Congratulations to all our champions and all who qualified for the matchplay stages. Through out the week
there was some great golf played culminating on Saturday with all the finals played in a great spirit.
It was great to get the championships played after all the uncertainty we have all gone through with the
current health situation. Thanks to everyone who came out all week and gave the players their support.
I am sure it was appreciated by all the competitors.
Club Champion – Scott Stewart
Ladies Champion Silver – Stephanie Sutherland
Gents Champion “B” Div – Peter Whitecross
Ladies Champion Bronze – Alison Baxter
Gents Seniors Champion – George Wither
Gents Seniors Champion “B” Div – Charlie Love
Because the championship is being held almost two months later than usual, we have had to make some
changes to the timings of the matchplay and bring forward the times of all rounds other than the finals.
This is to allow all the matches to finish in daylight.
Iain has a copy of the times and if anyone needs clarification then they should contact Iain direct.
I hope this newsletter finds you all well and enjoying the spell of warmer weather that we have been having. There are some details concerning the clubhouse and golf course that I would like to make you aware of.
There are some changes to the bar opening and closing times that will come in to effect from Sunday 9th August through until Saturday 15th August.
Sunday – The clubhouse will open at 9.30am and close at 8.30pm.
Monday – Saturday – Open at 9.30am and close at 10.30pm.
Bar Hours will be from 11.00am until 30 minutes before the clubhouse closes. The bar staff have been given discretion to close earlier if there is no one in the clubhouse. These hours will be reviewed for the rest of August and members made aware of any changes.
Our championship week is almost upon us. As you all will be aware Brian Toall left Liberton last week to take up his new position at Baberton. We have appointed a new green keeper but owing to his term of contract with Ratho his present employer, he will not be able to join us until September. This means that for quite a few weeks we will have only three green keepers on the course. There is always extra work required during championship week so to aid the greenskeepers with their preparation we have made the following change.
From Monday the 10th August until Friday 15th August the 1st tee will be closed between 11.30am – 12.30pm. This will enable the greens staff to carry out essential work that would not be possible if members were playing the hole. I realise that this will cause some inconvenience to members but championship week is a big week in our golfing calendar.It is important to have the course in as best condition as possible, so I hope members will understand why this action is being taken.
Because of the curtailed competitive season we have had to make some changes to qualification for this years matchplay stages. In previous years the Seniors championship was played separately from the championship week. This year it has been necessary to combine all the matchplay stages in to the same week. That has an effect on those gents who could qualify for both the championship and the Seniors championship.
For this year’s competition those gents who could qualify in both sections will be asked when they check in with Iain Seath, whether they wish to play towards qualification for the championship or the Seniors championship. It will not be possible to qualify for both and Iain will signify on the entry sheet the players preference. The draws will be made on the Sunday evening once all the scores are in. This will be around 7.45pm and all are welcome to attend.
The Seniors matchplay 1st tee time will be 4.45pm on Monday and Tuesday
The change for this year’s qualification is for this year only. Hopefully by next year the health situation will have improved and we can return to a full golfing calendar, which will include our Centenary events.
SENIORS OPEN TEXAS SCRAMBLE
At this stage we are able to hold the Seniors Texas Scramble on the 15th September. A change in the guidelines from Scottish golf will allow this to go ahead. As these guidelines are changing regularly this will be monitored and any changes will be conveyed as soon as possible.
Congratulations to those ladies who have already qualified for the matchplay stages. I wish every success to the gents in their qualifying rounds. Hopefully the weather will be kinder to us than last year and it would be great to see as many members as possible out supporting those who do manage to qualify for the matchplay.
As all of the Edinburgh clubs that we play friendly matches against have completely abandoned the season the only match remaining on the schedule is the return match at Falkirk Tryst on September 10th.
The senior’s club championship qualifying runs alongside the club championship on Saturday 8th August so if you don’t already have your name down go to the time sheet and look for a space.
I hope that you all stay well and that we can get back to some sort of normality next year.
Please note that due to the evening competition tee times Clubhouse hours during Championship week (w/b 9 August) will revert to normal Summer hours – 9.30am to 10.30pm Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 8.30 pm Sunday (the bar will close 30 minutes prior to clubhouse). These hours will remain in place during the month of August with discretion given to bar staff to close earlier if appropriate.
If you enter the Clubhouse before bar opening please remember to sign the track and trace listing on the bar. This is an extremely important procedure to ensure the continued safety of all members and visitors.
When the Golf Club re-opened last month the original guidance allowed for Clubs to make their own decision, based on safety measures in place, whether locker rooms should also re-open or remain closed. At that time Liberton Golf Club decided to re-open.
On Friday Scottish Golf issued the attached which includes confirmation that Scottish Government have now clarified the position and all Golf Club locker rooms must remain closed until further notice.
Dear Member Clubs,
There have been a number of enquiries in recent days with regards to locker rooms and confusion as to whether they are permitted to be back in operation and we felt it was appropriate to provide an update to all clubs on this topic.
In anticipation of Scotland entering Phase 3 of its route map out of lockdown, Scottish Golf provided all clubs with a Readiness Guide to support you in preparing for the reopening of Clubhouse Facilities. This Guide, which was subject to change, was issued in advance of announcements by Scottish Government to give all clubs as much time as possible to prepare for several significant changes that would impact on how your clubhouse operates. It was however issued noting that it was subject to final approval once public announcements had been made.
Following the announcement that we would be entering Phase 3, Public Health Scotland and the Scottish Government later confirmed that locker rooms must remain closed at this time.
As and when this guidance is changed, we will inform all clubs. We thank you for your continued understanding at this time and should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The Scottish Golf Team
Please note that with effect from 7.00pm on Tuesday 28 July 2020 the Club locker rooms and trolley shed will now close based on this Government announcement. Please therefore now ensure that all equipment is removed from lockers and trolley shed by that time.
If you are unable to remove equipment by Tuesday please contact the office to make an appointment when access can be arranged.
The Council will advise as soon as possible when Government guidance is updated to allow the Club to again re-open facilities.
Your understanding and co-operation is much appreciated.
Please note that due to staff leave the Office will be closed all day on Monday 27 July, open again normal time on Tuesday 28 July.
By the time you read this the clubhouse will have been open for a couple of days. There have been measures put in place to keep everyone safe and I would ask that you follow these instructions to keep both staff and members safe. While we are lucky to have a large lounge, the social distancing rules of 2 metres means that we cannot have as many tables in use as normal. Some clubs have put a time limit on how long you can sit at your table but at this stage that is not something we are considering. What we do ask is that all members show some consideration to others who may be looking for a table. The bar staff will monitor the numbers in the lounge and it may be the case that you will be asked to wait until a table becomes available. Members should not gather in the entrance area leading to the lounge.
It may be necessary at times to wait outside the front door if it is not possible to stand in the entrance hall safely.
The outside seating area is proving popular and with any luck the weather will allow it to be used regularly. Please note that this area has been designated a no smoking area. This also includes vaping. Because of the ongoing health issues smokers should not congregate around the front door as this poses a health risk to everyone entering the clubhouse.
All the safety measures put in place will be regularly reviewed and if necessary modified. If any member feels that any area could be improved please bring it to the attention of the Secretary or Bar Manager. We will always welcome any constructive comments or suggestions.
In the last newsletter I mentioned that there would be some changes to our green keeping staff with Brian Toall moving to Baberton and Joe Loffelman taking over as Course Manager. Unfortunately Kevin McConnell who had accepted the position of green keeper has now had a change of mind and will not be coming to Liberton.
Every effort will be made to recruit a new green keeper as quickly as possible however this does mean that from the 3rd August we will be down to three green keepers. A couple of members are helping out with some tasks around the course. If any other member feels that they could help in any way during this interim period please contact the Course Manager for further information. (Tel No 0131 664 3009 option 5).
We were given some sad news at the beginning of the week. David Mears who worked at Liberton as a green keeper for 23 years passed away last weekend. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time. At this stage funeral arrangements are not known.
As is the case with most golf clubs we have seen a substantial increase in new members. At the time of writing we have 80 new members including 7 juniors.
On behalf of everyone at Liberton I would like to wish you all a very warm welcome and I hope you enjoy your golf at our lovely course. If you see me around please introduce yourself.
To those of you who might be receiving a newsletter for the first time our Centenary celebrations have been put back to 2021 because of the ongoing health situation. Full details will be made available in due course.
This is just a reminder for all members and information for any new members who may not be aware of the following points.
5th Green – When approaching the green with a caddy car or buggy please follow the sign and take the path to the right of the green. This alleviates any wear and tear from the front approach area.
Caddy cars and buggies should always be taken round the outside of all bunkers and kept away from the fringes of the greens. Please also keep caddy cars and buggies off all tees.
12th Tee – Players should wait before hitting their tee shots until the 15th green is clear. Players putting on the 15th have priority.
As hard as we all try to hit the ball straight we all know that is not always possible.
If a ball is hit outside the course boundaries it is important that the matter is reported either to the Secretary or the Professional. The club need to know of any incidents of this happening that may lead to a possible claim against the club.
With the ban on golf clubs hosting open competitions still in place we have cancelled the Seniors Open Greensomes on the 30th July and the Gents Open on the 2nd August. The Seniors Open Texas Scramble has been moved again and will now be played on the 15th September if the ban on opens has been lifted.
Please note that for the Sweeps on the 22nd & 29th July the following arrangements will apply regarding the returning of scorecards.
The clubhouse will close at 7.30pm. Anyone who is unable to enter their score into the computer should put their scorecard in the box at the Professionals shop. Iain Seath will collect these cards and enter them the following day.
Iain has acquired a supply of miniature bunker rakes that fit on the end of a club.
They are available from the shop at a cost of £10.
We are now getting closer to our Championships with the Ladies qualifying this weekend and the Gents in a couple of weeks. Can I wish all of you who will play in these competitions every success and I look forward to seeing all the qualifiers in the matchplay stages.
It is with great sadness that I to bring to you the news that David Mears, a well liked greenkeeper at Liberton for 23 years passed away suddenly earlier this month.
David left us in 2019 in order to further his career and our thoughts go out to his family and friends.
The Club flag has been lowered as a mark of respect.
Sunday to Thursday
Locker rooms – 8.00am to 7.30pm
Bar – 11.00am to 7.00pm
Friday and Saturday
Locker rooms – 8.00am to 10.30pm
Bar – 11.00am to 10.00pm
Please note that bar area of the Clubhouse will remain closed until 9.30am, when staff will be on site. Only locker rooms will be open to members prior to this time with no access to bar area. Kitchen carry-out may be available prior to this time.
Clubhouse will close promptly, 30 minutes after bar closing.