Club Captain's Message

Fellow members.

After what seems to have been a very short year as Vice Captain, I am delighted to welcome you, as Captain, to the Club website.

I am very proud to follow in the footsteps of the many captains who have represented Newark Golf Club before me. I consider it a great honour and a privilege to be given the opportunity to serve as Captain. And, of course, it goes without saying that I will do my utmost to discharge the responsibilities of the position to the best of my ability. My hope (and aspiration) for the year ahead is that we will be able to continue to maintain the finest traditions of Newark Golf Club, while remaining a warm and welcoming place for new members and visitors.

Serving as Captain in 2020 will be made more special for me because it marks the 30th anniversary of my joining Newark Golf Club. During my time as a member, I have seen the Club evolve in many ways. While we have always had a Course of which we were rightly proud, the work that has been done in recent years has elevated the Course to another level. Indeed, we are very fortunate to be able to say that we are one of the few Clubs in the County where we can play on our greens all year round. We receive regular praise for the way the Course is set up and its outstanding condition: this is a great credit to Alex Clarricoates and his green-keeping team.

Similarly, our Clubhouse offers an excellent place to eat, drink and relax before and after golf. Expertly overseen by Rob Hall, our catering team provide an excellent service. From the 100 Club and a game of Click during the long Winter evenings (if you don’t know how to play this game, just come along to one of our 100 Club nights) through to private functions and weddings, the Clubhouse is an ideal venue for both members and visitors. Of course, the same can be said of the Golf Shop which offers we, the members, the chance to get fitted with the latest technology, and caters for all our golfing needs, especially if we lose the odd ball or two!

Throughout 2019, Howard, and I were very fortunate to receive outstanding support from our fellow members. Our team matches were very well supported and there were many people who worked either as volunteers on committees and the like, or who just generally helped out when we needed it. This support is greatly appreciated. Hopefully, this can continue in 2020, which neatly brings me on to the subject of my chosen charity!

I have decided to focus on a local charity, one that is relatively small but one which makes an enormous difference to many families at a very difficult time: The Children’s Bereavement Centre in Newark. The Charity supports children and young people (3 to 18 years old) and their parents/carers from across Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. Please take a minute to have a look at their website [follow link] to find out more about the amazing work they do. I hope that in 2020 we, as a Club, can, together, increase awareness of the Charity, as well as raising much-needed funds to support the good work they do.

While there will be lots to do next year, I really do look forward to spending time on the golf course with friends, old and new, and wish every member a great golfing year in 2020.


Keith Whitfield
Captain 2020