Mid January Newsletter
Included in this issue:
Welcome to our New Editor
Margaret O’Grady has agreed to act as Golf Notes editor for the foreseeable future and takes this post from this current issue. Priorities are of course to spread the news and keep us all up to date and involved in these changing times. In addition Margaret has been asked to consider the circulation list of those receiving the newsletter and to specifically make sure that all current members are getting this to their email address. To those ends we ask everyone to assist and make Margaret aware of anyone who needs to be added to the circulation list.
The newsletter will have regular posts from the company (East Clare Development Village Limited) as well as comment from the mens and ladies captains and from the Course Committee. It will also have a diary feature in future giving details of the various social plans within the club for the months ahead – this starts this month by confirming dates for the breakfast cook-offs on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st January. You should also look out for dates in February when representatives of DAE (Dial An Exchange) will host an evening about the new holiday club opportunity.
Senior Men; Tuesday 9th Januaray.
1st Batt Skehan, Denis Collins and Michael Drew.
2nd Tom Larkin, Frank Cox and Tony McNulty.
Senior Ladies;Wednesday 10yth January
Subscriptions for 2018
The company notes that some members paid their annual subscriptions directly into club’s bank account but did not identify themselves in the narrative.
You will soon receive statements showing balances outstanding. If you have made a payment, without identifying yourself, could you please contact Brian and allow him to track the missing payments.
As always you will reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone to the clubhouse (061 921 322).
Upcoming Event – Breakfast Cook-off
The breakfast Cook-off is on Saturday and Sunday morning, the 20th and 21st of January.
We need to control numbers so please pre-book for this event.
You will sample our new breakfast menu including our “par 5 big hitter breakfast” for the price of just €5 per head.
After breakfast there will be a Vacation Club presentation to familiarise you with the holiday benefits available to you as Founder Members within East Clare. Life. and you will be able to arrange a personal meeting time to sign up.
Breakfast served 9.00 to 12.00
Vacation Club Presentations at 10am, 11am and 12 noon.
Senior Men, Nollaig na bhfear Lunch 2018
Course Development Update
It was great to see the golf course holding up so well at the weekend and there was really enjoyable golf to be had on Sunday in particular.
I wonder if you did a poll of all the Golf Clubs in Ireland, how many would be in such condition with absolutely no mention of temporary greens, no Teeing off mats and no dropping off fairways. It really is a credit to our staff and the course that these are not issues East Clare members have to grapple with.
The off-season is a very important time of year for our course. When Ciaran and his staff are not busy getting equipment in a state of readiness for the coming season they use whatever time they have to address various projects around the course. Areas such as paths, roadways, trees, etc. are addressed at this time of year whenever conditions allow.
John Brett has been making very steady progress with the bunkers over the last few years and we will be purchasing special sand for this purpose shortly to enable him to continue his investigations with Ciaran in terms of the best long term approach to maintaining an appropriate number of bunkers to the best standard possible in East Clare. It’s interesting to consider that sand bunkers developed as hazards on Golf Courses because on Links land where golf was initially conceived they were a very natural part of the environment. It’s safe to say they wouldn’t be considered part of the natural environment of East Clare! That said, John and his hard working volunteers do a great job in making them as viable as possible with a great sense of eagerness and optimism no matter the prevailing conditions.
We have a unique environment in East Clare and if we can make the very natural elements of our environment play an even more significant part in the golfing experience at East Clare it will be to the benefit of all. It was an extraordinary achievement to put a Golf Course in a place like Coolreagh. For it to grow to play such an important part in the commercial vitality of our region is a testament to the foresight of those founding fathers. The landscape has changed and continues to change significantly, presenting challenges that have in recent years felt overwhelming. Together we are adapting to meet these challenges, doing what we can to ensure that a dream that was made real continues to endure. By joining East Clare and encouraging others to do likewise you are playing a huge part. If you would like to contribute on the course by offering your services in any way no matter how small then John or I would be really delighted to hear from you.
William O Brien
Upcoming Event – Captains Drive-In
Another date for your diary ….