Gents Notes w/e Sun 29th Nov 2020

Dear Santa,
First of all we hope you are keeping well. Thank you for enlightening our Politicians to allow us back playing Golf from tomorrow 1st December. If it’s not too much of an ask, can you please enlighten, the very same Politicians over the festive season, that instead of closing down Golf again in 2021, they start to encourage more people to take up Golf; the holistic benefits of time spent in the great outdoors in West Waterford are well recognised. 
Secondly, any chance you can bring me a dozen new golf balls, with nobody playing for the past 6 weeks, I have not had a chance to replenish my lost golf balls!
Finally Santa, I’d really love two tickets for the All Ireland Hurling Final and support the Deise when they head to Croke Park again in a couple of weeks. OK, I know the aforementioned have put a stop to this as well, but if it is not too much of a stretch on the 2020 Santa letter, having the Liam McCarthy in Grattan Square on Christmas morning would do nicely (never too late to believe in Santa)

Deise Delight
Heartiest congratulations to Liam and the team on another spectacular performance in beating the auld enemy to reach another All Ireland final. In doing so they proved that there is more than one way to skin a cat. We look forward to the next episode in Croke Park on Sunday 13th December when we hope to get revenge for the narrow defeat by Limerick in the Munster Final. This is the Big One. Up the Deise. You have given us a great lift just when we needed it most. Keep up the good work.

Welcome Back
We look forward to seeing old friends and renewing acquaintances when we return to the fairways at West Waterford on Tuesday 1st December. Our course crew have been busy sanding fairways and dressing the greens to ensure all will be ready and waiting on Tuesday morning. So shine the clubs and polish the shoes and put a few extra balls in the bag as it may take a few holes to adjust the tracking.

Calculate your Course Handicap
Once you have decided which tees you are going to play you must convert your handicap index into a Course handicap. Your Course Handicap provides you with the number of strokes you need to help you play to your handicap based on the difficulty of the course and the set of tees you will be playing. The conversion process is easy and can be done by using the look-up table located on the outdoor notice board to the left of the main entrance door. For qualifying competitions your club software will do the calculation for you when you sign in.

Behind the Scenes
Our incoming captain Edward is making progress in forming his new team and is recruiting some new additions to his committee. The handicap committee have been busy over the past few weeks dealing with the changeover to WHS. We have dealt with a number of queries from members and with the exception of a few outstanding issues, are making satisfactory progress. Any members requiring assistance can contact the office on 05843216 or Pat Power on 0876611276. If we don’t have the answers we can direct your query to the relevant authorities

 How to access your WHS handicap
To access your handicap information you must create a new account. To create an account you should log o to www.golfireland.ie to register for the first time. You will be asked to enter your 8 digit GUI number and your 4 digit pin both of which are found on the back of your GUI membership card. If you do not have a membership card please contact the office or Pat Power on 0876611276. Once you have registered you will have access to your handicap details and records. We would urge all members to register now in order to familiarise yourselves with the WHS system. You can also log on to www.golfnet.ie/whs where you will find lots of useful information regarding the new system.

Winter Rules Golf
This means that competitions will be non qualifying for handicap purposes. Competitions will be played over a shorter course and may be 9, 13, or 16 holes. Placing will be allowed on fairways and in the rough. A domestic handicap system will be in effect for competitions during the winter rules period. This will not affect your official WHS handicap.

Covid-19 Protocol
I am sure most of you are now familiar with the protocol as it relates to Golf clubs. Your cooperation to date is greatly appreciated and has kept you and your fellow members safe. We are asking you to maintain and even increase the effort to reduce the spread of the virus.
All tee times must be booked in advance and we must have the names of all players. Guest is simply not acceptable as a booking entry.
Wash your hands regularly
You must wear a face mask if you intend on entering the building.
Please don’t ask for change at the counter.
Social distancing must be observed at all times.
Do not remove the flagstick on the green
Use the sanitizer provided and have a small bottle of sanitizer in your bag.
Do not hang around once you have finished your game.
Players violating the rules will be requested to leave the premises.

Prize Vouchers Supporting Local Business
Most of our competition prizes at West Waterford are in the form of our unique club vouchers. There are still a large number of vouchers out there that have not been redeemed. Why not conduct a search of your car, your golf bag or your bedside locker and you might find yourself an early Christmas present. Our vouchers can be redeemed at any of our nine sponsors businesses. They can also be used as part payment of your annual subscription. At West Waterford we like to support local business so whether or not you find that missing voucher keep your town in business by keeping your business in town.