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Moate Golf Club - Co Westmeath

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Moate Golf Club

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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 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 


Club Notes 28/3/2021....I'll have a latte and a left handed glove......

All fully paid up members of golf clubs throughout the country are no doubt anxiously awaiting the outcome of the Government/NPHET deliberations on the 5th April next. It’s likely they will be the only ones allowed golf in their own club and entertaining green fees or societies will not be covered in the initial relaxing of the rules. Without getting too political if we are going by previous talks we’ll hear what’s happening on Sunday 4th! Seriously though, fingers crossed it’s positive news for all golf clubs and we can get back to the fairways at long last.   

SHOP NEWS – The coffee machine has arrived is operational and it’s got the seal of approval from Head Coffee taster George Garvey.   

COURSE UPDATE – All the greens have been hollow tined and sanded so they should be in perfect condition for our return to action.

GOLF IRELAND – Golf Ireland wishes to recruit experienced volunteers to fill the roles of Interprovincial Team Captain and Team Manager/Selector across the four Regions. Closing date is April 9th and there are 10 positions available. Check out the Golf Ireland website for further details.

Nice paint job in the mens locker room. 

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – My weekly foray into the newspaper archives provides this item from a Westmeath Independent dated 11/2/1994 and covers our Ladies AGM.

“Moate Golf Club AGM (Ladies section) was held in the clubhouse on Sunday, 30th January 1994. The Following officers were elected for the coming year; Lady President Margo Maxwell, Lady Captain Ann Flannery, Vice-Captain Emer Quinn, Hon. Secretary Marjorie Lowe, Hon. Treasurer Frances Longworth, Handicap Secretary Kathleen Grogan, PRO Patricia Burke & Elizabeth Ross. Committee: Rosemary Rowe, Geraldine Coughlan, Denise Lynam, Nuala Power, Sheila Flanagan.”

We also have an item from the Limerick Leader of 1/12/2001

and finish this week with results from Mullingar GC in Westmeath Examiner of 16/9/1951 

 

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


Club Notes 21/3/2021

2021 MEMBERSHIP  –  We are delighted to see that membership fees are still coming in but for those of you who still have to pay membership, Anna is available all week to facilitate payment. As previously stated course expenses don’t decrease while we are shut so it is essential that we collect overdue membership as soon as possible. When we resume activities if will only be fully paid up members who can immediately avail of the facilities. Going by previous experiences it is unlikely there will be green fees or society bookings allowed for some time.

SHOP NEWS  – The shelves are filling up and we’ve upgraded our till so it now comes with a hi-tech scanner. This will enable us to process sales quicker, have better stock control and monitor what’s selling well or otherwise.  

COURSE UPDATE  – The chainsaw has been in action again making a little more room around the 10th tee.

2021 FIXTURES Although we have to wait for official news on an actual start date we have been pencilling in some fixtures for the season ahead. Dermot Kenny’s Presidents Prize has been brought forward a week to Sunday 29th August and the Classic has been provisionally moved to an earlier than usual spot in July.

GOLF IRELAND – Better news north of the border than south it seems. Golf Ireland warmly welcomes the news that golf will be one of the first sports to resume under Step 2 of the Northern Ireland Executive's reopening pathway to begin on April 1st. Golf Ireland has been engaging with the NI Executive, Department of Communities and Sport NI and has finalised the Return to Golf Protocol document which demonstrates an incremental approach to reopening. Golf Ireland are also continuing to engage intensively with the Irish Government, highlighting the safety and health benefits of golf and working towards the resumption of golf as soon as the public health situation allows.

WEBSITE – We would like to thank Padraig Keenan for all the work he has done recently to upgrade our website. As he said not to mention it don’t tell him I told you! Although it’s not on their website as yet I happen to know that Padraig has been selected on the Leinster Regional Handicapping Sub-Committee. Padraig’s embracing of the WHS has been a massive asset to the club and we are certain he will do likewise with the region. And who said the best thing to come out of Aughrim was the road to Glenealy?????

ANDY’S ARCHIVE – This week’s dip into the newspaper archives provides these 4 items from the Westmeath Independent starting on 13/6/1997

Next it's the 28/7/1995 

Regards,  

Andy Dunne 

Moate Golf Club 

Hon. Secretary & P.R.O 


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