Meal of Fortune – fabulous meal deal at Greetham Valley!

Meal of FortuneDo you remember Greetham Valley’s ‘Turkey Balls’ meal promotion? Well, our fabulous meal deal is back until the middle of February and this time it’s the ‘Meal of Fortune’!

Spin the wheel and what the pointer lands on is what you pay for a two course meal from the Meal of Fortune menu – it could be anything between £3 and £12!!!  And if you want to add a third course just pay an extra £3.50!

The Meal of Fortune menu changes every two weeks, so there’s always a fresh selection of starter, main and dessert dishes to choose from. Click here for a sample menu.


Main greens in use despite frost for Order of Merit

Geoff WoolleyDespite an overnight frost which left Greetham Valley looking like a Christmas scene, Course Manager Adi Porter gave the go-ahead to use main greens for week eleven of the Winter Order of Merit. The first of the 38 players teed off using coloured golf balls but after an hour the frost had departed for pastures new. Former GV Captain Geoff Woolley, who has only played a couple of games in the 22 round competition so far, dealt with the conditions better than most.

While the frost was still around, Geoff had a very impressive 20 points on the front nine, despite a blob on the par three sixth. He had a further blob on the par five sixteenth but still scored a very creditable 17 points on the back nine to give him a total of 37. This was enough to earn him the win this week. He moved up from 52nd to 24th and saw his handicap cut from 17 to 15. Geoff said that the key to his round was using one club less on each hole, this helped to slow the ball when it got on to the green. By doing this he managed to stay on the green instead of shooting through it as many others had done, giving him a chance to putt instead of chipping.

Behind Geoff were three players with 36 points: last year’s winner, Steve Anderson, took second place, he was cut one shot to five. Carl Causbrook took third and will play off eleven next week, Ben Miles was relegated to fourth but while he didn’t get a cut he did miss out on this week’s prize fund. Ted Burke, Dave Copley, James Gore and Club President John Sparks all came in just a point further back with 35 points.

Adrian Cunningham didn’t play so well this week but still came in with 33 points and was placed tenth. However he retains his place atop the order of merit table, some 76 points ahead of second placed Kev Hingle. Steve Anderson moves up from fifth to third, Graham Smith and Fred Aspin both drop a place to fourth and fifth respectively. Only 18 points cover fifth to second so watch out for further changes next week. Carl Causbrook moved up from fourteenth to sixth, Ben Miles jumped up from eleventh to seventh while John Sparks moves up from tenth to eighth.  At the half way mark of the series, organiser Neil Harris said that he is very happy to have welcomed many new competitors to the series this year. He went on to say that nobody would have been able to predict what the top ten would be as several “newbies” are well and truly in the mix.

The full line up of Team Captains for 2014 was announced this week. Chris Steele takes over the First Team Captaincy from Neil Harris, Steve Anderson will take over from Alan Bennett as Second Team Captain. Club Vice Captain Fred Aspin will look after the B Team and the Mixed Team, Neil Sellars will remain as C Team Captain. Liz Haughton will Captain the Ladies’ Scratch team, Jackie Friend will look after the Ladies’ League team and Ladies’ Captain Bev Dolman will sort out the friendly matches. Seniors’ Captain Radley Wardhaugh will lead the Senior teams, ably assisted by Vice Captain Peter Wood. Pat Jones will look after the Juniors.

PGA golf professional Neil Curtis completed his move from Melton Mowbray to start his Greetham Valley career off when he officially joined the Club on 6th January. Neil will be running the Golf Shop as well as visiting schools to spread the word about golf. He also intends to heavily promote junior lessons. He can be contacted at the Greetham Valley Golf Shop on 01780 460666.


Pie, Pud & a Party Night!

Pie Pud and PartySaturday 18th January 2014
Shake off the winter blues with a fun filled Pie, Pud & a Party night at Greetham Valley – bring family and friends to enjoy a superb value Great Night Out!

This party night is well-named – enjoy a two course meal, choosing from a selection of pies plus a pudding – then dance it all off until midnight to the sounds of the JH Roadshow Disco!

Click here for Pie, Pud & a Party Menu
Tickets are now on sale at an incredibly low £12.50pp, phone (01780) 460444 to book.
Arrive: 7.30pm        Carriages: midnight

Hotel accommodation only £67 B&B for this party night.


Charity Quiz Night at Greetham Valley

Charity Quiz Night at Greetham ValleyFriday 7th February
Wake up the old grey matter with a charity quiz at Greetham Valley, covering a wide spectrum of subjects from music to sports to current affairs to general knowledge! No need to book, just turn up, brain cells twitching, on the night.

  • teams of 4 (1 to be Greetham Valley member), entry £2 per person, pay on the night
  • hot and cold buffet available from 6pm, £7.95 per person, pay on the night
  • quiz starts at 7.30pm

Start reading those newspapers, get out the atlas and find a teenager for any music and IT questions! This Club event will raise funds for the 2014 Captains’ charity, The Air Ambulance Service.


Valentine’s Supper by Candlelight at Greetham Valley

Valentines dining coupleFriday 14th (FULLY BOOKED) or Saturday 15th February (JUST 5 TABLES LEFT)
For all you incurable romantics out there - celebrate Valentine’s Day on Friday 14th or Saturday 15th February with a special evening at Greetham Valley’s Valentine’s Supper by Candlelight.

Enjoy a complimentary glass of sparkling wine on arrival with some tasty nibbles, followed by a delicious four course dinner.

Click here for Valentine’s Supper by Candlelight menu
Dietary requirements catered for with pleasure – please ask!

Your Supper by Candlelight table for two may be reserved between 7pm and 9pm, for just £50 per couple. Why not stay the night at Greetham Valley for just £117 to include Supper by Candlelight for two, king sized room and full English breakfast?

Table and room reservations: 01780 460444


Greetham Valley Wedding Menu Taster Evening

wedding canapes

Wedding Menu Taster Evening – Thursday 6th March
This is a very special evening for the happy couples who have already booked their special day with us, and for those who are seriously considering us as their venue but haven’t quite made up their minds! We are delighted to invite you to sample the style of food to be served on your big day. Why not bring your nearest and dearest too?

Enjoy a deliciously chilled glass of our house sparkling wine, served on arrival with a selection of our irresistible canapés, with romantic live background music.

Then choose from a sumptuous three course menu of our most popular wedding celebration dishes, giving you a flavour of the style and quality of food to be served to your guests on your big day.

The evening will finish with a cup of freshly brewed coffee and chance to reflect over what you could choose for your perfect menu!

Our wedding co-ordinators will be on hand throughout the evening to help with any questions or advice for your special day.

You are invited to join us on this evening at a very special price – just £20 per person. Table bookings from 6pm til 9pm. Please phone Mitch on 01780 460444 to book or for more details.


Captains’ Drive-in at Greetham Valley

2014 captains drive inAs is traditional at Greetham Valley Golf Club, January 1st is when the new Captains for the year drive-in and the previous year’s Captains drive out of office. The par three tenth on the Lakes course is a difficult hole with a large pond, a stream just a few feet past it and rough only a yard after that. After getting over those small problems, players are then faced with two bunkers and a two tiered green, not too difficult on a normal day but with a large gallery, a high wind and rain starting, it could make the heart skip a beat. Over seventy players who were competing in the following nine hole competition applauded as first Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty drove out, followed by the drive-in by the 2014 incumbents Shaun Denholm and Bev Dolman. All concerned did the deed n fine style and Robert “David Bailey” Hinch was on hand to take photographs.

In the nine hole competition separated into front and back nines, players had to contend with a two to three club wind and very heavy rain. The competitors all got thoroughly soaked but the course held up very well allowing everybody to complete their rounds. Despite the conditions, the scoring was good. Bill Skinner, Graham Day and Peter Key playing on the back nine were only a three ball so they took the best two scores on each hole and came in with 36 points to take second place. Kev Hingle, who is in the top five in the Winter Order of Merit at the moment, and partner David Aldred came first with a fantastic 38 points. A duo of married couples dominated the front nine competition, John and Liz Darrow came second with 34 points. Darren and Liz Houghton scored 35 to take the win.

After the competition Trevor and Sheila took down their photos and thanked everybody for their support in 2013; they were in turn thanked and presented with crystal mementos by GV Chairman Frank Hinch. Shaun and Bev paid tribute to the hard work and commitment that both Trevor and Sheila had put into their year before informing everybody about their own plans for 2014. As Shaun works with the Air Ambulance, both Captains have agreed to have them as their charity for their year and were very pleased when informed that the raffle on the day had raised £388. The members, who by now had been joined by partners and spouses, then welcomed their new PresidentJohn Sparks, he takes over from Martin Boughton. Martin, who had served for six years in the role, was praised by John for his commitment to the club.

As well as an overhaul of competitions for this year by Secretary Dennis Millington and a members’ panel, the club announced several changes to members fees. A new Intermediate level will start from the first of April. This will be for members aged between 19 and 29, they will pay just 50% of the seven days members’ fee. That means that they will pay only £354 per year or £29.50 per month on interest free credit. Juniors (18 and under) will now only pay £144 a year or £12 a month. Greetham Valley General Manager Sean Clarke said that the Club takes great pride in listening to its’ members and this is something that the owners had debated in 2013.


Airshots fundraising success at Greetham Valley

Airshots Golf Society are based at Greetham Valley and were formed a couple of years ago as a means of raising funds for the Leicester and Notts. Air Ambulance (LNAA) and have been recognised by them as a charitable organisation. This year they had 32 paid up members from several different golf clubs in the area as well as many guests who have played with a member. The Air Ambulance Service doesn’t, for some unknown reason, get much in the way of support from central Government so they have to rely upon charitable donations. On average, it costs some £200 per mission to fuel an Air Ambulance, in 2013 Airshots presented a total of £1500 to help them. This year’s Captain has been Dean Wilkinson who handed over to Mark Haynes at their AGM at the end of November.

To start off fundraising for 2014 with a bang, 30 members and guests gathered at Greetham Valley to play their final competition of the year on the Lakes course. After a hearty Greetham Valley breakfast they set off in cold and very windy conditions, some coped well with it and some didn’t but they all enjoyed it. Simon McGuiness took the win with a fantastic 39 points. Society Vice Captain James Ablett who had led for most of the competition with 38 came second. Several players scored 36 but 2013 Greetham Valley Club Captain Trevor Smith took third on countback.

Everybody had fun but the main aim of the day was to raise more funds. The raffle raised £125, some £53 was raised in fines, these included: losing a golf ball, not wearing the Airshots shirt, not making it past the Ladies’ tee, failing to score at least 24 points, amongst others. Overall, they raised £518 which gives them a good start for 2014.

Colin Eversden, who has been responsible for a lot of the organisation since its inception, said that they will be playing at eight different venues next year plus an end of year game at Greetham Valley and hope to beat this year’s total. Airshots Chairman Michael Fish said that they, like the Air Ambulance, rely upon sponsorship for shirts, prizes etc and thanked Bryan Birchill, Precision Sports, Glenn Sharpe, Bradshaws Electric Vehicles, the Alumasc group, Ps and Qs and The Pyramid Club for their continuing support. They are still on the lookout for sponsorship for 2014;  if you are interested please contact Fred Aspin at fredladgolf@yahoo.co.uk. The same address can also be used for any new Airshot Golf Society member application enquiries.

Adie Cunningham, who led the Winter Order of Merit after eight rounds, consolidated his lead with a fantastic score of 41 points to win round nine. Despite a very cold wind and a coating of white frost, Adie blitzed the competition to take his second win in this year’s competition. He had 18 points on the front nine including a blob on the fourth, then stepped it up on the back nine coming in with a massive 23 points. He was cut two shots and will play off 23 next Saturday. Bob Beverley was second with 37 points and loses one shot. Ben Miles took third place on countback from Dave Copley and Paul Clegg, they all scored 36 points. Ben will lose point five off his handicap.

Adie has extended his lead at the top of the order of merit, Kev Hingle moves up to second place while Graham Smith dropped to third, Fred Aspin retains fourth and Steve Anderson is fifth, the rest of the top ten stay as they were. Ben Miles has the biggest jump of the week, he moved up from twenty third to eleventh.


Golf Offers

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