New Golf Club Captain Wants To Increase Member Numbers

Isles of Scilly Golf Club

Isles of Scilly Golf Club

The new Captain of the golf club is keen to get more members playing the sport.

And he says they’re looking into some radical ways to generate income, including building visitor accommodation.

Mark Twynham was appointed at the AGM on Wednesday. It’s his second term as Captain, having held the role in 1994. Adam Blackwell was made Vice Captain.

Mark says the main focus of his Captaincy will be getting the membership up. He says numbers are dwindling with around 100 full-paying members and 40 social members.

They’re still keeping their head above water, mostly because they now have volunteers looking after the greens rather than paying a full-time groundsman, but Mark says they still need to encourage more people to go up.

Twenty years ago they had over 400 social members and Mark says that was a useful source of income, but numbers were hit by the changes to the licensing laws, which opened up other drinking options on the island.

And he says they’re keen to encourage younger players to get interested in the sport.

The club will be running introductory sessions with the school in June, which will teach the children to how hold a club and hit a ball. They’ll then be invited to play on the course.

Mark says there’ll also be changes to the competitions to encourage more members to get involved.

That could mean moving them from the traditional Sunday slot, to other days of the week, and running more nine-hole tournaments.

He says the old Pro-Am competitions used to bring in huge amounts of revenue, but the cost of bringing professionals over from the mainland meant the club couldn’t continue to run them.

Opening the bowling green has brought in some new people to the club, says Mark.

But he says they’re also thinking about some more radical ways to generate income. That could include investing in new buildings on the site, including accommodation for visitors.

Richard Chiverton from the club has been asked to look into that further over the summer.