THE COURSE

Copthorne Golf Club was formed in 1892 and later reconstituted in 1903. Full records exist from 1903 and it was thought for some time that the Club had only existed from the inaugural meeting of 1903. However, in 1969 the Club came into possession of two silver medals, one is inscribed ‘Copthorne Golf Club’ and the other ‘Copthorne Golf Club won by Stanley Russell in 1894’. The medals bear an 1892 hallmark. The Royal and Ancient Club of St. Andrews were consulted and after a search the following record was found in the Golfers Guide of 1897 – ‘Copthorne Golf Club – instituted in 1892.

The course is an 18 hole, par 71 (6651 yard) heathland golf course 

Address
COPTHORNE GOLF CLUB
Borers Arms Road,
Copthorne,
West Sussex,
RH10 3LL
Tel. 01342 712033

Time:   10:45 meet for first tee 11:30
Format:  Tea/coffee + bacon rolls on arrival, 18 hole pairs competition.  

We have a good field of our 16 maybe 17 competing across the following competitions:-

Mad March Jugs (Trophy Event)

The Mad March Jugs competition is a pairs Stableford competition usually played with a yellow ball counting double.  This year as a result of the CV19 pandemic we will operate the competition differently.

Each player should have two balls (ohh err) at the start of the round – ideally a white ball and non-white ball.  Each team member should be allocated either odd or even on which holes they have the opportunity to score double points.  I suggest the non-white ball is used on the “double bubble holes” only until/if it is lost.  When a hole is completed the player nominated as odd should double their stableford points on the holes 1, 3, 5 etc only if they are still using their original ball.  If the original ball is lost the score will revert to their standard stableford score for that hole i.e. it will not be doubled. The same will apply for the even player on holes 2, 4, 6 etc.

For the pairs competition the combined stableford score on each hole will count.  NB: Player 1 nominated as odd (Kelvin this could be you) scores 1 stableford points on the third hole (they are still playing their original double bubble ball) so score doubles to 2 points.  Their partner plays a blinder but was nominated “evens” and gets 3 points, so just their single score counts on that odd numbered hole.  The team score would be 5 points on that hole. I hope that is clear if not ask !!

Individual Stableford 

A secondary 18-hole stableford competition playing off full society handicaps will be played (the score will not include the doubling up element above).  Please just mark your normal “standard” stableford score on the cards which will be included in the player of the year competition at the end of the season.

Nearest the Pin & Longest Drive

Will be agreed on the day – please see your scorecard on the day.

IMPORTANT NOTE PLEASE READ: 

Although restrictions are reduced slightly reduced we continue to actively promote social distancing at all times which means James cannot hug you which is benefit I am sure you will agree. Please observe the following

  • Keep a minimum distance of two metres, from your playing partners with no physical contact at any time (James again please note).
  • Where possible remain within your playing groups and observe the rule of 6.
  • We also recommend that members carry their own personal bottles of disinfectant with them in order to keep their hands disinfected whilst playing golf
  • All bunkers will be in play but a preferred lie within 6 inches can be taken due to the lack of raking.
  • No golfers are to remove or attend flag pins whilst playing golf. 

Order of play

Tee times start at 11.30 am please be ready and on tee 5 mins before your allotted time.  Friday’s order of play (subject to change) is as follows:-

 Team 1Team 2
TeePlayer APlayer BPlayer APlayer B
11.30Micky Mann (15)Tom Bennett (27) Graham Meadows (27) James Gallifant (27)
11.38Andrew Burnett (17)Steve Smith (22)Mark Hughes (18) John Miller (TBA)
11.46Alan Draper (10)Chris Buck (21)Jerry Watkiss (13)Frank Goulding (28)
11.54Tim Gorringe (18)Nigel Burnett (24)Kelvin Patterson (22)Andy Tippett (25)
12.02

We look forward to seeing you on Friday. Please shout as early as possible should you not be able to make it and please not on the morning itself!!