Dear Bar,KILKENNY GOLF CLUB NOTES
Tuesday, 27 Tuesday, 2021

(Leinster’s Hidden Gem 2019)
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General Notes
And we’re back
The golfing fraternity of Ireland, took to the fairways, in glorious sunshine yesterday and enjoyed their first game of golf in months.
Two hundred and twenty Kilkenny members enjoyed the superb condition of their course, bearing testament to the hard work carried out by Sean Downing and his fellow grounds staff, throughout the lockdown.
Judging by the comments of some golfers they were not able to appreciate the conditions, as the layoff and winter rustiness, got the better of them.

Membership Stickers
Members are reminded that they must display a current membership sticker at all times somewhere on their equipment.
If you have not received yours yet, please arrange to collect same, from the office, prior to playing your round of golf.

Karl Morris Workshop
For those of you who attended this excellent workshop, please arrange to pay you fee (€5) as soon as possible. Thank you to all those who have already done so.

Bookings.
There is still some confusion, among some members, as to what they can and can’t do when booking golf.
Only two households are allowed out at any given tee time. Hopefully this will be eased by Government in the coming weeks.
There has been a couple of incidents, where two family members, living in separate houses and joined by a colleague, have booked to play a game.
This is not permitted.

The Club have appointed a timesheet bookings co-ordinator, whose task will be to monitor such situations, as above, and remove the latest person from that time. The person concerned will receive an e-mail informing him of the removal of his name. If he/she turns up at the booked time, the Course Marshalls have the authority to refuse them permission to play.
With the timesheets divided in two, 13 hole and 9 hole courses, there are ample time slots available for everybody.
Please remember this is the protocol, as set by the Government and Golf Ireland and not by your Club.
Failure to adhere to these protocols could have serious consequences for the Club and its members.
Please, please remember to use the hand sanitiser at the wash bay when finished your game.
Timesheet usage will be monitored this week and they may be tweaked a bit going forward depending on the usage of the 13 hole and 9 holes.

Timesheets
From tomorrow, Wednesday 28th, bookings become available for week-end golf (Saturday, Sunday & Monday) via the Club V1 app and Brs app from 18.00hrs.
Likewise, mid-week golf (Tuesday-Friday) becomes available via the Club V1 app and Brs on Friday evening from 18.00hrs..
You are allowed to book a round of golf in each of these time frames.
Members may book extra round in each frame by checking the timesheet for the following day, from18.30 hrs and if a slot is available they may book it.
Players should be able to avail of 4 games during the week if they so wish under the above system.

Practice Ground
Due to the current restrictions the practice ground is open and is laid out in 6 different areas to comply with social distancing. In fairness to all we would request members to only spend one hour as a session so everyone gets a chance to use the facility. If you arrive at the practice ground and it is full please wait until a space becomes available.

Divot Bags
Before last lockdown we had requested members to keep their own divot bag with them and replenish from the bin at the first tee each time they played golf.
We request that you continue this practice.
Please replenish divots on tee boxes using the club face of an iron which will not necessitate touching the divot box or mix.

Pitchmarks
REMEMBER YOU ARE RECEIVING THE GREENS IN PERFECT CONDITION WITH NO PITCHMARKS.
PLEASE ENSURE YOU LEAVE THEM AS YOU FIND THEM.

Club V1
Have you downloaded the Club V1 app?
Simply, it is the best way to do anything, related to your membership.
Club V1 allows you to make reservation, save for your membership, top up your purse for competitions, check you scores, confirm your handicap index, weekly golf notes, activities, team news and many, many more happenings in your Club.
Download the app onto your iPhone, Laptop or computer and be constantly in touch.
If you are having problems downloading the App please drop into the office for assistance.

Mens Inter Club
The Mens Inter Clubs draws were published last week and we will have more details in next weeks notes.

Bio Diversity Programme – No Play Zone
The newly sown wild flower areas will be deemed NO PLAY ZONES, to protect the newly sown flowers and free relief may be obtained.
Please familiarise yourself with Rule 2.4 as outlined below and this will also be displayed at the five areas where the Wild Flowers were sown.

NO PLAY ZONES RULES OF GOLF
2.4 No Play Zones
A no play zone is a part of the course that you are not allowed to play your ball from. You must also take relief if the no play zone interferes with your stance or area of intended swing when playing a ball outside the no play zone.

Free relief is allowed when the ball is in the general area and there is interference by an abnormal course condition. The nearest point of complete relief should be identified and a ball must be dropped in and come to rest in the relief area. The relief area is one club-length from the reference point, is not nearer to the hole than the reference point and must be in the general area. When taking relief, the player must take complete relief from all interference by the abnormal course condition.

Proceed as follows:-
Reference Point: The nearest point of complete relief in the general area.
Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: One club-length, but with these limits:
Limits on Location of Relief Area:
A. Must be in the general area,
B. Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and
C. There must be complete relief from all interference by the abnormal course condition.

Walker Cup
With the Walker Cup taking place on Saturday and Sunday, 08/09 May, at the Seminole GC, Juno Bay, Florida, there is huge interest in the event here in Kilkenny.
Club member, Mark Power, becomes the first Kilkenny player to be selected on the GB & Irl. team to face the USA in this biennial event.
He will be joined, on the team, by fellow countryman, John Murphy, Kinsale G.C..
Some Kinsale natives, living in Florida, are travelling to support the team and have requested the Club send out any a Kilkenny flag and hats in an effort to raise the profile of Kilkenny Golf Club and encourage Mark and his teammates in their efforts to win back the Walker Cup. The flag and hats were dispatched last week.
The remainder of the 10 man team will be made up of one player from Scotland and seven England players.
The Walker Cup is the pinnacle of the amateur game for these players.

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Pro Shop Corner
A note from Club Professional, Jimmy Bolger.

I hope you are all keeping well and looking forward to the resumption of golf.
In line with guidance from the Government and Professional Golfers Association, the pro shop will remain closed, as it is a non essential retail outlet.
Hopefully the shop will be allowed to open and normal trade will resume in a few weeks.
In the meantime, I am currently offering a click and delivery service. Therefore if you require anything from the pro shop please do not hesitate to call me on 087-6810585.
Unfortunately adult individual golf coaching is not permitted either at this stage.
I look forward to seeing you all and I will keep you updated with furthers changes to the guidelines as they occur.

Kind regards,
Jimmy.

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Ladies Club Notes
News
Interclub Cups And Shields
Golf Ireland has published the draws for Inter-Club competitions for 2021.
The intention set out by Golf Ireland is for the competitions to commence in June and for
qualifiers, from the eight competition areas, to advance to the All-Ireland final series as scheduled, throughout late August and September.
The competition deadline dates will be finalised in early May.
The relevant documentation has been forwarded to Team Managers and more details to follow in the coming weeks.

Junior/Juvenile Club
The Junior committee have completed their allocation of membership for the year.
The waiting list was four times the number of places available this year, leaving a large number disappointed.

To all members willing to volunteer with junior coaching this year, please contact the Junior Committee as the creation of Pods and leaders will be established soon.

For any further queries, the Junior Committee can be reached at Juniorgolfkkgc@gmail.com