This week has been dominated by the news that we will drop to Level 3 on the 1st June. Speculation has been rife about a possible return to some sports, due to the fact that we may now exercise at any time. However, despite every effort on the part of GolfRSA and CMASA, our controlling bodies, we have had no clarification as yet and as I write this, the press conference to announce the details surrounding level 3 had been postponed yet again.
Needless to say, we are all hoping for a return to golf as soon as possible and as I tell you every week, as soon as we know anything, we will inform our members.
A big word of thanks to all the generous members who have once again contributed funds towards our caddie/staff fund. We will be distributing what remains this week. There have even been some warm clothes dropped off at security for the caddies. My late father had a saying which I think is very pertinent here – “Your stars will shine brightly in Heaven one day”. Thank you!
While on the subject of saying thank you for acts of kindness, I must make special mention of Fast Fred or more accurately, Charlene Faint. She has just donated an entire packet of masks manufactured by her company for use by the staff. This is greatly appreciated and if you need masks for your family or staff, please support her. Her details are all included in this attached flyer.
The course remains in good condition despite the very limited number of staff we may utilise in keeping it maintained. Raymond and his team continue to do a sterling job, as do all the other staff members who are able to put in limited hours on all the work that needs to be done.
You will all have received a letter from Club Captain, Martin Peter last week. We will be following this up with a second letter in the near future, outlining our attempts at saving money and keeping the club going through this lockdown. It has not been easy, but we are all committed to the future of this amazing club and we will persevere.
I remain in constant touch with the national club managers on a specially created WhatsApp group, so we have access to all the latest news when it comes to progress with our petition to re-open, as well as all the other industry news. The universal theme is that everyone is struggling, but we all remain optimistic. The late opening of the TERS website for May applications (it opened at midnight on Tuesday) has been a huge source of concern, but we are all hard at work applying for funds for our staff.
Like you, I cannot wait to have a round of golf. Let’s hope we have some good news in the week ahead.
Be safe and look after yourselves,
David & the gutsy Westlake team