Jon and Hayley triumph in the Anniversary Trophy

Valley golf course at Greetham ValleyGreetham Valley opened for business some 22 years ago with a driving range. During that time the Hinch family have added two 18 hole championship courses, a par three academy course, enlarged the clubhouse and built a hotel. Every year they celebrate the anniversary of the club with the first main competition of the year, the Anniversary Trophy. There are separate Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s trophies.

Jon RookledgeThis year’s men’s competition, a stapleford off full handicap, had a field of 127 who played on the Lakes course off white tees. This was won by Jon Rookledge with a brilliant 42 points. With six pars, a birdie and two bogies on his card for the front nine, Jon was well under his handicap. Like many, Jon struggled with the new white tee position on the tenth and dropped a shot, he also dropped two more on the par three twelfth but bounced back with four pars and a birdie to put himself back on track only to unfortunately drop one last shot on the final green.

Jon said that the course was in fantastic condition thanks to Adi Porter and his greenkeeping team, he hit a lot of fairways and greens in his round and stayed very positive with his putting. He was very disappointed with the double bogie on the par three twelfth but overall he was really pleased with the way that he regained his concentration. Jon went on to say that as a single figure handicapper, he generally plays quite well but this year after lessons with Greetham Pro Neil Curtis on the mental side of the game, he feels so much more confident and relaxed. Jon will play off eight in the April Medal next weekend.

Jamie Lowndes of seventeen was just one point behind Jon on forty one. Kevin Burdall off eighteen took third on countback from twelve handicapper Mark Mousley after both scored 40 points.

Hayley Hunt 1Sixteen handicapper Hayley Hunt, who won the Ladies’ Winter Order of Merit last weekend, won the Ladies’ Anniversary Trophy this weekend. She got off to a bad start when she dropped three shots in the first two holes. Hayley, who has grown in confidence since moving from Toft a few months ago, took a few deep breaths and got her concentration back on line to register 20 for the front nine. She went on to also score 16  points on the back nine including two no scores to give her a winning score of 36 points. Hayley took the win on countback from playing partner Hayley Taylor off fourteen,who has also only been with Greetham Valley for a few months.

Hayley H said that Hayley T is a brilliant player and it helped to be playing with her as she pushed her all the way, by making her concentrate hard. She went on to say that she thought that she had lost out when Hayley T birdied the final hole. Hayley Taylor was very disappointed to have had double bogies on holes eleven and thirteen as they really made a big difference on countback.  However, she said that she was very pleased with the way that she had played overall and it bodes well for the rest of the year.

Jill Cannings off sixteen and Sophie Beardsall off one were placed third and fourth on countback after both scored 34 points.

First Team Captain Chris Steele, playing off six, won the first Midweek Medal of the year with a net 69 on the Lakes course. Chris dropped five shots up to fourteenth but got two of them back with birdies on the sixteenth and seventeenth. He said that the Medal win and Posh winning the Johnsons Paint Trophy last weekend has started his year off in a very nice way! Kevin Shilham off eight took second place with a nett 70, another eight handicapper Tony Mould was third with 71. Trevor Smith off one won the lowest gross coming in with 73.

Greetham Valley Ladies “friendly” team got off to a good start to the year when they beat Burghley Park on the Lakes course mid week. Captain Bev Dolman and Chris Edwards won the first game one up. Gilly Grant and Annie McCulloch halved the second game. Angela Wheeler and Rosemary Thomas won their match by two and one. Jackie Friend and Chris Slattery won the final game five and three. Bev said that the girls had played very well and she looks forward to a good season.

Ken Stewart, playing off ten in division one won the April Seniors’ Medal despite appalling weather. Gusting winds and intermittent rain slowed everybody down. Ken dropped just the one shot on the front nine but suffered from the worsening conditions on the back nine. However, he still came in with the lowest gross of 78, the win in the division and the overall medal win. He will play off nine next time round. Eighteen handicapper Ian Jarvis was second with nett 73 and Michael Maffei off eleven took third place with 74. Ken Upton had nett 70 to win division two on countback from Michael Webb and Mike Guy took third with 72.


Bank Holiday Special Offer Hotel Deal

rutland water churchSTOP PRESS! An amazing 2 for 1 offer – book a twin or king-size hotel room at Greetham Valley for the night of Monday 5th May for just £50 on a room only basis – and stay the next night too completely FREE! A superb hotel deal not to be missed – limited availability so book now with Greetham Valley Hotel Reception on 01780 460444.

This is a fabulous opportunity to visit Rutland on an early May Bank Holiday leisure break – the perfect  location for walking, cycling, birdwatching, golf, visiting Rutland Water, Burghley House and the other stately homes of Hidden England, Barnsdale Gardens and Easton Walled Gardens….

Breakfast, lunch and dinner options available for both nights. One or two guests per room, no supplement for sole occupancy. This offer is only bookable direct with Greetham Valley and must be paid for on booking. It is non-refundable and non-transferable. All our offers are subject to availability.


April job vacancies at Greetham Valley Hotel

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Part Time Customer Service Assistant
Reporting to the Front of House Manager, you will be responsible for meeting and greeting all guests to Greetham Valley, whether they are checking in to a hotel room, attending a function or arriving for a golf tee time. You will work a minimum of 16 hours per week but it must be recognised that days and hours worked will be as required to meet the needs of the business.

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Friendly and welcoming
  • Team player
  • Excellent telephone manner
  • Attention to detail
  • Computer literate

A knowledge of golf is desirable although not essential. You will have previous experience within a customer service environment.

Interested candidates should apply in writing to: Sharon Walpole, HR Manager sharon@greethamvalley.co.uk
Greetham Valley Hotel, Wood Lane, Greetham, Oakham, Rutland LE15 7SN.
Tel: 01780 460444       Closing date 13 April 2014

conciergeNight Porter
Greetham Valley has a job vacancy for a Night Porter.  Working as part of a team of three night porters, exact shift patterns may vary from week to week subject to rostering arrangements and the needs of the business.

The successful candidate will:

  • ensure all areas throughout the building are tidy and maintained in good working order, ready for the next day’s activities
  • provide support to the food and beverage team for clear up when functions run into late evening or through to the early hours
  • set up tables and chairs for next day as required
  • set up for breakfast as required
  • provide after hours service to residents and golf break parties as required
  • patrol the buildings and grounds to assist with security
  • report any serious incidents or serious security risks immediately to the local police for action
  • provide check in and check out services in the Hotel as required
  • work on other duties through the night as may be reasonably requested to meet the needs of the business
  • report any maintenance issues for action

Interested candidates should apply in writing to: Sharon Walpole, HR Manager sharon@greethamvalley.co.uk
Greetham Valley Hotel, Wood Lane, Greetham, Oakham, Rutland LE15 7SN.
Tel: 01780 460444       Closing date 18 April 2014

 

housekeeperPart Time Housekeeper
Reporting to the Head Housekeeper, the successful candidate will work a minimum of 16 hours per week.  Flexibility is essential as shifts will include weekdays and weekends on a rota basis.

You will support the Head Housekeeper in ensuring the finest attention to detail in relation to the daily cleanliness standards of the 35 bedrooms at GreethamValley, along with the Rutland Lodges, holiday cottage, lounge bar, restaurants, conference and function rooms and all public areas.

Interested in joining our busy, friendly team? Please apply in writing to:
Sharon Walpole, HR Manager sharon@greethamvalley.co.uk
Greetham Valley Hotel, Wood Lane, Greetham, Oakham, Rutland LE15 7SN.
Tel: 01780 460444       Closing date 18 April 2014  

 

housekeeperTemporary Housekeepers
Greetham Valley has job vacancies for casual temporary housekeepers to work in the Housekeeping Department.  Hours will be flexible, as required to meet the needs of the business. Weekend work required.

You will support the Head Housekeeper in ensuring the finest attention to detail in relation to the daily cleanliness standards of the 35 bedrooms at Greetham Valley, as well as the Rutland Lodges, holiday cottage, lounge bar, restaurants, conference and function rooms and all public areas.

Interested in joining our busy, friendly team? Please apply in writing to:
Sharon Walpole, HR Manager sharon@greethamvalley.co.uk
Greetham Valley Hotel, Wood Lane, Greetham, Oakham, Rutland LE15 7SN.
Tel: 01780 460444         Closing date 30 April 2014


Hotel Offers

Leisure Break Offer – book for 2 nights, stay a 3rd night FREE!
We have a fabulous Leisure Break Package, available on selected nights throughout Spring and Summer 2014 – book for two nights and enjoy a third night ABSOLUTELY FREE!

Just £75 per person, per night for first two nights, to include three course dinner and full English breakfast. Then stay for dinner, bed and breakfast for a third night at no extra cost.

PLUS we are delighted to offer a complimentary ticket per person, per leisure break, for your choice of one of the following local attractions:

 Burghley House Entry to Burghley House and the Gardens of Surprise
One of the largest, grandest houses of the first Elizabethan
age, Burghley House is just 10 minutes drive away in
nearby Stamford, which is itself a lovely market town
- simply perfect for browsing and retail therapy…
Barnsdale Gardens Entry to Barnsdale Gardens
Created by Geoff Hamilton for BBC Gardeners’ World,
Barnsdale Gardens is Britain’s largest collection of
individually designed gardens. Now run by Geoff’s son Nick,
Barnsdale Gardens are just a few minutes’ drive away
Easton Walled Gardens Entry to Easton Walled Gardens
These are Lincolnshire’s “lost” gardens, where 400 years of
gardening have created a peaceful and joyous ambience,
enhanced by the beautiful valley it nestles in. Just 15
minutes’ drive away from Greetham Valley
Rutland Belle Boarding pass for Rutland Belle on Rutland Water
This is a truly relaxing and enjoyable boat cruise on a lovely
vessel across and around Rutland Water. Passengers
board at Whitwell on the North Shore of the Water, just a
few minutes’ drive away

Prices for this Leisure Break Package are based on shared twin bedded or king-size accommodation. Sole occupancy supplement £15 per night.

This offer must be booked direct with the Hotel, is payable upon booking, is non-refundable or transferable, and is not applicable to existing bookings.

Please quote “3rd Night Free Package”  when calling to check availability for this special leisure break offer. Book your room now with Reservations on (01780) 460444 or email to enquire about available dates.

[This offer is subject to availability and may have date exclusions and limitations - please ask.]


Golf Offers

Greetham Valley golf courses in RutlandGolf Break Offer -
3 nights for just £240 per person
This fabulous offer is available on selected dates throughout Spring and Summer 2014.
The offer includes:

  • three nights shared twin or king-size accommodation
  • three rounds of golf
  • three course table d’hote dinner each night
  • full English breakfast each morning

The above price is based on two people sharing a room; sole occupancy supplement is £15 per night.

Please check availability with Gilly on 01780 460444 or email gilly.ward@greethamvalley.co.uk.

[This offer is subject to availability and we regret is not applicable to existing bookings.]

 

 


Adi triumphs in Winter Order of Merit

Order of merit playersImage shows some of the players in the Winter Order of Merit. In the centre holding the trophy is this year’s overall winner, Adi Cunningham. To his right is WOOM organiser Neil Harris and to Adi’s left is this week’s winner, Kev Hingle.   

The final of the twenty two round Winter Order of Merit was played on the Valley course at the weekend in warm sunshine with just a light breeze to cool the competitors slightly. The players took to the course in reverse leaderboard order, Adi Cunningham, Carl Causbrook, Kev Hingle and Dave Copley were all out in the final group. Neil Harris said that this ramps up the pressure at the top and brings out the best in the players. Kev Hingle was victorious on the day, he came in with a fantastic score of 41, 19 on the front nine and 22 on the back. Dave Copley was second with 38 points and last year’s winner Steve Anderson was third with 37 on countback from Darren Haughton. 

Adi Cunningham didn’t have such a good game but, having led from the very first game of the series, still did enough to take the overall title for the 2013/14 season. Adi, who has been a model of consistency this year, scored 351 points, having had several wins plus some second and third places. Kev Hingle jumped from fourth place to second after winning this week, he finished on 321 and overtook Carl Causbrook and Dave Copley who finished in joint third with 313. Trevor Smith, who has played off plus three for the last four rounds, was fifth with 265. Nick Cunnington missed half a dozen games but still took sixth place with 230, just 5 points behind him was last season’s winner, Steve Anderson. Darren Haughton was eighth, Graham Smith was ninth and Neil Crees rounded off the top ten. Prizes also went to the top scorer for rounds played on the Saturday or Sunday outside of the top ten. Peter Bagshaw won the Saturday with156 ahead of Martin Boughton who had 149. Club President John Sparks won the Sunday, he had 131 ahead of Fred Aspin who finished on 127.

This has been the fourth season of the Winter Order of |Merit organised by Neil Harris. Neil said that it has been gratifying to see fifty seven people take part throughout the series, which provided competitive golf throughout the winter. He went on to say that as it is an open competition in which any male club member can play, it was fantastic to see six members new to Greetham Valley take the opportunity to play and integrate into the club. They all agreed that it has not only been a great way to meet members but they feel totally accepted within the club.

Hayley HuntThe Ladies Order of Merit also finished at the weekend. Hayley Hunt, who joined from Toft in January, has led right from the first round, she finished with a 163 points. Hayley said that her long game was quite good at Toft but since having lessons with Greetham Valley Pro Neil Curtis, her short game has come on in leaps and bounds. Hayley cites this as the main reason for her win but went on to say that it will stand her in good stead for the competitions and matches that have just started this year, she also hopes to see a drop in her handicap. Liz Haughton, who returned to Greetham Valley last year after a lay off from golf was second with a 130 points. Another new member to Greetham Valley, Susie Ellis, was third with 95 points. Yet another new member, Hayley Taylor who came from Sleaford Golf Club, was fourth and Lizzie Taylor ended the series in fifth. As with the men’s competition, this has proven to be a great way for new members to “join in” right from the start.

Seniors away daySeniors on their Away Day at Peterborough Milton Golf Club. In the “harlequin sweater” in the front is Club President John Sparks, to his left is Club Captain Shaun Denholm, next to him is Senior’s Vice Captain Peter Wood who organised the day, Seniors’ Captain Radley Wardhaugh is to Peter’s left.

Fifty three Greetham Valley Seniors had their Away Day at Peterborough Milton on Monday, the weather could not have been any better, 18 degrees with alight breeze. The day was organised superbly by Seniors’ Vice Captain Peter Wood. The competition was in two parts, a singles stableford and a pairs bogie game. Club Vice Captain Fred Aspin won the singles competition on a tough course with 34 points. Second place went to David Aldred on countback from Chris Dawson, they both scored32 points. Jack Vernal and Keith Godwin won the team prize with a score of minus three. David Lucas and John Clinton who came in with minus six took second place on count back from Peter Macdonald Pearce and Chris Grey. Although the greens were tough having just been treated, everybody agreed that they had enjoyed the course. The catering was extremely efficient and very tasty. Fred Aspin was so impressed, he is thinking of holding his Captain’s Away Day there next year.

Alternative Winter leagueAs well as the Order of Merits and the Winter League knockout competition, the alternative Winter League, which has been organised by Ian Bain, has been running for five years. This year it was won by Dave Thompson.

Tony King had his second hole in one in a Seniors’ competition during the week. Playing on the Valley course, Tony said that he could feel a little breeze against him as he teed up on the par three third hole, he returned his nine iron to his bag and pulled out an eight. He said that it pitched just before the hole then dropped straight in for an ace. Happy days and a bottle of scotch on the counter for anybody to partake!


Gardeners’ Question Time with Rutland Radio

Dig It‘Dig It’ LIVE! Gardeners’ Question Time with Rutland Radio. Monday 14th April, 7pm to 10pm. Recording starts at 7.30pm.

Hosted by Rob Persani, the guest speakers for this entertaining and informative evening are Barnsdale Garden’s Nick Hamilton, the very knowledgeable Adam Frost and the renowned John Shone.

 

Tickets to this event are FREE and available from Rutland Radio, tel: 01572 757868. www.rutlandradio.co.uk


Self Catering Offers

Late deals at Rutland Lodges and Mill CottageSpring holiday deals -
enjoy 25% discount on a 4* self catering break in Rutland!
Spring has most definitely sprung! Why not enjoy a superb value self catering holiday break at Greetham Valley?

Come and relax on a long weekend in Rutland, escape for a midweek break or cosy up for a week or more… a Rutland Lodge at Greetham Valley is a luxurious home from home in which to spend some quality downtime on a self catering holiday break. Our lovely holiday log cabins comfortably sleep 6 in three bedrooms and are wonderfully cosy with underfloor heating throughout.

Prefer a holiday cottage retreat? Mill Cottage at Greetham Valley is a lovely, pet friendly holiday cottage tucked away Mill Cottagein a hidden valley and comfortably sleeps 5 in three bedrooms. With a wood burner in the lounge (free logs!) in case the weather turns British, what more could you need?

Book a self catering holiday break NOW for the following specified dates and enjoy a huge 25% discount off our normal tariffs. Offer applicable for both Rutland Lodges and Mill Cottage, subject to availability.  We regret offers are not applicable to existing bookings. Up to two pets are very welcome in Mill Cottage and in two of our Lodges, with great walkies from right outside the door - please add an extra £25 if bringing any four legged friends!

Midweek Break :
4 night midweek break, arrive any Monday in April or May,  depart the following Friday - 25% discount off normal tariff, now just £326 (was £435).  Sorry, offer not applicable to any existing bookings.

Book your last minute self catering holiday break in Rutland now with Reservations on (01780) 460444 or email us.


Job vacancies March 2014 at Greetham Valley

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Hotel Housekeeping Job Vacancies
Greetham Valley Hotel has a vacancy  for a Part Time Housekeeper to work within the busy Housekeeping Department at our Rutland Hotel.  Reporting to the Head Housekeeper, the successful candidate will work a minimum of 16 hours per week.  Flexibility is essential as shifts will include weekdays and weekends on a rota basis.  The position supports the Head Housekeeper in ensuring the finest attention to detail in relation to the daily cleanliness standards of the 35 bedrooms at Greetham Valley, along with the Lodges, holiday cottage, Lounge Bar, conference and function spaces and all public areas.

We are also recruiting for Casual Housekeepers to work within the Housekeeping Department.  Hours will be flexible, as required to meet the needs of the business. Weekend work will be required. The Housekeeping team support the Head Housekeeper in ensuring the finest attention to detail in relation to the daily cleanliness standards of the 35 bedrooms at GreethamValley, along with the Lodges, holiday cottage, Lounge Bar, conference and function spaces and all public areas.

Closing date 31st March 2014. Interested candidates for the above positions  should request an application form from:
Sharon Walpole, HR Manager sharon@greethamvalley.co.uk
Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre, Wood Lane, Greetham, Oakham, Rutland LE15 7SN


Charity Race Night at Greetham Valley Golf Club

Race Night at Greetham ValleyFriday 21st March
The ever-popular Charity Race Night makes its’ annual appearance at Greetham Valley on Friday 21st March. This year’s event will be raising funds for the 2014 Captains’ charity, The Air Ambulance Service.

Tickets are available from Greetham Valley Hotel Reception at just £5.95, to include a fish and chips supper served from 7pm. First race is at 8pm. Don’t forget your tote money – the Hinch girls will be in attendance as usual!!