I have just received confirmation from the Receiver that approval has been given for the work to commence on the stabilisation and restoration of the 6th hole. This will involve extensive work in ensuring that the 6th green remains intact and that the lake surrounds are restored to their former glory. I understand that the lake may be slightly bigger than before. ("Oh no" I can hear many of us say, but looked at another way it will mean increased sales of golf balls for the hard pressed manufacturers!).
The work is commencing immediately with a target date for completion which should see the hole back in play before the end of March at the latest. This is important for the Club as we have two interclub matches with home draws in April. By the way, have you put your name down in the golf shop for any of the interclub competitions teams?
In a similar vein, the Receiver has confirmed that the €85,000 budgeted to be spent on drainage work elsewhere on the course remains unaffected by this additional work. The drainage programme will get underway fully just as soon as course conditions permit the use of the appropriate machinery.
No such thing as a free lunch!
The Receiver has also told me that the Invoices for renewal of membership will be issuing in the next few days.
For ease of reference the annual fee for the year 1 March 2010 to 28 February 2011 will be €1,000 and in addition a social levy of €100 is payable at the beginning of the golf year. This latter amount can be recovered throughout the year as payment for food, beverages, accommodation, green fees and golf shop purchases.
For couples the amounts are €1,500 and €150.
For Juniors the amount is €100 membership fee with no levy.
All of these amounts are payable to Tulfarris Golf Club.
Separately, there is a further requirement to pay levies of €55 for all members of the mens club and €80 for the ladies. Again these amounts should be paid to Tulfarris Golf Club or Tulfarris Ladies Golf Club as appropriate and should be paid in a separate cheque.
I would remind you that further new members will be welcomed in both the Mens and Ladies Clubs. A particularly good offer is available to new members who may join the Ladies Club for 50% of the normal rate in their first year i.e. €500 for an individual or €250 for a lady whose spouse or partner is a member of the Mens Club.
Regards in Golf,