On Monday, there was a further easing of covid-19 restrictions, particularly in relation to the track and trace system. Following on from this, we would like to take this opportunity to provide an update on many facets of club life here at Fairhaven.
The Clubhouse and Surrounding Areas
From Monday 16th August 2021, the rules for self-isolation changed. Whilst on the whole this was extremely positive news, it is worth reiterating that those who test positive for covid-19 will still be legally required to self-isolate.
For the full government guidance and changes on self-isolating, please click here.
As we enter the next stage within the covid-19 roadmap, we are pleased to implement changes to the following:
Practice Ground - We have reinstated all bays back on to the practice ground and will now be asking members to return their baskets back to the ball dispenser once they have completed their practice session.
The Clubhouse - Members will once again be able to enter the clubhouse through any entrance they wish. Directional floor markings will also be removed and doors to the locker rooms will no longer be wedged open. Whilst we make the above changes, we will be retaining the current furniture arrangements within clubhouse. We are ever mindful that the current set up creates a comfortable and safe environment for all.
Additional Clubhouse Updates...
The Driveway - Could I please take this opportunity to remind members that the speed limit for the access road to the club is 5mph. We have experienced multiple complaints in recent weeks regarding the speed in which some vehicles have entered and exited the club property.
Snooker Tables - The active snooker players amongst the membership will have noticed that the snooker tables were taken down at the end of last week. The tables will remain down until week commencing the 27th September 2021. The reason for this is two-fold; the cost of dismantling the tables and also the impact that this practice has on the tables themselves. There is a growing concern of the damage caused by dismantling the tables, particularly doing it so frequently over a short period of time.
I apologise for the inconvenience and disappointment that this will cause, but thank you for your understanding during this period.
The Golf Course
It is evident that the golf course is in excellent condition with fantastic playing surfaces.
Whilst we retain our status as a Regional Qualifying venue for the Open Championship, agronomy support is provided by the R&A for this duration. Two weeks ago, we had a visit from the R&A agronomy team and their views and findings echoes the feedback we have consistently received throughout the summer. Click here to view the full report.
Recent weather conditions have seen playing surfaces soften and consequently we are still seeing a sharp increase in the number of unrepaired pitch marks on the greens. Please could the team and I ask you to join us repairing as many as possible to ensure we retain the very best playing surfaces as possible.
The team continue to provide an excellent golf course for members to enjoy and I would like to thank them all for their continued dedication and first class efforts.
In the past month we have seen an increase in the number of golf balls leaving the property, particularly to the right hand side of the practice ground. Can all members using this facility please be extra cautious directing shots towards the left side of the area.
Mr Billy Fallon – Starter
It is with regret that Billy has decided to retire and this will be his last season as Starter here at Fairhaven. Since 2015 Billy has become an integral part of our team and his presence on the 1st tee will be missed by all but I am sure you will all join me in wishing Billy all the very best for his pending retirement.
Moving forwards, the service provided by a Starter is certainly something that the club wish to retain in order to keep a first class member and guest experience. We wish to encourage members to put their name forwards for the position. Those members wishing to express interest can do so by contacting me directly: (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday 10th September. If no suitable candidates apply then the post will be advertised externally.
Food & Beverage
One of the challenges presented by covid-19 was creating a ‘touch free’ environment. To enable this to be implemented effectively, the use of bar cards was stopped for all food and beverage transactions.
Moving forwards, we will once again be asking members to present their bar cards to the staff members when purchasing items. Located on the bar will be sanitising wipes and hand sanitiser. The staff will retain their personal hygiene practices and would welcome your use of the bar sanitising facilities.
As circulated in the Director of Food and Beverage’s latest update, the team has undergone some recent changes. They have all continued to work exceptionally hard through what has been a challenging period and I must thank each of them for their fantastic work during that time. They are all extremely excited for the up and coming functions and events which I will move on to next…
Up and coming functions and events...
After a two-year sabbatical, the team are delighted to be welcoming members back on Saturday for the Summer Ball. With live music from Stephen Bayliss and a fantastic cuisine put together by our own Head Chef Garie, members are on course for a brilliant evening.
Closely following this event will be a club Hog Roast on Monday 30th August. Tickets are just £12 per person and members can enjoy the delights of this traditional summer menu and the accompanying salads. Whilst there will be no live entertainment at the club, members will be able to enjoy the sounds of Jools Holland and his world famous Blues Orchestra who will be performing live at Lytham Hall that same evening.
For further information, please contact a member of the food and beverage team.
Due to the clubs close relationship with the R&A, members are being awarded ‘early bird’ access to a range of unique and exciting premium experiences for the 151st Open Championship which will be held at Royal Liverpool Golf Club from the 16th – 23rd July 2023.
For further information please click here.