Castletown Golf Club

 Update from the Men’s Captain



MALCOLM’S REPORT

MEN’S ANNUAL DINNER

This will take place at the club-house on Friday 27th October. We have engaged the services of entertainer Mike Lewis www.mike-lewis.co.uk as our after dinner speaker. Please put this date in your diary and you can now reserve your ticket by sending an email to the Hon: Sec.

SUCCESSION PLANNING

Some of you will be aware that, regrettably, our hardworking Hon: Sec Bob Adcock is stepping down at the end of this year. In addition our Treasurer Jon Corke and Competition/Handicap secretary Ben Smaller have also indicated that they do not wish to be so heavily involved in the administration process next year.

These developments, together with the fact that the Committee is already four people light, mean that the Club is seriously focusing on succession planning. We have been considering creating a part-time paid post for a Club general manager but would still need volunteers to sit on the Committee. If you are interested in offering your services we’d be delighted to hear from you.

Setting up and running competitions together with administering handicaps are essential fundamental tasks for all golf clubs. At the board meeting of Castletown Golf Club Ltd being held on 14th August we will consider a discussion document submitted by the Links which indicates that, for a financial cost, they are prepared to take over these functions for and on behalf of the Club.

USING THE NEW 18th FAIRWAY

An increasing percentage of lower handicap or longer hitting players are now cutting the dogleg on the 18th fairway or taking advantage of the current rules appertaining to Ground Under Repair (GUR) which apply to balls which land inside of the blue markers on the new fairway.

Doing this effectively takes the bunkers on the left hand side of the original fairway out of play. This has led to a number of complaints from shorter hitters who cannot clear the humps separating the fairways and feel compelled to aim at the 1st fairway in an attempt to avoid their tee shots from running into the bunkers.

Your Committee has debated making the new 18th fairway out of bounds or having designated dropping zones which are sufficiently far back so as not to allow a line of sight shot into the 18th green.

One other idea worthy of consideration is bringing the new fairway into play as a dual fairway. By doing this it may deter some players from trying to cut the dogleg as they would have to take their second shot from where it lies. Quite often this would lead to them chipping out onto the existing fairway. This would seem to be a fairer outcome for what could be considered to have been a mishit tee shot.

Feedback on this idea would be appreciated as currently the Links have no plans to bring the new fairway into play until such time as the 18th green has been remodelled.

MALCOLM LAMBERT







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