Views of the Vale



Views of the Vale January 2020

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This DRIVE IN Saturday will be your last chance to buy a raffle ticket that is being run for The Men's Section funds. First Prize is payment of your 2020 annual subscription. Tickets are £10 and there is a bonus ticket if you buy two tickets. The draw will take place after the drive in results are declared. There are still a few tickets available.


I think the best news I've had over Christmas was hearing that Seniors Chairman J S O Jones presented a gift to our gardener John, who has probably spent it by now. John really makes a difference to the club house surrounds and his work is admired by members and visitors throughout the year.


Not long until our new Captains and First Lady President drive long and straight down the fifth fairway. Can’t wait!


Wishing Everyone A Very Happy New Year


Ken Williams


Views of The Vale October 2019

 Catching up, Hope you have time to read this edition.

 Gentlemen’s Section Raffle

       Tickets are now on sale for the prize to be drawn on Captain’s Drive In Day 2020 for a year’s subscription. The 2020 subscription prize will be paid out of the raffle money

       There are only 500 tickets on sale that cost £10 each or three for £20 and they are selling fast. Monies will then be available along with the fundraiser day total for representing the Club. Club team captains such as Men’s Welsh Team Championships, DGU, or national qualifiers can apply for sponsorship from the fund. Vice Captains will understand how difficult it is to assemble a full DGU team and a small thank-you towards the cost of the after match meal or a team shirt would be suitable for members who give up their Sunday afternoons. Other uses could be for course or clubhouse improvements that the House or Greens committees could apply for. (After the last AGM someone might apply for funds to buy a new microphone and sound system! KW)

 A letter of application to the committee is necessary before the support is sanctioned.

 Interesting to read in Golfers Local that a club in Cheshire charges more for country membership than we do for full membership! Our subs at £705 work out at £13.55 per week.

 At present, believe it or not, the weather is not helping greens staff, but the course is looking fine. I have recently played courses that have either been totally casual water or with greens that were un-puttable! We still only have six Llangollen members who have joined the Clwyd and Borders Golf Alliance for 2019 - 2020 and there are vacancies for another two four-balls. You could be playing anywhere from Harlech to Market Drayton on a Wednesday so have a look at the C&BGA website for details.

 Playing Winter Golf

You can now rake a bunker where your ball lies and take a drop before playing out. Buggies will be banned on very wet days and should only be used by blue badge holders or if you have a doctor’s letter. Pro Shop will advise when necessary. All buggy users need to read the conditions of use and limit your speed in slippery conditions and on slopes. The buggies are for golf course use not Formula 1 practice.

 This month the Seniors Section organised a Ladies and Seniors American Greensomes, Stableford Competition followed by a meal. These are run Spring and Autumn by one section or the other and are simply friendly, most enjoyable sporting occasions where both lady and gentleman drive then swap golf balls, play the second shot and then play out their preferred ball. Hilary Wells and Dewi Owen won with 40 points and Dave Parrish and Ann Thomas were the nearest the pin winners on the 18th. The weather held off and I must say that although our four ball played lots of shots and putts we enjoyed the company and great frivolity. Such events should be on the fixture list to enable everyone to get to know fellow members and build friendships. We were royally fed and watered by Angie and Gwynfor.

 New Members.

       Not long to go until the New Year when Sundays mean Pick Up and Sherry and Chocs. The Pick Up requires a good alarm clock as you need to be arriving in the lounge at around 8.00 am before a draw for partners is made. Starting on various tees you play different scoring formats as weeks go by in four balls in all weathers, if possible, over thirteen holes and everyone finishes around the same time, ready for results and prizes in the Club House. This successful fixture is played through the winter months and has been running since Phil Coleman, ex President and Hon Member started it off with a team of stalwarts back in the 1970’s. It culminates with a grand Texas Scramble when the clocks change and mixes new and old, low and high handicappers, starters and experienced golfers. Entry fee is usually £1 and there is a strip of raffle tickets to purchase. It is all about great camaraderie and a chance to keep the swing going through the winter months.

       Sherry and Chocs mixes ladies and gents who play later in the morning, drawing for partners and starting at 11.30 pm and playing from the 8th to 18th. If you can’t make the Pick Up head down to the Club for eleven and win a prize and sample the sherry and chocs! Some Pick up players may join this group if they finish in time. This is another successful format that has lasted the years and cemented many friendships.

       There are also times when golfers who wish to play their own “social” game can slot in on tees between the Pick Up and Sherry and Chocs fixtures.

 Ladies Section Harvest Supper

They have done it again! The Ladies Section provided a sell out evening with a mouthwatering array of curries, beef and dumplings and lasagna. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the supper and managed to leave space for crumbles, apple pies and apple cakes. The team of chefs and kitchen staff were brilliant. Can’t wait for the Spring Fayre!

Don’t miss notices on Annual Dinner and Quiz Nights now on display in the Club House. Your support makes them successful.

 I mustn’t forget Matt and Captains plus helpers who made Presentation Night such a success. Congratulations to all the seasons winners.


Thanks for reading,

Ken Williams