Dear Fellow Members,

The clocks have gone forward, we return to the SUMMER layout, winter wheels and fairway mats are behind us, both can now be discarded. Evening golf beckons!
The winter program is complete and the new shed is up and ready for use. Recruiting new green staff remains an issue, you may have seen our Facebook announcement on this.
The recent Members’ Forum was a great success. An excellent slide presentation of the current situation and way forward was provided by Andy Fairbairn. The slides are available to all with email, print copies from the Office.
This was well received and stimulated discussion and some excellent questions and contributions from the floor. I was delighted with the grasp of the issues and the positive atmosphere in the meeting.
The high level of resignations last winter has sharpened the need for a good membership offer. To that end a new “Mid-Season Joiner” package is in place from 1st April. £600 for the remainder of the season to 30th September; those resigned in 2016 being excluded.
Members may also claim the £100 bounty, should someone introduced sign up for the next full year. Members will recall that this is an incentive scheme, which encourages us to find introductions to the Club. The £100 Bounty is paid the following year, when the new member renews their subscription.
It is also the Committee’s intention to introduce a 12 month Contract Membership, which we think will better encourage loyalty, and avoid the difficulty with a winter subscription renewal date. This method is successful in a range of other club and commercial membership situations.

I am delighted to welcome Graeme Watson to bolster the Finance Sub Committee, and Mike McKenzie, who has experience in finance and digital media, who will provide expertise and advice to the Committee.

It has come to the Committee’s notice that there is a demand for greater mid-week medal play. In order to increase participation it has been decided to introduce Thursday Medals on the Cawder Course. These will run along similar lines to Wednesday Keir Medals. Some times will be reserved for bounce games, and BRS booking of the other times will enable participants to choose times and partner with fellow competitors. They will be fortnightly, commencing in May.
We have also become aware of a demand for Supplementary Medals. These will be conducted at members’ own convenience, cards handed in, noting the date and the tees-used (white or yellow).
The intention is to make it easier for players to obtain and maintain handicaps, when they find medal times inconvenient or unavailable. In due course the computer score entry system will be able to receive input directly from the players.
Follow the link below, for further information on Supplementary Medals.
Activity in these new categories will be monitored, and adjustments made to suit demand and members’ feedback.
Our first Junior Coaching Camp is set for 14th April. Please get in touch to enroll your child/grandchild. The Junior Convenor is still on the lookout for donations of surplus clubs and equipment, especially junior sets, which he can provide to children taking up the game.
Neil’s email address is below, if you want to get in touch with offers and/or assistance.
Junior Medals will move to Friday Evenings, in response to suggestion from the juniors themselves.
The Club’s Web-site is being upgraded, to enable better connectivity and more effective use of other platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook. Praise to Andy Fairbairn and Martin Lunn for their top “tech” work!
To that end we would ask all members active on Facebook/twitter etc. to “Like and Share” our posts. This will extend the reach of our communications and aid in spreading the word about Cawder as a place to join or visit.
Places are still available for both the Pro-Am and the Invitational, but hurry, while stocks last…!

I am further delighted to bring to your attention that we are holding a Celebration Lunch, for 2 members, J. Cubbage and R. Robertson, who have attained 70 years membership of the Club. The proposed date is Monday, 12th June. Please contact the Carol, the Operations Manager, if you would like to attend.
The summer program will bring a need for some volunteers to assist with the management of some of the events. Starters and traffic flow managers will be in demand. If you have free time, and could eat a free lunch, please let me know! All help gratefully received.
On the Social front, the St Patrick’s night was very successful, super dancing and even better eating! The Irish stew was marvelous and the Fish was terrific! A big well done to all concerned, especially in the Kitchen. Easter Sunday is the next on the list, check our Website for details of Egg Hunts and Bouncy Castles!
House Convenor Allan Mackintosh is delighted to announce the Cawder Comedy Night. Clear your diaries for Saturday, 20th May. We will be welcoming Ladies and Gentlemen to a lineup of top local acts Compered by an experienced performer. Keep your eyes peeled for notices, tickets are expected to go fast.
Well that’s enough from me, let’s get out there, and keep working on those pitch-marks, divots, bunkers and litter, so we can make our courses the credit they should be.

David Reid

Supplementary Scores