We note a number of unallocated trolleys in the trolley shed.
As this is a paid for facility, we respectively ask that only members who have paid for a designated bay use the trolley shed.
For the safety and comfort of our members, who pay for the facility, please ensure trolleys are secured with a chain and padlock in your numbered bay.
As floor space is limited in the trolley shed, we ask that all unauthorised trolleys be removed.
Some bays have no name on them. It would help us, if you have one of those bays, to call into the office to let us know your number, for our records. We are currently investigating the possibility of issuing identifying labels for trolleys and will keep you advised.
Thank you in advance for your co-operation.
December 2021 Newsletter.
As 2021 draws to a close the Ladies, Men's and Club AGM's have taken place.
Our 2022 Officers have been elected and we wish them all well as they start their tenure.
Men's Captain Adrian Copeland, Men's Vice Captain Paul McDonald, Lady Captain Mary Cooper, Lady Vice Captain Eileen Moriarty, and for the first time we have one Club President Noel McCartan who assured us at the AGM that we would see his feminine side!
Committees 2022 are:
Men's Committee: Captain Adrian Copeland, Vice-Captain Paul McDonald, Hon. Sec. Declan O’Toole, Members: Kieran Murphy, Paul Doran, Conor Flynn, Alan McDonald, and Tim Collins.
Ladies Committee: Lady Captain Mary Cooper, Lady Vice Captain Eileen Moriarty, Hon. Sec. Norma Casey, Members: Mags Greenan Mairead Carty, Mary O'Connor, Elaine Fitzgerald, Pauline Miller, Catherine Quinn, Gay Gahan, and a lady to be co-opted by the Ladies Committee.
Management Committee, Chairperson Vincent Kearney, Hon. Treasurer Terry Noone, Hon. Sec, Mary Osborne, Members, Eileen Cullen, Pat Roche, Seamus O'Donohoe, Laura Funge and Martin Macdonnell.
Men's Captain and Lady Captain are automatically on this committee for the tenure of their office.
Junior Captains are Andrew Smith and Theodora Lande.
Best wishes to you all for 2022.
As previously advised locker charges will be reinstated. There will be a €20 annual charge per locker, and this will be included on your invoice along with trolley shed fee €10 and buggy park fee €25 per year where applicable. We are aware that some members purchased their lockers more than 20 years ago and we would ask that these members inform the office and complete a simple form confirming this, for record purposes for future committees. "Inherited lockers" will be subject to this charge.
The buggy park is nearing completion, but in the meantime, could you please continue to park your buggy in the car park. All buggy owners will receive a letter when the buggy park is ready with their buggy park number and terms and conditions of parking in the park and use of buggies on the course.
There was agreement at the Club AGM, that the Committees would tackle the issue of slow play, and you will be kept informed of any decisions taken to alleviate this.
Invoices for subscriptions will issue next week. Social prepayment charges are not being retained by the club this year, as agreed. In advance of this funds presently in the bar levy purse will be transferred to the food levy purse for ease of future administration of the bar levy. As always, the food levy purse can be used in the bar.
We are nearing the shortest day of the year, but there is still enough daylight to fit in a few holes of golf. The greens are in great condition thanks to the Greens staff and there are competitions as usual every weekend and Tuesday's and Wednesday's.
There are a number of lost and found clubs in the trolley shed so please have a look to see if any of them belong to you. There are only a few days left to do so, and then the leftover clubs will go to recycling.
Don't forget to collect your Christmas Fare prizes from the office.
Marked and numbered buggy parking bays should be completed in the next week. The club will issue numbered bumper stickers which will correspond to your allocated parking space. Please note, appropriate insurance is and will be required to operate and store buggies in Courtown Golf Club.
Following a number of queries from members we realise that not everyone is familiar with a Trackman golf simulator facility and we seek to address this now.
What is it?
Trackman is a technology for golfers of all skill levels that gives you feedback so you can find issues with your golf swing, quickly, and correct them.
I’m no wiser.
You basically can play golf indoors. An image of a golf hole or a practice range is projected on to a screen and you hit your ball at the image.
How big is the screen?
It will be over 9ft high and 12ft wide. You will be standing 15ft from the screen.
Do you need special clubs?
No. You use your own clubs.
So, you need a special ball then?
No, you use your own golf ball but we will insist that it is a new ball. Scuffed or ink marked balls will damage the screen which is costing €2,500. And no, you cannot lose the ball.
Is there enough space to swing a golf club?
More than enough, the room is 22ft wide, 26ft long and over 11ft high. Plenty of room for a fourball. It will also have an accessibility toilet.
Can I play a golf course?
Yes, there are 130+ courses available including St. Andrew’s, Valderrama, Adare Manor, Royal Troon, Lahinch and many more. You can play a course with your normal fourball. A round may take 2 hours. It is quicker than normal golf because you never have to look for your ball and you may decide generous gimmes before you start play. It is anticipated that bar facilities will be available.
How accurate is it?
Very, the Trackman 4 can pin point with fantastic precision, the landing position of a 300-yard drive or a 4-yard chip.
Will the facility be open to the public?
No. It is a members’ facility but you may invite guests.
Yes, you can get golf lessons in the facility and yes it will help you to improve faster by identifying any swing faults within a few shots. You can also be fitted for golf clubs, comparing different clubs for distance, accuracy and dispersion. It will measure your angle of attack, your swing plane in fact anything you need to know.
How much will it cost?
It will cost €40 per hour regardless of the number of players. Initially, this will be discounted by 25%.
Can I get better value?
Yes. The project is being funded through preselling hours in the facility. There are three tranches available, €250.00 buys you 10 hours i.e., €25 per hour, €500 buys you 25 hours i.e., €20 per hour and €1,000.00 buys you 55 hours i.e., €18.18 per hour. Individual hourly vouchers will be issued so you can get together with your fourball and obtain great value. Vouchers must be used within 2 years. Our preselling quota is almost reached and will be closed shortly, so if you are interested email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact you. We can take payment over the phone and issue you with a receipt.
The 4-minute YouTube video below will give will give you an idea of what to expect.
Due to the recent passing of Bernadette McEntaggart, mother of Ian McEntaggart, Mossel Bay will remain closed until the weekend. May she rest in peace.
All motions for the Club AGM and Nominations for 2022 Committee must be returned no later than 6:00 pm Saturday 20th November. Please send to Honorary Secretary, c/o Courtown Golf Club. All motions and nominations must have a proposer and seconder.
Men's AGM will be held on Saturday 4th December at 4:30 pm and all motions and nominations must be returned to Terry Noone c/o Courtown Golf Club by 20th November 4:00pm.
Ladies AGM motions and nominations must be received no later than 5:00 pm this evening 15th November. To be returned to Catherine Quinn c/o Courtown Golf Club.
A reminder to all buggy owners to remove their buggies to the designated parking spaces in the car park as work is due to commence on the buggy park.
With our new website up and running, we now have a Members Area. This is only for members and may be accessed by using your Clubnet App login details and password. If you have any queries please contact the office. All forthcoming AGM documentation will be available on the website under Club News and Members Area later in the week.
We are aware of issues about slow play and are discussing ways of addressing this issue, but in the meantime please be aware of your place on the course which is behind the players in front of you. Remember, a ball is deemed lost if it cannot be found within 3 minutes of searching.
Tee Time Etiquette
Please remember to remove your name from the timesheet at least 12 hours in advance of being unable to play. If you need to cancel at short notice please let the pro-shop know, so they can alert any opposition. It is unfair to other players on the line and sometimes leaves them without opposition to mark cards for the competition.
Weekly Turkey competitions are still ongoing despite the damp weather, so keep playing for that turkey!
Saturday 6th November see's our Captains' Vincent and Ann host the Annual Captains' Dinner.
Thanks for all the support, we are now fully booked, and look forward to seeing you all there.
We are fast approaching the end of another golfing year in Courtown Golf Club. Don't forget the 9- hole Turkey competitions may be played any day that suits you, as well as in club competition days. Full details available in the locker rooms.
Cancelling competition times
Now for a housekeeping issue. It has come to our attention that some members are cancelling their booked times on the timesheet at short notice, therefore, they are leaving their playing partners with no opposition and unable to play in the competition with no-one to mark their card. Out of courtesy to other golfers on the same time slot please contact the Pro Shop or your playing partners, if, in exceptional circumstances, you must cancel your game.
It was agreed at an AGM some years ago that 24 hours’ notice should be given, where possible, to your playing partners, and in the absence of this notice disqualification from 2 eighteen holes competitions plus the entry fee for the competition missed should be paid. (Rule 24.4)
You will soon be receiving formal Notice of Ladies, Men’s, and Club AGM'S due to be held on Tuesday 30th November and Saturday 4th December respectively.
We would encourage you to come along to the meetings and have a say in your Club!
Bar and Restaurant Winter hours.
Mossel Bay Hours Bar Opening Hours
Monday Closed Closed
Tuesday 12-5 1-6
Wednesday 12-5 1-6
Thursday Closed Closed (Except for Seniors Open)
Friday 12-3 1-7
Saturday 12-6 12.30-7
Sunday 11-5.30 12.30-7
These times may be altered due to course restrictions or Time-sheet changes.
If you require catering outside of these hours, please contact Siobhan or Ian directly.
Re-surfacing of the buggy park is due to start next week (15th November), therefore we would request that you move your buggy to the designated temporary buggy park area in the car park.
We hope to have all works completed as soon as possible, comprising re-surfaced, newly marked and numbered buggy parking bays. The club will issue numbered bumper stickers which will correspond to your allocated parking space. Please note, appropriate insurance is and will be required to operate and store buggies in Courtown Golf Club.
Notification to Buggy Owners.
Please note that white stakes have been placed on the fairways and these denote the buggy route. This is an effort to extend the buggy season, as discussed at our meeting in June in the machinery yard. We will try to extend buggy usage for as long as possible and as often as possible but, naturally, this will depend on conditions and adherence to rules.
By adhering to these rules the usage period for buggy’s will be extended.
27 Oct. 21
We have had a number of justifiable complaints recently regarding slow play. We will now set up a small working group to address this issue, revisiting the protocols introduced over the years. We will report further on this process and seek approval at agm to adopt a Pace of Play Policy. In the mean time, please remember your place on the course is behind the group in front, not in front of the group behind. This will ensure everyone enjoys their round. Thank you.
HANDICAP UPDATES October 2021