Coloured flag positioning trial at Greetham Valley a success

Greetham Valley flag positioning trialIn early spring this year, Greetham Valley commenced a coloured flag positioning trial, with feedback requested from members and visiting players.

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!

Happy golfing!

Carla wins tickets to Rock ‘n’ Roll at Greetham Valley

rock and roll 50s and 60sIn the aftermath of all the positive feedback from guests at our last Greetham Valley Great Night Out, Motown Night, we are delighted to announce the winner of our prize draw on the night!

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.

The Jukebox Jets

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

Special golf society offer during August

Valley green maintenanceIt’s coming up to that time of year where Greetham Valley’s green keepers carry out their essential hollow coring of the greens. Adi Porter, Course Manager at Greetham Valley, explains the process:

‘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.

Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic to open at Greetham Valley

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

Clinic opening hours:   Mon – Fri 8.30am to 7.30pm       Saturday  8am to 12 noon

For more details, see

Alex wins competition with pride and nett 63!

Alex CarterHowling 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.

FREE! 3 months Academy course membership

Beginners’ Group Golf Lessons just £25pp for
4 x 1 hour group lessons plus 3 months FREE Academy Course membership at Greetham Valley. What an offer!

Ladies, gents and juniors are all welcome to book a place on one of PGA professional Jim Hetherington’s beginners’ group golf tuition courses this summer for the incredible price of just £25 per person and to enjoy a whole 3 months of unlimited golf absolutely free on Greetham Valley’s nine hole par 3 course to practice all the skills you will learn!

These beginners’ lessons are the ideal introduction to the wonderful and not so mysterious game of golf – not only is it a perfect platform to learn a new sport in a group supported environment, it’s also a superb opportunity to meet other novices and make new friends and potential future playing partners. Golf is after all a very sociable game for the majority of golfers – and who hasn’t heard of the ’19th hole’? Bantering about your game over a pint or glass of wine or two in the Clubhouse can be as much fun and as enjoyable as the infamous après-ski!

To book your place on the next round of Beginner’s Group Golf Lessons, contact:
Jim Hetherington
PGA Professional
Mobile: 07712 052763

Patrick from Belgium wins stay in Rutland Lodges

Rutland Lodges at Greetham ValleyPatrick de Schutter from Belgium is the latest lucky winner in one of Greetham Valley’s competition draws. This time the prize was a short break in a Rutland Lodge at Greetham Valley.

Patrick stayed with us in May while taking part in an international fly fishing competition on Rutland Water and says ‘I am very pleased to hear I have won a stay in Greetham Valley! It’s a beautiful place to stay …..’

We look forward to welcoming Patrick and his family and friends back to Rutland later this year.

Summer dining at Greetham Valley

Fish FridaySummer Dining at Greetham Valley

New for June, we have now launched our stunning Fish Friday Menu. All fresh from the trawler with a brand new menu each week based on the best of the catch! This week features some real treats:  North Atlantic Turbot, Razor Clams and a firm favourite, Salmon Bisque! The Fish Friday Menu will be available in the Valley Restaurant each Friday from 6pm til 9pm from June onwards. So whether fish is a firm favourite or you are just wanting to try something new, give it a go!

It’s back! The ever popular Sizzling Saturday BBQ is making a return for Summer. Grab your family and friends and let us do all the hard work whilst you relax with something cold from the bar! At just £12 per person, our four meat BBQ plus all the trimmings is fabulous value. Served from 6pm til 9pm every Saturday evening, no matter the weather!

Too busy to cook this Sunday? Come and join us for our Sunday Lunch Carvery. From just £9.50 per person with a children’s menu also available there’s no reason not to come to Greetham Valley! We use only the finest, local ingredients to make the perfect Sunday Roast that leaves everyone looking forward to their next visit!

You can book your table with Hotel Reception on 01780 460444 or just join us on the day!

Ladies’ free golf taster session at Greetham Valley in Rutland!

Wednesday 12 June 6pm
Ladies’ FREE
golf taster session!
PGA professional Jim Hetherington is holding a free golf taster session for Ladies at Greetham Valley on Wednesday 12 June at 6pm. All equipment will be provided, please wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes or trainers.  Please phone Jim on 07712 052763 for more details

Motown comes to Greetham Valley!

Friday 5 July
Motown Tribute -  join us for a fabulous evening of soulful food and musical entertainment – everyone welcome!

Enjoy a superb two course themed dinner, then dance until midnight to the fantastic sound of live band Shadows of Motown, plus disco with Rutland Radio’s Rob Persani.

7.30pm to midnight    Tickets £22.50pp

Click here for our Motown Tribute Night menu

Ticket reservations: Greetham Valley Reception, tel (01780) 460444