More B & D final photos are in this link

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Cairndhu win the Belfast & District Cup

Well done to the Belfast & District Cup team who beat Fortwilliam in the final held at Ballyclare at the weekend! This is Cairndhu's 4th B & D win after winning in 2005, 2007 and 2016.

In the early matches Fortwilliam and Cairndhu both went ahead early on in a match apiece and went on to win a match each. In the middle matches Cairndhu held a strong lead in one match, going on to win it 5&4 to bring the score to 2-1. The remaining matches on course were fairly tight. Cairndhu were down in two of the matches but turned these around to be leading, and were also up in the final two matches, meaning things were looking good. The matches progressed and Cairndhu won two matches on the 17th green to get to the 4 points needed to win the cup. The final two matches were called in with Cairndhu up in both. Thanks to the many supporters for making the journey, Darin Ferguson for providing the bus and also to Ballyclare Golf Club for the hospitality.

Team Captain: Paul Stinson. Team: Brian Galway, Nicholas McClay, Ryan Long, Ryan McKinstry, Ethan Campbell, Marc McKinstry, Neil McKinstry.

This brings the club team action to a close this year. Thanks to the many team captains, players, supporters and everyone else involved for putting the time and effort in and representing the club so well. We look forward eagerly to the draws for 2022!

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Holt Shield

The Holt Shield website has been updated and there are a few more photos of our winning team on there

https://www.holtshield.co.uk/

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Presidents Day 2021

Thanks to the new Club President Mr Bill Surgin for hosting a great Presidents Day.

Derek Swann was the overall winner with 39 points.

Club Matchplay Competitions Update

Men's Singles: Winner Jim Campbell; Runner Up Niall McGoldrick

Mixed Foursomes: Winners Sinead Robinson & Gary McKinstry; Runners Up Laura Maguire & John McKinstry

Men's Foursomes: Winners Martin Hopkins & Ben Hopkins; Runners Up Brian Haveron & Matthew Haveron

Men's Fourballs: Winners Brian Haveron & Matthew Haveron; Runners Up Ryan Garrett & Ryan McKinstry

Full draws and results are on HowDidIDo / ClubV1 / Member's Area

Inter - Club Results and Fixtures - Belfast and District Cup Final this weekend

The Belfast and District Cup final will be played against Fortwilliam this weekend, good luck to the team.

The match is being played at Ballyclare (7 matches) this Sunday afternoon 19th September at 1.00pm.

All support will be welcome as always!

The 'Club Team Captains' section of our website will be kept up to date with fixture dates as they are announced https://www.cairndhugolfclub.co.uk/Page/Custom?pageId=6297

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Hole in One!

Congratulations to Nick Kane who had a Hole in One on the 6th in the Hat on 15th September.

Well done from all at Cairndhu.

This is the 5th hole in one at the 6th this year in competition!

Holt Shield Winners 2021
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Cairndhu win the Holt Shield

Well done to the Holt Shield team who beat Bangor in the final at the weekend! This is Cairndhu's 3rd Holt Shield win after winning in 1989 and 2018.

The team played fantastic golf all weekend. In the home leg on Saturday Cairndhu narrowly lost the opening match but had 2 wins shortly thereafter. Two matches went down the 18th all square, with Cairndhu vitally winning one whilst the other ended in a crucial half. This left the score 3.5 to 1.5 overnight.

In the second leg at Bangor Cairndhu started well and had a big win meaning one more point was needed. Bangor then won two matches to bring the score to 4.5 - 3.5. Cairndhu then holed a great putt on the 15th to win the point needed. The other match finished shortly after with a win to Bangor. Well done to the team who played at the weekend and also the players who played in the rounds leading up to the final. Thanks to the supporters for making the journey, Darin Ferguson for providing the bus and also to Bangor Golf Club for the hospitality.

Team Captain: Gary McKinstry. Team: Matt Hyslop, Ryan Garrett, Jonathan Anderson, Andrew Beatty, Gordon Best.

Happy Birthday Matt!

Happy birthday to Club Professional Matt Stewart who was presented with a gift from his Junior class on Sunday.

Message from Vinny Magill

Over the next while we will be updating this section of the website with messages from Vinny, copied below.

"On behalf of myself and the Greenstaff I would like to thank the gardening crew for all their hard work on creating and maintaining the lovely flowering and shrubbery areas on the golf course. I always thought of the greenstaff creating the picture with the gardening crew adding the frame. The course was alwyas missing that final touch which sets it off. They as a group have most definitely added that final touch. They are the unsung heroes, but without their endeavors the course presentation would be much poorer. So thank you one and all for your massive contribution during my time as Course Manager and all the best for the future."

Vinny

Ladies Section Club Matchplay Competitions Update

Carnival Cup (singles): Winner Lynn Doran; Runner Up Cyndy Hay

Fourball Betterball: Winners Sinead Robinson & Debbie Grimes; Runners Up Cyndy Hay & Cathy Keown

Nominations for Officers and Council Members at the 2021 Cairndhu Annual General Meeting

Nominations for Officers and Council Members at the 2021 Cairndhu Annual General Meeting

* Position - Nomination - Proposer - Seconder

* President - Bill Surgin - Henry Fletcher - Alan Knox
* Vice President - John Craig - Roy Webb - Jim Campbell
* Captain - David Johnston - Alan Knox - Vincent Lennon
* Vice Captain - Vincent Lennon - Paul Stinson - Jim Campbell
* Honorary Secretary - Paul Beatty - Robert Barton - Andrew Beatty
* Honorary Treasurer - Jim Campbell - David Johnston - Paul Stinson
* Council Member - Brian Haveron - Gary Brennan - Andrew Little
* Council Member - Roy Webb - Niall McFerran - Tony Watts
* Council Member - Cyndy Hay - Gail McCluggage - Kate Mellor
* Council Member - Gail McCluggage- Sandra Conlon - Paula McKinstry
* Council Member - Geoff Lilley - Hugh Montgomery - Vincent Lennon
* Council Member - Errol Surgeoner - Andrew Reid - Niall McGoldrick


(3 council member places)

Inter - Club Results and Fixtures - Holt Shield Final this weekend 11th / 12th September

The Holt Shield final will be played against Bangor this weekend, good luck to the team.

The home match at Cairndhu (5 matches) will take place this Saturday 11th September at 3.10pm. The return leg at Bangor (also 5 matches) will take place this Sunday 12th September at 2.10pm.

All support will be welcome as always, home and away!

The 'Club Team Captains' section of our website will be kept up to date with fixture dates as they are announced https://www.cairndhugolfclub.co.uk/Page/Custom?pageId=6297

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Course Manager Vinny Magill - Last Day Wednesday 8th September - Clubhouse from 2pm

As many members will be aware our Course Manager Vinny Magill will be leaving his role with his last day on Wednesday 8th September. Vinny will be in the clubhouse from around 2pm on Wednesday 8th if you would like the opportunity to say goodbye and wish him well in the future.

Over the last few days several presentations have been made to Vinny in respect of his many years of tremendous service to Cairndhu, a testament to how highly regarded he is around the club. Pictured below are Ricky from Johnston and Gilpin, Cairndhu Vice Captain and Council, and Ryan McMurtry on behalf of the Kiln Golf Society

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Course Manager Vinny Magill - Last Day Wednesday 8th September - Clubhouse from 2pm

As many members will be aware our Course Manager Vinny Magill will be leaving his role with his last day on Wednesday 8th September. Vinny will be in the clubhouse from around 2pm on Wednesday 8th if you would like the opportunity to say goodbye and wish him well in the future.

Vinny and his wife Lorna are moving to Dorset, England, where Lorna has been appointed to a high profile post in the NHS covering hospitals in Poole, Christchurch and Bournemouth. It is an understatement to say that Vinny will be missed by everyone around the club, especially by the staff, the Council, the members and the local conservation bodies he worked closely with.

Vinny has worked at Cairndhu for 35 years, starting on a government funded training scheme under Bob Walker. His commitment, work ethic and personality made it a very easy decision to retain Vinny as an employee after the scheme had finished. He then attended Greenmount Agricultural College where he achieved all qualifications with distinction. Upon Bob's retirement Vinny was appointed Head Greenkeeper, a role he has held ever since.

Vinny has talked of retirement, but we cannot see him being able to do nothing for very long and can see him working at a golf club in Dorset before too long. Cairndhu's loss will most certainly be that club's gain!

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Lady Past Captains Day

The Lady Past Captains Day took place on Monday with a great turnout.

Well done to Gail McCluggage who won!

Inter - Club Results and Fixtures - B & D Team Reach The Final!

The Belfast and District Cup team beat Banbridge on Sunday to reach the final! Well done to Team Captain Paul Stinson and his panel. With the 3 away matches being played on Monday evening, the team knew that if they won all 4 home games it would be enough to win the tie on Sunday and avoid a tricky trip to Banbridge, who recently won the Senior Cup. They did just that with 4 great wins in the matches at Cairndhu. Team: Ryan McKinstry, Ryan Long, Marc McKinstry, Nicholas McClay, Neil McKinstry, Ethan Campbell, Brian Galway.

The final will be played against Fortwilliam. This is scheduled for Sunday 19th September. Venue is still TBC.

The 'Club Team Captains' section of our website will be kept up to date with fixture dates as they are announced https://www.cairndhugolfclub.co.uk/Page/Custom?pageId=6297

Leinster Senior Men's Open Championship

Another steady week for member Brian Galway with a tied 23rd finish in the Leinster Senior's at Rosslare Golf Club.

Full results: https://www.golfireland.ie/regional#/competition/2694466/results/2970452

Order of Merit standings: https://www.golfireland.ie/national#/orderofmerit/149182

Presidents Day - Saturday 18th September

Incoming President Mr Bill Surgin will be holding his Presidents Day on Saturday 18th September.

The time sheet can be booked in the Pro Shop from 10am on Friday 3rd September.

Entry is £15 which includes a meal and a drink.

There will be evening entertainment in the bar and a Prizegiving at around 10pm.

Inter - Club Results and Fixtures

The Belfast and District Cup team play Banbridge this weekend in the semi finals. The four home matches will be played on Sunday 5th September, with the three away matches at Banbridge on Monday 6th September.

All support welcome as always!

The 'Club Team Captains' section of our website will be kept up to date with fixture dates as they are announced https://www.cairndhugolfclub.co.uk/Page/Custom?pageId=6297

Inter - Club Results and Fixtures - Holt Shield Team Reach The Final!

The Holt Shield team beat Carnalea on Sunday to reach the final! Well done to Team Captain Gary McKinstry and his panel. They won all 3 matches at Cairndhu, and 1 further great away win at Carnalea meant they got through. The other 2 matches at Carnalea went to the home side. Team: Jonny Anderson, Andrew Beattie, Matt Hyslop, Gordon Best, Ryan Garrett, Chris McCourt.

The final will be played against Bangor. For the final the format will revert back to the 'old' Holt Shield format of a 5 man team playing over 2 legs. The home match at Cairndhu will take place on Saturday 11th September at 3.10pm. The return leg at Bangor will take place on Sunday 12th September at 2.10pm. All support will be welcome as always!

The 'Club Team Captains' section of our website will be kept up to date with fixture dates as they are announced https://www.cairndhugolfclub.co.uk/Page/Custom?pageId=6297

Lady Captains Day - Ms Sandra Conlon

Inter - Club Results and Fixtures

The Holt Shield team play Carnalea in the semi final on Sunday 29th August, with 3 matches at Carnalea and 3 at home.

All support welcome as always!

The 'Club Team Captains' section of our website will be kept up to date with fixture dates as they are announced https://www.cairndhugolfclub.co.uk/Page/Custom?pageId=6297

Club Championships Results 2021

Esler Trophy
1st John McKinstry 140 (73 + 67)
2nd Andrew Little 141 (69 + 72)
3rd Marc McKinstry 141 (69 + 72)

Foster Trophy
1st Paul McKenna 153 (73 + 80)
2nd Houston Saunderson 155 (79 + 76)
3rd Gary McKinstry 157 (80 + 77)

Moore Trophy
1st Jake McCartney 170 (82 + 88)
2nd Andrew Kyle 171 (84 + 87)
3rd Raymond Ferguson 171 (80 + 91)

Barton Cup
1st Stuart Johnston 89
2nd Damien McKenna 90
3rd Trevor Clarke 92

Congratulations to John McKinstry who is Club Champion for an 8th time! A superb second round 67 (-3) sealed the win by 1 shot this weekend, to go along with wins in 1989, 1993, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2008 and 2013.

2021 Cairndhu Golf Club AGM

The AGM will take place on Thursday 16th September 2021.

Further details including the notice convening the meeting will be issued in due course.

Juvenile Captain's Day - Sean Murphy
Juvenile Captain's Day - Sean Murphy

Juvenile Captain's Day

The Juvenile Captain Sean Murphy is hosting his Captain's Day on Friday 20th August.

Tee times are from 3pm.

There will be a prize presentation and meal in the clubhouse at around 7pm.

Lady Captain's Day 9 Hole Event

The Lady Captain Sandra Conlon is hosting a Nine Hole Event on Friday 27th August as part of her Captain's Day celebrations.

Tee times are available from 3.10pm, please book via BRS.

Please register in the Pro-Shop prior to play, and input scores via HowDidiDo.

There will be a prize presentation and music in the clubhouse on Friday Evening.

Captain's Day Prizewinners 2021
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Two Hole in Ones This Weekend!!

Incredibly there were two hole in ones at Cairndhu this weekend.

On Saturday Gerry McCorry scored a hole in one on the 6th hole in the Alex Donaldson Memorial Trophy.

Then on Sunday 14 year old Ben Erdis had a hole in one in the Sunday Stableford competition, also on the 6th hole.

Well done Gerry and Ben!

Inter - Club Results and Fixtures

The Belfast and District Cup team beat Scrabo to go through to the semi finals. They had 2 great wins away, with 2 losses. They also had won 1 match at home, losing the other match up the 19th hole. It all went down to the last home game, which Cairndhu won on the 20th (2nd tie hole). Team: Brian Galway, Neil McKinstry, Ryan McKinstry, Marc McKinstry, Ryan Long, Nicholas McClay, Ethan Campbell

The Holt Shield team also had a nailbiting win against Scrabo. They won 2 games at home, halving the other. They also lost 2 games away but got a great fightback half in the other match. This meant it all went down to tie holes again, this time at Scrabo, with Cairndhu winning on the 1st tie hole. Team: Jonny Anderson, Andrew Beattie, Matt Hyslop, Gordon Best, Terry O'Donnell, Steven McCourt

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Captain's Prizes for Ladies

Thanks to the Club Captain for hosting the Captain's Prizes for Ladies.

Thanks to all who took part and congratulations to the prizewinners, which can be seen on HowDidIDo and below.

Prizewinners were:
1st Fiona Rolston
2nd Shirley O'Hara
3rd Erica Wilson
Gross Laura Maguire

Sunday Acoustic Music Sessions in the Bar

We are delighted to announce that we will have a number of acoustic music acts performing in the Bar on upcoming Sundays. Starting this Sunday at 6pm with Bob Garrett, who was very popular when he played here in July. Perfect for a relaxing background while you have your Sunday food and drinks!

Details are shown below:

- Acoustic Sundays - Bobbie Garrett - Sunday 15th August - Starting from 6pm
- Acoustic Sundays - David Walker - Sunday 29th August
- Acoustic Sundays - Alan Lafferty - Sunday 12th September
- Acoustic Sundays - Keith Harris - Sunday 26th September
- Acoustic Sundays - Matt O'Reilly - Sunday 3rd October

A guide to the upcoming events in the Clubhouse is kept on our website page here https://www.cairndhugolfclub.co.uk/Page/Custom?pageId=1586

Storify My Business - Mid and East Antrim Borough

Excalibur Press and Mid and East Antrim Borough Council recently visited the club as part of their 'Storify My Business Programme'.

We are looking forward to seeing the end result!

https://twitter.com/ExcaliburPress/status/1425743882315313155

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Rakes in the Bunkers

Now that rakes are back in the bunkers, after raking your footmarks and marks made by your shot, the rake should be placed entirely back in the bunker. Not out of the bunker, or partially out of the bunker.

Please see the middle photo as an example of what to do, the other photos show what not to do.

Regards, Course Manager.

2021 Cairndhu Annual General Meeting

The 2021 Cairndhu Golf Club AGM will be held on Thursday 16th September 2021. Further details including the notice convening the meeting will be issued in due course.

Inter - Club Results and Fixtures

This weekends fixtures are below (14th August to 15th August).

The Holt Shield team play Scrabo on Sunday with 3 matches at Scrabo and 3 at home.

The Belfast and District Cup team play Scrabo on Sunday with 3 matches at home.

All support welcome as always!

The 'Club Team Captains' section of our website will be kept up to date with fixture dates as they are announced https://www.cairndhugolfclub.co.uk/Page/Custom?pageId=6297

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Club Captain's Day - Mr David Johnston

Thanks to the Club Captain Mr David Johnston for hosting a superb and long awaited Captain's Day.

Thanks for all your efforts over the last two years and more.

Thanks to all who took part and congratulations to the prizewinners, which can be seen on HowDidIDo.

Course Manager Role Vacancy

Full-time: 40 hrs. | Permanent | Salary: Negotiable at Interview

Cairndhu Golf Club, a progressive and forward thinking club, are seeking to recruit a highly motivated, well organised Course Manager to manage a team of skilled greenkeepers, whilst ensuring the maintenance, upkeep and the agronomic health of the golf course.

This role will involve the maintenance and operation of a wide variety of machinery, procurement, budget management, staff training, assessment and appraisal duties, negotiation and commission of projects and communication with staff, members, other managers, visitors, the media and general public.

To be successful in this role, our ideal candidate will demonstrate a professional and modern approach to Greenkeeping and meet the following criteria:

Essential

• 3 years’ experience in golf course management.
• Experience of Health & Safety management.
• Experience in turf management and maintenance.
• Proven ability to plan, organise and implement work programmes.

Desirable:
• SVQ/NVQ Level 3 in Greenkeeping / Sports Turf Management.
• Previous Health and Safety management experience within a similar environment.
• Previous experience in working with agrochemicals and fertilizers.

Regular training and development will be a requirement of this role.

Benefits: Company pension scheme (optional)

If this role appeals to you and you feel ready for a new challenge, please submit your CV to Cairndhu Golf Club, cairndhugc@btconnect.com as we would love to hear from you.

Closing date: Friday 28th August 2021

Cairndhu Golf Club reserve the right to enhance the criteria in the event of an unprecedented response.

Cairndhu Golf Club are an Equal Opportunities Employer

Captains Day Events

Club Captain Mr David Johnston's Captains Day is this Saturday the 7th August.

There will also be a 9 hole stableford competition on Friday 6th August for members of all categories from c4pm onwards. Entry is free, please enter in the Pro Shop before playing, there will be a prizegiving at c9.30pm.

Captains Day prizegiving will be at c10pm on Saturday 7th, prizewinners are expected to attend.

Inter - Club Results and Fixtures

The Holt Shield team had a great win against Belvoir Park. Well done to team captain Gary McKinstry and all the players. They won all 3 home games and in the away leg won a further match on the 18th green to get through 4 - 2. The other 2 away matches went Belvoir's way. Team: Matt Hyslop, Jonny Anderson, Andy Beatty, Gordon Best, Chris McCourt, Sean Murphy

The Ulster Cup team unfortunately had a narrow loss to Lisburn on tie holes. They won 2 home matches and one great win away with a birdie on the 18th. Unfortunately the other home match and 2 away matches went to Lisburn. The final match at Lisburn then went up the 19th and that went Lisburn's way. Good luck to Lisburn for the rest of the competition. Team: Ryan Garrett, Tony Watts, Gareth Owen, Brian Haveron, Phillip Carmichael, Derek Swann, Norman Johnston

The Mixed Foursomes team also suffered a narrow loss. They won 2 home matches. However Letterkenny won the other match at Cairndhu, and both games at Letterkenny, to take them through to the next round. Good luck to Letterkenny for the rest of the competition. Team: Sandra Conlon, Nicholas McClay, Jane Ogilby, Brian Galway, Sinead Robinson, Andrew Little, Gail McCluggage, Ethan Campbell, Amanda McKinstry, Ryan Long

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Brian Galway wins the Ulster Seniors Championship

Massive congratulations to member Brian Galway who won the Ulster Seniors Championship at Belvoir Park on Wednesday. Brian shot a round of 66 (-5), which included 5 birdies and an eagle, to win by 3 shots.

Report is here https://www.golfireland.ie/news-detail?newsarticleid=239&tags=tournaments;Ulster

Results can be seen here https://www.golfireland.ie/regional#/competition/2696668/results

This continues Brian's excellent form in the Senior tournaments this year and moves him to 6th in the order of merit https://www.golfireland.ie/national#/orderofmerit/149182

Inter - Club Results and Fixtures

This weekends fixtures are below (30th July to 1st August).

The Holt Shield team play on Friday evening, with 3 matches at Belvoir Park and 3 at home.

The Ulster Cup team play Lisburn on Friday evening with 3 matches at home.

The Mixed Foursomes team play Letterkenny on Sunday afternoon with 3 matches at home.

All support welcome as always!

The 'Club Team Captains' section of our website will be kept up to date with fixture dates as they are announced https://www.cairndhugolfclub.co.uk/Page/Custom?pageId=6297

Inter - Club Results and Fixtures

The Jimmy Bruen team lost narrowly to Fortwilliam on Thursday evening. They got 1 great win away from home, with the other away matches resulting in narrow wins for Fortwilliam. In the home matches Cairndhu won the first match, meaning it came down to the last hole, with Fortwilliam winning the remaining match on the 18th green. Good luck to Fortwilliam for the rest of the competition. Team: Connor Weir, Tony Watts, Niall McGoldrick, Brian Haveron, Andrew Little, Oliver Mulvenna, Andy King, Houston Saunderson, Chris McCourt, Steven McCourt.

The Belfast and District Cup team had a thrilling win against Lisburn. They had 1 great win away at Lisburn with the other matches going to the home team. In the home leg Cairndhu won 2 games with Lisburn taking the other match that had finished. This left the deciding match going up tie holes, which Cairndhu won with a great putt on the 20th hole to go through. Team: Ryan Long, Nicholas McClay, Ryan McKinstry, Marc McKinstry, Brian Galway, Ethan Campbell, Neil McKinstry.

The Pierce Purcell team lost narrowly to Cruit Island on Sunday. In the away matches in west Donegal, Cairndhu had two great away wins around the tricky Cruit Island layout, with the other match going to the home team. Unfortunately Cruit Island won both matches at Cairndhu meaning that they are through. Good luck to Cruit Island for the rest of the competition. Team: John O'Toole, Caleb Lynass, Tony Anderson, Gavin Gowdy, Brian Haveron, Ben Hopkins, Oliver Mulvenna, Dean McDonagh, Jim Campbell, Raymond Ferguson.

The 'Club Team Captains' section of our website will be kept up to date with fixture dates as they are announced https://www.cairndhugolfclub.co.uk/Page/Custom?pageId=6297

Match and Handicap Updates

Club Captain Mr David Johnston is holding his Captains Day on Saturday 7th August. Please enter in the Pro Shop, the entry time sheet is available in the Pro Shop until 5pm on Friday 30th July. The time sheet will then be uploaded to BRS. Entry is £10 which includes a meal and a drink. Prize giving is at 10pm, with prizewinners expected to attend.

Flags and bunkers
The Match and Handicap Committee have decided to continue to use the ball lifters in the holes, and continue to not place rakes in the bunkers. Golf Ireland had recently allowed the option of flags to be removed for putting and rakes to be reinstated in their latest guidance here https://www.golfireland.ie/news-detail?newsarticleid=224&tags=Covid-19;Club%20Support.

Inter - Club Results and Fixtures

This weekends fixtures are below.

The Jimmy Bruen team play on Thursday evening, with 3 matches at Fortwilliam and 2 at home.

The Belfast and District Cup team play Lisburn on Saturday afternoon.

The Pierce Purcell team play Cruit Island on Sunday afternoon.

All support welcome as always!

The 'Club Team Captains' section of our website will be kept up to date with fixture dates as they are announced https://www.cairndhugolfclub.co.uk/Page/Custom?pageId=6297

Cairndhu Open Championship Sweep Results

Thank you to everyone who supported the Club and entered the Open sweep.

The results are below:

1st Keith McKay
2nd Roy Webb
3rd Jack Murphy & Paula McKinstry
Wooden Spoon Bobby Lyttle & Tommy Close

Inter - Club Results and Fixtures

The Senior Cup team unfortunately lost to a strong Massereene side on Friday night. Massereene won both matches at Massereene, and won one match on the last at Cairndhu to go through. Cairndhu won one home game and the other was called in on the 17th. Good luck to Massereene for the rest of the competition. Team: Marc McKinstry, Ryan McKinstry, Nicholas McClay, Neil McKinstry, Ryan Long.

The Ulster Cup team beat Carrick on Saturday to go through to the area quarter final. 3 home wins and one great away win was enough to get through. Carrick won one match at Carrick, with the other two games called in. Team: Ryan Garrett, Tony Watts, Charlie Robinson, Brian Haveron, Gareth Owen, Brendan Rolston, Norman Johnston.

The Mixed Foursomes team beat Roe Park on Sunday to also go through to the area quarter final. They won one match away, with the other match at Roe Park resulting in a narrow 1 down loss. Two home wins were then enough to get through, with the other home game called in with Cairndhu 2 up. Team: Jane Ogilby, Brian Galway, Sandra Conlon, Nicholas McClay, Amanda McKinstry, Ryan Long, Sinead Robinson, Andrew Little, Kate Mellor, Ethan Campbell.

Thanks again to all the players for representing the club and for all the support!

The 'Club Team Captains' section of our website will be kept up to date with fixture dates as they are announced https://www.cairndhugolfclub.co.uk/Page/Custom?pageId=6297

Irish Senior Men's Amateur Close Championship

Well done to member Brian Galway on another cut made in the Irish Senior Men's Amateur Close Championship at Waterford Golf Club. Brian finished on a total of 231 (+18) and collected points towards the Senior Order of Merit, in which he sits in 13th position.

Results can be viewed here https://www.golfireland.ie/national#/competition/2659526/results

The Order of Merit standings can be viewed here https://www.golfireland.ie/national#/orderofmerit/149182

Inter - Club Results and Fixtures

This weekends fixtures are below.

The Senior Cup team play on Friday evening, with 3 matches at Cairndhu and 2 at Massereene.

The Ulster Cup team play Carrick on Saturday afternoon with 4 matches at home and 3 away.

The Mixed Foursomes team play Roe Park on Sunday afternoon with 3 matches at home and 2 away.

All support welcome as always!

The 'Club Team Captains' section of our website will be kept up to date with fixture dates as they are announced https://www.cairndhugolfclub.co.uk/Page/Custom?pageId=6297

51 Stableford Points - Well done to the Lady Captain

Well done to our Lady Captain Sandra Conlon who recorded a fantastic 51 points in the Helen Bonugli Cup on the 8th July. With 1 birdie and 9 pars Sandra beat Marie Anderson by 7 points.

A reminder that all results from 2021 can be viewed on the HowDidIDo smartphone app or through the Members Area of our club website.

NI Open Tournament Video

A link to a great video looking back on the recent NI Open at Cairndhu is in the link below. Please watch, like and share!

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=VFOWb9gynU&feature=youtu.be

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CRR0OVGjvRp/?utm
medium=copy_link

North of Ireland Mens Amateur Open

Members Nicholas McClay and Ethan Campbell represented Cairndhu in the North this week at Royal Portrush and Rathmore.

Both players finished on a total of 147 (+4) which narrowly missed the cut for the matchplay last 64 which fell at 145 (+2). Ethan shot a super opening round of level par whilst Nicholas shot a great second round of -1.

Thanks for playing and representing the club so well.

Results can be seen here https://www.golfireland.ie/regional#/competition/2694511/results

Inter - Club Results and Fixtures

The Barton Shield team narrowly lost to Portstewart. The home match was all square after 18 holes and the away match finished 2 up to Portstewart. Good luck to Portstewart for the rest of the competition. Team: Marc McKinstry, Ryan Long, Nicholas McClay, Brian Galway.

The Pierce Purcell team beat the Hilton. Two wins at home and one great away sealed the win. The other matches were called in. Team: Ben Hopkins, Brian Haveron, Jim Campbell, Raymond Ferguson, Caleb Lynass, John O'Toole, Oliver Mulvenna, Dean McDonagh, Andy Reid, Anthony Rolston

The Holt Shield team did not have to play as Balmoral did not field a team. They now are through the group stages and go into the last 16 and play Belvoir Park. Team selected: Stephen McCourt, Chris McCourt, Connor Weir, Sean Murphy, Andrew Beatty, Jonny Anderson

Inter - Club Results and Fixtures

This weekends team matches from 9th July - 11th July.

The Holt Shield team play Balmoral on Friday evening with 3 matches at home and 3 matches away.

The Barton Shield team play Portstewart on Saturday with 1 match at home and 1 match away.

The Pierce Purcell team play Hilton Templepatrick on Saturday with the matches split between Cairndhu and the Hilton.

All support welcome as always!

The 'Club Team Captains' section of our website will be kept up to date with fixture dates as they are announced https://www.cairndhugolfclub.co.uk/Page/Custom?pageId=6297

Full Time Bar Trainee Supervisor Job Opportunity - Closing date 28/7/2021

We are looking to recruit a highly motivated trainee bar supervisor to join our expanding team on a full time basis.

If you are interested please email your CV to cairndhugc@btconnect.com

Closing date is 28/7/2021

Inter - Club Results and Fixtures

A busy weekend of matches for the club! Thanks to everyone for playing and representing the club so well.

The Belfast & District Cup team beat Balmoral on Saturday to go through to the next round. 4 wins in the home matches were enough to win through. Team: Nicholas McClay, Ryan McKinstry, Marc McKinstry, Ryan Long, Neil McKinstry, Ethan Campbell, Brian Galway.

The Ulster Cup team beat Cushendall on Saturday. 2 great wins away in Cushendall along with 2 home wins got the team through. Team: Ryan Garrett, Charlie Robinson, Brian Haveron, Rodney Crawford, Oliver Mulvenna, Derek Swann, Brendan Rolston.

The Mixed Foursomes Team had a great win against Ballyclare on Sunday. All 3 home matches were won, with one win away and the other match called in on the 17th. Team: Jane Ogilby, Brian Galway, Sandra Conlon, Nicholas McClay, Laura Maguire, Barry Lyness, Amanda McKinstry, Ryan Long, Sinead Robinson, Andrew Little.

The All Ireland Fourball team unfortunately lost 3 - 2 to Fintona on Sunday in a tightly fought match. All the best to Fintona for the rest of the competition. Team: Raymond Ferguson, John McCauley, Tommy Close, Uel Henry, Trevor Crawford, Darin Ferguson, Keith Campbell, Bill McIlroy, Sammy Kernaghan, Iain Carson.

The Ladies East Antrim League team travelled to Massereene on Monday, with the score finishing 4 - 1 to Massereene. Team: Laura Maguire, Gail McCluggage, Sinead Robinson, Sandra Conlon, Erica Wilson.

The Senior Cup team got through against Omagh. They won both home games on Friday night, and got the required further win away in Omagh on Monday night to ensure progress. Team: Marc McKinstry, Ryan McKinstry, Brian Galway, Nicholas McClay, Ryan Long.

The Jimmy Bruen team beat Cushendall on Monday evening. Cairndhu won two matches away, including winning the last 5 holes to finish 1 up in one of the matches. In addition to 1 home win it was enough to send the team through, with the other home match called in. Team: Niall McGoldrick, Brian Haveron, Gordon Best, Ryan Garrett, Andy King, Houston Saunderson, Steven McCourt, Chris McCourt, Oliver Mulvenna, Andrew Little.



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European Team Championships

Good luck to John McKinstry who is Ireland Team Manager for the Mens European Team Championships held at PGA Catalunya in Spain.

Also wishing good luck to Cairndhu Honorary Life Member Laura Webb who is Ireland Team Captain for the Ladies European Team Championships held at Royal County Down. Our Match and Handicap Convenor Brian Haveron met Laura off the boat as part of his role with Golf Ireland.

You can follow the teams progress here: https://www.golfireland.ie/news-detail?newsarticleid=189&tags=High%20Performance

A great honour and tremendous achievement for two Cairndhu club legends.

Monday and Friday Junior Competitions Start on Monday 5th July

Please meet at the Pro Shop before 11 am.

Junior Competitions will run every Monday and Friday morning during the summer months.

For more information please contact the Pro Shop on 02828583324, or contact 07525370701.

Inter - Club Results and Fixtures

There is a busy weekend of team matches this weekend 2nd July - 5th July.

The Senior Cup team play their home matches on Friday evening against Omagh, with the away matches in Omagh on Monday evening.

The Belfast and District Cup team play home and away against Balmoral on Saturday afternoon.

The Ulster Cup team play home and away against Cushendall on Saturday afternoon.

The Mixed Foursomes team play home and away against Ballyclare on Sunday afternoon.

The All Ireland Fourball team play home and away against Fintona on Sunday afternoon.

The Ladies East Antrim League team play away to Massereene on Monday.

And the Jimmy Bruen team play home and away against Cushendall on Monday evening.

All support welcome as always!

The 'Club Team Captains' section of our website will be kept up to date with fixture dates as they are announced https://www.cairndhugolfclub.co.uk/Page/Custom?pageId=6297

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Lost & Found Items

A large number of items have built up in the lost and found area. This is located just inside the door to the left as you enter the Gents Locker Room corridor.

The items include headcovers, caps, jumpers and clubs amongst other things.

If any of these belong to you can you please retrieve them as soon as possible in order to keep this area tidy.

Cairndhu Open Week 2021: 17th - 25th of July

Open Week 2021 runs from the 17th to 25th of July

Saturday 17th July - Gents Open Stroke
Sunday 18th - Open Stableford
Tuesday 20th - Open Senior & Gents Stableford (runs weekly)
Wednesday 21st - Against Par
Saturday 24th - Gents Open Stroke
Sunday 25th - Fourball Betterball

Visitor competition entry fee will be the playing with a member green fee rate that is applicable on that day

Inter - Club Results and Fixtures

The Pierce Purcell team had a great win against Donegal's Portsalon on Sunday. They won 3 matches to go through, with the remaining 2 matches then called in. Team: Jake McCartney, Tommy Hart, Andy Reid, Anthony Rolston, Jim Campbell, Raymond Ferguson, Oliver Mulvenna, Dean McDonagh, Brian Haveron, Ben Hopkins.

The Ladies East Antrim League team won 3.5 - 1.5 at home to Cliftonville on Monday to make it two wins out of two so far. Team: Gail McCluggage, Sandra Conlon, Debbie Grimes, Angela McConkey, Kate McKee.

The Holt Shield team won 4 - 2 against Massereene to pick up 8 points for the league table, winning 2 matches at home and 2 matches away. Team: Simon King, Gordon Best, Andrew Beatty, Jonathan Anderson, Chris McCourt, Steven McCourt. The last fixture in the group stage is against Balmoral with Cairndhu needing to finish in the top 2 in the group to go through to the last 16. The league table can be seen here https://www.holtshield.co.uk/draw-sections/section-4-fixtures-results/

Marc McKinstry & Andrew Little 6th in Ulster Scratch Foursomes

Well done to members Marc McKinstry and Andrew Little who finished 6th in the Ulster Scratch Foursomes at Malone on Sunday . They shot rounds of 77 and 70 for a total of 147 (+7). This meant they just missed out on the prizes for the top 4, and missed the prize for the best second round on the better back 9. Member Ethan Campbell also represented the club well in the 36 hole foursomes event.

Full results are here https://www.golfireland.ie/regional#/competition/2911720/results

Hole in One!

Congratulations to Brian Galway who had a Hole in One on the 6th in the Coronation Cup.

Well done from all at Cairndhu.

John McKinstry Ireland Team Manager for European Amateur Team Championships

Good luck to member John McKinstry in his role as Team Manager for the Ireland team in the European Men’s Team Championship which takes place from 6 – 10 July at PGA Catalunya, Spain.

The men’s team will travel to Spain with recent Walker Cup representative Mark Power (Kilkenny), Marc Boucher (Carton House), Hugh Foley (Royal Dublin), Matt McClean (Malone), Robert Moran (Castle) and Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk), led by Captain John Carroll (Bandon), bringing a mix of experience and form into the team to compete at the renowned Spanish resort.

Former Cairndhu member and Honorary Member Laura Webb (née Bolton) is Team Captain of the Ladies team for the European Women’s Team Championship which is held at Royal County Down from 6 – 10 July.

The women’s team will take home advantage to Royal County Down where the European Women’s Team Championship is being hosted on the island for the first time since 1979, when Ireland took the top spot. AIG Irish Women’s Close Champion Anna Foster (Elm Park) and runner-up Beth Coulter (Kirkistown Castle) will be joined on the team by Sara Byrne (Douglas), Aine Donegan (Lahinch), Lauren Walsh (Castlewarden) and Annabel Wilson (Lurgan). Past-international and Women’s Senior Amateur Champion Laura, now playing out of East Berkshire, captains the side.

Read all about it here https://www.golfireland.ie/news-detail?newsarticleid=170&tags=High%20Performance;tournaments

Inter - Club Results and Fixtures

This weekend the Pierce Purcell team make the long trip to Portsalon in Donegal on Sunday. The matches are split between Cairndhu and Portsalon.

The Holt Shield team play Massereene on Sunday in the second match of the group stage. The matches are split evenly between Cairndhu and Massereene.

The Ladies East Antrim League team play at home again on Monday afternoon, which is their second match of the competition.

All support welcome as always!

The 'Club Team Captains' section of our website will be kept up to date with fixture dates as they are announced https://www.cairndhugolfclub.co.uk/Page/Custom?pageId=6297

A reminder of the Golf Ireland Spectator Guidelines is below:
*Golf Ireland welcomes spectators to all of its Competitions. To ensure that all players feel
comfortable on the course and enjoy their game these guidelines should be observed:
i) Walk in rough & maintain a distance of at least 25 yards from players
ii) Acknowledge good shots by all players equally
iii) Do not give advice or interact with players
iv) Do not give Rulings or call Penalties on players
v) Do not disturb the play of others by moving or making noise
vi) Be aware of the players in the groups behind
vii) Do not move a player’s bag as this may be construed as caddying. Breaches of these
guidelines may be reported to the Tournament Office.
viii) Always be alert to incoming ball flights, irrespective of positioning relative to the
line of play. In this regard it is essential to be aware of play and activity in front of and
behind.
Spectators attending Golf Ireland competitions assume full responsibility for all belongings
carried onto the competition site, and for their personal safety with particular regard to 4
viii) above.
*

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Course Update - 23rd June

Thanks to the greens team who had the course in great condition for the NI Open last week. The greens were cut and rolled on both days of the tournament. The fairways were cut each day to maintain the definition.

After a warm and dry weekend and the course browning up, several greens were watered using the sprinkler system on Monday morning. Some rain is forecast this week.

New signage showing were the first tee, practice green etc is, has been placed outside the Pro Shop. Thanks to the team for getting this together it looks very smart.

Please remember to use only the space that was allocated to you in the new trolley room, if you are unsure please ask in the Pro Shop.

There is a waiting list for a low upright locker in the men's locker room. Some of the horizontal lockers should be available soon. Please contact the Club Office if you wish to be added to a waiting list.

We were also featured on a BBC News article on red squirrel breeding. This is a result of the work being done to the right of the 16th green. The article can be viewed here https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-57449045

Inter - Club Results and Fixtures

The All Ireland Fourball team won on Friday against Greenisland. The team won both home matches, with one match winning on the 1st tie hole after being 3 down through 9. An additional one win and two narrow losses away was enough to progress to the next round. Team: Raymond Ferguson, John McCauley, Andy Kyle, Gavin Topping, Iain Carson, Sammy Kernaghan, Trevor Crawford, Darin Ferguson, Tommy Close, Uel Henry.

The Jimmy Bruen team won on Sunday against Greenisland. Two matches were won at home, and one away. The remaining matches were called in with Cairndhu up in both. Team: Ryan Garrett, Matt Hyslop, Andrew Little, Oliver Mulvenna, Brian Haveron, Niall McGoldrick, Andy King, John Hicks, Steven McCourt, Chris McCourt.

The Ladies East Antrim League team had a great 5-0 home win against Ballymena on Monday. A good start to the league campaign. Team: Sinead Robinson, Erica Wilson, Cathy Keown, Debbie Grimes, Sandra Conlon.

The Senior Cup team won against Carrick on Monday. Both home matches were won including one match finishing on the 2nd tie hole. The away matches finished with one win, one loss and one match called in on the 19th which was enough to progress to the next round. Team: Brian Galway, Ryan McKinstry, Nicholas McClay, Marc McKinstry, Ryan Long.

The Barton Shield team had a great win on Tuesday against a strong Malone side. The home match was 3 up through 16 and the away match was all square meaning Cairndhu went through to the next round. Team: Marc McKinstry, Ryan Long, Brian Galway, Nicholas McClay.

The Fred Perry team unfortunately had to concede a walkover to Faughan Valley.

The 'Club Team Captains' section of our website will be kept up to date with fixture dates as they are announced https://www.cairndhugolfclub.co.uk/Page/Custom?pageId=6297

Restaurant Fathers Day 20 June 2021

There are some tables still available this Sunday but please book to avoid disappointment.

A special Fathers Day Menu is in operation, you can view this in the link below.

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NI Open Photos

A large number of photos from the NI Open can be seen in the link here

https://andycrook.smugmug.com/Andy-Crook-Golf-2021/Clutch-Pro-Tour-2021/Clutch-Pro-Tour-Northern-Ireland-Open/

A highlights reel will be available shortly and we will share the link to that when it is available

Inter - Club Results and Fixtures

The Barton Shield team won last Friday against Dunmurry. The home pair had a 4 up lead with 2 holes to play and in the away leg the match was all square, meaning Cairndhu could not be beaten. It was also great to welcome Michael Abram back to the club who was representing Dunmurry after recently moving to Belfast. Team: Marc McKinstry, Ryan Long, Brian Galway, Nicholas McClay.

The Holt Shield team took 5 points from the first fixture against Rockmount. There was 1 win and 2 half matches gained at home, and 1 half match away. Team: Matt Hyslop, Gordon Best, Andy Beatty, Andy King, Simon King, Connor Weir.

The Jimmy Bruen team and Fred Perry team are playing this Sunday with the matches split between Cairndhu and Greenisland / Faughan Valley respectively. The Senior Cup team play on Monday evening with matches split between Cairndhu and Carrick. The Ladies East Antrim League team play on Monday. All support is appreciated as always!

The 'Club Team Captains' section of our website will be kept up to date with fixture dates as they are announced https://www.cairndhugolfclub.co.uk/Page/Custom?pageId=6297

Brian Galway Lands Top 6 Finish in Munster Seniors Championship

Well done to member Brian Galway who had a superb top 6 finish in the Munster Seniors Championship at Tipperary Golf Club.

Brian shot rounds of 73 and 74 for an aggregate total of 147 (+3).

This also meant that Brian finished 2nd in the age 50 - 54 category.

Report is in the link here https://www.golfireland.ie/news-detail?newsarticleid=160&tags=tournaments;Munster

Scoreboard is in the link here https://www.golfireland.ie/regional#/competition/2694479/leaderboard

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Northern Ireland Open - Round 2 Summary

The final round of the NI Open took place on Tuesday 15th June. Again conditions were dry with sunny spells, with a testing breeze for most of the days play. The wind had switched from day 1, with the opening tee shot off our 10th now being played into the stiff breeze and off the left. Again this meant the opening 3 holes (10th, 11th 12th) played tough. However birdies were possible on holes now playing somewhat downwind, such as the 16th, 17th, 18th, 4th, 7th and 9th. Our 9th being played as the final hole provided great drama.

The ladies section was a thrilling tight affair all day with the lead changing hands multiple times. The overnight leader Sarah Gee got off to a tough start and as they got into the back 9 Heather MacRae led by 1 from Thalia Martin. Both players navigated the breezy final 9 holes (our front 9) tidily, and as Thalia got to the final tee she was tied for the lead with Heather, both players on +12. A superb long drive by Thalia into the greenside bunker left the opportunity to get up and down for a winning birdie. Despite a tricky stance, Thalia played a superb shot which glanced the hole on the way past, leaving a 3 footer down the hill for the win, which she duly holed. Thalia now takes the place in the LPGA/LET sanctioned ISPS Handa World Invitational at Galgorm on the 29th of July https://www.worldinvitational.golf/

The mens section produced some thrilling golf. Morgan Jackson and Bailey Gill both shot great final rounds of 71 to finish in a tie for 6th with Richard Kilpatrick on 144 (+4). Robert Prior, who shot a fine even par 70, and Adam Winter, who completed two solid rounds, rounded out the top 10 on 145 (+5). Overnight leaders Conor O'Rourke and John Murphy got off to steady starts on the tricky opening holes. John then produced a truly stunning run of golf which perhaps was the key to the tournament. He went birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie from the tough 15th onwards, which gave him a 5 shot lead going into the final 9 holes. Dermot McElroy birdied the last hole, in a clutch final 9 holes of 2 under, to set the clubhouse target at 139 (-1). Liam Grehan also birdied the last to join Dermot on 139 (-1). Out on the course, with John birdieing the 4th to maintain his lead, JR Galbraith and Conor O'Rourke were battling for the second spot at the World invitational. An inspirational chip in by JR on the 5th for birdie, coupled with a double bogey by Conor on the 6th after going long and left with his tee shot, gave JR a 2 shot cushion over Conor. However a cruel lip out on the 7th for JR, and pars for both men on the 8th, meant that both JR and Conor had to birdie the last to join the playoff for second spot. JR unfortunately lost his drive out of bounds left and Conor's putt just slid by the hole, meaning that they finished just outside the playoff. John Murphy meanwhile curled in a superb putt on the last for another birdie and a 4 shot win on 135 (-5), the only player to post both rounds under par. With 11 birdies and an eagle, it was a great start to his professional career for the Kinsale man. The last act to be decided was the second male spot in the ISPS Handa World Invitational, in a sudden death playoff between Dermot and Liam. Both parred the 9th first time around, so it was back to the tee. Second time around, Dermot produced a great curling clutch putt from 15 feet for birdie, to win the playoff.

The final leaderboard can be seen here https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/7160767615751689243

Good luck to Thalia, John and Dermot in the ISPS Handa World Invitational which takes place on the 29th of July https://www.worldinvitational.golf/

Thanks go to all members for giving up their course for 2 days, the volunteers who marshalled, spotted balls, caddied, drove buggies, manned the driving range, the greens team for having the course in superb condition, the bar staff, Pro Shop and catering for working long days, the Clutch Tour for bringing the event to our great course, and the players for travelling to play. With only 4 players at par or better after the two days, it was great to see Cairndhu provide a stern but fair test for the competitors.

As always, our members were a credit to our club. From welcoming the players, volunteering, greeting the tour officials, watching the golf on the course, and supporting the bar, there were so many positive comments about the great welcome that the players and tour received. Thanks again for supporting the event and making it a success. Lets hope we can make it happen again next year and even bigger and better.

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Northern Ireland Open - Round 1 Summary

Round 1 of the 2021 Northern Ireland Open took place in dry but breezy conditions. With the players starting on the 10th the opening holes, known as Cairndhu's 'Amen Corner', proved a tough start with the 10th and 12th playing into the wind off the right. Once through the 12th, scoring opportunities became more plentiful and the day saw a number of eagles and birdies as well as bogeys and worse.

James Mack made the early running turning in 35 (-1) before eventually signing for a 73 (+3). 7 players shot 72 (+2) and will be hoping for a big move on Tuesday. With the breezy conditions perhaps suiting the Irish players, the leaderboard at the end of the day was dominated by local players. Brendan McCarroll and Liam Grehan shot 70 (E) to lie withing striking distance of the lead going into day 2, alongside Scotsman Chris Doak (E). Banbridge's Richard Kilkpatrick, a regular player in our annual PGA Pro Am, returned an excellent round of 69 (-1), which included eagles at the par 5 14th and par 4 4th. Ballymena's Dermot McElroy fired 3 birdies in his round of 69 (-1). JR Galbraith from Whitehead made an explosive start, birdieing all 3 of the fearsome Amen Corner 10th, 11th and 12th, a feat that surely has rarely been done before, and played the back 9 in 31 (-5). JR eventually signed for an excellent round of 68 (-2). The leaders at the end of the day were recent Walker Cup team member John Murphy, and Conor Rourke. Both players shot superb 67's (-3), with John firing 6 birdies and Conor firing 5 birdies. This is Murphy's first event since turning professional. The Kinsale man recently impressed in the Walker Cup played in Seminole, USA, and has the benefit of some local knowledge as a team mate of our own Marc McKinstry in the 2016 Irish Boys team. O'Rourke is coming off some impressive recent performances on the Challenge Tour and has previously performed excellently on the Alps Tour.

In the ladies scoring section, Sarah Gee made a birdie 2 on the tricky 13th and leads by 1 shot from Thalia Martin, with Jess Adams and Heather MacCrae a further 1 shot behind. It will be a thrilling conclusion to the ladies event, with only 4 shots seperating the top 6 players vying for the all important 1 spot in the ISPS Handa event.

The forecast for the final round is similar to day one, with a fresh breeze, however it looks like the breeze may switch direction, which should pose an interesting challenge to the players. It was good to see Cairndhu hold up as a stern challenge on day 1, with the course receiving plenty of positive comments from the competitors. Lets hope for a thrilling conclusion to the mens and ladies events and plenty of birdies!

The ladies leaders tee off at 10.50.
The male leaders tee off at 12.55.

Live scoring can be followed here https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/7160767615751689243

NI Open Tee Times

Tee times for the NI Open are now out and can be seen in this link

https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/7160767615181263898

You will also be able to follow live scoring on this link

https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/7160767615751689243

Feature on Mid and East Antrim Borough Poster

Please see the link below for a good feature on the club in one of the latest Mid and East Antrim Borough releases.

Visit https://shapedbyseaandstone.com/ for more information like this.

Divot Filling Team Volunteering on Friday 11th June

There will be a divot filling party carrying out divot repairs on the fairways this Friday morning, from 8.30 am.

If anyone can volunteer to assist Vinnie and team, please come along on Friday morning. No experience required!

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Upcoming Events and Christmas Party Nights

Details of our upcoming party nights have been added to the Entertainment section of the website here https://www.cairndhugolfclub.co.uk/Page/Custom?pageId=1586

Saturday 29th August: Antrim Coast Half Marathon After Party featuring Fishermans Friends
Saturday 16th October: Pink tribute featuring Alicia Karr
Saturday 4th December: Christmas Tapas Party, with live entertainment
Saturday 11th December: Gareth Brooks tribute with 3 course meal
Saturday 18th December: Tina Turner tribute with 3 course meal

Please contact 02828583324, cairndhugc@btconnect.com or contact the Cairndhu social media pages to book your tickets. Please see the posters for details of the bonuses for booking before the end of August!

Euro Football at Cairndhu

We will be showing the European Championship football in the Bar this summer, starting on Friday 11th June.

Pints will be £3 during selected games, other drinks offers will be available. Please ask the Bar Steward for further information of what is on offer.

Please come along and enjoy the atmosphere in the Clubhouse!

Locker Rooms and New Trolley Store are now open

As per the latest Golf Ireland guidelines the locker rooms and trolley store are now open again.

If you have booked a space in the new trolley store then please consult the notice board in the Pro Shop to see the space that you have been allocated. Entry is via the new ramp at the back of the building.

Thank you for your patience as we work with the guidelines outlined by Golf Ireland.

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Northern Ireland Open Update - 7th June

We are only a week away from the Northern Ireland Open and ISPS Handa Qualifier at Cairndhu on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th June. Please come along, enjoy the two days golf and enhance the experience and profile of Cairndhu.

The Clutch Tour have created this stunning video of the club, please take a look and like and share https://www.instagram.com/tv/CPvitF4Dg3H/?utmmedium=copylink

The event will be over 36 holes, with a two tee start. Tee times will be confirmed shortly.

To allow for course preparation and practice, the course will be closed to non-competitors on the following times:
-Saturday 12th June 16.30 onwards
-Sunday 13th June 11.00 onwards
-Monday 14th June - all day
-Tuesday 15th June - all day

Spectators are limited to members, and members guests. Each member can bring an unlimited number of guests. The main bar and conservatory bar will be open, as well as an outdoor refreshment tent.

NI OPEN logo Cairndhu jumpers and t shirts will be available to purchase in the Pro Shop.

Please follow ClutchProTour, Modest!Golf, and ISPSHandWorldInvitational on all social media platforms to get all the updates and footage from the event.

https://www.worldinvitational.golf/ni-open/

The lane and clubhouse carparks are closed for competitors, staff and officials only. The Bob Walker Room is a players lounge for competitors only.

Members will be issued with a car parking pass on BRS email, which will allow them to park at the upper car park in Carnfunnock.

There will be a practice area in the main field at Carnfunnock, as well as the usual 3rd valley and 8th.

Please adhere to any advice given by the volunteers and volunteer marshalls present during the event.

Inter - Club Results and Fixtures

The Junior Cup team lost last Sunday to Ballyclare. 1 home match resulted in a narrow loss, with 2 away losses. The other matches were called in on the 17th and 21st holes. Good luck to Ballyclare in the next round. Team: Matt Hyslop, Niall McGoldrick, Andrew Little, Connor Weir, Andrew Beattie.

The Fred Daly team lost to a strong Lisburn side on Sunday. All matches were won by the Lisburn player. Despite the loss this was excellent matchplay experience gained for our developing young side. Good luck to Lisburn in the next round. Team: Sean Murphy, Ryan Marcus, Lewis Harrison, Jonathon Russell, Oliver Clarke.

The Barton Shield team and the Holt Shield team are both playing this Friday evening (11th June). Matches are split between Dunmurry and Rockmount respectively. All support is appreciated as always!

The 'Club Team Captains' section of our website will be kept up to date with fixture dates as they are announced https://www.cairndhugolfclub.co.uk/Page/Custom?pageId=6297

Club Teams in Action This Weekend #UpTheDhu

The Junior Cup team plays Ballyclare this Sunday the 30th of May. Team Captain is Gareth Owen. The team got to the Ulster Final last year to finish as Ulster runners up, so will be hopeful to go one better this year.

Home tee off is at 14.50

Ballyclare tee off is at 14.20

All support welcome as always!

A reminder of the Golf Ireland Spectator Guidelines is below:
*Golf Ireland welcomes spectators to all of its Competitions. To ensure that all players feel
comfortable on the course and enjoy their game these guidelines should be observed:
i) Walk in rough & maintain a distance of at least 25 yards from players
ii) Acknowledge good shots by all players equally
iii) Do not give advice or interact with players
iv) Do not give Rulings or call Penalties on players
v) Do not disturb the play of others by moving or making noise
vi) Be aware of the players in the groups behind
vii) Do not move a player’s bag as this may be construed as caddying. Breaches of these
guidelines may be reported to the Tournament Office.
viii) Always be alert to incoming ball flights, irrespective of positioning relative to the
line of play. In this regard it is essential to be aware of play and activity in front of and
behind.
Spectators attending Golf Ireland competitions assume full responsibility for all belongings
carried onto the competition site, and for their personal safety with particular regard to 4
viii) above.
*

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Northern Ireland Open Update - 27th May

The team have mowed the large field at Carnfunnock, which will be used as a practice area for the upcoming Northern Ireland Open tournament.

Following discussions with the Clutch Tour, it has become apparent that there will indeed be opportunities for club members to work as caddies. Potential caddies will be required to be on site on Sunday for the practice round, as well as the Monday and Tuesday of the tournament. If you wish to caddie please contact Paul Stinson on prvstinson@aol.com.

Some extra golf buggies will be required for the duration of the event, for tournament officials and rules officials to use, and also to provide a transport service from the club to the practice range. If you would be willing to let your buggy be used during this time, please let the buggy convenor Tony Watts know.

Restaurant and Catering Now Open

We are delighted to announce that our restaurant and catering services are now back open.

Please take a look at our menus by clicking on the links below.

Members can avail of discount on food and drinks purchased using your social card.

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Clubhouse and Bar Open Monday 24th May

The Clubhouse and indoor Bar are open from Monday May 24th.

The Restaurant and catering facilities are open from Tuesday 25th.

Lets hope that this is the last 're-opening'.

We can't wait to have you back. Please follow all guidelines and keep an eye on emails for re-opening protocols.

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Hole in One!

Congratulations to Jeffrey Withers who had a Hole in One on the 6th in the Baine Trophy.

Well done from all at Cairndhu.

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Course Update 20th May

Last week the team addressed the lower limbs of trees on the 15th and other holes. This will allow more airflow through the area, lead to less time looking for balls, and allow for more creative recovery shots, while still punishing wayward tee shots. The ivy in the undergrowth was also cut away.

The tops of some whin bushes were cut to regenerate new growth.

Fertiliser was applied to the greens in anticipation of some rain in the latter part of this week. Several of the greens will be overseeded on Tuesday next week with a specialist piece of machinery and operator.

With a couple of very wet mornings, some indoor work was completed, such as a fresh coat of paint on the flagpole!

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NI Open Clothing Orders Required by 31st May

Cairndhu NI Open logo Oscar Jacobson jumpers and t shirts are available to order in the Pro Shop

Please place your order by May 31st to allow these to be ordered and delivered promptly.

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Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Clutch Tour Visit

We recently met with Clutch Pro Tour, organisers of the NI Open and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, in preparation for the tournament next month. We look forward to hosting the event which will provide international exposure for Northern Ireland as a premium golf destination.

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Weekly Schedule

The Saturday competitions catch up as a result of Covid has now been completed, so we are into our 'normal' sort of weekly schedule for the next while.

Junior competitions will start once the school holidays begin, these are usually on a Monday and Friday.

Note that certain tee times on certain days are for competition competitors only, please follow guidance issued by Match and Handicap and book all tee times through BRS.

We would like to thank members for their continuing strong support for our club competitions.

A normal week at the minute generally looks like this:

Tuesday
- Gents and Seniors OPEN stableford competition - open to visitors - green tees
Wednesday
- 9 hole Hat competition - can play any time during day - open to all members - green / red tees
Thursday
- Ladies competition day
Saturday
- Gents competition day - white tees
Sunday
- Stableford competition - open to all members - green / red tees
- Inter - Club matches generally played on a Sunday afternoon if possible

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Distance markers re-painted and back on the course

The distance markers in the fairway, and at each tee, have been re-painted and are now back on the course. Strokesavers / yardage books and range finders are available in the Pro Shop

We are also thankful to member Matt Hyslop and the team at Allister Moore Welding Supplies for the design and manufacture of the excellent covid safe flagstick accessories. Matt has made over 20 of these for the club in the last year.

Check out Allister Moore Welding Supplies here:
https://www.moorewelding.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Local-Business/allister-moore-welding-supplies-119809588054539/

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Northern Ireland Open Cairndhu T Shirts and Jumpers are now available to order in the Pro Shop

Please place your order through the Pro Shop.

There will be a deadline for placing orders to ensure that the items arrive in time for the tournament, so please order as soon as possible.

Club Matchplay Results Process

The Club V1 Members App is now available to update the Club Matchplay Events.

See the link below to download a simple guide to help guide you through the process of reporting results.

The ClubV1 guide is also in the link below, and further down this Club News section of the website.

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Course Update 10th May

Pencil tining is being carried out on several of the greens today.

We plan to overseed the greens this week, but we need soil temperatures to rise a degree or two.
If soil temperature drops below 9 degrees, it can get too cold for regular grass seed to grow. The ideal soil temperature for grass seed germination is 9-12 degrees and just like any seed, grass seed needs the right conditions, with warmth and moisture the key to germination.

As shown, we are currently reading an average soil temperature of 9.9c but getting colder at night, so not ideal.

It's not all grass cutting, it takes a lot of maintenance and expertise to keep the machinery running
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New Club Crested Items Available in the Pro Shop

New club crested items in the Pro Shop include belts, hats, head covers, suit covers, jumpers, t shirts and much more.

You can also purchase framed prints of some of the scenic views from the course, please ask the Club Pro for details.

Holt Shield 2021 Information

Some information on the Holt Shield has now been released. Please see below and the link here https://www.holtshield.co.uk/

Eligibility: Handicap Index of 4.5 or higher at 1st January 2021.
A player whose Handicap Index is reduced to 4.0, even before he has played a match, is still eligible to compete. A player is no longer eligible to compete in 2021 if his Handicap Index is reduced at any time below 4.0.
Order: Ties in the Group Stage should be played in the order shown under Draw & Sections/Fixtures & Results on the website.
3+3 : In the Group Stage, Last 16, Quarter Finals & Semi Finals three matches will be played at one club and three matches at the other club, on the same day, ideally at the same time.
In the event of a tie in the Last 16, Quarter Finals or Semi Finals, then sudden-death tie holes should be played by the last-named players on the team sheet at the “away” venue. The first-named team on the draw on the website are considered to be the “home” team, the second-named team are considered to be the “away” team.
It is hoped that subject to restrictions prevailing at the time, the Final can be played on the usual 5-man/2 leg home & away basis.

Club Matchplay Draws Are Now Available on HowDidIDo

Please view the matchplay draws on HowDidIDo and the ClubV1 Members Hub / the website Members Area

You will also have received an email with details of the draw, and also the contact details of your opponent where available.

Good luck to all!

Reminder to enter the Club Matchplays by Sunday 2nd May

Club Matchplay
Entry to the 2021 club matchplay events are now available in the Pro Shop. Closing date 2nd May

- Gents Singles individual - Sir William Browne Trophy - Entry is £4. Holder: Steven McCourt
- Gents Fourball betterball - Emil Thompson Trophy - £6 per pair. Holders: Niall McGoldrick & Neil Gorman
- Gents Foursomes - Kirkpatrick Cup - £6 per pair. Holders: Marc McKinstry & Andrew Little
- Mixed Foursomes - John Craig Salvers - £6 per pair. Holders: Kate Mellor & Oliver Mulvenna

These are played off the white tees (mixed is off red tees on even holes), with handicap allowances. Draw will be made after closing date. Once the draw is made you are free to schedule your match for any time. There will be deadlines for when each round needs to be played in order for the competitions to finish before the end of the season.

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Course Update 29th April

Verti-Cutting has commenced on all greens.

This removes lateral growth and any top layer of thatch build up in the soil profile.

It also invigorates the growth.

Non-Members Can Play Golf from 30th April

Members' Guests and Visitors can now play from Friday 30th April.

Tee times can be booked through the Pro Shop on 02828583324 or on the website through the Visitor Booking link at the top of the page.

Green fees are shown on the Visitors section of this website. As shown there are significant green fee savings for playing with a member and for GUI/Golf Ireland card holders.

Outdoor Bar Open from Friday 30th April

Outdoor bar service starts on Friday 30th April

Opening Times:
Monday - Friday 1pm to 7pm
Saturday / Sunday 11am to 7pm

Looking forward to seeing you there for a drink or a coffee!

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Course Update April 21st

The steps leading up to the 5th tee have now been repaired and updated with a great new look. Thanks to Jonny, and our recently appointed apprentice Rhys, for working on this project.

The greens were fertilised last Saturday evening ahead of the projected overnight rain which duly arrived.

During the rest of this week, the course will be sprayed with chemicals for daisies.

A light top dressing of fine sand is also going to be applied to the greens.

On Tuesday 27th the green staff will be carrying out verticutting of the greens.There will be some disruption to people playing that day. Please give greenstaff right of way as this is essential part of routine work needed to be carried out.




2021 Inter Club Draws Are Now Available

Please see the draws in the link here

https://www.golfireland.ie/inter-club#/customer/1759/schedule/2021/12070

The Club Team Captains page on our website will be kept up to date with the dates for matches progress of each team

https://www.cairndhugolfclub.co.uk/Page/Custom?pageId=6297

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Free Pitch Mark Repairers Are Available in the Pro Shop

Our Course Convenor has kindly donated a large number of pitch mark repairers for our members. These are available in the Pro Shop.

If you haven't got one, or didn't get one already at the weekend, please ask our Club Professional for one free of charge.

Quality club crest branded pitch mark repairers and ball marker sets are also available to purchase, a great long lasting tool to have or to give as a gift.

Please endeavor to fix your own pitch mark, and any other pitch marks you see on the greens. This will help the Green Staff and give us better putting surfaces for all.

A couple of guides to fixing pitch marks on greens are shown below:
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myOTf1wuZoA
- https://www.golfmonthly.com/features/the-game/how-to-repair-a-pitch-mark-correctly-12186
- http://blog.standrews.com/2015/02/25/how-to-repair-a-pitchmark/

Club Matchplay Competitions and the Wednesday 9 Hole Hat

Club Matchplay
Entry to the 2021 club matchplay events are now available in the Pro Shop. Closing date 2nd May

- Gents Singles individual - Sir William Browne Trophy - Entry is £4. Holder: Steven McCourt
- Gents Fourball betterball - Emil Thompson Trophy - £6 per pair. Holders: Niall McGoldrick & Neil Gorman
- Gents Foursomes - Kirkpatrick Cup - £6 per pair. Holders: Marc McKinstry & Andrew Little
- Mixed Foursomes - John Craig Salvers - £6 per pair. Holders: Kate Mellor & Oliver Mulvenna

These are played off the white tees (mixed is off red tees on even holes), with handicap allowances. Draw will be made after closing date. Once the draw is made you are free to schedule your match for any time. There will be deadlines for when each round needs to be played in order for the competitions to finish before the end of the season.

The Wednesday 9 Hole Hat Competition

The hat starts Wednesday 21st April. This is a 9 hole relaxed social competition for all members. Play with different members and get to know new people!

-Every Wednesday
-Front 9, stableford scoring
-Green/red tees
-Can play at any time of the day
-Prizes for 1,2,3, 1st over 60s, 1st ladies, 1st juvenile
-'Top dog' prize for best 10 scores over the year
- Play in 5 hats throughout the year to qualify for the Hat Finals Day, where there will be great prizes up for grabs
- For the hat, if you win, you are cut 2 shots for the next week, and 1 shot if you are 2nd. This handicap adjustment is only for the hat
- Scoring administered through HowDidIDo

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World Handicap System Boards Now on 1st Tees

The World Handicap System information boards are now up at the 1st tees. The information for white and green tees is on the fence behind the 1st tee, and the information for the red tees is on the back of the 1st tee sign for the red tees.

Thanks to Match and Handicap for the work in getting these made and put up.

These will be used for competitions and for matchplay where there is an allowance for handicaps.

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Bar Open Outside from Friday 30th April

After today's (15th April) Executive announcement, we will be able to have an outdoor bar from Friday 30th April.

The bar indoors will be permitted from Monday 24th May.

Keep an eye out for more information on the finer details as and when we get further information.

Can't wait to have you back!

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Course Update - April

Our thanks go to the Course Manager and Greenstaff team for the condition of the course for our return to golf.

The plans for April and into the start of May are as follows:
- Top-dressing of all the tees with sand.
- Apply a pesticide on all greens, surrounds and certain outfield areas to combat Leatherjacket invasion.
- Apply a selective herbicide to eradicate weeds (mainly daisies) on the fairways and tees.
- Pencil tine the greens near the end of the month and apply a light coating of smooth finishing sand as a top-dressing.
- Apply a liquid fertiliser on all the greens. Overnight rain was forecast on the 17th, so fertiliser was applied to the greens on the evening of Saturday 17th in advance of the rain.
- Erect the new practice net as soon as it arrives.
- Create a chipping area near the practice net.
- The mowing regime will as always take priority and obviously weather conditions will determine when some of the above tasks can be addressed.

The ground on the right of the 15th fairway and within a landing area from the tee is very wet and numerous balls are being plugged and lost. We investigated the area and subsequently realised that drainage was the only option. We had the digger on loan for other tasks and it was decided to address the problems on the 15th too. Main drains with offshoots have been excavated, piped and are being stoned to alleviate the problems. Through time we can add further offshoots if necessary.

In addition we would like to welcome Mr Alan Knox as acting Course Convenor until the AGM can take place.

Can all members please endeavor to fix their own pitchmark and any other pitchmarks visible on the greens.

Playing Conditions and Competition Information

From Monday 12th April 4balls are now allowed again. Thank you for your patience with the 2balls only.

Upcoming competitions have been added to the fixture lists on BRS and HowDidIDo.

Guidance on competition rules for our initial return to competitive golf, and how to record competition scores, has been emailed to all members on 7th April. This document is also available on the 2021 Competition Info documents section within the Members Area / ClubV1 Member Hub.

Going forward BRS will be released at 7pm each Friday as usual.

Cup Winners 2020

As we didn't get to have our annual prizegiving night, below is a list of the cups and trophy winners in 2020

Mens Winner Ladies Winer
Boys Cup Houston Saunderson CarNet Cup Debbie Grimes
John McGavock Anthony Rolston McClay Cup Anne Lennon
CarNet Stableford Michael Robinson Helen Bonugli Cup Angela McConkey
Bob Walker Memorial Matthew Hyslop Dr Wilson Cup Laura Maguire
McMurtry Salvers Marc McKinstry Professionals Cup Laura Maguire
Coronation Cup Paul Johnston McMurtry Salver Ruth Maguire
HMS Antrim Nicholas McClay O2 Cup Ruth Maguire
Larne Harbour Trophy Euan Thomson Veterans & Townsend Thorenson Cup Beverley Moore
Fred Daly Memorial Jonathan McKnight Veterans & Townsend Thorenson Cup Laura Maguire
Baine Trophy Brian Galway Veterans Cup Debbie Grimes
Syd McIlroy Seniors Cup Alan Knox Turkey Competition Lilian Starrett
McEwan Cup Alex Kincaid    
PGA Tankard Bryan Wilson    
Johnston Cup Matthew Hyslop    
Alex Donaldson Memorial Brendan Rolston    
Esler Trophy Marc McKinstry    
Foster Trophy Connor Weir    
Moore Trophy Wilson Lilley    
Barton Cup Philip McCrae    
Paul Hunter Memorial Charlie Robinson    
Moore Stephens Trophy Michael Beggs    
Emil Thompson Fourball Neil Gorman & Niall McGoldrick    
Coronation Cup n/a    

Members Area New Documents

A guide for members with information on the NI Open has been uploaded onto the Members' Area.

The Golf Ireland 2021 Inter Club handicap information document can also be found in the Members' Area.

Council meeting minutes are now uploaded up to and including November 2020. Convenor reports are uploaded up to December 2020.

A new members' information pack and a membership application form to download are also on there.

These can all be found under Club -> Documents.

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Return to Golf Update - 3 Days To Go

We return to golf on Thursday 1st April! Please take the time to read the Golf Ireland protocol here https://www.golfireland.ie/covid-19?fbclid=IwAR0JOn_6XuMQU9xy6hkwkXxOEX013yBu22Kd9asewC2QMZTc8U-brz-Kq7s

A reminder that if you book on BRS as a 3ball, from 3 different households, 1 player will be required to play the opposite 9 holes. You could also join up with a 3ball / 1 ball on BRS before arriving at the course. There will be Rangers on course to assist the Pro Shop and to help members to adhere to the protocol. Please make this easier for the volunteer Rangers by not playing in groups which are not permitted by the protocol. This is only for a short period, it is expected (but not confirmed) that we will be allowed 4balls from the 12th of April. Thank you for your patience.

BRS is open for tee times for the period from 1st to 11th April. Can all members please check your emails from Wednesday 24th March as information on the BRS tee time booking process has be sent to all members. There are 2 emails to read. The focus has been getting as many members as possible playing during this initial period.

The Office is open on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am to 3pm. This will allow those members who have yet to make arrangements to pay their fees to do so. Payment options are available.

Phone: 02828 583324

Email: cairndhugc@btconnect.com

Can all members please try and register for the website Members Area. This can be done using the Members Area link at the top right of the website, or through the standalone ClubV1 Members Hub smartphone app. There is a ClubV1 and HowDidIDo set up and log in guide further down the page on this Club News section of the website. There will be useful information uploaded to the Members Area that is not available elsewhere.



Return to Golf Update

BRS will open at 7 PM on Thursday 25th March. This is for tee times for the period from 1st to 11th April.

Can all members please check your emails from Wednesday 24th March as information on the BRS tee time booking process has be sent to all members. There are 2 emails to read. The focus has been getting as many members as possible playing during this initial period.

The Office is open on Thursday and Friday from 9am to 3pm. This will allow those members who have yet to make arrangements to pay their fees to do so. Payment options are available.

Phone: 02828 583324

Email: cairndhugc@btconnect.com

Please take the time to read the Golf Ireland protocol here https://www.golfireland.ie/covid-19?fbclid=IwAR0JOn_6XuMQU9xy6hkwkXxOEX013yBu22Kd9asewC2QMZTc8U-brz-Kq7s



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Guinea Fowl released into the wild

The Guinea Fowl that were raised in the biodiversity area on the right hand side of the 16th have now been released into the wild. The insect and seed eating, ground-nesting birds resemble partridges, but with featherless heads. There have also been regular sightings of Red Squirells in the trees near the 16th. If you see the Guinea Fowl, Red Squirells or any other interesting wildlife, please feel free to take a photo and tag our social media pages.

Northern Ireland Sports Sustainability Fund Update

Full information is in the link here https://www.golfireland.ie/news-detail?newsarticleid=117&tags=Covid-19;Golf%20Ireland%20HQ;Club%20Support

Sport Northern Ireland has announced the allocation of £4.2m in funding for golf clubs as part of the Northern Ireland Sports Sustainability Fund.

The fund’s purpose is to help address the economic consequences of the COVID-19 health pandemic effecting the sports sector. It aims to provide the financial interventions needed to stabilise and withstand the worst impacts of COVID-19.

Eligible sports clubs were invited to apply for funding, via the National Governing Bodies, at the end of 2020 and to be considered for funding, applicants must have met the criteria and conditions set out by Sport NI. Applications closed in January 2021 and Sport NI then began the process of verifying the applications received.

Club Office Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday this week

The Club Office is open on Monday 22nd, Tuesday 23rd, Thursday 24th and Friday 25th this week

Hours are 9am - 3pm

Phone: 02828 583324

Email: cairndhugc@btconnect.com

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Course Update During Lockdown

Course maintenance is continuing at pace driven by our Course Manager Vinny Magill and team of Trevor Tweed and Jonny Corken. Huge thanks to the staff for their efforts and skill under challenging conditions. We are also looking into the possibility of taking on board an apprentice to join the team as part of their Greenmount college education. This will also tie in with and benefit from the recently announced Government support available for the hiring of apprentices.

The greens required more aeration so a pencil tine has been applied. They will then be top dressed with fine sand with the sand luted in by hand. An application of insecticide to combat leatherjackets will be applied and also an application of low nitrogen fertiliser.

The bunkers have been rotovated to a fine tilth. A light top dressing of rough sand will be applied to the tees. The mowing schedule will continue and spraying of fairways for weed control etc will be addressed at an appropriate time.

Other tasks such as the steps on the 13th tee and the fence behind the 1st tee will be completed amongst others.

The latest winter was the wettest on record since we started measuring for the Met Office in 1996, leaving the soil profile cold and somewhat waterlogged.

The gardening team are working every Monday morning on areas such as planting, wood clearing and tidying. Anyone wishing to help volunteer please do not hesitate to join them at around 9am on a Monday morning!

As mentioned in previous correspondance, any members who wish to express ideas on areas of course and buildings development and improvement, please do not hesitate to contact Vincent Lennon or the Course Convenor.


The Golf Course will Re-Open on Thursday 1 April

After todays NI Executive announcement (on the 16th March) the course will re open on Thursday 1 April.

Further details will be announced by Golf Ireland and communicated to members once we know them. We have been advised that the Golf Ireland protocol document will be received on Friday 19th.

Once this protocol has been reviewed, information on tee time booking arrangements will be communicated to all members. No tee times booked in the mean time will be valid until we know the playing protocols laid out by Golf Ireland.

It is anticipated that phase 1 of the return to golf will be members only. Those who have paid or have made arrangements to pay membership fees will have access to BRS.

The Club Office is open on Mondays and Fridays to facilitate payment of membership fees or make arrangements to pay membership fees e.g. by setting up a monthly standing order. It is also planned that the Office will be open on Tuesday 23rd and Thursday 25th of March.

If any member is in need of information relating to existing payment methods please contact the Club Office or a member of council who will be able to assist.

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Cairndhu confirmed as 2021 NI Open Venue in addition to the 2021 ISPS HANDA World Invitational Qualifier

As part of the 2021 ISPS HANDA World Invitational presented by Modest! Golf, this year’s Northern Ireland Open will take place at one of Antrim’s most scenic venues at Cairndhu Golf Club and is part of the UK and Ireland’s Clutch Pro Tour.

Qualifying status for ISPS HANDA World Invitational brings further player and economic benefits. See link here https://www.worldinvitational.golf/cairndhu-confirmed-as-2021-ni-open-venue/

For over a decade the NI Open has been played at Galgorm where this year’s ISPS HANDA World Invitational will take place from July 28 – August 1, 2021. This year the NI Open moves to Cairndhu where men and women professionals will have the chance to win a place at the ISPS HANDA World Invitational through this dedicated qualifying event.

The 36-hole strokeplay event will take place on June 14-15 where men and women professionals compete for a £10,000 prize fund as a Clutch Tour event and also have the chance to compete alongside European Tour, LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour (LET) players. For full details on how to enter please visit https://www.clutchprotour.co.uk

“I am so delighted that we are able to offer a qualifying event for the ISPS HANDA World Invitational in partnership with the Clutch Pro Tour,” explained Niall Horan, owner Modest! Golf, who also support the Clutch Pro Tour.

“Modest! Golf continually provide opportunities for the next generation of golfer and we hope this year’s NI Open provides golfers with a route to compete and qualify for one of the most exciting and unique events on the LPGA, LET and European Tour schedule.”

As part of the wider reach of the internationally acclaimed ISPS HANDA World Invitational, the NI Open brings further economic benefits to the local area and also showcases another great golfing location within the borough.

“I am delighted that the excellent facilities at Cairndhu will play host to some of the game’s leading professionals for the NI Open on June 14-15, which will further showcase Mid and East Antrim, and all that our borough has to offer,” said Councillor Peter Johnston, Mayor Mid & East Antrim Borough Council.

“The last 12 months have been challenging for us all so it is very positive news that we can look forward to brighter days ahead, with the return of such a significant sporting event and the ISPS HANDA World Invitational at Galgorm from July 29 to August 1.

“It is a very welcome development to see the NI Open expand across the borough so that we can increase the reach, benefits and exposure that the event affords us in terms of supporting our local tourism industry and wider economy, while also supporting the local sporting fraternity.

“Council is delighted to work closely with the event organisers, and we remain very hopeful that the restrictions will be sufficiently relaxed to allow spectators and visitors to enjoy the tournaments when the time comes.”

The NI Open will follow government guidelines and further details on spectators will be announced in due course.

The NI Open is another great opportunity for men and women professionals across the island of Ireland and the UK to not only compete in an established event, but also progress to a global event like the ISPS HANDA World Invitational that will be broadcast around the world.

“I am thrilled that that the NI Open as a professional qualifying event for the ISPS HANDA World Invitational is coming to Cairndhu Golf Club,” said Sandra Conlan, Cairndhu Lady Captain.

“I look forward to welcoming all the competitors that will compete in the Clutch Tour event – especially the lady professionals – to experience our hidden gem of a course on the beautiful East Antrim Coast where they will enjoy two great days of golf.”

David Johnston, Cairndhu Club Captain, added: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome the NI Open as this year’s qualifying event for the ISPS HANDA World Invitational to Cairndhu Golf Club, and to play a part in driving the game forward with an event that provides equality and inclusivity.”

“I hope in hosting the NI Open, we will have the opportunity to showcase our course, the stunning scenery and our world-famous hospitality.”

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

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Congratulations to Laura Maguire and our Ladies Section

Congratulations to Laura Maguire for being named 2nd in Ulster and our Ladies Section for being named 4th in the latest My Golf Ranking update!

https://mygolfranking.net/

https://twitter.com/mygolfranking/status/1369548503098273792

Golf Ireland 2021 Inter Club Fixtures Update

Golf Ireland have released some further details of the schedule in 2021 in the link here https://www.golfireland.ie/news-detail?newsarticleid=111&tags=tournaments

Some notable takeaways:
- The draws for inter-club competitions will be conducted by Golf Ireland’s four Regions over the next fortnight, and published later this month, with the intention of commencing no earlier than the middle of May, subject to public health restrictions.
- This season’s inter-club competitions will see a return of the foursomes format to events that have traditionally been played in such a way, with special safety measures to be communicated to competitors in advance of the start of the competitions.

Course Update During 2021 Lockdown - 9th March

As the staff are on the flexible furlough scheme we have been able to take advantage of the breaks in the wet weather and cut the course at short notice.

All 18 greens were fertilised this week. This will allow a light top dressing. The greens will subsequently show a vast improvement 2 weeks from now.

In anticipation of being allowed to re-open, all Greenstaff will be working from Monday 15th and all areas of the course will be attended to. This will be the first time in 12 months that we have had the full team together.

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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:

Course
-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 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 fit for purpose.

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.

With the above in mind, it has now been decided to carry out the major drainage work at the end of the 2021 golfing season, in order for the course to be in the best condition for our members during this season. Other course improvements which require less heavy machinery and will not impact the condition of the playing areas of the course will now be brought forward if possible.

As 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.

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

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

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

World Handicap System Course Rating Published

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

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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.