Greetham Valley Wedding Menu Taster Evening

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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


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.  


Hole in one for Neil on revamped 6th on the Lakes course

Neil LowndesNine handicapper and former professional cricketer Neil Lowndes had his very first hole in one while playing in the Seniors’ Winter League on Monday. On the par 3 6th on the Lakes, Neil took a wedge for the 135 yard shot over the newly revamped and much bigger lake, the ball took one bounce then popped straight into the hole. Neil said that he had come very close on a number of occasions but no cigar. He was very happy to buy everybody a drink and looks forward to receiving his Hugo Boss watch courtesy of Hugo Boss and the How Did I Do website for the feat.

Round five of the Winter Order of Merit got off to a rather chilly start on Sunday – with a cold wind coming in from the north it was certainly time for the 36 players
Steff Dutton

to don the old woolly hats and warm sweaters. Seven handicapper Steff Dutton, who has been struggling with his driving recently after suffering for over a year with shoulder pains, had a fantastic day on the fairways, missing only two of them. Steff, who is a Second Team regular, has a superb short game that he was able to use to great advantage. He recorded three sandy pars as well as getting out of a tricky situation to par a hole on several other occasions. He teed off in the first group and didn’t think that his 40 points would be anywhere near good enough to win so was very pleased to take his first one of the series. He said that it was the best that he has driven all year, he had two shots taken off his handicap and will play off five in the next game.Previous series’ winner Adam Clegg off five was one shot behind in second place, he was docked a shot and will play off four on Saturday.   Ian Copley took third place on countback with 38 points and was docked point five, he will play off twelve next time. Three others, four handicapper Nick Cunnington, President elect John Sparks and Kevin Hingle off twelve also scored 38 and were awarded joint fourth place. Birthday boy George Grant was a further shot back on 37 points.

Adrian Cunningham holds an 18 point lead at the top of the Order of Merit table over defending champion Steve Anderson. Kevin Hingle replaces Fred Aspin in third place and Fred drops to fourth. Week five winner Stef Dutton gained ground on the leaders and moves from twenty second to fifth, Ian Copley rose six spots to sixth in the table. Adam Clegg had the biggest climb of the weekend, he moved from thirty fifth to fifteenth place. The competition is bubbling along quite nicely now and we can expect even more changes next week, when players who had been playing in the alternative winter league return for the next round.

Vice Captain in waiting Fred Aspin won the Seniors’ Irons Only competition. He struggled in the front nine registering only 12 points but came good on the back nine with 22;  Neil Lowndes was second just one shot behind. Third and fourth were settled on count back, Steve Taylor took third demoting Bernard Bell to fourth place after they both scored 32 points.