Nationals 24

Y Ddraig Goch Nationals 24

“A bad attitude is worse than a bad swing.” – Payne Stewart

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Our club badge, a bell crossed by a golf club, is symbolic of the raison d’être of the NOMADS – through golf the remembrance of others.

Translation: The Red Dragon National Tournament 2024
Pronounced: a thraig goch

Our National Tournament Sponsors

Newsletter 4 – March 24

Another month has flown by and your Nomads UK National Tournament committee is working feverishly behind the scenes to make this a memorable occasion and a weekend to remember.

Here’s what to expect:

  • Thursday night – For those of you staying over we’ve arranged a night out at a local restaurant (transport to and from the venue organised) or a meal at the hotel, whichever tickles your fancy.
  • Friday morning & afternoon – A short opening ceremony for everyone, golf for the boys and high tea for the girls.
  • Friday evening – It’s off to the local rugby club for the ladies’ cocktail party followed by a hog roast and entertainment for everyone
  • Saturday morning & afternoon – Golf and ladies’ tour to Bristol
  • Saturday evening – Gala prize giving and induction of the second UK Club – Gloucestershire 
  • Sunday morning – Reflect on a magnificent weekend and head off home

Fun facts:

  • Chepstow, Cas-gwent in Welshthe closest town to St Pierre, is derived from ‘chepe stowe’, meaning a market place.
  • 9.4% of Chepstow residents speak, read or write Welsh, 2% understand spoken Welsh only and 88.6% have no skills in Welsh at all
  • For more than six centuries Chepstow was home to some of the wealthiest and most powerful men of the medieval and Tudor ages.
  • Just one year after the Norman invasion, led by William the Conqueror in 1066, the foundations of the town’s impressive castle were laid by his good friend William FitzOsbern.
  • Chepstow was once a busy port. In the Middle Ages, imported wine was off-loaded, in the 18th century it was a major centre for timber and bark exports and during the First World War, National Shipyard No. 1 was established employing over 6,000 skilled workers.

Tick tock, four months and counting!

Robbie Hillhouse – National Tournament Co-ordinator

*Previous newsletters can be read at the bottom of this page

A huge shout out and a big thank you to the Greengrass family, owners of Deva & Sons Ltd, for the massive shirt sponsorship. Your generous contribution has helped reduce costs for everyone attending, money that has been put to good use elsewhere.

Please support them wherever possible, this tournament would not be the same without their sponsorship.

Deva & Sons is a family run business with nearly five decades of experience and knowledge in the supply and installation of ducted air ventilation systems as well as specialising in the insulation of ventilation systems and ductwork cleaning services.  Our performance and workmanship is well acknowledged within the industry.”

Where:

St Pierre Country Club, Chepstow, Wales

When:

12 & 13 July 2024 (check in Friday 12 July – check out Sunday 14 July)

Cost:

Golfers – £425

Partners – £275

Single supplement – £50 per night

Additional nights – £135 per person per night

Room upgrade – £75 per room per night

What’s included:

Golf, 3 course dinner on Saturday night, breakfast, hotel spa facilities, Callaway golf shirt (golfers), goodie bag & ladies cocktail evening

What’s not included:

Friday night dinner, buggies (golf carts), spa therapy sessions, ladies’ tours and ladies’ tours transport

Found just across the River Severn, Delta Hotels by Marriott St. Pierre Country Club is nestled among the enchanting Welsh countryside, where the stunning hotel looks out over two epic parkland golf courses. The two courses, the Old and the Mathern, are both great layouts that can be enjoyed by golfers of any handicap. That said, the Old Course steals the show, one of the best parkland layouts in Wales and host to the 1996 Solheim Cup

The St. Pierre Country Club is located just across the Welsh border, making it incredibly accessible from most of the UK and Ireland. The hotel is housed in a striking 14th Century manor home, boasting facilities on the inside that are as exquisite as the exterior. The hotel is the picture of 4-star luxury, with extensive spa facilities and multiple top-notch dining options.

Set in 400 acres of stunning Monmouthshire countryside, the 14th-century manor home that is now home to the hotel is truly incredible. St Pierre represents the perfect blend, with the character of the ancient architecture being superbly complemented by the top-class modern amenities.

The spacious guest rooms are finished with the finest furnishings, and this attitude has resulted in first-class dining and leisure possibilities. 

The Beauty Rooms at St Pierre Marriott Hotel & Country Club offers guests the chance to try one of a range of tremendous treatments, including body scrubs and wraps, facials, manicures, pedicures, massages and many more. For leisure, try the swimming pool, spa bath, sauna, steam room, well-equipped gym and floodlit tennis courts.

Try a ‘Best of British’ dish in Cast Iron Bar & Grill while the Trophy Bar serves good food and drinks in a relaxed bar setting.

Newsletter 3 – February 24

Full steam ahead!

When entries opened late last year we nervously booked 16 tee times and accommodation for 100 people and anticipated a monumental marketing effort to fulfill our obligation. However, early on it was apparent that we had grossly underestimated interest in the tournament and had to increase the booking to 120 people and 20 tee times. Just when we thought we were done Sam Philpot at Your Golf Travel got a call to arrange additional tee times and accommodation. Sam, as always, moved heaven and earth to get another 2 tee times and additional accommodation but made it crystal clear that there is no more room at the inn which means we only have 1 golfer and 4 partner places left. Don’t be the guy who says “I should have…”

A tournament of this nature can’t be a success without the dedication and hard work of a few selfless people who never expect anything in return. These are the people behind the scenes who make it happen:

  • Cathy Burger and Michele Hillhouse – ladies’ tours (to be announced shortly)
  • Dave More O’Ferrall – logistics
  • James Bryers – sponsorship and social media
  • Steve Cochrane and Mike Browning – Prizes, goodie bags and trophies
  • Mike Gunningham – finance
  • Brandon Brighton – kit
  • Basil Burger – hotel liaison

Special mention goes out to Bryan Burger and Dean Gunningham who, although not officially on the committee, contribute more than their fair share. 

Fun facts:

  • In 1960 St Pierre Manor was brought by William Graham and in October 1961 the house opened as a sports and social centre.
  • In 1969 the hotel had 34 bedrooms. A single room with a private bathroom and breakfast would set you back £3 – 3 s- 0d.
  • In 1962 the Old Course was opened. 
  • In 1969 full membership of the club cost £25 for gentlemen and £18 for ladies.
  • The first big golf tournament held at St Pierre was the Welsh Open in 1971. It was followed the same year by the Dunlop Masters which was played at St Pierre eight times.

Only 5 months to go to the Welsh bash… and we can’t wait!

Robbie Hillhouse – National Tournament Co-ordinator

*Previous newsletters can be read at the bottom of this page

Newsletter 2 – January 24

It’s going to be a very Happy Nomadic New Year! Five or six years ago we made a promise that, until we opened a second club, our “National Tournament” would be known as the Gold Cup. Mission accomplished, as Gloucestershire will officially be inaugurated in July we have earned the right to host a National Tournament.

For a small club, last year’s Gold Cup turnout was off the scales and we were over the moon with 61 attendees, 44 golfers and 17 partners, of which 9 were international visitors (7 golfers and 2 partners). Compared to last year, this year’s turnout is seismic and, as I write this newsletter, we have 112 confirmed entries, 80 golfers and 32 partners, to say we’re over the moon with the response is an understatement. However, doubling the numbers from last year is one thing, hosting 25 visitng  Nomads from Australia, Botswana, New Zealand, South Africa and Zimbabwe, 14 of whom will be accompanied by their partners, is another and it leaves us speechless, there are no words to describe our elation. We’re ecstatic that you’re going to be part of our history and that you will be able to tell your mates “I was there” over a cold one.

There are only 8 places left, 4 for golfers and 4 for partners. If you haven’t entered yet please do so, we don’t want you to be the guy who says “I wish I had…”.

A little bit of history to whet your appetite: The word St Pierre appears in various forms in old records, for example, a St Pere, St Peer, Senepere, Seinpere and Sampier. The name may have come from the dedication of the church or from a Norman family who settled here after the Conquest.

Robbie Hillhouse – National Tournament Co-ordinator

*Previous newsletters can be read at the bottom of this page

Newsletter 1 – December 23

It has taken an incredible amount of work from committed Nomads over many years to get to this point – our first ever National Tournament and boy are we excited!

A visit to the resort last weekend confirmed that we have made the correct decision. The hotel and surrounding grounds are steeped in tradition and when I say tradition I mean it, the oldest building at St Pierre is the church of St Peter which was built around 1100 and consists of nave chancel, north porch and bellcote. The Old Course hosted the Solheim Cup, the Mathern Course, although a lot shorter, is in many ways more challenging, the countryside is breathtaking and the staff are super friendly – it is the perfect recipe for a memorable weekend.

Apart from a great weekend, what you can expect:

Friday

  • Register and collect your goodie bag, for those of you arriving early breakfast will be available
  • Tee off at 12pm
  • Ladies’ High Tea, Spa and leisure
  • Ladies’ cocktail hour with the Berkshire and Gloucestershire Captains
  • Braai (BBQ for Ian Wright) with live music at the rugby club

Saturday

  • Breakfast, driving range for those who believe they’re in contention and 11am tee off
  • Ladies outing
  • Gala dinner and prize giving (not likely to hand out prizes to the driving range boys)

Sunday

  • Breakfast and checkout

A huge thank you goes out to James Bryers from Bryair and George Derbyshire from Daikin for standing in as sponsors for the tournament. Please contact James or me if you would like to add your company’s name to the sponsors’ list or know of anyone who would like to do so.

Eight months to go, we can’t wait to get the show on the road and welcome as many International Nomads as possible.

Robbie Hillhouse – National Tournament Co-ordinator