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Winter golf

Winter Golf Package £22.50pp           1 November ’13 to 31 March ’14
Enjoy a fantastic winter golf deal at Greetham Valley! Coffee and bacon roll on arrival, 18 holes of golf on either The Lakes or The Valley course, followed by chef’s hot dish of the day.

Available 7 days a week, subject to tee availability. For between 2 and 120 players – up to two tee times, please book with the Golf Shop on 01780 460666; for larger groups and societies please book with Gilly on 01780 460444 or email gilly.ward@greethamvalley.co.uk

Want to bring a larger group or society? Please email Gilly  for more details of our 9 hole, 18 hole, 27 hole, 36 hole packages, society days, golf breaks and all our latest golf offers.


Boxing Day Lunch at Greetham Valley

blue xmas tree croppedAlways a very popular event in Rutland, table booking is essential for Boxing Day Lunch at Greetham Valley! Bring family and friends to relax after Christmas Day – let someone else take care of the cooking, serving and washing up!
Two courses £16.95
Three courses £19.95
Children 5-11 half price, under 5s free

Click here for the Boxing Day Lunch menu and for booking details


New Year’s Day Lunch at Greetham Valley

new yearHad a fabulous New Year’s Eve party night in Rutland? Then you were probably at Greetham Valley! Now could be the time to pamper the hangover and quietly celebrate the first day of 2014 with our New Year’s Day Lunch….

Two courses £14.95
Three courses £17.95
children 5-11 half price, under 5s free

Table booking is essential, please click here for menu and booking details


Christmas golf competitions at Greetham Valley

Pat Jamieson Adie Cunningham Ladies Captain Sheila Douty Mens Captain Trevor Smith Adam Clegg and Eve MillsThe weather for the Christmas Texas Scramble at Greetham Valley started off warm and dry but after the first couple of holes the wind started gusting between a two or three club speed and the dry weather soon gave way to a cold and steady drizzle. However, this did not seem to faze the competitors in the least, the difference between third place and first being a mere point four.

Club Secretary Dennis Millington, Bob Beverley, George Grant and Lesley Young were third with 60.8. Second place went to Graham Smith, Alan Bennett, Bill Skinner and Annie McCulloch with 60.6. The winners were Adie Cunningham, Adam Clegg, Pat Jamieson and Eve Mills, they took the win with a score of 60.4. Captains Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty thanked everybody for their support this year, Shaun Denholm and Bev Dolman will take over on 1st January.

Malcolm Barnes, playing off thirteen, won division one of the final Seniors’ Medal of the year with a brilliant nett 69. Malcolm said that he just played very steady golf without taking any unnecessary chances. He won on countback from Neil Lowndes off nine who also won the lowest gross prize with a 78. Sixteen handicapper Jack Vernal took third with a nett 72.

Stuart Dodds, who does a lot of work for the Seniors’ section by organising the away days on a Friday and a roll up on a Wednesday throughout the year, had a very well deserved win in division two. Playing off nineteen, he had a nett 69 and also took the lowest gross prize. Peter Macdonald Pearce off twenty six took second with a nett 71 and twenty handicapper John Morfee was third with a nett 73. Captain Rod Wells took time to thank everybody for their help and support over the last two years.

Liz HaughtonThe Ladies’ Turkey Trot is played in two divisions, Bronze and Silver. First place in Bronze went to Chris Slattery, Eileen Pare took second. Liz Haughton, who has been a prolific scorer in competitions this year finishing in the top three in practically every one she has entered, won the silver division and the overall prize. Gilly Grant who has also played very well this year was second. Ladies’ Captain Sheila Douty was fulsome in her praise for the Ladies and thanked them for the support that she has had from them this year.

The Winter Order of Merit and the Winter League both return next week – with high winds and heavy rain forecast, it could be a tough weekend for all concerned.


Vice Captain Shaun rises to the challenge of the cold

Shaun DenholmVice Captain Shaun Denholm who will take over as Captain on the 1st January won this week’s Winter Order of Merit for the first time this series. Shaun, playing off fourteen, dropped just four shots in the front nine and amassed 21 points. He got off to a bad start on the back nine with a double bogie on the par three 10th and a bogie on the next hole but stopped the rot with a par on the 12th. He came back with 17 points to give him a total of 38. Shaun was one of the first of the 40 players out and had an anxious wait to see if it would be enough to take the win. Two 36s came in and a 37 but his score was good enough in the end to take the win and the 50 points on offer for first place. A delighted Shaun said that he was surprised that 38 was good enough but a lot of players seemed to have struggled in the very cold two club wind; he had two shots taken off his handicap.

Second place went to Fred Aspin who came in with 37 points and was cut by one shot. Adie Cunningham, who has led since round two, was third on countback with 36 points, he was docked point five. Kev Hingle also came in with 36 and took fourth place. The next two places were also decided on countback after both players scored 35. Carl Causbrook took fifth ahead of Chris Wheatland.

Adie Cunningham continues to lead the overall table with a 161 points. Kev Hingle moved up from fourth place to second some 48 points back. Just one point two behind him is Graham Smith who dropped from the second spot. Fred Aspin moves up from seventh to fourth just point eight behind Graham. Last series winner Steve Anderson dropped from third to fifth place, he has ninety six points.

There is no Order of Merit next week as a lot of players are in the Christmas Texas Scramble, the next round will be on the 21st December.

After two rounds of this year’s Winter League, things are starting to take shape. Andy Dickinson and Brian McInerney lead league one with 3 points. Gary Moat and Graham Smith also have 3 points and are in second place, both pairs have won one and drawn one. Ali McNaughton and Dave Pusch lead league two with 4 points, they have played two and won two. Club Captain Trevor Smith and President elect, John Sparks lead league three with 4 points from two wins. Previous winners Dave Morgan and Iain Bain lead Alan Bennett and Nick Cunnington in league four, both pairs have 4 points from two wins.


Graham beats the wind to win round 6 of the Order of Merit

Trevor Smith Rod Wells Sheila Douty and Martin BoughtonThe Seniors’ Captain’s Dinner, hosted by Rod Wells, was a well attended affair: as well as a room full of seniors and their partners, Club Captains Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty were in attendance. Two of Greetham Valley’s directors, Frank and Hazel Hinch, President Martin Boughton, his wife Heather and Club Secretary Dennis Millington and wife Joan also graced the event. The raffle on the night raised some £300 bringing the total to £600 raised for this year’s Seniors’ Captain’s Charity, the Alzheimer’s Trust. Founder member and experienced raconteur Keith Agar had those assembled in fits of laughter for almost an hour with a run of jokes, wry comments and pictures.

Graham SmithWeek six of the Winter Order of Merit was played on the Lakes course on Saturday. The weather was dry, cold and very windy – ideal for Graham Smith who is renowned for his ability in gusting winds and he triumphed for the first time in the event this year. Six handicapper Graham had 18 points on the front nine, including a birdie on the par four third hole. The back nine was even better as he also birdied the par five fifteenth and the par four seventeenth to come in with 20 and a total of 38 points to take the win. Graham said that he just played steady golf, tee to green, and took the chances with his putter when he had them. He leaped up from eleventh place to second overall and loses two shots off his handicap for the next round. Mike Watkins off eleven took second place with 37 points on countback from nine handicapper Paul Jenkinson. Mike loses a shot and Paul was docked point five. Four players were tied in fourth place – Trevor Smith, Tony Mould, James Gore and Adrian Cunningham after they all scored 36 points.

After six weeks, Melton’s Adrian Cunningham still leads with a 29 point gap ahead of Graham Smith in second. Steve Anderson slips back into third position and Kevin Hingle also lost ground this weekend. President in waiting John Sparks closed in on the top tier with another consistent scoring round. Paul Jenkinson leaps into the top ten following another steady performance this week. Fred Aspin, Steff Dutton, Ian Copley and Chris Wheatland all dropped places but remain in the top ten. With only six rounds played, the competition is all to play for and points in the bank now will prove invaluable for when the bad weather strikes. Round seven will be played on Sunday when the Rutland weather is forecast to be much colder with arctic winds.

Neil Harris took a party of Order of Merit competitors to The Nottinghamshire Golf Club during the week and returned full of praise for a course that has had a big facelift recently. All found the course in superb condition with beautifully manicured fairways and excellent receptive greens that were lightning fast, making putting a real test of skill. Neil said that it was refreshing to go to a course as visitors late in November that was in such good condition. Graham Smith was a worthy winner on the day coming in with 36 points. Chris Wheatland and Dave Copley were tied second with 35 points.

Greetham Valley’s Seniors held their end of season three club competition prior to electing their officials for 2014 last Monday: players could use any two clubs and a putter. Barry Shaw proved that he didn’t need all of the other clubs that he normally carries when he won the Hodgkinson Trophy, presented by Alan Hodgkinson, with a score of 38 points. Barry said that staying out of trouble and taking full advantage of it was the key to his win. Peter Morris took second place, he scored 34 points and John Taylor was third with 33. Bob King won the nearest the pin prize on the par three sixth hole. Fred Aspin was presented with the Neil Whitter Trophy by Neil for winning the Irons Only competition.

After the game, Radley Wardhaugh was elected as Seniors’ Captain and will take over from Rod Wells in January, Peter Woods will be his Vice. Rod thanked everybody for their fantastic support this year.