After the success of opening to visitors last week, we're very pleased to announce that a decision has been made to continue with our remaining opens this year. The first open is on Thursday 18th June for the seniors, followed the next day by the ladies. Sunday 21st June will be our Mixed 4BBB open. All Opens must be booked and paid for online and we ask you all to read our Play Safe guidelines before arrival at the course. We've had some wonderful feedback about the course over the last couple of weeks from our members and visitors and we would encourage you to come and see it for yourselves. We expect there to be a high demand for places, so BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment!
After trialling the opening of the golf course to members over the last couple of weeks, we are pleased to announce that we are now opening to visitors. The course is in fabulous condition thanks to our greenkeepers, Ian and Darren and we would recommend you come and visit us soon. We ask that you follow the following rules carefully to ensure everyone’s safety at the club. 1. All golfers must play in 2 balls only. 2. Visitors must book and pay online. Access to the course will not be allowed unless pre-booked. 3. Dates are available up to 4 days in advance. 4. All golfers must adhere to the England Golf ‘Play Safe’ guidelines. We hope to be able to give further guidance on our upcoming Opens shortly. Please keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as our website, for further information.
Darren Hargreaves, celebrating 30 years as deputy head green keeper at Skipton Golf Club, is pictured on the 18th green. Darren Hargreaves has clocked up a 30-year milestone as deputy head greenkeeper at Skipton Golf Club. Darren has been involved in golf as an occupation virtually since leaving Greenhead Grammar School in Keighley, though he first dabbled with a course in engineering. “However, I soon realised it wasn’t for me as no way did I want to be tied to a bench all my life,” he said. He teed up a lifetime career in golf via an 18-month Youth Training Scheme at Riddlesden Golf Club, before becoming a greenkeeper at Chorley Golf Club in 1984, following his parents who had moved to live across the border. Keen to return nearer to his roots, Darren was appointed deputy head greenkeeper at Skipton in 1990 and over the past three decades has been involved in all aspects of course management, maintenance and ongoing improvements. In fact, he and head greenkeeper Ian Brown have between them been responsible for keeping the course in peak condition during the Covid-19 lockdown and while both say it’s allowed them to crack on with the ongoing work still required by not having to break off while golfers take their shots, it’s great to see people playing again. Mr Brown said: “Darren is a highly experienced and a key member of the team. He also has a great sense of humour, which makes him popular with the other greenkeepers. He’s a real attribute to both course and club.” Since play resumed, congratulations on Darren’s 30-year landmark have been flowing in from many members, with the golf club’s board also planning [...]
Newly appointed at Skipton Golf Club are, from left, Nick Shaikh, president, Ros Moloney, ladies captain, and Ian Sewell, men’s captain. Skipton Golf Club has elected new officials for 2020. Nick Shaikh succeeds Tom Hayes as president, while Ian Sewell takes over from Bill Simpson as men’s captain, and Ros Moloney from Carolyn Murphy as ladies captain. Nick, who lives in Ilkley, came to Yorkshire 26 years ago as a consultant urologist at Airedale General Hospital, Steeton, and has been a member at Skipton ever since he arrived. “I considered it to be an honour to be elected captain of the club in 2011 and feel the same for being the president this year,” he said. New men’s captain Ian Sewell also has a medical background. He was born in Barrow in Furness and has lived in Sutton-in-Craven for the past 40 years, moving there initially to work at Johnson & Johnson in Gargrave for 17 years, where he finished in the role of site production manager, before setting up his own business consultancy advising and managing projects on medical manufacturing. From 2011 to 2017, he headed a decontamination company, IHSS, in London as managing director for six years before retiring. He and his wife Christina have two children and three grandchildren. Ian joined Skipton Golf Club in 2014. He commented: “Despite the inclement weather last year, the greens staff managed to maintain the course to an excellent standard and our strategic aim will be to maintain the continuous improvement that’s been seen over the last few years in presenting the course in an ever-improving condition.” Ian noted that the junior organiser role was now open due to Sylvia Eastwood’s retirement and [...]
Our latest Get Into Golf lessons got off to a great start last week as 13 ladies took to the driving range with Professional, Ben Mallinson. It might be a winter’s evening but as you can see from the photos, there were plenty of smiles and enthusiasm. The ladies will complete an 8 week course after which they have an opportunity to join our Club on the new Academy membership. If you know of anyone else wanting to ‘Get Into Golf’, email firstname.lastname@example.org as we hope to run these sessions throughout the year.
Max, Harry, Captain Chris & Gavin The unprecedented run of Skipton Golf Club’s Scratch Team in the Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs Team Championships continued apace today when they gained promotion for the fourth time this season! This is a history making run and will now see them compete in the 2nd Division Team Championships at Doncaster Golf Club on 10th July. This wasn’t an easy day for the team as they were first to tee off at 7.10am in the two round competition held at Bedale Golf Club in North Yorkshire. The course had received a huge amount of rainfall the previous day and it was remarkable that they were able to present it in such great condition albeit there was little run on the ball which made it tough for the early starters. This was reflected in the morning scores where Skipton shot a cumulative 235 strokes with Harry Ayrton suffering particularly on the difficult greens and seeing several putts lip out. The score left them in tenth place and with little optimism that they could gain their fourth consecutive promotion. However, after a team talk from Chris Payne, Harry, Gavin Stocker and Max Berrisford came out with all guns blazing and what a remarkable performance they all put in over the second 18 holes. They recorded the second-best total of the afternoon - 219 strokes, which took them from tenth into second place overall, only being edged out by winners, Hallowes Golf Club. It was fantastic to watch the quality of golf that these three very talented individuals played and we wish the Scratch Team the best of luck as they seek to make further history at Doncaster Golf [...]
The victorious team with a very happy Captain of the squad, Chris Payne. The Skipton Golf Club team comprising Max Berrisford, Gavin Stocker and Harry Ayrton, gained promotion in today’s Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs 4th Division Team Championship held at Scarcroft Golf Club. This is the first time that the Club has achieved promotion to the 3rd Division and they can now look forward to participating in the next Team Championship which takes place at Bedale Golf Club on Wednesday 26th June. The early starters, Skipton being one of them, were met by high winds and driving rain for most of their round and this meant the Championship being decided over just 18 holes instead of the usual 36. Max Berrisford individually finished third overall with a 74 while Gavin carded 77 and Harry a hard earned 83. A terrific team effort which saw their combined score of 234 place them in one of the promotion places. The overall winners were the form team from Scarborough North Cliff who finished on 225. Congratulations to the team and let’s see if we can take some support to Bedale as they try to gain yet another promotion. Well done team.
L-R Rob Windle, Chris Payne and Gavin Stocker More success for Skipton, this time in the shape of Rob Windle, Chris Payne and Gavin Stocker at the Yorkshire Union 5th Division Team Championship at Scarborough North Cliff Golf Club. This is a great result following on closely from their sixth division win at Pike Hills Golf Club a couple of weeks ago. Conditions were much kinder to them this week, let's hope the sun and their form continue through to the fourth division championship at Scarcroft Golf Club on Wednesday 12th June. Good luck boys!
Skipton’s Lucy Eaton, pictured front left with her Florida tech team-mates Skipton Golf Club is celebrating another headline achievement by one of our young members who progressed through the club’s highly acclaimed Junior Academy. Lucy Eaton proved the inspiration in her American university’s ladies team that pulled off a spectacular victory in the NCAA finals in Florida last week, the top annual competition on the US collegiate golf circuit. Lucy, 23, who lives in Skipton and has just completed her fourth and final year of a university golf scholarship in the States, was a member of the Florida Tech team The Panthers, that pulled off an unbelievable finish to the season by winning the NCAA 2nd division. Success was made all the sweeter, as team members had been shocked to learn earlier this year that the women’s golf programme at the university was to be scrapped after the Spring season. Lucy commented at the time: “We all just had our mouths open in shock. No one could say anything. We were just all heartbroken.” Later that day on the team’s group chat, Lucy wrote: “New target acquired. Let’s go win nationals.” The Florida Tech team channelled their anger and frustration into the kind of storybook run that transcends sport, finishing fourth in the Sunshine State regionals in Cleveland - considered to be the most competitive in the US. Lucy had the lowest score in any round for any player at 4 under and finished seventh overall. In the stroke play qualification of the All America Finals she came third individually. The Panthers then advanced to the NCAA Championship staged at Palm Beach Gardens, before going on to land the Division II title [...]
Max Berrisford The Brabazon Trophy is one of England Golf’s major championships and last week Skipton’s very own Max Berrisford came through the recent Northern Qualifier finishing in 19th place on +1. However, that didn’t tell the full story because on the last hole, Max had a quadruple bogey 7 which knocked him off the very top of the Leaderboard! He played some tremendous golf in the qualifier and even had a Hole in One! Max now goes on to play in the final at The Alwoodley Golf Club which takes place between 30th May and 2nd June. He is in some very illustrious company as are the other golfers bearing in mind that Max is the current Yorkshire Amateur Matchplay Champion! Max is a terrific ambassador for Skipton Golf Club and his success through incredibly hard work and determination is a credit to him and we wish him all the best in this very important event. Full details of The Brabazon Trophy can be obtained by clicking here. You will also be able to follow Max’s progress as the event will be live streamed.