Friday was a special day for not one, but two golfers playing at Cavendish. Phil Jackson, hit a hole-in-one on the long 13th hole and later on, Prestbury GC member, Gary Titchen, achieved his hole-in-one on the tough 17th.
Cavendish has welcomed some famous faces to the course in recent weeks with European Tour player and World No. 25 Matt Fitzpatrick playing the course alongside his brother, world number 65 ranked Amateur golfer, Alex. They were joined by their dad to play at Cavendish on Thursday 22nd May.
Cavendish opened the course again to Members after restrictions were lifted on Wednesday 13th May and then opened to visitors the following week. Since then, the course has been full of happy golfers all trying to get back into the ‘swing’ of things!
As you all know, the lockdown enforced by the COVID-19 pandemic had a dire financial consequence for the Golf Club. Our much-loved club was faced with significant financial challenges given a huge loss of expected visitor income during the seven weeks that the UK was locked down.
As a member-owned club, we exist solely to bring thousands of people the pleasure of enjoying golf in a beautiful setting. We’ve been providing an excellent golfing facility for Buxton and the High Peak for the last 95 years and have ambitious plans for the club leading up to our centenary year.
To help the club in its time of need, a crowdfunding campaign was launched with the goal of raising £25,000 in four weeks. As an all-or-nothing campaign, we needed to reach the £25k mark otherwise all donations would be returned but thanks to the generosity of Cavendish Members, friends, family, visitors, distant fans and others from all across the globe, we reached our target within 2 weeks and are now pushing towards our stretch target of £50,000.
The campaign will end at 6.45pm on Tuesday 2nd June and all of the money raised will go towards essential maintenance and improvements of this historic club. With updates to the clubhouse by improving locker rooms and disabled facilities, creating a short game practice area to help introduce golf at a grass-roots level and get people into the game of golf, and in the longer term, acting on the centenary year course plan created by Jonathan Gaunt to bring Cavendish Golf Club more in line with Dr. Alister MacKenzie’s initial designs back in 1925. Details of these plans can be found here.
If you wish to donate to help the cause and receive some great rewards, you can do so at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-cavendish-golf-club
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of our longest-standing members, Ernie Thompson. Ernie passed peacefully in his sleep on the night of Tuesday 21st April 2020.
Ernie will be dearly missed by everyone that knew him. Our thoughts are with his friends and family in this difficult time.
Rest in Peace, Ernie.
Lady Captain’s Coffee Morning took place this week marking the start of the new golfing season.
Members and their friends enjoyed coffee and cakes overlooking a sunny Cavendish. The books, plants, cakes and snack stalls proved popular and Lady Captain, Fiona Wylie, would like to thank everyone for their support in attending the coffee morning and their generous donations for the Bring & Buy sale.
It was nice to welcome some of our Past Lady Captains and our friends from Buxton and High Peak Golf Club who made the effort to attend. Lady Captain’s charity this year is local fundraising group, Peak District Friends of Cancer Research, and many of the group’s supporters came along helping to make the event so successful.
Longstanding member and Past Lady Captain, Pat Bentley, won the beautiful Easter Hamper in the raffle which was drawn by Lady Captain’s Dad, Ian. A wonderful £440 was raised on the day for the chosen charity. Well done to Cavendish Ladies Section and the Ladies Committee!
On Sunday 8th March, International Women’s day, Chris Campbell and Rachel Child entered their first Speed Golf Competition at Stanedge Golf Club, organised by the Girls Derbyshire County squad to raise money for Sports Relief.
The event attracted 34 players, of all ages, playing a 9 hole alternate shot game in pairs. Speed golf, for those who don’t know, times how fast you play the round, the timer starts when the first tee shot is taken and stopped when the last putt is holed, the time is then added to the shots taken (minus handicap). A maximum of 7 clubs per pair were allowed at this event and sharing clubs was allowed, although the only club Chris and Rachel shared was a putter.
Playing in the last tee time at 1.10pm the sun was out and the rain held off. They took 51mins to play the front 9 holes, despite having to use a mat on the fairways…a few minutes were lost when the mat got left behind on the 5th green! They loved every minute of it, Derbyshire County Girls squad did a fantastic job of organising the event, raising over £1000 for Sports Relief. Chris Campbell is now in talks to see if a similar event can be held at the Cavendish so brush off your trainers and start stretching!
Cavendish Golf Club member, Alan Jones, attended the R&A Rules School from 4th-7th February at St Andrews. The course was well attended with 96 delegates attending from as far afield as Australia, South Korea, China & Vietnam as well as southern Africa, eastern Europe and Scandinavia.
One of the instructors was non-other than Kevin Feeney, formerly a junior member at Cavendish, and now one of the European Tour’s chief referees, who Alan described as a very knowledgeable and approachable individual.
In Alan’s own words “The exam was pretty tough (I would say that wouldn’t I! but all of the other delegates I spoke two were of the same opinion)” but we are pleased to say that Alan surprised himself, passing with a mark of 75%, and has now applied to England Golf to register as a qualified rules official. Alan is hoping that he gets the opportunity of adding to his refereeing experience while back in the U.K. during the summer.
Luckily for Alan, there was one special moment from the course as the R&A brought out the famous Claret Jug and put it on display for the delegates to all admire.
Cavendish held a fun quiz night and disco to celebrate Burns Night last week. It was great to see so many new faces participating in another successful event.
In true Scottish style we had a delicious Burns supper of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties with cranachan for dessert. Tartan tammies off to our chefs for the great food!
Longstanding member Mike Hallam addressed the haggis with unrivaled passion. What a performance! Rabbie Burns himself would have been impressed.
Everyone got into the spirit of the occasion and wore their tartan, especially Mr Captain, who made a brilliant effort with his attire.
Congratulations to ‘Ronnie and the English’ for winning the quiz and huge thanks to Nick Barton for taking on the role of quiz master and DJ Paul Jenner for getting everyone up to dance and finishing off the evening with a good boogie.
We are looking forward to seeing you all at our next event.
Mike and Fiona,