Robin Hood Golf Club

Chairman’s Monthly Update September 2018

Chairman’s Monthly Update September 2018

We are now approaching the nomination process for the director positions for 2019. Every position will be open to new nominations, but several of the members of the current board are standing down at the AGM so we are looking to members to put their names forward as new directors. 

Board members definitely standing down are…

John Lees Membership Director

John Savage Social Director

Anton Holliday Course Director

Mike Bowes House Director

Jon Garner Golf Director

In addition Graeme Thurman intends to stand for Social Director instead of Marketing Director.

If any member is interested in standing for any role on the Board you are welcome to contact me or the current director of the role that interests you. 

The nomination period will be open from Monday 1 October and closes on Wednesday 31 October.  Details of each director’s role and how to put forward your nomination will be sent to members towards the end of September. 

We recently closed new applications to flexible membership pending the completion of a review of this category by the board. We have now done this with the following decisions..... 

We have decided to phase out flexible membership. This will no longer be a membership category from 1 September 2019. Flexible members whose membership is due for renewal before that date will be able to renew their membership pro rata until 31 August 2019. Either the General Manager or the Membership Director will contact you to let you know the situation ahead of your renewal date. 

Instead we will be starting a 1 year only Introductory Membership for potential members, who wish to try out membership of Robin Hood without having to make a full commitment if they are not sure. This type of membership will have some of the features of the current flexible membership offer, including a part payment of the joining fee which will be deducted from the full joining fee if the potential member joins the club. Introductory Membership will also include the £50 bar levy. We will expect potential members to try golf and social activities. Introductory Membership will not be available to any current or past member of the club.

We will market Introductory Membership from the start of 2019. At the same time we will make sure we have the capacity to support Introductory Members and New Members to settle into the club and enjoy what the club has to offer. Our aim will be to encourage an Introductory Member to become a New Member after the 1 year trial.

The Board has reviewed its disciplinary guidelines for members. We aim to address any complaints and concerns informally with support from the Captain and the President. If this doesn’t or cannot resolve the issue the Chairman will initiate a formal process. The details of that process are described in the guidelines, which are on the website under Information and then Club Policies.

The Board has been involved in a debate about the dress code for several months. In fact, without any real confidence that we had got it right, we amended the dress code on the website 2 months ago. Since then we have had feedback from some members. We are confident that the on course dress code on the website is supported by members. Below we have an update on the clubhouse dress code and hopefully this is a version that all members can support and adhere to.

Robin Hood Golf Club aims to operate a dress code that meets the needs of members in a modern day private members’ golf club.

Smart Casual in the Clubhouse


Gentlemen shirts tucked in 

Clean and dry clothing

Casual trousers or shorts including smart jeans

Smart trainers acceptable 

Not acceptable in the clubhouse


Wet or Dirty clothing after playing Golf

Golf shoes or flip flops

Trainers designed for sports use

Shorts or trousers with combat pockets

Hats or visors

Torn or multi-coloured jeans

Bermuda or football style shorts

Football and rugby shirts, collarless tee shirts or any emblazoned clothing

On golf matters Jon Garner is introducing a ‘Players’ Commitment’ when booking to play in Club Competitions and you will find that when you book in for the October Medal when sign in opens on Friday. In addition the 16th will become a Courtesy Hole on all occasions when players are waiting for the green to clear. How this will work, starting with the Stableford on Saturday will be explained by Jon in Weekly News on Friday.

This update comes after the Festival 125 Week and some tremendous activity throughout the week to celebrate our anniversary. We had a great week of golf in good weather on our superbly conditioned course. Social activities linked to the golf and the Celebration Anniversary Ball were all successful. We can feel confident that after 125 years of history, we can face the next phase of the club’s development with optimism. There are lots of challenges ahead, but as the timeline now shows our ability to adapt to change has been the reason why our club has survived and thrived for 125 years. Long may it continue!

The board would like to thank all those involved in the planning and organisation of the week, especially to our President Dave Laurie for his enthusiasm and leadership throughout. Congratulations to Tim James for winning his subscription back in the draw. Congratulations to all prize winners in the various competitions and also to those representing the club in the Ryder Cup against Olton and Harborne winning that event by the tiniest of margins. This will now become a biennial event. Well done to everybody who took part during the week.

Ian Backhouse

Chairman on behalf of the Board

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