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Castletown Golf Club

MORE LIKE A MARATHON THAN GOLF

Following the announcement by the UK Prime Minister that golf could begin again in England the R&A and England Golf sent out their rules of engagement which made it clear that unrelated 2-balls and family 4-balls would be allowed. Also, subject to appropriate precautions being put in place, practice nets and putting greens could be used.

As at noon Wednesday 13th May nothing had been heard from IOM Golf relating to the introduction of phase 2 of the Conditions for Return to Golf for the island golf clubs. Hence,your intrepid correspondent decided to contact David Ashford MHK, the Minister for Health and Social Care. He was taking questions live on the Mannin Line on Manx Radio.

His response was that the matter was not up for consideration at the moment and that just because another country had decided to allow unrelated players to share a tee-time did not mean that the Isle of Man would follow suit.

Mr. Ashford went on to explain that they would, in due course, consider any amended proposals put forward by IOM Golf but would be guided by their own clinicians. We can only hope that their advisors take into consideration the phycological benefits of social golf. Slogging around on your own is more like participating in a marathon than the game we know and love.

I did go on to ask an unrelated question about Government financing. Mr. Ashford stated that currently their ‘rainy day’ reserve fund should cover their projected expenditure and that rather than a bond issue they were exploring borrowing options.

Putting MHKs on the spot, painting the house from top to bottom and writing poetry; is there no end to my talents? Perhaps I need to remember that patience is a virtue. 

MALCOLM LAMBERT


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