Whittington 23.9.21

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This was our first visit to Whittington since the opening of the new clubhouse - WOW!!

Now I realise it is easy to see wow, when you know that there was a huge budget to play with,  following a large compensation for the disruption caused by HS2.  However, we have all seen grand projects that have left us thinking “How much did they spend on this thing…….surely they could have done better??”

This is not the case at Whittington.  Both the architect and those who advised have done their job well.

When approaching from the east, the clubhouse is very imposing in its elevated position. From the new entrance on Common Lane the drive up past the newly created holes gives the feeling that one is arriving somewhere special.

The functionality works well.  The Proshop feeds through to the office which sits between it and the bar, giving the manager easy access to both key working areas as well as a perfect view of anyone arriving at the club.

On entering, I got an immediate feeling of light and space.  The contemporary bar and dining area is large, airy but very welcoming (as are the staff who are clearly enjoying their new working environment)

The views are panoramic:

To the north-east there is an uninterrupted view of probably 20 miles of Staffordshire and Derbyshire countryside that can only be described as stunning.

To the south-west the view is over the putting green and 18th green to the golf course beyond.  This view is enjoyed from the floor-to-ceiling, bi-fold doors, that open out from the bar,  to the massive terrace. The terrace is sheltered from the wind, creating a favourite, superb sun-trap for an afternoon and evening, post-round beer and place for golfers to talk b****cks (and Teetours has many who are off scratch at this - me included).  Above the terrace are large balcony areas to enjoy the view further.


I made a couple of errors at Whittington:

Error 1:

I made the 18th all-four scores to count.  The 18th is the old first hole. However, the green has been moved but the hole is still a par 4 - and now it’s a 462yard par 4 with an index of 15.  The average score on 18 was 3.2, with many teams failing altogether.  I think this is temporary and the indexing will sort itself out in April, when the new holes open and the whole course is re-assessed.

Error 2:

I completely under budgeted for the prizes - Because no less that 23 two’s were recorded.  Making my first email today a hasty plea to the wine supplier for an emergency top-up.  Not to worry, there were a lot of happy players leaving the club yesterday (and a fair few even happier when I left them still drinking on the terrace) 

Pos 

Player Pairings 

Points 

O.O.M. 

1

Dave Rogers 8.9 James Rogers 14.6 Lew Bull 11.3 Steve Champion 11.6

93

12

2

Jon Cray 5.3 John Cunney 6.2 Ian Warner 6.7 Moray Anderson 16.0

92

10

3

Carl Mander 2.1 Martin Pearce 7.8 Stuart Murray 11.3 Geoff Davies 18.2

89

8

4

Brian Preece 16.4 Matt Preece 13.2 Michael Whitehouse 11.6 John Holford 14.0

89

6

5

Alan McPeake 21.4 Robin Upton 17.7 Dave Cooper 15.7 Lee Hill 17.6

88

4

6

Dean Pointon 10.2 Dave Brierley 7.8 Roy Everett 9.0 Tony Davis 15.3

88

2

7

Charlie Insley 13.2 Will Rawbon 8.3 John Naseby 19.4 Andy Haslam 20.4

87

8=

Martin Dunn 15.2 Richard Tart 8.2 Greg Revill 1.3 Kevin Rhodes 9.8

86

8=

Tony Clements 12.5 Lindsay Rowley 18.5 Darren George 20.1 Alan Morley 20.9

86

10=

Martin Dickinson 5.4 Martyn Walker 1.4 David Middleton 6.9 John Poole 10.5

85

10=

Peter Bryant 6.5 Pete Day 17.0 Matt Swift 5.3 Russell Davis 10.1

85

12=

Dean Napper 10.2 Mark Hamer 13.4 Stuart Band 3.1 Roger Crisp 9.3

84

12=

Neil Barnfield 10.2 Paul Breslin 12.3 Richard Lowe 5.9 Jack Murphy 6.5

84

14=

Steve Bennett 8.4 Stevie Neale 0.2 Mike Myers 8.5 Simon Wingfield 3.1

83

14=

David Edwards 4.6 Adam Wade 4.9 Peter Bingham 18.1 Allan Tubb 9.8

83

16=

Rob Morgan 12.3 Adrian Spencer 9.5 Wilf Matthews 14.6 Pete Williams 7.2

82

16=

Stuart Bond 10.9 Jon Fraser 9.9 David Pye 19.8 Gary Ferrar 12.4

82

18=

Kevin Bryan 12.3 Paul Stewart 9.9 Mathew Mckeon 18.2 Martin Stevenson 10.2

81

18=

David Roddis 6.5 Mark Thomas 9.4 Damien Derby 9.0 David Tilson 15.5

81

18=

Bill Stubbins 6.6 Alan Hope 7.7 Hugh McClean 14.6 Chris Wormleighton 4.5

81

21=

Martin Gadsby 8.8 Steve Bradley 10.1 Phil Ufton 13.0 Jimmy Maxwell 12.4

80

21=

Stephen Morley  24.3 Nick Lake 12.9 Mark Simmonds 14.2 Dave Long 19.7

80

23=

Nigel Truepenny 13.1 Jim Clarkson 13.6 Keith Southall 16.8 Alan Pratt 23.9

79

24

John Quinn 18.1 Stephen Quinn 23.0 Peter Smith 15.0 Charles Wallace 15.6

78

Matt Swift

Long Drive 18

Greg Revill

Nearest pin 6

Jack Murphy

Nearest pin 12

Two’s - 23

Jim Clarkson x 2 Nigel Truepenny Roy Everett; Dean Napper; Roger Crisp; Charles Wallace; Richard Tart; Carl Mander x 2; Martin Dickinson x 2; Greg Revill; Dave Roddis; David Edwards; Simon Wingfield x 2; Rob Morgan; Robin Upton; Tony Clements; Lindsay Rowley; Chris Wormleighton; Dean Pointon.