Captain's Message on Return to Golf
Ashton and Lea Golf Club
What an absolute pleasure it was to be back on our beloved golf course (yesterday), after many dark days during the lockdown of the last 7 or 8 weeks.
I trust you are all keeping well and taking care of yourselves and your families in these unprecedented times. And now as the restrictions are eased, I hope you are all looking forward to returning to play golf and supporting our golf club as much as I am.
Unfortunately, due to the virus and the forced closure of all golf courses, including A & L, many of the early season events and competitions have had to be cancelled, including the flag raising day in early April, the first event of the 2020 calender to mark the beginning of the golfing season. I’m sure Bernard will eventually get last years flag as a memento of his successful year as Captain in 2019. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to raise the new flag with our Lady Captain, Donna, or toast our members with a tot, or to wish you all the very best for 2020. So, it gives me great pleasure to take this opportunity to wish you all a fantastic and successful golf season. Enjoy your golf now that we are fortunate to be allowed to recommence playing, and let’s look forward to our clubhouse and restaurant opening soon.
I almost forgot, you have also missed the traditional Captain’s drive off from the first tee on the flag raising day. However, if my drive off on my return (yesterday) was anything to witness, it was a great relief to me that I didn’t have to do it on the day. My second shot wasn’t even a provisional drive after the first nearly hit the driving range buildings!
Finally, having had the pleasure of playing at last I have to say the course looks amazing and is in excellent condition. Our ground staff have done some fantastic work whilst we have been away. The fairways and greens look great, and the new paths are an excellent addition to the course. A great tribute to the superb work done by our team of greenkeepers. Well done!
It may be some time before our golf club returns to normal, meanwhile please follow all the directives and guidelines given by the club and the government. Hopefully, we will continue to move forward out of the country’s lockdown.
Enjoy your golf, enjoy the pleasure of meeting up again with your golf partners and friends, but most of all enjoy our splendid course. Remember, hit the fairway with your first shot, hit the green with your second, sink a putt or two and you will have a fantastic and successful season!
Be patient, take care and stay safe, but most important in the words of Boris ‘Be Alert’.
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