February Newsletter

A fond Farewell to Noeline Quirke

The Captain, Lady Captain, President, Members and Staff would like to thank Noeline for her 12 years of professional service and dedication to Rush Golf Club. We wish Noeline every success in her future.

(Posted by Kevin Farrell)

2014 Subscriptions

Members are reminded that subscriptions are due to be paid by the 1 March at the latest. If you have not paid your Sub, it is now well over due. If you do not contact the office prior to the 1 March, with immediate effect from that date, you will no longer be able to use the online booking system and will not be eligible to play in any club competitions. If you have difficulty paying your subscription, please contact Paul Brennan – Hon Secretary or the office in confidence to discuss arrangements.

W/E Competitions Update

The Men’s Winter League finished on Feb 23rd and the Prize giving for the winners in each class (1st, 2nd, 3rd) will be presented on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd March. For the first two W/E’s in March, the Timesheet will revert to a 15 hole competition and will not be a shotgun start. Men’s Competition; Sat 1/3/2014 is a 15 Hole Fourball, Sun 2/3/2014 is a 15 Hole Foursomes, Sat 8/3/2014 is a 15 Hole Foursomes, Sun 9/3/2014 is a 15 Hole Fourball. The format for these dates are to facilitate the preparation for our Inter Club Teams. 18 Hole Competitions recommence on Sat 15th March.

Social Events

The Social calendar kicked off in January with fantastic Blazer Night held to welcome the Captain Con, Lady Captain Mary and President Gerry. A fantastic night was had by all with entertainment by Roy Taylor. This was subsequently followed by a charity event in aid of Hati and a big Thank you to everyone who supported Sinead Conroy in raising over €2,000 and much needed funds. Another Table Quiz will be held in the Clubhouse on Sat 1st March and all funds raised will go towards the costs associated with interclub events this year. Team of 4 on the night costs €40.

Interclub

Preparation for the 2014 interclub season has begun in earnest with several Team Meetings already scheduled. Check out the designated notice board in the locker rooms.

RGC Website

The Rush Golf Club website has recently been redesigned with regular updates posted weekly, including W/E competition results. You can also access via smart phones @ www.rgcmens.wordpress.com. Our thanks to Michael Redmond for his continued support and assistance.

Voluntary work on the course

Rush Golf Club would like to thank all the volunteers who still meet every Tuesday at 9.30am, and we are always looking for new volunteers.

Captain’s Drive-in (March 16th)

The Captain’s Drive-in will take place on Sunday 16th March followed by a Social Evening & entertainment. Come along and welcome the 2014 Captain’s, Con and Mary. St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) Open 18 Hole Team of 4 competition any combination. Members €6, Visitors €10

Rush Golf Club Membership

The club has a range of great membership packages for 2014. Fees of €1195 for full and €895 for 5 day membership compare very favorably with offers from other clubs in the Dublin region and any new members joining will get €200 back on their card to be spent inthe bar (€150 for 5 day membership), in addition to 10 free Green Fees.Junior membership prices for 2014 (incl. GUI & Insurance):
Boys and Girls 10 – 15 €100
Boys and Girls 16 – 17 €125
Boys and Girls 18 – 20/College Students €175
Intermediate 21 – 25 €450
Also available is our ‘Beginner Trial Scheme’ which is open to all beginner golfers. The scheme is for six months and provides access to the golf course five days a week (Mon-Fri) at a cost of €375; including personal insurance. Beginners can select any six consecutive
months and can avail of the scheme a maximum of twice; at which stage it is hoped the golfer is ready to apply for full membership. www.golfeveryday.ie is our new promotional website advertising and attracting new members. For more information about joining Rush Golf Club, contact 8438177 or email: info@rushgolfclub.com

Rule 6-7 ; Slow Play

Players should play at a good pace. It is a group’s responsibility to keep up with the group in front. If it loses a clear hole and it is delaying the group behind, it should invite the group behind to play through, irrespective of the number of players in that group. Where
a group has not lost a clear hole, but it is apparent that the group behind can play faster, it should invite the faster moving group to play through.

Rush Golf Club Score Card

Given some recent changes to the course; namely the cutting & out of bound posts on the right of 3rd/12th hole & Rule 14-3 (Measuring Devices), the committee will be amending score cards in the coming weeks to cater for changes to ‘Rush Golf Club Local Rules’.

“Out Of Bounds”

Out of bounds posts on right hand side of 3rd/12th fairway are now deemed immovable obstructions (Local ruling). Rule 24-2B applies. “Out Of Bounds” is beyond the boundaries of the course or any part of the course so marked by the committee. When out of bounds is defined by reference to stakes or a fence or as being beyond stakes or a fence, the out of bounds line is determined by the nearest inside points at ground level of the stakes or fence posts (excluding angled supports ). When both stakes and lines are used to indicate out of bounds, the stakes identify out of bounds and the lines define out of bounds. When out of bounds is defined by a line on the ground, the line itself is out of bounds. The out of bounds line extends vertically upwards and downwards.
A ball is out of bounds when all of it lies out of bounds. A player may stand out of bounds to play a ball lying within bounds. Objects defining out of bounds such as walls, fences, stakes and railings are not obstructions and are deemed to be fixed.
Note 1: Stakes or lines used to define out of bounds should be white.
Note 2: A committee may make a Local Rule declaring stakes identifying but not defining out of bounds to be obstructions.

Distance-Measuring Devices (Rule 14-3)

During a stipulated round, the use of any distance measuring device is not permitted unless the Committee has introduced a Local Rule to that effect (see Note to Rule 14-3 and Appendix I; Part B; Section 9). Even when the Local Rule is in effect, the device must be limited to measuring distance only. Features that would render use of the device contrary to the Local Rule include, but are not limited to:
 the gauging or measuring of slope;
 the gauging or measuring of other conditions that might affect play (e.g. wind speed or direction, or other
climate-based information such as temperature, humidity, etc.);
 recommendations that might assist the player in making a stroke or in his play (e.g. club selection, type of shot
to be played, green reading or any other advice related matter); or
 calculating the effective distance between two points based on slope or other conditions affecting shot distance.
Such non-conforming features render use of the device contrary to the Rules, irrespective of whether or not:
 the features can be switched off or disengaged; and
 the features are switched off or disengaged.
A multi-functional device, such as a smartphone or PDA, may be used as a distance measuring device provided it contains a distance measuring application that meets all of the above limitations (i.e. it must measure distance only). In addition, when the distance measuring application is being used, there must be no other features or applications installed on the device that, if used, would be in breach of the Rules, whether or not they are actually used. In the absence of such a Local Rule, the use of a distance-measuring device would be contrary to Rule 14-3

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