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.
Following further restriction of movement laid out by the Isle of Man Government and in line with England Golf directive issued 23rd March 2020, regrettably the golf course and practice facilities are now closed until further notice.
Sunday 22nd March 2020
On the day Townell took the top prize by one countback point but Tim Callow was crowned champion of the Eclectic League with an amazing 17 under par nett 55.
Monday 16th March 2020
The victor of the fifth round on Saturday was Kevin Lewin (22). Starting with a four pointer birdie he then appeared to lose focus and finished the front nine in 50 shots for a mere 16 points. Then a different picture emerged as Lewin joined the dots and the putts plopped in. With a fantastic four over par back nine Lewin added an unbeatable 25 points to his tally.
Sunday 8th March 2020
The top-spot two-way tie with 40 points was decided over the last three holes and the next three contenders stepped in with 39 points creating another countback conundrum.
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Fort Island Road, Derbyhaven
Isle of Man, Great Britain IM9 1UA
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