Dear Valued Members of the Istanbul Golf Club,
I greet you all with respect and warmth.
You honored me by electing me as the President of this distinguished Club in the General Assembly on April 7, 2016. I feel both proud and excited to be worthy of your trust.
Istanbul Golf Club occupies an exceptional position in the athletic and social life of Turkey with its 121 years of history, which is rare for any organization in this country. My late husband, our Eternal President Mustafa V. Koc valued and protected this, whilst always working to develop our Club in every aspect. Today, my friends and I are taking over this mission, which we consider his will, and we are ready to work with a strong commitment, motivation and enthusiasm.
Our priority is to build a course and facilities that would be becoming of our Club. We are working uninterruptedly for this purpose. Obtaining the necessary permissions and completing the legal processes regarding the land in Riva is now in our sight. Once this is done, we will immediately start the construction of our nine-hole course, which will be built to international standards. The design of our Club House will follow the traditional features of our Club, and duly reflect its character.
It is also a distinct priority for us to continue the institutionalization in our Club. Currently our bylaws are in the process of being revised and updated. Additionally, from now on, our Regulations will be systematically revised and updated to keep track of the changing conditions over time.
Istanbul Golf Club owes its reputation and uniqueness to its 121 years of history and its members. Considering this, I strongly believe that the profile of our membership is very important, and we need to be very diligent in our practices. Taking this into account, we are going to be very selective in admitting new members, and we will try to preserve our present characteristics. In this respect, I hope that our members bring their children to the Club frequently, introduce them to golf, and register them as full members when they become of age. Our century old Club deserves families with generations of members.
Our Club, the pioneer of golf in Turkey, also has the important mission of developing golf in Turkey, as specified in our bylaws. This is why I value the importance of our junior program. Our objective is both to teach young people golf as a sport, and to develop them as good athletes who know and play golf with the correct etiquette.
Our website, which has been in construction for over a year, is almost ready for service with all its functionalities. It is going to be an interactive website, over which you will be able to perform all membership transactions, register in tournaments and follow their results, communicate with fellow members, and follow your current account.
Last but not least, we are in the process of forming a "Social Committee" during the term of office of the new management. This Committee is going to organize social events with the objective of improving the interaction amongst our members. I particularly ask for your kind commitment to your Club, and your IGC member status, which I believe it to be a privilege.
Caroline N. KOC