Cups & Shields set for Changes

Munster Golf Annual Delegates MeetingIn a bold move the GUI have just published a wave of proposals that could see major changes to the Cups and Shields.  The final decision on the proposals will also go back to club via the Provincial delegate meetings which take place next month.  Clubs are now being asked to discuss proposed changes to Junior Cup, the Jimmy Bruen and Purcell Purcell competitions in the biggest shake up in three decades.  With over 40,000 golfers taking part in the national competitions each year, the proposals represent the outputs of a survey involving 4,000 golfers.  The survey highlighted the significant need for reform, and a full review took place over the past six months to build a comprehensive set of proposals which give clubs the opportunity to amend the main inter-club handicap competitions.  While various club motions through the years have been defeated, there is a feeling now that a number of key central proposals will have a great chance of being passed.  The first proposal is to reduce the handicap limit for the Junior Cup from 5 to 4, and this is being proposed by three Continue reading

New Member Applications open in Douglas

Douglas Golf ClubDouglas Golf Club have just opened applications for membership in 2018.  The southside club operated a similar process last year and the all of the available places were fully subscribed.  It’s an exciting time for Douglas.  After extensive research and planning the club has just commenced and ambitious programme that will see a major expansion to their practice facilities, and also a brand new five hole short game area.  The facility upgrade will be followed by a major upgrade to the clubhouse and proshop.  That is currently at design stage and is scheduled for completion in early 2019.

Douglas reduced the joining fee a few years ago, and introduced a new membership programme which saw the club open for applications at this time of year.  The club remains popular with Cork golfers and has seen membership numbers climb back to peak levels over the past four years.  Anyone interested in joining the club should contact Conor O’Brien, Manager, Douglas Golf Club.  The final date for completed applications is 15th November.

Busy Autumn at Fota Island Academy

Fota Island Academy_Ronan Collins_3 (002)For many people, Autumn marks the end of the golf season, but that’s not the case for teaching professional Ronan Collins.  Ronan is based in the Academy at Fota Island and he’s looking forward to a busy off-season as many golfers will continue to work on their games over the winter months.  Collins joined the team in Fota earlier this year and has had a great first season at the Academy.  “I have loved my first summer in Fota Island, the warmth and support that I received from staff and members at the club has been fantastic” said Ronan on his first few months.  “I’m looking forward to a busy winter season ahead with group lessons planned as well as new product releases It is always an exciting time of the year.”  Having qualified in Monkstown under Batt Murphy, Collins is now a seasoned teaching pro, and having spent time in teaching, retail and custom fitting roles, he’s now delighted with his move to Fota.  “I find my job very fulfilling; I get to spend my day in top class facilities helping golfers improve their games in many ways” said Collins from his base at the Academy.  “With some I see improvements through lessons and others I see improvements Continue reading