Saturday, January 19, 2019

GOLF CLUBS APPROVE GOLF IRELAND PROPOSAL

After landmark votes at separate meetings held today, the Irish Ladies Golf Union and the Golfing Union of Ireland have formally approved the establishment of Golf Ireland.

The Irish Ladies Golf Union approved a special resolution at their AGM, while simultaneously the Golfing Union of Ireland passed a motion at a Special General Meeting. In the case of the GUI, for the first time in its history postal voting was permitted, and 292 of the Union’s 395 clubs availed of this facility.  A further 34 clubs attended and voted at the meeting. 269 clubs attended the ILGU AGM to cast their vote.

RESULTS
  • GUI RESULT 94% in favour of the proposal
  • ILGU RESULT  100% in favour of the proposal

The result of both votes is the outcome of a three-year process of discussion and consultation between the two Unions, internally with their respective clubs and regional bodies, and externally with key national and international stakeholders.

It will mean the game of golf in Ireland will now, for the first time, have an all-inclusive governing body.

Throughout the consultation period, the benefits of this have been acknowledged in terms of attracting funding and commercial partners, as well as providing a boost for the image of the game. Once established, Clubs will only have to deal with one body when it comes to handicapping, inter-club events, club supports and game development.

A Transition Period will immediately commence, with the intention for this to culminate with the first AGM and regional meetings of Golf Ireland happening in the final quarter of 2020, paving the way for the organisation to 'go live' on 1 January 2021. 

The transitions period will involve the organisation taking shape through creation of a regional and national structure and the drawing up of rules and processes to underpin the activities of the organisation, all overseen by a CEO who will be appointed early in the Transition Period and who will work with a Transitions Team.

The GUI and ILGU will continue to operate through the Transition Period with the transfer of functions and staff to Golf Ireland prior to the ‘go live’ date for the new organisation.  

 JOINT STATEMENT BY THE CHAIRPERSONS OF THE ILGU AND GUI BOARDS

“We are delighted with the outcome of the votes at our respective meetings, and thank everyone who has given this proposal their support.

“Bringing two strong organisations, the ILGU and GUI together to create a stronger, more influential organisation, Golf Ireland, will not only enhance golf in Ireland but will enhance Irish golf worldwide. The result today indicates that members of both Unions are in support of creating a new organisation which will be built around promoting core principles of equality, diversity, inclusion and excellence.

“The result today is a validation of the work put in by everyone involved. The input which has been received from our member clubs, our staff and volunteers, and everyone else who has in some way contributed to the final proposal should be recognised. The result of their efforts will be a new dynamic organisation, charged with the promotion of the game of golf, with a commitment to excellence and inclusivity.”

Clodagh Hopkins, Chairman of the Board of the Irish Ladies Golf Union

Iognáid Ó Muircheartaigh, Chairman of the Board of the Golfing Union of Ireland

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Getting Personalised at ForeGolf

The Driving Bay Studio at ForeGolf
New Year, new you. How are those resolutions coming along? If you’re a golfer then you might have made a few promises to yourself for the year ahead. Play more... play less. Join a club. Travel further afield. Work on your swing. Take lessons. Buy a new putter. Cut your handicap by a shot or two. Win the Captain’s Prize.
How many of you decided this is the year to be custom-fit for new clubs?
Let’s hear the excuses.
It’s too expensive, I’m not a good enough golfer, I’m too embarrassed with my swing, I’d need to take lessons first, I don’t understand the process. Yes, all excuses that have been heard before… and excuses that shouldn’t in any way prevent you from going to an expert who will work with what you’ve got

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Powerscourt Golf Club - A Year in Review

The 3rd hole on the East course
Powerscourt is one of Co. Wicklow’s and Leinster’s top golf resorts with 36 holes and beautiful views over the county’s countryside. It is renowned for the quality of its greens. Here is a Q&A with the club's General Manager, Gavin Hunt, outlining his thoughts on the past year.

Overall progress in 2018"The unique weather conditions (Feb/Mar and June/July) impacted not just on visitors and members but also on the club’s green-keeping team and the preparation and presentation of the golf courses. Elsewhere,

Monday, December 31, 2018

Top 10 Golf Photos of 2018


This is my favourite pic of the year. Taken in freezing
conditions in January. The 17th hole at Carne.
Another year passes and many more photographs have been taken of courses in Ireland, Scotland, France, Iceland and Portugal. Here are my top 10 golf photos for the year.


1. Carton House O'Meara
The 16th is one of our most picturesque par threes and the late evening light shows off the tree trunks and canopies that frame the green so enchantingly.

Carton House O'Meara. Hole 16
2. Carton House Montgomerie
On the same visit, the 18th green on the Montgomerie course looked rather spectacular from the other side of the River Rye.
Carton House Montgomerie. Hole 18
3. Druids Heath
The par five 2nd has always proved deceptive with water hidden on the approach to

Monday, December 24, 2018

The Golf Course at Adare Manor Review - Part 2

The Pro Shop
For Part 1, click here

Adare's Extras

There are plenty of them. Here are just a few: 
  • All range balls are Titleist Pro V1s. (No slipping a few into your bag… you hear!)
  • Wiring has been laid around the course for tournament power, media and telecommunications. I can’t think why!
  • Elsewhere, upgrades to the resort include an expansive ballroom with capacity for 350 guests, a spa, pool and relaxation area, a cinema and a boardroom. A new wing with 42

Saturday, December 22, 2018

The Golf Course at Adare Manor Review - Part 1

There's so much to say about this 'new' course in Co. Limerick, that I've divided the review into two parts. Here's Part 1.
Your first glimpse of the course will be the back of the
9th green as you walk to the Starter's Hut.
Adare Manor re-opened its course with a grand launch earlier this year. Four of Ireland’s golfing superstars (McIlroy, Harrington, McGinley, Lowry) turned it into a perfect media circus on what was the most glorious of Irish summer days. Millions upon millions of euro have been pumped into the hotel, the grounds and the golf course. Watching on the TV, it wasn’t difficult to see how it had been spent.

To say the golf course looked amazing is an understatement. Every blade of grass was perfectly

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Praia D'El Rey - on the Portuguese Silver Coast

I played this beauty today, at the start of a 10 day dash around the region. The weather this morning was overcast... but things brightened up a lot this evening so I headed out to the most spectacular string of holes right above the beach. The entire course is superb... but few would argue that this is where Praia D'El Rey bursts into the ranks of great European golf courses.

Some photos

View back up the 12th with the five star Marriott on the right.

The short par four 13th

The 13th again

The par three 14th green from the right hand side

The 16th green and 14th green beyond

Friday, December 7, 2018

Brand Value in Golf: A Doonbeg Case Study

You might wonder if you’ve accidentally hit the wrong key and been transported into a marketing magazine. You haven’t. Brand values may most commonly be discussed in terms of the global giants (Coke, McDonalds, Facebook, British Airways) but they are an essential component of every company, big and small, local or multinational. Protecting and projecting those values is paramount to how a company positions itself against its competitors, and how it is regarded in the eyes of its customers, suppliers and stakeholders. 
A golf club is no different. Ireland has small country parklands that few golfers outside the