CAPTAIN’S NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2018
January always seems like such a long month and correspondingly February shoots past. It will not be too long now until the days are getting longer and we can perhaps get more regular visits to the course.
New Membership Incentive.
This is now up and running and we have already acquired a new member via the scheme. As a reminder, should you introduce a new full member to the club you will receive a £50 payment for yourself. Correspondingly if the new member falls into one of the lower fee paying categories ie Student, Country etc (with the exception of Juniors) the incentive payment will be £25. These payments will be made when the fee has been paid by the new member.
There is no limit to the number of new members you can introduce so just think – get a few of your work colleagues or friends signed up and some of your fee could be taken care of for this year.
Trees on the First Hole.
The Club would like to thank Malky Doull of MD Joinery for the gift of four trees which have been planted on the rough slope to the right of the first fairway. These trees will give definition to this slope and hopefully make it easier to get an idea where to look for your ball if you are unlucky enough to land in the rough. The trees are rowans of various coloured blossoms so will look very attractive as they mature.
For information if your in among the tree area (boxed area of the tree) the following ruling may apply…
‘Relief without penalty is available from immovable obstructions when the condition physically interferes with the lie of the ball, your stance or your swing. You may lift the ball and drop it within one club-length of the nearest point of relief, but not nearer the hole.’ Please note there is no line of sight relief from the trees.
We have recently had some initial filming, including from a drone, done of the course in preparation of a new promotional project known as Clyde Coast Golf, a venture between Skelmorlie, Greenock and Gourock Golf Club’s and some local accommodation providers to try and attract golfing visitors to the area. This should all hopefully launch before the start of the 2018 golfing season via a new web site and other promotional activities – including a promotional video, with the majority of the funding being provided through a local council funded development package.
Return of Trophies.
Could all trophies please be returned to the clubhouse as soon as possible to arrange engraving for the prize giving in March.
This is now available on the Club’s website and can either be viewed online or downloaded and printed.
Game 4 is well underway and the Joker jackpot has now reached £270. This is an excellent fundraiser for the club and well worth a £1 for a go.
Tickets are now available behind the bar for the Burns Supper to be held on Saturday the 17th of February. These are selling fast and there are restricted numbers due to the seating plan, so please get your name down with Trisha if you would like to come. This is sure to be a great night.
Ayrshire Junior Tournament
Skelmorlie GC is to proudly host the Ayrshire Junior Team Championship this year on Sunday 22nd April, when the course will be closed from 10.30 to 14.30. Maybe a star of the future will grace our fairways.
The Wednesday night Games Nights are running every two weeks with the next one on Wednesday the 7th of February. The bar is open from 7-10pm and we have a number of games – Table Tennis, Carpet Bowls, Darts, Putting and Quoits. Why not pop along and join in the fun – all welcome. Numbers have been greatly reduced the last couple of times so we may have to consider whether we continue with this depending on turn out this week. If you wish us to continue please do show your support by joining us on Wednesday night.
Ayrshire County Ladies Winter Fours
Well done to Irene Papworth and her partner Helen Craig, from West Kilbride who are now through to the semi-finals of the above competition. Their next opponents are a pair from Prestwick St Nicolas with the game to be played at West Kilbride. Good luck Irene.
In order to improve our visiting numbers and increased club revenue to the club, Skelmorlie GC is available for online booking by golfing visitors through GolfNow and TeeofftimesUK. In order to accommodate possible visitor booking times we are making as much time as is possible for bookings to occur. Member reservations are still in place on Saturday mornings up to 1pm, but some afternoon slots are being made available, similar reservations are also in place for during the week where members use of the tee is on a regular basis. Again where the course is unavailable due to a major club event this will be reflected in booking availability. As this is a new development by the club we will closely monitor visiting numbers and revise how the system works, if conflicts start to occur.
17th Hole Drainage Work
As you may or possibly may not know, some crucial and extensive drainage work is being undertaken on the 17th green and because of safety issues / complexity of work, a temporary green is currently in place. It is hoped that the full green will be back in use in 7 to 10 days time, weather permitting.
Thank you to all who have already shown their support for the club and paid their annual fees. We would appreciate if all outstanding fees could be paid as soon as possible. The club’s bank details are available on request or payment can be made via the card machine in the bar.
We look forward to seeing you at the club.
Captain – Skelmorlie Golf Club