Logo here The Baberton Bulletin w w w . b a b e r t o n . c o . u k W i n t e r 2 0 1 0 Captain’s Message Clubhouse Development I was overwhelmed by the large majority supporting the new clubhouse development at the EGM on the 2nd September and thank all who assisted in particular the Board and the Development sub commit- tee. I can confirm that both Baberton and the McCarthy & Stone Boards approved the development Inside this issue: agreement and we have received the £20,000 non refundable deposit to assist with our professional fees. We are now progressing with warrant applications and McCarthy & Stone have initiated their design Captain’s and planning process. Details of the clubhouse plans can be found by using the link below. http:// Message 1 www.babertongolfclub.com/index.php/the-club/clubhouse Equality Act 2010 Ladies The purpose of the Act is to promote equality and fairness of opportunity, tackle discrimination in all 2 Section forms and to strengthen and modernise the law in this area. One question is what will the new obliga- tions mean in general terms for mixed golf clubs like Baberton. From the SGU Advice note; “Golf clubs Greens which allow both male and female members, the Act will outlaw discrimination on the terms and conditions of Report 3 membership (e.g. subscription fees, access time etc), status or treatment of different members (e.g. females only becoming associate members ) or the manner in which it allows access to facilities( e.g. women not being allowed 4 in a particular bar. In competition matches, including medals, the new law will retain the existing provision Bunker whereby there is no breach of law in excluding anyone of one gender from a completion. However, there may be a Diagram requirement to provide equal numbers of competitions”. 5 Having discussed this at length with Andy Salmon, the Golf Development officer who has been acting on this on Algarve behalf of the SLGA and SGU, we have been informed we must remove the lady restricted categories and the la- Trophy dies social 5% category as they do not comply with the Act. We have written to these members to offer them al- Winners ternative playing categoires. The full implication of the new Act is being assessed information is avail- able on the SGU web site link. http://www.scottishgolf.org/go/clubservices/legislation Junior 6 The Course Report The course has been in great condition for most of the season and we are mindful of the challenges Social & 7 around essential maintenance work impacting on course condition. As we have had difficulty obtain- Prizegiving ing essential coring equipment at a time to suit us, the Board propose to budget for the purchase of coring equipment which will enable green staff to tackle coring work in a timely manner and enable other areas to be cored at our discretion. This will provide improve playing conditions for a more sus- BRS 8 tained period. Booking Website System We have introduced a members discussion forum on the club website. One objective of this forum was to assist members who may be looking for a game and . To access this forum once you have logged in, > select Members Area menu then select Discussion Forum. Advertising 9 BRS Online Booking System At The club have purchased an online booking system for the 2011 season. More details of this are on page Baberton Membership Committees 10 The biggest challenge for most golf clubs is to maintain membership levels at sustainable levels and retain a steady income stream, our introduction of young adult membership has been a huge success and we now have 60 members in this category. Having interviewed most of these members I can con- firm the young ladies and gents meet the standard expected of Baberton and they will no doubt be the future core members of the club. Ladies AGM I would like to thank the Ladies on behalf of myself and my Vice Captain Scott Girvan for their warm welcome at their AGM. I would like to congratulate Fiona Neave on her appointment as Ladies Captain and Fiona McLaren as new Ladies Vice Captain. I wish them well in their term of office. . The Ladies Section have had a very successful season on the course, winning the Interclub and Midlothian 5 a side tournaments. Karen Marshall & Fiona Hunter teamed up to win the Scottish Foursomes at Douglas Park ( see picture below) and Honorary Member, Fiona de Vries won the Scottish Seniors Ladies Title. Pamela Williamson Captained the Scottish Seniors team to success in the European Team Championship, a team which included Fiona de Vries. Karen Marshall Captained the Scottish Girls team in the Home Internationals who came a creditable 2nd. The Ladies Council have already implemented changes to their competition bookings, an issue which was de- bated at their AGM, for the 2011 season. I hope this change will provide all Ladies the ability to participate in the competitions at a time suitable to them BABERTON GOLF CLUB SCOTTISH LADIES FOURSOMES CHAMPIONS 2010 w w w . b a b e r t o n . c o . u k Greens Report P a g e 3 I would like to start by congratulating Simon and his staff for all their efforts and hard work done during the sea- son. The condition and presentation of the course has been excellent and they have achieved this with one less staff member. You may have noticed we made a few changes to the way the course was presented. Firstly the fairway were cut up and down rather than diagonally and there was only one cut of semi rough. This has greatly reduced cutting time, allowing time for other important jobs to be done. You may also have noticed the height of the fairways and rough had been raised, the fairway height by 2mm to 15mm was to help reduce divot marks. I think even though we still have divot marks it has been very successful. Raising the height of the rough by 10mm to 65mm may be a bit more controversial but it was felt that the rough was not penal enough and I think this has proved challenging to the members. In the spring news letter I proposed a system to help repair pitch marks on the greens. Simon has reported back to me and has asked me to thank the members for there help as there was a big improvement of the repairing of pitch marks although it has dropped off a bit in the last few weeks, so again can I remind you it is your responsibility to repair your own pitch mark but if you can also repair the ones that have been missed it would be a great help. As the New Year grows ever closer, we are looking at ways of improving the course in our winter program. Firstly we will be roping off the weak areas to help protect them from excessive wear so please help by keeping off these areas as much as possible because last winter it was noticed that some members were completely ignoring them. Preferred lies were introduced on the 1st of October. With regard to the use of mats, we plan to change the system this year , whereby you may either play from the fairway with your mat or place the ball on the semi rough and play from there. Green staff will monitor how this works and report back to the greens committee. One of the largest complaints we receive from members is the inconsistency of our bunkers so for that reason the greens staff will start a program of repairs to our bunkers starting at the 8th. Once we have established a model to the satisfaction of the members they will continue on priority basis to complete as many as bunkers as possible before the start of the summer season. This is a major task that we have asked our greens staff to undertake and I would ask you to be patient and give as much encouragement to them over the coming months. (See Bunker reconstruction plan on next page) A winter program has been prepared and has been posted on the notice board. Any other major work that may cause inconvenience to players will be notified in advance. Please continue to enjoy your golf at what I think is one of the best courses in the Lothian’s and please take extra care over the winter when the course can be slippy when wet or frosty. Russell Philp Greens Convenor Phone Service For a daily course report just call 0131 453 4911 then 2 for all the very latest information about any green keeping work that might affect play including any temporary greens. Bunker Reconstruction Plans P a g e 5 Algarve Trophy George Porteous and Steven McKiernan won the Algarve Golf Trophy event held at Baberton Golf Club on Saturday with a fantastic nett 64.5. Second place was a tie with both pairs on 66 but it was Ian Gourlay and Jim Downie who took second place, edging out Neil and Barry Struthers into third. The field of 84 were competing to qualify for the Grand Final of the Algarve Golf Trophy, to be held at Penina in the Algarve in late November. George and Steven enjoyed the three nights accommodation, two rounds of golf, wel- come party and a prize presentation gala dinner in the stunning setting of the Algarve. The greensomes competition was one of a series of Algarve Golf Trophy events taking place across the UK and Ireland over the summer. Players arriving for the day were wel- comed with a gift from the Algarve Promotion Bureau before heading out onto the course. Following the golf, players were also able to enjoy a magnificent Portuguese themed buffet. Results of the Grand Final can be found on the link below. http://www.teamfrith.com/Event.aspx?eventid=106 Belhaven Best Championships Raymond Brown & Scott Girvan (a replacement for our Club Manager) finished a creditable tied 5th on –7 at the grand final of the Captains and Secretaries Championship at Murrayshall. Andrew Cargill & Colin Flockhart qualified for the grand final of the handicap championship at the Dukes Course in St. Andrews. A video link of this final is listed below. After watching the video some may suggest Andrew take some short game lessons from Ken our pro. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCipmunwJeI (4 mins 16 secs into video) Baberton will host one of the Regional Finals for the handicap championship in 2011, it will also host the Lothians Team Championship along with Kingsknowe next year. Caitlin Turner of Swanston Golf Club is still to gain her first handicap, but she and Dad Colin (Baberton Golf Club) were the Overall Champions at the Adult Girl Foursomes at Alloa Golf Club today (Sunday 26 September). On a beautiful Autumn day, Caitlin and Colin had 38 stableford points off a handicap alloca- tion of 19 shots. Alexis and Craig Hutton (Falkirk Tryst) and Ellen Forbes and Louise MacGregor (Falkirk) were both one point further back on 37 and won the Category 1 and Category 2 sections respectively. P a g e 6 Junior Report Summer League and Inter Club The junior team had a tremendous run in this years Summer League finishing at the top of our group ahead of Royal Burgess, Silverknowes and Harburn. As group winners with the second best points total across the 6 groups we were seeded for the quarter finals and played the best runners up in the quarter final – Royal Burgess! We won the home match convincingly by 6-1 but struggled in the return eventually losing 4.5 – 2.5 which was good enough to see us through 8.5 - 3.5. Our run came to an end in the semi final at Dalmahoy where we lost to a strong Turnhouse team. In the Inter Club Tournament at Bruntsfield the team defeated Kingsknowe 12&11 in the first round and lost narrowly to the eventual winners, Liberton, in the quarter final. The team of Lewis Campbell, Owen Brady, Scott MacPherson and Finlay McCall played some great golf and gave the Liberton team, all low single figure players, a really tough match eventually losing by 4&3 over the double foursome Clubgolf Baberton has continued it’s commitment to Clubgolf this year. 15 young boys and girls ranging from 8 to 12 years old attended the Level 1 coaching sessions which ran for 10 weeks before the summer holidays and 5 weeks after. A huge thanks to John Flynn, Andrew Smith, Graham Stark and Bill McCarthy for giving up their time to introduce these youngsters to the game. Junior Funding Raising To help support our juniors across a number of fronts including development, coaching, the purchase of team kit and Club Golf we will be creating an incentive for all of you not to go into the right greenside bunker at the 17th. This has been nominated as the ‘junior trap’ for 2011 with the intention to add a bit of ‘fun’ towards the end of your round and an opportunity to give a voluntary donation of say 50p or a £1. More information will follow later on how this will work. Finally, congratulations to David Thornton on winning the Junior Championship for the first time. In an excellent final David defeated Lewis Campbell by 2&1. Both boys showed that good golf can be played quickly with both rounds taking less than 2hours 40 minutes. David capped a great season by also winning the Youths Championship. w w w . b a b e r t o n . c o . u k Social Report P a g e 7 A big thanks to all members and their guests that have supported the club this year by attending our Race night, our Cabarets and Disco’s and also Andrew’s dinner evenings. As 2010 draws to close, there are still some social events to look forward to. Tickets are available at the bar for our Christmas Gala Night. We have live music by China Blue. Tickets are priced at £18 which includes a two course buffet provided by Andrew. Tickets are on sale on for our Hogmanay Party Disco on the 31st. Ticket are priced at £6. Stovies will be available on the night at a small extra cost. Andrew’s dinner evenings throughout the year have been very popular. These are not held in December but will start up again in 2011. Dinner evenings are held on the 3rd Friday of the month during the winter period. Sheets for names are posted up on the 1st Friday of the month. In addition Andrew will be hosting quiz nights, with food on the 4th Friday of January, February and March. Watch out for details, soon, of our ever successful Burns Supper which is held on 29th January. Photos from Presentation of Prizes 2010 8. Online Booking System The Club has purchased the BRS online booking system and will be introducing this for the 2011 season. The Board have set up a sub-committee chaired by Vice– Captain Scott Girvan to oversee the implementation of the system. Our desire / aspiration is to:- • implement the system with the least possible disruption to members • allow members the choice of how they will book times e.g. online, by phone and in person • ensure no members are disadvantaged by the new system – through making access to the system available through a terminal in the Clubhouse. • phase the implementation with trial / pilot in early 2011 of mid-week booking, followed by obtaining feed- back, then undertaking a further trial period following any alteration required. • rollout weekend booking on a similar basis with aim to have fully fledged system in place for Spring Meeting on 30 April • visitor booking will also be implemented – this requires some updating to the web-site and confirmation of the pricing on the green fees and catering packages and will be introduced ahead of the other modules. Information about the booking system is available on the club website. The members discussion forum on the website can also be used to let us know what you think of the booking system .The forum can also be used to discuss any other subjects relating to the club and also as a means of contacting other members who share your views. About BRS Golf: BRS Systems Ltd was founded in 2002 by Rory Smith and Brian Smith, both very keen golfers. The market leading BRS Tee Time Manager was launched in January 2004. The product was quickly established in Ireland where is holds over 40% market share and 90% of clubs having online bookings. The BRS Tee Time Manager was launched in the UK in September 2005. The BRS system combines a management tool for the golf club, member’s online booking and an ecommerce solution for the golfers to book and pay for tee times online with their credit/debit card. BRS has built an excellent reputation in the golf market for developing an easy to use / robust system, offering first class support and ongoing product development. The solution has proved that golfers prefer to book their golf online with over 3 Million bookings by Members and a total of over £3.5M taken in online credit card payments. Page 6 Marketing Market Your Company Through Baberton Golf Club A unique opportunity has aisen for you to promote your company in the Club Fixture Book We have limited full and half page advertising positions available for you to market your company and increase its profile to the members and visitors to the club. Half page £50 plus VAT Full page £100 plus VAT Advertising on the Club’s score card is also available. For further details please contact the Club Manager Tel 0131 453 4911 e-mail email@example.com T h e B a b e r t o n B u l l e t i n . Committees Members Greens Golf Committee Board Russell Philp (Convenor) Alan Gammie (Convenor) Raymond Brown (Captain) Brian McCarthy Ken Kelly Scott Girvan ( Vice Captain) Brian Marshall Bert Kerr Alan Gammie Andrew Smith Brian Marshall Craig Philp Pamela Williamson Fiona Neave Grant McCall Bert Kerr Craig Philp Margaret McPherson Ken Kelly Russell Philp Simon Gray Andrew Smith Gary Mckenna Fiona Neave Norman Robertson Alan Peddie Marketing/Finance Clubhouse Development Andrew Smith ( Convenor) Alan Jollie (Convenor) Raymond Brown Raymond Brown Brian Chrystal Jim Burnett Scott Girvan Scott Girvan Ian Birrell Alan Goodman John Flynn Maggie McPherson Fiona Neave Colin Gray Robin Thompson Harry Waugh Norman Robertson Fiona Neave Graham Harper Be aware of the notices and roped off areas around the course. They are there for your safety first and foremost and to ensure we avoid any unnecessary little acci- dents. It also gives areas of wear and tear on the course a chance to recover. It is just a pity the driver of this buggy at the 6th failed to follow the instructions at the tee and ended up getting stuck in the railings!