Happy New Year to everyone!!
B.T. erected 3 telegraph poles today, in readiness for attaching the much awaited communication cables. Hopefully these will be in place very soon and we will be able to move in to our temporary accommodation early in the New Year.
Happy New Year to everyone!!
Today's visit to our prospective temporary accommodation finds the new Clubhouse complete and almost ready for habitation.
I say almost because although the building is finished, it is still missing one vital facility - the B.T, Telecoms and Internet Connection - and this is vital to successful Clubhouse operations.
I still have no definite date for the installation and I do not think the atrocious flooding elsewhere in the country will have made the engineers jobs any easier.
Let us hope we will be connected soon, but in the meantime we still have limited facilities in the Welbeck Clubhouse. Match Computer, Tea and Coffees.
A wee reminder that tickets are available for our Annual Informal Burns Nicht which will be held in the South Beach Hotel on Saturday, 6th. February, 6.30 for 7pm. Tickets cost £10 and include a 2 course meal and our usual high quality entertainment. If interested please add your name to the list at the clubhouse.
All the best, and a Guid New Year to one and all!!
Sadly, due to an unexpected delay with the telephone and Broadband connections, caused I am told by "Problems across the B.T. Network", no one has been able, as yet, to move into the temporary Clubhouse Complex.
This is frustrating, but none of us who will occupy the premises e.g. Starters, Cafe', Professional Shop, our Office & Match facilities etc, simply cannot function these days without Internet access connections.
S.A.C. are working on the problem and will advise us when relocation will be possible, and we will pass on the word as soon as we get it.
In the meantime, what remains of our Clubhouse will be open to allow access to the Match Computer for recording scores etc. and there are basic Tea & Coffee facilities available.
When you look around and see what is happening to others in the World today, our problems pale into insignificance. We have not lost our homes through Bombing or Flooding- playing golf has not been affected - maybe exercising a little Patience will not be a bad idea.
I paid my first visit to the Temporary Clubhouse Project today, and I have to say I was really impressed. The buildings are spacious, light and airy, and finished to a very high standard.
Work is progressing very well and carpets were being fitted at the time of my visit. There will be a lot happening this week In preparation for the handover to the Council.
We are looking at Wednesday 16th. December, as our possible moving in date - lets keep our fingers crossed.
We will have exclusive use of our own Clubroom/Office from which to administer our competitions/ results/ handicaps etc. The only Club with this facility.
I believe, in the current circumstance, South Ayrshire Council have provided us with an excellent facility from which we can take our Club forward - with confidence - in readiness for our return to our own upgraded Clubhouse, a year from now. Let us think positive, look at the bigger picture and play our part in securing a brighter future for Troon Welbeck Golf Club. Make it happen! Thank you.
Recent Clubhouse Activity
There has been a wee bit of action this week as our removal arrangements come to fruition
After the last full day of bar trading we lifted the main portion of the lounge carpet and the glasses and crockery were packed by Jean and Margaret from the Ladies section. The removal men were on hand on Thursday and Friday to remove another 20 odd boxes and our major items of equipment, i.e. Fridges, Freezers, Microwaves etc. to The John Pollok Centre for secure storage.
We also had a meeting with Pauline Bradley, Head of Project Design at South Ayrshire Council and Architect Graham Ross who outlined the proposed renovations to our Clubhouse These include: New Carpeting, Lighting, internal Decoration, a passenger Lift, improved disabled access, Toilet refurbishment, New Windows and Blinds and possible Locker configuration. The proposed roofing works will rectify our leakage problems in the Bar.
This was a very positive meeting and I believe we can look forward to a revitalised and contemporary Clubhouse which we can all be proud of. I am reminded of an old adage - "You cannot make an omelete without breaking eggs"!
This week we have fitted the original clubhouse carpet in the Railway Room and it is looking the part now, and will be ideal for small group meetings.
Today, the Heineken engineers removed the cellar and bar equipment, so we are now definately "A Club with no Beer"! At this moment most of our goods and chattles are packed and either in storage, or are waiting to be uplifted. Our Office and Match equipment and the Lounge tables and chairs will remain in the Clubhouse until the our accommodation in the Portacabins is ready, possibly around 16th. December.
There are still many pairs of golf shoes (at least 25 pairs) plus about the same number of golf trolleys still in the Locker Room. We hope their owners, if they require them, will take advantage of the extended period for collection. This expires on Monday 7th. December, when all unclaimed items will be disposed of in the Bins.