Twenty hardy souls turned out to play for Captain v Lady Captain on Saturday in absolutely dire weather.
As the greens were flooding only holes 1,2,3,9 & 10 were played. Format was 4 ball better ball, it was all square until the last team came in with a win for Mr Captain.
An ‘enjoyable’ day played with good humour and socially distanced drinks in the clubhouse afterwards. The gulls certainly enjoyed washing in the “lakes” on the greens!
As the season draws to a close it is imperative that as a business we continue to invest in our product and play our due diligence to keep the courses at Portal moving in the right direction, following a challenging year for the resort and the club.
I am keen to ensure we stay in line with the maintenance strategy set out at the start of the year so that we can continue to progress the playing conditions across the resort at Macdonald Portal, Golf & Spa.
The plan of action during October will be a combination of:
This work will be carried out by the ground staff and will require support from the members and visitors to be cautious of this.
Please give priority when needed, so works can be completed in an time efficient manner.
Thank you for your patience and co-operation at this important stage of the year.
Director of Golf
Yes folks this is not a typo!
Just ahead of the commencement of 2020-21 Winter League the final of the 2019-2020 pairs took place on Sunday 27th September, on a beauty of a day.
Winners Rich Green and Rob Evans won 3 & 1
Runners Up Steve Houlston and Alan Gregory.
The match was played in great conditions on the Premier course, refereed by Mr Captain (Simon Harper), pictured below handing the trophy to the winning pair....before sanitizing again for the umpteenth time!
Results from Seniors' Open held at Portal GC.
Thank you, as always, to those who came along and helped make the event a great success – it is really appreciated.
Portal were represented by Mr Captain (Simon Harper), Chris Turner, Daryl Edwards & Mark Hargreaves, who came a close second.
Next years events will be held on Weds 5th May and Weds 15th September 2021. We look forward to welcoming all comers next year. Let's hope for some sort of respite from Covid-19 before then!
Kind regards on behalf of myself and Portal GC
|Position||Player 1||Player 2||Player 3||Player 4||Out||In||Total||2's|
|1||Dave Everton||D Reeves||P Rathbone||M Gulliver||48||47||95||1|
|2||Mr C Simon Harper||Chris Turner||Daryl Edwards||Mark Hargreaves||44||48||92|
|3||Les Welch||Phil Owen||Wayne Hunter||Billy Fisher||40||44||84|
|4||Tony Percival||Glen Cartlidge||David Webster||Paul Maguire||45||39||84|
|5||Andy Bunney||Ralph Wilkinson||Mike Burden||Mike Bradbury||42||41||83|
|6||Harry Howard||Paul Christian||Bill Walmsley||Paul Tweedle||35||47||82||1|
|7||Fred McNabb||John Bright||Derek Riley||Den Walker||41||41||82|
|8||Ernie Hankey||Paul Tillin||John Cooke||Neil Huston||42||40||82|
|9||Phil Richards||John Whelan||Peter Denn||Glyn Foden||43||39||82|
|10||Philip Edgerley||James Melvin||Chris Culshaw||Derek Sherrington||43||38||81|
|11||Mike Nolan||P Revell||D Gardner||J Marsden||38||42||80||1|
|12||Terry Dunne||David Cooper||David Evans||Tony McMahon||43||37||80|
|13||Chris Kirkpatrick||Steve Johnson||Steve Potter||Phil Brown||38||41||79|
|14||Sandro Cucchiaro||Peter Jones||Stan Roberts||Stewart Morgans||38||41||79|
|15||Anthony Dagnall||Kenneth Hulme||Ron Heale||FredGregory||44||34||78|
|16||Eric Bebb||Arthur Margerison||Mike Heathfield||John Smith||39||37||76||1|
|17||P Mieluk||J Burn||David Bott||David Tiffin||37||34||71||1|
|18||Paul Scriven||Les Smith||Steve Hall||Colin Porteous||39||31||70|
|19||Robin Ellis||Alex Mutch||Alan Molyneux||Peter Townsend||36||29||65|
|20||B Howells||R Hellson||M Howard||M Jess||30||30||60|
Initial works have begun for a full drainage program for the 4th hole at the Premier. Whilst the weather is remotely on our side it’s important we action now before the climate turns against us in Autumn, causing the movement of machinery to this affected area very hazardous..
Works that have recently been completed:
A full verti drain, roughly 8” deep, across the bottom of the hole to support the prevention of surface water. (images below). The French drain project is well underway with 3 drains also known as ‘spurs’ currently dug - these will be filled with piping and stone to again, help guide the surface water to the ‘central spine’ which ultimately take excess water into the mains. Another 5 of the spurs are planned to be dug, weather permitted, within the next 2 weeks.
Barry (Head Greenkeeper) and his teams aim is to Herringbone this full area. This is a best practise for spaces such as these with large surface areas of drainage to cover and also with less depth required for the installed drains to achieve their required purpose.
Additionally to the above project which is ongoing; the items below have also been completed, on top of the regular cutting regime;
This year there was a joint Captains’ Day instead of the usual separate days. Unfortunately, due to the dreaded COVID-19, the festivities after the game were cancelled. Welcome drinks halfway round were provided by the Captains, Simon & Dot along with gifts on the first tee.
59 men & 15 ladies enjoyed the day with Chris Turner winning the men’s trophy with a magnificent nett 69 on a count back from Rob Cobain.
Amy Lester taking the ladies’ trophy with 35 points on a count back from Rhian Jones.
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to the Captains for a great day.
Twenty three of Portal’s past Captains had a very enjoyable day at Wilmslow Golf Club recently, and despite the dreaded virus regulations managed a few beers on the terrace after the game.
Rosemary Lilley and Ben McDyre respectively won the ladies’ & gent’s shields, congratulations to them both.
Many thanks to Rhian Jones & Judy Piper for organising the day, volunteers required for next year’s event :)
Many congratulations to Patti Vincent and Steve Bolton winning through the 1st round of the Mizuno Pairs Competition. Playing at home against 6 & 11 handicappers they battled through to win 2&1. Well played both and good luck in the next round. :)