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Club Competition Results

Club Championship 2nd Round Qualifier, Saturday 25th June

Played on a very long playing Crow Wood, with excellent fast greens, some superb scores were returned in the second qualifying round 

Division 1 (handicap in brackets)

  • 1st Joe Rudden 67 (5)
  • 2nd Stephen Hughes 68 (10)
  • 3rd Kevin Andrews 69 (8)

Division 2

  • 1st James Rafferty 65 (16)
  • 2nd David Baillie 68 (18)
  • 3rd Roger Foxwell 69 (18)

Division 3

  • 1st John Ross 71 (21)
  • 2nd Darren Bruce 74  (21)
  • 3rd Graham Doris 74 (21)                                    above - Approach to 11th green

Also successful this week, in the Tuesday Medal (28th June) was David Dunsmore with a fine 65 (14). Congratulations again to all the winners

This Saturday (2nd July) is the 3rd and final Qualifying Round of the St Andrews Trophy. There are still plenty of times left to book, and some cancellations will become available on the day.
Please contact Ian in the pro-shop for times.

Visit Scotland

Crow Wood Golf Club earlier on in the year was awarded Tourist Accreditation status by Visit Scotland, which allowed us to apply to North Lanarkshire Council for brown tourist road signposting and use of the Visit Scotland logo.

In order to obtain this accreditation, we had to meet Visit Scotland's strict criteria, and we were delighted that they reviewed and approved us for this scheme. This was a very positive step for us, as we seek to welcome more visitors to help us continue to grow and invest in the course and clubhouse.

We are glad to report that the final stage of that process is now complete with the erection of the entrance signposts, from both directions on Cumbernauld Road.

Course Update

16th Hole - Trees - The large poplar trees to the front left of the 16th green have been earmarked to be removed due to their destructive root system. These types of trees were very popular structural trees in the 60’s and 70’s due to their easy and quick growing nature, but unfortunately with a lifespan of about 40 years, their fibrous root system can grow to just under three times their height. (If you have tried to hit a wedge over them, then you can guess how widespread those roots can be). What this means to the course is that the root system is very damaging to the drainage system in the area, as well as potentially undermining the bunkers / green on the 16th. They are also very water hungry, without necessarily improving drainage. Their removal will also result in a slight improvement in playability on the 17th (picture above) as they won't be intrusive when teeing off.

Exact timescales for the removal is still to be determined.

Cadets - To encourage younger members onto the course, it is intended that a mini Cadet course (Under 12’s) will be established within the existing course framework. Utilising the 1st, then 13th through 18th holes,  blue tee markers, winter holes and flags (similar to the putting greens) will be established, without interfering with the main course.
Tee Boxes - You may have noticed that the winter tee at the 15th has been over-seeded. When this is established this will become the yellow tee for a short period of time to allow the same work to be carried out on the main tee. This tee, is not in wonderful condition, and along with the back of the 14th tee and the back 3rd tee, suffer by a lack of light and good growing conditions. It is proposed that we introduce a hybrid of grass and astrograss, similar to that used nowadays on top sports pitches, to provide a more playable tee area.
General Condition - All tee’s, approaches and fairways have been fertilised and I am sure all members will agree the condition of the course is fantastic and thanks to Gary and all the team for their efforts. The fertiliser was timed perfectly to coincide with the slightly damper weather, and the change to the course from a definition perspective over the last few weeks is noticeable.

Divots and Pitchmarks - Please remember to do your bit in keeping the course in the best condition possible by replacing all divots and fixing your pitchmarks. All member are allocated a hole according to their surname (notices posted on boards and in spike bar), and are expected to give that hole an bit extra TLC.
Communication - And finally, there have been a number of emails received to the course email address since its introduction a couple of weeks ago. ( ). It is our intention that apart from replying directly to the sender, we will compile them into the course update, in the newsletter each week.
I am glad to say we have also received some offers to volunteer time and services to the club, but much more is needed, so if you have time, a skill or anything else you can offer, please let us know.
Seniors Update

Campsie GC visited Crow Wood on Friendship League business last week, with a draw the result. Crow Wood were fancied to do well, so congratulations to Campsie for their performance.
Dougie Martin and Alex Skinner provided a close win, as did the new pairing of Angus Graham and John Scott. The league remains very tight at this stage in the season.

This week sees our last home tie in the Lanarkshire Seniors League, with Drumpellior the visitors. It is a busy week, with matches on Wednesday and Thursday, as the two leagues' fixtures overlap.
Junior Coaching

Please note that from Monday 11th July to Friday 15th July, Ian Graham will be conducting a five day teaching course for 6-14 year olds. From 10am to 2pm each day, the youngsters will get a chance to improve their standards whilst hopefully having a good time with like minded juniors. 
Further details and bookings can be made directly with Ian in the Pro shop.
Don’t forget - Important Dates

Some important dates should be noted as we hit the heights of the summer playing season.

  • Carling Open – Saturday 9th July
  • Gents Senior Open – Thursday 28th July
  • Members Invitational Shotgun– Saturday 30th July

All these dates and further details are in the 2016 fixture card, and reservations can be made through Ian in the Pro Shop.