Hi to everyone who has played this week, and hi to everyone who is still at home, including me.
These blogs are for everyone, and I totally respect your decision to do what is right for you. The main thing is that you stay safe. I am sending hugs again, and particularly to Hilary Tovell. We have a hug whenever we see each other, but as we cannot do that, there is one flying over the ether to you, Hilary.
I think some of you who are over 70 may be unsure about playing or not. England Golf have said: ‘This decision is down to the individual golfer. The advice for clinically vulnerable groups remains the same. If you are in this group you are advised to stay at home as much as possible and, if you do go out, take particular care to minimise contact with others outside your household.’ Whatever you do, do not take any risks, and do what is right for you. Make sure that you stay safe. When you are ready, it will be great to see you at the Club (whenever that is right for me too), but in the meantime, you are just going to have to put up with the blog. Sorry.
It has been an unbelievably busy week at the Club, and everyone has worked their socks off to get everything open and rocking. With very little time, in fact no time to prepare, I am astounded, shocked, and humbled by the work and effort put in by all concerned to get play underway by the safest means possible. Every single member of staff: officers, office, Professional and greens, and every volunteer has had an essential role to play, and I for one, will never forget the energy and commitment which has gone into making all this possible. Wow, what an amazing bunch I have been working with. I am very lucky to be a small slice of it. Thank you. There have been very few spaces on the course, but It has been painless as you have wholeheartedly played your part by adhering to the rules and following all the instructions. Just cannot describe how good it has all been. BRS has been a real bonus and I hope that you think so too. It has made all our lives much easier, and I hope that you have found online booking to be a stroll in the park. Karen, Tracey and Greg, have been assisting members to log on, and from then on, it is away you go. One of the many things that Greg has been doing. He has been juggling 17 balls in the air all week. I do not know how he has done it, but nothing has been too much trouble, and I know that the players have received the best possible service. Good job Greg.
New member Stuart Dick had his very first round of golf this week. Welcome to Leek Stuart, I hope that it lived up to all expectations.
George Tatton, did it again; for the seventh year running George’s first visit back to Leek resulted in a score which was less than his age. You are a remarkable man George and Happy Birthday too.
Andy de Caso cycled miles for the Dougie Mac yesterday. A tremendous cause and a tremendous effort too.
The Police came to visit on Friday. Under normal circumstances that would have been a bit of a worry. But they thought that we were doing a grand job. Do not know how they saw anything, considering Jayne would not let them on the car park. Well, they were not booked in, so there was no way. They also apologised for coming in through the wrong gate. I call that a result. Those volunteers, they are terrific.
I am sending out a plea: it would appear that we have a quantity of low flying golf balls on the course. Some players may be a bit rusty and have not swung a club for a while. I am thinking though, that whilst we have been in lockdown that your voices have had quite a lot of exercise. So, if you hit a wayward shot, then please shout immediately. Do not wait to see where the ball is going, if in any doubt yell, and yell loudly. If you think that it would be useful, Greg has had the all clear to start teaching again, so you can book in with him and Jacob for lessons on 01538 384767. Long play teaching times are limited, because the 2 balls come thick and fast on the 16th, and those lessons have to be early. But bookings for: short play, pitching, putting, and bunker practice are much more flexible. So, if you want to have a warmup before you play or having played you think that you wished you had picked up a club more often during lockdown, then give them a ring. I put my clubs in the car before the 23rd March, and I am appalled to say that they are still there. Well, I have been busy!
For everyone still at home, please get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you have been doing. My skipping is not getting any better, but I think that I may have solved the problem. My rope is too long! Do you believe that? No, neither do I, but I am improving, a little bit, and I am blaming the rope for my ineptitude. The tap dancing has hit the buffers. It is a bit boring, or it may be that the teacher on the DVD is so uninspiring. She really irritates me. I have the concentration span of a gnat, so cannot really believe that I am still writing blogs and still enjoying it.
Our village is starting to get busier. It has been heaven on a plate with no-one around, and I have been able to walk up the middle of the road and listen to the birds. I am going to really miss it. Walkers are starting to appear, and although the pub is still not open, the roads are filling up. The reservoir is still closed, but people park their cars and then we do not see them for two hours, so I think that they must be getting onto the footpaths somehow.
I am still very worried about Coronavirus. We are so not out of the woods, and there is still a chance that we may get put back into lockdown. Please do not take any chances and follow all the guidelines.
Take good care of each other and until next week,