Dear Member,

I hope this newsletter finds you all well and enjoying your golf. It is unfortunate that our curtailed season is almost over. This year has been a year like no other and it is to be hoped we can all get through the winter safely and with as few Government restrictions as possible.

GREENS

Members will be aware that over the last couple of months our green keepers have been working with only three staff. Our course has been in fantastic condition and I am sure that all members will join with me in expressing our thanks to Joe, David and Fergus for working so hard to give us a superb course.

On the 21st of this month Robbie McLean joined the greens staff from Ratho Park. I would like on your behalf to warmly welcome Robbie to Liberton and wish him every success in this next stage of his career.

One disappointing aspect on the course is the amount of pitch marks on the greens that are not being repaired by players. If we all repaired our own marks and at least one other then it would make a big difference to the greens. It is part of the etiquette of golf and we are all responsible for making sure that it is adhered to.

Another issue is the unacceptable amount of rubbish being discarded on the course. While at this stage waste bins are not on the course, there are bins around the clubhouse. Modern golf bags have plenty of pockets in which any rubbish can be put until there is a bin available.

It is your course so please assist us in keeping it tidy.

MOBILE PHONE MAST

Members might remember that in a previous newsletter I mentioned that we had entered into an agreement with a mobile phone company to erect a mast to the right hand side of the 10th fairway. The position will be very close to the boundary wall on the Gilmerton road and have no effect on the playing of the hole, although there may be some short term changes required during construction. This work should have been carried out before the season started but had to be put on hold during the lockdown. At this stage we do not have a date for the start of the work. Members will be kept informed when we have more information.

Part of the money received as payment will be used for the item below.

LOUNGE REFURBISHMENT

Prior to the lockdown we had planned to refurbish the main lounge. It has been quite a few years since anything was done and it needs refurbished. The lounge is a good source of income to the club both from our own members and particularly from any outside functions that are held in it.

Although there are limits on functions just now, we must plan ahead in order that when things do get back to normal we are in a position to offer an attractive facility for our members and guests. Indeed if conditions allow we already have two large bookings for next year.

Before things went awry we had bought new tables, arranged for decoration, put a deposit down on a new carpet and arranged for the chairs to be re-upholstered. Council feel that it is essential to carry on with this work and keep this part of our clubhouse as attractive as possible.

In order for this work to be done it will be necessary to close the main lounge on the 26th October. We would hope to have it open again on the 7th November. I realise it will be an inconvenience to members but ask for your understanding during this time.

We will make use of the dining room during this time for drinks as well as food. With the present threat of further restrictions no one knows where we might be at the end of October. If there is a possibility that the TV room could be opened then we will look at that but it will be with a much reduced capacity which will have to be strictly adhered to.

Please observe the social distancing rules particularly in the outside seating area. It is easy to forget but it is essential that the Government guidelines are met. The outside seating area has proved popular and we may make use of it again next year weather permitting.

BAR HOURS

As is always the case our bar hours will change over the winter period to take into account the darker nights and therefore less golfers on the course. This year there is a phased in change to the hours as below.

The closing times for Fridays and Saturdays take into account the changes set out by the Government.

Monday 5th October – Sunday 1st November inclusive

Sundays, 10.30 – 18.30 bar closing. 19.00 clubhouse closed.

Monday – Thursday, 10.30 – 18.00 bar closing. 18.30 clubhouse closed.

Friday & Saturday, 10.30 – 21.30 bar closing. 22.00 clubhouse closed.

Monday 2nd November until further notice

Sundays, 10.30 – 18.30 bar closing. 19.00 clubhouse closed.

Monday – Thursday, 10.30 – 17.00 bar closing. 17.30 clubhouse closed.

Friday & Saturday, 10.30 – 21.30 bar closing. 22.00 clubhouse closed.

With the announcement this week about the need to close licensed premises at 10.00pm, the hours for Fridays and Saturdays will come into effect immediately from this Friday the 25th September.

PRESENTATION OF PRIZES

With the further measures introduce by the government with restrictions on numbers, it is probably unlikely that we will be able to hold our annual prize-giving in November. The 12th of February has been pencilled in for next year in the hope that we will be able to hold this event. If we can, then an invitation will be sent out to the winners in the normal way. If things change then we will inform members as soon as possible.

OFFICE HOURS

In line with Government guidance where we are all asked to work from home if possible, the Office staff will work from home on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday until further notice (please note days office is open may change in line with work commitments). The office will be open from 8.30am until 2.00pm Monday and Thursday. Stuart will continue to work from home 8.30am until 5.00pm outwith hours above and can be contacted by email at info@libertongc.co.uk if you have any urgent queries.

Please remember to stick to the social distancing rules as set out by the Government. Stay safe and keep others safe by doing so.

Brian Gorman

Captain

 

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