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Club Newsletter: December 2023

Our December 2023 Update

Here’s our update for December 2023 from the whole team at St Mellons Golf Club.

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Update From The Board

From the Board

This month the clubs selection panel will post the preferred candidate for Ladies Vice Captain, Mens Vice Captain, and President. Their choice of candidate will be posted on clubs notice board and emailed to members on the 31st December. Following this any other qualifying member may then put themselves forward for election against these candidates. Ladies will vote for Ladies Vice Captain and President and Men will vote for Men’s Vice Captain and President.

Please note however the date for members to submit themselves forward for these positions will be between the 6th and 20th February 2024 and not the 31st January as advised previously. These dates will align with the Articles of Association for Election of Directors. Application for post of Directors must therefore occur between these same dates. The result of the election to these positions if held will be announced at the clubs AGM to be held on 20th March 2024.

The golf club rules will be updated in January 2024 and posted on V1 Document folder to include these and other changes to our governance structure.

Grant Funding

Following a rigorous application process, the Board are pleased to announce that we have been successful in securing £47,100 of grant funding from Wales Golf. The funding will be used to purchase some much needed new equipment and carry out improvements to the course and practice areas, to the benefit of all members. The finer details of the grant will be finalised over the coming weeks, following which further information on the improvements will be shared with the members.

60th Anniversary Celebrations!

All members, in case you didn’t already know, 2024 marks our 60th anniversary. To mark these celebrations we want to know what events you’d like to see! Send us your ideas below or send us an email at

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Quiz Time! – You should know the rules of golf – Do you?

Test your golf knowledge with these questions below!

1) Taking a practise swing on the fairway you move your ball. Any penalty?
2) A, B and C are drawn to play together at a fixed time. A and B are there at their designated time and tee off. C arrives after they have teed off but just in time to play in the correct order. What is the penalty if any?
3) Are you entitled to relief from a boundary fence?
4) Your ball comes to rest against the flag stick, only partially below ground surface level. Has the ball been holed?
5) How should the honour be decided on the first tee in stroke play?

Find the answers at the end of this newsletter.

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From the Captains

Mens Captain

Dear Members

It was very pleasing to me to see so many players out on the course this summer, with all of our competitions and related initiatives, that has been prejudiced in recent weeks by the very poor weather but nonetheless I think we can say it was a very successful season this year, which was assisted by the condition in which the course was maintained. Beyond that, it has been very rewarding for me personally is to see the progress Tom and his team have made in relation to the junior section. The youngsters are the future of our Club and it’s been a breath of fresh air to see so many juniors out on the course and around the clubhouse. We should continue to both support and invest in our juniors and I’m sure that’s something Brian and his new team will build on. 

Finally, and having just mentioned Brian, it would be remiss of me not to thank Toby for his efforts. I’m sure we all both understand and applaud his decision and wish him well in the hope he will enjoy the success in his career he works so hard for. It was no easy task for him to take over from Barry and there’s no doubt he has made progress and left things in a condition from which Brian will be able to excel.

With that, may I wish you all a Happy Christmas and prosperous New year,


Your captain 

Rob Cook

Rob Cook

Ladies Captain

Dear Members

Throughout November the wet weather has continued to disrupt our autumn golf, with no Wednesday competitions taking place, however, our senior ladies enjoyed a fun competition on a dry Monday morning. Support for our Sunday Texas Scrambles has been great and it has been encouraging to see so many experienced and our N2G ladies playing together, learning from each other and forming new friendships. 

A huge thank you must go Andrew Walters who has completed the decoration of the ladies’ locker room. Our competition and changing rooms have been given a new lease of life.

Under the instruction of Jo Waite, some of our ladies have designed Christmas cards to be sold in the club in aid of our Ladies’ Captains’ Charities. Many thanks must go to Mary Long for enabling the cards to be printed. Under the guidance and expertise of Jo, our art sessions will continue every Monday. A huge thank you to Jo for her knowledge, patience and fun, and for making our art meetings a ray of sunshine during our wet autumn days.

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Christmas has arrived at the club, the decorations are up and the lights are sparkling. Special thanks to Bev Dobbs who gave up her spare time to make the festive spirit alive ahead of our December Christmas events.

Looking forward, we have the Ladies’ Christmas Dinner on the 6th December, Christmas jumper, carols and mince pies on Wednesday 13th and on the 17th December we have a Texas Scramble followed by mulled wine and mince pies. Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a happy Christmas.

Many thanks

Sally Madsen


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What’s On At The Clubhouse?

See our latest menus below.

Our Sunday roast is available on Sundays, served from 12pm to 4pm. Come and join us.

Group bookings available, please contact the chef for more details.

For bookings and enquiries, please contact the chef or enquire at the bar or:

Call us at: 01633 680408 (ext 3 or 5)

Kids Christmas Menu

All parents are requested to be on time to avoid disappointments. Bookings open now.

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Winter is Coming

Please pay at the bar.

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From The Proshop


We still have 153 members with money on their account in the pro shop.
A reminder, THIS MUST BE USED BY 24/12/23.
Any outstanding credit passed this date, cannot be claimed with either myself or the incoming professional.
It’s time to use it or lose it!


As the date for ordering equipment has now passed, we can now sell our ex-demo clubs and rental trolleys.

Drivers available from £300:
Ping G430 SFT
Titleist TSR2 & TSR3
Callaway Paradym 3D, Standard & X

Fairways available from £200:
Ping G430 MAX & SFT
Taylormade Stealth 2 HD
Callaway Paradym X

Hybrids available from £200:
Ping G430

We have a variety of shafts available and the Professional Team will be happy to advise which is best for you.

We have 2x Powakaddy FX5 GPS ex rental trolleys for sale @ £300 each.
Both have been recently serviced, are hired out regularly, come with a lithium XL battery, three prong charger and GPS with thousands of golf courses preloaded.

If you’re interested in a brand-new trolley with a long warranty, we have Powakaddy and Motocaddy trolleys now available from £599

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Quiz Answers:

Did you know the rules?

Did you know the rules?
1) There is a penalty of 1 shot and the ball must be replaced
2) There is a penalty of 2 strokes for player C
3) You are NOT entitled to relief from a boundary fence
4) Yes, the ball has gone below ground surface level
5) By draw e.g. toss of a coin or in some way similar

How did you do?

Thank you

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Course Status:

Course Open - Buggies & Trolley permitted
Updated: May 29, 2024, 06:37 am

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