New Eaglescliffe secretary Alan McLinch is intent on maintaining and enhancing the club's reputation as one of the leading golf venues in the region.
New Eaglescliffe secretary Alan McLinch is intent on maintaining and enhancing the club's reputation as one of the leading golf venues in the region. The 60-year-old chartered accountant from Yarm took over the reins last summer and admits that Eaglescliffe - like every other club in the country - is having to adapt to the new economic conditions as well as the ever-increasing pressures of modern life.
He said: "This club is in a pretty good condition. We have a great course, a super clubhouse with modern facilities and a large lounge, a good bar and lots of space for functions - and brilliant food too.
"We're always doing work to the course, such as taking out some of the non-deciduous trees and thinning the copses to make the course feel more spacious and airy.
"We've spent a lot on drainage too - and the money invested seems to be paying off as we've been open on many occasions when others have not been so fortunate due to all the wet weather we've had from the end of last summer through till now.
"But we know that we have to keep adapting to modern conditions here. It's not just the economy that is causing problems for golf clubs but the pace and pressures of modern life.
"Younger people in particular don't seem to have the time so we have to try to ensure we're doing all we can to encourage people to play golf - and make it possible for them to play too, with different payment methods and so on."
Originally from Ayrshire in the west of Scotland, 10-handicapper Alan was a member at Turnberry - venue for this year's Open Championship - for a decade before moving to Teesside 20 years ago.
He's been a member at Eaglescliffe ever since and is delighted to have taken over the secretary's role.
He added: "It's certainly a challenging role but I get invaluable help from the club administrator Lesley Still.
"We're just trying to ensure that Eaglescliffe maintains its position among the best courses in the region."
Societies are welcome at Eaglescliffe, primarily on Wednesdays.