Membership of Shoreham (Kent) Golf Club
Shoreham (Kent) Golf Club is actively seeking to expand its membership base. The application process is quick and straight forward. Forms are avaliable from The Darenth Golf Course or can be printed from the 'New Member Information Pack' (see link below). Relevant details can also be submitted by email.
The membership fee for existing members for 2018 is £120, Seniors £90 and new members £125. Upon payment of your membership fee you will receive a Membership bag tag and a Fixture Card with details of all club competitions for the year ahead.
If you do not have an official golf handicap, this will be sorted out as quickly as possible.
Directive from English Golf Union
All golfers with an official handicap will be required to submit 3 "qualifying scores" (competition cards) during the course of the year in order for their handicap not to become "inactive" (to lapse). This should not prove to be a problem for the vast majority of Shoreham members. Inactivity due to illness/injury will not be counted against you. If your handicap does become inactive you will be required to submit 3 cards in order for your handicap to become 'active' once again.
Shorehem (Kent) Golf Club Committee (2017/18)
Your committee meets on a monthly basis (first Wednesday of every month). If you have an issue that you would like discussed at a Committee Meeting, simply let a member of the committee know what's on your mind.
Committee Members 2017-18
Club Captain : Barry Nelson
Vice Captain : Tony Oliver Jnr
Chairman : Tony Oliver Jnr
Secretary : Frank King
Treasurer : Brian Harris
Pat Brady; Steve Cragg; Tony Freeman; Tony Gibbins; Brian Harris;
Lee Hyland; Frank King; Roy Leggett; Tony Oliver Jnr; Tony Oliver Snr; Tony Randall; Arran Read; Ron Tuckey.
Review of 2017
During 2017 there were 17 singles competitions, 8 pairs competitions, 2 team competions, a match against Leaside and an event with Bromley Ladies.
The most prestigious competition is always the Club Championship, played over two days in July. This year it was won by Sean Moore with a net 137. The major competitions were shared around this season though several members always seemed to be making their way to the prize table eg Kerry and Tom.
Tony Randall did not have the best of years by his standards but still topped the Money List, receiving a fair bit more than he paid for his club membership. The Order of Merit and Scratch Gold Cup were won by Kerry Biginton. No wonder his handicap felt a bit of a chop from the Handicap Secretary.
The matchplay events were dominated by James Lami. He beat Ron Tuckey in the final of the Singles and paired up with his pal Danny Osborn to win the Doubles, beating Pat Brady and Ron Tuckey in the final.
Review of 2016
During 2016 there were 17 singles events, 8 pairs events, 2 team events, a match against Leaside and an event with Bromley Ladies.
The most prestigious competition is always the Club Championship, played over two days in July. This year it was won by Martin Anderson with a net 141. The early part of the year was dominated by Wayne Willett, inspired by Danny Willett perhaps, taking the Professional's Cup (assisted by Les Davey), the Woofer Freeman Trophy and the Bob Johnson Memorial Flag competition - and he still moans that his handicap is too low.
The 'Biggest bandit of the Year' award must be shared between James Lami and Danny Osborn. James won the Len Morris Trophy with a net 66 and Danny won the Jake Moxham Trophy with a net 70 and the Autumn Cup with an astounding 45 points. The two were unbeatable in the Matchplay Doubles competition. I've got more photos of these two at the prize table than I have taken of my own children this year!!
The 'Tony Award' goes to Tony Oliver who won the Matchplay Singles (coming back from the dead to beat James Lami) as well as one of the Mixed Pairs events. Tony Freeman had a relatively barren year only winning the 'Money List', the Easter Cup, the Michael Cross Trophy and the SMOG Trophy - must try harder next year!!
The only club match that took place in 2016 was against Leaside. The home leg was drawn but Shoreham certainly made a meal of the away leg going down 4.5 to 1.5. Ron Tuckey liaised with the Bromley Ladies to help organise a most pleasant day of golf and meal.
The Monthlies and Stablefords were well supported this year, with only the November Medal failing to have sufficient entries to warrant prizes. Tony Freeman won 3 Stablefords and a Medal. Arran Read won two Medals, as did Tony Randall. Pat Brady won a couple of Stablefords. There were 13 other members who picked up either a Medal or Stableford during the year.
The Order of Merit was won by Andy Gittings - another contender for 'Bandit of the Year' award - well clear of Roy Leggett and Arran Read.
There were the usual fund-raising activities throughout the year with football cards, lottery bonus ball draws and the odd raffle or two. The Captain's chosen charity was MOSAC which provides services for mothers of sexually-abused children.
Off the course we said 'goodbye' to the Cross Family and Debbie and 'hello' to new owner Jason. The course certainly underwent a transformation. Out went the badgers and in has come all-year-round tees and greens, sculptured fairways and changes to the Season Tickets and Pro Shop. Hopefully the improvements will continue well into 2017 and beyond.
The low point of the year must have been the AGM. There was no point in holding it as not a single member stayed behind to attend. Perhaps this means that the Committee is doing such a great job that all other members are happy with the running of the club.
THE DARENTH Course Guide
At nearly 6,200 yards THE DARENTH is a relatively short course by today's standards. It does, however, provide a challenge to players of all abilities. The course is usually in excellent condition. Each par 4 and 5 hole has a marker post 150 yards from the centre of the green. DVGC provide buggy and trolley hire facilities as well as practise nets and putting green. There is also a teaching academy with professionals on hand to help improve your game. THE DARENTH endeavours to have all main greens and tees in play for as long as possible during the year. If you are playing well - excellent. If not, there is always the beautiful scenery to be enjoyed. There is also a comfortable clubhouse with a team of dedicated staff on hand to cater for your needs.
Hole 1 (266 yds Par 4 SI 11)
The first hole (par 4 but only 266 yards off the whites) is reachable for the longer hitters. However, bunkers and trees await - making the green a very small target from the tee. Out-of-bounds awaits anyone hooking their tee-shot and slicers can expect to have a tricky shot over the trees to the right. So, not as easy as it looks and single figure handicappers don't get a shot on this hole.
Hole 2 (338 yds Par 4 SI 9)
Another par 4, but a bit more of a challenge than the first hole. At 338 yards, a decent tee shot will be rewarded with a relatively short shot onto the green for a possible birdie. No hooks on this hole or you'll be re-loading. The sloping green can often mean you walk off happy with a par even if you are on in regulation. Don't forget to ring the bell to the left of the fairway as you go past.
Hole 3 (471 yds Par 5 SI 7)
The first of the par 5's. A good tee shot will see you over the ridge and with the chance of getting on or close in two shots. Long hitters will have to watch out for the bunker that lies well over the ridge. Mid to low handicappers are unhappy with anything worse than par on this hole.
Hole 4 (460 yds Par 4 SI 1)
The dreaded 4th. Easily stroke index 1. A good tee shot will get you down to (and sometimes over) the ridge but this still leaves you with a long shot to the green. Try to avoid the greenside bunker but a shot to the middle of the green usually ends up left. Most players are more than happy with a bogey on this testing hole. (It's the only hole on the course I have yet to birdie).
Hole 5 (172 yds Par 3 SI 13)
Relatively straight-forward par 3. It's 172 yards from the white tees, but it is downhill all the way. If you get a hole in one on this hole at least you will have the pleasure of seeing it go in (if your eyesight is good enough that is). Main problem on this hole is keeping out of the two bunkers to the right of the green. If you slice (or shank) there is out-of-bounds all down the right.
Hole 6 (415 yds Par 4 SI 3)
Another testing par 4, particularly when the wind is against you - stroke index 3 is about right. Watch out for the bunker on the left of the fairway just before the ridge. Again, a good tee shot will see you over the ridge. This will leave you a challenging shot into a green protected by bunkers on the left and right.
Hole 7 (126 yds Par 3 SI 17)
Par 3 with elevated green. Don't take too much club or you could see yourself over the back and in the bushes. Keep the ball below the hole to give yourself an uphill putt (hopefully for birdie). Exit left after leaving the green and take the path through the trees to the next hole.
Hole 8 (452 yds Par 5 SI 15)
Nice par 5. Only 452 yards from the white tees but lots of dangers await a wayward tee shot. Say hello to Bob as you take a rest on his bench. A good drive will see you sailing over the ridge and in range of the green with a fairway wood or mid iron. Many people use the bank to the right of the green to get their ball safely on the green. Don't go too far right, however, or your ball may stay up there and most likely cost you a bogey.
Hole 9 (400 yds Par 4 SI 5)
This par 4 is your chance to 'score a goal' (or a 'try' if you're good enough) by hitting your ball through the two trees in the middle of the fairway. Downhill all the way after these trees, so a good tee shot will be rewarded with a short approach onto the green. The warden will often be waiting between the 9th green and 10th tee with drinks and snacks (unless you're hungry or thirsty that is).
Hole 10 (357 yds Par 4 SI 8)
Another tricky par 4. You might have to wait on the tee for ramblers to walk across the fairway. Keep to the right hand side of the fairway if you want a clear shot to the green. A seemingly good shot to the green is often punished by the severe slope of the green (or the pin placement) as your ball - that you were sure would be 'stiff' - has bounded on through and off the back of the green.
Hole 11 (198 yds Par 3 SI 4)
This hole was converted from an excellent dog-leg par 4 into a challenging par 3 several years ago. As it is stroke index 4, most players will receive a shot (with high handicappers getting 2 shots on a par 3!!) so missing the green is not usually too much of a problem. Watch the out of bounds on the right.
Hole 12 (472 yds Par 5 SI 16)
This hole was made into a par 5 at the same time the 11th was changed. It ought to be a fairly straight-forward hole but being stroke index 16 most players will be happy to get their par and walk off with 2 points in a Stableford. Try to avoid the fairway bunker from the tee. If you're really unlucky you could end up visiting 3 bunkers on this hole.
Hole 13 (389 Par 4 SI 8)
This is the only hole where your ball might get wet (in the winter). But with a carry of only about 20 yards, most players don't even think about the pond in front of the tee. Watch out for bunkers left and right, especially the one on the right that often claims a 'good' tee shot. Again, the green has bunkers both to the left and right.
Hole 14 (152 yds Par 3 SI 18)
According to the card, this is the easiest hole on the course. Most players will not agree with this assessment. At 152 yards from the whites it is not overly long, but the bunkers (left and right) and the bank in front mean that it is not as easy as its index suggests.
Hole 15 (478 yds Par 5 SI 12)
Long hitters will take the 'tiger line' over the bushes on the left but watch out for the fairway bunker that claims many a "good" tee shot. If you can get passed this bunker there is a chance of reaching the green or getting very close in two. Aim for the left side of the green to avoid the possibility of going into the greenside bunker.
Hole 16 (497 yds Par 5 SI 2)
The longest hole on the course. A good drive will see you close to (or hopefully over) the ridge. For most players, their second shot will be for position. The green, once again, is protected by bunkers on the left and right. Take an extra club for your approach shot - better to be at the back of the green rather than pitch on the bank and run back to the front of the green.
Hole 17 (356 yds Par 4 SI 14)
Probably the nicest hole on the course in terms of the scenery. Try to avoid getting close behind the tree in the middle of the fairway. A "good" tee shot will often be swallowed up by the bunker on the right hand side of the fairway. For your approach shot you will probably have to aim for the right hand side of the green. This does, however, bring a large tree into play that has a tendancy to gobble up your ball - most of us have lost a ball up in the branches at one time or another. On the green the ball always moves towards the houses.
Hole 18 (194 yds Par 3 SI 10)
Beware the out of bounds all down the right. This probably explains why such a high percentage of tee shots end up in or around the bunker to the left of the green. Most players prefer the pin to be in a 'bottom' position (left hand side of the green). The picture from the tee was taken whilst sitting on Micky Prosser's bench.
Enjoy a drink and snack in the clubhouse.