Mid Season Newsletter – 1 September 2017
While there is always lots going on at the club it is ‘events’ that keep us busy. Whether the event is finding a car parked next to the 3rd green, the boiler house flooding, golf ball damage to neighbours roofs, gas leaks in the club house, changes to the bar and catering arrangements etc. there is always something going on. All these issues and many others are managed by our small management team, committee members and some willing volunteer members who step up again and again to support the club.
The club has terminated the agreement with Tennents and is now effectively a ‘free house’. While Tennents lager will still be available, look out for a new selection of beers, wine and spirits. We hope members will also enjoy the BT Sport programmes that will be available in the bar. We are very close to an agreement with a new catering franchisee, the committee and management team are working towards seamless transitions on the bar and catering front.
One event that was a pleasure to deal with was offering Eckford Hutchison Honorary Membership of the club. Eckford has been a member of the club since 4th of May 1939, over 78 years. The committee awarded Honorary Membership in recognition of Eckford’s service to Lenzie Golf Club. During his membership Eckford has been Captain, Club Champion on three occasions, captained club teams and been an organiser of Ladies and Gents social golf. He has encouraged and taught generations of members how to play the frustrating game of golf, always with a smile. The committee hope that Eckford continues to enjoy his golf in his new role as Honorary Member.
Ladies – Despite the weather the weekly medals and competitions on the scheduled days and the knockout competitions are progressing well. The Ladies Invitational Day was held on Sunday 14th May and was most enjoyable although not as well attended as we would have wished.
On Finals Day, Moira Forman was successful and won the Club Championship after a good match with Chris Pender. The Bronze Trophy was uncontested. The Ladies’ Open Day was held on 5th July and the format was changed to a Tri-am. The weather was kind and a good day of golf was had by all. The raffle raised £300 for Deafblind Scotland.
Finance – Membership numbers have held up well this year however finances are still tight. Given the repair work required in the clubhouse and to the course irrigation system it is unlikely the club will have any surplus at year end. Most people will be aware that, in general, most golf clubs are struggling financially. To put this in perspective at our club if our current fee structure was applied to the membership numbers from our centenary year the annual revenue from fees would be £140,000 per annum more than we currently achieve.
House – The general condition and tidiness of the gents locker room has been greatly improved. However there was an act of vandalism on a locker door recently. This had to be treated with a professional cleaning product and luckily there was no lasting damage. This kind of behaviour is not acceptable and must not be repeated. In a similar vein please do not enter the lounge/bar area wearing golf shoes.
The club house heating system is very old and the boiler was damaged when the boiler house flooded recently. The plan is to have new heating system installed in the coming weeks. Quotes have also been sought to repair the leaky gutters on the clubhouse.
Greens – This year so far has been an awkward and difficult time for the greenkeeping team. This was mainly due to the unusual and varying weather conditions, being very wet for the past two summer months after a prolonged cold dry spell. The course, in general, has stood up well however there are areas that require attention and it is our aim to attend to these areas once the competition season is completed.
Unfortunately the usual problems persist:
Pitch marks not being repaired
Divots not being replaced
Caddy cars and electric trolleys being taken inside the white line around the greens and over teeing areas.
Bunkers not being raked after play
Members practising on the course
Divot mix not being applied after a shot on a par 3 teeing ground.
A list of course improvement projects has been prepared. Whilst some of the smaller projects will go ahead the majority will be carried out in future as and when funding is available.
The ditch across holes 4,5, and 18 and the practice area will be cleared as soon as ground conditions allow. The main improvement project currently going ahead is the replacement of the pump house plus ancillary work to the watering system. The present pump is now over 25 years old and needs to be replaced. The tank was resited some 22 years ago when the new sheds were built and dates back to 1980.
Match & Handicap – In June we congratulated our Club Champions for 2017, Gents Champion David Wylie, and for the first time Ladies Champion Moira Forman and also Junior Champion Max McCluskey. Despite the variable summer weather we have held several successful Open Competitions. In July the Ladies Open Day TriAm was won by Mary Cowan, Joyce Young (both Lenzie) and Kay Cherrie (Mount Ellen). Early in August the Gents Invitational which attracted 86 teams was won by Billy Grant and Peter McGlynn with a net 60. Just over a week later 35 teams played in the Alma Rosebowl which was won by Carolyn Mackay and Mike Yorston with a net 66.
Looking towards the end of the season the Stroke Play Finals were played on Sunday 26th August and the Knock out competitions are reaching the semi-final stages prior to Finals Day on the 12th September.
Juniors – Mixed news on the junior section. The Junior skills day was great success, the weather was kind and over 20 children took part. The children who played had a lot of fun and their families enjoyed the BBQ and slush puppy machine. Many thanks to all the junior development team and members who helped out on the day.
Despite great efforts to generate interest the Junior Open had to be cancelled due to the low number of entrants. It is planned to make some changes, including to the date of the event, for next year.
The club still needs more committee members to ensure there will be continuity when current committee member’s tenure ends. You do not need any particular skills or experience and time commitment is only an evening or two per month throughout the season. If you would like to support your club please contact any current committee member.