I am sure, like me, many of you are suffering from cabin fever, counting down the days when you can get back out on the course and meet (at a safe distance!) other members. As you already know, this should be possible from March 29th and preparations are well in hand to re-open the course. With this in mind, I thought it might be helpful to give you a quick update on where we are at the moment.
At long last, there are encouraging signs that the course is beginning to dry although the rain never seems too far away. For the first time since lockdown I visited the club on Monday , and walked all of the course. I would like to say a huge thank you to Neil and his team for the job they have done under the most difficult of conditions and also to those volunteers who have helped with the clear up and repairs. This has been a mammoth task and and, of course, is still on-going. Having said that, I was surprised to see the greens looking so good and relieved that fairway cutting is well underway again. Our volunteers have been helping clear debris from the bunkers but these do remain very wet. The 18th, before the brook and the first part of the 6th , remain very soggy. Apart from these two areas, the rest looks fairly good but soft underfoot. Let’s pray for some good drying weather during the rest of March.
When you get back on the course you will notice a couple of changes!
Firstly, the remainder of the conifer on the 7th has been removed making it quite a different view from the tee box! I know some will welcome it’s disappearance whilst others will think the hole looks a bit exposed. Your thoughts, of course, are welcome!
During the flood, our halfway house at the 10th tee was virtually washed away and, sadly, much of the base and substructure was rotten and could not be salvaged. Mike Kjenstad, ably assisted by Phil Ackers and Chris Edwards, has taken on a large repair and renovation job and will be restoring it to more that it’s former glory! Already it has been dismantled and taken away for repair, and a new substantial foundation and raised base is under construction. I am sure you will all thank them for a huge contribution in effort and time. I understand from Chairman Richard that our insurers are covering much of the cost involved in materials etc.
Club competitions and matches
The golf committee are very keen that, from March 29th, we try to run as full a programme of golf events as possible. Consequently, you will find that you can enter these, starting with The Bogey Cup on April 3rd via How Did I Do. Summer Knockout competitions are also open for entry and I sincerely hope we get lots of members taking part in these. For fairly obvious reasons, our club diary for 2021 has not been widely distributed but these will be available, free of charge, in the Pro’s Shop and (when access is permitted) the clubhouse and locker room. Please do pick one up as it is an excellent aide in planning your golfing year!
Club matches are being discussed with our opponents and should be possible from April 12th, when outdoor catering is possible. I know that Vice Captain Paul, Ladies Captain Joyce and Senior’s Captain Sam will advise you of confirmed matches in due course.
Our Treasurer, Trevor Sparling has asked me to include the following, for your information:
Like me I am sure that you are all counting down the days to the 29th. With this in mind and entries for the summer knockouts now open and hopefully day competitions not far away, I thought that I would remind members how payment for entries to competitions are made.
As I am sure that most of you know, entries are made through How-did-I-Do and as soon as you and your partner in the case of pairs competitions enter then your competitions account is debited with the appropriate entry fee.
Payment to your account is made by a BACS payment from your bank account to Ramsey Golf Club Mens Section, Account number 50741353 and Sort Code 20-43-63. Reference Comps. All payments will be acknowledged and your account balance advised. A small overdraft facility is available and again you will be advised if you have exceeded this facility.
If you are unable to make a payment through this method or have any queries please call me on 07979 203170.
Let’s hope that we have a dry Spring and Summer and plenty of golf this year.
Royal Guernsey 50th Anniversary Matches
I am sorry to report that our scheduled match in May against Royal Guernsey, has had to be cancelled due to travel and accommodation restrictions. It is very disappointing that we are not going to be able to welcome the guys to Ramsey but know we will try and make up for it next year. However, we are determined that the return trip to Guernsey in September should go ahead, and know that Captain Peter Radford is planning to make this a very special event. Accommodation for up to twenty has been reserved from 14th to 18th September at Grange Lodge Hotel , St Peter Port. Travel options are unclear at the moment due to lockdown but I will publish both ferry and flight costs as soon as these become available. In the first instance, could I ask those interested in making the trip, to drop me an email so that I can begin compiling a “provisional” list.
Glenn Cripps and the Greens Committee have asked me to include the following:
With the 2021 Masters being played in a few weeks (8th-11th April). The greens committee have again decided to organise a Masters Sweepstake. Same format as before with tickets available for £3 each.
> If you wish to purchase a ticket please make payment for £3 with a reference MASTERS to Ramsey Golf club men’s section;
> Account number 50741353
> Sort code 20-43-63
> On the eve of the masters (Wednesday 7th) we will publish which player you have drawn.
> Prizes consist of;
> 1st prize £80
> 2nd prize £40
> 3rd prize £20
> Any profits will be going towards course machinery.
> Thanks for your support the greens Committee.
With the course re-opening on March 29th, we will be playing under the same Covid guidelines in respect of social distancing, buggy sanitizing, avoidance in removing pins etc. As it will be members only and member’s guests to begin with, we do not believe it necessary to have course marshalls. However, as members of the Ramsey public have been used to walking on the course it would be helpful if one or two volunteers were available to “police” the course for the first few days directing walkers onto public footpaths and, perhaps, raking the bunkers when necessary. If you would like to help, please let me know.
England Golf have made the promotion of Ladies Golf within clubs a key objective and have asked clubs to nominate someone to represent the best interest of Lady members. I am very grateful to Vice Captain Lucy Mills Cripps who has volunteered to assume this role on behalf of Ramsey. I am sure that, in the fullness of time, Lucy will distribute more information on how this role will work.
And finally ……………….. I look forward to seeing you out on our wonderful course in a few weeks time!