Chairman's Newsletter - November 2016

General Club Noticeboard : Chairman's Newsletter - November 2016


Chairman: John Spencer


The Board are working with HMRC, our accountants and the GCMA (Golf Club Managers Association) to achieve the best possible outcome for MGC regarding our CASC (Community Amateur Sports Clubs scheme) status. If you have any queries about this, please speak to a Director.

A detailed BRS message has already been issued to members on this matter.
Safety Measures – our H&S advisers – have carried out the annual health check to ensure we meet all our H&S requirements.

We have issued new contracts of employment and handbooks to all our staff to make sure we comply with all Government legislation and bring them completely up to date.

Finance: Martin Millichip


Our strong financial performance has been maintained throughout the current year, with a Financial surplus again expected for 2015-16 to rebuild previous depleted reserves. Further details to follow as we near completion of the financial year.

On specific matters the profits from Buggy hire for 2015-16 have been used to refurbish the current fleet with new seating and the Pension Auto Enrolment is now in place and operational for the Club’s employees.

Competitions: Stan Simpson


As we come to the end of another busy golfing year we continue to thrive on the course. Our members have made it clear that they want competitive, handicap qualifying golf and throughout the summer the competitions committee have managed to deliver, with more qualifying competitions than ever before.

As we approach winter and non-qualifying golf, the focus will again be on stableford team competitions and the primary objective of accommodating all members who wish to enter. So it’s no surprise to learn that speed of play will once again be high on our agenda!

In addition, we are pleased to announce our partnership with Jon Harrison Lowdham, Official Peugeot Dealer.

In addition to sponsoring our scorecard they are looking to provide a dedicated Mapperley Golf Course landing page on their website, allowing our members special offers, incentives and giveaways whilst providing a portal to significant deals on all makes of vehicles from their sales, aftersales and bodyshop.

And more cars on offer for a hole in one!

Sales & Marketing: Martin Hardwidge


I hope everyone will have noticed the new signage at the end of the drive – a bit better than the old council blue and yellow! We are still pursuing Nottinghamshire County Council for brown ‘tourist’ signs to help people find their way here.

We sent out an email a while ago to let everyone know that we are building a relationship with the Nuffield gym, and that there may be an opportunity for interested MGC members to take advantage of a preferential rate there. Frequent changes in management have delayed progress on this initiative but things are starting to move again and I hope to have news soon. Please email me if you are interested.

As most will know, we have signed up with Whole in One Golf, who will provide us with a variety of services. Computer-generated fly-bys for each hole will run on our web site and on a large clubhouse screen. They will also run on buggy-mounted iPads that they will provide. An iPhone and Android app will allow us to communicate with club members, visitors and societies.

The service is free of charge to the Club, funded by sponsorship. I am finalising a range of tee and hole sponsorship opportunities, which will be offered first to our existing sponsors who have generously supported the club. If any members have businesses and would like to discuss possible tee sponsorships, some of which now include golf and a golf day at no extra cost, please contact me.

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As the major golf season draws to a close, our thoughts turn to nights indoors. This year will see the normal Christmas entertainment with the timeless classics which include the Club Dinner Dance, the Children's Christmas party and our New Year’s Eve party. Not forgetting the Captains' Charity cheque presentation on the 1st December.

The above will be advertised in the club house nearer the time of the events.

Next year we are planning a few more social events for your Diary such as in-house Ferret Racing, music nights and guest speakers so keep your eyes on your BRS for updated information.

Finally, we still run Thursday Social nights which starts at 9.15 pm every Thursday so why not pop up and join in the fun of bingo, sticky 13s and test your general knowledge in the Quiz, as well as open-the-box, all for cash prizes.

So, come and join us, meet new members and support your club.

House: Dan Williams


At a recent meeting of the House Committee an issue was highlighted concerning the poor access to the ladies’ locker room. On examination of the possible solutions we concluded that there were no easy fixes of a permanent structural nature that would not be cost prohibitive. We therefore agreed to look at cosmetic improvements such as painting, Astroturf carpet, handrails etc. We are currently looking at installing a WC for members/guests with disabilities. More details on this to follow shortly.

Other issues for maintenance/modernisation being considered and, if considered feasible and affordable, will be put to the Board for a decision on priority.

Repairs are being planned for the gents’ toilets. An upgrade to the heating and hot water system in the club is being explored and if carried out an upgrade to the decoration within the clubhouse will then be considered.

We are always on the lookout for contractors especially those who turn up, who can offer services to the club provided they have the necessary skills and competence. Even better would be an all-rounder who can turn their hands to multi-tasking or have contacts who they could use when the work is beyond their competence. In either case, we would be pleased to hear from you.

Finally, we have seen an increase in turnover in the region of 50% which has been maintained two consecutive years. To support this increased activity, we have incurred increased costs to cover extended opening hours and more functions but the bar now returns a worthwhile surplus.

Membership: Garry Wilkinson


We are pleased to say membership for 2015/16 has held up well in maintaining our numbers through retention and recruitment of new members.

Thanks to those members who have played their part in helping to recruit new members to the club. Do not forget if you introduce a new member to the club you will receive £25 on your club bar card.

Bally Hayer has agreed to take on the role of Junior Organiser with immediate effect. Bally will be forming a junior organising committee. If any member feels they could help with the juniors in any way - please contact Bally.

Thanks to Rachel Steedman for all her hard work in the past as Junior Organiser.

Invoices for 2017 subscriptions will be issued by email or post the first week in December 2016. Please note - for those on Golf Plus Direct please contact GPD to renew by 01 Jan 2017. For members with Premium Credit contact Garry or Neil.

Course: Joe Childs


The major item of news regarding the course concerns the re-modelling of the 8th hole. The hole has been redesigned by our course architect Mr Ken Moody who has carried out several projects on the course in the past with great success so I am really looking forward to seeing the results over the next few months. These changes should see a vast improvement in this hole.

The works are due to begin on the 15th December and Ken has told me that barring a very severe winter the hole should be back in play by approximately May 2017. Whilst the remodelling work is carried out we intend to use “the pond hole” (as we all refer to it). No doubt you will have seen that it has had some extensive work done to ready it in time to replace the 8th, including the installation of a new teeing area. Whilst it will be a relatively short hole it will still offer a good challenge for all of us golfers across the winter/early spring. Arrangements are in hand to measure the length of the hole so we can then inform the membership.

On a different topic both myself and my team realise that mistakes were made during this year’s hollow tining carried out in August, I am not going into too much detail in this newsletter (suffice to say we will be doing it differently next year) but l am happy to talk to anyone about the issue and give you the results of our enquiry.

At a very recent Greens meeting we discussed the age-old problem of leaves on the course. After a lengthy discussion we concluded that the many Poplar Trees that we have on the course are a large contributor to the leaf problem. Specifically, they cause a problem on the course with large roots that come through the surface and can also go through drainage runs that are on the course. Bearing all this in mind we will be embarking on a policy of removing these trees wherever we can. We are mindful that there are some that can’t be taken out where they provide protection to both golfers and members of the public that use the footpath around the course.

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