10 August 2009

BBCU Golf School - Launch

We have had so many people requesting more about golf, that we have decided to launch a BBCU Golf School. One of Kyivs long time expats - Bill Bennett, is a great golf player and has stepped forward to lead on this project.

We will form a partnership with Royal Kyiv Golf Club, we have known them for some time during the construction of the golf course. The course is almost finished and already has a great Driving Range, Chipping and putting green and an excellent 6 hole Academy Course for beginners. So we have the basic facilities in place to start teaching people the game.

However, as usual in Ukraine its not without problems. Due to the economic crisis, the club house is not even built yet and the driving range building is not complete. We are just being honest with people and telling them that they cannot expect VIP service for some time. Hence our initial green fees and school fees will be low, plus we will introduce a 'Pay and You Play' scheme to make it easier and just get people playing.

We know we have many expats who have been waiting a long time to play on a REAL golf course in Ukraine. Visitors will be pleasantly suprised when they see the layout of the 18 hole course.
Designed by Martin Hawtree (British Golf course designer), the Royal Kyiv Golf Course will be THE first professional level course in Ukraine.

01 August 2009

BBCU Golf Day

We escaped from the city centre of Kyiv on Friday 31st July to visit Golf Stream, approximately 30 km to the west of Kyiv. Golf Stream management were kind enough to provide a bus, to avoid any drink driving after the event.

With 42 members and guests a great time was had by all. Although we only had six real golfers.
The winner on the 9 hole course was Peter Burningham, with Tim Huxtable a close second.

Those who took part in the "Golf Clinic" throughly enjoyed their introduction to the game.
Everyone had the opportunity to play on the chipping green, putting green and driving range.
The best performance was from Ben Hunt closely followed by Ursula Silling and Sergey Savchuk.

I still think golf is like a drug. You get addicted to the game and want to get more of it.
Maybe we should challenge our American friends at the ACC to a tournament?