Tandragee Telegraph Edition 14 – Christmas Edition

Diary Dates to note…

Saturday 10th December – Winter League Dinner
Thursday 15th December – Ladies Winter League Dinner
Friday 16th December – Free Christmas Party Night Open to All
Wednesday 21st December – Children’s Christmas Party
Saturday 31st December – New Year’s Eve Extravaganza and 400 Club £10,000 prize draw

More on these events later and via special Telegraph messages online. If you currently do not receive the Tandragee Telegraph to your e-mail address, please send a message to [email protected]

Radio News

The interview with Dympna and Olivia Mehaffey is being broadcast on Radio Ulster this Saturday morning (10th December) between 8 am and 9am. Please tune in to hear what’s being discussed!

Captain’s Log

2011 has been a fantastic year on and off the course for Tandragee. We have met very challenging economic conditions head on and I’m delighted to announce that in the annual report due to be published in January, we will be posting positive news on the financial position of the club. While we accept that we will continue to face tough economic times ahead, we are able now to move forward and look into the future with an altogether more positive view. I would like to thank all our members, staff and Council who have helped to contribute to this success and I look forward to continuing to work with you all next year in my role as outgoing Captain. I wish our incoming Captain Malcolm Lynch every success for 2012 and I know you will all give him your full support. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Regards, Leslie Warren, Captain.

Course Report December

We would to acknowledge the support of former Captain James Magee who through his landscaping business donated a considerable quantity of surplus rolls of grassed turf. These have been utilised to make good several well worn areas in particular the pathway towards the 6th tee box. This necessitated the digging out of the clay base, re-soiling and turfing to make good this area.

The season for turfing would normally have passed but with the unnatural mild conditions we have been able to use this time to our benefit. The unseasonal weather conditions have resulted in unprecedented grass cutting in addition to leaf removal and greenstaff have also been spraying and slitting the greens to facilitate aeration and drainage.

The putting green area has also been receiving greenstaff attention. Trenches have been dug to assist drainage and chainsaw work is being undertaken to cut down and remove the tall conifer trees in this area. It is considered the presence and height of these trees are increasing shade and restricting sunlight and it is hoped their removal will prove beneficial to the health of the putting green. It may be that the practice net can be relocated to the space made available by the removal of the aforementioned trees and that will help put this reclaimed area to good use. The installation of yellow drainage piping and stone dressing has taken place to facilitate better drainage in this area. The adjoining hedge at the rear of the putting green has been removed, it was largely dead as a result of last year’s big freeze. The roots have yet to be dug out but when we make good this area we will do so with some of the reminder rolls of turf that James kindly supplied.

The unprecedented volume of rainfall has caused considerable problems to fairways and greens aprons and all efforts have been employed to make winter play possible.

It seems incredible that at the end of November, beginning of December, due to unseasonable weather (damp and humid), most of the greens have required repeated spraying to prevent ANTHRACNOSE. This is a disease that kills off meadow grass leaving bare patches; evidence of this condition is visible on a number of putting green surfaces.

We thank you for your support this year and look forward to keeping winter golf alive for as long as possible and indeed to preparing the course for the 2012 season ahead. On behalf of all members we’d like to acknowledge the work undertaken by Eugene (Head Greenkeeper) and his team who work hard on our behalf and deal superbly with ever increasing adverse weather conditions.

Nice to see you, to see you nice!

This month we welcome the following new members to Tandragee – Christopher and Jeanette Gordon, Gary and Mark Upton, David Hooks and Scott Cowan. We hope you enjoy your time at Tandragee!

2012 Membership Fees – new payment options in place

The Monthly payment scheme has been extended to facilitate all current Fairway Credit members. The new interest free scheme will provide 10 interest free monthly payments from January to October 2012. Please contact Alan Hewitt in the office or ring 02838 841 272 for forms and details. Anyone else who missed the launch of the scheme back in October is welcome to join in January as well.

Members who in the past have paid their membership fees early, around this time of year, are advised that the club continues to welcome your support with this and again Alan in the office will facilitate you with that.

Olympic Honour for Geraldine!

The club would like to congratulate Geraldine McCann from our catering team who has been selected to carry the Olympic Torch for London 2012. She was nominated to carry the torch in recognition of her tireless work on behalf of cancer charities and we wish her every success in the lead up to her big day on 3rd June next year!

Santa at Tandragee….

Wednesday 21st December at 6pm sees the arrival of Santa to Tandragee for the Children’s Christmas Party. Open to all members’ children and grandchildren the event will have face-painting, a magician and a disco. Parents should provide a wrapped gift (maximum value £10) and add the kids names to the sheets available at the bar. A goodie bag will be supplied and it should be great evening for all who come along.

Christmas Party Night at Tandragee

Takes place on Friday 16th December and is free of charge and all members and their guests are welcome to attend. We will have great entertainment on offer to get you into the festive spirit!

Winter League Dinner Nights

Saturday 10th December is the winter league dinner and prize giving. A special menu choice is on offer at £7.50 and all are welcome to attend. A free draw will take place for a 16lb turkey for all in attendance.

The Ladies Winter League dinner and prize giving will take place on Thursday 15th December at 7.30pm with a 4 course meal priced at £15.95 For further information please contact Shirley Dennison on 07912 749443.

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza

As you know the Captain Leslie Warren has invited all members and their guests to come and help celebrate a great year on and off the course for Tandragee Golf Club. The NYE event has lots on offer – a superb 5 course meal, entertainment from 60’s/70’s/80’s pop band ‘Dreemz’ not to mention the prospect of one lucky 400 Club member seeing in the New Year with the big £10,000 cash prize! We will also have a genuine Scottish piper on hand as well as a courtesy bus to help get you home on the night (£5 fee applies). Ticket sales have been strong to date with over 130 bookings received so far – so if you fancy it, get your booking in now as capacity for this event is around 150 guests. The ticket price is £25, call 02838 841 272 to reserve your table.

The Telegraph wishes all our members and their families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!