Dragon's Tooth Golf Club
Minutes of Annual General Meeting
|Date||6th April 2016|
|Venue||The Dragon's Tooth Club House|
|Men’s Captain||Graham Hayden|
|Ladies Captain||Mairi Doogan|
|Men's Vice Captain||Scott McCombie|
|Ladies Vice Captain||Denise Stewart|
|Treasurer|| Denise Stewart
|Greens Convenor||Carl Stubbs|
|Fixtures & Handicap Secretary||David Baker|
|Junior Convenor||John McNeill|
|Away Day fixtures||Kenneth Armson|
|Committee Menbers||Kate Ward|
Bridget Allen, Christine Baker, Joanne Baxter, Graham Lobb, Tom McCallum,
Total:- 9 Men, 6 Ladies, 1 Non-Member
Non- Members Attending
John Ross (North District Scottish Golf Union).
Roger Alexander, Dave Crilley, Janice Gosden, Jonny Henshall, Christine Lang, Ross McTaggart, Kim Topping.
Peter Abbott (North District Scottish Golf Union), Laurence Young.
- Minutes of Annual General Meeting on 30th March 2015.
Proposed by Tom McCallum, Seconded by David Baker.
Signed by Graham Hayden (Captain) and Mairi Doogan (Ladies Captain).
- Matters arising.
All matters from the previous meeting had been dealt with.
- Men’s Captain report.
The last year has been very challenging for golf at Dragon's Tooth, with the poor weather and the increase and length of the rough causing difficult times, in particular for medal competitions. However Jonny has assured us that the problems caused last year will not be repeated this year.
The Open was a great success with a very good entry the details of which I will leave to Terry. Considerable thanks go to Terry and Carol for the amount of work they put into the organisation, and the valuable help from Committee members in helping Jonny to prepare the course. The winners were Bill Bryce and Kim Topping. I would also like to thank Laurence for closing the course for the competition.
The two Matchplay Competitions were well supported again with Kim Topping winning the 18 hole comp and Carl Stubbs winning the 9 hole comp.
The Away Day Competitions were very successful thanks to Ken Armson's organisation; Ken also provided the trophies for the winners who were Ken and myself who tied the series. They were enjoyed by all players; however the entries were disappointing for some days but I hope we will get more this year.
The Daft Golf Day for once had good weather and was enjoyed by all with a good turnout.
Due to the terrible weather no winter competitions were scheduled.
With the refurbishment of the clubhouse and the new management team of Andrew and Michelle the committee are looking forward to a more golf friendly approach, with better facilities and access.
The secretary has to stand down from the committee as he has served for the maximum of six years as set out in the club constitution. I know that all the members want to thank him for the outstanding work he has done in club administration, organising competitions and social events.
Terry has worked tirelessly to give the club the high standing it has within the area. This is shown in the large number of entries for our Open Competition from other clubs in the area.
I am looking forward this year to a golf friendly Clubhouse, a well prepared course and hopefully dry and sunny days for playing.
- Ladies Captain report.
Membership - The membership for the year 2015/2016 comprised 12 ladies. This number comprised 8 regular players, three beginners and one returning past member.
Handicaps - Of the 12 ladies in the group 9 hold handicaps and in this coming season it would be good to see all our lady members get their handicaps.
Fixtures - We have taken part in monthly medals, the Monday evening Stablefords, the monthly mixed Texas scrambles and occasional away days.
L.S.M. - We continue to play twice a year with the Loch Sunart Men’s group in May and September. We always play Texas Scrambles and these events are always good fun.
“Try Golf” - This initiative in late spring/early summer is always worth doing as it is a way of giving those ladies with an interest in trying out golf the opportunity to do so.
“Dues” - It was particularly pleasing to learn that this year our £30 club fee covered not only our subscription to the S.G.U. and our CONGU handicapping system but also annual golf insurance. Thanks to men’s Captain Graham Hayden and club secretary Terry Goodwin for researching and organising this for club members.
The Course - We appreciate the efforts of groundsman, Jonny Henshall in maintaining the course, so thank you to him. We have however found the long rough to be very challenging and would ask that this is addressed this year. Well done and thank you to the volunteers from the men’s group for clearing up debris off the course after our unseasonal stormy weather.
Away-Days - We had four “Away-Days” this year – Killin, Taynuilt, Isle of Seil and St. Fillan’s. Congratulations to the worthy lady winners. We appreciate that club away days organised by Ken Armson are open to men and women and hopefully more ladies will be able to join in with these days in the coming season.
Leven Ladies’ Shield Competition - The Leven Ladies’ shield competition was played in early October and was won this year by Bridget Allen. Well done Bridget.
Committee members - I would like to thank all the committee members for their efforts and for working so hard on behalf of club members to organise events and solve problems and move the club forward and generally keep things running smoothly in the 2015/2016 season.
In particular credit is due to Graham Hayden. He has been a very genial and hospitable men’s captain and a very effective one too. He has shouldered most of the work expected of captains and consequently made my burden lighter. Thanks Graham – much appreciated.
Special thanks are also due to Terry Goodwin who has been the most industrious of club secretaries. He has been much, much more than a club secretary. His organisation of club events has shown him to be a meticulous planner and a man highly committed to our club. Everything he has done has been to the benefit of our club. However, our loss will be Carol’s gain … she will get her husband back or at least the bit that is not running the choir or playing bowls. Thank you Carol for being Terry’s right hand man in many things, not least the Dragon’s Tooth Open. It will be nice to have the day off this year I am sure.
Last but not least, thank you Denise, our club treasurer of five years, for keeping our growing finances in order and for all your input at meetings. Personally, I have appreciated your support and advice on many occasions.
Finally, Lady Members, you are second to none, thank you for being such a great bunch of people and for turning out to play golf when you can. I appreciate that you are busy with work, business and family commitments and other interests in your life beyond golf! You are invariably upbeat and good-humoured and I have appreciated your company on the golf course, not to mention your support and advice!
- Treasurer – report.
The Club remains in credit for both the Adult and Junior accounts.
Major expenditure this year was the Honours board.
See attached balance sheet
- Secretary – report
As this is my last report to you as Secretary I shall, where applicable, give you comparisons to numbers when the Club re-formed in 2009/10.
The Total Club Adult membership for the 2015 season was 40 (6 up from 2014).
The SGU and the SLGA have merged and now call themselves Scottish Golf Limited.
We have completed the first year as members of Northern District Scottish Golf Union, and we are pleased to welcome the Northern District Secretary Peter Abbot who will speak to us later about the Northern District.
We continue to be members of both golf unions, and I shall be asking the Club later to approve changes in the Constitution to reflect the name changes.
The Junior numbers are still low as we are restricted to the numbers we can handle. Once again, I am sure that the Junior Convenor would like to hear from any member who is willing to give time to teach our young members to play golf. There is still some funding available for the training course with Club Golf for anyone interested.
The Course Greenkeeper Jonny Henshall, is working hard to give us a great course for the season, but he has been hampered by wet weather of late which even meant we had to cancel the first medal of the season
The Committee held 8 committee meetings in the past year, and I would like to thank the Club Captain for hosting most of these and for providing the KitKats, Tunnock wafer biscuits, Tunnock tea cakes and coffee.
We continue to work with the Course Owner to maintain harmony between the golfers and other activities on the Course.
We continue to use HandicapMaster for handicap and competition management.
Graham Hayden has decided to stand down from the Committee, and Mairi Doogan, Scott McCombie and myself will have completed the maximum term that the Constitution allows Committee members.
I am sure that all the members would like to join me in saying “thank you" for all the work they have done.
I hope that you have all noticed our Honours Board, in the corridor showing all the past Captains.
The Club has also this year, through some hard work of Graham Hayden, been able to organise and provide FREE golf insurance for our members. The cost of this is covered by your annual club membership fee. The Committee agreed at the last meeting that this will continue.
THE DRAGON’S TOOTH GOLF CLUB OPEN
The Club held their sixth successful Dragon’s Tooth Golf Club Open on the 25th July 2015 over 18 holes.
There were 58 (54, first had 20) competitors, 7 (9) Ladies and 51 (45) Men. They came from 10 different clubs:-
Fort William GC
I would like to thank again all those who sponsored or donated prizes for the event.
Our sponsors are very important to the Open as this means that any profit we make can be put towards the Club.
This year we tried something different and asked companies to sponsor individual holes. I would also like to thank both Captains who each sponsored a hole.
The main two Prize sponsors and Hole sponsors covered all the costs of prizes and goody bags.
Chisholms Garage Lochside Garage.
Graham Hayden, Mairi Doogan, Onich Hotel, Inn at Ardgour, Telford FM, Tailrace Inn Kinlochleven, Leven Sea Food Cafe, Terry Goodwin, Tourist Information Ballachulish and The Cabin Cafe and Garden Centre.
Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Crafts and Things Glencoe, Clachaig Inn, Geo-rope, and members of the Golf Club.
Thank you to Ken Armson for arranging the sponsorship with Invercoe Highland Holidays for a second year.
The raffle raised £244 (£220 last year) all of which has gone to Club funds.
I would like to thank Kate and Carol for all their work before, during and after the event, Mairi and Denise for their work in the afternoon, Graham and Bill Horsnell along with Alan Young for taking the responsibility of inputting the scores of the competitors. Graham, Ken and Bill Horsnell for work on preparing the Course in the morning and David Baker for assisting me in emptying the rubbish bins around the Course on Friday. Tom MacCallum for acting as Marshall, and Ewan McNeill for standing at the 12th acting as spotter so that play was not slowed.
CLUB ORGANISED ACTIVITIES
The Club is responsible for holding the Open, medal competitions, the Monday night Stablefords, away days, and a “daft golf day” at the end of the season .
Again we had a very successful 9 and 18 hole Matchplay Competition.
Ken Armson has been running away days with great success although numbers were still low.
The Club was able to organise one quiz night at Duror and Kentallen Community Hall, which was very successful and raised £64.50 for the BBC Children in Need Appeal.
If you, the members, have any ideas about social events that you would like and would attend please let your Committee know and they will make it happen here in the Clubhouse.
David Wilson, one of our Junior members, continues to have advance training at Scottish Golf Development Centre at Nairn under the auspices of the SGLtd.
We hope that we have got the communication right between you and ourselves.
The new Comments book does not have many remarks in it. I have had no emails complaining or complimenting the Committee so I can only assume that we are getting it right.
The Club now has a fully functioning website www.dragonstoothgolfclub.co.uk
on which you can find:-
• Short History of the ClubFinally I would like to thank the Committee and the Secretary to the Secretary, Carol, for their continued support through the years and I wish my successor every success in taking the Club forward.
• Contact details for the Committee.
• Fixtures List
• Handicap list (this can also be found using your registered SGU Card).
• Committee meeting minutes.
• Special notices such as local rule changes etc.
- Greens Committee report.
March / April 2015 - Spring works on greens
• AerationSummer 2015 - General Maintenance on whole course to maintain play
•Moss / Lawn Sand including Iron
• Over Seeding
October 2015 - Autumn works on greens
• Hollow CoreSlot / Verti Drain Fairways
• Over Seeding
• Top Dressing
Removal of 3 large trees that were unsafe due to disease and risked damage to 6th Green and Fairway
Tees - Spiked twice, Sand and Seed
All drains / ditches opened / cleaned around course (2 weeks)
New path at 1st green between tees (wanted to redo more paths but haven’t had time as yet)
All mowers, tractors and cutting reels serviced / sharpened / repaired.
January / February 2016 - Hand made 104 new tees!
February 2016 - Fairways slotted again
To Do List:
Spring works on greens (Andy from Green Staffs coming again).
I am aware of ageing course furniture / signs.
Further work on paths around the course
Tee Spring feed / seed
Hut on 4th roof
Edging & topping up of bunkers
Steps into 8th Bunker
The rough areas on the course will be kept shorter this year, there will be less challenging rough.
I am hoping for a very high standard of course through 2016 and will give more time and support for the Open.
- Fixture and Handicap Committee report
Men Monthly Medal Mid Month April 7 May 7 May 6 June 5 June 5 July 2 July 2 August 6 August 3 September 6 September 4 Average 5.2 Average 4.5 Ladies Monthly Medal April 7 May 6 June 5 July 2 August 4 September 4 Average 4.7
It should be borne in mind that these are the numbers of cards submitted, not necessarily the number of players!
The DTGC Events Championship for 2015 was well received and was enjoyed by all those who took part.
The weather was kind to us (apart from a 5 minute downpour at Crieff GC). The events were held at Crief, Granton on Spey and Callander Golf Clubs.
The trophy for the Championship was shared by Graham Hayden and Ken Armson, both scoring 99 points for the best 3 rounds.
There will be a 2016 Events Championship held this year and we look forward to fun golf and good weather again.
- Junior Golf.
We started golf with ten juniors but due to after school activities etc. we ended up with only five, but all those that were left seemed to enjoy themselves.
We also managed to get David Wilson his handicap.
A big thank you to Kate Ward for all her help.
The Secretary, Captain and myself met with Laurence Young before the start of the Autumn coaching as we were very concerned that we did not have access to the Clubhouse if the rain or midges were very bad. Laurence did his best to help us and offered us access to one of his "Pods" (the one by the entrance without windows).
Fortunately we had some good weather for the second part of the season after such a rotten summer.
- Election of Officers.
There are 4 officers standing down this year. Graham Hayden, Mairi Doogan, Terry Goodwin and Scott McCombie.
There were only 2 nominations for the Committee.
The members present were given an opportunity to put their name forward.
The maximum term is 4 years for each Committee member although the Secretary and Treasurer can do a maximum of 6 years.
The vote for the election of officers was taken en block, passed unanimously.
Ladie Vice Captain
- Northern District Scottish Golf Union.
John Ross (president of the Northern District Scottish Golf Union, hereafter referred to as North District) introduced himself and his work at North District. He had hoped that Peter Abbott (Secretary of the North District) would have been with him but unfortunately Peter's wife was unwell and in hospital. The Secretary asked that John conveyed the Club's best wishes for a speedy recovery to Peter's wife.
We have 61 golf clubs in the North district, which we work with.
From Dragon's Tooth Golf Club in the South to Shetland and Orkney in the North and from Stornoway in the West to Garmouth and Kingston in the East. Ours is the largest geographical coverage in the Scottish Golf Region.
We have over 13,000 male playing members in the area, and the amalgamation will take the numbers to about 20,000 players in the North of Scotland.
We concentrate on Junior Golf with 5 squads of players, covering 8 to 9 year olds up to 18 years of age. (40 players in total)
These juniors get 60 hours of training over the winter.
There is an attached sheet with what the Scottish Golf and the North District can do for your club.
We hold 8 Championships a year, which you can see on the fixture list, we have inter-district matches for all ages from under 14s, u16, u18s and men. We have the Men’s, Youth’s and Boy’s invitationals along with the North East, Perth and Kinross and Angus Districts.
We have the Flightscope, a Doppler monitoring device for watching your swing and ball movement whilst singing the club.
Used for all out training teams and competitive squads.
We are here to help all clubs and players in the ND where we can, to better the game of golf in the North of Scotland.
The Secretary thanked John for the information and support that the Club had received since joining.
- Other Business.
a) Traigh GC wish to have a competition with us in June or July which needs to be finalised.
b) The Active Schools Co-ordinator wants to run introduction to Golf days for primary school juniors on the 25, 26, 27 June, between 10 a.m. and 12 a.m.
It has been agreed that we could run this providing that we can get volunteer members to help. I have set a maximum number of 10 children per session.
I have also said that they should provide suitable police checked support as many of our members will not have that. Terry Goodwin is happy to help out but we need more volunteers.
c) Course Closure for the Wedding on 20 - 23 May.Terry Goodwin thought that the Closure of the 9th for the 4 days is reasonable considering what will be erected there.
The whole of the Course is closed on Saturday 21st May and Sunday 22nd May. We will be able to play the rest of the Course outwith those 2 days.
d) Andrew Friedemann, the Clubhouse Manager, addressed the meeting on how the Course will be run.He said he was not a golfer but wished to learn and understand the golfers' requirements. He said he and Michelle were always happy to be told about problems on or off the course. It would be helpful if solutions might be offered and then discussed. As with the Club Complaints book, problems cannot be fixed if management do not know about them.
He said that the course was financially reliant all activities on the site including golf.
Andrew and Michelle have 30 years experience in tourism and their work ethic is that they are here for us, not the other way round.
Access to the Clubhouse is limited at the moment, but as soon as a solution to locking the blind at the bar is found then all members will be given access to the main room.
The door automatically locks at 9p.m. so members should remember the 4 digit code number they were given when they renewed their subscription to the Course.
Andrew said he would be prepared to train a couple of Club members as bar people to enable the Club members to buy drinks when he and Michelle were not there. The training is a requirement of the alcohol licence.
Finally, will the members get back into the habit of signing in when they play golf? This helps the Clubhouse manage timings for pay and play and other activities.
e) Kate Ward expressed concern that the Club had yet to find a Secretary. Terry said that he would be happy to help anyone coming forward to get to grips with the work and provide copies of the Microsoft office programmes he had written if they wished.
f) The Captain then made a presentation to the retiring Secretary of an American Golf gift voucher from the members to thank Terry for all the work he had done over the 6 years of his tenure. For once Terry was speechless!!!!!
The meeting closed at 20:58 hours