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                              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
                         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

                         Equality Act 2010
Ladies                   The purpose of the Act is to promote equality and fairness of opportunity, tackle discrimination in all
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
                         in a particular bar. In competition matches, including medals, the new law will retain the existing provision
                         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
                         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.
Junior           6
                         The Course
                         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.
                         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
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
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 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
 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
 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
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                                        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

 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.

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. (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.
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 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

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.
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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

                                                        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

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

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.
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                       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
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                           Advertising on the Club’s score card is also

                           For further details please contact the Club
                                               Tel 0131 453 4911

T h e    B a b e r t o n   B u l l e t i n
.                          Committees

    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
                                                         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!

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