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Moate Golf Club - Co Westmeath

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The Front Garden - Looking good !!
Atmospheric view of the 1st Tee Box at sunset
Finishing touches on the all new 4th Tee Box
The 5th Fairway from the Tee Box
Its a long way up the 7th fairway - and the out-of-bounds is still there!
Magnificent view back up the 8th fairway - waiting for a little fade into the valley
. . all at once I saw a crowd, a host, of golden daffodils - 8th Green
Some re-claimed ground on the re-aligned 9th hole
Just a reminder - there will be no rakes in bunkers for the moment!
Greenside at the 9th - featuring the new pot bunker
A view of the re-aligned 9th hole - note the out-of-bounds markers
Shrubs in bloom on the improved 10th tee box
Keeping the grass cut off the 16th fairway
New Coffee Machine in the re-vamped Shop
Golf Balls, Tees and more - Courtesy ProGolf, Athlone
Golf Bags and shoes newly arrived in Moate Golf Club
Re-stocking the Shop - Courtesy ProGolf, Athlone
If you can't hit the Green from this beautiful Tee Box . . . .
Panoramic view of the 4th Tee Box and 3rd Green
New Pot Bunker, replacing the Fairway Bunker on the left of the 9th Green - completed
Preparing for a delayed Captains Drive_In
Developing the new Pot Bunker on the left of the 9th Green
More developments in the Shop
The redeveloped 3rd Tee Box
The lonely owl still protecting our greens
The 4th Tee Box from the 4th Green
Stonework almost finished - 4th Tee Box
Work in progress - 4th Tee Box
Club Notes 2/5/2021 - So far, so good!

We’ve had a very busy week but we are not complaining. Far from it, as we are absolutely delighted to be back in business and providing golf for our members. It is fantastic to see almost full timesheets and everyone enjoying the sport we love. It’s been a long break and I hope you’ve missed us as much as we’ve missed you. As the restrictions continue to ease a decision will be taken soon on guests, visitors and societies.

ACTION GALLERY - 1. NEIL FUREY, 2 MICK SEERY, 3 MARY HORAN 4. JOHN SMYTH, 5 GER COUGHLAN 

WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM – One of the hard and fast rules of the WHS is that if you have signaled your intention to play (on computer or app, in competition or otherwise) you MUST return your score afterwards. The system relies on the golfers integrity to record scores be they good, bad or indifferent.

As part of the WHS cards can be handed in for handicapping purposes whether playing in competition or not. You must declare your intention to do so in advance of starting a round and you must have your scores marked by another person.

Before playing you should either enter your details on the shop computer i.e. Handicap Master or alternatively via the Golf Ireland app on your phone. Your score then has to be entered on the computer or app. If using the app you will be asked to give your markers details and they have to verify your round before it’s accepted. The WHS updates every night so you won’t need to contact us to find out your new handicap index etc. it will always be on the Golf Ireland portal and appears as soon as you log in to the computer.  

BRS TIMESHEETS – Booking up to Sunday 9th May is now available. From the 10th onwards we can revert to 4 balls but we will have 3 balls from 8.00 to 9.30 on Saturdays and Sundays. Due to the heavy demand on weekend tee times casual members can only book primetime slots on Saturday or Sunday from the Friday onwards.

COURSE REPORT - It is very important that all members realise the hard working green keeping team who have absolute right of way on the course over golfers. Please refrain from hitting balls when they are in the vicinity unless you can see they have clearly stopped to let you play on. Under no circumstances should any staff member ever be prevented from doing their job by a golfer be they members or visitors.

ARCHIVE – This week’s selection from the newspaper archives is from a Westmeath Independent dated 12/1/1972.  “Over thirty played for P.J. Mahon’s prize on Sunday last. The winner was Eugene Colgan, by a half shot from Tim Casey and George Bowen. The fourball league quarter final was also played on Sunday between George Casey and P.J. Grogan and George Bowen and Andy McLoughlin, when the latter pairing proved too strong for the former. The way is now clear for the semi-finals of this competition. The first semi-final pairing should prove a big draw when A. Commerton and Tommy O’Brien play George Bowen and Andy McLoughlin. This should prove a needle game. Sunday next: Turkey competition.”

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


Club notes 25/4/2021..The sun'll come out tomorrow....

As the golf clubs re-open this week and I walk on to the 1st tee box I might be forgiven for saying “That's one small step for man, one giant leap for golfers”. Maybe it’s not quite as important as a moon landing but finally we edge forward on the road to living a normal life. Then I’ll probably have to hit a second ball after watching the first one sail towards a packed car park! I was keeping a close eye on the BRS system last Tuesday morning at 9am when we opened it for the first day. By 9.03 we had 85 names on the timesheet. Wow I thought I’m obviously not the only one taking a half day. We are delighted to welcome all our members back and hope everyone enjoys their long overdue return to the fairways but as the fella used to say on Hill Street Blues – let’s be careful out there!

  • Only fully paid up members can play golf. Green fee or Society bookings are not being accepted until we are further advised by Golf Ireland.
  • No organised social gatherings, of any size, are permitted at golf facilities. All golf activities should be on a "arrive-play-depart without delay" basis.
  • Bunkers shall be rake free.
  • Flagsticks must remain in the hole.
  • Whether playing in 2, 3 or 4 balls players should be from no more than 2 households.
  • Tee times must be booked in advance via BRS and no ‘walk ups’ will be allowed.
  • Cards counting for handicaps (competitions or casual) must be filled in and signed by the marker who should clearly write the players name on the card also. No swapping cards.

WORLD HANDICAP SYSTEM – As part of the new World Handicap System cards can be handed in for handicapping purposes whether playing in competition or not. You must declare your intention to do so in advance of starting a round and you must have your scores marked by another person. This means from Monday on you should either enter your details on the shop computer i.e. Master Scoreboard or alternatively via the Golf Ireland app which was launched last week. Your score then has to be entered on the computer or app. You will be asked to give your markers details on the app and they will have to verify your round before it’s accepted. The WHS updates at midnight so you won’t need to contact us to find out your new handicap index etc. it will all be on the Golf Ireland portal.  

 

BRS TIMESHEETS – Booking up to Sunday 2nd May is now available and the BRS will continue to open approximately 5-6 days in advance. Due to the reduced tee times available casual members can only book primetime slots on Saturday or Sunday from the Friday onwards.

FIXTURES LIST - The Mens fixture list is on the website for June to September with more to follow. I would just like to reiterate that we really do have the most loyal and generous sponsors. Thank you all.

COURSE REPORT – Although I shouldn’t have to remind you it is vital that everyone playing this week repairs divots and pitch marks. Do not leave it up to the conscientious few. 

A new toilet facility has been installed adjacent to the 8th green. This is something members have been suggesting for a number of years so please play your part now in keeping it clean.

The 9th hole has been reshaped and the out of bounds area on the right has been increased significantly. The likelihood is now that any shot going right will be out of play so it is critical that you keep left on this hole from now on.

The ‘green, white and gold' flag system for ‘front, middle and back’ on the greens is no more. To give the greenkeepers greater flexibility regarding hole locations we will have blue flags on the front 9 and white flags on the back 9.

ARCHIVE – This week’s selection from the newspaper archives is from a Westmeath Examiner dated 11/9/1982.  “On Sunday last the Lady President’s Prize (Polly Buckley) was played for in very windy weather. Over sixty ladies teed off and the scoring was very good with three ladies finishing on 65 nett. On the breakdown of the cards the winner was Mrs. C. Doyle, in second place came Mrs. S. Flanagan and third place went to Mrs. Michael Cooney. The fourth place went to Mrs. A. McLoughlin with 66 nett. The two nines prizes went to Mrs. PJ Grogan of Glasson and Mrs. S. Ronnaghan also of Glasson. The mixed foursomes in the evening was won by Mick Glennon and Claire Galvin with Seamus Dolan and Sally Glennon in second place. During this competition Mrs. Anita McLoughlin had a hole in one on the fourth. The prizes were presented to the winners at a function in the clubhouse on Sunday night. On Saturday and Sunday next the annual Garda outing will be played over eighteen holes.”

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


Club notes 18/4/21..............8 more sleeps.....

Well we’re another week closer to teeing off again and hopefully nothing drastic happens in the meantime to change that target date of April 26th. Golfers everywhere are busy cleaning clubs, polishing shoes, shining balls, emptying pockets rooting for tees and no doubt some will find the bananas they left in their bag before Christmas!

The front garden is looking well. 

  • Initially only fully paid up members can play golf. Green fee or Society bookings are not to be accepted until further advised by Golf Ireland.
  • No organised social gatherings, of any size, are permitted at golf facilities. All golf activities should be on a "arrive-play-depart without delay" basis.
  • Bunkers shall be rake free.
  • Flagsticks must remain in the hole.
  • Whether playing in 2, 3 or 4 balls players should be from no more than 2 households.
  • Tee times must be booked in advance via BRS and no ‘walk ups’ will be allowed.
  • And in a change for us – cards counting for handicaps (competitions or casual) must be filled in and signed by the marker who should clearly write the players name on the card also. No swapping cards.

Hopefully this constantly empty car park will soon be a distant memory! 

BRS TIMESHEETS – I was asked to delay opening the BRS up for Monday 26th until Tuesday 20th @ 9am so that’s the way it’s been set up. We are going 3 balls every 9 minutes for now but this will be subject to ongoing monitoring and further guidance from Golf Ireland etc. As a result the 27th will be available on the 21st, 28th on the 22nd and so on. This will probably last for a while until we get a handle on numbers playing every day. Casual members can only book primetime slots on Saturday or Sunday from the Friday onwards.

FIXTURES LIST - The Mens fixture list on the website has been updated (June to September) with more to follow. I would just like to say at this stage that we really do have the most loyal and generous sponsors imaginable for a small club. Not one I’ve spoken to has declined so far. Thank you all.

COURSE REPORT – The bunkers were given a makeover on Saturday thanks to a dedicated bunch of volunteers who gave up their day for our benefit. Now all we have to do is not go into them!  

ARCHIVE – This week’s selection from the newspaper archives is slightly fresher than usual being from the Westmeath Independent dated 13/4/2013 – “Congratulations to the Mixed Foursomes team under the excellent management of Betty Behan & Eamon Connolly who had a great win over Castle Barna on Sunday. The team won two matches away on the 13th & 16th holes while at home one match was won on the 13th & the 2nd halved on the 18th. Well done to all concerned and best of luck in the next round. Ladies, you will be glad to know that we have at last got 2 teams to play in the final of the Winter/Spring League. The teams are Kathleen Conlon, Mary Rose Coughlan & Loreto Boland against Sinead Healy, Betty Behan & Marie Dolan. Best of luck to both teams. The Ladies Committee are busy organising the Fashion Show to be held on Wednesday night in the Grand Hotel Moate. Please come and bring your friends. Tickets available from committee members, in the shop or on the night.”

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


Club Notes 11/4/2021

As if we weren’t already chomping at the bit for golf, I’m sure the Masters at Augusta over the past 4 days has further whetted the appetite for all the golfers anxiously awaiting the re-opening of our golf clubs. While not quite up to that standard, we hope everything will be as perfect as possible on your return.

  • Initially (as expected) only fully paid up members can play golf. Green fee bookings are not to be accepted until further advised by Golf Ireland.
  • No organised social gatherings, of any size, are permitted at golf facilities. All golf activities should be on a "arrive-play-depart without delay" basis.
  • Bunkers shall be rake less,
  • Flagsticks must remain in the hole,
  • Whether playing in 2,3 or 4 balls players should be from no more than 2 households,
  • Tee times must be booked in advance via BRS and no ‘walk ups’ will be allowed,
  • And in a change for us – cards counting for handicaps (competitions or casual) must be filled in and signed by the marker who should clearly write the players name on the card also. No swapping cards.

TIMESHEETS - We’ve had some enquiries as to when the BRS will open up as the 26th resumption creeps closer. The current plan is to open the 26th booking sheet on the 19th, the 27th on the 20th and so on for the first few days at least which we anticipate will be very busy. This and any further instructions will be emailed to all fully paid up members well in advance of the 26th.

COURSE REPORT – We’ve had the volunteer builders in doing a great job on the practice driving net. Thanks to Sean Dunne for the photo. 

ARCHIVE – This week’s sole selection from the newspaper archives is from the Offaly Independent dated 17/4/1965 – “The March prize, which was completed on Sunday, proved to be a very interesting competition. Three best were as follows: - Michael Adamson (13) 90 ½; Tommy O’Brien (9) 91 ½; and Paddy Ryan (16) 92. Fourball: P.C. Lynam (13) and M. Adamson (13) 8 up. On Sunday, 11th, the draw for Presidents Cup took place. This event is looked forward to by all members as it proves to be a very exciting contest every year. All records were beaten on the Golf Links on Sunday, April 4th when the well-known golfer, Mr. Sean Manning, holed in one at the 6th, a 170 yards hole. He was highly congratulated.”

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


Club Notes 4/4/2021 - The Easter Bunny has landed!

D-Day is Monday 26th April so no doubt thousands of golf club members all over the country have booked the day off work and will be hot footing it to the first tee at their local golf club. You can head over to GolfIreland.ie for the full return to golf protocols but here are some highlights to get you started.

  • Initially (as expected) only fully paid up members can play golf. Green fee bookings are not to be accepted until further advised by Golf Ireland.
  • No organised social gatherings, of any size, are permitted at golf facilities. All golf activities should be on a "arrive-play-depart without delay" basis.
  • Bunkers shall be rake less,
  • Flagsticks must remain in the hole,
  • Whether playing in 2,3 or 4 balls players should be from no more than 2 households,
  • Tee times must be booked in advance via BRS and no ‘walk ups’ will be allowed,
  • And in a change for us – cards counting for handicaps (competitions or casual) must be filled in and signed by the marker who should clearly write the players name on the card also. No swapping cards.

COURSE REPORT – I'll just let these photos speak for themselves......

ANDY'S ARCHIVE – As usual I’ve been dipping in and out of the newspaper archives and this week I start with the Westmeath Independent dated 5/8/1961 which reported –

“One of the best competitions for many years was held at Moate Golf Club on Sunday last. The competition was the Bankers Prize for which there was an excellent entry. The course was in grand order and the standard of play was high all-round. The competition was won by Mr. W. Lynam Jnr (22) 1 up, who won on the second nine from Mr. M. Adamson (22) 1 up. Next Sunday, Joe Egan’s prize will be competed for, 18 holes stroke.”

Next up is the Offaly Independent 1/7/1950

Followed by Irish Independent 16/7/1997 

Westmeath Independent 18/9/1948

and finally Offaly Independent 21/9/1973

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


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