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Mens Senior Open Results 30th Sept 2021

The results of the Mens Seniors open are now available below. Congratulations to the winners M Jones and D McMurray with an excellent score of 47 points and thank you to everyone who supported the event, we hope the rain didn’t dampen your spirits..

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Course review by Darren Fletcher Golf

“The course is brilliant, the fairways are undulating with a lot of variation hole to hole, a lot of elevation to navigate, sloping fairways, raised greens, bling tee shots etc. It really is a very fun course to play. One stand out feature of Whitley Bay has to be the greens, they were in excellent condition despite some recent downpours. The fairways are on the whole fairly forgiving, but tight OB, a winding ravine comes into play on many holes and with the course sitting so close to the coast you are often battling against the brisk winds coming in from the North Sea.” Read the full review by clicking on the link below:

https://www.darrenfletchergolf.com/course-reviews/whitley-bay

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Autumn Maintenance Video

The video below highlights the work carried out by the team throughout maintenance week, September 2021.

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It’s hard to believe we’ve had more rain this year than last year…

This drone image of our golf course taken earlier this week shows the massive impact the dry summer has had on our course. It would be fair to describe our course as being somewhat “parched” or “as dry as a bone” at the minute:

Compare this to a similar drone image of our course towards the end of summer last year, the difference is incredible:

The simple reason for this is rainfall or lack of it. This year, between the 1st June and the end of August we’ve only seen 142mm of rainfall vs. 249mm over the same period last year. (and through September to date we’ve hardly seen any significant rainfall and the forecast for the next week is clear as well!)

However, the dry and warm summer followed on from the exact opposite at the start of this year when between 1st January and the end of March we saw 243mm of rain this year vs. 144mm over the same period last year. At times our course, and the whole of North Tyneside, felt like it was was sinking:

We also witnessed freak weather conditions during April and May with 96mm of rain this year vs. 22mm of rain last year. With the added bonus of April’s average monthly minimum temperature reaching only 0.7 degrees vs. a seasonal average of 4.4 degrees. Oh, and not forgetting the snow on May 6th that cancelled the Seniors Open :

It’s been quite a year. Fingers and everything else crossed that the weather returns to some sense of normality (whatever normality is against a backdrop of climate change) for the remainder of this year and next.

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Results – Mens Seniors Open 2nd Sept 2021

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Course Update

Another great week of progress on the course despite a number of challenges.

Unfortunately our rough management plan has stalled a little due to a technical problem with the mower, and we’re awaiting new parts to get this going again, on top of this our normal rough mower has also broken down due to a hydraulic leak. Both machines will be operational next week 💪🏽

We are also feeling the impact of team holidays, and you may also be aware that we recently lost a member of the team. However, we have drafted in additional help and the rest of the team are working overtime to make sure the course doesn’t suffer.

It would be a massive help if members could help us especially with keeping the bunkers in great shape by using the rakes after playing from them. Pushing sand away from yourself and not raking the smoothed part then leaving the rake in the middle of the bunker 🔥

For members that have not seen the email, we are hosting a fairway divot afternoon on the 24th of August at 4pm. This will be a great help to the team and the course, we look forward to seeing people come along.

Thanks,
The Greens Team

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Stunning Sunrise over WBGC

You’ll have to be up with the larks (and our greens team) to catch a sunrise as spectacular as this one over WBGC.

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Course Update – Bridges

The 8th bridge has now been repaired and is ready for use again. The old timber had become rotted in places making the bridge unsafe to cross, all timber has now been renewed.

To keep everyone updated, the 5th/15th bridge that crosses the dene is closed until further notice. A structural engineer is coming out next week to asses the condition, action will then be taken to make the bridge safe again.

Thank you for your support and patience.

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Ladies Open Results

Congratulations to everyone who supported our Ladies Open on 5th August … the full results are available here:

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CTD Tiles Golf Day

We are delighted to support our Corporate sponsors CTD Tiles with their annual golf day. We hope all of your guests have a great day and enjoy the course & our warm hospitality. ⛳️#WBGC