South Coast Business Golf moving to Gatton Manor Golf Club

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DavidWe are thrilled to announce that South Coast Business Golf is relocating to Gatton Manor Golf Club, Ockley, near Dorking in Surrey.

South Coast Business Golf owner and Head Professional David Fluke will be leaving Hill Barn Golf Club, Worthing, after seven successful and enjoyable years  and moving the South Coast Golf Coaching academy and the South Coast Business Golf operations to this beautiful Surrey Hills based golf course.

David will therefore assume the role of Head Teaching Professional at Gatton Manor and will also be taking an exciting new role as Corporate Golf Events Manager, drawing on his considerable experience running over 50 golf events across the southern counties over the last decade. South Coast Business Golf will continue to offer golf day experiences across the the south, however, with his new role at Gatton, David is keen to offer the Gatton experience for your company golf day.

David said “I am thrilled to be moving our operation to Gatton Manor and to take on these new roles. The new owners of Gatton have ambitious plans for the future and I am honoured to have been asked to become a pivotal part of this new venture. Gatton is old ground for South Coast Golf, having run many golf days there in the past.

At Hill Barn, I have met some wonderful people and made some great friends in what is without doubt one of the friendliest golf clubs in Sussex. I will always look back my time at the club with great fondness and am grateful to the owners and members of Hill Barn who gave me the opportunity to establish myself and the South Coast Golf Coaching operation there. It has been an honour and a pleasure to represent Hill Barn as their Club Professional and I wish everyone there every success for the future.

I am looking forward to taking the next step with South Coast Golf at Gatton Manor providing first class tuition utilising some of the best golfing facilities in the region and working with the club to provide standout corporate and society golf day experiences”
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David

Read the Gatton Manor press release here

The Competition Continues – The UHY Hacker Young & uPhotogifts Golf Day

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Joint company golf days are always amongst the liveliest events on the Tour with an added level of banter and rivalry, each team boasting they have the best players out on the course. They also provide a great opportunity for networking in a wider circle, with more people, talent, businesses and clients to find out about.Group_photo We’re pleased to say, that the recent UHY Hacker Young and uPhotogifts company golf day on Tuesday 21st June at Piltdown Golf Club was just the same, full of both opportunity and fun – on and off the golf course.

Congratulations to…

Phil Hawkins (Total Print and Display) was the best player out on the course, with South Coast Golf Tour season ticket holder Bob Grace (WPA Healthcare) coming a close second  and uPhotogifts’ very own Tsolag Keoshgerian finishing up the top 3. However they didn’t have the drive or skill that day to perform best on the hardest hole in Sussex, the 4th hole. That prize went to both Peter Sebry (Taylor Wimpey) and Stuart Jefford (H B Ingredients) – well done guys! Congratulations also go to Charity Putting winner Paul Burr (Quickshift Couriers) and the 2 from 4 team competition winners, Tsolag Keoshgerian (uPhotogifts), Phil Hawkins (Total Print and Display), Chris Hyland (4PS Marketing) and Paddy O’leary (Unibind Ireland.) With just three rounds to go, take a look at the order of merit as it stands, and see all the results from Piltdown here.

A new team triumphs

At this event, there are two team competitions. As well as the normal 2 from 4 team scoring system, every player also plays for the team who invited them to the event, uPhotogifts, UHY Hacker Young or the South Coast Golf Tour. This always makes for some great additional rivalry on the day. Whilst UHY Hacker Young ruled the course in 2015, this year there was a change in the wind, and it was uPhotogifts who came out on top, with the South Coast Golf Tour coming a close second. So that’s one to uPhotogifts, and one to UHY Hacker Young – let’s hope the South Coast Golf Tour season ticket holders can show what their made of next year.  

Looking forward to round five

On Friday 12th August it will be time for the annual charity golf day to support local charity, dizzy: support for diabetes. Round five of the 2016 South Coast Golf Tour will take place at Hill Barn Golf Club – don’t miss the chance to support this great cause! Secure your place for Friday 12th August at Hill Barn Golf Club today by contacting Jools Chaffer at dizzy: support for diabetes via jools@dizzy.org.uk

Teeing Off For 2016

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Wednesday the 16th March was no ordinary Wednesday, it was the one we had all been waiting for – the launch event of the 2016 South Coast Golf Tour. Yes, keen golfers and business people alike dug out their golf clubs and made their way to Hill Barn Golf Club, to kick-off another great year of business networking playing the sport they love.

Introducing the 2016 sponsors

The day began with an introduction from Tour Director, David Fluke, outlining what we can expect from this year’s Tour. We were also introduced to the 2016 sponsor line up – if you missed the event, here’s who you could be building business relationships with in 2016.
  • Orion Lightning Protection – Local leaders in the design, installation, testing and maintenance of the best lightning protection.
  • MR Electrical Services – Providers of safe, reliable, quality and professional electrical installation & maintenance services.
  • Carpenter Box – Sussex-based chartered accountants
  • 5 Rings Telecom – Lancing-based telecommunications company
  • Unibind UK– Providers of a range of bind machines, from a small user-friendly office range to commercial automated book making machines
  • UHY Hacker Young – Ambitious and growing network of chartered accountants
  • WPA Healthcare – Leading UK health insurer with a not-for-profit heritage of over 110 years
  • Dizzy: support for diabetes – Our Sussex based charity sponsor who aims to promote awareness of diabetes in the local area, improve the lives of people with diabetes and assist them both supportively and financially.
South Coast Golf Tour season ticket holders will be able to attend each and every one of the events sponsored by these companies, and take advantage of the business opportunities that may arise through mixing with them and their wider network of contacts out on the golf course. Good news – there are still season tickets available for you to book online today.

The ones to watch

Whilst the primary aim of the Tour for our season ticket holders is to be winners in business, there is still some fierce competition to come out on top on the golf course. The launch event gave us our first insight as to who might take the lead out on the course this year! We can report that the winning team was made up of Jason Harfield from Orion Lightning Protection, Marc Renouf from M R Electrical Services, Mark Sellings from Watson Associates and Matt Bourne from Osteopathy and Naural Health Care. However, it was Matt Bourne who managed to take lead overall. Can they still perform at their best when the order of merit has started and the pressure is on? Join us for the first event of the 2016 Tour to find out! Event one is at Cowdray Park on Wednesday the 7th April where Orion Lightning Protection and MR Electrical Services will be hosting their joint company golf day. Book your season ticket now to secure your place, or call David on 07881 810 847 to find out more about how you can become part of the 2016 Tour.

Top 10 Golf Courses In The World To Put On Your Bucket List

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If you’re a golf lover then your clubs are almost certainly an essential part of your luggage when you travel. Well, if you’ve got your clubs and ever find yourself near any of the courses below, you won’t want to miss out on the chance to a take a swing on these greens. Here’s Tour Director, David Fluke’s, Top 10 Golf Courses in the world to put on your bucket list:
  1. Augusta National, USA – of course this had to be top of the list! Home to the annual Masters Tournament, the only tournament played at the same course every year, all of the golfing greats have surely played on the Augusta National greens.
  2. St Andrews Old Course, Scotland – a golden oldie for you at number two. St Andrews is the oldest and most iconic golf course in the world, first played in the early 15th century and now home to the Open every five years. It is home to one of the most famous golf icons, the Swilican Bridge that spans the 1st and 18th holes and is where many farewell images for famous golfers have been taken.
  3. Pebble Beach, USA – at number three this course has been named the greatest public golf course in America. With breath-taking ocean views on one side and the Del Monte Forest on the other, it has a setting like no other. But its location is not the only thing that makes this course stand out, it is actually one of the most challenging in the world. Do you have what it takes?
  4. Royal County Down, Ireland  – it’s over to Ireland for number four and with the 4th and 9th holes listed in the book The 500 World’s Greatest Golf Holes, this course is definitely one not to miss – oh and it’s Rory Mcllroy’s favourite course in the world.
  5. Oakmont, USA – back across the pond for number five, to the course that has hosted more combined USGA and PGA championships than any other U.S. course. Famous for its deep bunkers, hard greens and tight fairways it is sure to be a testing round.
  6. Whistling Straits, USA – the Whistling Straits provides two courses that couldn’t be any more contrasting. The Straits course spans 2 miles of the Lake Michigan shoreline and sports an open, windswept terrain, whilst the Irish course presents a much calmer scene just inland. There is something for everyone here.
  7. TPC Sawgrass, USA – this Tournament Players Club was one of the first Tournament Players clubs to be built. Home to the PGA headquarters its signature hole is the ‘Island Green’, the par-3 17th hole on the Stadium Course where the green is surrounded by water. What David would give to play this hole!
  8. Swinley Forest, England – the only English Golf course to feature in this top 10 list, it’s made the cut because of its unique style. It is eccentric, unconventional and exclusive to mainly high ranking British military and British aristocracy. Despite a shorter yardage of 6,000 Yards its par of 68 would challenge any player.
  9. Royal Troon, Scotland  – founded by a group of golf enthusiasts in 1878 it began as a 5-hole course  but went on to become the last of the royal clubs to be so honoured. Royal Troon demands the most accurate shot making, especially with the north westerly wind on the back nine to contend with.
  10. Castle Stuart, Scotland – finally it’s back to the highlands again, for one of the newest courses on this list. When it opened in 2009 it immediately made an impact being named top new international golf course by Golf Magazine who placed it at number 56 in the world.
Give yourself the chance to play at a variety of courses in the South East, by joining the South Coast Golf Business Networking Tour, and build some great relationships for your business in the process. Contact David on 07881 810847 or via david@sc-golf.co.uk to find out more about how you can become a member.

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