CAPTAIN’S NEWSLETTER – MARCH 2021
I hope this report finds you and your families in good health during these difficult and trying times. For any of you that are experiencing hardship of any description are thoughts and prayers are with you.
I am honoured and humbled to find myself speaking to you as the Captain of Skelmorlie Golf Club, a position I never thought I would be in. I promise that I will endevour to live up to the high standards expected of this position and the responsibilities that go with it.
I would like to thank everyone for their well wishes, I’m sure this will be a challenging but rewarding two years ahead. A massive thanks also to the Committee for trusting me with this appointment and to my Vice-Captain, Stuart McVey, for cajoling me into taking the role. Locking me in the back of your van was not necessary though.
Thank you to Past Captain Kevin McMunn, not only for his Captaincy and the handover he gave me but also for his continued support in ongoing club business/projects. To Mark Nelis for continuing in his role of Vice Captain until Stuart was appointed. To all the members who have been helping out digging ditches and working on tees, etc: Brian Spence, Johnny Brydon, Mick Dorrian, Malky Nicholson, Evan Gregg (apologies for anyone missed). One person in particular that I feel I should single out is Malky Doull. He has in the past, and continues to be, a real asset to our Club in the work that he carries out, thank you Malky.
I’m leaving one huge thank you for next Month, so I’ll now briefly bring you up to date on what’s been happening in my first few weeks:
- We are securing the services of a caterer. We are entering a business agreement with him to use the kitchen and he will be available to cater for functions etc at the club. This will be really good for the club and I hope the membership will support him. His company is ‘River Kitchen’ and his name is Louis Proctor;
- We have agreed the purchase of Greens Scarifying Cassettes and also looking at quotes for a semi-rough cutter. These items will help Sid and Wallace greatly and will improve the course;
- We have internally decorated most of the Clubhouse now and Stuart and myself will continue with this;
- We intend to purchase a large container for trollies to be situated at the current bin area. The bins will be situated in the overflow car park;
- We will be paying off the last installment of a large loan in May, this has been a huge yearly expense and we will benefit from being free of it;
- We received the latest Government Grants totalling £8000 in February;
- We are continuing to attract new members which is very encouraging for the future;
- The Club has received a number of donations from members past and present and we thank these people for their continued support;
- The course is again taking visitors and the app should now allow that;
- The ‘Joker’ has increased its popularity so much so that the funds are now being split and some being used for the maintenance that you see taking place in the clubhouse. This has been a great income for the club recently and Stuart has done a superb job in transforming it;
We have a few more ideas pending and I will keep the members up to date with any decisions that the Committee make on behalf of the club.
I would like to put out a plea to all members to help us try and fill the secretarial position on the Committee. Evan is leaving the position on March 10th and we have diluted the role that he performed in order to make it a less onerous one. Evan outlined the new role in his latest email to you all and if you can help in any way please get in touch with a Committee member.
Hopefully, fingers crossed, I will be speaking to you next Month about our plans to open up the Clubhouse. It’s been a long time since you have been able to use the facilities and we are looking forward to being able to welcome you all back inside.Until then take care and stay safe,