PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM 5 APRIL TO 19 APRIL
Traps Lane, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 4RS. http://www.maldengolfclub.com/
This is a mature parkland that's now in good all-round condition after recent drainage work. On the tighter front nine you weave around the brook which comes frequently into play. On the back nine three par 5s allow you to smash the driver.
The Malden golf course was laid out in 1926 with the help of Alex Herd, one of the leading professionals at that time. The par 71 layout is made all the more difficult by the natural brooks which meander through the golf course and dictate how certain holes are played.
There are two distinct nines. The first half is played on the "low" part of the course where the brooks either cross or border seven of the nine holes. Strategy is the key off the tee, especially on holes 3,5,7 and 8. The second or "top" nine includes three par 5s and encourages players to pull out to the driver though trouble looms if you're too wayward.
11:30 am 18 hole 3-ball Stableford competition
Coffee and bacon rolls from 10.30am, light lunch.
£51 Members and £56 Guests.
Flanchford Road, Reigate Heath, Surrey, RH2 8QR https://www.reigateheathgc.com/
Established in 1895, 9-hole Reigate Heath Golf Club was described by Peter Alliss as “a little gem” when he featured the course for his 80s BBC TV show ‘Around with Alliss'. Full of charm and bursting with character, the course is set within a 120-acre Site of Special Scientific Interest, where heather and gorse-lined fairways are laid out on a natural heathland landscape around a beautiful old clubhouse and windmill.
The course is configured with nine holes and eighteen separate tees which are positioned so that they change the appearance of every hole to a greater or lesser extent. Sometimes the tee placements are shorter or longer on the back nine, other times they’re located on the other side of the fairway, offering a different angle of play.
There’s only one par five on the card (at the 484-yard 4th) because it’s played as a long par four at the 13th hole on the back nine, where it also attains the stroke index 1 rating. The fairway narrows considerably as it approaches the point where it doglegs sharply left towards the green so a par score on either hole will be well earned.
8:30 am 18 hole Stableford competition. with a Shotgun start. Please note there are no buggies available at Reigate Heath.
The shotgun start will mean that you have to leave the clubhouse at 8:15 am at the latest to walk to your allocated starting hole.
Coffee and bacon rolls from 7.45 am, 2 course meal.
£48 Members and £53 Guests.
As this it is a nine-hole course we are limited to a maximum number of 36 players. We now have 36 players so the entry list is closed.
Borers Arms Road, Copthorne, West Sussex, RH10 3LL http://www.copthornegolfclub.co.uk/
Copthorne Golf Club, situated close to the M23 in West Sussex, offers a high quality 18 hole golf course and a friendly atmosphere for members, guests and visitors alike.
The course was originally laid out in 1892 with additions by James Braid in the 1930s and Bill Cox in the 1970s. Today, with its tree-lined fairways and gentle undulations, it offers an enjoyable test for golfers of all abilities
10:00 am 18 hole Stableford competition
Coffee and bacon rolls from 9.00am. Light meal and presentation following the golf. Caribbean Party (at own cost) at Banstead Downs GC, partners and non-players welcome.
This is a single tee start and we will be limited to a maximum number of 40 players. Places will be allocated on a strict "first-come" basis.
£43 Members and £48 Guests. Excludes Caribbean Party at Banstead Downs.
Lingfield Park, Racecourse Road, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6PQ http://www.lingfieldpark.co.uk/
The format is 9 holes with racing in the afternoon, private dining and overnight stay with breakfast followed by 18 holes on the Wednesday.
Surrounded by breathtaking Surrey countryside, Lingfield Park’s 18-hole golf course offers an exciting challenge for golfers of all abilities. Established in 1987 (and recently updated), this 6,511 yard, par 72 course incorporates a range of natural features to test your skill.
Tuesday 25th September
Wednesday 26th September
Coffee and bacon roll on arrival
2 course evening meal
Full English breakfast
Costs will be £140 sharing room with a £45 single room supplement.
Applications and £50 deposit by 1 March 2018
18 hole Stableford competition
Guildford Road, Effingham, Surrey KT24 5PZ https://www.effinghamgolfclub.com/
Surrey boasts such an embarrassment of riches when it comes to championship golf courses that even the residents of the county could be forgiven for not having played all of them during a lifetime in the game.
Effingham, a club that boasts a rich and lively history that dates back to 1927, is arguably one such club. Widely known and highly touted among the locality, it’s one of Surrey’s best-kept secrets. And that’s despite the fact that it has hosted Open Qualifying in recent years (2006-2010), and has been host to numerous top amateur events over the years.
Effingham’s layout is untypical of your standard Surrey track – it’s a downland course rather than heathland, offering open country and expansive views. Effingham is located virtually in the centre of Surrey and is just four miles from the M25, and yet it offers such appealing tranquility.
9:48 am 18 hole Stableford competition
Coffee and bacon rolls from 8.30 am, 3 course luncheon.
£59 Members and £79 Guests.
With the golf diaries being as full as they are it has been decided to play for the Past Captains’ Trophy (Leo the Lion) at Effingham.
There are currently 11 of the 14 Past Captains down to play Effingham so this would actually make it one of the most contested Past Captains competitions.
Very simply, the individual Stableford scores of the Past Captains playing Effingham will be used to determine the winner of the 2018 Past Captains.
An annual event is held in the memory of those members that have shuffled off the mortal coil and joined the choir invisible. This competition is an 18-hole Stableford non-qualifying match played off full RHGS handicap with all players putting-out on the 18th with Derek Ormond’s trusty putter.
Thursday 29 November
There are 16 places reserved
Tee times 11:24 to 11:48
Free to RHGS Members
Hello, I am Howard, one of the regulars here today from the Railway Hotel in Cheam. I met Zia in 1991 in the Railway and, for those amongst you that have not sampled the delights of the Railway, let’s just say that it is a pub with character and leave it at that. The Railway was one of Zia’s favourite watering holes.
What follows stems from a question from Yasmin (Zia's eldest daughter), she asked me “When did Daddy start drinking at the Railway?”, I said, “Normally around 5:30 pm” and she said, “No, what year!” This got me thinking.
· We believe that Zia first became a customer of the Railway, drinking at the Lords’ end of the bar, around 1975. That said, there are few regulars left in the pub that can remember what happened yesterday, let alone almost half a century ago!
· Zia would drive to the pub arriving in a variety of cars all with the XIA number plate and would often circle the block until he could find a “free parking place” – a trait that he was often ribbed about.
· He would only have 1½ pints of beer on the understanding that he was driving back to Kingswood.
· Zia always drank Courage Best Bitter and had his own tankard behind the bar, which, when he moved to Pulborough last year his friends at the Railway had engraved as a parting gift.
· The Railway last saw Zia late last year.
Fount of knowledge
· Sporting one of his many cravats, Zia would appear in the Railway with his beloved Filofax which contained various newspaper clippings generally from the Telegraph, along with store offers, coupons and wine reviews and other assorted information.
· So, prior to the advent of the internet, this enabled Zia to answer seemingly random questions or settle arguments on a wide variety of topics such as the population of UK in 1960, the cost of bread in 1957 or the rate of inflation last year and the like.
· Zia was also a great source of information on stocks and shares as well as horse racing and generally had a considered view of likely runners and riders.
· Sport was one of his passions and Zia would be abreast of all things cricket as well as football and in particular how well Chelsea were playing.
· Likewise, with his eye for a keen deal he would have us sampling Aldi gin, Tesco’s own Sauvignon Blanc or ASDA’s mini poppadoms.
· In 1972, the Lahore Kebab House opened just off the Commercial Road in the East-End. We believe that Zia must have been one of their first customers!
· Zia would regale us with the fantastic food that was served at very reasonable prices and the fact that you could also bring your own bottle!
· Over the years, several trips were organised departing from the Railway for lunch at the Lahore Kebab House in London.
· On the day of the lunch, the pub would open early for the ten or twelve of us and Zia would take two or three of us in his car along with the wine and beer whilst the others would make their way into Town by train.
· Zia would guide us through the menu and order for us and we would always enjoy lamb chops as a starter.
· In 2013, Lahore Spices (not to be confused with the Lahore Kebab House), opened in Sutton and shortly after received the Zia seal-of-approval. Zia and the Railway rabble must have eaten there over 18 times since.
· Lahore Spices in Sutton has now usurped the Lahore Kebab House and remains a firm favourite with the cognoscente of the Railway.
· That said, one of his favourite dishes was “Paya”, or curried lambs’ feet to you and I. This never went down well with the rest of us and Zia remained in the minority of one who actually enjoyed it! If anyone wants the recipe for curried lamb’s feet, please see me!
· We regularly arrange sorties to Lahore Spices and will remember Zia each and every time.
· In fact, when his brothers visited him from the States a couple of months ago he recommended that they go to Lahore Spices. They did, and they enjoyed it.
In conclusion, last month on Wednesday 6th June, eleven of us at the Railway raised our glasses to Zia, a great man and a real gentleman and to paraphrase David Horwill one of the Railway regulars, “We are all better people for knowing him”.
I thank you.
Zia was a longstanding member of the Railway drinking fraternity with his patronage spanning more than four decades. Although not a golfer, Zia supported many of the RHGS Social events.
Six of the regulars attended his Memorial Service on 2nd July 2018 and this was part of the numerous tributes paid to him on the day.