As I sit typing the first Newsletter of the “Summer” season, the rain is hammering against the window, yet I see that our dedicated members are booking Tee Times, that is what I call commitment!! Our Membership Secretary informs me that we have welcomed 19 new Adult Members and 10 Junior & Youth Members since we opened the club in late May. I am indebted to the efforts of the many Volunteers who have given so much of their free time to making the course such a pleasure to play on, they are too many to mention individually, but I am sure that you will be aware of them as you enjoy your game. I would like to welcome 2 new members to the Management Committee, Billy McLeod has taken on the task of Handicap Secretary and Joe Jolly has taken over as Match Secretary. They will both be a great asset to the management of the Club.
Billie Lammie has done great work in improving the drainage on the course, especially on Holes 4,5, & 7. I have been in touch with Network Rail to clear the Culverts under the railway. They inform me that any obstructions are now cleared. However, despite these efforts, there are still “boggy” areas especially at the beginning of Hole 7. I will keep a close eye on this area of concern.
Work on improving the Greens continues and you will notice that areas have been sanded & seeded. I am sure that these efforts will bear fruit in the coming months. The Tees have also received a lot of attention in the last month. I know that some of you like short grass on the Tees & some of you prefer a slightly higher cut. We can’t please everyone, but I hope the result is at least acceptable to the majority.
We have been busy applying for funding support with some success. Ayrshire Golf Association have refunded all our current years Subscriptions and Scottish Golf 25% of our Subscriptions. We initially received a grant as part of the Covid-19 Small Business Support Grant and now further funding under the Covid-19 Fixed Cost Grant from Scottish Golf which will pay for the new Grass Collector.
Our first Competition Tees Off this Sunday 5th with a large field of competitors already registered to play. Of course, Covid-19 Rules have required the Club to modify the Rules of Play, but I am sure everyone will enjoy the day (If the rain holds off). The Match Secretary is busy revising the Diary of competitions and hopes to be able to incorporate matches to meet all levels of Handicap and ages. We hope to be in a position to publish the Diary very shortly.
Future plans are to hold an Open Day for the local community to try their hand at the great game and invite local Female Groups to swing a club in the hope of increasing our female membership. To facilitate this and to allow visitors who do not have clubs, members have generously donated 7 adult sets with bags, and we have also purchased 6 Junior Sets for use by school groups. While Covid-19 is still upon us sanitisation of loaned/hired golf sets will be strictly implemented.
Following the relaxing of lockdown restrictions by the Scottish Government the toilets in the Clubhouse will be available for use from Sunday 5th, again strict sanitisation procedures will be in place. We will also have a selection of soft drinks for take-away sale, place your order with the Starter.