Full list of clubs participating in Get into Golf 2017:
How many Golf Clubs actually outline the benefits of becoming a member on their website or social media?
CGI have adapted Scottish Golfs resource on the Benefits of Golf Club Membership. Check out the list below:
- Unlimited Access to your Home Course – being a member gives you the opportunity to play when you like and generally as often as you like.
- Play Competitive Golf – only by being a member of a golf club can you play regular official club competitions. Most clubs offer a weekend and a midweek competition.
- Choose How Much You Play – you could choose only to play 9 holes or a smaller loop of 5 or 6 holes if the club permits. You generally wouldn’t have this option with pay as you play golf.
- A Great Clubhouse Environment – your local clubhouse can be a great place for eating, drinking and socialising with your friends, very often with value-for-money prices.
- A Sense of Belonging – membership of a golf club is a great way to be part of the local community and network with other people from the area; golf clubs often form a vital part of the local town or area.
- Meet New People – a chance to meet like-minded people, forming life-long friendships.
- Use of the Practice Facilities & Local Pro – you’ll get to improve your game on a regular basis with free use of the club’s practice facilities and access to lessons from the resident PGA professional.
- Gain an official CONGU handicap – only by being a member of an GUI/ILGU affiliated golf club can you attain an official CONGU handicap, giving you the opportunity to play competitions at your home course and others.
- Get your handicap down! – playing competitions regularly at your home club or in other Open competitions gives you the chance to get your handicap down to your targeted level – what most golfers are striving for throughout their life!
- Play in Matches against other clubs – being part of a club, you will have opportunity of representing your club in matches against other clubs, in your local area of further afield, whether you are a senior or junior, man or woman.
- Invite Your Friends – most clubs offer preferential ‘Members’ Guest Rate’ green fees giving you the chance to invite your friends to play your course. By making this reciprocal among your golfing friends, you can play many great courses at a fraction of the normal price
*Please note not all benefits will be applicable to all clubs so we advise you to pick and choose from the list to suit the specific arrangements at your club when promoting these to current and prospect members.
Support for 12 rising golfers in 2017
Additional European Challenge Tour starts provide major boost foraspiring Irish professional golfers as Team Ireland Golf grants total €94,500 in 2017. Aspiring Irish golf professionals will benefit from an ever increasing number of starts on the European Challenge Tour as part of the latest round of funding from Team Ireland Golf.
Team Ireland, which is funded by Sport Ireland and administered by The Confederation of Golf in Ireland (CGI), today announced that 12 aspiring golf professionals will benefit from grant-aid worth €94,500. Stephanie Meadow, a rising star on the LPGA Tour, has received a grant of €18,000 -the highest awarded in 2017. Speaking about the announcement, Meadow said: “I am so thankful for the support I have received from Team Ireland Golf. They have always had my back through the highs and lows. They enable me to focus on golf and achieving my goals. I will be forever grateful.”
Waterford’s Gary Hurley and Moyola Park’s Chris Selfridge, members of the European Challenge Tour, will receive €14,000 each while Sunshine Tour School graduate Neil O Briain will receive €4,500 and two European Challenge Tour starts.
Newcomers such as Jack Hume, Dermot McElroy and Rory McNamara – inaddition to their grant allocations – will benefit from the playing opportunities afforded to them by Team Ireland. Hume is guaranteed at least five starts on the Challenge Tour while McElroy has secured a minimum of three starts. Headfort star McNamara will have at least two starts.
More than €3.5 million has been provided to golf professionals since the Team Ireland Golf scheme was introduced in 1999. Team Ireland Golf aims to contribute to an increase in the presence of Irish golf professionals on the various international tours.
The total budget for Team Ireland Golf in 2017 is €200,000. The funding for the scheme is provided by Sport Ireland. The budget includes allocations for the GUI National Golf Academy and for the ILGU and GUI High Performance Managers, who work with the golfers on the scheme.
2015 Walker Cup teammates Gavin Moynihan and Cormac Sharvin retain their funding support for a second year while Ruaidhri McGee, Kevin Phelan and Reeve Whitson complete the Team Ireland lineup in 2017.
Consumer spending on golf in the Republic of Ireland alone is now worth €379m million annually, according to a new report commissioned by the Confederation of Golf in Ireland (CGI) and The R&A.
The report, ‘A Satellite Account for Golf in the Republic of Ireland’ * was conducted to evaluate golf’s economic value to the Republic of Ireland and found that the top three elements of this consumer spending are €94 million on club membership fees, €46 million on food and beverage in clubs and €39 million on golf equipment.
A similar report was published in 2016, which detailed the contribution golf made to the economy of the United Kingdom. Today’s report considers the impact of golf in the Republic of Ireland. These figures when taken in conjunction with the previous findings, provide an overall figure for the island of Ireland.
The Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Golf provides individuals with the knowledge and competence to assist PGA professionals and more qualified coaches in delivering golf coaching sessions, normally under direct supervision. The Level 1 Volunteer Coach usually assists the PGA Professional in group coaching of beginners or junior golfers. To be eligible for the Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Golf Course, the candidate must:
- Be at least 16 years of age
- Have a commitment to attend all of the specified course dates
- Read through the course material and be prepared for assessment
The PGA in Ireland highly recommends that each candidate complete the Junior Golf Ireland Leaders’ workshop. Before recruiting and training volunteer coaches, the PGA must be satisfied that the volunteer can identify where they will use their Level coaching qualification, e.g. club coaching programme.