Magnolia Park Blog - November
November was another very busy month here at Magnolia Park ahead of the forthcoming festive season.
Whilst golf was busy during the month, despite some very wet days, with lots of members and visitors taking to the course it was inside the club that we were busiest with two large dinner dance events in The Magnolia Suite, for SMCA and Chearlsey Cricket Club, plus conferences and meetings in The Boardroom and Ryder Cup Room throughout the month. As well as regular clients Avansa Limited with us at the start of November for 3 days, we also welcomed new conference clients from Kubota, Connor Limited, Fleetplus IT and Mencap Oxford.
DELIVERING MEMORABLE AND ENGAGING SERVICE...
We are very fortunate, and proud, to have many regular long-standing clients throughout all areas of our business and we always strive to deliver a service that engages, delights and surprises the company or the organiser and their guests or delegates.
Regular clients Avansa come to Best Western Plus Magnolia Park Hotel, Golf & Country Club at least 4 times a year for their 3 day Sales Meeting with between 20-25 staff and clients each time, and we are thrilled to have been engaged by Avansa to be their conference venue for 2019 and a third consecutive year. They enjoy their time with us so much that they refer coming to Magnolia Park as "coming home" due to the high level of service they receive from all our staff involved from the planning through to delivery of each conference.
Having lost her mother to dementia in January 2017, Jenny Arnot, Commercial Director at Avansa published Unforgettable Recipes, a cookbook to raise money both to support people affected by dementia and help fund research into the condition. With sponsorship not only from her colleagues at Avansa, but also many of the UK’s leading brands in the food and drink industry including KP Snacks, Dr. Oetker and Cawston Press, Jenny and the team at Avansa successfully raised sufficient funds both to produce and publish the cookbook which features 46 recipes, including two donated by Miranda Gore Browne, former Great British Bake Off finalist. The target is that the book will raise more than £25,000 for the amazing Alzheimer's Society. To celebrate the launch of this very personal book for Jenny, to thank them for their continued business and as a surprise for her, the 22 Avansa staff and their clients we prepared their mid-conference 3 course dinner entirely from recipes in the book.
On Wednesday evening they enjoyed a choice of 3 starters, 4 main courses and 3 desserts including Jenny's own Cheesecake recipe. Head Chef Charles and his kitchen team did an amazing job and were given a round of applause by everyone for their hard work and delivery of such high quality food, something that was really appreciated by all the Avansa team.
Providing such a great personal service not only leads to generating new business by standing out from competitors, but also leads to lucrative, repeat business whilst highlighting appreciation, commitment, enjoyment and making the time spent with us memorable for both new and existing clients. As keynote industry leading Customer Service Keynote Speaker Geoff Ramm states, it's all about providing "Celebrity Service".
If you would like to purchase a copy of Unforgettable Recipes please email firstname.lastname@example.org You can also follow the journey on Instagram at unforgettable_recipes_cookbook
CHEARSLEY CRICKET CLUB ANNUAL DINNER DANCE
On Saturday 17th November we once again hosted the Chearsley Cricket Club Annual Dinner Dance and Awards Evening with 100 guests attending for the second year running.
All the players, partners, sponsors and guests enjoyed another great night here and we have received some great feedback on the service and quality of food. The evening started with a delicious 3 course meal before the senior members of the Committee hosted the awards ceremony and presented the seasons winners with their trophies. Awards were also handed out for the clubs Unsung Heroes & Heroines as well as some more amusing awards! Following the raffle and auction, raising money for The Nic Willoughby Fund, the guests then danced the night away to our resident DJ until 1:00am.
PRO SHOP NEWS
The Junior Academy
The Junior Golf Academy continues to thrive under Head Professional Jon Darby with the current intake of juniors continuing their journey of learning the basics of the game. Four juniors recently passed the Cadet Level 2 programme and now move onto the next stage. All the children continue to make huge progress in each session and are really taking to the game and enjoying the new skills they are learning. As well as the technical elements of the course, the children benefit from all the other aspects of the game such as sportsmanship, etiquette and also making new friends along the way plus the added fun element of enjoying some FootGolf.
If you would like to enroll your children into the Junior Academy, or to find out more about Junior Golf at Magnolia Park please get in touch on 01844 239700 or email Jon at email@example.com
'Big Hole' Golf on the FootGolf Course
At the start of November we took the decision to re-introduce traditional golf back on the Par 3 course whilst still retaining the very popular FootGolf. By utilising the larger holes rerquired for FootGolf we have introduced 'Big Hole' golf aimed at the juniors and also for anyone wanting to try golf for the first time. On the first day of using this format two of our Junior's, George Jennings and Charlie Tate, made birdies on the 9th hole!
The course will also serve as an extension of our practice facilities for all golfers as it is suitable for golfers of any level of ability and any age. Members can bring children, grandchildren, family and friends along to try the course from only £4.00 per person.
The Free Golf Day
On Thursday 29th November we hosted a Free Golf Day and 44 visitors took part in the event despite the heavy rainfall and cold temperatures throughout the day. The day served as a taster experience for players yet to play our fantastic golf course, and hopefully come back time and again or even join as full members or bring a golf society. The feedback on the day was very positive with the majority of the players commenting on how good the course was and the welcoming nature of the staff.
Jack O'Donnell Foundation
In November Senior Captain Paul Lankester (below right) handed over a cheque for £1,276 to The Jack O'Donnell Foundation following funds being raised from the annual 'No Hope Classic' golf event along with additional donations and contributions over the past few months.
The Jack O’Donnell Foundation’s primary aim is to give children the inspiration and financial support so that they can achieve their potential in the sport they love. They also aim to fund life changing/saving medical treatment to young people who are in great need, Further details on the Foundation can be found here www.jodf.org/
JOIN THE TEAM AT MAGNOLIA PARK
We have the following vacancies;
NEW - Wedding and Event Coordinator - full time
Food and Beverage Assistant - full & part time, including weekends
Chef de Partie - part time
Kitchen Porter/Assistant - full & part time
If you're interested in applying for any of these vacancies, please submit your CV along with your cover letter by post or email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE PGA TOUR, NOVEMBER REVIEW
November on the PGA Tour started with the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and BRYSON DeCHAMBEAU notched up his fifth victory on Tour with a final round 5-under 66 which was enough to beat defending champion Patrick Cantlay by a shot. It was his third title in five starts on the PGA TOUR to go with his FedExCup Playoff wins at The Northern Trust and the Dell Technologies Championship and was his fourth win since June where he took out The Memorial Tournament. DeChambeau moved to fifth in the FedExCup and the world rankings with his latest triumph.
Next event on the PGA Tour and popular American MATT KUCHAR survived some shaky play down the stretch and rattled in a par putt from just inside three feet on 18 to shoot a final-round 69 for a one-stroke victory over Danny Lee (65) at the Mayakoba Golf Classic and a first win since 2014. With the win, Kuchar earned a spot in a handful of prestigious tournaments, first on the calendar being the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January. Although he went into Sunday with a four-shot lead, and kept a nice cushion for much of the day, Kuchar bogeyed the 14th and 15th holes, missing putts inside 10 and 5 feet, respectively, to make it close. With Lee on his heels, he closed with three pars to win.
The following week and another long win-less streak was broken as CHARLES HOWELL III ended his 11-year wait for a PGA Tour win by claiming victory at the second play-off hole of the RSM Classic at Sea Island, Georgia. The 39-year-old holed a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th to edge out fellow American Patrick Rodgers. After two rounds, Rodgers was 12 shots off the lead but shot an eight-under-par 62 to join Howell (67) on 19 under. Webb Simpson was a shot further back, while Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell finished tied for 11th. Rodgers' strong finish, which included an 85-foot birdie putt at the 12th, saw the 26-year-old set a final 36-hole record for the PGA Tour with an aggregate of 123.
The final 'official tournament of the month was the co-sanctioned World Cup of Golf where BELGIUM won for the first time with THOMAS PIETERS and THOMAS DETRY holding off Mexico and hosts Australia in Melbourne. The pair went into the final day with a five-shot lead and carded a four-under 68 in Sunday's alternate shot foursomes to win by three strokes on 23 under. The England Team of Tyrrell Hatton and Ian Poulter finished the final day with a round of 70 to leave them eighth on 15 under. Ireland's Shane Lowry and Paul Dunne finished joint 10th on 12 under, while Scottish pair Russell Knox and Martin Laird ended joint 14th on 10 under. Australia, backed by a vociferous home crowd, started six shots adrift of the Belgians but had four birdies on the front nine and three more from the 12th on the back nine, including Cameron Smith holing a bunker shot on the 14th, lifted them to 20 under par. Belgium bogeyed the 15th to see their lead cut to two but Australia's charge stalled when Marc Leishman missed a four-foot birdie putt on the 16th and they finished with two more pars to sign for a 65. Mexico's Abraham Ancer, who won last week's Australian Open, was playing with Roberto Diaz and although the pair did not threaten the lead, three late birdies saw them close with a six-under 66 to join Australia in second. Defending champions Denmark were tied for fourth at 17 under par alongside Canada.
PHIL MICKLESON claimed the $9m (£7m) winner-takes-all prize in a dramatic duel with Tiger Woods which finished under floodlights in Las Vegas. The matchplay between the two Americans went to a 22nd hole before Mickelson, 48, sank a four-foot putt for victory.
Woods, 42, chipped in on the 17th to stop Mickelson putting for the match, then missed a chance himself from eight feet on the first extra hole. That led to a sudden-death play-off on a 93-yard hole which Mickelson edged. With 19 majors between them and two decades at the top of the game, Woods and Mickelson are two of the most recognisable golfers on the planet and this head-to-head battle was the latest chapter in an enduring rivalry. Playing under the lights was a suitably extraordinary finish to an event which, although lacking quality as a sporting spectacle, had promised to show golf as it had never been seen before. Opinion on 'The Match' was divided as some felt it was a pointless, indulgent exercise which only served to make two of the richest players in the history of the game even richer. Others believed it was a fun, entertaining way of showcasing the sport to a different audience. Either way, it had people talking.
Woods and Mickelson challenged each other with charity side bets throughout the match, although the expected bravado and trash-talking did not materialise as many thought it would. That started at Tuesday's news conference when they bet $200,000 (£155,200) on Mickelson opening with a birdie on the par-four first. The five-time major champion missed his chance and that meant Woods won the challenge with that money going to his chosen charity. Woods could not add to the that total, however, as Mickleson won three nearest-the-pin challenges to earn $600,000 for his charities. Neither came close to holing their second shots for eagle on the par-four ninth despite ambitious offers of $1m, while other flutters on monster putts and longest drives - both missing the fairway on the 14th - also proved fruitless.
THE EUROPEAN TOUR, NOVEMBER REVIEW
The European Tour kicked off November with JUSTIN ROSE reclaiming his world number one ranking after winning the Turkish Airlines Open. Rose, 38, beat Li Haotong, of China, in a play-off - after both finished on 17 under par - for his 19th career win as he returned to the top of the rankings. He initially got there in September, holding the position for a week before American Brooks Koepka replaced him. This is the first time that Rose has defended a tour title, after winning in Belek in 2017. Rose, a former US Open winner, posted a final round of 68, three under par, to finish tied with China's Li on the Regnum Caya course, before the 23-year-old bogeyed the extra hole in the play-off.
The following week the European Tour was in South Africa for the NedBank Challenge and LEE WESTWOOD shot a stunning final round eight-under-par 64 to win and claim his first victory on the European Tour for four years. The former world number one took the outright lead from Louis Oosthuizen with a birdie at 17, completing the back nine in 31 to finish on 15 under. The South African's challenge faded as he finished third on 11 under behind Spain's overnight leader Sergio Garcia. Westwood, who carded six birdies and an eagle on the second hole in his round, celebrated with caddie and girlfriend Helen Storey after holing a putt on the 18th. The win was Westwood's 24th on the European Tour and his third at the Nedbank. Oosthuizen carded a 69, with a damaging bogey on the 15th and then finishing with double bogey on the 18th. Garcia hit a 70 as his two-shot lead from round three disappeared. England's Ross Fisher (70) was fourth on eight under, a shot ahead of compatriot Matt Wallace (67) with four-time major winner Rory McIlroy (71) finishing in a tie for 21st on one under.
The final event of the 2018 season was the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai and DANNY WILLETT won his first title since the 2016 Masters as he carded a four-under final round of 68 to finish on 18 under par, two shots ahead of fellow Englishman Matt Wallace and Patrick Reed of the United States. The 31-year-old nearly hit his tee shot into a stream on the 18th hole before recovering to make par. Willett won his first major at Augusta two years ago but slipped from a career-high of ninth in the rankings to outside the top 450 earlier this year because of injury and a loss of form. He shared the lead with Reed going into the final round, but went three shots clear with an eagle on the par-five second and then made birdie on the seventh. He lost that lead after bogeying the 10th and 12th, but birdied three more holes before holding his nerve on the 18th.
The other title on the line at the DP World Tour Championship was the 2018 Race to Dubai and Italy's FRANCESCO MOLINARI finished off an incredible season after defending champion Tommy Fleetwood failed to win the season-ending event. Needing victory in Dubai to overhaul Molinari, Fleetwood carded a 68 to finish on 10 under - eight shots behind winner Danny Willett. Molinari, who won The Open this summer, was confirmed as European number one during the final round. The Race to Dubai victory caps a memorable year for Molinari, who won his first major at Carnoustie in July and became the first European player to seal a perfect 5-0 record in the Ryder Cup in September. He is also the first Italian to become the European Tour's top player after Fleetwood slipped out of contention with a third-round 74.
No sooner had the 2018 Race to Dubai been completed, the 2019 season started in Hong Kong with the season opening Hong Kong Open and AARON RAI held off fellow Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick to win his first European Tour title by one shot. Fitzpatrick, 24, chopped Rai's six-shot overnight lead to one but bogeyed the 17th, allowing the 23-year-old to win on 17 under with a bogey at the last. Fitzpatrick birdied his first two holes to close within four and was three adrift after nine holes. Four more birdies in his next six holes narrowed the gap to one but he missed a four-foot par putt on the penultimate hole to hand the advantage back to Rai. Tommy Fleetwood, who started the final round alongside Fitzpatrick in second, dropped back with a three-over 73, one ahead of Scotland's David Drysdale who carded a 66 to finish fifth. Sergio Garcia shot a level-par 70 to finish joint sixth with fellow Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello and India's Shubhankar Sharma on nine under par.
CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR DINING AT MAGNOLIA PARK
CHRISTMAS DAY 4-COURSE LUNCH
Tuesday 25th December 2018
Treat yourself and your family on Christmas Day and let us do all the hard work!
Join us for a sumptuous, traditional 4-course Christmas Day Lunch complete with all the trimmings, party hats & crackers!
ONLY £59.95 per adult and £29.95 per child (5-14 years) and FREE for under 5's
Served from 12:30pm until 2:00pm
Bookings must be made in advance.
BOXING DAY DINNER & LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Wednesday 26th December 2018
Join us for an amazing Boxing Day Dinner with Live Entertainment from 'Sincerely Frank'
If you love the songs and style of Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack then we've got a great evening of Live Entertainment for you on Boxing Day! The evening starts with a delicious 3-course Boxing Day Dinner from 6:30pm. Then sit back and enjoy the live entertainment with Sincerely Frank, an amazing tribute act to the one and only Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack by Steve Merson! His easy, natural presence and excellent vocals set him apart from all others, he’ll have you tapping your feet and up dancing!
ONLY £27.50 per person!
Why not make a night of it and stay the night in our 4-star Best Western Plus hotel accommodation with a Full English Breakfast the next morning, for just £90 per room! (based on 2 persons sharing a double or twin standard room, staying on 26.12.2018)
NEW YEAR'S EVE 5 COURSE GALA DINNER
Monday 31st December 2018
Join us for a spectacular New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner which begins in style with an amazing Champagne Reception at 7.30pm.
Then after a sumptuous 5- course dinner served from 8.30pm, there will be dancing to our resident disco through to 2019, pausing to mark the arrival of the New Year in style at midnight with the chimes of Big Ben and a rousing chorus of Auld Lang Syne!
TICKETS ONLY £79.95 per person
NEW YEAR'S DAY CARVERY LUNCH
Tuesday 1st January 2019
Why cook on New Year's Day? Recover from your New Year's celebrations with our marvellous 5-meat Carvery Lunch! Choose from a delicious spread of 5 roast meats with all the trimmings
It's perfect for all the family and the kids will be happy with our ultra-fast FREE Wi-Fi keeping them online, allowing you to relax and enjoy a stress-free start to the year!
Served from 12pm until 4pm.
ONLY £13.50 per person and FREE for children under 9 years
Bookings must be made in advance.
For further information or to book any of our Christmas and New Year dining options please call us now on 01844 239700, email email@example.com or visit www.magnoliaparkgolfhotel.co.uk/christmas-newyear
2019 OPEN GOLF COMPETITIONS
Our 2019 series of Open events start in May with the Senior Men's Open (55+) followed by the Corporate Open and Ladies Pairs Open in June, Men's Open in July, the Junior Open in August and finishing with the Senior Men's Pairs Open (55+) in September. We are also finalising a date for the annual Golf Society Organisers Day and details will be released soon. All the details for entries are on the posters above and there are Member Rates applicable for all these Open events.
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