10th August 2021
Captain's Day message from Rob Kelly
Our club captain, Rob Kelly, has written a few words about last month's fantastic Captain's Day. To read his blog and see some pics from the day, please click here.
5th August 2021
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Tee time booking
All tee time booking will now be done via our new provider, Intelligent Golf (IG), replacing our previous provider, ESP.
All links on the website have been updated and will take you through to the correct page. Members need to use their existing IG log in information to book tee times. Your previous log in information for ESP will no longer work. Once logged in to IG, Go to 'My Golf' in the main menu, then select 'Book Teetime' from the drop down menu.
If you have the IG app on your phone, you can also now book a tee time on there.
Visitors will need to create a new IG account, which they will then be able to use each time they book.
As a helping hand, we have created a short instructional video here that will guide you through how to book a tee time through the new system. Hopefully this will be of help to you all in the initial stages; but as always please do e-mail or call the club if you're having any problems.
5th August 2021
Cainhoe Wood Ladies Vs Bedfordshire Ladies report
Nicki Croft, Jo Fletcher, Sue Sylvester, Stella Johnson and Tina Ansell-Carter were our team of five a couple of weeks back for a Ladies County Shield match against the Bedfordshire GC Ladies on the Manor, which was looking splendid and was a joy to play.
Nicki went out first and was soon ahead in her match and went to 3 up by the 9th. Continuing on with the pressure and only losing one hole on the back nine, this was an easy win for Nicki.
Jo was next off and played against our old friend Nicki Reynolds, who is now the Lady Captain at Bedfordshire, and Jo found herself 4 down at one point. With some grit and determination Jo came back to win on the 17th which was a tremendous effort. Well done Jo!
Sue on the other hand, had an opponent who was really on her game and this made it difficult for Sue to get near her, so this was a win to Bedfordshire.
Then Stella, a very determined player and took her player to the final hole, unfortunately lost it on the last putt so another win to Bedfordshire.
So we were drawing at this stage with one group to go. Come on Tina! In she came with a wry smile on her face and she’d only gone and done it, and won it on the 13th! So we won 3:2. Fantastic result ladies, well played. A rewarding match followed by a lovely afternoon tea, perfect!
19th July 2021
Updated COVID-19 policies
Despite national restrictions easing, we will still be implementing some of our own policies, to keep you and us as safe as possible, while cases are on the rise.
Please click here for details.
19th July 2021
Cainhoe's youngest member
We wanted to take a minute to let you know about a talented young chap called Charlie. At just four years old, Charlie is Cainhoe Wood's youngest member. He’s an avid golf fan, already listening to Rick Shiels' weekly podcast and watching as many golf videos on YouTube as he can find (and that his mummy and daddy will allow him to!)
We're sure you'll all agree he certainly has an eye for this game already.
Look out for this little man, as we think he could certainly be a star of the future!
14th July 2021
Flitwick Eagles Charity Tournament
Ladies Vice Captain, Lecy Robinson, is organising the annual Flitwick Eagles Charity Tournament, to be held here at Cainhoe Wood on Friday 10th September. It looks like it should be a great day, so for further information & sign up info please click here for all the details. Thanks!
13th July 2021
Men's Competition update from Rob Kelly
I hope this message finds you all safe and well.
As per my previous communications I’m pleased to confirm that this years Men’s Section Competitions will be commencing with the King Cup on Sunday 25th July - please find full fixture list below:
• King Cup / Sun 25th July - Singles Stableford
• Fairway Trophy / Sun 1st Aug - Singles Strokeplay
• Castle Cup / Sun 8th Aug - Pairs 4BBB Strokeplay
• Manor Trophy / Sat 28th to Mon 30th Aug - Singles Stableford (best two rounds)
• Club Championship / Sat 11th & Sun 12th Sept - Singles Strokeplay (gross & nett)
• Cainhoe Masters / Sat 25th & Sun 26th Sept - Singles Stableford
• Captains Cup / Sun 10th Oct - Singles Stableford
• Laurene Trophy / Sun 17th Oct - 4 Man Team Strokeplay (best two scores)
• Captains Birthday Swindle / Sun 21st Nov - Singles Stableford
Entry will open 4 weeks before and will close 1 week before the planned competition.
You can enter via either the IG app or via the IG website - If anyone has not yet logged into IG, please contact the pro shop to have your log on details resent.
I hope you enjoy and wish you the best of luck for the upcoming competitions.
Club Captain 2021
9th July 2021
Free drink for Euro 2020 final this Sunday!
We will be showing the Euro 2020 final this Sunday and to celebrate we are offering a free drink (beer, medium house wine, spirit & mixer or soft drink) to anyone who comes to watch.
The kitchen will be open late so we can serve food throughout the evening. We would love to get as many of you here as possible, booking a table is recommended but not essential.
It's coming home!
9th July 2021
Cainhoe Wood members' success
As well as a brilliant few weeks for the Three Lions, it’s also been a very successful period for some of our members, so we wanted to share some of their recent successes here for you all.
Huge congratulations goes out to Harry Boyle who won the Sonning Shootout, part of the Clutch pro tour with a score of 6 under. This was followed by an excellent 3rd place the following week in the Frilford Heath Classic with a 3 under, again part of the Clutch Tour.
Ben Loveard was in action at the South East 6 man qualifiers representing BB&O counties. He played two rounds and was 5 under in the morning and 3 under in the afternoon, so 8 under through 36 holes. The team tied for first out of 11 counties so a great result all round.
And then last, but not least, Nicki Croft and Lecy Robinson won the Hertfordshire Crown (2 day event). They now go through to a national final at Moor Park in September.
Feel free to say well done to all of our winners if you see them around the club!
2nd July 2021
Captain's Day tee times
Thanks to everyone who’s entered next Saturday’s (10th July) Captain's Day - the initial response was amazing.
I’m pleased to say that the tee times have now been allocated and can be found here. I have everything crossed that the weather will be good for us...
To assist the kitchen and golf staff please can I ask that ALL tickets are purchased prior to Saturday as no golf can be played and no food will be served without a ticket on the day - tickets can be purchased from the pro shop.
I look forward to catching up with you all next Saturday.
Club Captain 2021
12th June 2021
On Thursday 3rd June, Beds and County ran their ladies summer open. The event was well organised, weather conditions were almost perfect and there was a strong field with over 20 teams from across the local counties.
Cainhoe Wood Ladies Captain, Nicki Croft, along with Lecy Robinson, Jas Butter and Lesley Harris attended the event and came in with the winning score (on count back)!
Hopefully more to come from the ladies over the summer.
Lady Vice Captain
3rd June 2021
Cainhoe Wood Seniors
Following 2 away losses in May by Cainhoe Wood Seniors to Chesfield Downs and Millbrook, we played Mount Pleasant on their new 18 hole course on 2nd June.
Cainhoe Wood won the 1st and 2nd games, lost the 3rd and 4th, halved the 5th and 6th
In the final game Jim Levermore and Keith Carrington won 2 up.
Cainhoe Wood Seniors won 3, halved 2 and lost 2.
Keith Carrington played there last week on a reconnaissance mission and scored his first ever hole in one! He generously paid for a drink for both sides at the match.
28th May 2021
Pitts wins Beds County Championships
Huge congratulations to Annabel Pitts who won the Bedfordshire 2021 Ladies County Championships last week!
Annabel scored 164 over two rounds at Aspley Guise & Woburn Sands GC last Friday, in some gruelling windy weather.
Well played Annabel, we're all very proud of you here at Cainhoe Wood!
17th May 2021
The clubhouse is now open again, with food & drink being served in the newly named and refurbished Manor Bar and Castle Lounge.
Please click here to see the exciting new food menu.
Masks must be worn inside and social distancing rules and rule of six still apply. Table service is in operation, please do not walk up to the bar to get served.
Please click here to see updated opening hours for the bar & restaurant.
10th May 2021
Virtual Moonwalk fundraising
On Saturday 15th May there is every chance that you may catch sight of a super hero... Our Ladies Vice Captain, Lecy Robinson, and four others (many of whom have experienced cancer themselves) will be walking 26.2 miles around the streets of Bedfordshire in their bras (dressed as super heroes) to raise money for breast cancer charities.
The ladies have taken part in the Moonwalk since 2012, which is normally held in London. Due to the pandemic this year, it will be totally different and they have had to plan their route around Bedfordshire instead for a 'virtual' mass group walk. Click here to read an article about their story on Bedford Today.
The ladies will commence their walk at 4pm on the 15th May and they would love some support on the evening. Click here to see a map of the route.
If you can spare any pennies, no matter how great or small, it would be truly appreciated. Barclays has also agreed to match donations under their covid matched funding scheme.
Click here to donate.
27th April 2021
Driving range opening hours
From Wednesday 28th April the driving range will be open straight through each day, no longer closing between 2-4pm.
As lockdown restrictions ease we intend to extend the opening hours further, especially in the evenings once the bar can open late and we are showing Sky Sports again. This will be done once we have a little more certainty around the next level of restrictions being lifted.
Our new opening times for the range are as follows:
Mon-Fri: 10am - 8pm
Sat-Sun: 9am - 6pm
27th April 2021
Winter League prize draw winners
As many of you will know the Winter League had to be abandoned this year due to the last lockdown. Those who entered were either refunded their entry or went into a grand prize draw as per their preference.
The draw has now been made, please click here to see the full list of winners!
All prizes are ready for collection, just ask in the pro shop if you are one of the lucky winners and we will retrieve your prize.
12th April 2021
Driving range open again
We're pleased to say that the driving range is now open again, with the following hours:
Mon - Fri: 10am - 2pm & 4pm - 8pm
Sat - Sun: 10am - 2pm & 4pm - 6pm
The bar & restaurant are also now serving food and drink (including alcohol), with outside seating only. Hours are as follows:
Mon - Fri: 7.15am - 9pm
Sat - Sun: 7.15am - 6pm
The Pro Shop is also open again, closing at 8pm during the week, and 6pm on weekends.
27th March 2021
World Handicap System & Slope Rating guide
We now have a full guide, with links, to the WHS and Slope Ratings for Cainhoe Wood on the Handicaps & Competition Entry page here.
22nd March 2021
Driving range re-opening on 12th April
We're very excited to re-open the club on Monday 29th March, but want to re-iterate that the range won't re-open until Monday 12th April, while it undergoes some further upgrade work.
2nd March 2021
England Golf guidance
England Golf have published guidance on the road out of lockdown, detailing what we'll be able to do at each stage. They have also shared a poster with general guidance on safe play.
You can find both these infographics on our site here.
24th February 2021
Re-opening after lockdown
It looks likely that the date for re-opening will be the 29th March. We are still waiting on more details and will update you as soon as we know more.
With regards to bookings, members will be able to book two weeks in advance of the opening date and visitors seven days in advance, as per our standard rules.
We will confirm the situation with competitions once we have more information around what can and can't open and how people can mix.
We can’t wait to get everyone back out on the course, but we also have to make sure that we all observe the restrictions that will inevitably be in place.
24th February 2021
Stockwood Park Golf Club
As we're sure some of you will have heard, Stockwood Park Golf Club, near Luton, has announced it potentially faces closure. As well as being a well respected club in the area, they have been instrumental over the years in helping a lot of the talented juniors come through the local and national system. If it were to close it would be a huge loss to the area and we would like to do what we can to help.
If you want to add your support to the cause here are two helpful links:
21st February 2021
A beautiful poem about the game we love
Here's a link to a wonderful video all about our great game, written and read by the excellent Eric Davidson.
It got us so emotional, we almost thought we were actually able to play golf!
14th February 2021
Luke Treasure fundraising
A wonderful little boy Named Luke Treasure, who started playing golf last year at the club, recently started running with his mummy on a Saturday morning.
Luke is 7 and started running 1 mile at a time a few weeks ago, mainly to keep his mum company on the first mile of her run.
When he heard that Captain Tom had passed, he said he wanted to be like him and raise some pennies. Luke decided that he could run miles like Captain Tom walked, before the date of what would have been his next birthday.
This inspirational little man is planning on running 101 miles in 80 days supported by his mum. He has made a great start to this already with several runs already under his belt (and in these temperatures!)
If you can spare any pennies at all it would be hugely appreciated.
You can donate here
31st December 2020
New Years message from John O'Leary
Please click here to read an end of year message from John.
14th December 2020
Handicaps & Competition Entry
Our new Intelligent Golf Handicapping and Competition system is now available to all members. The system is available through the app which you can download to your phone, or the website here (Handicaps and Competitions in the Member's Section).
The system lets you enter club competitions as well as view your new WHS handicap which is actively updated on there. You can still submit scorecards at the club, but the app gives you the ability to log your own scores and have your handicap adjusted automatically. It also keeps records of your scorecards as it asks you take a picture at the end of each round.
We will soon be adding a payment portal to the app, this will allow you to enter paid competitions and all the money and pay-outs are conducted through the system, making it safer and completely transparent. All data is reviewed by the handicap/competition secretaries so again acting as a double check system.