Dear Members

As we enter our 5th week of lockdown, I sincerely hope that all members and their families are staying safe and well, and if you are taken ill with this virus, I wish you a speedy recovery.

The Club Trustees remain in regular contact with regards the management of the club and are making good use of the video call aspect on WhatsApp when a meeting is required.

Typically, the lockdown has come at a time when the weather has been good, and when we could all have started enjoying a bit of sunshine on the course again after a long wet Winter.  But, if there is a positive side to that, we can at least expect our course to be looking healthy once we get back playing it.

Staying with the golf course for a moment; prior to the employee furlough period starting for our greens staff, we asked them to core and sand the greens right at the beginning of the lockdown. They managed to get this done before the furlough period started and this decision means we now won’t need to have a week or two of maintenance disruption to the greens once we get back on to the course. It is the intention now, that once we are permitted to reopen, to play the season with minimum interruption.

Looking to the future, it’s reported that Denmark are starting to reopen golf courses. They are opening with restrictions that include a maximum of 2 players, no competitions, and no bar, restaurant or clubhouse access. It’ll be interesting to see if that template is adopted for UK golf courses when we start to reopen.

So far, the decisions taken at Harburn have all been about closing things down, conserving cash and protecting the club.  Hopefully, at the end of the current 3 week extension period, we might get some sort of idea of an easing of restrictions and we can begin planning for the reopening of the course. Fingers crossed!

In the meantime, I’m pleased to announce that the winner of this weeks prize draw is Alexander Forbes Florence, Alexander wins a fantastic GORE-TEX Jacket which has been generously donated. The prize can be claimed when the golf resumes.

In closing, I’m very pleased to be able to report that once again, all members have adhered to the request to not use the course or practice facilities during the closure.

I thank you all for your continued cooperation with regards the course, and more importantly, for continuing with payment of your fees when none of us have access to the course. Be in no doubt, your actions are assisting the survival of our club.

Jim Stewart, Club Captain