The 2017 annual ‘Green fees’ are due by the 31st March.
In last year’s newsletter it was suggested that people purchase vouchers for any chosen amount from Reception throughout the year and these can be redeemed as either full payment or part payment towards your green fee. This could make an ideal Christmas present!!
The Directors and Management are pleased to announce that the Green Fees for 2017 will be:-
- All prices include GST @ 5%
- Payment can be made by either CASH or DEBIT CARD.
- Payment by CREDIT CARD will be subject to a £10.00 Administration Charge.
- CHEQUES will NOT be accepted.
Our website: www.stclementsgolfandsportscentre.co.uk
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The repairing of pitch marks is a very important part of your responsibility when playing this great game of golf. As we now move into winter, the greens are noticeably softer, so can I remind all golfers to:
How to Repair a Golf Ball Divot on a Putting Green.
Each time a golf ball hits the putting surface, it leaves a mark. Proper golf etiquettedictates that you repair any damage to the putting surface, especially damage due to a ball.
1. Look for a golf ball mark on the green near your ball. This would be where the ball landed.
2. Use a ball mark repair tool to fix the divot left from the ball.
3. Insert the ball repair tool into the outer edge of the ball divot, with the prongs angled at 45 degrees. Gently work the turf up and back into place
by gently pushing up and forward. Repeat step 3 around the entire ball mark as necessary.
4.Patdown the ball mark with a putter, until the mark is as smooth as the rest of theputting surface.
PLEASE REPAIR YOUR PITCH MARKS!!
Golf Etiquette & ways to speed up your Golf:
One issue that golf faces today, is the amount of time it takes to complete 18 holes.
Below is an extract from the October edition of Golf Monthly which makes interesting reading. This is included purely for discussion and should not detract from you enjoyment of the game.
Many players find it hugely frustrating to stand on the fairways, waiting on every single shot as slow players in front hamper their progress.
It should be noted that the ‘honour system’ and playing in turn has an important place in competitive (particularly match play) golf and should remain in these instances.
Tee Box and the ‘honour system’. How often have you stood ready to play a tee shot with an open fairway in front of you, but haven’t tee off as it isn’t your honour? Your playing partner, who is still by the last green celebrating the birdie he has just made by putting an over defined circle around his score, should be up to play. Valuable minutes are wasted. Wouldn’t it have made more sense if those ready had played away to keep things moving quickly?
Fairway:The same playing partneris in a difficult position in a copse of trees. He’s having trouble deciding what shot to play and is acting out all sorts of potential options. You’re ready to go but have to wait and watch this performance, as he’s slightly further from the pin than you – more minutes wasted.
The green: There is, probably, more time wasted on the putting surface than anywhere else on the course, and a key reason for this is our rigid etiquette. “Who’s away?” … “Not sure Frank, what do you reckon, Peter?” … “Let’s just have a look, hmm, very close, I’ll quickly pace it…”
If you add all the time lost by adhering resolutely to our honour/playing-in-turn system through each round, it would be significant. If people played when ready (when it’s polite and prudent to do so), tens of minutes could be shaved from average round times.
Oh my word, would somebody please take a putt! Again, it’s important in match playthat the person furthest away goes first, but does it really matter in strokeplay? Common sense should prevail and whoever is ready first should just get on with it. And they shouldn’t fear they’re committing some sort of horrendous faux pas.
Then there’s the business of standing on lines: “I’ll just mark…” But you’re only four inches away from the cup… ‘I think I’d be standing on your line to tap it in…’ But you’re wearing spikeless shoes and about 100 people have already stood on that exact spot today, and it will basically add an extra minute on this green. And if everybody does that, we’ll be out on this course until the cows come home!
Let’s face it; on firm summer greens with soft spikes or spikeless shoes, standing on somebody’s line should be a non-issue. It’s an obsolete and time-consuming custom – a relic of the old days of metal spikes and rough putting surfaces.
Should we totally change the way putting is ordered? Perhaps an individual should keep putting until they get their ball into the hole. That would certainly speed up play and eliminate the frustrating sight of four players all marking after their approach putts then, one by one, replacing their balls and tapping in from six inches. By the time you finally get to play your approach shot to that green having waited for an age, you’ve considered every possible thing that can go wrong and, thus, something inevitably will.
It may be Rules, rather than etiquette-based, but another time-sapping procedure is the tended-flag rule. If you’re 70 feet away on the front of the green with the flag right at the back, how annoying is it to wait for a playing partner to rake a bunker, take his bag to the next tee, get his putter and take off his glove before he appears to tend the flag for you? Surely it would have made sense if you’d been able to putt up towards the stick. The chances of your striking the flag were minute and, even if you did, what would it matter?
Etiquette is an essential part of the skeleton that supports golf’s principles of integrity and courtesy and, if we start to chip away at the old polite customs, will we compromise the civility of our great sport?
Might we see players barging onto the tee to get their drive away first, ignoring playing partners as they charge on with their own private mission? Could we see people grinding their heels into someone’s line to create a definite obstacle on the green?
One would like to think not. Golf is not an aggressive or inimical game and golfers are, quite rightly, keen to be courteous to fellow players. But few of us would say we are incapable of demonstrating common sense.
When everybody is ready on the tee at the same time, the player who had the lowest score on the previous hole should go first. However, if a player is clearly not ready to play and you are, wherever it is on the course, there should be no stigma attached to you doing so. On the greens efforts should be made, within reason, to putt out and keep the game flowing.
Golfers should be thoughtful towards their playing partners, but also to groups behind. By making sensible efforts to expedite the game, this will be achieved.
Golf’s steadfast, ingrained etiquette does indeed need a rethink. Few will lose enjoyment if we play more ready golf or putt out more regularly, but more might be inclined to play if a round takes half an hour less and there is less mind-numbing and irritating waiting.
Read more at:
6 ways to speed up your golf
The days are getting shorter. That’s one excuse to speed up your golf game and there are plenty of others.
Everyone is guilty at some point or another of playing slow. Unfortunately, there will be time when people don’t appreciate us taking our time. The key to speeding up your play is simple if you follow a few simple methods to speed things up. You might even feel less rushed adopting them.
So if you want to be known as the golfer who uses his time efficiently not only for the good of everyone else on the course but for your own enjoyment of the game as well, simply follow these seven rules to help you get a move on.
1. Be ready to accept responsibility for your slow play. This is the first step to speeding things up
2. Don’t just hang around looking at the scenery when it’s your turn to hit the ball, be ready as the person before you is taking their shot.
3. Don’t dwell on your swing. Not only will it end up affecting your mental approach it will also frustrate everyone else. Take a maximum 30 seconds.
4. If you find yourself on the green, you don’t need to take in every aspect of it. Reading the green is a key skill to learn, just play your shot as quickly as possible without rushing it and move on to the next tee.
5. Do your cleaning and preparation in your own time rather than holding others up while you replace your head covers, or write down your scores.
6. Be a good team member but not a coach. Know when to intervene and when to move on. Too much ‘coaching’ on course can really hold things up.
Winter Rules will be applied when:
‘Adverse conditions , including the poor condition of the course or the existence of mud, are sometimes so general, particularly during winter months, that the Committee (StCG&SC) may decide to grant temporary Local Rule either to protect the course or to promote fair and pleasant play. The Local Rule should be withdrawn as soon as the conditions warrant. (Please see R&A Rules of Golf: Preferred Lies)
Notice of the introduction of ‘Winter Rules’ will be displayed outside Reception, on our web site and on our Face Book page.
When playing with ‘Winter Rules’ in place, please follow the ruling below.
‘A ball lying on a closely-mown area through the green, may be lifted, without penalty and cleaned. Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position. Having lifted the ball, it must be placed on a spot within ‘1 club length’ (specific to StCG&SC) of and not nearer the hole than where it originally lay, that is not in a hazard and not on a putting green’.(Please read R&A Rules of Golf 2012-2015, page 128)
Padel (Paddle) Tennis:
I know many of you are wondering what is going on with the tennis courts at the side of the 2nd green. Well finally, I am pleased to post that two Padel tennis courts have been built along with two mini tennis courts, but I hear you ask: What is Padel (Paddle) Tennis?
Padel tennis was invented in Acapulco, Mexico, by Enrique Corcuera in 1969and has become very popular in the whole of Latin America including parts of the USA. In Argentina, Padel has more players than football has! In Europe the sport begun its conquest through Spain, where it was introduced by the many immigrants from Latin America. At least 2 million people in Spain regularly play the sport and is the second most popular sport after football!.
Padel isa mixture of tennis and squash and typically played in doubles on an enclosed court a third the size of a tennis court. Scoring is the same as normal tennisand the balls used are similar but with a little less pressure, the main differences are that the court has walls and the ball can be played off them in a similar way as in the game of squashand that solid, stringless racquets are used. The height of the ball being served must be at or below the waist level, and is served underhand.
The Padel Courts will be available to all, booking is required, with a minimum play of 1 hour.
ALL Court Costs, includes equipment Hire (4 rackets & 1 tube of Padel balls)
Padel Courts: Pay & Play Facility.
Peak Times: £30 per court per hour
Off Peak Times: £24 per court per hour
Reception Staff and Course Rangers
Reception is open from 07:30hrs, Monday to Saturday, from 08:30hrs on Sundays and will closes half an hour before sunset. On Saturdays, from 09:00 – 15:00hrs, in support to the Reception staff Mr Alan Bartlett with take the position of golf course ranger.
I wish to remind all golfers to be respectful to both my staff and the Rangers and any decision made by them is final.
I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank all my Reception staff Debbie, Cameron, Julie and Nigel who work tirelessly in Reception trying to accommodate our Sports Centre users, juggling tee times and courts to please our golfers and tennis players alike and my Course Ranger Peter for all his work and effort!!
Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter and I look forward to your comments.
Mr. Steve Davison
Current course information
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Golf Course Closures 2017.
Tuesday 11th: ST CLEMENTS LADIES INVITATION DAY: Course CLOSED until 18:00hrs
Monday 7th: SENIOR LADIES: SHOT GUN at 14:00hrs. Course closed until 18:00hrs.
Saturday 19th: TIPSY TOAD OPEN. Course CLOSED until 18:00hrs
Sunday 27th: Kenny Blanchard INVITATION: COURSE CLOSED until 18:00hrs
Saturday 2nd: SCGC vs L’ANCRESSE from at 09:03hrs
Tuesday 5th: ST CLEMENTS LADIES OPEN: Course CLOSED until 18:00hrs.
ovember,the 4th green will be closed to allow for winter works to be under taken. During this period a temporary green will be in use, this located 150 yards from the Tee marker.
When moving from the 4th green to the rear of the 5th tee box, please use the gate located to the right side of the old pump building, do not go over the bridge. Please take care when crossing Le Blinerie lane for any on coming traffic. This green is expected to remain closed untill early 2017. Thank you for your understanding through these works. From Monday 14th November,the 4th green will be closed to allow for winter works to be under taken. During this period a temporary green will be in use, this located 150 yards from the Tee marker.
When moving from the 4th green to the rear of the 5th tee box, please use the gate located to the right side of the old pump building, do not go over the bridge. Please take care when crossing Le Blinerie lane for any on coming traffic. This green is expected to remain closed untill early 2017. Thank you for your understanding through these works. TheTTtt From Monday 14th November,the 4th green will be closed to allow for winter works to be under taken. During this period a temporary green will be in use, this located 150 yards from the Tee marker.
When moving from the 4th green to the rear of the 5th tee box, please use the gate located to the right side of the old pump building, do not go over the bridge. Please take care when crossing Le Blinerie lane for any on coming traffic. This green is expected to remain closed untill early 2017. Thank you for your understanding through these works.
St Clements Golf and Sports Centre exist to provide its members with the best golfing and tennis experience in Jersey.
We will achieve this by constantly developing the quality of the golf course, tennis courts and its related facilities and making it available to members, casual players and the local community such that:
- More players are encouraged to become members
- A sustainable income stream is maintained
- All profits are used to improve and upgrade the facilities for the members
Our staff and member professionals will facilitate and promote a club environment that is welcoming, friendly and inclusive and that provides the social aspects necessary for all members to feel that they truly belong to St Clements Golf and Sports Centre.
We will treat members, employees and visitors fairly and equally.