The following has been submitted to the Hexham Courant for inclusion in the next edition. I don’t expect the full text to survive the editor’s red pen 🙂
After a seemingly never-ending winter, the golf season has finally got started again in the hills above Allendale. On Saturday morning, 1st April, the golf club’s new Gents Captain for 2017, Johnny Birchall, was paired with the new Ladies Captain, Pat Hignett to take on the Chairman’s team in a closely fought competition over 9 holes – the Captains’ team winning by 156 Stableford points to 152. The picture shows Pat Hignett to the left, Johnny Birchall to the right and to the far right, Derek Telfer, the Branch Director of MKM Hexham, who kindly donated six replacement road signs for the various approaches to the club from Allendale, Allenheads and over the top of the hill from Park Gates.
The club treasurer, Robin Down, said “we greatly appreciate the support given by MKM – our old signs were looking weather-worn after ten years of Allen Valley winters and their replacement with modern hard wearing materials means that they not only look excellent but demonstrate to anyone passing by that we are a thriving golf club. Without the generous support of MKM, it is unlikely that we would have ended up with such professional and well-presented signage” (designed and produced by Top Signs, Hexham).
The following day, Sunday April 3rd, an enthusiastic band of members gathered to start the season in earnest with the first full competition of the year. Under glorious blue skies Ron Jamieson won the April Medal on count back with a net 64 from second place Rod Milburn. Peter Robinson was third with a net 65. Richie Rutherford achieved the lowest gross score of 69, and a net 65. The close competition and low scoring was a reflection of the excellent condition of the course and Allendale’s equatorial climate.
We are currently in our final year of study at Northumbria University, all studying business-related degrees. Over the last few months, we have been working together alongside Allendale Golf Club to look at ways in which the club can increase the number of members and further generate additional income.
Since our first client meeting, back in December, we have been working on collecting both primary and secondary data. A report will be put together with all our findings and recommendations and handed over in early April to both Colin and Robin. A presentation will then be held in May to further to discuss our findings.
On Friday 24th February, we spent the day visiting Allendale Golf Club, as well as visiting the town of Allendale. The views from the clubhouse over the golf course were breath-taking, showing the great potential the club has to offer. After hearing so much about the golf club, it was great to see it in person and get a feel for the atmosphere of the area.
We look forward to presenting our recommendations and hope these can be implemented at Allendale Golf Club in the future.
Katie Eastwood, Lily Johnson, Chloe Tully, Rachael Russell
The Business Clinic, Northumbria University
The BRS online tee booking system has now been implemented for our club. For members, this means tees can be reserved and Opens booked and paid for in advance.
To reserve tees as a member, you will need to register with the system using your CDH number as your username:
BRS Member Registration (also accessible from the website – Members dropdown menu)
Booking and paying for Opens in advance is completed here:
Book Opens (also accessible from the website – Allendale Opens 2017 on the home page).
While the primary purpose of this system is to simplify tee booking and payment for visitors, there are significant benefits to the club if members also make use of this facility.