At this time of year it does seem that the greenkeepers are fighting a battle against the elements, and the recent foul weather has had a minor success in causing the closure of some holes on each course as a means of protecting them from excessive wear in such dreadful wet conditions. However full credit must be given to Course Manager Adi Porter and his team for creating an 18 hole ‘Winter course’ which still allows us to play a full round in acceptable conditions whilst protecting the worst hit areas. The downside of this last week was the rescheduling of tee times from two courses onto one course which led to the cancellation of Sunday’s Winter Order of Merit competition due to the difficulty of getting all players onto the one course. Heavy overnight rain on Sunday also caused the cancellation of the Seniors’ Monday competition as the Seniors took note of the weather forecast and decided to stay home.
Fabulous Members’ Celebration Party night
The decision to cancel the Order of Merit was perhaps not mourned by all members as it followed on from an excellent evening the previous night. Following the success of the event last year, Greetham Valley management laid on a two course dinner and entertainment for members and family for the grand cost of £2.16 per head. The whole evening was a triumph of organisation and hard work by all the staff. Not surprisingly the event was sold out and a total of 415 diners enjoyed a fantastic night with many staying in the hotel and the lodges which were also fully booked. Although the evening was scheduled to end at midnight to allow the staff to prepare and lay for breakfast the following morning, a number of members were to be found in the hotel bar until the early hours which may have accounted for some of the competitors not entirely regretting the cancellation of the Order of Merit on the Sunday.