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April Newsletter

Welcome to April’s newsletter, as we look forward to some great weather ahead and the start of another enjoyable golf season at Portsmouth Golf Course.

Since our last newsletter we have endured possibly the wettest March on record, it’s certainly felt that way. It’s no surprise that this has affected our preparations on the golf course and has somewhat delayed some of our golf course projects that we had planned for March completion. On a positive note though there have been signs of Spring with one or two days that have been stunning from dawn until dusk.

We’ve also just witnessed another fantastic Masters tournament which lived up to the expectations and kept us all on the edge of our seats throughout. The Masters always tends to get the juices flowing and kick starts the golfing season, we’re sure this year like others will be no exception. Please read on to see what’s been going on at Portsmouth Golf Course.  

 

Course update  

Thanks to everyone for their patience throughout this adversely wet period of weather we are having. We have despite these conditions recently had success with our cultural work, being able to hollow core all 18 holes and the putting green. This process allows a gas exchange in the soil, thatch reduction, improves drainage and improves the pitch of the ball during play.  These benefits will all contribute towards better greens in the coming months.

We are a little behind with our spring renovations due to the weather conditions but over the coming weeks plan to make improvements to the course furniture, renew the 18th tee mat and upgrade the irrigation system ready for the heatwave we are sure to have at some point throughout 2018. We are also currently re sculpting some bunkers that over time have have lost shape. This will improve the appearance and also provides us with an effective use of the cores that have been removed from the greens following our recent cultural work. This work is pictured below.  

Our main short term goal is to get 18 holes back into play and allow buggies back onto the course. We check ground conditions on a daily basis and are currently seeking windows of opportunity where we can get machinery out and cut where possible. Once we have the full course open we have new cups, pins, flags and bunker rakes to put out giving the course a nice fresh look.    

On a separate note we would also like to share with you that we were selected as Glendale Golf Greenkeeping Team of the Year for 2017. This was awarded at the recent Glendale Golf annual conference that was held at the Hawth Theatre in Crawley. This is something the team are very proud of and hope to retain the accolade in 2018.        

As always the team would like to thank everyone for their full support, we look forward to updating you all in the next newsletter.

 

Food & Beverage   

Considering the poor weather conditions in March the bar and restaurant has been busy with events and general use. We had a full month of function bookings which was great to see with hundreds of people celebrating a special occasion of sort.

In April we start to see more golfing societies visit and a real spike in foot fall as the golfing season kicks off and the long awaited warmer weather arrives.

The new decor and feel to the bar area has gone down really well with members and visitors which has been really positive. This work is complete now and aligns nicely with our new menu launch over the next couple of weeks.    

One of the teams main focuses for this year is organising and operating our own events. Please keep an eye on your inbox and our Facebook page for promotional offers and information for our up and coming events.

  

Membership Renewals

Although our 12 month memberships run one calendar year from joining we still see a majority of our membership renew in April. Thanks to all that have renewed, please remember that you can join a Junior absolutely FREE on the back of any Loyaltee 12 month membership. One of our objectives this year is to develop a thriving junior section so there will be plenty in store for any new takers to the game.

We also have a new renewal gift made available for all 2018/19 renewals. If you have not received your gift please mention it to the golf reception where we will happily assist.  

Interested in competitions? If you would like to play competitions and gain a handicap then Portsmouth Golf Club can help.  Read below to see an update on what’s been happening over the past month. If you are interested please speak to Peter Badger, Club Secretary on 02392 201827 or email portsmouthgolfclub@gmail.com   

 

Golf Club update

Spring is here and we’ve started our new golfing season with Cup events and the first national qualifier ‘The Lombard Trophy’.

Gary Killick came through as winner and will represent the club at Walton Heath in the regional qualifier over the coming months. Good luck Gary!

The NAPGC national qualifiers are also underway and this year PGC will enter some additional events and hopefully some of our members will end up playing in a final at St Andrews!  If you are not acquainted with what the NAPGC has to offer than follow our link on our website.

Membership renewals are now required and after such an excellent 2017 in obtaining new members, we are looking for the same this year. Being one of the best courses around, ably manicured by Matt and his team, value for money season ticket and the Portsmouth Golf Club membership offering competitive golf, friends and events…. it makes for an excellent package.

Don’t forget the County Card. As a PGC Member and an affiliated member, you can obtain the card that will offer you reduced green fees at other clubs up and down the country. Just £15 per year that could save you up to 50% off the normal green fee rate. A great way to play some of the best courses around. More information can be found on our website and links to apply.

Behind the scenes we’ve just upgraded our computer PSI system in the member’s room and the Ladies administration office, both were old and flagging!  Our competition software has been upgraded to encompass changes made by CONGU. This will be ongoing as new rules are introduced, especially when they roll out the major changes next year. Look out for the new rules by visiting the England Golf website.

We hope you’re looking forward to teeing off the start of the golf season as much as we are!

See you on the fairways soon.

James Green

Centre Manager

 

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