Castletown Golf Links
Castletown Golf Club
The bad weather last Saturday provided the ideal opportunity to take advantage of our splendid indoor practice facility at Castletown. Francis Thoday and I pitted our wits against the Black Brook course and I can really recommend the Skytrak system as it gives extremely accurate and interesting feedback.
This Friday evening the Men’s Annual Dinner takes place at No.19 and promises to be an enjoyable and entertaining occasion although it is slightly disappointing that there will only be 44 attendees. Perhaps the 08:00 shotgun start on Saturday for the Greenkeepers’ Benefit put members off.
I hope as many people as possible will turn up and show their generous support for our hard working green keepers and attend the Saturday lunchtime prize presentation for the last ever Permanent Bank International sponsored event. On behalf of the Club I once again extend our grateful thanks to Barry Watts and PBI for their valued support over the years.
November is the Dreamcatcher Appeal month and as this is my chosen charity I am delighted that thanks to Will Halsall (No.19) and KPMG we will have the opportunity to support it with our Beaujolais Nouveau Cup charity event on Friday 17th November. Even if you can’t participate you can always buy raffle tickets, donate a prize or put in a bid for the framed Road Hole H M Bateman cartoon.
Your Board has been working hard to finalise the Service Level Agreement with the Links and this has now been approved by IOMG who are satisfied that the arrangements we are making for administration of our competitions and handicaps will preserve the future of the Club as the authorised affiliated body.
This Agreement is set to come into force on 1st January 2018 and shortly I will be circulating the wording to members together with a covering note of explanation.
What I can promise is that the role of future captains should be far more ceremonial and focused on enhancing the social and fun side of golf. Our incoming captain, Mike Horsthuis, will be the perfect ambassador for the new role and such is my commitment and belief that we are moving in the right direction that I can announce that I intend to stand for re-election to the Board of Club at the AGM in December.
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The course is now open for play in groups of up to 4 people. Anyone wishing to play MUST MAKE AN ADVANCED TEE BOOKING via the website, app or by telephone. Social Distancing MUST be observed at all times. The Clubhouse, locker rooms and Bay Green rem
Sunday 31st May 2020
Our captain, Graham Harris, was presented with a plaque by club president Sam Skelton. The socially distanced onlookers also politely applauded as our honorary secretary, Robert Gardner, and the lady captain Maryann Dunn made up the first fourball setting off from new tee boxes.
Thursday 21st May 2020
Contrary to rumour and expectation the Department of Education, Sport and Culture has just confirmed that, subject to acceptable risk assessments, golf clubs across the island can resume four-ball golf with immediate effect. This is welcome news and was the only logical outcome following the Chief Minister’s recent announcement that up to ten people could congregate, subject to social distancing, in people’s gardens.
Tuesday 19th May 2020
Golfers across the island are eagerly awaiting the resumption of social golf but bureaucracy and perceived congestion problems could hamper your plans to arrange that much awaited friendly four-ball. No, I am not talking about snotty nosed players, but the volume of vehicles arriving at the same time at golf club car parks.
Castletown Golf Links
Fort Island Road, Derbyhaven
Isle of Man, Great Britain IM9 1UA
T: 01624 822211
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