Date posted: 4 April 2019
Over the past few months the Men’s Committee has been working hard to make changes that will improve the game we are playing. I’m now pleased to confirm the details that will be implemented from Monday April 8th.
Cards and Indices
New cards have been printed, which appears below. In future the order in which we play the 7th and 16th will be reversed. Similarly the 8th and 17th will also be reversed. The overall impact is to create a card that is more balanced and reflects how we play the course. These plans have taken months of detailed consideration and will no doubt take a little while to settle in. I hope you will approach these changes in a positive way that is required to make it work.
In order to make competitions more attractive and to encourage more players your Committee has made changes to the Saturday competition. In future, in addition to the overall prize, there will be a first and second in each class.
A gross prize will only be awarded in stroke play competitions. Currently we run 6 stroke play competitions during the year, including the Captain’s Prize.
We are reintroducing a Monthly Medal, and in addition to the first prize, the winners of the first five monthly stroke play competitions will be awarded a Silver Medal. They will automatically qualify for the Captain’s Prize, subject to having played in at least three qualifying competitions. The Silver Medal winners will also play for the Gold Medal in the Captain’s Prize and this will be awarded at the end of season presentation.
These changes are all designed to make our course and competitions more enjoyable. I know I can count on your support to make a success of things and I look forward to seeing you on the course.
Changes to the time sheet
One of the challenges we face each Saturday is to satisfy the demands of all the members who want to play. With that in mind, we are running an experimental time sheet over the next few weeks to allow more members to get on the course. The time sheet will look familiar but there are a number of small changes including a new 9 hole slot, first thing on a Saturday, for men who have duties at home later that morning. The overall effect of the changes to the time sheet is to allow more men to play golf on a Saturday. It may take a while for things to settle down but I’m sure you’ll see this as a positive move and it will be reviewed after a few weeks in operation.