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Club news

Get Golfing is pleased to announce that Sales Manager Paul Moger has taken up the role of General Manager at Oak Park.

Paul is a PGA golf professional of 35-plus years standing, not only teaching and playing golf around the world but also playing in the Open, the Italian Open, Welsh Open, Senior British PGA, Senior German PGA and other tournaments on the British and German PGA calendar. He has also played several tours in both Europe and the USA. 

Skilled in event planning, customer service, golf management and membership sales, Paul is also a strong media and communications professional, who has set up Golf Academies throughout Europe. Please say hello when you are at the club.

Covid-19

The introduction of the three tier local alert system introduces certain additional restrictions on coming to the golf club and what can be done once you are at the Club.

We will keep the clubhouse open while we are in Tier 1 but we will have to close the clubhouse should Tier 2 occur. 

The courses will stay open throughout and we are working on contingency plans that will enable us to provide food and drinks to Members and visitors both on and off the course.

It is the responsibility of Members, their guests and those playing in golf events to comply with the government regulations as befits their personal circumstances. We would urge all staff, Members and visitors to report any Covid 19 symptoms to the appropriate bodies.

We ask Members to respect the latest government guidance, which seems to be increasingly complex. 

We recognise that these restrictions will have a negative impact on a number of events and those who might participate in them. This is deeply regretted, but we are obliged to follow the regulations and to adapt as they change.

Course news

From Anthony Burnell, Head Greenkeeper: Although we have made a good start to our winter projects as we move into November, Members will be aware that the courses have again become saturated from recent rain and as a result WINTER RULES are now in play. Please go to the check-in desk for daily updates on course conditions or check the website. 

The HilI: Regrettably, I have had to make the decision to close the wettest section of the Woodland Course — holes 5-13. The Old Course, however, will be in play as of November 2nd and we will assess conditions after Christmas. The upside is that this will give us the opportunity to fix the bridge on the 9th and carry out some much-needed tree work.

We will also be marking off wet and high-wear areas, please avoid these to help us reduce damage

Winter tees: We’ve also implemented a winter tee to the 1st, 3rd, 6th and 8th tees on the Village Course, which will be in use when the tees are too wet for access.  

New machinery: Members will be pleased, however, to learn that Get Golfing’s investment in the course continues, with the purchase of a wide area rotary mower so that we can keep the fairways cut in the winter. Ground conditions going forward, however, mean that we will have to pick and choose weather windows in order to keep the course cut. On occasion the golf course will be too wet to run machinery over.

Drainage: We will be carrying out ditch work to the 14th on the right hand side near the woods, this is the one of the main drains from the Hill section, so it will be interesting to see the long-term effects this has on general playability.  

Fairway overseeding: Most of the fairways now have seedlings growing into damaged areas from the overseeding we did in September. This is great to see and it will continue throughout the winter, so we should have some good grass coverage on the fairways come the spring.  

Scrub: We’ve made a good start to scrub clearance at the back of the 11th green, opening up the view from the Hill down the 4th fairway and over Crondall. This work will gather pace throughout the winter months as grass growth slows and we have more time to devote to this.  

For regular updates as to what the greens staff are up to, follow myself on Twitter @burnellhgk or if you’d like to ask me any questions email me [email protected]

Member news

Membership migration: Some Members, who renewed just prior to the takeover, currently remain in their old chosen Crown category until their renewal next year. We appreciate, however, that Get Golfing’s new membership terms, including the booking window, are much more attractive than previous offers, so we can migrate a Member across to a newer category if they so want.

There are, however, some implications in doing this. Legally it is a new contract — so we cannot just migrate you over at the touch of a button. Also, because the previous owner’s rates included VAT that we cannot recover, there is a cost implication, which may affect your decision to change over. Please contact your General Manager to discuss ways in which we can tailor a solution most suited to your golfing needs.

We would also like to highlight the fact that we are committed to keeping your subscription flat in 2021, while at the same time continuing to invest significantly in delivering a high-quality course and great customer service.

Winter rates: Members should be aware that we put into effect a new points matrix on October 26th for the winter golf season to March 31st to reflect the new playing conditions in terms of light etc.

This will offer both Member guests and Flexible Members a much more economic rate when playing over the winter season. Details can be found here.

Freedom Play Members: Those Members still operating under the old Freedom Play membership category should all have been contacted by the General Manager about our new better-value points system created in line with the wider Get Golfing group. If you are not in the process of moving across to this improved offer, please contact the office so you don’t miss out! See here for more details.

Join the Golf Passport: If you are an existing Member of a Get Golfing club, you can play UNLIMITED golf at our other venues for just £25 a month or £300 a year (with a 7-day lead time for booking your tee time). Why not organise a 4-ball with your friends and enjoy an away day at another course near you? Remember you can use your Club Card across all Get Golfing sites as well! Please note that flexible members have their points deducted based on the time and day of play. Please click here to learn more.

Golf news

World Handicap System update: As a golf club, we are the data controller for any data stored in IntelligentGolf about the membership. Members may be interested to know that, as part of the WHS license agreement with England Golf, certain fields of your member data are requested to be uploaded to the WHS.

The club’s data privacy policy has been set to require consent from all Members before any data is sent — and to send placeholder data for any Members who do not have an email address or who have not provided consent.

Members are able to set their privacy preference but please before doing that, within your Member log-in, go to My Golf and then Preferences and verify your email address and tick all the appropriate boxes that allow you to receive communications.

Only then go to My Golf, My Rounds and click on the WHS Privacy Link.

FYI: If you click on the link below you will be able to view the latest communication sent out from England Golf to help golfers understand the new WHS system which comes into action from November 2nd.

Please remember that Intelligent Golf and all golf support companies have no access to anyone’s handicaps or playing records until November 2nd so any discrepancies or problems with any uploads cannot be resolved until after this date.  The last upload from England Golf to the WHS takes place at 8.00pm on the 1st of November so things are constantly changing on a daily basis until this time.

https://www.englandgolf.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/WHS_070_Golfers_Toolkit_FINAL.pdf

Food & Drink

Don’t forget that we have hot food available from 8am-4pm (Clubhouse opening hours are 7.30am-5.30pm) and we are offering a range of daily specials to delight your tastebuds (look for the boards).

Starting in November we will be offering a fabulous Sunday lunch — look for the signage in the Clubhouse for more information. We will also be offering a mouth-watering Christmas lunch soon — three courses for £27.50 — so look to book in the Clubhouse.

Pro news

Thinking of a gift for Christmas? Golf lesson vouchers are now available from Dan Kean, Head Professional.