Collection of 2020 Affiliation Fees and County Activities this year
As all County events are currently postponed or cancelled until further notice, County Union Officials have been discussing the issues faced by our clubs in terms of membership retention and cash flow issues. We know that all our clubs have been particularly proactive in contacting their members to keep them informed and to give the optimism, that's much needed, that a return to golfing activities will happen at some stage this year and we commend them for doing this.
The County would not exist without the support of club members. With the retention of club memberships uppermost in our minds we have decided upon the following actions with regard to the return of the 2020 affiliation fees:
1. England Golf affiliation fees will need to be collected in the usual manner as EG have asked that this payment should remain in place.
2. The County do NOT intend to collect this year's County affiliation fees from clubs at present. Clubs will collect County funding in the usual manner and retain this for the time being. As the year progresses, we will take a fair and balanced view of the situation as golf clubs re-open an appropriate, proportionate fee will be requested, which will entirely depend upon the level of County golfing activity this year.
All MGU League and individual competitions have either been cancelled or postponed until a revised programme can be put into place later this year, subject to all safety requirements being met. The County have decided that if any County golfing activity is to resume we would prioritise club member representation events above all else.
As our golf courses are now open again, we are well aware that our clubs and their members will be keen to gain every advantage they can, to resume playing the game and see their clubs thriving once more. Clubs will wish to ensure that their members have full access to the course, as well as seeing a return to club events and competitions with further cash flow being generated through visitor greens fees and society days.
The County do not wish to stand in the way of these efforts by requesting new dates or taking up time on the course that could be used to benefit the clubs more than our events would.
We do hope, however, that our tournament venues that were due to host our events in 2020, all being well, will be keen to have the same fixture played over their course in 2021. I'm sure Stuart Pritchard will be in touch about this once we have returned to more normal times and it would certainly help him greatly in securing the 2021 fixtures.
Please stay safe and we all look forward to being able to return to our clubs and enjoy playing this great game again.