From Albert Sinfield, General Manager: It has been great to see all our Members back at Redlibbets over the past month and we hope that you are enjoying being back out on the golf course. From us all at the club it has been great seeing the familiar faces come back to the game playing alongside new faces that chose to join in recent weeks.
Pace of Play: With the golf course filling up on most days, we are making a conscious effort to look at the pace of play. Since joining the club, it has been the main topic of conversation on and off the golf course, so we are going to tackle it in a slightly different way now we are back.
Firstly, we have a new member of the starter / marshalling team to help us have better cover across the week.
Secondly, we will now marshal the golf course using a tracking sheet. This document will allow us to track certain groups throughout the day with a time to play each hole. We have set a time of 4:27 hours to play the golf course as a 4–ball and each group no matter what the size of time of play will be asked and marshalled to complete their round in this time.
Thirdly, we have asked the marshals to approach and interact with groups to better educate them on their pace and to tell them if at any point they need to walk slightly quicker between shots. We will be moving away from using the word “slow”, as this doesn’t give golfers much to work with and will tell you, “You are either ahead or behind the pace of play by X minutes”.
I am confident by implementing this new approach to pace of play it will result in a more enjoyable round of golf for everyone walking onto the 1st tee. For this to work, we need your backing and support, but I know your passion for the club will be the driving force to help us combat the pace of play issue.
10 simple ways to help the pace of play:
- Arrive at the tee 8 minutes before your time to avoid any delays in starting.
- Golf should be fun; play from the tee box that you feel most comfortable playing from.
- Play ready golf.
- Do your best to keep up with the group in front of you.
- If you do fall behind, call the group behind through.
- Spend no longer than 3 minutes looking for your ball, in line with the rules of golf.
- If in doubt, play a provisional.
- If you can’t score on the hole, please pick up and prepare for the next hole.
- Leave your bag/trolley in an appropriate position so you can walk straight to the next tee.
- Mark your scorecard away from the green or on the next tee.
Buggy usage: We are soon to take delivery of six new Yamaha GPS buggies at the club. These are the forerunners of a bigger fleet that will arrive later this year. The buggies are a new type of vehicle offering on course GPS and will bring our fleet back up to 24 vehicles.
Those of you who have recently rented a buggy may have seen a new sign–out procedure. This has been implemented to allow the golf check–in team to have better control of the vehicles throughout the day. We now ask all drivers to sign a disclaimer for the use of the vehicle during their round of golf and ask for a Debit / Credit card to be held at the golf check–in as a deposit. Each driver is handed a card–safe key that is to be handed back in upon the vehicle being returned. This deposit rule will be enforced because, in previous years, we found a high number of drivers leaving buggies in the car park and not returning the keys.
Recently the team have been faced with some disgruntled drivers but please be mindful the deposit is taken to cover the driver and the club. We ask for everyone’s understanding when hiring a buggy and hope, with the new ones arriving, there will be more of you out using the service. We also ask that, until the pathways are finished, please refrain from using a buggy on them.
Finally, on Friday, April 2nd, we braved the cold windy conditions to welcome our 2021 / 2022 Captain and Lady Captain to the tee. Both Darren and Lynn stuck their golf balls with a passion that no doubt they wish to maintain in their captaincy year!
The Drive In was a much smaller event this year but I know they both enjoyed getting their first drive under their belts as Captain and Lady Captain. It was a pleasure to stand on the 1st tee alongside them and I hope to see more, long, straight drives this year. From us all at Redlibbets we look forward to working alongside you to make a year to remember.