I would like to wish everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year.
Here we go again, just when we thought it was all over, it wasn’t!!!!!
Sadly following the Governments Rules we had to close the course immediately and it will remain closed until they and England Golf allow us to open again.
There is a petition – https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/557167 (link is below in “read more” section) started up to try to get the Government to allow a return to golf, if you are interested, however I believe until the infection rates come down, (York area is one of the highest at the moment with over 550 in every 100,000 affected), we will stay in lock down and be unable to play golf.
I would like to express my gratitude to all our wonderful members who have stuck by us during what has been the most horrendous year, alas we have lost some members who have not re-joined, but we will carry on and we will ensure the course is maintained at its best. To quote a very overused phrase, we are still in unprecedented and testing times and your Committee and Staff have worked tirelessly trying to keep the club operational within the rules set down by the Government and Guidance from England Golf and I continue to be indebted to all of them for their hard work and positive attitude in the face of some very unwarranted criticism, thankfully this is fairly rare.
At the last Main Committee meeting before lock down, it was unanimously decided that all the committee would remain in place for 2021.
Chris Lone your Facilities Manager, has expressed his gratitude for you continued support in the shop, the bar when we could open and for all those who took part in his Christmas Raffle.
Dave Bell, The Chairman of Greens has, with his committee has prepared the following;
“The purpose of this report is to update Pike Hills Golf Club members with regard to the programme of work scheduled for the Golf Course during 2021.
It would be remiss of us not to acknowledge what a difficult 12 months we have all had and unfortunately members of the Greens staff were forced to self-isolate due to Covid-19. Thankfully all greens staff are currently well and we have been able to continue to undertake routine and scheduled programmes of work on the golf course during 2020.
We are pleased to inform you that the Pike Hills Golf Club Committee have voted overwhelmingly to allocate additional investment to the Greens budget for 2021 and we have developed a programme of work which outlines our plans that are in line with the recommendations from the STRi report.
Whilst all areas of the Golf Course will benefit from this additional investment, the 10, 11 and 14 fairways will receive increased attention as these fairways have suffered caused by excessive worm cast.
Whilst change will not be immediate and some areas of the course will require longer periods of time to evolve, the committee believe that this programme of work will ensure the continued development of the Pike Hills Golf Course.
We will ensure that you are all kept regularly updated with the programme of planned work and progress and we are sure we can all look forward to a happier 2021 when we certainly hope we are all allowed to play more golf!
I am also grateful to Ian Craig, committee member and Health and Safety Advisor for keeping us on the straight and narrow with respect to the rules etc.
Martin Greaves reports that Pike Hills Golf Club has been chosen as a Yorkshire host venue for a Seniors County members meeting this is a great honour and highlights the esteem that the Yorkshire Committee hold our club.
Darren Meek our Competitions Chairman and Competitions Committee member Graham Booth, have worked very hard on ensuring that the transition to the World Handicap System from the previous system has progressed smoothly and sends a reminder that if you have any outstanding queries regarding the WHS please contact them using the following email address; email@example.com
Darren also notes that as we are getting closer to the competitions to commence,(hopefully), members would maybe like to start thinking of securing partners in the knockout comps for the Ware cup, Coronation trophy, Lycett green and the Tom Russell mixed because as soon as we open for golf again, the lists will be in the shop to enter.
Given the lock down and our inability to be able to meet in a large group, we are unlikely to be able to hold our Club Annual General Meeting in February, however we will await guidance from the Government, England Golf and HSE, before announcing a safe and suitable date, the Ladies Section has already postponed theirs.
I am very grateful to our Vice Chairman, David Chapman, for the production of drawings, programme development and resubmission of the planning application for the proposed extension to the clubhouse, which will provide the following;
• A to new entrance hall, a disabled lift, a disabled toilet on ground and first floor and new a General Managers office at ground floor level.
• An extension to the Ladies Locker room to increase the floor area.
• Prepare and submit revised planning application and accompanying reports as required..
David expects that we should be able to submit the revised planning application by the middle of February.
Alistair and Helen are still working at pace dealing with the subscriptions renewals and I would like to remind members that your membership fees were due on 31st December. If you have not already done so, you can pay by BACS, Direct Debit, cheque or cash. Your refund voucher is only valid until the 15th January after which it will be automatically used for the furniture fund. The clubhouse foyer will be open between 10 am and 1 pm daily for you to deposit your payment in the office letterbox if your prefer not to use the post.
As Steve our Chef is still operating a takeaway and “phone and collect service, you can also use the visit to pay your subs to pick up your takeaway order from him or Fran (07949 550884), or if using the course for your daily exercise, why not order a bacon sandwich or other snack or a coffee from them too.
Max Bailey our House Committee Chair informs me that House have given Mark an extensive list of maintenance and decorating jobs for the winter months during lock down.,including Mens locker room, trolley shed etc. Max is also going to design a chart to show how furniture fund is doing.
Important News which I hope will be helpful to members;
I received the message below from a friend who is working for the NHS.
“A plea from NHS staff. Please please please make sure you and your family all dig out your NHS number and have a copy of it it immediately to hand for when you or they are called for the COVID vaccination. From my colleagues on the front line this is far and away the biggest bottle neck when it comes to administering the vaccine to as many people as quickly as possible.”
Please pass this message on to anyone you think will benefit.
As usual, I finish with with a couple of amusing little ditties;
1. Wife: I have a bag full of used clothes that I would like to donate,
Husband: Why not just throw them into the rubbish bin? That’s much easier,
Wife: But there are poor starving people who could really use all these clothes,
Husband: Darling anyone who fits in your clothes is not starving.
Husband is recovering from a head injury now!!
2. A thought: as we go into another lock down, why not train all the Amazon delivery drivers to give the vaccine. The entire population could be immunised by Saturday, or Wednesday if you’ve got Prime, (Thanks to Nick Hutchings!!)
3. Another thought; Put the Covid Vaccine into beer, open all the pubs and in 2 days the whole country will be vaccinated.
4. A pal tells me he that he is sick of Christmas, he stated that he works hard all year to earn enough money to buy the kids the presents they want and then what happens? A fat person with a beard gets all the credit, still, he says, its his own fault for marrying her!!!
5. Who says men don’t remember; A couple were shopping, the town was packed and as the wife walked around she was surprised to discover that her husband was nowhere to be seen. She was quite upset as they had a lot to do and hence she became so worried that she called him on her mobile phone to ask him where he was. In a quiet voice he said “Do you remember the Jewellers we went in about 5 years ago, the one where you fell in love with the diamond necklace that we could not afford, and I told you that I would get it for you one day? The wife choked up and began to cry and said” Yes I do remember that shop”
He replied; Well I’m in the pub next door!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I hope these little reports provide, not just updates on what we are trying to achieve for the club and its membership, but also a little light relief from the very serious situation we are ALL in.
Pike Hills Golf Club Chairman
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