Dear Members,

I hope you are all keeping well.  Like me, no doubt wondering when this will end and how we can move on!  So far this season we’ve postponed until 2021 the Members’ and Summer Meetings, and postponed the Spring Meeting at Hankley Common GC until 19 Aug 20.  In making those changes, I searched for alternative dates but our schedule has become quite congested later this year so there is little scope for further postponements.  Other events, including the tour to York, are still booked in the hope that restrictions will be eased.

Like many golfers, we’ve seen the attempts by clubs to reopen and probably had some experience of getting on the course – but not into the clubhouse.  It’s ok but, as a Golf Society, we really need to be able to socialise with the rest of our group – to ask our members to travel, just for golf, with no catering would not work.  Golf England directions to clubs is very strict at the moment and they desperately want to avoid the adverse publicity of a photo of a group of golfers failing to observe the distancing guidelines.  So we are all waiting for a relaxation of the Government guidelines on numbers, social distancing and from different households – and I understand that may be possible before too long.

Our next scheduled event is the annual match against the Liberals Golf Circle on 22 July 2020.  Our hosts have been in discussion with West Essex GC and, provided Government and Golf England ‘social distancing guidelines’ permit, they believe it may be possible to go ahead with this match as planned.  There may be some restrictions but the clubhouse has plenty of space and would hope to be able to offer golf, catering and the opportunity to socialise.  However, we may not know for certain until a short time beforehand.

So I’m trawling for a team of 8 and reserves willing to be on stand-by to play in this match at West Essex GC, Chingford (E4 7QL).  We normally meet at about 1230 at the Club, where snacks are available, tee off from 1330, play 4 BBB and conclude with a meal.  We should be clear to depart at about 1930-2000.

Could you let me know soonest if you would like to play in this match, please?  And let’s hope that will represent a restart to our season!

Keep safe,