Folks,

 

Another challenging week with quite a few holidays, hospital appointments and illnesses keeping the numbers down. Over the summer the absences have been very few and the guys are really good at taking holidays at what’s usually the quieter times at work, which ironically is the busy times for playing golf – the busier the Course the less we can get done. It’s one competition after another at this time of year which makes it more difficult for us to present the course to you.

On top of all that with the fairways repairs being priority please accept our apologies if some of the standards we have set have not been reached this last week.

 

As you will no doubt will have noticed, the fairway recovery programme continues as planned. We can only apologise to the members who “don’t see the point”, “there’s too much sand”, “it’ll grew back onyway” and “why can’t we do it at night” (that last ones not real BTW) for all the inconvenience and sandy lies.

But to members that appreciate we are dealing with a fragile “flower” that only blossoms to its full glory if we treat it with care and attention like any living thing, and at times we have to put the immediate needs of members to the side as we carry out the duties we are entrusted with, we thank and appreciate all the help and support you give us.

 

When we were asked to do this blog the Chair and the Captain had the intention to inform members of ongoing and planned work, to try and give some insights into what and how we go about things and lastly to highlight issues that are mostly apparent to all and what we planned to about them.

Not in some Lord Haw Haw fashion or a leaflet drop before the bombs fall.

Or even “get your retaliation in first” to disarm critics by jabbering on about stuff.

We think it’s been reasonably successful in the main (some members still love a wee photo of animal damage in a bunker as if we don’t see that every morning in nearly 50% of them but that’s ok, that’s what smart phones are for after all, isn’t it)?

But perhaps the main driver (and the blog, just like my driving can be a bit wayward at times) was during this time of change that’s running through all aspects of the club: new holes, new management structure and new catering setup it’s always reassuring to actually get some insight from the folks that actually work here.

Managing change is always a challenge – books and books and even more books have been written about it. But if we put the “3 step challenge” to the changes we’ve seen it can give us a good idea how successful we have been.

 

Step 1

Denial – “over my dead body”, “it’s no happenin here” and “it’s fine as it is”.

Er, no it wisnae – if we do not change and adapt then the greedy competition will eat us up.

 

Step 2

Grudging acceptance.

“Awrite,fair enough but it’s ef’al to dae wi me”, “carry on,be it on yer ain’ heed” and “don’t come greetin when all goes tae £&@“.

Change implemented with the predicted but entirely understandable negative comments by the naysayers that are afraid that something essential will be lost.

 

Step 3

Changes done and “virtuous cycle” of more change adopted.

“Telt ye – should have been done years ago”, “what took you so long”, “I was always wantin’ tae dae it” and this by the same folk that where intrenched in denial at stage 1.

 

So, if we look at the new holes, the new catering arrangements we can see (and taste) with our own eyes that the changes have been positive and a statement of confidence that the club will still be here in another 50 years’ time. A 3-hole speed challenge in Lycra guided by drones and a water polo match on the split screens perhaps and called Barassie Speed Links, dancing boys (surely no’ that’s too much), razzmatazz, vitamin shots and legal mood enhancing drugs (Doctor come quick – the big man has lost it) but it will still be here if we continue to progress.

The management aspect is much more nebulous and harder to see (and taste) but will play as big a part (if not bigger) in our long-term future.

Mission statements, spending priorities, visions of where the club wants to be are tough to measure but plans and strategies can be measured by their actual end product – did we do what we said we would. At the moment we are still attracting members and that is the ultimate sign that we are getting things, in the main, (only a fool would not qualify that statement) right. Bumps on the road, the odd 1-0 loss to our rivals, (a member leaving to join St Nicks perish the thought) are going to happen but we are hopeful that this confidence in the future is shared by the vast majority of you – the members.

 

0n to a couple of smaller (but important nonetheless) changes that are perhaps kind of wavering between stages 2 & 3.

  1. The rakes and the hole cutting – the rakes are definitely leaving less sand at the front and if I could respectfully ask that you always rake away from you i.e. hit your shot (or shots), put the club down and rake away from you, always leaving the rake outside the bunker.
  2. Hole cutting and new cups – we are now cutting new holes every second day and every day after a big event (Senior Open or Scottish Golf days for example) and over the winter we are hoping the new cups and pin locaters ease up a bit so they don’t come out with a jerk. Rest assured that if this does not see an improvement in hole shape durability further action will be taken.

 

Enjoy your golf

 

The Greens Team.