Captain's Newsletter February 2020
Updates on the clubhouse rewire and new caterers
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Not the best start to my Captain’s year, or for you the membership looking for a warm seat and a hot drink after a round of golf – Clubhouse still closed due to unforeseen complications encountered by our contractor - FES. We are pushing them for the return of the Clubhouse, and they are putting in extra resources and working 7 days – it looks as if we will get in to start the clean up next week with the Clubhouse open on February 28th.
The silver lining in this challenge has been that the issues discovered have ratified the original decision to undertake the rewire.

Special mention and thanks to Chris Spencer, our new Club Manager and his assistant, Catherine Barton, who have been working from home, and the Greenkeepers’ Bothy, keeping the Club running and maintaining communication with the membership – not easy! – and Hal Mills, our Director for managing what has been an extremely difficult project.

I am delighted to say that Lorna Bishop of the Buttercup Café, Doune will take up the position as the Clubs’ franchise caterer and will launch ‘The Buttercup Café @ DNGC’ in early March 2020. As many of you are aware the Café at Doune has received many prestigous awards including a ‘Highly Recommended’ by Scotland the Best in 2016. The selection committee has had a sneak preview of Lorna’s intended menu which we are sure will be well received – Lorna will look to further tune the menu as members offer feedback in the opening months and has some exciting new ideas to attract members back into the Club.

As you will have seen the Board have circulated an update in regard to the Project Teams’ work on the indoor teaching and leisure facility, including the broader work of improving the practice facilities out on the course and the creation of the short ‘blue tee’ course. We have received some helpful feedback which has been included in the Project teams’ ongoing work.

I do appreciate that some members were disappointed that the Feasibility Report, was not circulated, as I suggested it would be, during the ad hoc question and answer session at Decembers’ AGM. I apologise for this premature commitment, as following a discussion with the wider Board, we agreed that the content of Septembers’ Feasibility Report was outdated, and had by that time, been substantially developed.

The Project Team have continued to progress the finalisation of the project report for consideration by the Board – we still await, at the date of writing, comment from the Stirling Council Planning Department regarding our pre-planning application.

Whilst the Board will consider the finished report including the costs, funding options and potential return on investment – it is also planned that a full presentation will be made to the Club membership prior to the final decision being made to move forward, or not, with the project.

The hardy winter golfers will have seen all the significant amount of work that Wes and his team have undertaken during the close season so far – very impressive in my view.
The ardent Board minute readers amongst you will have seen the Greens Reports submitted by Roddy Morrison, who in addition to being a very active Board Chair, also heads up the Greens Committee.

The headlines are –
• The covered driving bay has been delivered and is ready for construction – the concrete base will be started hopefully in the next month – we await a final amendment to the Club lease agreement asked for by the landlord and it will be all systems go for completion in time for the new season
• Work has been commenced on several of the green collars aimed at making these much more consistent to play from
• Black rubber grid matting has been delivered for insertion in the grass pathway from the 16th to the 17th tee
• Several new teeing grounds have been almost completed in our aim to provide a shorter rated course, for use by all members, in readiness for the new season
In addition to the excellence of the course I am delighted to welcome George Corbett onto the Greenkeeping Team as our Deputy Course Manager following the resignation of Neil Banner. George was the successful candidate from 12 applications received for the position.

We have been forced to cancel our first quiz of 2020 on 21st February due to the indeterminate Clubhouse closure – both Russell and I were looking forward to getting back into the programme. Next Quiz Night is set for Friday March 20th – put it in your diary please.

Saturday, March 28th sees our ‘Evening with Jenne McClure’ supported by our own member Andy Thomson on the keyboard – ticket prices & details to be circulated over the next few weeks.

The Lotto has been another ‘rewire casualty’ with its’ suspension since the Clubhouse closure. For those members who have a monthly standing order entry – do not worry we have your money and the Club Manager is working on a refund! (I’m one of you!)
The Lotto will be back up and running as soon as the Clubhouse opens and as mentioned in my last News we will have an additional new entry system ready with a Lotto Book held at the Bar for those members who want to enter a number of weeks ahead on a cash basis.

Yours in Golf

Joe Holden
February 2020

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Due to persistent rain and adverse ground conditions the course will be Closed ALL weekend. Next inspection will be MONDAY 24th February.
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