Update from the Board June 2018
Ladies and Gentlemen I am pleased to bring you a further update on what has been preoccupying the Board for the last couple of months.
The busy season has now started again and I am pleased to report that the profitability of the bar and catering, which has taken a lot of our managers time in recent months, appears to be improving. Many of you will be aware that our chef has handed in his notice and we are once again in a recruitment situation.
Subscription renewals have mostly been paid but it looks as if there is going to be a further reduction in the numbers of members meaning that our budgeted figure for subscription income will not be achieved. We have spent some time looking at various ways of trying to rectify that situation. One proposal that has had much media coverage is that of a Flexible Membership. We have considered this via a company called “Play more Golf” but have not progressed with it mainly on cost grounds.
Our wine merchants for a number of years have advised us that they will be ceasing trading in the near future and we have therefore had to find a new supplier. We have decided to stay local and intend using Sandhams of Caistor.
Keep a look out for the new wines which will start to come in next month and watch out for the bargain bin ends as we clear the cellar of the remaining stocks from our existing supplier over the next few weeks.
We have managed to negotiate with Sandhams that, for any member who would like to purchase personally from them, they will be entitled to a 10% discount on production of your members green card.
We have received the latest report from STRI, our “Course” advisors, which makes good reading. Our thanks for this must go to Head Greenkeeper Colin and all his team. This report will be circulated to all members in the very near future.
We have been looking at the use of Social Media to increase membership and visitors to the club, as we wish to capitalise on the prestige of being awarded the England Golf Seniors Open next year. We sent representatives to this year’s tournament run at Sherwood Forest and Coxmoor to see how they ran the days and will be looking for volunteers next year to ensure Elsham shows itself off to the very best standard we can do.
I can also now advise you that you will, when a suitable date has been found in the diary in the next 6 weeks, be receiving Notice of an EGM so that the Board can explain and inform you about how we would like to take Elsham Golf Club forward. There has been a lot of coverage in the Golfing press about the personal liabilities of Directors and board members and committee members and unless steps are taken we will not have members volunteering for these roles in future years. As part of this progression we will also be seeking members agreement to applying to HMRC to become a CASC (Community Amateur Sports Club) which has substantial benefits but as with any benefit there has to be a cost. This will all be explained at the EGM. We hope that as many as possible will be able to attend that meeting as it is so important for the future of Elsham Golf Club.
May I take this opportunity to again thank on your behalf all the staff (including the gardeners and shelter painters and Half Way House repairers) who do so much so that we can enjoy our game not forgetting all the Board members and Club Committee who contribute many hours of their own time.
Chair of the Board
12 June 2018