Fund Raising for Matthew Smith (Weekend 2)

Posted by David Owen  |  Posted on 25th March 2012


On Saturday 24 March and Sunday 25 March yet more junior members and some of their friends, held the second phase of car wash days at Knowle Golf Club as part of the fund-raising events for Matthew.

The children started at 07:30 on Saturday and 09:00 on Sunday and worked tirelessly throughout both days. Over the two days they cleaned 85 cars and countless sets of clubs and shoes. In total there were 20 children aged between 6 and 16 years and 10 supervising adults. Particular thanks must go to Kay and Jason McGinty for their marathon stint on Saturday and Mark Hayman for single handedly running the show on Sunday.

Thanks to the generosity of the club members we raised £901:85 over this weekend.

When added to last week’s fund raising we now have a total of  £1,942:85, with the adult/junior competition, the ladies section raffle, the junior section raffle and some more cake sales, we hope to push toward the £2,500 mark.

A genuine heartfelt thanks to the membership for supporting us so strongly.  

David Owen


Fund Raising for Matthew Smith

Posted by David Owen  |  Posted on 18th March 2012


On Saturday 17 March a large number of junior members and some of their friends, staged the first of a number of car wash days at Knowle Golf Club as part of the fund-raising events for Matthew. Matthew is one of our really young junior members (only 8 years old) who has recently been diagnosed with cancer. He will need to undergo a series of painful operations and therapies.

The children started at 07:30 and worked tirelessly until 4:30. During that time they cleaned 65 cars, 4 sets of clubs, 7 shoes and 1 trolley. In total there were 17 children aged between 10 and 16 years and 9 supervising adults. Particular thanks must go to Ebonie Lewis's mum – Teresa, who stayed on all day without a break.

Thanks to the generosity of the club members and some well wishers from the Fairway we raised £1,041 on the day.

We plan to repeat the car wash on Saturday 24 March and Sunday 25 March.

A genuine heartfelt thanks to the membership for supporting us so strongly.  


David Owen


Knowle News

Posted by Ryan Coles  |  Posted on 8th March 2012

On the Course 

Mike Sage and the greenkeeping team have completed the vast majority of the planned winter programme. New tees at the 5th and 12th will be in play soon and the 12th in particular will prove to be a challenging addition to the golf course. New bunkers at the 10th are already looking terrific and again, these will provide a considerable challenge. Several other bunkers have been re-shaped with improved drainage being put in. The area behind the 16th has been cleared and colourful flowering trees having been planted. This area will soon be seeded and come the summer, will provide a splash of colour as a backdrop to the green. All this is of course is in addition to the usual routine winter such as leaf clearance and machinery maintenance.

As we move into spring, we will hopefully soon see the grass starting to grow with some vigour. If you look at the greens at the moment, you will see the bent grasses are already growing whereas the poa annua species are still largely dormant. With the various grasses growing at different speeds, it does mean that the greens will be bumpy until the ground temperature increases and it then allows Mike to perform hollow coring and top dressing which firms up the surface, removes thatch and alleviates compaction in the soil. With a bit of luck with the weather, it won't be long before we're again putting on the quality surfaces we've become accustomed to in the last few years.

The weather this winter has been favourable, certainly in comparison to the last couple of years and we've lost very few days to course closures. This has meant that the course has been busy almost every day over the winter months, which is positive for the members. However, the downside to this is the course hasn't really had much of a rest and the number of feet, trollies, buggies, mowers and bags that pass over it, unfortunately does take its toll. We are on a heavy clay soil, and several areas are suffering badly from wear. These areas will need over seeding and in some cases re-turfing and will take time to recover. These visible scars, whilst being a problem are not the main concern of trying to manage a busy golf course. The real long term threat to good playing surfaces is soil compaction. The sheer volume of traffic compacts the soil and this means the air pockets or pores are crushed. Oxygen does not get through and the roots are left gasping for air and water sits on or near the surface. As an example, this weekend, check how wet areas on front right of the 11th green is, or front left of the 18th green. Quite simply, these are areas where everyone walks. The soil has become compacted. At this time of year it means the ground will be wet and soggy, in the summer it will be dry, bare and cracked. We plan to alleviate this by hollow coring not only the greens (as we do several times every year) but also the fringes and approaches to the green. Next autumn we intend to hire in machinery and hollow core the fairways. The benefits of reducing compaction is healthier and deeper roots which means better drainage, stronger growth and a better playing surface.

Mike, Paul, Kevin, Chris and Alan are out in all weathers working on our behalf and they deserve a lot of credit for the golf course they produce.

Patio and gardens

Members will notice that the hedge outside the pro-shop has been removed and replaced by shrubs, flowers and small trees. The hedge had become somewhat emaciated and uneven and the flowers and shrubs, which already look good, will very soon look very colourful and create a great first impression for everyone on their arrival at the Club. We are indebted to Tony Bowery, who works tirelessly and with great skill on the gardens around the Club, all on a voluntary basis. It's a shame we did not take before and after photographs to record the transformation that Tony has performed since he started work in advance of our centenary year. Each spring and summer he improves on the previous year and the gardens are a credit to him. To help us make the most of the area, Asa, our handyman, has been busy refurbishing our patio furniture and we've also acquired some new umbrellas that will allow us to sit in the shade this summer. In addition, we are aiming to install some external lighting so that people can continue to enjoy the area after dark. A plea to the smokers amongst you - several ashtrays are provided, please show respect for the Club and the efforts of Tony, by making use of them.

Blues Brothers Tribute Band - Saturday 31st March

After just a week, over 60 tickets have already been sold with only 40 remaining. Please reserve your place at the Bar, and hurry to avoid being disappointed.

Knockout Matchplay Competitions

Lucas Cup, Knowle Foursomes, Scratch Cup, Mixed Foursomes, Family Foursomes, please enter via the Pro-Shop. 

Supplementary Scores/Cards for Handicap

Now that the tees are creeping back to their rightful place, we're now able to accept supplementary scores and handicaps cards once more. If you're currently classed as "inactive", make sure you get your 3 cards in as soon as possible. Please ask in the pro-shop if you need any assistance.

Introduce a new full member and receive £50 on your bar card

Any existing member who proposes a friend or family member for membership will receive £50 to spend on their bar card.

Paul Cairns

Paul Cairns is running the in aid of our Captain Gordon Sneddon's charity - Above and Beyond Appeal at Bristol Children's hospital. Show your support by sponsoring Paul, there are several ways to do this:

Online at:

By Text: PTEC79 and the amount to 70070

In Person: Via the office or the bar.


EGU Member's Benefits

Posted by Ryan Coles  |  Posted on 6th March 2012

The English Golf Union (EGU) has launched an exclusive EGU Golf Club Member Benefits programme which is FREE to join and rewards you, the club member. 

The programme provides a variety of benefits and discounts from several EGU partners and also allows you to access your handicap online.  Once you’ve registered you will receive your personalised handicap and benefits card plus have the chance of winning a PowaKaddy, SkyCaddie, tickets to The Open Championship and other major sporting events plus much much more in our FREE weekly prize draw.

Interested?  Why not register online today If you have any questions please contact the EGU directly on 01526 354500 or

This card also includes a note of your 10 digit CDH Lifetime ID Number and replaces the handicap certificate as proof of membership at most UK and European Golf Clubs.

Note: EGU Handicap & Benefits Cards are not available to EWGA, Lady Members, as yet.)


Catch up with the latest from Knowle Golf Club

Posted by Ryan Coles  |  Posted on 29th February 2012

Read on for the latest news:

Quiz Night

Last Friday, the Club held a very successful Quiz Night attended by over 100 members. "Wyvern" emerged victorious, whilst at the other end of the knowledge spectrum; Christian Spencer provided some unintentionally hilarious attempts at answers. For example, who knew that a Gecko was in fact a Dragon!? Brian Meredith again did a fantastic job in preparing the questions and hosting the evening and on behalf of all those present, the Captain, Gordon Sneddon, thanked Brian for his sterling efforts. Thanks were also expressed to the others who helped make the evening so enjoyable, namely: Gordon's wife, Alexis, Brian's wife, Kate, Mike and Ann Austin, Barbara Cuff and Janet Barton. We intend to hold another Quiz in the autumn.

Annual Knockout Competitions

We are now accepting entries via the Pro-Shop for these events and full details are here: Finals Day this year will be on Sunday 16th September. The Match & Handicap Committee have already determined that they expect all Finals to be played on this day. If you know that you're on holiday or have a family occasion on this date, please do not enter the competition as this will not be considered exceptional circumstances warranting an extension. This aside, we hope for a large number of entries and hope that members will continue to enjoy competing in these events.

Captains AM/AM Friday 15th June

Even at this early stage, places for this special event are filling up fast. Avoid missing out by entering your team today. Gordon already has some tremendous prizes lined up and it's sure to be a great day on and off the course, all in aid of a very worthy cause. An entry form is available here:[2].pdf .

Inactive Handicaps

All members who did not submit 3 cards in 2011 (via Medals, Stablefords or Supplementary Scores) will see an (i) next to their Handicap on the list in the changing rooms. This means that your Handicap is currently Inactive. The implications of being classed as "Inactive" is that you are not permitted to enter Trophy Competitions. It does not prevent you from entering Club Medal's or Stablefords, indeed playing in these is the way forward to activating your Handicap once more. Another option for members with inactive handicaps is to submit 3 Supplementary Scores and full details of the procedure for this are available from the Pro-Shop.

Competition Prizes

As an additional option, this year, following rule changes by the R&A, members may request that instead of vouchers, their prize winnings be added to their bar card or retained to be used against the following year's annual subscription. Members wishing to exercise this additional option, must inform the office no later than 1st April. Any member who has not given notification before 1st April will receive Pro-Shop Voucher's for the remainder of the season.

Annual Subscription Payment

All uncollected invoices have now been posted. A polite reminder that under the Rules adopted at last year's AGM, payment (or a direct debit agreement being in place) is required on or before 1st April 2012.

The office are now receiving payments as follows:

1. By Debit or Credit Card - please telephone 0117 9770660. 

2. By Cheque - please make payable to Knowle Golf Club

3. Via Direct Debit - if you wish to start paying by this method, please return a completed mandate to the office asap. (Those already on the scheme and wishing to continue, need not take any action other than to ensure the direct debit remains active with your Bank.)

Coming Up

We will shortly be revealing details of the next social event which is set for Saturday 31st March. On the course itself, the recent mild and dry weather has seen the course dry up considerably and hopefully the winter is now behind us. Things start to improve very quickly from here on as the trees come into leaf, the grass starts growing and we rapidly see our beautiful course return to its full glory. Light evenings, true greens, a drink out on the patio after competitions and matches will soon be with us once again.


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