AEGC re-opens - Saturday 16th May

Dear Members,

At 8.00am on Saturday 16th, I took on car park marshalling duties whilst Liz Gardner and Charles managed the 1st tee and course traffic. This is a way of golf that we need to get used to for a couple of weeks at least until we are sure that those that were using our course for routine exercise, in our absence, understand that we are back!!!

After my 2-hour stint in a Hi-Viz jacket and moving cones around, I was fortunate to play 9-holes and may I say that the course was looking superb. Ironic that we are now desperate for water given the wet winter we endured however, overall Les, Jon and Jake have done us proud in keeping the course to such a high standard even with restricted hours.

I have to say that your overwhelming support during this difficult and strange period has been fantastic. I hope you all understand that our decision to delay opening by a few days was based simply on a need for us to ensure all health and safety procedures could be applied. Without the efforts of Barry Arnold, Charles and Lady Vice Captain – Karen Pennington, the delay may have been longer. They have performed miracles and we should all be truly grateful for their dedication to the task. Charles continues to try and get his business back to normal, now taking bookings for outdoor lessons and actively manning the membership hotline. I am very pleased to report that we have had 24 new members since the golf ban was lifted on Wednesday. Let’s hope that continues and we see more new faces at the club. We are actively advertising membership packages on Facebook – please share if you can.

We will continue to work to get everyone back playing 18-holes, if they wish, ASAP and hope that the golf committees will implement competitive golf thereafter.

Enjoy the course and see you all soon,

Simon Barber