Tuesday 6th April , 2021

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General Notes

Mark Power Walker Cup Selection
Congratulations to Mark Power on his selection on the Great Britian & Ireland Walker Cup Team to take on the Usa in Seminole Florida on May 8th & 9th. Mark joins John Murphy from Kinsale in the 10-man team announced today. The remainder of the ten are made up of seven English and one Scot.

Course News – Golf Ireland / Return to Golf

Please see below details for return to golf issued by Golf Ireland
Golf Clubs can reopen from Monday 26th April for members only; Golfers must only travel from within their county or within 20km of their home to play golf. Further guidance for golfers and golf clubs is contained in the General Guidance document below.

• In the initial phase, the Irish Government have decided that participants in sport and exercise activity must be from no more than two households. Therefore, groups playing on golf courses during this initial phase must be confined to a maximum of two households. This means that all tee times must be either twoballs, or alternatively three-balls and four-balls where players in the group are from no more than two households.
• Daily timesheets are restricted as follows:
• Two-balls at eight-minute intervals or longer.
• Three-balls from no more than two households at nine-minute intervals or longer.
• Four-balls from no more than two households at 10-minute intervals or longer.

• To give clubs as much scope to accommodate golfers within these requirements, golf clubs will not be required to confine themselves to one standardised starting interval each day (for example, should a club decide to organise most of its tee times in eight-minute intervals for two-balls, they may choose to include a block of 10-minute interval times for three-balls and four-balls where the golfers are from no more than two households).
• Tee times must be booked in advance online or over the telephone. Clubs must ensure that players’ names are recorded on timesheets and timesheets must be kept for a period of at least six weeks to assist with contact tracing should the need arise.

• Underage non-contact outdoor training in pods of 15 or fewer can restart. (Full details are available.)

Sport Ireland and the Expert Group on Sport have stipulated in their sectoral guidance regarding the sports that are resuming on 26th April that no formal competitions should be organised or promoted by clubs in the initial phase of reopening. Clubs are permitted to administer handicap-qualifying activities which may involve collection of entry/registration fees (which should be done online), a procedure for players registering to play a counting round, and collation of scores and handicap adjustments in accordance with the Rules of Handicapping. However, all such golf activities should be solely on the basis of “arrival-play-depart without delay”.

• No organised social gatherings, of any size, are permitted at golf facilities. All golf activities should be organised based on “arrival-play-depart without delay”.
• Clubhouse access should be confined to use of toilet facilities and initial retrieval of golf equipment from lockers. If toilet facilities are open, clubs should adopt a one-in, on-out approach. Pro-shop access may need to be curtailed and can be used for check-in purposes only.
• All cafes and restaurants, including bars, should only offer takeaway or delivery (please consult for details).

This Protocol will be reviewed dependent on the public health situation and in line with the Irish Government’s Covid-19 Resilience and Recovery Pathway. Golf Ireland will continue to work with the relevant departments and agencies in the coming days and weeks on the resumption of further activities when the public health situation allows and will provide updates to clubs on these in as timely a manner as possible.

Player Behaviour
• Members and staff with colds or any symptoms of COVID-19 stay away from the golf course/ clubhouse.
• Physical distancing rules are observed by all members and their guests at all times in the car park, clubhouse and on the course. Signage should be erected to reinforce this message.
• Players are instructed not to touch the flag or flagstick.
• Members of the same household should play together, rather than split into mixed groups.
• Clubs will have to consider ways in which social distancing can be facilitated in practice facilities. If such facilities are open, golfers must warm up on their own.

Member Subscription and Online Booking for Casual Golf.
Thanks to all those who have paid to date and for your understanding, patience and forbearance in these times. The Captains update issued to members last week gave details of what the club intends doing for members who have paid their fees.
When we resume golf all timesheets for casual golf will be bookable online via the Brs and only paid-up members will be enabled for booking on the system.

We will look at timesheets this week for the return to golf on Monday April 26th and we should have details for next week’s notes.
We will also be looking for volunteer Marshalls to monitor the first tee, further details next week also.

US Masters Draw
We had a great response to the draw and had to close it off on Wednesday morning. Entry was free.
The draw is completed and is attached to these Golf Notes
There are 88 players in the field and a player has been allocated to the first 88 members who responded to last week’s notes.
We will award four prizes , 1st Prize Dozen Pro Vs, 2nd Prize Two sleeves of Pro V’s (6 Balls) and 3rd Prize One Sleeve of Pro V’s (3 Balls), 4th Prize One Sleeve of Pro V’s (3 Balls) to those that finish 1st.2nd 3rd and 4th on Sunday night.

Aon Insurance
The Aon personal insurance scheme is due for renewal from April 1st and already 220 members have signed up for this year. Anyone else who wishes to join the scheme please contact the office on 056 7765400. The fee for the scheme is €27 and gives comprehensive cover in case of accidents or lost / damaged clubs.

Barry Joyce continues his take away catering this coming weekend.
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.

Rules Revision
Some simple rules reminders for when we return to golf on April 26th.
Answers to last week’s posers.

1. Q. If you double tap the ball when playing a chip shot or coming out of a bunker have you made one or two strokes.
A. If your club accidently hits the ball more than once when making a stroke, there has been only one stroke and there is no penalty.
2. Q. If your ball falls off your tee marker on the tee box as you take a practice swing are you allowed to tee the ball back up and are you playing your first or second shot when you eventually tee off.
A. You may replace your ball on the tee without penalty and you are only playing your first shot.
3. Q. If you tee off forward or outside of the markers on the tee box what is the procedure and do you incur a penalty.
A. In stroke play or stableford competition you must tee off again inside the tee markers and you are playing your third shot as you have incurred a two-stroke penalty. In matchplay there is no penalty but you opponent may request you to tee off again inside the teeing ground. .
4. Q. Your tee shot heads for trouble after you drive off, you are not sure if it is lost or not, you pick another ball from your bag and tee off without saying anything, which ball is in play.

A. If you have not declared your second ball as a “Provisional” to your playing partners it becomes the ball in play and you are playing your third stroke. You must declare your second ball as Provisional to your playing partners or your opponent in match play.
5. Q. Can you take free relief from a plugged ball in a bunker.
A. No, you cannot take free relief from a plugged ball in a bunker, if you take relief in the bunker you must do so under one stroke penalty.
6. Q. Can you touch the intended line of your putt on the green with your putter or with your finger.
A. Yes, this rule has changed and you may touch the intended line of your putt with your hand or with a club.
7. Q. You find your play unplayable in a ditch how many options have you and what are they.
A. The player has 3 options.
a, The player may take stroke and distance relief by playing the original ball or another ball from a relief area based on where the previous stroke was made. ( In other words, going back to the original spot from where the last stroke was made.)
b; The player may take back online relief by dropping the original ball or another ball in a relief area based on a reference line going straight back from the hole through the spot of the original ball.
c; The player may take lateral relief by dropping a ball within two club lengths of the reference point but not nearer the hole.

8. Q. Can you declare your ball unplayable anywhere on the course and proceed under the rule of “Ball unplayable”
A. A player may declare his ball unplayable anywhere on the course (except in a penalty area) and proceed under penalty.
9. Q. You ball is lying badly in the bunker, can you take relief outside the bunker.
A. Yes, you may take relief outside of the bunker but the penalty is two strokes whereas if you take relief in the bunker it would only be one stroke. In either case the relief cannot be nearer the hole and if outside the bunker you must keep the original spot in line with pin.
10. Q. You are nearer the hole than your opponent, can you play out of turn if he is not ready to play his shot.
A. In stroke play or stableford a player is encouraged to play when he is ready to speed up play if his playing partners are not ready to play, in matchplay if a player plays out of turn his opponent may request him to play the shot again but there is no penalty involved.
11. Q. Your putt your ball on the green, it hits the pin and rebounds back 2 inches, can you take it that the ball was holed out.
A. The ball is not holed out and you must proceed to hole out.
12. Q. Your ball lies against the pin but does not drop into the hole, a quarter of the ball is below the lip of the hole, is this ball holed out.
A. Yes, if your ball comes to rest against the flagstick in the hole and any part of the ball is in the hole below the surface of the putting green your ball is treated as holed.
13. Q. While playing a hole, you change ball to a different ball on the green as you want to putt with a softer ball, is this allowed.
A. No this is not permissible, you must finish the hole with the ball you started it unless the ball becomes damaged during the play of the hole, you get a penalty for making a stroke at a wrong ball or substituted ball when substitution is not allowed by the rules. The penalty for breach of this rule is two strokes. There are some situations where you may replace the ball, e.g. when taking relief by dropping or placing or when playing again from where a previous stroke was made.
14. Q. Your ball and your opponents’ ball both lie off the green, your ball is on his intended line and he asks you to mark it, you mark the ball and lift it, are you allowed to clean your ball before you replace it to take your shot.
A. If you lift the ball you must mark its position but you are not allowed clean it, if you do it is a one stroke penalty.
15. Q. You accidently move your ball when taking a practice putt on the green, what is the procedure and is there a penalty.
A. There is no penalty but you must replace the ball in its original position and proceed from there.
16. Q. How much time can you spend searching for your ball before it becomes a lost ball.
A. This rule changed in the last update of the rules, you now only have 3 minutes to search for your ball instead of the previous 5. After 3 minutes your ball is deemed lost . The time commences when you reach the spot where you think your ball is.
17. Q. If you start your round with less than 14 clubs in your bag, are you allowed to add a club during your round.
A. Yes, you may add a club provided you can do so without undue delay and you do not hold up play.
18. Q. The term water hazard is no longer used in golf what is the new terminology used to describe a water hazard.
A. All water hazards are now classed as “ Penalty Areas”
19. Q. Your ball lies just off the green and there is a loose impediment on your line, can you remove that loose impediment.
A. Yes, you may remove the loose impediment without incurring a penalty.
20. Q. In moving a movable obstruction you accidently move your ball, can you replace your ball and if so, is there a penalty involved.
A. You must replace your ball and there is no penalty.

Hopefully all of the above answers are correct. !!!! Some of the rules are complex and some of the above may seem obvious but you would be surprised how many members don’t know them.

Below is a brief list of the MUST KNOW RULES FOLLOWING THE 2019 REVISION.
1. Drop from knee height. ( NOT shoulder height.)
2. Measure the area to drop in with the longest club in your bag. (except a putter).
3. Drop in and play from the relief area.
4. When dropping back-on-line, your ball cannot be played from nearer the hole that your chosen reference point.
5. Time to search – 3 minutes (NOT 5 minutes)
6. If you accidently move your ball when searching for it, replace it without penalty.
7. No penalty for double hit- it only counts as one stroke.
8. No penalty if your ball hits you or your equipment accidently after a stroke.
9. No penalty if your ball strikes the flagstick when you have chosen to leave it in the hole.
10. Spike marks and other damage on the putting green can be repaired.
11. Ball accidently moved on the putting green – no penalty and replace.
12. Ball marked , lifted and replaced on putting green is moved by wind to another position – replace ball on the original spot.
13. Penalty areas replace water hazards, and you can move loose impediments, ground your club and take practice swings in penalty areas without penalty, just as you can on the fairway or in the rough.
14. You can’t take relief from a penalty area unless you are at least 95% certain your ball is in the penalty area.
15. In bunkers you can remove loose impediments.
16. In bunkers you cannot touch the sand with your club in the area right in front of or right behind your ball, during your backswing or in taking practice swings.
17. Free relief is allowed if your ball is embedded on the fairway or in the rough ( but “embedded” means that part of your ball is below the level of the ground.)
18. Unplayable ball in bunker- extra option to drop outside the bunker for 2 penalty strokes.
19. You cannot have your caddie or you’re playing partner standing behind you once you begin taking your stance.
20. Pace of Play- it is recommended that you take no longer than 40 seconds to make a stroke (and usually you should be able to play more quickly than that ) and Ready Golf in stroke play is encouraged.