Friday, 15 February 2013

SGU February Newsletter

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Welcome to February’s SGU Club e-bulletin. The new golf season is fast approaching and this month’s newsletter endeavours to help you and your committee keep up-to-date with the latest advice and support on offer from your governing body.
Committee Update – Winning the Membership Numbers Game
The new SGU Committee Update (Issue 16) is now available to download with our regular compilation of features timed to coincide with some of the challenges faced by clubs ahead of a new golfing season.  »Find out more
Club Feature of the Month -
Elmwood Golf

Elmwood Golf
Fife club Elmwood are celebrating this month after being awarded golf’s international ecolabel, GEO Certified. In our latest monthly club feature, check out the story behind their success.  »Find out more
Final Leg of the SGU Club Seminar Roadshow
The final two dates of our popular Club Seminar Roadshow take place next week, with a limited number of spaces still available at Renfrew GC (19 February) and two sessions at Bothwell Castle GC (20 February). Hurry to book your place!  »Find out more
Climate Change Fund – Your Club Could Qualify
Clubs that set themselves up as a community group or allow the wider community to use their clubhouse could benefit from a new Government fund aimed at improving energy efficiency in facilities. »Find out more
Forthcoming CMAE Seminars – Book Your Place
The CMAE is staging two seminars on Wednesday 13 March. The first, held during the day at Dunblane New GC, will focus on Retention, Recruitment and Revenue Generation with Quantum Marketing’s Glen Cook, while the evening seminar sees the return of leading speaker Greg Patterson discussing ideas learned at the recent CMAA World Conference.  »Book your place 
New Free Golf Course Management System Available

Course Tracker Launch
SGU Golf Services Manager Kevin Weir helped launch a new free and easy to use online system which helps courses manage themselves more sustainably and efficiently. Promoted by the R&A, CourseTracker is designed for course managers and club secretaries to monitor performance.  »Find out more
Win £2,000 at the Community Sport and Recreation Awards
Golf clubs can now apply for the 2013 Community Sport and Recreation Awards, designed to highlight work across the two sectors. Applications from all types of sport are being encouraged, with the overall winner banking £2,000 and other £1,000 prizes on offer.  »Find out more
ClubGolf Summer Festival Returns

ClubGolf Summer Camp
Following on from last year’s great success, ClubGolf will again be staging its ClubGolf Festival this summer from 1 – 31 July to encourage even more youngsters to take up golf and join their local club. Find out how your club can get involved and benefit from the forthcoming activities.  »Find out more
New Advice for Handicap Convenors
New information packs are now available online for handicap convenors, highlighting some key aspects of handicapping – including an adverse weather pack and information for running a competition where players play from different tees.  »Find out more
Promote Your Club on Twitter – Free of Charge!
A growing number of Scottish golf clubs are taking to social media to promote and market their clubs for FREE. Over 70 clubs are now ‘following’ the SGU on Twitter @SGUGolf, so sign up to enjoy the benefits.  »Find out more
Jobs in Golf – Secretary/Treasurer at Largs
One of Ayrshire’s premier golf clubs, Largs, is currently recruiting for a new Secretary/Treasurer. If you are interested in a key position at this historic club, then please apply before the 21 February closing date. »Find out more
Vote for Scotland’s Best Experience
Our friends at Bunkered and VisitScotland are seeking to find the golf club you think offers ‘Scotland's Best Experience’, from the quality of the course to the catering in the clubhouse. Place a vote before the 28 February closing date and you could win a round with Sam Torrance.  »Find out more
Scottish Golf Awards – See Sandy Honoured in Glasgow

Sandy Lyle
Next month’s Scottish Golf Awards are nearly sold out, but a limited number of tickets are still available if you want to join the 500+ crowd to pay tribute to Sandy Lyle as he receives his Lifetime Achievement Award and the rest of the 2012 winners.  »Find out more
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