Captain’s Blog – 2 October

Hello readers

Not a huge amount to report on this week, but here are the best bits…

On Sunday I had the pleasure of partnering Martin Musgrave to victory in the Colin Hancock Trophy 4BBB. It was a game of two halves with Martin carrying me for most of the front nine before putting his feet up for the back nine when I finally got my game going. Our thanks to our President for his patronage of this annual event.

The following day I enjoyed the second of this year’s Derbyshire Captain’s Society events, at Chevin. Not such a good round, where the pace of the greens was the biggest challenge, but an enjoyable event nonetheless. Two weeks earlier Richard Coates and I won the other competition, at Matlock, on another beautiful day in Derbyshire.

Alas, it looks like the summer is finally ending, and the autumn and winter gear is now required. We have our final Open of the year on Sunday when we host the 4-Man Texas Scramble. Entries are, unsurprisingly, significantly lower than last year, but we can work on that in 2021. Sunday looks like being on the damp side, but hopefully it will be a good day. The halfway house will be open for Coffee/Tea and biscuits. No cakes or savouries on this occasion I’m afraid.

COVID-19 – This will be our first attempt at running a scramble this year. We’ve elected not to hold scrambles previously due to the need for us all to come to terms with the challenges of socially distancing on the course, in line with HM Government guidelines and those of England Golf. We are aware that many other clubs have held scrambles over the past couple of months without incident. Please continue to socially distance, but bear in mind the following:

  • When marking the position of the ball, use a tee peg but do not remove it, unless it was you who placed it.
  • Stand away from the shot being played and only approach to play your shot when your teammate has stepped away.
  • Stay Safe.

Today, I had the pleasure of meeting the full Greenkeeping team. We have a good bunch of hard-working lads caring for our course. Our meeting was aimed at improving communication between the team and the club committee and looking at ways that we can help the team to maintain the course in these difficult times. Your patience and understanding is needed, if we are to fully return to the course that we’ve become accustomed to in recent years. I would add that the Fairways are looking better than I can ever remember them. The Greens are improving but some patches remain more stubborn than others. Paul and his team continue to work on those areas as required and further tests are being conducted. The rough mower settings have been lowered slightly, to further aid those of us who prefer to leave the fairways in peace and play our approaches from the longer grass.

There are still a few raffle prizes from Captains Day and The Charity Open to be claimed from the pro-shop. Please check in case you’ve missed yours.

This week’s golfing quotes, for you to ponder until the next edition:

The best year of my life was when I was 11. I won 32 tournaments that year. Everything’s been downhill since. – Tiger Woods

My family was so poor, the lady next door gave birth to me. – Lee Trevino

Happy golfing

Mr Captain