• Executive & Golf Committee 2021

Executive & Golf Committee Update 20 May 2021


Members Updates

Dear member,

As the clubhouse reopens and things slowly begin to return back to some resemblance of normal, we wanted to update/remind everyone of a few things:

Test&Protect - Check-In
We have added the clubhouse to the new Scottish Government check in system (note the signs up in the clubhouse) members can now check in on their smart phone by using the QR code displayed

Social Distancing
It it imperative that every member follows the current guidelines and maintains a 2m distance when in the clubhouse. The bar has been specifically laid out to ensure this happens, so please do not move any tables or chairs. Table service will continue to be in place.

Club Dress Code
As we are now allowed to socialise indoors we wanted to re-iterate that the club has a 'relaxed but respectful' dress code. Members should avoid wearing tracksuit, football top etc within the clubhouse

Checking In with the Starter
All members should be checking-in with the shop (or on the App) before they head out to start their round. This process, together with booking your times help ensure we are able to track and trace all players, and keep our members safe.

Loyalty Cards
There are still a number of loyalty card that which have not been collected as yet. These are with Duncan & James in the shop - please make sure you collect yours as soon as possible (and don't forget to pick up your rake while you are there). Non playing members should collect their card from the Bar.

Visitor Club Hire Donations
With the recent surge in visitors to the club, we are looking to improve the quality of the clubs/bags we have available for hire. If you have any decent clubs or a bag that you no longer use, and think they would be of high enough quality to offer to visitors, then please bring them along to the shop.

Kind regards,

Your Executive & Golf Committees


Executive & Golf Committee Update 24 April 2021


Members Covid Update

Dear Member,

As you are all no doubt aware by now we move to the next stage of the lifting of lockdown restrictions on Monday 26th April and this mail is to update you on what it means at Greenock Golf Club.


There are 3 significant changes you need to be aware of and they are as follows:

The Locker Room
The Locker room reopens and this means that anyone who has a locker can once again leave your Clubs in your locker and not have to take them up and down from home. Any new member who has not yet got a locker and would like one should contact our Manager Heather to see if any are still any available.

NB when within the locker room the standard Govt guidelines FACTS still apply at all times. So wear a mask, stay 2m apart whenever possible, use sanitiser and do not congregate unnecessarily - limit your time indoors as much as possible.

The Clubhouse
The Clubhouse will reopen again but please note that no alcohol can be either bought or consumed indoors. Tea, coffee and soft drinks can be purchased and consumed in the lounge again following Covid guidelines at all times.

Toilets will be back in use and a one-way system will be deployed for anyone moving about within the Clubhouse so please follow instructions which are signposted about the place. Within the Clubhouse 2m distancing should be adhered to in-line with indoor Govt Guidelines.

It is anticipated that Catering will resume on Wednesdays, Saturday and Sundays initially with hours to be confirmed.

The Bar
The Bar will reopen for outdoor service only with the following restrictions being in place in and around our Marquee which should be erected this weekend:

  • You MUST be seated at a table to consume alcohol outdoors on the Clubhouse premises - that means no carry outs before or after you are on the course
  • There can be no standing in groups away from tables - you will not be served
  • There can be no more than 6 people at any one table so no chairs can be moved around
  • It is table service only - no one can approach the bar . We may encourage phoning your drink order to the Bar - that will be determined and explained later
  • Each table will have a number and every person at that table will need to register that they are there when their order is brought for traceability purposes
  • It is anticipated that most members will start to utilise their loyalty cards to pay for drinks and food but other cards will be accepted
  • Lastly and most importantly we will have limited seating / capacity so members are asked to be sensible and courteous when utilising the outside bar. We will maximise the number of seats we have available but if it becomes clear that we do not have enough to satisfy demand as members come off the course particularly on competition days it is expected that anyone who has been there longest finishes up to create space for others. (We are not going to put a time limit on this or create a booking system as it is too difficult to police so please have respect for the Staff and your fellow members).

This is a huge step for us getting our Club back to something like normal and for many of our newer members a completely new experience. There will be visits from Police, Environmental Health etc. in the coming days and weeks before we move to the next stage which will see indoor drinking allowed again so let’s ensure they have no reason to question any of our behaviour.

We also need to consider our neighbours who if they complain can get us shutdown so please - common sense at all times and remain courteous.

Enjoy the golf and the refreshments afterwards

Your Executive & Golf Committees




Executive & Golf Committee Update 31 March 2021


Competition Changes - Pace of Play

Dear member,
First of all, we'd like to thank everyone who has been in touch over the last week with their feedback regarding the pace of play during Saturday's season opener, the March Medal.
We've listened to it all and want to try and introduce steps that will hopefully reduce the amount of time spent waiting around while out on the course.
Five and six hour rounds are just unacceptable, we know that. So please take some time to read through the following steps that will come into play as of this weekend.
Competitions extended to include Sunday

As a result of our growing membership and the pace of play issues experienced over the last few weeks, we will be trialing running competitions across both Saturday and Sunday (this will exclude 'major' competitions, such as the Championship).  We are also allowing those playing on Sundays to play as a 4 ball.  

The Crawford Bogey, which is scheduled to take place this weekend will be the first competition that will take place over both days. If you currently have a time for Saturday and would like to change to Sunday, or, if you don't have a time for Saturday but would like to play on Sunday, please email us at ggc.comms@outlook.com.

NOTE: Please Do Not cancel your Saturday time as you will still need to have a time on the Saturday draw sheet to be able to play in the competition. M&H will move your time to the end of the Saturday draw-sheet and reserve the slot exited.

If you are playing on Sunday you should book a time on the App using the Normal 'Book Now' facility which will allow you to book for up to 4 people.
Unfortunately as per Normal booking rules you will not be able to add your name to an existing game, however, if you have established that a game is playing in the competition and you wish to join them then the starter will be able to add you.

If you are playing on the Sunday you will not be able to input your scores on the App, so you will need to complete a normal scorecard and submit to the starters shop (if open) or email to M&H.

If this trial is successful we will adopt this going forward, albeit the mechanics may change as we have asked the VMS development team to see if they can make a change to their system to accommodate competitions over 2 days.
Monitoring of Start and Finish times
Finally, to help identify where the pace of play issues stem from, we'd like to start monitoring groups' start and finish time for medals. At the moment you or someone from your group should be checking in with Duncan or James before teeing off for your round, going forward we're now asking you to please let them know when you finish your round too. This will allow us to identify where exactly in the day the pace of play begins to slow down.
This is not us looking to pin the blame on particular individuals but to instead build intelligence on where exactly the problem lies and what we can do to improve it. So please, after your round this weekend, let Duncan or James know you're finished.
We appreciate this is a lengthy email but we really want to show that we value your feedback as a member and are working on how we can make things better for you and the rest of the club.

We will follow this email up later in the week with a 'Best practice / handy hints' overview of how to avoid slow play, as a general guide to all new and existing members.
If you have any questions or any thoughts please don't hesitate to contact us.
Executive & Golf Committees