A whole-in-one look at Chandigarh Golf Club’s needs
The coronation of IPS Mann as president of the elite Chandigarh Golf Club was a foregone conclusion because of the absence of any worthwhile contest.punjab Updated: May 08, 2016 16:41 IST
The coronation of IPS Mann as president of the elite Chandigarh Golf Club was a foregone conclusion because of the absence of any worthwhile contest. IPS earned a virtual bye in face of his popular and congenial demeanour and the fact that he is an illustrious golfer. The landslide victory of his team, however, is not without challenges inherent in managing the elite club and the high expectations of its members.
Upkeep of the course
The ex-captain and his team deserve encomium for a job well done but we cannot disregard one major fallacy. The club for the past two years has earned the dubious tag of a “preferred lie course”. For three-fourth of the past 24 months, it seems to be the only golf club in the region with the fairways under constant repair. The single-minded focus on coring and top dressing is neglecting other issues of course management. For example, the pond next to the 18th green, which was commissioned with much fanfare, is in a state of neglect. The other day, I spotted a snake taking a carefree swim — a potential danger for the caddies of the wayward golfers. Puddles of stagnant water on the fairways as well as the adjoining drains like the one bordering the governor’s house on the seventh are potential breeding grounds for dengue-fever and malarial parasites.
Fading bonhomie and courtesy
As a fallout of excessive footfall and poor traffic management, another issue that adds to the woes of the club’s golfers is the preponderance of a culture of hurry and intolerance. Certain hyper members, some atop a golf cart, wish to be granted a free way, and if denied, indulge in slander that leads to unpleasantness and a possible altercation. Such supercilious members need to be educated and reigned in. The rules lay down a particular time slot to complete a round of golf. Stick to it and enjoy the game. It is a community facility, not a private course.
An evening at the CGC is no doubt a source of fulfilment. A number of pitfalls ,though, are spoilers. The population of stray dogs is multiplying. They are being made to consider a notch higher than even the permanent members. The management should reign in these lovable mongrels. Adherence to dress code by the members and their dependents is abysmal . Service during rush hours is sloppy and delayed.
Clearance of dues
The club at all times is looking over its shoulders for faulting members to clear their dues. The new committee needs to adopt a stern stance to ensure timely clearance of dues, even if it means taking politically unwanted measures.
Any member has the right to air dissent. However, tangles such as the latest one with regard to election laws are avoidable in the light of the club’s having a viable mechanism in the standing committee. So unnecessary acts that sully the name of the club are best avoided. Also to deter candidates from jumping into the fray without thought and backing, a system of forfeiture of security deposit or penalty be instituted. We are sure that IPS and his competent team will come up to the expectations of the club members.
(The writer is an avid golfer and a member of the Chandigarh Golf Club. Views expressed are personal)