News & Events

News & Events

    7 Aug '22

    August Monthly Medal

    Posted in Competitions

    A combination of the middle of summer holidays and matches both Saturday and today kept numbers low as the rock hard conditions continue

    Read more
    5 Aug '22

    Friday Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    Another warm, sunny summer’s day with plenty of extra run on the bone hard fairways and we have a “New Winner”!

    Read more
    3 Aug '22

    Midweek Captain’s Day

    Posted in Competitions

    Humidity increased as temp nudged 29C for the Midweek Captain’s day – and there was a wind with which to contend; sunny intervals developed into sunny periods.

    Read more
    31 Jul '22

    Club Championships – Rd 2 (Duke’s)

    Posted in Competitions

    Windy but humid conditions greeted players for round 2. Ground continued to be bone dry with random bounce etc. but greens watered and green. Some ‘old’ scorecards were initially issued by Glendale.

    Read more
    29 Jul '22

    Friday Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    It was another hot summer’s day, hardly a breathe of wind, and incredible distances achievable on the hard dry fairways.

    Read more
    27 Jul '22

    Midweek July Plate

    Posted in Competitions

    A cooler day than of late with just literally a few pits and spots. some of the drainage small ditches on 1st/18th had been filled in – now needed is rain.

    Read more
    24 Jul '22

    Club Championships – Rd1 (Prince’s)

    Posted in Competitions

    First of the 2 rounds of the Club Championship for the men and women and another hot day on the barren fairways of the Park cooled by a wind that could be somewhat blustery at times.

    Read more
    23 Jul '22

    NAPGC Women’s Championship of England

    Posted in Competitions

    This was played on 23rd July at Sherfield Oaks. Richmond Park ended up with just one representative, but we didn’t need any more! Caroline won the Bronze Division with a net 66.

    Holding the Mike Murphy Trophy
    22 Jul '22

    Friday Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    The promised ‘heavy showers’ did not materialise and it was a very pleasant summer’s day with a light breeze. Scoring was pretty good and you had to be well off-line to get into significant trouble.

    Read more
    20 Jul '22

    Founders’ Cup – J Nicholas (6 of 6)

    Posted in Competitions

    Conditions were a lot more pleasant after record breaking temps of Mon & Tues; max 27C and gusty breezes per bottom of results.

    Read more
    17 Jul '22

    J Q Robertson (Top Dog 4 of 7)

    Posted in Competitions

    Needless to say hot , dry and sunny conditions continued with bounce but there was a breeze.

    Read more
    15 Jul '22

    Friday Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    Another hot, but not too hot, mid-summer’s day and the Duke’s course was there for the taking for many of the participants.

    Read more
    13 Jul '22

    Claret Jug

    Posted in Competitions

    One of our team captains uses the following catch phrase quite often: “May the Bounce be with you” ; that was certainly the case for most of the field today. Few players will deny that the extra carry/roll provided by the super dry fairways helped out today (on the other hand it had to be said that if you caught a bad bounce you could end up recording a VERY high score on a hole). The greens proved to be trickier/slower than Sunday. All that being said today’s scoring was excellent.

    Read more
    10 Jul '22

    Kelso Hamilton Round 4

    Posted in Kelso Hamilton

    Richmond Park beat Thames Ditton GC in their quarter final match on the Duke’s course, progressing to the Semi Final.

    Read more
    10 Jul '22

    July Monthly Medal (GMT R5 of 8)

    Posted in Competitions

    Conditions continued to be hot, sunny and dry with grass progressively browner with much run and sometimes random bounce.

    Read more
    8 Jul '22

    Friday Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    A large Friday field, 20 in the sweep, +4 playing pairs matchplay, +2 doing cards for handicap, endured blistering hot conditions with only a slight cooling wind. Apart from tees and greens, the course was brown and baked dry with players reporting “hitting further than they had ever done before” due to the endless bounce and run, however scoring remained modest (perhaps because Seymour was playing matchplay and not repeating the net 63 he scored on Duke’s on Wednesday).

    Read more
    6 Jul '22

    Midweek July Medal

    Posted in Competitions

    A decent turnout for a round of links golf in Central London. There is a saying in golf that goes like “Every good round starts with a double bogey”.

    Read more
    3 Jul '22

    Diamond Jubilee (60yrs 1924-1984)

    Posted in Competitions

    Fair conditions greeted competitors for a reduced field (due NAPGC?) Diamond Jubilee.

    Read more
    1 Jul '22

    Friday Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    It was a pretty reasonable day for golf, with perhaps an occasional few drops of rain. Playing off the yellow tees (for the men) didn’t prove as ‘easy’ as many may have thought, with only 1 of the 14 men scoring better than 36 points – perhaps the bounce and run was difficult to control.

    Read more
    26 Jun '22

    Shaw Cup (Top Dog Event 3 of 7)

    Posted in Competitions

    A good turnout of 77 was greeted by very breezy with sunny intervals conditions for the Shaw Cup.

    Read more
    25 Jun '22

    Hawtree Trophy Round 3

    Posted in Hawtree

    The Richmond Park ‘B’ team captained by Veronica progressed through to this year’s Area Finals with a win against Farnham Park. Unfortunately the Richmond Park ‘A’ team lost to Wexham Park, who now play Richmond Park ‘B’ in the Area Finals.

    24 Jun '22

    Friday Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    It was nice to see a good number of women playing on a Friday and Jayne, in the first game out, was heading the leaderboard for a long time until Richard N. (in Game 5) returned to the clubhouse.

    Read more
    22 Jun '22

    Founders Cup – Mrs Millidge (5 of 6)

    Posted in Competitions

    Looking at the results it looks like the RPGC players seem to benefit (a lot) from the extra distance. The roll on the fairways was ever present. Controlling fringes/greens seemed less of an issue for most players. If only Glendale had a large water reservoir to soften fairways, fringes and greens …  (may be they should’ve copied PDH’s idea about the reservoir on the 12th fairway …).

    Read more
    19 Jun '22

    Captains’ Day (Top Dog Event 2 of 7)

    Posted in Competitions

    Fresher conditions prevailed in contrast to the heatwave on Friday, Some truly excellent scoring but still 13 NRs.

    Read more
    18 Jun '22

    Clapham Common Round 2

    Posted in Clapham Common

    This year’s second round match in the Clapham Common Shield and Ellis Cup was played against Perivale Park golf club. In a high scoring game, Perivale were the winners 244 vs 226.  Incredibly high scores were posted by the 3 Perivale ‘home’ pairs over two laps of their 9 holes course : 44, 44 and 48 points, so although the Richmond Park home team were a total of 11 points up on Perivale’s away team, it was just not enough.  In fact, Perivale’s total team score of 244 was considerably higher than any score posted in the games played for the 2021Clapham competition!

    15 Jun '22

    Midweek June Plate

    Posted in Competitions

    A reduced field enjoyed near perfect golfing conditions. The high temperatures created some extra carry. And even the fairways and greens they offered a (surprisingly) nice combination of extra roll and sufficient grip on the putting surfaces. As a result scoring overall proved to be very competitive.

    Read more
    12 Jun '22

    Rickmansworth Match – 1st leg

    Posted in Rickmansworth

    Maybe there were some nerves on the first tee, with only one of 4 players in the first game managing to find the (correct) fairway, but at the end of the day it was a perfect (dream!) result for RPGC – a 6-0 win. So we just need half a point in the 2nd leg at Tricky Ricky in September to win back the cup in this annual men’s match.

    Read more
    12 Jun '22

    June Monthly Medal (GMT R4 of 8)

    Posted in Competitions

    A mixed day weatherwise with gusty wind offset by warm sunny intervals. The sun definitely shone on our team in home leg friendly versus Rickmansworth GC( ‘Tricky Ricky’) winning 6-0.

    Read more
    11 Jun '22

    Mitcham Friendly – 1st leg

    Posted in Competitions, Mitcham

    With both teams struggling for players, it was down to 3 pairs from each club to play the 1st leg of the 2022 friendly which was at Mitcham on day warm enough for tee shirts and shorts as shown below and Richmond coming away with a 2-1 lead,

    Read more
    10 Jun '22

    Friday Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    It was a warm, early summer’s day, with a bit of a south-westerly breeze, and scoring on the Prince’s course was generally good, with almost 80% of the field scoring at least 30 points.

    Read more
    8 Jun '22

    Founders Cup – H Prendergast (4 of 6)

    Posted in Competitions

    The field faced some variable conditions. Especially the winds became stronger during the course of the day. On top of that the winds changed directions more frequently for the 9am starters.

    Read more
    7 Jun '22

    Kelso Hamilton Round 3

    Posted in Kelso Hamilton

    Richmond Park won their away match against Woodcote Park golf club in the 3rd round of the Surrey Golf Kelso Hamilton 4BBB knockout competition.

    Read more
    5 Jun '22

    Platinum Jubilee (70yrs 1924 – 1994)

    Posted in Competitions

    Threatened rain did not materialise for the Club’s Platinum Jubilee competition (coinciding with Queen’s Jubilee).

    Read more
    3 Jun '22

    Friday Jubilee Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    It was a good turnout on a warm, partly sunny and slightly breezy day, especially considering that many of our regular Friday 5-day members didn’t play because today’s bank holiday was classified as a ‘weekend’ by Glendale. Scoring was slightly ‘inflated’ by 2 extra strokes being given to men off the white tees and women off the red tees, because yellow tees were an option for high handicap men. The fairways and greens continue to be in good condition and large rakes were evident in most of the bunkers.

    Read more
    1 Jun '22

    Midweek June Medal (MW GMT R4 of 8)

    Posted in Competitions

    I guess it is fair to say that the 7am starters enjoyed the better weather.

    Read more
    29 May '22

    Spring Bank Holiday Plate

    Posted in Competitions

    The vernal nip continued with temperatures falling Saturday through Sunday.

    Read more
    29 May '22

    Hawtree Trophy Round 2

    Posted in Hawtree

    The Richmond Park ‘B Team’, captained by Veronica away and Cheryl at home, won their 2nd round match against Wexham Park A by the tightest of margins (back 9 countback after stableford points scores were level). They play Farnham Park B in the next round.

    28 May '22

    Women’s Invite

    Posted in Competitions

    Traditionally where the women invite one of the chaps to play with in an American Greensomes event – in reality many sign up individually and are then paired off!

    Scoring seemed especially high, finishing with two pairs on 49 points. The winners getting 26 on the back 9 to seal their victory.

    Read more
    27 May '22

    Friday Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    A mild, cloudy morning turned into a glorious warm sunny day for golf on the Prince’s course. This seemed to suit the lower handicappers in the field. At the moment, the greens and fairways are in the best condition that they will be all year but finding your ball in the rough, or getting out of it if you are lucky enough to find it, is becoming a major problem.

    Read more
    25 May '22

    Founder’s Cup – J Hume

    Posted in Competitions

    Summer golf was a distant memory today at the Park. Sub 20 degrees temperatures, occasional rain showers and swirling/strong winds had more similarities with golf in October/November. 4 players dealt rather well with the conditions and recorded at least 40pts. A further 12 players managed to record at least 36pts. The rest of the field fared not as well.

    Read more
    22 May '22

    Summer Cup – NAPGC/UKPCC Qualifier (Women’s Sweep)

    Posted in Competitions

    Saturday entrants enjoyed best of the sun and temperature per bottom of results report. Yet best on Saturday was 39.

    Read more
    20 May '22

    Friday Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    Incessant heavy rain made it miserable weather for golf and only 5 hardy souls, of the 10 that signed in, completed their rounds.

    Read more
    18 May '22

    Edward Cup

    Posted in Competitions

    Irrespective at what time players teed off, everybody enjoyed near perfect golfing conditions. Very mild temperatures and gently swirling winds (except may be on the 16th). A large proportion of the field must have enjoyed the extra roll on the fairways. The better players probably appreciated the fact that the greens seemed to become more receptive.

    Read more
    15 May '22

    May Monthly Medal

    Posted in Competitions

    Today was a throwback to those days when waiting on every tee for every shot was commonplace on a Sunday – it evidently started from first thing as there were messages from those out before the clubs who could see what was happening (or not) ahead. But it was just such a lovely day weatherwise to be out there so long unlike Wednesday when we got soaked.

    Read more
    13 May '22

    Friday Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    A smaller than usual field played in today’s sweep, for a combination of reasons – regulars on holiday or playing elsewhere, late cancellations due to work and doctor’s appointment, Spring Matchplay matches taking place and unfortunately Chris Rudkin had to ‘retire hurt’ after 6 holes. Nevertheless those who did play enjoyed a fine sunny day with a strong westerly wind.

    Read more
    11 May '22

    Founders Cup – E Bailey (2 of 6)

    Posted in Competitions

    Golfing conditions were not optimal. Dry fairways made bounces unpredictable. Even though the greens were a bit more receptive it was still very tricky to hold the greens. The gusting winds complicated things more. To round it all off the greenkeepers’ prayers were answered. Towards the end of play the floodgates opened. The later starters needed their waterproofs and umbrellas.

    Read more
    8 May '22

    May Plate

    Posted in Competitions

    A large field enjoyed dry and very warm, sunny conditions and the course looked more like a links than a parkland course, with bone dry fairways. The greens had been watered and were slightly receptive, although landing the ball short and rolling it onto the green was the better strategy.

    Read more
    7 May '22

    Spring Mixed 4BBB

    Posted in Competitions

    The first Saturday event of the year saw just 9 pairs playing. This is a mixed random draw event, so you don’t find out who your partner is until just before the event – & hope that you’ve drawn a good’un

    Read more
    6 May '22

    Friday Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    It was a lovely warm, sunny May day, reminiscent of the weather that we had in the first lockdown in May 2020 and definitely ‘shorts weather’.

    Read more
    5 May '22

    Kelso Hamilton Knockout

    An RPGC team comprising Uli Katte and Richard Owen won their 2nd round match in this year’s Kelso Hamilton East, Surrey Golf competition against Dulwich and Sydenham Hill golf club. It was a close game, played on the Duke’s course, with never more than 2 holes in it (although RPGC were never behind). The final result, a 2&1 win, was clinched by Richard’s birdie on the 17th hole. The next game is away at Woodcote golf course in Coulsdon.

    1 May '22

    NAPGC Clapham Common Shield vs High Elms

    Posted in Clapham Common

    Richmond Park won their first round match in this year’s Clapham Common Shield and Ellis Cup match against High Elms golf club. It was an extremely close match, 213 points each, with Richmond winning by 7 points on the back 9 countback.

    Read more
    1 May '22

    May Bank Holiday Plate

    Posted in Competitions

    Extended bounce and roll continued and there was some very brief ‘nuisance’ rain. Teeing grounds seemed to have a little better defnition.

    Read more
    30 Apr '22

    NAPGC Siemens Bowl, Round 1

    The Richmond Park team of Cuneyt, Adrian, Sean, Paul, Gunnar, Julian, Justin and Colm convincing won their first round greensomes stableford match against Wexham Park 162 points to 148 points, principally due to a very strong home team performance on the Duke’s course.

    Read more
    29 Apr '22

    Friday Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    It was a cold, overcast Spring day requiring extra layers. The course was ‘looking good’ but not playing that easily due to the prolonged dry spell and it was the final chance for players to take advantage of pick-and-place winter rules.

    Read more
    24 Apr '22

    Gordon Forster Bowl Final

    Richmond Park’s team (Charlie, Sean, Adrian and Kim) won the NAPGC 2021/22 Gordon Forster Bowl trophy at the National Finals held at the Gaudet Luce golf club in Droitwich Spa. In the final, the team scored a combined 119 stableford points to beat the other 4 finalists from Wimbledon, Tilgate Forest, Huntswood and Wycombe Heights. This is the first time that the club has ever won this NAPGC competition.

    Read more
    20 Apr '22

    Midweek April Medal (MW GMT R2 of 8)

    Posted in Competitions

    The field enjoyed good weather. But the course was very unforgiving. The extra bounce and roll on the fairways was very helpful to gain extra distance. Since the greens didn’t hold rolling the ball onto the greens would have been a very wise strategy. But the various slopes on Prince’s rendered the bounces/rolls very unpredictable. An approach might look good at first but many players will have been confronted with unpleasant surprises  when walking upto the greens. Almost 30% of the field N/R’ed today.

    Read more
    15 Apr '22

    Good Friday Texas Scramble

    Posted in Competitions

    Excellent scoring was achieved by all 6 teams on this sunny, warm (23 deg C) Spring day. The recent dry weather had produced very firm fairways with lots of run; however stopping the ball on the greens was difficult, as they didn’t appear to have been watered.

    Read more
    13 Apr '22

    The Priory Cup

    Posted in Competitions

    The field enjoyed some nice golfing conditions. Mild temperatures, a gentle breeze (but that breeze felt quite a bit stronger when teeing off on 14 …) and some generous roll on the fairways created nice scoring conditions. The early birds were at it again today. Places 1-2 go to the 7am starters.

    Read more
    10 Apr '22

    The Spring Plate

    Posted in Competitions

    All in all playing conditions didn’t prove too bad which clearly translates into the scoring.

    Read more
    8 Apr '22

    ‘Women’s’ Weekend Away

    Posted in Competitions

    As with everything else, this hasn’t happened since Covid so it was a welcome return to the usual calendar or events. A smallish group of both golfers and non-golfers made their way to the Essex Golf & Country Club. It is fair to say that everyone was both delighted with the lack of traffic en route and the course which was very long (over 6,000 yards even off the red tees) but also very flat with lovely grassy fairways

    .

    Read more
    8 Apr '22

    Friday Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    Good playing conditions with Spring sunshine, firm fairways and greens and the rough not yet ‘up’ led to generally good scoring from the white tees on Duke’s, with all white tees back on their correct teeing areas except the 17th.

    Read more
    6 Apr '22

    The Masters Bowl

    Posted in Competitions

    None of the players managed to dodge the showers today. May be the weather wasn’t very clement. But I think the course needed it. And it didn’t seem to have had any negative impact on scoring either. The MW Captain was happy to escape the admin of his “Winter” Knockout. He lost 3 shots on the opening 2 holes. But then recovered quite remarkably to go out in 39 gross. 2 more birdies on the back 9 set him up for a 35 gross. He became leader in the clubhouse with a nett 62.

    Read more
    3 Apr '22

    April Monthly Medal (GMT R2 of 8)

    Posted in Competitions

    Freezing start for early starters; local protected weather station recorded -2C overnight. But sunshine developed and later clouds as well for a max 10 C.

    Players continued to get used to the faster Spring condition greens [esp. on 6th]. Golf hole liners could have done with being inch or so lower.

    Read more
    1 Apr '22

    Friday Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    Well, we had all 4 seasons during the round and a ‘lake incident’ beyond the 18th – Jeremy will think twice about playing the Prince’s 18th, as it’s not long since his gosling kill on the same hole.

    A blustery north wind and cold temperatures greeted our early starters and the wind prevailed all day. When the sun came out, it almost felt warm but within a couple of minutes a snow shower blew through. You would think that with these difficult conditions, playing off the white tees set right back on all holes and un-watered, un-receptive greens that the scores would poor – however this was not the case. As well as loads of Pars, there were 6 birdies and 1 eagle – see Best Scores Analysis report.

    Read more
    30 Mar '22

    Midweek Spring Stableford, Round 2

    Posted in Competitions

    50 players decided to get 18 holes under their belt just before winter makes an unwelcome return. Maybe the forecast rain can help a course that is drying up really fast. The greens are still in recovery mode and it was near impossible to go pin seeking. Holding the greens proved very tricky.

    Read more
    27 Mar '22

    Spring Stableford R2 of 2

    Posted in Competitions

    Conditions were grey and chillier than of late but run continued and adjustment was still required to greens speed.

    Read more
    25 Mar '22

    Friday Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    It was a lovely warm and sunny Spring day and the Duke’s course was transformed from the last time we played it. The mowers had been to work on a firm, dry course and fairway definition was finally clear to see. For a change the white tees were used by the men, although they were still on the yellow teeing areas on the 5th, 10th, 15th, 17th and 18th holes.

    Read more
    23 Mar '22

    Midweek Spring Stableford R1 of 2

    Posted in Competitions

    Spring golf made a (very) welcome return to the park. A large field enjoyed great weather and a course that is gradually being prepped by the greenkeeping team for a summer onslaught. The condition of the greens was a bit more debatable. But all in all scoring proved to be excellent today.

    Read more
    20 Mar '22

    Spring Stableford – R1 of 2

    Posted in Competitions

    Very pleasant early Spring conditions with drying worm-casts, sun and breeze. Greens were noticeably faster then we’ve experienced in recent months. UV levels matched by temp in results report plot.

    Read more
    18 Mar '22

    Friday Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    After a chilly start, it was a lovely sunny Spring day but with a nagging (but drying) breeze. There are now significant signs of the grass growing and the Prince’s course was no longer wet and muddy.

    Read more
    16 Mar '22

    Midweek March Medal (MW GMT R1 of 8)

    Posted in Competitions

    Weather forecast convinced quite a few players to tee off early. The plan seemed to work like a charm especially when the rain intensified during the course of the day.

    East Sheen plot
    Read more
    13 Mar '22

    March Plate

    Posted in Competitions

    Breezy overall with spots of rain Sunday per bottom of results file and some run was available; last game got what sun there was. Ditch/trench across 9th fairway made an interesting feature:

    Photo credit : Glendale
    Read more
    11 Mar '22

    Friday Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    The predicted rain arrived around midday but wasn’t too bad, for most of us at least. Glendale’s closure of holes 8 and 9 for drainage trenching works was frustrating, however at least the 11th green was open.

    Read more
    9 Mar '22

    Inaugural Trophy

    Posted in Competitions

    Spring golf made a  very welcome return to the park. The Royal Parks deciding to cut trees today was not really part of the plan. Therefore we had to run the competition over 16 holes. Milder temperatures, sunshine, faster greens, better looking fairways and some decent golf were all present. Pity that access to the clubhouse itself was rather limited.

    But see photo afterwards of new layout and floor covering

    Read more
    6 Mar '22

    Women’s Scramble & Men’s Monthly Medal (GMT Rd1 of 8)

    Posted in Competitions

    For the men, winter is over with the first event of the main competition season but the women, remembering previous March conditions played a team event. Indeed the weather may have been dry but out of the sun it was cold and conditions underfoot were decidedly boggy in places

    Read more
    4 Mar '22

    Friday Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    After the heavy rain we had earlier in the week, the Prince’s course was very wet with standing water in places both off and on the fairways (but not on any greens). The recent bounce and run on the fairways was gone and deep pitch mark repair was necessary on some greens. However, under these difficult conditions scoring was pretty good across the whole field and especially good for some.

    Read more
    27 Feb '22

    Women’s Stableford & Men’s Winter Comp R8/D4

    Posted in Competitions

    Another beautifully sunny day to lull everyone into the idea of removing a few layers – not a good one if playing early with ice on the author’s windscreen this morning. However, the sun did it’s job and things warmed up considerably before the cold wind started to pick up again in the afternoon. Increasing temperature lagged slightly behind solar radiation per bottom of main men’s results. There was a little run and with the sun now noticeably higher in sky balls were easier to follow in flight.

    Read more
    25 Feb '22

    Friday Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    It was a lovely mild and sunny winter’s day with much less wind than the past week/10 days. The Duke’s course was restricted to 16 holes (8 and 9 closed for drainage works) and there was a temporary green on the 11th hole. Today’s winners all made the most of the conditions by all posting 35points, 3 shots better than their handicaps.

    Read more
    23 Feb '22

    Midweek Winter Comp R8/P4

    Posted in Competitions

    Now that storms Franklin and Eunice are a thing of the past a large field enjoyed decent playing conditions (except for some standing water and usual muddy spots).

    Read more
    20 Feb '22

    Women’s Stableford & Men’s Winter Comp R7/P4

    Posted in Competitions

    The storms of Dudley & Eunice did not appear to have caused too many fallen trees on the courses although sadly the rain has brought a return to the very wet conditions underfoot. Luckily the rain kept off as umbrellas would not have survived in what were still very windy conditions. Those with long memories will recall the October 1987 Hurricane – outcome more esp. with trees in full leaf multiplying the wind force.

    Read more
    16 Feb '22

    Midweek Winter Comp R7/D4

    Posted in Competitions

    Strange conditions at the park today. The field enjoyed mild temperatures. But the rain of the last days had created lots of areas with standing water. It even forced the greenkeeper to close 2 holes. The greens were very receptive. Although it was a surprise not having to face any temporary greens. Distance control was tricky today. There was very little roll (believe that quite a few tee-shots must have plugged on the fairways). The swirling/gusty winds made things even more complicated.

    Read more
    13 Feb '22

    February Monthly Medal

    Posted in Competitions

    Forecast rain started 1 o’clock per main results report with some sunshine preceding. So later games caught the rain on the back 9 . Saturday and early games escaped dry. 37 turned up for Sunday.

    Other events conspired to keep most of the women away from the course – so no report for them this week.

    Read more
    11 Feb '22

    Friday Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    A smaller than usual field enjoyed a lovely sunny winter’s day on the now much drier/less muddy Dukes course.

    Read more
    9 Feb '22

    Midweek February Monthly Medal

    Posted in Competitions

    A large field enjoyed pretty decent playing conditions: forward tees, mild temperatures, quite a bit of bounce & roll on the fairways and faster greens.

    Read more
    6 Feb '22

    Women’s Stableford & Men’s Winter Comp R6/P3

    Posted in Competitions

    Early rain cleared earlier than forecast – at 09:30 according to plot at bottom of men’s results attached, sun came out with UV peaking shortly after midday. The author received a very poor weather forecast and did not play but apparently drainage operations were much in evidence 1st / 18th.

    Read more
    4 Feb '22

    Friday Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    A band of heavy rain ‘blew through’ between 7.30am and 10.30am causing a little standing water and wet patches on some greens and fairways and a good deal of puddles on pathways. The early rain caused some entrants to ‘cry off’ and early starter Pralab to abandon his round after 1 hole, but those of us who turned up to play enjoyed a very pleasant, entirely dry winter’s day with spells of sunshine.

    Read more
    2 Feb '22

    Midweek Winter Comp R6/D3

    Posted in Competitions

    Contrary to expectations Glendale (or their contractors) chose to perform some (much needed) drainage works on the first 2 holes on our competition day. Unfortunately the works started after the early starters went out. As a consequence we are forced to make today’s competition a Non-Qualifier. But as previously players are welcome to submit their scores a General Play Scores. Please reply to this mail if you want us to take care of this input.

    Read more
    30 Jan '22

    Women’s Stableford & Men’s Winter Comp R5/D3

    Posted in Competitions

    Early frost melted to give a largely sunny [and again dry] day with sun gradually gaining elevation. Towards end of round it became distinctly chilly with a cold breeze.

    Good for scoring then and n weeks since Duke’s playing all 18 holes.

    Read more
    28 Jan '22

    Friday Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    It was good to play the full 18 holes on Dukes, now that the recent prolonged dry spell has allowed the 8th fairway (and other previously areas of standing water) to dry out. Even the sun came out, although a freshening cold wind set in as the afternoon progressed.

    Read more
    26 Jan '22

    Midweek Winter Comp R5/P3

    Posted in Competitions

    What a difference a couple of dry days can make. Most of the standing water has gone (except for the 1st and 18th fairway and some more remote areas of the course). Holes 8-9 were even open on Duke’s. And to top it all off there was even a slight chance to get bounce/roll on certain patches of the fairways. Add “milder” temperatures and some forward tees and you had a cocktail for some low scoring.

    Read more
    23 Jan '22

    Women’s Scramble & January Monthly Medal

    Posted in Competitions

    Another grey but dry day [see men’s results for bland temperature plot] after many days/weeks on no real rain produced perfect scoring conditions.

    Read more
    21 Jan '22

    Friday Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    A cold and frosty morning greeted all players with the early greens hard as ice, making approach shots extremely difficult. With heavy cloud cover, it never really warmed up but at least nearly all the standing water was gone from the Princes course, the muddy areas were largely frozen and there was bounce and run on offer occasionally.

    Read more
    16 Jan '22

    Women’s Stableford & Men’s Winter Comp R4/D2

    Posted in Competitions

    Frost early melted and eventually the sun came out. Men’s results report shows an interesting double temp. peak -2:30 and 8:00 in the evening. Mud, some mats and bobbly greens persisted. Holes 8 and 9 were out of action.

    Read more
    14 Jan '22

    Friday Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    A very cold and frosty morning turned into a lovely sunny winter’s day, no doubt softening the frozen mud as the rounds progressed.

    Read more
    12 Jan '22

    Midweek Winter Competition, R4P2

    Posted in Competitions

    Even though you could qualify the last few days as “drier” there was still an abundance of mud and standing water. Add to that icy temperatures at the start of the comp and course was not really there for the taking.

    Read more
    9 Jan '22

    Women’s Stableford & Men’s Winter Comp, R3P2

    Posted in Competitions

    After Saturday’s rain it was good to have the sunshine., but this coupled with mud caused a number of balls to be lost – either in flight or on the ground. Most greens were very bobbly and some mats in play had just a large rubber tee/ no hole to insert tee; it is hope that Glendale will pay attention to these important details.

    Read more
    7 Jan '22

    Friday Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    Morning sunshine prevailed for the early holes, although the cold temperatures and areas of standing water on parts of the fairways and surrounds on the Princes course made it a typical winter round at Richmond Park. The clouds rolled in around midday but everyone completed their rounds in the dry.

    Read more
    5 Jan '22

    Midweek January Plate

    Posted in Competitions

    A shortened round of Winter golf for the field today. Luckily the rain held off a bit start of the week. Add that to the reduced (very) low temperatures and the field played a course with substantially less standing water. But the mud was ever present and the greens were tricky (bumpy and slow).

    Read more
    2 Jan '22

    New Year Plate

    Posted in Competitions

    The first competition of 2022 took place in mild but very muddy conditions; late in the round there were spits and spots of rain and the Handicap Secretary’s umbrella bust in a zephr! 4 holes were out of play but some signed in for and entered General Play Scores to qualify for handicap.

    Read more
    31 Dec '21

    New Year’s Eve Stableford Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    A healthy field of 21 players enjoyed the warmest Christmas Eve temperatures on record in England and there were even short periods of sunshine. As expected, conditions were muddy on the 14 holes available for play, however the grass could be seen growing on the fairways.

    Read more
    29 Dec '21

    Midweek December Plate

    Posted in Competitions

    Playing conditions were not very welcoming. But standing water, lots of mud and the occasional showers didn’t scare off 43 players. The absence of roll on the fairways and limited carry were more than compensated by the forward tees.

    Read more
    24 Dec '21

    Christmas Eve Stableford Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    Mild, overcast weather conditions prevailed with wet ground underfoot.

    Read more
    22 Dec '21

    Midweek American Greensomes Pairs

    Posted in Competitions

    Winter golf made a comeback with a vengeance. Icy temperatures turned the park into a golfers’ version of the Disney movie Frozen. The greens were tricky: judging the speed was challenging. But the lack of carry was offset by the extra bounce on the fairways.

    Read more
    19 Dec '21

    Pairs

    Posted in Competitions

    Fog at Richmond Park delayed start until 10ish with any entrants having returned home.
    Nearby weather station in East Sheen was unaffected by fog but at bottom of main results the wind increase measured 11ish would have cleared the fog at RP and allowed temperature to rise.

    Read more
    15 Dec '21

    Midweek Christmas Cracker

    Posted in Competitions

    Most Improved Golfer Since 01 January 2021

    A small field dealt with mild temperatures but muddy fairways (let’s hope the aeration work by the greenkeepers will work their magic).

    Read more
    12 Dec '21

    Christmas Hamper

    Posted in Competitions

    Very mild conditions prevailed with temp over 13C and soil warming up per results report.

    Read more
    10 Dec '21

    Friday Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    On a cold but dry winter’s day it seems as though the Princes’ course was no push-over, perhaps due to the heavy overnight rain.

    Read more
    8 Dec '21

    Midweek Champagne Chase

    Posted in Competitions

    Winter Golf at its best/worst (pick your poison) at the park today. Or as I would’ve said in my previous role as banker: when we play winter golf it is like low correlation between financial assets. Summer golf on the other hand is as if correlation between financial assets were high.

    Read more
    5 Dec '21

    Women’s Texas Scramble & Men’s December Monthly Medal

    Posted in Competitions

    A very chilly day with a biting wind for wind chill and passing showers/drizzle. All depicted in busy graph plot at bottom of men’s results. Mud accumulated esp. towards end of round and metal spikes on shoes would have been the practical choice to avoid slithering. PCC was 1 – more difficult than normal.

    Read more
    5 Dec '21

    Gordon Forster Bowl

    The Richmond Park “B” team took on Farnham Park golf club in the first round of the 2021/2022 Gordon Forster Bowl on a cold, windy and latterly rainy December day. The Richmond Park pair playing at Farnham Park won by 6 points but unfortunately the Farnham Park pair playing on the Dukes course beat our home pair by a greater margin (14 points), so the overall result was a win for Farnham Park.

    Read more
    3 Dec '21

    Friday Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    A significantly reduced field braved the muddy (?) Dukes course in mild, overcast conditions – one can only imagine what it will be like this weekend after the promised rain tonight.

    Read more
    1 Dec '21

    Midweek December Medal

    Posted in Competitions

    Going out early seemed like the way to go. 5 players in the Top 6 went out before 8am.

    Read more
    28 Nov '21

    Champagne Chase

    Posted in Competitions

    Overnight frost ( air temp 0.0C on main results page) started a very cold day but the sun shone early and winds abated.

    Read more
    26 Nov '21

    Friday Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    Well done to all those who played today in cold, damp and increasingly windy conditions – ‘winter golf’ is truly here, although some scores were remarkably good.

    Read more
    24 Nov '21

    November Plate

    Posted in Competitions

    To put it mildly: there was little roll on the fairways today. If you want any proof have a look at the Scoring Analysis of today’s comp: even though a par 4 for the men the average score on the 17th was 6.14. Making it the 3rd most difficult hole of the day.  Further proof: even though the 15th played 70yds shorter for the men it still ended up as SI 11 today.

    Read more
    21 Nov '21

    Women’s Stableford & Eclectic Rd1/Men’s Winter Comp Rd 1 (D)

    Posted in Competitions

    Winter comps well underway now, with the first round now played on both courses. First real cold morning of the season- sunshine morphing into cloud and increasingly windy; passage of cold front showing in main men’s results with min 5C at 08:30 .

    Read more
    19 Nov '21

    Friday Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    All the men playing off the yellow tees didn’t make the increasingly muddy Dukes course any easier for most of the field, although there were some good scores on this mild and cloudy autumnal day. All the deciduous trees have now turned brown, red or yellow with many of their leaves deposited on the course, making ball finding considerably more difficult and sometimes unsuccessful.

    Read more
    17 Nov '21

    Midweek Winter Competition Rd2/P1

    Posted in Competitions

    The field enjoyed some surprisingly mild temperatures. That made up a bit for the expected mud. Ball hunting was made more complicated (especially near trees …).

    Read more
    14 Nov '21

    Women’s Stableford & Eclectic Rd1 / Men’s Winter Competition, Round 1 (P)

    Posted in Competitions

    Mild and grey conditions prevailed . Not as muddy as Wednesday.

    Read more
    10 Nov '21

    Midweek Winter Competition Rd1/D1

    Posted in Competitions

    Overcast weather, light drizzle but mild temperatures gave the park a real autumn feeling.

    Read more
    7 Nov '21

    November Monthly Medals

    Posted in Competitions

    Last of the Sunday medals for the women until April, but the men carry on!!

    The best thing to say about the day was that it didn’t rain and the sun shone – but that wind was cutting and pretty gusty at times

    Read more
    3 Nov '21

    Midweek November Medal

    Posted in Competitions

    The remnants of the recent rain were still visible on the course. Add to that cooler temperatures [slight air frost 5:00am below?, the usual swirling winds and even some fog for the early starters and you have all the ingredients for a round of autumn golf at the park. But it has to be said that most of the field (correction: that should read the 9am starters) made the most of today’s conditions.

    Read more
    31 Oct '21

    Lissaman Cup (3 clubs & putter) (Top Dog event 7/7)

    Posted in Competitions

    The day started with atrocious weather but the course was open for the Lissaman Cup ( 3 clubs & putter); local weather station (not as exposed as RP) reveal screenshot below:
    Peak rainfall of .92 in per hour around 10:30 with rain stopping at 11ish;

    Peak wind of 14mph but think this was in fact well beaten by gusts as I gazed out of my warm dry lounge.

    Some remarkable golf was played, most notably by those setting out later.

    Weather charts 31/10/2021
    Read more
    27 Oct '21

    Midweek Charity Trophy

    Posted in Competitions

    Mild temperatures and swirling winds helped the dry out process at the Park (unfortunately the weather forecast calls more rain the coming days). 2 players separated themselves from the pack today.

    Read more
    24 Oct '21

    Charity Cup – MacMillan CR Day

    Posted in Competitions

    A mild autumn day greeted competitors for the Charity Cup and a couple of holes10 & 11 still showed large puddles. The round was the first played under the recent re-rating of the courses by Surrey Golf. Red and white tees received 2 (previously 1) shot for the comp. An extract WHS guidance document attached explains (Medal simple – diff CRs) and there’s a table below which I trust is correct!

    Read more
    23 Oct '21

    Autumn Mixed Foursomes

    Posted in Competitions

    On Saturday we held our Autumn Mixed Foursomes competition .  A good turnout of 12 pairs competed for the trophy. On the day, although low level clouds stopped the sun getting out we thankfully had a dry day.  However the  beginnings of the muddy golf days ahead were evident- the ball was definitely not running and extra club lengths were required.   As usual these events whilst competitive are great fun and offered us the chance to gather socially  afterwards  and enjoy Glendale’s finest pizzas and drinks on the house (RPGC!) and a good chat.

    Read more
    22 Oct '21

    Friday Stableford Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    Winter seemed to have arrived with a chilly north westerly wind and the heavy rain earlier in the week had left parts of the Dukes course extremely wet, with standing water in places. The 8th and 9th holes were closed making the competition over 16 holes only.

    Read more
    20 Oct '21

    Harrington Trophy (3 clubs & putter)

    Posted in Competitions

    Autumn is back with a vengeance. Today offered a taste of what lies in store over the coming months. Quite a bit of standing water, no roll on the fairways, greens that were a tad slower and lots of swirling winds.

    Read more
    17 Oct '21

    Autumn Stableford – Round 2 of 2

    Posted in Competitions

    Another mild autumnal day – grey to start but finishing with bright sunshine and a breeze.

    Read more
    16 Oct '21

    NAPGC Hawtree Trophy Final

    Posted in Hawtree

    RPGC fielded two of the 4 teams who made it through to the final’s day of the Hawtree Trophy.  The other teams were from Huntswood and Cheshunt golf clubs.  The mixed greensomes competition was held at Staverton golf club in Northamptonshire.  The result was a win for Huntswood (145 points) with Richmond Park B 2nd with 144 points.

    Read more
    15 Oct '21

    Friday 5 clubs & putter

    Posted in Competitions


    Scoring was not so different to having a full set of clubs, however there is no doubt that the courses are playing ‘longer’ with the cooler temperatures and softer ground (less run) and the smaller fairways and longer semi rough grass.

    Read more
    13 Oct '21

    Midweek October Medal (Midweek GM Rd 7 of 8)

    Posted in Competitions

    Autumn golf is back at the park: thicker air, less carry, less roll. At least the greens are improving and the bunkers are no longer GUR.

    Read more
    10 Oct '21

    Autumn Stableford – Round 1 of 2

    Posted in Competitions

    The day dawned very still with no sun. Autumnal gnats/ midges were easily inhaled. Slowly the sun made an appearance and the temp nudged 19C as shown bottom of results report. Water was still visible in bunkers from earlier in the week [all bunkers GUR].

    Read more
    8 Oct '21

    Friday 1,2,3 team waltz Stableford

    Posted in Competitions

    There were some excellent individual and team scores in today’s overcast but largely dry weather conditions, with no wind. Standing water remnants of Monday’s torrential rain were evident at low points on several fairways and surrounding areas but fortunately all greens were in play (although all bunkers were GUR).

    It was a close-run result with only 3 points separating the leading 3 teams, who all scored over 80 stableford points.

    Read more
    6 Oct '21

    NQ Stableford Sweep

    Posted in Competitions

    Hard to believe that the rain at the start of the week was so heavy that 4 holes had to be closed (playing the 9th as a Par 3 must have been weird – see long-distance photo below). The field seemed to enjoy pretty decent golfing conditions.

    Read more
    3 Oct '21

    October Monthly Medal (Inc. Saturday Entrants)

    Posted in Competitions

    Saturday conditions became atrocious but Sunday was much better although late players caught a shower; this all reflected in (busy?) graph at bottom of results.

    Read more
    29 Sep '21

    Anniversary Accumulator (Round 3 of 3)

    Posted in Competitions

    Truly feels like (the boys of) Summer has/have gone (one of the best songs ever and a very eye catching video clip back in its days). The temperatures were already down from last week. But the strong winds added an unwelcome chill factor.

    Read more
    26 Sep '21

    Burgess Cup/Women’s 4BBB

    Posted in Competitions

    The last warm settled day for September; some were delayed by traffic queuing for petrol with the latest crisis. The women enjoyed a get together after their traditional 4BBB while the men played their greensomes.

    Read more
    22 Sep '21

    Autumn Pairs

    Posted in Competitions

    Pair comps can always do with a bit planning/strategy.

    Read more
    19 Sep '21

    “B Team” Regional Final, Basingstoke

    Posted in Hawtree

    Team captain Nigel Gaymond reports:

    RPGC’s B team in the NAPGC Hawtree mixed competition travelled out to Basingstoke to play their regional final against Portsmouth at the “neutral” venue of Sherfield Oaks Wellington course. 

    With the gauntlet well and truly thrown down by Nick’s victorious  A team the week before in their regional final at The Downshire against Wycombe Heights, the pressure was well and truly weighing on the “other” RPGC team! 

    The first team out was Angus and Cheryl who once again acquitted themselves admirably in outscoring their opponents 39-31.  In the second game, Uli and Susan scrapped valiantly against a strong performance from their Portsmouth opposition, who included their captain, and trailed by 33-42 giving ‘Pompey’ a single point advantage at the half way point.  The match was essentially decided by an astounding effort from Luke and Caroline who bested their opponents by 46-34 leaving Captain Nigel and Lia to hold the fort in the last match which they duly did in a seesaw game that ended up honours even at 39-39.  The final score was 157-146 and the B team joins the A team leaving RPGC with two teams in the final four Finals, with Cheshunt and Huntswood B joining them, a de facto Surrey v Bucks competition! 

    Well done to all and a proud day for the Club with both teams making the National Finals to be held on October 16 at Staverton near Daventry

    19 Sep '21

    September Monthly Medal

    Posted in Competitions

    To say that the greens have seen better days is an understatement. Putting proved tricky on the sandy greens (did you know that the football pitch at the Camp Nou uses a lot of sand underneath the grass? The opponents of FC Barcelona therefore call it “the green beach”). On top of that the floodgates opened around 1.30pm. So what started out as a pleasant day took a bit of a nasty turn.

    Read more
    15 Sep '21

    Midweek September Medal (Midweek GM Rd 6 of 8)

    Posted in Competitions

    The remnants of yesterday’s rain could only be noticed on the 11th green. The green keeping staff were quite eager to add extra sand in order to not upset the airing process. That also meant that putting was tricky on certain occasions. That being said today’s scoring was excellent.

    Read more
    12 Sep '21

    Silver Jubilee (25yrs 1924-1949)

    Posted in Competitions

    A very pleasant September day for the Club’s Silver Jubilee competition – not too hot and sunny and v little wind as graph at bottom of results shows.

    Read more
    8 Sep '21

    The Fred Hawtree Cup

    Posted in Competitions

    Another hot sunny day for the Fred Hawtree Cup. Indeed as graph bottom results shows this was the hottest of last 3 days @ > 30C; but the fall in barometric pressure guaranteed the fine spell would end. And so it did with rain by evening.

    Back in the 1920s Fred Hawtree worked with J H Taylor on the design of both courses.  In recognition of the Hawtree involvement the Wednesday format was bogey, a stern test of golf.

    Read more
    5 Sep '21

    The Autumn Plate

    Posted in Competitions

    Warm and sunny summer conditions returned for the Autumn Plate – as bottom of results confirms with temp > 26C and barometer reading rising.

    Read more
    1 Sep '21

    Midweek CC/Midweek Handicap Trophy Round 2

    Posted in Competitions

    The 2nd round of Midweek Club Championship were played in fairly benign conditions with a fairly constant breeze/wind ( I think – was in hospital for day) .

    Read more
    29 Aug '21

    Summer Bank Holiday Plate

    Posted in Competitions

    Benign conditions prevailed for the B/H Plate- a (distinctly chilly) wind with northerly component fluctuated as temperature rose – see bottom of results report.

    Read more
    25 Aug '21

    Midweek CC/MW Handicap Trophy Round1

    Posted in Competitions

    Pleasant late summer conditions prevailed with much sunshine and little wind for round 1 of Midweek Club Championship; this is borne out by local weather report at end of net results -top 24C and light breezes.

    Read more
    22 Aug '21

    President’s Putter (Top Dog Event 6 of 7)

    Posted in Competitions
    18 Aug '21

    Anniversary Accumulator (Round 2 of 3)

    Posted in Competitions

    The main report of results shows showers at 1 and 3 am; enough to make the rough extremely wet in places and some areas still roped off due downpours (of was it previous week?).

    Read more
    15 Aug '21

    Golden Jubilee (50yrs 1924-1974) (Top Dog Event 5 of 7)

    Posted in Competitions

    The day was one of improvement weather-wise – with sun and wind increasing -see bottom of results. and Glendale had cut back some of the rough but e.g. 17th for men off whites still punishing.

    Read more
    11 Aug '21

    Midweek August Medal (Midweek GM Rd 5 0f 8)

    Posted in Competitions

    Welcome back to summer golf. The sun is trying its best very to erase all memories of the wet weather. But there was still standing water in most of the bunkers. Wonder how the rough will react to extra water. It can’t possibly grow any thicker right?

    Read more
    8 Aug '21

    August Monthly Medal

    Posted in Competitions

    Forecast rain persuaded a number not to play esp. after waterlogging from downpour on Saturday. Hopefully, one day soon there will be a report through that extols the combination of wonderful weather and play. Sadly today follows pretty much along the same lines as the last 2 weeks with pretty gusty conditions adding to the heavy showers, although at least we didn’t have flooded greens to contend with today – just flooded bunkers.

    Read more
    4 Aug '21

    Midweek Captain’s Day

    Posted in Competitions

    I had forgotten what a dry day at the park looks/feels like. Standing water at some places was a reminder of the heavy rain of the past days. Onto the order of the day.

    Read more
    1 Aug '21

    Club Championship/Handicap Trophy – Round 2 and Aggregate Results

    Posted in Competitions

    Women

    Well where to start! Last week seemed bad enough but today’s scores indicate that virtually everyone found it worse. Not helped of course by greens with standing water and at least one hole where there was no dry route to the hole, oh & of course the 5+ hours that we spent waiting on every shot on every hole.

    The lowest score today belongs rightly to our 2021 Club Champ – Gina who fretted her way around the course, worried about the 7s on her card but sinking some very good putts along the way. Despite Sheena’s allegedly appalling golf, it was somehow good enough to retain the runner-up spot and these two were the only ones to not have an 8 or more on their cards.

    In the end there were just 5 in each of the 2 divisions for the Handicap & Pembroke Cups.
    Gina & Val ended on the same total of 153, but Val’s more balanced 2 rounds of 76 and 77 takes the Handicap Cup from Gina with the better back 18.

    First week leader, Jenny, couldn’t hang on this week and was well beaten into 2nd spot by Ali who although rueing her visit to the bunker on the 16th takes the Pembroke Cup by 11 shots.

    Someone suggested opening the fizz to get over the trauma, which seems like a good idea but Gina, Val & Ali can just celebrate.

    Men

    Showery conditions prevailed with a very heavy shower around 1pm.

    Generally there was much casual water and of course the rough continued to wreak havoc with many rounds. Again the Junior Division had highest no. of NRs.

    To the golf –

    Read more
    31 Jul '21

    RPGC vs Huntswood and vs Hoebridge

    Posted in Competitions, Hawtree
    28 Jul '21

    The Claret Jug

    Posted in Competitions

    After a 2 week delay the field did battle for our Claret Jug. The weather continued to remain volatile. I think it is a fair assumption every game faced a few showers today. Some were absolutely drenched but pressed on.

    Ed: Confirmed by local Weather station report below

    Read more
    25 Jul '21

    Club Championship/Handicap Trophy – Round 1

    Posted in Competitions

    Women

    So after the earlier postponement and then re-instatement of the comp., the main outcome of today was that we all got in before the klaxon went, not sure that for most of us golf deserves much of a mention! The one exception being Jenny whose net 68 was 3 ahead of Ali and thus the only one to record a score better than what used to be called SSS and having said earlier on that she only played well outside of competitions.

    An indication of the trauma we encountered showed there were just 2 cards not recording an 8 or higher but on the plus side 3 people recorded birdies.

    So after the first round Gina is leading by 2 shots from Sheena in the Gross and is also leading in the Handicap Cup (HI up to 19.4) by 3 from Val.
    In the Pembroke Cup (HIs 19.5 and above), Jenny is naturally in the lead from Ali.

    There is still all to play for next week.

    Men

    It was a game of 2 halves – dry for the Senior division and a lot of rain for most of Junior Division.

    Read more
    21 Jul '21

    July Midweek Plate

    Posted in Competitions

    For the second midweek competition in a row the field was playing a reduced number of holes. A bit of confusion with a South-Korean society caused a delay for the 9.30am starters. The (very) early starters avoided most of the heat.

    Read more
    18 Jul '21

    J Q Robertson

    Posted in Competitions

    Summer (golf) is finally back. The pace of play was not helped by PP playing their CC. This held up our first couple of games on (too) many occasions.

    Read more
    14 Jul '21

    July Midweek Plate (14 holes due storm damage)

    Posted in Competitions

    The field entered a stableford competition on an improvised 14 hole course layout. But it’s fair to say that most of the players handled conditions pretty well.

    Read more
    11 Jul '21

    July Monthly Medal (GMT Rd 4 of 7)

    Posted in Competitions

    Women

    Another day where staying out of the rough was a good idea. Something today’s winner managed with ease. Perhaps she was inspired after her Double C win in the rain during the week, or perhaps it was her playing partners (Sheena & Deb in case you wondered). She started off with great gusto and much better than them, just fading a bit on the longer 7-9 holes, but her back 9 gave her the equivalent of 22 stableford points giving Avi a 3 shot margin in her victory on 66.

    Patrick says this is an omen for tonight as 66 was when England last won an international tournament so let’s hope he is right & it is all down to Avi.

    Our recent recruit, Hilary continues her good form with a 69 to take 2nd spot. As tends to be the case whilst a full handicap is being built, Hilary’s HI will drop to 27.2 tomorrow a drop of 1.5 compared to Avi’s 0.1 change – the vagaries of WHS.

    Men

    56 competed for the July medal. Conditions were ideal for golf except again for the punishing rough.

    Read more
    7 Jul '21

    Midweek July Medal (MGM Rd 4 of 8)

    Posted in Competitions

    Conditions were pretty tricky: thick air and gusting winds limited carry on a lot of shots. Playing into the wind on the 12th was especially brutal. That hole played as SI 1 today (cf. attached report). Keeping the ball out of the rough (not necessarily on the fairway) was a step in the right direction. The women keep showing the men how to play in these conditions.

    Read more
    4 Jul '21

    Diamond Jubilee (60yrs 1924-1984)

    Posted in Competitions

    The course seemend in pretty decent condition: enough roll on the fairways and receptive greens. There was the occasional shower but nothing near the apocalyptic conditions forecast by the mainstream media (fake media …) . 1st conclusion from today’s comp: cherry picking the perfect time/day to play the comp is of little use. Final conclusion: avoid the rough at all costs (but I guess you should try to do that all year round). 3 women managed to stay clear of the rough in a very efficient way (I assume that other parts of their game were on song too but the women in general tend to avoid the rough). 18 NR’s today. That’s 28% of the total field … Clearly a lot of the RPGC members disagree with the great Seve Ballesteros (“El Rough es mi amigo”).

    Read more
    30 Jun '21

    Midsummer Trophy

    Posted in Competitions

    The field were greeted by overcast skies and milder/cooler temperatures. The rough at the park grows longer and thicker just by looking at it. So keeping the ball on the fairway seemed like a good course of action. The other theme of the day was shredding the back 9 to pieces (see below for details). The greens were fairly receptive (take some time to repair your and other players’ pitch marks). For the second comp in a row the women showed how it is done.

    Read more
    27 Jun '21

    Captains’ Day (Top Dog event 3 of 7)

    Posted in Competitions

    Weather conditions were perfect for golf but thick rough continued to annoy competitors and wreck some cards.

    Read more
    23 Jun '21

    The Edward Cup

    Posted in Competitions

    Scorching temperatures were a distant memory yesterday. Thick rough and receptive greens are now a firm part of the Duke’s course layout.

    Read more
    17 Jun '21

    Midweek June Plate

    Posted in Competitions

    The dominating themes of yesterday’s golf were (in random order):

    Read more