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Tips and Tricks for Winter Golf

It has been incredibly mild recently, and ideal for value Winter golf practice as you benefit from the Winter Green Fee prices. Peter Smith our Golf Director has some additional tips to make the most this season.

Golf Course Nov 2015 cropped

Playing golf in the Winter is a completely different game, as the cold air means that the golf ball does not travel through the air as far and with wet fairways, when the ball lands it hardly runs, so you need to think about your club selection a lot more to compensate for the conditions. Here are my top considerations for golf in the winter months.

Because the ball does not travel as far as in the warmer Summer months, it may be necessary to club up by one or two, for example, if you normally hit an eight iron 130 yards in the Summer, you may need to hit a seven or even a six iron to cover the same distance as your eight iron in the Summer.

When chipping on to the greens again you may need to adopt a chip and run approach, as when you hit a high chip onto a green in Winter, the ball makes more of a pitch mark and will come to rest much quicker, leaving your ball much further from the hole than you wanted.

If you are playing golf when the course is frosty or frozen (which looks unlikely to ahppen at the moment!) and everything appears white, then it is often a good idea to play a ball with a different colour than white, to make it easier to find. Many people play with yellow or orange golf balls in these conditions.

and then there is the consideration of seaonal ‘rules’. During the Winter months most golf clubs bring in ‘Winter Rules’ for golf for two main reasons. Firstly, the ground conditions are much wetter either through rain or by dew. Secondly, the ground due to its softness, make the ball collect mud and dirt.

Therefore the ‘winter rules’ help a golfer rather than penalize a golfer, so that they can play their best golf when playing on a much wetter playing surface.

Check out our Green Fee tariffs and book today.

Play Golf To Relieve Stress

In this modern time, where people work longer hours and with tight deadlines plus longer commuting times, we all need some way to relieve the stress of our working lives and sometimes our personal time, so how does golf help? Our Golf Diretor Peter Smith tells us more.

Golf

Playing golf for stress relief is even suggested by some doctors. Many club golfers would argue that the four or so hours spent each weekend out on their favourite course is their way of putting themselves back together again for the week ahead. For some others golf causes stress!
If you don’t get too wound up with not always playing the perfect shot every time (even the golf professionals don’t play every shot perfectly) then golf is very good for you as a whole.
You are out in the fresh air, even though that fresh air may include some moisture here in England, for four and a bit hours once or twice a week, you are exercising by walking the course (even if you take a trolley and don’t carry your clubs) and by swinging the golf club while playing each shot. Some players however get more exercise as they play more shots, which is not the aim of golf, as less is more from a scoring point of view!
You are also surrounded by nature, there are different birds, insects and often deer to look at while you play the course and depending on the course you play, the views across the valleys or even from tee to green can be magnificent and enjoyable.
The interaction and communication between playing partners coupled with the banter and laughter is also excellent for relieving stress, though laughing at a colleagues bad shots may not help their stress levels.
So to keep you sane, improve your cardio vascular activity and to have a good laugh, get yourself out on the fairways and play some golf.

Christmas Golf Gifts!

Welcome to our 12 days of Christmas! Each day this Advent from 1st to 12th December we are bringing to you offers you won’t find anywhere else. These offers are on stock items and for One Day ONLY!

Christmas Golf

Tuesday 1st December – Ping Price Drop

G30 Drivers, Fairway Woods and Rescues all at a lower than ever before price

Wednesday 2nd December – Vokey Spectacular

Vokey wedges at an all time low price

Thursday 3rd December – The Gloves Are Off

Special Offer on Bundles of Gloves

Friday 4th December – Friday Is The New Shoes Day

Selected models of shoes, including Footjoy DryJoys, at crazy low prices

Saturday 5th December – Bag Phenomenon

Motocaddy Pro Series Bags at a price never seen before

Sunday 6th December – Gadget Day

SkyCaddie GPS Systems all at internet busting low

Monday 7th December – Ball of the Season

Srixon AD333 Tour Balls at shelf clearing prices

Tuesday 8th December – Iron Price Crunch

Sets of irons at eye watering prices

Wednesday 9th December – Ladies Day

Ladies Clothing at amazing prices

Thursday 10th December – Ecco Never To Be Repeated

Ecco Golf Shoes teasingly good price

Friday 11th December – Taylormade Price Crash

R15 Drivers, Fairway Woods and Rescues at Budget prices

Saturday 12th December – The Final Countdown

Lots of offers in store including clothing
Every day we will email the special Christmas offer to our loyalty members. This email will also state the stock levels/specs at the beginning of the day and where they are.

You can come into the shop or pay for products over the phone and collect later. This will be done on a first come first served basis.Payments must be made that day for the product to be reserved for you.

If you spend £20 or more in our 12 days of Christmas promotion you will receive a little book of vouchers which you can use from 13th to 24th. (see vouchers for individual expiry dates).

Remember the offers are for their specific day only and for stock items only. Payments can be made over the phone or in-store. Payment must be made to reserve a product.

On Behalf of myself and the team We would like to wish you

A Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

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A Professional’s Top Tips For Winter Golf

Golf Director Peter Smith has a wealth of experience playing in all weathers and seasons. Here are a few of his top tips to help you continue practice and improvement over the fothcoming months.
Winter Golf

Playing golf over the winter months has its challenges, therefore ‘Winter Rules’ are introduced at golf clubs. Below are the main details of how they affect the game and what you are allowed to do.

Winter Rules

During the winter months most golf clubs bring in ‘Winter Rules’ for golf for two main reasons:
1. The ground conditions are much wetter either through rain or by dew.
2. The ground due to its softness, make the ball collect mud and dirt. Therefore the ‘winter rules’ help a golfer rather than penalize a golfer, so that they can play their best golf when playing on a much wetter playing surface.

The two main benefits to these rules are as follows:

A Ball lying on a closely-mown area through the green (fairway, approach or collar to the green) may, without penalty, be marked, moved or lifted, cleaned and placed within six inches of where it originally lay, but not nearer to the hole and not in a hazard or on a putting green.

A player may move or place his ball once and after the ball has been moved or placed, it is in play. Relief from embedded ball (Appendix 1, Part 2, Point 3) ‘Through the green’, (not just closely-mown areas) a ball that is embedded in its own pitch-mark in the ground, other than sand, may be marked, lifted without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must strike a part of the course through the green.

Other considerations for golf in the winter months

In the autumn period, many leaves fall on the golf course, which makes finding a golf ball quite difficult at times, therefore if you hit your golf ball to an area where it may not be found, play a ‘provisional’ ball.

If you do not find your first ball but you find the second ball ‘the provisional ball’ you can then play that ball, but you must add on an extra two shot for that hole. I.e. tee off (1 shot), play a provisional ball (1 shot) and the next time you hot the provisional ball that is then your third shot. Make sure you ‘mark’ your golf ball, to make it easier to identify and prevents hitting somebody else’s golf ball my mistake. You can mark your ball in many ways, put coloured spots in a few dimples, add your initials etc. If you are playing when the course is frosty or frozen and everything appears white, then it is often a good idea to play a ball with a different colour than white, to make it easier to find. Many people play with yellow or orange golf balls in these conditions.

The start of the main golfing season at Donnington Valley Golf Club

Donnington Valley Golf ClubGolf really only gets underway for many players from the start of April after the first major of the year, The US Masters from Augusta. Augusta National is closed for several months to ensure the course is in the best possible condition, unfortunately we do not have that luxury, but we do work on the course in more depth on certain weeks to ensure Donnington Valley is in great condition.

Course maintenance weeks take place on all golf courses generally in the early and late part of the year, where the greens are given even more attention than normal.

This April’s course maintenance work this year at Donnington Valley will involve scarifying the greens. This process removes the thatch layer and any build up of material within the sward of the grass on the greens, which may have built up over the normally wet winter period. This removal of the unwanted materials allows the main grasses to grow better and to ensure they are strong as we move in to the busier playing season.

Prior to the greens being scarified, they will be cut and after blown to remove any of the unwanted items which may not have been fully collected by the scarifying machine and collector, then a light sand dressing is applied which is dragged into the surface. The sand helps the greens in two main ways; firstly it levels out any odd surfaces to produce a truer putting surface and secondly the sand helps with the drainage of the greens and allows the roots of the grasses to grow.

Without carrying out this work to the greens, they would become weaker and could struggle with all the golf traffic throughout the year.

Within a week, the greens will have returned to return to normal and will be putting beautifully again.

You don’t need to be a member to play at Donnington Valley Golf Club. You can view our green fees and even request a tee time via our website.

If you are new to golf and are unsure about the membership level best suited to you why not take a look at our BeFORE memberships. Affording you the benefits of a full membership without the same level of financial commitment.

Here’s to a great summer of great golf.

Peter Smith
Director of Golf

Golf Lessons

Donnington Valley Golf Club

Why golf lessons are important

Every golfer regardless of their level of ability can benefit from regular lessons with a PGA qualified golfing professional for the following reasons:

Bad habits:

All golfers pick up bad habits or forget over time what they learnt during their last lesson and often slip back into the way they used to play.

Regular lessons make sure that you keep doing things correctly and you continue to improve rather than take two steps forward and then one step back.

Different playing conditions:

Playing golf in the summer is very different to playing golf in winter.

There are a number of factors which make it different but in particular it is the ground conditions that change significantly.

In the winter the ball does not fly through the air as well or as far due to the drop in  temperature. The ball also sits down into the damper ground in winter, so playing an iron shot is far more difficult and may need a loftier club.

When the ball lands in the winter it does not run as far along the ground and in the damper areas it often plugs straight away or it only rolls forward a little distance.

In very cold and frozen conditions, hitting a wedge into a green may not be the best idea, as it may take a very big bounce and then end up over the back of the green.

As you improve as a golfer, you will probably find that as you strike the ball better, the ball now goes further and therefore your club selection may need to be changed so that you are then hitting a loftier club to reach the same distance, but with far more control.

Do as the professionals do:

The professional golfers you all watch on television like Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and the like all have lessons and golf coaching, even though the are the best golfers in the world, so as a amateur club golfer, it is important that you do the same.

Here at Donnington Valley we have a team of PGA professionals at the MB Golfshop that can help you with lessons to ensure your game continues to get better and your handicap becomes lower.

Lessons vary from chipping and putting to having a 9 or 18 hole ‘on-course’ lesson. The latter of which are very useful and makes you really think about what you are trying to do with your next shot and why.

Give us a call on 01635 568140 to find our more about our membership options and cal lthe pro shop directly to enquire about lessons on 01635 568142.

Peter Smith
Director fo Golf

Golf Winter Rules

Aerial view of Donnington Valley Golf Club

Winter Rules

During the winter months most golf clubs bring in ‘Winter Rules’ for golf for two main reasons:

    1. The ground conditions are much wetter either through rain or by dew.
    2. The ground due to its softer texture, may cause the ball collect mud and dirt.

Therefore the ‘winter rules’ are in place to help you rather than penalize you as a golfer, so that you can play your best golf when there is a much wetter playing surface.

The two main benefits to these rules are as follows:

A ball lying on a closely-mown area through the green (fairway, approach or collar to the green) may, without penalty, be marked, moved or lifted, cleaned and placed within six inches of where it originally lay, but not nearer to the hole and not in a hazard or on a putting green.

A player may move or place his ball once and after the ball has been moved or placed, it is in play.

Relief from an embedded ball

‘Through the green’, (not just closely-mown areas) a ball that is embedded in its own pitch-mark in the ground, other than sand, may be marked, lifted without penalty, cleaned and dropped as near as possible to where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must strike a part of the course through the green.

Other considerations for golf in the winter months

In the autumn period, many leaves fall on the golf course, which can make finding your ball quite difficult at times, therefore if you hit your golf ball to an area where it may not be found, play a ‘provisional’ ball. If you do not find your first ball but you find the second ‘the provisional ball’ you can then play that ball, but you must add on an extra two shot for that hole.
I.e. tee off (1 shot), play a provisional ball and that is then your third shot.

Make sure you ‘mark’ your golf ball, to make it easier to identify and prevents hitting somebody else’s golf ball my mistake. You can mark your ball in many ways, put coloured spots in a few dimples, adding your initials etc.

If you are playing when the course is frosty or frozen and everything appears white, then it is often a good idea to play a coloured ball, rather than the usual white, to make it easier to find. Many people play with yellow or orange golf balls in these conditions.

Membership

For details on membership of Donnington Valley Golf Club, take a look on our membership pages or contact us by telephone 01635 568144 or by email golf@donningtonvalley.co.uk

Peter Smith
Director of Golf

Summer Golf at Donnington Valley Golf Club

Summer at Donnington Valley Golf Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well after the great victory by Martin Kaymer in the US Open in June, even the seasonal golfers seem to have started getting out on the courses again.

The course here at Donnington Valley is looking beautiful, with all the shrubs and various trees now showing their full colour and everywhere you look, it is amazing, so even if your golf isn’t great, the views will be!

We have some great golfing offers for you based on the day of the week and the time you would like to play, with our ‘twilight rates’ currently available from 5pm, this still gives you sufficient time to play 18 holes after work, before a well earned drink in the Spike Bar before you head off home.

With the weather much warmer and the greens now back to their normal quick pace, your club selection and a good putting stroke is essential to shoot a low score. So it may be a good idea to arrive early and practice your putting and chipping on our ‘short game practice area’ at the far side of the clubhouse.

You may even want to make a full day of your golf with friends, so why not check out our website for the Summer Golf Society packages available for a minimum of eight players?
Example: coffee/tea and a bacon bap, 18 holes of golf and a 1 course meal from just £32 per person.

Interested in joining the club, then besides our full 5, 6 and 7-day memberships we also have our two brand new BeFore memberships, where you pay much less and can evaluate how often you maybe can play in a year, before taking out the full membership and you can enter competitions and have a managed Congu handicap.

Aged between 25 and 30, then take advantage of our Colt membership which offers you a full 7-day membership but at a 17% reduction.

We hope to welcome you soon.

Peter Smith
Director of Golf

Summer Golf at Donninton Valley Golf Club

Summer at Donnington Valley Golf Club

With Summer having shown it’s face early this year and some lovely weather having been enjoyed by many over the Bank Holiday weekend and this last week, now really is the time to dust off the cobwebs from your golf clubs and get out on the course again.

The course is looking stunning, with great definition of fairways, semi rough and rough and the greens are starting to speed up again and are running smooth and true, however you still need to pick the right line to set the putt off on!

With increased temperatures the golf ball travels further in the air and then again when it lands, so it may be worth having a lesson with one of our dedicated golf professionals and check the distances you are hitting each club, via our computerised launch monitor.

Having done this, you will know how far you hit each club generally, then it is all about testing that out on the course itself as well as factoring in, slopes, wind and the air temperature. After a few rounds you should have improved your shot accuracy and club selection and as a result start shooting lower scores.

Pay and play golf

is available at Donnington Valley 7 days a week and we have some great twilight rates for late afternoon tee times, so if you can finish work a little earlier, why not join your friends and try out the course and your golfing ability, then at the end of your round enjoy a drink on the terrace overlooking the 9th and 18th greens.

Peter Smith
Director of Golf

Golf and Your Business

Golf and Business

As any keen golfer or business person knows, deals can be made and lost over 18 holes. Getting outside at the end of your meeting or conference is a great way to relieve any stress and socialise with your clients and colleagues leaving them and yourself with a positive and memorable experience. If your game is a little rusty after the long, cold and wet winter months, fear not as we have some top tips for getting you back into the swing of the game this spring.

  • Practice makes perfect. Head out to the driving range to work on your swing.
  • Get active. Head out on walks as early in the year as possible to get you ready for walking the course. A great way to stay fit whilst enjoying your game.
  • Head for the nearest putting green to work on your short game. Focusing on your core can help to relieve back pain you may experience whilst sat at your desk or boardroom table.

And once you are out on the course:

  • Be sure to pay close attention to the direction of your club head, as it’s the direction of the head that will determine where your ball will go.
  • The shot is not over when you make contact with the ball. Working on your follow through is an important part of your game. Any inconsistency in your stance or grip will show up there. If you have a nicely consistent follow through chances are your back swing and the all-important moment of contact will also be consistent.
  • Work on your grip. Find a grip that works for you and work at perfecting it.

We cant wait to see you out on the course. And this spring, after your meeting at Donnington Valley Hotel, come and play Monday – Thursday afternoons and enjoy a four ball game for the price of three*. Call to book your meeting at Donnington Valley on 01635 551199

Just quote “Spring Golf” when booking your meeting with the events team.

*subject to availability until 30/5/14. Golf tee times can be booked a maximum of 14 days in advance.