Newsletter -mid-August 2018

A round up of the Club's latest news.

Newsletter – mid-August 2018

Golf Events
This weekend sees the Bankart Cups being played for – one of the most prestigious trophies in the event calendar. Around 40 pairs will be taking part so let’s keep fingers crossed for decent weather.
Ladies AmAm 24 September. This is a great opportunity for our lady members to bring their golfing friends from far and wide to play for great prizes. Details including tee times are available on the noticeboards and in the Pro Shop. Teams of four, best two to score, £10 per visitor, £5 per member.
Open Mixed Texas Scramble 14 October. Grab your partners for the October mixed Texas scramble, which was formerly the Eryri Past Captains’ event. Teams of two ladies and two gents, great hampers on offer as prizes and just £10 for members and £15 for visitors. Teams please book with Alan in the Pro Shop.
Welsh Finals 7 and 8th October. AS previously advised, the national championship finals for the Ping Mixed competition and Australian Spoons takes place here on the Sunday and Monday. We have arranged with Porthmadog for some tees to be available to members free of charge if they want to play on those days.
Gents’ Invitation Day 8 September. A big opportunity to showcase the course to friends and family. Why not invite someone who is relatively new to the game or plays infrequently to come and sample Your Golfer Magazine’s Welsh Golf Course of the Year.

Clubhouse Events
Presentation Night. Saturday evening, starts at 7pm sharp with the first presentation to the winners of the day’s Bankart Cup. Proceedings should be finished by around 9pm so if you’ve won something this year, make sure you come and collect your plaudits.
60/70 Disco 25 August. Tickets are going well for this event on Bank Holiday Saturday. Make sure you have yours secured by contacting the Office, then dig out the flares and the tie-dyed shirts and kaftans.

Following a few wet days the simulator has come into its own as a much preferable alternative to driving rain and high winds with members and visitors taking advantage of the facility. Don’t be shy, once you get used to hitting your own clubs indoors, the experience is excellent. The cost of room hire per hour for members is £10 (visitors £20) and a fourball could just about get around Celtic Manor in about 2 hours, making that a fiver each! Just ask Alan to show you how it works and be part of the simulating revolution!

Ioan’s Final Push for 2018
Ioan embarks on his final push for qualification to the European Tour through Q School over the next couple of months. He’s been close during the season and this final push will hopefully allow him direct qualification into tournaments next year. These qualifiers of course come at a price, and while Ioan and his family are extremely grateful of the sponsorships already given, if anyone had thought of sponsoring Ioan in his quest but has yet to do so, now is definitely the time. Many thanks from all the Drosinos Jones family.

Rakes in bunkers
The Club has been asked on many occasions as to its policy on where to leave a rake after being in a bunker. So here is the current thinking on how to repair the sand surface and what to do with the rake.
Begin raking over the signs of play from the sand - the area where your club made contact with the sand, and your footprints. Pull the tines of the rake toward you as you begin moving back to the rim of the bunker. Be careful not to pull too much sand toward you. The idea is to restore an even surface to the sand without displacing too much sand. If you are pulling too much sand toward you, try pushing the tines outward a few times, too. All the while, you should be progressing back to the edge of the bunker. To complete the raking, step out of the bunker and make your final few passes over the sand with the rake. When you are finished, the sand's surface should be evened out, with no signs of divots or footprints, and no excess sand having been pulled toward the bunker's edge. There will be little furrows left from the tines of the rake.
The important thing is that the sand is in as good or better condition than that which you found it in. Make sure golfers following behind you have a good quality bunker from which to play any necessary sand shots.
There is no rule which determines where the rake should be left and there are arguments for and against leaving it inside or outside of the bunker. The current thinking by the Executive Committee is to leave the rake in the middle of the bunker facing towards the hole with the tines facing downwards. The rake should not be thrown in but placed into the bunker as far as possible but without obviously displacing any more sand with your feet.

Rob and Stu
The evening menus are going down a storm on Fridays and Saturdays with bookings gradual increasing as word gets around of the excellent quality of the food on offer. Book directly with the caterer for your table.
Football on TV
This coming weekend we have on Sky Sports
Saturday – Cardiff City v Newcastle United k/o 12.30pm
Sunday – Manchester City v Huddersfield Town k/o 1.30pm and Brighton v Manchester Utd k/o 4pm
The following weekend
25/8 Wolves v Manchester City k/o 12.30pm
26/8 Watford v Crystal Palace k/o 1.30pm and Newcastle Utd v Chelsea k/o 4pm

Office Closed
Just to let you know Michelle and I are taking a break and the Office will be closed from the 3rd September to the 14,th but any queries or questions you have in the meantime will be more than easily answered by the A Team – Alan, Arwel or Arthur.

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