Hunstanton Golf Club
“Speaking with Golf HR was quite a wake-up call really. They made us aware of everything we needed and, scarily, didn’t have.”
A club with an impressive tradition of hosting major national amateur competitions, the 125-year-old Hunstanton Golf Club in Norfolk is regularly praised in golfing circles for its ‘memorable holes.’
Located near Old Hunstanton on the North West coast of England and boasting the most spectacular sea views, it is easy to see why the links course is so popular. Just ask former Ryder Cup player Bernard Gallacher, who still regularly enjoys a round or two there today.
A club which very much promotes a 50/50 female to male ratio, in the past it has played host to 12 British & English Ladies Amateur Championships. Jenny Andrews – herself an accomplished lady golfer – is today club secretary there, having been appointed in recent months. She has been working with Golf HR for the past three months now. The partnership has involved updating the Club Handbook and revisiting the employee contracts in order to incorporate current legislation.
“Really we didn’t have anything in place HR-wise before Carolyne and the team came along,” said Jenny. “Speaking with her was quite a wake-up call really. She made us aware of everything we needed and, scarily, didn’t have.
“New members will find we’re quite an old traditional club really, and that meant that certain things had been done the same way for years. Up until a particular point recently there hadn’t really been any real impetus to change.”
The point Jenny is referring to involved a matter with a staff member which had been taken to the tribunal stage. She herself hadn’t been at the club when the situation arose. However, she says she is delighted that were something similar to occur she can now call on the team at Golf HR for assistance.
“I’d seen Carolyne make a presentation on her work recently and it was clear she knew what she was talking about when it came to HR and the need for golf clubs to be familiar with contemporary HR and other relevant legislation.
“She also did a quiz for us all to test how much we knew ourselves and it was all very illuminating. It was obvious that her knowledge and services would prove useful to Hunstanton. Certainly it’s made us focus on particular areas that had been overlooked for quite some time, such as the Club Handbook and the employee contracts.”
Although there are plenty of lawyers on the Club’s committee, Jenny said that on reporting the outsourcing of the HR facility to Golf HR, all were delighted.
“Some of them actually wrote to me to say how pleased they were with the appointment,” said Jenny. “Understandably they too wanted to ensure that we were au fait when it came to changes with the law in recent years.”