Chairmans Blog November 2012

Comments from the Chair : Chairmans Blog November 2012


Stud Gate!!

It appears that the mystery has been solved!

Build up of Ice on spikes is causing holes in the Greens, certain members noticed this happening and thereafter tried to clear ice build up from shoes before going onto Greens.

If we could encourage all to check their shoes for ice build up before entering Greens, especially those playing early in the mornings.



Report from last nights Board Meeting

A vast amount of business was covered in a 3 hour meeting last night. It is testimony to the fact that so much is going on and the board are fully engaged with the business of the club. My congratulations go to them for their effort.

Course signage is progressing - Tee box signeage has been changed to reflect the new S.I.'s - The shoe cleaning system is progressing - The pump/soakaway issues (affecting the practice area) are being addressed.

Retaining Members

The Board and Members should be encouraged to make new members feel welcome and where possible integrated into the club. (Note the orange bag tag winter members) ideally we would like these new members to re-join from April.


We have decided by order of the committee that FairwayRiders should be kept solely to the rough for the rest of the winter. this may of course mean you have to walk across the course to get to your ball but we do not want tracks left on our beautiful fairways!

Leaves on the Course

The board are aware of the issues surrounding leaves on the course and we will endeavour to solve this problem.

7th Tee Box

Work is progressing on laying a new teeing area on the 7th. I am sure you will wish Pop and his team the very best to make it flat and true.

Winter Rules

Winter always causes controversy on the course as to what we should do with regards preferred lies, teeing up, using mats, dropping in the semi etc etc in order that the course is spoaired the winter damage. The board will liaise with Pop to decide the way forward this year.


Work is now progressing for this years AGM. You will recieve notice of the AGM to be held on Wednesday 16th January 2013 (not 18th as printed in  the fixture book) in due course. You will also recieve the paperwork accounts, agenda, newsletter, etc. Please start thinking about the members of the club you would like to have lead you into the future and any items you would like placed on the agenda. Notices will go on the board 1 month in advence as per the constitution of the club.

Xmas (Exclusive Members Offer)

We have decided to give our member some exclusive gift ideas. The Sec/Man will be sending out these offers ASAP for you to give to friends and relatives as Xmas presents! 

Member Special Gift Ideas

Option 1

4ball Gift Voucher Mon-Fri, high quality Gift Voucher ONLY £15!! (value £80) Limited to 1st 100 purchased. Valid until October 2013


Option 2

Gift Package - BaconRoll&Coffee/Golf with FairwayRider/Fish&Chips with Mushy Peas. High Quality Gift Voucher available as a 2 or 4 ball. Value (£80 2ball) (£160 4ball) Limited to 1st 20sales.

2ball Gift - £40 or 4ball Gift - £70


Option 3

Golf 3 Month Membership 25th Dec-31st March for Friend or Family. Only 10 available.

ONLY £50!!


These options are only open to Members of Ryton Golf Club.

Dress Code

We have decided to change the dress code on and off the course in line with the 21st Century! We will send out the new code in an email to you all.

Apart from "No hats in the clubhouse", there will be no restriction on dress code.

The on-course dress code will remain as is with the exception of ‘socks’.

Ankle socks will be permitted as is the modern way on the professional golf circuit.

A great deal more was discussed and I urge you to read the minutes as they are posted on the website!



Course Damage

Quick Note to all Members

It appears that we have some unsuitable footware being worn on the course, it has been reported that there are marks on the greens which seem as if believe it or not someone is wearing football studs. This clearly can and is causing damage to the greens and we would ask all members to be mindful of wearing the correct footware.

This is the second week that this has been reported and it seems like its a group playing early Saturday morning. We trust that this will be addressed asap.



Presentation Evening

Presentation Evening was fantastic! I want to thank absolutely everybody involved in making it such a success. I would like to thank Clyde and Jen (Durham County), Capt Mal and Ena, Lady Capt Barbara and Peter for their part in the proceedings. The Caterers (Jimmy, Mark and Joyce) for a wonderful meal (yet again), to the Bar Staff admirably lead and coordinated by Lorraine, to Michael Rutter for all the planing and preparation and to Past Captain Keith Pearson for taking the photos (soon to be posted on the website) and more importantly to all of you who attended to fill the room with so much joy and fun. It was fab to see so many smiling faces and listen to great banter!

Ryton Golf Club is a wonderful place to be when the atmosphere is so positive! I am certainly looking forward to the Pre Xmas Boogie Night on the 1st December as we have sold more than 100 tickets so far. Hopefully its going to be a packed house and a really tremendous night.

Thank you too to all those who donated to the Movember Appeal on the evening.  £105 from the guests, £20 from Paul Haswell and £72 from Geordie Allison from the vets section. That really has given us a good start.


I have just launched my "Fun" Xmas Quiz! Please have a go.

The winners will win a 4 Ball at Heworth Golf Club

All you have to do is name the Ryder Cup Players including the Captains (26 to find). However most of the pictures have been "spoiled" a little to make it a little harder.

Competition ends at midnight on December 31st and the winner will be announced in my January Blog.


Final Reminder:-

Pre Xmas Boogie Night featuring State Express 5 at the club on December 1st


I would like to formally welcome the new Lady Captain Barbara Healy to office. Congratulations on her appointment and may the year be a fantastic one. Good Luck!

I would like to sincerely thank Past Lady Captain Julia Allison for her effort throughout what has been a wonderful year for her. I will personally remember the money she has raised for charity (£1000) and the smile she has brought to our faces with her many prize givings.

Thank you Julia!


Happy November to everyone! Well I guess winter golf has come with a vengeance, not that the summer was all that! We now have to plodge our way around the course again, search for balls amongst the leaves and have some very interesting/inventive shots to play. It must be said that Pop and the boys have done a tremendous job to keep us on proper greens for so long. They are a credit to RGC.

I hope everyone likes the new website! We have spent some time "re-branding" the club and have finally decided on black, white and gold as the colours for the site and a few alterations to the fonts. The front page is now a lot cleaner and will be used to lead visitors into the site. You will notice the menu that was on the front page is now on the page labeled as "Golf". All the usual info is there and I will endeavour to keep it current and informative. Any comments about what we have done can be sent to me at:-

Plenty of things are still happening at the club:-

We are in the middle of a Movember Campaign in aid of Cancer Research and the Ryton 5 are doing well so far. Agnes has done wonders to collect sponsors for the lads and we hope to amass a decent amount for Andrew Renshaws chosen charity. I hope you're all following progress in the regular news updates.

Shaun and Ali Embleton had their after wedding party at the club on Saturday 3rd. The place was packed again and its great to see our facility being used to the max. Not so sure about some of the singing on the karaoke, but I know everybody had a good time. Shaun confessed that it was the best night he'd ever had at the club. It's fabulous that we have a facility that can make people so happy. It certainly needs to be used more.

We now have a proper set of hire pull trolleys at the club with winter tyres. this will help to make us look more professional and also protect our course. As we all know some clubs will only allow buggies with winter tyres on the course through the very wet and icy months, so i urge you all to take much more care with your electric trolleys to not spin the wheels and leave damage on the course.

The fairway riders continue to go down a storm. However it is crucial that these very popular vehicles do not leave lasting damage too. Can i urge everyone who hires them to be vigilant of the tracks they are making and more importantly to ride them on the paths and in the rough or semi rough as much as possible (try to keep off the fairways) to protect our beautiful course for the summer months.

There are a few things to look forward to:

Sat 10th Nov is our presentation night. I always look forward to seeing people formally receive their trophies. I hope the club is full of smiling people and a good night is had by all.

Sat 1st Dec is our "Pre Xmas Boogie Night" with State Express 5. We look forward to a full house and the place "jumping". Ticket sales have gone pretty well so far but it would be very nice to sell all 120.

I have created a "Co-opted Chairs Xmas Quiz". It is ready to go live but I do not as yet have a prize worthy of the competition. If anyone has any ideas or gifts they have hanging around the house, perhaps i could turn it into a "Xmas Hamper!" It will go live if and when........ Please leave any donations for this cause behind the bar.

As ever this is a working document and as things arise I will add them throughout the month. Have a good winter!

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