Rookery Park Launches New Flexible Lifestyle Membership Scheme

New Flexible Membership Scheme now Available at Rookery Park GC

Rookery Park recognises that in today’s modern world, the traditional rigid 5 and 7-day membership packages are not always suitable for everyone. That’s why we have introduced a new Flexible membership structure that is designed to suit the modern lifestyles of those whose working and family life leaves them with little time to play golf and who cannot justify full subscription. 

Flexible membership will give golfers the full range of facilities and experiences available only to members of Rookery Park. It is a membership for those who want to be fully involved with their Golf Club, friendly games at the weekend, competition golf, or a relaxing twilight game at the end of the day followed by a drink with like-minded people.

A Flexible member will receive a Lawrie membership record card (with 100 points) Each time they play a number of points will be deducted according to the time of the day and day of the week (see chart below). Members running low on points can top-up a maximum of twice per year at £200 for a total of 50 points.

For full details of the new scheme, including the terms and conditions, please click the button below.

Terms & Conditions Revised 28th June 2017

 

 

 

 

Rookery Park GC Online Tee Booking System Live on Monday 3rd July

The Club's new online tee booking system will go live on Monday 3rd July. Members who have registered to use the system can now book one tee time per day (starting 3rd July) 

Members information on how to use the tee booking system
Members bookings can be made up to 31 days in advance. Tee bookings will operate Monday to Friday 9:00am-5:00pm. Saturday & Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm. Members are limited to one tee booking per day. Visitors can book up to 21 days in advance.

Members, onced registered can book using the following link on the members area of the Club's website.

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Any members who have not received their registration email, please contact the office as soon as possible.

An Evening with Philip Webster a Great Success

An Evening with Philip Webster

Last Friday, the former Political Editor of The Times Phillip Webster, entertained over 50 people with stories from his long career covering British politics. One the most interesting facts was that Phillip studied Journalism with Dire Straits front man Mark Knopfler, with whom he is still close friends. The evening was split into two sessions, firstly Philip giving a wonderful recollection of a story involving then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her husband Denis, which involved an IRA bomb scare on a plane. The second session was a Q & A, with Philip answering questions about his thoughts on the upcoming General Election, and who was the most famous person he had played golf with. 

Philip's book 'Inside Story' is available to purchase online or you can order for next day delivery with Waterstones in Lowestoft.

Philip Webster (right) 

Hambro Team Progress After Tough 1st Round Tie

SGU Hambro Cup 2017

Chris Soanes' Hambro team had a tricky home tie against Aldeburgh however, Chris' mixture of youth (18 year old Kasey Bailey) and experience (56 year old Andy Coleman) helped the team to a 10 hole victory. Other members of the team were, Jon Fisher, Dwayne Barber, James Nolloth, Ian Foxton, Graham Garrod, & Craig Bloodworth. The team have been drawn away at Bungay & Waveney Valley GC in the next round. 

 

Bridgestone England Golf Event a Great Success

England Golf Bridgestone Chase Your Dream Trophy (Ladies) Saturday 13th May 2017

Ace play helps Paula to Chase Her Dream

A hole-in-one has helped Essex golfer Paula Wendleken to chase her dream of an outing with a top European Tour player.

Paula headed the ten successful qualifiers at the East region final of Bridgestone’s Chase Your Dream Trophy, run in partnership with England Golf.

They triumphed at Rookery Park, Suffolk, where an army of club volunteers turned out to help with the running of the event.

Paula (Abridge) had her ace – her first – on the 9th and it helped her to a net score of five-under par 69. The other qualifiers are: Ashlee Tyrrell (Rayleigh, Essex), Emma Norman (March, Cambs & Hunts), Claire Vaughan (Frinton, Essex), Mariette Robbertse (Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk), Luca Thompson Pavenham Park, Bedfordshire), Phyllis Stevens (Knebworth, Hertfordshire), Dawn Futter (Great Yarmouth & Caister, Norfolk), Lynette Mapp (Wanstead, Essex), Kim Davis, Stowmarket, Suffolk).

They’ll compete against qualifiers from five other regions in the national final during England Golf Week at Woodhall Spa in August. The overall winner will be England’s female Handicap Golfer of the Year. The top nine players will play in the pro-am of the Bridgestone Challenge, the English leg of The Challenge Tour, at Luton Hoo on 6 September.

They’ll be joined by the top nine players from the companion men’s championship, making up a total of six teams in the pro-am.

The most successful of these teams will go on to the pro-am of the British Masters, supported by Sky Sports, at Close House in Northumberland later in the same month, playing with a star of The European Tour.

Weale & Woods take Emerson Prize

John Emerson Greensome Sunday 23rd April 2017

Mike Woods & Alan Weale have secured their first major trophies at Rookery Park, they scored an impressive 44 Pts to win the John Emerson Greensome by 4 points from runners-up Bo Bidle & Gerry Hardiman. Third place went to Scott Coleman & Kevin Snowling, they edged Richard Doddington & Bryan Swann, and James Hogg & Steve Morris on a count back after all three pairs scored 39 Pts . It was also a good day for Andy Crisp, as he scored his first ever competitive Hole in One during the competition. Andy aced the 4th with a 3 hybrid

Well done Andy.

Andy Crisp: Hole in One on the 4th at Rookery Park GC

Andy Crisp: Hole in One on the 4th at Rookery Park GC

John Emerson Greensome Winners: Alan Weale & Mike Woods

John Emerson Greensome Winners: Alan Weale & Mike Woods

Greens Maintenance (Rescue Trial) Updated Friday 21st April

Greens Maintenance

Members may be aware that the Club has engaged the services of RIPTA Agronomist Mr Philip Armitage, following Philip’s site visit in January he has set out a programme of work to improve the quality of the main course greens. Part of this work is to remove coarse grasses (Ryegrass & Yorkshire Fog) from the greens and replace with finer grasses (Bent & Fescue). The Main Board has approved that the Greens Committee can trial a product called Rescue. Rescue provides effective control of Ryegrass, reduces other invasive coarse grasses, and leaves Fescue and Poa Annua unaffected.

Before applying Rescue, the following work will be carried out on a trial area of the 8th green this week.

1.        The trial area will be hollow cored to 100mm, the cores will be removed and the holes back-filled with top dressing.

2.        The trial area will be sarel-spiked and overseeded with Bent grass.

3.        The trial area will be sprayed with Rescue using a knapsack sprayer.

Members will see that the trial area will start to turn yellow after about 7 – 10 days as the coarse grasses start to die back. The Bent grass that was overseeded prior to the application of Rescue will germinate leaving a superior putting surface both visually and in playability.

 

For and on behalf of the Main Board, R Pettett Secretary

Hollow coring carried out on Monday 27th March

Hollow coring carried out on Monday 27th March

Approximately 1 quarter of the green has been cored on the right hand side to a depth of 100mm. The cores have been removed from the green. The holes will be back-filled on Tuesday with top dressing, the area will then be overseeded with Bent grass before the area is sprayed on Friday with Rescue.

Thurs 30th March: The trial area has been over seeded with Bent grass with a layer of top dressing applied.

Thurs 30th March: The trial area has been over seeded with Bent grass with a layer of top dressing applied.

Head Green-Keeper Mark Henderson spraying Rescue on Friday 31st March

Head Green-Keeper Mark Henderson spraying Rescue on Friday 31st March

P Armitage assessing the Club's Rescue trial on the 8th green. The area where Philip is standing and to the right of where Philip is standing has been treated with Rescue, the course grasses have now discoulored and are stating to die, the bent grass applied before the Rescue was applied has already started to germinate. Philip was delighted with the success of the trial and has recommended that the Club applies Rescue to all of the greens during the annual greens maintenance week in August.

P Armitage assessing the Club's Rescue trial on the 8th green. The area where Philip is standing and to the right of where Philip is standing has been treated with Rescue, the course grasses have now discoulored and are stating to die, the bent grass applied before the Rescue was applied has already started to germinate. Philip was delighted with the success of the trial and has recommended that the Club applies Rescue to all of the greens during the annual greens maintenance week in August.

Following his inspection of the Rescue trial, Philip then performed some tests on the 8th green to measure moisture content, firmness of the green, and a pressure test. The results from these will help determine the programme of work for the coming seasons.

Following his inspection of the Rescue trial, Philip then performed some tests on the 8th green to measure moisture content, firmness of the green, and a pressure test. The results from these will help determine the programme of work for the coming seasons.

Captain & Lady Captain Drive-in's

Lady Captain's Drive-in Tuesday 21st March & Captain's Drive-in Sunday 26th March

Club Captain Stuart Punt & Lady Captain Rita Mayn held their drive-ins on Tuesday and Sunday. Both events were well supported as they kicked off their year in office in style. Both Stuart and Rita have chosen the Befriending Scheme - Lowestoft as their chosen charity for their year in office.

Stuart dressed as plumber Mario from the Super Mario Video Game

Stuart dressed as plumber Mario from the Super Mario Video Game

Rita dressed as a school mistress

Rita dressed as a school mistress

Thursday League 2017

Norfolk & Suffolk Golf League (Thursday League) 2017

The Club's two Thursday League teams are looking for new players to take part in this years competition, the season runs from the end of April to the end of July. The format is five foursomes matches against teams from Caldecott Hall, Great Yarmouth & Caister, Bungay, and Gorleston golf clubs. This is a great way to meet new people, play a sociable but competitive game of golf, with food afterwards.

The Club has two teams A (Rookery Trawler Boys) & B (Rookery Rebels), with matches teeing off from 4:30pm. If you are interested in representing the Club, the sign up sheets for both teams are in the gents changing room.

 

Hambro, Stenson and Tolly Teams

Hambro, Stenson & Tolly Teams 2017

Hambro/Stenson Captain Chris Soanes and Tolly Captain Matt Sherlock have now posted sign up sheets for this year's Suffolk Golf Union competitions. Any male member with a competition handicap of 9 or below who interested in representing the Club in the Hambro or Stenson teams, please register your interest by signing up on the sheets in the gents changing room and casual bar. Any male member with a competition handicap of between 10 and 18 who interested in helping the Club defend the Tolly trophy, please register your interest by signing up on the sheets in the gents changing room and casual bar.

Captain's Drive-In

Captain's Drive-In Sunday 26th March

In-coming Captains Stuart Punt and Rita Mayn have chosen the Befriending Scheme (Lowestoft) as their chosen charity for 2017. As is tradition both in-coming Captains have a Drive-In after the AGM (Lady Captain on Tuesday 21st March & Captain Sunday 26th March). Stuart has for this year chosen a novel way for members to guess how far he is going to drive-in. Stuart will be displaying a roll-up banner in the bar from Sunday 24th February with hundreds of squares to pick from, speaking from experience Stuart's drive could go anywhere from still on the tee to 50 yards left or right of the fairway!

Stuart Punt & his novel roll-up drive-in banner (please excuse the work clothing)

Punnet of Plums win Sports Quiz Night

Sports Quiz Friday 3rd February 2017

Chairman of Social (David Porter) hosted a very enjoyable sports quiz on Friday night, those attending were tested on rounds of football, cricket, olympics, golf, and a random sports round. The winners were the punnet of plums team of Rob Dawson, Rachel Dawson, Adrian Wicks, and Brian Nicholls,

Left to Right: Rob Dawson, Adrian Wicks, Rachel Dawson, & Brian Nicholls

Left to Right: Rob Dawson, Adrian Wicks, Rachel Dawson, & Brian Nicholls

Rookery Park to host England Golf Qualifier (Women's) in 2017

Bridgestone Chase Your Dream Trophy (Women's) England Golf - Rookery Park Saturday 13 May 2017

Rookery Park Golf Club has been chosen to host the England Golf East Region Medal Final (Women's) in 2017. This major competition has now attracted sponsorship from Bridgestone. 10 qualifying places are available in each of the 6 regional finals, with the grand final taking place on 18th August at Woodhall Spa (the home of England Golf). Club Secretary Robert Pettett, stated that the Club was delighted and looking forward to hosting such a prestigious event.

 

 

Hole in One Delight for Bidwell

Bidwell scores 'Hole in One' 

Brian Bidwell has recorded the first 'Hole in One' at Rookery Park of 2017. Brian recorded his feat on the 9th hole during Sunday's Gent's Medal competition.  Brian (pictured below) started his round on the 10th and by the time he reached the 6th, he was struggling on 17 over par off his 11 handicap. Brian then went on a superb run of birdie, eagle, bogey, eagle (hole in one), to finish with a 13 over par nett 74. 

Well done Brian.

Brian Bidwell

Brian Bidwell

Winter Golf @ Rookery Park

Rookery Park has undertaken major improvements to the existing drainage on the course (gravel banding), and installed new drainage on the 3rd fairway. As a result, the course is now playable all year round (with the exception of snow). Rookery Park does not have temporary greens, or use temporary tees. Come and experience winter golf at Rookery Park on our fantastic winter offer.