I hope you are continuing to enjoy your golf since we reopened the course, even though certain restrictions have remained. Hopefully as I write, the Scottish Government will have further relaxed the restrictions and we can get back to playing in four balls which I am sure many of us have missed.
You will have read last week that our Course Manager Brian Toall is leaving us to take up a similar position at Baberton. Brian has been at Liberton for eight years and during that time along with his team has transformed the condition of the course and made it the envy of many other courses in the area. I would like on behalf of all the members to thank Brian for all his hard work and dedication to Liberton and wish him well in his new position. Brian starts at Baberton on the 3rd August and I am sure many members will take the opportunity to speak to him before then.
Council are delighted that Joe Loffelmann decided to take up the offer of becoming our new Course Manager. He has been with us for just over 5 years and was Brian’s deputy for three of those years. He has all the attributes required for the position and we are confident that he will not only continue to maintain the high standard that have been set but indeed improve the course still further. I am sure that everyone at Liberton will wish Joe well in the next stage of his career.
I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome a new member of the greens staff. Kevin McConnell comes from Bathgate golf club where he started as an apprentice and continued to work there for 14 years. He is looking forward to coming to Liberton and I am sure all members will wish him well. Kevin will join us in the latter stages of July.
As you all know the decision was taken to postpone our Centenary celebrations until next year. Part of the celebration was the Flag raising ceremony accompanied by a reception in the clubhouse. Unfortunately the present health situation made that impossible. We did have a symbolic raising of the Flag on the 19th June which was the date 100 years ago when Liberton was founded. If circumstances permit we intend in late September to officially raise the Flag and have the clubhouse reception originally planned for 19th June. Everything will of course depend on government guidelines.
We also had several events planned to mark the Centenary year. It is our intention next year to hold as many of these events as possible that had been planned for this year. These will include a Centenary stroke competition, a novelty fun event, a Centenary foursomes match. There will also be a Centenary competition with Prestonfield who also celebrated their Centenary this year. Teams of four (two from each club) will play a Texas scramble and it is hoped to have enough players so that a competition can be played at both Liberton and Prestonfield.
At all these events there will be refreshments and food included at no cost to the players. All competitions will be free to enter. A Pro-Am was scheduled for this year but at this stage we are not sure if this will be carried forward.
A Centenary dinner will be held in the clubhouse in October which will round off the celebrations. All these events are open to Ladies, Gents and Junior’s and it is hoped as many members as possible will take part. At the start of next year there will be a Centenary noticeboard set up in the entrance area giving more details of everything that is planned.
Details on the temporary rules for competition are set out below and are also on the website. There will also be copies in the Professional’s shop.
TEMPORARY RULES OF GOLF FOR HANDICAP PURPOSES
AS ADVISED BY CONGU.
- The flag stick should remain in the hole. Do not touch or remove the flag stick.
- A ball will be deemed as holed when stationary and any part of it is below the
surface of the putting green.
(if your ball hits the flagstick and / or lips the hole and remains outwith the hole,
then you have not holed out and you should continue until your ball is
stationary in the hole)
- Bunkers – Preferred lies are in play. You may prefer your lie, 6 inches not nearer
the hole. The area cannot be smoothed before placing.
If any clarification is required then a player should seek this from the Professional.
Unless there is any change to the government guidelines we intend to open the clubhouse on the 15th July. Plans are in place for a safe reopening for members and staff. There will be hand sanitisers in place and markers set out to allow for social distancing. We would ask that everyone adheres to the social distancing measures that have been put in place within the bar and lounge areas.
Opening hours for the bar and clubhouse will be made available next week, along with catering arrangements. As the takeaway catering facility has proved popular, it is Nicola’s intention to continue with that service including when the clubhouse reopens. Please be careful with your rubbish and use any bins provided or if necessary take your rubbish home. The wheelie waste bins are for Club staff to use. The company who supply the uplift of our bins have reinstated our uplift but at this time have a backlog and are unable to say when they will come. Please be considerate when disposing of any rubbish particularly on the course and use the bins provided or take your rubbish home.
As I have mentioned before thanks are due to all the members who have given freely of their time to work around the clubhouse and garden areas. The painting ‘’pixies’’
Lynn Cranston, Helen Fonseca and Sandra Love have been busy painting the waste bins in a very nice shade of Liberton Blue. Thank you Ladies.
The revised fixture list is available on the website. Please note the cancellation of the Gents Silloth on 25th July and the Lady Captains Open Day on the 6th August.
There are still places available for the Gents Open on the 2nd August.
The weather will hopefully remain kind to us so that we can get the curtailed fixture list completed. To those of you looking forward to the competitions I wish you every success. Please stay safe and continue to enjoy being back on the course.