Those Members who attended the information and feedback sessions on Thursday 24th October were given a comprehensive description of the current Draft Course Master Plan and also explanations from Jim Wilcher as to the reasons for his suggested changes. Many members had their say at the meetings and also we have had a number of written submissions of feedback from Members. Member feedback on the Draft Course Master Plan will be open until Friday 22nd November.
After that time, the Course Sub-Committee and the Course Architect will make any desired changes based on Member feedback and other suggestions until the Course Master Plan is finalised. The Draft Course Master Plan Presentation can be accessed by clicking on the link below. This presentation contains a hole-by-hole explanation of current suggested changes to the Course and also information including explanations of:
Why we need a Course Master Plan, Costs and Next Steps in the Process.
The Club’s new Course Master Plan Project is part of our Strategic Plan to ensure that our Club’s biggest asset (the Course) is improved and maintained well for the next 1,2,5,10 – 20 years and beyond. The Course Sub-Committee have been diligently working behind the scenes with James Wilcher from Golf by Design for some months to formulate a Draft Master Plan.
We are pleased to report that the Draft Master Plan is now to a point where we can socialise this with our Members and get their comments, ideas and feedback before the Master Plan is finalised.
As from 18th October, we have set up an area in the Bar/Bistro where Members can view the Draft Course Master Plan and also fill out a comments/feedback form.There are also a number of other ways in which we are providing Members with the opportunity to find out more about the Master Plan and/or provide their own feedback (ref below)
James Wilcher (Head Course Architect from Golf by Design) will be at the Club next week to hold the following information and feedback sessions for Members:
Session 1: Thursday 24th October
Venue: Clubhouse (Upstairs)
Session 2: Thursday 24th October
Venue: Clubhouse (Upstairs)
Please click on the links below for Draft Master Plan information
Draft Course Master Plan Note: This Master Plan Map may be difficult to read at 100% (you may need to increase the % view on your screen)
The Maps displayed in the Bar/Bistro are bigger and easier to read and we are hoping to have more versions available for Members to view (including hole-by-hole) at the information Sessions and over the next few weeks
Draft Course Master Plan Principles & Information Note: The Course Master Plan Brief to the Course Architect from the Club Leadership was not about implementing any major changes to our Course. It is more about incremental changes needed over the coming years to further improve our course and reduce the maintenance costs where applicable.
Draft Course Master Plan Feedback Form Note: For those Members who may not be able to attend any information Sessions, we are happy to receive written feedback on this form directly to the General Manager on email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Course Master Plan project is progressing, albeit a bit slower than we had hoped at this point. Over the past few months, the Course Sub-Committee have been working diligently with our Course Architect James Wilcher from Golf By Design to look at draft recommended course improvements and what we see are going to be the priorities in order over 1,2, 5 and 10 years+ etc. We were originally hoping to have a Member information session in July/August however, due to a number of circumstances, this is now more likely to be held in mid-late October.
Myself and our Course Superintendent David Johnson are spending the whole day with our Course Architect today and I will provide further details of the next steps of finalising the Course Master Plan (including details of Member feedback meetings) shortly.
We thank Members for their interest and patience during this process. Our approach has been focused on making sure we get the plan right and, if that takes a little bit longer than originally anticipated, we believe that it will be worth it.
Further to recent updates on the progression of the new Course Master Plan, we can now advise the following:
– The Course Sub-Committee have met and provided a detailed response to the Initial Stage Master Plan
– The Course Architect is currently working our feedback, suggestions and changes into the next phase of the Plan.
– It is still planned that the Course Architect will visit the Club (most probably in late June/early July) to hold information and feedback session/s with the wider Membership before any aspects of our New Course Master Plan are fully finalised.
– A presentation containing a summary of the key Master Plan Brief considerations is available on the link below.
Our Course Architect Jim Wilcher from Golf by Design visited again last month and spent a large amount of time with our Course Sub-Committee as well as our Course Superintendent David Johnson.
So far, the process of developing the new Course Master Plan has netted:
– Master Plan Brief provided by the Club
– A detailed SWOT analysis of each hole – Golf by Design
– Conceptional ideas and plans presented to the Course Sub-Committee – Golf by Design
– Detailed Master Plan Response (Initial Stage) covering: General Course Considerations, Structure, Bunkering & Landscape.
The Course Sub-Committee is aware that no detailed aspects of the New Course Master Plan have been communicated to Members at this point in time however, we would ask Members to understand that:
– The New Course Master Plan was always communicated as needing to be a long (6 month +) and detailed process. During this process, no plans have yet been finalised however many ideas, concepts and variations have been discussed. Therefore, the Course Sub-Committee has been conscious of not communicating the numerous concepts & ideas put forward until they are at a stage where most of these were closer to finalisation. Whilst they understand the Member’s enthusiasm to know more, this approach avoids undue speculation and rumours.
– Whilst we have approx 800 Members, the Course Sub-Committee is made up of elected Members of the Board as well as professional staff (General Manager and Course Superintendent) and also Member/s elected to the Sub-Committee. The Course Sub-Committee is therefore the representatives of the Club elected by the Members to deal with Course related matters as it would be impractical to have a large number of Members involved in the Course Committee.
The next step in the process is for the Course Sub-Committee to discuss, debate and then put together a detailed response to the Initial Stage Master Plan document recently provided by Golf by Design. This will be done within the next 2 weeks. Bunkers have been at the top of the priority list in our discussions and the final plan will include a separate “Bunker Master Plan” in some form.
Once this stage has been completed and Golf by Design have had some time to digest the Course Sub-Committee’s detailed response, it is planned that the Course Architect will visit the Club (most probably in mid-late June) to hold information and feedback session/s with the wider Membership before any aspects of our New Course Master Plan are fully finalised.
I would ask all Members who are keen to find out more detailed information about the Course Master Plan and who would like to provide their own input, to keep an eye out for these sessions.
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