Gents Notes w/e Sun 4th April 2021

COVID-19, GOLF IRELAND HQ 30 March 2021
Following this evening’s announcement from the Irish Government, it has been confirmed that golf will be one of the first sports to resume for mass participation in the Republic of Ireland. 
We welcome the fact that golf, along with tennis, will be the first sports which will open from April 26th. While this is some weeks away, we look forward to members having the opportunity to exercise and play golf in a safe manner.
Following intensive engagement with the Department of Sport and Sport Ireland, Golf Ireland  has drafted a Return to Golf Protocol to assist clubs in their preparation for the resumption of play. Now that the resumption of golf has been confirmed, this will be finalised in consultation with the relevant authorities, and issued to clubs as soon as possible. 
Golf Ireland has also raised the potential impact of continuing travel restrictions on golf clubs, particularly on those located close to county boundaries and we welcome the confirmation this evening that the extension of travel restrictions next month to county-wide or 20kms. This will facilitate the vast majority of golfers to play at their clubs from April 26th.
Golf Ireland’s priority continues to be the safe resumption of all golfing activities at the earliest possible opportunity. We look forward to continuing to engage with the relevant departments and agencies in the coming days and weeks to progress, as quickly as the public health situation will allow, the full return of all activities associated with our sport, as well as a comprehensive calendar of inter-club events and championships over the coming months. 
We commend golf clubs and members for their track record of compliance with the Return to Golf Protocol, which has significantly contributed to golf being one of the first sports to resume. We urge all club officials and members to familiarise themselves with the Protocol when released so that we can all play our part keeping our members and communities safe. 

Return to golf Protocol
Golf Ireland has issued a return to golf protocol to help clubs with the reopening of golf courses. Listed below are some of the main points as they apply to members.

Golf Clubs can reopen from Monday 26th April for members only; Golfers must only travel from within their county or within 20km of their home to play golf.
Groups playing on golf courses during the initial phase must be confined to a maximum of two households. This means that all tee times must be either twoballs, or alternatively three-balls and four-balls where players in the group are from no more than two households.
Tee times must be booked in advance online or over the telephone. Clubs must ensure that players’ names are recorded on timesheets and timesheets must be kept for a period of at least six weeks to assist with contact tracing should the need arise.
No organised social gatherings, of any size, are permitted at golf facilities. All golf activities should be organised based on “arrival-play-depart without delay”.
Sunshine Classic 2021
Down the years our annual fundraising event, the Sunshine Classic was held over Easter week. This year we had the sunshine but unfortunately our course was closed due to Covid restrictions. The proceeds from the event have made a major contribution to course maintenance and numerous course improvements. We would hope to reschedule the event for later in the year when we can welcome members and visitors to enjoy a round of golf while sampling the natural beauty our course has to offer.

Masters Week at Augusta National
It’s that time of year again when golfers tune in to the main event on the PGA Tour schedule. The return of a limited number of spectators should add an extra bit of atmosphere as we watch to see who dons the green jacket on Sunday evening.

Contact the Office
You can contact the office by ringing 058 43216 on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 10a.m and 12 noon.

Stay Safe and Talk to Someone
You probably haven’t seen many of your golfing buddies for some time now. It might be a nice idea to text or call your friends and share a message or a few words. We will be back on the course in less than three weeks time. In the meantime please keep in touch, it might mean a lot to someone you know. We look forward to seeing you all very soon.