Castlemartyr focuses on Junior Golf
By Niall O’Shea
Castlemartyr Golf Club are joining the growing trend of boosting juvenile members and have recently focused on building their numbers of junior golfers. Over the past 18 months the club has made junior golf a key priority and this year Club Captain JP Twomey is actively developing their juvenile programme.
The Kerry native is delighted with the progress they have made over the past year: “At present there are over 30 juvenile members and it’s growing steadily. Coaching started last month with the assistance of our Head PGA Professional Brady Sherwood and his Assistant Alan Gleeson. This year will see Castlemartyr represented in the Fred Daly competition for the first time. Competitions have been put in place for juveniles with an exciting summer planned and an inaugural junior matchplay and captains prize.” Castlemartyr is one of a large number of clubs reviewing their junior golf structures and Twomey is keen to build a solid foundation for the club; “I recently met with Jennifer Hickey, development officer of the Confederation of Golf in Ireland and we’re currently putting structures in place for our juveniles. It acknowledges that juveniles are the backbone of a club and need to be supported and nurtured.” Membership is currently open for juniors and adults with full details available from the club.
The very popular course is going to be a busy place this year with bookings already set to exceed their opening year in 2007. The club and the course are running several competitions and the first club open weekend is less than two weeks away. The Mahers Golf sponsored weekend takes place next weekend (May bank holiday weekend) and tee times are available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Some great golf prizes are on offer and entry is €30 per person. The L’Oreal Open Weekend takes place at the end of June and the very popular McCarthy Insurances Scratch Cup weekend will be held over the August bank holiday weekend.
Director of Golf Brady Sherwood is really looking forward to the season as it gets into full swing: “The course was good all through the winter and we only lost two days when the course was closed. The course is playing very well at the moment, it’s very firm with a great linksy feel to it. Our golf bookings are over 20% up on last year so it’s will be our busiest year since we opened in 2007.” The 18 hole, 6,790 yd, Par 72, inland links style course was opened in 2007, and became an immediate favourite for Cork golfers. It was designed by Ron Kirby who also designed Dromoland, Old Head and Mount Julliet. The popular Australian has worked hard to keep the course as a top destination for societies and green fee golfers. He’s currently running an exciting weekly qualifier for a trip to the Old Head. Anyone playing in the regular “Tuesday Blues” open singles can opt to enter the qualifier with the winner every Tuesday booking a place in the Old Head on 7th July. The competition runs every Tuesday through April, May and June.