Again, I trust this finds you and your family well. There seems to have been a great deal of information from the Club lately so forgive me if you feel things are being repeated but I am hoping to pull things together for the lady members particularly.
On the news of members front I am delighted to report that Jo Williamson is home from hospital after her ordeal following being kicked by a horse. Jo now has more bionic metalwork in her body but is home and learning to be mobile again gradually. It will be a steady slow process as she heals but she has good friends who are looking out for both her and John. The messages have been flying round today to source her a suitable wheelchair so they can get her out of the house.
Mo Dickson has had great news today. She is still in the Royal but the surgery has gone very well and she needs no follow up treatment. The pancreatic cyst was in the early stages of change and has been completely removed. She has also lost her spleen so needs immunisations and will be shielding at least until they are done, even without a pandemic! Again, she will have a long recovery, but it is onwards and upwards from now on. I know we all wish them both well.
Results of this weeks Charity Team Competition are attached here. Thanks to all who kindly donated.
You will have all seen the Golf info re. returning to Qualifying competitions and the Revised Fixture List. The Blue course is not available yet nor is the White. We as a Committee have tried to think of everyone but it is difficult to please all! 80 ladies were booked to play this week and I hope will continue to take part on a Tuesday. The 3 day notice booking period is still in place so that we can make a quick change to BRS should it be necessary. I know it is not ideal but the Board feel we need to leave it in place for the time being. Stuart still has a restricted greenstaff team which also impacts on course preparation.
I have tried to draw your attention to the Covid Rules and the changes/adaptations to the Rules of Golf and local rules as they affect us. We have put a few Sunday competitions on the Fixture list and there are some weekday competitions which we can all take part in as well as the Tuesdays. The 9 hole competitions will have to be on the Red course for the moment. Social golf can be played any time so it is considered welcome that Tuesdays return in the main to Qualifying competitions. Handicaps will now be more realistic and of course one can put a Supplementary card in as described in the Golf update.
Signing in to a competition means giving your name into the staff in the Pro’s shop and paying by either contactless Bank Card or cash.
Card marking is up to you to use your common sense and stay safe! You could all mark each other’s card with your score in the margin as you are familiar with, and then one of you transcribe all the scores onto one card at the end, or you could do it as you play using one card just like you do when playing a Team Event with someone keeping a ‘check card’. Also remember to keep up the pace of play please – we don’t want card marking to slow the whole field down!
Either way, it is the Gross Score that you need to be sure of! Everything must be verbally agreed between players before one person who has handled the card, goes ALONE into the locker room and enters all three scores on the computer and posts the card into the box.
The locker rooms are NOT IN USE – except for toilets and one person entering the scores on the computer. People not playing golf are asked to use the toilets upstairs one at a time. The notice boards are not to be used. Shoes must be changed in the carpark.
Entry to the Sunday Competition needs clarification as the previous method of signing in the locker room cannot be used. I will clarify this with the Pro’s shop and confirm details.
If anyone is happy to go on a Card Checkers Rota would they please contact the Competition Secretary - Rebecca McDermott on 07515 493514 by text or telephone.
Reopening of the Clubhouse happened last Saturday, but it is a difficult time for the staff and members alike. The government guidance is open to interpretation at times. The booking in procedure; spacing of the tables and one-way system doesn’t create a great ambience unfortunately and the weather has been poor this week, meaning the balcony has not been very inviting either! The menu now includes some Chef Specials and every effort is being made to improve things as much as possible. We now have proper glasses and crockery back in use.
All members are welcome and we would love to see the House members coming for lunch like they used to do. The environment has been made very safe and all guidelines adhered to. Booking is probably advisable as numbers have to be limited but it also aids the staff. The oneway system means entering via the outside stairs and giving your name in to the staff in the Spike bar. Departure is via the internal stairs, again a reminder to all that the locker room is not in use.
I have been planning an event to try and get everyone together since Margaret Oakes funeral sparked another idea. We then thought we would wait until the clubhouse opened but we have decided to go ahead with an outdoor PICNIC RELAY! The date is the Afternoon of Friday 17th July. The event has to be ‘rolling’, hence I have called it a relay, as no more than 30 people can assemble at once. This means that you can book an arrival time and can stay no longer than 2 hours! The advantage of being outdoors is that you can mix with up to 5 others at a time – indoors it is only 2 households. This will allow 60 ladies to attend in total throughout the afternoon, as some leave and others arrive in a relay format! Members only on this occasion.
Social distancing still has to be observed. You are being asked to bring your own chair or rug to sit on. There will be no tables. No glassware is allowed, so plastic glasses and an individual ‘takeaway style’ picnic will be provided. It is just an opportunity to reunite with friends. If anyone has a party tent they could lend us I would be glad to hear from them! This would be good to create an atmosphere and in case the weather is inclement! If this is the case, I would ask you to enter into the spirit, wear your waterproofs and bring a brolly. We are British after all! A glass of fizz will be included and then there will be the opportunity to buy a drink from the Spike Bar via the outside stairs. I hope to see as many of you attend as possible. The Club needs your support as do I. Hopefully you will be able to collect any prize you have won recently and arrange future golf dates while meeting friends. Please book and choose your sandwich filling via the office. To see poster click here.
I hope we can all embrace the ‘new normal’ and continue to support the Club as it does it's best to adapt. All the staff are having to learn new methods and practices and need our patience and understanding. We need to abide by the guidelines for the safety of all, both on the course and in the Clubhouse. I hope to see many of you a week on Friday!
Party Tent lenders please contact L/C
Card checking volunteers please contact Rebecca McDermott.