Captain Ronnie’s First Newsletter
Captains Newsletter January 2020
A Happy and Prosperous new year to all members and staff at Cathkin Braes Golf Club. 2020 begins a new decade, the 15th decade in the club's history and a very challenging time for club golfs in Scotland and further afield.
It has been some time since Past Captain David Leslie's announcement at the AGM that our Honorary Member Lord Haughey had offered to finance the upgrading of our practice ground. Lord Haughey is one of Scotland's most successful business owners and significant contributors to charities and good causes. He is passionate about creating opportunities for young people where he sees golf as a wonderful vehicle to do this and he has indeed already made significant contributions to the golf foundations of two of Scotland's most prominent professionals and feels this is the right time to do something similar for his home club.
I know the members of Cathkin Braes are really excited about this project and are of course hungry for information as to when a new practice facility might be built and how the practice ground will look and operate when the work is completed, however, at this stage I can only report that the team from City Holdings have been surveying the land and are bringing some equipment on site this week to do some geological tests. After these have been assessed they will come up with proposals as soon as they are able to. I would also like to reiterate that when the new practice ground and training facilities are operational the Club will make every effort to attract youngsters from local schools and groups to learn the game of golf at Cathkin Braes, a win-win scenario for the club!
I hope to be able to give regular updates on the practice ground project with the monthly newsletter and trust that members will be patient during this process as all parties will be working for the good of Cathkin Braes Golf Club and the game of golf. We are all aware that the coming decades will be extremely testing for Golf Clubs, however, I am confident that as this club approaches our 150th anniversary the successful completion of the practice ground development will help ensure that we are not just surviving to celebrate such a significant event but are still thriving.
My other reason for this newsletter was to further publicise our Burn's Supper at the end of this month however I am pleased to say that this is already full so I would like to thank all those who have made such an early commitment to attend and apologise to anyone who is disappointed that they have been unable to secure a place.
It is my intention to send out another newsletter in early February after the first meeting of the year of our new committee and to give a further update on both the practice ground and our winter greens programme. I would also like to inform members that we still have vacancies on committee and I would like to encourage anyone who would be interested in serving on committee to email Bill Bain with your interest and I will be happy to call and discuss what commitment would be involved. We would be especially keen on finding anyone with skills in sales, marketing, PR and social media to help build the club's profile.