Monthly Archives: November 2017

Rolling Draw Has Been Won. Nov 2017

Well the Rolling Draw has been another huge success. Massive congratulations to Iris Butler who scooped the amazing £400 giveaway last night. Iris very kindly donated £50 to The Lady Captain’s Charity, The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. What a lovely giving gesture Iris. On the evening two St Austells four balls were won by John Houghton and Heather Jeffreys. There was another special draw won by Phil Tomas and Lee James, they both won a St Austells four ball. This draw raised £100 for the Junior’s Christmas Tankard. Thank you all so much for your kindness, I know the Junior Section will be delighted with the support. A massive thank you goes out to Grant Clements your Vice Captain. Grant has worked hard to ensure these nights worked well for the members and the club. Well done Grant you are doing an amazing job. These nights would also not be successful without the hard work and dedication of all our staff. So a big shout of thanks goes to Jimmy, Dean, Jo and Ellie. The curry was amazing last night and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. One last thank you goes to all our members who have supported these nights, without you they do not work, so thank you very much. Stay tuned for more exciting Rolling Draw News.

The Board Vote For Lee Tyrrell

Last night the Board unanimously voted for Grant’s choice of Vice-Captain. Lee has been a member for many years and is dedicated to the continuing growth and success of Churston GC. Lee is an avid golfer, a successful business man and entrepreneur. Lee is humbled at the Boards decision and he is an excellent candidate for the prestigious role of VC and Captain at Churston Golf Club. Lee will be declared as the VC in waiting after the members vote in the up and coming AGM.

Course Management – Winter Programme 2017/2018

Winter Programme 2017/18
Autumn has arrived and it is nearly time for the winter programme to commence. The successful aeration done in August means that only limited work to the greens will be carried out this winter. The head greenkeeper will continue to needle & use air injection to the greens when drier ground allows, to keep the greens as dry as possible. The winter work schedule is set out in broad terms below. You will notice that the emphasis this year will be to look at the course hole by hole and fo-cus on its detailed maintenance and presentation. However, some tasks on the programme may rely on finances & will be weather permitting
Weather permitting, verti-cutting will continue until mid-late November. Whilst still mild, greens will be cut by ride-on machine at 4mm, 4-5 times a week. When growth slows down, greens will be hand-cut twice a week. Greens will be sprayed for leather jackets. Greens will be pencil-tined at least once and the Air2G2 will be used once also.
All the tees to be solid tined, followed by over seeding and a light top dressing. Any winter growth will be topped at a height of 20mm. If possible, uneven tees will be levelled out.
In early November, all the rough will be cut to 25mm to ensure good playability during the winter months and for the grass not to maintain moisture. In late December/early January, all long rough will be cut to ensure even growth next spring.
All the bunkers will be deep raked, edged and weeded. Any ones low on sand, will be topped up with new sand. As you will see later in the programme, a number of unnecessary bunkers will be filled in and seeded/turfed.
Fairways will continue to be cut at a height of 18mm until a stop in growth. Fairways will be sprayed for weeds just in time for spring. Fairways to be cut as detailed on the Course Architects Drawing and as per Chairman of Greens instructions.

Start February/March time
A programme of maintenance will be carried out on the above, to ensure health and safety policies are met. These will be edged, weeded and topped with new gravel. Any pot holes will be filled in.

Woodland & Coastal Path
During the winter it is intended to continue the programme of clearing scrub areas around the course. This allows light and air flow to these areas which in turn encourages the natural flora to return and flourish. The fence on the coastal path will be checked and repaired to reduce the risk of people getting onto the course and cause vandalism.
Complete action of spraying Herbicide at the base of all trees in close proximity of the fairway. Complete by December.
Tee Furniture & Course Signage
All hole information stones to be removed and disposed of. New tee signage will be applied in the New Year. Tee furniture will be refurbished, cleaned and painted.
Irrigation System
The irrigation system has been drained and turned off for winter months.

Hole By Hole Programme
Hole 1
· Remove scrubs by 1st Tee Done
· Fill in front right bunker and seed Done
· Fill in front left bunker and seed Done
· Renovate posts around 1st Tee (Replace Broken Chain) March 2018
Hole 2
· Replace fence between 2nd Tee & the road March 2018
· Place directional Sign to second Tee (once across the road)
· Clear back hedge overhanging pathway up to 2nd fairway December 2017
· Clear hedge/bank along right hand side of hole November 2017
· Remove dropped hanging branches from Fir Trees on the left mid-way up the fairway Done
· Remove rough from base of trees to left of the green.
Hole 3
· Renovate winter teeing area (rubber matting) November 2017
· Clear hedge along 3rd tee Done
· Replace rubber matting behind green December 2017
· Clear bank behind green and right hand entrance to 4th Tee (improve condition of the path too uneven, remove large stone located at immediate exist from the 3rd) Novem-ber/December 2017

Hole 4
· Reinstate pathway beside tees. (Add sleepers beside mens tee) March 2018
· Clear rough in front of Tees December 2017
· Clear hedge/bank along right hand side of hole. From Tee-Green December 2017
· Repair and return left hand bunker March 2018
· Add hand rail to the Ladies Tee Nov 2017

Hole 5
· Clear scrub overhanging pathway to left of tee December 2017
· Edge and tidy pathway December 2017
· Clear along wall (Remove any overhanging branches) January 2018
· Clear scrub left hand side of 5th green November 2017
Hole 6
· Clear scrub right of ladies tee and along wall February 2018
· Clear scrub along wall of tee in the field February 2018
· Fill in 1st bunker on right hand side and seed November 2017
· Clear long grass to right hand side of 6th green and leave short November 2017
· Remove long rough around the two small trees copses in-between large firs on the left. November 2017
Hole 7
· Repair pathway adjacent to tee March 2018
· Reshape fairway to right hand side March 2018
· Add new sand to both greenside bunkers January 2018
Hole 8
· Renovate winter teeing area (Rubber matting) November 2017
· Renovate summer tees (Aerate, sand, seed) and keep golfers off March 2018
· Clear scrub in front of ladies tee January 2018
· Clear scrub behind green and to right of green February 2018
· Raise floor level of back left hand Bunker December 2017
Hole 9
· Reduce height of gorse in front of tees January 2018
· Remove 2 yew trees in front right of ladies tee January 2018
· Clear wall and remove any overhanging branches December 2017
· Clear and tidy around bin/shelter December 2017
· Remove long rough up left of fairway Done
· Add soil to base of trees right and short of Green. Reshape path to 10th Tee. End Novem-ber/Early December
Hole 10
· Clear scrub next to tee December 2017
· Clear wall and remove any overhanging branches December 2017
· Clear scrub behind green and to right of green December 2017
· Clear scrub left hand side of fairway February 2018
Hole 11
· Clear scrub right hand side of tee January 2018
· Continue to clear scrub right hand side of hole Tee-Green March 2018
· Fill in left hand fairway bunker and seed February 2018

Hole 12
· Clear scrub left of green November 2017
· Green Drainage November 2017
Hole 13
· Clear scrub right hand side of hole and remove overhanging branches January 2018
· Lower face of right hand fairway bunker and reshape January 2018
· Clear scrub behind green and left hand side of green November 2017
· Remove old ball wash pole Done
· Clear Scrub around large tree on left hand to improve access to left temporary green End November
· Reduce length of rough to area left of left side fairway bunker. November
· Green Drainage November 2017
· Renovate path leading to 14th Tee March 2018
Hole 14
· Renovate pathway January 2018
· Clear long rough in front of ladies tee (all Tees) and leave short March 2018
· Clear along wall and remove any overhanging branches December 2017
· Move fairway further right March 2018
· Green Drainage November 2017

Hole 15
· Clear bank public footpath November 2017
· Reshape 1st fairway bunker (lower face) and fill with new sand January 2018
· Trim up fir trees left hand side March 2018
· Reshape greenside bunker (lower face) January 2018
Hole 16
· Fill in 1st fairway bunker on left and seed March 2018
· Clear hedge on right hand side of hole Done
· Repair edge of greenside bunkers March 2018
Hole 17
· Remove sapling in front of ladies tee January 2018
· Remove scrub to right of mens tee January 2018
· Repair greenside right bunkers March 2018
Hole 18
· Clear scrub along left hand side of hole. (especially where winter tee is placed) January 2018
· Widen entrance to Tee from the road. (should be able to walk through with umbrella up!) January

Kelvin Millar
Head Greenkeeper

Big Rolling Draw Success

Well the £300 Rolling Draw night proved a massive success. With over 70+ members enjoying a drink and some amazing Pie & Mash.

Well done to Grant, Jimmy, Dean and all the staff for getting a great night organised.

Roger Williams was not there so the draw rolls on to next Wednesday 29th. Look out for the email, rumour has it that it will be a special curry night. One of Dean’s favourites. There will be 50 food tickets available so be quick they will sell out fast.

The St Austell 4 balls were won by Karen Wills and Richard Treharne, so well done to them. There will two up for grabs next Wednesday night as well as some other great prizes.

Next Wednesday £400 will be up for grabs.

Keep an eye out for the next email this weekend.

New Coaching Division At Churston Golf Club

With Simon Loosemore now managing the retail shop full time, this has now released me to specialise in Coaching here at Churston Golf Club. This development fills me with great excitement and enthusiasm as its my passion and what I’m trained to do best and having over 25 years experience coaching from beginners right up to many other PGA professionals, puts me in a great position to help members at Churston Golf Club. Matt Curnoe my assistant Pro also has a passion for coaching and has made a great start here at Churston especially with the junior section, he is now in his third year of training at the PGA which under my tutorage is progressing well.

We have many ideas and offers for members at Churston Golf Club which will be launched in the future.
The first offer for the months of November though to February we are offering a fantastic winter coaching package which includes

Free Coaching Assessment
Free Equipment Check
6 * ½ hour Coaching Sessions
10% discount voucher to spend in the shop.
Cost of the winter package is only £125.

Any member of Churston Golf Club can take up this offer. The winter package can include any aspect of your game using the excellent facilities we have on site, such as the golf course, the coaching centre which includes the fantastic Flightscope system, practice ground, putting green/chipping green or practice bunker. This offer is also open to members who would like to bring a friend along, if so, why not stop before or after the session for a coffee or lunch at Churston GC.


Churston Bar & Restaurant Opening Times – Winter 2017/2018

Churston Golf Club – Bar
Winter opening hours

Monday – 9.30am – 9.00pm
Tuesday – 9.30am – 6.30pm
Wednesday – 9.30 am – 6.30pm
Thursday – 9.30am – 9.00pm
Friday – 9.30am – 9.00pm
Saturday – 7.30am – 6.30pm
Sunday – 9.30am – 6.30pm


Churston Golf Club – Restaurant
Winter opening hours

Monday – 9.30am – 2.00pm
Tuesday – 9.30am – 4.00pm
Wednesday – 9.30 am – 3.30pm
Thursday – 9.30am – 3.30pm
Friday – 9.30am – 3.30 pm
Saturday – 7.30am – 5.00pm
Sunday – 9.30am – 2.00pm

Rolling Draw Night – Wed 22nd Nov

The Rolling Draw rolls on to a massive £300.00. What a Christmas bonus this would be. The winner of Friday night was John Bullock but alias John was nowhere to be seen.

The night was kindly sponsored by Torbay Oven Cleaning and Graham Luckham won a free oven cleaning service. That will be a lovely clean oven for Graham just in time for the turkey. Steve Ivey won a bottle of Jack Daniels which was also kindly sponsored by Torbay Oven Cleaning.

Wednesday the 22nd of November will be the next big night. On the evening we will have food from 7pm. Our Chef Dean is going to cook up some lovely homemade pies for us. The draw will take place between 6.30pm – 8.30pm. To book email Jo on with your name and how many you would like to book for. Please also select your pie option. Beef & Ale or Chicken & Leek.

Junior Section Needs Our Support

The Junior Section are the future of our Golf Club and they need our help. Natasha is looking for sponsors for The Junior Christmas Tankard Day. This is a big day for the Juniors and it is extremely well organised. Natasha would love members to offer prizes for the Juniors on this day. Let everyone make this a great day and a special event for our Juniors. If you can help please email Natasha on

Natasha and all the Junior Team work extremely hard to develop the future of our club. Next year is a big year for them so if you run a business and would like to help Natasha with sponsorship please contact Natasha Dart. They will be extremely grateful for all the help or money that can be offered. Our junior section is really blossoming and more support would mean they can grow even more.

Head Green Keeper’s – October 2017 Report

Greenkeeper’s Monthly Report
October 2017

Dear members,
Autumn is well underway and as you can see, the leaves are starting to fall quick and fast. The weather was atrocious for the first couple weeks of October, leaving the course very muddy and greens saturated. Luckily the weather has improved drastically towards the end of the month and the course is looking better than it should be for this time of year. We had the Devon Pro’s here on Thursday (2nd) and the feedback was amazing, which as Head Greenkeeper is always brilliant to hear and we’re glad all our effort was noticed.

The damp, mild conditions at the start of the month meant that our greens became infected with a disease called Fusarium Patch. This type of disease is most common in the UK and is caused by wet, warm weather and there is nothing we could have done to prevent it. Speaking to a number of other Head Greenkeepers, it sounds as if every golf club has had it. The greens have been sprayed with fungicide and the disease is no longer active but will need time to grow out. The growth on the greens has finally slowed down meaning we have highered the height of cut to 4mm and are only cutting the greens 3-4 times a week. When the grass completely stops growing we plan to cut the greens with hand mowers twice a week. This type of cutting makes for better presentation and ensures less weight on the green however, it takes 4 of us to do it so this can only be done when the grass growth has slowed down significantly. Again, we would like to remind all golfers about repairing pitchmarks. Being out there in the mornings, we have noticed that the amount of pitchmarks not being repaired is worse than ever. So please when you enter a green make sure you repair your pitchmark and at least one other if you see any.


Well you would think it was early spring judging on the amount of grass we are cutting off the fairways and tees. We’re still cutting these twice a week because of the growth, but as it gets colder this will reduce to once a week/fortnight depending on growth. We would also remind members to replace their divots on the fairways.


Bunkers are being raked everyday and we’re still getting good feedback about how much they have improved the last couple of months or so due to the way they are being raked (back to front). The grass growth on the edges of the bunkers has slowed down now and will only need to be edged once or twice during the winter months. As you would have noticed, the two bunkers that have been filled in on the 1st, have grown back really well and the seed has really taken off. There are a few more bunkers that are going to be filled in, in the next couple of weeks. These were advised by the course architect during his visit.

Winter Programme

The winter programme has been done and approved by the board and greens committee. This will be available to view from the middle of November. There have been a number of tasks already completed on the programme. The 3rd winter teeing area has been replaced with hard wearing rubber mats. We’ve done this early, to enable the seed to grow through the mats in time for the Winter Course. We’ll be doing the same to the 8th winter tee and this will start next week. If you have any queries about the winter programme, feel free to contact me or your greens chairman Lee James and we will be more than willing to help.

Green Drainage

As you would have noticed in an email sent out, we are installing a new drainage system on our wet greens. However, the previous email about the drainage was incorrect and we’re not getting the ‘SubAir’ system installed. This is a top of the range system only installed at a number of clubs in the world, Augusta National being one of them, and we would only dream about being able to afford. What we are getting is called PC Drainage and is becoming more and more popular in the UK. I am meeting the owner of the company on Monday 6th to speak more about it and to do the markings and measurements. I will know more about it from Monday so will send an email out with more information very soon. This work is planned to start on Monday 20th November and should be complete by the Friday with minimum damage to the playing surfaces. We are excited about this new system as it should enable us to have 12, 13, 14 playable all year round.
13th Hole

The temporary green on 13 is now ready for play. The long grass has been cut back and the flag has been put back in. We hope this helps the people that do not wish to walk up the hill to the 14th tee.


The wet start to the month has meant that we have had to put ropes/white lines out to direct trolley/buggy traffic. As the weather gets worse, you will start to notice more and more ropes being put out, and we would advise anyone that can carry, to carry, even if you only carry half a set of clubs. When the ropes are out, we would kindly remind everybody to adhere to them and not just go under/around as seen many times before. THEY ARE THERE FOR A REASON.


From all your green staff, we wish you a great month of golfing ahead.
Kelvin Millar
Head Greenkeeper