Kenilworth: 23/01/22 The Course is Open, Trolleys and 1 seater buggies are allowed but 2 seater buggies are not permitted. The 11th hole has been shortened so please follow ropes to tee markers and please follow ropes around course where possible. Thank you
Par 3 Course: Course Open
December 2021 Kenilworth Golf Club Newsletter
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December 2021 Kenilworth Golf Club Newsletter
Welcome to our first newsletter as your captains for 2022. We’ve had just over a month in our roles and think we are settling in well! November and December tend to be quieter months in the golfing calendar and as we were thinking about writing this newsletter, we were surprised by how much activity is still happening.
With new captains come new committee members and we welcomed our Vice Captains, Bev Coleman and James Lamond, and recently elected members Clive Saines and Will Lamond to their first meeting of the Club Committee in early November. The Club Committee essentially has an ambassadorial role in ensuring that members’ views are gathered and presented to the Management Committee on issues affecting them and the direction of the club. As such, please feel free to engage with any of our elected members to discuss or raise any issues that are relevant. If interested, you can find more about how our committee structure works by following this link (insert link)
The Captains Inaugural AM-AM Competition was held on the 7th of November and was very well supported. The weather was very kind, and everyone enjoyed a light lunch at the end. The winning team with an impressive tally of 94 points was John Sweeten, Tony Hoare, Jamie Hoare, and John Joseph Carlin. The presentation at the end also allowed us the opportunity to have representatives form our chosen charities which are ‘Birmingham Children’s Hospital Power of Play’ and Leamington based ‘Young People First’ to say a few words about their work. Many members spoke to us and them afterwards commenting on the work they do, and we will really appreciate your support in helping these charities over the coming year.
David Skoppek from Young People First and Will Graves pictured with the Captains
Last weekend also saw members compete in the Christmas Greensome shotgun competitions. This was a welcome sight indeed given the need to cancel these competitions in the previous two years for various reasons. Marcel Dalziel and Lee Turner won the morning event with 40 points and Jamie & Tony Hoare won the afternoon event with 39 points. The weather did stay dry for both events, but it was a little on the chilly side with everyone appreciating the warm sausage rolls and mince pies when they got back to the clubhouse. The highlight of the day for me was, however, our Lady Captain Jane getting a hole in one on the 7th hole. Congratulations to all the prize winners and Jane who could also have had a prize for the best Christmas jumper on display!
Although the weather is never ideal at this time of the year, please give some thought to taking on either Captain and a professional in the Captain-Pro challenge. If interested, please email either of us. As always, your donations for the privilege will go to our chosen charities.
On the Course
The main efforts of the last couple of months has been the work on the secondary drainage and more recently on clearing leaves. Both sets of activities have racked up some impressive statistics. The secondary drainage work used 700 tonnes of sand which works out at almost 1.1 tonne of sand for every member. The other impressive statistic on leaf clearance comes from the latest Course Newsletter with the team collecting 44m3 of leaves a day.
The ladies will also have noted the new tee marker posts being installed with the updated and correct indices on them. The team are also planning to refurbish the Yellow and White marker posts over the winter. We are also awaiting delivery of new flagsticks for the main course with very thin stems which should help golfers who prefer keeping the flag in the hole when putting.
The weather may appear to have been just a little bit kinder to us this autumn although it doesn’t seem to be true looking out of the window typing the newsletter (Tuesday afternoon). We have still had plenty of inclement weather and the efforts put into remedying some of the issues we faced over the last couple of winters do appear to be bearing fruit. Long may this continue.
We couldn’t leave a discussion on the course without a plea to all members to please repair pitch marks, rake bunkers, fill divots and generally do your bit to help maintain the course in as good a condition as possible. These basic and simple actions make a significant difference to everyone’s enjoyment of the game and please keep this in mind.
Clubhouse and Events
The Ladies Fashion Show on the 4th of November was a great success as seven ladies from Kenilworth golf club became models for the evening. The event was attended by about 60 ladies, who enjoyed a glass of wine before the show started. The models wore the latest golf fashion outfits sold in the pro shop. Adam hosted the evening and offered a 15% discount, encouraging many of the ladies to enjoy some retail therapy after the show. Proceeds from the show went to the captain's charity.
Looking ahead to the events over the next few weeks it is worth noting festive season, we have the members children’s Christmas party on the 19th and the Club’s New Year’s Eve party. We also have bonus prize draw this month on the 17th of December with a prize pot of £700. Details can be found on the website and on posters around the clubhouse.
Following the changing of the Captains’ years and the membership renewal dates, we have decided on issuing our usual club diaries on a calendar year basis. The diaries for 2022 should be ready to collect from the office in early January. Please look out for a further update from our General Manager, Paul.
Finally, as we look back on the last year and plan for the year ahead, we would like to thank the many, many volunteers and our staff who contribute to the success of the club. Whether you are members of the working party or help organise any of the club’s teams or support the Juniors or the 51 Club or any other club activity, Thank You.
With that we wish you a very merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year. Stay safe and stay well.
Ravi and Jane
Your KGC 2022 Captains