Beware the Pineapple Express!

It never rains in southern California……It pours!

Whilst we have been basking in a taste of spring this week, halfway around the globe, the weather on the Pacific coastline has been decidedly inclement. If you’ve been keeping up with the PGA Tour golf recently, you’ll have seen hailstorms at Pebble Beach last week, and then a soggy looking Riveria in LA this week. The weather pattern over there has seen low pressure in charge, dragging in very wet airstream form the southwest – all the way from Hawaii – a phenomenon referred to as the ‘Pineapple Express’. This produces periodic heavy rains for the often dry California. Indeed, areas around LA are due to have received 3 to 6 inches of rain this week, with flooding and mudslides. Meanwhile the Pacific NorthWest has seen the greatest amounts of snow in 30 years.

Is there any connection between this and our current benign weather pattern? In some ways, but only in the sense that the large scale global circulation patterns are interconnected – ridges and troughs of high and low pressure move slowly around the world, and right now, we are blessed with high pressure just to our east, aiding a plume of warm southerly air to come our way from the Canaries. Our temperatures are currently above average, but this type of weather pattern in February is nothing new, and we’ve seen it all before!

Heading into the weekend and beyond, we are due to see very little rain in total across the Midlands and northern England – occasional dampness will drift in from the west, but amounting to very little. 

The skies will be fairly cloudy at times, but there will be a good deal of sun too, and many days next week will be dry. There will be a south to southwesterly breeze, but nowhere near as strong as last weekend!

Temperatures will be typically 8 to 12C by day, whilst nights will see occasional slight frosts, dipping toward zero, but rarely below.

So are we fully on the road to spring?! As I’ve said to many people this week, there’s plenty of time for winter to return with a vengeance. Indications into March favour east to southeasterly winds being common, and it wouldn’t take much to drag cold air back into the mix. Often an early season fine spell is followed by a renewed chill, so be warned!

Keep up to date with Garry’s thoughts for the weeks and months ahead at

Ladies ‘Valentines Day’

Ricardo’s charms ladies with home made scones!

There was certainly no hint of a massacre on ‘Valentines’ Day at Cavendish today!
Riccardo charmed all the ladies with his home made scones, jam and cream … he’s bound to be a success on a Thursdays! Call it Italian flair!

There was certainly no hint of a massacre on ‘Valentines’ Day at Cavendish today!
Riccardo charmed all the ladies with his home made scones, jam and cream … he’s bound to be a success on a Thursdays! Call it Italian flair!

Beautiful Cavendish

The ladies enjoyed fantastic weather with glorious sunshine and incredibly warm enough for shirt sleeves. The course was in brilliant condition with all 18 holes open on main greens. Ann Peacock won the ladies 18 hole competition and Jean Luton won the 9 hole competition.

The fine weather encouraged many visitors to make the journey to the High Peak and they were not disappointed.
Lady Captain, Linda Green, met a couple from Worcestershire holidaying in Buxton who were delighted with the course and will be returning. And also two golfers from Hillsborough Golf Club who enjoyed the course so much they have booked to play again next week. Both were happy to pose for photos and very enthusiastic about the golf course and the catering in the club house after their game.

The weather is set fair for the rest of the week at least so plenty of opportunity to enjoy the ‘Inspiration for Augusta’ and ‘Sheer Golfing Enjoyment!’

Play Lake Karrinyup, Perth, WA

‘Top 100’ Australian Reciprocal

Four Australian golfers added Cavendish to their itinerary last August, following a personal recommendation by a past Captain of Royal Lytham & St Annes GC.

The four golfers were from Lake Karrinyup Country Club, widely acknowledged as Western Australia’s premier private golf club and rated as one of the top golf courses in Australia, currently ranked 17thin the Top 100 Courses of 2018.  These members were so taken with Cavendish, ranked a Top 100 UK Course 2016-2019, that they recommended to their club that we should set up a reciprocal arrangement for the benefit of both sets of members.

Lake Karrinyup Country Club, Perth, Western Australia

The formal reciprocal arrangement has now been agreed by both Boards of Directors which means that full members are now entitled to play each other’s course without cost. It is recognised that 10k miles is a long way to travel to play golf, however there will be members able to take advantage of this brilliant arrangement should they be in Perth or Buxton.
Note: There are a few terms and conditions to the arrangement and advance notification from each club is required to validate each visit. Any Cavendish Member considering playing Lake Karrinyup can get full details from the Chairman’s office.

Founded in 1928 Lake Karrinyup was a course layout designed by Alex Russell (1924 Open champion of Australia). Russell was the business partner of legendary golf architect Dr Alister MacKenzie (designer of Augusta National, Georgia) and who also worked on Royal Melbourne with MacKenzie and has been widely credited for much of the success of this masterpiece.

Lake Karrinyup has maintained a wonderful bush setting for golfers while providing a tranquil haven for an abundance of native flora and fauna.
Over 75 species of birds have been identified in the wetlands surrounding the large natural lake while kangaroos abound amid flowering large eucalyptus trees and colourful shrubs. Surprisingly, this undulating natural bushland course, which gives no hint of surrounding and sought-after urban development, is less than 15 minutes from the state’s capital city of Perth and a couple of Tiger Woods’ drives from the famous white beaches of the west coast.

On the 16th February 2003, while Lake Karrinyup was in the midst of celebrating its 75th anniversary it was also playing host, for an unprecedented second successive year, to the Johnnie Walker Classic and many of the world’s best golfers. So successful for the players, the public and the organisers was the 2002 Johnnie Walker Classic at Lake Karrinyup that the venue was not changed for the following year — the first time in the history of this prestigious international event that it remained in the same location for two successive years. For the record, in 2002 Retief Goosen won the Classic after only a handful of the world’s best could achieve a sub-par performance on this testing course. In 2003, while the course played a little easier and more players achieved sub-par rounds, Ernie Els dominated the field to add the Classic to his long list of international successes.

Lake Karrinyup Country Club, new $4.5m refurbishment

Lake Karrinyup is a club of strong traditions and the lovely washed limestone and hardwood jarrah timber-lined walls of its magnificent clubhouse reflect the history of its many famous visitors.

The first Australian Open to be held in Western Australia was held at Lake Karrinyup in 1952 and Norman Von Nida had to overcome a strong field that included old rivals such as Peter Thomson and Kel Nagle to become national champion. Over the ensuing years in which Lake Karrinyup hosted the Australian Open it has seen some of the world’s best golfers attempt to tame the tough course. Some who did so and became Australian Open Champions included Bruce Devlin (1960), Jack Nicklaus (1968), and Gary Player (1974) who made Lake Karrinyup the home of his seventh Australian Open Championship. 

In 1979, Perth celebrated its 150th anniversary since foundation and chose Lake Karrinyup to celebrate the occasion by attracting one of the biggest international fields to the state. Young US golfer Peter Jacobsen overcame a star-studded field which included Greg Norman, Seve Ballesteros, Bob Charles, Jerry Pate, Graham Marsh, David Graham, and Rodger Davis, to win by 5 shots. Having won The Open Championship and missing by one shot from winning the US Masters and the US Open in 1986, Greg Norman returned to Lake Karrinyup to win the 1986 Western Australian Open Championship — his 10th tournament victory of the year. Most recently, Lake Karrinyup has hosted four Perth Internationals from 2012 – 2016 and two consecutive years of a new look golf tournament, the World Super 6 Perth in 2017 & 2018. Both of these world class events have been co-sanctioned with the European Tour & PGA Tour of Australasia with notable winners such as Louis Oosthuizen, Thorbjorn Olesen, Brett Rumford & Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

The Lake Karrinyup Country Club of today is one which constantly upgrades its demanding world class golf course and fine clubhouse facilities. In late 2018, Lake Karrinyup will complete a refurbishment to modernise its Members Lounge & new Restaurant & Pro Shop. This comes together with major renovations also completed on the Championship Golf Course including a Greens Replacement program spanning over 2 years to replace 18 greens to include a new grass covering (007 Bent Grass) as well as significant remodelling to the fairway & greenside bunkering.  

Lake Karrinyup Country Club is an island of tranquillity and natural charm well hidden from any sign of the busy bustling urban landscape that surrounds it. Simply put, it is a wonderful place to play the constantly challenging, great game of golf.

Our Future

Cavendish Junior Golf

Volunteers and junior organisers are urgently needed to help for 2019

Lady Captain, Linda Green, Lady’s Secretary, Chris Campbell and Pro Simon Townend are all meeting at the club this Saturday 16 February at 3pm to review the junior section and junior development plans for 2019

Members support is urgently needed for this important initiative which helps secure the club’s future. Could he be the next George or Kim … or Megan or Aaron … or Connor or Matt etc etc etc etc ….???

Please let Rachel, Linda, Chris or Simon know if you are able to help and if you can, to attend the meeting on Saturday.

Cavendish Rocks

And yet another rockery discovered!

We’ve all seen the amazing results of Stuart Robinson and Mick Connolly’s hard graft in clearing the vegetation to reveal the spectacular original rockeries on the entrance to the club, outside the proshop and by the air machine. Well now there’s yet another NEW ONE on the entrance to the car park!

Working on the finishing touches yesterday (expertly supervised by Rachel), Mick and Stuart were putting ‘marketing into action’.
We all know that first and last impressions count … and the excellent work being done on these rockeries will certainly reinforce the experience for visitors and members alike when arriving at the club and on leaving the 18th green.

Once a small conifer has been removed the view of the course overlooking the 18th green, fairways all the way up to the 16th tee and great view of the 7th green and fairway, will all be opened up.

Really GREAT imaginative work by our super volunteers to enhance the club – many thanks guys … oh and of course Rachel for the supervision!

If you can spare some time on a Tuesday, the CMTVWP now meets each week to help Warwick and the greens team complete their well planned work schedules before the season starts.

What’s CMVWP I hear you ask – well obviously, the Cavendish Members Tuesday Voluntary Work Party course! Everyone who’s anyone is a CMTVWP Member!

Just look at these course images taken yesterday – this is what we have to look forward to in just 2 months when the season starts! Can’t wait …


Stuart Robinson and Mick Connolly have been approached by Tony Robinson from Time Team, to pass on archeological tips and to explain to viewers the importance of rockeries to golf clubs. The TV crews are expected imminently!

Winter League Results 9/2/19

Windy or what?

Our own Weather Eagle, Garry, FOREcasted a windy Saturday and he was once again ‘bob on’. There were a few spots of rain, but it was mostly dry for the 60 members who played.
The course looked in remarkably good condition after all the snow we’d had; and the ground was also surprisingly dry – again as predicted by Garry and who observed that the water table was still very low.

Thanks to Simon who has just sent the final results electronically so that members can see their results without having to visit the club. They will also be posted to the Cavendish Facebook and Twitter pages.

The main image was taken 2 years back when Simon broke his arm … he got a lot of sympathy at the time as you can see but is completely recovered.
Please note – NO Professional was hurt in the creation of the story!

Will the real Beverly Wilson please ‘come out’ and make himself known to the committee?

Young Beverly McWilson and youthful Graham Parker will be very pleased with the results, although, not so much Gary Cannon who lost to Beverly on a card play off!

Special congratulations to Ben Bradbury who came 3rd in Division 2 on a card play off and who managed to score on EVERY HOLE for the first time .. and played with the SAME BALL for the first time too! Well done Ben – no doubt your Dad and Sister will be claiming ‘bragging rights!’

Also worth mentioning is Bobby Clark who had brilliant knock playing in Beverly’s match. There was great excitement when he chipped-in for a TWO on the 15 for a bag of points!

“I chipped-in for 2 on the 15th you know!”

Anyway the results were as follows:

Garry’s Latest FOREcast

Turbulent times

Cavendish Weather FOREcast, prepared exclusively by Garry Nicholson
Issued: Thursday 7th February, 21:00

Winter is toying with us at the moment, as snow comes and goes over the Peak District from day to day! The weekend maintains this mixed picture, but things look quieter into next week.

Wet and windy weather will lead us into the weekend, with some heavy rain on Friday, giving us another half inch of rain, 10-15mm. This added to about 20mm from Thursday means things will be rather wet underfoot. However, following a ‘dry January’ the water table is still quite low, so the ground should cope fairly well. We need the rain though, otherwise we could have drought problems again by the summer. 

Winds will be gale force over the Peak District throughout Friday and Friday night – south/southwesterly, then westerly, gusting over 40-50mph at times even at Buxton level, whilst over the hill tops, wind speeds will top 60-70mph, probably peaking toward dawn on Saturday.

Saturday:  Wild winds, bursts of rain

A very windy day, with overnight gales continuing at first, easing down slowly through the day, but staying blustery even toward sunset. Pulses of heavy rain will also come in from the west, which may set in for an hour or so in the morning, whilst by afternoon it should be more showery, with a little sun trying to break through. Top temperature 6C, feeling close to freezing in the wind.

Sunday:  Colder, wintry showers

A colder day, but not as windy as the gales become focused on southern Britain. However, we do have the risk of some fresh snowfall, as clusters of showers come in from the west. A finely balanced mix of hill snow and rain, but may well give another covering. Clusters of wintry showers probably continue into the night, to give a risk of ice on Monday morning. Some drier periods are likely. Max 2 to 4C.

Next Week:  Often dry, some frost and fog

As high pressure starts to build, our weather becomes more settled, with probably very little rain for the week as a whole. Occasional sun, perhaps a lot of cloud. Chilly nights with frost on the clearer nights, and fog possible. Daytime temperatures typically 5 to 7C.

New Course Manager

Neil & Mike welcome Warwick to Cavendish

Following a lengthy recruitment process Cavendish has appointed Warwick Manning as Course Manager starting 4 February. Mr Captain, Neil Flynn was on hand to extend a warm welcome on behalf of the Cavendish Members to a snow covered course last week and Greens Chairman and Captain Elect, Mike Higgins, welcomed Warwick on his first day in post on behalf of the Cavendish Board.

Warwick has over 20 years experience in green keeping and brings with him some great experience. After gaining an HND in Turf Science and Golf Course Management from Myerscough College in Preston, he worked at Troon North, Scottsdale, Arizona, then Loch Lomond, Scotland and finally Abbeydale GC, Sheffield, where he was Head Greenkeeper for 16 years. Warwick also has a detailed knowledge of modern green keeping machinery, gained whilst working for a specialist mower technology company advising golf and other sports organisations.

Warwick is delighted to be joining Cavendish at this particular time and to helping the board achieve it’s strategic aims for the course and ambitions for the club’s centenary in 2025. He is committed to preserving the fabulous original Alister MacKenzie design, but will make progressive improvements to the presentation and enhance the overall course experience.

Cavendish members look forward to meeting Warwick who can be sure of a warm welcome.

2019 Lottery Winners

Caribbean cruises definitely on ‘the list’

Imagine the thrill of being told you are a lottery winner!
Well John Cornwall is still recovering from that (nice) shock and was thrilled to receive his envelope as the first winner of the club lottery in 2019. John is still considering how he will spend his new found wealth, but I’m sure his wife will be able to help him!

John was followed two weeks later by Stuart Robinson who claimed the resulting £75 was “the best £2 he had ever spent”. Both John and Stuart haven’t yet booked the cruise, but are still thumbing through the brochures!

There were only two winners in January because of that ‘white stuff’ which has prevented very much play since Christmas. However, you can be certain that Rachel will be poised to encourage participation, when we return to the Pro Shop!

The club lottery provides some very useful additional income for the club and members’ support is much appreciated.
Please keep up the support as next month ‘It could be Yooouu!”  

Windsor Davies Tribute

Malc and Harry 1988

Many of us will have been saddened by the recent death of comic actor Windsor Davies and will have fond memories of the hugely popular TV series ‘It Ain’t Half Hot Mum’ which ran for 56 episodes from 1974-1981.

The series plotted the comic adventures of a group of misfits who form an extremely bad concert party touring the hot and steamy jungles of Burma entertaining the troops during World War II. Windsor Davies played Battery Sergeant-Major ‘shut up’ Williams and Don Estelle played Gunner ‘Lofty’ Sugden (nearly 4′ 11″).

These two characters had a surprise number one hit record in the UK in 1975 with duet of ‘Whispering Grass’.

At a Cavendish Captain’s Farewell event in 1988, ‘plucky, diminutive’ Malcolm Burgess and ‘fearsome ex-guardsman’ Harry Carlisle, recreated the duet to the great amusement of the members of that time.

The video was taken by Pam and Derek Brindley and our own video historian John Bentley has kindly added to his You Tube Channel (MrBenjay22) so we can all share in this moment of social history for the club. Click and enjoy ….

Many thanks once again John.