Greetham Valley golf members’ update 2 September

Emma Tipping Liz Haughton and Sophie BeardsallThe Greetham Valley Ladies’ Scratch Team,  who have won the Lincolnshire South League several times in the past few years, took on the Northern League winners Woodhall Spa in the county final at Spalding Golf Club over the weekend. The team of Emma Tipping, Sophie Beardsall and Liz Haughton represented a squad of Greetham Valley ladies who had all fought hard to win their Scratch League. The team, captained by Liz Haughton this year, had lost against a very strong Woodhall Spa team in last year’s final but they went into this year’s contest with a very positive attitude.

Liz drew the short straw and was up against a very in form India Clyburn, sister of Curtis Cup star and European professional golfer, Holly. India has just been picked to play for England at the end of September after becoming the first English lady golfer to win the Scottish Junior Ladies Open Strokeplay Championships early this year. Liz put up a great fight but was finally beaten by the Scottish and English Girls Open champion. Emma Tipping played Andree Burtt in the second game, Emma put up a very strong fight to take the match to the 17th only to lose it when Andree managed to drop in a long putt from the edge of the green for a four to take a second and decisive win for the Woodhall Spa team. Sophie Beardsall, playing in the third game, won a consolation point for Greetham Valley by beating past County Captain Cindy Ireland two and one, also on  the 17th.

A lot of Greetham Valley members turned up to support their team and all said that, win or lose, they were proud of them. Lady Captain Bev Dolman praised Liz Haughton for the great job that she has done as Scratch Team Captain this year. She went on to thank everybody who played in the various matches that got them to the final yet again. She also paid tribute to the caddies who had done a great job on the day and special thanks to those GV members who had made the trip to Spalding to support the team, it was most appreciated by Bev and the team.

The Ladies’ friendly team played a match at home against Kibworth ladies during the week. Apart from the sudden rain shower that drenched the last group out, the weather was kind to the rest. Greetham Valley won by three games to one.

Andy Bimpson, golfer and rock fan, missed the 19-28 Championships last week as it clashed with a long awaited visit to Holkham Hall to see Status Quo. However, he made up for it this week when he played in the Rabbits Trophy in the same handicap category. Andy said that his driving is usually quite steady but on Sunday, it suddenly went on holiday. He hit balls left and right but rarely into the middle of the fairway. He said that but for the eagle eyes of his playing partners, his game could have been on the rocks after the front nine. They always seemed to spot exactly where his ball landed. Thanks to this, a lot of scrambling and a round featuring just 32 putts, Andy, off twenty, managed to win the competition in style. He shot the lowest gross of 90 to close with a nett 70. Andy won the trophy but was also very happy to find that he had been cut and now has a handicap in the teens. Justin Perry took second place on countback from Alan Grummitt, they both scored a nett 73.

The Airshots Golf Society, which is made up of mainly Greetham Valley members, play their golf days out to raise funds for the local Air Ambulance Service. They played their latest round at Beedles Lake in Leicestershire last Saturday. Twenty one players took part and raised over £300 on the day for the Notts and Lincs Air Ambulance, taking the total so far this year to over £2400.

On the day, Michael Fish came first with 38 points, winning a four ball at Stapleford Park. Up and coming junior star Tom Haynes was second with 35 points and won a four ball at Beedles Lake. Davy Smith was third on countback with 32 points. Nearest the Pin winners were Michael Fish on the third and Mark Mousley on the thirteenth. The next outing of the Society is on September 20th at Thorpe Wood. If anybody would like to play to help this brilliant and friendly fundraising team, please contact organiser Colin Eversden on 07803 209343.

Greetham Valley’s First Team rounded off a very tough season with a brilliant four and a half to one and a half win at home against Gedney Hill to secure their place in division two for next year. With the team needing a win to be sure of safety, Adam Clegg, Ryan Tarrant, Pete Dickinson, Ray Gladwinfield, Neil Crees, Dave Pusch, Chris Steele, Darren Haughton, Alan Bennett, Nick Cunnington, Will Chamberlain and Richard Wilson all rose to the challenge on the day. Chris Steele, in his first year as Captain, thanked all of the squad members who have played for the team this year. He said that with several past key members going to pastures new, it could have made it very difficult for those remaining but the “new boys” gelled as a team right from the get go. He looks forward to continuing their good form at the start of the new league season next year.

Barry Shaw won the Seniors’ August stableford qualifier with a great score of 41 points in division one. Bernard Bell took second place with 38 and thespian Keith Heppenstall, currently featuring in the BBC series “The Village” on Sunday evenings, was third, scoring 37 points. Ian Kellham won division two with 38 points. Four players scored 37  and were separated on countback. Ken Upton took second and Seniors’ Captain Radley Wardhaugh was third. They pushed Frank Maguire and Graham Bowerman into fourth and fifth.

Which Lady member invited Captain of Vice Fred Aspin to break into her house last week after she lost her car keys? Fred had to scale a seven foot high gate with very sharp points on top, strategically placed to be very dangerous to a bloke trying to straddle it. When the Lady concerned took the clubs out of her bag and turned it upside down later, out popped her keys…


Golf club members update August 2014

Emma TippingThe Pat Holloway Trophy was played over two days during the week. The first game was midweek for Ladies who couldn’t play at the weekend and the second for the rest of the ladies section. County player Emma Tipping, off one played midweek and had a great game despite very cold and windy conditions. 

Emma started off with a birdie, she then dropped a shot on the par five second then really got into her stride. Two pars, a birdie on the difficult fourth hole then four more pars saw her one under par with loads of points for the front nine. She dropped just two more shots on the tenth and fourteenth but made up for them with a couple of brilliant birdies and five more pars to finish up with a great 38 points. Emma said that she didn’t feel as though she did anything out of the ordinary, her whole game just felt really solid and she enjoyed the golf as well as excellent company from her playing partners. She went on to say that she was thrilled to be down to scratch especially as it was achieved in far from ideal conditions. 

After the weekend round of the competition had taken place, Emma was confirmed as the winner of the trophy on countback from Captain Bev Dolman who took second and Rita Knapp in third. 

Peter McCall had a great round to win the Gents Midweek stableford on the Lakes course. Peter had 43 points to take the win and was cut to 23. Jon Herbert took second place with a score of 39 on countback from Keith Smith. 

Simon Chapman won the Hinch Cup for the best gross in the 19 -28 Handicap Club Championship on countback from second placed Phillip Carr. Both players shot a 95; Simon played very steadily throughout and was thrilled to have won. Third and fourth were also decided on countback - Chris Tapsell and Ray Pagett both recorded a gross 96. 

Ray Pagett won the nett competition for the Easson Cup with a great score of 74 on countback from Alan Grummitt. Simon Chapman took third ahead of Phillip Carr after they both shot a nett 75. Nineteen handicapper Marc Joyce shot a nett 64 but as he has only played in one qualifier this year, he was ineligible for a prize but did end up being cut to 16. 

Martin BoughtonThe Men’s section is running a Summer Order of Merit for the Martin Boughton Cup this year. Anyone entering an “open” competition (one that is open to all, such as monthly medals, Moore Stephens, Volvo but not 0-18, Limestone, or Rabbits) is automatically entered into the Order of Merit at no extra cost. Points are awarded on a descending scale and after nine qualifying rounds, Robert Bagworth leads the way with 140 points, followed by Kev Hingle who has 134. Club champion Graham Smith is in third place with 120. Richard Wilson stands in fourth place with 115 points just one ahead of Peter Key. With three more qualifying rounds to go, the competition is wide open and the chasing pack which includes Peter Ryan, Chris Howe, Ryan Tarrant, Joe Dalziel, Greyam Watts and Darren Haughton are all in with a chance of snatching the Cup. The final qualifying competition of the year is the October Medal and the winner will receive the Cup at Prize Night on Friday 14th November. 

After the great success of the Winter Order of Merit, Martin Boughton decided to sponsor a summer series to say thank you to all of the members who had supported him during his six year tenure as Club President. He said that he wanted to have a competition that was open to all male club members with a qualifying handicap at no extra cost. 

Greetham Valley’s First Team played away at Belton Woods knowing that a good result was needed. They had to draft in several players from the Second Team with the blessing of second team Captain Steve Anderson. The second team players played extremely well and helped the team to a creditable 3-3 away draw. With one game left in the season, a half in the last match at home to Gedney Hill will secure their position in the league for next year. In his first year in charge, Captain Chris Steele said that the energy and spirit inside the team is fantastic, they feel very upbeat going into their last match. 

The B Team had a great win at home against a strong Elton Furze team at the weekend,winning by five games to one. Captain Shaun Denholm and Ian Cunningham deserve a special mention -they and their playing partners Fraser and Adi  had teed off at 7am on the Lakes course that morning in the semi finals of the family doubles. Ian and Adi finally won the match on the 20th hole. Shaun and Ian had a quick cup of tea then both lined up to play in the B team match on the hilly Valley course. Needless to say, they were both very pleased to sit down to one of Greetham Valley’s famous carveries at the end of a very tough day! 

 

Dennis and LizLiz Haughton was presented with a Golf Buddy GPS by Club Secretary Dennis Millington. This was a prize awarded to the divisional leader in the Titleist Order of Merit up to June this year. Liz is still doing very well in it and could have more goodies yet to come her way before the end of the year.

The Seniors played host to Lingdale Golf Club last week and finished with a creditable 4-4 draw. A couple of days later in a match away at Park Hill they had another half. Captain Radley Wardhaugh said that it was a very strange match where the winners of each game either won big or lost big. 

Bank Holiday Monday was a virtual washout but the brave and the hardy still turned up to compete in the holiday “fun” competition. It all started off so well with most players going off in semi dry conditions, however, that was as good as it got. Thereafter, it became quite windy and rained hard for the whole round. The course stood up to it very well but everybody who played came in soaked and relieved to be finished. John Keer, Neil Chatterton and Dave Squires shot a fantastic 80 points to win the all male team prize.Darren Haughton, Bryan Birchill and Ellie Haughton won the mixed prize also with 80 points. Beryl Crosland, Liz Haughton and Izzy Haughton took the prize for the all Ladies team. Captains Shaun Denholm and Bev Dolman said that they were staggered that so many people turned up to play and thanked them for doing so in such horrible conditions.


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 Autumn 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, including those of the four attractions - 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 Autumn 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 per person 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.]


Restaurant Offers

Fine dining restaurants at Greetham Valley in RutlandThe renowned Greetham Valley Black Rock Grill continues to grow in popularity – word spreads fast! Try our fabulous, great value Black Rock Grill Steak Duet offer – just £18 for TWO succulent 6oz prime rump steaks served cooking on a pair of our hot volcanic rocks, accompanied by chips, mushrooms, onion rings and salad. We also have a range of other choices on our Black Rock Grill menu.

Our seasonal menufeature some fabulous new approaches to preparing deliciously wholesome food to suit all palates. Enjoy the taste of wild mushrooms in a creamy tarragon and white wine sauce as a starter,  linger over scrumptious pan fried chicken breast stuffed with Rutland pork and apricot sausage and sink into decadence with sinfully scrumptious homemade desserts. Feeling peckish? Why not share a Greetham Valley platter, or tuck into an Aberdeen Angus beefburger with all the trimmings? Greetham Valley invites you to tantalise your tastebuds this season and discover why our chefs have become locally renowned for innovation and attention to detail.

Table booking is always a good idea and at busy times can be absolutely essential! We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Table reservations (01780) 460444


Sizzling BBQ at Greetham Valley

BBQ chefJoin us for a sizzling BBQ this Saturday night 16th August from 6pm! Just £12 per person, children aged 4-12 years half price, under 4s free!!

Includes gammon steak, chicken, BBQ pork rib and beef burger, with a selection of salads, potato wedges and bread rolls. Vegetarian option available.

Please book with Hotel Reception, 01780 460444 or email info@greethamvalley.co.uk


August hotel job vacancies at Greetham Valley

jobs availableGreetham Valley has hotel job vacancies for Kitchen Assistants to work casual hours in our busy hotel and restaurant kitchen Monday to Sunday. The successful applicants will work as an integral part of the kitchen team to maintain a high level of clean kitchen equipment and environment.  Hours worked will be as required to meet the needs of the business.

All applications in writing please to Sharon Walpole, HR Manager.
Email: sharon@greethamvalley.co.uk or by post:
Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre, Wood Lane, Greetham, Oakham, Rutland LE15 7SN


Piggy & a Party!

roastporkSaturday 9th August
7.30pm to midnight

Full hog roast meal and disco at fabulous value – just £10 per person!

(Yes, there is a veggie option available!)

Tickets from Hotel Reception or phone 01780 460444.

Hotel: room only £49 for this party night.

Come join us for another superb Greetham Valley Great Night Out!


Greetham Valley Wedding Fair

wedding cakeGreetham Valley’s next Wedding Fair is on Sunday 28th September 2014, 10am to 3pm.

As usual, we will be crammed full with exhibitors offering ideas and inspiration for your very special day, including:
bridal and men’s wear
bridesmaids’ dresses and mother of the bride fashion
jewellery, tiaras and fascinators
linens, chair covers and venue dressers
wedding cars, gifts and cakes
balloons, stationery and favours
hair and beauty
florists and photography

100 bridal goody bags to give away throughout the day!

Everyone welcome, free admission and complimentary tea and coffee.

Why not make a day of it and book a table now for our renowned Sunday Lunch Carvery, available between 12 and 3pm?

Phone 01780 460444 to reserve your table or to speak to Mitch, our wedding co-ordinator for more details of our Autumn Wedding Fair and weddings at Greetham Valley.


August Sizzler Golf Offer

Black Rock Grill at Greetham ValleyCome and sizzle at Greetham Valley this August!

Enjoy coffee and bacon roll on arrival, 18 holes of golf on either The Lakes or The Valley course, followed by a sizzling Black Rock Grill 60z steak meal – scrumptious!!

At just £30 per person, it’s one of the best value golf offers around.  7 days a week, subject to tee time availability.

Book now on 01780 460444 or email Gilly gilly.ward@greethamvalley.co.uk