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Coronavirus Update

Dear Member,

CORONA VIRUS UPDATE

May I start this communication by hoping that you and your families are well.

I am writing to you today, probably on a more direct level than of all other updates that have been issued in recent times. I appreciate that you may be a bit overwhelmed by all the information released, whether from Downing Street, on television, radio or any other form of communication. The situation we find ourselves in is unprecedented.

Some of our members may have lived through previous tough times, rationing as a result of World War II or the fuel crisis and the three day week of the 1970s. But none of us have lived in times such as this. I have been a member of Liberton Golf Club for 40 years and in this, our Centenary year, for us to be dealing with this unprecedented situation is proving very challenging.

Quite frankly, the timing of this couldn’t be worse for all concerned. Dozens of courses have already closed their doors in the last 12 months and many others will be worried about what the future may hold. I note that there is a campaign on Twitter to encourage us all to pay outstanding subscriptions in order that our golf clubs can survive the coronavirus crisis. In an ideal world, we would of course all be doing precisely that. But as a Golf Club we all appreciate it is not quite that simple.

As a club Liberton does not have a vast reserve of cash. We are continuing to pay all our staff their salaries; the greenkeeping team, who are working on a split two man shift pattern in order to maintain the course as best as possible, office staff who are coming into the club to carry out essential tasks and also working from home. The bar staff also remain as Club employees. We are doing this with no bar takings, no function income and no visitor income. We like many other clubs are non-profit making and this income is included within our annual budgeted finance to ensure we continue to deliver what our members require.

Visiting parties have been a good source of income in the last few years and we have seen a steady increase in volume, due mainly to the great condition of our course.

Sadly because of the present situation we have had many cancellations of outings & functions. We had budgeted for this income so it will be difficult to recoup this money when everything returns to normal.

The financial strain is having an effect on everyone and we fully understand the effects it may be having on family life.

We would like to assure members that the club is keeping a tight rein on expenses with no unnecessary expenditure being undertaken at this time. Nevertheless we have the aforementioned wages & payments that must be paid every month. The Secretary is looking at all the Government assistance that has been made available recently to help with wages etc. to see what we can apply for.

As I am sure you will appreciate annual member subscriptions are the main source of income the Club must rely on. A large proportion of which our members pay by direct debit each month. Some members pay their fees in full in January therefore by taking out the direct debit option offered by the Club at no additional charge members are making a commitment to pay full fees for the year.

We would therefore hope that everyone on this system will continue to contribute each month. I appreciate the Golf Club is currently closed, closed by Government, but we need continued income if the club is to survive the current global crisis.

The club, also understands that some members may have difficulties due to the present situation, we would ask these members to contact the office by email. Thereafter the Council will discuss potential options which could then be offered, to hopefully reach an amicable agreement regarding payment.

The success of any golf club is down to its members. Liberton is your club and with your continued help and support we will get through this crisis. We will then hopefully be able to get back to what we all love doing very soon.

Finally, I realise that some may not agree with the content of this letter. However, I have to put the good of the Golf Club to the front of all considerations that need to be made. The truth is that not all golf clubs will survive this crisis. What we, the Council are trying to do is ensure that Liberton Golf Club remains in as secure a financial footing as possible.

Wishing you all well through these extremely difficult times.

 

 

Brian J Gorman

Captain
Liberton Golf Club

Course Closure

DUE TO GOVERNMENT ADVICE A DECISION HAS BEEN TAKEN TO CLOSE THE GOLF COURSE

WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT. IF ANY MEMBER READING THIS NOTICE COULD INFORM THEIR

PLAYING PARTNERS AND FELLOW MEMBERS IT WOULD BE APPRECIATED.

FURTHER INFORMATION WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE IN DUE COURSE.

Competitions Suspended

Please note that due to the current unprecedented situation all Club competitions have been suspended until end of April. This position will then be reassessed on a month to month basis thereafter.

Covid 19 Update

All social and golf competitions ( medals, strokes, fun and hole and hole) for the month of April are suspended.  
In order to continue to provide as full a service as possible there are a number of temporary measures the Club are implementing:
Professional Shop – Iain will open shop whenever possible, he will also allow members to use his personal toilet facilities should this be necessary.
In order to maintain personal space between playing groups timings will be altered to gaps of 10 minutes per tee time. On the golf course, all putts should be made with the flag sticks in the hole.
The hole cups will be inverted & any putt hitting the cup will be deemed to have been holed. Bunker rakes will be taken off the course by the Greenstaff. Players should not use the ball washers. The Air Hoses will be disabled until further notice. It is also advisable not to shake hands and to keep a distance of 2 meters between players.
The trolley shed will be open but please note that buggies and pull carts will be unavailable for hire at this time.
Specialist Catering – A carry out service will be made available (times cannot be guaranteed). Food will be picked up from back kitchen door with cash payment made at that time. Card payment may be made in Professional shop using contactless card. No entry will be allowed into the Clubhouse building at any time.
Greenstaff will continue working on the golf course but courtesy must be shown at all times by respecting personal space and maintaining safe distance and allowing them to carry out their duties with their limited staffing numbers.
Office staff will provide a skeleton staffing but would ask that contact is made via email rather than by telephone.
We will continue to closely monitor the information and advice released by the Government and Public Health Scotland with regards to the spread and containment of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and advise as appropriate.

Clubhouse Closure

In a slight change to previous notices the Clubhouse closure has been brought forward to 6.00pm

on Saturday 21st March. The locker rooms will still be open on Sunday the 22nd March so that

members can remove their clubs from their locker in order to continue playing golf.

Any member who has not removed their clubs by this time should make arrangements through

the Office in order to do so.

Coronavirus Update – Clubhouse Closure from 22 March 2020

Dear member,

After careful consideration and taking Government advice into account the Council have decided that the Clubhouse will close with effect from 6.30pm on Sunday 22 March 2020 until further notice. The position will continue to be reviewed on a month to month basis.

THE GOLF COURSE WILL REMAIN OPEN BUT AS THERE WILL BE NO ACCESS TO LOCKER ROOMS WE WOULD THEREFORE ASK THAT MEMBERS REMOVE CLUBS FROM LOCKERS BEFORE 6.00PM ON SUNDAY 22 MARCH.

In order to continue to provide as full a service as possible there are a number of temporary measures the Club are implementing:
Professional Shop – Iain will open shop whenever possible, he will also allow members to use his personal toilet facilities should this be necessary.
In order to maintain personal space between playing groups timings will be altered to gaps of 10 minutes per tee time.
Please note that buggies and pull carts will be unavailable for hire at this time.
Specialist Catering – A carry out service will be made available (times cannot be guaranteed). Food will be picked up from back kitchen door with cash payment made at that time. Card payment may be made in Professional shop using contactless card. No entry will be allowed into the Clubhouse building at any time.
Greenstaff will continue working on the golf course but courtesy must be shown at all times by respecting personal space and maintaining safe distance and allowing them to carry out their duties with their limited staffing numbers.
Office staff will provide a skeleton staffing but would ask that contact is made via email rather than by telephone.

We will continue to closely monitor the information and advice released by the Government and Public Health Scotland with regards to the spread and containment of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and advise as appropriate.

The council appreciate the understanding and support of all members at this extraordinary time and would ask that you continue to enjoy your golf at the Club and most importantly stay safe.

Quiz Night 20th March

Unfortunately due to the present health situation this weeks Friday Quiz Night is cancelled.

Liberton Golf Club – Corona Virus (COVID-19) Update

Dear Member,

As a sporting venue Liberton Golf Club take health issues extremely seriously and as such the Council wish to let you know that we are keeping a very close eye on the developments of Coronavirus.

We will continue to closely monitor the information and advice released by the Government and Public Health Scotland with regards to the spread and containment of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Golf Club will remain open and we have no plans to cancel any of our activities at this point and are operating business as usual.

We would ask you to help us maintain a clean and healthy space by paying attention to your personal hygiene, particularly in respect of frequent and thorough washing of hands and the immediate and safe disposal of used tissues.

If you feel unwell or have any of the symptoms regardless of visiting any of the countries being monitored please refer to NHS guidance and please do not attend the Golf Club.

We will continue to closely monitor all available information and act accordingly.

For more information you can familiarise yourselves with the most up to date information by checking the website of Health Protection Scotland.

 

Race Night – Friday 13 March

A quick reminder to make sure everyone who can manage is aware of the Liberton Golf Club Race Night on Friday 13th March. 

Evening starts with first race at 7.30 pm. Meals are available and can be ordered beforehand or during the evening. Horses at £5 and Jockeys at £3 are still available, speak to bar staff to arrange.

Come along, have a flutter you might even back a winner, but most importantly have fun while also supporting the Club for another great evening.

 

 

Seniors Update

All senior members are reminded that time is running out if you want to enter this years Seniors hole and hole competition or be considered for selection for the Seniors inter-club friendly matches.

Both sheets will close on 15th March so if wish to take part in either event please get your name on the sheets before you miss out.

Brian Forsyth

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