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Fair and Consistent Handicapping – #TheFairWay

Governing bodies lead #TheFairWay for Irish Golf in 2018

Handicapping, one of the hottest topics in golf, is the subject of a new awareness campaign from the Golfing Union of Ireland (GUI) and the Irish Ladies Golf Union (ILGU).

The governing bodies for golf in Ireland have joined forces in an effort to tackle cheating and safeguard integrity in the handicapping system. 

“There is still a culture of tolerating handicap cheating in golf. Just because others are cheating the system does not make it okay,” says Pat Finn, CEO of the GUI.

“For club golfers, the integrity of the game depends on each individual observing the spirit and intent of the handicapping system,” says Sinead Heraty, CEO of the ILGU.

The awareness campaign runs over two weeks from 21 March to 4 April. Golf clubs and their members will have access to key information and resources on handicapping through the GUI and ILGU website, www.thefairway.ie

Handicap secretaries will find a how-to guide and players can access an index of key definitions as well as an extensive list of frequently asked questions. Your Golf Handicap, a pocket sized handicap booklet produced by the GUI and ILGU, is being  published and issued to all clubs as part of the campaign.

Handicapping is a fundamental aspect of the game. The GUI and ILGU, through their member clubs, are responsible for the administration of The Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) Unified Handicapping System (UHS) in Ireland.

The main focus of the handicap awareness campaign is player responsibilities.

“Consistent handicapping demands the return of all scores from players with a CONGU handicap. It is the obligation of the player to ensure that all scores, both home and away, are returned to ensure fairness for all within the game,” says Sinead Heraty.

“Handicapping committees in the Union work extremely hard to ensure that clubs are compliant with the system. Compliance Reviews are conducted by officials on a regular basis to ensure that the handicap system is being applied consistently by Clubs. Despite this significant workload, the onus still rests with players to try their best every time they play,” says Pat Finn

Unlike most sports, golf is largely played in the absence of a referee. As with the Rules of Golf, the handicapping system relies on the integrity of the individual for the game to be fair and equitable. The GUI and ILGU guide club handicap committees about the application and implementation of the handicapping system.

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.

You can access a copy of the CONGU UHS Manual for free online at www.thefairway.ie

Keep up to date with everything that’s happening throughout the campaign by following our social media channels.




Captains’ Charities for 2018

As this weekend is usually the official start of season, we’d like to take this opportunity of wishing you all a very successful year in golf – hopefully we’re finished with all the bad weather and there’ll be sunshine for the rest of the year!

We’d like to announce that our charities for this year will be St Vincent De Paul and St Michael’s House.   In order to bring a bit of fun to the Club we have decided to make the 9th and 18th holes Charity holes.   If you land in any  of the bunkers in these holes you are asked to donate €1 to the charity fund.  There will be a collection box in the bar for this.  It’s for fun and not mandatory, but please do join in!

Happy St Patrick’s Day to you all and hopefully you’ll come up to the Club tonight for what promises to be a great night!

Lady Captain Ciara & Captain Dominic


Family Membership

The Committee of Management wishes to advise members that applications in writing can be accepted from Family Units (of 2 Adults and 2,3 or more Children, or 1 Adult and 2, 3 or more children under the age of nineteen years) for consideration by the Committee of Management of their annual subscriptions in accordance with article 2.10.5 of the Club Constitution.

Austin Gill
Membership  Sub- Committee

Club Lotto Draw

Due to the forecast of inclement weather this weekend and with safety to members in mind.
The Lotto committee, with the Clubs support, have decided to defer this Saturday’s (3rd March) draw.
However, weather permitting, there will be two draws next weekend 10th March.
On-Line players for this weekends draw has been extended to 4 pm Friday 9th March and will be included in the 1st of the 2 draws.
On-Line purchases after 4 pm Friday 9th March will be eligible for 2nd draw.
Remember if your not in you cant win
Lotto Committee

The death has occurred of Janice DOWNING (née Boylan)

Downing, (née Boylan), Skerries Co. Dublin, 22nd February 2018, (peacefully) at St. Francis Hospice, Raheny, surrounded by her loving family, Janice, sadly missed by her husband and best friend Finbarr, children Josh, Jamie, Daniel and Abbey, her parents Les and Eva, brothers Niall, Peter, Stephen and the late Alan, sister Jennifer, nieces, nephews, relatives, extended family and a large circle of friends.

May she rest in peace

Reposing at her residence Friday from 5pm to 7pm. Removal Saturday to St. Patrick’s Church arriving 11.50am for 12 noon Funeral Mass, interment afterwards in Ardla Cemetery. All enquiries to Lannon’s Funeral Directors 01-8491277.

Men’s Club – Vacancies for Course Raters in Leinster

Leinster Golf wishes to recruit Volunteers to undertake the positions of Course Raters for the USGA Course Rating System.

Leinster Golf is the largest of the four Provincial Branches within the Golfing Union of Ireland with responsibility for 151 affiliated male clubs. The purpose of Leinster Golf is to provide a planned, efficient and cost effective service to the clubs and its members, this includes allocating Standard Scratch Scores to courses in the Province.

Course Rating is based on the performance of a ‘Notional Scratch Golfer’ to provide a Standard Scratch Score (S.S.S.). It is also based on the performance of a ‘Notional Bogey Golfer’ to provide a Slope Rating. The system enables Standard Scratch Scores and Slope Ratings to be established for golf courses throughout the Province. Courses are re-rated every ten years unless there are major alterations during the intervening period.

There are currently five Course Rating Teams in operation and vacancies exist on a number of teams throughout the Province. Each team has a Team Leader who co-ordinates visits to clubs and reports to Leinster Golf with their findings. Full training will be provided by Leinster Golf.


• To undertake course inspections with a Team approximately six times per annum within commuting distance of home.
• To complete USGA Course Rating forms.

Key Attributes

• Willing to learn about the USGA Course Rating System
• Willing to attend training days
• Availability weekdays during the period April-September
• Computer literate
• Aptitude for the game of golf
• A member of a golf club in Leinster

Key Benefits to getting involved

• The opportunity to make new friends in golf
• A chance to visit new courses
• Help make a difference to Leinster Golf
• Gain experience at Course Rating and learn new skills
• Travelling and food expenses refunded by Leinster Golf.

If you are interested in applying for one of these voluntary roles, please submit your interest on the attached application form Application Form Course Raters.pdf preferably by email to teresa@leinster.gui.ie or post to Teresa Thompson (Executive Officer), Leinster Golf, Carton Demesne, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.

Applications close on Wednesday 7th March 2018.

GUI Podcast – Club Services Special

The latest GUI Podcast is now available and features an interview with Neil Kilgallon, Club Support Officer with the Confederation of Golf in Ireland.

The interview sheds light on the role and work of CGI and what services are available to clubs.

It is essential listening for golf club committees, management and club members alike.

Please share the link widely and consider using the attached graphic on your website and social media channels.

GUI Podcast: https://www.golfnet.ie/GUIPodcast

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Twitter: In the latest @GUIGolf Podcast we hear from @CGI_Golf Club Support Officer Neil Kilgallon on what CGI are delivering for clubs across Ireland – listen at https://www.golfnet.ie/GUIPodcast

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