Gents Notes w/e Sunday 25th April 2021

Life After Lockdown
Not a cloud in the sky, temperature has risen to 12 degrees by 10a.m, the trees are budding all round you and the birds are singing in full voice. Rejoice, you are back where you want to be amongst your friends in the midst of the natural beauty that is West Waterford golf club. Don’t worry too much whether you hit your drive 20 yards or 200 yards, or if you miss a 9 inch putt. You have waited patiently since last December for this special day April 26 2021. Enjoy every minute of it and if you don’t play today there’s no rush with plenty of fine days to come. The important thing is to play the game and if you have a good score it’s a bonus. To each one of you we say a big Welcome back and it’s our pleasure to see you all again.

New Members Welcome
West Waterford welcomes new members tour club. We are offering competitive rates inclusive of Golf Ireland levies for first time members. We look forward to welcoming back many of the members who joined us last year during the Covid epidemic. Further details available by contacting Gillian on 058 43216 during normal office hours.

Contact the Office
As and from Monday 26th April, you can contact Gillian at the office from Monday to Saturday. At other times please leave a message and we will contact you. Ring 058 43216 You can email the office at info@westwaterfordgolf.com

Online Booking for Members
In order to book tee times members are required to have paid 50% of their annual subscription or alternatively signed up for direct debit payment. If you haven’t done so already please contact the office as soon as possible. Online booking is now available. Tee times are limited to two members from different households. If you wish to book a three ball from a maximum of two households you should contact the office on 058 43216 to complete the booking.

Golf and Living with Covid-19 in ROI from April 26th
We welcome the fact that golf, along with tennis, will be the first sports which will open from April 26th. We look forward to members having the opportunity to exercise and play golf in a safe manner. Given the continuing seriousness of the public health situation, the Government has put some limitations on the initial phase. These are reflected in the Return to Golf Protocol which has been finalised in consultation with Sport Ireland and the Expert Group on Sport. The main purpose of this protocol is to keep golfers and the wider community safe and we urge you to continue to comply with its measures when golf resumes.

Golf Ireland issue Protocol for the Initial Phase of Reopening
Following engagement with the relevant Government departments and agencies, Golf Ireland can confirm the following measures apply to the initial phase of the reopening of Clubs in the Republic of Ireland from 26th April 2021.
• 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.
• In the initial phase, the Irish Government have decided that participants in sport and exercise activity must be from no more than two households. Therefore, groups playing on golf courses during this 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.
• Daily timesheets are restricted as follows: Two-balls at eight-minute intervals or longer • Three-balls from no more than two households at nine-minute intervals or longer • Four-balls from no more than two households at 10-minute intervals or longer .
• To give clubs as much scope to accommodate golfers within these requirements, golf clubs will not be required to confine themselves to one standardised starting interval each day (for example, should a club decide to organise most of its tee times in eight-minute intervals for two-balls, they may choose to include a block of 10-minute interval times for three-balls and four-balls where the golfers 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.

Flag Poles and Bunkers
You are reminded not to touch the flag pole on the greens. Use your putter to pop up the ball gently, using the device on the bottom of the pole. There are no rakes in bunkers so under a local rule you can place within 6 inches in a bunker..

Members Responsibility
All members are required to fully comply with all parts of the Protocol. Your club will do everything possible to ensure a safe return but it is only with the full cooperation of the members that we can fully implement the protocol. This is the first phase of the reopening and restrictions will ease over time. We will keep you informed of updates as we receive them. We have successfully gone through the process in previous reopening, thanks to your cooperation. We look forward to your continued support this time.

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. 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. When the course reopens we will be available to assist you with any queries you may have. A list of member handicap indices is posted on the outdoor notice board. However, as your handicap is updated daily under the new system it is essential that you register online for your WHS handicap. In the meantime you should log on to www.golfnet.ie/whs where you will find lots of useful information regarding the new system.