Golf is often considered a gentleman’s game. But when it comes to the Chandigarh Golf Club (CGC) elections, the gentleman tag associated with the sport has gone for a toss.
Counter allegations through letters being handed to the media through public relations (PR) firms is being witnessed in the run up to the CGC’s elections scheduled for April 19.
As per the constitution of the club, only a letter each from the contesting groups can be sent to the members, that too through the appointed election commission. However, even as the official election process is yet to kick off, the war of letters has already begun.
Ravi Virk, a member of the incumbent governing council, on February 21 shot a twopage letter titled ‘The winds of change’ to all club members, levelling allegations against the governing council, including its president, BS Gill.
Amid his main objections was the appalling condition of the golf course. “Our most important asset – our course – has been the single biggest distressing experience this year and has in fact never been so bad. Many fairways have just become large tracts of bald, muddy, marshy ground without any grass,” said Virk in his letter.
Virk, who is looking after the media and publicity committee along with club events and junior programmes, also raised concern over the food prices, losses in the catering services, huge work force with an astronomical salary bill, and the long-pending lease issue between the golf club and the UT administration.
He also raised suspicion over spending huge money on redoing greens over and again. “Huge amounts of precious funds have been spent in redoing greens in a matter of just a few years. Is this all required? Is it what the majority wants and sanctions?” questioned Virk, who despite being a part of the governing council has raised the issues at the end of its tenure.
Besides, though the top of the letter stated ‘For private circulation amid members only’, it was routed to media, through a PR firm. At end of the letter, Virk sought support from the members to help his election to the post of president.
Responding to Virk’s allegations, club president BS Gill too shot a counter letter on March 4, duly supported by signatures of governing council members.
In his letter, Gill stated the greens were swamped with weeds, and hence were removed through an intense weeding programme.
“The sixth green was made because the grass had been contaminated by different strains. The putting surface was not up to the mark and it suffered from a water logging problem. The green was proposed to be changed after due deliberation in the managing committee and thereafter approved by the house for reconstruction in the budget meeting,” mentioned Gill.
On the catering issue, Gill stated that due to increase in footfall, the sales had gone up.
Meanwhile, Gill, along with other governing council members, has accused Virk of throwing dozens of parties in violation of club rules.
“What motive should we ascribe to his spending so much money on lavish wining and dining?” he questioned in the letter.