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Newsletter July 2021

Restrictions Easing? With the Prime Minister’s announcements on Monday of the significant easing of restrictions in England, comes an expectation that something similar will be announced in Wales. As it stands, there should be some announcements next week on what restrictions, if any, the Welsh Government will allow and from when. We know there are a significant number of positive cases being reported in hospitality venues in the village and our aim is to maintain our stance on social distancing, face masks and table number restrictions to ensure that we can remain open and functioning for our members and golfing visitors. Hopefully within a couple of weeks we will be able to release these hospitality restrictions along with being able to remove flag sticks from holes, returning rakes to bunkers and bringing back the ball washers and divot bags. In the meantime please continue to abide by the regulations, be patient during busy periods and ensure that all of us remain safe and healthy. Thank you.


Taster Sessions

The legendary taster sessions are coming back to Clwb Golff Abersoch. Our taster golf lessons have been instrumental in introducing players to the game and bringing back players who, for whatever reason, have not played the game for some time. We will schedule the sessions around those that would like to participate, but essentially the offer is six, one hour lessons in groups of around 6/8 people, who would like to have a go at this game we all love to play. Absolute beginners, newly started or returning after an absence, the six one hour sessions will introduce you to all aspects of the game under expert guidance from our Professional team.

The cost is just £30 and all you will need to bring is your trainers and a positive attitude. If you have your own clubs etc. then by all means bring them along, but we can supply the equipment if needed. It is a relaxed an informal atmosphere in which to “taste” the game, just let with the Pro Shop or the Office know if you know someone who might be interested in joining in.

Prostrate Cancer Charity

HowDidIDo is championing an eclectic competition nationwide for golfers who are registered with its app and donate the fee of £5. It is open to ALL golfers so please help put Clwb Golff Abersoch onto the map and sign up today. Once signed you need do nothing else as HowDidIDo calculates your scores from the competitions you have, and will, enter onto the system. Those that have signed up will have the Prostrate Cancer logo alongside their name on the results page.

Thank you for your continued support

While we are clearly not through the pandemic yet however, it is increasingly likely that things will be getting back to normal sooner or later depending on who you listen to. It is really heartening to know that the backing for the wellbeing of the Club is evident from the continued support of the members, and in a some recognition of that fact, the Executive Committee is looking at organising an event next year to thank all those members that have remained loyal to their club throughout the various lockdowns, restrictions, rules and regulations of the past 18 months. We will of course advise you as and when plans take shape but in the meantime a massive thank you to all that have stood by this Club during the difficult times.


LOTTO

A big Thank You to all who have renewed their membership of the Club Lotto. If you have not already done so, you can re-join at any time and your numbers will be entered into the draw on the Sunday following receipt of your subscription. If you didn’t join last year, why not have a go? For a one pound weekly ticket you could win a few hundred pounds and support the Club at the same time. You’ll find details of how to join in the link below. The first draw of the new Lotto year didn’t produce a winner. The numbers drawn were 4-9-14. This means that next week’s prize will be a roll-over £550. Go on, have a go!
https://abersochlotto.wixsite.com/mysite

Callaway Club Fitting Day

Want to try the latest driver, fairway wood, hybrid or irons from the extensive range from Callaway – get yourself booked in for the demo day here on Wednesday 14th July. Slots are booking up fast so call Alan today and reserve your time.

Condolences

It is with great sadness that two of our past stalwarts of the Club have passed away over the last couple of weeks. Mrs Nora Longden, past Ladies President in 2004 and Mr Richard B Jones, past Gents Captain in 1995 and Gents President in 2005. The thoughts and condolences of all at the Club go to their family and friends.

Newsletter October 2020

The news from the Club.

New legal requirements at the Clubhouse.
It seems that every newsletter has some changes to the rules and regulations that govern how we conduct ourselves in and around the clubhouse.
For the present time the following applies:-
Face masks must be worn in the clubhouse except when sitting down.
Only one household per table indoors up to a maximum of 6 people over the age of 11.
Table service only available – members must not approach the bar and order drinks.
Outdoors it is still up to 30 can meet socially distanced by 2 metres.
The internal corridors in the clubhouse are open again but the external door to the changing rooms are now closed. When opening them please use the sanitiser dispensers that are located nearby.

Club Lottery

We have a winner!! Mrs A Williams is the lucky recipient of the jackpot of £600. The prize pot this weekend will revert back to the original £100. The stake is just £1 and there is one thing that’s absolutely certain – if you are not in it you won’t win it!! More details from the Office.

Winter Membership

Our traditional Winter Membership is again being launched with effect from the 1st October. Still priced at £125 it runs to the end of March and gives full membership benefits throughout, including a 15% bar card discount. Many of our 2020 Summer members are already transferring across to the Winter version so if you know anyone who might be interested there are more details on the website. At the end of March if a winter member converts to a full membership then we take the £125 fee off the annual subscription.

Another top 20 finish for Ioan

Following on from his 6th place at the Welsh Professionals’ competition in Cardiff, Ioan scored a top 20 place in last weeks’ UK PGA Assistants Championship at Oakmere Golf Course in Nottingham. All those hours of practice are starting to take effect.
Don’t forget you can share in some of this success by taking a lesson from Ioan himself. Further details are available from the Pro Shop.

Forthcoming Mixed Competitions

Texas Scramble Saturday 10th October
The Texas Scramble is now available for booking through Alan in the Pro Shop. Please contact him direct with the names of your team of four.
The Tee Times are between 1048 hours and 1256 hours.
If you are not part of a team contact Alan to show your interest and hopefully you will be fixed up in a team.

Winter Mixed Greensome Saturday 17th October
This competition is a draw for partner and markers.
If you wish to enter please go on HDID and put your name down on the list and you will be notified by email after the draw on the 15th October of your tee time, partner and markers.

Please continue to support the mixed competitions.
We had a great turnout for the Betty Clarke Competition with 40 playing.
Congratulations to Linda Worral and John Hillier on winning.
The usual Porthmadog Golf Club Christmas Cracker will not be staged this year because of the restrictions, however there is a Christmas Open at Royal St David’s if anyone is interested. Check out their website for details but it is on Wednesday 2nd December and it’s a Betterball Stableford.

Scorecards

We will need a reprint of the scorecards with the introduction of the slope ratings in November, so we are trying to limit the remaining stocks as far as possible in the meantime. If you can avoid using a card each time it would be really helpful, thank you.

Alsager Golf Club

We have another club that has offered reciprocal green fee arrangements to our members. This one is Alsager which I am told is a really good quality course and as Clwb Golff Abersoch members you can play there for just £15. Bookings in advance through the

Newsletter September 2020

Covid Regulations

Newsletter September 2020

Covid Regulations
We have seen some tightening of regulations (elsewhere) in the UK this week so it is good to remind
members of the regulations that currently apply (at the time of going to press) to us here in Abersoch Golf Club.
Indoors – As from Monday 14 th September, only one family “bubble” of up to six people will be allowed to meet indoors – anywhere. This means that golfers playing together on the course who are not in the same family bubble must sit at different tables, 2 metres apart, in the clubhouse.

Outdoors – Groups of up to 30 are able to meet outdoors, so long as they maintain the 2 metre social distancing requirement.

Playing golf – Only those in the household bubble can share a buggy. Keep 2 metres apart at all times, do not shake hands after the round, do not touch the flagstick and please sanitise your hands as you come off the course.

Tee booking – it is vital that you book in when you play golf and that you record all the players playing in your group. This is a legal obligation on the Club to facilitate the Government’s track and trace programme and failure to do so could see the Club receiving fines or worse, temporary closure.
If you cannot do this online please call the Pro Shop or the Office and please advise also if there are any changes to your pre-booked arrangements.

Please continue to follow the arrangements that have been put in place for your safety and the safety of the staff and others. Please use the hand sanitisers that are located on the wall by the Pro Shop, on entry to the lounge area, by the Gents’ and Ladies’ external locker doors.

Lotto

Desperately seeking a winner! This weekend’s draw will be for a staggering £500 (which will go a long way to paying next year’s subscription!). If you have not taken the plunge yet then you can still be included in this next draw if you call the Office with your numbers and credit card details.

Do you want to get rid of that slice/hook/duffed chip/3 putt?

Ioan is now signing up members for coaching lessons either out on the course or in the Simulator Room. At just £25 for a 45 minutes session – or even better £125 for a series of six 45 minute lessons you can get rid of that frustrating single shot that always spoils your round.

Take a bow Abi McCoy

Last month Abi played in the Cheshire Girls Stella Watson memorial trophy at Reddish Vale. Despite the strong wind on the day, Abi obliterated the opposition with a score of 43 points with her nearest challenger a massive 5 points behind her. Carrying the flag for Abersoch Golf, Abi we salute you!

Bill’s Captain’s Away Day

Of course it will be different this year, catering and drinks at Northop Hall will be outdoors, although under cover and players will have to make their own travel arrangements. But it is the Captain’s Day Out and there are still place available for late entrants. The event is on Saturday 19 th September and
this time you can book through your new shiny HowDidIDo app – or by calling the Pro Shop.

Club Committees

Despite not being able to physically meet in the Clubhouse, the various Committees have been hard at work communicating by Zoom and doing what can be achieved within the current restrictions.

Clearly the House Committee has not been able to put on any social events, and who knows when they will be a feature of Abersoch Golf Club life again, but the bar and the catering have been really busy this last couple of months and the tee bookings are looking really good for the following weeks
ahead.

The Greens Committee has had a torrid time with lockdown weather playing havoc on the course and the amount of traffic on the course since lockdown restricting what remedial work can be achieved. It has to be said that the course is improving rapidly and with intensive treatment taken on
the greens over the past week or so, especially on the 5 th and 10 th which were particularily badly affected, providing we don’t get drought or monsoon, the improvements will continue. In addition we are again borrowing a seed slitter machine from our friends in Porthmadog as this proved extremely useful in promoting fairway growth and hopefully next spring, while we wish for good weather, we don’t get the drought conditions we did this year!

The Marketing Committee has been really bust looking at ways of plugging the funding gaps that inevitably arise from the Club’s inactivity. The one-off summer membership attracted an additional 50 new members who we hope will then proceed to Winter membership and beyond. Facebook campaigns promoting the green fee packages and of course the lottery have all been valuable additions to the usual programmes. As far as our membership overall is concerned, we were saddened to see that so many members did not renew their membership this year and we hope they will return to us next year. In addition to the summer membership, we are very pleased to welcome another 15 new members to the Club and we hope they continue to enjoy the facilities and hopefully the easing of restrictions so we can show the Club in its true sociable spirit.

Finances – a subject dear to all our hearts and one which will be difficult to compare to any other year’s trading. Being closed for trading and missing out on scorching bank holidays and Easter in the early months will clearly impact on the outcome of our overall annual income, but we have been able to mitigate this by significantly reducing costs and looking to take advantage of any grant or support we can get from the likes of the Government and Sports bodies. Taking advantage of the boom in staycation holidays by attracting visitors to play regularly with repeat green fees and/or
membership incentives is paramount, but as ever significantly weather dependant. The outcome of this financial year will be a very interesting one but through the hard work and diligence of all the Finance and Executive Committees, one which we will come through in good shape.

The Club is also looking at a number of improvement projects, some of which are significant. These are all in early stages and the financial implications of each needs to be considered very carefully, but there is no doubt that the Club is looking to emerge from this very strange year in a stronger and more determined frame of mind to provide the best facilities possible for our members, guests and visitors.

Newsletter – mid August 2020

Wales Golf - Carol's Back - Lotto - Gents' Captain's Trip

Wales Golf

Wales Golf has issued two statements over the weekend, a summary of both follows:-
“The Welsh Government has provided an update allowing more families to meet up, if conditions remain favourable, from the 22sh August. Up to four households will be able to join together to form a single extended household. Unfortunately, the Welsh Government will NOT be making any changes to the rules on people meeting indoors with people who aren’t part of their household or extended household.”

From the CEO. “It is now almost three months since golf became one of the first sports to be permitted to resume following the lock down on 23rd March. This was because strict protocols were introduced to help ensure the safe playing of the game….. Full adherence to the provisions of all safety protocols is essential is golf is to continue to thrive as the Welsh Government continues to monitor the situation closely and retains the right to reintroduce restrictions which could see golf clubs closed once again if agreed protocols are not followed.”

For the safety of all members, their guest, visitors and staff – please make sure you follow the guidance and the rules relating to our Club.


Carol’s Back

It’s great to see that the facilities and restrictions are gradually, if slowly, getting back to whatever normal might be, and one big step occurred this weekend when Carol is back looking after the catering. It is a scaled back version of her menu and will be served on a take-away basis but there’s still a good choice of sandwiches, baguettes toasties, teas and coffees on offer so show her your support and get yourself fed!


Lotto

Once again the numbers drawn eluded the numbers that members have subscribed for. So the prize on offer continues to escalate, it will be £350 this coming Sunday. There’s still time to get your numbers in if you have not yet subscribed, or if you have subscribed why not try again with three different numbers – it might be a great investment!

Check out the dedicated website for more information and the forms to set your subscription up.

https://abersochlotto.wixsite.com/mysite

Alternatively until the prize pot is won you can subscribe with a credit card – call the Office for more details.

One for the Gents

The Captain’s trip is on – SATURDAY 19th September 2020 to Northop Hall. The golf course is near Mold, and is around 2 hours away providing the A55 behaves itself. Of course, for those coming from over the border it is very close.

The day will be a little different to most given the circumstances or restrictions at the time. In essence it will be bacon baps on arrival at 11am, 18 holes of competitive golf from 12.30pm then drinks and eating afterwards. There is no organised transport for obvious reasons.

Total cost for the day will be £35 each and you should book through the competitions bookings on HowDidIDo. It is available to book now and your entry fee will be taken at the time of booking so make sure you have sufficient topped up in the account!
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