Your Golf Club Update - August

Thursday 25th August 2022

I hope you are enjoying your summer and making the most of the beautiful sunshine.

August has so far continued to bring a lot of hot, dry weather, with the greenkeeping team crossing fingers for a few rainy days! It’s been a busy summer season so far, with plenty of golf competitions and gym challenges.

I hope you enjoy reading our latest news in this month’s newsletter. In the meantime, stay cool and don’t forget the sunscreen out on the course!

Course Report

The last two months have been a struggle, with soaring temperatures and only 6ml of rain! Nonetheless, we managed to get the renovations completed with the greens recovering very well, and continue to make good progress. We are all praying for rain and as this will help bring back the fairways and tees to their former standard.

We also took this opportunity to make improvements to the 1st hole, with additional soil being laid down and levelled off. As you may know, the car park has also had a clearance of overgrown shrubs and trees and we thank you for being patient during these times. All in all, we are happy with the progress we are making.

Mo, Course Manager

Welcome to Dale Northway

We say a big welcome to our new Golf Operations Manager, Dale Northway. Over 20 years ago, Dale started his career here at Meyrick Park but since then has worked at Queens in Bournemouth, in Sweden for nine years and most recently in Ireland as Course Manager. That knowledge and experience is going to really help us move the club forward and we are pleased to welcome him.

Golf Course Opening Times

We would like to remind you that the first tee time is 6:06am to give the greenkeepers time to prepare the course for you. Whilst they are on the course, we hope you respect their safety and give them preference when you are playing.

Golf Course Maintenance

We have just completed the ‘coring of the greens’ to ensure that we get the most out of the course during the main growing period. Completing the work at this time of year prepares us for the coming months. You will also see that we have used the soil for the greens to stimulate the growth on the 1st fairway. Thank you for your understanding during this time.

Christchurch Open

A team from Meyrick Park enjoyed a successful day in the visitors category of the Christchurch Open on Friday 5th August. The event was run to raise money for two local charities - Macmillan Caring Locally and the Bournemouth Hospital Charity, and the proceeds from the Open will be split evenly between them. The Meyrick team were hopeful of further winnings when the guest professional missed the green in the 'beat the pro' competition on the par 3 9th, but unfortunately none of the Meyrick players could stay on the green either! The day was fabulously well organised and rounded off with an enormous buffet.

Meyrick Park Team

The Meyrick Park team has just qualified for the Woods final. Having finished top of our group with a small margin, we were full of trepidation to face Barton who  qualified handsomely from their group in the semi final at High Post. 

However, we did the business and had a 3.5 - 1.5 victory so we will progress to the final at Dudsbury on 19th September where our opponents will either be Bridport or Ferndown. We couldn't be prouder of today's team ( Mary McIntyre, Judi Middleton, Mary Harrison, Gill Downey, Clare Walkden ) who went out of their way throughout the tournament ensuring they can make themselves available to represent their club. Their support is awesome and it is a privilege to captain them.

Sale – when it gone it’s gone

Now is a perfect opportunity to replace your golf shoes or jacket as the merchandise is at knock down prices. You don’t want to miss out!

Thank you, Molly

We would like to say a huge thank you to Molly Pavey for her contribution to the team as Golf Operations Manager. She may only have been with us for a short time, but her impact was impressive. Molly is off to a larger club to knock them into shape – we wish her all the best.

You Asked, We Acted

You recently alerted us to the fact that golf trolleys are being abandoned in the way of people and cars. We don’t have much space outside the clubhouse, but we have recently created a ‘trolley park’ for our hire trolleys which will create more safe space for people to socialise and cars to pass by.

You asked for more information on how we are keeping members and guests informed of any planned maintenance works. Maintenance to the course is key to keeping the high standards we have. With the last batch of maintenance carried out across the course in August, we sent two emails prior to the work starting, giving one month’s and then one week’s notice.

The competition diary has the time marked and the tee sheet has a banner across the top of the page informing all guests and members of the work. Finally, we would put notices up in the clubhouse and on the daily course report – on this occasion we were a little late with this. I hope we are forgiven as the work is now showing the benefits!