This is the first in a new feature that we will bring you every week in which we feature a member of the Golf Club, and as it’s the first one we thought what better place to start than with this year’s men’s Captain Chris Bird.
Handicap? - 'It's currently 10.8'
How long have you been playing golf? - 'I played a little bit when I was a kid, but I've been playing regularly since 1999 and a member at Hartford for the last 6 years'
Who is your favourite pro golfer? - 'My all-time hero is Seve Ballesteros and my favourite current golfer is Sergio Garcia - because he comes second a lot a bit like me!'
What is the best golf course that you have played? - 'I've been lucky enough to play St. Andrews, Valderrama and Sawgrass but I would say my favourite is San Roque in Spain, because that is where Seve played a lot of his golf early in his career'
What's your best round of golf? - 'I played to my handicap around Valderrama and scored 43 points at Pryors Hayes on my first visit which I was happy with but I would say my best competitive round was a gross 74 at Hartford off the white tees'
Who would you play with in your dream fourball? - 'Seve Ballesteros, Sir Nick Faldo and Ian Daines - I've chosen Ian as I wouldn't want to be the hacker in the group!'
If you could play any course in the world which would it be? - 'It would undoubtedly be Augusta, I would also love to play the Olazabal course at Mission Hills in China or Sun City in South Africa as they look amazing on TV.'
Favourite golfing destination? - 'I like the Villamoura resort in Portugal, I would love to be part of a club away trip there as they are great courses and great night life!'
Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?
It is now less than 45 days until Christmas and there are now only another 6 weekends before then to get your shopping done! If you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas please call in to our store to have a look around – you won’t be disappointed. If you’re still not sure here are a few reasons why you should visit us:
We have special in store promotions that you won’t see on the high street or internet such as FREE personalisation on Titleist balls or a FREE Nike Cap with a purchase of a Hyper Adapt waterproof jacket
A large array of clothing and golf equipment available at very competitive prices
Late night shopping EVERY day of the week – we are open until 9pm
Price match promise – we will match genuine internet quotes
Friendly and knowledgeable staff that can help with all your Christmas gift enquiries
If you struggle for inspiration we have a range of vouchers available that can be used in the shop, for rounds of golf, driving range balls or golf tuition
We can provide a second to none custom fitting service so if you’re buying golf clubs you can make sure they are RIGHT for you and will improve your golf
Any gift items can be returned or exchanged quickly and hassle free
Do you know your distances?
We have a selection of Distance Measuring Devices (DMD's) in stock and they are the hottest products in golf at the moment. The reason they are so useful is that they really do help your golf as they provide you with accurate yardages to the flag which in turn gives you a definite idea how far you hit each club, this is an essential part of good golf - you can't possibly play your best golf if you don't know how far you need to hit your approach shot or which club to use!
One of our most popular models is the watch style Bushnell Neo XS, it's said to be the lightest and thinnest watch style DMD on the market with a long battery life that can last up to three rounds and comes with over 33,000 courses pre-loaded and no membership or download fees it offers great value at just £159. The watch also comes in three different colours - grey, black or white, a good DMD certainly will improve your golf - if you would like to reserve one click here.
Our best membership deal of the year
We are introducing an amazing deal on our membership - 15 months for the price of 12! This would make an ideal Christmas present for any keen golfer - if you join any time before Christmas your membership will start on 1st January 2015 and run all the way through until 31st March 2016. With full membership available from £450 that works out at just £30 a month for as much golf as you can play!
Remember also that we have a great winter course that is always dry and in good condition so you can play plenty of golf over the winter and get your money's worth! Members also receive 10% discount in the shop on most items and can purchase range balls at reduced prices as well as obtain a handicap and play in regular club events. There is also a dual membership offer that includes membership at our sister club Pryors Hayes near Chester.
If you are interested click here to contact me and we can send you further membership details.
Midweek Stableford results
The November Midweek Stableford was played yesterday and we had a first time winner in 22 handicapper Mike Angel who scored 42 points, this was just good enough to hold off Steve Simmons on 41 points and Chris Whalley also played some good golf including birdies on holes eight and ten to score 39 points.
Winter League round up
The second round of the Winter League took place on Sunday and the weather was kind to our competitors as the sun made an appearance, the winning pair was Ian Daines and Keira Wharton who dovetailed well to par eight out of their nine holes and score 22 Stableford points. Tim Barnes and Steve Holehouse had to settle for second place despite two birdies in the first 7 holes they looked like establishing a winning total but a two bogey finish meant they also scored 22 points, Steve Nicholson and Paddy Scanlan scored 21 points to finish in third position just as they did in the first round.
The next competition is the November Bogey which is coming up this Saturday at 11am.
The Seniors played a 9 holes three club and a putter challenge on Tuesday morning and despite the lesser number of clubs and windy conditions the scoring was very good. The winner was Geoff Dodd who came in with a brilliant nett 30 including a two on the fifth hole, in second place was Mike Eddison, who birdied the first on his way to a nett 32 and in third was Peter Dawson who had two birdies in his nett 34.
The Seniors have been getting a great turn out every Tuesday morning so due to the higher number of players it's been decided to move their start time a little bit earlier. From next week they will be starting at 9.16am every Tuesday.
The latest ladies competition was a nine hole Stableford last Thursday, the winner was the in form Jean Clare who scored 20 points including a brilliant birdie two on the seventh hole. Jean has been working hard on her game recently and has been seeing Adam for regular lessons, this has certainly paid off as her handicap has dropped from 35 to 31, well done Jean! Bonita Alecock and Sandra Peake also scored 20 points and came second and third respectively after a card play off.
The next ladies competition is this Sunday as they play an 18 hole Stableford starting at 12:04pm.
Rhys to appear on Sky Sports TV
Look out for our young England international member, Rhys Nevin-Wharton, who will be featured on Sky Sports on Wednesday 19th November at 8pm. Sky will be showing a highlights package of the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship in Portugal where Rhys played really well to finish in 2nd place. Click here for a preview trailer for the show.
Can you beat Adrian over nine holes?
Throughout the winter Adrian Hill will be running a great deal on a nine hole playing lesson, you can play a round with Adrian and receive some expert tuition and course management strategy for the bargain price of just £40 . In fact Adrian has an even better offer - if you can beat his score over the nine holes with your handicap taken off he will give you the lesson for FREE!
Even if you don't beat him you have received two hours worth of professional coaching and tips that is guaranteed to improve your game for the great price of just £40 . Adrian is available for these playing lessons all day on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. If you would like to book a slot please click here.
Ex demo clubs reduced to clear
We still have some absolute bargains left including:
Callaway Big Bertha driver new price £279 ex demo price £149
Callaway ladies X2 Hot 5 wood new price £159 ex demo price £79
Titleist 913 drivers new price £249 ex demo price £129
Nike Covert 2.0 drivers new price £229 ex demo price £119
TaylorMade JetSpeed hybrids new price £119 ex demo price £79
November Bogey - Saturday 15th November 11am
Ladies 18 hole Stableford - Sunday 16th November 12.04pm
Seniors 9 hole Texas Scramble - Tuesday 18th November 9:16am
Age UK golf morning - Wednesday 19th November tee reserved 9-11am
Ladies 18 hole Winter Greensomes - Thursday 20th November 9am
Winter League round 3 - Saturday 22nd November 12:04pm