General Club News

Please see below a message from Paul Waring at the beginning of his bid to do well at this years Deaflympics in Turkey:

Good morning all

Today is the first day of the Strokeplay, we are currently on the bus to the course at 6am!  It’s been quite an experience so far, the athletes village is good to mix with and meet other people, but standing in a queue for 1.5 hours for food, which was cold and not that good is not so great. It seems the standard breakfast is cold, greased chucked nuggets and cold chips!  So most of the time we are eating at the golf club where the food is good and we can get a nice fresh omlette👍🏻

On Wednesday the UK Ambassador Richard Moore came to visit us, he watched a couple of events and then spent about 1 hour on the range with us and we then had lunch together with some of the other GB officials, his wife is partially sighted and has a guide dog who even had its own accreditation like all athletes/visitors.

The course itself is in good condition, the greens are smooth, although a little slow, it can get very windy here (25mph on Wednesday ) so they can’t have them too quick. The fairways are fairly narrow and the rough extremely thick, probably 8 or 9 out of 10 hit in the rough will be a lost ball so fairways are a must!  Teeing off at 8:12 this morning will send further updates through the week.

Paul

Ps the golf club bar is alcohol free which did not please dad!

 

Ladies Vice Captain Elect

Our new lady vice captain elect will be Jude Hanner.  Jude joined us from Stoke by Nayland GC and has immersed herself into the ladies section and is currently their excellent secretary as well as being a great golfer.  We would like to wish Jude many congratulations and every success in her new role.

David Spencer – General Manager

 

 

NEWSLETTER FROM THE COURSE COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN – JUNE 2017

The courses

April and May were extremely dry but the recent rainfall is very welcome and the courses are responding positively.

During the dry spell we irrigated some of the Martello fairways and we will revert to this if necessary during the Summer months.

We are pleased with the condition of the greens and hope that they will improve further with the introduction of some new equipment – more of this later.

Water Supply

Our neighbours Adams Farm have an extraction license for the water on their land which lies in the ditches. We are in discussion with them in order to access some of this water for use on the courses. It is early days and the earliest date we could take advantage of this would be April 2018. We are in the process of having the quality of the water tested for its suitability.

In addition the business water sector has been deregulated and we can switch suppliers if we choose to. We are currently evaluating other options.

Preferred Lies

We are not able to have preferred lies in Qualifying Competitions. However you may choose to use preferred lies in friendly golf, roll ups etc if that’s what you wish to do.

Ground Under Repair

We have decided to introduce a local rule which makes it mandatory to take relief from areas of Ground Under Repair (GUR) which are denoted by white lines and appropriate signage

Ropes and Hoops

As a general rule we try to minimise the use of ropes and hoops on the courses as they generally detract from the aesthetics. Therefore please be assured that they are there for a reason and I would ask that members respect them and do not lift trolleys over the ropes but follow the direction signs for trolleys which I would reiterate are there for a reason.

Rakes.

I have mentioned this many times before. Please do not leave bunker rakes where they will stop the ball running into the middle of the bunker. As a suggestion place the rake with the handle protruding from the bunker but NOT in line with the direction of play . Please also carefully rake the bunker so that following golfers are not penalised with a poor lie.

Divots and pitch marks

Please use the divot scheme and also repair your pitch marks on the greens. Anything that will help us improve the putting surfaces is most welcome.

New Equipment.

We have recently purchased a new(ex-demonstration) pedestrian mower which takes our number up to 4. This means we can hand cut the greens in teams of 2 which makes the process more efficient. We plan to cut by hand on a more regular basis ( conditions permitting ) and together with vibe rolling and machine cutting, we expect the greens to maintain their quality.

In addition we have ordered a Turf Iron. This machine is mainly used on the greens but can also be used in other areas e.g. areas of new turf. In essence the Turf Iron makes the surface smoother and used on the greens will make them quicker – by approximately 10%.  The greatest advantage of this machine is that it makes the greens quicker without resorting to reducing the cut height which inevitably puts the grass under unnecessary stress.

Once again my thanks go to Glenn and his team for their hard work in the recent months in very challenging conditions. The new paths on the Martello and the new bunkers on the 14th hole are fantastic and have brought a new sense of pride to the whole club.

Happy Golfing !

Best regards

Bryan

Chairman of Course Committee

Professional shop fire

Firstly, we are delighted to say that the Professionals shop will reopen this morning (Friday 9th June) at 8am and it will be business as usual. Robert and the team look forward to seeing you all.

This comes exactly a week after the fire and underlines the brilliant work of the fire service in containing the fire.

There has been damage to the roof and the first floor apartment which will mean a scaffold tower will need to be erected around the shop to repair the roof. It is anticipated this work will take approximately 10 weeks to complete. Robert and myself are working closely with the builders to keep any disruption to the Professionals services to a minimum.

Driving Range

Another piece of good news for a Friday is that work has started on the Driving Range. The work commenced on the Machine Store which will house the ball collector, ball wash and dispenser. It is anticipated that the whole construction will take about 10 weeks. The intention is to keep the Practice ground open albeit on a restricted basis for some periods. I will keep you up to date with this as the construction progresses.

Club Vice Captain Elect

Our new Club Vice Captain Elect has now been named as Ian Buxton.  Many of the seniors will know Ian and I know will want to wish him many congratulations as does the whole club.

David Spencer – General Manager

Fire at the Golf Club

Just a quick note to let members know that we have had a fire in the Pro Shop today. Fortunately no one has been injured and thanks to the superb efforts of the fire service the main Shop has been saved and the apartment above has only incurred water damage.

We believe the fire started in the shed at the rear of the shop but we will not know for sure until Monday when the insurers will visit.

The staff have worked hard during the day and I am pleased to inform everyone that the Club is open with the only minor disturbance of having to operate the Pro Shop from the Conservatory as from tomorrow.

Please bear with us and we will do everything we can to have things back to normal as soon as we possibly can

David Spencer

General Manager

 

Inaugural Bill Bannister Trophy

On a warm, sunny morning Richard Bannister took to the tee to fire off the first shot in the inaugural running of the Bill Bannister Trophy. Although, interrupted by a thunder storm the event was a great success with 80 players taking part in the Greensome Stableford competition.

Bill was a constant figure around the club for many years and was well known around the town through his Estate Agency business. It was a pleasure seeing his wife Sue, son Richard and grandson at the Club.

The Mens event was won by David Bloom and Peter Howarth with a very good score of 42 points and the Ladies event was won by Rose Stollery and Pat Sharp with 39 points.

 

Volunteers needed

We have a number of small projects around the club where we are in need of some volunteers.  If anyone can help please contact me by phone or email or pop in and see me.  Many Thanks, David

 

Texas Scrambles!

The season has started!  Last Friday saw the clubhouse packed out with 77 meals prepared for players in the scramble and social members alike.  Please make a note of the following dates when the Texas Scrambles are arranged and  ensure you get your name down early.  Usually the sheets are put up in the conservatory a couple of weeks beforehand and book your table for delicious meal in the clubhouse too.  There is a different theme for the meals each week and we always have our lovely fish and chips on offer.  Dates for your diary are as follows:

Friday 26th May, Friday 2nd June, Friday 23rd June, Friday 14th July, Friday 28th July, Friday 4th August (Dons Dozen), Friday 1st September (change to 25th August as listed on green cards)

Remember, if you are a Kingsfleet member you are welcome to play, you just have to pay a £10 green fee to join in.

We look forward to seeing you all

FFGC couples come first and third in St Ives Open!!

Two couples from our club took part in the St Ives Mixed Open on Sunday 14th May.  Out of 24 couples Ian and Di Buxton won with 42 points and Mike and Jean Tilley came third with 39 points.  Well done and congratulations!

Captain’s Newsletter

Follow the link to the access the latest edition of the Captains Newsletter.

Coaching at the club

Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club has two new exciting coaching ventures starting this Spring,  one for juniors and one for adults.  The coaching will given by our club professional Robert and his assistant Peter.  These very successful and sought after sessions have been run in previous years with much enjoyment from the participants which have often led to joining the Club and finding new friends and a new interest.  Numbers are limited so please get in touch as soon as possible.  Details are listed below:

Get into Golf

For adults only.  There will be two sessions on a Saturday morning starting on Saturday 6th May 2017 until Saturday 24th June.

Mixed – 10am – 11am

Ladies only – 11am – midday

The cost will be £80 for the 8 weeks  and coffee in the clubhouse after is included.  You do not need to have your own clubs or equipment, just golf shoes or trainers will be needed.  All aspects of playing golf will be covered including rules and etiquette but mostly it will be a fun experience.

Please call the Pro Shop on 01394 286834 for more details or too book your place.

Felixstowe Junior Golf Academy – Spring 2017

This spring we are running another Junior Golf Academy aimed at children between the ages of 7-11.  The coaching sessions will run for 10 weeks from Sunday 7th May 2017 through to Sunday 9th July when there will be a presentation, graduation and membership award.  The cost of the 10 weeks is £75 which will include membership of the Kingsfleet course when the sessions are completed. The content of the coaching is laid out below and start time will be 11am.

Sunday 7th May    Putting technique/Learn one rule of golf

Sunday 14th May   Grip/Chipping technique/Learn one rule of golf

Sunday 21st May   Grip check/Pitching/Learn one rule of golf

Sunday 28th May   Extend the swing/Learn one rule of golf

Sunday 4th June   Fairway woods/Learn one rule of golf

Sunday 11th June  Driving from the tee/Learn one rule of golf

Sunday 18th June  Bunker shots/Learn one rule of golf

Sunday 25th June  Lets put it together!  In this session we review all our lessons so far

Sunday 2nd July    Dress rehearsal on the Kingsfleet course in readiness for Texas Scramble/Rules Test with prize for winner

Sunday 9th July    Graduation Day!  Fun Texas Scramble competition followed by Presentation and Membership Award

Please call Robert or Peter in the Pro Shop on 01394 286834 to secure your place and please print out and complete a  registration form and return to the Pro Shop.

Felixstowe Junior Section

Peter White has kindly offered to be the lead for the Junior Members of the club.  He can be contacted on 01394 275557 or email on p.white334@btinternet.com

There are now blue tees on both courses for Juniors