The R&A and the USGA have announced the final changes to the Rules of Golf for 2019. These changes result from our Rules Modernisation Initiative that began in 2012 to bring the Rules up to date to fit the needs of the game today globally.
The background to the initiative and the major changes are provided on the website below, along with extensive resource materials.
Members can also log on to www.randa.org and download this app https://www.randa.org/en/rog/2019/pages/visual-search
Monkstown Golf Club
Given the extent of changes to Rule numbers, terminology and wording of Local Rules for 2019, we have updated our own Local Rules.
Our new Local Rules will be on the back of new scorecards which will be available prior to Qualifying competitions in 2019. In the meantime, copies of these new Local Rules effective January 2019 are available in the Locker Rooms, Pro Shop and will also be on the back of the Men’s Winter 15 Hole scorecards.
A good summary of the top 20 most important rule changes from 1st January 2019 is also available here
In addition to Tim O’Connor as independent Chair, there are eight other Board Directors, four nominees each from the GUI and ILGU
As you will be aware, a single governing body for golf in Ireland was approved by both GUI and ILGU delegates at meetings held in January. A transition period has begun and the first meeting of the Transition Board of Golf Ireland, chaired by Tim O’Connor (Edmondstown), was held on March 12th. In addition to Tim as independent Chair, there are eight other Board Directors, four nominees from each organisation: Pauline Bailie (Belvoir Park), Mary Culliton (The Heath), Ian Kerr (Royal Portrush), Brege McCarrick (Mullingar), Joe McNamara (The Heath), John Power (Portmarnock), Brian Punch (Castletroy) and Fiona Scott (Dun Laoghaire). The board is charged with getting Golf Ireland up and running ahead of the official launch of the body in early 2021.
What this means
Until Golf Ireland is established in 2021 and transfer of functions from the GUI and ILGU commence, it is business-as-usual for both the GUI and ILGU. This means that you continue to communicate with us as you always have done. General queries, including those relating to handicapping and rules, should be directed to your relevant GUI officer or ILGU District Official. Get into Golf programmes are still managed by the Confederation of Golf in Ireland while coaching programmes at underage level are managed by your provincial branch offices in the case of the GUI and Women and Girls’ Interprovincial Development queries should be directed to your ILGU District Executive.
Please note the contact details at https://www.golfnet.ie/contact-us for details on who to communicate with.
A Transition Period, under the direction of the Transition Board is underway as we move towards Golf Ireland. The intention is for this to culminate with the first AGM and Regional meetings of Golf Ireland in the final quarter of 2020 which will pave the way for the organisation to ‘go live’ on 1 January 2021.
The transition period will involve the organisation taking shape through the 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 during the Transition Period. The Transition Board will issue quarterly reports on topics being discussed and progress being made as the work of the Board continues.
Pictures from the Officers Drive-in – Saturday, 8th December 2018.
All Photos taken by Niall O’Shea, Cork Golf News
We have recently added direct access from our website to 4 key golf news sources – Golfnet and 3 newspaper golfing information – Examiner, Irish Times and Irish Independent. We hope you find this addition useful to keep in touch with golf in Ireland and overseas.
If any member has an idea for additional news links please send your ideas and thoughts through.
This new service can be found on the NEWS section of our main menu.
We are asking you to submit any safety issues you might notice when playing the course through the feedback form below. While all submissions will be treated confidentially and reported on a ‘no-names basis’, we are asking for your contact details should we require further information.
Every three months we will collate the feedback and present it to the Management Committee for risk assessment and potential action. The only exception to this will be for incidents that clearly require immediate attention. This report will also be given to the external Health and Safety Officer who carries out an annual course inspection. Thank you for your support.
Frank Clohosey, Course Officer
Fewer young people playing as participation rates fall
Dear Monkstown Member,
Our wish for the new year is to maintain the standards of our 109 year history be it in adherence to the rules of golf, respect for the golf course and the rules of our club and courtesy to staff, officers and members.
We acknowledge that dress standards in society at large have become considerably more casual in recent years but all sports adhere to a dress code and our game is no different. We are therefore anxious that all members (and visitors) adhere to Monkstown’s standard of dress for the playing of the game of golf.
With best wishes,
Robert Andrews – Chair Management Committee
When ‘Winter Rules’ are in play players tend to be a little ‘casual’ about what that actually means. For the avoidance of any doubt we have noted a few rules of thumb below. Hopefully they will be of some assistance.
Players have the option of lifting, cleaning and placing the ball when Winter Rules are in play. If they choose to place the ball (versus playing it as it lies) then they must adhere to the following:
- Before lifting the ball, the player must mark its position immediately behind the ball.
- Having lifted the ball, the player must place it on a spot within six inches, not nearer the hole from where it originally lay. 6 inches is roughly equivalent to the length of a MGC scorecard.
- A player may place his ball only once. If the ball subsequently moves, there is no penalty and the ball must be played as it lies. (In practice, mark, lift and clean, place within 6 inches, remove marker. After that, the ball is live.)
- If the player fails to mark the position of the ball before lifting it or moves the ball in any other manner, such as rolling it with a club, he incurs a penalty of one stroke.
Note: Somewhat surprisingly, when placing the ball, the ball may be moved from fairway to rough and vice versa if within the allowed measuring distance from the original spot once it is not nearer the hole.
When bunkers are deemed out of play the relief is:
The player must drop out of the bunker within one club length at the nearest point of relief not nearer the hole. It is generally advisable to agree with your playing partners what is the nearest point of relief before taking the drop. And if Winter Rules are in play then you can lift, clean, and place as described above.
When bunkers are deemed to be GUR the player has the option of treating the bunker as out of play OR the player also has the option of playing the ball.
Sometimes we have ‘preferred lies‘ which allow placing on the fairway only. Same placing rules apply.
Occasionally, we have placing on the fairway and lift, clean and drop in the rough. When dropping in the rough if the ball rolls more than 6 inches from your marker after two drops it can be placed.
Denis Crowley (6th hole)
John Herbert (4th hole)
Danny Duggan (13th hole – Note also that two weeks later Danny had a second hole in one on the 13th, but this time in the Old Head of Kinsale GC, possibly the first one on that new hole, and possibly captured on video. Danny has since returned to work.)
John Hayes (1st hole in his own Captain’s Prize, probably also a first)
Joan Clohosey (16th hole)
Sars Smith (1st Hole)