AMALGAMATION PROGRESS REPORT
By way of an update for members and as reported at the club’s half yearly meeting on 25 October by Amalgamation Implementation Group (AIG) chair, Jack Hutcheon, I am pleased to advise that we are on course for amalgamation with Broughty on 1 January 2019.
The headlines from the report are –
* The legal contract between the clubs to amalgamate is finalised and a formal signing to mark the event will take place in November.
* The planning application for the new trolley shed between the Grange and Broughty clubs is about to be lodged with Angus Council. A warrant application will follow with the works contract being put out to tender. The new shed will provide 359 trolley spaces and 110 battery charging points. The existing shed will be converted to provide an additional 90 lockers for gents.
* Discussions for the disposal of the Broughty building to the Links continue. More on that as and when terms are agreed and approved by the Grange board and Broughty committee.
* The results of the invitation to members to design a new crest will shortly be revealed. Once the new crest has been agreed a programme for replacing club signage and new merchandise will be finalised.
* Plans for how the 2019 golfing calendar will look, including the trophies to be played for, are well advanced and more information on that will follow. Gents seniors have agreed a programme of 14 home and 14 away matches for next year.
* A team is considering how best to use the Broughty club furniture, furnishings and equipment.
* Consideration of how the heritage of both clubs will be recognised in the clubhouse is also ongoing.
* A strategy to promote the benefits of the new club to existing and prospective new members has been developed, which includes reduced fees for 2019 (with early bird discount for full members) and a refresh of the club’s website.
Finally, Grange’s caterers Scott & Elaine will be the caterers for the new club with the Wee Cook’s contract with Broughty ending on amalgamation. Employees of both clubs will transfer to the new club with Grange’s club manager Matthew Paine and his team being joined by Broughty’s Angie Creaney and her team. They are all looking forward to the challenges and, of course, the opportunities which the amalgamation will bring. I am confident that they will do an excellent job in welcoming members and visitors to the new Grange and Broughty Golf Club when the time comes.
Your Club Captain