Happy new year to one and all, good health and good golf in 2019.

Although we are well and truly into Winter, the weather has been fair (with a minor, white blip very recently!) and that has not only resulted in a lot of members playing but has also allowed the greenkeepers to get on with the winter works programme. The progress with bunkers on the 5th, 8th, 10th, and 13th has been terrific and the feedback I have received is very positive. The gravel banding on the 5th and 7th will no doubt help with drainage when wetter weather eventually arrives. Once again, well done and thank you to Leigh and the team.

Now that we are well and truly past the shortest day of the year, Spring can’t come quick enough. In the meantime, there’s a lot of golf on offer to members but you know when Spring is almost sprung when the Windlesham Golf Club Calcutta Cup comes around. It’s an early summer season opener, highly competitive and great fun to play in. This year it will be played on the 16th March when England play Scotland in the Six Nations rugby tournament. Sign up for the England and Scotland / RoW teams will be open on February 14th. It’s a mixed 4 ball better ball format. I shall captain the England Team and Graham Robertson will Captain the Scotland / RoW team. Food will be served after the matches and in time for the real Calcutta Cup kick off at 17:00. Can’t wait!

Look out too for the Summer Knock Out competitions which will be opened for sign up at the end of February. Please note the recent announcement regarding eligibility and criteria to play in Knock Out, and Club Championships [click here].

The R&A 2019 new rules of golf are now in place, and for the most part seem to be bedding in reasonably well. Perhaps it’s my imagination but the pace of play does seem to be quicker with the new 3 minutes rule, putting with the flagstick in, and ready golf all playing a part. However, whilst the basics of the new rules seem to be understood, some members are asking for more information. To this end, Pier Lorusso will be running some rules clinics on the range practice area and details of when these are being held can be found here.

Furthermore, Pier and I will be holding a rules presentation in the Lutine suite after Ladies morning on the 6th February and the Highwaymen’s morning on the 21st February. In addition to the Ladies and Highwaymen who come along on those days, the presentations are open to other members too. Although we can’t be absolutely precise about the start times for these (depends on when players finish their rounds), we are aiming for around 13:00.

One of the traditions of Club Captain is to hold a Captain / Pro challenge against any 2 members who think they are able to beat Lee Mucklow and the incumbent Club Captain.  The challenge is all in aid of the Captain’s chosen charity, Oakleaf Enterprise, and the challengers would hopefully make donations to the Captain’s charity following the game. The format is 4-ball better ball. If you would like to take Lee and myself on please contact me and I will organise something to suit.

It’s great to see the weekend roll-up slots being utilised more by members. These all-club mornings are a great way for members to meet and play with different people should they choose.  For any of the regular people who play in the roll-up slots at the weekend, you may have noticed a box and a signup sheet laying on the counter in the pro shop. These are for anyone wishing to enter the “£1 in the pot and winner takes all” competition of the day. When you sign in to get your tee slot, why not put your name down, a £1 in the pot and compete for the total pot with all the others doing the same. You have to be in it to win it! The winner is based on the best stableford score on the day.

Roll on Spring and happy golfing.

Lee Wood

Club Captain