The management team at Parklands decided to survey its membership via a questionnaire to establish if the company/committee needed to make any changes to its existing structure in order to satisfy and protect its current membership as well as providing opportunities to recruit new members.
The questionnaire was sent to 467 members of which 118 replied. This response was 25% of the membership which was an excellent return rate that has provided us with information to formulate a strategy to support the membership.
Please see the Microsoft Sway presentation of the results.
There is still some confusion amongst members regarding the R&A Model Local Rule E5 – “Alternative to Stroke and Distance”. This is where a ball lost or Out of Bounds can be dropped under a penalty of 2 strokes.
Parklands Golf Club has decided not to adopt this local rule. Please do not use it.
The decision was taken when CONGU decided that “Under the CONGU® Unified Handicapping System scores must not be submitted for handicap adjustment if this local rule is in place.”
Adoption of a local rule which cannot be played in competition play was therefore considered to be confusing and would lead to errors and disqualifications in competition play.
If you go to other clubs to play competitions, you must check their local rules, but I am lead to believe that most clubs have not adopted this option.
You should therefore not attempt to play it in any form of competition play at Parklands.
Sunday 14th April is final date for entry into the Mens singles and pairs knock out competitions. The draw will be made in the Club Room on Sunday Morning 21st April.
Saturday, the 16th of March 2019, saw the start of the golfing season at Parklands Golf Club with the traditional Captains’ Drive-In. Terry Cooper, the Men’s Captain and Lynda Holt, the Lady Captain were watched by an expectant crowd of Parklands members and friends as they prepared for the nerve testing feat of driving off in front of an audience. The weather was more than a little inclement and the course was officially closed with overnight snow and rain. But neither Captain was about to disappoint, the Drive-In continued as planned with two exceptional drives down the fairway. Good luck to both our Captains for the 2019 season.
The Captains drive-in will take place as planned, today at 12:00 noon.
Members are requested to show their support for Lynda and Terry by attending the drive-in. The Texas Scramble has been cancelled due to the course closure as a result of the inclement overnight weather.
The men’s fixture list for the remainder of February and March has been revised pleased visit Men’s Fixture list for details
The following is the speech made by our incoming Men’s Captain for 2019 – Terry Cooper – at the Men’s AGM last Sunday :-
Firstly, I want to say a big thank you to Chris Bowman for all the hard work he has done over the past two years. When Chris told me I was to be his Vice Captain, I couldn’t say no and in the 12 months that I have worked with Chris, I could tell how proud he was to be Captain of this Golf Club and how he was well respected on and off the course (not only at Parklands but, across the County).
Chris has proved himself to be a great ambassador for Parklands and I consider it a great honour and privilege to take on the role of Captain but, I have some really, really big shoes to fill.
So here I am as your new Captain, going from what has been the youngest Captain, to possibly the oldest. I can assure you I have the same pride and commitment as Chris had for this position and this Golf Club. I think most people here know me. I have been a member here for thirty years, mostly under the radar. Like a lot of people I was quite happy to turn up, play my golf, have a pint and leave. Until twelve years ago, on one of Kenny’s trips, over half a beer he talked me into putting up for the Committee. I was accepted and it was then I found out how much work it takes (all done by volunteers may I add) so people could turn up and play their golf, just like I used to do.
I also consider myself very fortunate to be starting my Captain’s year at this time. Over the last few years I have seen the upturn in Parklands. The course is in great hands with Jon Watson and his team, backed up by Arena Racing. As Vice Captain last year I welcomed Captains and Vice Captains from the Hadrian League teams and the feedback was all very positive, the general consensus being, that our greens were the best in the League.
I am not going into this year thinking this is all about a parking space and some free golf rounds. I know there is a lot of responsibility and hard work involved in this position and I am looking forward to working with Lynda Holt and the Ladies section; Alan Dixon and the Vets; Brian Malone and the Juniors.
I am very approachable, even though sometimes it may look as if I’m not. An example being — my wife Karin often asks the question, are you happy? I reply, yeah I’m fine, she then laughs and says ‘well can you please tell your face’.
I would like to thank everyone for coming tonight and that leaves me to announce my Vice Captain. I made this decision for all the hard work he has done since joining the Committee and I hope he enjoys his year as Vice Captain as much as I have —– Graeme Brown.