Members,

I wanted to keep in touch and bring you up to date with events at our club this past week.

Firstly, thank you to the majority for respecting the request not to golf at Harburn whilst the course is closed.  Unfortunately, we’ve identified from club CCTV, two instances of members using the practice putting green and the course.  We would ask again that all members please respect the government guidelines and to respect the course closure.  I know it’s difficult, and I’m sure we’re all missing our daily or weekly round, but we will get through it.

I’m sorry to advise that Bistro 19 have closed their business.  After being required to close the restaurant, the takeaway and delivery trial ultimately was not providing enough income to make it viable and the business is suspended.  Bistro 19 have confirmed they do plan to open again in future, once government legislation permits.

For our own part at Harburn, it’s been a busy week working to implement cost savings wherever possible. All expenditure that could be cancelled, suspended or reduced either already has been, or will be.

All of our staff will, from 1st April, enter a phase of short time working and accept pro rata reduced salaries. We’ve asked our administrative staff, our greens staff and The Club Professional all to accept a reduction in hours, salary or retainer. We anticipate a challenging reduction in revenue with the club being closed and we wanted to be on the front foot with this and act early rather than waiting for the club to slide towards financial difficulties.  All our staff have cooperated positively to the request for a period of short time working and I offer them thanks, both from myself and on behalf of the members at Harburn.

I know it’s a lot to ask when there is no permitted access to the course, but members can best assist the club, simply by continuing with your membership in the coming weeks and months. If everyone manages that, then the club will be more likely to be on a positive financial footing when we exit this period of uncertainty.  In saying that, I also understand that many people are already facing, or about to face a challenging personal situation.  If you find your employment status changing, or your income under pressure, please contact Fiona in the first instance, and Fiona will work with you to try and find a solution.

During the month of April, we’re going to hold a weekly draw for members only.  The prize for the coming week will be a £25.00 voucher for the Pro Shop.  All members will be automatically entered, and we’ll find a way for Fiona to make the draw from home. The winner will be announced in next week’s newsletter.

Carolyn will be launching some fun initiatives that will hopefully help members pass some time during the lockdown. These will either be as part of the weekly newsletter or on Facebook, or both.  If you don’t already follow the club on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, now’s the time to start.

Equally, if you have ideas of your own that we could adopt by way of rewarding members for their continued support of the club, or ideas for helping members to stay engaged during the lockdown period, please email Fiona in the first instance info@harburngolfclub.co.uk.

We wish you all good health in the meantime.

Jim Stewart (Captain), Club Council & Staff.