Chairman's Newsletter - May 2016

General Club Noticeboard : Chairman's Newsletter - May 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 the 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 is your Club and any help you can give to its development will only help enhance your and your fellow members’ enjoyment.

Chairman – John Spencer
A sincere thank you to the board members, the captains, and all those members who are working so hard, and succeeding, on keeping the club on track for another good year. So much work goes on behind the scenes that many members will not be aware of, but the time put in by people is appreciated.

I welcome Martin Hardwidge to the board in the role of Sales and Marketing Director, I am sure he will do an excellent job for us. The position will be subject to vote at the next AGM.

Course – Joe Childs
We decided to only micro tine the greens pre-season as this was less intrusive than hollow tining. This means that later in the summer we will need to hollow tine the greens, by doing this in the heart of the growing season it will limit the recovery time and hopefully like last year we will hardly notice that it has been done.

We have now installed a biometric time recording machine for the greens staff, which is now being used by all the staff and they are more than pleased with this new addition.

The Starter’s Hut, funded by donations from the Noonies is now installed on the first tee.  It looks very good and adds to the first impression that both members and visiting golfers get of our course.  

We have revisited the improvements to the first Tee area, for those who don’t know it is our intention to lay a new area of the rubber surface similar to that used on the 5th Tee.  We will install an area in front of the block paved area, with a path up from the top of the steps leading to the winter mat and an area of approximately 1 metre around the winter mat, this we hope, will reduce the damage to the main tee over next winter and also improve the looks throughout the summer months.

With the help of some very generous members, we managed to raise the funds required for this project with half the amount of the costs being raised from the course improvement competition that was run at the beginning of the season. On the day l donated some prizes for a raffle which raised a further £75, and we have had two donations with one donation of £1000 and another donation of £120.These two donations are a wonderful gesture from two very prominent members who both wish to remain anonymous. l am sure that the members would like me to pass on their thanks for their most welcome donation towards this project, which l will most certainly do.

If any member has any ideas on how we can improve our golf course please get in touch with either myself or any of my team and share your ideas, we are always open to suggestions.

Sales and Marketing - Martin Hardwidge
Since being appointed a couple of weeks ago, here’s a brief update on what has happened so far:

Jon and I came up with the Friends for A Fiver on Fishy Fridays, which got off to a great start with several groups of members’ guests enjoying the weather and playing the course for only £5 each.  Adrian even sold out of fish!   We’ll run that every Friday through May at least. Jon will collect contact details of visitors so we can communicate with them later. We’re also looking at a loyalty card scheme to encourage people to come back to play again.

I have met with a sign manufacturer to look at ways to improve signage at the end of the drive, and have set the ball rolling with the Highway’s Department at Nottinghamshire County Council to look at brown ‘tourist’ signs to help people to find us.

If any member would like to become involved and perhaps join the Marketing Committee, please contact me at martinh@mhamarketing.co.uk.   I’m particularly keen to hear from anyone who can offer skills in Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).

Finance – Martin Millichip
The club continues to build on last year’s financial performance and is forecasted to have a positive result for the second consecutive year.

Plans are in place for MGC to meet its responsibilities to its employees for pension auto enrolment.

The club continues to assess its areas for development and upgrade of its facilities, whilst keeping within our financial constraints.

Competitions – Stan Simpson
For your information there are differing handicap limits applicable to some of the club "Major" competitions (they are not all 18 handicap limit).  Please refer to the Major Men's competitions for further information. It will also be displayed on the Competitions Board for your information.

In addition, the Competitions Committee believe that the limitation placed on juniors playing in Majors is archaic and outdated.  Consequently the club are encouraging juniors' participation by removing the obstacle and allowing them to play under the same 18 limit as adult members with immediate effect.

I can confirm that all Saturday singles summer competitions will have prizes issued in all three divisions (in addition to the competition winner and runner up).

On a less positive note I am concerned that for every competition I am confronted by an annoying number of cards not posted. This situation is highlighted in greater detail in an item I have recently posted on the Club website.  I would urge you to read this and act accordingly so that I can ensure that all competitions are correctly recorded and correct handicaps are maintained.  

House – Dan Williams
The first phase of the Clubhouse redecoration project has been completed. This involved redecorating the bar area together with upgraded lighting, and emergency lighting, to give a ‘brighter and fresher’ first impression.  This was a low cost upgrade as further work may be required in the medium term.

A minor upgrade to the plumbing in the ladies toilet has been completed.

Following the tender process Adrian has been appointed as the new Club Caterer. As part of this appointment he has re-installed the coffee machine and revised his menus.  

The new exterior car park lighting together with controller have now been installed. The lights have low energy consumption and via the controller they switch off when everyone has gone home

New cleaning contractors have been appointed.

Membership – Garry Wilkinson
The present intake of members is still good with new members joining during this financial year. It is particularly pleasing to note that current members are playing an active role in attracting these additional members.

The precise figures of membership will become available at the end of the current financial year in August.

In the previous newsletter mention was made of us applying for Golfmark accreditation. This would help us attract interest from younger prospective members, thus helping balance the age profile of the playing membership. The application for Golfmark has now been submitted and we are currently awaiting the outcome of this process.

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