Tandragee Telegraph Edition 15

Greens Finally Get a Trim!

Eugene Weir and the greens team finally managed to get the greens cut last Monday 9th January for the first time since before Christmas! You won’t be surprised to hear that the Met Office has stated that this autumn has been the wettest since 1910! Credit to Eugene and his team for their efforts in dealing with this and keeping the course playable under these conditions.

Out on the course, work-in-progress includes tree removal behind the 5th green adjacent to the 6th tee-box. It has been a long term objective to address the problem of excessive wetness on the 4th fairway and this project is key to addressing this problem. Greenstaff are taking advantage of the reduction of fairway grass cutting and the unusual dry and humid weather by cutting, felling and removing all of these laylandii trees. A substantial number of these trees have been identified for removal which will improve sunlight access and wind-flow. It is hoped that this will along with other proposed work– i.e. examination of the drainage systems down by the pond, improve the underfoot ground conditions on the 4th fairway.

This work is expected to take 6-8 weeks and is therefore a major winter 2012 project. This work utilises Kyle Ellison’s particular expertise in tree felling and regeneration. Due to the location of these trees work can go ahead on without additional damage to the course and disruption to those wishing to play the winter 18 holes. This will in due course prove to be beneficial to all members.

The resultant timber will be sold to offset associated club costs and anyone interested in acquiring the timber should contact the office to enquire about availability. Removal of such will be as and when ground conditions are suitable. A number of valuable deciduous trees and Castlewellan Golds will be retained in this area.

This course work is being carried out ahead of our green staff in-house servicing programme for course machinery which is essential and as undertaken in-house, results in significant financial savings to the club as reflected in the accounts. This is evidenced when comparing this year’s costs against those from previous years.

Winter improvement projects completed to date include the removal of the dead hedge by the putting green and making good this area for season 2012. The removal of trees and improvements to drainage by the putting green has also been completed. Re-turfing projects by the tree at the 2nd green and alongside the path leading to the 6th tee-box have also been completed.

Some Timely Reminders

Please note that practice is not permitted on the course. Some members have been observed practising on the 1st and 2nd fairways and we would remind everyone that practice is only permitted in the designated practice area. This is especially important at this time of year when the course is vulnerable.

Pitchmark and divot repairing effects the very presentation of the course and it is in every golfers interest to help in this area. Winter golfers are asked to avoid the approach to all greens with carts and keep off the green aprons where possible. We are attempting to reduce wear and tear and compliance is in all members’ interests and would be gratefully appreciated by the green staff.

Ropes are in place to protect some particularly vulnerable areas of the course and again it is in members’ interest to comply with all guided routes and pathways for the winter.

Get by with a little help….from your friends

We have many examples of how members are volunteering to help Tandragee Golf Club, saving money and improving the facilities. We acknowledge George Forde’s help in locking the clubhouse on Mondays. He was also seen recently checking the performance of clubs buggies which have been out of action for some weeks. Gareth Hunter continues to work behind the scenes on keeping the clubs website relevant and up-to-date. Matt Laverty continues to provide a professional input and help in a range of areas while James Magee recently donated use of his small digger which along with green staffs assistance contributed greatly to the completion of some of the above mentioned winter improvement projects. James’ digger was also used to realign the step on the 17th tee-box along with a helping hand from Tom Uprichard and Brian Fyffe who were on hand to help sand and level this area. Billy Robinson continues to lock up on Tuesdays after bowls practice with Bar & Catering closing at 6pm during the winter, again saving on staffing costs occurred in previous years.

Your Golf Club Needs YOU!

The above are just a few examples of how people are helping out. We have a multitude of talent and expertise amongst our membership; in fact everyone is an expert in something. Do you have an area of expertise or a talent that could help the club? And would you be willing to join the others in lending a hand from time to time? If so, please let us know. The evidence is that such volunteering, however small, improves the facilities and saves us money. Again we all benefit. As an example, until such times as we can refurbish the clubhouse, we need to mend and make do. There is some cloth and seating repairs required – anyone with such skills that can lend some time to this, again greatly appreciated.

The Ladies Branch

The Ladies would like to thank Mayfair Business Centre for sponsoring their winter league.
Prize winners were as follows:

1st. V. Brady, 2nd. L.Saunders (Hon Sec), 3rd. J. McCarten (Lady Vice), 4th. A. Hall (Lady Past Capt.) 5th. S. Denison (Lady Capt)

The winning team was ‘Ulster Majors’ captained by Lady Vice Captain Julie McCarten, while the runners up were ‘Tin Cup’ captained by Lady Captain Shirley Dennison.

2 Local Jewellers – Real Diamonds!

We would like to acknowledge the sponsorship support from 2 local Jewellers. Firstly Garry McWhirter of McWhirter the Jeweller from Market Street Newry (www.diamondsofdistinction.co.uk) who became our latest on-course banner sponsor at the winter 3rd tee and who also managed to grab an exclusive positioning deal on the driveway into the club!

A big thanks also to David Van Scoy from Portadown firm (www.jewellerybyvanscoy.co.uk) who kindly sponsored this year’s Winter League.

Upcoming Event Notices

Friday 20th January – Monthly Charity Quiz Night 7.30pm
Saturday 25th February – The Illegals (The Eagles & Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band) Tickets now available £10

400 Club Big Ticket Winner

Congratulations to Judith Latimer from Waringstown who won the big £10,000 prize at the Tandragee New Years Eve extravaganza. Judith’s ticket was sold to her by Derek Poole and we hope Derek struck a good deal on commission back then! Almost half of this year’s 400 Cub tickets were sold to people outside the club, bringing in much needed revenue that otherwise we wouldn’t have had. Over £4,000 of cash prizes and 2 holidays (Paris & Barcelona) still remain to be distributed between now and the end of this year’s scheme in June.

Christmas Bonus for 400 Club Green Fee Vouchers

Please note that all green fee voucher tickets associated with 400 Club Ticket purchases are now valid for use until 29th June 2012. This has been extended from 31st March as printed on the tickets. Vouchers will not be valid for use after this date.