Skibbereen & West Carbery Golf Club have launched a new membership scheme which should prove very attractive to many of Cork’s golfers. They are set to take advantage of a new handicapping rule, they have just launched an innovative club membership scheme with an annual cost of just €175. New rules which come in from the 1st March mean that golfers can only play in qualifying competitions outside of their home club only if they have three qualifying rounds in their home club in the previous 12 months. This has the potential to disrupt many of those golfers who hold distance memberships in clubs outside Cork, especially those who play most of their golf in local open competitions while not playing in their home course. The €175 membership option includes three rounds of golf to comply with the handicapping rules.
After that it’s pay and play with a reduced rate of €10 for a round and just €5 for nine holes. To help the scheme, the club is launching a buddy system to help newcomers to find playing partners. The new membership option is available to both ladies and gents and the only additional cost is the GUI or ILGU fee.
For ladies who have never played the game before or those who would like to come back to golf, there’s the Ladies ‘Get into Golf Programme’. Assisted by officers from CGI, the ladies Captain Una Murray has drawn up a 9 week introductory programme. The first evening is free and all equipment will be supplied. PGA Club Professional Ian Stafford will provide the technical coaching and will be assisted by a number of club volunteers. The first session takes place on Friday 17th April and bookings can be made by contacting the club. The club holds regular weekend competitions and Monday nights will see the return of the 9 hole men’s High/Low competition which will commence in April. This programme welcomes any men who would like to try the game under the guidance of members for a nominal fee on the night. Equipment is available for anyone new to golf.
Club Captain Frank Ryan, is convinced a fresh approach to golf membership is the way forward. “We’re delighted with the amount of interest Pay As You Golf membership has generated. The initial reaction has been very positive and we have welcomed several new members to the club already, including our very first Pay As You Golf member Liam O’Brien.” Golf in West Cork dates back well over 100 years and the club will celebrate 80 years at their course in Licknavar. The Eddie Hackett designed layout stretches to almost 6,000 yards and is just 3km outside Skibbereen. As well as the traditional full membership options, Skibbereen offers Family membership and membership for the under 18s as well as Country and Overseas membership for golfers who have membership at another club. Rhona O’Donoghue, club P.R.O. would like to encourage people of all ages to visit what she calls the friendliest club in Cork: “Playing golf is the ideal way to exercise and make new friends. As the club proudly marks eighty years of golf at Licknavar this year, we extend a warm welcome to people of all ages to ‘give golf a go’. Buggy hire, cart, trolley and club hire are all available to visitors and guests.”
Skibbereen & West Carbery Golf Club: Chairman Frank Ryan; Vice Chairman Una Murray; Hon Secretary Michael Collins; Hon Treasurer Bernie Ryan; Bar Secretary Liam Ennis; Hon PRO Rhona O’Donoghue; Vice Captain Mens Liam Ennis; Vice Captain Ladies Maureen O’Regan; Mens President Brendan Hamilton; Ladies President Margaret Foley; Past Captain Diarmuid Hayes; Past Lady Captain Hilda Hegarty; Committee: John McNamara, Mary Crowley, Finbar Buckley, Maura Dwyer.