Date(s) - Sat, 07 Nov 2020
As Hon Sec I am delighted to be able to invite you to come to the Final Event of this rather strange Covid Interrupted 2020 Season with our final Fixture at New Zealand Golf Club, Addlestone, Surrey.
Founded in 1895 and designed by Samuel “Mure” Fergusson, New Zealand Golf Club is a top-class course located within the famous Surrey heath belt. New Zealand was laid out on the estate of H. F. Locke-King, who also built Brooklands, the world’s first motor racing circuit on his property.
Following in the footsteps of nearby Woking Golf Club, New Zealand’s design was innovative, being one of the earliest courses to be routed across dense heathland. Fergusson continued to improve the layout for another thirty years during his long-term secretarial position at New Zealand Gold Club. In 1931, after Fergusson’s death, Tom Simpson (aided by Philip Mackenzie Ross) was commissioned to perform a major redesign of the course, which included significant bunker modifications.
According to Bernard Darwin, ” New Zealand is sui generis, it does not compete with other courses, but it sets its own standard and lives up to it. If anyone wants to play a friendly game, uncrowded and unseen, to have a good lunch in pleasant company, and get home early to London, there is no place like New Zealand.”
Not a long course by today’s standards, at a little over 6,000 yards, with a lowly par of 68, it represents a challenge: six of the par fours are more than 400 yards long. Needless to say, accuracy rather than distance is more important from the tee. The course plays through avenues of trees and there is plenty of heather to catch the wayward ball. New Zealand really is stylish golf course and it’s a privilege to play a round at this engaging golf club. New Zealand is rated 60th in the Top 100 Courses in England. The OSGS is very lucky to be able to play here and if you have not played this wonderful course do not hesitate to come and join us and sign up for your place now.
Format of the Day
9.15am Arrive for Coffee & Bacon Rolls in the Lounge – Dress Golf Attire
10am – First Tee – Foursomes Matches – White Medal Tees – Stableford Half Combined Handicaps off the Bogey
Nearest The Pin with First Shot at 5th & 10th Tees
Longest drive on the Fairways at 11th & 18th
Give Putts inside the leather and aim to be round in 3 hours
2.00pm Club Lunch & Prizes – Dress Golf Attire due to covid
(The Changing rooms are closed and guests asked to change their shoes in the car park and the jacket & tie rule has been relaxed for lunch which will be Table Service on tables of 4-6 people – full details will be given in the Joining Instructions)
This Fixture is limited to 28 Players and Bookings will close on Wednesday 23 October at 6pm if not before if all places are booked.
If there are any younger OSGS Members on the New Deal & not in employment who wish to claim this Fixture as a Free Event – they are asked to email the Hon Sec at firstname.lastname@example.org direct to book their place