SCGC PROVE EXCELLENT HOSTS TO THE WARWICKSHIRE PGA
Sutton Coldfield Golf Club played host to the prestigious Warwickshire PGA Alliance event on the 10th January 2013, much to the delight of the 18 teams and their professionals from throughout the county taking part.
Teeing off in cold and misty conditions, many of the players on view were glad to get back into competitive golf at a time when many clubs in the county have been closed due to the extra- ordinary amount of rain of recent weeks.
Neil Selwyn Smith, secretary of the Warwickshire PGA (and currently Vice Captain of the PGA) was delighted that the competition went ahead as scheduled and commented - 'The organisation of the event has been simplicity itself. Every phone call to the club was dealt with efficiently and promptly and every effort has been made by all the club staff to make all competitors most welcome.'
What will have pleased the competitors most was the excellent condition of the course and particularly the fast running Sutton Coldfield greens. Local golfer Nigel Walmsley of Walmley Golf club reflected the view of many taking part about the course when commenting 'Excellent condition, possibly the best greens in the Midlands.'
In a tight scoring competition, Jamie Taylor from Olton won the Professional section of the stableford event scoring a creditable 37 in the extremely cold conditions from joint runners up Ryan Burton (Ladbrooke Park) and Andy Cheese from the host club both finishing with 36 points.
The team prize was also a close run thing that also resulted in a one shot victory eventually won by local Wishaw pro Chris Evans and his team with a winning score of 84 points in the four- ball better ball format part of the event - claiming a one shot victory from runners up Jamie Taylor and his Olton team. Ryan Burton and his Ladbrooke Park colleagues finished third on 82 points.
In collecting their team prize Chris Evans ( Wishaw ) added - 'Sutton is a fantastic course, and in really great condition for January. The greens were smooth and running at a great pace. Overall we all from Wishaw were very happy with the day. Thanks to the new green keeper for a great effort '
Casual visitors are welcome at all times except when there is a club competition, or Tuesday mornings which is reserved for members of Sutton Coldfield Ladies Golf Club.
We are renowned for our friendly and relaxing atmosphere but do ask visitors to observe course etiquette and to maintain an appropriate dress code as advised under our Rules and Procedures.
Tee-off times are not reserved in advance but visitors are advised to telephone the Club’s Professional in order to check there are no restrictions.
Catering facilities are available every day except Sunday during the times listed under Clubhouse; special arrangements may be made by prior agreement.
Lady visitors use Sutton Coldfield Ladies' Golf Club clubhouse for changing which is on the same site. They may join their male partners in the lounge and dining room of the main clubhouse before or after playing.
Societies are welcome to play with prior arrangement. There is a minimum requirement of 12 players for the special packages available which cover 18, 28 and 36 holes. Included is coffee and a bacon sandwich on arrival and a choice of evening meal; soup or chips and sandwiches may be added as a light lunch for the 28 and 36 holes packages.
Society play will be from the Yellow Tees and reserved tee times must be observed. Buggies are also available on request, and it is suggested that these are reserved as early as possible as numbers are limited.
If you and a selection of friends would like to play the course as a casual visitor or if you are the organiser of a golfing trip or society then we would be delighted to think that you may consider Sutton Coldfield Golf Club. Whatever your handicap, however you play, an unequalled welcome by our staff and members will make your visit a memorable one.
Rules and Procedures
Societies are required to observe the following rules and procedures and it is the responsibility of the organiser to ensure that all players adhere to them. Handicap certificates for all players should be available for inspection if required.
2 On the course
Play will be from yellow tees. Reserved tee times must be strictly observed. All stroke play events must be played in a two or three ball format. Matches may be played as a four ball provided that individual scores are not being recorded. Play should be at a brisk pace and faster matches called through. Buggies are not allowed on the course without prior permission. Caddy carts must be of the wide-wheeled variety and must be taken outside the line of the green side bunkers. In the interest of maintaining the course in first class condition and to promote the enjoyment of all, players are particularly asked to be punctilious as regards the etiquette of the game, courtesy on the course and the care of the course.
Casual golf attire may be worn in the bar, lounge and snooker room. All outdoor clothing must be left in the cloakroom. Jeans, denims, shirts without collars, rugby style shirts, golf shoes and trainers must not be worn anywhere in the clubhouse. Shirts must be tucked into trousers. Tailored shorts with stockings or short golf socks may be worn on the course and on the patio but not in the clubhouse. The changing of shoes in the car park is prohibited. We regret that towels are no longer provided in the locker room. Please advise if there are any ladies in the party who will be playing golf so that arrangements can be made with Sutton Coldfield Ladies Golf Club for changing facilities to be made available.
4 Mobile Phones/Electric Devices
Mobile phones/Electronic devices are not permitted in the clubhouse or on the course. Any person found to be breaking this rule may be required to leave the club/course.
5 Property & Safety
The golf club can not accept any responsibility for articles lost or stolen. All players are advised to carry insurance cover for the protection of themselves and others.
All society packages involve the taking of an evening meal. All players must choose the same menu. Vegetarians can be accommodated if notification is given at the time of booking.
Requirements for golf and catering must be must be entered on the booking form and returned to the Club Administrator together with the non returnable deposit.
8 Confirmation of Booking
Final numbers of society members attending and catering requirements must be notified to the Administrator at least two weeks before the event. The charges made by the club for catering and green fees will be based on the final numbers stated at this time.
The deposit payment may be made by cheque payable to "Sutton Coldfield Golf Club". Payment of the balance, for all green fees and catering less the deposit received, must be settled on arrival in the Professional's Shop. Payment should be made either by debit or credit card as cheques are no longer generally accepted. The Club will only accept payment of the balance by cheque provided that this is by pre-arrangement and within sufficient time for the Club to arrange bank clearance.
10 The Club Professional
Jerry Hayes, our PGA Professional, has a well stocked shop and will be pleased to assist and advise on suitable prizes or vouchers for your day. In addition the Professional Staff will organise 'longest drive' and 'nearest the pin' competitions.