Orsett Green Staff continue to maintain the Club's high standards by renovating the notoriously awkward 8th hole. Usually played into a head wind, the 180 yard hole always plays at least a club longer than it looks.
So a newly increased size tee with height changes should make it even more of a challenge from the medal tee than before (just what's needed) Defending the narrow green are three bunkers that nearly always have someone from each group playing from them. These are getting the "riveting treatment" not just to coincide with the course's other bunkers but to make the recovery possibly slightly easier, allowing balls to fall back into the bottom of the bunker. Too many times a ball has got stuck on the sloped face from previous alteration so Head Greenkeeper, Perry felt it was time to "match it all in".
Along with these, the existing path is being renewed to make it easier to get along to the green. The raised tees will give its own issues in the "breezes" we endure but at least more of the flag pole will be visible, which helps apparently.
When the first qualifier comes around at the end of February both this and the 11th will be back in play. Enjoy the challenges these changes bring!
Rules night, breaking new ground...
Well, for Essex County at least. We at Orsett will be the "Guinea Pigs" for the new style rules evening, which as mentioned last week will be interaction rather than the video style. If you have issues with the rules, so that`s all of you somehow, we will be covering many of the problems that pop up, including ones that get highlighted regularly here at the Club.
It is well worth coming along, as the rules are there to help you, not lose friends over. If you would like to extend your evening how about including something to eat beforehand? It`s only and extra £5.00. Bookings are being taken in the pro shop with or without food. So pop in and get signed up.
Graeme Storms to playoff victory...
Could you write a better start to a player's season? English golfer Graeme Storm thought he had lost all his privileges to play on the European Tour last year finishing 111th. Needing to be on 110 or better the northerner was looking like playing on the Challenge Tour for 2017. Yet thanks to US Star, Patrick Reed not playing the required events to keep his Tour rights in Europe, and who is now on Storms Christmas, Birthday, Easter and probably Valentines card list, Storm had a reprieve and got the last spot. So no great expectations in the first event on this seasons Tour in the SA Open but low and behold he goes and beats Rory in play off after the world No 2 bogies the 3rd. playoff hole. Not only does he win but gets exempted for the next couple of seasons! It's a funny old game...
It`s amazing that breaking 60 doesn`t make the headline either. Justin Thomas, he now with 3 wins already in the wrap round season did just that in the recent Sony Open in Hawaii in the first round. It is still the holy grail for a Tour player over 18 holes but as Jim Furyk shot 58 last year (and that's as many as he could of scored) 59 isn`t what it once was. Still a great score and helped Thomas to both events in Hawaii and the 2017 season openers.
He is the real deal and could be a very useful each way bet for this seasons Majors. Of course they are another level again but winning is very good for the confidence (a happy caddie and bank manager) let`s see if he can be around come Sunday at Augusta and then we will see what game really has got.
Making the game easier….
Having read through my survey results recently received and thanks to all those who took the time to fill it in, I noticed many who did were either not carrying a hybrid or were using one over 5 years old. The modern hybrid is such a useful tool and I would encourage those who don`t have to seriously consider putting at least one in the bag. Why?
1. They look easy to use, building confidence
2. They are versatile, much easier to use from the rough than a long iron or a fairway metal.
3. Easier to get in the air, due to the COG positioning its almost cheating.
4. A more consistent carry than long irons
5. More club head speed
6. Hosel changes have incorporated lie angle as well as loft.
7. A rounded sole for minimal ground contact
8. They don`t sting your fingers with a thinned strike.
9. More overall distance!
If this isn`t enough to change your mind, get in touch and let's compare what you are currently using against todays hybrids. I think you maybe just a little surprised with the results.
Just a reminder on the ball sales we are currently offering, they are disappearing quite quickly so avoid disappointment and pick some up next time you are around.
Thankfully no snow is forecast this weekend, so everyone should be back out on the course working that holiday weight off.