Tuesday, 02 June, 2020


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General Notes

Phase 2

Next Monday sees the start of Phase two for the return of sport in Ireland and golf in particular.

Along with the existing protocols it is expected that the current travel restrictions of 5k, will be increased to 20k.

Fourballs will be permitted, at 14 minute intervals, with next Mondays time sheet adjusted to reflect this.

Whilst phase 2 will allow members to bring a visitor, it is the Clubs intention to give priority to its members for the immediate future.

Club competitions are permitted and the Clubs intention is that the first of these will be a four person team event to be held on Saturday, Sunday and Monday,13, 14, 15 June.


Bookings for all golf will be via the BRS system, with timesheets available on Friday and Wednesday at 17.30hrs.


The above are only guideline at the moment and are subject to the Governments approval of Phase 2.

The Club’s Special Covid Committee will issue a more comprehensive guide to phase 2 protocols later in the week.



Members are advised to read the new protocols as laid down in Phase 2 by the Government and Kilkenny GC.

These Protocols are prepared with the intention of members being able to continue to play in a safe and controlled environment and in full compliance with Government & Health Authorities guidelines.

These procedures will be under constant review and depend on all members adhering to and respecting them and subject to evolving recommendations from the authorities.


Course News

Members are reminded, that during this period of no divot mix sand bags, to replace their divots every time, including those from their practice swing.

Pitch marks should be repaired immediately.



Members are reminded, once again, that they may only book one round of golf from Tuesday to Friday by logging on to the BRS system on Friday evenings at 17.30hrs.

Week-end golf on Saturday, Sunday and Monday becomes available on the BRS each Wednesday evening at 17.30hrs.

If one of the four members on a line is not, for one reason or another, able to play, his name must be removed immediately to allow those on the waiting list to get a game.

You are not allowed to leave the unavailable players name on the list and offer it to a colleague.

Only named members will be allowed to play.



The role of the Marshall will continue for the foreseeable future.

It is their responsibility to ensure that golfers adhere to the guidelines as set out by the Club.

There will be a large number of golfers who have not yet had a game of golf and they should read up on the protocols already in place.

Members should not be offended if a Marshall asks for your name or advises you on the speed of play.

Members using the practice ground will be required to give their name and time of arrival to the Marshalls.

This is in line with the need for traceability.


Quiz questions for w/e 02 June

An added bonus to this weeks quiz is the addition of an additional €25 voucher for the three correct answers to hole 12 !!!!!!!!

With no winners of quiz for holes 10 & 11 next weeks voucher is for €35.The voucher will go to the correct answer for both holes.

Only one prize per entrant, unless of course you are the only participant to get all four correct answers.


Hole 12

A long, long time ago (sounds like the words of a song), this was also the first hole and the Clubhouse was the 1st house, near where the Ladies tee used to be.

Billy O’Connor lived there subsequently – what a golfer he was! Enough already!!.

My line is supposed to be that beautiful Scots Pine tree, which is now dead, hit by lightning perhaps. The line is one thing, but getting the ball to behave is another so, of course, my tee shot goes down the right. ]

I try to cut the corner with my next shot but it hits the trees. I announce that I will play a provisional and it also hits the same trees. I am delighted to see both balls on the edge of the fairway, but when I arrive both have the same markings. I decide to play the ball nearer the green and I hit it along the ditch separating the course from the practise ground. When I find it, it is in the gap into the practise ground and is lying on the out of bounds line. I’m unsure if it’s OB so I announce I’ll play that ball and also go back to where I played previously. I play a shot from the OB markings and manage to put it on the green. Then I walk back to the corner and play another ball, which reaches the bunker on the left. I hit that ball onto the green and now I have two balls on the green. I take two putts with each ball.

Question 1. What is the name of the song referred to at the start?

Question 2. What was the “bad news on the doorstep”?

Question 3. What was my score?

Special prize of €25 for three correct answers. Don’t insult me by asking Alexa or Google.


Hole 13

My tee shot is down the left, towards the 9th tee, so shouts of “fore” are required.

I find my ball well short of the protective fence, which doesn’t interfere with my swing or stance, but is in my line of play so I take my free relief and drop my ball correctly nearer to the fairway. My next shot is pulled in the direction of the 6th green, more shouts of “fore”. My ball has come to rest on that green and because if I drop it off the green taking full relief the trees will interfere with my follow through, therefore I drop it off the green with my stance on the green. I manage to scuttle the shot onto the green. I mark my ball and when it is my turn to putt I can’t find my marker, which turns out to be attached to my shoe. We estimate  the spot and I replace my ball. I am so confused that I hit my ball with my practise swing and have to retrieve my ball, so I mark the spot again and replace the ball again. One of my playing partners putts in the meantime and his ball stops in a position to help as a backstop and so we agree to leave his ball in place, but it doesn’t matter, because I hit a brilliant putt into the hole for ??


What is my score for:-

Hole 12:-

Hole 13:-


Quiz answers for w/e 26 May.

Hole 10

2 Penalty shots. Advice Rule 10 A 2

1 Tee shot

1 Penalty shot. Unplayable ball.

1 Penalty shot. Unplayable ball still.

1 Chip shot

2 Putts

2 Penalty shots. Playing a ball in motion

Total 10


Hole 11

No penalty for wrapping towel around grip

1 Tee shot

1 Shot, that rebounds Out of Bounds.

1 Penalty for being Out of Bounds. Stroke and distance.

No penalty for changing ball

1 Shot out to fairway

No penalty for changing damaged ball.

1 Shot penalty for dropping ball. This ball should have been replaced on the estimated.

spot.        Rule 14. 2b

1 Shot, which went into divot, partially filled with water.

No penalty. Entitled to free drop, just her good fortune to be able to drop on fairway.

1 Chip.

1 Putt.

Total  8


Course News

Please remember that during this period of no divot mix sand bags, to replace your divots every time, including those from your practice swing.

Pitch marks should be repaired immediately.


Pro Shop Corner

Under the Protocols of Phase 2, the Pro shop is scheduled to open next Monday, 08 June. Full details of any restrictions will be confirmed later this week.


Witticisms & Excuses for the week ahead.


I do much of my creative thinking while golfing. If people know you are working at home they think nothing of walking in for a cup of coffee.

But they wouldn’t dream of interrupting you on the  golf course.

Harper Lee, American Writer.



It’s the most humbling sport ever. It’s like a lousy lover. It’s like some guy who’s never there when you need him. Every once in a while he comes and makes you feel like heaven on earth. And then the moment you say, “I really need this,” he’s gone.

Dinah Shore, American actress.



It is almost impossible to rememberer how tragic a place the world is when one is playing golf.

Robert Lynd, Irish journalist & writer.



I guess there is nothing that will get your mind off everything like golf will. I have never been depressed enough to take up the game, but they say you can get so sore at yourself that you forget  hate your enemies.

Will Rogers, American humorist & actor.



I’ve found that to be truly successful in the world of golf one must first come to accept himself as a human being who has the inner capabilities to improve an become a better person.

Gary Player, South African professional golfer.



Golf is such a streaky, mental game. You take it when you can get it.

Beth Daniel, American professional golfer.



The game was easy for me as a kid and I had to play a while to find out how hard it is.

Raymond Floyd, American professional golfer



Years ago we discovered the exact point, the dead centre of middle age. It occurs when you are too young to take up golf and too old to rush up to the net.

Franklin P. Adams, American journalist & poet.