AEGC re-opens - Saturday 16th May
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,
A great turnout for the Captains’ Drive In
There was a great turnout of members, guests and friends at the Club to support the Captains’ New Year Drive In - always a popular start to the year with warm barms and drinks available in the clubhouse.
First to go was Sue Freeman, Lady Captain, who drove 123 yards, followed by Gents Captain Bob Anderson who drove 105 yards. Simon Barber, the Club Chairman announced the winners of the guess the distance competition and Brian Foden held the 250 Club Draw.
The Captains thanked all the supporters for their contributions to their Charity and also thanked the club staff and members for their input to the organisation on the day.
The Captains wished everybody a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Introducing our new Greenkeeper
As you are aware, we have been recruiting a new assistant greenkeeper to help the greens team maintain the standards of the golf course. We are pleased to announce that Harlie Stokes has joined the greenkeeping team here at the golf club and started on Monday. Harlie has previously worked at Hartford Golf Club for the last three years following doing a two year course in Sports Turf Greenkeeping at Reaseheath College and has a great passion for greenkeeping. Harlie plays off a golf handicap of 15 whilst also spending his spare time playing hockey for Winnington Park.
I am sure you will all wish Harlie the best of luck in his new role and he is looking forward to meeting all the members over the duration of the next few weeks.
Hilary Gradon retires from AEGC
Alderley Edge Golf Club members, family and friends sincerely thank Hilary for her significant support and role as Club Secretary over the past 10 years. We all wish Hilary and her family a successful future and look forward to seeing her out and about locally.
Hilary has had many temporary roles in AEGC during her tenure and this has been greatly appreciated by all of the members and guests. She has worked steadfastly with the Management of the club and, of course, been pivotal to guests coming up the hill, when she has greeted them with a smile and special welcome.
Hilary has also supported at least eight Gents & Lady Captains, Presidents and Vice Captains during her stay in office. She has also assisted our Staff and Professional in her versatile role plus helped new members find their feet in our ‘great club’.
We are all grateful to Hilary for her professionalism, expertise and most importantly her happy, friendly manner. We wish her well in her future quests and again say a big thank you from all at AEGC.
Many members, family and friends were delighted to take up Hilary’s invitation to her retirement evening on 29 June where she was presented with gifts from the Club.
Lady Captain's Afternoon at the Races Friday 21st June from 1.30pm
Captain's Charity Night - Saturday 13th July
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