Firstly, I would like to say a big thank you to Ian McPherson for all his hard work as President of Hopeman Golf Club. As a successful businessman, Ian brought a wealth of experience and knowledge to the golf club. His influence was always delivered with passion, desire and wholehearted commitment. As we know, during Ian’s tenure, the Club enlisted the services of world-renowned Golf Architect, Tom Mackenzie. This was a tremendous coup for a club of Hopemans stature and one that we should be proud of. A gradual programme of course improvement (within the annual pre-determined budget) was introduced and is now in its third phase. The overall character of the course has altered for the better providing an unrivalled experience for visitors whilst raising the profile of our club. Further improvements, in accordance with the recommendations, are planned for winter 2021/2. I have absolutely no doubt that the course improvements will continue to increase our visitor revenue which is essential for us remain competitive in a declining market. After steering us through a serious fire and a global pandemic, I thank him sincerely for leaving the whole club in rude health.
It is an honour and a privilege for me to be the President of Hopeman Golf Club.
Although I have not been a member here for as long as many of you have, I first played Hopeman in 1988. The experience left a lasting impression on me. The same values that I enjoyed then are around today. Thirty-two years later, I am ready to play my part in ensuring the Hopeman Experience continues to be unforgettable.
As 2020 leave us, 2021 will bring its own challenges. We are not out of the mire yet. We may yet face further restrictions until the vaccination programme starts to ensure a level of safety that we can travel and trade without restriction. Therefore, it is incumbent upon me and the committee to ensure that until we attain the required level of safety, free of restrictions, we operate with fiscal restraint. That said, this will not stop us from planning a future post Covid19 and priority number one will be a feasibility study for the upgrading of the irrigation system. This is an extremely expensive project and may require further financial investment. We intend to form a development committee to look at ways to increase revenue/investment for the club. If any member is interested in playing their part or has any ideas, please let Trevor know or submit a letter to the committee.
I would like to take this opportunity thank all those who attended the AGM. The valid points made at the meeting were taken on board and will be addressed. We will post a course report in todays weekly news bulletin.
As we continue to live with the virus and the restrictions it brings, your continued forbearance is greatly appreciated. I would like to remind members that this is our club, your club. Please continue to support it as much as you can and remember, as the great Ben Hogan said; ‘As you walk down the fairway of life, you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.’
Merry Christmas to all our members and their families.
Keith Rushton President