Bedfordshire Golf Club News & Magazine
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update – March 23rd 2020
To all Members and Visitors
Bedfordshire Golf Club Closed Until Further Notice
Previous announcement below related to available facilities, is no longer in force
Whilst our Golf courses remain fully open, we advise players to follow Government advice on maintaining social distancing at all times on the courses, whether playing competitions or social golf. In particular we advise players to:
Not shake hands either before or after a round
Leave the flags in on the greens
Not use ball washers
Rake sand in bunkers with your feet as rakes have been removed
Competitions this weekend (and going forward) will continue to be played but please pick up your own blank card, or with a pre-printed label, from the Pro Shop. Mark your own score under Column A and your playing partner's score in the Marker’s column. Get your playing partner to agree your score at the end of the round and sign yourself at the bottom of the card. No need to get the marker to sign. Leave in the box in the clubhouse on the ground floor at bottom of the stairs. Cards will be entered into the computer over the next 48 hours.
To avoid large groups meeting together socially, any Shotgun Competitions will be changed to a timed tee start
‘Half Way’ House
We have the ‘Half Way’ House facilities, as we feel we are currently unable to maintain regular and effective sanitisation in this remote area
Pro Shop/Driving Range
The Pro Shop/Driving Range remain open for business, however, we are implementing the following practices:
o No cash transactions please - either members account or credit card (preferably contactless)
• No loitering - once you’ve got what you need, please move on to the courses or the range
• No groups - please observe the government’s recommendations on social distancing (min 2 meters)
The locker room and toilet facilities are open, but no showers are in operation and where possible you are requested to please change your shoes in the car park.
Whilst the clubhouse toilets remain open, all bar and catering services have been closed. We are considering whether we can offer an ongoing catering service on a “grab and go” basis as permitted in the latest Government announcement and will communicate further on this as the situation evolves.
All previously planned Club social functions have been cancelled or deferred
Our staff teams have been briefed to ensure that we regularly clean all surfaces with which you are likely to come into contact and we have increased the use of disinfectant cleaning products around the club. We are focused on cleaning all items that are commonly touched. In summary we would ask:
Please do not come to the Club if you are unwell
Keep hands clean, wash regularly & thoroughly, for at least 20 seconds with soap & water
Always carry tissues with you. Use them to catch all coughs & sneezes & then bin the tissue – then wash your hands with soap & water, or use a sanitiser
Keep a sensible 2 metre distance from those around you at all times and avoid contact
We hope you and your families keep well. In line with advice from the Government’s Chief Health and Scientific Advisers, do continue to enjoy your golf but keep a safe distance between you and your playing partners.
We look forward to seeing you fit and well at Bedfordshire Golf Club
First Aid Update, Defibrillator Re-located - Feb 2020
Members and Visitors should be aware that the Club Defibrillator is now based in the Pro-Shop.
As you will know, a Defibrillator can be a 'life-saver' and we have one at Bedfordshire Golf Club in Stagsden.
Our defibrillator was however, previously located within the Club House, which has more limited opening hours than our Pro-Shop (especially through the winter months), thus potentially limiting access to this vital piece of equipment.
We have now moved the Defibrillator into the Pro-Shop and our senior staff there, Richard Banks and Steve Connolly, are trained on its usage in emergency situations. In addition, our office manager Lynne Hopkins is already trained to use it.
Although we have trained our front-line staff to use the defibrillator, you do not need specialist training to use it, as clear instructions can be found inside. Following these could just make all the difference!
Bedfordshire Golf Club Recorder - Winter 2019/20 Edition
The latest edition of the Bedfordshire Golf Club Recorder, our six-monthly Club Magazine, is now available for download. As usual, it features stories and messages about events from the last six months and those who have provided so much support in 2019 to ensure the Club is in such good health.
As we have recently moved into our new Captains' year in charge, we also look forward to a successful 2020.
Please click on the link to download in 'pdf' form Bedfordshire Golf Club Recorder - Winter 2019/20 Edition
Bedfordshire Golf Club Recorder - Summer 2019 Edition
The very latest edition of the Bedfordshire Golf Club Recorder, our six-monthly Club Magazine, is now available for download.
Please click the link below to download in 'pdf' form
BGC Links to Social Media - Now Live - May 2019
Hopefully most of you enjoy reading the stories and general updates on our website, which acts as the main communication medium to members each week via the BGC News.
To this point, we have not actively focused on other social media, although we have had a Facebook account for some time. The main reason for this is that we have not had anyone on the team to manage and update our social media content (website apart), and as many of you who use it will know, it is often worse for businesses to have out of date social media than to have none!
With the arrival of Sue Kimber to our administration team, led by Lynne Hopkins, we are pleased to say that we are now able to actively post stories on various different forms of social media and we now have active accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We have added 'Buttons' to our website homepage for these three forms of social media, so please click though to see the latest updates and follow us on one or all of these.
Please click on them as often as you wish and 'like' and 'share' stories you enjoy to broaden the club's social media footprint.
Bedfordshire Golf Club Stars Excel in Men's County Foursomes - April 2019
The 2019 Men's County Foursomes took place on Sunday at Bedfordshire Golf Club with nearly 80 competitors taking part in this 36 hole event. We're delighted to say that home grown talent was to the fore when the results were announced with numerous BGC Members featuring on the podium afterwards.
Colin Beard and Andy Brown from Bedfordshire Golf Club put up a terrific display, finishing 2nd in the Gross event, narrowly losing out to County First Team star Jack Hawksby and his partner Luke Baynham (pictured below)
County Foursomes Gross Winners, Jack Hawksby & partner Luke Baynham with County President, Les Tucker & Dave Corfan
Colin & Andy won the net prize comfortably and with Harry O'Dell & Luke Partridge, Davie Marshall & Iain (Tiny) MacFarlane - all from BGC, sharing equal third spot, it was a very successful day for Bedfordshire GC members.
Club Captain Andy Brown & partner Colin Beard with County President Les Tucker & Competitions Secretary , Dave Corfan
In his presentation afterwards, County President, Les Tucker was full of praise for the club and its team for delivering such an excellent event.
When commenting what fantastic condition the course was in, he said he was simply passing on views of those from across the county who played in the event! A huge thank you must go to Course Manager, John Gubb and his team.
The efforts of the Bar and Catering Team also went down very well, especially as there was a last-minute change of venue from the club's main function suite downstairs to the Members' Lounge upstairs to enable everyone to watch the close of The Masters on TV! Again a massive thank you to Ruth, Debbie and their respective teams for enabling this to happen and making everybody welcome.
All in all, a very successful event, both for Bedfordshire Golf Club and for Bedfordshire County Golf Union.
Bedfordshire Golf Club launches 'Girls’ Golf Rocks'
Girls’ Golf Rocks is all about giving girls the opportunity to try an exciting and sociable new sport. With the help of some of our existing girl players acting as ambassadors, Bedfordshire Golf Club, near Stagsden, is offering a fantastic experience for girls to sample the game, meet new friends and enjoy a new sport. The 2019 programme comprises a FREE taster session followed by six weekly, group-coaching sessions at a highly discounted price. Participants will receive a 9 iron club and goodie bag. All instruction is delivered by our PGA qualified coaches on our outstanding practice facilities including our floodlit, undercover driving range.
HOW IT WORKS
The FREE taster session at Bedfordshire Golf Club is on Wednesday 1st May from 5 – 7 pm. It is targeted at girls aged 5-18 and will last 2 hours with refreshments included! Equipment is free to use on the day, all the girls need to do is turn up in comfy clothing and some flat soled shoes to enjoy the fun.
After the taster event, the six-week coaching course is a chance for the girls to learn a bit more about golf and make new friends with other participants and our ambassadors. The final session will include a golfing experience on our own high quality, Par 3 golf course. This for a great price of just £35.
Six-week coaching course sessions are scheduled for Wednesdays from 15th May - 19th June inclusive at 5-6pm.
To book your place on the taster session click here:
County Men's Foursomes Championships at Bedfordshire Golf Club - Sunday 14th April 2019
The Men's County Foursomes Championships take place this year at Bedfordshire Golf Club in Stagsden
On Sunday 14th April, competitions will be played out for the following formats:
Scratch - prizes for 1st & 2nd places over 36 Holes
Handicap - prizes for 1st & 2nd places over 36 Holes
Handicap - prizes for 1st & 2nd over 18 holes (am & pm)
All above played off white tees.
The closing date for entries is Monday 1st April 2019, so if you would like to take part, enter via the Bedfordshire County Golf site
Bedfordshire Golf Club Recorder - Winter 2018/19 Edition
The very latest edition of the Bedfordshire Golf Club Recorder, our six-monthly Club Magazine, is now available for download.
Please click the link below to download in 'pdf' form
BGC Ladies Appointed to Key County Golf Association Roles - Nov 18
We are delighted to announce that two of Bedfordshire Golf Club's Lady Members have been appointed to Bedfordshire Ladies County Golf Association executive roles.
Past Ladies Captain, Margaret Seabrook has been appointed County Vice-President and Sheila Fairey appointed to the role of County Secretary.
This is an honour for both, demonstrating ing the confidence the County Association has in their joint abilities' and of course, great news for Bedfordshire Golf Club.
We wish them both well in their new roles.
New County Vice-President Margaret Seabrook
New County Secretary Sheila Fairey
County Juniors tee-ing off at Stagsden
Top County Juniors Enjoy Tavistock Trophy Final at Bedfordshire Golf Club
Bedfordshire Golf Club was delighted to host the final of the Premier County Junior Event in 2018 - the Tavistock Trophy. The event had been moved, at short notice, from another course which had suffered particularly badly from the recent drought, making it unplayable for such a prestigious event. Very positive feedback was received from the County Organisers and the Juniors' themselves who played in the final. Some excerpts follow:
"...very sincere thanks to Bedfordshire GC from me and all the juniors for stepping in at the last minute to host the Tavistock Trophy Final...it was most definitely the right course of action for all who took part in what is the premier junior team event in Bedfordshire, and I'm pleased to say that your course reflected this. We were treated to a first class venue with a golf course presented in superb condition...in particular the quality and speed of the greens was phenomenal especially given the summer we have had."
Well done to John Gubb & our Greens' Team, who should be rightly proud of feedback like this coming from other clubs.
Congratulations to Denise Hastings - PGA Advanced Fellow Professional
Many congratulations to our lady pro, Denise Hastings who was awarded membership of the PGA Advanced Fellow Professionals by Gordon Campbell - East Region PGA Secretary on Wednesday 9 May 2018.
This prestigious award is part of the APAL scheme (Accreditation of Professional Achievement and Learning) operated by The PGA. This Membership is only awarded to qualified Members held in high national or international esteem who have made a significant contribution to the development of the game.
Denise has dedicated her life to golf. She started playing in her home city of Liverpool and was a founder member of the Ladies European Tour on which she played for 9 years.
She started her golf coaching career at Abbotsley where she was influenced by Vivien Saunders amongst others. Denise has worked with many great pros over the years whom she has helped to develop their game working at the 'Swingzone' at The Open for 12 years, The Ladies Open, Seniors Open and British Masters to name but a few. However, she continues to extend her already comprehensive knowledge and skills of the game by travelling to the USA and Spain in her quest to be the best coach she can be. Denise is equally happy coaching individuals from all walks of life, ranging from young children to grandparents and everything else in between. She was also one of the first disability coaches in the UK. In her mind there should be no obstacles to playing and enjoying the sport.
This award goes some way in recognising everything Denise has put into the game of golf over the years. We are extremely proud to have her at our club and send our warmest congratulations to her for this very well deserved accolade.
Denise is pictured below with her award and some of the people who came to support her on the day.
Bedfordshire Golf Club courses remain open throughout the wet spring!
The spring of 2018 seems to have taken an absolute age to arrive with snow in February & March and and even now, the abundance of rain has taken the edge off the rise in temperature.
We are very fortunate that the drainage and course layout at Stagsden means our courses rarely flood so badly that play is not possible. The photo here shows just how much rain recently, with our new 'temporary water feature' on the Par 3 - 13th on our 18 Hole Stagsden Course! Despite this level of precipitation, the fairways are all still very playable.
Over recent years, Bedfordshire Golf Club has built a great reputation for golf during the winter and early spring months, on surfaces which many clubs would be proud of during the summer. We are delighted to be able to offer high quality, year round, golfing facilities for those at all levels of golf.
We look forward to seeing you at Stagsden.
England Golf Regional Finalists Amazed at Quality of Bedfordshire Golf Club
In October 2017 we were delighted to host the England Golf South East Region Seniors League Final between Hampshire and Hertfordshire which Hampshire won 6 points to 4.
As the club hosting this event, we received many complimentary comments including:
Both Captains commenting on the impressive quality of the course and particularly the greens (fast and true) and the fairways (consistently and uniformly high quality).
Virtually every player we spoke to said that their home course is now playing to winter rules (which we are not, yet) and they were amazed at how good our course is in October!
The President of Hertfordshire Golf took pictures of the 6th Green with no players on it and when asked why, he said that he was going to send them to the Course Manager at his own club as an example of how neat and tidy green edges should look!
A number of players and officials commented on the warm and friendly welcome they had received (during both the practice and competition rounds) from both staff and members.
The President of Bedfordshire Golf and his senior officers were all extremely impressed by the quality of the course, facilities generally and the hospitality extended and commented specifically about the very impressive way in which we hosted this event which they felt reflected very well on the county generally.
If you haven't visited Bedfordshire Golf Club yet - why not come and see just how much we have to offer?
Record Year for New Members at Bedfordshire Golf Club
The reputation which Bedfordshire Golf Club has established in recent years for being 'The Golf Club to Join in Bedfordshire' continues apace, with 2016/17 seeing record numbers of new members in virtually all categories.
With well over 100 new members joining the club during the year ending September 2017, there is a real vibrancy and a great feel at the club as new members are welcomed in by more established ones. New Members give many reasons for joining, but the main ones seem to be:
Great all-round facilities - the best in Bedfordshire
Both the 18 hole and 9 courses a beautifully presented and are a pleasure to play on
Good value - with Full Membership only £949 (Oct 2017) and Par 3 Membership only £199, members get a great deal for their money
A friendly club to join and a nice atmosphere within the clubhouse
With national trends being in the opposite direction and many clubs struggling to retain sufficient members, Bedfordshire Golf Club is delighted to be in such a positive position. The Club will continue its programme of constant improvement and deliver a great all round package to its members and visitors alike.
If you are looking for a successful, forward looking, Members golf with the best facilities in the area - look no further than Bedfordshire Golf Club 'Bedfordshire's Premier Golfing Experience'.
Bedfordshire Golf Club enhances the Club logo
In 2016 Bedfordshire Golf Club celebrated its 125th Anniversary, and in doing so created a special club logo to recognise the event, incorporating the original club crest and a new-style 125th Anniversary 'scroll' underneath.
This logo was very well received by members, with the majority purchasing at least one item of club clothing to celebrate this major event for the club. It was always intended however, that the club would revert to the original 'crest' when we moved into our 126th year, but having done so, many felt that the original crest was perhaps missing something and looked a little dated.
With this in mind, the management team has now enhanced the original club crest, to reflect the ever improving position of the club as a whole, with the addition of a 'scroll' which includes 'Founded 1891' to create our new club logo. The new logo also benefits from not being time-bound by any specific event/celebration and can be used by the club for many years to come. So that you can see the journey from the original to the new version, the three designs are shown adjacent to each other below.
We hope you like the new version, as you will start to see it on branded items around the club in the weeks to come.
You will, we're sure, also be pleased to know that you will be able to sport this updated version of the Club logo when you're playing golf, as it will be featured on the Autumn stock from 1st October in the Professional Shop, both for member purchases and on staff uniforms. An offer will be sent to you shortly in your membership renewals pack, giving you the opportunity to receive an early order discount on a range of branded items.
Original BGC logo
125th Anniversary edition logo
New (2017) club logo
For reports on all that's been happening at Bedfordshire Golf Club please click on the links below to see the official club magazine 'The Recorder'.
Historical Recorder Click Here for the 1990-2000 & Move to Stagsden Recorder
featuring details of the club's move to our new home at Stagsden in the year 2000 after 105 years of golfing history at the old course in Biddenham.
CLUB SOCIAL EVENTS -
Bedfordshire Golf Club's Denise Hastings gains new media fan at The Open!
At this year’s Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, Club Manager & Head Professional Geraint Dixon and Fellow P.G.A. Professional, Denise Hastings were part of a team that delivered over 3000 individual golf lessons during the week to established & aspiring golfers, as part of the “tented village” experience.
Daily Telegraph reporter Daniel Zeqiri met Denise at the 'Swing Zone' to get a tip or two on improving his game. He reported: "I was armed with the usual excuses: not played very much, not my clubs and too many beer-induced takeaways during a week away at the Open Championship.
They were not going to wash with Denise Hastings however, PGA professional from Bedfordshire Golf Club, who took me to task at the ‘Swing Zone’ - one of the many attractions keeping fans entertained at Royal Birkdale on Saturday".
Denise takes Daniel through his paces. For the full article click here:
It’s a great experience for the guys every year – and nice to get our Club name mentioned in a national feature.
Bedfordshire Golf Club hosted the Ladies County Championships
The sun shone, the clubhouse was decked out in the county colours, and everything prepared to welcome the competitors in the County Championship.
Bedfordshire Golf Club itself was well represented, with Sally Shayler and Margaret Seabrook in the final stages of the Championship, and Sheila Fairey and Sue Cribb into the Semi-final of the County Cup
On the first morning Sally beat Bridie Quinn from South Beds and Margaret beat Gill Westgate B&C on the 21st hole a very exciting match. Sally won again in the afternoon , this time against Stephanie Scott from AG & WS, but Margaret unfortunately lost to Sophie Hillier.
On Saturday, Sheila Fairey and Sue Cribb played their County Cup semi-final matches, unfortunately both losing (to Linda Humphries Millbrook and Rachael Bryan AG&WS respectively). They each played well and did Bedfordshire GC proud, so well done girls. In the final, Linda Humphries beat Rachael Bryan on the 19th hole to win the County Cup.
Back to the County Championship and in the semi-finals, Sally was unfortunately beaten by Sophie Hillier - albeit on the 20th hole, whilst in the other match Annabel Pitts from Beadlow Manor beat Sophie Mills from John O'Gaunt. In the final Annabel Pitts beat Sophie Hillier to become the 2017 County Champion.
As for the Championships as a whole - the team from Bedfordshire Golf Club received many plaudits about the quality and presentation of our course and also our hospitality. A big thank you must go to Geraint, Lynne & Mags, the green staff, and the bar and catering staff for all their hard work during these 3 days. Well done everyone.
Bedfordshire Golf Club hosts its first Wedding Ceremony in 10 Years
Bedfordshire Golf Club club recently acquired a licence to hold wedding and civil ceremonies at the club and with this new authority, we hosted our first Wedding Ceremony in over 10 years in June. Although we've hosted many wedding receptions and parties at the club over that time, it was our first end-to-end managed wedding day with all aspects of the event covered.
The happy couple, Katrina and Ashley Lush, invited 40 of their friends and family for the Wedding Ceremony itself and the signing of the register, before many more arrived for the Wedding Breakfast and entertainment. Adopting a Super Hero theme for the day, dress code was perhaps more colourful than often seen at the club, but this definitely added to the fun and enjoyment for the entire party.
On a beautiful sunny June day, they decided on a buggy ride for a photo shoot to secure some atmospheric shots around the course. The wedding party dined on Hog Roast and all the trimmings, then danced the night away before celebrating with fireworks to end their big day. A fitting finale to a wonderful event for the newly weds. We wish them both the very best for their new married life together.
If you are looking for a wedding venue with stunning photo opportunities and great all round facilities at competitive prices for your big day, click here to view our weddings page and download our Wedding Brochure
2017 promises the best ever golfing year at Bedfordshire Golf Club
The last few months have seen a tremendous amount of work done by the various teams at Bedfordshire Golf Club in preparation for the busy 2017 golfing season. Both the 18 hole Stagsden Course and the 9 hole Par3 Academy course are already looking in great condition.
Over the winter, hundreds of yards of paths have been relaid with a new rubber based all-weather surface to provide a much better experience for golfers on the course. We have started with the paths between the 1st, 2nd, 17th and 18th holes, but more will be completed over time.
Several bunkers have been rebuilt with new drainage and longer lasting base layers to ensure they play to high standards expected by members and visitors alike.
The greens renovation work in late April sets the course up beautifully for the main golf season and this will benefit all golfers throughout the summer.
We hope you enjoy your time at Bedfordshire Golf Club - a club which the facilities continue to improve, each year, every year!
2017 Captain John Simpson, Vice Captain Jim Godfrey and Ladies Captain Anne Harris on the tee for their Drive-In
2017 Captain, John Simpson takes the helm from Kevin Dunbar
At the AGM on January 22nd, Bedfordshire Golf Club said thank you to Past Captain Kevin Dunbar and welcomed in new Captain, John Simpson.
Anne Harris - Volunteer of the Year Award
I'm delighted to announce that in-coming Ladies Captain, Anne Harris, has been recognised by the Bedfordshire County Golf Union for her contribution to the promotion of golfing activities, not just within our Club - but across the County.
Anne was presented with her award at Mount Pleasant Golf Club and on behalf of everyone in the Pro-Shop in particular & the Club in general, I'd like to thank Anne for all the effort she puts in behind the scenes, trying to get things done…..even if it does make our lives tougher at times! It's good to see that someone who actively shuns the limelight has finally had the spotlight turned on them - well deserved!
Henry Longhurst elected into World Golf's Hall of fame
Members may be interested to know that one of the best known former members of Bedfordshire Golf Club has been inducted into World Golf’s Hall of Fame, as part of the Class of 2017, along with Ian Woosnam & Davis Love, see link:
Many of you might be unaware of Henry, understandably since he died in 1978, but he was quite a character during his life. Born in Bedford and part of the Longhurst family who established Longhurst & Skinner, he went to Bedford School, before studying at Clare College, Cambridge. He became interested in politics and was eventually elected as MP for Acton, see wikipedia:
A keen golfer throughout his life, he started writing for a monthly golf magazine, which eventually came to the attention of the Sunday Times, from which he became their golf correspondent. He subsequently became the BBC’s senior golf commentator, featuring on several US network broadcasts.
Most members are probably unaware that the bell in Bedfordshire Golf Club's lounge, which is rung by The Captain to announce results of competitions, is in honour of Henry Longhurst himself!