Your Golf Club Update - June

Tuesday 21st June 2022

Summer is finally here, and there’s never been a better time to get out onto the course and enjoy the sunshine!

It’s been a busy few weeks at the club, as June got underway with some fantastic celebrations for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Try your luck in our new golf photo competition by sending us your favourite golf photo taken at the club this summer! We’ve got some fantastic BMW PGA weekend tickets up for grabs. Find out more below.

2022 Inter-Club Championship

On 17th May we were delighted to welcome sister club members to Cams when we hosted the 2022 West Qualifier of The Club Company Inter-Club Championship. The scores on the day were as follows:

Ladies Division:

  • Cams Hall - 107pts
  • Mapledurham - 106pts
  • Meyrick Park - 106pts
  • Castle Royle - 103pts

Seniors Division:

  • Mapledurham - 118pts
  • Castle Royle - 110pts
  • Meyrick Park - 102pts
  • Cams Hall - 99pts

Congratulations to the winners of each division including our very own Ladies’ team, who qualified for the Grand Final at Chesfield Downs Golf Club on 22nd June!

Royal Navy Volunteer band and dinner

Dress to impress for our black-tie evening on Friday 22nd July which includes a three-course meal and pairing wines, whilst listening to the Royal Navy Volunteer band playing traditional Navy songs along with some favourite sea shanties. Tickets are £45 per person. For more information or to book, simply see Rachelle in the office or email her at camshall.events@theclubcompany.com

Other dates to note include our ‘pitcher of Pimms’ promotion during Wimbledon week (just £13.45 with members’ discount) and an exciting Salsa and Tapas evening in August (date TBC)! Please register your interest with Rachelle now.

Food & Beverage Update

It has been great to receive positive feedback about our new beers, and any ‘real ale’ connoisseurs will be delighted to know that Milly May and Kyran recently visited the local Steam Town Brewery, so you can look forward to enjoying some locally brewed ale very soon! With regards to our food offering, we have taken on board member feedback and are pleased to tell you that our new seasonal menu will include some of our old ‘Cams’ favourites such as salmon fishcakes and the tuna melter!

Win PGA weekend tickets

It’s competition time! We want to see your favourite memories on the course, at a golf event or enjoying a post-game lunch with friends. To enter, add your photo to the Facebook competition post as a comment with the hashtag #GolfLife or email it to marketing@theclubcompany.com.

Pro Shop News

Bamboo Tees

In our effort to reduce the amount of single use plastic, you'll now find only bamboo tees for sale in the Pro Shop. These are available in three different lengths as traditional tees, and all the usual colours in the more popular graduated or "castle" tees.

Titleist 150th Open Limited edition Pro V1ss

To celebrate next month's 150th edition of The Open Championship at St Andrews, Titleist have released a limited edition Pro V1 stamped with the number 150 and The Open logo. Available in boxes of half a dozen, get yours from the Pro Shop now (members’ price £20.79)

Glenmuir Cams Logo Clothing

Be sure to regularly check out the Men’s & Ladies clothing displays as we continue to update it with seasonal Cams logo clothing. The Campbell Polo (pictured) is a particular current favourite of ours!

Family/Beginner Golf new tee markers

Those of you playing the Park Course over recent weeks will have noticed the addition of two new sets of tees which we've called our Pitch & Putt course (Aqua tees holes 50y - 85y) and Par 3 course (Purple tees 100y - 170y). We'll use these tees primarily to encourage families/new golfers into the game by offering a playable challenge right from the start! We've included a "Time Par" on the scorecard to press home the importance of being able to move round the course at a reasonable pace of play. If you have a child/grandchild that is getting into the game, please bring them down to our dedicated "Family Golf" Hour on the Park Course every Saturday & Sunday from 3pm. Adults £15, Children £5 - contact the Pro Shop to book.

Likewise, if you'd just like to use the tees to practice your own short game play, feel free to do this too at any time! Each tee has yet to have a course record!

Demo Day/Custom Fitting - Tuesday 2nd August 12pm - 4pm

See how Custom Fit & Callaway's advanced flight-tracking technology can help improve your game. Book your 30-minute appointment with Sam & the Callaway Custom Fitting Technician via the Pro Shop. Although don't feel you have to wait for the demo days, as we now offer inhouse custom fitting too. Using the Indoor Avocet Suite or outdoor practice nets we're able to conduct our own fittings with our own demo & fitting equipment. We use the latest equipment from Callaway, PING or Yonex plus premium golf balls (instead of range balls) alongside our Skytrak Launch Monitor, which enables us to capture the most accurate shot data. Using this data, Sam can recommend the ideal model & setup of driver/fairway/hybrids/irons/wedges to maximise the improvement in your game. Book a session with Sam via the Pro Shop for just £30 (refundable against any subsequent purchase), or email him direct at s.pleshette@theclubcompany.com

Coaching News

With the improved practice facilities over the last few months, Sam & Stanley continue to be busy with individual one-on-one coaching sessions, which are available morning & afternoon pretty much seven days a week. Contact them to help you formulate a plan to improve your game! In addition to the individual sessions, we currently have running:

Ladies Learn to Play Golf - beginner group sessions, Thursdays 11:45am - 12:45pm and Sundays 12:15pm - 1:15pm

The Junior Academy continues to go from strength to strength, with increased numbers enjoying our group coaching sessions. Under-10s sessions are Sundays 2pm - 3pm and Thursdays 4pm - 5pm, with the over-10s being held on Sundays 3:15pm - 4:15pm and Tuesdays 4pm - 5pm.

Please contact Stanley if your child/grandchild is interested in joining these or any other dates or indeed perhaps one of our Junior Camps during the school holidays.

Course Report

Both courses are starting to take shape with good definition across all playing surfaces. The greens have a good coverage of grass, so my focus on these will now be to increase the speed on them. This process does not only include lowering the height of the cut, as there are other factors which can influence this: Verti cutting is lateral cutting which in turn can thin the sward and produce faster and smoother greens, and a light top dressing can also influence the speed of the greens by helping to smooth out any small imperfections. A reduction in irrigation water enables the surface of the greens to dry out, which duly reduces friction and moisture in the sub soils, thus creating faster, smoother greens. Following this, by using a turfing iron we can compact the soil and the top surface to create truer greens. These are the operations that myself and my team will be carrying out in the lead up to our Club Championships, with the aim to have the greens stimping at approximately 10ft.

Our tees and approaches are holding up well in terms of grass coverage, which is partly down to all the irrigation repairs that are continually ongoing - given our limited water availability, it is vital that we import the water only to where it is needed. Fairways are also in good condition with an increased height of cut to 19mm and regular light feeding to help keep them as green as possible.

Something I would like the membership to help my team and I with is the repairing of pitch marks and raking of bunkers after use. It takes a staggering 30 hours in total to rake the bunkers on both courses, and there have been many occasions recently where all this hard work has been undone within a matter of just a few hours. We have had some heavy downpours of rain lately and this can make the greens softer, thus increasing your chances of leaving a pitch mark, so please be aware of this and repair / rake accordingly.

I will soon be introducing some directional signage around our green complexes requesting that buggies not be driven too close to the aprons; this will help to keep these areas in better condition for you all to enjoy!

Happy golfing.

Peter Varlow, Course Manager

Men’s Captain Update

The late spring/early summer season has been notable for trophy winners Mark Etherton (Tricool Easter Cup), Neil Chalmers (Keith Carter Bogey Cup) and Guy Lawson (Haylett Atkins Trophy), and impressive wins in the Gales Hockley Knockout, led by Any Ogilvy and by the defending champions in the Hampshire County 7s under Steve Trotman. However, a significant highlight of the period was the 27-hole Men’s Invitational event, played on 11th June and attracting 108 members and their guests. With the Creek and Park courses superbly presented by Peter Varlow and his small team, the Cams clubhouse staff were joined by dedicated volunteers from the Ladies’ Section to deliver an excellent day in fine weather. Through the generosity of individual and company sponsors, numerous winners enjoyed an array of prizes while, in parallel, everyone present dug deep for the Captains’ Charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), raising a substantial £595. My personal heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported this prestigious event.

Ian Freegard MBE, Men’s Captain