A welcome message from our current Ladies & Mens Captains
On behalf of Helen and myself, we wish all our members a great golfing year in 2018 and we extend a ‘cead mile failte’ to all our visitors. Despite the tough autumn and winter conditions the course remains in tremendous condition with exceptional greens for this time of the year. Further course and practice facility improvements are planned for 2018, as well as essential clubhouse maintenance and enhancements.
We thank the course staff led by Head Greenkeeper, Mark O’Donoghue for their hard work and commitment to our course, and welcome our new member of the course staff, James Reddan, to the team and wish him every success. We also wish John Tierney a full and speedy recovery.
As always - a special thank you to Tom Doheny for his tireless efforts to help and assist all who come to the club, both member and visitor alike. You can be assured of a warm and friendly welcome. Thanks also to Siobhán O’Dwyer in the office, and to Marie Coughlan for keeping our facilities clean and tidy.
Thanks also to our caterers, Alan Dower and Heather Slevin, who provide excellent fayre - very reasonably priced. Please bring family and friends.
We welcome our new PGA professional Éanna Jones who joined us in May 2017 – his reputation as an outstanding coach and teacher from beginners to scratch golfers and better, is growing from strength to strength. Éanna is offering a free lesson to all new members – please make early contact with him.
We will be providing more nine hole competitions in 2018, especially in the summer evenings to encourage greater participation, especially for those with less time available to them.
To all our current and past committee and sub-committee members and other volunteers, we thank you in for all the great work that you have undertaken and will undertake in 2018 for the club and the membership. Club finances are always a difficult balancing act and we hope all members might be prepared to volunteer a small amount of their time. Volunteer lists will be posted in the locker rooms.
We continue to ask our members to encourage any of your family and friends to take up the game. We are continuing our drive to recruit new members and will be holding tasters and lessons to spread the enjoyment of golf. We were delighted that it was agreed at the AGM in December that Members between the age of 18 and 28, who do not qualify for student membership, be afforded a 50% reduction in their sub for 2018 only (to be reviewed again for 2019). We hope that this will encourage more young people in this age category to join NGC - please spread the word!
A number of new events are planned for 2018 to encourage wider participation in golf and social activity – please look out for these events on our 'new look' website, which was developed by our Public Relations Officer, Patrick Corkery - thank you for taking on this role.
And a final thank you to the continued support of all our sponsors, and if there is anything we can help you with - please do not hesitate to contact either of us.
It is an honour to serve as your captains and we will do our best to carry out our duties in a warm and professional manner.
We wish you all success and most of all, enjoyment with your golf in 2018.
Helen & Andy