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Priors Hall Golf Club

Dear Member


Corby Borough Council have advised that the Golf Course is to be franchised. The Europe wide tendering process will commence shortly.
The franchisee is likely to start June 2019, we expect a level of investment that will improve our course.

The Club House, Lodge Park and Swimming Pool, bar and catering will be serviced in house in next few weeks,
 as the tendering failed to attract suitable franchisees.

We have a meeting with CBC November 23rd 2018, further update following this meeting.

We thank the current management team and staff for all their good work over the last 12 months.

Bernard Rallison.



Priors Pair Triumph In County Knock Out Championship

Forget the Ryder Cup, that is easy compared to winning a County knock out event.
Pete Dee and Darren Buchan achieved this against Chris Eveleigh and Dave Musker of the Daventry and District Golf Club.
Up against a four and five handicap pair and Chris a previous County champion was never going to be easy.
With Darren playing exceptional golf on the front nine supported by Peter meant there was never more than one hole in it.
Peter started to find his form on the back nine but it was still difficult to shake them off.
Even a birdie on the tricky third was only good enough for a half.

The lads started to wear them down with a win on the fourteenth and a birdie from Darren on the long fifteenth put the lads two up.
Solid pars from Pete up the tight sixteenth and treacherous seventeenth ensured the boys of a two and one victory.
From all at Priors Hall well done to both of you, a terrific effort.

Given that Pete and Darren never had a home game in any of the rounds shows the level of this achievement.

Past winners of a County knock out from Priors Hall  are Tommy Sheridan and our head greenkeeper Ian Abrahams who are both singles knock out champions.

Pete Dee and Darren Buchan: 2018 County Better Ball Knock Out Champions.

Callum makes Priors Hall Famous

How about this. Priors Hall is on the Royal Birkdale honours board.
Last year (it takes them a bit of time to update the boards) Callum Farr won the Birkdale goblet.
Not only did he win it but with the lowest score on the honours boards.

His brother Michael played in it this year but a difficult first round left him a lot to do.
However his 73 on the second day was a joy to see.

2018 Prize Voucher System

Vouchers are now available for all prizes from March 2018 to May 2018.

The new voucher is printed with the following information:
An individual voucher number.
The name of the recipient.
The value of the voucher
The competition to which the voucher refers.
Details for the retailer to redeem the voucher.

All vouchers are available from the check in desk at the club.
The voucher is redeemable at the club bar and shop, Rosie's Golf at the Driving range, and on the internet.
When purchasing goods pass the voucher to the retailer who will be reimbursed by the club.
The retailer is responsible for collecting the money from Priors Hall.
For internet use send the voucher and a copy of your invoice to the treasurer who will reimburse you.
Goods must be golf related.
Multiple vouchers can be used for a purchase or part payment for goods.
Vouchers are valid to the end of 2019.
Lost vouchers may be reclaimed from the club treasurer. Dependent on circumstances you may have to wait up to three weeks.

Please contact the Treasurer on treasurer@phgc.org for further details.

Jack Marr



Minutes of the recent meeting with the Corby Borough council

PHGC meeting with CBC Tuesday 22nd August 2017 @ Golf Club

In attendance: PHGC; Jack Marr, Tam McGurn, Bernard Rallison. CBC; Chris Stephenson, Julie Cardwell, Adam Smith.

Meeting to discuss the new plan for Corby Golf Course now that Jeff Bradbrook has resigned, resignation effective August 31st 2017, due to legal requirements this could be delayed for a month.

Adam Smith will manage the complex and would like to work closely with PHGC committee, Adam intends to be at the course for a lot of his time but he will have support staff to ensure current opening hours are met.

CBC to control the total course/clubhouse for at least next 12 months and possibly beyond. CBC will monitor all activity, CBC will decide on future options of management. CBC want to increase current numbers of golf rounds from c.25k to 30k.

Current staff have all been offered new contracts of employment by CBC, the council hope that all staff remain in current positions apart from Jane who will revert back to bar staff. First Catering will be taking on the management of the bar and restaurant.

The current booking in arrangements will continue with Season Ticketing timings, price bands, Including visiting Teams @ PHGC members pricing. The current DDs will be managed by CBC in house. The Credit/Debit card machine will cease with Jeffs departure however a new chip and pin machine should be available in about 4/6 weeks, in the meantime CBC will ensure all card users will be able to play. Since the meeting CBC have found a chip and pin machine to start almost immediately.

CBC intend to market and promote the course with greater emphasis to encourage more players. Adam will liase with the PGA to identify an opportunity for a teaching professional. Adam believes that we should be able to obtain sponsorship monies albeit smaller sums to develop Junior Golf in particular, but would welcome input from our members to help with the juniors. Adam will help PHGC identify sponsorship opportunities.

The current pro-shop will carry essential items such as balls, tees and gloves, in addition CBC hope to have a local trader display their clothing in the shop for ordering on line. The intention is for a patio door that leads from proshop to outside for patio table and chairs adjacent to putting green, this will be looked at in the new financial year.

The Catering and Bar will be sublet to a Catering Company currently servicing Swimming Pool and Lodge Park, this will be effective almost immediately. The Catering Company will discuss with our Club what our requirements are including agreement of price structures for Team Meals etc. and Club societies, plus ideal opening/closing times. The current dining area will be changed with the pros video room becoming a meal serving area or/and a table tennis area. A new coffee machine to be installed, to be installed at the bar.

The Catering Company have enhancement plans for clubhouse including Wi-Fi, TV selective Sky Programmes, The computer will need to be relocated to the committee room. Concessions of free annual season ticket for Club Captain and Ladies Captain TBA by CBC.

It was agreed that more meetings  with the club should take place, the next meeting is for a course walk sometime in September Tam on holiday 7th -14th, followed by Bernard 14th-22nd, could we arrange outside these dates. The course walk will identify priorities for pathways including the 1st tee and surrounding areas replacing the astroturf, 13th bunker drainage, bunkers sand and condition, plus uneven tees.

Future Plans:

Adam and Jack will discuss how we continue to raise the profile of the course in the county. Also to develop the course as an alternative for major county and Midland region golf tournaments. Develop a strategy to encourage and promote junior golf within the club.

It was agreed to investigate first fairway drainage with gravel banding. Try and improve the bunkers by using an improved quality sand. Possibly in one bunker initially. Budget constraints for CBC will decide rate of positive progress for the course, currently CBC budget 15k p.a. Chris stated he would like to increase this to 30k pa, awaits council approval.



Graham McIlwain
It was great sadness we report the passing of Graham on the 13th April.
He served as Assistant Professional to Dick Kemp during the early years of Priors Hall.
Moving to the local Oundle Golf Club where he is well remembered with affection he became the resident professional.
Graham then moved abroad to Holland from Priors where he has enjoyed a very successful career as a club and teaching pro.
As part of the sporting McIlwain family he will be sadly missed by all.

We send our sincere condolences to his family and friends at this very difficult time.
He was such a nice man with a great sense of humour and an incredibly infectious laugh.

Grahams funeral will take place at the Church of Scotland on Occupation Road at 10.00am on Thursday 11th May.



03 03 17
Good luck to the scratch team this year who play in the First Division this year.
We have a very strong squad who will be managed by members Michael Farr and Scott Gordon.
With promotion every year for the last three years from Division four can we make it all the way to the top.

10 09 2016
For the first time ever Priors Hall has reached the finals of the English Champion Club Tournament.
Qualifying is by the top three players from any one club who achieve the lowest gross score in their relevant county championship
Callum Farr with a 141, Michael Farr with 144  Mikey Chambers with a 145 managed the lowest team score in the Northants County Championship.
They just beat the well fancied Northants County by one shot.
A brilliant effort all round.
Incidentally Ryan Genner came eleventh with a terrific 147 gross.

Callum , Michael and Mikey will spend three days at Stoke by Nayland golf course this weekend.
A practice round on Friday is followed by two eighteen holes on Saturday and Sunday.

We wish the boys well playing in such a prestigious tournament and taking Priors Hall to new levels of eminence.

To read more about the tournament and to follow their progress please link to:



31 05 16
Callum Farr

We are proud to announce that Callum Farr has been picked to play for England in the Irish Boys Amateur Championship.
Callum has agreed to promote Priors Hall Golf Club by wearing golf shirts with the Priors badge and name on the pocket.
We wish Callum all the best at Castle Golf Club near Dublin at the end of the month.


31 05 16
Northamptonshire Golf Ltd Family Foursomes.
Not only were we privileged to hold the NGL family foursomes we enjoyed watching some top golf from top lady golfers. Carol Gibbs the current Vice President of the NGL is an ex Curtis Cup player and recently attended the Curtis Cup reunion. A six times county champion and many successes in Hamshire and the Channel Islands. Still a force to be reckoned with she maintains a three handicap.
Also playing was Megan MacLaren who was picked last week to play in the forthcoming cup to be held at Dun Laoghaire just outside Dublin starting on the 10th June. Having just finished her studies in a USA university she enjoyed many successes on the golf course.
Also playing was Megan's mum Mary MacLaren the county Team Director who recently represented the Ireland Ladies seniors team.

Although fully expecting to repeat our success in the opening county competition where Justin Bell won the Higgs Bowl for Priors our entrants didn't have such a good day with John and Arthur Lenaghan just pipped for the prizes in fifth place.

Carol and Megan


18 05 16
Corby members representing Northamptonshire.
Priors Hall members continue to excel in County matches. Five of our members were picked for the two pre season trial matches.
Out of sixteen players picked for the two teams five of them came from Priors Hall.
A testament to our historic policy on encouraging youngsters into golf.
All five were then selected to play in the first matches of the season.
Michael and Callum Farr were selected to play for the 1st in the opening match against Lincolnshire probably the strongest team in the league.
Despite a defeat the pair played very well.
A full report of the match can be found on www.northantsgolf.co.uk/2016_1st_team_v_lincolnshire

We were also well represented in the 2nd team where Ryan Jaffray, Mikey Chambers and Ryan Genner played in the match at Peterborough Milton.
Again we lost the match but young Genner got a half in the morning foursomes.
In the afternoon singles both Ryans were unlucky to lose on the eighteenth and Mikey played exceptionally well for a 4 and 3 win.
Again a full report is available on www.northantsgolf.co.uk/2016_2nd_team_v_lincolnshire

Michael and Callum also represented the County in the Eastern Counties fours held at Seacroft Golf Club in Lincolnshire.
Nine counties compete in this very difficult competition held over two days.
Playing thirty six holes after a practice round on the Friday the competition was held in a three club wind and temperatures well below comfortable.
Each round is match play against two other teams at one time. This makes it very difficult to keep track of the scores and difficult to decide what strategy to use. You could be losing against one team and want an aggressive approach or winning against the other one and looking to consolidate your position.
Both excelled and accumulated much of the counties points.
For the full report link to www.northantsgolf.co.uk/2016_eastern_counties_foursomes 


03 04 16
Mail on Sunday results.
Congratulations to the Captain and team members who have taken us through to the fourth round of the Mail on Sunday knock out. This is such a difficult competition we have never reached this stage before.
A tough competition that gets considerably harder as the rounds progress.
An emphatic five nil victory in some awful weather at home to Oundle got us a second round match away to Luffenham Heath.
Another sterling performance resulted in a comfortable 4-1 victory.
If you get to the third round you know you have a match on your hands.
So on the 3rd April we entertained Market Harborough at home on a beautiful sunny Spring day.
With a scratch and plus 2 golfer they were not here to mess about.
It started tough for Trevor who went out first. Not on his top game he was unsuccessful going down 3-2.
Second out was secretary Tony Ferns. Now fully recovered from chopping his pinkie off so he could get more flex in his wrist movement he was in top form. Level par through thirteen he finished it with a dog licence. That is 7&6 if you are under fifty years old.
Next out was racing snake, super long thing and top man Ryan Genner. I don't know what he is on but I need some. He had his match finished, the paperwork completed and was back in the clubhouse before the fourth match had passed the ninth. A 6&5 victory put us well back on track.
Long thing Ryan Jaffray also had a tough match against some top opposition. Despite playing well he went down 4&3.
This left eight foot high prodigal son Mikey Chambers as the deciding factor in the fifth match. Mikey is our prodigal son who has returned from the wilderness known as the Northants County course. They steal children from other clubs, abuse, mistreat and malign them until they are ready for their first team. Thankfully through some very skilful negotiating we managed to get him back. We threatened to send them some of our other members like Rab Goodall, Colin Sawers and Ilia and they soon capitulated.
Super lanky Mikey sneaked a nice birdie on seventeen for a 2 up victory and take us into the next round.
Again well done to Captain Matt McLean and all the members that have played in the first three rounds.

If you want to see the rest of the results and who is still left in the competition go to www.mailgolf.co.uk/public.results.php
Select Mail on Sunday Classic 2016 and choose which round you want to see.

From your match reporter.

25 03 2016

Priors Hall Members dominate the County practice match.

Northamptonshire Golf entertained Warwickshire at the weekend in a practice match prior to the beginning of the Anglia County League.
The first team were at Overstone and the County second team travelled to Edgbaston.
Each team consists of ten players and they play foursomes in the morning and singles in the afternoon.
Of the total of twenty players four of them were from Priors Hall.

The 20% of the total team we we sent had such fantastic results that both teams managed close victories over very strong Warwickshire sides.

Callum Farr (chief assistant window) Played with top man Harry Woan in the foursomes for a half. Won the singles with a birdie on the 18th.
Ryan Genner (apprentice window) Played with the County Junior Champion and won the foursomes 1 up. Won his singles 2&1.
Ryan Jaffray (has applied to become a window) Played with Mikey Chambers. Halved the foursomes lost 2&1.
Mikey Chambers (window membership suspended). He now thinks he is a member of a posh club but still plays proper golf at Priors every week.
He won his singles 1up.

Congratulations to all four who despite their parents and upbringing made us all very proud.
Lets hope they go on to play for the County all year.


Priors Hall well represented at the County dinner.
Priors Hall member Callum Farr was named County player of the year after wining the Midlands Juhnior Boys tournament and representing the County first team so well last year.

Callum being presented with his Awards at the recent County dinner.







Also congratulations to the Scratch team who were Division three winners and Hollingsworth semi finalists.


50th Anniversary Photographs
There are some great photos on www.kappasport.co.uk.
Also there are some courtesy of our good friend the sports journalist Steve Jackson: www.thesportsjournalist.com.

 Remember any suggestions, ideas for the course, the competitions or anything to do with the club etc. please

contact us on the new email address, write to the secretary or phone a committee member.

Phone numbers are in the fixture book


Jack Marr

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