This is an Easter like never before. Every member of our club has been impacted by Covid 19. We hope that you and your families have remained well both physically and psychologically in these extraordinary times.
Like every golf club on this island, Dunfanaghy is experiencing very significant financial difficulties. Indeed, many of you will aware that some clubs in Ireland have already folded. At this Easter weekend, unfortunately only 57% of members have renewed their membership. Unless this changes, the club will risk insolvency by the end of the year. If 75% of members renew their membership, at a conservative estimate, the club will be overdrawn by approximately €70,000 by December.
We are working very hard behind the scenes to find solutions. In particular we would like to express our gratitude to David and Daphne Tease for their tireless work. To date, we have reduced staff costs to a minimum, sought government subsidies for green-keepers’ wages, we are exploring grants through a government support scheme and have approached the bank to defer loan payments for 3 months.
Unfortunately our much heralded spend on new buggies, clubhouse renovations, course development and new greens mower for Paul have had to be put on hold. However, on a more positive note the Committee has decided to relax the rules regarding the social levy. When the club reopens the levy can be used for competition entry and purchases within the shop.
To those of you who have already renewed your membership, we thank you sincerely for supporting your club. Obviously during lockdown, we can’t rely on society or green-fee revenue as we normally would and therefore our only source of income is membership subscriptions. For those who have not had an opportunity to renew, we recognise that these have been extremely difficult times financially but your club needs you. The survival of Dunfanaghy Golf Club depends on you.
Mary, who is no longer on the payroll, continues to give her services voluntarily to the club such is her dedication. She will be available in the office on Easter Tuesday from 10am to 1pm to take telephone payments. Alternatively payment can be made by internet banking as follows: IBAN: IE77AIBK93732054566043 BIC: AIBKIE2D (If you are paying over the internet please remember to add your name in the reference section so we know who has paid).
This is your club. Let’s keep it alive
Stay safe and keep well over Easter
Bill and Paula McCallion
Captain and Lady captain
Drone footage by kind permission of Isaac McGreevy
We hope this cheers up everyone who is on lockdown
Just before the current crisis engulfed the globe, here in our tiny part of God's Good Earth, we were suffering from the wettest February on record. Golf Monthly's Editor at Large, Bill Elliot wrote a piece, published in Golf Monthly addressing the subject of our under appreciated Greenkeepers. Bill and Golf Monthly have kindly given us permission to post it.
Following the recommendation by the GUI and ILGU yesterday evening, due to the increasing threat from Covid 19 Dunfanaghy Golf Course will be closed until further notice. We hope everyone will keep well in these difficult days
Bill & Paula McCallion
Captain & Lady Captain
No-one can be in any doubt about the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic. This has impacted on every aspect of our lives.
At Dunfanaghy Golf Club, we must ensure the safety of our staff and the well-being of our members. We must also be cognisant of the role and reputation our club has within the local community.
On behalf of the men’s committee, I would like to inform the membership that, with immediate effect:
1. ALL competition golf is suspended
2. ALL societies have been cancelled
3. Social golf is encouraged but for members only
4. Social golf must be booked on BRS to allow traceability (in case a player is diagnosed as Covid 19 positive)
5. BRS bookings will be spaced at 15 minute intervals
6. ALL players must observe strict social distancing
There is every possibility that the Irish Government may issue new guidelines which supersede the above. In light of yesterday's directive by the UK Government, all golf course in NI have closed.
I would also advise members that the Festival of Golf, scheduled for 6th & 7th June, has been postponed. We will advise members of a new date in due course.
With the loss of green-fee and society income, these will be extremely challenging weeks and months for the golf club from a financial perspective. For those of you who have not yet had an opportunity to pay your annual subscription, I implore you to do so as soon as possible. The club house will be open on Mondays only from 10am to 1pm when subscriptions can be taken over the phone.
Protect yourselves, your family and your friends
Yours in golf,
It is with great regret that Dunfanaghy Golf Club has suspended play for all visitors and societies. The course remains open but for club members only. We apologise for any inconvenience, particularly for those visitors and societies who have been loyal to Dunfanaghy over the years. We hope to see you all again on the links when the threat from Covid 19 has subsided.
Yours in Golf
Dunfanaghy Golf Club Committee
Gents Club Stroke
Sunday 22nd March 2020
1st Chris Byrne 63
2nd Tony McGilloway 66
Gross: Luke Kelly 70
3rd James T Sweeney 67
Front Nine: Derek Porter 32
Back Nine: Anthony Gallagher 32.5
Gents Open Stableford
Saturday 21st March 2020
1st James Sweeney (9) 40pts BOT
2nd Joe Terry 40 pts BOT
Gross Darcy Hogg 37 pts
3rd Bruce Hogg 40 pts
Front Nine: Raymond Shields 20 pts BOT
Back Nine: James T Sweeney 21 pts BOT
Gents Open Stableford
Wednesday 18th March 2020
1st James Doherty (14) 42 pts
2nd Neil McGinley (13) 38 pts BOT
Gross: Shaun Meehan (5) Murvagh 31 pts
3rd raymond Shields (19) 38 pts BOT
Front Nine: Oisin McLaughlin (15) L'Kenny 21 pts BOT
Back Nine: Ger Dalton (10) 20 pts
As the incidence of Covid 19 continues to rise throughout Ireland, the importance of social distancing cannot be overemphasized. The golf course and shop remain open but we have put in place the following measures to reduce the risk of spread particularly amongst our staff and senior members.
1. Seniors’ open competition next Monday has been cancelled.
2. In the shop, for the safety of our staff, access is via the hall door only, only one person to approach the desk at a time and strictly staff only behind the desk.
3. On the course, please don’t handle flag poles, rakes or ball washers. Greenkeeper Paul has introduced shallow cups to allow ball retrieval with minimal contact.
4. Competitions remain on. However, for the safety of those handling score cards, please record all scores from your group on a single score card. When entering scores on the computer, please wipe down the key pad after use.
A surge in the number of cases is inevitable. Please be sensible, stay safe and we will endeavour to keep the course open.
Yours in golf
Bill & Paula
Captain & Lady Captain
Our aim at the club is to keep members as well informed as possible so we hope you will take a few moments to read these updates, particularly given that advice and directives from official bodies are changing so frequently.
1. the course:
we remain open and strongly encourage social / casual golf. Visitors, as always, are very welcome.
members' and open competitions will continue until we are directed otherwise.
3. the shop:
we are trying our best to keep the shop open which means that some staff may not be particularly familiar with the workings of a golf shop. Please be patient. Our staff are going above and beyond and we thank them sincerely for that.
if no-one is available in the shop and visitors wish to play, please encourage them to leave their green-fee in the honesty box on the wall outside the shop.
5. "touch points”:
we have identified touch points within the clubhouse (counters, door handles, rails etc). We will be stepping up cleaning of these exposed surfaces and we ask for your assistance where practical. We have also identified a professional cleaning company who can provide a “deep clean” at short notice if required.
6. “park the pin”:
as previously emphasized, the chances of contracting Covid 19 whilst on the golf course are negligible, nevertheless the 18 pins represent obvious touch points. We would therefore ask you to consider not touching the 18 flag poles.
Thank you for your patience, keep safe and enjoy your golf
Bill & Paula McCallion
Captain and Lady Captain