Dear Members,

As many of you will have seen within the minutes of the Board Meeting held on the 9th August 2021, a membership working group has been established. This working group has been tasked with analysing course usage which has changed significantly in recent years, particularly looking at the additional pressures members are experiencing when accessing tee times.

To aid the Membership Working Group with this task, the following terms of reference have been agreed upon:

1. To analyse course usage within the following categories and assessing the relevant policies in situ:

  •  Members – both casual and competition golf.
  • Member Guests.
  • Team Matches.
  • Visitors.

2.  To review the financial implications on all departments, both in terms of revenue and capital expenditure, by:

  • Adjusting the playing membership.
  • Permitting greater flexibility within visitor bookings.
  • Maximising course availability for members.

3. To propose options going forward within the 5-year plan.

Membership Working Group – The Composition

Due to the wide range of issues involved within this review, the Board has agreed that the following Directors will create the working group composition:

  • Director of Membership (Chairman)
  • Director of Golf Course
  • Director of IT, Marketing and Communications
  • Vice Lady Captain
  • Men’s Vice Captain
  • Treasurer
  • General Manager
  • Golf Services Manager

The Clubhouse

Snooker Tables

The snooker tables will return on 27th September 2021 but unfortunately this will only be for a three-week period. From the 14th of October until week commencing 15th November 2021, the tables will once again be taken down due to club and member functions.

As I discussed in my last members' update, there are a few factors at play when making such difficult decisions, such as the financial costs and operational challenges. However, our primary worry at the moment is the concerns raised over the condition of the tables and that each time we dismantle them, the risk of them not going back up increases exponentially, a risk we simply need to manage as best as possible.

Snooker is an important member benefit, and as such the Board has agreed to bring forward a review of ‘phase 5’, which will identify options available to the club for the space above the Professional Shop. Such a review will enable the Board to be proactive in minimising the disruption to members.

Dress Code

In recent weeks, the team and I have dealt with numerous dress code issues. As such, I would like to take this opportunity to remind members about the dress code in operation, which can be viewed here.

In and around the clubhouse, the club operates a more relaxed dress code than what is found when accessing the golf facilities (inclusive of the Putting Green, Practice Areas and the Golf Course). I would ask all members are mindful of this, ensuring they are appropriately dressed at all times and in line with the dress code for the particular area of the club they are accessing.

View the club dress code here.

The Golf Course

Whilst the golf course remains in excellent condition, we are still receiving many comments regarding the number of unpaired pitch marks and unraked bunkers. I would ask that all members continue to do what they can to ensure that the playing surfaces remain in excellent condition. 

Joe, Iain and I are starting to turn our attention to the winter maintenance programs. This will be communicated to members in a separate correspondence once agreed.

Last week, Joe circulated his latest Course Managers Blog which can be viewed here

Practice Ground

It has been observed that the number of golf balls traveling over 75 yards from the short pitching area located at the bottom of the practice ground is increasing.

This poses a large health and safety risk and to avoid any risks of closure in the future, I would ask that members make a conscious effort to ensure that they do not hit shots beyond 75 yards.

Food & Beverage 

Members will have recently seen the results from the first food and beverage questionnaire. For those who have not been able to view them, they can do so by clicking here

And finally... 

Ellie Jakeman Prints

Many members will have seen the fabulous painting titled “Fairhaven view from the 10th” in the Spike Bar. This is now accompanied by another fine painting named " Fairhaven, Winter Light, View from the 15th". The artist on these incredible portraits of our course was our very own  Ellie Jakeman.

Prints of the painting are still available for £100. Framing is not included within this cost as usually this is dictated by personal preferences.

Contact details for members wishing to order a print can be found on the painting displayed in the spike bar. 

Lady Captains and Captains Prize Winners – 2021

Earlier this month, we saw the completion of the 2021 Captains Finals, which followed on from the Lady Captains Finals which took place on the 13th and 14th August.

Our congratulations must go to all qualifiers and prize winners, specifically overall winners Karen McLeod and Joshua Bilsborough. Karen returned net scores of 78 + 67 = 145 to claim the 2021 Lady Captains Prize, whilst Joshua returned net scores of 67 + 71 = 138 to claim the 2021 Captains Prize.

Best regards,

Mark Duncalf

General Manager