June eNewsletter
June 2022 Update
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‘The greens are the best I’ve seen them in 34 years…’

Who says so? None other than Peter Lea, prominent member and the proud winner of the first Board competition of the season, the Vice Presidents' Trophy.

The most important aspect of the club and the reason why we are all here is the course. Feedback from members and visitors has been extremely complimentary and in particular the greens surfaces

The impressive course conditions are a credit to Head Greenkeeper Andy Townsend and his staff and justify the increased expenditure authorised by Council last year to implement the plan of work recommended by our consultant Agronomist. The club has recently commissioned a detailed Woodland Management Plan and together with the recommendations by the Agronomist will form the basis of a plan in the coming years to maintain the current high standards. Members can assist by repairing pitch marks, divots and ensuring bunkers are raked after playing your shot. These little essential courtesies have a massive impact on the course. Members should also politely remind others if this does not happen, it’s important everyone does their bit!

The club has taken on an extra member of greens staff and invested over £80,000 in new machinery recently and Mark Haworth, Chair of Greens will communicate further information regarding this and the Council’s immediate and medium term plans for the course in the coming weeks.

We have a full schedule of weekend competitions which are very well subscribed particularly on Saturday. The Thursday Pro’s Competition goes from strength to strength attracting over 100 competitors in one recent competition including a number of visitors generating important income in green fees, bar and catering sales. This year the club will host the ELGA Harold Ryden Championship and has been chosen to host the 36 hole Scratch Ladies England Golf North Region Championship on Monday 1st August.

Following last year’s successful event, the Company Day takes place on Friday 24th June with around 50 teams entered on what should be another fantastic day of golf, food, drink and entertainment.

The club is close to capacity for full membership but able to accommodate weekday members. It has been agreed new members joining the club will undergo an induction with the Club Professional which will include an assessment of their golf, explanation of the Code of Conduct as well as introduction to the systems and Apps used day to day as part of being a member at WGC. This is an area in which the club has been lacking in the past.

The clubhouse requires ongoing maintenance and improvements. The asbestos removal work in the tunnel area was completed at the end of March and we anticipate work to complete the renovation will commence soon. This will include partitioning the tunnel at each end but maintaining access to the Pro shop, Ladies Locker Room and Trolley Store. Improved lighting is also earmarked which will enhance the safety and visibility around the building and car park.

Soaring energy costs are a great concern for all not only domestically but commercially and the club is no different in this regard. In the past 6 months the club has experienced a near 5 fold increase in gas costs and will soon see the electricity cost at least double when the current contract expires in September. The club needs to be as energy efficient as possible and to that end work will soon be carried out to replace the ageing gas boiler and is exploring other possible efficiencies.

As with the course Council is continuing to explore some medium and long term options to improve the facilities and Clubhouse.

On a lighter more positive note, the bar and catering offering in the clubhouse is exceptional. Graham and his staff provide a fantastic menu with quality to match backed up by Joanne and her staff in the bar.

We also appreciate support from our social members and welcome Blackburn Bridge Club who use our facilities. We continue to build relationships s with all parts of our local community and if there is an interest in the use of our facilities from community groups please make contact with the Club Manager.

As it stands we seem to be experiencing a real vibrancy about the club. With the global and local economic challenges there is always an anxiety as to whether this can be sustained. The investments cost money and inflation is challenging to one and all. Let’s continue to support and enjoy what we have, and do our own little bit to secure a positive future.

Michael Jameson, Chair
Ian Procter, Club Manager

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