Well we are two weeks into our new adventure at Toft Hotel and Golf Club and I feel obliged to say thank you to everyone who I have met or who has gone out of their way to say hello and wish us luck.
I must also take this opportunity to thank the staff for the great job they have done at keeping the Toft going seamlessly while I try desperately to get to grips with so many different areas.
I have always in my working life tried to keep members, guests and friends informed about what is going on ‘behind the scenes’ and I hope to be able to publish an update like this at least monthly so those of you who are interested can keep tabs on me.
As you would expect the last couple of weeks have been dominated by the handover from Robert and Julia and numerous conversations and emails with professional advisers to tidy up the reams of red tape that the business acquisition requires. In between this however I have tried to meet as many small groups at the hotel as I can.
I had the pleasure of meeting the members and guests who attended the Rotary Charity Golf day two Fridays ago and I am delighted to report that they raised £1,500 for the East Anglia Air Ambulance so well done to all those involved. I also met the local Probus Group who support us by holding their monthly meetings here at Toft and I am very keen that this continues to be the case.
I have met the organisers of the Stamford Jazz Club who hold their event with us monthly and it was great to see the facilities busy with a great group of passionate Jazz lovers last Thursday. Their next event is on 11th October for anyone interested.
As well as members and guests I have had many meetings with Members of the Toft Hotel and Golf Club team. I enjoyed a course walk with James (Head Greenkeeper) and Mark (Director of Golf) to look at the winter program and to discuss some of my more outlandish longer term proposals for the course. I also met with Zoltan to discuss improvements in administrative systems and a plan for a rolling renovation of the hotel bedrooms (more to come on this...).
Following a discussion with Zoltan we also decided to change the Reid Room back to a lounge for members and guests to use. We are keen that this offers a quiet social space for members and guests to enjoy a drink, a cuppa or read the paper. We are also considering the possibility of being able to show some live sport in the Reid Room such as the Ryder Cup, Masters, football and rugby.
I have arranged meetings with William Swan (Swan Golf Designs) and Peter Jones (Golf Course Agronomist) to come and visit the club over the next few weeks to help me to devise a medium to long term plan for the course.
Finally I had a meeting with Laura Niblock who will be returning to Toft as our Wedding and Events Co-ordinator in October. We discussed wedding packages for 2020 and the possibility of a fireworks display for Guy Fawkes this year.
All in all it has been a busy couple of weeks but I am delighted with the positivity and commitment of everyone i have had the good fortune to meet.
Onwards and Upwards!
All the best,