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Club News

From Albert Sinfield, Golf Manager: It is a great pleasure to welcome you all back inside our newly refurbished clubhouse. Contractors have worked hard over recent weeks to refurbish all areas of the building.  

Following the Government announcement that COVID restrictions will not be lifted, we have made the decision to postpone the presentation evening, due to take place on Saturday, July 3rd.  

This event was planned to celebrate previous year’s winners, alongside a meal and a social evening to remember. Peter and Elaine are keen to keep this a social event and feel that it would be better to have it take place later this year to allow a larger number of club members to have the opportunity to party properly.  

We now plan to hold the presentation evening on Friday, October 8th. Thank you to those who have already accepted the invitation and to those who have paid for tickets. We will be in touch to confirm your attendance for the rescheduled date. 

Course News

From Damon Kirk, Course ManagerThis month has been extremely busy in the maintenance department. The beginning of June saw the temperatures rise and plant growth become sufficient to allow the application of Selective Herbicide on all playing surfaces apart from greens. This rids the course of undesirable plants and weeds, which improves the surface playing quality and is more aesthetically pleasing. 

We have been very active on the greens from a maintenance perspective, with the spraying application of a Plant Growth Regulator (PGR). PGR is applied to the playing surfaces to influence the development and growth of the plant. It reduces the production of seed heads by the Poa Annua, which affects ball roll on the greens, and slows down growth, so reducing the need to cut as frequently and the clipping yield. 

Once the greens had recovered from this application (the effect of the chemical upon the plant stuns its growth temporarily and causes discolouration, a yellowing of the leaf, especially with Poa Annua), we began an aeration programme. This consists of slitting the greens using a hydraulic Moddus T tractor-mounted slitter.  

Following this, the surfaces were verti-cut in two directions to remove as much of the lateral plant growth as possible and to promote a better receptive surface for top-dressing sand, which was applied post completion. 

After this procedure was complete and the surfaces had recovered sufficiently, we trialled a new aeration hollow tine to remove more organic material from the profile. Ninja tines were used to take small cores from the top two inches of the green. These cores were removed quickly and efficiently, after which the aerated area was then mown to produce a surface that could not be distinguished from an un-aerated green. The whole process took about 11 hours. 

The benefit of our work so far has improved root density and depth as well as a general improvement of plant health.  

Elsewhere, we have applied Hydrozone wetting agent on the fairways, which washed in well after some rain. The fairways are looking great thanks to this and the feed that we applied earlier kicking in. The definition is really good now. 

We have also fixed the non-working irrigation heads on the 4th and 11th greens as part of our drive to fix a number of errors in the system. In addition, we repositioned the heads on three tees to prevent them drying out too quickly. We started with 109 errors and are now down to 10! 

We hope that the maintenance undertaken on the course has benefitted all players and we thank them for their understanding and cooperation. 


Captains’ Updates

From Darren Reed, Club Captain 2021: The Captains’ Charity Day — in aid of Valence School and Parkinson’s UK — will be held on July 17th, 7.45am meet for bacon rolls etc, followed by a shotgun start at 9am. The format is both an individual 18-hole Stableford and a team Stableford (best three scores count). It will be a fun day, with drinks stations around the course, prizes for nearest the pin etc, raffles (please bring cash), auctions and a rolling BBQ after the golf. 

Please enter a team via IG or through the Pro Shop. The price is £30 for a Member and £50 for a guest. 

RL Captains Charity Day


From Lynn Craven, Lady Captain 2021: The weather was kind to the 36 ladies, who played in the Spring Meeting on Wednesday, May 26th. The meeting also saw our first raffle of the year, which raise a fantastic £370 for my charity Valence School. 

On Saturday, June 5th, we had the Ping Plate Ladies 4-ball-better-ball club qualifier, myself and Jayne Garfield-Field won this round, and our names have been put forward for the final to be held in September in Lincoln. 

Wednesday, June 9th, was our first friendly since 2019! At home to Royal Blackheath, we had a great 4-0 win, well done to Barbara Carpenter for organising and all the girls that took part. The weather was good and it was great to see the return of the ladies’ friendlies. 

Saturday, June 19th, was our home Apaljacs fixture, the course was playing tough due to all the rain but Redlibbets Ladies — Sue Pearce, Karen Taylor, Karen Drake and Jane Fautley — came in with steady stableford scores towards the final year end count. 

We are all looking forward to enjoying the summer ahead and a busy golf schedule. 

Competitions News

There has been some great competitive golf played this month and congratulations to all the winners of June competitions as follows: 

  • Ladies Midweek Medal (June 2nd): Margaret Hawkins (69 Nett)  
  • Ladies Ping Plate (June 5th): Lynn Craven & Jayne Garfield-field (38 points) 
  • Men’s Saturday Medal (June 5th): Martyn Samuel (68 Nett) 
  • Men’s Sunday Medal (June 6th): Tom Valionis (68 Nett) 
  • Silver Hares Medal (June 9th): Mickey Hart (67 Nett)  
  • Men’s Midweek Medal (June 10th): Joe Graver (70 Nett)  
  • OCO Spring Cup (June 12th): Luke Howell (46 points)  
  • Ladies Midweek Stableford (June 16th): Margaret Allen (39 points)  
  • Silver Hares Bill Edgar Plate (June 16th): Scott Goldsmith (42 points)  
  • Men’s Saturday Stableford (June 19th): Scott Goldsmith (37 points)  
  • Men’s Sunday Stableford (June 20th): Duncan Jenner (39 points)  

Don’t forget to visit Intelligent Golf to see all the up-and-coming competitions in the diary. 

We have now played three of the six Race to Le Touquet events and the leaderboard is hotting up. Make sure you visit the competitions section of Intelligent Golf to see the up-and-coming events and make sure you reserve your spot on the leaderboard for that trip to France to play in the Champion of Champions event.  


Clubhouse News

We appreciate that, since the return to golf, all facilities have been outdoors and that masks have not been compulsory, but, as we now make our way inside, we would ask everyone to wear a face covering when entering or moving around the building. We hope to see you enjoying a breakfast before or a well-deserved beer following your golf.  

The changing rooms are now re-open and look fantastic. I know many of you will be looking to have a locker reallocated, which I plan to do in the coming week. I will start by reaching out to all previous users of the lockers, followed by new members who may wish to occupy a locker in the future.  

We should also tell you that Get Golfing has put in for planning permission to create a Players’ Lounge, which will see the office relocated. All being well, we anticipate the work will be carried out towards the end of 2021 and into early 2022, with completion scheduled for the summer of 2022. 

If you are looking to hold an event, remember our venue is so versatile — from outside set ups for a small birthday BBQ to an afternoon tea when the weather is not on our side. For more information contact [email protected]


Staff News

Staff development: At Get Golfing, we have a passion for high quality course conditioning. We invest a lot in machinery and materials to make our golf courses better places to play. We also invest heavily in our staff, with regular on-the-job training and a dedicated head-office manager to support each site’s course manager. 

As part of our commitment to the game of golf, we are also passionate about the career development of our greens staff. We see it as our duty to provide a nursery for great greenkeepers, who can go on to bigger and bigger roles in the industry, thanks in part to their Get Golfing training.  

This month (July 25th) sees the deadline for nominations for Get Golfing’s international green-keeping internship programme. Four greens staff from across the group’s sites will further their careers with work experience at one of Florida’s most prestigious resorts — Pelican’s Nest (  

Starting in January 2022, the internship programme is not only a way to escape our winter weather but a fantastic opportunity to gain work experience outside of the UK. Get Golfing will be paying for flights, wages, accommodation, and additional spending money while our interns are at Pelican’s Nest.  

In addition to these placements, Get Golfing is also organising a series of seminars and opportunities to work at tournaments for the rest of its green-keeping teams to help them increase their professional expertise. 

Community Outreach Program

As part of Get Golfing, Redlibbets is committed to becoming a positive force in the local community to improve the image of golf, and the facilities we operate, amongst the wider public.  

We are, therefore, preparing to roll out a range of activities aimed at offering local people, who do not perhaps play golf, the opportunity to use our facilities to improve their health and well-being. 

These include: 

  • A partnership with the NHS Blood & Transplant service in 2021 to help recruit new and returning blood donors via a fun awareness campaign. We will also be offering our facilities as donor centres in the future. 
  • Joining with This Girl Can in 2022 to launch This Girl Can Get Golfing, with the goal of introducing golf to girls and ladies in a fun and free environment. Events will be held throughout the year in a bid to boost female participation in the game. Pictures of our first event in Mill Green can be seen below.
  • Rolling out a Get Golfing TAP — Targeted Activity Programme — at the club in 2021. This is a project that gives selected school students an opportunity to access golf and healthy food at our sites through a series of events and camps. Students will be drawn from those who are, for instance, eligible for free school meals, the pupil premium or are young carers, have special educational needs or are eligible for an education healthcare plan. A picture of our pilot event at Mill Green can be seen below:
  • Further to the above, we will be rolling out an Education and Special Educational Needs programme in September through school sports partnerships, school games organisers and school sports coordinators, PE coordinators, headteacher forums, the Local Education Authority and Council Sports Development Officers. 
  • Becoming a place that the local community can use to improve individual and community well-being at no impact to our core activity of golf. We will look to make our facilities available to non-traditional users, such as charities and local interest groups, at times when there is low usage by golfers. As a Community Hub, Redlibbets will help to combat loneliness and inactivity in all age groups via golf, music, the arts and other sports activities. 
  • Creating free social gatherings for members, visitors and local people, such as organised dog or nature walks and bird watching events, that make use of our beautiful landscape and help to bring people together. 

Proshop News

We have three great promotions this month from the Pro Shop. Remember all profits go back into your club. 

Redlibbets Golf Club

With high demand for the Srixon two dozen SuperSleeve offer last month, we will be carrying this over into July. Don’t forget to bulk up on ammunition for what is going to be a summer of lots of golf! 

Redlibbets Golf Club

Are you looking to replace your golf shoes? Have the spikes worn, or do you just fancy a stylish pair of shoes with that casual look? Buy any pair of Puma shoes with your member discount applied and receive a Puma Golf Carry Sack completely free of charge. 

Redlibbets Golf Club

Playing so much golf that it is becoming tiresome to lug your bag around the golf course? We have a limited number of fantastic Powakaddy 2020 FW3 electric trolleys available at a price of £349.99. Brand new last summer, the last lockdown means they haven’t seen much use, so grab a great deal today. Please look in the Sale section on the Get Golfing Pro Shop website 

New equipmentJohn Rahm’s win at the US Open was EPIC! Keep your eyes posted for the launch of Callaway hardware, bags and accessories on the Get Golfing Pro Shop. Coming soon in July.  


With a surge in interest in golf, we have several beginner’s sets for Men, Ladies and Juniors from Fazer & Benross. 

Demo daysNumbers do not lie! Our first Get Golfing demo days at Redlibbets and Mill Green have been a huge success, with many members seeing vast improvements through the latest technology. Keep your eyes peeled for more dates and contact me at [email protected] or 01474 554960 to book with the top brands coming to your club! 

Top up your card: You can top up your club/levy cards via the Get Golfing Pro Shop without buying anything. Summer is here and beer funds are needed! 


We have recently received some fantastic reviews which we thought you might like to read. We are very happy that the club and course has been so well received over the last few weeks.

“I played Redlibbets today 2/6/21 for the first time with a friend of mine and we were so impressed with the course on how good condition it was the greens and tee boxes are in great shape and the price we paid on line was well worth the money plus we will be going back for another round very soon and I must also say that the staff we spoke to was so helpful. We were running a bit late due to bad traffic so I phoned ahead and they couldn’t have been more helpful and having the drinks buggy going round with nice ice cold beers was great and again the lady selling the drinks was very friendly. It’s a big five stars from me and my friend so a big thank you for the great golf and great staff. ”
Rated 5 out of 5 by Peter Benstead
“ Our three groups thoroughly enjoyed our rounds yesterday and were all very complimentary about the course, the breakfast, the friendly staff and the COVID precautions. The most common phrase was "how come we've never played here before" so I guess we'll be back soon. ”
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dave Inglis
“Wow, what can I say, it was the first time we visited Redlibbets yesterday and the whole place is unbelievable the course is stunning and in great condition. Great value for money. All the staff were so friendly made you feel so welcome. Will be definitely going back. Well done to Redlibbets on getting it right. Honestly cannot fault anything about our day. ”
Rated 5 out of 5 by Danny T
“Everyone had a great day on Friday 7th August, across all aspects – the golf, food and service and was superb. Thanks to staff and the members for their help/patience, we look forward to returning in the future! ”
Rated 5 out of 5 by Disabled Golf Society, Greame Robertson
“ It is a well maintained and great place to play golf, great tee time bookings so there isn't slow play but your not rushing to hit your next shot. There are some challenging holes and some you can hit a wedge in for a well deserved Birdie. I would highly recommend! ”
Rated 5 out of 5 by John Dilloway