Centenary Chairmans Report

As you are all aware 2008 is our centenary year. One hundred years of golf on the downs. Looking back over the history of the club there have been many changes. Our greenkeeper informs me there have, in fact, been four courses. Originally there was the millionaire's course, then the original course laid out from the old club house, halfway up the hill, before we moved to our present site in 1971. Whilst the course and clubhouse have changed over the years some things have stayed the same. The founding fathers of golf at the downs were driven by a mutual love of the game and a desire to spend large parts of their free time suffering with the obsession of golf in the company of like minded maniacs. That same spirit is still alive and well today. The success of the club was achieved through the hard work and sacrifice of these members and volunteers who sought to bring affordable golf to the working man. This same dedication is evident today in all those who volunteer for all the committees and functions that allow the club to prosper. Much work goes on behind the scenes, often unrecognised, to make our club what it is. Our original charter charges the club with providing affordable golf for the working man. We do this as well as providing the best, and most challenging course in the area. It is against this background that the centenary committee has prepared this year's festivities. Much dedication and effort has gone into arranging the events of this year, for which I thank them. Our celebratory year accompanies a series of social events and competitions. We have been lucky to attract sponsors for many of these, although more are always welcome. The main events are during our Festival Of Golf week and the dinner dance. The festival starts on the 23rd of June; it kicks off with our 1908 competition. We have arranged 50 sets of hickory shafted clubs. We will be playing a Texas scramble in 1908 fancy dress with a prize for the best turned out player. Obviously some of the seniors have an advantage having kept some of their original golf gear. Sunday the 24th is a club competition. Then there are 9 open competitions running from Monday to Friday. These are open to members and non-members alike. You can enter as many times as you like. The closing time for the last tee off is 2pm Friday. Friday night culminates in a big party, with a band and prize giving. Saturday is a reserved for Centenary members' competitions and the week comes to an end with Graham's Captain's day on the Sunday.