Letter to members who have not yet rejoined

April 22, 2020

Dear Members,

 

Well, we are locked down for a further three weeks, with no prospect of golf until mid-May at the earliest. Like most golf clubs, we are working hard to keep the Club viable, and to find ways to improve our cash flow, as many of you will be doing for your businesses. 

 

John Cunningham continues to do a fantastic job, and the course will be in great condition for opening.  When the Club does re-open, we want this to be as smooth a process as possible. It is likely that we will only be given a few days' notice of being allowed to play golf, and we want to ensure that membership rejoining is straightforward.

 

We are grateful to those who have paid memberships already, in spite of the lack of golf and clubhouse being closed. The income is essential (and much appreciated) at this stage – although the Club is closed we have ongoing costs (wages, lease payments, utilities, etc.). Visitors fees and related income from shop and catering amounted to over 40% of revenues last year – currently this is zero and is likely to be negligible for some time after the course and clubhouse re-open. Although costs are also reduced, there is still a large hole in our finances.

 

Current membership is well below half compared to last year. This is no doubt due to a mixture of the economic situation many will find themselves in, not to mention that we cannot play golf at this time. However, if the Club is to survive financially, we need members to rejoin as soon as possible, and ideally before the course-re-opens.  Membership fees are currently our only source of income.

 

Many golf clubs will be applying additional levies/fees on members to get them through this crisis – whilst we do not, at this stage, believe that this necessary for our Club, we cannot afford to reduce membership fees even though the course is currently closed.

 

So membership fees will remain at the levels approved at the last AGM. These include golf insurance – note that we took the decision not to start the insurance until after the course opens, when (hopefully) memberships return to normal levels. Past members cannot play in competitions until membership for this year has been arranged – and can play only by paying a green/guest fee. It would be unfair on those who have already paid memberships to do otherwise.

 

If you can afford to do so, then please pay your membership as soon as possible. However, the Club remains committed to assisting anyone who is having a difficult time in continuing with membership. If you would like to discuss this, or have any other questions please address these to either the Captain or Vice Captain. In the meantime, fingers crossed for an early return to golf at Sconser.

Best regards,

IOSGC Committee

New "Links" page

April 12, 2020

The course is shut, we're not allowed out anywhere, all the housework and gardening is done (well, maybe!), day-time TV is driving us nuts, you've finished that jigsaw you'd never found time for before... what to do?!

Well, just in case you've not already thought of it for yourselves, we've pulled together a small collection of links to golf videos you can watch online. Even if you don't particularly like the ones we've listed, they might lead you on to others you find more interesting. Be warned though: it can be addictive!

Please feel free to check out our new page of links to Youtube videos 

CORONAVIRUS LATEST IOSGC

March 16, 2020

We are all very much aware of the challenges being faced at the moment by the onset of the Coronavirus. Due to the nature of the virus, our main concern is for the well being of members and staff

All members and any guests should follow the guidelines below whenever possible;

– Be extra vigilant and wash your hands frequently with soap and water
– Use of sanitiser whenever possible
– Throw away used tissues (then wash hands)
– Avoid shaking hands
– Catch coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues. If you do not have any tissues catch your cough/sneezes on the inside of your arm-
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
– Avoid close contact with people who are unwell
– You may need to isolate yourself if you have travelled to an affected area or have been in close contact with an infected person. Self-isolation means staying at home for 14 days, not going to work, school or other public places and avoiding public transport or taxis

We thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation on all the above matters and assure you that IOSGC will continue to monitor the situation by increasing/relaxing measures when deemed appropriate.

Note that the Opening Day activities next Saturday are now cancelled.

However, members are free to enter the Sunday Anniversary Quiach Stableford. Start times remain in place with Sunday tee times at 9am and 1pm. In addition to accommodate anyone wishing to play on Sunday entrants can arrange with a playing partner to turn up at their desired time through the day over and above the two tee times. This is a one off arrangement for those wishing to play.
Scores will follow later.

IOSGC WhatsApp tee times can be used.

The clubhouse will open on Sunday to accommodate participants and to accept annual fees now due

Memberships can also be paid by BACS or by cheque in the interim.

Thereafter the clubhouse will close and reopen April

Thanks for your patience at this time. We will review the ongoing situation daily. Note that the course remains open every day and business is as usual on the playing front

Thanks.

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