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2021 MENS' CAPTAIN - PHIL HODGE
Enmore Park opened in 1906 as a 9 hole course and it wasn’t until 1969, thanks to our Benefactor Philip Pensebene who donated funds, which enabled us to expand the course to 18 holes & since then the club has gone from strength to strength.
Whether you are an experienced golfer or a complete beginner, you will receive a very warm welcome at Enmore Park GC.
We have approx. 600 male golfers of which the Seniors make up about a 1/3 of that number.
Our biggest asset is indeed the course which is arguably one of the top five courses in Somerset and is immaculately maintained by Head Greenkeeper Gary Cook and his band of enthusiastic greenkeepers.
The Clubhouse was given a complete refurbishment in 2018 and everyone who comes to Enmore comments on the amazing transformation.
Changes in 2019 were necessary due to the retirement of our PGA Professional Nigel Wixon who, after 47 years of loyal service to Enmore, decided to retire. We were extremely lucky to acquire Barry Forster from North Wilts as our new PGA Professional and since his transition to Enmore he is already proving why he was selected. Barry has built a team that any club would be proud of, comprising of Assistant PGA Professional Harry Brown from Yeovil GC and our very own Alex Clapp who has played on the Challenge Tour.
So, whatever your needs albeit golfing equipment professionally fitted to your game using modern technology, clothing, footwear or lessons designed to improve your enjoyment of this wonderfully frustrating game, you can be assured every aspect will be catered for. Barry has introduced a new swing studio which is proving very popular with golfers of all abilities, not only for lessons but on rare occasions when the course is inaccessible and you can go and play top courses around the world.
We have an extensive calendar of competitions for all sections of the club comprising of Medals, Stablefords, knockout competitions, all running alongside competitive matches against other clubs in the form of the Avalon League where we now run 2 teams, The A team and the Enmore Bucks all competed on a home and away basis.
Also, there are friendly matches, played by the Enmore Royals who play 12 matches against other clubs on a home and away basis, not to mention Mixed matches and competitions which are also very keenly competed.
Open competitions run from the Gents Spring Open in April until our Pro-Am in September. During the winter months we run a Winter League Pairs competition on a Stableford points basis, whereby the top 40 teams compete in a shotgun final in April.
We also have reciprocal arrangements with some 30 clubs, many offering free golf and vastly reduced rates.
Whatever your preference there is something for everyone here at Enmore.
The Captains Charity of the year for 2021 is Children’s Hospice South West, for the work they do supporting families through periods of prolonged difficulties, providing respite and care for their loved ones.
We have a history, course and club to be proud of. So, if you are looking for a Golf Club with a heritage, run in a friendly family atmosphere, look no further.
As you may realise whilst reading this, 2020 will forever be synonymous with Covid-19. So, things are not what they were - no golf currently due to social distancing, most probably the biggest challenge and change for mankind in our lifetime.
Phil Hodge Club Captain 2021. Gents Past Captains Gallery
2021 LADY CAPTAIN - JULIE BLUMGART
I am delighted to have been chosen as Lady Captain at Enmore Park Golf Club 2021. It is my hope that, as the year progresses, golf will return to normal and that we will leave the pandemic firmly behind us. On behalf of myself and all our ladies I would like to extend a warm welcome to you whether you are guests or possible new members of the Ladies section. Our Parkland course which, from the highest points, offers extensive views over nearby hills and across the`Bristol Channel to Wales, offers the opportunity for ladies of all standards to play throughout the year and enjoy both a social and competitive round of golf.
As a Ladies section we have 82 members including 9 hole members ranging from novice to scratch golfers. If joining the ladies section, I can assure you of a warm welcome. On Wednesdays we hold weekly 18 and 9 hole competitions throughout the year with alternate day competitions at weekends. Our major Trophy competitions are held in the summer months combined with medal, stableford and team competitions. We also hold an individual and pairs knockout competition and also you are able to enter the eclectic competition. During the winter months fun competitions are played together with winter league and eclectic competitions. For those who wish to play competitive golf we are also active participants in the Wessex and Somerset Inter Club League and for those who prefer to play social golf we have a number of friendly matches and mixed friendly matches against local clubs.
We also hold two ladies open competitions each year which can be entered on line as well as a mixed open competition. So do come and join us if you are able. These are well attended and enjoyed by all who enter, not least because of the testing course but also our friendly welcome, halfway house and excellent clubhouse facilities.
Our professionals are always on hand to offer advice and Barry Forster, our head PGA professional, and Harry Brown, the PGA Assistant professional provide group and individual coaching. Ladies group coaching sessions are also held on Tuesdays which are enjoyed by a number of ladies. I am also delighted that Enmore has been awarded the R & A's Women Into Golf Charter. A very successful Women into Golf programme provides the opportunity for potential new members to experience golf at Enmore.
Each year we hold a number of events that provide the opportunity to raise money for the Lady Captain’s charity and this year my charity is Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support (SARSAS). SARSAS is a local charity that provides support to people who have experienced rape or any kind of sexual assault or abuse at any time in their lives.
At Enmore we are always ready to welcome new members whether beginners or established players. So why not come along and enjoy the companionship and the fun.
Julie Blumgart, Lady Captain 2021 Ladies Past Captains Gallery
2021 JUNIOR CAPTAIN - Theo Culverhouse
Welcome to the Junior Section of out Club’s website. This page will give you all of the information you need regarding what we offer, from how to try golf to entering competitions, through to playing for our Junior team.
We have a dedicated Junior Committee who ensure the smooth running of the Section, organising competitions, matches and other activities in a safe environment.
We are generously sponsored by a number of the Club’s members which allows us to grow and develop our Section. In particular, our thanks for to John Nicholson who has kindly sponsored our team’s match kit.
Our goal is ‘to provide an opportunity for any child to learn golf in a safe environment, to have fun while doing so, to overcome challenges and to be proud of their achievements.’
Our number one priority is the safety of our junior players whilst at the club. Click here to view our Children and Young People Safeguarding policy
We cater for boys and girls of all levels of ability. Whether it’s juniors who simply want to try golf for the first time or improve their game and lower their handicap, through to representing Somerset County teams, there are many coaching opportunities offered by our Head Professional Barry Forster and his team. Regular coaching sessions are run on Saturday mornings and are an excellent way of getting into the game as well as improving and making new friends.
Our Coaching Programmes
We make sure that our lessons provide the right level of coaching and incentives for all players irrespective of their ability, as well as providing value for money. We provide three coaching groups:
- Enmore Fawns (ages 6-10 for non-members);
- Enmore Elks (ages 11-16 for non-members) and
- Enmore Junior Squad (for our Junior members)
The Fawns and Elks follow the Golf Foundation Junior Golf Passport Scheme junior golf passport - YouTube This equips our younger players with the essential skills and knowledge to play the game.
Places are limited to 10 spaces per week for each group and therefore you MUST book places via our Professionals Team ( 01278 672100 opt 3). Once the juniors reach a certain level within the Passport, they will be invited to join as a member of our golf club, safe in the knowledge that they are ready to make the best use of their membership.
The Enmore Junior Squad will have fortnightly coaching (Saturday 12pm-1pm) and this will just be for our junior members. They are encouraged to practice on alternate weeks and have individual lessons.
This coaching will be more technically-focused including playing strategies. We will be using this as a guide when selecting who will be playing in competitive matches. To help with the movement of juniors between levels, our junior members will also be encouraged to help out with the younger players both from a coaching and playing perspective.
Here is a breakdown of what we provide:
|Coaching Group||Fawns||Elks||Junior Squad|
|Annual Cost||N/A||N/A||Membership Fee (£111.50)|
9:30 - 10:30am
|10:45 - 11:45am||12:30 - 1:30pm|
|Cost of Coaching||£6*||£6*||TBC|
|What part of the course/club can I use?||Practice Fairway/Course under coaching supervision||Practice Fairway/Course under coaching supervision||Practice Fairway/Course and Clubhouse (no supervision)|
|Can I play in Junior Competitions||No||No||Yes subject to handicap (See Junior Section Events)|
|Can I play in full Club competitions||No||No||Yes if TBC handicap and below|
*every 10th session will be free
Once a junior has joined the Club as a full junior member, they will be able to gain a handicap and begin playing on the course and entering competitions including adult events. We have around 20 Junior competitions held between March and October involving stableford, medal, team and match-play formats.
For our younger or less experienced players we run a series of Junior Section Events which are played over 9 holes from ‘Forward tees’ to ease their way onto our course and allow them to gain experience of rules and etiquette. All of our successful junior members have experienced this route into playing confidently in full competitions over 18 and 36 holes.
At Enmore we are always encouraging our juniors to improve and reach their full potential. The selection criteria for our junior team is as follows: firstly players must be available and committed to playing for the club team; secondly we select the squad in handicap order, with the lowest handicappers being nominated for the team. This we believe is the fairest way to encourage our juniors to progress and earn their right to play in the club team.
Our younger juniors, and those less experienced with higher handicaps, will still have opportunities to compete in internal and external competitions. There are also team matches against the club’s ladies and senior teams, which will enable our juniors to benefit from playing with some of our more experienced golfers in a relaxed but competitive atmosphere.
Results and presentation of trophies
Each year we celebrate the success and improvement of all of our juniors and encourage everyone to attend a junior meal with prize giving for those who have won trophies, including a cup for the most improved junior.
Interested in joining as a full member of the Enmore Junior Squad?
Once you have reached a reached a certain level of skill as judged by our Professional team or are simply an existing established junior moving from another club you can join as a full member of our Junior Squad.
Here's how to join:
|What we need from you||What we will then do|
|Payment of Full Junior membership||Introduce you to the Junior Organiser|
|Completion of Child protection forms*||Provide a short tour of the Club|
||Explain to you how to find all of the key informatio on our members website and Junior Noticeboard|
||Provide you with: a) Members tag for displaying on your golf bag, b) PIN number to access the Club's membership website and c) Swipe Card for accessign the Touch Screen computer system and for use withn the Clubhouse|
*These forms can either be downloaded here and emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org or returned/provided in hard copy in the Pro Shop. This ensures we have consent for using images on our social media platforms, emergency contact details (including and medical conditions) and agreement by the junior/responsible adult agreeing to follow the behavioural standards expected of our young players at the Club
For more details please contact our Club Professional, Barry Forster on 01278 672100 opt 3.
2020 SENIORS CAPTAIN - MIKE SULLIVAN
The Seniors section at Enmore Park Golf Club is a friendly and active part of the Club and in 2019 comprised almost 200 members which is approximately a third of the Club’s male membership.
Senior members regularly meet on Tuesday and Thursday mornings throughout the year and will be found on the course and in the Clubhouse – rain or shine! Approximately once a month on a Tuesday or Thursday morning, the section runs a qualifying competition to enable members to keep their handicaps active and enjoy a competitive round of golf with fellow seniors.
There is an extensive fixture list of seniors ‘friendly matches’ against other clubs that range from Saunton in the West, The Mendip in the East, Lyme Regis and East Devon in the South and Long Ashton, Bristol & Clifton and Henbury in the North. These games are played on a home & away basis and usually comprise 16 players a side.
The Section instigated a programme of winter matches a few years ago. Initially, the Minehead & West Somerset club was invited to participate in two fixtures (home & away) and did so in November and January. During the winter of 2014/15 both Exeter and Churston Seniors joined the party! These two clubs initially played at Enmore in October & December with visits by Enmore to the Devon clubs in February & April. However, these matches against the Devon clubs have now been moved to a more appropriate time of the year!
There are a number of competitions run by the Section for its members, both singles and pairs. The Seniors Championship, the ‘MET Shield’, the Winter League Competition, the Tolhurst Trophy, the Ron Chamberlain Salver, the Team Challenge, the John Hawthorne Tartan Putter, the “Jimmy Mc Stableford Qualifier” are just some of these popular competitions, while matches against the Ladies (Croad Shield) and the Juniors (Buck Cup) are internal events.
The Section is responsible for the total organisation of the Seniors Open which is played on the first Friday of July each year. The event regularly attracts about 140 visitors from approximately 40 clubs together with 40 members from the host club. Places on ‘The Open’ have become eagerly sought after by many returning golfers.
An inter-club competition, the Seniors Inter Club Championship for the Enmore Park “Quantock Stag Trophy” was inaugurated in September 2014 and contested by 15 club teams comprising 8 members per team. The trophy, a beautifully forged Bronze Stag was gifted by Past Captain Keith Norcutt and mounted on an oak plinth expertly crafted from the fallen oak on the 10th hole by Past Captain John Newell. Somerset clubs and other clubs on the seniors’ ‘friendly matches’ circuit are invited, and Saunton Seniors were the first winners of the trophy. The modified ‘shotgun start’ proved both popular and efficient as most of the 120 golfers completed their rounds within about an hour of the first and last arrivals back at the clubhouse. In 2015 the “Quantock Stag” was brought forward to August and it has remained there ever since. The Section will again be hoping for good weather this year when the seventh running of the Quantock Stag, which should have been run on Friday August 14th, will now – hopefully – be run in late October.
Each year, the main function of the Immediate Past Captain – apart from displaying his wisdom and experience during the Committee’s deliberations – is to take total responsibility for the arrangements for the ’Seniors Away Day’. In recent years most Past Captains have tried to visit courses that are not on the annual ‘friendly matches’ circuit, but to venture a little further afield. Launceston, Farrington, Teignmouth, Stover, Dainton Park and Torquay have all been enjoyed in the past by about 35 members. In keeping with this philosophy, Graham Pain booked Newport Golf Club in 2019 for the Section’s first venture across the ‘Bridge’. The course and the staff at the club were most welcoming and made a major contribution to the success of the day. Steve Darch returned the best individual score to win the King Cup and Peter Farnell, Norman Webb and John Newell registered the best team score to win the John Patterson Shield. The Seniors Away Day this year will hopefully take place on Thursday August 20th with a trip booked by Steve Lukins to Chipping Sodbury GC in Gloucestershire.
The Seniors Ladies Night creates an opportunity for members to bring their partners to the Club and enjoy a very pleasant social event. In 2014, John Newell invited the Cleverly Everly Brothers (alias Clinton & Stan Rogers) to provide the music and entertainment. Since then the more recent Captains, whose responsibility also includes making the arrangements for the Ladies Night, have invited a variety of music groups to provide the entertainment.
The AGM in late November was again well attended by about a third of the seniors’ membership. The assembled company then sat down to a festive Christmas Dinner which was enjoyed by members and their guests from the Club.
An innovation in 2015 was the regular Seniors Newsletter. This publication provided a useful mechanism to keep members up to date with recent activities while also informing them of forthcoming events. The newsletter continues to be very useful publication and under the new editor, Graham Pain has added another dimension to the Section’s mouthpiece.
The section is well organised and all its matches, events and other activities are run by a very active committee of elected members. The Committee is chaired by the Seniors Captain and meets about 9 times a year, mostly during the spring, summer and autumn seasons.