Golfing Season Update

The golfing season for 2024 is now in full swing! Some of our annual major events have either already taken place or will do so over the coming weeks. In early June we had a hugely successful annual club classic with a record number of teams playing and funds raised. Thank you to all members and visitors who played. President Mary O’Rourke, president’s prize took place at the end of June. It was a great week with several golfing events taking place. Well done to Mary for also raising some key funds for charity also. This coming week and weekend will see several golfing competitions for Lady Captain Anne, culminating in the Lady Captain’s prize to gents. Can all members please strongly support the competitions for Lady Captain Anne by competing. My own captain’s prize will take place soon, culminating over the August Bank Holiday weekend. I will advise soon on the planned format for this but again I urge all members to make every effort to play. The OBN series is also well up and running. The 4th of the 5 series took place the weekend just gone. I won’t engage in the absolute nonsense engaged by our sponsor on this series. I will leave this to him as he is the master of blather! Driving Range, I’m pleased to say that the works on our driving range will commence this week on Wednesday 10th July. This will involve putting up new poles and netting to make it more secure. Consequently, the driving range will be fully closed from 10th to 17th July. We apologise for any inconvenience, but it will be worth it. Course drainage works. As previously communicated, we await clarity on our sports capital grant application for course drainage works. But we remain hopeful. In the meantime, some pre-assessment work has taken place. You will notice the beautiful view of the Shannon now from the 4th green and 5th fairway. More to follow.
Recommendations for course improvement and enjoyment Earlier this year, I commissioned Liam Bruen and a small team to review our course and to make recommendations as to how we can make it more enjoyable for members and visitors. Liam presented a very comprehensive set of recommendations which we will communicate on soon. In the meantime, we will be establishing two groups to implement some of the recommendations. One group will look at tree planting and replacement. The second group will look at signage, hazards and stakes. I will communicate details on the members of these groups soon also.
50/50 draw The 50/50 draw continues to be a great success. If Hugh Gralton hasn’t already got you to sign up for a direct debit, he will…so it’s best to go there voluntarily!! But please do sign up. This has huge potential for the club.
Inter Club Competitions Our ladies, gents, seniors mixed and juniors interclub competitions continue. Well done yesterday to our Jimmy Bruen team, led by their captain Fiachra Neary, who advanced to the next round with a great win over Strandhill.
Closing comments We are also seeing great potential for new members in the club with great numbers attending the junior evenings every Monday, and the ladies get into golf on Wednesdays.
So school is out, the summer is here, the course has hugely improved and is looking well. So, get out, enjoy it, and play in the competitions. Onwards and upwards!
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