A SUMMER TO REMEMBER!
Welcome to our September Newsletter. It’s been a fantastic summer with great weather but it’s been a challenging time for Mike our greenkeeper trying to keep some grass on the course!
The lessons delivered by Jorden Ferrie over the summer have been a great success. Hamish Skinner will be continuing the work with local school children during the Autumn.
We have some new adult members inspired by their experience and we look forward to seeing them out on the course. Remember, senior members welcome on Tuesday and Thursday mornings for 10-holes and a cup of coffee and ladies on Wednesdays with their incredible spread of home-baking and other goodies!
You will have seen the results of Mel Tate’s hard work in painting the clubhouse and the tidying up work done on the roof and gravel by Reg Flegg.
We’re working on a new welcome sign that will introduce visitors to the course and give information on arrival. Thanks to Jackie Vass for his generosity in donating his joinery skills.
PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
Your committee has been working on a strategic plan for the club that will help keep us focused short-term and also thinking about the future longer-term.
We have identified 5 Key Success Factors (KSF) for our club to be ‘One of the best 9-Hole Golf Clubs in the Highlands’.
· Sustainable Financial Stewardship
· Outstanding Visitor Experience
· Active Members
· Successful Marketing & Promotion
· Progressive Leadership Team
We’re developing actions for each KSF and this helps us keep on track with our goals. It’s vital for the future of the club that more members get involved with running the club. This doesn’t mean signing up for time-consuming work but a chance to be involved with a Progressive Leadership Team doing our best for the club. Please get in touch with any member of the committee if you’d like to join up!
The club has just purchased a second-hand petrol golf buggy for hire. We hope to have it available for use very soon – minimum age 18. Charge for members for 18 holes will be £10. Visitors will be charged £10 for 9 holes and £20 for 18 holes.
We hope to add another electric buggy next season all being well.
Welcome to our May Newsletter. It’s great to see some sunshine at last and the course really starting to come into condition after one of the hardest winters for many years!
GOLF LESSONS FOR ADULTS
The Club will be running coaching for adults at beginner and improver level from Monday 4th June with Jorden Ferrie for four weeks with a break in July then carrying on from 6th August. This will be an 8-week block of lessons for £40 – great value! Scottish Golf is helping us with some of the costs to promote Get into Golf for beginners.
Sessions will run from 6-7pm for beginners, and 7-8 pm for golfers who have some experience and want to improve their game.
This summer we’re giving the clubhouse a fresh coat of paint - thanks to Mel Tate for his hard work! Mel has already varnished the floor ready for all the dancing that will no doubt take place when prizes are handed out! We’re also starting a programme of upgrading the windows and doors and phase one will see the kitchen windows and external doors replaced.
Thanks to Ray Ellis for fabricating a new sign-in desk to improve our visitor experience. We’re gradually getting there with changing over signs around the clubhouse with our new branding...watch this space! Big thanks also to Ian Mitchell for getting our electrics up to scratch.
Would all members please note that on Monday evenings in June from 4th – 25th and from Aug 6th – 10th Sep the second and third holes will be closed for coaching with juniors and adults from 4-8pm. The rest of the course will be available. Thanks for your support.
Local member and club coach Hamish Skinner and Jorden Ferrie one of our local pros from Royal Dornoch have been busy working with schoolchildren in Tarbat Primary School getting them into golf. Jorden will be starting an 8-week coaching programme in June for juniors on Monday evenings from 4-5 for up to 7 yr olds and from 5-6 for older children. Cost will be £10 up front for 8 sessions starting on Monday 4th June with a break in July then starting again in August.
Portmahomack Golf Club is one of the founding members of the High9s Tour. This summer sees the launch of a route that starts at Abernethy in Speyside and works its way around the highlands taking in Durness, Gairloch and Ullapool among others. We’ve had several new visitors already playing on the ‘Tour’. Get involved and discover some new courses you’ll enjoy playing.
Our latest addition to our hire services. Buggy now available on request.
We are planning a fundraising Auction on 17th Nov 2018. Lookout on facebook for details!
Congratulations to Donnie Swanson and his grandson Baxter for being the first to complete the High9's Tour! Checkout their amazing journey on Facebook.
From 1st Nov - 31st March. Winter membership for £100. Play in our weekly comps and enjoy the craic with our regulars!
We'd like to say a big thanks to Jorden Ferrie, one of the professional team at Royal Dornoch for her involvement in our summer coaching programme. Looking forward to having you back next year Jorden!
If you'd like to know about our future plans for Portmahomack Golf Club then just get in touch. Our Vision is 'One of the Best 9-Hole Clubs in the Highlands'. Give us your feedback to help us improve our service.