Author: Communications Committee

Conditions for Phase 1 Re-opening on May 18th 2020

We are all, looking forward to the return of golf, it seems like such a long time since we were on our fairways. Our course is looking fantastic and while we all want to get on the time sheet and start playing again, we do need to do so with caution.

 

The GUI and ILGU in conjunction with the Government have agreed on a set of protocols to be put in place for Golf Clubs to re-open in the first phase of easing of the Covid 19 restrictions.

There are very clear guidelines and a roadmap to be followed, it is in your interest to read these and become familiar with them by means of protecting yourself and others from this harmful virus.

See the links below.

1) Protocol for the re-introduction of golf in the Republic of Ireland

https://www.golfnet.ie/news/golfnet/4661/unions-publish-protocol-for-golfs-safe-return

2) Frequently asked questions

 

As Skerries Golf Club must sign to commit to the conditions of Golf   Re-opening we ask all members to abide by the GUI, ILGU and Government recommendations along with our own conditions below.

 

 

Time Sheets will open Tomorrow Thursday May 14th @ 4 pm.

 

 

Time Sheets Booking

  • Pre-booking your tee time in advance is compulsory, either on-line using the BRS system or by phone is essential, you cannot go on the course unless you have booked a tee time, even if it is just one person practicing on their own. This is to facilitate Covid Contact Tracing if required.
  • Time sheets will commence as follows Front 9 at 8.00 am until 7.30 pm, Back 9 from 10 am until 7.30 pm. The Back 9 tee time is starting later to facilitate course work.
  • Restrictions for Junior member bookings are detailed in the Junior Section blow.
  • For us to control contact tracing, no golf will be allowed on the course, before or after the available tee times on the time sheet.
  • Members playing golf without having a booking or playing before or after the allocated tee times on the booking sheet, may face a disciplinary process.
  • Maximum number of players per line is 3, with 14-minute intervals.
  • Start times must be adhered to, do not tee off before you allotted time.
  • Until June 8th members will only be allowed to play a maximum of 9 holes Singles Stableford casual golf on any day, there will be no defined members hour, Ladies Day, or Men’s only day.
  • Both the 1st and 10th tee will be in operation, do not arrive to the tee box until 5 minutes before your allocated tee time.
  • You must report to the Club Professional prior to entering onto the course.

 

Juniors.

  • Until PHASE 2 (June 8th) Junior members Must play with an Adult Member (an Adult Member is anyone currently paying an Intermediate, 5 Day, Full member, and Lady Associate Member fee).
  • Junior members playing with an Adult can only book on the Font 9 between 8am to 10am on Monday’s, Thursday, and Friday. The front 9 and back 9 are reserved for members outside these times.
  • The Back 9 on Monday, Thursday, and Sundays evenings from 5.40pm to 7.00 pm will be reserved for Adult members playing with Juniors/ Cadets i.e. Family Golf.
  • The same booking rules apply as above, names must be on the time sheet to be allowed play on the course.

 

 

Course

 

  • Putting Green, practice nets and practice ground will remain closed, until further notice.
  • Bunkers; as there will be no rakes in bunkers, you may lift your ball, rake the sand with your foot and place the ball back in the bunker and play your shot.
  • Pins are not to be removed from the hole.
  • On the course you are restricted to only using one golf ball, practice with additional balls is prohibited.
  • Divot bags, if you have your own divot bag please do bring it and use it to protect our fairways. We do have more bags ordered for members to buy as we cannot use communal bags at this time.

 

Subscriptions

  • Any Adult or Junior member that has not paid a subscription or engaged with the club regarding this year’s fees will be blocked from booking a time on the time sheet and from playing the course, as you will not be covered for insurance. Should you wish to make a payment, please contact the office or the Pro Shop.

 

 

All these conditions will be kept under constant review and may be changed as deemed necessary.

 

Committee of Management

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Time Sheets for Monday May 18th 2020

In preparation for our return to golf on May 18th 2020, the Committee of Management, Men’s, Ladies and Junior’s committees have all had meetings this week with a view of outlining our conditions of golf, these will be in addition to the Covid 19 return to golf guidelines from the GUI and ILGU.

We are finalizing this document and will communicate it to you shortly.

 

Time sheets for Monday, May 18th will open on Thursday, May 14th @ 4 pm.

Initially, we are playing 9 holes only in 3 Balls, on both the front and back 9 with 14-minute time slot intervals.

 

Booking must be made on time sheets, you may not enter onto the course without having a BRS booking, this is to assist with Contact Tracing should it be required.

 

Please note: Adult or Junior members that have not paid or engaged with the club regarding this year’s subscription will be blocked from booking on the time sheet and playing on our course.

 

Committee of Management

New ARRIVAL

After many years of struggling along with our rough cutter, we have taken delivery of the new Toro 47000 rough mower, the timing could not have been better as the old mower finally packed up in recent weeks.
This new mower has 11’ (3.35m) width blades and can cut up to 10.6 acres per hour, this means we can now cut our rough-in 2.5 man-days as opposed to 7.5 man-days with the old machine.
A great step forward for our course, congratulations to the course committee and Carr Golf for the time spent investigating the various options and securing the machine.
We are all missing being out golfing and enjoying the wonderful surroundings of our course, see attached the photo of the Cherry Blossom in full bloom on the 8th fairway, hopefully,  it won’t be too long before we are out on the course again.

Keep Safe.

 


Committee of Management.

Card Top up using V1 Members Hub App

Using the V1 Member Hub App, you can now top up your General Account Balance through your phone.

 

Instructions for use as follows.

  • On the App- go to Account- this will take you to your Card Account.
  • Click on “General” there is a button under this “Top up this purse” select it.
  • Select the amount you want to credit to your account.
  • Pay using Card (Sagepay)
  • You will be asked for your address when you do this.
  • Enter your Debit or Credit Card Details.
  • Enter “Buy Now”
  • You will receive email notification of the transaction.

You will also get an App notification within a couple of minutes and the funds are transferred almost immediately.

Period of Restriction Extended until Tuesday May 5th 2020.

Please see below the latest communication from GUI and ILGU regarding “Period of Restriction Extended” announced on April 10th 2020

 

PERIOD OF RESTRICTION EXTENDED

The extension of the Covid-19 restrictions announced until Tuesday 5 May means that golf clubs must remain closed until this time.

 

Essential greenkeeping maintenance is permitted.

 

The GUI and ILGU will in the meantime continue to engage with the governments and state agencies in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland on the need for supports to be available for golf clubs to recover from the current crisis.

 

Clubs are reminded that support information is available at  https://www.golfnet.ie/news/golfnet/4648/support-and-guidance-for-clubs

 

 

ENDS

Alan Kelly

Communications & Academy Manager

Golfing Union of Ireland

 

MPRII, Dip. ESA. MIAPR

Club Lotto continues to operate online on a normal weekly basis

In the overall scheme of our current crisis, our priorities are understandably elsewhere and hopefully all of our Members and their loved ones are doing well.

However, if at all possible, Members are encouraged to participate in the Club Lotto, which will continue to operate online on a normal weekly basis.

The Lotto is an important form of on-going revenue for the Club. Payments to winners will issue once working restrictions are lifted and normal operations have recommenced.

Course Closure with Immediate effect until April 19th 2020

Following today’s recommendation from the GUI, ILGU and our Government, the Committee of Management has decided to close our course and practice grounds with immediate effect until April 19th 2020, see the GUI & ILGU notice below.

Committee of Management. (March 24th 2020)

 

GUI & ILGU Recommend Golf Clubs & Facilities To Close 

Urgent response requires all golf clubs, courses and facilities to close

Following the recent announcements by the UK and Irish Governments in relation to the coronavirus pandemic, the GUI and ILGU recommend that all golf clubs, practice facilities and courses across the island close with immediate effect until April 19th 2020.

While golf is an outdoor sport that allows players to exercise in the fresh air, the message is clear. People must stay at home to help to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The Unions recognise the need clubs may have for business support at this time. We will monitor options available and engage with the relevant sporting bodies in due course to make representations for our member clubs.

We know that these decisions are difficult ones to make, but right now, it is our shared responsibility to prioritise the health of our local communities by working together to follow the respective Government guidelines. In doing so, this will ensure that we get the opportunity to play the game that we all love as soon as it is safe to do so.

For security and essential maintenance purposes, greenkeeping staff can still attend work. All work must be carried out in strict accordance with government guidelines on physical (social) distancing. Clubs should divide course staff into two teams where possible and if one becomes unavailable, the other team will still be okay to work.

You will appreciate that this is a very fluid situation with new developments almost daily. We will continue to liaise with the appropriate authorities, and will ensure that our clubs are kept informed as to recommended best practice at all times.

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