Month: March 2017

Ladies Golf Club Rules of Golf

In accordance with Rule 33 of the Rules of Golf, the Ladies Committee “establish the conditions under which a competition is to be played”.
“The Committee has no power to waive a Rule of Golf”.

The Rules as set out for 2012 to 2016 are detailed below:-


(a) To enter a competition a player must hold an up-to-date
CONGU handicap.
(b) Competition entry is by Timesheet, except where time is allotted
to draws.
(c) Timesheets are open on computer 10 days in advance of competition day. (Major and Open competitions open 3 weeks in advance).
(d) When timesheets are in operation, players should have their name on the timesheet prior to playing. Entries may be made or altered on the timesheet up to midnight on the day before the competition – fellow competitors should be notified of alterations made within 36 hours of play.
(e) Players may enter both the 18 hole and 9 hole competition on the day provided these are both non qualifying competitions. Players can enter either the 18 hole or the 9 hole qualifying competitions. In the winter months players can enter both the 12 and 9 hole competitions, if they so wish.

(f) Changes on the day of competition can ONLY be made through the Pro Shop. Fellow competitors should be notified of any alterations immediately.
(g) Changing times on a Timesheet due to adverse weather conditions is not permitted and will result in disqualification.
(h) Draws on a Tuesday morning are at 11.36 and 11.44. Play is in 3-balls throughout the day. When there are only two players for a draw, they must wait 8 minutes for the next draw. If no competitor arrives for that draw the two ball may proceed. If there is only one player in a draw or one is left from a previous draw, that person is first into the next draw whether a 2/3 ball.
(i) Competitors must be ready to play BEFORE entering a draw.


(a) Entry to a competition is by SWIPE CARD ONLY and must be done prior to playing. Exceptions will be rare and at the discretion of the Committee.
(b) Players are responsible for checking that the computer accepts their entry. In the event of the computer not working, a player is required to enter her name, handicap, competition format and date on her scorecard and when possible sign in on an Entry Sheet provided by the Club Professional.
(c) In the case of multiple competitions on one day (i.e. Lady Captain’s Prize), it is the player’s responsibility to ensure the correct competition is entered. (Please note that the Lady Captain’s competition is run over two days – you must swipe in for the two days separately (the money is deducted on the first day).


(a) All female members, including Junior/Juvenile girls holding a valid CONGU handicap are eligible to compete.
(b) All handicap categories are eligible to enter, unless otherwise advised by the Committee.
(c) Major competitions are deemed to be the Lady Captain’s Prize, Lady President’s Prize, Men’s Captain’s Prize to the Ladies, Men’s President Prize to the Ladies.
(d) Senior Competitions are open to ladies 50 years and over on 1 January of the current year.
(e) To be eligible to win the main prize in a Major Competition, three 18 hole scorecards must have been returned in advance of the competition.
(f) Five Day, Country and Overseas members are not eligible to play in Major Competitions. They may however, compete on the Tuesday of the Lady Captain’s Prize/Lady President’s for a special category prize. Junior/Juvenile girls with a handicap of 35 and under are eligible to compete in the Major Competitions but are not entitled to win the main prize but are eligible for the rest of the prizes. The maximum prize for Juniors should not exceed E75.00. The Lady Captain and Lady President may choose to invite those girls with handicap 35 plus to play in a separate Junior prize on their days.


(a) Players must swipe into the competition of the day and affix the label providing their name, handicap and date on their scorecard.
(b) The competition scorecard must be marked and signed by a fellow competitor with a valid CONGU handicap. In circumstances where the player has no opposition a person holding a valid CONGU handicap may mark and sign the card, subject to prior approval of Competitions Secretary or a Committee Member.
(c) It is requested that players enter their scores in the computer.
(d) Scorecards MUST be placed in the competition box.
(e) All cards should be returned, including cards not completed. If a card is not completed, please enter in the computer as a “Non Return”, before putting in the competition box.
(f) The responsibility for the correct entry and return of scores lies entirely with the player.



(a) A member must submit any permutation of 9 or 18 holes but must total a minimum of 54 holes at her Home Club (preferably three 18 hole cards). Each card must be marked and signed by a person holding a CONGU handicap – Clause 16 CONGU UHS.
(b) A Declaration Form (available from the Admin Office) outlining any previous handicap held or playing history in any sport must be signed and submitted with the cards for handicap.


(a) If a player’s membership is suspended from her Home Club her handicap shall be suspended automatically until membership is reinstated e.g. Leave of Absence.
(b) If the handicap of the player is to be restored within six months of the date on which her handicap was suspended, it must be reinstated at the same handicap as the player held. In all other cases the player shall be allotted a new handicap after she has complied with the requirements of 5.1 (a) above. The Handicap Committee must give due and full consideration to the handicap the player last held.


Singles Full difference between the handicaps of the players
Foursomes 1/2 difference between aggregate handicaps of each side
Fourball 90 per cent of handicap
Stroke Play Singles Full handicap
Par/Bogey Foursomes 1/2 aggregate handicap of partners
Stableford Fourball Each partner receives 90per cent
of the full handicap
Note 1 Half Strokes
Half strokes or over to be counted as one, smaller fractions to be disregarded except in Foursomes Stroke Play when 1/2 strokes are counted as such.

In a handicap competition played in any of the above formats the allowances must be laid down by the Committee on the Conditions of the Competition (Rules of Golf 33-1) in accordance with the above direction.
Note 3 36 Holes
In handicap competitions over 36 holes, strokes should be given or taken on the basis of two 18 hole rounds in accordance with the 18 hole Handicap stroke index unless the committee introduces a special Stroke Index.
Note 4 Hole-by-Hole Play-Off (sudden death)
When extra holes are played in handicap competitions, strokes should be taken in accordance with the Handicap Stroke Index.


In a case where a fourball is missing a fourth person, the lowest handicap can play with the other two players and fill in two cards but may only win one prize and the ladies partnering can play to win.


GREENSOMES – Stroke Play x 0.6 plus higher handicap x 0.4


(a) When Timesheets are in operation, players should be at the first tee box ten minutes prior to time slot. Tee times should be strictly observed and competitors should not proceed in advance of their allocated tee time. (See Appendix 1). In the case of rain, players may not defer their playing time to a later time.
(b) When draws are in operation, players must be ready to proceed.


(a) Ladies play from Red Tees at all times unless otherwise stated by the Committee.
(b) Alternate starting places are not permitted.
(c) In all match play competitions, players must play from the red stone.
(d) If the Committee wishes to operate a two tee start/shotgun start, players will be informed accordingly.


(a) 20 and over will constitute a competition.
(b) One person constitutes a competition for the ILGU Medal or for handicap purposes.


(a) Prizes are awarded according to the number of entrants – see notice of Class Divisions on Notice Board in Locker Room.

(b) A player may only win one prize in a competition with the exception of the Longest Drive or Nearest the Pin.
(c) Major Competitions are Lady Captain’s Prize, Lady President’s Prize, Mens Captain’s Prize to the Ladies, Mens President’s Prize to the ladies. There will be a 9 hole competition (open to people not playing in the 18 hole competition of the day) and a competition for juniors on the Tuesday of the Lady Captain’s Prize. Juniors with a handicap of 35 and under are eligible to play in the main competition on Tuesday and Saturday, but are not eligible to win 1st prize but all others.


(a) In an 18 hole competition, ties shall be decided by matching cards. The winner is determined on the basis of the best score on the last 9 holes, last 6 holes, last 3, last 2 and last one. If still a tie, decide on the last three holes i.e. 7-9 and 9 of the first nine. If still a tie, decide by lot.
(b) In individual stroke play competitions, handicaps are deducted in proportion.
– Last 9 Half handicap
– Last 6 One third handicap
– Last 3 One sixth handicap, etc.


(a) The Irish Ladies Golf Union (ILGU) awards a Silver and a Bronze Medal to each affiliated Club on an annual basis.

(b) The Committee may run a minimum of four and a maximum of sixteen Stroke Play for the Silver (handicap up to and including 20) and Bronze (handicap 21-36). Any or all of these competitions may be played in conjunction with a Club Stroke Competition, as authorised by the Committee for the period commencing 1 January and ending on the 31 December in the same year. Generally the ILGU Medal Competitions are held in Skerries on a monthly basis from April to September on a Tuesday (except for Evening Players when in April and September they may play an alternate medal day on the previous Sunday.
(c) The ILGU Silver and Bronze Medal is awarded to the player who returns the lowest aggregate of the best four scores in that year’s Medal Competition.
(d) Winners go forward to represent the Club in the Gold and Silver Medal Finals organised by the ILGU each year.
(e) One entrant constitutes a competition.
(f) All playing members (including Junior/Juveniles) with a valid CONGU handicap are eligible to compete.
(g) Dates of Medal Competitions are listed in the Diary and on the Notice Board in the Ladies Locker Room.
(h) There is no fee for the ILGU Medal competition.


(a) A Club Medal competition is run in conjunction with the ILGU Medal, using the same categories.
(b) A Silver and Bronze Club medal will be presented at the Annual Prize- giving to the competitor with the lowest net score in each category in each Club Medal. In addition, a voucher will be awarded to each category winner, sponsored by a fellow member.

(c) The entry fee to the Club Medal competition will be set by the Committee.


The ILGU Silver Spoon is awarded to the player who returns the lowest aggregate of the best three scores in any year’s ILGU Medal competition.


(a) Points allocated in designated GOY (18 hole Strokes qualifying competition) throughout the year determine Golfer of the Year.
(b) Eight points are awarded to scores equaling the standard scratch of the day and points are increased for better scores and decreased for lower scores thereafter.
(c) The best 7 scores to count.
(d) In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined on the basis of a count-back.


(a) The Winter League is played from November to the end of February in conjunction with the Ladies Saturday Competition.
(b) The format is 9 holes Singles Stableford.
(c) The best 8 scores to count.
(d) The winner is presented with the Winter League Cup and a voucher.


(a) Match Play conditions will be displayed on the Draw Sheet in the Ladies Locker Room.
(b) The competition must be entered and THE APPROPRIATE FEE PAID PRIOR TO PLAYING.
(c) Matches MUST be played by the stated date unless the Committee authorises an extension due to course closure or other exceptional circumstances.
(d) If the course is closed, there will be an extension of one additional day for every day the course is closed.
(e) To ensure timely completion of match play rounds, the Committee will monitor progress and where matches are not completed on time, may decide the result of that round by the toss of a coin unless one player concedes the match to the other.
(f) Where matches are not completed on time and have not been conceded or tossed for, by the closing date for that round, both players will be disqualified from continuing in the competition and the player in the following round will be awarded a walk over.
(g) A match that ends all square should be played off hole by hole until one side wins a hole. The play-off should start where the match began. In a handicap match, handicap strokes should be allowed as in the stipulated round.
(h) In all match play competitions, players must play from the red stone.
(I) Player must play off current handicap.
(j) Full difference in handicap given.


(a) Failure to swipe entry into computer.
(b) Handicap omitted from scorecard, disqualification from handicap competition but still eligible to win the gross.
(c) Higher than correct handicap on scorecard.
(d) Scorecard not signed by both player and eligible marker.
(e) In a three ball competition where there are two balls at the back of the field or at the end of a draw, they may not join up to play as 4 at any stage, as they would be in breach of the Conditions of Competition for the stipulated round. They can only join up if they have received the permission of the Competition Secretary/Committee Member prior to commencing play.
(f) Non-compliance with Rules of Golf.
(g) Non-compliance with Local Rules as per scorecard.
(h) Changing time on timesheet due to adverse weather conditions.


(a) Competitions will be cancelled in advance only when the course is closed or otherwise in exceptional circumstances.
(b) Sheltering is not allowed, play may only stop during lightning. (See Appendix 11)
(c) Players are not permitted to change their tee times on the day due to adverse weather conditions (deemed to be sheltering) – this will lead to disqualification from the competition.


Use of buggies are permitted, except when course conditions are not suitable as decided by course staff and announced on daily course information.
Anyone with a medical problem may use a buggy with prior medical certification from a medical doctor.

For those players unable to play on the allocated Tuesday for Medal Days, there are two dates allocated to Alternate Medal Days and they are a Sunday prior to the Tuesday Medal Day in April and September.

For Hamper Day, Turkey Day and Flock Day these competitions will be played on the Sunday prior to the Tuesday competition during the winter months.


The Ringer will be played from 01 March to 31 October in the current year. The ringer will be in classes, depending on numbers entering the competition. There will be an overall winner and a winner in each class. At the completion of the competition total scores will be displayed.

Change of Indices for Skerries Golf Club

Men’s Club

The Men’s Committee have approved changes to the Handicap Stroke Indices for the course following on from a recent study.  The Committee of Management have been kept fully informed and the study was based on the following:

  1. An analysis of the golf course by degree of difficulty for all major singles competitions in 2012, 2015 and 2016. The years 2013 and 2014 were not included because the 3rd and 5th greens were being replaced and the full course was not in play.
  2. The R&A Guidance on Running a Competition
  3. The CONGU Unified Handicap System 2016-2018 – Appendix G – Handicap Stroke Index (CONGU describes Appendix G as “Supplementing” the R&A Guidance)

All competitions (except Matchplay)
New scorecards are currently being printed with revised indices for all competitions, other than Matchplay competitions, as follows.

Revised Indices effective from 8th March 2017


  1. The new indices are based solely on degree of difficulty as measured for all major competitions in 2012, 2015 and 2016. This is consistent with CONGU recommendations (See Appendix 1 below)
  2. A positive change means that the hole was easier in these years than its current index; a negative number means that a hole played harder than its current index.
  3. The more significant changes – more difficult holes (compared to current index) were 4, 5, 14 and 17.
  4. The more significant changes – easier holes (compared to current index) were 9 and 10.
  5. Although the split is not even numbered indices for one nine and odd numbered indices for the other nine, the split is even with the front nine indices adding up to 85 and the back nine adding up to 86.

Matchplay Competitions

These revised indices are not compatible with many of the R&A and CONGU recommendations for Matchplay competitions (See Appendix 1 below).  One of the recommendations states that Matchplay indices should have a sequence of different types of hole rather than be based on degree of difficulty and that this provides more equal opportunity for all handicaps in Matchplay.   If the new indices above were to be used for Matchplay, Index 1 to 5 would all be long Par 4’s.
New Matchplay scorecards are currently being printed with revised indices as follows:

Revised Matchplay Indices effective from 8th March 2017


Appendix 1

CONGU makes a clear distinction between Match Play on the one hand, and Stableford/Par/Bogey competitions on the other and most recommendations are focused on Matchplay only.

Matchplay Competitions

There is a strong recommendation from both R&A and CONGU that Matchplay indices should be evenly spread over the 18 holes.  They specifically define this as the odd and even numbers being allocated to different 9’s.  CONGU is more specific recommending that the odd numbers be allocated to the longer of the 2 nines.
They also make the following specific recommendations

  • The first and second stroke index holes should be placed close to the centre of each nine. (CONGU). The R&A recommends that Index 1 and 2 should not be on holes 1,2,17 or 18.
  • The first six strokes should not be allocated to adjacent holes.
  • The 7th to the 10th indices should be allocated so that a player receiving 10 strokes does not receive strokes on three consecutive holes.
  • None of the first eight strokes should be allocated to the first or the last hole,
  • At clubs where competitive matches may be started at the 10th hole, at the 9th or 10th holes. This avoids a player receiving an undue advantage on the 19th hole should a match continue to sudden death.
  • Unless there are compelling reasons to the contrary, stroke indices 9, 10, 11 and 12 should be allocated to holes 1, 9, 10 and 18 in such order as shall be considered appropriate.
  • Subject to the foregoing recommendations, when selecting each stroke index in turn holes of varying length should be selected. Index 1 could be a par 5, index 2 a long par 4, index 3 a shorter par 4 and index 4 a par 3. There is no recommended order for this selection, the objective being to select in index sequence holes of varying playing difficulty. Such a selection provides more equal opportunity for all handicaps in match play competitions than an order based upon hole length or difficulty to obtain par.

Stableford, par and bogey competitions

The CONGU recommendations specifically state:

1. The ‘Handicap Stroke Index’, however, is also used widely for Stableford, par and bogey competitions. In these forms of stroke play competition the need to have a uniform and balanced distribution of strokes is less compelling.  “There is a cogent case for the Index in such competitions to be aligned to the ranking of holes in terms of playing difficulty irrespective of hole number.”

 2. “Clubs that conduct a significant number of Stableford, par and bogey competitions may wish to provide separate stroke indices for match play and the listed forms of stroke play. To avoid confusion this would be best done on separate scorecards.”

Men’s Committee – 1st March 2017

GUI target cheats by fighting #TheFairWay for golf handicaps in 2017

The Golfing Union of Ireland are spearheading the campaign for fair and consistent handicapping by tackling the cheats in an innovative Handicap Awareness Month.

Throughout the month of March, the GUI will be running #TheFairWay campaign, which will educate players and clubs alike. Handicapping is a fundamental aspect of the game and as the governing body for men’s golf in Ireland, the GUI are raising awareness in response to public concerns about handicap cheating.

Unlike most sports, golf is largely played in the absence of a referee. The game, and the handicapping system, rely on the integrity of the individual. It is up to every single player to observe the spirit and intent of the handicapping system.

Throughout the month-long campaign, the GUI will provide all the information necessary to be handicap aware in 2017. Your first port of call is a dedicated website:

There, clubs can access essential information, including a how-to guide for administering and maintaining handicaps.

Players will find all the information they need on key topics such as: How to obtain a handicap; How handicaps change; and Player Responsibilities. As well as an index of key definitions, you will also find a list of frequently asked questions.

Clubs across all four provinces — Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster — will display specially commissioned posters and flyers as part of the campaign. Raising awareness is just one aspect of the campaign — the GUI are also determined to clamp down on cheating.

“There is a culture of tolerating handicap cheating which isn’t the case for other forms of cheating within golf,” says Pat Finn, CEO of the GUI. “The finger seems to be pointed at the GUI or the branches of the GUI or indeed to club committees to deal with this problem. I don’t think it can be. It is endemic and the only real way of tackling it is at member-to-member level where everybody takes a proactive approach in dealing with the issue and calling out fellow members on their behaviour and saying it is not going to be tolerated anymore.”

To hammer home the message, the GUI have defined handicap cheating and it is prominently displayed on the Union’s website: “Playing in a qualifying competition and setting out with the aim of ‘getting 0.1 back’ or not trying your best at any point in the round with the aim of manipulating your handicap is CHEATING.”

The GUI advises and guides Handicap Committees about the application and implementation of the handicapping system. One of most important things for clubs to remember is that Handicap Secretaries should not act on their own, and it is vital that decisions are made as a committee in accordance with the rules.

As with the Rules of Golf, the handicapping system relies on the integrity of every golfer playing the game. For club golfers, it is essential that each individual observes the spirit and intent of the handicapping system in order to make the game as fair and equitable as possible.

Golf’s unique handicapping system provides a means for every player to compete on an equal footing, making the game as inclusive as possible. Not only does it level the playing field, the handicap system makes allowance for beginners, children and adults alike, players of declining ability and golfers with disabilities. It is because of the handicapping system that parents get to compete side-by-side with their children or grandparents get the chance to tee it up alongside a grandchild.

The Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU), of which the GUI is a member, developed the rules and regulations of the unified handicapping system (UHS), which is administered in Ireland by the GUI and the Irish Ladies Golf Union.

You access a copy of the UHS Manual for free online at Keep up to date with everything that’s happening throughout Handicapping Awareness Month on the GUI website and through the GUI’s social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.

Find out more at or

Foursomes Matchplay Qualifier

Sunday May 14th 2017


To be eligible to play in the Foursomes Matchplay Championship –

  • YOU MUST ENTER BOTH THE FOURSOMES COMPETITION OF THE DAY AND THE FOURSOMES MATCHPLAY QUALIFIER. (Failure to enter both competitions will result in disqualification from the Foursomes Matchplay Club Championship)

Competitions Committee

Competition Tee Time Cancellation Policy

March 2017 Men’s Club


The main purpose of his policy is to ensure:

  1. That all members who wish to play golf on competition days get every opportunity to do so.
  2. That time slots have their full complement of players, particularly in fourball, foresomes and team competitions.

A player who fails to turn up for their reserved tee time without giving prior notification is preventing this from happening.


In the event that you do not show up for your tee time and your name has not been removed from the Timesheet, the Men’s Committee will be notified and appropriate action may be taken if deemed necessary.  The full fee will also be deducted from your account.

Competition time Sheets will close at 10pm from the 1st of March 2017.  If you have your name removed after the 10pm closing time by the Pro-shop, 40% of the fee will be deducted from your General Account.

Notification of Withdrawal

As a matter of courtesy, and as stipulated in the Bye-Laws of Skerries Golf Club players must notify their opposition and partner in good time if they are withdrawing from the sheet. (Reserving a time is a commitment to play with the other players in the same time slot).  Most of our members contacts details are available on the website / and or the back pages of the fixtures diary.

Waiting List:

If you have put your name on the waiting list for any competition, it is your sole responsibility to ensure that you are aware of any Tee Time that you are subsequently allocated when on the waiting list.

The Competition Closing Time will be 10pm going forward and you will be notified of any tee time allocated to you, even last minute.

When your name is on the waiting list, the onus will still be on you to check the timesheet before you retire for the night to see if you have got a slot.  If when retiring you are still on the waiting list then you must make the decision to either remove your name from the waiting list or awake early the next morning to see if you have got a slot between the time of retiring to bed and the closure of the competition.

If you are allocated a tee time via the waiting list, then you are subject to all aspects of the cancellation policy, procedures and sanctions as outlined above.

Poor Weather:    Course Open

As can happen from time to time, Poor weather may prohibit play. The Following policy applies.

  • If the course remains open and you are on the timesheet, you have a responsibility to the other players on the line to turn up and play.
  • You must start your round at the stipulated Tee Time that you have booked on the Timesheet.
  • As per the rule of Golf, “Sheltering from weather is not permitted” and this includes sheltering in the Pro-Shop in the hope that a shower will pass.
  • If you have not “teed off” at your stipulated Tee Time, then you have forfeited your Tee Time.
  • You will not be able re-enter the timesheet or the competition later in the day if the weather clears.
  • You will be subject to the cancellation policy as outlined above.

Poor Weather:   Course Closed

Should the course be closed due to poor weather yet re-opens later in the morning then the following applies

  • The Timesheet will begin at the Time that the course re-opens
  • All times prior to re-opening will have been lost
  • Members who lost their official Tee Time, may put their names on the timesheet at a later time provided there is space to do so within the official Competition Time.


Complaints in relation to the failure of a player to turn up for their tee time, or in relation to the failure of a player to notify partners and opposition of withdrawal, or any other breaches of this policy should be addressed, in writing, to the Honorary Secretary.

Men’s Committee

Two’s Competitions

We are seeking to revamp and re-invigorate the men’s Two’s competitions for the coming season. Going forward, Entry to Two’s competition will be by swipe card in advance of play. To qualify for a prize from the Two’s competition a player must have also entered the competition of the day.

At end of play, any player with one or more Two at any hole must enter their Two’s results online – against the Twos’ competition. Score card for competition of the day must be returned.

Results of Two’s competitions will be published with competition of the day – online and on notice boards.Prizes will continue to be distributed by Bobby for use in the Pro Shop.

Men’s Competitions

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