Sunday, 28 February 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 28 February 2021

Last day of February today, how come the shortest month of the year became the longest? Come on 29th March! Will be great to get back out on the golf course I am sure you will all agree. Its been a long winter but better times ahead. England Golf have now released ‘A roadmap for the return back to golf in England’ Please see link below if you have not already seen it;

We are currently awaiting further clarification from The Club Company.

Dates for Competitions During 2021

So far this quarter we have missed many of our planned events. It is my intention to play all abandoned competitions, if possible, throughout the season. Therefore, we will have quite a few changes to the calendar, which will be updated on IG when confirmed. It is expected all dates will be in place for our return on 29th March.

Away Weekend 2021

Following the governments announcement on 22nd February it has been suggested that we move the 'Away Weekend' to the end of June when all current restrictions, hopefully, will have been lifted. This will enable us to share rooms, and enjoy a meal together following a brilliant days golf. It is unfortunate for those of you who are unable to attend, but, at this moment in time, as you are all aware, we have to follow government guidelines. Thank you to Nikki B who is finalising the dates on Monday. Further information will be sent out when we have confirmation from the venue.

Solheim Cup 2021

I am sure most of you will have heard that our opponents for the Solheim Cup, Mill Green Golf Club are under new ownership. Unfortunately, we are now no longer able to compete with them for this biennial trophy event. But the good news is, with the backing of the ladies section committee, I have been in touch with The Essex golf club. The Essex is another ‘Club Company' golf club who are delighted at the prospect of being involved in this special event. Therefore, we have added the date of Friday 3rd September to our diary and have invited The Essex to Chesfield Downs. So put the date in your diary and we can show The Essex what a great event it really is!

Live Online Golf Tutorials

These continue this week with:

Psychological Steps to Better Golf - Tuesday 2nd March 2021 at 12:00

All tutorials take place on Zoom, to register click on the link below, Latest News at Home, scroll down to, live online golf tutorials, click on, to register for session.

Have a good week.

Kind regards
Pauline Humphrey
Lady Captain 2021

Sunday, 21 February 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 21 February 2021

So, I think I know where everyone will be tomorrow! Monday 22nd!! Lets hope Boris has some good news for us all. Until then I have a few snippets of information for you.


I am sure many of you know we have a new CEO of the Club Company, Richard Calvert. Richard joined The Club Company, as chief executive, in early December. He has over 30 years’ experience in the travel and leisure sector. I am sure you would like to join me in welcoming Richard to the Club Company. We look forward to meeting him in the not too distant future.

Exciting Times

During Lockdown the driving range has been experiencing a busy time. Work is currently being undertaken to install ‘TopTracer’ in 16 of our driving range bays. TopTracer tracks the flight path of your golf shot and displays it on one of the 21-inch touch screen monitors to be installed in each bay. It will be possible to watch your game the same way you watch your favourite pro golfers on TV, plus many more activities. There will also be a bar area supporting the driving range serving some hot food, snacks, beer and soft drinks. Launch Week will be dependent on government restrictions. Please note: You will still be able to go and practice with a bucket of balls in the usual manner.

Locker Room

Kathy C and myself went on a day trip to the ladies locker room last week. We found many interesting items, here are a few. Perhaps you recognise some of them?

Or did you loose your glasses? 16 pairs!!!!

If so, please rescue them when we return to golf, Many thanks!

Golf Rules Practice

I would like to say a big thank you to Julie R who has continued to supply us with golf rules on a daily basis, well done Julie keep it up! For those of you who are not on the WhatApp group and those who would like a further 'brush up' go to the link below which I think you will find very useful.

Coffee Zoom

Another very enjoyable virtual coffee morning held on Thursday morning. Good to hear and see some ladies with lots of laughing. If you want to join in (usually held on Thursday or Friday mornings) let me know, space for everyone.

Have a good week.

Kind regards
Pauline Humphrey
Lady Captain 2021

Any donations for our charity this year can be made directly to:

Many thanks!

Hertfordshire Golf Competitions and Entry Forms

Please see links below for the current Hertfordshire Golf schedule of events for 2021. When more information on government restrictions is released, the county will communicate their plans for rescheduling, if necessary. All 2021 Entry Forms and Flyers for the whole season can be found on the HG website and can be viewed by clicking the links below.

Sunday, 14 February 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 14 February 2021

Happy Valentines Day! This must be the coldest Valentines day on record. In fact, it has also been the coldest January across the UK since 2010. Would be far too cold for golf - me thinks - every cloud and all that!

The bad weather has unfortunately made it impossible for Lee, and his significantly reduced team, to carry out the planned ‘drill and fill’ work on the greens scheduled for 8th February. However, a warmer week ahead is forecast, so fingers crossed. On another note its been a great week for some Chesfield Downs Ladies with so many of you now having had your first dose of the vaccine. Every day it's getting closer for those of us who are still waiting.

Ping Mixed Betterball Competition

I am delighted to say that we now have a date in the diary for the Ping Mixed Betterball Competition, Saturday 29th May 2021 (subject to government guidelines). 5 day members will be granted courtesy of the course for this competition. It is a similar event to the Ladies Ping Pairs which is so popular within our section. So I thought I would give you advance warning to ‘save the day’. This new mixed event for club golfers will see the top 50 pairs in the country qualify for the national final at Thonock Park on Tuesday 7th September, 2021. Winners and runners-up from each club – even if they don’t make it to the final – will receive prizes from PING. England Golf have not released all the competition rules at present but for further information go to:

County News

Until we have a route map out of lockdown, the county is working on the premise of ‘business as usual’, with that in mind, please see links below for the current Championship schedule of events for 2021. When more information on government restrictions is released, the county will communicate their plans for rescheduling, if necessary. All 2021 Entry Forms and Flyers for the whole season can be found on the HG website and can be viewed by clicking the links below.

Live Online Golf Tutorials

These continue this week with;
Putting Perfection - Thursday 18th February 2021 at midday

All tutorials take place on Zoom, to register click on the link below, Latest News at Home, scroll down to, live online golf tutorials, click on, to register for session.

Coffee Zoom

Great to enjoy a virtual coffee morning with some of the ladies during the week. Always nice to hear some fun and laughter, reminds me of the clubhouse. If you want to join in let me know, space for everyone.

Have a good week.

Kind regards
Pauline Humphrey
Lady Captain 2021

Sunday, 7 February 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 7 February 2021

January is now behind us, and for those of you who are now enjoying the odd glass of wine, I would like to say a huge 'thank you' for all your donations to our charity following your dry January. Anyone for no sweets February? You can tell February is here, looking out for the snow forecasts and freezing temperatures, makes me think "I expect the course is closed today" But, of course, it is closed, but on a brighter note it seems we are now on the home straight, so hang in there. It's nearly time to get those golf clothes aired, clean the clubs, do those knee exercises so you can bend down easily to pick up your birdie putts. March is on the way!

Safe Golf

Great news! Chesfield Downs Golf and Country Club was awarded accreditation to the SafeGolf initiative on February 2nd 2021. Many thanks go to our Welfare Officer, Margaret G, and Barry who have worked very hard through the SafeGolf process. This demonstrates the clubs commitment to the standards set by the SafeGolf partnership in safeguarding the welfare of children and young people, as well as adults at risk in the sport of golf.’ To view our Safeguarding Policies click here.

November Sale/Auction

Some of our members have been extremely busy making golf head covers, hats and rag dolls for our November/December sale of homemade items.
Well done ladies you are amazing!

A few ladies have been asking if you can donate secondhand or homemade toys to Lister Hospital. Unfortunately due to Covid 19 this is not permitted. If you wish to donate to "The Magic of Play" or "The Lister Butterfly Service" please go to the Justgiving website link at the bottom of this newsletter, many thanks.

At Home Series via IG

Flag Your Irons - Tuesday 9th February 2021 at midday.  Join Sam, based at Cams Hall GC as he shows you the fundamental points to improve your iron play.

Go to IG (not the app) Home page, scroll down to 'Latest News at Home'
'Register for session' for live online golf tutorials

Coffee Morning Zoom

During this time it is extremely important for us to all keep well and in contact with each other to avoid feelings of isolation. Therefore, we would like to arrange some virtual coffee mornings via Zoom. If you would like to see some happy faces for a friendly chat please email or WhatsApp me to be involved. The aim is to have small groups of approximately 6 per session. Alternatively, if you wish to have someone to go for a walk with, this can also be arranged.

Keep in touch.
That's all for this week!

Kind regards
Pauline Humphrey
Lady Captain 2021

Thursday, 4 February 2021

Chesfield Downs Awarded SafeGolf Accrediation

At Chesfield Downs Golf Club, we believe everyone should have a safe, positive and fun experience whilst playing golf and being part of our lively golfing community.

Committed to the ethos held within the SafeGolf Initiative, we are proud to announce Chesfield Downs GC was awarded accreditation to this initiative on February 2nd 2021.

The SafeGolf Initiative is aimed at ensuring the welfare and safeguarding of children and young adults, through strong policies and procedures and helps golf respond to the issue of child protection. Our Safeguarding Policies can be viewed below.

Margaret Gentle
Club Welfare Officer

Sunday, 31 January 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 31 January 2021

Well January is finally over, I can hear all those ladies who have been doing dry January sigh with relief. Well done ladies, you have massive respect. I don't think I would have lasted more than a day!

Hopefully you are all keeping well and safe. We are experiencing some difficult times at the moment, but as we move into spring, and many members are receiving their vaccine, things should start to improve. Fantastic achievement by the NHS, they do us proud. Until we get back to our beloved Chesfield Downs there are only a few bits of news/information for you.

Course Update

Changing rapidly every week from this:

To this!  What a difference a week can make.

I think would take a penalty shot instead of playing out of that! (I'm always in that ditch). Photographs courtesy of Paula M, whilst out enjoying her daily walks! Thanks Paula.

Despite the adverse weather and the course being closed it is great that Lee (and his limited ground staff) are able to continue to work on the course. Part of the greens drainage work has been completed on holes 3rd, 5th, 7th, 11th, 12th, 16th & 17th. This should help with the drainage on the greens. The main 'drill and fill' on the worst affected holes 2nd, 6th and 14th should be commencing on 8th February, weather permitting.

(Lee's report) Around 80 separate holes individually hand drilled and filled. The drills remove soil, allowing lateral movement within the root zone and releasing compaction pressure. Drilling improves surface water infiltration and percolation, reducing the soggy, spongy conditions common in "push-up" and old clay-based greens. Deep holes encourage deep, strong roots and drilling depth is always consistent.

County News

We received an email from the County Development Officer stating; 'It is with regret the Committee has taken the decision to cancel the Ladies’ London Foursomes which was due to take place at Moor Park this year, concerns over the health and safety of the competitors being uppermost in our minds'. So sorry ladies if any of you were thinking of entering. Next year maybe?

At Home Series via IG

Some of our ladies attended Jo's online class 'chipping and putting' via zoom on Thursday. There has been some very good feedback. Keep a look out for more on IG.

  • Go to IG (not the app) Home page, scroll down to Latest News at Home
  • 'Log into at Home' for classes
  • 'Register for session' for live online golf tutorials

This is all the news for this week. The main thing over the next few weeks is we all keep healthy and cheerful. If anyone wants to share or recommend items for the newsletter relating what you have been up to during lockdown eg: decorating, reading a good book, great films, or making golf club head covers! Send me your information/pics!

Keep in touch.
Thats all for this week!

Kind regards

Pauline Humphrey
Lady Captain 2021

Sunday, 24 January 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 24 January 2021

Good evening ladies,

Week 3 of lockdown - done!

I hope you are all keeping well, its been great hearing many of you are now being invited to have the vaccine. As far as golf is concerned the course remains empty, but we still have some exciting news!

England Golf Medal Regional Finals
Jackie R has been selected to apply for a place in the England Golf Regional Finals to be held at Ely City Golf Club, Cambridge, in June. England Golf have now changed the criteria for this Competition, for further information go to:

Our commiserations go to Kathy D our 2019 winner, who was selected to go to the Regional Finals in 2020 but unfortunately along with many other events was sadly cancelled due to Covid 19.

Annual Subscription
Our first committee meeting for 2021 took place on Wednesday via Zoom. Following a discussion about the sections accounts, we felt, due to the cancellation of some competitions last year and the possibility of future cancellations, it was decided that we would not be asking lady section members for the annual £10 subscription at this point in time. However, this will be reviewed during the next quarter and any payment, if required, will be calculated on a pro rata basis.

Past Events
Last weeks newsletter photographs were from 2016 Jubilee Jug, Kathy D was the Lady Captain, celebrating 25 years of Chesfield Downs, great memories!

Todays WhatsApp Competition - Build a Snowman!

1st prize goes to Jacky S with her amazing creation - Having a break on the 9th!!! Well done Jacky!

Fantastic snowmen today ladies.

At Home Series via IG

All members will continue to have complimentary access to the 'At Home Series' which aims to assist your wellbeing as well as your golf. Golf tutorials along with online classes include, Pilates, Body pump and Les Mills Body Balance all scheduled for this week.

Go to IG (not the app) Home page, scroll down to Latest News at Home
'Log into at Home' for classes
'Register for session' for live online golf tutorials

Last but not least we say goodbye to Lauren who leaves next week for pastures new. Lauren has been at Chesfield Downs for a number of years and is a former Lady Captain. She will be missed by us all, but will be back to play with us again in the future. Good luck Lauren!

That's all for this week!
Remember be careful out there!

Kind regards
Lady Captain 2021

Sunday, 17 January 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 17 January 2021

Good evening ladies,

Well done everyone! 2 weeks of lockdown over! A step nearer to golf? I hope so.

Again, not a lot of golfing news to report. When rain stops play at Wimbledon they show past clips of the championships, so, thought I would entertain you all with some past photographs of one of our great functions.

Can you tell what year was it? And what was the event?

Challenges: Anyone up for a challenge?

As we have already had one major function for this year's charity cancelled (The Winter Invitation) I have been racking my brains of ways to raise some cash for our very worthy charity this year, ‘The Magic of Play’ and ‘The Lister Butterfly Service’. I would like to invite any of you 'crafty' ladies to my challenge! It is my intention to auction/sell these products in November ready for Christmas Greensomes! So you have 10 months to make one, ten or as many as you like.

Christmas Head Covers
Christmas Bobble Hats
Or even matching Club Covers and Hats???

For a free knitting pattern go to:

If you are not a knitter or a sewing machine extraordinaire please do not despair! Feel free to make up your own challenge and share with us.

If you have trouble downloading the knitting pattern please let me know and I will send you a copy.

On line Golf Tutorial

Find That Extra 10 Yards - 19th January 2021 at 19:00 - Paul will be sharing vital pieces of information to help you sneak a few more yards out of your existing swing and equipment.

Better Practice - 28th January 2021 at Midday - Jo will be looking at what it really means to be “consistent” for your own handicap range, giving some really useful information on how to improve your practice and learn how to score from 120 yards and in.

All tutorials take place on Zoom, to register;
Go to IG (not the app)
Home page scroll down to Live online golf tutorials
Click on ‘Register for session’

Keep a look-out on IG for more on line classes!

Thats all for this week!

Remember be careful out there!

Kind regards
Lady Captain 2021

Sunday, 10 January 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 10 January 2021

Good evening ladies,

I hope you are all keeping well and safe during these uncertain times. Better days ahead I am sure.

Well, not a lot of golfing news to report. The next big event on the agenda is the Megan Bonner Par 3 Championship which is due to take place on 25th February. Fingers crossed we will be back in full force by then.

Winter KO

Unfortunately the winter KO has been suspended due to government restrictions. A new deadline will be set for completing matches when it is appropriate to do so.

Pearson Matches

The Inter County Pearson Management Committee met on January 8th and it was decided, due to the uncertainty, to get matches played during the current lockdown situation it was agreed that, with regret, the competition must be cancelled until Autumn 2021/22. I would like to thank Linda B for all her time and organisation of the matches.

Some Good News

A few of our ladies have started receiving their first dose of the Covid 19 vaccine. Jenny has just had hers! Great news Jenny! We look forward to hearing that many more have had the call!

On Line Diary

The online diary is not yet available. I have contacted Barry about this and he is currently working on the situation. Please see future dates of our main events below: All subject to change due to possible government restrictions.

Main Event Dates For Your Diary 2021

25th February, Thursday; Megan Bonner Par 3 Championship

27th March, Saturday; Captains Drive

13th April, Tuesday; Kay Baker Memorial Bowl

15th April, Thursday; Jubilee Jug

13th May, Thursday; Spring Meeting

27th May, Thursday; Ping Pairs Betterball/Margaret Gentle Pairs Vase

06th June, Sunday; Away Weekend

07th June, Monday; Away Weekend

08th June, Tuesday; Away Weekend

17th June, Thursday; LADIES CHARITY DAY

01st July, Thursday; Club Championship Round 1

08th July, Thursday; Club Championship Round 2

05th August, Thursday; Away Day - Kelland Pairs

23rd September, Thursday; Autumn Meeting - Chris Leary Chalice

25th September, Saturday; Captains Day & Evening

11th November, Thursday; AGM

16th November, Tuesday; Club AGM

25th November, Thursday; Winter Invitation Day

16th December, Thursday; Christmas Greensomes & Party

Live Online Golf Tutorials

Starting on 12th January at midday - The Swing

Join Tito from Nizels Golf and Country Club for a live lesson all about the full swing. If you suffer from a slice or a hook and want to understand why and how to fix it, this is a class you do not want to miss! He’ll be covering common swing faults, club path and face alignment plus giving you some tips and drills you can do at home to help you straighten your ball flight.

All tutorials take place on Zoom, to register;

Go to IG (not the app)

Home page scroll down to Live online golf tutorials

Click on ‘Register for session’

Keep a look-out on IG for more on line classes!

Chesfield Downs Ladies Section 'Just Giving Page'

We now have a Chesfield Downs Ladies’ Section ‘Just Giving Page’. This will allow the transfer of funds seamlessly to our charity during 2021. It’s a great way of advertising our charity and means everyone can watch the amount going up and up! However, we still plan to have a presentation of the final amount raised after our Greensomes in December. Please feel free to donate at any time!

That's it for this week.
Be careful out there!

Kind regards
Lady Captain 2021

Sunday, 3 January 2021

Captain's Newsletter - 3 January 2021

Good afternoon ladies’

Happy New Year!

I can’t believe we are in January already! I had hoped to be starting my captaincy year on a better note but unfortunately due to government restrictions we are still in Tier 4 and it appears we will be for a few weeks yet.

So for the moment this means:
No block bookings till further notice
Maximum of 2 balls allowed
Can only book Tee times 7 days in advance
Catering facilities, if available, remain take away only

Although this is not the start to the year we were all wishing, we will make the most of the situation. Kathy and myself will be in constant discussions with Barry to ensure we can get back to some sort of normality as soon as possible.

Winter Eclectic

I have proposed this to the committee and we are unanimous that we would like the 12 hole winter eclectic to go ahead. To make this possible we have had to change the rules a little (just this once). I hope you will also find it an agreeable solution during the current pandemic to keep playing the competitive golf we all love. So;

Rules for Winter Eclectic 2021
Book your own Tee times
Ladies must play with another member of the club (male or female)
Photograph your completed score card and send to Hazel following your round
Your playing partner must agree your score (just show each other your cards, NO signing required)
Once you have started to play a round you cannot decide to change your playing day
You must putt out on at least 3 holes on each round
No entry payment required but a contribution towards tea & cake when conditions allow

Dates for Winter Eclectic
Round 1 7th Jan - 13th Jan (Play any day during this period)
Round 2 14th Jan - 20th Jan (Play any day during this period)
Round 3 21st Jan - 27th Jan (Play any day during this period)
Round 4 28th Jan - 3rd Feb (Play any day during this period)
Round 5 4th Feb - 10th Feb (Play any day during this period)
Round 6 11th Feb - 17th Feb (Play any day during this period)
Round 7 18th Feb - 24th Feb (Play any day during this period)

I hope you enjoy this different 12 hole eclectic. Hopefully by the time we have finished we will be out of tier 4!

Winter Knock Out

The draw sheet remains on the notice board (opposite the ladies changing room).

Dates for Matches to be played by;
Round 1 to be played by 28th February
Round 2 to be played by 31st March
Final to be played by 30th April

Committee Meetings
We will be holding our first committee meeting on Thursday 21st January, via Zoom. If anyone has anything they would like raised please email me.

If you would like to help in the running of the section there is a sheet to sign up on the notice board, or simply email me. Any help running the section is very much appreciated and ensures the smooth running of our great club.

Booking Tee Times
Barry has requested our understanding and support when booking tee times. It has been noted that some members are booking a two ball with anonymous partner. The restriction of 2 balls for the moment is so that it is fair for everyone. Please arrange who you are playing with prior to booking, many thanks.

I am looking forward to an exciting year and feel very privileged to have a team of such lovely ladies to work with. Hopefully going into Spring we will see the return of normal golf functions.

Kind regards
Lady Captain 2021