Newsletter November 17th 2010

Dear Members,

Annual General Meetings: The AGMs will take place in Tulfarris at 1.00 p.m. on Sunday next, 21 November, after Winter League golf which tees off at 9.30 a.m. with a shotgun start - registration at 9.00 a.m.

If it should happen that the morning's golf had to be cancelled or curtailed (e.g. for weather reasons) the AGMs will go ahead as planned at 1.00 p.m.and will be followed by a finger food buffet which is kindly hosted by the Resort Management at approximately 2.30 p.m. This will be an opportunity for Members to meet the new General Manager, Mark Howell who I am glad to say is joining the Golf Club also.

Winter League: For the duration of the Winter League competition the Committee has decided that Conditions of Play will be "Placing everywhere". In the event that you are in a bunker you can play the ball as it lies or you can "Rake and Place". Of course you should rake again after your shot so the routine should be Rake, Place and Rake again. In order to ensure that as many people as possible get a chance to win each week the Committee has also decided that each weekly winner will have a one shot reduction in their handicap each time they win. This is an "internal" cut only for the duration of the Winter League and will not affect members handicaps in any other competitions.

Frost: Head Greenkeeper, David Brady has posted important notices in the Golf Shop in relation to the substantial damage which foot traffic causes to frozen greens and we would encourage all members to read these and to follow their guidance closely. David points out that in the event of frost occurring "it is essential that golfers do not play to main greens or use the practice putting green when green staff have put temporary greens in play. The green staff realise that temporary greens are not popular with the membership but that they are a necessary evil. Temporary greens will only be used as a last resort". In relation to frost delays it is important that golfers do not go out on the course until the all clear has been given through the Golf Shop.

While we are on course matters we should say how pleased members have been with the condition of the course, and the greens in particular, despite all the heavy rains that have been experienced in recent weeks. Well done to David and his team.

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Sunday.


John Horan,

Hon Secretary