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The Machrihanish Golf Club

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Members Newsletter - 21st January 2019


The last week has been a very busy time for the Sub-Committee appointed by the Committee to manage the process of the building of the new clubhouse. following advice from both other golf clubs faced with a similar loss through fire and the loss adjusters the committee took the decision to form a small sub-committee to see this project through from start to finish.

This committee is made up of:-Calum MacMillan (Club Captain), Willie Ross (Club Vice-Captain), Willie Livingstone and Keith Crawford. Calum, Willie Ross and Willie Livingstone will be well known to many members both for their roles in the local community and their presence at Machrihanish golf Club. Keith will be less well known, having joined the club just over a year ago following his and his wife, Denise's decision to retire to the area. Keith had a career in sales and marketing, education and latterly as General Manager of Thurlestone Golf Club in South Devon. During his time there he was involved in the planning, costing and design of a substantial internal lounge and bar refurbishment. Parallel to this, Keith was involved in the feasibility study with architects and a sub-committee charged with considering the options to completely rebuild the clubhouse in the event of a land sale coming to fruition.

Last weekend this group had a busy fact finding weekend in Glasgow. leaving Campbeltown early on Saturday morning they had meetings with 3 architects firms over the weekend and also visited 2 golf clubs which had suffered fire damage. On Saturday afternoon they visited Glasgow Golf Club which had a devastating fire in September. Knowing what we were about to go through in the aftermath of the fire, Glasgow General Manager, Chris Spencer contacted us to offer any help or insight that he could. We have been in regular contact with Chris since that time and were grateful for the opportunity to visit their Killermont base last Saturday. Their clubhouse was not completely destroyed but suffered extensive internal damage. I suspect their project will take longer than ours as their historic building was listed and any renovation will be subject to approval from many different authorities. On Sunday morning we visited East Kilbride Golf Club, whose clubhouse was completely destroyed back in 2010. We met 3 of the small group of 4 members who had overseen their rebuild and they were generous in the time they spent with us and the documentation they had prepared for our visit. On Sunday afternoon we saw the 3rd architect before arriving back in Campbeltown at 6.00pm.

During the week we met a further 2 architects who travelled down to Machrihanish to explain the process they would take us through if appointed to the role of architect for our project.
We intend to review all of the material we have gathered from these 5 companies and make an appointment during the next week.

Once appointed, the successful architect will start to build a picture of what we would like to in our new clubhouse. For that purpose we are sending out an online survey to members on Monday. This will appear on your email coming from There are 10 questions which will help us to build up a picture of what you see as important in the design of our new clubhouse. Once the brief has been completed and before the plans go to planning the architect will visit and make a presentation to members on their plans for the clubhouse.

We also met with the loss adjusters during the week to discuss how we move forward from this point. Firstly, they have issued a letter to all those members who lost clubs and other possessions in the lockers advising the process they have to go through to make their claim. Once received in the office, these claims will be scanned and forwarded to the loss adjuster. They will review the claims and when satisfied will authorise Margaret to issue a cheque to the relevant member.

The loss adjusters have also approved the tender for demolition of the clubhouse and this will commence once the necessary permits have been obtained by the successful contractor.

Please note, that if any members have concerns or questions about the rebuild process, please address these to the committee.

Golf News

Congratulations to Jennie Dunn who has now been ratified as a member of the UK PGA.
The Winter Leagues are now back in full swing as members either borrow the clubs available or get refitted for play. And on that topic, we would like to thank Bo'Ness and Erskine Golf Clubs and their members for sending over some clubs for our members to use whilst their insurance is resolved

21 January 2019

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Championship Course Status 16/06/2019 - OPEN - No Scheduled Competitions Today - No Reported Course Problems

Pans ( 9 Hole ) Course Status 16/06/2019 - OPEN - No Scheduled Competitions Today - No Reported Course Problems

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