We have almost finished phase 3 of our Return to Golf. We wish to thank you all for your support in entering and playing our competitions in the past few weeks.
We appreciate your compliance with the government guidelines on Covid-19. We must continue to be vigilant on the course and in the clubhouse. The guidelines for social distancing and the use of flagsticks are still in place for players. Members cannot play the course unless they have booked. If we wish to continue enjoying our golf in Kilrush this summer, we must keep Covid-19 out of our club.
Ms Ann Marie Donnellan has her Lady Captain's Prize on Saturday 18th July.
All the men are invited to play in 'The Lady Captain's Prize to Men' a 14 hole competition on the same day.
The provisional fixture list for phase 4, now the final phase of the Return to Golf, is enclosed. This is a provisional list and is subject to the government's directives. Things may change before 20 July. These fixtures will be posted on the club noticeboards, both downstairs and electronically.
The Team of Three Club Fundraiser continues over 14th July and 15th July. Please support as a lot of our normal fundraising activities have been curtailed by the pandemic.
Committee of Kilrush Golf Club
The club will be using the BRS Golf Booking System to offer green fee booking online to visitors from Monday 29th onwards.
BRS Golf is a division of GolfNow, the Golf Channel and NBC Sports. It is the leading provider of online tee time booking systems to golf clubs throughout the UK and Ireland. Both Lahinch and Ennis golf clubs use it in Clare. This is a long overdue & welcome development for our club.
We will also use BRS for member's tee time booking. This will replace HandicapMaster in that role. However we will still use Handicapmaster for Handicaps and Competitions which is its primary function.
The last bookings on HandicapMaster will be for Sunday next 28th June. All time booking by members will then be done through BRS for and from Monday 29th June onwards.
The member's booking opens 7 days before at 18.35. So, to get your favourite Sunday slot you will be able to book from 18.35 on the previous Sunday.
To register for BRS Golf please go to your emails as they sent all members out a link. Use your GUI number as your username when prompted.
The Protocol for the Re-introduction of golf in Ireland moves to Phase 3 and runs from Mon 29th June to Sunday 19th July. The main changes for us in Kilrush Golf Club are that we will be able to shorten the interval between tee times to 10 minutes and we can play open and closed competitions. Visitors will be allowed to play the course. We will not be allowed 4-balls until the final 4th phase (Monday 20th July).
The restaurant will also reopen on Monday 29th June and we will have an update later this week.
These relaxations are subject to the government's suppression of Covid 19 progressing as planned. We trust that our members and patrons will continue to adhere to the restrictions that we have in place for their safety and protection. We will inform you of any changes to the protocol that may occur before the 29th June.
If you have any queries or problems, please contact us. We are curtailed in what we can do in 2020.
Thank you for all your support and co-operation throughout this unprecedented situation.
Kilrush Golf & Sports Club Committee
Phase 2 of the Re-Opening of Golf will commence Monday 08 June and will continue for 3 weeks. There will be no competitions during this period. This is so that golf is compliant with what is happening in all other sports on the "Government's Expert Return to Sport Group" advice.
In Kilrush our golf will continue in 3-Ball format. However the interval between tee-times has been reduced to 12 minutes and members will be allowed to sign in guests. The green fee for guests will be €20. There will be no other visitors.
Only members (and their guests) are allowed to play our golf course. All members should have their subscription for 2020 paid by now. If you have not paid your subscription, you are not entitled to play the course under the Covid 19 Restrictions as you have ceased to be a member.
Tee times have to be booked in advance. The booking will open at 6.00 pm 3 days before the date of play. During phase 2 we will leave the booking open right up until your tee-time. This will allow you book, change or cancel online in the mobile app, anytime up to your tee-time. As in phase 1, please do not turn up at the course unless you have booked and are on the time-sheet. You can view the time sheet on your app.
Buggies have to be booked in advance. To comply with the Covid 19 regulations, buggies have to be maintained and sanitised before each outing. The fee for hire of a buggy for one round is €20.
Finally, we wish to thank you for your wonderful cooperation and club spirit in these extraordinary days. We extend our gratitude to all those who given generously of their time during this pandemic. You work as starters, greenkeepers, grounds-persons, general workers and administrators has been exemplary and is much appreciated. You have done yourself and your club proud.
Thank You All for your Great Support,
The Committee of Kilrush Golf & Sports Club
BOOKING TO PLAY:
Do not arrive at the course unless you have booked a tee time.
You will not be allowed out if you are not on our time sheet.
All golf must be booked using our online application.
In phase 1, only members will be allowed to play. No visitors or guests.
Junior members may only play if they are accompanied by an adult member.
The start times will be from 08.00 each day until 20.00 in the evening. There will be a late start at 9.00am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday to facilitate our green-keeping staff. There will be no golf starts outside these times.
The timesheet will operate at 14minute intervals with each slot allocated to 3 members at most.
The time sheet will open on line at 18.00 hours, 3 days before for a particular day. We will close booking at 18.00 hours on the day before play. This gives you a 48 hour booking window up until 6pm on the evening before the day you wish to play.
If you have any trouble with booking, contact a committee member or email email@example.com.
IN ADVANCE OF PLAY:
If you are ill or have symptoms, stay at home.
Schedule your tee-time in the manner prescribed by your golf club.
Under no circumstances should you arrive at the club without booking in advance.
Ensure that your group size is no greater than what is allowed by the club (3 players).
Ensure that you have sufficient numbers of golf balls, markers, tees etc. to avoid borrowing and exchanging equipment with others.
Wash your hands and your golf equipment before you leave home.
Arrive at the club no more than 15 minutes prior to play.
Travel to the golf course on your own or with members of your own household only.
Park your car in the designated spots maintaining one car spacing free between you and the other cars parked beside you.
Observe physical distancing rules at all times following your arrival at the club.
Change your shoes in the car park.
Warm up alone. Observe physical distancing rules on practice nets and on the practice putting green.
ON THE COURSE:
Do not arrive at the first tee more than 5 minutes before your allotted tee time and report to the starter.
Observe physical distancing at all times on the course.
Following play of a hole, do not enter the next teeing ground until all members of the group in front have played their tee-shots and exited the teeing ground.
Keep your position on the course. Stay behind the group in front, but do not expect to be called through. Do not call the group behind you through. No going back to replay lost balls.
Start at the first and play the holes in their correct order. If you decide to stop playing after a number of holes, leave the course immediately avoiding other groups. Do not 'cut in to a hole' or 'play down the last'.
If you must use a golf buggy, it must only be used by you and cannot be shared with or used by another player unless that player is a member of your household.
Do not exchange or share equipment, food or drink with other players during your round.
If your ball is lost, unplayable, or in a penalty area, don't take an option under the rules that involves doubling back on your position on the course. Instead, use an option that allows you to keep your position on the course.
Do not pick up another player's equipment or golf ball.
Do not use rakes in bunkers. Use your shoe to smooth the sand.
Do not touch the flag or flagstick. Putt with the flagstick in and remove your own ball from the hole.
After your round:
Return directly to your car, change your shoes, put your equipment in your car and leave immediately.
Use the toilet facilities before you leave home.
Bring your own hydration/food to the course.
Bring your own hand sanitiser to the course & use regularly during the round
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