Golf Returns to Ramsey!!
After two very frustrating but necessary months of “lock down” it is great to be able to report that we are back playing golf at Ramsey even if it is with a fair degree of caution! I have now managed to play three times since we re-opened last Wednesday, and I realise how much I missed getting out there. We golfers are really very fortunate that our sport was the earliest to be given the government green light and, judging by the traffic on the course, our members are taking full advantage!
The Golf Course
For the many of you who have already played the course since we re-opened, you will already have seen first hand, the superb job that our greens staff have done whilst the course has been closed. I am sure you will all join me in thanking Neil and his team for producing such great conditions for us to play in. The current dry spell has hindered the greens recovery from the hollow tyning that was carried out prior to lock down, but Neil is confident that these too will soon be in great shape. Several members have mentioned to me how impressed they are with the completed re-construction of the bunker in front of the second green. I hope you agree that this investment has been very worthwhile and adds a new dimension to the hole.
I would also like to thank members of the golf committee and others who have volunteered to be Course Marshalls during these first steps back to normality. As a club, we are very anxious to do, and be seen to do, everything we can to play safe golf, and assist our members in these difficult times. I am pleased to report that, with eight days gone, we have managed to have someone out there during all busy periods and we intend to continue this until we deem it unnecessary. Thank you to the very vast majority of members who have behaved impeccably in conforming to the guidelines!
The Marshalls are on hand to ensure that members and visitors are fully aware of Golf England safety guidelines in terms of social distancing, tee slot spacing, arrival and departure procedures etc. Obviously with the course so busy, pace of play is important and they will be encouraging members and visitors to keep up with groups ahead. The Marshall is carrying a bunker rake in his/her buggy and will rake worst affected areas as they go round the course. Members of the public that have been taking their exercise
on the course during lock down, appear to have heeded the signs informing them that golf is back. Those that do stray off the footpaths will be politely directed back onto them by the Marshalls.
If any member would like to help out with a morning or afternoon shift as Marshall, please contact me on 07802 892693 and I will find a slot on our rota, and give you any information you require.
As you know, we are allowing visitors on the course when available slots are not being used by members. Please be assured we are doing our best to ensure that members are given priority, if anybody needs any help with BRS just ask Scotty or a member of the Golfing Committee who would be only to pleased to assist.
This source of revenue is extremely important for the club and I appeal to you all to extend
the hand of friendship to them when the opportunity arises, offering help and advice (from a safe distance) if needed. Should you spot anything untoward then please let the Course Marshall or Stuart know.
Things you can do to help
? If you have booked a slot on BRS and then find you cannot play, please cancel your reservation as soon as possible so that it can become available to others.
? When you are in a bunker, please do your best to smooth the sand after playing using your golf club. I have spotted a couple of members carrying their own small rakes ……… brilliant!
? Please pick up your own tee, especially broken ones, rather than leaving them on the ground for others to touch.
? As you know from guidelines already sent out, there should be no buggy sharing unless it is two members living in the same home. Sadly there have been one or two instances of this very important rule being ignored and I appeal to everyone to conform.
? When collecting your buggy from the buggy ranch, please do wipe down all relevant areas, thoroughly. An antiseptic spray and disposable towels are located by the entrance door. It would also be helpful if you repeat the procedure when returning the buggy.
? We are aware that, very occasionally, groups are joining up to play in threes or fours when out of sight of the club house. This is not currently permitted unless from the same household and, ignoring this rule, leaves the club open to criticism or worse so please do not be tempted!
? If ringing any of the bells, please only do so using your club ……… do not touch with your hand.
Since re-opening, Stuart has managed to sign up around ten new members. Clearly there is a renewed interest in playing golf and the benefit of being a member of a private club. You will all realise how vital this revenue is, and I have already mentioned the number of visitors eager to play our lovely course.
There is no doubt, that several of these can be converted into valuable members and we all have our part to play in making visitors welcome and encouraging them to join.
And finally …….
I am hoping that, by the time I write my next bulletin, the threat of Covid-19 will have reduced significantly and, who knows, further restrictions on how we play this game can be eased. The key thing is that you all remain safe and well and continue to enjoy your membership. If you have any suggestions or would like to discuss anything regarding golf at Ramsey, please do contact me.