I am back in the UK now and have brought the weather back with me, hopefully. We had a great time near a town called Saumur in the Loire valley. It is a beautiful area and one we hope to return to next year. It was interesting as my son is now a teenager and the change in him has been astronomical. He spent all week with a group of teenagers and left his Mum and Dad to enjoy the sunshine in peace.
Whilst away last week I had an email from a friend who was playing at the club. He included a photo of the 16th which you can see here.
It obviously rained a lot! The conditions are perfect for growing grass like wildfire. I know the green staff have spent all week cutting and doing their best to catch up from the week before as it was a short week with the bank holiday.
The Power of Word of Mouth
I have a book at home called Word of Mouth Marketing and I know it is a powerful way to build business. For example a lot of my teaching business comes from this and fortunately I am extremely busy.
Well, a couple of weeks ago I mentioned something about Royal Cromer Golf Club and I got a reaction from Royal Cromer. Having never been one to shy away from what I have said I received an email while I was on holiday in France from the Club Captain of Royal Cromer Mr John Chapman, and I was extremely impressed with his reaction.
He was disappointed with what had happened to our group and said this is by far the exception to the rule at Royal Cromer, as it is very welcoming club. He has assured me all will be made to feel welcome when playing the golf course. From my perspective, if you have not played the Royal Cromer course I must urge you to do so, as it is truly outstanding. I would like to thank Mr Chapman for his email and his response as it was fantastic! Thank you.
Playing out of deep rough
At the moment with the grass growing so quickly, as soon cutting is finished the green staff have to start all over again. That means the rough might be a little deep in places.
What strategy do you have when playing out of the rough?
Please do not fall for the trick that rescue clubs or hybrids will automatically get you out of trouble. Getting out of deep rough is all about having strength to get the ball out and using an appropriately lofted club that makes it easier to get out of the rough. The general rule is, the deeper the rough the more lofted the club you will need. You first need to assess the lie and ask yourself, what club can I use to get out of the rough safely? You can then assess how far down the hole you can get. This game can trick us into thinking we can hit the ball further down the fairway than we really can, so don't be tempted to take a club with too little loft as this may mean you will leave the ball in the rough.
As the course is beginning to change as the summer rolls in, it might be worth considering a playing lesson. Click here to send me an email if you are struggling with the longer rough.