At its recent AGM, Newton Stewart Golf Club was able to announce good news to members.
Thanks to the support of the Dumfries and Galloway Council and the business community, the club was able to announce a surplus for the year. This has allowed the club much-needed time to effect cost-saving measures and to invest in some necessary maintenance machinery.
The club has produced a balanced budget for this coming season. Members, however, are aware that this depends on voluntary assistance in all areas of the club activities.
In order to encourage existing members to continue in the game, subscriptions were held at their 2013 level, and with the introduction of a “couples” subscription of £600 it is hoped many of the partners of existing members might take up the sport.
The club has also retained a concessionary subscription of £300 to new and returning members in their first year. There is also a direct debit scheme to allow memberships to be paid in 10-monthly payments.
The club is very aware that membership levels require to be improved and the emphasis this year is on recruiting new members and introducing the game to as many people as possible.
To this end, new coaching programmes for adults and juniors will commence in April and May. To encourage new members, the club’s “Give Golf a Go”, part funded by the Scottish Golf Union’s Clubgolf initiative, will run on Friday evenings, when potential new members can play and receive coaching before joining. Clubs and equipment will be available on the night, with the first session starting on April 4 at 7pm.
Despite the poor weather this winter the course has remained very playable, with the exception of one hole for which plans are in progress to improve the playing conditions. Greenkeeper Fraser Monteith is looking forward to the new season, and work has been ongoing to present the best course possible to members and guests.
The Galloway Gazette has always been a supporter of Newton Stewart Golf Club, which has a long and proud history. It is delighted with this good news and wishes the club every success with its recruitment and coaching programmes.