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Golf U3A day 2020


OUT OF LOCKDOWN – BUT ARE WE ALL BACK INTO GOLF?

 Last week was hectic in golf clubs as golfers flocked back to their courses; well at least in England. Wales are opening after official reluctance relented, Ireland also, but Scottish clubs are being ‘urged’ to remain closed. Endless debates surrounding the safety of club golf’s resumption leave some confused but with guidance from the governing bodies and the insurers, golf is tentatively back on track.

One concern is the mixed response from clubs. As many clubs are ‘banning’ visitors as those accepting green fee players. With the implications of for society groups such as we have in U3A Golf, the issue is cloudier. My advice is getting the advice from the horse’s mouth.

Your host club(s) will advise if they accepting visiting groups and how they will manage tee time bookings, bearing in mind the restrictions imposed.

  • An individual can play with only one person from another household. That would mean 2-balls only. 
  • Two, three or four people from the same household players can play together.
  • More than one from the same household cannot play with one from another.

Ideally U3A groups will want to return together so talk to the club(s) to clarify your status IF they are taking non-members and then establish how they will manage your groupings along the lines of the restrictions. Bear in mind also the flood of bookings and, for example, clubs might take member bookings only til say 11am. Things will calm down eventually so patience will be needed. 

I would like to have some feedback on your current experiences with your host club(s), so please can you so tell me at my e-mail address, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or on our Facebook Group (‘U3A GOLF) pages.

PLEASE, take it easy on your return. Even the fittest and youngest players are prone to the odd muscle twinge after a long break from the game.

Good luck and hope you all get back on the course one way or another.

Martin


To introduce myself………………. 

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‘Once a One Hit Wonder,” Martin ‘Eaglescorer’ Pugh
UK U3A Golf Advisor

 “The most important shot in golf is …………. The next one!!!!!”

A U3A GOLFING MANTRA?

Through our passion for golf we the game we embrace it’s future.

“Golf inspires & frustrates, but we come back for more!!!!!”

The best thing about golf for me?

I have OCD. Golf is ideal as its always about, ‘NEXT SHOT, HOLE, ROUND!’

One Hit wonder?

My first ever round at Ellesborough at 12yrs; hit a four iron onto a Par 3 green. You’d think I’d won The Open! Reality kicked in so I learned to forget the last shot………always!!

The worst thing(s) about golf for me?

  • SLOW PLAY – NO EXCUSE FOR IT
  • OVER VOCAL PLAYERS WHEN OTHERS ARE PLAYING THEIR SHOTS

You could witness me chuntering on about players who ignore others on the course and hold up play

My biggest memories?

Royal Troon for The Open, with Stenson and Mickleson on the ‘round of the decade!’

Playing Natadola, Fiji – mountainous and coastal tournament course!

CV (?)

  • Retired Architect
  • Passionate golfer from South Bucks
  • 100+ courses played, home and abroad
  • Playing Senior Opens for over 10yrs
  • Seen tournaments home and abroad
  • Promoted events and golf breaks
  • Contributes to the Golf Media
  • Contributed to Rules and Pace of Play issues
  • Attends Rules Schools
  • A few successes
  • Played Fiji, Sandwich, Belfry, Celtic Manor and Troon

What would I like to achieve from this role?

  • More players joining the game
  • U3A Players improve their game
  • Local/Regional/National events
  • National U3A Golf Society
  • Groups becoming successful
  • Clubs increasingly benefit from us
  • Groups compete with each other
  • U3A Golf Facebook Page
  • International U3A Golf

CONTACT ME:    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


SETTING UP/MANAGING/DEVELOPING A U3A GOLF SOCIETY

“This is a game of misses. The chap who misses the best is going to win.”

THE KEY PRINCIPLES of a U3A Golf Group should start with:

  • SHARED RESPONSIBILITY for organisation
  • WELCOMING and INVOLVING ALL members
  • WORKING TOGETHER, on events
  • The desire to DEVELOP SKILLS
  • The commitment to STRENGTHEN ABILITY
  • The dedication to LEARNING about the key issues in golf

Whilst having FUN trying

This ‘guide’ is based on my club, ‘nomad,’ Society and U3A travels. I’m passionate about golf and its future. Whilst enjoying golf have an eye for its future in all you do.

  • The content here is not a ‘cast in stone’ formula but……….
  • Seeks happy, contented and productive groups
  • Golf is for collective enjoyment and fun
  • No one should feel uncomfortable, unwelcome or ignored
  • Everyone must be empowered to contribute without fear or prejudice
  • So the quality of ‘leadership’ comes from ‘serving’ not ‘governing’
  • No one is the fount of all golfing or organisational knowledge, including me
  • So welcome all feedback so that you can make progress

You’re welcome to take this with a pinch of salt, cherry pick what suits you best,

adapt to your circumstances and share with the rest of us in U3A Golf

So here we go …………….. Enjoy!!!!

CORNERSTONES of an effective U3A Golf Group?............. Try these: -

THE SPIRIT OF GOLF

SHARING

CARING

COLLABORATING

“Of all the hazards, fear is the worst.”

U3A is for ‘seniors,’ so the atmosphere is ‘youthful exuberance.’ The mind may lead but the body often lags behind! What do you think?

  • SHARE in group decisions
  • RESPECT each other’s views and inputs and…
  • WORK TOGETHER – don’t rely on any one person or group
  • ENCOURAGE EACH OTHER especially promoting improving your game
  • CREATE A WELCOMING ATMOSPHERE- new members pick up on a subdued or aloof tone

Don’t ignore the PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT ETHOS of U3A.

Golf demands SKILLS and COMMITMENT to enhance enjoyment. ‘Hitting and Hoping’ just doesn’t work.

A U3A Golf Group should EMBED a level of ‘VALIDATED’ DEVELOPMENT. I’ve played in several groups but not seen development practiced. We might reflect that we’ve done well in careers and life and seek some development of skills in retirement, albeit without becoming obsessive and gain significant levels of fulfillment.


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GO ON…….RELEASE THE TIGER IN YOU!!!!