What we learnt about golf club management in December

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir January 3, 2014 11:03

Here’s the top three things we learnt about golf club management in the last month:

If you’re planning to build a care home, do it near a golf course

Bill McGrath, Matt Smith, Alan Smith, Michael Goodwin and Jim Wiggam with Silversprings resident Louisa GloverLike many care homes, Care UK’s Silversprings in Essex has a number of former golfers as residents.

But unlike many care homes, it is fortunate enough to be located near to Clacton-on-Sea Golf Club.

Some of its staff and members designed and built a small golf course at the care home for free, and even donated equipment for the care home residents.

“Not only will it please experienced golfers, but it will also provide an opportunity for other residents to try something new,” said Silversprings’ manager, Sally Rushant. “As well as being a fun activity, it will help residents to stay fit and healthy.”

Liverpool may be the UK’s true golfing home

When most people think of golf in the UK, they usually refer to the ‘home of golf’ in Scotland or the ‘heath belt’ in Surrey.

But it has been revealed that Merseyside is the part of England that has the most amount of land devoted to golf courses: 2.82 percent. That makes it higher than Surrey (on 2.65 percent), an area that a judge last year ruled already had enough golf courses.

And what’s more, the crowded Merseyside area is set to get another world class venue.

Wirrall Council has begun the process to find a development partner to build a 300 acre site which will border Hoylake Municipal Golf Course and be just a few hundred metres from Royal Liverpool Golf Club. It is hoped it will attract big spending golfers from all over the world.

It’s going to be a long time until the world’s oldest golfing society allows women to join

The Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh has refused to allow women to join it since it began in 1735, and that’s not going to change any time soon.

The club had an historic vote on allowing women last month, which some 43 percent of the members who voted supported – a figure the Ladies’ Golf Union (LGU) accepted was almost unthinkable 10 years ago.

But that doesn’t mean women will be joining in 10 years’ time.

The club’s rules are that for this to happen at least 50 percent of the members have to vote for the motion to be on the agenda at a forthcoming general meeting (43 percent of those who voted represented less than 30 percent of the electorate). If the issue made it to a general meeting, at least 75 percent of the entire membership would have to support the motion, an almost impossible figure to achieve to support any issue, let alone one as divisive as gender segregation.

Still, as Shona Malcolm, chief executive officer of the LGU, noted: “We’re in a period of evolution.”


Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir January 3, 2014 11:03
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