Just a couple of bits and pieces about the golf course.....
There are new slope tables now on show near the pro-shop. The slope tables are now in bigger text so they are easier to read. There are 3 tables for the courses here and all have changed.
The table for the Master 1 & 2 (old Master) course now uses integer values for handicaps higher than 36.There is no change to this table for handicaps of 36 and below. This change to integer values for higher handicaps was included in the 2016 implementation of EGA handicapping.
Also the slope for the Master 3 (old Classic) course has been revised. The course is now viewed as being more difficult than before. This means that the other 2 slope tables have changed. These cover twice around the old Classic (now Master 3) and the old Classic combined with the back 9 of the old Master course (now Master 3 & 2). Both tables show a small increase in sloped handicaps. Plus all handicaps above 36 now use integer values on these 2 tables.
Another bit of news is that a change in the layout of the course is being considered. The idea is to reduce the need for shuttle services between the current 3 sets of 9 holes and allow more people on the course at the same time more easily. This would be particularly useful when the course is busy.
To do this the back 9 of the old Master (now Master 2) would be combined with the old Classic (now Master 3). This would create 2 new sets of 9 holes as described below.
One 9 would be current holes 10, 11 and 12 (first 3 holes of Master 2) followed by holes 5 to 9 on Master 3 (old Classic). Then back under the bridge to finish on the old 13th hole (hole 4 on Master 2).
The other 9 would be current hole 14 (hole 5 on Master 2) followed by holes 1 to 4 on Master 3 (old Classic). Then back under the bridge to play current holes 15-18 (holes 6 to 9 on Master 2).
This would mean that all 3 starting holes (current holes 1, 10 and 14) and all 3 finishing holes (current holes 9,13 and 14) would be within walking distance of the clubhouse. Also, the 3 sets of 9 holes follow on naturally from each other so there would be no need for transportation of golfers between the different sets of 9 holes.
It is being suggested that this layout may be tried out for a week in April and may be put in place in time for the 2017 winter season.