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  • Fore Info October 2020 Sep 30, 2020 @ 21:40

    Management Corner

    Covid-19

    We continue to be alert to the issues relating to the Covid pandemic and are continuing to make adjustments on an agile basis, as and when the Club receives mandates and/or guidance from advisers and regulators. Following the most recent guidance it would appear that we will need to be patient and potentially wait until the New Year before we are able to return to golf as normal.

    Members have been magnificent in their adherence to the necessary precautions, which helped us all to thoroughly enjoy our golf. We continue to be really well served by David Maskery whose timely and knowledgeable interventions have kept us all safe and playing lots of golf.

    Clubhouse Development

    The recent members survey in relation to potential Clubhouse Development revealed more than 80% of members are in support of continued planning to improve our Clubhouse. Sue Masser and David Maskery are working with our appointed architect and surveyors to finalise a potential phased scheme to be put to the members at a SGM, when that is possible. Prior to any SGM, Members will be provided will full information and costs so that we may all make informed decisions when we come to vote on the final, phased scheme. All plans will take account of the impact of the Covid pandemic on both use of the Clubhouse and the Club’s financial performance.

    Chairman’s Cup

    I am pleased that we will be running a new competition that seeks to recognise volunteers at our Club. This year we are indebted to those members who have volunteered to act as ‘starters’ which enables all of us to play a lot of golf. Therefore, everyone who has acted as a volunteer starter will be invited to participate in an 18-hole team and individual stableford competition on the morning of 11th October; shotgun start. More information on this competition can be requested from the office, however, the intention is to make this an annual event as our Club relies on many volunteers. In subsequent years we will be opening the competition to our volunteer committee members, and others, however for this year we really do need to recognise the priceless contribution of our volunteer starters.

    Bar and Catering

    Chair of Bar & Catering; Trevor Pearce, is bringing forward

    recommendations for catering at the Club at the next meeting of the Management Committee on 12th October. We are grateful to Chris and Kelly for their continued commitment to the Club and we wish them continued success in their new roles. Obviously catering at the Club has been hugely affected by the lack of events, matches and societies so; again, we will need to be agile in our planning during these Covid affected times.

    Head Professional

    The next time that I write this monthly update will be Malcolm and Jane’s last day as our professional team. It seems unreal, even after 10-months of knowing, that there will be change of Head Professional at our Club in one month. Our plans to celebrate with Malcolm, Jane and family on 31st October have been amended due to further, recent restrictions due to the pandemic. However, the Club will still be running an all-day event on the 31st October; more news from Les Thorne in the coming days.

    You will begin to see Mandy Wood at the Club towards the end of this week. Mandy is the wife of our new Head Pro, Mark, and will be partnering Mark and Terry in the Pro-Shop from November 1st. Malcolm and Jane have kindly offered to spend time with Mandy to ensure that she is familiar with systems and our Club in advance of the transition on November 1st. Mark and Mandy will have the unenviable task of remembering 580 members’ names; which I guess will take some time.

    AGM

    The Management Committee is considering the format of this year’s AGM in light of the Covid pandemic and restrictions that are in place. It is very unlikely that restrictions will ease in time to hold our usual format of AGM in November. Other Club’s and organisations have run AGM’s on-line or by written reports with proxy voting. Once we have considered the possibilities, the Management Committee will consult our Club rules and then decide how to run this year’s AGM. More news on this during October.

    I hope that your recent enjoyment of the course matches my own experience; we are truly fortunate to have such a well-run Club with committed staff providing such excellent facilities for us to enjoy.

    Robert White

    Chairman of the Management Committee

    From the Club Captain

    What a wonderful month!  

    Very many thanks to everyone involved on Captains Day – players and helpers. 

    The first team set off at 7am and the last at 4.10pm.  Fortunately we were spoiled with fantastic weather the whole day although it meant dusk/darkness descended almost in an instant leaving the last 2 groups to finish by torchlight. 

    I am humbled by your generosity on the day allowing us to add significantly to our contribution to the Winchester Hospice pot.  

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  • Fore Info September 2020 Aug 31, 2020 @ 21:30

    Management Corner

    Clubhouse Development Update-Survey Results

    In 2019, the Club surveyed its playing members to ascertain specific preferences in relation to potential improvement and development of our Clubhouse, with 302 playing members responding. Working from those preferences the Management Committee held a selection process in order to appoint a professional architect to provide designs for the Clubhouse which met the aspirations revealed by the original survey.

    In response to the impact of Covid-19; progress on the Clubhouse Development Project was subsequently paused, in line with so many other elements at our Club.

    The Management Committee has stabilised the financial status of the Club, despite the loss of income due to Covid-19, and has been delighted by the significant boost to membership this year, bringing confidence in the budget for the financial year 2020/21. The Club also holds significant cash reserves.

    As part of the Club’s extensive, democratic ethos as a ‘members’ club’ it was decided to re-survey members to quantify the appetite to continue with the Clubhouse Development Project and to quantify potential participation in a voluntary members’ loan scheme. This survey closed on 30th August 2020 having attracted 352 participants.

    • The results show 81.9% in favour of continuing with the Clubhouse Development Project and 18.1% against.
    • The results show that 135 members would consider making voluntary loans to Club totalling a minimum of £935,000

    The Management Committee accepts the result of the survey as; in favour of continuing with the Clubhouse Development.

    Next Steps

    • The Management Committee will now plan for a phased redevelopment of the Clubhouse managing both risks and opportunities.
    • Final plans and costings will be worked-up.
    • A Special General Meeting will be called once we have final plans and costs to enable each individual member to cast an informed vote, for or against, at the Special General Meeting when this is possible bearing in mind current restrictions. 
    • The Finance Committee will consider affordability of any development scheme, but it is unlikely that the Club would seek voluntary loans at the generous level pledged by members due to affordability of repayments over a five-year period.
    • The minimum level of voluntary members’ loans will be reconsidered to enable more members to participate in the spirit of ‘crowd funding’ in support of their Club.

    Thank you to everyone that participated in the both surveys related to the Clubhouse Development project in support of the Club’s democratic processes.

    Bar & Catering

    Chris Pullinger has already issued an ‘all member’ notice informing of his intention to not seek renewal of the catering franchise and to leave the Club on the anticipated termination date as set out in the existing contract. The Club had been in discussion with Chris, through the Chair of Bar and Catering, to agree a new contract and potentially manage the bar as well, however mutual efforts failed to deliver that new contract. We wish Chris, Kelly and their family continued success and happiness in their next venture and assure them of a warm welcome at the Club at all times.

    Chris has very kindly offered to assist the Club in the appointment of the next catering franchisee; however, the Club is considering whether a straight like-for-like replacement would be possible at this time. Therefore, Trevor Pearce – Chair of Bar and Catering will be developing proposals for the Management Committee. More news on this in the coming weeks.

    First Impressions Project

    Bob Moore – Chair of Greens has presented to both the Management Committee and the Finance Committee to gain approval and funding to implement the ‘First Impressions Project’ which enhances the presentation of our Club from leaving the car park to playing the first hole.

    I am delighted that Bob’s hard work has resulted in approval to deliver the project which is also being supported financially by the 100 club.

    Head Pro – Transition

    Mark Wood is working well with Sue, Tip and David in advance of joining the Club on 1st November following Malcolm’s retirement on October 31st. As Stanley has left the Club only Terry will now transfer to the new Head Pro so we will enjoy some continuity.

    It is hoped that Mark’s wife Mandy will also join the new team; which replicates the very successful husband and wife team provided by Malcolm and Jane over so many years. We hope to see Mandy spending some time at the Club in October to aid the smooth transition in November.

    Tee Times and Social Distancing

    The Club continues to operate within the confines of central guidance from Government and golfing regulators. The Club is constantly on alert for any changes that can enable a full return to normal golfing and social conditions. For the time being; tee times have to prevail, but we will remain alert to the opportunities to get back to normal as soon as this is possible.

    Good luck to all those participating in the Club Championships!

     

    Robert White

    Chairman of the Management Committee

    Reminder: New Member Referral Scheme

    We continue to be active attracting new members to the club, though some may be wondering why this should remain a priority given the recent growth in membership already achieved so far this year.

    Simply put we cannot put the brakes on now as we know that each year members resign from the club, for many reasons, not least age, health, or simply moving away from the area.  

    So we cannot stand still…

    NEW MEMBER REFERRAL SCHEME

    The scheme we have in place is aimed at benefitting ALL of our current members 

    A 15% DISCOUNT OFF YOUR SUBSRIPTION NEXT YEAR

    CURRENTLY WORTH £150!

    … … and that’s for every referral you make!!!

    The basis of the scheme:

    • Referral – Introduce a new member to the club this year, joining as an ‘INTRODUCTORY MEMBER’, and paying just a (7 day) pro-rata fee for the remainder of the year; but with some limited playing restrictions, notably Tuesday mornings; Wednesday mornings and Saturday mornings. 
    • Benefits to Both – On payment of the full member joining fee in January the introducing Member then receives a 15% discount off their own subscription, and the new member a 5% off their subscription.
    • Scope – Multiple introductions are permitted, though the scheme will be capped at 20 new members joining in January from current membership referral. So early introductions are to be advised. The scheme will be operable to end of December 2020.

    Terms & conditions apply – Please contact the Office for full information

    From the Club Captain

    Golf continues apace both competition and friendly and for much of the month in good golfing weather.  Congratulations to all who have done well and commiserations to those who have not had such a successful time – as I am wont to say “this is why we are amateurs”!

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  • Fore Info August 2020 Aug 1, 2020 @ 0:00

    Management Corner

    The End of Subsidised Golf

    You will all be aware that the furlough scheme and other financial support from Government and Local Authorities is coming to end as the impact from Covid-19 reduces. These support mechanisms have subsidised the Club which has helped to balance-the-books for the financial year ending September 2020. Since the re-opening of the course in May the Club has not been able to entertain golf societies or visitors, other than member’s guests. Members’ subscriptions and joining fees only account for 79% of golfing income at the Club, which was augmented by £140,000 of green fee income for the financial year 2018/19.

    As members, I think we have all enjoyed having the course to ourselves, and many of us have been able to play much more golf than ever. However, as the subsidies are removed and we have no support from the furlough scheme we must get back to attracting normal income streams. We will start by inviting small, loyal golf societies to the Club, and to enjoy the bar and catering facilities as permitted by Covid-19 restrictions. 

    Prior to Covid-19 the Management Committee had discussed access to the course at busy times for visitors, societies and member’s guests. It is appreciated that the Club has a regular pattern of busier times and the committee had established some ‘closed for members only’ slots for trial. These have not been needed due to circumstances. The committee will be re-confirming some restricted times when it will not be possible for green fee golfers to play.

    I hope that you have enjoyed getting back to golf, and having the privilege of ‘Members only golf’, but we now need to balance the books by replacing Covid-19 subsidies with normal income streams. The recent increase in membership goes some way to helping with this equation, so the budget for 2020/21 does take this into account when planning for reduced green fee income over the next financial year.

    Head Professional Recruitment

    Since concluding the interview process for the new Head Professional, the Club entered into contract negotiations with its preferred candidate, Mark Wood. These negotiations were based on a standard contract provided by the PGA which includes provision of the Pro-Shop, exclusive rights to coaching at the Club, and front-of-house services for golfing activities. Both the Club and Mark Wood are grateful for the support of the PGA in

    getting this agreed. Contracts have now been signed and Mark has now resigned his current position, so; we look forward to welcoming him to the Club on the 1st November 2020. Whilst there is obviously plenty of similarity between Malcolm’s current contract and the new contract offered by the Club; the passage of time has brought much change in contemporary relationships and financial rewards for retained Club Professionals, so the Club was delighted to work from PGA recommendations to bring us up-to-date.

    The PGA has also advised that Terry has a statutory right to transfer his employment to the new Head Professional which fits in perfectly with Mark’s plans, so I am pleased to say that you will continue to see Terry at the Club in his current role.

    Vice-Captain; Mark Tiplady, together with Sue Masser and David Maskery will oversee the transition from Malcolm’s team to Mark’s team in the coming months, and I look forward to confirming launch arrangements for the new Head Professional in due course.

    Les Thorne is busy organising a Club event on 31st October to celebrate the many contributions by Malcolm & Jane, their family and their professional teams over so many years. More news to come soon, but the 31st October will be an important day in this year’s golfing calendar at the Club.

    Pre-Booked Tee-Times

    The Club needed to implement tee-times for all golfers to re-open the course following closure due to Covid-19 restrictions. The default position for the Club is to remove pre-booked tee-times once restrictions subside, as they were only put in place to deal with social distancing and risk of infection, aligned to central guidance.

    Tee-times have become a ‘marmite’ subject; some people love them and some people hate them. However, upon implementation of temporary tee-times, reassurance was given that; this would not result in tee-times becoming permanent at the Club.

    I am sure that discussions about pre-booked tee-times will continue beyond the Covid-19 period and it may well be that the Club consults further in the future on this subject, but there is no mandate for continuing with general tee-times once restrictions ease.

    Robert White

    Chairman of the Management Committee

    From the Club Captain

    Over the past month many rounds of golf, both competition and friendly, have been played.  We have also completed several Board competitions and all things ‘remaining equal’ more will be played over the coming months.  

    The ‘In-House’ Competition Schedule for the rest of this year was finalised in mid-July.  This schedule is of course subject to there being no change to the ‘Covid golf rules’.  

    ‘External’ EventsClub Pro-Am, Ladies Pro-Am (for Assistant Pros) and Alresford Cup (inter county Girls event) – will not be held in 2020.

    The Junior Championships were held on Monday 27 July – on possibly the worst weather we had had for weeks (wind and rain all day).  8 hardy souls played a Stableford in the morning and 6 of them went out again in

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  • New 2020 Competition Schedule Published Jul 31, 2020 @ 14:33

    Members have been requesting an easy to view competition list for the remainder of 2020 as the Club Diary and Club Google Calendar are no longer current. This information is available in ClubV1, but not all members are comfortable with using it. A two page list of competitions has just been added to the Member Hub within the Match / Handicap Committee link.

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  • Fore Info July 2020 Jun 30, 2020 @ 22:00

    Management Corner

    Head Professional – Recruitment

    Captains and the Management Committee, together with the Club Secretary, met with three final candidates for the position of Head Professional at Alresford, who were then interviewed by a Sub-Group who have been responsible for the recruitment process.

    All three candidates are excellent PGA Professionals with impressive backgrounds and knowledge of the game. The Sub-Group will meet again shortly to consider the next steps in appointing a new Head Professional to start at the Club on November 1st.

    Covid Affected Golf

    Recently; the Club enabled tee bookings on consecutive days for members as patterns of play showed capacity to do so. We can now see that there is regular capacity in the afternoons on all days of the week, therefore the Club can start to accept guests introduced by members. This will be restricted to the less-busy times of the day, as proven in the tee booking data, and each member will only be able to bring one pre-booked guest and pay in the Pro shop as usual. Again; this is the start of enabling members to bring a guest to initially test capacity and then review impact.

    Bar and Catering Facilities

    The bar area will re-open on 4th July on a trial basis. This will be a test to see whether it is possible to run the bar and comply with the guidelines for social distancing. We all have to be totally respectful of the well-being of our staff, who may be serving a hundred people each day. There will be explicit rules for use of the bar, which can only be used AFTER you have played your pre-booked round of golf. The bar is not open for casual use and is not available to you before your round of golf.

    Bar staff will have a copy of the starters’ tee sheet, and it is only those people on the tee sheet that will be permitted to use the bar for a limited amount of time.

    This is an initial, first step in re-opening the facilities. In the same manner that the Club re-introduced use of the course; there will be number of well-managed steps to take. We ask that all members understand the

    need for small, manageable steps in the gradual re-opening of bar and catering facilities.

    Finance

    The Club is indebted to Ray Panter, Chair of Finance, for his forensic management of our finances as a result of Covid-19 and during the period that the Club has furloughed staff. Ray presented a forecast to the Management Committee for the rest of the financial year through to end of September 2020. Ray’s actions on costs, coupled with David’s work with suppliers and the local council, helped to arrest any unnecessary spending. To make up for some of our lost income from green fees and golf societies; the Club recruited 93 new members since March this year, taking us back to healthy member numbers not seen since the 2012 as there was a gradual decline through to 2018.

    Despite having lost £135,000 of budgeted income this year, as a result of Covid-19, Ray has been able to forecast a near ‘break-even’ year; which is a remarkable outcome for the Club. I hope that this will give all members confidence in the Club’s excellent financial health and competency of the Management Committee as a whole in bringing agile decisions to safeguard and improve our wonderful golf club.

    Volunteers

    We continue to be blessed with a very large number of volunteer starters who are managing golfers at the first tee for nearly 12 hours every day, seven days each week. How lucky we are to have so many committed members motivated to help the rest of us play some golf? Without the volunteer starters we would have great difficulty in keeping the course open. If you have a few hours; do volunteer yourself by contacting the Club Secretary, or even swap one of your intended golfing sessions to join the amazing rank of volunteers. My thanks and respect go out to all volunteers helping the rest of us to get some golf in.

    Enjoy the course, and ‘play nicely’ in the bar when it opens, so that we can expand facilities when possible.

    Robert White

    Chairman of the Management Committee

    From the Club Captain

    A month on, we are still playing and have moved on from just friendly golf.  Several Medals & Stablefords have been run albeit with an amended signing in and score entry system.  From all accounts, while many have found the ‘entry and exit’ experience simple and straightforward, some have found it a challenge.  No doubt it will become second nature under our new ‘normal’.

    Golf has patently not been too much of a struggle for some this past month as I am aware of several Holes in One.  Congratulations to Bob Moore (16th), Barry Young (10th), Nigel Pascoe (6th) and Nick Duncan (also 6th).  If I’ve missed anyone else off this roll of honour please let me know via the club office.

    CAPCOM met in early June and agreed that club matches, summer

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  • Fore Info June 2020 May 31, 2020 @ 19:00

    Management Corner

    Club Management and Challenges

    We are so fortunate as a Club to enjoy the dedication of Management, Staff and Committee Members who contribute so much to provide us with an exceptional Golf Club. The Covid-19 restrictions curtailed activity on the course, but the work did not stop to ensure that our Club continued to be well-managed and alert to opportunity to re-establish play.

    Initially; Chair of Finance – Ray Panter, and our Club Secretary – David Maskery, took a fine grade tooth-comb to our expenditure and removed all non-essential spending during the closure. The Club took difficult decisions to ‘furlough’ appropriate staff; as Chair of the Personnel Committee it felt brutal, yet necessary. Not nice!

    With no prospect of seasonal income from Green Fees, Golf Societies and bar takings, Ray informed The Management Committee that, as a result, we would be missing more than £100,000 in income for the financial year to September 30th 2020.

    Successful Membership Drive

    Planning and Development, led by Nick Duncan, brought forward plans to boost membership of our Club to offset some lack of income and to deal with stubborn membership numbers that had not increased in recent years despite having a large amount of vacancies. This drive, innovation and enthusiasm has resulted in more than 60 members joining us since lockdown. This would be welcome at any time, but given the closure of the course for nearly two-months this is remarkable, and reaffirms my confidence in our wonderful Golf Club. Mary, our Club Captain, and David have necessarily been going the extra mile to interview and bring on-board our new members. I really hope that each new member settles into their new ‘home of golf’ and feels most welcome.

    Club Development and Highly Valued Support

    More work in the background continues with the House Committee led by Sue Masser. Unseen, due to the closure of the clubhouse, our inefficient heating and hot water boilers have been replaced by state-of-the-art kit and relocated.

    Bob Moore has kept our greenkeeping staff well informed and safe working with Simon; our Course Manager. Trevor Pearce, Chair of Bar & Catering is eagerly planning our return to Clubhouse facilities.

    We are indebted to the Sub-committee Chairs for their commitment on an entirely voluntary basis, for the good of our club.

    Head Professional Recruitment

    The Club’s advertisement for a Head Professional, to replace the irreplaceable, attracted 29 applications which were given in-depth, individual consideration by a Sub-group formed from the Management Committee. Sadly; as part of the recruitment process, we have only taken 11 applicants to stage two of the recruitment process and necessarily had to let down 18 other applicants. There is a very strong field of candidates and we are making selection decisions based only on the needs of the Club. Restrictions willing; we hope to make a final choice towards the start of July so that there may be a smooth transition towards handover at the end of October for Malcolm and Jane after 40 years of wonderful service at the Club.

    Getting Back To Golf

    My sincere thanks to the vast majority of members for their patience and mutual respect enabling a steady return to golf for us all. We have all faced ‘rationing’ of availability on the course and the need to book tee times. It’s not quite the same without the opportunity to meet-up after golf in the bar or on the terrace, or to join-in for social events. Special thanks to all volunteer starters providing cover for the 1st tee, for 11 hours on every day since the course re-opened. I arrived to do my, planned stint only to find that Pete Dowse had beaten me to it, driving from Southampton to be on the 1st tee at 07:15; that really sums up ‘the spirit’ of Alresford Golf Club.

    I certainly think we all value our Club more than ever and hope for a full and safe return to the Clubhouse when Boris permits.

    Robert White

    Chairman of the Management Committee

    From the Club Captain

    At last!  

    On 13 May after 8 weeks (of torture for some) Tichborne Down stopped being a dog walking, bike riding paradise for the local population and returned to that which it has been since 1890. 

    While the ‘system’ allowing us to play is not the norm, we are back on the course we love, no doubt hitting some good and some not so good shots – no change there!  

    The situation remains that competitions are cancelled until 1 July. 

    Thus I have little (make that nothing) to report, however CAPCOM will be meeting shortly to discuss next steps.  

    No cartoons this month but I hope enjoy the video.

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  • Fore Info May 2020 Apr 30, 2020 @ 18:00

    Management Corner

    Furlough and Essential Staff

    The Personnel Committee has met twice recently to consider the staffing implications from closure of the Club due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Personnel Committee considered options to furlough some staff, and retain others essential to maintaining the course and our Club. The Management Committee supported the recommendations from the Personnel Committee which are under review on a fortnightly basis.

    Re-Opening of the Course

    The opportunity to re-open the course is out of our hands and we await information from Government to guide us. There is no telling when this might be, of course, or what restrictions might be in place. We are however planning in the background on some basic assumptions, central to which is prioritising loyal members. If Nikki and I have found the closure of the Club tough, I imagine it is the same for all members. So; for the initial period of re-opening it is envisaged that only members of the Club will be able to play the course or use the practice facilities. The Management Committee will meet urgently when we become aware of the potential to re-open to ensure that all members and all sections of the Club can get back to golf as soon as possible.

    Recruitment of the Head Professional

    Our advert for a new Head Professional closes on 30th April and we will therefore cease to accept further applications. There has been much interest in the position with in excess of 20 applications received so far from PGA Professionals currently employed locally, nationally and internationally. A sub-group of The Management Committee has been formed to consider all applications and to narrow-down candidates to a short-list of an unspecified number. Given the quality of the applications received, this is going to be a very tough job indeed. Ultimately, those candidates short-listed will be interviewed by The Management Committee with all current Captains invited to attend. So; we will ultimately appoint through a fully democratic and transparent process, and hope to offer the role in the summer to enable a smooth transition through to November 1st. I have spoken briefly to Malcolm about celebrations to mark the immense contribution to our Club by both himself and Jane; more to come on this nearer the time from the relevant committees.

    So, I hope that we can all get back to playing our course in the near future, and thank you for your continued support and loyalty to our unique Members Club.

    Robert White

    Chairman of the Management Committee

    From the Club Captain

    Isn’t it marvellous – we have just had one of the wettest winters, yet the weather didn’t stop us. Now we are into ‘wall to wall sunshine’, and all we can do is look at the course (in my case from afar via the webcam).

    “When we will be allowed back on the course?” is the $64K question!

    Wont we enjoy it when we can play … … and to heck with bad shots!

    In the meantime the following may amuse – they came to me from my sister ‘across the pond’.

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  • Fore Info April 2020 Mar 31, 2020 @ 22:00

    Management Corner

    Club & Course Closure

    The Club and course have been necessarily closed due to Covid-19 restrictions which have been imposed. I am really missing my golf and club community; and I am sure that is the same for all members of Alresford Golf Club.

    Course Management

    Our magnificent Greens Staff continue to work to maintain our course and have organised themselves into two teams to ensure that they can comply with social distancing, and remain well. They are very well led by our Course Manager, Simon Justice; and supported by Chair of Greens, Bob Moore. We thank you all for your commitment which will hopefully ensure that the course can be brought back to provide suitable playing conditions in a reasonable timeframe once restrictions have been lifted.

    Impact of Covid-19

    The Personnel Committee and the Management Committee were able to ‘meet virtually’ on 30th March 2020, and both meetings were quorate with full agenda.

    The Personnel Committee agreed recommendations to be made to the Management Committee in relation to the HMRC Job Retention scheme, which were unanimously approved. A further review by the Personnel Committee will take place in two weeks time.

    At the Management Committee we obviously discussed the impact of Covid-19, the temporary closure of the Club, and the impact of lost revenue. The Club still carries most of its costs at this time, although we will get help with wages and salaries for Staff that are officially laid off. These are really difficult decisions for us all as there is a balance to be struck between taking care of our valued staff yet ensuring the Club is financially well. Chair of Finance, Ray Panter, is doing all he can to reduce our costs at this time and I thank him for many hours of line-by-line, detailed planning. Obviously, we do not know how long we will be closed, but whilst we are closed, we have no further income.

    Membership

    The Club was not able to agree terms to renew the HPLS scheme this year; despite protracted negotiations which reflected the democratic view of our members and the Management Committee. Once this was known; the Management Committee acted immediately and offered preferential joining terms to current HPLS members and current Winter Members, closing on 31st March.

    I am delighted to report that 26 people have requested membership and they will become full 7-day members on payment of their subs. This is a huge vote of confidence in our Club, and I will be delighted to welcome them all to the Club when we are back playing golf.

    Recruitment of a New Head Professional

    The recruitment advert for our next Head Professional has gone live, and applications are coming in. A sub-group of the Management Committee will consider all applications and work to provide a shortlist of applicants to be interviewed by the entire Management Committee when this is possible.

    If Covid-19 restrictions are lifted in a couple of months; we would hope to offer the role to someone in the Summer so that they can be ready to take over on 1st November as planned.

    Looking Forward

    I really hope that my next ‘Management Corner’ brings much better news on the golf front.

    However, let’s all continue to do everything we can in our homes to make sure that we are all fit and well for sunny days on the course… and lovely afternoons on the patio!

    Do stay well!

    Robert White

    Chair of the Management Committee

    From the Club Captain

    What a month.  

    For the first half, life continued as normal and with improving weather we all happily (I hope) played lots of golf.  The men had 3 matches, managing to win 2 and halving the one against the County Juniors. 

    Then on Tuesday 17 March the world changed and we concluded we had to cancel inter-Club matches and internal competitions, while allowing play on the course to continue.  While we were making this decision the County, men and women, were also cancelling their events/competitions.

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  • Fore Info March 2020 Feb 29, 2020 @ 18:00

    Management Corner

    Clubhouse Development

    We move ever closer to being able to make final presentations to members to enable a decision on the Clubhouse. It is very likely that we will propose a two-stage development and have a multi-year plan much like we have an extended plan for Course Development. We have two sources of funds to provide for the capital expenditure required; cash reserves and members loans. We are in the process of delineating and costing each of the two stages of development so that we can provide members with an estimate for both stages of development and a request for members loans to fund stage one, in addition to cash reserves, should members be supportive of the scheme at a SGM. So; more news in March and finally the SGM once we have the costings and plans for each stage.

    Bag Tags

    Thank you all for ensuring that you proudly display your Bag Tags. It really will be quite an exception to discover any member playing the course without their Membership Tag not attached to their bag; David has tags and stickers in the office should you still be lacking.

    Course Rangers & Starters

    I attended the 2nd training session for Course Rangers & Starters held by Graham Marshallsay and David Maskery; thank you for arranging a Saturday session so that us working types could take part. The two sessions were very well attended and we now have a cohort of trained, volunteer Rangers & Starters already in place. We hope that the marshalling of our course will improve the enjoyment of our course for the majority, but a small minority may feel aggrieved that we will be checking that full payment has been made before taking to the tee, and that etiquette and pace of play are fulfilled as expected. Many thanks to Graham, David and all my fellow volunteers for getting us underway. Please do see David if you would like to volunteer as a Course Ranger or Starter.

    Recruitment of a New Head Professional

    As you will be aware Malcom will be retiring on October 31st this year, and so we will be embarking on a recruitment process to replace the irreplaceable. Initially an advertisement will be placed in the relevant PGA publications and will be available on their website too. We plan to offer the role towards the end of June/early July so that the in-coming pro has sufficient time to serve notice on their current role, if needed, and to make arrangements ahead of starting on 1st November. More info will be provided as we go, once ManCom has approved the appointment process.

    Course Condition 

    We are so fortunate to enjoy year-round golf at Alresford with little disruption. I have noticed an improvement in the presentation of the course this winter enabled by our excellent Course Manager, a committed Greens Committee and, crucially, a full crew of Greens staff. We have operated ‘a man down’ for some time previously as the Course Manager position changed and then we found it difficult to fill the apprentice role. Simon has been in place now for a full calendar year and Dominic, our apprentice, is making an effective contribution to the workload and completing his study courses. Well done to all of those who contribute to the condition of our lovely golf course.

    Social

    Les Thorne became Chair of the Social Committee in November and immediately provided us with a really entertaining Captains’ Drive In. In the few short months since his appointment, the Club has been really busy socially, through the Christmas and New Year periods with successful and enjoyable events. My lovely wife, Nikki, and I attended the Valentines Dinner at the Club and really enjoyed the evening; dining with Mr & Mrs Pulling in a busy dining room. The quality and value of the food was excellent and would undoubtedly cost 50% more in a restaurant or bistro pub environment. Well done Les, the Social Committee and the Pullingers (not to be confused with the Pullings, but Cheriton School often do). We now look forward to March 7th and Kit’s legendary quiz, now in its 42nd year, remarkable!

    Happy golfing and happy socialising!

    Rob White
    Chairman

    From the Club Captain

    Firstly apologies for the very abbreviated report from me last month – this was due to a total computer malfunction and thus a few words sent via my phone.   Thankfully I am now back up and running. 

    I am sitting here typing this with sun streaming through the window yet for most of the month the awful weather sadly continued to take ‘centre stage’.  

    For the Club the major casualty of Storms Ciara and Dennis was the postponement of the scratch match against the County on Sunday 16 February.  Postponement was particularly disappointing as 2020 is the 50th anniversary of this match.  However if at all possible it will be rescheduled for later in the year and we are currently finalising a date with the County.

    Not only did Ciara and Dennis cause the postponement of county match it also led to the complete closure of the course on 16 Feb – something pretty rare in the annals of Alresford Golf Club.

    The course reopened on Monday 17 February in time to allow the Juniors to play the TJ Evans, their first competition of

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  • Fore Info February 2020 Jan 31, 2020 @ 18:10

    Management Corner

    The Management Committee met informally in December and again with a full and formal agenda in January.

    Clubhouse Development

    The planning for the Clubhouse Development continues with Trevor Pearce joining Sue, David and me on the Sub-group as P&D pass the baton for next stages. Fortunately, the feedback from members alerted us to historic problems with the Greenkeepers’ rest facilities, sanitary conditions and statutory facilities which are not good. We must now include an update to these facilities within the development as we will need to allocate budget to this.

    Members and Visitors Golf

    The new golf season is only a few months away now and we are making preparations to ensure that Members’ golf is prioritised but we also recognise that income from guests, visitors and golf societies is essential for the Club. 

    At the AGM I appealed to all Members to ensure that their bag tag is attached to their bag, and not somewhere in the boot of their car. Admittedly, I was a repeat offender having rarely displayed my member’s tag but am now in complete compliance.

    Such has been the uptake for member’s tags that David had to place a new order with the supplier, so I am really pleased that we will all be looking good by the end of January.

    So, with member’s tags in place we can now identify visitors by exception and ensure that they have an appropriate bag tag, for; a paid green fee, a reciprocal round or as a HPLS golfer. We would not, of course, expect to issue bag tags to visitors playing matches.

    Course Marshalling

    David and Graham Marshallsay are working hard on arrangements for our new Course Marshals; Around 10 club members have shown interest in helping us to manage golf traffic. We will have a friendly, yet important, deterrent in place to ensure that only bona fide golfers take to the tee. Do let David know if you would like to help out

    The Management Committee is currently in discussion with HPLS over a review of the current scheme and with particular regards to changing the access and controlling the numbers taking part in the scheme for the coming year. We have also considered the times at which guests and visitors can play, given that we must prioritise members at busy times, and of course ensure that guests and visitors have paid their green fee before playing on our course. Final details will be shared when we have them, this is work in progress but will be in place for this year’s season.

    Club’s Boilers

    After more than 12-months of planning by Paul Batty, Brian Wright and others in the House Committee, we have accepted a competitive tender to update the Club’s boilers which provide us with heat and hot water. David and Sue Masser, the new Chair of House, benefitted from their expert planning and a sound tender process resulting in a great deal for the Club. The boilers are moving from their current location and should provide us with a far more efficient, up-to-date system.

    Happy golfing!

    Rob White
    Chairman

    From the Club Captain

    They say time goes faster as one gets older, but this is ridiculous – we have already finished the first month of 2020.  

    Sadly the generally uninspiring weather throughout much of January somewhat limited everyone’s golf but, thinking positively, … …

    …. It can only get better!

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