Vision, Development & Renewal Strategy
We are privileged to be members of this wonderful golf club but recognise we are just passing through and as such are custodians of the club for future generations. We therefore have a responsibility to secure the club’s future allowing the next generation to share in our enjoyment secure in the knowledge that a further 125 years of rich golfing history can be enjoyed.
The 1895 Project:
The aim of the 1895 Project is not simply to enhance the enjoyment of existing members both on and off the course, but to ensure the club has a resilient, full membership for years to come.
The club has undertaken a detailed business and estate review and this has resulted in strategic planning in the form of a Vision Pathway Document. This document is forward looking and outlines the priorities for fund raising and future investment. This will enhance and renew the infrastructure of the club over the next 5 to 10 year period. A rolling 5-year-plan is being finalised and will be shortly shared with the membership that will time-line the annual works to be carried out each year (subject to finances allowing)
The golf club has recognised that the course is the primary asset and will rightly be the focus in the short to medium term for significant investment and improvements. The club aims to sympathetically restore and refine the classic, fast running J H Taylor designed layout that has been said to play like an inland links when at its best.
The completed Mackenzie and Ebert ‘Master Plan’ enables the club to develop the course with continuity of design and decision making. The recruitment of new head green-keeper Jamie Finch, and the involvement of Gordon Irvine as consultant alongside Martin Ebert’s expertise ensure that the course improvements are in the best hands possible. The Course Development Plan is being overseen by Dr David Cargill and his newly formed Greens Committee.
The continual improvement of the course is recognised as the clubs No 1 priority, and is the keystone to the clubs Vision, Development & Renewal Strategy over the next 5 to 10 years. However the 5-year rolling business plan acknowledges that all areas of the club and its estate need investment and renewal. The council has assessed each area and these form the pillars of The 1895 Project. Plans have either been drawn up or are being formulated for the refurbishment and renewal of all the clubs assets. This ongoing investment includes the training of the clubs loyal staff in the years ahead.
The 1895 Project incorporates:
1. Arbon Cottage Renovation & Refurbishment – Completed May 2020 – View Completed Project
2. Course Development Plan
- Mackenzie & Ebert Course Masterplan – Visit M&E Club Hub
- Planning & Implementation Of A New Irrigation System (Documents & Information)
- Practice Ground & Short-Game Area Development (Visuals & Information)
- Course Signage & Furniture (Visuals & Information)
3. Clubhouse Refurbishment Plan
- Detailed Brief – TBC: (key objectives to be met by the project)
- Architects Consulted & Chosen
- Planning & Implementation
4. Auxillary Estate Maintenance & Building Projects:
- Professional Shop, Club Office, Green Staff Quarters & Machinery Shed
- Club Entrance: Gates, Driveway & Club Signage
- Car Park Redesign/Layout
- Electric Car Chargers – EO Installation
- Renewable Energy / Carbon Neutral Aspiration
5. 1895 Club – Fundraising
- How and where members and friends of the club can donate to each project.
- Fund Raising Events & Partnerships
The 1895 club – Fundraising
FGC Five-Year Rolling Development & Business Plan – Coming Soon