At our first committee meeting in March 2011 we set out a strategic direction that as a committee we felt was the right thing to do, namely –
- Plan A - To finally put to bed the issue of whether it was possible to build a clubhouse elsewhere on our property to give us a two tee start and a better location for other facilities to enhance member’s enjoyment.
The history behind this is that many years ago when the present clubhouse was built the planners refused permission to sight it elsewhere. Some members believe that it is in the wrong place, as does the committee and therefore we thought we ought to explore the case for moving and whether it was feasible. If it cannot be done, then it will be done and dusted, but at least we will know!
- Plan B – If Plan A is not possible then can we make better use of our current facilities? We will look at opening up downstairs to re-locate the offices to the committee room area and opening up the entrance and pro shop to create a more functional working area. We can look at creating a 19 th spike bar leading to an outside area and possibly turning the current offices into a visitors changing room.
- Plan C – This was to carry on as we currently are by improving certain parts of the clubhouse but bearing in mind Plan B so that we do not do any major work that would be lost in any future refurbishment. David Morgan and Fred Wyatt will be drawing up a plan of action so that any alterations we make are not wasted.
Where are we currently?
Plan A – There has been an initial exploratory meeting with a national developer who is currently drawing up some options which will be discussed at a special committee meeting sometime in July. Once we have some more detail we will share this with the membership at an Open Forum being planned for 8th September 2011. Please note this is purely EXPLORATORY at this stage and nothing further will be done without the consent of the membership.
Plan B - This is not set in stone but we would be looking to make best use of what we currently have and I set out the above to give you some ideas which you may wish to add to so that we can consider them.
Plan C - Our main priorities are the men’s changing rooms and the windows upstairs which currently allow us to heat the first tee in winter! The reduction in heating bills will pay for the windows in a few years. We will also be looking to re-decorate some areas such as the downstairs entrances and corridors.
New Management structure – new business/financial model
The membership voted in a new structure which saw us reduce the numbers of committees to two, namely The Committee (Finance and Strategic Direction) and The Handicap and Competitions Committee (all things golfing). This coupled with the new appointment of a General Manager means that all day to day decisions are made by David Morgan including the way the course is developed and maintained. Currently the new structure is working well and as David settles into his role we are getting more relaxed and less hands on, which is a challenge for some of us. But I think you will agree that we are all seeing consistency and a better presented course in better condition.
David Holmes (Finance Officer/Treasurer) set out his new financial model in March and together with David Morgan they have re-visited the budget to allow us to spend a little more on the course upkeep which I think you will agree has seen significant improvements. They have also re-structured some staff positions to give greater flexibility and better value for money to give members a better service.
Currently despite these changes we are well on track to exceed our target of delivering a £30k surplus at the end of the year.
VAT Appeal – any progress?
This VAT refund only covers green fee income and so there will be no refund to individual members as it is not connected to member’s subscription fees, sorry! We still have no news as to whether HMRC are appealing and if they do it will obviously rumble on for some-time. So, we have decided to carry on as usual with our current plan and direction and if it does go our way then we will take some-time to decide how we progress and what we do with the money. I am sure many of you will have your own ideas, so again maybe we can discuss it further at the Open Forum.
I hope that this gives you a quick snap-shot of where we currently are and where we might be going but please be assured any major decisions will only be made after further consultation with you the members. Many thanks for reading the above.
Chris Dennis - Chairman