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Course Report Course Report - January 2017 I would like to start 2017 by thanking Michael Purcell for all his hard work over the past 3 years as Course Convenor, Michael has worked very hard alongside Colm Murphy, the course staff and the course Committee in improving the standard of Malahide golf Course. The Focus at this time of the year is working through the winter programme on the course such as drainage on the 1st blue fairway, 1st yellow fairway, woodlands renewal, new signage around the clubhouse and on course, new sand in the bunkers on the yellow and general maintenance on paths and Tee boxes. The work on the Blue is now completed and all that remains is fi nishing off the Bunkers in March/April, weather permitting we will be playing golf on the Blue in June. The new Pitching green will also open this year in May/June and we will complete work on the practice ground with a newly marked hitting area and new distance signs of 50 metres, 75 metres and 100 metres. We would ask members to respect the practice area and rake the bunkers after use and only hit towards the new distance markers. We also have another practice area to the left of the 2nd on the Yellow that will be improved in 2017 and which enables members to hit shots up to 170 yards. Course Care Divot mix bags The divot mix bags have been a huge success on the golf course and we will be adding additional stands around the golf course this year. Each member has the responsibility to take a divot bag with them each time they go out to play and remind their playing partners to take one. If you fi nd a stand on the course with no full divot bags please email malahidecourseconvenor@gmail.com Pitch marks Unrepaired Pitch marks remain a problem on our greens; I would like to make the following points, 1. Pitch marks can be made by any approach shot, with a short iron, long iron or fairway wood so if your ball lands on a green you have made a pitch mark and it is your responsibility to fi x it, 2. If one of your playing partners fails to repair a pitch mark, it is your responsibility to ask him or her to fi x it, 3. If you leave a green without repairing your pitch mark, you are showing no consideration for your course or the players playing after you. Bunkers We have many bunkers on the course, the Blue 9 now has all the new rakes in place and over the next year we will be replacing all the rakes on the Red and Yellow 9s. The course staff have been and will continue to machine rake and hand rake all our bunkers during the weekdays and a plan is being worked on to extend this to the weekends. With this in mind, the members must take responsibility for raking the bunkers after use and making sure that their playing partners have also raked the bunkers after use. The raking of bunkers is not just the responsibility of the course staff it is the responsibility of the player who uses them. All the above points about course care have been made many times yet every week members continue to ignore their responsibility towards course care. Thank you for taking the time to read this and if you have any comments or suggestions to make please email me at malahidecourseconvenor@gmail.com Darragh Smith Course Convenor


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