Your Committee aims to preserve the Club's standing as one of Staffordshire's premier clubs by introducing and maintaining strategies to ensure that Leek Golf Club continues to be held in the highest esteem both within and outside golfing circles.
In order to progress our policy on consistency and transparency, your Committee has set out a vision for Leek Golf Club based on its 120 years of success.
The policy aims to reassure members of the future direction of the Club and enable members to contirbute to its development and continued success.
Our course offers outstanding views towards the Peak District and provides eighteen distinctly individual challenges with no crossing fairways or blind holes. It is a compact course set on less than 100 acres yet still provides over 6000 yards in length with a SSS of 71.
Our course design provides four convenient starting points, which removes the need for members to reserve tee times for social golf.
Our course has been developed and is maintained to be resilient to most weather conditions and offers playability throughout the whole year. It is only in exceptional conditions that you will find the course closed.
Our course is set up to be challending but fair and maintained so that the poor shot is punished without necessarily involving a long ball-search. Your Committee believes that such an approach does much to improve the enjoyment of the game by enabling a four ball to complete a round well within four hours.
Typically 60% of total expenditure is dedicated to maintaining our course to the highest standard.
Your Committee is keen to maintain a modest and sustainable development programme.
Our Clubhouse Facilities
A golf club cannot be complete without clubhouse facilities and your Committee is keen to ensure that the current high standards are maintained and developed.
We currently offer the following clubhouse facilities: bar, restaurant, bar snacks & refreshments, satellite TV, Wi Fi, 2 snooker tables, Bridge Club, social programme, private functions - free use of the clubhouse to members.
Your Committee believes that the highest standards are best achieved through the provision of in-house catering.
Your Committee recognises that all members may not take advantage of clubhouse facilities but believes that members should be free to use club facilites as they please. Your Committee is concerned that the imposition of a compulsory bar levy would be counterproductive and believes that the club's interests are best served by the current discount card system.
Your Committee believes that current clubhouse facilities should be developed and promoted.
Leek is a traditional members' club of 120 years standing. It is a private members' club run by members for the benefit of members with no propriety or shareholder interests to be satisfied. Club Rules ensure that major decisions and senior officer appointments are made by members. Furthermore, items of expenditure in excess of £15,000 require specific authorisation from members.
Leek Golf Club is committed to its members and expects a reciprocal long term commitment from members. Your management committee believes this is best achieved by retaining an entrance fee.
Golf members who wish to take time out are allowed to transfer to social membership and are entitled to revert to golf membership automatically. Members who resign may be allowed a concession against past entrance fees paid providing a vacancy for golf membership exists.
The club maintains a full and varied programme of competitive events and aims to satisfy the needs of all members.
Your Committee is committed to the academy approach for promoting golf and the recruitment of new members.
Your Committee is committed to a best value fee structure and supports concessions for under-represented sections. Annual subscriptions include governing bodies' fees.
In the best traditions of golf fellowship, Leek Golf Club offers a warm welcome to all visitors but is always mindful of needs of members in making arrangements for visiting golfers to enjoy our course.
Leek Golf Club has a very active Seniors' Section, which is open to all members who have reached the age of 60 years. The section arranges its own fixtures with the jewel in the crown being the annual Senior's Open which takes place in June but is invariably over subscribed by the start of the season in April.
Leek Golf Club has a long tradition of maintaining a successful and enthusiatic Juniors' Section.
Your Committee is keen to build on this tradition and has already introduced a formal Child Protection Policy based on golf's governing bodies' standard, "Guidelines for Safeguarding Children in Golf".
Leek Golf Club has appointed Juniors Organisers and a Children's Welfare Officer.
Our Club Professional has a special interest in children's welfare in golf through his role as head coach for the Staffordshire Partnership.
Leek Golf Club is working towards "Golf Mark" a national accreditation for the provision of beginner friendly facilities.
Your management committee believes that junior membership is a key element in the future success of the club and supports financial concessions to attract and retain younger members.
Leek Golf Club prides itself on being a successful well-managed club.
Financial stability and continued success of the club is achieved through sound prudent financial management to ensure that running costs are met without reliance on loan or overdraft facilities.
Leek Golf Club is registered as a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) and so its future as a golf club is protected.
Your Committee prides itself on an open, transparent and consistent approach to management. Notes of management meetings are posted and circulated to members through the club's website. Feedback from members and visitors is encouraged and publicised openly, whether favourable or not. All complaints are regarded as an opportunity for improvement. When appropriate members' views are invited before final decisions are taken.
A consistent approach to management of the club is maintained through a documented structure of protocols and procedures.
Your Committee seeks to be forward thinking so as to address issues before they become problems. This is well illustrated by the imaginative changes that have been introduced for the recruitment of new members.
Your Committee employs discreet marketing methods through the club's in-house facilities and is concerned that aggressive advertising may be counterproductive. Feedback from new members suggests that the club sells itself and therefore opportunities to show-off our facilites are keenly explored. Current strategy includes, the club's website, competitive visitor fees, introduction of a twilight rate, introduction of golf academies, partnership arrangements with other organisations, increased concessions for members guests, events open to visitors, co-operation with the County Union and other clubs.
Your Committee is keen to embrace technology in order to improve facilities and minimise staffing costs.
Your Committee aims to maintain a progressive best value approach to all aspects of managing the Club and thereby provide an affordable, high quality membership package.
Your Committee belives that the above vision accords with the majority view and trusts that members are re-assured as to the future direction and success of Leek Golf Club.
Your Committee cannot guarantee to get everything right first time but promises to try.
Any comments, suggestions or additions will be well received and much appreciated by your Committee.
On behalf of the Management Committee, November 2011