Archive for September, 2020

TSG celebrate 10th Birthday at Celtic Manor…

Saturday, September 26th, 2020

Celtic Manor 2020 - The Social GolferCELTIC MANOR: The Anniversary Cup…

We left England expecting the true Welsh experience but, low and behold, the sun came out and we FINALLY held a TSG event in 2020!

x12 TSGers gather to play the Celtic Manor TWENTY-TEN course.

x10 Polo Shirt competition winners and two of the TSG Team

Plus our Host, Mike Jones, Celtic Manor Ambassador, and his two guests…

…and oh, how well we were looked after by Mike!


Celtic Manor - 10th Birthday - The Social Golfer - Mike Jones GolfCELTIC MANOR: The format…

The first thing to point out is you CAN’T get on the Twenty-Ten course before 10 am without booking through Mike.

In addition, Mike couldn’t have done any more for us, with the day/night including:

• Celtic Manor Goodie Bag for ALL, incl. PRO v1’s, Course Guide, Shoe bag and Tees

• One or two-night accommodation with a free upgrade to Deluxe Room

• Mike organised ALL our dinner reservations

• Photo on the first tee in front of Ryder Cup sign presented in a display sleeve after your round

• Celtic Manor branded Metal Bag tag with your name engraved on it

• Entry into Nearest Pin to win a free round on the TWENTY TEN or 10 years membership for a hole-in-one. Two of our group won free rounds (Damian Benstead & Dave Stevens)

TSG supplied the white Trilbys and TSG branded Polo Shirts and scorecards for everyone and TSG goodie bags for Mike’s guests.


Golfing in Wales, Mike Jones GolfAfter much debate (in the car on the way down) we separated the players into four 4-balls.

The teams in order of teeing off on were…

Group 1 – The Gatecrashers – Not strictly comp winners but they were very welcome (Mark Crane, Richard the Great,  Rob Appleby and Mark Davis – two Guests of Mike Jones)

Group 2 –  The Originals – Those that joined TSG before the official launch pre-2010 (Steve Goss, John Barber and Matt Coffey plus Dave Stevens who joined June 2020)

Group 3 – The Diehards – Those that joined after 2010 but before 2012 (Gary Wilson, Ruth Brand, Pete Mayo and Tuan Nguyen)

Group 4 – The Management – The organisers (Ian Mullins, Paul Houghton, Damian Benstead and Mike Jones)


Celtic Manor 2020 - The Social Golfer

However, we had a team event to win the inaugural TSG ‘Anniversary Cup’…

We deliberately chose not to have an individual competition, so that everyone could just enjoy the course in its full splendour!

After all the cards had been verified by Mr. Crane, he announced the winners. Who else but… THE GATECRASHERS!

Nearest Pin’s were won by No-One (8th hole), Dave Stevens (10th Hole) and Tuan Nguyen (17th hole).

The Wooden Spoon was picked up by Ian M, who scored a total of 7 pts (TOTAL!)

Golfing in Wales, Mike Jones GolfThis two-day ‘Birthday party’ was not about scores, but about spending time with a great team of people, and to thank some of those that have helped us to make The Social Golfer what it is today.

We cannot thank Mike Jones enough for his support and commitment to this event. If you want to play Celtic Manor, contact Mike directly and invite him to play on your day.

We couldn’t have enjoyed the iconic course any more and his knowledge of the fairways and greens, and his Ryder Cup anecdotes, only make you enjoy this track even more.


Celtic Manor 2020 - The Social Golfer

Here’s some of the feedback on Celtic Manor we have received since our return…

“Just had a wonderful couple of days, which would never have happened without TSG. Thank you. Not just for Celtic Manor, but for the last ten years and everything you do to keep the site up, running and relevant. It brings a lot of pleasure to a great many people”

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“I’d like to thank you so much TSG, for not only organising a great night/day out, with goodie bags and other assorted TSG & Celtic Manor merchandise, a fantastic venue to celebrate our 10 years of social golfing… since having a PC, joining TSG has been the best decision I ever made. Here’s to the next 10 years”

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“Having had time to catch my breath again at the end of an amazing week, I just wanted to say thank you again for an exceptional experience that will live with me to the grave. For me it’s all about the experience and everything about the Celtic Manor trip was perfect: The course (exceptional!), The weather (utterly un-welsh!) but more than anything it was the company. So thank you again from the bottom of my heart and here’s to the next 10 successful years of TSG”

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“Thank you TSG for organising such a fun event which I’m so happy to have been a part of… joining TSG was one of the best decisions I have made and I have met the loveliest people. Here’s to another ten years!”

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HAPPY 10th BIRTHDAY TSG!


By Ian Mullins

Celtic Manor ‘The Movie’ to following October Newsletter…

The Social Golfer returns to South Essex Golf Club…

Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

 

South Essex Golf Club - Brenwtood, Essex - The Social GolferTSG PARTNER CLUB: South Essex Golf Club…

We are incredibly pleased to confirm next year’s curtain-raiser to the season sees us return to our first-ever host venue, South Essex Golf Club, host of The Social Golfer 2011 OPEN Championship.

Back then, we had only just launched the website, but we still saw around 30 golfers attend.

A decade later, as we celebrate our 10th Birthday, the site has seen many changes and now boasts 10K+ registered users worldwide.

So, why return to South Essex Golf Club now?

 


South Essex Golf Club – The History…

The club as it is today first started life when landowner Russell Barlett decided to create a 27-hole golf facility in 1992. Back then, it was named Stonyhill Golf club and was a welcome addition to the area.

South Essex Golf Club was designed by Reg Plumridge in 1994 and presents three nine-hole loops with superb panoramic views over the Thames Valley and into Kent.

*Yardages shown from Yellow tees.

The Clubhouse is a unique barn-like structure with a terrace view over-looking the 18th Hole.

The course was renamed South Essex in 1998 and was subsequently leased to Crown Golf in 2006.

Since that time, South Essex has mainly been known as a Pay & Play facility, with a 14-bay Floodlit Driving range on-site too.

Footgolf was introduced on The Vixen course in 2015 but this has since been removed.

Fast-forward to 2020 and the course has recently seen ownership pass back to the Barlett family with Ed Barlett (son of Russell) taking over the day to day running of the business.

 


South Essex Golf Club - Brenwtood, Essex - The Social Golfer v2

South Essex Golf Club – Present Day…

First Golf Limited took over from Crown Golf in March 2020 and the new management team have ambitious plans to turn the club into one of Essex‘s leading golf facilities.

Ed is actively involved with the program of improvements currently underway.

Already, we have seen the road into the course resurfaced, a new undercover golf cleaning area built.

In addition, a new fleet of buggies with built-in GPS arrived in April, there is a newly refurbished upstairs bar and dining area AND a new outside decking area.

All this in three months!

However, Ed and the company also has plans to add a Gym and Fishing lakes to its portfolio, catering to a wider audience.

Ed is also supported by an experienced team, who all have great ambitions for the club, who all come with a fantastic pedigree!

 


South Essex Golf Club – The NEW Team…

Mark Davis – Director of Golf, Mark turned professional in 1986 and spent many years on the European Tour player with a distinguished playing record.

Mark finished in the top one hundred Order of Merit eight times, with a best of 31st in 1994.

He also won The Austrian Open in 1991 and 1994, and subsequently played on the Seniors Tour winning the Scottish Open in 2014.

 

Jason MacNiven – PGA Professional, offers a professional and personal service at South Essex Golf Club through his company Golf Principles.

Jason is renowned in the industry for his knowledge with over 20 years of experience.

His staff at Golf Principles are all specialists in club and shaft technology and tailor their services to suit their customers and welcome all ages and levels of golfers.

 

Other members of the south Essex Golf Club team include:

Peter Dawson – Course Manager, Peter knows the club as well as anyone having joined the staff as Head Greenkeeper in 1997.

Now having spent more than 23 years at the club, Peter oversees a team of greenkeepers.

This team plan to make all three 9-hole courses some of the best playing surfaces in the area.

 

Emily Perry – Emily is the Performance coach at South Essex. A former Tour Professional who has a degree in Psychology and is a certified NLP Practitioner.

 

Paul Holland – PGS Professional, Teaching for 22 years.

Paul’s coaching style is a mixture of Technical and Performance coaching.

Paul coached Richard McEvoy to the 2018 European Open.

Paul specialises in Performance Analysis using state of the art technology such as Trackman and Sam Putt Lab in his sessions.

 


Golf Range and membership prices - Soth Essex Golf Course

South Essex Golf Club – The Courses…

The Heron – Par 37

Our most challenging 9 holes at 3,176 yards and boasts spectacular views of the Essex countryside and Thames Valley.

The varied layout of The Heron features two par 5’s each over 550 yards.

The trio of holes 6, 7 and 8 are known as Barn Wood Corner and are the most scenic on the course.

It meanders around Barn Wood and brings into play three water features combining fantastic views through the woodland.

Hole number 8 is a favourite with many visitors to the course and potentially our signature hole.

A testing Par 3 at 243 yards from the elevated competition tee makes it one of the longest pars 3’s in the county.

On a clear day, it is possible to see across to the city of London from the tee.

The Heron combined with The Hawk to provide a truly demanding 18-hole championship course measuring 6,755 yards. ​

The Hawk – Par 36

This a picturesque parkland course at 3,165 yards in length.

The layout gently undulates through attractive parkland and around established woodlands.

Holes 4, 5 and 6 wind around Dog Wood, this collection of holes each offering a completely different challenge.

The home stretch begins at hole 7 which is the most demanding par 4 on the 27-hole complex.

The elevated tee position provides the view to a fairway sloping steeply from left to right rolling down to a small well-protected green.

The closing hole to complete the home stretch is a par 5 measuring 536 yards, with various hazards and features to test accuracy.

The two-tier green is positioned adjacent to the welcoming clubhouse and surrounding water features.

As a result, play The Hawk and Vixen for a truly memorable parkland layout.

The Vixen – Par 35

This 9 is an extremely attractive layout and provides a fair test for golfers of all standards.

The Vixen is immensely popular with our members and features a variety of unique holes 5 and 9 amongst the best.

Although shorter than the Heron and Hawk the prevailing winds come in to play, on the elevated holes of The Vixen to increase the challenge.

And the dramatic 9th hole boasts a change in the level of nearly 100ft from tee to green.

The fifth hole rises from road level up to Barn Wood and is worth the walk to the top for the spectacular views alone.

Furthermore, golfers can enjoy a close-up of the Bluebell carpet in the woods either side of the path from the 5th green to 6th tee, in April and May

So, combine The Vixen and Heron to provide a varied and challenging 18 even for the low handicapper.

 


Brentwood Golf range and golf course - membership pricesSouth Essex Golf Club – Membership fees…

PLATINUM – 7 DAY membership

  • 10-day advance tee booking
  • Discounted guest green fees
  • 10% off food and beverage in the clubhouse
  • 20% off buggy hire
  • 20% off range balls
  • Complimentary food and beverage credit of £50
  • Club competition calendar
  • Social events calendar
  • Eligibility for official CONGU handicap

GOLD – 5 DAY membership

  • 10-day advance tee booking
  • Discounted guest green fees
  • 10% off food and beverage in the clubhouse
  • 20% off buggy hire
  • 20% off range balls
  • Complimentary food and beverage credit of £35
  • Club competition calendar
  • Social events calendar
  • Eligibility for official CONGU handicap

 


Brentwood Golf Range - TopTracer

Golf Range – Pricing…

Our Golf Range is open to the public and provides an opportunity for both visitors and members to improve their game.

On the 16th September 2020, we welcome Top Tracer to the set-up.

Covered and floodlit with spacious bays, high-quality Srixon practice golf balls make South Essex Golf Range the best in the area. The Golf Range is open from 8am until 9pm daily*.

 Pricing for range balls:

  • 25 Balls   £4.00
  • 50 Balls   £6.50
  • 75 Balls   £8.00
  • 100 Balls £10.00

Golf Range tokens can be purchased in the pro shop or baskets of balls can be purchased at the range by contactless payment. Members can top-up swipe cards with driving range credits.

Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. *last balls are dispensed at 8.30pm

 


And finally,

So, there you have it, that’s why we are returning to South Essex Golf Club in 2021 for The Social Golfer Masters.

Commenting on the day, South Essex Golf Club Director, Ed Barlett said…

We are pleased to be able to continue our partnership and look forward to The Social Golfer returning to the home of its first-ever competition. We look forward to hosting their day and on sharing more great content and promotions with TSGers. The Social Golfer community is a unique platform for ‘nomadic golfers’ and we couldn’t be happier to be working with them again. We look forward to welcoming their members to South Essex in 2021!”

Managing Director of The Social Golfer, Ian Mullins went on to say…

“We are excited to be returning to South Essex, who not only hosted our first ever event but have been a friend of the site since day one. We are confident that Ed and his team will help us put on a fantastic event. The club is going through a major refurbishment, with huge investment plans to turn the venue into one of Essex’s premier golfing venues. And we can already see great signs of a first-class facility being established in the next few years. So, it seems fitting for us to return for our 6th TSG Masters Championship!”

By Ian Mullins

Golf Handicaps: Exceptional Play Cut…

Sunday, September 6th, 2020

 

NEW TSG HANDICAP RULE: EXCEPTIONAL PLAY CUT…

 
The exceptional play cut scoring calculation will be triggered when a player shoots four shots below his or her handicap. 

This will be an additional cut to the one given by the TSG Handicap System when you add your scorecard to the website.

 Please inf below a chart we have put togther in order for members to greater understand how and why this calculation is performed by our system.

We’ll be sending out more information once this new calculation goes live from 1st January 2020 but its also worth noting that in November 2020, we will be moving over tot he new World Handicap System.

However, please note, that at the time of going to press, there is still over 500 clubs still waiting for their course to be remeasured to account for the new Slope Rating.

NEW TSG HANDICAP RULE - EXCEPTIONAL PLAY CUT...

The exceptional scoring calculation will be triggered when a player shoots four shots below his or her handicap. This will be an additional cut to the one given by the TSG Handicap System when you add you’re score…

Exceptional Play Handicap Calculation - The Social Golfer - golf Handicaps

N.B. Calculation based on formula used by CONGU

For more information on the way UK Golf Handicaps are calculated visit England Golf >>

 

NOTE: The Social Golfer is in no way affiliated in any way to CONGU or any other UK golfing organisation and we reserve the right to make our own local rules.

However, for those that wondering where we have taken our guide for this new addition to our Handicapping formula, please find below an extract from 2019, UHS (Unified Handicapping Manual)

 

EXCEPTIONAL SCORING REDUCTION (ESR)…

 

“It is accepted within the UHS that a player may on occasion return a low nett Qualifying Score. Such a score will automatically attract a handicap reduction within the UHS, relative to the player’s Handicap Category.

However, if a player returns more frequent low scores than would be expected for their Handicap Category this probably indicates a significant change of golfing ability.

This can occur, for example, if a beginner or junior golfer is rapidly improving, if a player’s circumstances have changed allowing him/her to play more competitive golf or if an initial handicap allotment has been made based on the limited information available on a new Member’s golfing ability and requires a realignment.

The ESR mechanism makes a further reduction in the player’s handicap, based on both the level of the scores returned and their frequency, in accordance with the Exceptional Scoring Reduction Table below.

When a player returns a Qualifying Score with a Nett Differential of -4, or below, in a calendar year this triggers the ESR algorithm, setting an initial marker.

An ESR calculation will be initiated the next time a Nett Differential of -4 or lower is returned by the player. The average Nett Differential of the two scores is then compared to the number of rounds in the sequence to establish an ESR.

For this reason reductions of less than one stroke may be recommended as, when combined with the decrease applied by the system, the overall reduction will always be more than one stroke. The case for applying an ESR increases as the average of the two Nett Differentials becomes lower and the number of scores in the sequence reduces”.

 

 

What the members say about the new  TSG Exceptional Play Cut…

 

I think TSG has done a decent job of treading that very fine line between promoting the social aspect of the game (nobody can deny it’s gone from strength to strength!) whilst simultaneously providing a range of  fair and competitive functions including the monthly leaderboard and the Exceptional Play Cut calculation rule” 

 

Matt Coffey – Handicap 9

 

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