Your Golf Club Update - August

Thursday 25th August 2022

I hope you are having a great summer. You may be getting ready to go on holiday or have just come back from one. Or maybe you’re in the middle of juggling childcare, work, golf and general family commitments - like getting new school uniform ready or wondering why the grass is still brown and your hydrangea is still wilting! Whatever your situation, we all have our own pressures but it’s important to remember to make time for yourself to relax - and what better place to do that but at your club?

If you don’t have time for a full round of golf, remember that Strike Shack is a great way to relax, practice your game or just have fun. The Spires is also a great way to spend an hour and practice your short game.

Team Updates

I’d like to welcome several new team members who have joined us over the last month, including new Duty Managers Rachel Wiggin & Luke Billet, who are on hand to help you with any queries. After his recent retirement, Paul Abley’s successor as Maintenance Manager is Curt Hodgkins. We also welcome back Debi Harris as our Head of Club Experience. Debi has a wealth of customer service experience and is excited about coming back to the club to help further improve our member engagement and club standards.

On the flip side to this, we have to say goodbye to a couple of team members who will be sorely missed by everyone. Lee Roberts, from membership, has been with the club (and in fact the group, as he spent time down at Nizels too) for many years, beginning as Duty Manager, moving to Food & Beverage Manager and finally moving into membership sales. James Khannon, another member of our membership team, has decided to go travelling around the world (I’m not at all jealous!) but to make things easier we have a new ‘James’ joining the team to replace him – James Bell made the move from David Lloyd and joined us at the end of July. Finally, our Studio Coordinator Jordanna Hemingway is leaving us to manage a boutique gym in Derby – thankfully the transition to our new co-ordinator will be seamless as Sarah Bennett, one of our instructors who covered Jordanna’s maternity leave will be taking the role on again.

Finally I would like to welcome Matt Lilley, our new Golf Operations Manager, who has already made a huge impression at the club and will continue to implement some great ideas to take our golf offering at the club to a new level.

Course Report

Holes 10, 11 & 12 are now back on main greens (Areas of Green Netting GUR). Some of the large green netting has been taken down on holes 14, 16, 18 & now 17.

The areas which were turfed are establishing well but the areas which were hydroseeded need some more time - hopefully the change in the weather will help this progress more quickly.

The greenkeeping team will be raking the new bunkers every day and raking and destoning the front nine bunkers twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays. The front nine bunkers have also been sprayed to remove weeds.

The greens maintenance programme is also underway. Greens will be:

  • Hollowcored - Hollow coring is the removal of cores from the playing surface. The hole size can vary in diameter and depth depending on the reason required. The cores are ejected, cleared up and removed.
  • Scarified - Removal of thatch which tidies up unwanted lateral growth. The operation encourages healthy growth and maintains the appearance of greens and tees throughout a busy playing season.
  • Top Dressed - Improves putting greens smoothness, increases firmness and dilutes thatch. Thatch is a layer of dead and living plant material just below the turf surface.

Matt Lilley, Golf Operations Manager

Seniors’ Tri-club Challenge

After a quick change of venue, due to our bunker renovation programme, the seniors were hosted by the Warwickshire for this year’s Seniors’ Tri Club Challenge. To make the event fair, The Warwickshire took the honours this year. The Tytherington were the holders of the trophy and we won before that – does that mean Lichfield will be the winners in 2023?

Lady Captain News

I must start by mentioning a first for the Lichfield Ladies team - winning the Tri Club Challenge, which was superbly organised by Irene Amberton and her willing army of helpers.

Following on from Nicky Penny and Lesley Broadway-Hatton coming second in the Sue Turner competition, we were all delighted to hear about Barbara Sanderson and Dilys Cox gaining second place in the Australian Spoons regional final on what turned out to be one of the hottest days on record.

The June Charity Day doubled up as a presentation event for winners from previous years where Covid had prevented the usual celebrations. Emma and her team are to be congratulated on the mouth-watering spread they prepared!

It's good to know that once again 18 holes are playable, and I am delighted with the increasing numbers of ladies who are joining in the Wednesday draw to find playing partners for either competitions or social golf.

Enjoy the rest of your summer golf!

Fiona Gillespie, Lady Captain

Captain’s Day

Captain's Day, in memory of Andrew Gain who sadly passed away this year, was held on another hot day where the buggy team provided hot samosas and cooling Pimms. It was great to be joined by Andrew Gain's family who helped with all aspects of the day, very ably supported by Martin Dutton. Congratulations on raising vital funds for the Brain Tumour Charity.

New Therapist at Lichfield – Body Matters

Louise Lewis, Body Matters, joins the Club this month as one of our therapists. Body Matters offers a new treatment using State of the Art Low Level Laser Therapy.

This works using the controlled delivery of light to stimulate the body's natural healing process, optimising repair and helping to restore normal cellular function.

It is an intense and effective treatment yet non-invasive, so perfect for conditions such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Acute Muscle Spasm
  • Open Wounds
  • Post Operative Scar Tissue
  • Tendinitis
  • Medical Acupuncture for Pain Relief

If you are suffering from pain or tension, why not try Medical Acupuncture?

Medical Acupuncture (otherwise known as Dry Needling) stimulates the body to produce endorphins and oxytocin, its own pain and stress relieving chemicals. It also stimulates nerve fibres to block out pain signals and helps to reduce the sensitivity of tender points in the body. It helps to improve sleep by promoting the release of melatonin in the body, which creates a sense of wellbeing.

If you want to discuss treatment with a practitioner, please call Louise on 07502 206422 for further information.

Commonwealth Games News

Congratulations to Jane Cook who was nominated by her son to be a baton carrier at the Commonwealth Games. Over 8,000 people were nominated or applied to be a baton carrier and just 2000 were chosen. Jane carried the baton in Beacon Park on 20th July when the games came to Lichfield. Good Job Jane – we hope you enjoyed the experience.

The Lichfield Blog

The Blog is now in full swing!

This will be a snapshot of on-course maintenance/projects along with current and upcoming offers. The content will be information and pictures gathered from staff as well as members. Our New Blog can be found on IG by visiting Information > Lichfield Blog.

Member In the Spotlight

Every fortnight a Lichfield Member will fall 'in the spotlight' revealing all of their golfing secrets and aspirations. This week is new Golf Operations Manager Matt Lilley…

  • Handicap - Pro
  • Member at Lichfield since July 2022
  • Favourite Golf Courses Played – Yas Links & Bridport West Dorset Golf Club
  • Favourite Golf Hole at Lichfield – 18th
  • Dream Fourball – Paul McGrath, Chris Eubank & Denzel Washington
  • Describe Lichfield Golf & Country Club in three words – Challenging, Friendly & Progressive

Golf Tip

Playing out of the bunker (New practice for the new Lichfield bunkers)

Hitting the ball out of the sand requires technique that is unlike any other shot in the game. Combine that with the fact that every kind of sand is different, and you have a recipe for a difficult up and down.


  • Use a 56° or 58° sand wedge.
  • Line your feet up left of the target.
  • Line your club up slightly right of the target with an open face.
  • Swing the club along the line of your feet.
  • Hit the sand 2 inches behind the ball.
  • Follow through to the finish like any other shot.

Drifters Girl

On Wednesday 12th October we are taking a group to London’s West End to see the acclaimed Drifters Girl. Tickets include return coach trip and a matinee performance with seats in the dress circle for just £79 per person. There are only 43 seats available so you need to be quick! Places can be booked (and paid for) at reception.

You Asked, We Acted

You recently told us you’d like to have better communication from us, so we’ve introduced a golf blog with regular updates to make sure everyone knows what is happening on the course.

You asked us if we could introduce sports massage treatments at the club. We now have Sports Therapy Massage treatments available from Ben Lund, our Wellness Manager, Kat McGuinness, Class instructor and our new therapist Louise Lewis who offers laser therapy and acupuncture.