Chris Boughton’s golf column: A whistle-stop tour of our golf clubs
This golf round-up started at the beginning of June this year and has so far included more than 15,000 words, 44 photographs, and this is the 19th article published here.
As this has been a quiet week for local club competitions and events, I have taken the opportunity to provide a very brief background of the clubs and organisations that have featured so far.
This may be particularly helpful to those readers who are not regular golfers or not golfers at all (feedback indicates that we do have readers who do not actually participate in this strange addictive pastime).
The summaries below, in no particular order, are primarily taken from their websites.
Thetford Golf Club is set in a magnificent Breckland forest area of East Anglia, situated less than a quarter-of-a-mile from the A11. The challenging 18-hole, 6,849 yards, par-72 course is a delight to play and is reputed to be one of the best in the region.
PGA Coaching Pro: Stuart Smith; Manager: Malcolm Grubb.
Flempton Golf Club, established in 1895, is a hidden gem in the Suffolk countryside. The inland links course features traditional pine trees and gorse. Intermingled with mature English hardwood, it lies in a gently sloping landscape. It is regarded as one of the finest nine-hole courses in the country.
PGA Coaching Pro: Lawrence Dodd.
Bury St Edmunds Golf Club has 27 holes — the 18-hole, par-72 (6,676 yard) course and nine-hole par-62 (4,368 yard) course. This 18-hole, parkland, popular golf course was designed by Ted Ray, a former winner of the Open and US Championships, in 1924.
PGA Pro: Matt Alderton; Manager: Mike Verhelst.
The Suffolk Golf Club is set in the lowland Lark Valley, in Fornham St Genevieve, adjacent to the recently refurbished and upgraded All Saints Hotel. The River Lark prominently meanders through the course, with its many tributaries and ponds featuring in the course layout. Par-72, 6,392 yards. PGA Pro: Steve Hall.
Stowmarket Golf Club is a pretty parkland course set in the peaceful Suffolk countryside. The 18-hole course measuring 6,114 yards from the white tees, par-69 with a standard scratch of 70. Founded in 1902, the club has been at Finborough Park since 1922. PGA Pro: Jon Markham; Manager: Geoff Scott.
Bury Golf Driving Range is located in Rushbrooke Lane in Bury St Edmunds. PGA Pro: Andy Goodridge.
Culford School Golf Academy, Director/PGA Pro: Lawrence Dodd.
Basement Golf Show (on YouTube) presented by PGA Pros Adam Trett and Simon Byford.
The Suffolk Golf Centre, at Stonham Barns. This nine-hole golf course is the first in the UK to offer Big HOLE Golf where all the holes are eight inches wide. The aim is to make golf more fun by easier putting and by speeding up playing time. Manager/PGA Pro: Tony Dobson.
Flempton Golf Club
Flempton’s October Medal was won by seven-handicapper Colin Marchbank with a nett 68 on countback from Omar James-Johnson (14hcp). Philip Gilbey (16hcp) came third with nett 69.
The Suffolk Golf Club
The Suffolk’s Midweek Stableford provided another good win for Mick Davey.
His 40 points was two ahead of course marshal Brian Wiltorn on countback from Jeremy Thomas in third.
Davey is now in second place in the club’s Midweek Order of Merit table behind Ivan Snelling with Jim Chapman third.
Chris Tate leads the weekend Order of Merit followed by Alf Jackson and Peter Bugg.
The Ladies’ October Medal was won by Jacky Thomas. Her nett 68 was a long way ahead of second placed Alison Thorp, with Karoline Chan in third spot.
Bury Golf Club
Bury held the first round of The Glasswell Cup last week, in more traditional autumn weather conditions than the Indian summer wehave enjoyed of late.
This did not, however, adversely affect the scoring, with Tim Blogg (19hcp) leading the way with 41 points from Simon Loughe (16hcp) on 40 points and David Porter third with 39.