The refurbishment of the 19th is going well and will be completed before Christmas. The outside area will be added when the weather improves in March. Members should be assured that the funding for this project has come from an increase in the brewery loan, and not from club funds, tipping fund or reserves.
On the subject of finances, we are in a reasonable position with 6 months of the year gone, given the loss of revenue from bar and catering, and an inability to reduce costs further.
The tipping on the practice ground continued throughout the lock down and the Course Development Fund is growing. We have allocated some of it to make changes to the 18th, which will give us a dramatic and challenging finishing hole, and we are still aiming to have a retained fund, as projected, in the order of £100k.
We are working on ways to build this fund into a long-term resource for the club, so we are able to plan for major course projects rather than make piecemeal changes as and when funds allow. However, we still need to be careful and prudent and ensure that we get through the winter in good shape.
Please also remember our loyal professionals who have had a tough year with the restrictions and closures forced upon them. We are their only source of income, so perhaps it is time to get some new clubs and a set of lessons, or at least some shiny shoes!
A final point, there may be high demand to play over the coming weeks, so please allow all members to get an even crack at playing. Let’s hope for fair weather!