Chairman’s Newsletter – February 2016

General Club Noticeboard : Chairman’s Newsletter – February 2016

We are aiming to produce this Newsletter on a quarterly basis to keep members updated about Board activities – in a brief format. Please take the time to have a look at information below. Let us know if you find this useful. Also if you would like to receive any more detail on a particular topic or feel you can help in any way please do not hesitate to contact myself or the Director responsible for that issue.

Remember that this your Club and any help you can give to its development will only help enhance your and your fellow members’ enjoyment.

 Course – Paul Turner

  • Winter mats are now in use. They help enormously to improve grip in areas which become boggy in wet conditions.
  • More roping than usual has been used and as well as protecting vulnerable areas, helps to guide players towards the winter mats.
  • The rough cutter has been exchanged for new attachments to the tees mower.    
  • A new semi mower and greens mower were acquired last autumn. All of the above will improve the quality of grass cutting.
  • The decision was taken last year to reseed the practice green near the car park. That saved a great deal on the cost of laying new turf. Subject to the weather it should be available for use by May/June.

 Competitions – Director: Stan Simpson

  • Summer competitions will recommence on Saturday 2nd April 2016. Entry Fee £4, for a preferred time band one week in advance (in the first instance, this will be Saturday March 26th 2016).  Starting groups will be drawn out randomly within the time bands. Entrants will be notified of starting time by email, if registered, or by a list posted outside the changing rooms early in the week. 
  • There will again be one allocated midweek medal, one Saturday and one Sunday medal each month throughout the summer season.  Each of these monthly three divisional winners and lowest gross score will qualify for the Medals Final, to be held on Saturday 24th September 2016.  There will also be a qualifying competition every Thursday throughout the summer for members to turn up and play on the day basis.
  • All summer singles competitions, (subject to weather and / or course conditions) will be  handicap qualifying competitions.   Any team or better ball competitions will not be handicap qualifying competitions, in accordance with CONGU recommendations.
  • 2016 Club Knockout competitions. Entrants must have submitted three qualifying scores in the  twelve month period prior to playing in any of the knockout competitions.  The closing date for entries is mid March, to enable entrants to achieve their three qualifiers prior to any preliminary round in April.
  • The Scratch Cup has been amended to accommodate quarter final and semi final matches, culminatin  in a 36 hole Scratch Final on Finals Day, Sunday 25th September.  There will now be only four qualifying competitions (Millennium Trophy Rounds 1-4) instead of five previously.
  • The Competitions Committee are considering revising the maximum men's  allowance from 24 down to 20 for non-qualifying winter team competitions only, thus allowing a maximum allowance of one shot per hole, as previously.  

Sales and Marketing – Director: Mark Fox  

  • The Club has applied for Golf Mark accreditation. If successful this will open up some funding both for the club to generate more interest in the game of golf and also for the club. Some of this may then be targeted towards improving our practice facilities. Golf England will advise us in due course, but at this stage it is looking positive.

Membership – Director: Garry Wilkinson

  • Some while ago the membership team issued a BRS message to all  members about golf insurance. It is in every member’s interest to ensure they are adequately covered. Members are asked to give this matter  some careful thought.
  •  If any member is interested in helping out the junior section in any way please contact Jon Newham in the pro shop. Also if any member knows any juniors interested in joining please contact the membership team Garry or  Neil.
  •   It is pleasing to note that 2015 was good for the recruitment of new members. Many thanks to  those current members who helped in this work. But now in 2016 we start again and you can play your part helping to get new members in.
  •  The retention of members and getting new members is ongoing and at the moment it is holding up quite well. I am also pleased to report that with the exception of one lady, all our ladies have rejoined.

House -   Director: Dan Williams  

  • Giovanni appointed as Clubhouse Manager – undertaking additional courses to widen his skills.
  •  Following Guy’s departure as steward we have re-let the Cottage to a new tenant. Some renovation work has been undertaken to bring the property up to currently required standards. Most of the work was carried out by contractors who were members of the club.
  •  The bar pot washing machine and the ice making machine have been replaced together with the supporting timber work. (Cost £3000)
  •  A longer term strategy is being developed for refurbishment of the Clubhouse, its supporting infrastructure and external areas such as the car park. This will work will require substantial investment and priorities will have to be considered carefully.
  •  Our caterers, Michael and Adrian, have indicated that they will be dissolving their partnership and therefore we are looking to appoint their successor from 1 May 2016. We have three interested parties and are awaiting their proposals.Interviews will take place during March.

 Finance – Director: Martin Millichip 

  • The Club has shown great improvement in its Financial Performance in the last 12 months resulting in a healthy surplus for the year.
  •  We continue to review and improve on our business processes in order to maximize our income but also as a tool to control our costs.

  • The surplus this year will not deal with the many areas of development that require our attention. The clubhouse, toilets for the disabled, restaurant furniture, clubhouse heating system to name a few...

Chairman of Directors: John Spencer

  • The Board consider the new governance has enabled us to speed up decision-making and clarified roles – it is working well – there is always room for improvement – of course – e.g. some sections need to develop their sub-committees and meet more regularly.
  •  We were disappointed that our Course Director resigned but we thank him for four years of excellent input in helping us to develop the Club. He is now working to get his handicap back to where it was!!!
  •  There will be a vote at the AGM to decide who takes over the role of Course Director.
  •  We thank Paul Turner for standing in during this period.
  •  All the Directors are busy with a variety of issues – some current and some for the future – I am very optimistic for the continued excellent future of our club.
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