Who’d have thought it, after the stunning weather of the last week of April, we would have to close the golf course in early May because of snow! What Global Warming!

Now well into the golf season and whilst we are all struggling to come to terms with the new WHS, hasn’t it freshened up results. Speaking with the powers that be it’s obvious we need time to bed this in before it reaches a natural equilibrium where everyone is playing to a handicap closer to their true ability. I seem to remember teething problems when we introduced the previous system.

Come the 17th May we will be operating as close to “normality” as we have in the past year and a half. However, in order to keep everyone safe in and around the Clubhouse I ask that we continue to act in accordance with the latest Government rules. Nevertheless, I really look forward to the time we can stand at the bar clenching a pint of Tennents and chatting about how the round could’ve been better. Not too long Les!

John and his team are back producing great food, particularly of note are the Thursday Theme Nights and A-la-carte menu on a Saturday. Already it is evident that booking is essential to reserve a table. Going forward we are hosting a Members’ BBQ and music night on 22nd May. Tickets are available from the bar. This is the first of many social nights we have planned throughout the summer, including hosting sports events (Euros, Wimbledon Finals, Ryder Cup and British Lions), Nine & Dine (starting June 11th) and various tastings including Wine & Dine (with Richard Meadows) Gin & Beer.

As a club with a small, but dedicated staff, we still rely on many Members who give their time voluntarily to assist with our smooth running. This varies from our numerous Committees, the group of Seniors who helped in the broom clearance, to all the Starters for our Opens and Junior golf helpers. Needless to say, we can always do with more names to call upon. If you have any spare time, even if just one morning throughout the summer and want to help please let either Debbie or myself know.

On another matter your Management Committee has worked hard to identify and quantify what we, as Members, receive for our annual subscriptions. To this end we have produced a list of what we feel are Members’ Benefits. Hopefully, you will concur with the list and maybe take a trip to one of our reciprocal courses such as Cruden Bay or Ladybank for a much-reduced green fee (details attached).  

Lastly, I’m really pleased to report that Stephen Gallacher, European Tour player and founder of the Stephen Gallacher Foundation, has joined the Boat as an Ordinary Member. Stephen intends playing golf here as often as his schedule allows and, when able, will help promote golf at Boat of Garten. I’m sure you will make him feel welcome if you see him around.