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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
1st - S O'Keefe, L O'Keefe, D Neville & G Neville - 96 points 2nd - M Bamber, J Bamber, S Maynard & R Davenport - 87 points (Back 6 32) 3rd - P Miller, R Miller, M Pratt & R Suffey - 87 points (Back 6 29)
Skipton Golf Club have been crowned the Bradford Union Champion Club for the second time in the last three years. The team of Matt Ryder, Darron Parker , Mel Morgan-Davis, Darren Hey and Rob Nesbitt produced golf of the highest standard in the team stableford event. Skipton’s top scorer on the day being Rob Nesbitt with 40 points from a handicap of two. He was more than well supported by Ryder (35) , Parker (36) , Hey (35) , and Morgan-Davis (33).
Free golf open days for visitors - both men and ladies - are to be staged at Skipton Golf Club to showcase the well-known course, as the club prepares to enter a ground-breaking new era in its long and proud history. Ongoing flood relief work by the Environment Agency, primarily around the former 17th hole, has been offset by an interim layout, incorporating a shortened 17th and a new par three hole, which has ensured that a full 18 holes of golf have been available at all times. Work to build two brand-new holes and extend the current 9th into a par 5 will take place off the existing course, with no disruption to play during construction. The work to lengthen the 9th is scheduled to begin soon, with the new holes starting in spring 2017. Other course improvements, including improvements to bunkers and drainage has already started. The free open days are being organised by Skipton Golf Club director Sarah Coy, who is responsible for promotions. The men’s open day takes place on Sunday, July 31, to be followed by a ladies’ open day on Monday, August 15. Sarah said: “While work on the town’s flood alleviation scheme has had a limited effect on our visitor numbers, we remain keen to spread the word that the course is fully open and in play and will continue to be so as development and improvement work continues. “We decided to stage two free open days in anticipation that people will want to come and play, and to view and learn at first hand exactly what is going on around the course - without having to pay for the privilege!” Sarah also reports that the club is introducing a three-month beginners’ trial membership for those new to golf at a cost [...]