Captain’s Newsletter June 2020
Hi everyone, as we slowly ease through Phase 1 of lockdown, heading hopefully towards Phase 2 on Thursday 18th June. I would remind you that Coronavirus may not be as prevalent as in previous weeks but it is still out there. Therefore, we need to follow the guidance previously issued by the Club to ensure you and your fellow Golfers remain fit and healthy.
The Golf Course.
On Friday, 29th May, under two weeks ago, the course re-opened for play governed by the Coronavirus guidance. I’m sure you will agree it was in good condition given the period of closure and furlough arrangements for the staff. Since then with the help of a little rain, Sid and Wallace have continued to improve our playing conditions. The long-awaited top dressing for the greens has finally arrived and we can look forward to further improvements on the putting surfaces.
The Committee met last night to consider the existing playing arrangements and additional guidance for play. Our decisions were influenced by Scottish Golf’s recommendation that competition play is not for Phase 1 and the guidance for Phase 2 which includes the statement, “You will be able to meet with larger groups including family and friends outside” which is hoped allows greater household representation in 3 and 4 balls. Phase 2 is due to commence on Thursday, 18th June.
Additional Guidance from Monday 15th June
- Members will be allowed one Guest for 2 ball play.
- Visitors allowed for 2 ball play any day after 2.00pm except Thursday when any time is allowed. ALL GAMES TO BE PREBOOKED
- Members may book 2 starts in any one day.
- We will move to a two-tee start, members wishing to play only a few holes may book to start at the 14th and alternate with games coming off the 13th.
Please note all of this additional guidance will be subject to review if we move into Phase 2 of the Government’s strategy for easing lockdown.
Included in such a review will be 3 and 4 ball play and competitive golf.
The Scottish Golf App.
It’s important that you continue using the App to pre-book your games, as playing records have to be kept for six weeks and be available to the Scottish Government as part of their Track and Trace policy. Failure to do this risks the Course having to close.
The introduction of members’ guests being allowed to play introduces the matter of prepayment, as does a move to competitive golf. It requires members to place money in their App account prior to making the necessary payments going forward. It should be noted that money placed on your App account goes into the Club’s bank account and when you make a payment it is credited to the relevant line of expense e.g. Competition Fees.
Please note the latest version of the App is 1.8.2
Scottish Golf are providing the club with a Tablet for use when the Clubhouse reopens. This facility will benefit those members having difficulty accessing the Scottish Golf App. There will also be fellow members available to help and advise.
In the meantime, if you are experiencing difficulty with crediting monies for the prepayment function of the App. you may deposit cash in an envelope marked with your name in the honesty box. This will be credited on your behalf to your App account, allowing you to pay for guests and competitive golf when the need arises.
Links to the App Booking and Scoring Process.
Below are links to the App booking and Scoring Process as discussed with Scottish Golf during the Club’s Webinar prior to the course reopening. My thanks to Michael Pollock for the work he has done to produce these:
Skelmorlie App Booking Video https://youtu.be/GO1koqFzLEY
Skelmorlie App Competition Video https://youtu.be/30V72kNdzo0
Clubhouse Clean-up Day.
The Committee intend to have a Clubhouse Clean-up day and hope to progress this idea after June 18th when restrictions on gatherings may have been eased.
There are many things you could do to help and Vice-Captain Mark Nelis will be the point of contact for this project. If you can help, please contact Mark at email@example.com
I would like to start by extending a warm welcome to all our new members who have recently joined us here at Skelmorlie Golf Club. There has been a lot of interest in our three month membership option. Currently 24 new members have helped swell our ranks along with two full memberships. I hope you all enjoy your Golf at Skelmorlie and quickly get into the swing of things! I hope our members can persuade you of the delights and community spirit of playing at Skelmorlie and encourage you to extend your stay.
The current situation makes it difficult for Junior members to rejoin us in playing the course. We are currently looking at reintroducing coaching sessions and hoping for help in the Government’s Phase 2 process in order to get them back on the course. In the interim we are emailing our juniors making them aware of our intentions.
I have to thank you the members for your cooperation and support for your Committee during these difficult times. Those of you who can have also been supporting the Club with financial donations, especially on a regular basis. Thanks to Jimmy MacKellar for offering copies of his painting of the Clubhouse for donations made to Club funds. The Club has now received members donations totalling £7,380.90 a fantastic amount of financial help.
It goes without saying this is a very busy time for your Committee. Lately, it has almost become a fulltime job for our Secretary and Match Secretary, so a special thanks to Evan and Billy.
As a member of the Committee who can see the deposits made to our bank account, I’ve noticed various deposits labelled as Golf Balls, made by Colin McAuslan over the past weeks ranging from £65 to £75. I met Colin on the course and asked how, with the Clubhouse closed, he was still able to sell Golf Balls for the Club. Colin’s answer, “eBay Kevin.” As I write this Newsletter today there has been a further Golf Ball deposit of £161.41. Many thanks for your efforts Colin.
Hoping to move safely into Scottish Governments Phase 2.
Captain, Skelmorlie Golf Club.