The Club Captain at Crowborough Beacon Golf Club, Gerald Bonner and a team of members have transformed a piece of scrubland adjacent to the Clubhouse on Southview Road by planting heathers and box hedging.
The land by the roadside and between the first tee and the lower tees was overgrown and looked a mess. The land was cleared, treated with weed killer and today has been planted with heathers and the club initials ‘CBGC’ have been spelled out in planted box.
The whole project has been carried out by the volunteers and they are delighted that it has been finished just in time for the Captain’s Weekend starting on Friday 26th June. The weekend festivities carry on until Sunday when the Captain treats members and their families to an afternoon tea in the clubhouse.
The Captain wishes to thank all the volunteers for their hard work and dedication in bringing this project to fruition.
The Course was voted the 68th by Golf World. Conan Doyle who lived at his nearby home Windlesham Manor was Club Captain in 1910. You can see the Course in its glory by viewing the flyover on Google Earth:
On Wednesday 17th June the Club held a meeting for members and their guests to explain what the Club was doing in conjunction with Natural England to conserve the lowland heathland which makes up most of Crowborough Common on which the golf course is situated. Club member Geoff Davidson gave an illustrated talk and explained that cutting down trees and scraping ground was an essential part of heathland regeneration. Steve Alton, the Conservation Officer for Ashdown Forest then gave a very interesting illustrated talk about the history of lowland heathland and the flora and fauna found on the Common. He explained that lowland heathland is now rarer than rain forest and it is essential that it is restored.
The competitions started on Thursday 18th with a Ladies stableford combined with the over 70’s Ladies Championship. The stableford competition was won by Lynn Collett with 40 points playing off a handicap of 30. In second place with 39 points was Sue De Wit with 39 points playing off 23 and in third place playing off 28 was Jan Gibb with 36 points.
The over 70’s Ladies Championship was won by Brenda Humphrey with 34 points playing off a handicap of 34. In second place was Rosemary Pitman with 33 points playing off 20 just beating third placed Diana Shepherd on countback, also with 33 points.
The ladies were in action again on Saturday the 20th playing for the Ladies Club Championship. The competition is a medal played over two rounds. The winner with a gross score of 168, playing off a handicap of 6, was Vicki McLean just beating into second place on countback Anita Amies, playing off 13, also with a gross 168. In third place was Emma Morgan playing of 5 with a gross 173.
On Sunday 21st June the men played in the Phil Munday Memorial, a stableford qualifying competition. In first place, playing off a handicap of 16 was Bill Boyd with 41 points. In second place was Stephen Alcock playing off 14 with 39 points and in third place playing off 23 and beaten on countback was Harvey Howells also with 39 points.