Coloured flag positioning trial at Greetham Valley

Following a suggestion from a member, and in agreement with Course Manager Adi, Greetham Valley is trialling coloured flag positioning on both the Lakes and the Valley courses.

From today, for a trial period, coloured flags will be 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!

No trial would be complete without valuable feedback from those who play the courses, so please do let us know your thoughts. Does it help or hinder your game or are you confused.com? Either speak to the Captains, to Dee Hinch or email dee.hinch@greethamvalley.co.uk - we look forward to receiving your input.

 


Be a Pro for the Day at Greetham Valley!

Friday 19 April 9am to 6pm

Spend the day like a golf professional in a completely relaxed environment, having every aspect of your game monitored, assessed and improved. Jim Hetherington will cover your long game and every aspect of your short game, set personalised practise and skill development routines and give you vital mental tools and focus to maximise your performance.

Cost is just £149 per person and includes:

  • breakfast
  • lunch
  • 9 hole playing lesson
  • range balls
  • manual

This is a very special day for a maximum of just 4 people, so book now to avoid disappointment! Phone Jim on 07712 052763


Jim Hetherington’s Short Game Masterclass

Friday 3 May 10am to 5pm

This Short Game Masterclass is a superb day of short game golf tuition, covering the arts of pitching, chipping, sand play and putting. Jim will also give you the mental tools used by the world’s best players to improve concentration and reduce nerves, plus a manual to help you continue and develop your personal routines.

The cost of this invaluable day is just £75 per person, with a maximum of 8 people.

To book your place, phone Jim Hetherington on 07712 052763 or email james.hetherington@yahoo.co.uk

 


SNOW UPDATE AT GREETHAM VALLEY

Tuesday 2nd April HOPEFULLY THE LAST OF THE SNOW UPDATES FOR THE SEASON!  All courses at Greetham Valley are open and playing to main greens. Its a beautiful day out there – wall to wall blue sky! Its supposed to be 6 degrees, but factor in that wind chill and wear your thermals! There are still some snow bunkers (not a new permanent feature devised by Adi the Course Manager we hope!) so please treat as GUR. The Golf Shop will advise when Winter Rules no longer apply. Buggy limitations – reviewed on a daily basis, again please ask. Lady Captain Sheila is insistent that a heatwave is just 3 weeks away – roll on summer! Our latest weather forecast is for a balmy nine degrees by Sunday – gosh, we’ll be basking out on the patio…..

Thursday 28th March 2013 2pm ALL COURSES OPEN FOR GOOD FRIDAY! Adi the Course Manager has just reported that he and his team will have  the Lakes, the Valley and the Academy courses open for Good Friday. Be aware that there are still lots of pockets of snow, especially in the bunkers, which should be treated as GUR. It’s also likely to be quite slippery on slopes so please take care. Hopefully play will be on all main greens but tomorrow’s early inspection will confirm. Don’t bother with white balls – we sold a good few boxes of yellow balls today for a very good reason! The Easter Pairs competition is on – have fun out there!

Wednesday 27th March 2013 4pm LAKES COURSE OPEN FOR THURSDAY for members and their guests only - NO GREENFEES FOR MEMBERS’ GUESTS ON THURSDAY! Bring your yellow balls as there is still snow lying out there. Play will be to main greens except the 10th which is still embracing its own little Arctic micro climate. Hopefully Lakes and Valley courses will both be fully open to everyone on Friday, subject to the vagaries of these erratic weather systems. Academy course is open to all.

Wednesday 27th March 2013 8am ACADEMY COURSE OPEN  - remember to bring yellow balls! Lakes and Valley still closed today but we are very hopeful now that they also will be open tomorrow. Fingers crossed that this thaw continues, it is currently 2 degrees above freezing with a light wind. This morning’s forecast suggests we should miss any localised snow flurries today. The snow which melted from the greens yesterday has drained well, still some depth on the rough and patchy on the fairways but it’s all definitely on the move.

Tuesday 26th March 2013 4pm COURSES CLOSED AND ON WEDNESDAY TOO But Adi says that providing this thaw continues, we will have golf on Thursday!! We have seen 2 inches melt today in the sunshine, which has been fabulous, although it has been almost at zero degrees most of the day so the thaw has not been as quick as we’d hoped. The greens are clearing well although pretty soggy but the wind is quite drying so we are very hopeful indeed for Thursday.

Tuesday 26th March 2013 8am COURSES CLOSED TODAY BUT FINGERS CROSSED FOR TOMORROW! The sun is shining, the snow is melting – Adi the Course Manager is hopeful the greens will be cleared by this afternoon but there’s still some depth in the rough and on some of the fairways. He will inspect again this afternoon and we are keeping fingers crossed for play tomorrow, providing this thaw continues. Watch this space!

Monday 25th March 2013 4pm COURSES STILL CLOSED TODAY BUT THAW HAS SET IN  – WOW! Well we didn’t expect this thaw today – must get my crystal ball re-polished! There’s still some snow out there but that golden orb in the sky has worked it’s magic for two hours this afternoon and just look at the difference! The Course Manager is talking about clearing the greens tomorrow so fingers crossed this continues – we’ll keep you updated as soon as possible.

Monday 25th March 2013 8am THE COURSES ARE CLOSED. There’s a thick layer of snow out there on the golf courses; the roads and driveway are clear but it is icy out there, please take care when coming down for coffee/lunch etc. Looking at the forecast, we think we will be lucky to see any golf at Greetham Valley this side of Good Friday – unless the temp raises a few degrees to start the thaw. We just need that Scandinavian high to shift a bit! Keep an eye on this blog, we’ll update regularly.

Saturday 23rd March 2013 8am AND THE COURSES ARE CLOSED AGAIN. We now have about 4 cm lying on the grass, with a steady light continuous snowfall that hasn’t stopped since about 7pm last night. The lane and driveway is clear – thanks to Robert and his trusty snowplough and we were gritting yesterday in preparation. On a good note, last night’s Race Night raised over £850 for the Captains’ Charity the Peterborough Neonatal Baby Unit – well done to all involved and thank you to all the ‘punters’ who enjoyed the Tote and the whole evening – it was a great atmosphere, great fun! A special mention to John Cox, whose table donated their £100 winnings on their ‘auctioned horse’ straight back to the charity – a very generous gesture.

Friday 22nd March 2013 12 noon LAKES COURSE IS OPEN!! What a difference a few hours can make – unbelievable! The Lakes course is open, as is the Academy course, but no buggies for obvious reasons. OK, fingers and toes crossed everyone that we miraculously avoid any more snow…….(wishful thinking). Just spotted the first intrepid, well wrapped up golfers heading to the tee…. what a hardy bunch we have here today!

Friday 22nd March 2013 8am COURSES ARE CLOSED FOR GOLF. And this image shows why. We are on the fringe at the moment with snow settling on the grass but not the roads and driveway to us. The greenkeepers are out gritting to keep them clear. The forecast is for continuous light snow here throughout most of the day, then to deteriorate further overnight and tomorrow. Oh the joys of Spring. And only a week to the start of British Summertime……

Friday 15th February 2013 9am ALL THREE COURSES ARE OPEN AND PLAYING ON MAIN GREENS!! ENJOY!!

Thursday 14th February 2013 8am LAKES COURSE AND ACADEMY COURSE OPEN, ALL ON MAIN GREENS Valley course is closed today as it’s a bit too soggy in places to make play enjoyable! Forecast for today is for no more rain from 9am and then the next few days is set to really fine up – excellent! Temperature showing on my car on the school run at 7.40am was 5 degrees, high of 9 is forecast for noon today.

Wednesday 13th February 2013 noon MAIN COURSES OPEN, ON MAIN GREENS! Sorry for the delay in posting this update – we have had no internet connection all morning until 5 minutes ago – very annoying! Not as annoying as the snow was of course but all three courses are now open and playing on main greens – yippee! Pretty nippy out there so don’t forget your thermals, see you soon.

Tuesday 12th February 2013 8am MAIN COURSES CLOSED, ACADEMY COURSE GREENS CLEARING  The temperature drop last night means that the snow is still lying over most of  the Lakes and the Valley courses and we don’t expect a sufficient thaw this morning to open them. However, the greenkeepers are busy working on the tees and greens of the Academy course and it is playable for everyone for a good old practice round. As soon as Adi the course manager informs us that the main courses are playable, we’ll let you know! He does anticipate that they will be open tomorrow. Roads, driveway and car parks are completely clear for access to Greetham Valley for today’s conferences and luncheon groups et al.

Monday 11th February 2013 8am AAARRRRRGGGHH!! IT’S BACK! The courses are closed at  the moment due to a thin blanket of snow but the greenkeepers are currently working on getting some temporary greens sorted out so please try phoning us this afternoon for an update on that if you are desperate for a game. The Seniors’ booking for this morning has of course been cancelled. Robert strapped on the snowplough at 6am to ensure accessibility to Greetham Valley for all the conferences and lunches we have booked in today, so no worries there.

Monday 28th January 2013 8am  GREETHAM VALLEY’S GOLF COURSES ARE OPEN AND PLAYING ON MAIN GREENS! Yippee! The Seniors are pouring onto the Lakes course with glee – there is ice on the 3rd green which the greenkeepers are working on so that is the only hole not playing to the main green on that course. On the Valley, holes 9 to 13 are still closed due to waterlogging – it’s the only part of Greetham Valley with clumps of underlying blue clay, hindering drainage. Apart from that – enjoy, folks!

Sunday 27th January 2013 9am ACADEMY COURSE AND DRIVING RANGE ARE OPEN, LAKES AND VALLEY STILL CLOSED. Well, it’s a start! Who would have thought that the overnight rain would have cleared so much snow away so quickly? Friday’s snow meant that yesterday morning it was lying a good 8 inches deep all over Greetham Valley, then the heavens opened and it all started disappearing. Looking forward to a busy Sunday lunchtime – ask for a window table to enjoy all the greenery out there - not a lot of snow left except on northfacing slopes but now the greenkeepers need to ensure all the meltwater drains as there is a lot of standing water about. WE DO BELIEVE THE LAKES AND THE VALLEY COURSES WILL BE OPEN TOMORROW – WATCH THIS SPACE AND KEEP FINGERS CROSSED!

Friday 25th January 2013 noon COURSES ARE CLOSED FOR GOLF. And it registered minus 7 last night so no chance of a thaw starting. Quite a few people here already today – lunches, coffees etc. We also have a wedding here today – congratulations Becky and Mark! More snow is threatened for late afternoon/evening but Robert is to hand with the snow plough and will keep Greetham Valley accessible. Guests coming to the Robbie Williams Tribute Night tomorrow night will have no issues with access to us so don’t fret! We also have a special accommodation offer on if you decide to stay the night instead of heading home at midnight. WINTER LEAGUE: the competition on Sunday 27th January has been postponed – Dennis will re-schedule asap.

Wednesday 23rd January 2013 noon COURSES ARE CLOSED FOR GOLF. No more snow overnight but temperatures not lifting above freezing, so no thaw. Forecast for next two days pretty similar, but we may get some form of precipitation on Friday – no bets being taken for Rutland re snowflakes or raindrops. Temperatures are set to rise for the weekend and into early next week but threat of precipitation continues. Good to see golf club members here yesterday and today enjoying their games of bridge, lunches and coffees! Local access to Greetham Valley fine – again just please take care.

Tuesday 22nd January 2013 10am COURSES ARE CLOSED FOR GOLF. And last night’s minus 7 temperatures at Greetham Valley didn’t help anything either. At least it didn’t snow – yay, let’s look on the bright side! The Driving Range is currently closed – greenkeepers have been unsuccessfully playing hunt the golf balls – BUT we aim to have the Range open for the weekend. Access to Greetham Valley is clear; again please take care on ungritted roads when heading our way. We’ve had our first burst pipe, luckily in an unused part of the complex so no damage. Someone enjoying the snow is Jazz – she makes brilliant snowballs with her nose then attacks them because they are clearly vicious and need destroying….

Monday 21st January 2013 9am COURSES ARE CLOSED FOR GOLF. Isn’t this just YUK? After a snowy weekend (so much for weather forecasts) we now have six inches covering the golf courses. We are accessible for food and drinks but please take care on ungritted roads on the way to us. Jazz and the girls went sledging on Saturday, its surprising how few slopes out on the courses DON’T have water at the bottom! Found the best one for sledging was the 8th on the Valley, Robert is now considering a ski lift running along the side of the wood there…..If you can’t beat the snow, might as well make the most of it!

Friday 18th January 2013 noon COURSES ARE CLOSED FOR GOLF. Well of course they are, and oh yes I now detect a fine sleet slanting in on the wind. Our Front of House Manager  is snowed in at home 45 miles away westwards – not even Robert can help you there Nicola, sorry! Temperature last night was only minus 2 (only?); we aren’t forecast for a blizzard such as they are enduring currently in South Wales but that may well change. The weekend is set to be snow free for Rutland and the Driving Range should be open for anyone having golfing withdrawal symptoms. There are strong suggestions of more snowfall on Monday.

Thursday 17th January 2013 9am COURSES ARE CLOSED FOR GOLF. No more snow last night at Greetham Valley but we recorded a low of minus 10. Brrrr! The snow hasn’t even thought about thawing, no matter how many members turn up for coffee and gaze forlornly out of the window…. Roads etc should all stay clear for easy access to us all day and evening. Robert’s trusty snow plough is parked outside my house ready for him to strap on at a moment’s notice; we are as ready as we can be for the horrific conditions promised tomorrow….

Wednesday 16th January 2013 10am COURSES ARE CLOSED FOR GOLF. No snowfall last night but the temperature was about minus 6 overnight. Freezing fog this morning had me reaching for the thermal vest and fluffy socks. Absolutely no prospects of a thaw today or tomorrow and just don’t talk to Robert about the snow that is forecast for most of England on Friday. Currently all nearby roads to Greetham Valley are clear of snow; conference delegates have arrived safely and the driveway and carparks will remain clear for the Lions function tonight, as well as Greetham Valley’s Club AGM which starts at 7.30pm.

Tuesday 15th January 2013 2pm COURSES ARE CLOSED FOR GOLF. No more snow last night or today, and temperatures were slightly above freezing by noon which kickstarted a slight thaw BUT forecast is for below freezing again tonight so the courses will retain their 2 inch thick white duvet, I’m afraid. Wood Lane, driveway and car parks all clear; today’s conference delegates were able to get here safely and there should be no issues for all of tomorrow’s conferences either. Access to Greetham Valley should also be fine for the Lions function tomorrow evening, Robert will keep Wood Lane free of snow if any falls tomorrow but please drive carefully on ungritted roads.

Monday 14th January 2013 2pm COURSES ARE CLOSED FOR GOLF. After snowing overnight, the white stuff started dripping down again this morning and continued into mid afternoon – we now have 2 inches lying quietly over the courses. The roads nearby, Wood Lane, driveway and carparks are all clear thanks to Robert and his trusty snowplough (who were out from 5.50am) and the greenkeepers have been gritting. Lots of conferences tomorrow so we’re keeping fingers crossed that there’ll be no more snow overnight – otherwise Robert will have to bounce out of bed early again! The temperature is forecast to not go above freezing so little likelihood of melt I’m afraid. Great. Not.


2014 England Golf Boys County Championship Midland Qualifier

Greetham Valley’s owners are a very proud bunch this week - they have just had confirmation that Greetham Valley has been selected as the venue for the England Golf Boys’ County Championships Midland Qualifier in 2014! 

Midlands Golf Union Secretary Neil Harris, one of the committee members who chose the club, said that the Midland Golf Union is very pleased that Greetham Valley Golf Club will be hosting the 2014 England Golf Boys County Championship Midland Qualifier. He went on to say; “The MGU Championship Committee are always on the lookout for venues of high quality for our Championships, where golfers will be presented with a testing challenge on the course backed up with excellent practice facilities. The driving range at Greetham Valley combined with the fantastic par three course for short game practise fits the bill perfectly. With thirty five hotel rooms and eight lodges everything necessary for a successful championship is on site. We look forward to working with Greetham Valley’s owners and staff to make this a championship to remember.” 

The Midlands Golf Union area consists of ten counties who are all eligible to field a team for this prestigious championship. The teams will consist of six players under eighteen years of age who will be picked by their County. There is no lower age limit so if you are good enough, then you are old enough!  

The format will be medal play off scratch with five out of the six to count. They will play thirty six holes on the Lakes course, eighteen in the morning going off two tees and the same in the afternoon. The qualifier will be on Wednesday 28th May 2014 and all teams will be able to play a practice round on the 27th. The top team on the day will then go forward to the national final at Sandiway in Cheshire for three days of intense competition starting on 26th August, to find the top County boys team in England.

Greetham Valley Managing Director Robert Hinch said that the owners and staff were incredibly proud to be asked to host this event next year. He said ‘We are delighted that after 21 years of continual development, improvement and reinvestment, Greetham Valley is finally getting the recognition that the courses and complex truly deserve’. Adi Porter, Greetham Valley’s Course Manager, added ‘Our greens in particular are already the envy of many golf clubs and I am very much looking forward to preparing the Lakes course for this prestigious event’. 

This year,Greetham Valley is equally busy with lots of other County events. They are to host a round of the Lincolnshire Poacher, part of the Lincolnshire Order of Merit, later in the year. They have also been selected to be the venue for the Lincolnshire Seniors versus the Leicestershire Seniors team in June. The Leicestershire Junior Girls will play the Nottinghamshire team at Greetham Valley and the complex will once again be the venue of choice for the Lincolnshire Girls Junior Coaching and Fund raising Day. 

The Ladies’ County Captains for Lincolnshire South event will also be held at GreethamValley. Robert Hinch said that they are very pleased and excited to be part of so many different counties’ plans for the months ahead.


Snow affects Greetham Valley’s winter golf competitions

Greetham Valley’s Winter League has been affected by the recent bad weather, only four of the scheduled eight rounds having been played so far. Club Secretary Dennis Millington is trying hard to reschedule dates to bring the groups up to date.

In division one Gary Graham and Kevin Burdall took full advantage of the good weather before the snow hit to register the perfect score so far. They have played four and won four, taking the maximum eight points for the lead in the division. Steff Dutton and Alan Bennett, who had a bye in one round, are second having won two and lost one, they have four points as do Brian Langston and Andrew Sutton in third. Bernard Bell and Neil Crees lead division two with the only other perfect score of played four and won four, they are three points ahead of Bill Skinner and Graham Day who have lost two of their four games. Last year’s Winter League winners, Iain Bain and Dave Morgan have the same score and are looking forward to the restart of the competition this Saturday to get their challenge back on track. 

Kevin Ingle and Andy Webb, Steve Sharples and Mick Jones have all played four and lost one, they have six points in division three and are three points ahead of Les Kowal and Jason Giblett in third. Steve Chisholm and Steve Burgon, Mark Hibbitt and Ray Gladwinfield also have six points apiece in division four, two ahead of Brian McInerney and Andy Dickinson. The top two pairs in each division will go forward to the quarter finals on the third of March.

Players in the Winter Order of Merit have also had a frustrating wait for the snow to clear, the next fixture is on Sunday3rd February. Ian Copley leads with Adam Clegg in second, George Grant is close behind in third.  Dave Copley is a mere point four behind in fourth and Paul Jenkinson is in fifth only point six behind him. Having lost two rounds to the weather, organiser Neil Harris said that with the top twenty being so close to each other, it could turn into a sprint to the finish.


David and June win a golfing day at Greetham Valley

Golfing visitors to Greetham Valley are invited to enter our quarterly drawn competitions to win a golf orientated prize. The most recent winners of a day’s golf for four with complimentary buggies are David and June Evans from Biggleswade, who were drawn out of a ‘hat’ containing 300 entries last week. David and June were delighted to win and are looking forward to their return visit with friends to Greetham Valley on a day of their choice. The prize is worth up to £198 – well worth entering the competition!

For your chance to win one of our golfing prizes, please complete an entry form on your next visit to Greetham Valley. No purchase necessary but we do ask your permission to contact you via email with details of Greetham Valley special offers and events which we hope you may be interested in. We won’t spam you and we won’t give your details to anyone else.


News from the greens November 2012

Firstly I must apologise for the lack of postings since August, unfortunately I have no excuse!!!!
 
The weather in the past few months hasn’t been much better than the first 6 months of the year, we are now almost matching what we had for that period, so conditions out on the course are still quite damp, and some buggy restrictions are now being imposed on the Valley course, in order to preserve the quality the best we can.
 
The winter teeing areas are now in use, but these only consist of 3 artificial tee mats over both the courses, the rest being grass tees, so other than shortening the courses a little (which will please some), playability will not be affected.
 
The greens are entering into the winter months in good health, the preventative fungicide programme I use is working well, with the last application scheduled for this week. This should keep the greens free of disease up until Christmas.
 
The tees and surrounds have all been fed with a slow release fertiliser and this will keep growth ticking over gradually through the winter as and when the temperature is suitable. This allows us to present the course to the highest possible standard that Mother Nature will allow.
 
We have been replenishing the sand in the bunkers when we have had time and this will be ongoing throughout the next month. The more observant ones will have noticed a change in the sand that we are using, this has been forced onto us, as the “OMR” sand that we have used for the last 20 years is no longer available to the amenity market, so I have researched what is available and gone with the one that best matches what we already have.
 
We will be continuing with the path improvements this winter, and I intend to do the 10th on the Lakes course and around the putting green, then any others we have time for.
 
I am extending the tee on the 9th on the Valley course at present. I am making the tee wider in order to allow us to spread the wear a little more. It will also straighten the hole out a little . The work should be complete by the end of November.
 
Well I could go on, but had better leave there. I will post again in December to keep everyone updated. Happy winter golf!

Adi Porter
Course Manager


Rutland falconry experience at Greetham Valley

Greetham Valley Hotel, in association with Simon Tebbutt of  FalconryServices.com, now offers a Falconry Experience as the latest on-site pre-bookable activity.

Guests and visitors are shown how to safely handle a variety of these superb birds of prey, including Errol the great grey owl (seen above with Katie Hinch) and Bob the eagle owl, held by Sam Holmes.

Sam said  ‘They are surprisingly heavy for what I thought was a bundle of feathers’ whilst Katie’s comment about Errol was how expressive his face was!

The Falconry Experience is suitable for all ages from 6 upwards, with each session tailored as required to meet specific group needs.

Contact Simon on 01572 811177 or 07989 098071 to arrange a Falconry Experience  in Rutland for your family, friends or corporate day.


Hotel job vacancies in Rutland – Temporary Kitchen Assistants

Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre has vacancies for Temporary Kitchen Assistants to work weekends and evenings. 

The successful applicants will work as an integral part of the busy 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.

Please apply in writing to Sharon Walpole by 30th September 2012.    
Email: sharon@greethamvalley.co.uk 
Post: Sharon Walpole, Greetham Valley Golf Club Ltd, Wood Lane, Greetham, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 7SN