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Gardening Team Update

With the arrival of March the Gardening Team were able to get back to work. Some of the work planned and being carried out is detailed below:

- Entrance Feature/area adjacent to 17th green: Remove hydrangea. Transplant to area beside 17th green & adjacent to steps to 18th tee. Purchase of azalea plants.
- 8th Tee Box: Weed/tidy 8th flowerbed. Add bark. Possible laying of octagonal mesh.
- Area beside bell at 13th tee: Remove stumps, stones etc. Dig. Add soil. Plant with ground cover and colourful plants. Eg. Begonia.
- 11th tee: Cut debris. Continued enhancement. G/S to hire chipper to clear debris. Vinnie to plant wildflowers. Continued maintenance.
- Beech trees at front of clubhouse: Trees cut down and chipped to provide bark for beds etc. Future decision on replacement arrangement.
- Junior Locker Room: Create flowerbed around flagpole. Lay slabs along wall.
- Maintaining beds at 1st, 4th, 6th, conservatory, carpark: Group to work together in weeding named beds. Removing plants/bulbs for over-wintering etc.
- Area beside 6th tee and driveway: Clear area behind old winter tee at 6th & remove ivy from trees. Project by G/S to carry out extensive clearance. Possible wildflower planting.
- Strimming at back of 12th green, 1st tee etc: Bed edging. Purchase battery powered strimmer to be stored with gardeners’ equipment.
- 5th tee box: Stain surrounding area with creosote. Whins cut back by G/S. Rocky area beside buggy path planted.
- Tree branches adjacent to 7th tee: Remove lower branches from smaller trees adjacent to 7th tee to give better line of sight from road.
- Kiln area behind 9th green: Develop this area by adding more soil, planting more plants.

This information is also available in further detail in the ClubV1 members area under member documents

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Cairndhu Development Committee Update

Last year the Council created a sub-committee to look at ways of improving the club's facilities and by doing so try to increase income in the future. This committee was called the Development Committee. Under the Chairmanship of Vice Captain, Vince Lennon, committee members Paul Beattie, Gary Brennan, Jim Campbell, Cyndy Hay, Bobby Lyttle, Paul Stinson and Roy Webb have looked at many aspects of the club and divided the target areas into the Clubhouse and surrounding area, and the Course. Work identified to date is as follows:

-Drainage on 8th Fairway
-Drainage across the 5th and 7th Fairways
-Drainage across 17th 14th 13th Fairways
-Drainage down the 6th hole
-New Tee boxes or Tee box extensions on 1st 4th 14th and 16th
-Water Feature on 9th short left of the green

*Full maps of the proposed drainage for holes 5 to 8 are in the ClubV1 members area*

Clubhouse and Surrounding Area
-Carry out essential Maintenance/repairs to Ballroom Fire Escape
-Creation of access ramp to new Trolley Store at the back of the Juvenile Locker Room
-Partial or complete demolition of existing trolley room which is no longer fit for purpose
-Repair of pot-holes on the Entrance Lane and Car Parks
-Conversion of the Television Room to a Members Bar
-Turning the existing Bar and Function Room into one area with a movable partition further down the Function Room

These are the initial areas proposed to be addressed in a what will be a five year plan - it is anticipated that other areas will be added as we progress.

The first areas to be addressed in relation to Clubhouse and surrounding area will be the fire escape and the access ramp to the new trolley room. The fire escape is a legal requirement that will have to be addressed before we are allowed to open the clubhouse again. Similarly the moving of the trolley store is essential to ensure the health and safety of the membership as the old facility is no longer safe to use.

Moving onto the course. Given the increasing amount of rain that has fallen in recent winters and the fact that there are parts of the course that are sodden which have never been wet before, drainage has become imperative. The initial areas to be drained this year, as soon as we can get the necessary equipment onto the course, will be across the 8th across the 5th and 7th and down the 6th. More accurate detail is shown in the attached maps and diagrams.

These cross ditches have been sited, in consultation with our head green keeper Vinny Magill, to ensure maximum catchment within the wettest areas. They will remain as open drains. The reasons for this are twofold: (i) covered drains have a defined life span after which they collapse, open drains, if properly maintained, will exist and function far longer; (ii) the open drains can be defined as water hazards which will impact on the playability of the hole as well as adding character to the relevant holes.

The irony with putting these open drains in is that we are completely at the mercy of the weather. We need a significant dry spell to enable us to get the necessary equipment onto the course to create the drains and this is totally impossible at present.

Another time issue with these drains is the ISPS Handa World Invitational qualifying event at Cairndhu in June. There will have to be a “cut-off” date after which the work cannot be done as the course would not recover in time. If the work is not done by this date it will be carried out at the end of the season.

As I mentioned, this is a five year plan and the list of work identified above is not exhaustive. To try and give members a form of ownership in this the Committee is open to, and welcomes, suggestions from members as to future activities.

So please consider this content and the accompanying maps etc. and put your minds to other projects for the future.

Vince Lennon
Development Committee

Cairndhu Development Committee Update - PDF Map

Please use the link below to download the map of the planned work on holes 5 to 8

Cairndhu Development Committee Update - Images
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Smartphone Apps to Download

Smart phone apps to download:
📆 BRS - book tee times
🏆 HowDidIDo - competition results and statistics
📰 ClubV1 - members documents and social card balance (same log in as HDID)
⛳ Rules of Golf

Course Update During 2021 Lockdown

Whilst the course is forcibly closed during the latest lockdown, it is nice again to see many members and non members using the course to take their daily exercise allowance. For those non members walking on the course who may not be aware, please do not walk on the greens, especially during days where there is frost or snow, as this causes damage to the underlying grass especially during frost.

The slight yellowness of the greens is a result of the mature meadow grass which is dormant at this time of the year. This grass will kick start back into life in mid-March. When we get a few dry days an application of a seaweed tonic will be applied to all greens, this will 'green up' the sward and greatly improve the greens. At present the greens are being monitored at least twice a week for any signs of disease and any other irregularities. As the staff are on the flexible furlough scheme we are able to take advantage of any breaks in the wet weather and cut the course at short notice.

A number of course and buildings development projects, such as potentially introducing open drains to improve drainage, are currently under consideration and costing. Please see the council meeting minutes and convenor updates in the Club V1 Member's Area section "Club Documents" for further details at this time. Once proposals are progressed further these will be communicated to the membership for consideration.

Inter - Club Competitions 2021

Cairndhu has entered the following inter - club competitions in 2021. Any changes to team captains for 2021 will be updated on this website as soon as they are known. Lets hope the pandemic situation allows these to go ahead as planned.

Men's Senior Cup
Men's Junior Cup
Men's Barton Shield
Men's Jimmy Bruen Shield
Men's Pierce Purcell Shield
Men's All-Ireland Four - Ball
Men's Belfast and District Cup
Men's Ulster Cup
Fred Perry Trophy - Senior Men
Max Hadden Trophy - Club Captains
Mixed Foursomes
Boys Inter-Club
Fred Daly Trophy
Boys Foursomes

Details of the new handicap criteria for each team can be found on the link here . The document has also been uploaded to our Club V1 Members Area for members to view and download

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Two Hole in Ones recorded in a week

Amazingly, after re-opening from lockdown, two hole in ones were recorded in the space of a week.

Anne Lennon (2nd hole) and Alexander Reid (11th) both scored an ace to kick off the 2020 summer season.

Luckily for both, with the Bar closed, this was probably the cheapest hole in one you can ever get. Well done to both players

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Junior Locker Room refurbishment complete

In 2020 the Junior Locker Room refurbishment project was completed. Thanks to all who either helped raise funds or took part in the project. This is a great upgrade to this facility and one which will used by hopefully an increased number of Junior boy and girl members in the future.

Membership Fees 5% reduction - Club Office open normal hours on Friday 29 January to facilitate payment

The Club Office will be open normal hours on Friday 29th January to facilitate members who wish to pay their fees via telephone or bank transfer for 2020/21. Fees paid before the end of January will receive the 5% reduction and be entered into the draw for free membership in 2022.

Inter - Club Competitions 2021 Update

Golf Ireland have released details on how the new World Handicap System impacts Inter - Club competitions. There have been some changes to the handicap criteria for certain competitions. Details of the new handicap criteria for each team can be found on the link here

The document has also been uploaded to our Club V1 Members Area for members to view and download

COVID 19 Update

The golf course, Bar and Restaurant closed for 6 weeks on Friday 25th December 2020

This has now been extended until 5th March 2021

Fingers crossed for a positive outcome of any reviews and that we can get back playing golf earlier than currently anticipated

Please keep an eye on your emails for BRS email information regarding the measures and guidelines in place

Many thanks for all your help and cooperation at this unprecedented time and please stay safe

Membership Fees - 5% Reduction on Subscriptions paid before 31st January

Due to the forthcoming Covid restrictions, the club will be closing from close of business on Christmas Eve; the office being closed from close of business Wednesday 23rd December.

In view of these restrictions, the Council has decided to extend the 5% reduction (including entry into the draw for free membership) until the 31st January 2021 for this year.

This is not only in recognition of the Covid restrictions, but also the ongoing support from the membership.

It is anticipated, but yet to be confirmed, that the office will open for a limited period every Friday during January to accept payment of fees. Alternatively members can pay their fees directly to the club's bank account

The Pro Shop Christmas Prize Draw Results

Powakaddy winner - Roy Webb

Fourball at Headfort winner - Paul Beatty

Cairndhu top winner - Martin Lewis

Golf balls winner - Stephen Montgomery

Thank you to everyone who supported the draw and the Pro Shop throughout 2020

The Pro Shop Christmas Prize Draw will take place on Saturday 19th December in the Clubhouse Bar at 5pm

The Pro Shop Christmas Prize Draw will take place on Saturday 19th December in the Clubhouse Bar at 5pm

Come along to see if you have won a brand new electric trolley, amongst other prizes

Booking is currently essential due to Covid regulations. Please ensure you adhere to all guidelines and arrangements

Members Area Access on New Website

To access the members area on the new website all members will need to set up access to ClubV1

Please use the guide below

In the members area you can view Club Council Meeting Minutes, you can check your Social Card balance and transactions and much more

Please note ClubV1 can be accessed through a web browser so a smart phone is not a requirement to use ClubV1 members area

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World Handicap System Course Rating

The course rating for Cairndhu is now available using the link here https://ncrdb.usga.org/courseTeeInfo.aspx?CourseID=23072

Information sheets have also been placed in the locker room area

Please refer to email communication by Match and Handicap on how to use this going forward

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Nick Dougherty Visits Cairndhu

We recently had the pleasure of hosting European Tour winner and Sky Sports Golf presenter Nick Dougherty as part of a partnership with Discover Northern Ireland. Nick filmed several Tee Time Tip videos on the course, which he published on his social media channels. A lovely visit from a great bloke.

Follow Nick on Instagram on his Instagram page here

Cairndhu to host ISPS Handa World Invitational Qualifying

Cairndhu has been given the honour of hosting the mens and ladies qualifying event for the 2020 ISPS Handa World Invitational tournament. This will see a large number of men and lady professionals coming to Cairndhu looking to play their way their way into the tournament proper. With the onset of the Covid19 pandemic, this was cancelled in 2020, however we look forward to hosting in 2021

Keep an eye on he tournament build up using the link here https://www.worldinvitational.golf/

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Cairndhu Members Marshall at The Open at Royal Portrush

Thanks to all the members who volunteered to marshall at The Open at Royal Portrush.

It was one of the best weeks ever seen in Northern Ireland and it was fantastic to play a part in it.

The team steadfastly marshalled the 8th hole all week and a small group also got to marshall the 18th hole on Championship Sunday.

Pictured are some of the team on the 18th hole just after Shane Lowry has holed the winning putt, and with 2020 US Open Champion Bryson DeChambeau.

ClubV1 and HowDidIDo set up and log in

ClubV1 and HowDidIDo set up and log in

All members will need to register on the HowDidiDo.com system. This is in order to run competitions following our move to ClubSystems. You will also notice a range of useful extra features that the system provides, such as hole by hole statistics.

To get set up please follow the steps below:
1. Navigate to www.HowDidiDo.com or download the smartphone app (the app has an orange and white logo)
2. Register using an email address that you have access to and create a password
3. Look for the activation email in your inbox and then follow the steps. Note that if you encounter issues entering post code then post code can be ignored
4. Select Cairndhu Golf Club from the list of clubs and search for your name to link the account
——if you cannot see your name, try putting the year you joined after your surname and a space, e.g ‘Stenson 2016’ or ‘Rahm 2014’ (Try a few years if unsure)
——if you still cannot see your name and you are a new member your handicap may not have been finalised yet. Please ensure that the relevant scorecards have been returned
5. In the top right corner of the app there is a menu to click on which will allow you to see results, your handicap etc.
6. In addition members can also download the ClubV1 Members Hub app (app has an orange, white and grey logo). Use the email address and password you have created for HowDidiDo to log into this app.