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, 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.    
Post: Sharon Walpole, Greetham Valley Golf Club Ltd, Wood Lane, Greetham, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 7SN

Job vacancy for a Temporary Housekeeper at Greetham Valley

Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre has a job vacancy for a Temporary Housekeeper to work within the busy Housekeeping Department.  Hours will be flexible as required to meet the needs of the business. Weekend work may be required.

You will support the Head Housekeeper in ensuring the finest attention to detail in relation to the high daily cleanliness standards of the 35 bedrooms at Greetham Valley, as well as the Rutland Lodges, holiday cottage, Lounge Bar, conference and function rooms and all public areas.

Applications in writing please to Sharon Walpole by 30 September 2012.

 Greetham Valley, Wood Lane,  Greetham, Oakham, Rutland LE15 7SN

James lifts Rabbits’ Trophy to win club double

Greetham Valley’s gentlemen members with a handicap between 19 and 28 were eligible to play for the Rabbits Trophy at the weekend. The competition was played on the Lakes course in warm conditions with the odd sprinkling of rain. James Ablett, who won the 19 to 28 Club Championship in May, shot another fine round to post a score of 75 to win the trophy and a brilliant double. He said that he was delighted with the win and was pleased that all of the practice that he has been doing recently seems to be paying off.

Twenty seven handicapper Justin Perry was second on count back from David Burton, they both had a score of seventy six. David, playing off twenty, had to be content with winning the lowest gross of the day.

Jordan takes top spot in Junior Club Championship

Jordan Burdall, who won the Rutland Junior Open at Greetham Valley a few weeks ago, took top spot in the Junior Club Championship again. Jordan had an impressive fifteen pars, two birdies and a bogey to come home with a seventy one. This was enough to take the win and the lowest gross and he was cut to scratch. Juniors’ Captain Ryan Tarrant, playing off four was second with an eighty three just one shot better than the ever improving Sam Ewing in third.


Peter’s new irons help win Seniors stableford qualifier

The Valley course was the venue for the Seniors’ Stableford qualifier this week; warm sunshine with a slight breeze blessed Rutland and came as a pleasant surprise to players who have got used to the wet and windy conditions that seem to have been the norm this year. In division one, Peter Giblett, who has had an excellent five or six weeks in seniors’ competitions, took full advantage of the balmy weather to win both division one and the overall competition. After parring the first, Peter dropped a shot on the second hole but got it straight back when he birdied the third; this was followed by a par on the next and a good round seemed to be in prospect when a couple of silly mistakes caused him to blob the fifth. After a little regroup, Peter went on to drop only one more shot in the next nine holes which included two more birdies. The weather turned very muggy as the breeze disappeared, tiredness led to a drop in concentration and three bogies followed one after the other. Peter managed to birdie the par three eighteenth to give himself a chance with forty points. As it turned out, the birdie on the last was to be very important, as another player also came in with forty points; however, Peter took the win on count back. 

Peter, who hails from Melton Mowbray, has had a fantastic few weeks and has seen his handicap come down from 13.4 to 9.8. He said that a new set of irons have given him the confidence to go for his shots more and because of that, everything else just seems to fall into place. Peter said that he is now only point four away from being a single handicap golfer at the ripe old age of sixty something and will have a chance to get down to single figures when the Seniors’ medal is held on the17th of this month. 

Robert Gray was second on count back, whilst third, fourth, fifth and sixth all came in with thirty eight points. Keith Heppenstall took third on count back from Steve Taylor, David Wallace and Les Dickinson.

In Division two, Dick Thirlwell was the long time clubhouse leader with thirty nine points, only to be relegated to second on count back by Seniors’ Captain Peter Macdonald Pearce who had a better back nine. David Vale was third on count back from Trevor Davies with thirty eight points.

Rutland weather hits Greetham Valley competitors

Heavy rainfall, thunder and lightning conspired to stop almost half of the entrants in the Sturgess Volvo Trophy from finishing their rounds. Over fifty people, mainly the early starters, managed to finish before the worst of the weather hit. As a consequence of that, Club Secretary Dennis Millington said that it would be unfair to everybody if the result were to stand as almost as many again didn’t finish. The competition was changed to an extra August medal to reward the competitors who did manage to finish. 

Steve Roche, playing off 17, was first with a net 65 and was cut to 15. Kevin Hingle was cut to 11 after coming in second with a net 66, beating Steve Wilcockson on count back, Steve was cut to 13 from 15. The Sturgess Volvo Trophy will now be played for on 20th October.

Former Greetham Valley Captain Neil Crees, who won the English Club Captains’ Trophy two years ago, qualified for the finals at Alwoodley near Leeds this year. The course was playing extremely tough, with the standard scratch going up by two shots on the first day and three on the second. Neil, like many of his fellow competitors, got off to a bad start by shooting 29 on the first day. 

He decided to change his plan of action on day two, left his driver in the bag and plotted his way around the course much better. However, the deficit was too great and despite a score of 36, 3 under his handicap, his combined score was only good enough for tenth place on count back. Neil said that he was disappointed with his plan on day one but was very pleased to have made the final and to have redeemed himself with the third best score on day two out of the sixty five competitors.

The Trophy was won by Leatherhead Golf Club’s Mervyn Wynyard, playing off six, who shot a 32 on day one and 42 on the second day.