From David Harris, General Manager: As another month goes by, we hope you are enjoying the ongoing improvements to the clubhouse and course. Despite the variety of weather we have received, it has been great to hear the positive feedback coming in from the golf course.
The rain has helped us keep the grass green, which has been noticeable on all fairways but, unfortunately, some of the rough too. The SSSI areas can be tough to manage as there is little we can do to manage the longer rough, but our contacts at the Palace have agreed that there are grasses that are not native growing in some places and we will be working with them to do something about this in preparation for 2022.
Our clubhouse events are back in action and, with our new arrival of Johnny Koutouvidis (F&B Manager), Marian Perera (Events Co-ordinator) and Terry Lavelle (Chef), you will have noticed some nice changes. The menu will vary each week as we deliver higher standards of products, opening hours will be more consistent all week through and our front of house team are expanding to deliver more efficient service to your table.
We are launching more social days and nights for you all to enjoy, so please keep an eye on our What’s On page as Clare and Marian add new weekly and monthly events.
Q&A with Edward Richardson: On July 30th, Get Golfing’s CEO Ed Richardson hosted a member Q&A in our clubhouse. Several topics were discussed, with key areas being:
Course Improvements: The first phase of fairway irrigation went in during January 2021 and we will be commencing Phase 2 in January 2022 with five more holes being completed. We have also agreed with The Palace to commence a full bunker restoration programme that will see many changes to all bunkers, including rivetted faces that will be turf on turf.
The SSSI has been extra tough this year and, after closer inspection, it is clear that past owners had spread various seeds into these areas. The grass should be long but thin and wispy, allowing you find your balls and play out of it, this is something we will be addressing for summer 2022.
Speed of Play: We have course marshals and starters throughout the week and increase these as bookings rise throughout the week. We understand that there is need for extra training and David and his team will be working with them and bringing in extra staff to help this.
F&B and Clubhouse: The Clubhouse renovations have been completed, and we have taken on a team for maintenance to allow us to keep up to speed with things that need fixing and adjusting. The new rooms are available for members to use and you should contact either Clare or Marian to reserve.
Johnny Koutouvidis joins us as F&B Manager and along with Jack Coleman (Director of Clubhouses) has had one of the toughest jobs due to the situation with hospitality and Covid. We are doing all we can to amend our menus and keep the kitchen and bar opening hours available for as long as possible, while delivering the best quality. There will be changes and hopefully you will see the adjustments as we have taken on board many of members comments, including the wider variety of sandwiches available to the ladies’ section on selected days.
Plenty more topics of discussion were raised in the Q&A, and we hope to see as many of you as possible at future sessions. They are an excellent opportunity to voice your opinions regarding the improvement of your Club.