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    Half-Way Hut

    My place had a nice new timber building/shack erected a couple of years back - new toilets and set up with a mind to at some point in time opening up a halfway hut.

    And so a month ago we had a members vote on it, and Yes or Ambivalent polled 76%. And so we are going ahead with one for a trial period of six months from as soon as we can get things set up.

    We have never had a halfway hut and so in the club and the membership there is no culture of stopping to use one (obviously) - and those who voted agin it largely did so on 'delaying play' and 'longer rounds' grounds. Indeed I and many others who voted For have similar concerns.

    And so - any suggestions on how we might make it attractive to use - or if there are any rules about time spent at it; protocol for letting other groups not wanting to stop play through etc.

    We use it or we lose it after the pilot period this year.

    btw - one reason I voted (marginally) Yes was that I think it adds to the visitor experience - located as it is in a lovely place in the heathland part of the course surrounded by heather ad mature pine trees - and with lovely views and panoramas. I'm not that bothered about it for myself.
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    Re: Half-Way Hut

    I hardly ever visit the half way hut, predominantly because I eat a massive breakfast before I go to golf so it would be rare for me to be hungry. I also tend to take a 1.5 litre bottle of water with me.
    Occasionally I buy a chocolate bar in the club house before going out, in case I do get hungry.

    However, on the occasions I have visited a halfway house I have thought the best selection of things available would be a decent bacon / sausage sarnie, sausage rolls, home made flapjacks / short breads, a good cup of coffee / tea, and the usual chocolate bars / soft drinks.
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    Re: Half-Way Hut

    Quote Originally Posted by londonlewis View Post
    I hardly ever visit the half way hut, predominantly because I eat a massive breakfast before I go to golf so it would be rare for me to be hungry. I also tend to take a 1.5 litre bottle of water with me.
    Occasionally I buy a chocolate bar in the club house before going out, in case I do get hungry.

    However, on the occasions I have visited a halfway house I have thought the best selection of things available would be a decent bacon / sausage sarnie, sausage rolls, home made flapjacks / short breads, a good cup of coffee / tea, and the usual chocolate bars / soft drinks.
    Thanks @LL - and if your group want to stop - do you lobby against them doing so or chivvy them to get going again

    But obs my clubs membership do as you do - as we currently don't have the option. If we all pretty much keep doing as we do, then the hut won't last beyond the pilot.
    to infinity and beyond...

    ...well from 10.0 to 9.4 this year would be nice.

    And last medal of the year (Oct) saw me play to handicap but CSS was +1 so that was me down 0.2 from 8.3 to 8.1

    Job done

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    Re: Half-Way Hut

    Quote Originally Posted by londonlewis View Post
    I hardly ever visit the half way hut, predominantly because I eat a massive breakfast before I go to golf so it would be rare for me to be hungry. I also tend to take a 1.5 litre bottle of water with me.
    Occasionally I buy a chocolate bar in the club house before going out, in case I do get hungry.

    However, on the occasions I have visited a halfway house I have thought the best selection of things available would be a decent bacon / sausage sarnie, sausage rolls, home made flapjacks / short breads, a good cup of coffee / tea, and the usual chocolate bars / soft drinks.
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    Re: Half-Way Hut

    We have one in the old Bothy by the 10th Tee.

    TBH very few of the members use it, non of my group do , esp as when we play its not open most of the time. It has no power for cooking so they are only selling tea/ Coffee, pre made sandwiches and Choc bars.

    Target are the visitors that play later in the day.

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    Re: Half-Way Hut

    Quote Originally Posted by SwingsitlikeHogan View Post
    Thanks @LL - and if your group want to stop - do you lobby against them doing so or chivvy them to get going again

    But obs my clubs membership do as you do - as we currently don't have the option. If we all pretty much keep doing as we do, then the hut won't last beyond the pilot.
    I've never had reason to lobby against it, so always welcome them making a pit stop.

    The Addington has a decent halfway house (when it's open). Played there a few summers ago on a lovely sunny afternoon. I think we ended up letting 2 groups play through because my group wanted a sandwich and a hot drink. No problems on my side with that. Golf is supposed to be fun!
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    Re: Half-Way Hut

    Our half way hut was run by the club for a while, it was never great, but on the occasions when it was manned a bacon roll was a welcome bit of sustenance on a winters morning. However, most members saw it as a missed opportunity by the club and so the decision was made to outsource it's running to a 3rd party.

    Since this has happened, it's a lovely place to stop, clean and lots of stuff on offer. You can txt/phone orders through from the previous hole so if you are looking to keep moving it only needs a quick diversion to pick up your snack and move to the next tee.

    We will often stop and have a chat with the lady who runs it while collecting a coffee and snack, and if we are being pressed let the next group go through if they are not stopping. It doesn't seem to be an issue with delays and has added a nice social feature to our course.

    Hope yours goes well, good ones are very nice to have.

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    Re: Half-Way Hut

    We have ours open for winter league Sunday's and other occasions throughout the year. Its positioned so when you come off the eighth you can place your order then play the ninth so when you come back your order is ready. I have always found that it appears to spread the field better so no waiting on the back nine.
    Problem is everyone has to stop otherwise you will have issues.
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    Re: Half-Way Hut

    Despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of golf here is played by visitors/tourists rather than members, few have a half-way-house, preferring to do the food/drinks cart option instead

    Anyway if it’s just a trial period wouldn’t it be more cost effective just to get the food/drinks cart version of a golf buggy rather than set up a structure (if trial fails sell the thing)

    Sorry I know its not an answer to your original question

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    Re: Half-Way Hut

    I love a half way hut but don't have one on my course. My observations from visiting courses that have them would be to back up the comments made above by those who have them on the food and drink observations. Keep it simple. Ideally, place your order on the 8th so that it is ready as you arrive from the 9th green. That prevents major hold ups. Some courses pass the hut, back and forth, on the 8th / 9th so that is simple. Close House didn't have that course design so bought an old fashioned phone box, placed it behind the 8th green, and you ring your order through from there. Nice move.

    Some places have a 10 minute automatic stop but I prefer the voluntary approach. If you stop then you simply slot back in when you are ready. If you don't stop then you have to accept that you may be letting in a group and you will have to wait.

    I hope it goes well for your club, as I say, I like a half way hut so the more that are out there, the merrier.

    Incidentally, will it just be operating at weekends or will it be open 7 days a week?
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