Despite the cold weather the course is playing well and has been receiving many compliments, particularly the greens. As soon as conditions allow we will be completing some further drainage work in front of the 3rd green and 7th tee with no further disruptions planned; so hopefully we can look forward to a long hot summer of golf! At least this year there shouldn’t be a water shortage.
There has been some fine golf played in the recent tough conditions; I hope you are keeping up to date with the results here on the website. If something a little more casual is to your taste try the Golf Club Facebook Page or the Golf Shop Facebook Page, where there are plenty of photographs and comments to be seen.
Golf England reports that an extremely high percentage of private golf clubs are struggling to fill their membership places. During 2012 we built up a reasonable waiting list which has ensured that we will have a full membership for 2013. The Swing Studio, both for coaching and club fitting, and the group coaching sessions, have paid dividends in this area and the coming year will see much of the same with further developments planned.
We recently applied for a grant through the Nottinghamshire Golf Partnership which was being made available to Members Golf Clubs to specifically improve practice and coaching facilities. We will hear shortly and if successful we hope to introduce new raised all weather teeing areas and target greens onto the practice area in October. On the golf course work will continue to improve both our woodland and heathland qualities; younger deciduous trees will be introduced to preserve a time line and further small areas of heather developed where we can; unless you are very observant you may hardly notice any changes.
The Golf Club has changed over the last decade. I’m sure it was true to say that at one time 20% of the membership was responsible for 80% of the business but that is certainly no longer the case. Our new, larger core membership makes much more use of the golf course on a regular basis, supporting both competitions and club fixtures. There are also very active Ladies, Senior and Junior sections. Both in real terms and in fact Green Fee income has declined; this may be regarded as a good thing from a visitor number/course usage point of view but of course it does leave a financial shortfall to fill. Visitor income remains an important part of the club’s income stream. All of this puts pressure on control of the tee and the speed of play. The jury is out on booked tee times but it would certainly stop long queues at the 1st tee and help to prevent very slow rounds of golf.