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Newsletter Spring 2017

With opening day upon us I thought it appropriate to update member’s regarding progress made during the winter months.

Course

Given that weather conditions have been favorable during most of the winter the works program put in place by your committee has for the most part been completed these works included

  • Verdi –draining greens(twice) and top dressing greens
  • Slit tinning tees and fairways (twice)
  • Verti-draining tees and certain greens surrounds
  • Rolling fairways (fairways and tees cut in February)
  • Relaying 9th medal tee
  • Leveling sections of 3rd fairway
  • All bunkers renovated with 2 revetted
  • Pruning of trees
  • Course signage and furniture repainted
  • All machinery serviced
  • Greens cut as required
  • Knotweed infestation has been professionally treated.

Clubhouse

  • The lounge and vestibule areas have been painted
  • New freezer purchased
  • Craig Davies has repaired the Willie Gordon memorial clock
  • Electrical work undertaken
  • George McIntyre cleaned lounge and hall carpets
  • All the slabbed area around the clubhouse power washed
  • Trolley cabinet painted
  • All benches have been varnished
  • Bill Florence has painted the fence at entrance to clubhouse area

Most importantly we have secured the services of Ian Brewster as our Clubmaster for the coming season.

Ian is an excellent chef and has recent bar experience. We are confident Ian will be a quality appointment which hopefully will lead to a fulltime contract. It would be a real positive for the club to see it busy again.

Match and Handicap

Alastair Cleland’s health has curtailed his work recently however Iain McBeth has done excellent work during the winter. He introduced a full winter league programme which has been well supported. A 9 hole S.S.S. has been approved by Scottish Golf Limited which would allow the club to hold 9 hole qualifying competitions during the summer if demand justified it.

Iain has also refreshed our website and a flyover video of the course supplied free of charge by Drone Badger can be viewed .

General

  • Alan McWilliam and Graeme Maxwell have held monthly quiz nights and it is planned to continue these during the season. ( Special offer -Burger, chips a free drink and quiz entry £8.00)
  • Links have been made with Schools Sports Co-ordinate by Graeme Maxwell which will hopefully bring long term benefits to the club.
  • Excellent savings continue to be instigated with new contracts in place for water supply, phone and broadband facilities secured by James Greenfield our club secretary.
  • A number of members have agreed to do voluntary work on the course during the summer and we are very grateful for this offer and potential work has been identified.

Junior Coaching

I would like to thank David Mulholland and Ian Learmonth for all their work with the Juniors. It is very much appreciated.

David Mulholland (Dutch) due to injury is giving up golf this season.  I wish him a speedy recovery.

Coup

Scott Day and James Greenfield are in negotiation with Dumfries and Galloway Council regarding the contamination issues and we do hope suitable solution to this problem will be found which will not involve any funding requirement on behalf of the club. This could however be a long drawn out matter.

Conveners

The following conveners are as follows

Bar:- Mark Pflanz

Match & Handicap:- Iain McBeth & Alastair Cleland

Property:- Grant Jardine

Junior & Club Development:- Graeme Maxwell

Webmaster:- Iain McBeth.

We have 3 positions still to fill in committee (on a non-voting basis) should any member be interested in supporting the club in this way please contact the club secretary. Your club needs you!

I thank all committee members for their work over the winter period, your support is much appreciated.

Finally to those members who have still to pay their subscriptions could I ask that this done at an early date. Monthly options are still available to assist members spread the cost.

I wish all members good golfing in 2017

The 1905 Club

The Committee is pleased to announce that Castle Douglas Golf Club has signed up to The 1905 club.

As the name suggests this is a group of Golf clubs around the UK who were founded in 1905. The idea is to give members of those clubs a little added value to their memberships. All the clubs in the group will offer free golf to members of other 1905 member clubs who are 50 miles or more away (as the crow flies) from the destination club. Courses within a 50 miles radius may charge a green fee but this will be at a reduced rate than the normal fees. New clubs are joining up all the time and hopefully some of our members will be able to take advantage of this new initiative.

The details of the clubs currently signed up have been attached to this email. If you wish to play at any of these clubs please contact the course via the contact details given.

The idea is not to have large groups turning up at other courses looking for free golf but if anyone wishes to arrange an outing at any of the 19095 clubs then favourable terms will be offered but again, it’s important to contact the relevant person at each club to make any necessary arrangements in advance,

J Duguid

Captain

 

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