Blane Dodds, Scottish Golf chief executive, is calling for golf club members, clubs and Areas & Counties to support exciting plans to deliver fresh investment and growth in the sport.
Dodds and his team have been diligently working on a new strategy for the governing body, as golf in Scotland requires a new direction to provide greater opportunity for investment and growth to support clubs and players at all levels.
Recent years has seen ever decreasing resources being invested in golf in Scotland from membership affiliation income, commercial revenue and also from funding partners.
To achieve this change in direction, Scottish Golf requires a positive vote at their forthcoming Special General Meeting (SGM) on Saturday 2 December. This is being held at the Stirling Court Hotel at the University of Stirling.
The vote will include affiliation changes and a review of Scottish Golf’s Articles of Association, which will allow the delivery of an innovative four-year strategy aimed at bringing much needed investment to the game. The vote will include a proposal to increase the national affiliation fee contributed per adult member.
“Each golf club member already makes a contribution to growing the game but the collective power of a small increase can make a huge difference to bringing much needed investment to our game,” said Dodds. “This investment will go towards supporting clubs, increasing participation and performance programmes, benefiting all stakeholders across the game.”
To improve understanding of how these changes can benefit all, Scottish Golf has created a series of summary documents which club members, clubs and Area & County representatives are encouraged to read and share.
“As The Home of Golf, Scotland has always enjoyed a worldwide reputation for some of the best courses, players, coaches and clubs,” continued Dodds.
“This is under threat due to the lack of investment in our clubs, infrastructure, programmes and members. Our new strategy addresses these concerns so that golf in Scotland can capitalise on the significant scale and commercial value of its membership, club base and course appeal worldwide.”
Scottish Golf’s Regional Club Development Officers are available to discuss the strategy benefits in more detail with clubs and answer any other questions around the SGM, so please contact Scottish Golf to arrange a meeting via phone or the online form linked below.
Further details and information relating to the affiliation changes and SGM will be available via Scottish Golf’s communication channels over the coming weeks.