Dear Member,

I hope this newsletter finds you all well and enjoying being back on the golf course.

The weather has been very hot over the last few weeks which has given the course a late summer look. The greens staff have been watering the greens and tees heavily in order to keep them in the best condition. I would like to thank on behalf of all the members, Brian Toall and his team for the amazing job they have done over the last 9 weeks or so.

As you know we furloughed two staff, which meant we only had two staff working at any one time, so to have the course looking and playing as it is, is a testament to the amount of hard work that they have all put in. I am sure every member will have been impressed by the condition that the course has been presented for us on our return to golf.

With the restriction of only being able to play in two’s, tee times at the weekend have been at a premium. We are therefore introducing a temporary restriction on members’ guests at the weekend. Council have decided that from and including Saturday 13th June no members’ guests will be able to be introduced on a Saturday. From and including Sunday 14th June a member will be able to introduce a guest from 3.00pm. These are temporary measures and will be reviewed as and when there is a further easing of lockdown restrictions.

This does not affect a member bringing a guest during the week.

You may remember that I asked in a previous newsletter that when a time was booked that all players’ names were added to the booking. This is important as the club have to keep a record for six weeks of all who have played. This is required in order that if a person becomes ill with the Corona virus, or has symptoms of the virus, then everybody who has been in contact with them can be traced by the authorities. Your co-operation with this would be appreciated.

One issue that has been brought to my attention is that we have a missing caddy car. It appears to have been inadvertently taken during the period when the shed was open for members to uplift their carts. It is a Motocaddy and has the number 44 on the handle.

If any member has taken this trolley by mistake please could they contact Iain Seath.

Members may have read that some golf clubs have seen a surge in people looking to join. Liberton is no exception and to date we have taken in 22 new full/youth members and 2 more juniors. We also expect this figure to increase over the next couple of weeks. This has provided a welcome cash boost for the club at this time.

I am pleased to say that all members who had fallen behind with their monthly direct debit payments have now made contact with the Secretary. Nearly all have paid subs due and the others are making arrangements to do the same.

Many members have been enquiring as to when we might see a resumption of catering.

I am pleased to say that from Saturday 13th June, Nicola will be operating a takeaway service from the side kitchen door. It will be a restricted menu of rolls, sandwiches and tea or coffee. I am sure this will be welcomed by everyone and I know that Nicola is looking forward to seeing everybody again and I hope that members will give her their support.

We are hopeful that in the next phase of lockdown that we may be able to start playing in three balls or four balls. If that is the case then we will look at the resumption of some stroke play competitions. When this does happen members will be able to enter with their choice of partners.

Both myself and Council are extremely grateful for the level of support shown by everyone. We have heard of some clubs who have lost quite a few members so to have our numbers hold up and indeed increase is very gratifying.

I hope you all continue to keep well and enjoy your golf. Please remember to strictly adhere to the social distancing guidelines as set out by the Government.


Brian Gorman