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Members Newsletter – January 2022

From the Course Manager

Happy New year to you all. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and have seen in the New Year well and are keeping safe.


Unfortunately, on the course we have not had the easiest, or best start to the year. Until recently we have had a very good spell of weather conditions, which has resulted in an extended playability on the course. In fact, looking back on my collected historical data, December 2021 was our driest by quite a significant margin since 2016. Our end of year total finished at 928.2mm, which again was our driest since 2018.

Our total for December was 78mm, of which 45.5 of that fell from Christmas Eve through to the New Year. Then added to that is another 16mm this year counting (Dated January 7th).


This has ultimately led to more course reductions and closures. This is, however, the best course of action for all concerned with regard to playability and safety in mind. Through December we experienced colder and drier conditions. This meant we were able to keep the course fully open more than in recent years and meant we were able to maintain some cutting regimes across all surfaces to keep the definition on the course which is great for everyone.


I would also like to say a big thank you to you all for adhering to the trolley restrictions, post and ropes and white lining/signage across the whole course. All these factors together really help with preserving our course to the best conditions though this tough time of the year, and it means a great deal that I can see trolleys not being taken beyond the white lines in front of all the greens and people sensibly parking trolleys on pathways and walking where they can.


I totally understand that for some carrying a bag is not always feasible but for when you can it does make a huge difference to the traffic damage not being caused by the trolleys. Again, all these things help to keep the course in the best condition through the winter and make it ready for members and guests to enjoy in the spring, which before we know it will soon be upon us.


Through December I was FINALLY able to finish the new first winter mat relocation and construction. In its new location you have a much better elevated standing position to be able to play onto the fairway and start your round of golf.

The rest of the team were working hard on installing our new maintenance track behind the back of 6th up to the 5th. They also reinstated and relayed the whole of the 5th pathways with our new material.


They also used this material behind the 2nd green, 11th tee walkway, 13th green to 14th tee walk off and half of the 15th tees walk off pathway.


Going forward, all old and new pathways will be resurfaced with tarmac road planings, followed behind with a vibrating roller whacking to compact them down to create a solid, cost-effective pathway. It was a good trial area we used on the 5th as this historically always washed out any material we put down, but we have found with the road planings it binds together well and rainwater runs across the top and not through the material, which would cause the wash out.


What will be even better about this material is that when we start the large task of implementing buggy pathways around the course, this will be carried out in the summer months when temperatures are greater, which in turn works better as the bitumen residing within the road planings becomes softer causing the consolidation of the material to bind together even better, resulting in a more compacted and solid pathway.


Over the coming weeks we will be working on resurfacing as many of the pathways as possible and you will see a noticeable improvement in that area.

The first tee raised border has been completely cleared and all shrubbery and bushes removed. Originally, we were going to weed wrap and use slate chipping on these areas, but it has now been decided to turf out the whole area along with 18th, putting green and the triangle. This will all be covered in turf over in the next few weeks.


We also added two drainage crates to the 1st tee pathways to help remove the excessive rainwater that sits there following rain showers. We will potentially be adding a third as it has worked so well, but we will be re surfacing that pathway and possibility able to direct more water into these new crates creating a slight fall with the material.


Other members of the team have stated the task of lower tree limb removal along the edge of 13th. They have been raising the canopy of the trees, so there is clear visibility along the edge looking back up towards the 13th green. After that they will work on the larger trees to the right-hand side of the 13th green as they have become overgrown and a nuisance while cutting. Also, we have found that because of their size, the green sits in darkness due to the lack of light getting through.

They will then start the task of clearing the overgrown trees that sit along the edge of the 14th and 15th lakes. Again, these have had little to no management over the years and will need some time and effort to clear but ultimately create and nice tidy environment around the three adjacent holes.


On a final note, the Murphy’s site situated on 15th is now nearing completion. They are aiming to remove the tunnel boring machine from the ground within the 2nd week of January and have full completion and reinstatement of the land by April/May.




From the Golf Academy Director

With Christmas and the new year now out of the way we can look forward to the golf season! We have some exciting plans for 2022 including the addition of Callaway and Odyssey clubs to the offering from the pro shop. We will providing a full custom fitting service using Trackman 4 and will have the capability to fit for everything from a Driver to a Putter! Keep an eye on our newsletters and communications for more information. In the meantime, here is a sneak preview of some of the latest Callaway products:


We are now in the final stages of organising and structuring our golf programs within the academy.



Our ladies academy is available to sign up in the pro shop and provides the perfect platform for anybody with no or limited golfing experience. e. The Academy cost £120 per person and consists of 8x 1.5-hour weekly sessions in group of 5, coving all aspects of the game of golf in a structured, fun and friendly format. All equipment can be provided where necessary and tea/coffee/soft drinks s included during the session.



Our junior program will also be starting in early March, and we will be holding a junior information evening on 11th February at 6 pm. We welcome all junior members and any children looking to join The Bristol or our junior academy to join us for the evening. We request that you notify us of your intention to attend by email to [email protected] and all children must be accompanied by an adult.


Group Coaching

We will be holding group coaching sessions weekly on the following days and times:


Monday 5pm-6pm

Wednesday 11am-12 noon

Friday 11am-12 noon

Saturday 12 noon – 1pm


Please book your place in the pro shop. These sessions are open to anybody regardless of ability and cost £12 including all balls and equipment where necessary.

The Ladies Section

The Ladies Section moves into 2022 with the upcoming AGM on Thursday 13th Jan seeing Olly Simpson hand over to me after an epic 2-year tenure that saw us go through the worst of the COVID lockdowns, the hope of vaccination and the uncertainty of restarting golf in 2021. I know I speak for everyone in the Ladies section in thanking Olly for leading us through such difficult times with such good humour and fortitude; I’m sure that she will enjoy a well-earned rest. A heartfelt thank you must also go to Maria McNally, who hands over the reins as our County Committee Member to Sarah Spackman. Next year will be the first year since the formation of The Bristol Ladies section that Maria won’t hold either a section or Main Committee Role – an amazing achievement. I’d also like to welcome Sarah Spackman and Steph Root to the Committee. Sarah takes over from Maria and Steph takes over from me as Competitions Secretary – they both inherit a busy competition schedule for this year. Barbara Lewis also re-joins the Committee as our Alliance Captain, hoping to take us back into division one next year. Last but not least, a brand new committee appointment for this year – Ladies Par 3 Representative – is taken up for the first time by Cathy Baker. Cathy will be working to ensure that The Bristol Ladies section is fully integrated and inclusive and that our Par 3 ladies are able to reach their full potential. Please give all of our new committee members your support.


Before anything else I want to wish a speedy recovery to Denise Barwell who remains very unwell in hospital. We’re all rooting for you Denise, hoping you get well soon and come and join us for a great year of golf. Thanks to Rachael Paul and Nicky Edwards who have stepped in to assist with Denise’s treasurer duties and for Rachael’s regular (and welcome) updates on Denise’s progress.


I want the Ladies theme for 2022 to be inclusivity – building on the work already done last year and the year before. The Bristol Golf Club has one Ladies section and I want everyone, whatever their skill-level, to be able to enjoy golf at the club and the benefits of the section. We are also hoping that this year will bring us more new lady members, the course is in excellent condition and both the Bristol Management and Pro-shop teams are committed to helping all ladies to reach their full potential.


Alongside our usual packed home competition schedule, we have a couple of section away-days in April and August at Farrington Park and Machynys Golf Club respectively – for details please see the social notice board in the Changing Room. We also have an Away Weekend planned in September at The Vale Resort (Cardiff); if you haven’t already signed up, please let me know if you’re interested. After our excellent performance last year (5th round), we will be playing in the Annodata Challenge again this year, alongside our Alliance, Mid-Handicap and Friendly matches. If you’re interested in playing in any of these formats, please speak to Barbara Lewis for Alliance, Sandie Lloyd for Mid-Handicap, Dot Donovan for Friendly fixtures and Rachael Paul for The Annodata Challange.


We also have a plethora of county fixtures, some played at the club and some available to sign up for online. See the county notice board in the Changing Room for details. Sarah Spackman is this year’s County Member on the Ladies Committee and she is always happy to answer any queries you may have . The Ladies section will also be hosting an Open Patsome competition on 5th July. The event is on Empire Golf and Michael Stephens is coordinating entries and events on the day. I’ll be looking for volunteers closer to the time, to assist with preparation on the morning of the event – more to follow. In the meantime, please pass on the details of our open during your upcoming travels around local clubs – the more publicity, the better.


Finally, I wish you all a happy and healthy 2022. I’m looking forward to working with Henry and his team and to helping you all to enjoy the next year at The Bristol Golf Club.


Sue Jarvis

Lady Captain 2022

Seniors Section

Hi everybody and Happy 2022 to you all. I know the opportunity to play golf so far in 2022 has been rather limited thanks to the great British weather so I have not got much to report.


I’d like to express my sincere thanks to Peter Searle-Barnes for all the hard work and professionalism of his 2021 captaincy. I hope I can do as good a job in 2022.


Also, many thanks to Norman Bishop for all he has done for the section as Competition and Handicap Secretary and will now be enjoying a well-earned rest from that role. I know it will be in safe hands though with Tony Fitzhenry and John Hodson.


I’m really looking forward to seeing the course in all its glory once we get some warmer weather. I feel communication is now so much better with Masters and I think we will soon see more support than we’ve had under previous regimes which will only make life easier and allow us to enjoy our golf even more.


I shall leave friendly team matches, awaydays and breaks to another time -other than to say it would be great to see as many as possible volunteering to play the friendly matches.


They are a great way of playing different courses and making new friends.

Most of all enjoy your golf in 2022 everyone.


Paul Jarvis