Regretfully a number of members have contacted the Club Office recently to report issues with dogs off of leads on the Golf Courses.
Please, if you are intending to bring your dogs to the Club and exercise them whilst you are enjoying your golf could you kindly observe the bye law that gives information on what is expected by the Club Membership.
Under Rule 35 and others
Management Committee Decisions
7. No dogs shall be allowed in the Club House, and all dogs on the courses and practice ground shall be under strict control and on leads at all times.
The Club has recently invested funds into new course bins which have dog waste receptacles fitted to them, in an effort to minimise the fouling of the courses and playing surfaces.
Thank you for your attention to this issue.
The Captains Committee
St Enodoc Golf Club
It was another good turn out for this weeks competition with twenty eight teams entered. It was a Texas Scramble format with a combined handicap allowance of ten percent, so it was definitely going to sort the men from boys!
Team 'Buse' which consisted of Josh Greenaway, Andy Bunt & Mike Buse, bagged first place with a magnificent score of 60.9! As Niblick is led to believe Mike 'was putting like a god' to quote his team mate and they had the score card to back it up. It was a good combination of Mike's experience, Josh's youth and course management skills and Andy's commentary. Only one bogey blighted the whole round, but just to prove a point there were five birdies and four par's on the back nine. We can only hope Mike has saved some of his good shots for his trip to Portugal!
The closest team who were almost a whole point behind was that of Matt Robins and father and son Paul & Tom Hughes with a very respectible 61.7. Again, an almost perfect card bar one bogey, but birdies on the 1st, 9th & 11th helped them in to second place. James Hutchings, Andy Griffiths & Danny Hoare just sneaked into third place with 62.5 ahead of Shaun Beare, John Rowe & Tris Lang on 62.9. Prizes this week went to sixth place with Andy Beare and team mates Nigel Ahearn & Andy Golding placed fifth with 63.2 and Rob Cook, Russell Combellack & Mark Meneer with 63.7.
For the full results of the 3 Ball Texas Scramble on Saturday 11th January 2020. Please CLICK HERE
The competition this week is the first round of the Williams Cup Series.
Last year the Management Committee, recognising the Club's responsibility to manage our courses in an environmentally and ecologically friendly manner, commissioned the Sports Turf Research Institute to carry out a survey of both courses and the SSSI area we own in the sand dunes. The comprehensive STRI reports, one for each course and both more fifty pages long, may now be found in the Meeting Notes Archive.
A summary of the Club's objectives are:
• Sustain two high-quality 18-hole golf courses that will remain two of the more prestigious golf courses within the country.
• Maintain, restore or enhance the ecological features which define the natural ambience of a links golf course.
• Improve sightlines across the course to many of the local natural features.
• Promote to members the wildlife and landscape value of the course and the role of the Club in safeguarding it.
• Ensure the ongoing improvement in status of the SSSI across the course until favourable status is reached.
The conservation objectives are:
• Maintain or enhance the ecosystem services provided by the habitats and associated wildlife present across the course.
• Identify areas particularly valuable to species and habitats of conservation concern and maintain or enhance where identified.
• Ensure that succession and invasive species do not significantly impact the habitats and species present across the course.
Amongst other recommendations the report recognises the need to greatly reduce the amount of scrub on the course and Members will have noted the work already started this winter on removal. The removal of the tamarisk behind the 11th, where the roots had started to invade the green, is part of this programme, removal will improve the flow of air at ground level on the green and improve the sight line to the estuary from the tee.
The photograph above taken about 1937 shows the 11th green without a tamarisk hedge and the 14th tee also without the non native trees at the rear. Further reference to the STRI reports may be found in the latest Minutes of the Greens Committee and found under "Meeting Notes Archive".