Dear Member,

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.

CLUBHOUSE

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.

GREENS

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.

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHPLAY

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.

Brian Gorman

Captain

 

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