Chairmans Blog - September 2012

Comments from the Chair : Chairmans Blog - September 2012


How often have we seen the car park like this on a Thursday over the past years! Well done all concerned for promoting our club as the place to be!


I have just printed the posters and the tickets for the "Pre Xmas Boogie Night" with "State Express 5" on December the 1st. They are available at the club from behind the bar or in the office or email me on:-

Its set to be a fabulous night. Zest are gonna pull out all the stops for us. 


A Pre Xmas Boogie Night
7pm Saturday 1st December 2012

Featuring “State Express 5”

All your favourites from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s

Ticket £10 includes Entrance and Buffet

Tickets can be purchased from the office or the bar
or email:-


What a marvelous week it has been at the club. I have never seen the car park so full so regularly. Its fantastic that we are getting the footfall. Can I say how proud I am of the effort made by everybody at the club. You are certainly making my wishes come true by making it a successful September.

Friday, the course was full and we had a wedding from 1pm which went on til late, very late! Saturday the Medal was well subscribed, we had a visiting party at the club that used the facilities to the max and we had a hole in one (Michael Rutter). Sunday the Texas Scramble was well and truly populated. The Clubhouse was buzzing, the staff were fully utilised, the beer was flowing and the atmosphere was friendly, happy and homely. Ryton GC seems to be the place to be at present! Thanks too to all the volunteers who ran the check in desk, the tee box and to Henry "The Ranger" Watson for moving the competition along. I should also thank the members for taking part and helping to make the day a total success. Its was a great team effort. 

It was also wonderful to see Glyde Golf our sponsors in the clubhouse selling their excellent range of clothing during the Texas Scramble. I just simply had to have some Calaway trousers! Please support them if you need anything.

Oh and yes, I did only just reach the near bunker on the 18th in the Texas Scramble which was a tad embarrassing. You can also see how badly I needed those Callaway Trousers.


The club held its monthly Board Meeting last night at the club. It was a bit of a marathon finishing at 10.30pm (one member stated that that was a new record!). There was a great deal of business to discuss and some frank discussions to be had. I urge you to read the minutes of this and previous minutes as they are posted on this site. They are in the Members Area of the site and can only be accessed if you have your password:-

Some of the hot topics and decisions I will bullet point below:-

  1. The new compressor has been purchased for cleaning shoes. You will see it being installed at the club in the near future
  2. We have decided to purchase some new pull trolleys to rent out to visitors and members
  3. Based on their success thus far we intend to lease 2 more "Fairway Riders" 'and offer a discounted rate to members'.
  4. Based on the success of the Groupon campaign we are undertaking a similar scheme with Living Social to further develop our pool of contacts. Watch out for the deal.
  5. EXCLUSIVE:- We have a stand at the "Golf North Show". More details to follow! See details on the link below.
  6. We are still searching for next years captain. Your golf club needs you!
  7. Going forward the Board will have a rota of volunteers to cover the vacant handicap secretary's position to allow effective closing of men's Saturday competitions.
  8. We are currently working on course improvements that include course signage, tree management and new tee box signs following changes in yardages and stroke indices.
  9. We have decided to cut the rough a little shorter for the winter to improve speed of play.

Our aim is always to improve the facilities for our members. It is at the forefront of our thinking as to where to spend money to gain the best results. If you have any ideas for this I would welcome your thoughts. Whilst finances are still understandably tight we have moved forward considerably and are in a position to consider ideas.

Our financial year closes at the end of this month for audit and to be ready for the AGM in January. We hope to see a much healthier financial position and this is largely due to the vigorous marketing of RGC over the summer months.

I would like to say a personal thanks to all the members of the board who have worked hard to steer the club in a positive direction over the past months and to the members for their patience and support. I look forward to reporting further successes in the future.



Well another month has shot by and our "glorious" British summer (yeah... right!) is drawing to a close. Lets hope the winter months are no where near as wet!

However before the season ends and we have to play off the winter tees with our "long-johns" on, we have a few big competitions left for September!

The men have the finals of the Little and Bourne, the Leek, the Medal Final, a Texas Scramble, Tankards, Sponsors Day, as well as the Acheson Gray Qualifiers! Lets hope for an Indian Summer!

The vets too have a packed itinerary including matches and the usual wednesday competitions (which are always full).

The Ladies have their Club Championship, Leek, Medals, Highmore Salver and Jubilee Vase and at the end of the month the Daily Mail Foursomes! Its all happening!

The club house is starting to be used more and more as a venue for external celebrations too, which is good news!  We have a wedding, a 50th and a 70th this month. Dont forget our own social events (which it would be great to have your support) such as the Games Evening on the 8th Sept! The club is buzzing at present. I am sure you all agree the staff at the club are doing a wonderful job to bring in the punters and make them extremely welcome.

The Board members have been working tirelessly to make the club a happy place to be and i promise that we will continue to work hard on behalf of the membership to improve the whole environment where we can. I predict good times ahead for "lil ole Royal Ryton!"

So lets make September a big month! Lets enjoy the lightish nights, the warmish weather, and the superb course we have prepared for us by Pop and his loyal team! C'mon!

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