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.
All Members are please required to repair pitchmarks & fill divots with sand bags or sand boxes on tees. Please check the daily tee-sheet before play and book yourself a tee time.
Sunday 18th August 2019
Robert Braide (4) returned to winning ways, stepping in with 39 points to secure the Simcocks sponsored Stableford on Saturday. Braide, who just happens to be the financial controller at Simcocks, took the money with a thrifty three over par performance, which included two birdies and thirteen pars. Double bogeys on the 8th and 11th, plus a bogey on the 15th, being the only blemishes.
Sunday 11th August 2019
Whether our Anthony Hopkins needs to wear ‘The Mask of Zorro’ is debatable, but he certainly slashed a few shots off his handicap (22) by winning the Neville Peterson Memorial Trophy with 42 points at Castletown on Saturday. Playing ‘target golf’ Hopkins fashioned four gross pars which helped him net seven birdies and ten pars. Only the 6th, on which he scored a nett bogey, caused him to card less than two points.
Sunday 4th August 2019
There was a three way tie at the top of the SMP Partners sponsored monthly medal at Castletown Golf Club on Saturday. Course record holder Simon Murray (5) took top spot with the best gross score, a one over par 73, nett 66, after the two stroke white tee’s adjustment.
Castletown Golf Links
Fort Island Road, Derbyhaven
Isle of Man, Great Britain IM9 1UA
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