Tuesday, 02 March, 2021

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General Notes
The beautiful weather of the last few days has only served to heighten our desire to get back out on the golf course.
Unfortunately, this is not possible and we, like all other enthusiasts, must wait until after Easter to see if we will be back playing golf this April/May.
The lack of such information is not good for the well being of our members but also on the affairs of the Club and the course.
Golfers need to play their golf, just as much as the course needs to be played.
Although Golf Ireland has planned for the running of all of AIG All Ireland Cups and Shields, the draw for which will be published on Friday 19 March, they cannot move forward until the 2020 finals are completed.
A real Catch 22 situation for all.
With Golf due to resume in the UK and Northern Ireland on Monday, 29 March, hopefully we will be given the green light sooner rather than later.

In the meantime we must do our bit and abide by the protocols as set out by the Government.

Once again, a reminder that Annual membership subscriptions are due for renewal and can be done by any of the different methods outlined in previous weekly notes.
Bank Transfer online (The Bic & Iban were on the renewal notice), payment in office by Cash/Cheque/Credit Card, or payment over the phone by Credit/Debit card. Those who have instructed us have been set up or renewed on Premium Fairway Credit which gave members the option to spread payments over 10 months.
The Intermediate Membership category is closed at the moment and we have 16 applications on a waiting list. If some of last years Intermediates do not renew, we will allocate the places to those first on the waiting list.
We wish to thank to members for their patience and understanding in these difficult times.

The Mind Factor Workshop, with Karl Morris
Members that have signed up for the Mind Factor Workshop should get an email next week containing the necessary links.
The session is due to take place on Tuesday, 23 March at 18.30hrs. Anyone who has missed out should contact Sean and he can still add you to the list.

Junior/Juvenile Club
The Junior/Juvenile committee will be meeting at the end of the month.
Along with planning the calendar for the coming season, they will be assessing the membership, with a view to inviting new members to join the Club if vacancies arise. How many newcomers we can accommodate will depend on how many vacancies we have after the payment of Subscriptions. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate all those looking to join as we have a long waiting list.

Ladies Into Golf 2021
Wea re currently over subscribed for this programme but we will still take a few more names in case some of those already registered do not take up the programme.

Following the announcement by the Joint Captains that the Club wishes to proceed with a Biodiversity programme, costings and a works schedule have been finalised.
Once approval has been granted work will commence immediately with a view to bringing a splash of colour to our course this summer.

Club V1
It is the objective of the Club that all members, where possible, should download and join Club V1.
Going forward this will be the best and most useful way to find out what is happening in your club, the latest results, booking facility and the most up to date diary of events.

Now that the lawnmowers and gardening equipment have been taken out of hibernation you may find you have no room for your golf clubs at home. If you already have one, you may use your locker to store your equipment until your return to golf.
If you wish to rent one, you should contact Sean on 056 776 5400.
There are only a few available.

Barry Joyce continues with his excellent take-away meals this coming week-end.
Meals will be available for guests on Saturday (16.30-19.30hrs) and Sunday (13.00-17.30hrs.)
Barry can be contacted on 086 820 5260 when you can place your order and arrange a collection time.

Members of the Seniors Golf Society can use their Christmas Gift vouchers as payment/ part payment for any meals they order.

The Management Committee, at their recent February meeting, considered a proposal on the management of tee times on Thursdays.
A decision was made to allocate the Senior Ladies Society 13 lines each week and the Senior Mens Society 20 lines.
This is an additional three lines for the Ladies and four lines for the Men.
This will involve, both Societies, compromising on the holes that they play and will see the Ladies play holes 1 to 4 and 14 to 18 on the days they play 9 holes.
The Men will play 5 to 17/18 on those days.
On the days the ladies play 13 holes they will play 5 to 17/18 and the Men will play 1 to 13.
This arrangement, makes more efficient use of the course.
In winter times and on the days the ladies play nine holes, it will free up the first tee up at 12.30 for Members time. This is an hour earlier than the current arrangement.

A few thoughts from those more successful than you or I !!
Numbers 4 & 14 are worth remembering.

1. “Success in this game depends less on strength of body than strength of mind and character.” -Arnold Palmer
2. “Stay true to yourself and listen to your inner voice. It will lead you to your dream.” -James Ross
3. “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing!” -Anonymous
4. “Golf… is the infallible test. The man who can go into a patch of rough alone, with the knowledge that only God is watching him, and play his ball where it lies, is the man who will serve you faithfully and well.” -P.G. Wodehouse
5. “The value of routine; trusting your swing.” -Lorii Myers
6. “A good golfer has the determination to win and the patience to wait for the breaks.” -Gary Player
7. “Golf is about how well you accept, respond to, and score with your misses much more so than it is a game of your perfect shots.” -Dr Bob Rotella
8. “Golf is a compromise between what your ego wants you to do, what experience tells you to do, and what your nerves let you do.” -Bruce Crampton
9. “Achievements on the golf course are not what matters, decency and honesty are what matter.” -Tiger Woods
10. The more I work and practice, the luckier I seem to get.” -Gary Player
11. “One reason golf is such an exasperating game is that a thing we learned is so easily forgotten, and we find ourselves struggling year after year with faults we had discovered and corrected time and again.” -Bobby Jones
12. “For this game you need, above all things, to be in a tranquil frame of mind.” -Harry Vardon
13. “One of the most fascinating things about golf is how it reflects the cycle of life. No matter what you shoot – the next day you have to go back to the first tee and begin all over again and make yourself into something.” -Peter Jacobsen
14. “As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.” -Ben Hogan
15. “Golf is a science, the study of a lifetime, in which you can exhaust yourself but never your subject.” -David Forgan
16. “Keep your sense of humour. There’s enough stress in the rest of your life not to let bad shots ruin a game you’re supposed to enjoy.” -Amy Alcott
17. “A routine is not a routine if you have to think about it.” -Davis Love Jr.
18. “Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening – and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.” -Arnold Palmer
19. “The proper score for a businessman golfer is 90. If he is better than that he is neglecting his business. If he’s worse, he’s neglecting his golf.” -St Andrews Rotary Club Member
20. “A good player who is a great putter is a match for any golfer. A great hitter who cannot putt is a match for no one.” -Ben Sayers.