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Greens Update

Greens Update – December 2019


As you may be aware, we recently suffered our 4th bout of quad bike vandalism of the year last week - on the top side of the 15th fairway. This followed the fairly severe damage done to the 2nd green in late October. Head greenkeeper John Osborne reacted immediately to carry out all repairs and re-turfing needed to give the 2nd green the best chance of recovery and ensure playability into next season. Unfortunately, this repair work means that the 2nd green will remain out of play for the forthcoming winter period in order to provide the optimal recovery window whilst growth levels are low in the winter temperatures. The greens team would therefore ask for your patience and understanding whilst this green surface is restored.

Priority work for early 2020 will include;


  1. Verti-Draining /Micro Tining/Dressing Greens.

Pre-season aeration work is planned as priority for early 2020 and is then likely to be followed up sometime in March. A double pre-season tining programme is aimed at providing the best chance of optimum surface playability throughout the coming season. Benefits of greens aeration (tining) are many and varied but include;

  • Better penetration of water and air
  • Improvements to soil structure (compaction)
  • Delivery of fertiliser nutrients to grass root areas
  • Improved root capacity and shoot growth
  • Release of toxic bodies from the soil
  • Longer use of surface – equating to increased year-round playability.

In summary, aeration keeps grass levels at their highest and putting surfaces nice and tight meaning the ball rolling more truly. For best results aeration is commonly followed up with top dressing which will be the case in our forthcoming work.


  1. 2.       Drainage Work – 2nd and 12th holes

As you may have noticed, the area between the 2nd green and Bingley Rd is currently under an amount of water fluctuating between boggy and completely flooded depending on rain fall and levels of water coming off the road. Conversations have been had with Bradford Council (Countryside and Rights of Way )  with a view to the necessary drainage work being carried out on BGC’s behalf. However, past experiences with Bradford Council suggest that progress may be slow, risking further deterioration. Therefore, the greens team have provisionally scheduled drainage work for early 2020 aimed to improve this area of the course along with drainage on the 12th fairway. This would involve improvements to the size and strength of drain piping and some partial reconstruction of ditch areas. Where necessary this work will follow the aeration of greens and will be completed ahead of the playing season reverting to 18-hole qualifying competitions in the early spring.

  1. 3.       Additional Cutting

You will have noticed that throughout late summer and autumn of this year there have been sections of the rough cut back by the greens team in the interests of increased playability. This was enabled via extra staffing and re-allocation of resource and has generally been met with positive comments. It has since been agreed via the management committee that this should continue throughout the coming season and greens staffing will be reflected accordingly. Hopefully this will continue to have a positive impact on widening playing areas, enhancing playability and overall improving the golfers experience of Baildon as a course.   

  1. 4.       Hole Cutting Frequency

From the late summer hole location changes have been stepped up from fortnightly to weekly in the interests of; 1.) distributing foot traffic more evenly and ; 2.) preserving the integrity of  hole quality  - where lateral grass growth can effectively shrink hole diameters and/or damage can arise from golfers removing their ball from the hole/replacing the flagstick carelessly. This is something which will be continued, especially into the summer season. However, there may be isolated periods over the winter season, where due to either resource pressure or in times of extreme wet (and resultant damage from greens machinery) the holes may need to be left for up to a fortnight.    

  1. 5.       Worms and Other 

Due to tightened environmental regulations and reduced availability of pesticide products, greenkeepers now find their hands increasingly tied when it comes to dealing with some of the everyday challenges of golf course maintenance. Two examples particular to Baildon are moss eradication and worm control. The application of iron sulphate however remains permitted and is an effective moss treatment – stocks of which have recently been replenished to allow the greens team to continue to minimize moss build up - which becomes heightened in very wet conditions.

In terms of the worm casts we are used to seeing over the winter, the range of chemicals available to treat these has also been significantly reduced. The link to the National Club Golfer article (Read More link pasted below) gives more details for those who are interested, but in summary worms are seen as being a positive factor for soil quality and are classified as a beneficial species. Also, care is needed during green cutting, as rolling or flattening worm casts can damage grass root quality in the long term. Best practice is therefore to use a ‘switch cane’ in clearing worm casts from greens (those early birds amongst you may have seen the green keeper doing this on a Saturday morning), fresh switch cane tips have just been ordered so this practice can continue with the aim of minimizing the nuisance of worm casts.

End of Year Report 2019


Captains Year End Report 2019

The first year in our new home was always going to be a challenge, but by focusing on the interests of the members and their guests it’s safe to say  that on the whole the golf has worked well running out of the new club house.  There are a few things still to progress, signage, storage and a putting green would be nice but Rome wasn’t built in a day.

The variable weather has played a big part in the condition of the course this year and  like other clubs across the country we experienced unusual growth evidenced by the towering bracken and rapidly replenished semi, which seemed to keep ahead of our cutting regime.  Thank you to Ian Willis and the greens team John, Ian, Alex and Simon for addressing the problem with better machinery and taking on members suggestions. They have provided us with a far more playable course, rewarding players across the membership, and receiving accolades in the report by our agronomist, (now a regular feature of our course maintenance and a statement of intent of our commitment to course standards).


The Club's golf season got off to a great start at the 2nd Div Team Championships held at Bracken Ghyll with our team, represented by Neville Hargreaves, Alan Bentley, Andy Melrose and Simon Neath narrowly missing out on the top spot which was taken by Bracken Ghyll with their home advantage. I've offered our gem of a course to the Union for future consideration.

The Scratch Team were comfortably amongst the top part of the table for the first half of the season and only through the revised league format and some uncharacteristic results by other teams towards the end of season were we forced in to a three way relegation battle to belatedly overcome Skipton 4-2 and jump all the way back to a respectable 4th position in the league. The Scratch team are a credit to the club and have consistently performed for over 20 years.  Our Rabbit and 8-15 sections were unfortunate to get relegated this season but undoubtedly will enter next year with the renewed vigour that should see them re-join the top flight soon.  It was truly satisfying to hear from those that represented the club throughout 2019, that they felt honoured to have been asked.  Thank you for all your efforts and determination, the club is looking at how we can extend this to more members next year.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those that have supported the domestic and open competitions we've held this year, congratulations to all our winners and those that members that shared in the celebration of their achievement at the first Presentation Night in the Waterworks.  It was nice to see our Club Cup winner Dan Aspinall share the moment with his family, demonstrating the environment and atmosphere the House team have successfully achieved this year.

Thank you to the immediate Past Captain Richard Jones for trusting me with the role and opportunity of Captain 2019 and all the advice and support I've received from the past captains.  I wish your captain for 2020 Kevin Woodhead and his vice John Brear all the best for their year, knowing they have a wealth of knowledge to draw on if required.

The Mixed Competitions have been one of the pleasant surprises of the year courtesy of Frank & Betty Beaumont, as they take a break from organising things at the end of the season I’d like to thank them for all their tremendous efforts and hard work over the years. The support of the Ladies section front of house and behind the scenes has also been instrumental in making events run flawlessly, thank you Ladies.

We owe our existence in our new clubhouse to the tireless work of the Committee, Trustees, Development and House teams, with particular thanks to Geoff, Nick, Malcolm, David and Neville, and backing up all these teams literally with a hands-on approach has been Mr President. Having known John for several years I was still surprised at how enjoyable it would be to work alongside him.  Whenever we had differing opinions we always managed to find a compromise in the best interests of the club without ever compromising our partnership and generating a stronger friendship that will extend well beyond our term.


Finally, to all the members of Baildon Golf Club, I would also like to thank you all for the support and friendship I’ve received over my 12 months in office. As has been proved by the turn out at golf events like the Bradford Union Winter Alliance and numerous functions held by visitors, our continued collaboration of pulling together as members has made Baildon Golf Club become a place that everyone wants to be a part of.

Best Wishes for many years together in this great club.

John Megson

Captain 2019

Annual Winners 2019

2019 Club Trophy Winners


Competition Name Winners
Sam Tattersall Trophy Anne Marsey & Ian Willis  
Joe Wilkinson John Megson & Ian Willis  
Family Greensomes Linda & Alan Bentley  
Granny and Grandpa Sue Delaney & Andrew Burgess  
Bentley Mixed Linda Smith & Ian Willis  
Pellet Pott Lynne & Geoff Illingworth  
Competition Name Winners  
US Masters John Megson, Dominic Bott, John Brear, Dan Teece  
Jubilee Rosebowl Ian Willis & John Brear  
Phoenix Trophy Richard Jones & Geoff Illingworth  
Carter Foursomes Mark Mills & Ian Kettlewell  
KT Walker Andrew Walker  
Dawn Chorus Geoff Illingworth  
Charlie Hodgson Tom Helyar  
Centenary Trophy Anthony Chaplain  
Middlebrook Trophy John Knorr  
Millenium Trophy Mark Ramsden  
Levi Thorpe Alex Stevenson  
Annual Medal Div 1 Rick Walker  
Annual Medal Div 2 John Brear  
Annual Medal Div 3 Mark Mills  
Annual Stableford Div 1 Dan Aspinall  
Annual Stableford Div 2 Andrew Burgess  
Annual Stableford Div 3 Richard Jones  
Jack Wright Div 1 Richard Buck  
Jack Wright Div 2 Rob Garth  
Jack Wright Div 3 John Megson  
Presidents Foursomes Mark Ramsden & John Brear  
D B Mann Mark Hainsworth  
NB Myers Richard Buck  
Ernest Gray  Mat Roche  
Ernest Gray (Runner Up) Richard Walker  
Club Cup  Dan Aspinall  
Club Cup (Runner Up)  Mat Roche

Winter League 2019




 The Season runs from November 2019 through until March 2020. Entry fee for the season is £5 , please note the standard individual weekly competition fees apply to acquire league points.

The Captain's decision is final on all competition rulings.


The competitions included in the Winter League are listed in the club calendar.


  Ind. 3 Team 4 Team
1st 12 10 8
2nd 10 6 6
3rd 8 4 4
4th 7 2 2
5th 6  -
6th 5
7th 4
8th 3
9th 2  -
rest 1 1 1


Player Winter League Points Wk1 Wk2 Wk3 Wk4 Wk5 Wk6 Wk7
John Brear 45 12 8 10 1 2 8 4
Darren  Norman 44 7 10 3 5 8 1 10
Andrew Burgess 40 10 6 6 7   3 8
Mark Hainsworth 40 1 10 1 10 6 2 10
Chris Wilson 38   4   12 10 12  
Steve Cooper 37 6 6 12 4   1 8
Mark Ramsden 34 3 8 7 1 1 10 4
Simon Neath 33 1 6 8 3   7 8
Martin Patchett 26 8 4   1 12 1  
Dan Teece 24 5 8 2 2 1 6  
Stan Jones 20 1 1 4 8 1 4 1
Geoff Illingworth 18 1   1 6 3 1 6
Tony Foster 13   1 5 1   5 1
Richard Jones 10 2     1   1 6
Tom Helyar 8     1 1 4 1 1
Ian Holmes 8         7 1  
Billy Pringle 8 4 1   1   1 1
Alan Charlesworth 7 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Ian Helyar 7         5 1 1
Alan Hardy 4   4          
Martin Binns 1 1            
John Megson                

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