The next fixture is Northwood on Monday, August 19 with the singles competition in the morning and a 9-hole drawn Texas Scramble in the afternoon.

Apart from the Christmas Scramble, this will be the first time the Society have played a Texas Scramble  at one of the regular golf days, so if you cannot play in the afternoon, make sure you say when entering.  The teams will be “balanced” with high and low handicap players and 10% of combined handicaps.

The cost of the day will be a budget busting £49 with no reduction if playing just the morning round.  Northwood is regarded as one of the best and most challenging courses in Middlesex so you will be in a golfing treat with prizes including champagne for Nearest the Pin, both morning and afternoon, the Ball Sweep and 2’s competition.

There will be tea or coffee and a bacon butty to start the day, a hot and cold buffet lunch and sandwiches and chips at the end of the day for the prize giving.

Sounds too good to be true?  It’s all down to the Society’s fund raising and the club agreeing a special one-off deal as it’s the home course of secretary, Garth Burden.

The course is in great condition having recovered from last year’s dry weather and with the greens having been regularly watered they are fast and true.

The Club in North West London is now reaping the benefit of completely relaying all their old clay based greens with USGA greens.  For those who have played the course before it needs no recommendation, but if you are a first time visitor then you are in for a real treat.

On sale will be the Society ‘s latest Titleist golf ball, the AVX plus the ever popular Titleist PROV1 and PROV1X balls all with the Northcliffe’s “Bumble Bee” logo

These can be purchased for £45 for a box of 12 balls or £12 for a sleeve of three.

The morning singles is for one of the Society’s oldest trophies, the Tom Marlowe  Challenge Cup, named after the Daily Mail’s  longest serving Editor and then, in the afternoon, it’s our first ever Texas Scramble over 9-holes with drawn partners.

Lisa Heywood plans to attend to defend last year’s win which was part of her amazing run of form which saw her Club and Society handicap cut from 18 at the start of the season to 13 by the end of year.

You do not have to change for lunch or the evening prize-giving as long as golfing clothes are clean and dry.   Buggies must be booked in advance so contact the Club Professional, Richard Grun : 01923 821384 Option 4.  https://www.northwoodgolf.co.uk/

If you are in the Match Play Knock-Out then it might be possible for you to go out as a 2 x ball for the morning round so that you can play the match as well as keep your stableford score for the Trophy.

Society Captain Nick Stevens is planning to attend, having just returned from a well deserved holiday after winning at The Grove fixture in March, then Walton Heath  in May and coming third at the Addington Palace fixture in June. Nick followed these wins by winning his Club’s Championship at Malden Golf Club, Surrey, and, off the Black tees, became Club Champion by five shots.

His Club handicap is now 2 so having been cut twice this year with the Society, he will be playing of scratch at Northwood.

“Scorching heat, black tees, slick greens and long rough. All of which meant that Addington Palace  a few days before my Club Championship was a really good warm up” he said.

Next up after Northwood at the end of the  month is our double header with the annual match against North Foreland Golf Club, Sunday, September 1st   and Royal Cinque Ports the following day at neighbouring Deal, Monday, September 2nd.

If you are planning to play at either of these fixtures DO send an email or enter via the website NOW and payment can be made nearer the time.  The costs for members are £35 for North Foreland and £75 for Royal Cinque Ports

If overnighting locally, there is a 10% discount for Society members at the local Pegwell Bay hotel – 01843 599590 – but mention you are with the Daily Mail group playing at North Foreland when booking.

Costs for Associate Members:  Northwood £60 . North Foreland £35 Royal Cinque Ports £85

Guest welcome: Northwood £75.  Northwood members £25.  North Foreland £35 and Royal Cinque Ports £110.

NORTHWOOD –  Format for the Day
Clubhouse opens at 7.30 am for coffee, tea and bacon butty.
Tee-times will be circulated before play. Make sure you pick out who you think will be  the  winner of the morning trophy in the  fund raising “Back the Winner” Competition.  Have as many attempts as you like at £5 a time.
No jeans or trainers anywhere and mobile phones in designated areas only.

Morning:   TOM MARLOWE CHALLENGE CUP
10th tee reserved from 8.30am. Yellow tees.
18 holes singles Stableford off full handicap.
Nearest the Pin on the 3rd
All cards to be signed and handed in at lunch.

Afternoon  drawn Texas Scramble over 9-holes.
1st tee from 2 pm. WHITE TEES.  10% of combined handicaps. Nearest the Pin on the 3rd

Allow extra time to drive round the M25 and remember it is always better  to arrive early and enjoy a coffee in the clubhouse.  Come off at either Junction 17 if you are travelling from the south or 18 from the north and follow  the signs for Rickmansworth, the A404 and Northwood.
Don’t forget you can also drive through town and take the A40 as an alternative.

HA6  2QW     Tel: 01923 821384
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  • To enter send your name and contact details via the Contact Us page or email them to gpburden@ntlworld.com.

  • Payments can be made direct to the society’s account.

    Lloyds Bank, Sort code 30-92-45, Account no. 01571241.

  • Do not include your name, just add “Northwood” for the reference