The weather last weekend helped towards making our first weekend with the bar open run very smoothly and after some fairly wet weather this week we are again hopeful of better weather this coming weekend.
We had a large society on Sunday who were extremely happy with the welcome and service that we provided, so much so that they have booked the same event next year. Societies of this size provide very welcome and material revenue for the club which benefits all members and, better still, some of these visitors took away application forms.
We will be arranging filled rolls again this weekend as it proved successful last weekend and these will be available in the pro shop, starters hut and bar.
One change to the procedures for ordering drinks for this weekend will be for members and visitors to place their drinks order with the team at the starters hut who will radio the orders up to the bar and the bar team will then deliver the drinks to the seating area – this arrangement reduces footfall within the club house and, as such, is far better than asking members/visitors to come up to the bar.
Alan Mawhinney generously arranged for the club house to be “fogged” last Friday which provides a higher level of protection by spraying a sanitising agent which reaches areas that may be difficult to clean with other techniques for which I am very grateful. Given the additional protection the club has invested in one of these fogging machine to improve the safety of all within the clubhouse. (“Fogging” video is on the website)
Work has started this week on the raised platform for the outdoor seating area with the project expected to be completed later in the month. Once completed this will be a real feature for the club and we are already looking towards other improvements to that area which could include a second practice net kindly funded by our Past Captain Steve Bradley and rethinking the chipping and putting greens.
To off-set the loss of parking spaces in the bottom car park we have been looking at how we could optimise the parking in the gravel and tarmac car parks. The current thinking is that there is a real opportunity to make better use of the gravel car park without significant alteration – removal of the central hedge would certainly help increase the available space but if we could achieve a near similar increase without losing the central hedge it would be far better and greener. To this end I have designed a parking format for the gravel car park for this weekend which I would appreciate members trialling which will entail only using the entrance near the bungalow for the gravel car park and also adopting a one way system. I have attached two pictures (below) to illustrate how the car parking will be organised and would ask the first arrival to park at 45 degrees to the roadside hedge in space number 1 by driving in through the entrance, straight ahead and all the way around the car park almost back to the entrance/exit to space 1. Similarly for the second arrival to space 2 etc etc. Once spaces 1 – 43 are full, picture 2 will apply where spaces 44 – 49 will come into use which should still allow a passage down by the central hedge. This arrangement will mean that the gap between the two lines of parked cars on the road side of the car park will be quite narrow but with cars parked at an angle to the hedges it should result in those parked being able to reverse out of their slots making exit easier but still following the one way system around the car park. Weather permitting, I will be painting lines on the gravel and fencing to make parking easier and the hope is that we will be able to fit more cars within the car park to reduce the overspill onto the road but it will only work if members embrace the proposed system but please regard this as a trial and let me know your thoughts and we will continue to review it and make changes.
I am hopeful that, as it is generally the same members that go out early at the weekend, we may be able to make it work but if not we may find that it is necessary to remove the central hedge and/or thin out the hedge by the road to create more space.
In the tarmac car park there are already lines painted for spaces around the sides and I would ask that members access the spaces to the back of the bowls and snooker rooms from the tarmac car park entrance and, when these spaces are filled four further spaces will be available in the roadway between the tarmac and gravel car parks which will mean that, once parked, there will be no transit possible between the two car parks but this should not be necessary and the benefit of four further spaces is worth the limitation.
There should be space down the middle of the tarmac car park for additional spaces and we will be painting lines but probably not for this weekend.
I will be in the bar on Saturday and Sunday and if there are cars parked on the main road, making exit difficult I will be happy to be an exit warden and I will be wandering around to see how the arrangements have worked, diagram in hand.
Chairman, Ramsey Golf and Bowls Club
NEXT RAM QUALIFIERS: Weds 15th July / Sat 18th / Sun 19th
Event Date Result Score Status
RAM1 6th June Liam Gallagher – 1st 43pts Qualified
Martin Hollands – 2nd 38 pts Qualified
RAM 2 7th June Richard Powley – 1st 43pts Qualified
Stephen Napper – 2nd 37pts Qualified
RAM 3 17th June Geoff Parker – 1st 38pts Qualified
Abandoned – rain
RAM 4 20th June Liam Gallagher – 1st 40pts Qualified *
Jason Woodward – 2nd 37pts Qualified
Alan Quinn – 3rd 36pts Qualified
RAM 5 21st June Paul Mason – 1st 37pts Qualified
Paul Judge – 2nd 34 pts Qualified
RAM 6 1st July Richard Mason – 1st 42 pts Qualified
Tom Burrows – 2nd 41 pts Qualified
RAM 7 4th July Gary Coates – 1st 44 pts Qualified
Steve Willis – 2nd 41 pts Qualified
RAM 8 5th July Jayman Mistry – 1st 39 pts Qualified
Chris Brown – 2nd 31 pts Qualified
The course volunteer programme restarted today. There was a good turn out : Roger Tacq, Dave Brown, Mark Langford, Mick Grayer, Chris Edwards and Captain Alan Mawhinney. Tasks included hedge cutting and clearing up fallen tree limbs from the weekends winds. See the happy workers below.
Captain’s Update – Some Important Info
Flagsticks – A few members have complained, with some justification, that the new Flagstick ball retrievers have, on occasion, reduced the size of the holes, particularly when the flag is not centered through wind or bad fit. We have been advised by the R&A that flagsticks can be straightened and held (using your putter and not your hand) to provide maximum space for the ball. This may be done in competition as well as social golf.
Locker Rooms – May I remind all members that access to the ladies and gents locker rooms are specifically for use of the toilets only. Lockers and showers are “off limits” so please respect these safety rules.
Safety Measures / Re-opening of the bar – To ensure that everything is being done to eliminate the spread of Corona Virus we have today “chemically fogged” both locker rooms, the dining room, bar area and foyer. This preventative step involved using a state of the art fogging machine which sprays a chemical mist on all surfaces throughout these areas. This process is NHS approved and should provide the club with excellent protection. You will also be pleased to learn that the club has invested in purchasing a machine and chemicals that will allow us to regularly “deep clean” the premises. To our knowledge, Ramsey will be one of the first clubs in the area to introduce this level of protection and should reassure you all of how seriously we consider your health and safety!