Captain’s Newsletter, August 2020
Hi everyone, you will be aware that we seem to be “stuck” in Phase 3 of lockdown. Whilst there has been a welcome easing of restrictions, with Coronavirus not as prevalent as in previous weeks, we should remember that it is still out there as recent events have shown. Therefore, we need to follow the guidance previously issued by the Club and any new guidance that is issued in order to ensure you and your fellow golfers remain fit and healthy. (Please remember that includes not touching any flagsticks during any rounds, friendly or competitive.)
The Golf Course
I think you will agree the course is looking good but the rough is tough. Discussions have taken place with the Greens Staff about cutting back some of the heather on the left of the 3rd above the quarry in an attempt to make the approach from that side a bit easier and to keep play flowing.
Championship week is almost upon us and the Greens Staff will be cutting the greens Monday, Thursday and Sunday. Congratulations to those of you who have successfully reached the knock-out stages of the various championship categories and good luck to all of you next week.
Provision has been made for toilet facilities in the Clubhouse and the lounge/bar has been opened for the last two Saturdays. Can I ask that anyone using these facilities follows the guidance. My thanks to Vice-Captain Mark Nelis, House Convenor Graeme Collins, Marketing/Sponsorship Convenor Stuart McVey and our Bar Staff, Trish and Emma for making this possible.
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.
still experiencing difficulties with the App is asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org The App is
proving very popular and the on course leader board has certainly introduced a
new element to our competitions!
Please note that for all play, Tee Time availability is now back to every 10 mins.
As a consequence of Scottish Golf guidance, we have cancelled the Seniors Open this Year. The Ladies have already cancelled their Ladies Open.
The Hugh Boyd Trophy is our annual competition named after a former Head Green Keeper and gives us the opportunity to show our appreciation for the work done by the Greens Staff throughout the year, by making a donation with your entry fee. This year it can be done in one of three ways, by bank transfer SC 82-66-05, A/C 80243006 using reference H. Boyd. Putting money in an envelope through the honesty box, marked H. Boyd or by putting money in an envelope suitably marked in the bar safe on the day. The ladies have already started to collect donations and I would like to thank those of you who take part in this annual event.
The Friendly Mixed takes place this Sunday the 16th August and due to updated guidance from Scottish Golf there will be a prize giving ceremony in the Lounge after the competition.
Three Month Memberships.
The Club has had 28 new members join us on our three-month membership scheme since we re-opened for Golf on the 29th May. Some of those memberships will soon be coming to an end and the Club will contact you around two weeks before that is due to happen.
As Club Captain I would like to thank each and everyone of you for supporting Skelmorlie Golf Club at a time of financial struggle. I hope some of you will consider staying with us and those who don’t, I do hope you keep playing golf.
The amount raised in donations now stands at £9,130.90. This is great news and the total includes our regular donations and a donation of £1,000. My sincere thanks to every one of you.
Colin McAuslan is still selling golf balls for Club funds and has now raised £1,496.96 Thank you Colin.
Captain, Skelmorlie Golf Club.