News up to Sunday 29th November 2020

Templemore Golf Club News; 


Templemore Golf Club welcomes the Government’s decision that golf courses can reopen from Tuesday 1st, December. This decision means that golf can resume subject to strict health protection protocols.  Members welcome the opportunity to resume play on a responsible and safe basis, as they did during the May to October period.


Captain Tom McGrath, Welcome Back Message;   “Great news and a tribute to the way golf affairs were managed when play was allowed. This must continue for the window to remain open. All we need now is good weather so that we can enjoy play.  Welcome back and Stay Safe Everyone.


Relative Guidelines from Golf ireland as follows;

Golf courses can reopen from Tuesday 1st December, however golfers must not travel outside their county of residence to play golf.

From December 18th to January 6th, golfers can travel to another county to play as restrictions are eased over the Christmas period”

“No organised social gatherings, of any size, at the facility. All golf activities should be organised on the basis of arrival-play-depart without delay. Shotgun starts are not compatible with this guidance as they create large gatherings”.

Daily timesheets are restricted to a minimum of 8, 9 or 10 minute intervals. Clubs may only choose one interval for each day. If clubs choose 8+ minute intervals, play is restricted to 2 golfers per start time. If clubs choose 9+ minutes, up to 3 golfers may play per start time. If clubs choose 10+ minutes, up to 4 golfers may play per start time”.

Tee times are booked in advance online or over the telephone. Clubs must ensure that players names (including members’ guests) are recorded on timesheets and timesheets must be kept for a period of at least 6 weeks to assist with contact tracing should the need arise”.

Golf activities at club level may be resumed, including those which are acceptable for handicapping purposes where such conditions can be met under the World Handicapping System. All participants must abide by the domestic travel restrictions at Level 3”

Members, visitors and staff with colds or any symptoms of COVID-19 must stay away from the golf course/clubhouse”.

Physical distancing rules are observed by all members and their guests at all times in the car park, clubhouse and on the course”.

Personnel are on hand to monitor adherence with physical distancing rules and the rules for golfers set out in this document”.

Those aged 70 years and over and the medically vulnerable should exercise judgement regarding the extent to which they engage with others and in activities outside home”.

Training: Outdoors – non-contact training only in pods of up to 15. Indoors – individual training only”.

Players are instructed not to touch the flag or flagstick”.

Rakes are removed from the course. Players are requested to smooth bunkers using their feet or a club”


New Handicap System;  Message from Handicap Secretary Jim Ryan.  We’ll be using the new handicap indexes from now on, manually over the next few months off season and via the computer in April/May when the 18h competitions restart.  All the info you need will be left on the clubhouse notice board, list of everyone’s handicap index and chart to convert to course handicap. Book your tee time as before via “Master Score Board”.  For visitors contact 0504-35450.


AGM;   The Club AGM will take place in the Club House on Friday 11th. December. At 8pm.