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A meeting was held this week with Head Greenkeeper, Gary Divers, and the Committee, where Gary and Greens Convenor, Kenny Barbour,outlined their plans to continue with course improvements, whilst recognising the ever growing challenge of wet weather and winter damage. We have embarked on a five year improvement plan which includes major drainage and civil works, and some level of damage to the course is unavoidable to achieve this .
It was always envisaged that these works would take place in the winter, leaving the summer as the golf season, however, a number of members have rightly raised concerns that increased course use, the levels of works traffic around the course, as well as normal traffic / buggy movements, certain areas were becoming worn beyond what could normally expected.
In response to this a Traffic Management plan will be drafted, which will attempt to remove as much maintenance traffic from the course itself, either by using alternative routes, existing pathways or new routes, some of which may need some expenditure to create. The course at present (at its wettest) is ideal to create this plan, and this will be shared with the members in due course.
With the greens in such great condition and playable all year round, there has perhaps been a tendency to keep the course open when it should have been closed. The Committee reiterated its committent that the Greens staff will be fully supported in any decision to close the course, either fully or partially, for safety reasons, to avoid local areas of damage or to minimise long term wear considerations.
Can we ask all members to observe all white line markings or rope barriers without exception, as they are there to help protect the course and keep players safe. A minority of members have been observed bypassing these.
Additionally, whilst we don’t discouragee members from speaking to any members of the greens staff, members should recognise that they have an extremely challenging role satisfying the needs and opinions of over 500 members in a wet West of Scotland environment. Any frustrations or criticisms should be directed to the Committee so we can be allowed to focus the resource and efforts in a coherent way.
As agreed at the AGM, a greens forum will take place before the season starts, to allow members to put their points forward in a constructive manner. This has been set for Wednesday 19th April at 6:30. We would request that any questions are submitted in advance to allow the Greens staff and Committee time to consider them, and therefore to be as prepared as possible to discuss. (email to email@example.com)
Some of the areas that will be discussed include-
Unfortunately, a member had some equipment stolen recently from the club. Golf Clubs are occasional targets for theft, and whilst we can do everything possible to secure the club, it is also the responsibility of all members to ensure doors are locked, and expensive equipment not left lying open to temptation (including cars).
Personal belongings left in the clubhouse and caddy areas are at members own risk, and as such, the Club is not insured for loss of members possessions, whether or not they are in lockers.
We have recently been approached by an insurance company who can provide cover for £20pp, if enough people are interested. Can you let Margaret know if you are interested, who can provide details.
You should also check as your you may already be covered by your House Insurance.
There is only one outstanding winter competition this year.
As previously reported, a number of members volunteered to join the Junior Committee, which ensures that our younger players will have support and organisation for their section throughout the year. (Junior, Kieran McCormick below)
Medals and Competitions have been organised for 2017, as well as competing in the Lanarkshire Golf Association Juniors League, Division 3, (against Bothwell Castle, Bellshill, Drumpellier and Colville Park).
Joining Darren Corr, John Barlow and Suzanne Moffat, Andy Russell and Ian Graham, is Allan Richards and previous Junior Convenor, Michael McCormick who will all support the Juniors this year
The Junior AGM has been set for Sunday April 23rd at 1:30pm, where all Under 18's are invited to attend (as well as their parents and carers) prior to taking part in a Medal Competition. It is hoped that any new youngsters to the club will come along and meet some future friends.
All updates will be posted on the Junior Noticeboard throughout the year
Junior Coaching sessions
Ian Graham will be conducting some Junior coaching sessions daily, between Monday 10th April and Friday 14th, 10am for 1 hour. All Juniors, ages 6-14 years old are welcome, at a cost of £25 for the week.
Our club professional, Ian Graham started the season off in good style, winning the Lanark leg of the West of Scotland Alliance Championship last Monday. Shooting a fine 67, he won with a handsome 7 shot cushion. Ian previously won this competition back in 2006.
And Finally ... Competitions
Entries are now being taken for the first major competitions of the new year via the Pro Shop.
Full details can be found in the new Fixture Card.