Captain's Christmas Party coming up next Saturday!
Captain Chris Bird wants everyone to get into the festive spirit and join him for a Christmas gathering in the bar on Saturday 13th December after the Winter League. He will be providing mince pies, mulled wine and some yule tide themed music from around 2pm onwards. Everyone is welcome including members and guests, Christmas jumpers or santa hats are most definitely the preferred dress code!
Christmas prize draw
We are again holding our popular Christmas prize draw raffle, tickets are just £2 each and there is over £400 worth of prizes to be won!
Nike Hyper Adapt waterproof jacket (normally £179)
Adams Idea Hybrid (£129)
2 dozen Srixon Z-Star golf balls (£59.98)
500 driving range balls (£25)
Nike shoe bag (£12.99)
Grab your tickets now - available in the shop, we will carry out the draw on Boxing Day.
FREE sleeve of Srixon Z-Star balls for customers
We are running a great offer at the moment - if you spend over £50 in store we will give you a FREE sleeve of Srixon balls worth £9.99!!
Now that we are in the month of December you really should be thinking about getting your Christmas shopping done, remember that we offer late night shopping as we are open until 9pm every single day including weekends, with friendly staff that can help you with all your gift needs, we also offer competitive prices and a simple hassle free exchange and returns policy – why would you need to go anywhere else?!
Here are some of last week’s best sellers:
Tuition and club fitting vouchers from £25
NEW Skycaddie Touch model, the most advanced GPS unit on the market with 35,000 courses pre-loaded and new high resolution screen
Motocaddy M1 trolley, from the number in brand in electric trolley’s and folds up super small
Titleist balls with FREE personalisation (the deadline to order these for Christmas is next Monday)
Nike Hyper Adapt waterproof suits offering freedom of movement and a lifetime guarantee ( FREE
Nike waterproof cap with purchase)
NEW Srixon Soft Feel balls, one of the most popular balls with an even softer cover for more feel around the greens – ideal ball for winter and available in yellow
In addition there are some fantastic gift ideas from PING this Christmas, click here or on the image to find out more.
Give the gift of better golf for Christmas
If you are still struggling to come up with good Christmas gift ideas why not purchase a lessons voucher and give the gift of better golf this Christmas. We have two PGA professionals here - Adam Powell and Adrian Hill, with nearly 30 years coaching experience between the two of them, lessons can include all aspects of the game from driving, to putting and bunker play. They also offer on course tuition, Trackman and video analysis and club fitting sessions. Prices start from £25 with discounts available for courses of lessons, gift vouchers are available in the shop or you can contact me here if you want to reserve a voucher.
Have you taken the bucket challenge yet?
Quite a few of you have taken up the offer of a FREE bucket of balls to trial some of the new demo irons we have in stock, and so far the feedback has been very positive with many golfers seeing increases in distance but also improved accuracy. As I said last week some of the new irons on the market really do offer ground breaking technology with lighter shafts, increased size of sweet spots and super fast ball speeds off the face, increasing distance by up to 2 clubs. I know this is a big claim so to see for yourself if they work bring your own 7 iron down to the range and we will give you a FREE basket of balls to hit the new Callaway, TaylorMade and PING demo 7 irons and compare them to your own, in the majority of cases golfers are picking up more distance and improved accuracy!
Every week we will be bringing you a profile of a member here at Hartford Golf Club, this week we are featuring one of our PGA professionals, Adrian Hill.
How long have you been playing golf and what was your handicap as an amateur? – ‘Altogether I’ve been playing golf for 29 years, I played as an amateur at Hazel Grove and got my handicap down to +3 before I turned pro’
How many holes in one have you had? – ‘I’ve had seven so far’
Your favourite course that you have played? – ‘It’s probably a course not that many of you have heard of but it’s called Golf de Prieure near Paris, it’s tree lined, narrow and extremely long. I played it in a European Challenge Tour event in 1992 and the organisers offered a medal to any player that could break 70 all four days as it had never been done before, I managed it after one round but Paul Lawrie did it all four days and won the tournament by 8 shots! It’s definitely the hardest course I’ve ever played’
Your best round of golf? – ‘I’ve scored 60 a couple of times but my best round was a fourth round 68 at the European Tour Qualifying school at Montpellier in 1991, this meant I made the cut and secured a Challenge Tour Card for the next year, under the pressure and for what it meant to my career that was my best round. My best finish on the Challenge Tour was second at the Open de Dijon – I seem to play well in France!’
Favourite professional golfer? – ‘I like watching Freddie Couples for his effortless power and the fluidity of his swing’
Who would you play with in your dream fourball? - ‘Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Freddie Couples and Greg Norman – I would caddie for Greg!’
What one piece of advice would you give an amateur golfer? - ‘Be patient, accept bad shots and practice your short game more than you do currently’
As you may have seen there have been a strange growth going on at the club over the past 3 weeks or so from our competition Secretary Paul Underwood in support of Men's Health Awareness. Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths.
There have been some interesting names and references given him by his fellow members, who have been referred to him member of YMCA, serial killer or star of a particular 70's genre of TV, he has assured us he is none of these.
Check out the mo and donate at: http://mobro.co/paulsdodgytache and more importantly if you are a male who hasn't had a recent health check-up then take this note as a kick up the backside to go and get yourself checked out. Paul will also have a donation pot at this weekend's Winter League Round 4 competition.
All those that donate will go into a prize draw for a 3 course meal for 2 at Cranage Hall or a half body Swedish massage at the Knutsford Spa which you could give away as a Christmas present or enjoy for yourself.
Winter League round up
The fourth round of the Winter League was played on Sunday and it was a lovely mild, sunny winter's day so scoring was pretty good. The winning pair was a duo that always feature near the top - Liam Tyrer and Gareth Eaton scored 25 points including birdies on holes two and four and pars on the rest. In second place were the defending champions James Eaton and Julie Daines who scored 24 points as they fired three birdies, in third were Andie Fraser and Paul Underwood on 23 points.
Julie Daines & James Eaton 87 points
Ian Daines & Keira Wharton 86 points
Tim Barnes & Steve Holehouse 84 points
Dave Shering & Kieran Underwood 84 points
The fifth round takes place next Saturday 13th December, followed by the Captain's Christmas get together.
There was a nine hole Stableford on Tuesday and the weather was again reasonable, as usual the Seniors had a great turn out of golfers and the winner was Tony Ledson who almost had a smile on his face as he collected his prize! Tony scored 20 points which was just good enough to edge out Keith Ingram who also scored 20 points with Andy Margeson taking third place with 18 points.
The Seniors Christmas lunch is taking place next Tuesday 9th December with the usual nine hole game followed by a Christmas dinner and a presentation of some of the season's prizes, there are nearly 40 seniors attending so far and all seniors are welcome to attend.
The next ladies competition is on Monday 8th December which is a nine hole Christmas Stableford Waltz at 9am, after this the ladies will be having their Christmas lunch party - at the moment there are 33 ladies attending and it should be a great day, all lady members are most welcome!
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.
December Medal - Saturday 6th December 11am
Ladies 3 clubs & putter challenge - Sunday 7th December 12.04pm
Ladies 9 hole Christmas Waltz & Lunch - Monday 8th December 9am
Seniors 9 hole roll up & Christmas Party - Tuesday 9th December 9.16am
Ladies 9 hole roll up - Thursday 11th December 9am
Winter League round 5 followed by Captain's Christmas Party - Saturday 13th December 12.04pm