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Dear Golfer,

From Bradley Potts, General Manager: I hope you have enjoyed the recent glorious weather and have been able to get out on the golf course. As you might be aware if you visited the club over the weekend, we have moved back into the clubhouse and our check-in area is located in the bar. If you are heading out to play, please don’t forget to pick up a pair of gloves in the unlikely event you need to use a bunker rake.

The good news is that Amy is back in charge of the kitchen! As well as serving up delicious fare from the BBQ from Friday to Sunday, she will be offering a new range of light seasonal snacks for you all to enjoy (see below). Do come and try them out with a drink from the bar.

Club operations

The team at Get Golfing have been working hard to transfer the information from Crown Golf in relation to your direct debits/membership fees. There are lots of legalities around this but we are nearly there! Each member will receive a communication early next week about their membership. If you do not receive anything, please do get in touch with us at the Club and we will be on hand to help sort any issues.

We have also been busy reconciling the bar levy and pro shop vouchers into one place. We are pleased to announce that the new ‘Club Cards’ have arrived on site and we are adding all of historic levies to them. Again, these will be ready early next week, so please pop into the club to collect the cards and check on your balance. These can be used for food, beverage and golfing equipment, giving former “Crown Golf” Members 10% off standard prices.

Course news

We have some good news for you practice fanatics, the range has reopened and we are using the token system to obtain a bucket of balls.

We are also expecting a smart new fleet of buggies and we shall update you on their availability as soon as they arrive.

We were due to carry out our full course maintenance programme in late August but we have opted for a less intensive programme, which will consist of tining and sanding the greens.

Competition news

We will soon be moving to a new competition entry system via our new intelligentgolf software and we shall be updating members on how to use it as soon as it goes live.

Men’s and Ladies’ Championship August 1st and 2nd, 2020

Here are the details for this year’s Club Championship: 

Day 1, Saturday, August 1st

  • Sign in with Ray Little, who will be in the conservatory area from 7.30am;
  • Pay the £10 entry fee;
  • Pick up your score card;
  • Once your round is finished complete your card before you leave the course
  • After your round please check in with Ray Little, who will oversee entering your score.

Sunday’s start sheet will be online on Saturday evening.

Day 2, Sunday, August 2nd

  • Sign in with Ray Little, who will be in the conservatory area from 7.30am;
  • Pick up your score card;
  • Once your round is finished complete your card before you leave the course;
  • After your round please check in with Ray Little, who will oversee entering your score.

Future competition dates

Ladies 

  • Alliance 123 (August 4th);
  • Alliance 123 (August 8th);
  • Bowmaker (August 11th);
  • Bowmaker (August 15th)
  • Stableford & Grandma’s Goblet (August 18th);
  • Medal (September 1st).

Village

  • 9-hole Stableford (August 5th);
  • 18-hole Stableford (August 9th);
  • 18-hole Stableford (August 15th);
  • 18-hole Stableford (August 26th);
  • 9-hole Stableford (September 2nd).

Seniors

  • Stableford (August 12th)

Mixed Seniors

  • Stableford (August 6th);

Men’s 

  • Monthly Medal (August 8th);
  • MW Stableford (August 19th);
  • Founders Trophy (August 22nd).

Mixed/Men’s

  • Bank Holiday Stableford (August 31st)

New Members

Over the last few months we have seen an increase in new member numbers across all categories of golfers, which should filter into competition golf over the next few months. 

Men’s news

Congratulations to the Oak Park Senior team for their comprehensive 6-0 trouncing of Blacknest last month. Post Covid our teams have won 3 matches and drawn 1. Let’s hope there is more of the same for the matches versus Dummer GC (August 4th), Hoebridge (August 19th) and Weybrook Park (August 24th). Contact David Rowlands to enquire about playing in matches.

Junior news

We are getting a steady number of new Junior Members and we are looking to grow this section as the future lifeblood of the club. We are very keen that they learn the etiquette of golf both on the course and in the clubhouse, so they will be put under the watchful eye of Pros. If you know of any young person who might be interested in joining, please pass on details of our new Junior Membership category, which is not only FREE but offers a variety of discounts on food, drink and in pro shop. More details are here.

Pro news

Speaking of Pros, Dan has been joined by three new teaching pros, who will be keen to help Members with their game. 

The pro staff includes:

Dan Kean ([email protected]): A PGA professional for more than 7 years, Dan has lived and played on tour across Australia, Thailand and the UK. His coaching philosophy is that anyone can learn and enjoy the game of golf. With an extensive knowledge of the golf swing, gained from working with some of the biggest coaches in the world, Dan’s passion is helping people and pleasing others and love how golf brings people together.

Peter Hollington ([email protected]): Peter turned pro in 1972 after leaving Wallington grammar school. He played the European Tour in 1977 and 1978. After marrying in 1984, he became the head professional at Guildford Golf Club. Teaching became a priority, with success at international England level with Jonny Evans and a Craig Hinton getting to the full England squad. He has continued the learning process attending more than 30 MORAD schools with Mac O’Grady. He teaches a wide range of players from beginners to professionals. 

Alistair Hardaway ([email protected]): Alistair or Al turned professional in 1987. In 1991 I became a full member of the PGA, after doing my training at Guildford Golf Club, Surrey. I became the club professional at Sunbury Golf Club in 1991 and remained there until 2003. My passion for teaching was evident, so I decided to become a full time Golf Coach, resigning from my position as the club professional. I coach full time, and have been running Swingcheck Golf, my own Golf Academy near Farnham for the last 17 years. I enjoy coaching all standards of golfer, beginners, club golfers, Juniors, Seniors and other golf professionals. When coaching I focus on the way the golfer naturally moves, freeing up the mind and allowing the golfer to develop a free swing with no stress or restrictions on the body’s natural movements. I will not ask the golfer to do something that the body is not capable of doing.

Best wishes from everyone at Oak Park Golf Club.