I just wanted to outline the work that is currently going on behind the scenes with regard to our future planning and also to thank all of those members that have congratulated staff for the condition of the course, the catering and the new set up in the Pro Shop. Many of you seem to be happy with how the Club as a whole is developing, having said that as a Committee we are not sitting back on our laurels but are undertaking some serious thinking. No laughing please, thinking and the Committee can go together!
We put a lot of effort into our first attempt at a 'Five Year Business Plan' based around our business model which is still very relevant and working excellently. We now have the staffing structure at the Club about right including the appointment of a new Head Professional and believe with all this in place it is now the right time to look more closely at how we want our facilities to develop in the future.
We recently had a visit from a renowned Golf Architect Mr Frank Pont who specialises in restoring 'Harry Colt' courses to their original design. He was blown away with our course and surroundings and gave us lots of ideas as to how we might improve it, especially the bunkering and the reshaping of some of the greens to their original design. We have also been to look at Tandridge Golf Club (near Gatwick Airport) which he recently restored. To say the least we were very impressed.
The Committee believe that we have probably done enough at present save some smaller jobs to bring the clubhouse up to scratch and that we ought to look at our course which after all is our biggest asset and most importantly why we all joined to play golf. So we are undertaking some work led by David Morgan (General Manager) to look at -
1. Improving the practice area with some covered range bays and a proper short game area
2. How we might develop the course so that all the bunkers are the same style and we make the maximum use of what we have working with an Architect to ensure we have a long term plan that is deliverable
3. Our future course budget so we can increase the length of playability time for the greens (better for longer off season)
4. What we need to do, including costs to raise the standard of presentation
5. Mix all of this into the current business plan to prioritise for 2013 and beyond
Please rest assured we are currently doing the spadework which we hope to share with you sometime in late Autumn when we will have an Open Forum hopefully with Frank Pont in attendance. Following the forum we hope to rework our 'Five Year Business Plan' for approval at the AGM in 2013
I hope that this short update helps to keep the membership in the loop and I trust you are enjoying the sunny weather and improving course conditions.