George’s Single-Figure Handicap Secrets!

Cavendish Ambassador & Touring Professional, George Bloor, captivated the group of new/recently joined members who attended his special golf improvement clinic on Sunday.

After putting and chipping demonstrations, George shared some of his professional insight and knowledge on how to practice certain drills designed to help reduce handicaps!
Each delegate was desperate to put this new-found knowledge into practice – secretly dreaming about becoming a single handicap player!!
Whether or not the single-figure ambition is realised, each of the new members who attended George’s clinic, certainly went away enlightened and keen to put into practice their new skills.
What was apparent was just how much hard work George puts into his practices whilst at home and before he plays in any competition.
Many thanks to George for his time and sharing his knowledge and experiences to help new Cavendish Members get more from their game.
Hopefully there’ll be more Golf Surgery’s to follow.

Prosecco, Chips and … more Prosecco!

Jacob’s ‘taster’ coaching sessions

Cavendish Ladies want to encourage non-golfing ladies to give golf a try.

If gentle persuasion was needed, they provided ‘Prosecco with the Putting’ on the Monday session and ‘Chips with Chipping’ on the Tuesday session.





Jacob Bashaw, Assistant Professional at Leek Golf Club, led both sessions. Jacob demonstrated basic putting and chipping techniques to the new recruits and engaged the ladies with imaginative putting and chipping games, until it was time for the …. Prosecco on the Monday and then chips on the Tuesday with a little more Prosecco!



All the ladies enjoyed the sessions and expressed their thanks to Jacob for his expert coaching.

Each of the new lady golfers felt they had learnt something from either or both sessions.
They were keen to come back for more … provided naturally that the Prosecco is still served chilled!!

A big thank you to all the Cavendish Membership Group who organised everything (including the weather) and made it happen.



New ‘Accessibility Ambassador’

Doctor Michael Reynolds has been appointed to the Membership Group as the club’s first ‘Accessibility Ambassador’.  Mike will guide and direct the club through this developmental change and assist the Board in becoming more inclusive,

In February 2019 ‘ACCESS FOR ALL UK’ was invited by the Board of the time and commissioned by Marketing Peak District and Derbyshire to undertake an Accessibility Audit of Cavendish Golf Club.

The Audit identified levels of accessibility at the club for members and visitors with a range of access needs. Various improvements were recommended with some considered to be ‘quick wins’ as well as others being medium and longer term accessibility improvements.

The current Board (October 2020) has revisited this Audit and seeks to implement the key recommendations. It has agreed that these initial actions are only part of our journey to become a more inclusive and accessible golf club.

The recommendations are to be embraced whole heartedly and not merely become a tick box exercise. Most of all, the Board need to consider how access for all becomes a core value of Cavendish Golf Club and all of its members.

Updates on progress and implementation of the action plan will be drawn by our Accessibility Ambassador and reported through the Membership Group to the Board each quarter.

Captains’ Charity Day

Cavendish Captains’ Charity Day was a fabulous success on Saturday. The weather was great for October and the course looked stunning in all its autumnal glory. 

We raised an incredible £1400 on the day for Cancer Research and the Cavendish Bunker Fund.  

Thanks to Warwick and his team for their hard work preparing for the day.  Paul, Matt and Ricardo ensured there were plenty of delicious refreshments available. Rachel’s persuasive skills worked wonders on Saturday and we received many generous bids for the Silent Auction.  However, it is still running until the 26th October so if you would like to bid on one of the fabulous prizes, which are still displayed in the pro-shop, please text Mr Captain on 07977 045571.

Well done and a massive thank you to all those members that participated on Saturday.  There were some fantastic scores!  Congratulations to the winners:

Texas Scramble Results

Winners: Nick Barton, Kev Bloor, Rob Lee and Ben Minshull.  Score 55.3

2nd Place: Jamie Crisp, Adam Chadwick, Gary Mather and Ali Bearman.  Score 56

3rd Place: Tom Munkley, Dave Crisp, Neville Hatcher and Ade Lee.  Score 56.3

4th Place: Malc Forder, Dave Morris, Carl Wagstaffe and Paul Mellor.  Score 56.6

5th Place: Lee Oakes, Anthony Lownds, Ashley Greaves and Noel Byrne.  Score 57.3

Macmillan Charity Day

Thanks to the generosity of members and visitors Cavendish Golf Club was once again able to show our support for Macmillan. The charity day we held a few weeks ago raised just over £1,000 which brings to just over £4,500 our donations to this fantastic charity in the last few years.
A great effort by all concerned.


Sunday’s AmAm Results & Chairman’s Reflexions

Report on Sunday’s AMAM and reflexions from Terry Hayward, Cavendish Chairman:

‘It’s hard to believe the season is drawing to a close.

In what has surely been one of the most bizarre years in so many ways, it seems like only yesterday that we hoping and praying that the Govt. would relax the rules and allow us back out on the course.  Well that was May, and 15 Open Competitions later, we’re done!  There has been something for everybody at Cavendish this season.  We’ve welcomed ladies, gentlemen and juniors from as far afield as San Francisco and from the 4 corners of the UK.  We’ve had some wonderful weather, some pretty good golf and 2 holes-in-one, the 2nd of which was yesterday.  We’ve handed out £000’s in prize money over 70% of which has gone to visitors.

By any measure, it’s been a very good year.

Yesterday was a gents AmAm with 38 teams competing on what was a fairly pleasant late autumn day.  Despite the maintenance work carried out earlier in the week, the course was in magnificent condition and whilst the greens may not have been running like Shadow Creek (13) they were plenty fast enough for us.  Whenever you take to the tee in an AmAm, the target has always got to be 80 points and many of the early teams struggled to get good scores going.  It wasn’t until the 10.40 team from Tapton and Matlock returned that 80 was finally posted. As is often the case, like buses, you wait for an age and then a few come along together and we didn’t have to wait long for the team of Dalziel, Selwood, Fowler and Smith from Horsley Lodge to up the ante with a very good 82.

You know when something good has happened when you hear the roar of the crowds, a feature all too sadly missing from golf this year.  But the roar was certainly heard around the course when Andy Smith aced the 15th.  The celebrations suggests it was his first!  Congratulations!

It’s often the case at Cavendish that the best scores come later in the day.  Today was no exception.  There were some strong member teams at the tail of the field and eventually it was the 13.20 team of Smith, Harvey, Harvey and Manning who tiptoed in front with a very well constructed 83.  In the gathering gloom, that mark was not to be beaten.

Once again, congratulations to all our prize winners and thank you to the 1500+ players who have played in our Open Competitions in 2020.  We have thoroughly enjoyed your company and we hope that you have enjoyed the challenge of Cavendish.  It has been a very interesting year and who knows what 2021 will hold.  What I do know is that between now and the start of next season, we’ll have had 2 US Masters … How bizarre!’

Full list of today’s winners: 

1st – Smith, Harvey, Harvey & Manning (Cavendish) – 83pts – £65each

2nd – Dalziel, Selwood, Fowler & Smith (Horsley Lodge) – 82 pts – £55

3rd – Collinson, Brooke, Stoodley & Burgess (Mellor, Chapel & Bramhall) – 81pts (CPO) – £45

4th – Chuwen, Forder, Taylor & Higgins (Cavendish) – 81pts – £35

5th – Tilbrook, Tilbrook, Ward & Murray (College Pines, Hillsborough & Doncaster) – 80pts (CPO) – £30

6th – Major, Haddon, Woodward & Coleman (Cavendish) – 80pts –  £25

Your winnings will be on account in the Proshop for spending when you next visit or at Foremost Golf.




Friday’s just ‘FORE’ Juniors

Friday’s junior coaching session was another successful and lively affair with enthusiastic youngsters taking part. All juniors used the piccolo course and putting green, but three juniors got the chance to play three main course holes with Mr Captain (Mike Higgins) who started as a Cavendish Junior himself!

Mike progressed from Cavendish Junior to Tour Professional and competed at the highest level. Mike is passionate about encouraging young (and not so young) people to try golf and the juniors learnt loads from him.

The training sessions aim to introduce juniors to other important aspects of the game such as basic rules and how to stay safe on the golf course. Golfers are required to warn other golfers by shouting ‘FORE!’ at the top of their voices.


CLICK THIS LINK to view the video which shows they seem to have learnt this lesson quite well …

The next juniors coaching sessions will be Friday 23 October starting at 4.15.
The sessions are free, well organised, safe, with all equipment provided and open to all boys and girls aged between 6-18.

If you have a child, grandchild, relative or a friend who would be interested, please do come along to these Friday evening sessions at Cavendish Golf Club.

George’s golf surgery for new members

A very special golf improvement session has been arranged to help NEW Cavendish members get more from their game.

Cavendish Ambassador and professional, George Bloor, will be running a golf-improvement surgery to share his tips and demonstrate how to improve your golf.

George has had a great year, recently winning on the 2020 Pro Golf Tour and is always keen to to help others get more enjoyment from their game.

If you’re a new member who has joined over the past 12 months …

Come and join us on:

Sunday 25th October from 2 pm to 3.30 pm

For further information or to reserve your place please contact:

Linda Green 07825 415451 or

Christine Campbell 07540 463646

George Bloor in action at the CLUTCH PRO TOUR 2020 , Sonning Golf Club, Reading, United Kingdom, 08/10/2020, Photo Credit Andy Crook

Free Taster Sessions for Ladies & Girls

Come along to one or both FUN and FREE golf taster sessions.

Wear comfy clothing and trainers – we’ll provide the equipment.
Tuition with local 
Assistant Professional Jacob Bagshaw.

‘PUTTING AND PROSECCO’ – Monday 19th October

‘CHIPPING & CHIPS’ – Tuesday 20th October

            5 pm to 6.30 pm –  both evenings

For more information and to book your place please call:
Linda Green (07825) 415451 or Christine Campbell (07540) 463646

‘Great tips for the girls who want to golf’ 

Free Juniors Golf Coaching

Last week’s juniors coaching session cancelled owing to heavy rain, has been rearranged for this coming FRIDAY 16 OCTOBER between 4 – 5.30pm.

The first session was a great success, attracting 10 x juniors, but Cavendish Junior Organiser, Jonathan Taylor is keen to encourage more juniors in the age range 6-18 years to come along.

The Friday coaching sessions are free, well organised, safe, with all equipment provided and open to all boys and girls aged between 6-18.

If you have a child, grandchild, relative or a friend who would be interested, please do come along to these Friday evening sessions at Cavendish Golf Club.

Seniors Open Results – 21st September 2020