RECENT UPDATE NEWS for MEMBERS
MEMBERSHIPS FOR 2019
Memberships for 2019 are now being taken. A full list of membership options are available to be seen on the Mond Valley Golf Website or call in the shop to speak with Richard or Jacob.
Thank you to all who assisted in paying their memberships early to assist the club.
NEW CAPTAIN 2019
Mr Ian Sprake is now the official Captain of Mond Valley Golf Club 2019. Ian took office on Friday 25th Jan in a presentation evening which was very well supported in the clubhouse.
Ian has chosen Mr Paul McCay as his Vice - Captain for his year in office.
Ian has chosen Kids Cancer Charity as his Captains Charity for 2019. It is an established charity who supports children with cancer and their families. Please visit their website Kids Cancer Charity. Please support as much as you can as throughout the year. Ian is planning some good solid support at MVGC with days based around his charity.
GOLF RULES PRSENTATION
An excellent night was held at the clubhouse on Friday 8th Feb with over 60 members in attendance. Mr Eirwyn Jones supported by Jim Richards gave an excellent presentation on the very difficult changes to the golf rules and the audience were very good with involvement and some very good questions were asked and discussed.
We are planning a second presentations for other members and this date will be announced very soon in March.
Eirwyn is a fully qualified referee and is asked to officiate at many golf tournaments throughout Wales and is able to officiate anywhere in the UK.
Jim has recently passed the second stage of qualification exam with merit and is well on his way to becoming a qualified official.
DIARY ON WEBSITE
Apologies but the 2019 diary is in the printers and a draft version is imminent to place on website.
I have had difficulties getting other golf clubs to give away dates for team matches and a few other issues due to GDPR rules .
We would like to thank Mr Stephen Williams supported by Alison our outgoing Captain for his valued contribution and support during his year in office.His tireless efforts in controlling maintenance and working about the club has been greatly appreciated. In his closing speech of the Captain's Report it was announced that over £3600 was raised for Stephens Captains charity Alzeimer's Society Cymru.
A special presentation was made by Mr Neil O'Sullivan to MVGC. Neil was selected to represent Great Britain (Young PGA) v USA in Venezuela. Neil presented his selection letter and Team shirt to Mike Jones President.
Neil also presented his Glamorgan County Jumper when he was selected to play for Glamorgan County in a series of matches versus other counties in the UK.
6 NATIONS RUGBY
Well Wales have started well with two away wins and have fully used the squad to develop and prepare for the World Cup 2019.Thank you for the support of the clubhouse.
The following dates are for the 6 Nations Rugby Championship of 2019. The clubhouse is open for all Wales matches. Bring your friends along
Fri 1st Feb v France @ 8pm
Sat 9th Feb v Italy @ 4.45pm
Sat 23rd Feb v England @ 4.45pm
Sat 9th March v Scotland @ 2.15pm
Sat 16th March v Ireland @ 2.45pm
Happy Hour during all Wales Games
6 Nations Scramble is on Sat 23rd Feb booking now available.
WEBSITE UPDATES UPDATE
1. Membership Form Renewal and Application
We have added an application / renewal membership form for you to fill in at leisure. You can send into firstname.lastname@example.org as an attachment . All you have to do is call in the shop sign the form and pay your fees.
After 2019 all forms will be held on file with the managers and as from 2020 it will only be necessary for an update check of details when renewing membership.
2. New Golf Rules effective 1.1.2019
New rules and policies for memberships are available to see in Rules and Policies Headline Column.
These have been added for your reference and you can download to your I Phone or Android phone as an attachment. A new Q & A site has just been added from the R & A on new rules
3. New policies and Updates
All new policies and updates are now posted on the website.
VIDEO OF NEW RULES TO HELP MEMBERS EFFECTIVE FROM TODAY
We have downloaded the R & A video which shows and helps members how the new rules of golf effective from January 1st 2019 should be interpreted. It is found under the rules and policies section and marked video.
You'll enjoy looking at it is very informative and user friendly.
GENERAL NEWS ON GOLF
NEW GOLF RULES UPDATES
The committee will be trying to organise two or three separate presentations to the members of Mond Valley between Feb - March 2019. Although the new rules start on 1st Jan it is in the best interest we hold separate presentations leading up to the new season and competitions for 2019.
All correspondence we have available will be sent out via the BRS mail service and will be posted on the MVGC website.
Any member who needs guidance please contact the managers in the shop for help.
A new Handicap system will be started in 2020 by CONGU. Further details to follow
TREE TRIMMING AROUND THE COURSE
There is ongoing cutting of certain overhanging branches and trees around the golf course. This is necessary work to ensure the course is playable to all types of members and visitors in MVGC.
CLUBHOUSE HOURS OCT - MARCH 2019 UPDATED
Monday 12am -7pm
Tuesday 11am - 7pm
Wednesday 10am - 7pm
Thursday 10am - 7pm
Friday 10am - 7pm
Saturday 10am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 7pm
Exception to these hours is at the discretion of the managers if poor weather or quieter periods is relevant . Times may vary for competitions and private bookings. As members we must accept we cannot remain open if there is no business. It is our club so please be mindful a decision is made on a commercial basis
SECRETARY CONTACT CHANGE
The email address for the Hon Secretary has changed as from 10th Oct 2018.
Secretary had been using his personal email address but with Data Protection Guidance he was advised to use email@example.com which is now operational. Secretary will continue to check all emails he receives for the immediate future but if sent any emails by members he would appreciate the use of above address and he will reply using new address. Thank you for your cooperation.
MEMBERS INFORMATION BOARD
Our golf course is being inspected by Wales Golf sometime during 2019. This is done about every 10 years and involves full measuring of Red, Yellow , and White Tees to Green. They also make recommendations on improvements and items that may need to be looked at about the course.
A team is being set up involving Greens Committee, Ground staff and certain members to walk the course over the next few months to prepare a report for the committee to discuss.
We are aiming over the next few years to ensure Mond Valley is a " talked about" course and suitable for all categories of players and a course to be proud of.
DISABLED BAY , ASSEMBLY AREA , AND GATE BY PRACTISE DRIVING NETS.
It has been passed by the committee that new disabled bays will be created and repainted alongside the assembly area opposite the Captains Car park space. Only disabled badge holders will be able to park in these bays. Under no circumstances are members to park in the marked assembly area and immediately in front of the gate by the driving practise nets as this is due to Health and Safety regulations
Polite notices have been place around club asking members to refrain from smoking E Cigarettes in the clubhouse particularly if some members are eating. This would be greatly appreciated.
MOND VALLEY WEBSITE
A new updated website is now visible for this new season. Please explore the website we have added new pop up boxes , updated visitors menu, and we will continue to communicate to members and visitors about our golf club MOND VALLEY GOLF CLUB - the Pride of Swansea Valley.
A full list of legislation on Equality, Social Media, Buggy Policy are available to view on the website.
If any member has any ideas they would like to be considered for the website please contact Huw Rees (Secretary ) on 07940 207631 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our sincere thanks to David Hopkins for all his work and commitment to produce our website.
If you have any ideas on competitions, open days ,charity days please contact the following
Richard / Geraint - 01792 842929
Huw (Hon Sec) - 07940207631
Huw ( Competitions /Handicap) - 07467587632
Please support the club by using the upstairs bar as much as possible. The staff are first class and are always there to give good service and a smile.
If any member is looking for Open competitions to possibly play in it is suggested you go on
www.golfempire.co.uk this is a superb site and lists all variety of open competitions of all recognised golf clubs around the UK. Its well worth a look.
A full list of Mond Valley Open Competitions are now available to be seen on the website.
LADIES WEST WALES CHAMPIONSHIP
Mond Valley have been invited to hold the prestigious West Wales Ladies Championships on Thurs 23rd May 2019. This is a fantastic opportunity to increase the status of Mond Valley on the championship list. This day is for all low handicap ,county players to win the West Wales Champion title. Previous winners have included Vicky Thomas who represented the Curtis Cup Ladies Team and is a multi winner of the Welsh Ladies title. Well done the Ladies section for promoting our club to gain this day of golf for Mond Golf Club.
GREEN FEES & SOCIETY FEES
The green fees and society fees for the winter months are available online and in the golf shop
COURSE CONDITIONS ON A DAILY BASIS
A new service to all members and visitors will commence from Mon 8th Jan. This will be a dedicated phone line to enable people to have an updated report on Mond Valley Course Conditions.
The mobile number is 07522 520250.
The service will be 7 days per week and the earliest time a member or visitor can ring would be approximately 7.30am when ground staff arrive and inspect course.
MEMBERS (repeated )
Please recommend Mond Valley as a venue for any birthday, small weddings, family or retirement or xmas parties. Our main room upstairs is capable of entertaining 70-85 people. We can organise buffets to suit most needs. Our room is available on most evenings particularly Wed, Thur, Fri ,Sat and Sunday evenings. Entertainment can be arranged but visitors can organise their own for the evening.
Please contact Richard or Geraint or Martine on 01792 842929.