AGM Voting Ballots Now Out

Members should, by now, have received their voting ballots to select committee members at this year's AGM. If any member has NOT yet received a ballot paper, please let us know ASAP and we will do everything we can to help sort that out for you.

Remember the deadline of midnight on 14th December for votes to be returned.

 

Please, please remember to register your desire to attend the Zoom meeting for the AGM so that you receive information for joining the meeting.

Forthcoming AGM

November 29, 2020

Nominations for committee positions have been coming in, thank you. If you still have someone you would like to nominate, please remember we need to receive nominations by midnight on Saturday 5th December.

As you know, we are using Zoom to hold a "virtual" meeting. This is necessary for everyone's safety and is a method used successfully by many other clubs and organisations. Many of you will already be familiar with Zoom but, for those who need some help, please don't wait until the last minute to get in touch and ask. 

In online meetings, it is difficult to hear if more than one person speaks at the same time. We ask that everyone bears this in mind and shows due respect and patience. 

Thank you.

WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM - IMPORTANT INFORMATION

October 18, 2020

Most of you will already be aware that the World Handicap System (WHS) is about to be introduced, taking over from the old CONGU system. You may already have found information about it but please feel free to check out our WHS section on this website. There, we have provided information passed to us through Scottish Golf.

Within the past few days, it has been confirmed that from 27th October until 2nd November NO COMPETITION OR SUPPLEMENTARY SCORES WILL COUNT TOWARDS HANDICAPS. This is unavoidable because of work being carried out behind the scenes for the implementation of the WHS on 2nd November. Clubs will be unable to upload anything to the CDH, and so those scores will not be used for handicaps.

As a result, we are reviewing our fixtures for the end of the season so, with our apologies for the short notice forced upon us, please check for late changes in the fixtures.

There are a few things worth pointing out to members about the new WHS. 

1. "Bounce" (i.e. social) games are allowed. There is no requirement in the UK to submit every score for handicapping, only those you've declared before starting. Of course, the more you submit, the more accurately your handicap will reflect your current playing ability. (The old "Supplementary" scores will become known as "Pre-registered social scores".)

2. We have heard from, Bob Beatson that, in Portugal where the WHS has already been introduced, golfers generally found their WHS handicap index was initially higher than their CONGU handicap had been, though it often settled back to around the same.

3. Over the first year or so, slope ratings of courses may be subject to change. It's not an exact science and so Scottish Golf will monitor scoring and may need to issue new slope ratings for some courses.

4. Someday you might put in a good score, better than your handicap, but discover that your handicap went UP! We have explained that wee oddity on our WHS page so go take a look if you're curious.

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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