Bedfordshire Golf Club News & Magazine 

Bedfordshire Golf Club hosts its first Wedding Ceremony in 10 Years 
Bedfordshire Golf Club club recently acquired a licence to hold wedding and civil ceremonies at the club and with this new authority, we hosted our first Wedding Ceremony in over 10 years in June. Although we've hosted many wedding receptions and parties at the club over that time, it was our first end-to-end managed wedding day with all aspects of the event covered. 
 
The happy couple, Katrina and Ashley Lush, invited 40 of their friends and family for the Wedding Ceremony itself and the signing of the register, before many more arrived for the Wedding Breakfast and entertainment. Adopting a Super Hero theme for the day, dress code was perhaps more colourful than often seen at the club, but this definitely added to the fun and enjoyment for the entire party. 
 
On a beautiful sunny June day, they decided on a buggy ride for a photo shoot to secure some atmospheric shots around the course. The wedding party dined on Hog Roast and all the trimmings, and then danced the night away before celebrating with fireworks to end their big day. A fitting finale to a wonderful event for the newly weds. 
 
We wish both of them the very best for their new married life together. 
 
If you are looking for a wedding venue with stunning photo opportunities and great all round facilities at competitive prices for your big day, click here to view our weddings page and download our Wedding Brochure 
 
2017 golfing season now in full swing 
Now that we're into the main 2017 golfing season, our two golf courses are in excellent condition and are looking their best ever. Our greens team have done a truly brilliant job and the feedback being received from both visitors and members alike is very positive. 
 
Our summer events, both on and off the courses are now in full swing, so check the competitions pages and also, the Social Events section for all that's happening at Bedfordshire Golf Club over the coming months. 
 
2017 promises the best ever golfing year at Bedfordshire Golf Club 
The last few months have seen a tremendous amount of work done by the various teams at Bedfordshire Golf Club in preparation for the busy 2017 golfing season. Both the 18 hole Stagsden Course and the 9 hole Par3 Academy course are already looking in great condition. 
 
Over the winter, hundreds of yards of paths have been relaid with a new rubber based all-weather surface to provide a much better experience for golfers on the course. We have started with the paths between the 1st, 2nd, 17th and 18th holes, but more will be completed over time. 
 
Several bunkers have been rebuilt with new drainage and longer lasting base layers to ensure they play to high standards expected by members and visitors alike. 
 
The greens renovation work in late April sets the course up beautifully for the main golf season and this will benefit all golfers throughout the summer. 
 
We hope you enjoy your time at Bedfordshire Golf Club - a club which the facilities continue to improve, each year, every year! 
 
Bedfordshire Golf Club hosted the Ladies County Championships 
The sun shone, the clubhouse was decked out in the county colours, and everything prepared to welcome the competitors in the County Championship. 
 
Bedfordshire Golf Club itself was well represented, with Sally Shayler and Margaret Seabrook in the final stages of the Championship, and Sheila Fairey and Sue Cribb into the Semi-final of the County Cup 
 
On the first morning Sally beat Bridie Quinn from South Beds and Margaret beat Gill Westgate B&C on the 21st hole a very exciting match. Sally won again in the afternoon , this time against Stephanie Scott from AG & WS, but Margaret unfortunately lost to Sophie Hillier. 
 
On Saturday, Sheila Fairey and Sue Cribb played their County Cup semi-final matches, unfortunately both losing (to Linda Humphries Millbrook and Rachael Bryan AG&WS respectively). They each played well and did Bedfordshire GC proud, so well done girls. In the final, Linda Humphries beat Rachael Bryan on the 19th hole to win the County Cup.  
 
Back to the County Championship and in the semi-finals, Sally was unfortunately beaten by Sophie Hillier - albeit on the 20th hole, whilst in the other match Annabel Pitts from Beadlow Manor beat Sophie Mills from JO'Gaunt. 
In the final Annabel Pitts beat Sophie Hiller to become the 2017 County Champion. 
 
As for the Championships as a whole - the team from Bedfordshire Golf Club received many plaudits about the quality and presentation of our course and also our hospitality. A big thank you must go to Geraint, Lynne & Mags, the green staff, and the bar and catering staff for all their hard work during these 3 days. Well done everyone. 
BGC 'Recorder' 
For reports on all that's been happening at Bedfordshire Golf Club please click on the links below to see the official club magazine 'The Recorder'
 
 
 
 
 
 
featuring details of the club's move to our new home at Stagsden in the year 2000 after 105 years of golfing history at the old course in Biddenham. 
 
CLUB SOCIAL EVENTS
2017 Captain John Simpson, Vice Captain Jim Godfrey and Ladies Captain Anne Harris on the tee for their Drive-In 
 
2017 Captain, John Simpson takes the helm from Kevin Dunbar 
At the AGM on January 22nd, Bedfordshire Golf Club said thank you to Past Captain Kevin Dunbar and welcomed in new Captain, John Simpson. 
Anne Harris - Volunteer of the Year Award 
I'm delighted to announce that in-coming Ladies Captain, Anne Harris, has been recognised by the Bedfordshire County Golf Union for her contribution to the promotion of golfing activities, not just within our Club - but across the County. 
 
Anne was presented with her award at Mount Pleasant Golf Club and on behalf of everyone in the Pro-Shop in particular & the Club in general, I'd like to thank Anne for all the effort she puts in behind the scenes, trying to get things done…..even if it does make our lives tougher at times! It's good to see that someone who actively shuns the limelight has finally had the spotlight turned on them - well deserved! 
 
Henry Longhurst elected into World Golf's Hall of fame 
Members may be interested to know that one of the best known former members of Bedfordshire Golf Club has been inducted into World Golf’s Hall of Fame, as part of the Class of 2017, along with Ian Woosnam & Davis Love, see link: 
 
Many of you might be unaware of Henry, understandably since he died in 1978, but he was quite a character during his life. Born in Bedford and part of the Longhurst family who established Longhurst & Skinner, he went to Bedford School, before studying at Clare College, Cambridge. He became interested in politics and was eventually elected as MP for Acton, see wikipedia: 
 
A keen golfer throughout his life, he started writing for a monthly golf magazine, which eventually came to the attention of the Sunday Times, from which he became their golf correspondent. He subsequently became the BBC’s senior golf commentator, featuring on several US network broadcasts. 
 
Most members are probably unaware that the bell in Bedfordshire Golf Club's lounge, which is rung by The Captain to announce results of competitions, is in honour of Henry Longhurst himself!