Hello Members,
As Kilspindie Golf Club looks forward to its 150th year it is also taking on the challenges and
skills of the 21st Century. We want to make use of modern communication as part of our
ability to inform members of “What’s on at KGC”. It might be course conditions, results,
competition news or social events. We are in course of updating our website and have
recently created a facebook page. It can be found by putting the following in to your main
browser (not a search engine). www.facebook.com/kilspindiegolfclub.
Once you have done that and got to our dedicated page, simply like it. In that way you will
see on your timeline any updates that I or Keith Martin the General Manager make to the
page, thus keeping you up-to-date as early as possible. Please pass this on to other members.
To start our blogs rolling I thought I would give you an insight in to what is happening
“behind the scenes” so to speak.
Your diaries and membership bag tags are available for collection when you pay your subs.
Please ask in the office and Keith or Lorna will be able to furnish you with these items. The
diaries have taken a little longer to come to us due to factors out-with our control. As you will
appreciate next year’s events are more numerous than normal and in some cases we have
been awaiting confirmation from others (clubs & organisations) that dates were approved.
This takes time and patience on the part of club officials and I would hope that members can
appreciate this and also be patient, especially with Keith & Lorna in the Office.
Central Heating
As you all know the Central Heating Refurbishment has been ongoing for some time. It is a
bigger job than first thought but I am happy to report that we are moving forward quite
quickly now. A Planning Application has been made and the outcome is awaited. The job
itself has been put out to tender and a meeting will take place in the early days of January
with one of the potential contractors. As soon as we get the green light we want to be ready to
act. Hopefully we will see this completed within the first three months of the year. There will
be some disruption and possibly even clubhouse closure. However, Keith & I have been to
see Martin Andrews, the Estate Factor, on numerous occasions since we took up office and
he has undertaken to ensure we will either have access to Craigielaw Clubhouse or portable
temporary accommodation if that is warranted. Whichever suits us best depending on
timescale.
Interestingly, a Titleist fitting centre is under construction on the range adding to what will be
available on your doorstep.
Juniors
We have been working hard with Chris Stirling our Junior Convenor on trying to boost our
Junior member numbers and I am pleased to say that this is bearing fruit. Having been down
to “single figures” last season ( The wrong kind of single figures !) I am delighted to tell you
we now have 30 boys and 6 girls on our books and we plan to fit them in to a coaching
programme, using Craigielaw range. Having got the numbers going, we are now being
assisted by Scottish Golf Ltd’s Area rep, so hopefully that will give us a further boost.
Lease
Keith & I have had ongoing discussions with Martin Edwards on this subject and it has been
very positive. We are in course of setting up what we hope will be a meeting to shape the
final document, as early as we can once the Festive period is out of the way.
Course
The Greenkeeping team are working very hard on their Winter Schedule.
Most of the serious verti-draining has been completed. One, possibly two, further light
sanding’s are set to happen probably in January & February depending on weather.
Bunkers are being renovated by way of re-vetting and in the fullness of time the sand in all of
them will be reworked & where necessary renovated. We are aware that some at present are
somewhat compacted.
The approaches & surroundings to the 8th Tee box will be improved and thereby tidied up.
Improvements will be looked at in terms of the 18th Tee.
New course signage and “furniture” will start to arrive early in 2017.
Some work will be done on the rough’s that are thick in areas and will be thinned out by a
rough mower that cuts and collects, this program will be ongoing yearly to making the rough
add definition but playable.
The Shelter at the 14th Tee needs attention and it is our intention to re-site it forward and to
the left of the current tee box. This will aid protection to the 13th Green and also give us
scope going forward to widen the 14th Tee if this is deemed necessary or helpful.
As you can see Ladies & Gentlemen a very busy schedule. Please make allowances if the
Greens staff are working near you when you are playing over the coming weeks. Time &
weather are often not on their side and they want to have the course in first class condition for
the 150th Season.
General
We plan to canvas members by way of a questionnaire early in 2017. Please be constructive
& helpful in your comments as one of Kilspindie’s greatest assets is its friendliness/ambiance
and we would not like that disrupted in trying to seek members’ viewpoints.
The BRS booking system is under test by the office and seems to be working well. Once the
various parties that will have daily access and input to the system have been trained it will be
put into play for members and visitors. Part of this new system will be an App for
Smartphones so that booking a tee-time will be possible from that source also.
Events
Some of you have been asking about events relative to our 150th celebrations. Most of these
are in place now and are featured in the new Diary. However, some confirmations are still
awaited. I hope that by the time I come to release the next Blog update, say mid January, I
will be able to finalise what is on offer. At the very least I will be able to “put some meat on
the bones” of what each of the events entails. Meanwhile to give you a flavour:
Many others are keen to come and help us celebrate our 150th. Night golf is being looked at
as part of East Lothian’s Golf Festival. Golf in Scotland are bringing a Senior Texas
Scramble. We have a match lined up against the British Golf Collectors Society using
Hickory equipment and this will be followed next day by a 150th Hickory Open. Suitable
“sticks” have been booked at no cost to members. An Earl Of Wemyss Day is planned. A
Past Captains & Directors Dinner is scheduled. The Jewel in the Crown will undoubtedly
be the 150 Dinner in the Balmoral in July. An all classes Club Medal is on the cards in
July along with a Mixed Invitational Comp & Barbeque in August. In September we have
a Kilspindie v Aberlady match and this is followed by the World Hickory Championship
being held at Kilspindie & Luffness New in October. There has been talk that Messrs Els &
Goosen may be persuaded to join Sandy Lyle as it fits in to the European Tour Schedule after
the Dunhill Comp at St Andrews. Watch this space as we will keep you advised if this is a
“possible”.
All events are open to members and if you are to get maximum enjoyment out of our 150th
Year I would encourage you to get your names down in as many of these competitions as
possible.
I am indebted to the help and ideas flowing from Elspeth Walker, Yvonne Davidson and Jim
Kinross on the 150 committee coupled with the tremendous support coming from my fellow
Directors and Keith & Lorna in the Office.
Till next month.
Kind regards,
John S Anderson
Captain, Kilspindie GC.