Information For Members From Recent Committee Meeting
Course Maintenance Report
• The greens will be fertilised the week beginning 1st Sept, and will then be scored, scarified, over-seeded and sanded after the Mixed Open. An autumn feed will be applied in October.
• Maureen Rennie brought it to the committee’s attention that there is a lot of ragwort growing in the rough up the 1st fairway, and also near the 8th. She is to arrange a squad to try and clear this, as, if it seeds, it spreads like wildfire, so it needs to be done urgently. (Maureen and husband Tony went ahead and just did the job themselves – thank you to them).
• Maureen also asked about a practice putting green. We are going to cost the work to spray off an area between the car park fence and the first tee, lay high-quality top-soil, and either seed it or lay turf. Seeding will be cheaper but will take2 years to become useable.
• Allan Thomson has offered to repair and tidy up the fence around the car park.
Mixed Open and Anderson Greensomes
• Entries are going well for the Mixed, but we can never have too many, so please encourage anyone you know to get an entry in.
• The ladies asked if a ladies’ pairing could win the Anderson Cup. There was no reason why not, except that it was appreciated that this would be difficult against the men. However, as Archie pointed out, it is also very difficult for all but the very best men to win. The ladies felt the prizes were over-loaded in favour of the men, so it was suggested there could be half a dozen more prizes specifically for the ladies, if they could find sponsors for them.
TT Sanderson Championship
• Peebles are holding this competition this year on Sunday 20th Sept, for Championship finalists from each club. – 2 men from each championship group. Archie is organising our entry for it
• The Musselburgh Quaich, when a junior member is paired with an adult member to play a greensome competition, is to be held on Sunday 20th September at 2pm. Please would any adult members add their names and handicap to a notice in the clubhouse, or give their name to Aileen Scott Aiton – firstname.lastname@example.org (There is a . between aileen and scottaiton in the e-mail address) There will be sausages in rolls and ice cream served afterwards, when the prizes for the year will be presented.
• It was suggested that we should employ a cleaner for a couple of hours a week, as working a rota would be very difficult. At the moment a rota of 5 committee members run the vacuum cleaner round any areas in need of it when they lock up each night. This works well and appears to keep the carpeted areas sufficiently clean. It was then decided that the men should look after the gents toilet and the ladies their own one; and anyone using the kitchen should leave it as they find it. To employ a cleaner would cost in the region of £1000 a year, which would require an increase in subscriptions. This was unacceptable to the committee, who, along with a few others who also contribute quite considerably, do a massive amount of work behind the scenes. They work extremely hard to keep costs down and raise £1000s of sponsorship money, spend a lot of hours with junior members, encouraging them to re-join each year; they have made the club house accessible to everyone, opening and closing it and cleaning it for 3 seasons now, but most of all, just think of the hundreds of hours that Ian Scott puts in, on an almost daily basis, throughout the summer to keep the course maintenance costs down, and therefore our subscriptions to a minimum. In comparison it seems like a small ask to expect members to take some ownership of, and contribute to the upkeep of their clubhouse, by helping with a good spring clean before the start of the season, cleaning of the windows throughout the season, and keeping their respective toilets clean.