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The Directors Table / Suggestion Book



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The way to use The Directors Table within The Model Protopage Communications Portal to simply sign in with the password : director

Then simple add your HTML page and make your reply to the suggestion book that I am setting up.

We will communicate through the club suggestion book. 

And you can reply in the suggestion book please as this is your current standard.




What is the club take / line on junior golf development ?
Reply here please.


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I suggest that you post minutes of meeting on the notice board in a more timely fashion and contact the members that have made suggestions via E' mail with minutes of the meeting the day after the meeting.

Running meetings should be simple and minutes should be produced for members to see the day after - that goes for all committee  meetings.



The Directors Table II



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Covid Update 13/11/2020

Covid 19 update
Dear members,

As I'm sure you will be aware, England will enter a national lockdown from 5th November until 2nd December 2020.

In line with UK Government guidance the course, clubhouse, pro-shop, along with all course and practice facilities, will close. As members will appreciate, we must as a club fulfill our responsibilities to our fellow citizens at this time of national crisis, whatever our personal views on whether or not golf is a Covid safe pursuit.

The office will remain staffed and the grounds team will be working hard on the autumn and winter programmes, along with the other course improvements we've previously communicated.

Please stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you back as soon as allowed.

Kind regards

The Board of Directors


Our Ground Staff have remained busy preparing the course for our return to Golf in December (Hopefully)

You will see that the Drainage system has been fully tested by the seasonal rain and is performing very well, all of the water we can see in new ponds and ditches would normally be lying on the fairways.

Similarly the work on increasing the size of the pond on the par 3 8th is nearing completion and the path through the centre will be ready given dry weather and a warm snap to help the new turf establish itself. As the ground staff have had free run, they've managed to clear the fallen leaves and ensure the greens are manicured and ready for us all.

We have looked at renewing the winter tee mats to provide better access and we will be roping off some wet areas where we want to improve drainage, especially between Green and Tee where required.

We are also cleaning up the Patio Area as we have plans to develop this in the coming weeks and months.

I am sure everyone is bursting to get out and play golf again, we will send a further update next week.

Ground Director

Golf Shop 1/12/2020

Dear Member

The board is very pleased to confirm that the club has acquired the golf shop business from our professional Steve Marr, with effect from today. The acquisition will eventually allow the club to deliver the full range of golf retail, bar and catering services seamlessly which will, we believe, enhance the experience of both members and visitors. Full integration will take a little time as we emerge from lockdown but we look forward to being able to make the benefits evident soon.

I would like to take this opportunity of thanking our professional Steve Marr, his assistant Andy Parrington and also our new commercial manager Will Powell for working together so positively and constructively on the acquisition process. 

In terms of personnel, we are very pleased to be able to confirm that Andy will continue to work in the shop in the same role as he had when the shop was under Steve's ownership. This is tremendous news as I know that the membership greatly appreciates and values his calm and helpful manner and his day to day knowledge of the club.

We are also very pleased that Steve Marr will continue to be the Club's teaching professional, will represent the Club in team matches and will play with the Captain in Captain and Pro challenges. Steve is a very highly regarded P.G.A. professional and coach and securing his services under the new arrangements was extremely important to the Club; we are delighted to have been able to do so and to have his enthusiastic support.

Going forward the shop falls under the auspices of the Club's commercial operations and will therefore be run by Will Powell with Andy alongside him. Steve will also provide advice and guidance. This should ensure that service levels remain high.

Finally, as the shop now falls within the Club's profit and loss account, the support of the membership is of even greater importance. Your support will generate revenue which the club can reinvest in order to make all important further improvements to the Club's facilities.

The board of directors 
Withington Golf Club 


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2020 Newsletter 12 - 31/08/2020

2020 M&H Summer Newsletter 12 
After a week of constant heavy rain a big thank you must go out to the grounds team for their efforts to present the course so well for Saturday’s competition. On the course members competed for the Coronation Cup over a course playing very long due to the conditions.

Lee Foley produced the round of the day recording the best gross and nett score of the day as the six handicapper recorded a nett 67 to beat Dave Slattery by a shot. Carl Gray continued his good form of late and his nett 69 saw him take third place after a card play-off from Paul Allen who continued his recent return to form. John Seymour took fifth place after a five man card play-off after a nett 70. Mike Casey’s nett 73 was the best score by a player aged over 65.

Last Tuesday, the nine hole stableford was abandoned due to torrential rain and high winds. All entry fees will be refunded for those who competed. The three members who beat their handicap on the day will receive a complimentary sleeve of balls in recognition of their efforts.

By Wednesday, the weather had improved slightly for the midweek medal. Paul Allen shot a nett 67 to beat Stuart Bradbury, John Mills and Simon Jacob by a shot. These four were the only players to break 70.

In Midweek competitions members can enter the competition outside the reserved tee times providing they sign in to the competition prior to teeing off.

Last Thursday the ladies played for the Centenary Bowl. Liz Bradbury was the winner with a nett 78. Helen Card won the prize in Division Two, with a nett 81.

Congratulations to the Withington team of Ken Hulme (Vice-Capt), Gary Unsworth, Tony Dagnall and Dave Southern were successful in the recent Davyhulme Golf Club Senior’s Team Event with a very respectable 89 points and 3 point margin of victory from the teams from North Manchester, Clitheroe and Trentham Heywood all tied on 86. 

The team of Marcus Powell, Tex McIvor and Dave Southern were victorious on the Captain’s Picnic Team event at Leigh Golf Club with 81 points.

Sunday saw the long awaited playing of the 2019 Frank Wheatley-Jones fourball matchplay final. After the long wait the match itself was almost over before it had got started, as the pairing of Tom Broadfoot and Craig Snowdon were nine up after the morning session! The pairing of David Hunter and John Lee put some resistance in the afternoon session as they delayed the inevitable for a while before a Craig Snowdon birdie on 11 recorded an impressive 9 & 7 victory. The victory marked a superb achievement for Tom Broadfoot as he completed the singles and doubles matchplay titles in the same year. Tom will have the opportunity for a matchplay treble when he faces his doubles partner Craig in the Peace Cup final.

Coronation Cup
CSS Men 72, Ladies 75

1st Place – Lee Foley 73 – 6 – 67 =£100
2nd Place – Dave Slattery 74 – 6 – 68 = £60
3rd Place – Carl Gray 77 – 8 – 69 = £40
4th Place – Paul Allen 79 – 10 – 69 = £30
5th Place – John Seymour 75 – 5- 70 - £20
Over 65 Prize – Mike Casey 85 – 12 – 73 = £20

6th Midweek Medal
CSS – 69

1st Place – Paul Allen 76 – 10 – 66 = £50
2nd Place – Stuart Bradbury 78 – 11 – 67 = £30
3rd Place – John Mills 77 – 10 – 67 = £20

2019 Frank Wheatley-Jones Matchplay

Winners: Craig Snowdon & Thomas Broadfoot = £80 each
Runners Up: David Hunter & John Lee = £40 each

Centenary Bowl
CSS – 77

Centenary Bowl Winner – Liz Bradbury 99 -21 -78

4th EG Medal

Division 1 – Liz Bradbury 99 -21 – 78
Division 2 – Helen Card 109 – 28 - 81

Order of Merit

Another top ten finish for Craig Snowdon sees him return to the top where he holds a slender 18 point lead over Ben Currie.

1st Place – Craig Snowdon 486
2nd Place –Ben Currie 468
3rd Place – John Seymour 408
4th Place –Martin Keates 320
5th Place – Liam Snowdon 318

30th Place – James Baldwin 164

A full list of the standings can be found on howdidido – Order of Merits 

The Scratch Challenge

Craig Snowdon increases his lead at the top.

1st Place – Craig Snowdon 1032
2nd Place – Ben Currie 912
3rd Place – Martin Keates 710
4th Place – Liam Snowdon 506
5th Place – Colin Webb 480


Gross Eclectic

Ben Currie has tie Liam Snowdon on a score of 57.

Net Eclectic

Stephen Bloor on nett 41 has extended his lead to eight shots.

A full list of the standings can be found on howdidido – Eclectics

M&H Rules Tip

If your ball comes to rest on a man-made path then you are entitled to take relief. You must identify the nearest point of relief where the path no longer interferes with you stance. From that point you then must then drop the ball from knee height within one club length. When taking relief from a path you must take full relief and no longer be standing on the path.

Forthcoming Competitions

Tuesday 1st Sep – 12th Nine Hole Stableford

Wednesday 2nd Sep – 4th Midweek Stableford 

Thursday 3rd Sep – President’s Prize to Ladies

Saturday 5th Sep – President Day. 

A draw for tee times will take place on Tuesday. 

Match & Handicap

2020 Newsletter 15 - 22/09/2020

2020 M&H Summer Newsletter 15
Saturday saw members competing in one of the clubs premier events – The Autumn Meeting a board competition with scratch and handicap prizes.

In the scratch completion Martin Keates came out on top for the tenth time in this competition! Despite a lost ball on the second Martin produced a gross 73. Martin’s victory capped a superb week for the club chairman after he won the Cheshire Seniors Championship at Eaton Golf Club. Martin recorded an aggregate score of 150 to win by one shot.

In the scratch prize John Hill backed up his top five finish in the club championship to come second one shot behind Martin. Gareth Ross, Ben Currie and John Seymour all finished with 76s to round out the top 5.

In the handicap prize Ben Tomlinson emerged victorious with a nett 67 one shot ahead of John Hill who finished runner up in both the scratch and handicap prizes. Dave Southern lost out to John Hill for second on a card play-off after he also finished on nett 68. Gary Joce edged out Peter Rice for fourth place after both carded nett 69s.

There was some superb golf played in last week’s midweek competitions. In the nine hole stableford Mike Burton scored a superb 24 points. On Wednesday in the midweek stableford Phil Hill and Stuart Green both finished with 43 points with Phil Hill winning via a card play-off.


Autumn Meeting Scratch Prize

1st Place – Martin Keates 73 = £100
2nd Place – John Hill 74 = £60
3rd Place – Gareth Ross 76 = £40
4th Place – Ben Currie 76 = £30
5th Place – John Seymour 76 = £20

Autumn Meeting Handicap Prize
CSS Men 71

1st Place – Ben Tomlinson 94 – 27 – 67 = £100
2nd Place – John Hill 74 – 6 – 68 = £60
3rd Place – Dave Southern 82 – 14 – 68 = £40
4th Place – Gary Joce 85 – 16 – 69 = £30
5th Place – Peter Rice 90 – 21 – 69 = £20

14th Nine Hole Stableford

1st Place – Mike Burton 24 pts = £50
2nd Place – James Baldwin 23 pts = £30
3rd Place – Neil Dixon 22 pts = £20

7th Midweek Medal
CSS – 69

1st Place – Phil Hill 43 pts = £50
2nd Place – Stuart Green 43 pts = £30
3rd Place – Lee Hanvey 41 pts = £20

5th EGU Medal
CSS – 76

Division 1: Carol Southern 92 – 17 – 75
Division 2: Janet Mellor 105 – 26 - 79

Order of Merit

Neither of the top two picked up any points this week leaving Craig Snowdon with a 56 point lead. Ben Tomlinson’s win in the Autumn Meeting sees him move into the top 30.

1st Place – Craig Snowdon 556
2nd Place –Ben Currie 500
3rd Place – John Seymour 452
4th Place – Saleem Bhatti 417
5th Place – Gareth Ross 374

30th Place – Jake Eyre 208

There are two events remaining in the 2020 Order of Merit. This Saturday is the Starkey Salver with the top 25 picking up points with 100 points each for the winning pair. The week after sees the Summer Medal Final and Supplementary Medal. Points will be on offer for the top 25 in each event with 100 going to the winners of each event. The 2020 Order of Merit will be concluded after the Summer Medal Final and Supplementary Medal. The top 30 finishers will qualify for the Order of Merit Final.

A full list of the standings can be found on howdidido – Order of Merits 

The Scratch Challenge

Just fourteen points separate the top two in the Scratch Challenge. Martin Keates can not be caught in third place following his win on Saturday.

1st Place – Craig Snowdon 1260
2nd Place – Ben Currie 1246
3rd Place – Martin Keates 950
4th Place – Liam Snowdon 664
5th Place – Brian Monks 606

There are two events remaining in the 2020 Order of Merit. A week on Saturday sees the Summer Medal Final and Supplementary Medal. Gross scores from both events will be combined with points for the top 25 with 100 going to the winner. The following week sees the Order of Merit Final and Supplementary Medal. Gross scores from both events will be combined with points for the top 25 with 100 going to the winner. The 2020 Scratch Challenge will conclude the Order of Merit Final and Supplementary Medal.


Gross Eclectic

Ben Currie remains tied Liam Snowdon on a score of 56.

Net Eclectic

Oliver Rokka has reduced Stephen Bloor’s lead to five shots.

A full list of the standings can be found on howdidido – Eclectics

M&H Rules Tip

Out of Bounds

You are not allowed to move an out of bounds post. The out of bounds is determined by the inside points, at ground level, of the stake. The stake is therefore out of bounds so it can not be removed. (See R&A Rules Definition of Out of Bounds).

You are, however, allowed to move stakes defining a Water Hazard or yardage markers as these are Obstructions. (See R&A Rules Definition Water Hazard)

A ball finishing on the path on the right hand side of the 5th fairway is out of bounds. A player must return to the tee and take a stroke and distance penalty.

Forthcoming Competitions

Tuesday 22nd Sep – 15th Nine Hole Stableford

Wednesday 23rd Sep – 8th Midweek Medal

Thursday 24th Sep – Ladies Autumn Meeting

Saturday 26th Sep – Starkey Salver

The Starkey Salver is a board competition. The format is fourball better ball stableford.

Match & Handicap

2020 Newsletter 17 - 06/10/2020

2020 M&H Summer Newsletter 17
The Summer Medal Final and Supplementary Competition were both cancelled on Saturday following heavy rain left the greens unplayable.

All entry fees will be refunded.

As a consequence this event will now take place on Saturday 10th October and the 2020 Order of Merit the following week Saturday 17th October.

8th Midweek Medal
CSS – 69

1st Place – Michael Bange 78 - 14 - 64 = £30
2nd Place – Brian Baker 82 - 15 - 67 = £20

Forthcoming Competitions

Wednesday 7 Oct – 7th Midweek Stableford

Saturday 10 Oct – Summer Medal Final & Supplementary Medal 

All members who have beaten the competition standard scratch qualify for the summer medal final. List of qualifiers can be found in the professional’s shop

Match & Handicap

2020 Newsletter 18 13/10/2020

2020 M&H Summer Newsletter 18
After a period of prolonged wet weather it was a dry day on Saturday as members played in the Summer Medal Final and a Supplementary Medal.

In the Summer Medal Final, Mike Dobbie produced a superb round of nett 64 to win by five shots from Drew Folland. Clive Allen took third place after a card play-off with Liam Snowdon.

In the Supplementary Medal, Rory Keates shots a nett 66 to win by two shots from Gary Joce. Anthony Egan took third place after a card play-off with Dave Slattery.

Summer Medal Final 

1st Place – Mike Dobbie 73 – 9 – 64 = £60
2nd Place – Drew Folland 79 – 10 – 69 = £40 
3d Place – Clive Allen 80 – 9 – 71 = £20 

Supplementary Medal 

1st Place – Rory Keates 94 – 28 – 66 = £50
2nd Place – Gary Joce 84 – 16 - 68 = £30
3rd Place – Anthiny Egan 82 -12 – 70 = £20

7th Midweek Stableford

1st Place – Steve Carpenter 44pts = £50
2nd Place – Tom Keeley 40 pts = £30
3rd Place – Lee Hanvey 40 pts = £20

Order of Merit

Craig Snowdon had a day to forget in a season to remember as nightmare round of 96 opened the door for Ben Currie to snatch the 2020 Order of Merit. A top ten finish for young Ben wasn’t enough to deny Craig the title. Congratulations Craig on a wonderful summer of golf. 

John Seymour consolidated third place in the standings by finishing ninth in the summer medal final. In the race for the top 30, Drew Folland and Mike Dobbie snuck inside the number courtesy of the high finishes in the Summer Medal Final. Mike surged from well off the pace to take the last spot in the field with his win.

The top 30 finishers will compete next week for £300 prize fund with £150 going to the winner.

Final Standings 
1st Place – Craig Snowdon 558 = £150
2nd Place –Ben Currie 535 = £100
3rd Place – John Seymour 484 = £50
4th Place – Saleem Bhatti 453
5th Place – Gareth Ross 428
6th Place - Martin Keates 410
7th Place – Ben Etherington 370
8th Place – Liam Snowdon 362
9th Place – John Hill 340
10th Place – Dave Southern 336
11th Place – Jake Eyre 334
12th Place – Ian Boasman 322
13th Place – Dale McDermott 315
14th Place – Stephen Bloor 300
15th Place – John Mills 298
16th Place – Lee Foley 296
17th Place – Simon Morrow 280
18th Place – Michael Farrell 272
19th Place – Dave Slattery 268
20th Place – Anthony Egan 266
21st Place – Kevin Cunliffe 260
22nd Place – Alex Meredith 258
23rd Place – Tom Broadfoot 250
24th Place – Colin Webb 248
25th Place – Carl Gray 244
26th Place – James Baldwin 242
27th Place – Brian Monks 242
28th Place – Drew Folland 242
29th Place – Thomas Lilly 241
30th Place – Mike Dobbie 230

A full list of the standings can be found on howdidido – Order of Merits 

The Scratch Challenge

Ben Currie takes a 36 point lead into the final event of the season.

1st Place – Ben Currie 1296
2nd Place – Craig Snowdon 1260
3rd Place – Martin Keates 1020
4th Place – Liam Snowdon 706
5th Place – John Seymour 622


Gross Eclectic

Ben Currie remains tied Liam Snowdon on a score of 56.

Net Eclectic

Stephen Bloor leads on nett 40 five shots ahead of Oliver Rokka

A full list of the standings can be found on howdidido – Eclectics

Forthcoming Competitions

Wednesday 14th October – Midweek Stableford

Thursday 15th October – 14 Hole stableford

Saturday 17th Oct – Order of Medal Final & Supplementary Medal 

Match & Handicap

2020 Winter Newsletter 1

2020 M&H Winter Newsletter 1
Saturday saw a 14 hole stableford. After a week of wet weather there was an improvement in conditions on the day with sunny intervals.

On the course it was a closely contested competition with 14 players within two points of the winning score. Three players tied on 32 points with a card play-off required to determine the winner. 2019 Order of Merit winner Ted Lacey who has endured a tough 2020 found things more to his liking over the yellow course on Saturday emerging the winner. Barrie Molyneux took second with Tom Daly third.

Last Wednesday, in the midweek stableford Brian Baker won the competition with a score of 43 points two ahead of Peter George. Paul Lilley took third place with 39pts.

14 Hole Mixed Stableford

1st Place – Ted Lacey 32 pts = £60
2nd Place – Barrie Molyneux 32 pts = £40 
3d Place – Tom Daly 32 pts = £20

Midweek Stableford

1st Place – Brian Baker 43pts = £50
2nd Place – Peter George 41 pts = £30
3rd Place – Paul Lilley 39 pts = £20

2019-2020 Winter Competition Round Up

Winter League 

1st Place – Brian Eyre, Jake Eyre & Tom Lilly - £40 each
2nd Place – Al Stewart, Anthony Egan & Mike Lucas -£30 each
3rd Place - Tony Dagnall, Ron Heale & Ken Hulme - £20 each

Millennium Fourball Matchplay

Winners: Tex McIvor & John Atty £50 each
Runners Up: Tony Longden & Brian Eyre £20 each

Forthcoming Competitions
Wednesday 4th November – Midweek Stableford

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a national lockdown from Thursday 5th November we will update future competitions in due course.

Match & Handicap

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Out with the Old - in with the new 09/10/2020

Important News

Operational restructure

As you are probably aware, the Club is undergoing an operational restructure which, for the reasons previously explained to the membership, is necessary in order to give the Club the best possible opportunity to not only survive, but to thrive, despite these uncertain times. As part of the restructuring process, the Board is pleased to be able to confirm that it has recruited Carol Broad and Will Powell into the newly created positions of Club Secretary and Commercial Manager respectively. Both Carol and Will are due to take up their positions on 12th October 2020.

By way of very brief introduction:

Carol is joining us from BRC Promotions Limited, where she has worked for seven years and is currently employed as Operations Manager. 

Will has worked in the hotel and F & B sector for the past 13 years and has held senior operational and management positions at four-star hotels in the North West of England over that period.

More information about Carol and Will and their respective roles will be communicated to members once they have joined. The plan is however to have some overlap with our existing club employees in order to give members as much continuity as possible. Our General Manager Patrick Keane's last day in the office will be Monday the 19th October 2020 and our steward Kath Donegan's last day will be Sunday the 18th October 2020. Nicola Sinclair, our Finance Assistant, is with us until 4th November 2020. 

As many of you will know, Patrick and Kath have served the Club with loyalty and distinction over the last 15 years and 20 years respectively; we thank them and Nicola very much indeed for their services and will be sorry to see them leave the Club's employ. They depart with the Club's very best wishes for the future. 

Course Improvements 

The Board is also pleased to be able to provide members with an update on the planned course drainage improvements. Over the weeks immediately following the last major club competition of the year (the OOM Final), the Club will be: 

extending the storage capacity of the 8th pond;

providing lengths of new drains and jetting manholes to wet areas of the course, as per the attached plans. The estimated total length of new drain runs is approximately 1170m. This includes draining every adjacent bunker and also aprons to greens which hopefully will speed up removal of surface water from these areas. This represents a major investment by the Club paid for out of the donations made by many members from the compensatory rebate they received in respect of last year's flood. 

We are also able to confirm that the two main carrier drains which affect holes 1 to 4 and holes 13 to16 have recently been jetted by a third party contractor and that this should result in better drainage of surface water across those holes.

The Board hopes and believes that these improvements will further improve the playability of the course during periods of wet weather and represent important steps towards making Withington the best course in the Mersey Valley.  

The Board would like to extend its thanks to the entire Ground team (with special mention going to Club volunteers Colin Webb and Phil Hill) for not only conceiving the course drainage improvements but for planning and overseeing their implementation in a professional and cost effective manner.

The Board of Withington Golf Club 

The Golf Hub




Drainage Changes

This is a better way to communicate Drainage changes / better than sending out jpegs. On second thought - thought woud have to be put ito the drainage potes on the map.

Chat Rooms / Forum



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About Chatrooms

These are available through various sources - Facebook groups and Golfshake just two.
I call these Nemitode systems - where you use other groups functionality to service your own product. 
The alternative is to pay a small fee and host your own chat rooms.

Carol's Corner

Will's Space

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Click the chevrons of the right to get to see Will's contributions.........

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Will Powell 01/12/2020

Update on the return to golf
Dear Members,

I hope that many of you have had the chance to meet me in my first two months at the club and I look forward to meeting those of you that haven’t. 

We are pleased to confirm that the course will be open again from tomorrow, Wednesday 2nd December. You can book competition and casual tee times via the usual ways.

Please familiarise yourself with England Golf's guidelines for the safe resumption of our sport by clicking "read more" below.

As Manchester has been designated Tier Three, a very high alert area, the clubhouse and locker rooms will remain closed.

The toilets will be accessible via the main building entrance, please use hand sanitiser when entering and wear a mask at all times whilst indoors. 

The rule of six applies outdoors, please adhere to this and avoid congregating. 

Sadly, with the current tier system in place, we are also unable to open Bar & Catering as it has been in recent months prior to lockdown, however this will be reviewed in line with the government’s decisions moving forward. With this in mind, we are currently in the process of making more beverage products available for take-away via the Pro Shop which will remain open. I hope to have freshly ground coffee available as early as tomorrow morning, ready for our much anticipated return to golf.

You may have already noticed that there has been an update to your Club V1 app. This has happened due to us installing this software, along with a brand new till system in the Pro Shop. It is now possible to purchase Pro Shop items with your memberships cards, using the Pro Shop ‘purse’. Competition winnings will now be automatically added to this purse, and should you wish to top-up, this can be done in exactly the same manner as you would for your Bar ‘purse’ in the Clubhouse. Any historical credits with Steve Marr still stand and will be transferred; you should be able to see these via your app in the next day or so. If you experience any problems or would like any assistance, please get in touch with a member of the team.

The tee sheet is looking inevitably full for our first competition day this Saturday, and as a result to welcome you back, there will be complimentary bacon barms and coffee on offer from the patio to get those swings warmed up!

Best regards,

Will Powell
Commercial Manager

Lockdown 5/1/2021

Course closure - Government lockdown
Dear Members,

It is with regret that we inform you that the course and its facilities will be closed with immediate effect from today, Tuesday 5th January 2021 due to the Government's decision to enter a third national lockdown.

We realise that this will be a disappointment, as like you, we were hoping that golf may have still been allowed, however this has been confirmed not to be the case in England.

We will continue to work hard behind the scenes to make sure we bring you the best possible experience as soon as we are allowed, and in the meantime, we hope you all stay safe and well.

Please click "read more" below for the latest information from England Golf...

Best regards,

Withington Golf Club Management

Car Park

Car park use
Dear Members,

The club has agreed to allow a film production company to use a section of the car park exclusively for one week, commencing this Friday, 15th January 2021.

Naturally with the current lockdown in place there will be minimal usage of the car park, however if anyone has any approved reason to be at the club during this time, please ensure that no cars are parked in the “far” section of the car park.

We hope to see you all soon.

Best regards,

WGC Management

Compost Corner


Weather Conditions - GARY'S BOARD

Understanding the World Handicapping System



Contact the club



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Phone Number

0161 445 9544

Click and Collect Proposed Procedure



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email password : quidam!8!! has been set up for use by Andy

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Pro Shop Click & Collect - How Will It Work

During this second lockdown the Pro Shop will be operating on a Click & Collect basis only.

You are still able to continue shopping for Christmas gifts but from the comfort of your own home!

Please read below for more details.

We are in a fortunate position where we can utilise the Sheffield Pro Golf and Snainton golf websites to select your favourite products.


If you wish to order a product the process is as follows:


  1. Visit the Sheffield Pro Golf or Snainton Golf websites and select the item you wish to order ***DO NOT PLACE THE ORDER ON THE WEBSITE***
  2. Email with the details of which product you would like, giving as much detail as possible.
  3. When your product arrives you will be notified and given a collection time from the pro shop. If you are uncomfortable with coming up to the club we can make alternative arrangements for you.

Payments can be made upon collection or using your shop account. 

Gift vouchers are also available to purchase. Please email, as above, and quote the value of the voucher you wish to purchase. The voucher can either be collected from the Pro Shop or posted to you. 

Golf Lesson Vouchers can also be bought during lockdown. This can be done via the GolfLessonSheffield website or by the email address mentioned earlier in this email.

Vouchers can be emailed or posted to you.


Proposed Club Shop



Covid 19 - Manchester Unplugged



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The Open Mic Tour

We are arranging for a number of small intimate events where we will charge a nominal fee for entry.

The purpose of this tour is to support local artists by giving them a venue to perform.

At the end of the season we will book Sale Waterpark and put on a concert - hopefully to promote us all and to gain some income.

Project Zeus



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Take a look at houldsworthgolf 

When you have resolved my password I will start to add stock to your golf category.

I will create  an inventory transaction as follows

Bossons Category - Golf
Inventory Category - Golf Bags
Retail Price
Manchester discount Card Price - Members Price

Could you please list some of your Bossons items that you are willing to sell as prizes…
Abd let me know how you are doing with the Bsitting Empotium

To Do Task

Take a look at houldsworthgolf 

When you have resolved my password I will start to add stock to your golf category.

I will create  an inventory transaction as follows

Major Catagory (Bossons/Ivorex/Golf Clubs (HGC/WGC/CGC/NGC) 
Subcatagory Category - Golf
Inventory Category - (Golf Bags/Golf Clubs/Shoes/Shirts)
Retail Price
Manchester Discount Card Price - Members Price

Could you please list some of your Bossons items that you are willing to sell as prizes…
Abd let me know how you are doing with the Bsitting Empotium

Party in the Park



American Golf Sales Training










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Stop Press 16/12/2020

In 2006 when I got involved with David Gosling at Young Masters Golf did i think that it would take 14 years of hard work before finding other analysts interested in educating youth.
It has only been through working with the NHS that this project has maintained momentum.

My Study Buddies is well and truely launched thanks to Ruchir and his interest in economics.
Plus the work undertaken by the Tyne and Wear project - see NHSInfonet. 

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Winter Season & World Handicap System

Winter Season & World Handicap System
Dear member,

The white tee blocks have now been put in the shed and the Summer season officially closed following the midweek qualifier last Wednesday. A final Newsletter will capture the final few results and an overview of the 2020 Competition winners will be distributed on-line.
We managed to complete all our intended internal competition itinerary and will hopefully start 2021 without restriction, the major omission in 2020 being the single and doubles knock outs and all the Mersey Valley, Centenary Club and Manchester District Golf Competitions
The Winter season will offer a variety of competitions and the diary currently updated to end of November will be extended through to March 2021 next week. Competitions will be held each Wednesday (Gentlemen only), Thursday (Ladies only) and Saturday (Mixed 7-day members).
In addition to individual stablefords, other events will feature including team better ball, four-ball better-ball, greensome and scrambles providing plenty of variation. The Winter KO and a revamped Winter League will also be included and a separate posting on these events will be sent during the week.
The Saturday competitions will be over an abridged course, mostly 14 holes, although this is subject to amendment with the weather and winter maintenance the principal determinants. Decisions are often made at late notice so please check the noticeboards/pro shop. 
Fewer holes will allow for more players to compete; however, the reduced daylight will heighten the possibility of members being disappointed. Please can all members manage their tee bookings thoughtfully and remove their names immediately if they become unavailable it is also courteous to notify playing partners and/or the professional shop. Shotgun starts are currently not an option.
The other request is that play should continue at a good pace. Looking for balls is limited to 3 minutes, any concerns regarding shots should merit a stated “provisional” ball and the thoughtful positioning of bags and trolleys will all help.
Between Sunday evening and Monday morning members will see a change to their handicap. As the much-heralded World Handicap System is introduced. This is a great time for all members to embrace the technology associated with golf handicaps and your individual scoring. With most members using the Club V1 and HowdidIdo apps and the web-based systems there is plenty of support throughout the club for members who are still to take their first steps.
In addition to the multi-media exposure including Facebook, twitter, newsletters, golf magazines, television and radio; information regarding WHS is also in the window of the professional shop opposite the noticeboard, the noticeboard opposite the secretary office and on the flip chart in the clubhouse bar.
I would also recommend the Club V1 video posts that offer a relaxed conversational walk through of the changes, you can also appreciate Woodall Spa Golf Course at the same time.
The link is below:

I would remind concerned members that providing they meet their existing personal responsibility to complete a scorecard accurately and record their gross scores in the holes they complete, this will be sufficient for Match & Handicap to accept their card. In that respect nothing has changed.
All amended handicaps have been overviewed and the intention of M&H is to accept these in full.
A final point is that the changes will provide M&H the opportunity to experiment in respect of the set up of competitions and inclusion of competitors, these will be a feature going forward.

Enjoy the Winter Season, hopefully the weather will be kinder as October has disappointed.

Kind regards

Match & Handicap

Match and Handicap Update 06/11/2020

Match & Handicap update 6/11/2020
Dear members,

Following the notice from the Board of Directors yesterday all golf competitions will be cancelled pending the formal release from lockdown. All live events will be removed from the diary accordingly.
At some point the diary for December 2020 and onwards will be released, the first event scheduled for Saturday 5th December 2020. Entry date will be withheld until such time as we have certainty that lockdown will finish.

World Handicap System

As widely publicised individual handicaps are now managed by England Golf and a significant amount of data has been transferred by golf clubs to facilitate this change.
At the current time we have the vast majority of data in place albeit there are a small number of issues categorised as follows:

•Incomplete data i.e. date of birth or e-mail missing or inactive member
•Duplication of members details, principally where historic handicap information elsewhere has been identified.
•CDH number not recognised or not registered with England Golf
As the numbers are relatively small I will notify members individually over the next few days with details of the problem and of the measures being taken.

Midweek Stableford 4/11/2020

As matters have now worked out it was a useful exercise to stage this event albeit there were some problems. The fact many members were able to sign in remotely is re-assuring, however at some point this was prohibited necessitating a manual entry process. Similarly entering scores was not permitted at first, but later this functionality returned and some manual scores included.
The discrepancy between players handicap and the result sheet is explained by the system automatically reducing handicaps to 95% which is the World Handicap System stableford allowance. In addition, the odd player entry error, which has been amended centrally.

M&H will now hold some test competitions over the lockdown period to further our understanding and if you are notified of multiple wins for Ted Bell during this period do not be unduly alarmed. These competitions will be clearly badged “Test Event” and should not be entered.

Kind regards

Match & Handicap


Competition & Course Update 7.12.2020
Result Sheet 

Mixed 4 Person Team Event 5/12/2020
1stC. Golden / A. Lowth / G. Joce / C. Joce77£25.00 each
2ndL. Bold / P. Mulrooney / R. Veitch / B. Molyneux75£20.00 each
3rdE. Flanagan / S. Fielding / H. Fry / L. Flanagan74£10.00 each
4thM. Igoe / E. Botham / R. Scott / P. Vost74£5.00 each

Mixed Texas Scramble 6/12/2020
1stD. Jones / A Ali / C. Ali / S, Lalley-Jones20.5£4.00 each
2ndS. Nation / M. Collister / A. Meredith / T. Chan22.83.00 each
3rdE. Botham / S. Green / L. Ingham / M. McNeil24.32.00 each

Competition golf returned after the enforced absence and players on Saturday were greeted to a bacon sandwich and filter coffee curtesy of Will and Mark who braved the low temperatures and were much appreciated.
The course was understandably wet after the heavy rain, but the greens were particularly good in the circumstances.
In addition to new handicaps via World Handicap System M&H is introducing the sign in, scoring, results and competition formats via Club V1. The process will take some time to bed in and M&H will endeavour to understand how the functionality can be improved. Thanks in the first instance to Andy who managed the many issues.

Overall, on Saturday the cards were well presented, which made matters easier for M&H to record the scores, thank-you for helping. The principal challenges involved setting up the course on club v1 to mirror the holes played, addressing signing in and score entry and understanding how the software dealt with handicap allowances.
Shot allowance were not carried forward, if a shot hole was out of action the allowance was lost. There was some incorrect handicap index quoted on scorecards, there is a list of handicaps dated as at 1/12/2020 in the foyer adjacent to the Club Secretary’s Office, alternatively check on the Club V1 hub. I will endeavour to post a larger handicap allowance calculator sheet to assist calculating the percentage of handicap allowance permitted.

Course Update

Looking ahead the deterioration in the weather has had an impact on the course and from tonight mats will be compulsory “through the greens” for those uninitiated with the term this means mats must be used on the fairways and in the rough. 

In consultation with Ground Committee the position will be reviewed when the rain finally stops! Please be mindful we are still managing a course that has had a significant amount of damage in recent times and the need to look after our playing area sensitively remains.

Match & Handicap


M & H Winter Golf update 20/12/2020
Result Sheet 
Mixed Individual Stableford Event 12/12/2020
1stP. Bishop34£50.00 
2ndMr Captain34£40.00 
3rdR. Carr34£30.00
4thA. Mills33£20.00
5thT. Dagnall33£10.00

Gent’s Four Ball Betterball 16/12/2020
1stB. Ganley & S Bradbury46£25.00 each
2ndA. Taylor & M. Eardley43£15.00 each
3rdM. Balsom & C. Cunningham and T. Wall & P. Cragg42£5.00 each

Mixed Individual Stableford Event 19/12/2020
1stL Flanagan38 £50.00 
2ndJ. Pennels 37£40.00 
3rdS. Wells (Steve37£30.00
4thD. Kelly, A Longden, G Rogers, J. Gill*, R Veitch*36£10.00
*After adjustment relating to Stroke Index

Please find attached results for the competitions up to and including 19/12/2020.
M&H apologise for the delay in publishing the result for 12/12/2020 this was unrelated to any Club V1 or WHS issue and instead reflected an enquiry by the Club Board. The positions may be subject to change in respect of the competitions dated 12/12/2020 and 19/12/2020, however the distribution of prize money will remain unaltered.
In relation to the competition dated 19/12/2020 the redefining of holes 5 and 9 has not been accommodated in the on-line scoring and therefore manual amendments in relation to Mr J. Gill and Mr. R Veitch has seen them both enter the prize fund.

M&H is not completely sure WHS handicaps are pulling across to competitions accurately and Club V1 has indicated that some anomalies exist, and corrective measures will be rolled out very shortly. In the meantime, M&H continue to assess the scores manually to ensure the results have legitimacy.

Noting Adam Longden’s appearance on the prize board, reminds me to notify members he has accepted the invitation to be Junior Vice Captain and will support Ben Currie in the months ahead prior his year beginning in October 2021.

Winter League Format for 2021

Much uncertainty exists regarding golf and all aspects of normality at the moment, however the dates and terms for this competition are now set. They are as follows:

•Teams of three players (open to 7-day members), entry via the pro shop and the cost is £10 per team
•The League rounds will be over 3 events, on the following Saturday’s 30/1/2020, 20/2/2021, 13/3/2021. The best two aggregate stableford scores over a 14-hole course will contribute to the team total, where a course is over fewer holes the scores will be grossed up. Provision for a substitute date exists if weather or other restrictions interfere.
•Entry via PSI/HowdidIdo will trigger a 50p cost per entrant and there will be a nominal prize for individual performance for each round. Depending on interest there may or may not be a supplementary event with an entry cost of £3.00 running simultaneously.
•The 6 top team will progress to a Grand Final on Sunday 4/4/2021. League points will not carry forward. Most of the team entry cost will be distributed on Finals Day as prizes.

Please enter your teams via Andy or Sam or Will in the Professional Shop.

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Cancellation Mixed Stableford 16/1/2021
Dear competitors and members,

It is with regret that this competition has been cancelled and the booking sheet on the 16/1/2021 will thereafter become available for casual golf maximum of two players. (The booking system cannot differentiate individual households numbers).

Competition golf on Saturday's will recommence on 23/1/2021 and the booking for this event will go live on Friday 8th January at 19:00

If any member has any private bookings for 3 or more players (not residing in the same household), please make the appropriate amendments to your bookings.

I hope you will appreciate that these are uncertain times.

Kind regards

Match & Handicap

Pro Shop

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Christmas Opening Times

We will be open throughout the festive period for all of your golfing needs. Please see below our opening hours:

Up to 23rd December: 08:00-15:30
Christmas Eve: 08:00-15:00
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: 08:30-last competition entrants finish
27th-30th December: 08:00-15:30
New Years Eve: 08:00-15:00
New Years Day: 10:00-14:00
2nd January onwards: 08:00-15:30

Many thanks for your support in 2020. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2021!

The Pro Shop Staff
Andy & Sam

Winter League

Cancellation 4th Midweek Stableford 30/12/2020.
Dear member,

Tomorrow’s 4th Midweek Stableford has been cancelled due to the weather and uncertainty regarding the condition of the golf course. Bookings will remain on the system, in the event that some holes can be opened for social golf.
The Ladies event of Thursday is subject to separate review.

The result from Saturday’s 3 Person Texas Scramble is as follows:

Pos.NamePoints Prize
1stJ. Patel, L. Snowdon, D Folland31.8£25.00 each
2ndM. Hindson, S. Wilson, A. Merrick32.9£20.00 each
3rdB. Baker, S. Daly, T Daly33.2£10.00 each

Winter League Format for 2021

• Teams of three players (open to 7-day members), entry via the pro shop and the cost is £10 per team
• The League rounds will be over 3 events, on the following Saturday’s 30/1/2020, 20/2/2021, 13/3/2021. The best two aggregate stableford scores over a 14-hole course will contribute to the team total, where a course is over fewer holes the scores will be grossed up. Provision for a substitute date exists if weather or other restrictions interfere.
• Entry via PSI/HowdidIdo will trigger a 50p cost per entrant and there will be a nominal prize for individual performance for each round. Depending on interest there may or may not be a supplementary event with an entry cost of £3.00 running simultaneously.
• The 6 top team will progress to a Grand Final on Sunday 4/4/2021. League points will not carry forward to the final. Most of the team entry cost will be distributed on Finals Day as prizes.

Please enter your teams via Andy or Sam or Will in the Professional Shop.

2021 has been a much-interrupted golf year, nevertheless plenty of golf competitions were held during the season and I have attached details of the summer season winners.

On behalf of Match & Handicap do have a Happy New Year

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28/12/2020 Course Closed

Course Closed (28/12/2020)
Dear member,

Due to overnight snow and heavy ground conditions the course is closed today. 

Next inspection 8.00am 29th December 2020.

Ground & Golf Directors
Withington Golf Club

Mr Captain

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Christmas message 2020

Christmas Message
Dear Member, Your Captain, Ken Hulme, Lady Captain, Jacqui Bliss and President Brenda Dagnall would like to extend our best wishes to you for the Festive Season.

We hope that you are able to enjoy playing golf over the Christmas season to mitigate some of the damage caused by excesses enjoyed off the course!

Sadly we are unable to enjoy the customary social events of the season but we look forward to enjoying your company in the Clubhouse as times allow. 

We wish you and your families, who may be more scattered than usual, a happy and healthy Christmas and we look forward with hope to the New Year.

We aim to meet you all and play golf with as many of you as possible in 2021. We also look forward to a dry Spring and Summer with a full golfing calendar, the course is better than ever!

Meanwhile, have a peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

From your Captain, Lady Captain and President.

Board Of Directors

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01/01/2021 Tier 4 Restrictions

Course Update and Tier 4 restrictions
Dear members,

Following an inspection of the course this afternoon, the intention is to open the course tomorrow Saturday 2nd January 2021. In line with Tier 4 restrictions, play is limited to two-balls and members already booked as 3 or 4 balls on a future date are requested to make the necessary amendments to their bookings to ensure the two-ball directive is respected.

Holes 1 to 6 will remain closed, consequently play will commence from the 7th tee. Hole 8 is currently closed so the 9th will follow on as a shortened par 4 and the course will then be open through to (and including) the 18th. A maximum of 11 holes will therefore be available.

In line with tier 4 restrictions, until further notice:

- the Professional Shop and take-away service will now be closed;
- only bookings of two-balls will be permitted;
- visitors and guests will not be permitted in order that the course can be offered exclusively to members;
- the clubhouse will be closed. 

Anyone wishing to play socially must book in advance on the Club V1 system.
The Board will be considering whether it is practical to offer competition golf under tier 4 restrictions but the intention is that the midweek competitions scheduled for Wednesday 6th January and Wednesday 13th January will go ahead. (All scorecards are to be returned). If possible, Saturday competitions will resume 23rd January. The Ladies Thursday fixtures will be considered by the Ladies Committee and lady members notified accordingly.

As significant restrictions on the playing of golf have been imposed following the move to Tier 4, all members are urged to use the booking system sensibly to ensure all members have a reasonable opportunity to play.

Kind regards

The Board of Withington Golf Club

22/01/2021 Flooding

Yesterday's flooding of the course
You will no doubt be aware (not least because of the visit by Boris Johnson and the club featuring on the BBC national news!) that the course is currently flooded.

The club would like to reassure members that this is however a very different situation to the flood of 2019 which was caused by a defective sluice gate at Northenden weir when water continued to come onto the course through the gate even without heavy rainfall and which meant the water could not be cleared.
On this occasion the flood has come about because the floodgates have been opened by the Environment Agency at Fletcher Moss and the water will drain away once the river level falls back to more normal levels. It will obviously take a bit of time, but it is expected that the course will be clear of water some time before the middle of February (which is widely regarded as being the earliest the current lockdown will end). Therefore, it is expected that the course will not be damaged as it was in 2019.

The board of Withington Golf Club


Golf to return 29th March 2021
Dear members,

Golf is scheduled to recommence on 29th March 2021, with booking for general play available from 15/3/2021.
It is anticipated that demand will be significant and consequently guests and visitors will be prohibited until the Professional Shop is scheduled to re-open (12/4/2021). Furthermore, the Board would politely request that members act sensibly when booking in order that tee times can be shared fairly.

Competition golf will recommence on Thursday 1st April for the ladies and Saturday 3rd April for 7-day members. Once again members are requested to book responsibly and honour their tee bookings once they are made. The Board will be utilising functionality on the Club V1 management system to better manage competition booking and in accordance with our articles this includes:

1.A member must have their subscription paid fully up to date prior to entering a competition.
2.Booking a competition tee time is a commitment to enter the competition and pay the usual entry fee.
3.If unable to play a member must withdraw their name immediately and notify the professional shop/club secretary by e-mail or telephone and endeavour to notify one or all playing partners.

Unfortunately, last season there were too many instances of the requirements in paragraphs numbered 2 and 3 above not being complied with. This not only resulted in additional work for the volunteers on the Match and Handicap committee, but also (and more importantly) meant that some members who would have liked to play were denied the opportunity to play. Therefore, any member who does not comply with either of these requirements will not be entitled to enter club competitions held during the 7-day period immediately following.

In the early days and weeks, the professional shop will be closed and therefore the club will be reliant on Club V1 Members Hub and HowdidIdo to manage social golf bookings and competitions. It is suggested all members download the app and start utilising this service if not already done so.
During the closed period there has been numerous enhancements and improvements to the apps which members should review to improve familiarity and maximise their enjoyment. The Club Diary for 2021 is available on the Club V1 Members Hub (Dashboard/Menu/Club Diary). Information about daily booking is now available (Dashboard/Schedule). Fixtures for Gentlemen and Ladies can also be obtained from HowdidIdo (Menu/Home Club/ Men’s Fixtures or Ladies Fixtures)
A Golf Newsletter will provide further information shortly.

The clubhouse and changing rooms will remain closed in the early weeks, although it is anticipated that we will have more facilities open in accordance with the COVID-19 Roadmap Also, the club has plans for improved outdoor facilities which we hope members will avail themselves of as soon as we have permission to open. 
There are also many improvements that have taken place on the golf course, which we hope you will enjoy as the board endeavours to invest in our primary asset. The drainage has been upgraded which it is hoped will improve course playability. The obvious impact is more water features albeit the principal drainage improvements have occurred underground. New paths are evident, bunkers removed, and trees chopped to improve aeration and appearance.

Finally, and with a sense of realism that matters are still far from back to normal all members must continue to follow the advice in relation to managing the national COVID-19 response, such as continuing to maintain social distancing and Hands, Face, Space. 

The current EGU road map is attached. 

EGU are intending to provide Golf Clubs with more detail and an in-depth update of the Play Safe Stay Safe guidance early next week. The club will continue to update members accordingly.

The Board of Directors


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20/01/2021 Flood Warning

Flood Warning
Dear Member

You will not be surprised to learn that many areas of the course are very soggy following the recent wet spell. Happily the additional drainage works have had a big impact, the over lying water , clearing once the River had dropped, to allow the outfall to drain the course.

I have walked both Didsbury and Chorlton courses and found similar wet areas to ours, i hear Northenden have similar problems.

We have been informed today by the Environment Agency that they are likely to operate the flood defence in the Mersey Valley this week. Their computer models show that despite the current low level of the river the forecast shows they will have to operate the flood basis 

This will mean we can expect up to two or three foot of water across the course. If you have any kit, stored in the lower garages you should make arrangements to pick it up, as any flood will breach the lower garages.

We believe this will not happen for a couple of days, but forewarned is forearmed !

Tex McIvor
Ground Director

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21/01/2021 - Board of Directors - Flooding
04/03/2021 - Board of Directors - Return to Golf

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Stop Press 30/08/2020

Dear member 

The board has, over recent months, carried out a review of the club's operations. The review was necessary because of the unavoidable truth that the club has over recent years either been loss making or has marginally broken even - even with the benefit of exceptional income such as a large VAT refund, renting out parts of the club's car park for coach parking and to a motor cycle training business - and with the benefit of licence fees payable by Highways England (for access over our land to the M56 bridge for maintenance purposes). The club's finances have left it unable to invest in its infrastructure as it would like, to the detriment of the clubhouse and leaving the club unable to finance the improvements and maintenance projects as it would like in respect of the course. Further, the marginal position of the club's finances means that the club itself is under existential threat on a forward looking basis.

Against this backdrop, the board has carried out an essential review of the club's operations with a view to:

- reducing cost;

- increasing revenue;

in order to attempt to avoid the prospect of the club having to significantly increase subscriptions in order to stay afloat and to allow the club to move forward and significantly improve its offering to members. 

Reducing costs

The largest cost of the club is its human resource. A substantial percentage of the club's annual revenue is currently being spent on wages and salaries and other benefits, for the club's office and bar and the club professional's retainer and other commissions. Overall, these costs are unsustainable.

Increasing revenue 

- last year the club took in house its catering operations, but has not, to date, put in place a satisfactory solution. The board regards this as an unresolved opportunity, not only to maximise established revenue streams, but to create new ones that will appeal to the members and enhance the membership experience; 

- the board believes that the creation of a role which has a greater focus on golf related revenue generation represents an important opportunity. Such a role would focus on optimising society and green fee revenue - as well as optimising membership numbers by developing recruitment and retention strategies;

- the club has agreed terms in principle with Steve Marr (our club professional) to take over the professional shop, whilst retaining Steve as a consultant and as the club's teaching professional. This will allow the club the opportunity to generate a profit from shop sales, whilst retaining Steve's services for the benefit of the members. 

Operational changes 

Unfortunately, to allow the club to both reduce its costs and to create new roles which allow the twin objectives of reducing costs and increasing revenue to be achieved, it has been necessary to make the existing roles of general manager, finance assistant and steward, redundant. In their place the club is creating the new roles of club secretary and commercial manager. By way of explanation:

- the club secretary role will be a part time role which is administrative in nature only and does not include any management responsibilities.

- the commercial manager role will encompass managing the bar and catering as well as over viewing the profitability of the professional shop and being responsible for golf revenue generation. The role will have a focus on widening the offering to members by creating new and enhanced revenue streams (utilising on line technology) in areas such as pre' and post round and on-course, food and beverage, as well as organising regular club events and entertainment. The role will also be charged with increasing revenue by hiring out the clubhouse for outside functions and hospitality. 

The board is very much aware and sympathetic to the fact that the redundancy of the existing general manager and steward roles will result in Patrick Keane's and Kath Donegan's employment with the club coming to an end. Nicola Sinclair will also leave with our thanks for her dedicated work in the office. As many of you will know, both Kath and Patrick have served the club loyally and with distinction over many years and members will rightly be concerned that they have been treated fairly. I would therefore like to assure members that the board has deliberated long and hard over many months before reaching the conclusion it has that the reorganisation is essential to the club's future viability and success - and it has done everything it can (and will continue to do everything it can) to ensure fairness to the affected employees. 

What does this mean for the club and the membership?

The board believes that:

- the future year on year benefit directly associated with the reorganisation will be somewhere between £35,000 - £50,000 per annum. It is hoped that the additional revenue generation aspect of the reorganisation is capable of doubling this benefit. If that were to be the case, it would amount to an annual benefit to the club of between £70,000 and £100,000 per annum. To put this into context, to raise the same sum across 400 members without the restructure would require an average increase in subscriptions of between £175 and £250 per member. 

- the membership experience will be enhanced by the new service lines that the commercial manager will be expected to deliver. In addition, as a "not for profit" organisation, any improvement in the club's finances will allow the club to reinvest in the clubhouse and course. By way of example, any such reinvestment could, over time, take the form of the creation of a spike bar, a new or expanded terrace for serving food and drinks, a permanent half-way house, a new and more appealing clubhouse entrance, the purchase of new course machinery and course architectural improvements. 

Inevitably, the reorganisation we are embarking upon carries with it some risk (although the financial risk associated with maintaining the status quo is far higher). The main risk is likely to be in the transition period as the club moves over to a new operational structure and in the recruitment of the right personnel into the new roles. However, for the reorganisation to be successful, it will undoubtedly require the support of the members. It is recognised that this cannot be taken for granted and will require the club to deliver the enhanced services that deserve the members support. 

I would also mention that the board is aware that, regrettably, news of the restructure was leaked to at least some members before the board was in a position to inform the membership and explain the need and rationale for it, with the suggestion being made that prior consultation or the consent of the members should have been obtained before any restructure affecting the club's employees was implemented. However, because of the very nature and the sensitivity to the individuals concerned of proposals such as these, it would not have been possible to debate them sensibly with all members in an open forum and comply with the employment law requirements which govern the process. 

Finally, the board firmly believes that with the right recruitment into the commercial manager role (and make no mistake this is likely to be the most important appointment the club will ever make), the future of Withington Golf Club can be bright and exciting. We hope that you will support your club and join it on the journey. 


The Board of Directors

WGC Golf Shop



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A day in the life - 31/08/2020

The 19 Hole for WGC had been nominated to be The Gardeners Arms due to the location to the Tram Station. However, we have reservations about holding events there due to communications issues.

So as of the 31/08/2020 we will be promoting the Crown Inn in Northenden - basically church  because it was open serving excellent cheeses  when Withington and Didsbury Golf Clubs were not serving food.

It saddens me that the working man can not visit his golf club after a hard days work for a few holes of golf - fine ale and snacks, - In the age of the microwave there is no excuse.

With UBA Eats now operating and restaurants offering discounts for take aways with free delivery service is it now not the time to review what bar food is available. Why can our restaurants not be open till 10pm offering a take away service to the local community.

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How  do you feel about doing some Lavarel / PHP  / Bootstrap work.

I have a you tube video that creates  a clone of instagram.

It might be a way of getting you and Paul to work together on my project.

Other wise is I will get Paul to write the program and have you amendi it to make it responsive.

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