Captain’s Newsletter July 2020
- Captain’s Newsletter July 2020
CAPTAIN'S NEWSLETTER JULY 2020
During the last few months with the Course and Clubhouse being closed members will not have had access to the usual notice boards within the Clubhouse, so may not have known that a few of our members have died. Please take a few moments to remember Bill Stark, George Jenkinson, David Leggat, Campbell Roxby, and Alan Mathie even if you did not know them.
We are now well into Phase 3 of our gradual exit from lockdown dueto COVID-19 and the last couple of months have been, to put it mildly, very difficult for all golf clubs with the main issue being trying to obtain tee times. With fourballs now allowed, members returning to work and further easing of restrictions in Phase 4 the pressure on the system will not be so great and we should see some semblance of normality return.
As mentioned in a recent newsletter Ross, our Caterer, has signed up to the Government "Eat Out to HelpOut" Scheme. This will run every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in August.
The full menu and all non-alcoholic drinks will be discounted at 50%. Takeaway food is excluded as the scheme only applies to eating in. The only stipulation is that the members must use their blue card to pay.
Not sure how many of our members have noticed that Cathkin Braes is now rated the No 2 golf course in the Glasgow area behind Cawdor GC and rated No 53 in Scotland. Our aim now should be to break into the Top 50! Testament, I think, to the hard work put in by our Greens Staff on the course over the last few years. Who really would want to play anywhere else?
New signage has been purchased for either end of our course to prominently advertise our Golf course coming from both the Carmunnock and Burnside ends. These should be in place in the next few weeks.
HowdiidIdo Beat it competition 2020
HowDidiDo's eclectic How Do We Beat It competition, which has raised more than £100,000 for Prostate Cancer UK since it started three years ago, was launched earlier in the year for 2020.
The event, in association with leading men's health charity Prostate Cancer UK, will look to top last year's entry of 4,000 UK and Ireland club golfers, as its partner continues to fight a disease which claims the life of one man every 45 minutes – around the time it takes to play just three holes of golf.
After signing up with a minimum £5 donation, golfers log their scores with HowDidiDo as normal, and their best 'eclectic' round, between April 1 and August 30, is calculated automatically by the system with the 16 best eclectic cards qualifying for the'Grand Final' at a soon-to-be-announced world-class golf resort. Last year's venue was Trump International Aberdeen.
HowDidiDo's CEO,Richard Peabody, said: "The eclectic format has proved very popular over the last three years. It means you only need to have one good hole every time you play, and it could improve your overall score.
"And the Grand Final provides club golfers with the chance of a lifetime to play two rounds of golf and enjoy a night's stay at one of the UK's most prestigious golfing venues."
Prostate Cancer – 8th Hole Bunker
1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK. Prostate Cancer have been asking golf clubs to dedicate their 8th hole to help them raise funds and drive awareness of the disease. Here at Cathkin Braes we have agreed to join the initiative and the RH bunker at the 8th hole will have signage put in place asking all members to donate £1 if they land in that bunker. Donations should be put in the Prostate Cancer charity box situated in the bar area in the lounge. Let us try and raise as much as possible for this worthy cause. With your support we can help hit prostate cancer out of bounds.
The outside seating area is proving popular and with any luck the weather will allow it to be used regularly. Please note that this area has been designated a no smoking area. This also includes vaping.
Because of the ongoing health issues smokers should not congregate around the front door as this poses a health risk to everyone entering the clubhouse.
All the safety measures put in place will be regularly reviewed and if necessary modified. If any member feels that any area could be improved, please bring it to the attention of the Club Manager or Bar Manager. We will always welcome any constructive comments or suggestions.
We are continuing to receive communications about our bunkers. Could members please help as much as possible by ensuring that when they exit the bunker after playing their shot, they smooth the sand and not leave their footprints behind for the next golfer to land in. The Committee have agreed to purchase rakes for our members and Michael Towers our Greens Convenor is investigating the type of rakes availableand cost and will update the members in due course.
Stay safe and please follow all the current COVID-19 guidelines.