My Secret Places

By |September 24th, 2019|

Ali’s green and gorgeous view of the 5th green

 

On a sunny spring or summer morning with the sun rising over the Clwydians and the light filtering through the curtains I rise with not exactly a song in my heart but certainly a game of golf on my mind.

I’ve always been an early riser, I love the light, the quiet, the solitude and the birdsong and there’s few places you can enjoy those delights as much as on a golf course.
Of course if you’re working that day then you either have to find a golf course that is short enough to get round quickly or you have to start very early indeed.

Happily Ruthin-Pwllglas Golf Club is perfect. It’s no 7,000-yard monster and carrying a half-set of clubs I can skip round nine holes in less than an hour, be home, showered and at my desk by quarter to nine.
The course is over 600 feet up – when I was a teenage junior I once stood on the highest point of the sixth fairway and stared at the pilot of a big Vulcan bomber on a low level training flight – and he gazed back at me.

On a bright spring day there can be a touch of frost about in sheltered spots and a glistening carpet of dew can overtop my shoes and leave my socks soaked but I soldier on with little time to hang about.
There’s a glorious stillness but blackbirds and thrushes sing, buzzards screech and wheel on the thermals as the air warms, and very occasionally a red kite cruises overhead.

The course is undulating, the fairways lined with silver birch and oak and underneath them in spring are carpets of bluebells and other wildflowers especially orchids – there’s even a local rule that gives you a free drop if you might damage an orchid in taking your swing.
Volunteers led by the club chairman, retired butcher Oswyn Roberts, have cleared great swathes of undergrowth so that light filters through the tree canopy to encourage the flowers and wildlife and bug hotels and nesting boxes have been installed.

Surrounding it all are magnificent vistas – I’ve played Gleneagles in Perthshire and Pwllglas gives it a run for its money in the scenic stakes.
The Clwydian Range marches along to the east above medieval Ruthin, the fields of the Vale in spring edged with borders of white hawthorn blossom, while away to the south west the Clwyd meanders towards Corwen.
I even play the occasional good shot too. A few weeks ago my eight iron to the 140-yard seventh soared towards the flag, disappeared out of view and turned out to have gone in for a hole in one – without a witness in sight.

My Secret Places  :  Written by Ali Syme

Am Am Open – 9th August 2019

By |August 9th, 2019|

Captain’s Day – Mr Graham Hardinges – 2019

By |August 6th, 2019|

Captain’s Day – Mr Graham Hardinges – 2019   Report by Alan Kilday

Something for everyone at Captain’s Day. As well as the usual longest drive, nearest the pin etc, Captain Graham Hardinges offered a prize on every hole.

Topped tee shots and smothered drives as well as other curious shots earned awards. Getting closest to a bunker on the 7th (Pete Hodson) and nearest to the start of the fairway on the second (Guy Alford) won lots of beer. Sorry, Rory, nothing like this available for the 1st at the Open this year. This certainly lightened a drizzly weather day.

Mr Alan Padmore, Mr Mike Price and Mr Mike Brady

Speaking of Rory, he would have been proud of Gethin Roberts’ longest drive on the 5th, almost on the green and on the fairway.

As usual, pins in challenging positions for this day made the competition a real test of putting, counterbalancing an immaculately prepared course by our greenkeepers.

 

A winning score of 38 points was an excellent score in today’s conditions. Congratulations, Mike Price! Adam Smith followed in winning the 0-12 handicap division and Alan Kilday winning the 13+ Division (also nearest the pin on the 18th).

Eddie Fitzsimmons ” Lost in Paradise “

Sponsor’s Day 2019 – Green machine’s late birdie clinches title

By |August 6th, 2019|

Report by:  Alistair Syme, of Ceidiog Communication

Green machine’s late birdie clinches title

A six-birdie blitz helped green energy business Hafod Renewables take the Ruthin-Pwllglas Golf Club Sponsors Challenge.

Hafod Managing Director David Jones led from the front as his four-man team had a run of five threes from their second hole – the ninth on the course – after starting on the hole they sponsor, the eighth.

The green machine, Hafod Renewables, from left, John Lewis, David Jones, Kim Webb and Alistair Syme.

Kim Webb, veteran former club champion John Lewis and Hafod’s PR account manager, Alistair Syme, of Ceidiog Communication, all weighed in as well with Webb lacing an eight-iron to 10 feet at their 140-yard final hole for Syme to drill in the putt for a crucial birdie two.

That was enough for Hafod, who finished second last year, to clinch a narrow win over runners-up Ruthin Pre-cast Concrete led by the big-hitting Allen Roberts with Colin Jones Coal Merchants third.

Results:

1 Hafod Renewables: Dave Jones, John Lewis, Alistair Syme and Kim Webb, gross 60 – handicap 5.2 – nett 54.8

2 RPC: Allen Roberts, Derek Walters, Ian Hicks and Mike Brady, 61-5.4-55.6

3 Colin Jones Coal: Colin Jones, Clive Davies, Neil Roberts and Dave Roberts, 64-6.2-57.8.

Senior Mens Open – 2nd July 2019

By |July 2nd, 2019|

Lady Captain’s Day 2019

By |June 16th, 2019|

Lady Captain, June Brady, held her Lady Captain’s Day yesterday on a lovely sunny, dry day.
Sixteen ladies played in the 18 hole stableford competition and five in the 9 hole competition. The winner was Catherine Parton (pictured with June) with 41 points, in second place was Brenda Roberts with 37 points and in third place was Sue Kilday with 33 points. The nine hole competition was won by Menna Williams with 19 points, nearest the line was Sue Williams and nearest the pin was Catherine Parton. Guessing the distance from the line was Angie Robinson.
Catherine topped off her round with a hole in one on the 18th green.
32 ladies and guests enjoyed a meal in the evening where the prize giving took place.
June thanked everyone for their support, especially the greenkeepers who had, through adverse weather this last week, got the course in top condition.

Chairman Oswyn Roberts has won the Wales Golf Volunteer of the Year Award

By |April 7th, 2019|

 

 

Congratulations Oswyn!

Chairman Oswyn Roberts has won the Wales Golf Volunteer of the Year Award

 

We are delighted to inform you that our Chairman Oswyn Roberts has won the Wales Golf Volunteer of the year award which is thoroughly deserved.

Oswyn was presented with his award at the Celtic Manor resort hotel on Friday the 30th March 2019.

 

 

The Lady Captain’s Drive in.

By |January 19th, 2019|

The Lady Captain’s Drive in.

The new Lady Captain, Mrs June Brady, held her ‘drive in’ on Saturday 19 January. Fifteen ladies took part on a cold but dry morning. The winners of the nine hole stableford were Janet Turner, Sylvia Proudfoot and Joan Williams. The winner of ‘guess the length of the drive’ was Mr Brian Proudfoot. Twenty ladies enjoyed soup and cake afterwards. There was also a raffle in aid of the Lady Captain’s charity – Ruthin Hospital League of Friends.

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Lady Captain’s Charity

By |January 17th, 2019|

Lady Captain’s Charity donation.

Mr Chris Griffiths from North East Wales Search and Rescue received a cheque for £1050 from the Lady Captain, Sue Kilday at the Ladies Annual General Meeting.  This money was raised by the Ladies Section throughout Sue’s year of captaincy.

NEWSAR also received a large hamper of goodies for their kitchen. Mr Griffiths said the money was much needed and would be put to very good use.

 

Ladies’ Christmas Open Results

By |November 30th, 2018|

Congratulations to the two teams from Denbigh who were the prize winners in this years Ladies’ Christmas Open. In first place were Jenny Jones, Tracey Ellis and Pauline Pierce and in second place were Sue Baggaley, Chris Morris and Dilys Jones.