Practice Green

The NWBGC lacks adequate practice facilities, which limits the Club’s ability to allow its members to develop their golfing skills.
The development of a practice green would allow members to practice putting and to a limited degree chipping.
The project entails building a two-tiered practice green which measures approximately 25 metres in length and 12 metres wide at their longest and widest points.
As the new practice green would take away the existing pathway, it is proposed to construct a pathway on the right side of the practice green from the Clubhouse shelter to the existing path near the 10th tee. The pathway would be wide enough to accommodate the club Ute, tractors, emergency vehicles and other traffic.

Funds for this project are yet to be identified and we will seek sponsors for the work.

State Pennant Final Victory

Congratulations to the ladies Division 3 players for their excellent win in the State Pennants Final over a Sunday and Monday in June.

The semi-final on Sunday against Sheffield was played in a friendly good spirited manner by all players.

Our team enjoyed a 3.5/1.5 victory.

On Monday, the ladies went head to head with Claremont in the final. Played in good stead, the Northwest Bay team triumphed, 4/1.

Great celebrations were enjoyed by all the Associates at a recent Pennant lunch.

Congratulations go to all the Pennant players, particularly to those who could play consecutively on both days.

Also thanks to Corm and Jan for their leadership during the Pennant season.

Challenges Facing Golf Clubs

Aging members, declining memberships, fewer junior players, increasing running costs and family and work demands are some of the challenges facing golf clubs worldwide.

These issues are no different for our Club.

Our Club’s membership is aging and fewer juniors are taking up the sport. Both these issues are leading to declining memberships. As members are the backbone of the Club’s finances and with the ever increasing costs for power, water, rates, insurance, etc., the gap between revenue and expenditure is growing.

It is a continual battle making ends meet but so far so good. It is also a challenge attracting new members particularly given the demographics of the Kingston, Margate, Blackmans Bay and Snug regions.

Golf is an expensive and time consuming activity compared to soccer, as an example. Yet golf is still a popular past-time. However, consideration must be given to how the Club can make the game attractive to all golfers.

The Club needs to understand the market place – how it is changing and how to adapt. This is a task for the Board of Management, which is being considered.

The Board will continue to work hard to keep memberships affordable, reduce costs (although many of the costs cannot be trimmed), increase sponsorships and how to attract new members.

If you have any suggestions that may assist these goals, please do not hesitate to contact members of the Board.