COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT by Waterville Golf Club: Men’s Section


Dear Member

Different signing in and scoring procedures will apply from those normally in use.

The computer will not be in use

The signing in book and box for entry fees will be located on a table in the corridor outside the competition room, this room will not be in use. Please bring your own pen/pencil to sign in. A pen will not be provided at the table.

Each member will mark and sign their own card as player. There is no need for anyone else to sign the card.

If you have a score of 30 or greater, you take a photo of your card and send that photo by what's app to Connor Maher on 0866018694 before 8pm on Sundays. Cards received after that will not be accepted.

Each member brings their card away with them after finishing. There is no requirement to put it into the box. This applies whether or not you have more or less than 30 points.

There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes only. No front or back nine prizes.

The winners will be announced on Monday.

The handicap system applying will be the domestic winter handicap system until further notice. You GUI handicap will not change.

The Order of Merit is suspended until further notice.

You are requested to leave the flags in position at all times as already notified. They should not be removed no matter how close you are to the pin.

Please practice Social Distancing as advised by the HSE.

Can all please ensure that you comply with the above competition requirements which will be reviewed on a week to week basis. Your total co-operation is required.

You will be aware of the period of restriction announced by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in respect of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following on from this the GUI \ ILGU issued a joint statement which came into effect which can be viewed on

We are conscious that Golf is played in the open air and the experts tell us that the chances of contracting the virus in these circumstances are low. Nonetheless, your health and safety is our paramount concern and we feel that we can assist in the broader effort by implementing a number of short term measures.

A number of potential risks have been identified and we want to reduce these risks are far as practicable.

Rules when Fairways are out of play

The green and yellow stakes denote the centre line of the fairway for determining whether a ball should be taken to the left or right hand semi-rough or rough. They have no other purpose. A ball moved from the fairway and placed in the semi-rough or rough must not be played from a point nearer to the pin. A player may place his ball at any point in the semi-rough or rough, subject to this condition.

The white lines described in the course superintendent's notice are denoted by the white plastic markers on the fairways. No club, including putter, should be used outside these white lines on the fairway. Inside the white lines, the ball may be lifted, cleaned and replaced within six inches of it's original position, and any club may be used to play it.

Markers are in place on the 6th, so balls must be lifted and taken to the semi-rough or rough when short of the white line.

The ground between the 4th tee and the fringe of the green in not fairway, so any club can be used. The ball must be played as it lies.

On the 12th & 17th, six inches placing is permitted on the collars of the greens. A new drop zone is to be marked out on the 17th.

If the ball is hit directly into the semi-rough or rough, the ball must be played as it lies.