Member's subscriptionswere due on July 1 and all playing members are receiving a shiny new bag tag, If you have paid your fees and have not got one please see the office. (as of Wednesday 2nd July we now have 48 new golfing members - great progress)
18th tee construction work. We have all been well aware that the 18th tee was probably our worst tee. Various ideas have been discussed in the last years. The tee shape and position have meant that heavy wear was always evident on the tee. The tree on the property directly to the west shadows the tee stifling grass growth. The tee in it's present position could not be widened as it would encroach on the 17th green area. The 100 meter requirement has exacerbated the wear problem in that we cannot have the tee markers too far forward as this compromises the placement of the other tee markers around the course. At the May board meeting the Board was presented the plan to enlarge the tee area by taking it back towards the fence nearer to Links Road. The reshaped tee will also be slightly higher but the affect of this small elevation is significant. The golfer will have a commanding view of the fairway. The reshaping also allows the tee markers to be placed back behind the existing plates. The effect of this will be that we have a greater latitude in placing the tee markers on this hole (and other holes as a consequence) thereby evening out the wear on all the tees.
Draft plan of the development (click to enlarge)
The development adjacent to the 15th tee. Mr Jeff Knox, whose company is developing the land adjacent to the 15th tee made a presentation to the board last Friday. Jeff was accompanied by his architect, builder , engineer Richard Anderson, and Angus Campbell-Jones whose company the development will be marketed through. A plan of the development was presented in draft form as well as a landscaping plan. In brief the development consists of 26 separate dwellings of which all but 2 are single story. The dwellings are all north facing with 2 car garages (also with room for a golf cart !) with double glazing. Other construction details ensure that the dwellings are thermally efficient. There is a possibility of golf cart access to the course and perhaps memberships being bundled with the sale of a house. Discussions are yet to be held as to the detail of this. At the club we will be working with Jeff to ensure the best outcome for both parties. The development is expected to be complete through 2015
Competiton Times on Saturdays
For men's competitions there will be an approximate 30 minute buffer before the morning and afternoon excluvive slots. The competition times in the slots are exclusive for members and their guests. Members can of course play at any time slot outside of these times but there may be occasions where visitors are playing around that time. The Members (and Member's guests) slot times including buffer zones will be from approximately 8.00 - 10.00 and afternoon 11.30-1.30. As our membership continues to grow we will monitor if extra times are needed. We thank the members for their feedback as it helps us to optimise the allocation of tee times we have available. We will have further discussions on tee times at this Thursday's Match and Greens committee meeting.