The first 3 weeks of the phased return is almost over. A special thanks for all the members within 5k who have warmed up the course for all the 20k members who are chomping at the bit in anticipation of a return to golf on Monday 8th June.
The course staff are all in situ, the pro shop is open with social distancing procedures in place and the office will be open 3 days a week during the next 3 weeks.
The restaurant cannot open until the end of June but a limited take-away service is on offer on the 10th tee. The time sheet is set up to deliver maximum social distancing and the club will begin to welcome back society guests from 8th June.
There is ongoing advice on competitions from GUI / ILGU. In the initial phase all golf was casual but internal competitions have been approved from 8th June. Work is ongoing on how to enter competitions, manage the return of cards and arrange for the provision of competition results. Work is also being done on a revised schedule of events for the remainder of the year. And it looks like there will be no inter-club matches for the foreseeable future.
Whats happening on the course?
Pitchmarks Hard to believe it but pitch marks not repaired continues to be an issue on the course. In these few weeks it is not possible to blame either societies or visitors!! So please, please give more attention to repairing divots and pitch marks and lets keep the course in the condition that we would like to find it. Growth. With the spell of dry warm weather the growth has reduced a little but cutting is still in full swing. Course staff cut everything twice a week, once for Wednesday and again for the weekend. Weeds. Course staff have sprayed around all trees, paths, ponds etc which is great as it normally takes till June to finish this job. Weeds on fairways, tees and aprons haven’t been sprayed yet because of the dry weather. Bellis perennis, commonly knowing as the daisy, is the main weed in these areas and it needs a strong herbicide to control so there must be strong grass growth to spray. Once the rain comes, this will be done. Greens. Greens have come on well since the verti-draining and looking good. They are seeding strongly now and are verti-cut twice a week and ironed twice a week to keep them fast and true. Irrigation. With the dry spell there is plenty of watering to be done. Greens are fine with all the sprinklers working and hand watering the hills. Tees are not so good as over 60 sprinklers need to be replaced so there is a lot of hand watering to be done there which takes up a lot of time. Some aprons are drying up badly e.g. 4th, 5th and 6th and the drains on 5th fairway and 9th fairway. Bunkers. Bunkers in general have enough sand in them. The problem is that, over the winter, the sand has formed a crust and has gone hard. Bunker sand is ordered for this month. In general In generally the course is looking well and things are going good. Special thanks to all the volunteers who are doing great work. Pat Healy.
Who is minding the course?
Every evening a group of local members is keeping an eye on the course and checking compliance with social distancing protocols. During the day the men’s committee has agreed to provide course marshals to ensure that a good pace of golf is maintained and that groups continue to stay apart and comply with social distancing norms. So please don”t be offended if you are asked to produce membership tags ….. its all part of keeping the course and club in good shape. There does appear to be a small number of teenage groups congregating in the areas immediately outside our boundaries who may not be practicing social distancing norms but they are not interfering with with the Club or the course and they probably just want to be left alone!
A key priority for the MC during the current crisis is to minimise the impact on the Club income. Members will know that the Club income is made up of three main parts: subscriptions (68%), societies and green fees (13%), and competitions (13%). That is why the MC recently circulated a number of members with their subscription profile details, restarted society patronage from 08 June and is working with both golf committees to get competitions up and running as soon as possible. Members co-operation with these efforts is much appreciated by the MC …… many thanks.
Contact has been made with Hora Construction Developments and they have stated that they will be erecting a boundary fence as agreed in the near future. They have also agreed to water the construction roads on their site to minimise mini dust storms that blow across the course in these very dry days.
Communications and Social Media
The club recognises the importance of being open and transparent and providing members with the maximum amount of information possible.
The main source of information is the Club web site. The most recent additions include the interview between Captain Declan and Shane O’Donopghue and the latest drone overhead video of the course and its environs.
The Club Facebook page is also a great source of communications where David Dolan’s 18 holes of video and Mark Buckley’s countdown to opening videos proved very popular. The Facebook page also has many many photos of the course and events in the Club. You don’t need an account or be a Facebook user ….. just google Beaverstown Facebook and you can easily see what it is all about.
For more mundane information the club uses email messages (free) in preference to text messages (small cost) and 33 group emails were sent to members already earlier in the year.
And, of course, there is the newsletter which is issued every 4 to 6 weeks.
So a big thank you to all the members who have contributed in so many ways to keep everyone up to date with happenings in the Club.
Fingal Coastal Way
Work is continuing on the Fingal Coastal Way, a 32km recreational walking and cycling route connecting Donabate, Rush, Skerries and Balbriggan. The greenway will link with the proposed Broadmeadow Way which connects Malahide to Donabate. Fingal CC has recently issued tender documents for the design of the construction stage of the project.
The greenway will be a flagship tourist amenity for Fingal and will form part of the developing network that will also link with the S2S Project which links Sutton to Sandycove.
Just recently planning approval was given for the Malahide Estuary Bridge element of the overall project. Members who have ever travelled by train from Malahide to Donabate will have crossed this bridge and it is proposed to add a cycleway and walkway to the bridge to join both villages.
All this is important for our Club because our course boundary lies on the Rogerstown Estuary which forms a natural element of the proposed greenway.
The MC has met with Fingal CC earlier this year for a general chat and an overview of their plans and the MC is keeping the latest developments under review.
Breaking news …
During the week the ILGU / GUI have added a number of clarifications to their protocols for golf with effect from 8th June ….. * A temporary new local rule until further notice. BUNKERS – preferred lie….. 6 inches placing, not nearer the hole. * The use of scorecards is permitted. The player gets a verbal verification from their marker when entering a score. Markers do not sign the card, the player prints the marker’s name on their own card. * Players are encouraged to use provisional balls if necessary, rather than returning to the tee and losing their position on the course. * Playing in lines of 4 is now approved
All details can be found on Golfnet under Guide for Committees. See also notices in the clubhouse or just check with the club Pro, Gavin.
Odds and Ends
No new developments on Club mortgage refinancing since last Newsletter
New stone and bedding plants on the first tee box are really nice
A new Calendar 2021 is being produced. Sponsored by Mick Morris it is an ideal new year gift and will be available towards the end of the year. Funds raised will go to Children’s Hospital Crumlin
Mark Buckley, David Dolan, Bernard Pander and Sean Browne have joined Padraic Fallon on the marketing sub-committee
Like to paint some sleepers? …. let Padraic Fallon know you are interested ….. bring your own paintbrush … he might even supply the paint …..