Its a busy week normally what with the Lothian’s AGM tonight and the Scottish Golf AGM on Sunday but the weather is playing havoc. As members you may have been following some of the press coverage about golf participation and also the proposal by Scottish Golf to raise the ‘per capita’ levy from £11.25 to £15, a levy most clubs pass on to members in addition to the subscription. This is the levy that member clubs pay on behalf of every playing member at their club. There was uproar last year just before Christmas as the original proposal was to raise it to £24. Scottish Golf do a lot of great work but our view is that like Prestonfield Golf Club we’ve had to re-align our thinking to the membership requirements of 2018. There is no limit to how much we’d like to spend on the course, the training, development and career pathways we want for our staff, the new machinery, the irrigation and drainage infrastructure, but we have to live within our budgets. We could flood our course with visitors on a Saturday morning to raise an extra £100,000, but we strike a visitor/member balance as we want our membership to enjoy their course. In the last 10 years your club on behalf of the membership has contributed over £80,000 to support Scottish Golf via the levy. We’ve one of the best Clubgolf schemes in the country and we support this initiative within the community of Prestonfield and the wider Scottish Golf community, not least with our members this year contributing £10 to replace our toilet to ensure the club golf kids do have facilities. On Sunday we will be voting against the rise in the levy, although I’d imagine by Monday we’ll have to add it to our items for our own EGM on March 29th.
March 1st 2018, not quite the same weather as March 1st 2017.
And finally, the bar will be closing early today as the only passing traffic has been the odd pile of snow. If anyone knows a structural engineer please let me know if this amount of snow is dangerous for the roof or windows.