Minutes of Golf Section Committee Meeting

Held at Backworth Hall on the 13th May 2015


A letter was read out from Mr D Saunders suggesting course improvements.

A letter was read out from NUGC thanking the club for their assistance during the 3rd and 4th rounds of the County Fours.

Secretary’s update

During the 3rd and 4th rounds of the County Fours Backworth Golf Course had to approach Blyth Golf Course and borrow 3 green squeegees to allow the competition to proceed.

The committee agreed to purchase 3 roller squeegees at a cost of approximately £170 each to be used as required.

66 tickets out of the available 220 for the draw to win a years golf have currently been sold.

The committee agreed to allow the secretary to set up a website for the golf section at a cost of approximately £80 over 3 years.

There was a brief discussion about the lack of water in the right hand pond next to the first green. This will be monitored during 2015 to see if the situation improves.

Treasurer’s Report

Bank Balance: £4920

Golf Levies to date: £5625 (£5725 as at last year)

Trophy Levies: £1396  (£1550 as last year)

Team Meals : £717.65

£1500 transferred to Nationwide account. (2013 surplus)

The treasurer advised that for the last team meal 20 had been ordered and 16 taken up. He requested that we try to avoid this, but accepted the difficulty of doing so.

Welfare report

Golf Levies: All current golf levies (£25) have been paid to date.

                                                                                                                                    New Flagpole: Mr. Milton thanked Messrs. Burdess and Club Captain (J. Robinson 2) for their efforts at obtaining same, now in position and working and was appreciated for recent N.U.G.C. event.                                     


Apprentice Green-keeper: request from Technical College for another apprentice, under government grant scheme.


Golf Buggy Policy: In addition he noted comments from Golf Committees observations and had amended certain points on the draft handed out in March, and had written a letter in response to Mr. Malcolm Yorke’s letter answering his comments etc. Mr. Carruthers in response was to ensure the method of communication to members from the telephone information did not contradict the information shown on the Notice Board in the Car park.                                                                                                                                                                                                    A debate followed with regard to the most satisfactory way telephonically of imparting this method. Mr. Burdess said Golf Committee are investigating this matter.                                                                                                   


Abandonment of Greens Committee: as Golf Committee have agreed to this, will the Welfare Manager provide Committee with a quarterly programme of planned works ( i.e. above and beyond normal maintenance) and forward planning.                                                                                                                              Mr. Robinson agreed to do this.                                                                                                                                                    


Trolley storage: Complaints have been received with regard to the untidy and dangerous method some members “abandon their golf trolleys” in the passage to the Men’s toilet area.                                                       Agreed that only members with Golf lockers will be allowed to store trolleys, a notice stating this will be posted, preferably with some form of identity, so “illegal” trolleys may be removed, and put in separate storage.                                                                                                                                                                                   Mr. Burdess brought up the matter of lack of “squeegees” for flooded greens, when Backworth held a Counties event in April, and borrowed ones from Blyth had to be sought. Matter discussed Mr. Robinson quoted cost of £179 each for a possible “one off” situation did not merit costs to Welfare. Mr. Beadling suggested matter to be discussed at Golf committee at next meeting.                                                             

Handicap Secretary’s Report.

Two competitions have been cancelled due to inclement weather.

The draws for the Thompson Cup and Tankard have been made and posted in the locker room along with the sheets for the Alan Crosby and Club Championship

Captain’s Report

1st friendly away to Bedlington resulted in a 6 all draw however Backworth won 9-3 on the return leg.

Despite difficult circumstances Backworth still managed 5 points against Arcot at home.

The Captain and vice captain narrowly missed winning the Thompson Shield being beaten by Gosforth on a count back.

Senior Organisers Report

The senior captain reported that 2 games had been completed in the league and Backworth had won 8-4 to Westerhope at home and drawn 6-6 away to Tynemouth

The captain reported that the sheet for the seniors invitation day in June had been posted with very little interest from the senior section.

Any other Business

The committee agreed to purchase and install a ball washer near the first tee.

During the recent 3rd and 4th rounds of the County Fours the County Executive suggested that the out of bounds triangle between the 1st and 10th hole be removed.

After some discussion the committee agreed to remove the obstacle and turn this area into rough. The Trustees will be informed of this decision as a matter of courtesy.

Proposed by Mr T Gascoigne and seconded by Mr P Harvey. There were no objections to the proposal.

Mr Beadling reported that the notice for the past captains triangular shield will be posted in the next couple of weeks