Bradnor Bugle - March 2014

Clubhouse Improvements.

In order for our Club to survive and prosper and to maintain acceptable levels of Membership Subscriptions, which are in fact governed by the qualification criteria for CASC Membership, our Committee in conjunction with our Golf Professional Sarah and various Sub Committees have pursued the policy of attracting income from outside the area by way of green fees and visiting societies. In addition of course new members remains a priority.

In order to accommodate and encourage groups and societies to visit, the existing chairs in the lounge area  have been utilised, together with new tables, in order to provide additional "dining" facilities at a very reasonable cost. In addition a new carpet has been laid. These new facilities were tested last Sunday when two separate groups totalling approximately 80 people were accommodated in the dining room and lounge area for meals and the whole day was a great success and not only generated significant income for the Club, but also a tremendous amount of goodwill and compliments from visitors and members alike. As mentioned these changes are decided by our Committee but the considerable amount of work involved in bringing these ideas to fruition is often down to a few dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer members who seem to work tirelessly for our Club.

The Roll of Honour on this occasion is:- Mike Stanley. David Mains. David Patterson. Supported by: Paul England. Joe James, Ian Gough, Alun Crichton, Rob Metcalfe, Phillip Davies and Kay Taylor. The financial cost of this exercise has been funded  by an extremely generous sponsorship  from a relatively new member Mr Roger Matthews together with  some of the funds raised by our Fund Raising Committees over the last 4 years which have been earmarked for Clubhouse improvements.  I would like to thank, most sincerely, all those involved in planning ahead for the Club, carrying out the work, funding the projects, supporting fund raising events and for generally doing everything they can to ensure the future prosperity of our Club.

Bert Priday  

Direct Debit

Our Membership Secretary, David Mains, is offering the members the opportunity to spread the payment of the subscription over the year by payment to a Credit Company (plus a service charge) or four payments directly to the Golf Club . If you would like to take advantage of this scheme please get in contact with David.

New to Golf 2014

Following the success of our 2013 New to Golf Open Day programme we plan to hold three Open Days this year.  The dates are 2pm Saturday 22nd March, 17th May and 28th June.  We need all members to support these Open Days as we know that the best method for recruiting new members is by word of mouth.  So if you know of any candidates who wish to take up golf would you please contact Sarah Walton, David Mains or Nigel Venables.

On the relevant Saturday we will meet the candidates in the Clubhouse, talk about golf in general and then proceed to the Academy course to hit a few balls followed by a Putting Competition. Candidates who wish to sign up for the New to Golf programme will be given 10 hours of coaching for £75 or less (special offer for the first 10 to sign up).

You will receive £25 bar voucher for each new full member who joins the club.

Marketing Team.

Special Rates for Kington Members                        

Lytham Green Drive in Lancashire is offering our full members, golf at members’  guest rates and we are reciprocating this arrangement.  This arrangement is still applicable at The Herefordshire, Builth Wells, Wrekin, Llandrindod Wells, Church Stretton, Leominster, Tadmarton Heath  and Burghill Valley Golf Club.

SHUGC County Cards are now available to give discounted golf at most Clubs in the EGU.

Bag Tags and Day Tickets

From the 1st April 2014 all members will be issued with a Bag Tag on payment of the subscription fee. Day tickets will also be issued to visitors. This will enable the club to check that all players on the course have paid the relevant fee and are covered by our insurance.

Would you please ensure that the bag tag is attached to your bag.

Marketing Committee

Forthcoming Events Not to be Missed

23 March - Spring Mixed Open (any combination) £12.50 per person.
Contact Sarah Walton  on    01544 230340.

8th April - Ladies 9 hole Coffee Morning
Teams of 3 Entry fee £8 for visitors and £7 for Club members.                                          
Contact Greta Davies 01568 720273     e-mail

Keep an eye on the Pro Shop - Feet of Putts  - Putting  Competition. 

Through the whole of March we will be running an Indoor Putting Competition.

10 putts, 7 different distances to choose from.  How many feet of putts can you hole in 10 shots?

Entry £1 per go


1st = A £50 voucher to spend on the putter of your choice
2nd = A £30 voucher to spend on the putter of your choice
3rd = A Sleeve of Pro V1s

(See the Pro Shop for further details)

A gentle reminder .....

Winter rules will be over soon. Commit to memory.

Rule 13 – Ball Played as it lies.

13-1 The ball must be played as it lies.

13-2 Improving Lie, Area of Intended Stance, or Swing, or line of Play.

         A player must not improve or allow to be improved:

        * the position or lie of his ball

        * the area of his intended stance or swing

        * his line of play

  by any of the following actions:

       * pressing a club on the ground

       * moving bending or breaking anything growing or fixed

So you cannot trample down bracken around your ball or take practice swings around the ball to clear the bracken away. Nor can you bend or step on, branches of gorse in the process of taking your stance to help clear the way for an unhindered backswing. However you can back into some branches gently if it is the only way of fairly taking your stance. There are some subtle differences here, though, so you need to tread carefully, literally and metaphorically.

Please note the new Bar Opening hours:

From the 30th December, 2013 the bar Winter opening hours will change.  From this date the bar will open at 11am Monday and Sunday, 12am Tuesday through to Saturday,

The restaurant opening hours are unchanged

News from the Pro Shop

These are some of the forthcoming events at Kington G.C. that you may be interested in:

Saturday March 15th - Bridgestone Ball Fitting Event 10 am - 2 pm (Free).  Come and find out if the golf ball you use is right for you.  Please book your space in the Pro shop - limited spaces

Wednesday 19 th March - Golf IQ Workshop 6.30 pm - 9 pm (£10 with all monies going to the RJAH bone cancer charity at Oswestry).  This is a unique opportunity to learn about the psychology of golf in one night with leading sports psychologist Matt Ellis.  Please book and pay in advance in the Pro shop

New Arrivals                                               

The new Ping i25 range and the Benross Speed 2 range have arrived, with the Cleveland range and Under Armour clothing coming soon.  So to make room for all of the new stock we have some fantastic deals on current stock.

Ashworth Shirts – Buy one get one ½ Price (1/2 price discount applies to the cheapest shirt)

Final clearance on Benross 2013 clubs and Ex Demo Clubs

Final Clearance on Bridgestone 2013 Balls– limited availability

You lucky people ..... Sarah says .....

As we reach the end of the financial year, please can we remind all Club Competition prize winners that the Club prize vouchers have a three month expiration date.  Therefore,  please can anyone with prize money won prior to January 2014 spend it by the end of March 2014. 

Thank you for your co-operation.

 BRS System.

Last year the club invested in the BRS online tee booking system. The administration module allows for greater efficiency and clearer visibility in all visitor and Society bookings, enabling the club to offer a more professional service from the Professional and Steward.

It allows for online booking directly off our Club website, with the added bonus of collecting visitor data so that we can build up our own customer database for future communications. 

(Ed:  I have just out that BRS stands for Brian and Robin Smith)

And finally ....

Fred was meeting a friend in a bar and as he walked in he noticed two pretty girls looking at him.  He heard one girl say to the other  “Nine”.   Feeling pleased with himself, he swaggered over to Paul at the bar and told him that the girl in the corner had just rated him a nine out of ten. “Sorry to spoil your evening,” said his friend, “but when I walked in they were speaking German”.

Editor Joe James 01544 327636 /