Barrett Cup Finalists 2017 This year's final saw two “has-beens” (their words –not mine!) of the Club square up in the shape of Jez Harding and Paul Pethybridge. The match produced a high standard of golf more reminiscent of their former years. It was a tight affair being all square through the first 4 holes though Jez should probably have had a slight lead after 3 putting the 3rd to only halve the hole. It was Paul who started to make the running winning both the 5th and 6th with pars to be two up. The par of the day came at the 8th when Pep’s second shot hit the bin on the 9th tee and flew across the green. He followed this up by thinning his chip but calmly rolled in the putt from 20 feet for a 4 and a half. Jez, despite this setback, pulled himself together to make a birdie down the 9th and only be one down. Peps then birdied the 11th to get back to two up but Jez was not done yet and won both the 15th and 16th to get the match back to all square. The turning point came on the 17th where Jez found the railway line off the tee so was one down playing the last. With Jez unable to make a birdie down the 18th Peps closed out the match for a 1 up victory and claim his second knockout trophy win of 2017. Well done to both on a great match played in excellent spirit.
This year's Craven Herald 8-15 Trophy Final was contested at the weekend between George Myles and Mick Riddiough. These two were well matched, both playing off 11, and this proved to be the case with the contest finally settled on the second extra hole. Both struggled for their best form over the first few holes leaving them level on the 5th tee. A succession of excellent pitch shots leading to 4 out of 5 pars on the remaining holes on the front 9 left George 3 up. However bunker problems on 11 and 12 for George allowed pars from Mick to reduced the match to 1. Both made par on the 13th and the match really came to life around amen corner. Mick had an excellent birdie on 14, sinking a twenty foot putt to level the match. He followed this by chipping in on the 15th to take the lead for the first time. With a decisive momentum shift in the air Mick hit the green on 16 to pile pressure on George. He responded with the shot of the match, a 4 iron which never left the 16th flag. Both missed birdie putts and Mick was still one up on 17. It was Mick's turn to find the green side bunker and a par from George left the match All Square on the 18th tee. A 15 foot putt by Mick for par left George with a 5 foot knee knocker to prolong the match. He drained this and we walked back to the 1st. Both made pars on the first extra hole. Mick's recovery from 3 down was based on a succession of excellent tee shots, this made it all [...]
The development of the course has continued at a pace since the last update and lots of changes can be seen on the course. The cutting and preliminary shaping of the new holes is now virtually complete. A considerable quantity of earth has been moved, the tee and green areas have been roughly formed and the bunker locations marked with white flags. The large mounds of earth are harvested topsoil, to be re-spread following drainage installation, which is planned to start this week. The small red flags indicate the lines of the water mains which cross the area. Construction work on the new 17th green and 18th tee will be started this week by our contractors, MJ Abbott. The metal fencing around the site will be removed, to be replaced by posts and ropes, to enable the old and new ground to be blended together. The new 9th tee is now open and the hole has become a par 5. We have already received many favourable comments from members and visitors and we hope to hear more as we tidy the area in front of the tee and build a permanent path from the 8th green. The fairway has been cut wider to the left and it is still to be determined whether to retain the fairway bunker, relocate it or do other ‘protection’ work around the greens. Any views on this would be well received and considered. Despite the efforts of the local rabbits, furry type not golfers, the new 15th green is settling in well after some regular watering and fertilizer application. It will be brought back into play when a sufficiently good putting surface is achieved. After the new buggy/footpath to [...]
For those who have never played golf before, the thought of learning to play can seem a little daunting. There are several myths of golf that put off many people such as it’s expensive, it’s a stuffy game and it can take all day. One of the biggest myths is golf is a man’s game and this is the one we are trying to bust at Skipton Golf Club. Starting on Tuesday 4th April, we will be running a 4 week course of beginner lessons for ladies for just £20. The lessons will be at 6.30pm on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and all equipment will be provided. Ladies don’t need to be able to come the same day every week, all they need to do is let us know when they’d like to come and then turn up wearing warm comfy clothes and shoes. If you know of someone who is interested, ask them to contact Peter, our resident Professional on 01756 795657 option 3 or email Simon at email@example.com.
As the completed embankment begins to turn green, with early signs of grass growth, we have entered an exciting period at Skipton Golf Club. We have capitalised on the Environment Agency’s work to replace our four bridges by starting work on our drainage and Tee Improvement Plan. 15th green redevelopment works A considerable amount of work has taken place on the course recently in a relatively short space of time. The bridge to the 15th green is being replaced by the EA, so we decided to close the 15th and 16th holes due to lack of satisfactorily safe access. This provided an opportunity for us to undertake major works to the 15th green, the embankment to the right of the 16th which partially obstructed the view of the green and related major drainage work. The material removed from the embankment has been used effectively to raise and extend the ‘white’ 8th tee. 15th green redevelopment works The new bridge from the 14th tee to fairway is now in use along with the greenkeeper’s access bridge. The temporary safety rails will be replaced by wooden palisades and handrails to all new bridges in due course. Two new linked ponds on the 14th fairway have been dug, and will be landscaped and completed once the weather is more favourable. These will have a dual purpose of aiding drainage from the fairway as well as being an interesting and challenging new feature on the course. When the Environment Agency work in the vicinity of the 14th tee is completed the area will be restored to grass and the 14th/18th tee areas re-landscaped. A new path will be [...]
Five Skipton Golf Club members have just returned from Dubai after working as volunteers on the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, the final European Tour event in the “Race to Dubai”. This is one of the most high profile events on the European Tour and brings together the top 60 golfers, the top 10 of whom compete for a Bonus Pool of some $5,000,000. The tournament itself has a prize fund of some $8,000,000! Needless to say, every golfer wants to be in a position to play for this Prize Fund. Lee Westwood and Skipton member Alistair Coy The interest in volunteering began when Alistair Coy first went out to work on the tournament in 2009, a year when Lee Westwood won both titles and returned home with a cool £1.6 million! Alistair enjoyed the experience so much that he came back enthusing to other Skipton members, enthusiasm which clearly captivated them and this year saw Paul and Amanda Kilner, Sophie Eddison and Steve Willock join him on the fairways of the Earth Course. Like Alistair, Paul and Amanda had worked on the tournament in previous years and are similarly enthusiastic about the volunteering opportunity. Not only does it give you the chance to work closely alongside and observe some of the world’s most famous golfers ply their trade, it also allows you to mix volunteering with a holiday in Dubai, all this under glorious and sun-filled blue skies. Skipton GC members and honorary Skipton member The volunteering opportunities on the tournament are varied and range from Marshalling, Scoring or acting as TV Support. It’s a personal choice and one that Chief Marshal, Jenni Hoskins tries to fulfil. In [...]
Congratulations to our Assistant Chef, Jenny, who organised a coffee morning today and raised just over £500 for Sue Ryder Manorlands. This is a fantastic achievement and was well supported by members and non-members as well as staff from Manorlands. Thanks to all those who donated cakes and raffle prizes as well as our suppliers, Rijo, Debriar Foods and Peter Braime for donating the coffee, tea and milk. Well Done Jenny!
It's been a busy month on the works taking place adjacent to the Club on the Environment Agency's Skipton Flood Alleviation Scheme. The following points provide the main updates but note there is further information available on our dedicated page, which can be found here. The embankment is now almost at full height, with just topsoil to be added. The two mounds are topsoil waiting to be spread...not new tees ! The new tee is to be positioned just below the level of the new 17th green platform, between the green and the concrete culvert entrance. David Jones visited 21st September to finalise the new green and tee shaping and finishing with EA. The new 17th green will be shaped and finished in spring 2017. The new 9th tee is almost complete, with a back position 500yards from the centre of the green. Seeding to both areas should commence before the end of this year's growing season. MJ Abbott Ltd visited club on 28th September and confirmed work will start on new holes as soon as weather and ground conditions permit after March 2017. Meanwhile we continue to have full existing 18 holes open for play.
Skipton Golf Club is hosting a coffee morning on Thursday 27th October in aid of Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice. The club is very proud of the money we have raised for Manorlands recently, a cause which is very close to the heart of many of our members, and we look forward to welcoming members and visitors to the coffee morning between 10am and 1pm.
1st place Gregory Davies, M Booth, A Sohal, G Hodgkinson 2nd place John Ward, Carl Tyler , G Kilner, R Whiteley 3rd place Graham Wild, Leon Holland, John Thornton, I Sellick