We are delighted to inform you that we will be employing a new caterer from the end of this November. Helen Ripley comes with an excellent reputation and has recently worked at Croft Spa Hotel, Darlington Football and The Buck Inn at Sadberge, to name a few.  The board have carefully considered every option and believe this is the way forward to develop and enhance the catering of the club.  Helen is to start with us on Thursday 30th November and we would like to introduce Sunday lunches as soon as possible, the first one starting Sunday 3rd December. A full bar menu will be available from Tuesday 5th December. 
As you know Nina has been covering in the interim and will continue to work Tuesday to Thursday providing a limited service until Helen starts.  On Friday, Saturday and Sunday cold sandwiches will be available from behind the bar during this time. We would like to take the opportunity to thank Nina for all her efforts and wish her all the best for the future. 
As we are now running the venture ourselves, we can’t stress enough how much we need our members to support and help  make the catering a success. With this in mind, members will be able to use their swipe card to order food and obtain the usual discount.
We are now in a position to offer outside functions in the form of christenings, birthdays, funerals and general parties. Christmas lunch time menus will also be provided. If we have enough interest we are hoping to put on a New Year’s Eve dinner and disco, however to put this in place we need at least 50 expressions of interest before we can go ahead. Can you please inform either the office or bar ASAP should you wish to attend.
Nobody knows more than us how frustrating the catering situation has been over the past few years and how paramount it is for the club to be successful. We are confident that this is the start of great things to come and thank you all for your understanding and support.


CAPTAIN'S NOVEMBER UPDATE

We've had another busy month so thanks for supporting the teams and entering the competitions. Full results are on the web page and congratulations to the winners during the last 5 weeks. Norton Salver Kieran McCauley Calvert Cup Andy Kerr Autumn Open Ryan Campbell Oct 8th Stableford Gary Christison Oct 15th Pairs BB Mick Dawson & Jonny Walker Oct 22nd Stableford Chris Lightfoot Oct 29th Pairs Scramble Ian Elliot & Peter Heron Nov 5th Winter League 1 Div 1 Colin Price Div 2 Willie Mason

We took a full team of 8 gents to play in the 1892 Centenary match at Headingley. Brak came along as a past captain and, not content with driving the bus, was part of the winning team. Next year's fixture will be at Harrogate GC.

We won our final friendly match of the season against Wearside by 30 points but couldn't make up the deficit from the first match. However, we have now got a reciprocal agreement with Wearside so please add it to your list of clubs that we can play free of charge.

40 gents enjoyed a great atmosphere, pleasant food and the brilliant down-toearth humour of Mike Farrell at my Captain's Dinner. I am now looking forward to winding down for a week before Bradley & I play in the Pro-Captain final in Morocco on November 19th.

Only 40 Gents played in the first Winter Pairs competition so we have decided to scrap these in favour of Individual Stableford comps for the next 6 weeks with your best 4 scores counting in an informal Winter League.

The Castle Race to Rockcliffe has been running for 4 weeks and Derek Robinson has been showing us the way but there is plenty of time to try to catch him up so please join in every Saturday.

Finally, I hope many of you will come along to the Presentation evening on Friday 17th November – even if you haven't won a prize.

Enjoy your golf and good luck, Cheers, Steve

Minutes of the Board Meeting on Thursday 28th September

4.0 Matters Arising:
VAT Refund:
It was reported that £40,000 of the VAT Refund Monies was to be retained in a higher interest fixed 12 month  account with Yorkshire Bank.
Use of Electronic Cigarettes:
Following a recent decision to allow the use of electronic cigarettes in the clubhouse, it was clarified that anyone producing a "noticeable plume" would be asked to refrain from doing so.
Swing Room:
The Professional produced some plans of the proposed Swing Room building. There was some confusion regarding the Ladies Porch so it was agreed to discuss these further.
Catering & Bar Hours
The Chairman reported that Tee 2 Green had tendered their resignation from the club and would be finishing on Sunday 2nd October. It was agreed that Nina Bridge would take on the Catering in the interim period with further discussions to be held in the New Year.
New Bar staff would be needed to cover the loss of Nina.
It was agreed that set hours would be introduced for the bar and closure of the clubhouse. As from Monday 30th October the bar will open Monday to Thursday at 11am and the close along with the clubhouse at 5pm. Friday, Saturday and Sunday the Bar & Clubhouse will close at 6pm. These hours will be reviewed in December.
5.0 Professional Report:
The Professional reported that he would like to try to improve the footfall on a Saturday by running a new competition over 12 holes open to Members & Visitors.
The Professional said that members has asked him about preferred lies - it was agreed that this was to be referred to the Comp Sec.
The Professional had been approached by Mr D. Chadwick requesting permission to hold a charity day at the club. This was agreed providing the Charity Green Fee was payable.
The Lady Captain expressed a vote of thanks to Bradley for his efforts with the Academy Ladies.
6.0 Head Greenkeeper Report:
The HGK reported that mowing of the course had taken the majority of Greenkeeper's time.
Presentation of the course was looking well but small amounts of disease was showing on some greens.
The Divot boxes were not being used, therefore had been brought in.
The height of cut was to be raised over the Winter to 5mm
The current diesel tank has been examined and was found to be unfit for purpose. A new one was needed and would be budgeted for next year.
The cost to repair the broken down tractor was more than the tractor was currently worth. Quotes were being obtained for a replacement. Once all quotes were received the Board would discuss the matter further.
The 5 Year Course Maintaince Programme had been updated and a copy can be obtained via email should anyone wish to view it.
Complaints had been made regarding some bunkers on the course. It was noted that previous Board Meeting minutes outlined work that was to be carried out on the bunkers.
7.0 Captain's Report:
It has been a busy 3 months starting with Captain's week which went well with plenty of events after a perfect start on the Sunday in glorious weather I probably tried to put on too many events so numbers were low midweek and the hickory clubs day was cancelled. I think it was worth having the shotgun start powerplay on the second Sunday followed by the prize presentation as there was such a good atmosphere in the club house.
The Teesside Union team struggled in the middle of the season so will be playing in the Second Division again next year. The Rabbits finished 3rd in the North Yorkshire League and 7th in the NERGA league. We didn't win the Pavone Trophy this year and the NERGA final is this Saturday. However, the future of the NRYRL is in doubt. The Toffs are enjoying their golf twice a week and eventually won 2 friendlies having had 2 victories snatched from their grasp by the weather.
Thanks to all of the players and their hard working team captains, John Simpson, Chris Lamb, Colin Heaney & David Miller. John has done a great job for the last few seasons but this was definitely his last and David is no longer a Rabbit so we will need 2 new captains next year.
The Mixed competitions went well but the Nine, Wine & Dine evenings were cancelled. The Over the Swale 4BBB needs to be played earlier in the season. Nigel & Alison won the Val Fenn Trophy and finished 2nd in the Volvo Masters at Close  House.
The Open events went well with plenty of entries especially the Dales Festival which attracted over 100 players. The Octoberfest has been replaced with an Autumn Open and thanks to everyone who has helped at these events.
We won our friendlies against Silverdale but lost to Wearside (away) and Bedale in the Gibson Cup. The match against Whitby was a struggle with only 5 players and there are 2 more 1892 matches at Headingley and here against Wearside.
My Away Day at Carlisle went well with 50 players enjoying another perfect day so thanks for allowing me to organize this as a reciprocal.
Bradley and I were very pleased to win the PGA Pro-Captain Northern qualifier at Rudding Park and are looking forward to playing in the final I Morocco in November.
We have a lot of trophy competitions every year which I think is brilliant as long as we try to mix up the stroke play and stableford formats.  The RDC would have been played over 2 days if it hadn't rained and the Club Champs worked well with 36 holes in one day. Unfortunately, not many people played so I would like to suggest that we have 3 divisions next year. Only half of the winners played in the Medal final this year so I suggest that we play it as a normal Sunday stroke play comp next year.
The Knock-out competitions have almost finished but only 1 match was played on Saturday. I think this is worth trying again as everyone has a definite date to work towards. The Trophy competitions finish next week and I wonder if it is worth offering the winners and runners-up a choice of mementos or vouchers?
I have played lots of other courses this season and ours is still the best but the only one without a flag system on the greens. Our course has been a pleasure to play all season and I have heard lots of compliments from visiting players in all of our matches and opens.
8.0 Lady Captain's Report:
The ladies section has enjoyed a successful season with our Weekend League team winning the Yorkshire League and travelling to Calverley for the final Sadly, they lost 2/1 in the final but still a great achievement.
The A team were 5th out of 110 teams so narrowly missed out on the top 4 final play off.
The B Team, with several new team players were 12th out of 110 teams so a very commendable performance all round.
Vice Captain Jenny Tate organised a very successful Exchange Day to West End Golf Club, Halifax and announced Jo Young as her Vice Captain. Despite atrocious weather everyone had a great day as did the Halifax ladies at Richmond.
Several ladies then travelled to Whitby for a 125 year Fun Day of golf with teams made up of people from other 125 Clubs. 50 ladies  attended and suggested that a repeat day would be a good idea at a different Club for next year.
Our 2 ninety year olds were delighted to be presented with the Club photos and other ladies were asking how to get a copy.
They are both still playing regularly and moving them to the Blue tees has made them enjoy their game more. Having played with Barbara Hughes last week, it is not always obvious where the blue markers are. Would it be possible to spray blue paint at the tee? Daphne has made special score cards for them showing which tees have blue markers.
Next Saturday is our Big 0 Birthday Bash to celebrate several significant birthdays throughout the year.
9. Any Other Business:
Subscription costs were discussed and due to an increase not being applied for the last 5 years, it was agreed that a £50 increase would be payable on all adult subscriptions. This increase is needed to sustain our ever increasing running costs and equated to less than £1 per week and still leaves us extremely competitive within our surrounding clubs.
Full - £720    5 Day - £630    Veterans - £570    2nd Club / Overseas - £450

Mr. C. Lamb agreed to take over obtaining Hole Sponsorships for the course. It was felt that a Sponsor's Board should also be displayed as well as on the holes.

Nina Bridge has agreed to cover the catering in the interim period and whilst Nina gets settled into the kitchen over the next couple of weeks, we will only be offering a very limited service where cold sandwiches will be available behind the bar. We will be continuing to honour any pre booked function and visiting party requests during this time. Storm McGeough will begin work behind the bar to replace Nina and we would like to welcome her back to the club.

Again, we thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.

We have a couple of dates for your diary that are coming up over the next couple of months:

Saturday 14th October - Brian & Carol Launder's Coast to Coast Party night

Friday 20th October - Quiz Night starts at 8pm

Saturday 21st October - Captain's Dinner. A sign- up sheet is in the Gent's Locker Room.

Friday 17th November - Presentation Night - A full list of winners will be published before the event.

We have an exciting oppurtunity for Hole Sponsorship at the club. Please see note below from Chris Lamb.

"This is to give you, as members, particularly those who are business owners, first priority on sponsorship of the holes at Richmond Golf Club.

At the beginning of 2018, RGC is looking to reallocate and revive the sponsorship for all 18 holes at the course. This will consist of a new larger sponsorship notice on each hole (ca 40 x 30cm) as well as an overall sponsorship board in a prominent and visible position near the entrance to the clubhouse which will stylishly list all “hole” sponsors.

We will be offering these sponsorship opportunities for only £100 p.a and believe this is great value.

We estimate this will attract visibility from well over 2000 individuals as well as sustained repeat exposures from our ca 350 members up to ca 14000 exposures in total.

For comparison, taking a half page advert in the yellow pages can cost ca £5000 and whilst quite targeted once a need arises, has relatively limited repeat exposure. Equally a local newspaper advert can cost ca £200 per week (£10000 pa) and for a paper like the Yorkshire Post hits are based upon circulation of ca 29K falling annually at a rate ca 10% pa.

If you are interested in taking up this sponsorship offer please contact the Office.

We will allow until October 15th for members to have first priority for “hole sponsorship” after which we will offer any remaining holes to our suppliers and following that, to other local businesses.

 

What a fantastic day we had at our Family Fun Day. Thank you to each and everyone of you that attended and supported our day, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. A special thanks goes to all those who donated, contributed and helped out. We raised £248.62 for our Junior Section from the putting game, plants and cakes which is fantastic. There will be a selcetion of pictures from the day on display in the clubhouse so please take a look.

 

It has recently been brought to our attention  that there has been speculation as to what the club is doing with the VAT refund.

Traditionally the club has run at a several thousand deficit and whilst we had a good year last year due to the tipping and staff cost reduction, we cannot underestimate any future income.  It was agreed by the Board that a large proportion (approx £80,000) of the refund will be invested.

The long term future of Richmond Golf Club is paramount therefore any investment will be made for a minimum of 5 years. These investment details be will made available once finalised.

Bruce Tate

Chairman

 

What a fantastic day we had on Sunday celebrating our 2 Lady Member's 90th Birthdays. It was great to see so many people supporting the event and  I think the club did Dorothy and Barbara very proud.

 

I have to say thank you to all who helped make the day a success with a special mention to Vicky Matthers for going above (literally!!) and beyond with the photographs, Alessandro's for the wonderful food and to Barbara Rookes for making the amazing cake. I can't wait to see the official photos taken on the day but if anyone has any that they would like to share please can you forward them on to me. We do plan to sell the official photograph so watch this space!!

 

Congratulations to our Captain, Steve Willis, who completed a fantastic achievement on Monday of playing 66 holes in one day!!! It took 7 hours and 33 minutes and he walked 16.5 miles. Steve raised over £3100 for his chosen Charity, ABF Soldier's Charity. If anyone would like to donate to Steve's Charity there is a box on the bar and all donations are gratefully received.

 

On another celebratory note, it was reported at the AGM that the club had recently received £72,171.00 from the Inland Revenue for a refund of VAT, and I am pleased to report that we have recently another windfall of £28,867.36 bringing the total amount received from them to £101,038.36. Our thanks go to Ian Crisop for all his efforts in helping the club on this matter.

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