next week.

Bank Holiday Whackers

Whackers will be running on Bank Holiday Monday (August 29th) and there will be a Spot Prize for this day only. There is no fun comp as the Ladies' Committee has decided not to run one this year.

Branston Open (Sept 3)

If anyone would like a copy of either the latest draw or the entry form, please email asking for them and we'll reply with them.

Rules Evening #2

The list to sign up for Paul Allen's second rules evening for Club members on August 25 is up on the notice board in the locker rooms, or you can ring the Golf Lodge on 01283 528320.

Well played Sara

Congratulations to Sara Allen (pictured below), runner-up on countback in the EGU Ladies Grand Medal Final at Frilford Heath last week, scoring a nett 73 off her handicap of 25.

Rachel Warner and the Great North Run

In aid of the Alzheimer’s Society, Steve's sister Rachel is running the Great North Run on September 11.

Off The Wall

Our Captains' Challenge is on September 11 and 12: we will be walking Hadrian's Wall. Any sponsorship will be very gratefully received:

Will's Endurance Challenge

In his role as Junior Captain, Will Betts is taking part in a one-day event organised by police officers and the Royal Marines in the Cheviot hills, in Northumberland. He has to complete 30 miles in under nine hours, carrying a 30 pound pack.

Please support Will raise money by donating directly to his fundraising page -

Come Bowling

This year's Bowls Night (with pie and peas!) is on Friday, August 26, from 6pm at Derby Co-op Bowls and Social Club. Directions are on the notice boards in the locker rooms along with the sign-up sheet.

Captains' Charity Ball – September 17 – James Bond Casino Royale

There will be many different James Bond fun and games going on throughout the evening, including:

  • Fun Casino tables (Roulette Wheel, Black Jack, Slot Machines, etc.)
  • Charity auction and raffle
  • Four-course Bond themed evening meal
  • Disco and dancing

Arrive 7pm, carriages at 1am, cost £38 per person, ring 01283 528 336 and book your tickets at the Pavilion. Black tie event, dress to impress/thrill!

Rule of the Week: Accidental Hit or Moving BallWhat happens if you accidentally hit the ball, either when making a practice swing or just because you're clumsy? If the ball actually moves then you incur a one shot penalty and have to replace the ball in its original position but if it doesn't, for instance if it rolls forwards but then rolls back to where it was before or if it just oscillates on the spot, then there is no penalty.
But what happens if the ball moves when you're about to hit it (for instance, on the green when you're about to putt)? The good news is that if you didn't cause it to move then you can play it from its new position with penalty. The bad news is that if this new position is farther away from the hole then it originally was that's tough and you've got a longer putt that you would have had before!

Thought for the Week

From Tiger Woods (1975-), probably the world's most famous golfer:

"Achievements on the golf course are not what matters, decency and honesty are what matter."

That's All, Folks!

Have a great week, both on the course and off it.

Steve Warner and Jenney Hollis, Captains 2016

Category: Golf