NEWSLETTER – MARCH 2017
As we approach April and the official start of the season, it’s very pleasing to report that a great deal of work has been undertaken on the course and in the clubhouse to improve the overall golf experience for members and visitors alike.
The Course: The course is in fine condition after a fairly dry and mild winter. Much work has been done on the 9th hole; the left bunker on the 10th has been in-filled; there is a new medal tee and a new bunker on the 11th; the AstroTurf in front of the 14th tee has been levelled; work continues around the 17th green; there is a new bunker on the practice area; new, deeper rakes have been ordered to help improve the texture of the sand in the bunkers; patches on the 1st green have been lifted and re-laid with turf which was specially purchased to match the existing greens; work on the 10th green is ongoing – grading, verti-cutting, over-seeding and top dressing, this work will continue until it is up to the standard of the other greens.
Thanks go to Sandy Young and his team for their sterling efforts over the winter.
The Professional Shop: There has been a huge effort – mainly by volunteers – to get the professional shop completed for the start of the season. With the shop now being within the clubhouse it means that Scott and Fraser are close at hand to meet your needs: for your round; clothing and equipment and for coaching – so please look in to the shop, browse the contents and give Scott and Fraser your support.
Catering and Bar: Crawford now has his team in place and a full menu is available. Once again you are encouraged to give them your business.
The Ladies section had an enjoyable and successful dinner in the Clubhouse on 24 March. The Ladies are also holding a Golf Psychology Night on 7th April at 7pm. This is open to all members and guests. Cost is £3 payable at the door. Names can be added to the notices in the clubhouse if you wish to attend.
Junior Section: The Juniors have had an excellent start to the season with a win over the Glen. Their next match is against Kilspindie. The Captain and the Professional did a coaching session at Kings Meadow Primary School and hope to repeat that at Knox Academy in due course.
The BRS System: The Club now has this in place and it enables members to book a tee time on line. It will also provide valuable information on where there are free tee times which means that these can be more easily marketed to visitors. The system is straightforward and it is fully explained when you register. Tee times can still be booked by phone and in person as well. If you need help with this please ask Scott, Jane or Justine who will be happy to help.
Thanks: Thanks must go to the volunteers who have been working extremely hard getting the new professional shop ready and for completing the new office. These are Les Mitchell, James McLoughlin, George Watt, Bob Byers, Willile Leckie, Bob Sandie and Gordon Blackie. Without the work of volunteers none of these improvements would have been possible.
So, the new season is upon us – enjoy the course, make good use of the clubhouse facilities, support your club – and above all – enjoy your golf!
Alan J Blackie