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. If using a trolley or buggy, please avoid any areas which are particularly wet. Apologies and many thanks for your cooperation.
Sunday 15th April 2018
Andrew McGee (20) had the game of his life in the first round of this year’s SMP Partners sponsored medal series at Castletown on Saturday. Shooting a nett 67 is something special. Doing it with an 11 on your card is amazing.
Sunday 8th April 2018
There was a two way tie on 42 points in the Captain’s Drive-In on Saturday. Winning the specially minted commemorative medal was the smooth swinging Steven Glynn (21) who is now off (19) but is destined to be lower.Glynn, who in February won the third round of the Winter League Stableford, has been having lessons with Charlie Simpson and is more consistent now. There were a few three putts and the odd duff shot which restricted his Stableford score on the 5th, 11th and 15th but a four pointer nett eagle on the 14th proved crucial on countback.
Sunday 1st April 2018
Ian Hodgkinson (18) who was one of only four players to meet or beat their handicap. His winning 39 points was both back nine biased and heavily influenced by wind direction. Hodgkinson hit a real purple patch from the 13th to the 15th where he sunk a bountiful birdie 2 for four points and followed it up with two nett birdies. Facing the full force of the wind it was a case of hit and hope on the last three holes but three 5’s for five points saw Hodgkinson home safely.
Castletown Golf Links
Fort Island Road, Derbyhaven
Isle of Man, Great Britain IM9 1UA
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