Archive for January, 2015

Saint-Omer Golf Club 2015 Offers …

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

From time to time we here at TSG HQ come across some good golf clubs offers to share with you and today is no exception….

The Saint-Omer Golf Club in the Pas-de-Calais region of France is offering a great value Golf & Gastronomy package to tempt golfers with a fondness for French cuisine from across the Channel throughout 2015.

From just over £100 per person in the low season and £120 in high season, the Golf & Gastronomy offer includes 18 holes of golf over Saint-Omer’s Le Val championship course, a four-course gastronomic dinner in Le Lodge Restaurant and a B&B overnight stay in a Deluxe room at the on-site Najeti Hotel du Golf.

For those wishing to travel in July and August, these two months are considered low season so ensure exceptional value during the summer months which elsewhere are usually considered peak season.

Saint Omer Golf Club

Where is Saint-Omer Golf Club?

Just 30 minutes from the French EuroTunnel terminal and port of Calais, the 6,800-yard Le Val course with a par of 73 is regarded as one of the top tracks in northern France. A typical parkland layout, Saint-Omer is fairly demanding given the hilly terrain, a number of blind tee shots and its characteristic large and fast greens. Thanks to its location along the Aa Valley, the course offers stunning views over the lush French countryside from almost every hole.

As a result of hosting a number of competitions including the Saint-Omer Open and French PGA Championship on two occasions, the course is always in immaculate condition and is regularly and widely praised for its excellent course conditioning. This will be maintained in 2015 as Le Val has been confirmed as the host of the Najeti Open (formerly the Saint-Omer Open) on the European Challenge Tour this coming June.

Staying at Saint-Omer Golf Club …

Overlooking the golf course, the Najeti Hotel du Golf which was opened in 2008 is a modern and well-equipped property with 54 stylish, contemporary bedrooms, a bar with a terrace that overlooks the 18th green and a relaxation centre equipped with a jacuzzi and sauna.

Le Lodge Restaurant offers regional French cuisine of a high culinary standard using local, seasonal produce to create a menu of gastronomic delights that combine traditional French recipes with the hotel chef’s unique inventiveness.

And there’s more golf …

If you fancy a little more golf before you head for home, the 9-hole Academy Course, La Haute Drève, is the ideal layout on which to hone your skills from just £17 in low season and £20 in the high season.

There are also a number of other golf courses in the area around Saint-Omer that are highly regarded such as Hardelot, Wimereux, Le Touquet and Arras that can be added on to your itinerary if you would prefer a longer stay.

If it’s just golf and an overnight stay that you are looking for, Saint-Omer Golf Club also offers a Golf Escape package that comprises a night in a Charme room, a buffet breakfast and 18 holes over Le Val for just £77/99€/person in low season (including July and August) or £98/125€ in high season.

With its proximity to the French Eurotunnel and Calais ferry port, Saint-Omer is among the most accessible of Northern France’s golfing delights, making in an ideal destination for a short golf break in France.

Details of the 2015 Saint-Omer Golf Club Packages are:

  • Golf & Gastronomy*: 1 night in Deluxe room, 1 buffet breakfast, 1 18-hole green fee, 1 gastronomic, 4-course dinner in Le Lodge Restaurant

£100/130€/person in low season (including July & August), £120/155€ in high season

  • Golf Escape*: 1 night in Charme room, 1 buffet breakfast, 1 18-hole green fee

£77/99€/person in low season (including July & August), £98/125€ in high season

*Based on sharing a double room and subject to availability, single supplement £31/40per night, offer valid from now until December 31, 2015

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To book a Saint-Omer Golf Club packages, call +321 38 59 90, email golf@najeti.fr  or visit www.golfsaintomer.fr.

By Helen Heady

The award-winning Bletchingley Golf Club …

Friday, January 23rd, 2015
Bletchingley Golf Club

Bletchingley Golf Club

Bletchingley Golf Club is the home of the TSG OPEN Championship every year and  has so much more to offer than just a round of golf on a superb, well-maintained and well-draining course….

For over 20 years, the award-winning Bletchingley Golf Club has given pleasure to golf enthusiasts – with its 6,600 yard, 72 par/standard scratch 18-hole Surrey golf course testing the skill of golfers of all abilities.

As you would expect from such a quality-conscious golf club, Bletchingley offers a wide range of memberships. We spoke to Steve Cookson the Bletchingley Golf Club Manager and PGA Professional who explained more …

Bletchingley Golf Club …

Offering splendid views over the North Downs, Bletchingley’s Clubhouse is the perfect place to relax and socialise with fellow players after your game; providing a friendly, comfortable environment in which you can enjoy delicious food and choose from a wide selection of alcoholic and soft drinks. Situated 5 minutes from Junction 6 of the M25.

Bletchingley extends a warm welcome to visiting Golf Societies and has a long tradition of hosting societies and corporate days…

“We have always tried to be flexible with our packages. To this end, we recently decided to move away from the traditional standard packages and introduced ‘Build Your Own Society Day’. This method of tailoring your day to suit your requirements is proving to be very popular.”

The Membership Offers:

7-Day Membership – vailable on a single or joint basis this Membership gives golfers the opportunity to hold an official Handicap, as well as making them eligible to play in Club Competitions

Our 7-Day Membership entitles players to full playing rights, including no further payments of ‘green fees’ and full use of our Practice Ground. 7-Day Members are also permitted to invite 3 guests to play at the Club at any time Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays and weekends – when guests are welcome after 9.30am.”

5-Day Membership- is also available on a single or joint basis, offers the same advantages as the 7-Day Membership except that players are eligible to play in Club Competitions during the week.

Both the 7-Day and 5-Day Memberships enable golfers to enjoy a game of golf at EIGHT other golf courses in the area – something that has been well received by the membership – as well as take advantage of the 10%Discount on bar and catering via a swipe card plus an automatic  10% discount on room hire for private functions.

We also offer a ‘Flexible Membership’ designed for the golfer who doesn’t play enough golf to justify subscribing to a 5 or 7 Day Membership but still wants to feel part of a golf club and benefit from the advantages membership can bring.”

Benefits to players taking out a Flexible Membership include an opportunity to obtain an official handicap, as well as eligibility to play in midweek and Club Stableford competitions, excluding board competitions:

This type of membership also entitles players to attend club social functions, together with enjoying discounted food and beverage prices via ‘Gold Card’ – with guests being charged at member’s flexible points rates. Annual renewal is not applicable to this membership category” added Steve, “However, it should be noted that for membership to remain active, a minimum balance of 50 points must be maintained throughout the year.”

Looking to the future …

As part of the Club’s commitment to encourage and develop golf champions of the future, youngsters can apply for Junior Membership or alternatively, the Club’s innovative Academy Membership designed for the novice or intermediate golfer without a handicap. Steve explained:

Golf is a game that the whole family can learn and enjoy, with parents, grandparents and children spending quality time together in beautiful surroundings. Our aim at Bletchingley Golf Club is to give you an insight into all aspects of the game including the basic fundamentals that will enhance your progression, advice on the latest equipment, rules of golf and general etiquette. But most of all making sure you have FUN!”

Bletchingley Golf Club

The TSG Open Golf Day 2014 at Bletchingley Golf Club

And it doesn’t end there …

As well as being able to take advantage of the Surrey County Card Scheme – permitting members to play at numerous golf courses throughout England at preferential rates – at Bletchingley Golf Club, members and visitors alike are also able to take advantage of a range of excellent facilities including a comfortable Clubhouse.

Not to mention a well-stocked Pro Shop, offering a wide array of golf equipment, accessories and clothing from leading brands at competitive prices.

During your visit why not book yourself onto a one-2-one clinic with Steve – Bletchingley’s Golf Pro, who uses the latest computer/video technology to help you improve your game.

Weddings and functions and awards …

Accommodating up to 180 people, the Club’s dedicated Function Suite is ideal for all types of occasions from intimate family gatherings to large functions such as weddings, parties, conferences and exhibitions.

The team at the Golf Yearbook Online were so impressed with the course, facilities and service provided at the Club, they voted unanimously in favour of Bletchingley Golf Club as the recipient of the coveted Surrey Golf Club of the Year Award 2013.

A spokesperson for the publication said: “We are always keen to bring attention to Golf Clubs that are willing to go that extra mile to ensure the expectations of their members and visitors are not only met, but exceeded. Bletchingley is such a Club and we are delighted to recommend the Club to our readers.”

Read what your fellow TSGers had to say about this course – Bletchingley Golf Club Reveiws

by Ian Mullins

For further information, please contact Steve Cookson – Golf Manager – on 01883 744 848 or email enquiries to: stevec1412@yahoo.co.uk or visit the club’s website at www.bletchingleygolfclub.co.uk

The TSG Roll of Honour (2011 – ) …

Sunday, January 11th, 2015
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Roll of Honour, Master's Leaderboard

As you know, every month we run a TSG monthly leaderboard in order to find the golfer of the month.

Each month we calculate the most Stableford points scored by each golfer that has submitted scorecards, the best

The TSG Roll of Honour – The rules….

– Only scores played on courses over 5k yards are eligible

– You must have submitted a total of 10 cards to the TSG Handicap tracker

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Each month’s winner, receive the coveted ‘Green TSG Golf Towel and it’s not available to buy!

However, with the advent of the TSG Masters in 2014, all monthly winners in a single calendar year will now also automatically qualify for the next year’s TSG Masters Championship.

With winners from the Vila Sol in the Algarve to Seaford Head in East Sussex, the competition is truly global.

Want to be up there with the cream of the crop?

Just keep playing golf and arranging your social golf via the website and score as many Stableford points as you can.

Below is a record of all the monthly winners since the leaderboards inception since January 2011.

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The TSG Roll of Honour (2011 – 2016… )

Jan-11 Neil Randles Hurtmore 45
Feb-11 Nev Smith Downshire 46
Mar-11 Andy Taylor Iford 45
Apr-11 Michael Harrison Epping 47
May-11 Dave Cambers Aylesbury 47
Jun-11 Phil Boyd Seaford Head 45
Jul-11 David Jacobs Stapleford Abbotts 47
Aug-11 Roger Akerman Cooden Beach 46
Sep-11 Roger Allsop Kingswood 44
Oct-11 Roger Allsop Kingswood 47
Nov-11 Frank Nott Stapleford Abbotts 44
Dec-11 Robert Wootton Epping 47
Jan-12 David Jacobs Epping 45
Feb-12 Steve Goss Pedham 42
Mar-12 Toby Hunt Hurtmore 43
Apr-12 Tony Gray Foxbridge 44
May-12 Steve Diamon Chelsfield Lakes 45
Jun-12 John Amos Hobbs Cross 43
Jul-12 Dave Blaney Mill Green 44
Aug-12 Mark Tucknott Risebridge 45
Sep-12 Nev Smith Hurtmore 45
Oct-12 David Izen The Grove 44
Nov-12 Nev Smith Hurtmore 42
Dec-12 Michael Roos Epping 44
Jan-13 Daniel Jayeola Sunbury Golf Centre 46
Feb-13 Chris Sawyer Chelsfield Lakes 47
Mar-13 Russell Foxwell Belhus Park 44
Apr-13 Andy Coultrup Belhus Park 43
May-13 Bill Nowel Cobtree Manor Park 46
Jun-13 Steve Maggs Woldingham 46
Jul-13 David Jacobs Epping 47
Aug-13 Chris Chandler Cobtree Manor Park 52
Sep-13 Dave Knight Selsdon Park 46
Oct-13 Dave Allchorne Epping 43
Nov-13 Phil Boyd Royal Cinque Ports 48
Dec-13 Roger Ireland Epping 47
Jan-14 Howard Stander Hainault 44
Feb-14 Andy Flynn Stapleford Abbotts 43
Mar-14 Michael Roos Panshanger GC 44
Apr-14 David Smith Paultons Golf Centre 44
May-14 Tony Amos East Brighton 47
Jun-14 Ian Mullins East Brighton 46
Jul-14 Alan Haywood Stapleford Abbotts 49
Aug-14 Andy Attard Pyrford GC 46
Sep-14 Carlos Ramos Southern Valley 47
Oct-14 Phil Fen South Essex 44
Nov-14 Roger Ireland Vila Sol 43
Dec-14 Norman Woodward Seaford Head 43
Jan-15 Peter Walton Pine Ridge 45
Feb-15 Peter Walton Pine Ridge 48
Mar-15 Brian Cassidy Pine Ridge 46
Apr-15 Michael Channing Hoebridge 45
May-15 Ron Jackman Southern Valley 45
Jun-15 Les Day Pine Ridge 44
Jul-15 Roger Dickson Nizels GC 47
Aug-15 Phil Fen Langdon Hills 48
Sep-15 Mark Crane Deangate Ridge 43
Oct-15 Brigitte Lockwood Pine Ridge 45
Nov-15 Andy Attard Woldingham 42
Dec-15 Des Burnett Camposol Golf Club 43
Jan-16 Gary Archer Chelsfield Lakes 43
Feb-16 Richard Halloway The Hertfordshire 42
Mar-16 Steve Holloway Brentwood GC 43
Apr-16 Steve Duffy Littlehampton GC 46
May-16 Mark Crane Cobtree Manor 44

Happy Golfing! Who knows? Maybe one day you will make the TSG Roll of Honour…

 

Ian & The TSG Event Team

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Free TSG PRO Golf Membership …

Friday, January 9th, 2015
Free TSG PRO Golf Membership

Free TSG PRO Golf Membership

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Free TSG PRO Golf Membership for THREE months!

Over the last five years we have worked hard to grow the TSG community and whilst the members have played a huge part in this growth, we have now decided it is time that rewarded those members. As such, in our 2014 November newsletter we launched our MEMBER get MEMBER scheme.

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We at thesocialgolfer.com believe that golfers should be able to play anywhere in the world, at any time, regardless of whether they belong to a golf club or not…..

By joining TSG community, members can arrange games with golfers close to home or with over 8,500k+ golfers in the UK and worldwide…

The website allows golfers to join golf games in their area, find other golfers in their county, join golf societies in their area, establish a Handicap, get a Handicap certificate, review 25,000 golf courses worldwide, book Tee Times online and lets them join the monthly league, annual events and tournaments.

The site also allows members to upload videos, join in forum chat, shop at the internet golf store, and receive exclusive member offers and competitions and much more. The team also produce the TSG Newsblog and a monthly newsletter that is sent to over 5k golfers every month.

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Claiming your Free TSG PRO Golf Membership …

We want to thank those who have already taken part and reaped the rewards. However, if you weren’t aware of the offer, here’s how you can get Free TSG PRO Golf Membership for three months …

All you have to do is introduce a brand new PRO member to the site and we immediately add an additional three months to the end of your own PRO membership subscription when it expires.

Just ask the newly joining member to email us at theteam@thesocialgolfer.com ahead of signing up with his/her name.

In addition, in order to help us to grow the site further and improve the member experience, in January 2015, we will be launching our brand new TSG user survey. Please help us to build a bigger and better community by taking five minutes to complete.

However, until then….

Happy Golfing!

Ian & the TSG Team