Thinking of Greetham Valley in the middle of the Pacific Ocean – the only and only Sarah Outen!!! We looked after Sarah’s trans-oceanic boats, Gulliver and Happy Socks, plus her stores, prior to her epic travels. And we follow her blog, which makes for incredible reading from this intrepid adventurer. Take a look, some amazing images – you won’t be disappointed…
Just two weeks after securing the course record on the Valley, Jordan Burdall off plus one did it again on the Lakes course. Playing in the Midweek Medal Jordan shot a gross sixty five, nett sixty six to take the record, the lowest gross and the medal. He said that as in his record breaking Valley round, course management was the key to his success. Jordan, now off plus two, can add these two records to his Club Championship win earlier this year.
Seniors’ Captain’s Day at Greetham Valley is usually quite a long one, this year’s fifty four competitors played eighteen holes on the Lakes course then nine holes on the par three Academy course. It had been cancelled in September due to heavy rain and this time the weather for Rutland was held warm, sunny but very windy. Seniors’ Captain Rod Wells got his game off to a bad start by not scoring on two of the first three holes. However, his game got better after that and he came in with thirty five points. Rod then took on the far from easy par three Academy course and came in with nineteen points.
After the bad start, he was happy to have played the rest of the course quite well and that his short game on the Academy course was good enough to help him to the win. Rod is the first Seniors’ Captain to win the Captains Day while in office.
Terry McNulty was second with thirty seven on the Lakes and sixteen on the Academy. George Cooper was third with thirty five and eighteen.
The best scores on the Lakes were: David Kirtland, thirty six, Dick Thirlwell thirty five and Neil Lowndes thirty five. Ian Jarvis won the Academy course with twenty one, Denis Watts was second with twenty and Peter Giblett was third, he also scored twenty.
Rod had, only a few days earlier, led his team to another win against Stoke Rochford. The team had won the away leg of the two games earlier in the year and knew that the Stoke team would be doing all they could to avenge that defeat. As at Stoke, the game could have gone either way as some results were quite close, however, Greetham Valley won by five games to three on the day. Greetham’s next game is against Rutland Water at home this week.
Trevor Smith who had held the record with a gross sixty seven for several years was second in the medal with a gross sixty nine, nett sixty seven and was cut to one. Kevin Shilham off nine, Ryan Tarrant off four and Peter Bagshaw off nine were third fourth and fifth on count back after they all came in with a nett seventy.
The Seniors Medal was played on the Lakes course on an overcast day with occasional spells of rain. Keith Heppenstall won division one with a nett sixty eight and was cut to fifteen. Peter Wood was second with seventy on count back from Jack Vernall. Neil Lowndes won the lowest gross with an eighty two.
John Morfee won division two and the medal with a nett sixty seven and was cut to twenty, John also won the lowest gross with eighty nine. Denis Watts shot a gross ninety, nett sixty seven to come second but had a much better reason to celebrate after scoring a fantastic hole in one at the par three sixth hole. He said that he hit a sweet six iron at the flag, it bounced a couple of times then went straight into the hole to register Denis’s first hole in one; he was cut to twenty one. Charles Guttridge came third with a nett sixty eight.
Ladies’ Vice Captain Bev Dolman, Liz Haughton, and Pat Jones represented Greetham Valley in the Lincolnshire Ladies County Scratch Final as winners of the South Division. Unfortunately, the normal team of Sophie Beardsall, Emma Tipping and Gilly Grant were all unavailable due to work commitments. They were up against it as their handicaps are ten, eleven and twelve respectively, they played three first team county players from Woodhall Spa whose handicaps are all around scratch. They lost three nil but had a very enjoyable day at Kenwick Park secure in the knowledge that they had made it to the final for the third year on the trot. Bev said that it was lovely to see the young Ladies playing so well and we wish them all the best in the county finals at Wilmslow next week.
The Second Team held their end of season event which was open to anybody who had played for the team this year. The front nine was irons only and the second nine was “normal” golf. Strangely, two out of three players scored better using irons only! Nick Cunnington won the game with thirty nine points, Pete Dickinson had thirty eight to take second and Neil Crees took third with thirty five.
This was the last event for second team captain Alan Bennett and he offers his utmost thanks to the commitment of all 42 players who have played Second team golf over the last three years of his captaincy.
Greetham Valley’s Conference Centre is certainly gearing up to welcome back our regular conference customers, who return time and again to our Rutland conference venue to take advantage of our purpose built rooms, fabulous value and friendly, efficient service.
For conference organisers looking for a venue in Rutland to host their next meeting or event, look no further! We have a range of fantastic light, air-conditioned rooms overlooking the golf courses, perfect for 2 to 250 delegates.
All rooms come fully equipped at no extra expense and we are pleased to offer flexible catering options to suit your needs. Our corporate events team would be delighted to show you around our facilities and chat through the different options.
More details from Claire on 01780 460444 or email.
Enjoy a superb two course dinner, then rock until midnight to the fantastic sound of live band The Jukebox Jets plus disco with the JH Roadshow.
7.30pm to midnight Tickets £22.50pp
Menu available here soon!
Greetham Valley Reception, tel (01780) 460444
Everyone is welcome to attend this busy event between 10am to 3pm – blushing brides-to-be, bashful fiances, excited mums and bewildered dads! Free admission, complimentary tea and coffee and as usual we will be filled to capacity with the area’s premier wedding exhibitors, all on hand to offer advice and help to make your wedding day a day to remember.
You’ll find everything you need at one of the best Wedding Fairs in Rutland for your special day, including:
bridal gowns | bridesmaids’ dresses | mens’ wear | mother of the bride fashion | wedding cakes | photography | florist | linens | chair covers | venue dressers | travel agent | department store | jewellery | balloons | wedding stationery | entertainment | wedding favours | hair and beauty | gifts | wedding cars | tiaras and fascinators
The first 50 brides attending in the morning and the first 50 brides in the afternoon will receive a free bridal goody bag – we look forward to welcoming you to the next Greetham Valley Wedding Fair!
Wedding Menu Taster Evening – Thursday 10th October
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 music from Nigel of Beautiful Background Guitar.
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 or Claire on 01780 460444 to book or for more details.
All the positive comments and opinions certainly seemed to hail the trial as a success so flag positioning has now been permanently adopted across the Lakes and the Valley courses.
To remind everyone, the coloured flags are used to indicate hole placement on individual greens, as follows:
- red flag – hole is positioned towards front third of the green
- yellow flag – hole is positioned in the middle third of the green
- white flag – hole is positioned in the back third of the green
Need an easy way to remember? Think of the location and colour of the ladies, gents and competition tees – red forward, yellow middle and white back respectively!
Carla from Oakham has won two tickets to our next Great Night Out, which is a fabulous Rock ‘n’ Roll Tribute Evening on Friday 20 September.
Carla is delighted to have won: she and a companion are looking forward to an evening of live entertainment from The Jukebox Jets, a two course dinner and a disco until midnight.
Why not come along to join them and celebrate the music of the rockin’ 50s and 60s? Tickets for the Rock ‘n’ Roll evening are £22.50 and are available from Greetham Valley Hotel reception, tel 01780 460444
‘The renovation work we carry out on the greens is an essential part of our programme to keep the greens at their optimum condition throughout the year. Carrying out the procedure in August gives us the quickest recovery time so less disruption to the playing surfaces. The soil and air temperatures are usually just right for the bent seed to germinate and maximise the benefits of the whole operation.
We firstly scarify all the putting surfaces to remove as much of the dead organic matter (thatch) as possible. This is followed by hollow coring the greens with 10mm hollow tines set at 2 inch spacing to a depth of approx 60mm. This creates the holes that will incorporate the 100 tonnes of sand that we then apply. This is then brushed in to fill the holes.We then apply the bent seed with a dimple seeder, at 4 gm per m2, ensuring that it is not too deep as such a fine seed will not germinate if it is.
The surfaces are then brushed again, and then we iron the greens several times to smooth out the surfaces. We will then keep the greens moist on the surface for about a week which gives the new seed every chance of germinating which then allows us reduce the heights of cut to normal and everything is then back to normal.
We aim to complete 18 greens and have them back to 90% condition within 2 days. They will be back to 100% within 10-14 days.’
The courses are not out of action during this time - far from it! They are closed for the first two days but are then open and very playable – and usually in even better condition than that of many other golf courses’ normally! To encourage golfers not to shy away from the courses during this time, we offer a popular, specially discounted society package. This outstanding offer is only available from Wednesday 7th to Friday 9th August on the Valley course and Wednesday 14th to Friday 16th August on the Lakes course. So why not make the most of the sunshine - grab a golf society bargain at Greetham Valley this August! Contact Gilly for more details.
We’re getting very excited now – just one week to go until Rutland’s new Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic opens at Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre!
At this new clinical facility, highly experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapist, Peter Corder, and Doctor in Sports Medicine, Dr David Homes, work together to provide a combined treatment approach for the general public and the sporting population. David wears a number of professional hats, one of which is that of Peterborough United Football Club Doctor, whilst Peter has a wealth of experience, both as a former athlete himself, and as a provider of physiotherapy and other clinical services to a number of professional football and other sporting clubs.
A wide range of treatments are used to treat a myriad of conditions, from arthritis to sporting injuries, suffered by members of the public, novice sportsmen and women, and elite athletes alike. Phone the clinic on 01572 812212 or email email@example.com.
Clinic opening hours: Mon – Fri 8.30am to 7.30pm Saturday 8am to 12 noon
For more details, see www.physiosportsinjury-greetham.co.uk
Howling winds with gusts of fifty plus miles an hour and rain forecast for the whole of Rutland – perfect weather for golf? That was what greeted the competitors playing for the London Pride Gold Medal. The competition in two divisions was notable for some really good scores and some real stinkers. The best score of the day came from Alex Carter, playing off twelve in division one who not only ripped the course apart to win the competition but took the lowest gross to round it off.
Alex got off to a good start with two pars, he then dropped a shot on the third but bounced back immediately with a birdie on the next to bring him back to level par. After three more pars he dropped a shot on the eighth but again managed to get it back with a birdie on the ninth, level par for the front nine, so far so good. However, he dropped three shots in the next three holes which considering the weather on the day, is understandable. Alex regrouped and shot six straight pars to finish with a gross seventy five, just three over par, this gave him a nett sixty three. To put it into perspective, the nearest competitor to him had a nett seventy. It seemed that on the day, everybody but Alex found the conditions very challenging. He said that he felt good before playing and that feeling stayed with him for the whole day. He was slightly annoyed about the dropped shots at the start of the back nine but he said that he was proud with the way that he dealt with it. Alex was cut to ten and will now look forward to the two day 0-18 Club championships in July. Dave Copley off thirteen took second place with a nett seventy and was cut to twelve. Paul Jenkinson off ten was third, just one shot behind and was cut to nine.
Alex will have to wait to see if he has qualified for the London Pride Gold Medal Final which is played for at Woodhall Spa. Only two competitors from each county in England will qualify for what is a great prize for club handicap golfers – the chance to play two rounds on one of the finest golf courses in the UK, all expenses paid including hotel accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus a drinks reception. The final will be played over 36 holes on Saturday and Sunday 17th and 18th August in a stableford format. A total of 84 players will qualify for it.
Mark Mousley off fourteen took the win in division two and the lowest gross with a splendid eighty four, he was cut to thirteen. Greetham Valley’s handicap secretary Bernard Bell off sixteen, took second place on count back with a nett seventy two and was cut to fifteen. Peter Keast was pushed into third and was cut to nineteen.
The weather was dry but cloudy for the 56 competitors playing in the Ladies’ Open on the Lakes course at Greetham Valley. The competition was a team of four with the best two scores to count off three quarter handicap. The team of Yvonne Wanby, Lora Law, Jill Edmond and Olive Green from Luffenham Heath were the eventual winners with seventy six points. Second place on count back went to Angela Wheeler and Liz Darrell from Greetham Valley, Yvonne Gilman from Luffenham Heath and Sandra Juggins from Peterborough Milton, they were two points behind on seventy four. Kay Ropson, Helen Pru and Kate Graves from Sleaford and Liz Taylor from Greetham Valley lost out on the count back and were awarded third place. Sue Parker from Sleaford won nearest the pin on the par three fourteenth, overall a very good day out for the visitors. Greetham Valley members are proud of their courses and the quality of the greens staff led by Adi Porter, they were pleased to hear so many positive comments from visitors on the day with particular praise reserved for the quality of the greens.
John Taylor playing off sixteen won division one of the Seniors June Medal, John had a gross eighty four and was cut to fifteen. The best gross of the day and second place went to ten handicapper Ken Stewart with a great eighty. Brian Parker and Howard Miller both scored a nett seventy one but Brian took third on count back.
Peter Palmer won division two on count back from Ian Kellam. Both players scored a nett sixty eight but Ian had the small consolation of winning the lowest gross. Peter Wood was third with a nett seventy two.
Seniors’ Captain Rod Wells and his team are having a very successful year but had one of their few losses when playing against Rutland Water away, however, they bounced back only a few days later with a four to two win away at Humberstone Heights. Rod and his team haven’t lost many games away this year.
The Ladies are also doing very well: despite wind, rain and lightning, the league team won away at Blankney by two and a half to one and a half. In the match at home to Scraptoft, the Greetham Valley team won four nil.
In the inaugural Mixed Team match against Belton Woods played on the Lakes course, the Greetham Valley team led by Ladies Vice Captain Bev Dolman had a great win, four and a half to one and a half. The Belton Woods team said they had a great day out and hope that this can be a regular fixture both home and away.