|Sadly, as I write this month’s Captain’s Bulletin, we have just entered our second National Lockdown. As you are all very well aware, despite intense lobbying at parliamentary level, golf is currently prohibited and, consequently, the course and clubhouse will remain closed. We can only hope that some relaxation in playing safe sports will let us back on the course but I am sure we all respect the difficult position the government is in and, above all, we want to see the spread of this horrible virus diminish soon. I know that our chairman is in constant dialogue with England Golf and, as soon as circumstances change, he will advise us all.|
Greens Committee Report
Trevor and Glenn have asked me to share the following with you:
• Trees – removal of the fallen trees on the 12th has now been completed, much of this work done by course volunteers and I must mention Roy Millard in particular for his help! Further tree work has taken place around the course but our on-going program will undoubtedly be interrupted by lockdown.
• Volunteers – Those of you that play on a Monday will have witnessed, first hand, our band of course volunteers, conspicuous in their Hi Viz vests. Pruning of trees, hedge trimming, bunker weeding, hole-filling and debris clearing are all fair game and this certainly frees up valuable time for the greens staff to get on with other vital tasks.
• 12th Tee -Some of you will be aware that the club have secured, free of charge, a piece of land adjacent to the brook, behind the old white tee on the 12th. Under Neil’s direction, our volunteers have been tasked with establishing a hedged border so that this land becomes an integral part of the course. A boundary membrane has been laid and we are ready to crack on with planting a hawthorn hedge. Unfortunately lockdown has arrived halfway through this operation, preventing us from completing the task! We have thoughts on how this land might be used to extend the 12th hole in the future but, for now we simply want to secure the area.
• Drainage – You will know that we closed the course for a day so that further work could be carried out on the greens. This involved hiring a clever “shock wave” machine which was used on all greens, tees and even some other areas, aimed at reducing compaction and aiding drainage. The greens are recovering well and we should all see a benefit in the future.
• Worm casts – It is that time of year when we get plagued with worm casts. Neil and the team have treated all the greens with a dosage of sulphate which should help the problem.
My thanks go to all the members of the greens committee and, especially to Neil and the team for continuing to provide us with a great course!
Our membership continues to grow and, although the rate has slowed with the onset of Winter, we now have some 94 new members. 64 of these are full members with a further 30 Play More Golf members. Great news for the future of the club!
Since my last bulletin, we have more or less completed our season, with the Past Captains, Captain v Vice Captain and Ryder Cup events. All of these were well supported and, despite some wet weather, played out in the normal competitive and good spirited manner. I would like to thank our Ryder Cup Captains, Phil Ackers (Europe) and Jayman Mistry (USA) for all their input and, of course, Vice Captain Paul who hosted the draw!
Thanks also to our ladies, especially Mary Mills, for organising the Autumn Frolic which, again was well supported and a great deal of fun!
I would like to say how good it is to see some of our new members getting involved in these team events. It is a great way to meet other members and widen your golfing options in the future.
Due to lockdown, our competition organisers, Sharren and Ollie, have made it clear that they are keen to reschedule the winter events but, of course, this is totally dependent on how and when we come out of lockdown. Once we know what is possible, they will send out an update.
2021 GOLF DIARY
We reintroduced our member’s diary for 2020 and I am pleased to advise that the 2021 edition is currently at the printers. I hope to have these by the end of the month and you will be pleased to know that, thanks to advertising sponsorship, we will be supplying a copy to everyone free of charge! Our plan is to send these out with membership renewal letters plus have a supply that can be picked up from the pro shop or office. The content has been updated and includes the complete club competition and match fixtures, rules and important club information, so please make sure you have a copy. I will advise you all of when these are ready!
I am indebted to Vice Captain Paul, who has put an enormous amount of time and effort in getting us fully compliant with the new World Handicap System that came into force on November 2nd. Rather than confuse the issue, I will let Paul communicate everything you need to know and thank him for all the information he has already shared.
And finally ………. I do hope that, when I send out my December bulletin, it will be against a background of us enjoying our course again. In the meantime, stay safe and well!
Alan Mawhinney – Captain RGC