I hope you are all keeping safe and managing the present situation as well as can be expected. With the latest Government information on the lock down it looks as though it will be about May 7th before we know any more on what their plans are.
With that in mind I felt it important to give you some information on plans the council have with regards to our golf competitions this year.
It is highly likely that even if some restrictions are lifted after May 7th there will still be some form of social distancing in place. This would make the playing of our Club matchplay events very difficult. (Hole & Hole Singles & Foursomes etc )
With the uncertainty that we are dealing with, Council have taken the decision to cancel these competitions for this season.
We have also decided to cancel all the competitions in May, again due to the uncertainty of the restrictions.
Council do feel it is important that if possible the Club Championships should be played. The Ladies Summer Stroke & Championship Qualifying due to be played on the 23rd & 24th May will therefore be rescheduled. At this stage it is not possible to give an exact date for this.
Every effort is being made to get as much of our fixture list played as possible. Iain Seath is looking at this & is reworking the competitions in order that when we are able to get back on the course we can get as many played as possible.
Members will be aware that in our major strokeplay events we enter and are then drawn with a partner. We are looking at the possibility for this year only, of not having a draw but members would enter with their regular playing partners. We feel that members may feel more secure playing with someone they know.
The Seniors Texas Scramble which is always a popular event has been rescheduled for the 4th of August. The tee times will be the same as for the postponed event of 5th May. Iain Seath will enter the names on the BRS system for the new date & all players that we have an email address for will receive an email informing them of their tee time in the near future.
Unfortunately at this time there is a problem with the club internet system, but it is being worked on and hopefully it will be up and running soon.
Stuart our Secretary continues to work from home and is managing to keep the Administration of the club going as best as can be under the present restrictions.
The two members of the Greens staff who are still working are doing a good job of keeping the course looking in great condition. As I said before, Brian Toall is confident that when we do get back to playing, and the staffing is back to normal levels, the course will very soon be up to the standard we have become used to.
There has also recently been a disappointing event that has recently been brought to my attention. Brian Toall and his team have now had to clear fly tipping from the Course on two separate occasions. If any members who use the course for walking see this happening please can I ask that you contact the police urgently to report this.
Some members have asked if the club have applied for the Government Grant of £25000. This Grant is based on the rateable value of the club.
Unfortunately we are outside the upper limit of £51000 so are not able to apply for this money.
Can I just remind everyone that we are still under the Government instruction regarding social gatherings & social distancing.
As much as we are all tiring of this situation it is important that we all adhere to the regulations and that there should be no social gatherings either on the course or in front of the Clubhouse.
The police have been in touch to say that one such gathering had occurred on the 18th of April. Council would expect all members to refrain from any such activity. Failure to do this could lead to a suspension of membership.
As I mentioned earlier there is a lot of work going on in order that when we can restart our golf we are in the best possible position to do so.
Finally can I thank everyone again for the messages of support that we have received during these very difficult times for us all, I realise there is a lot of pressure both financial and personal on each and everyone of you and your support is greatly appreciated.
I hope you and your family keep safe and well.