I spoke with the CEO of Ainslie earlier today and his view is that we will get back to playing golf, as soon as this is possible.  He is very keen to see members back on the course and he is committed to re-opening the course as soon as it is permitted by the ACT Government.  In his view, this will likely not be until around the 17th of September or possibly later.  We are also in contact with the District Golf Association who are talking regularly with ACT Sport and Recreation as the Government’s key point of contact on sport. So far we understand all other ACT golf clubs are giving their members similar advice.

I am in the process of finalising the membership fee arrangements for the 2021/22 golfing year and together with Ainslie we are looking at options that are take account of the current no-play situation and how we can reward members for their continued support.  I am hoping to provide a more detailed update for you on membership fees next week and for membership letters to go to members in the near future.

On the better news side, renovation of the Greens is well underway with the Greens being cored and fertilised over the last two days and with the sand top-dressing to be applied over the coming couple of days.  Rain is predicted on the weekend which will see the cored Greens begin to repair very quickly.  Although we would all like to be playing now, at least when we are able to play we will be playing on a course that has had the yearly renovations work done early and quickly readying itself for the upcoming club championships.

On the club championships, the dates are currently set in the playing schedule but the Match Committee is mindful that we need to give players time to fine-tune their game and their preparations, post time away from the course due to the lockdown.  In this context,  we will keep members informed should there be any serious consideration of moving the dates.  At this stage, the playing schedule in the Members Handbook is your guide.

Stay safe and here’s hoping we can be back on the course in the very near future.

Richard Oliver/President