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Welcome to the October edition of Loyaltee News

Dear Golfer,

It’s been an incredible couple of months of golf – in our last edition of Loyaltee News we were celebrating Tiger’s performance in the USPGA, excited to see if he could continue his return to form. Could he actually win again? Well he only went and did it… his final hole at the Tour Championship was a remarkable scene, as thousands of spectators engulfed him on his walk to victory. Tiger then put the finishing touches on his 80th PGA Tour win, second only to Sam Snead’s 82 official wins. Let’s see if he can now take on Jack’s Major record when he returns to Augusta next April.

We also witnessed the dramatic end to the 42nd Ryder Cup, with Europe’s crushing victory to regain the trophy at Le Golf International. Woods might be the greatest athlete the world has ever seen, but the Ryder Cup is seemingly his Kryptonite.

Closer to home, we held our first Richmond Park Open at the end of August, which was a sell-out success. We received tons of great feedback so it seems like the event was enjoyed by everyone. Martin Humphries romped home with a net 61 to take the men’s title and Angela Flynn shot an impressive 66, the best ladies score of the day. Lots of people asked if we are planning another event in 2019 – the answer is a definite yes!

Golf course update

A summer of unprecedented dry, hot weather took its toll on most golf courses up and down the country. Thankfully, the efforts and efficient planning from Ross and his team meant that the courses have remained in great condition throughout. I hope you’ll agree that the greens are in remarkable condition – a large part of this is down to the ‘maintenance weeks’ that are now part of our annual plan. This procedure includes intensive aeration and feeding the turf, which results in better drainage and more consistent, healthy grass coverage.

The prolonged dry period over the summer months has meant that grass has not been able to fully recover in some areas, notably fairways and some tee platforms. We have recently completed an overseeding programme, which will help these damaged areas to recover between now and next spring. Depending on weather conditions, this should really help improve the quality of the greens approaches and tees – hopefully you’ll see the new grass start to germinate over the next few weeks.

Click here to read the latest Course Update from Ross Cook, Head Greenkeeper.

Winter Rules

Even though the temperatures suggest otherwise, it’s that time of the year when we introduce ‘Winter Rules’. Providing your ball is on the fairway or closely-mown area, this rule means you can now mark, clean and reposition your golf ball, within a scorecard-length of where it lay (no nearer the hole). This helps reduce the damage to our courses over the winter period, with the added benefit of making golf more enjoyable.

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness?”

John Steinbeck

Free golf for the rest of 2019!

There’s never been a better time to be a member at Richmond Park Golf Course. We’ve worked really hard over the past few years to improve the quality of the courses and overall experience. We’re delighted that these efforts are frequently recognised by our customers – here’s some recent feedback from our online customer surveys:

“I’ve been coming for years and everything is constantly improving great job all round by all the team.”

“This was my first time at Richmond. The staff were very friendly. Course signage and layout were great. I look forward to coming back soon.”

“Greens were fantastic, I’ve played the courses for 30 years but not for the last 4 and it was eye opening, well done!”

“The drinks hut was fantastic, glad that there was coffee on offer and received great service whilst I was there.”

“I’m a member of a private members’ club in the area and your greens, tees, fairways and bunkers are all in better condition than ours at present.”

 

In addition to this great feedback from our customers, we can think of several more reasons why you should join. What’s more, join any Loyaltee 12 Month membership package and receive FREE golf until 2019! Click here to find out more.

Earlier twilight tee times

The clocks are due to go back on Sunday 28th October so make sure you sneak in those evening rounds before the darker nights. The idea for British Summertime (and subsequently the clocks going back an hour in October) came from Dr Richard Dunn in the early 1900’s – apparently he was incensed as people were still in asleep as he rode his horse through Chislehurst and Petts Wood in the early hours.

As well as enjoying the extra hour in bed, you can also look forward to earlier twilight green fees – available from 1pm from 1st November. Find out more here.

Your invitation to the Loyaltee Autumn Open

Make this a date for your diary – our Loyaltee Autumn Open will be held on Friday 16th November.

Entry is open to all golfers, from any club and they’ll be some great prizes on offer, including the latest Garmin GPS watch worth over £200! It’s only £15 per person to enter (£5 for Loyaltee 1 Month & 12 Month members), so make sure you register your place.

In addition to an 18-hole competition, they’ll be prizes for the longest drive and nearest the pin. A deliciously warming home-made soup and sandwich platter will be awaiting in the clubhouse, plus a fire pit with mulled wine on the island.

Click here to register your place.

Chris Benians – Speedgolf Champion!

I’m excited to report that Chris Benians successfully defended his title as British Speedgolf Champion at Piltdown Golf Club in East Sussex. Held over 18 holes, he shot 80 and completed his round in 43 minutes. Fully charged up after his victory, Chris then flew to New York to compete in the ISGA World Cup & Speedgolf World Championship at Turning Stone Resort, finishing a very respectable third place.

A big thanks to club members Micky Abrams and Dougy Donaghy for organising a Fundraiser Golf Day. Many special guests from the world of boxing played alongside our members, including John Conteh MBE, Dave Boy Green and Duke McKenzie.

When Chris is not shooting incredible scores in record breaking times, he can be found coaching golfers at the Richmond Park Golf Academy. As an ex-European Tour player, he now uses wealth of experience at the highest level to help players achieve their personal golfing goals. Click here to book a lesson with Chris.

Plans for 2019

With the warm weather continuing into October (we’re still seeing golfers play in shorts!) it’s difficult to imagine that 2019 is only two months away. Our thoughts are now turning to next season, with lots of exciting plans and projects coming up over the winter. This includes significant improvements to our driving range and clubhouse dining areas, as well as further course-related improvements. Watch this space for more information.

Thank you all so much for continuing to choose to play golf here in the wonderful surroundings of Richmond Park Golf Course. As always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions to how we can make your experience even more enjoyable – click here and drop us a line.

See you on the fairways soon.

Jon Dummett
General Manager

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