Kent Golf Vets League
Congratulations to the Veterans Kent Golf League Team who have won the Group 4 League this year.
26th August 2021
Congratulations to Jack Crump who is the new Club Champion following the competition last weekend. Jack shot 4 over par for the weekend having a gross score of 140.
Annual General Meeting
The AGM will take place at 7.30pm on the 7th September. Full details have been sent by e-mail and are displayed on the notice board in the foyer.
5th August 2021
Reminder subscriptions are now overdue. Please contact the office to make payment or cancel your membership..
26th July 2021
For clarification, Members should NOT tee off before 7am, this allows the greenstaff to complete their work. Greenkeepers still have priority until 8am.
As restrictions are being relaxed on the 19th July, there will be no further requirement to book tee times. However, we ask members to not tee off before 7am to allow the Greenkeepers time to undetake their work. You can now remove the flag if you wish and must rake bunkers after use. Ball washers divot boxes etc will be returned to use.
Masks will no longer be mandatory in the clubhouse, but there will still be hand sanitiser available should you wish to use it. You should continue to scan the NHS App for Track and Trace purposes if you have it, but there is no requirement to sign in otherwise.
We ask members not to congregate round the bar area as some staff members are not yet fully vacinated and to continue giving other members and staff space to minimise any risk.
Captain's week thanks
I would like thank everyone who took part in my Captain’s prize week competitions. Your attendance was outstanding and my charities will benefit enormously from your generous contribution. I congratulate all of you who walked away with prizes on the respective days. I wish to apologize to all our winners for the absence of a prize giving ceremony but Covid restrictions prevented me from doing so. I would like to thank Martin and Neil for all their assistance and hard work to make the week an outstanding success. I am also eternally grateful to Geoff Westlake for all his help and assistance. Not forgetting the greens staff for the presentation of the course and our catering and bar staff for their warm and efficient hospitality effort. I hope everyone had a wonderful time and enjoyed the week as much as I did.
2nd July 2021
You are reminded that subscriptions are now due. We apologise for the delay in sending postal invoices, but these have now been sent. If you are playing in any of the upcoming competitions, you MUST have paid some subscription.
Credit money will be put on to fobs over the next few weeks. This is more time consuming than initially thought, so apologies for the delay.
There is an increasing number of pitch marks, please ALWAYS repair your pitch marks with a pitch repairer to help preserve the greens.
28th June 2021
The Open - Royal St Georges
If you have tickets for the Open, you are advised to check the website as you will be required to provide proof of your two jabs by way of a letter from the NHS and not just the card given to you at the time.
9th June 2021
Renewal Invoices have now been sent out by e-mail. Postal invoices will follow next week. Please click the link on the bottom of the e-mailed letter for an explanation rather than phoning.
20th May 2021
Sad News - John Burnett
It is with regret that we announce the death of John Burnett who passed away on the 19th May following a battle with cancer. John was a former member of the club who had recently been living in Spain.
18th May 2021
Sad News - John Terry
It is with sadness that we have learnt of the death of Richard John Terry who passed away at the weekend. John had been a long standing member of the club and will be well known to many. Funeral details will be announced when known.
The funeral will be held on the 22nd June at Bobbing Crematorium at 2pm.
17th May 2021
The bar reopens today from 12 noon, we look forward to welcoming you. The kitchen will reopen from Wednesday at 12noon. There is a new coffee machine in the stud bar if you want to purchase a coffee before 12. Face coverings must be worn until seated, Maximum 6 per table. Please sign in or scan the QR code to comply with track and trace.
From today, Social Players can play from 11am, booking tee times up to a week in advance. Members guests can also now be booked in advance. Early morning players looking to book an extra round 'on the day' can book the afternoon before.
Play from the 13th Tee
Please take extra care when using this tee as we are getting increasing numbers of balls into gardens on First Avenue resulting in damage to property. If you do hit a wayward shot, please remember to shout.
7th May 2021
Rules of Play
Further to the recent e-mail containing rules of play, please note that these are republished rules for clarity of playing order only. As there has been some confusion we reiterate that ALL play should currently be from the 1st Tee only until further advised.
27th April 2021
Please note that winter rules will be lifted at the end of April.
20th April 21
Golf Club Network
Additional clubs have been added to the Golf Network. These are further afield, but it is worth taking another look at the list of participating clubs which can be found here. Be aware, that currently not all clubs are taking Golf Network Cards and there may be extra restrictions. Network cards can be obtained from the office for £10 per year and a passport photo is required. Open to Full members only.
Unfortunately, the bar will not be opening for outdoor service from the 12th April as it is currently not viable. This will be reviewed over the coming week.
The Pro Shop will be open from Monday 12th, bookings can be made in person but telephone is preferred. Guests are permitted and can be booked on the day only for a tee time after 1pm. Buggies will be available for hire subject to course conditions.
We will be making random inspections of people playing on the course to make sure rules, dress code and etiquette is being adhered to and the relevent fees have been paid.
Litter is once again becoming a problem on the course, please take your litter home with you.
Members are asked to make sure all outstanding money is paid before the end of March. Anyone whose payments are not up to date will not be able to play. Final quarterly payments are due by the end of March. Payments can be made by bank transfer. Card payments can be taken when the office is manned.
Message from the Captain
I would like to ensure everyone, irrespective of their membership category, that the committee are trying to be fair to you all under these most difficult times. Therefore, the measures we are taking are purely temporary to try and give everyone the best opportunity of playing a game of golf. It may not be ideal at the moment, so we will be constantly reviewing the situation in the days and weeks to come.
We should all be grateful that we can still get out and play in the fresh air and get some excersise so please be patient and work with us.
2 November 2020
Unfortunately England Golf are not yet fully online with their WHS Portal and this may now not be available until tomorrow. You can login directly to the WHS portal to view your new handicap index but it cannot as yet be viewed from our members login page. It is not yet linked directly with our data and so it will not recognise your e-mail address.
30 October 2020
New Members Area
We have launched our new members area, you should have received an e-mail with full details of how to login. Remember to change your preferances to avoid getting any e-mails you don't want.
29 October 2020
The Captain's Bulletin can be viewed here
It is unfortunate, but the Club Chairman, Ms Ann Richmond, has tendered her resignatin from the position some 5 months early due to an unexpected escallation of health risk as well as some change to her domestic situation. We have identified a potential replacement which will be announced in due course and will of course need to be ratified by the members at the AGM. Ms Richmond has indicated that she will be willing to assist the Captain and Committee where necessary.
World Handicapping Update
The England Golf Platform for Members to view their initial Handicap Index is now available. At this stage, you will need your CDH number to view your handicap index. Please note that until after the 30th October you will not be able to fully sign in to view your full record.
You can also download the WHS Toolkit for Golfers which will give you an overview of the WHS for those of you who haven't read the information posted around the club. https://www.englandgolf.org/download/whs-golfer-toolkit
23 October 2020
World Handicapping System
Some of you may be aware that England Golf have yesterday launched the WHS Platform to the golfing community ahead of the launch of WHS on the 2nd November. Unfortunately, our members will not yet be able to access this platform. In order to transfer to WHS the Club have had to transfer to new membership software, this software is not yet fully ready and therefore, the members details have not yet been uploaded to England Golf.
Our new system will be launched on the 30th October when you will be able access it and the England Golf platform via our new website. So from the 31st October you will have access to everything you need, in a new way.
If in the meantime you wish to know how the new WHS will affect your handicap and what your handicap index will be, please speak to Karen in the office who can access the system for you.
Mens County Card App
We have been advised by the KGU that some users of the County Card App have reported that their Home Club is no longer detailed on the digital County Card as displayed on their mobile phone. This is currently being looked into, however the players CDH number does contain their handicap data which includes details of their Home Club and can be checked by the host venue when using the County Card.
For all details relating to the County Card and use of it, please visit https://www.kentgolf.org/county_card
8th October 2020
World Handicapping System - Information Required
In order for players to be issued with a Handicap Index under the WHS you must have a Date of Birth and E-Mail address listed on our database. I have written/e-mailed those members for which I do not have this information, please respond to this as soon as possible. If we do not have this information you cannot be issued with a handicap after the 2nd November when the WHS comes into force.
25 Sept 2020
We are pleased to report that Gillingham won the Group IV 2020 Kent Golf Veterans League Jamboree which was played this week beating 6 other teams.
Following a play off on the 4th September we can now announce that the Club Champion for 2020 is Matt Thomson with a Gross 62 which also beats the course record.
We have slightly updated the Clubhouse Rules for Coronavirus to remind members of the rules by which we must abide.
Changes include the wearing of face coverings, opening times and the use of the darts board.
Members are also asked to remember the rules for the course, do not touch the flag, rake bunkers as best you can with your foot or club.
OBSERVE SOCIAL DISTANCING AT ALL TIMES.
Green Fee Rates
From the 1st September the Green fee rates will be increased. See the green fee page for details.
17 August 2020
There is an incresing amount of litter, especially bottles, being left on the course including on tees, greens and in trees. It is an offence under the Bye Laws to deposit litter on the course. Please place your rubbish in a bin or take it home with you. Please keep your course tidy.
7th August 2020
Please click here to read a Newsletter from the Club Captain
4th August 2020
Social Distancing Reminder
Members are asked to observe social distancing at all times both on and off the course.
DO NOT move any tables or chairs in the clubhouse or on the balcony.
6 people MAXIMUM per group outside, 2 households or a bubble inside.
You may be asked to move if you do not follow these rules, please do not abuse any staff who ask you to comply.
Dress Code Reminder
Members, Visitors and Guests are reminded that we do have a dress code both on and off the course. Please make sure you adhering to when you visit the club. NO black socks or cargo shorts on the course, shirts must be tucked in. Preferably no flip flops in the clubhouse, no golf shoes or hats in the clubhouse.
22 Jul 2020
Clubhouse Opening - weekends
Please note that the clubhouse will not be open before 7am at weekends. If playing earlier than this please take your clubs and shoes home with you.
2nd July 2020
Members are asked to place all rubbish in the bins provided or take it home with you, we are getting an increased amount of litter which is not acceptable.
Please take care when playing the 'top field' (1st, 11th, 12th, 13th, 18th) As we have had a number of balls go into neighbouring gardens over recent weeks causing damage and potential injury.
3rd June 2020
Please take your rubbish home with you or place in a bin. We are getting an increased amount of litter on the course.
Please repair pitch marks and replace divots where possible.
Please adhere to the dress code - shirts must be tucked in, no cargo shorts, white socks must be worn with tailored shorts. Golf shirts must have a collar.
27 Apr 2020
Captain's Charities 2020/21
Since the lockdown caused by the coronavirus, I decided as your future Captain, not to shave until we return back to normal in aid of my nominated charities. IE: (Prostate Cancer UK) self explanatory and (Making Miricals) which helps young mothers cope with the death of a child at birth or within the first few days of the baby being born. I therefore would like to ask all members to kindly sponsor the beard by donating as little as £2 each to the cause. We can then have a de-bearding ceremony in the club house as soon as the lockdown is over. Your kind and generous support would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.
4 Feb 2020
Mens County Card 2020
This year the KGU would prefer you to download your county card via an app onto your smart phone. Details are on the KGU website or Here. Plastic cards will not be issued.
17 Jul 2019
England Golf Insurance Cover
As part of the Afilliation Fee you pay with your invoice, England Golf now include Personal Liability Insurance under their Members Benefits Programme. This does not replace the Insurance that you pay for on your invoice which is through Golfguard or any private insurance that you may also hold.
19 Dec 2018
New Rules 2019
The R&A have introduced new Rules of Golf effective from the 1st January 2019. New Rules of Golf books are available in the foyer and Gents locker rooms.
The number of Rules have reduced from 34 to 24. The top 20 Rule changes are shown here. As a result our Local Rules have had to be adapted to correspond with the rule changes and the Local Rules page on the website has been updated. Copies are also on display in the locker rooms.
Please make sure you are aware of these new rules.
22 June 2018
REMINDER - DRESS CODE
Our dress code requires that members, visitors and guests wearing shorts on the golf course MUST wear white socks and shorts MUST be tailored.
Cargo shorts/trousers are NOT Permitted.
All shirts MUST be tucked in on the course.
Mens sandals MUST be worn with socks in the clubhouse. Flip Flops are not permitted. NOTE: Flip Flops have been temporarily permitted for the month of August.
Sad News 2020/21
Please click the link above for a list of those members we have sadly lost.
200 Club Results
Jan - R Larkin (145), Mrs C Wright (70), C Caroll (99)
Feb - P Eckhardt (8), P Hesketh (86), M Daniels (123)
Mar - A Dixon (108), P Eckhardt (8), R Putland (92)
Apr - M Jaques (13), Mrs D Smith (66), J Barry (62)
May - R Putland (110), C carroll (31), D Clark (114)
June - Mrs L Austen (84), C MacKinlay (14), M Picozzi (160), V Cass (125)
July - C Hunter (94), R Snelling (146), Mrs M Ross (77)
Aug - Mrs R Byrne (104), Alex H (137), J Pocknell (17)
Sept - M Daniels (3), C Mackinlay (14), Malcolm Ross (40)
Oct - D Clark (114), N Trutwein (61), D Read (76)
Nov - R Larkin (145), B Doughty (53), L Jones (136)
Dec - R Tester (16), D Kidney (48), R Dann (173), L Shed (111), C Hunter (94)
Jan - R Snelling (146), J Pearce (10), L Austen (84)
Spare tickets still available to members at an annual cost of £10, please contact the office or the captain.
BACK ISSUE NEWS
Course - Improvements and maintenance update Feb 2016
Final Kent League Tables 2016 A Team
Final Kent League Tables 2016 B Team
Final Kent League Table 2017 A Div
Final Kent League Table 2017 - B Div
Chairman's report to Members - June 2017
PAT QUADLING CUP Result 2017
STRI Course Report 2017
Chairman's Summer 2018 Newsletter
Chairman's September 2018 Newsletter
Agronomists Report 2018
December Chairman's Newsletter 2018
Summer Newsletter 2019
Kent League Results 2019
Chairman's December Newsletter 2019