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.
Course Open. Buggies are not permitted today (Thursday 13th) Please repair pitchmarks. Please keep trollies outside of green ropes areas and off tee boxes.
Sunday 16th February 2020
Congratulations go to Rowany’s pro golfer Tom Gandy for his efforts on the Sunshine Tour in South Africa. Not only did he make the cut but up until the 8th hole in the final round at Fancourt he was on the front page of the leaderboard. Unfortunately, a quadruple bogey on the 9th dropped him out of contention. Bravely finishing with back-to-back birdies Gandy clawed his way up to joint 25th place on 11 under par.
Sunday 9th February 2020
In the third round of the Winter League Jake Sansbury (13), in his first concluded round since last July, made the most of the challenging conditions to card 37 winning points. Our club president Sam Skelton (5) came eight scoring 4 ranking points to add to his previous 13. This puts him top of the Winter League on 17 ranking points.
Sunday 2nd February 2020
The eventual winners Paul Eckersley (6) and Martin Derbyshire (14) dovetailed well, particularly on the back nine which they completed in one over par. This enabled them to triumph on countback that went down to the last three holes. Derbyshire dug-in to deliver the dynamic ending with a nett birdie followed by a nett eagle. Playing level par over nine holes, Eckersley’s efforts ended with a three pointer on the 18th.
Castletown Golf Links
Fort Island Road, Derbyhaven
Isle of Man, Great Britain IM9 1UA
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