Ladies' November Stableford
Winner: Belinda Silver - 36 points
Runner-up: Maxine Chew - 36 points
Winner: Penny Webster - 33 points
Runner-up: Fiona Turner - 33 points
Men's match vs The Cambridge Stymies
Ashridge men lost 2 ½ - 1 ½.
Herts. P.G.A. Alliance
On Tuesday, the club hosted an event held by The Herts. P.G.A. Alliance and we had 25 professionals and 25 teams of one pro and three amateurs playing. The scoring was really good and much of this was owed to the superb condition of the course and in particular, the excellent quality of the greens, for which I received numerous compliments.
I had a lovely day and hence this week's newsletter title, "It's a game of two halves" was most apt as I started from the 10th tee and played the back nine in 38 shots but then managed to record seven birdies on the front nine for a total of 28 and a score of 66. This was enough to win by three from James Jankowski of Essendon Golf Club. My team of David Mercer, Jacques Keyser, Nick Sinclair and myself recorded 86 points but this was not enough to threaten the leaders because the winning team amassed a huge total of 94 points! All in all, every participant had a very enjoyable day!
Professional's Winter Draw
I'm delighted to tell you that my Winter Draw board is now in the Pro Shop. As always, there will be some truly superb prizes on offer so if you'd like to enter, please come in early to bag your favourite or lucky numbers!
Sunice Gore-Tex Suits
I will soon be taking delivery of some fantastic new Sunice Albany Gore-Tex jackets and trousers. These suits are the best of the best in terms of what a waterproof suit can offer you. The Gore-Tex material is fully water resistant and Sunice are so confident that they will not leak they offer a lifetime warranty!! The suits are not cheap however coming in at around £549.99 . To help you understand why Gore-Tex is so good we are also getting in some Demo jackets in Medium, Large and Extra Large so you can really feel the benefit please feel free to come in and give them a go.
This is the last suit you will ever need to wear!
Callaway X2 Hot Fairways
Please note that ALL X2 Hot fairway woods which I currently hold in stock and which were once retailing at £189.99, are now just 99.99 , and this includes a brand new headcover.
New Under Armour men's and ladies'clothing
I now have displayed in the shop, all of my men's and ladies' Under Armour autumn/winter clothing. If you've had Under Armour winter clothing before, you will know that their clothing is really designed to help keep you nice and warm, is of a great quality and also feels really great when worn. In particular, I'd like to draw your attention to the new men's Knock Down jacket with Prima Loft. These are a casual jacket - though you can play golf in one - and come in either black, light or dark grey - and are supremely warm whilst still being relatively thin. Great for both golf and casual wear.
New self-service Grip Bar
Fresh in this week is my fantastic new Grip Bar. This allows you to see the kind of grips that we offer to replace your old, worn grips on your clubs and you’ll be able to see just what a difference a new grip makes in terms of feel and your ability to hold the club properly because I have a selection of different grips, all on shafts, available for you to try. But the most fascinating part of my Grip Bar is that you can measure your hand to see what size grip is best suited to you. For example, did you know that Nick Faldo used to have twelve layers of tape under the grip on his left hand yet only eight layers of tape under his right? So you can see just how personal and vital it is to have the correct grips and grip size. Please pop in and check out my new Grip Bar!
Glenmuir, men's club logoed cotton/cashmere sweaters and gift box
If you're looking for a really great Christmas present, please check out the front table of the Pro Shop where I have a terrific display of men's cotton/cashmere ¼ zip sweaters. These lovely garments come in black, navy or charcoal and come with a super presentation box that will make for a truly lovely Christmas gift. I also have on the table some packs of men's and ladies' Glenmuir socks which have three pairs of socks in for just £11.99 which make for a great stocking filler. But hurry, because sizes are limited and at this price, they're sure to disappear quickly!
New winter wheels
Not only do I have Powakaddy's very own model of winter wheels, but I now also have some winter wheels from Masters which will replace your current trolley wheels and are both different in design and slightly cheaper. These wheels are made with the raised "pimple" design, are street legal around Ashridge and cost £64.99!
And speaking of great grip…
With the softer, wetter conditions now underfoot, now is the time for you to change out of your soft spiked shoes and instead have metal spikes for the winter period. In my opinion, metal tipped spikes give better grip and are easier to both keep clean as well as ridding any debris. Pop in to the Pro Shop and in most cases, we should be able to change these spikes fairly quickly for you.
SkyCaddie SGX for sale
And finally this week, I have a SkyCaddie SGX GPS unit that has been used once and I need to clear this unit from stock. This unit has lovely features such as Intelligreen Technology, Target Lists and Interactive Hole Vue and normally retails for £299.99 but I'm happy to accept just £200 so I can clear the decks.
New Masters wheeled travel covers
Several of you have been asking me for "wheeled" travel covers and I'm pleased to tell you that I now have several available in the Pro Shop. These covers obviously have wheels on them which makes it much easier to transport your clubs around so rather than carrying your bag, you can simply wheel it behind you. And because these travel covers retail at £37.99 , they represent really good value too!
The best way to play the 3rd!
One of our shortest, yet most demanding par 3's is the 3rd and I'd like to tell you the best way of playing it. What makes this hole so awkward is the fact that the green sits so much higher than the tees and also, we have a very steep front part of the green. From the black tee, the yardage is increased by approximately nine yards because of the increase in slope on the hole so this makes the hole play at least one club longer. Plus, I rarely see many players long on this hole so I'd always advise one extra club more as well. Therefore, if you do go long you will avoid the two front bunkers and if you don't quite catch the ball, you should end up on the front of the green in no trouble.
So the next time you take on this hole, remember to club up for the slope and cold thin air!