Members


Members

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The Men’s Committee of Strandhill Golf Club is actively promoting the concept of “Ready” Golf.  We are asking all members to adopt this philosophy so that it results in ……… Faster Golf and we all Win
 
 “Ready golf” is a commonly used term which indicates that players should play when they are ready to do so, rather than adhering strictly to the “farthest from the hole plays first” stipulation in the Rules of Golf. When “ready golf” is being encouraged, players have to act sensibly to ensure that playing out of turn does not endanger other players.  If you are ready to Play and it is safe then play………………….
 
Examples of “Ready Golf” actions are as follows:
 

On the Tee 
·        Tee off as soon as the group ahead is clear.
·         The player who is ready should hit.
·        Shorter hitters should hit first.
·        Carry an extra ball in your pocket on holes with a more-than-usual opportunity for a lost ball
·        Hit a provisional ball if your first ball appears to be in trouble.
·        On the way to the Tee take off the Head cover of your Driver and be ready to start once you reach the Tee.
 
 
 
 
 
On the Fairway 
·        Don’t everyone “cluster” at one ball.  Go to your own ball!
·        Hit when ready without delay.
·        If you see another player is ready to hit, whether you’re away or not, point to them to go ahead.  Take your practice swings now if it does not disturb the player hitting.  Watch their shot land if it’s a possibility for a lost ball, then go through your routine and swing away.
·        If you are the first one at your ball and you’re ready to safely hit, let the others know that you are hitting.
·        Have your group watch where each shot goes.
·        If you are more than 20 yards from a lost ball, hit your shot first before helping search for the ball.
·        Try to ensure that you never have to go back to the tee or go back to take a shot!  If you think your ball may be out of bounds or lost play a provisional ball to eliminate the need to go back and retake your shot.
·        Let faster groups play through.
 
On the Green
·        Place your clubs between the green and the next tee.
·        If the furthest away has not yet reached his ball or read his putt and others are ready to putt, they should go ahead and putt while the away player makes a read.
·        Study your putt while others are putting
·        Continue putting until holed out.  Don’t mark unless you will step on someone’s line or it’s a really tricky putt.
·        Leave the green immediately after holing out and proceed to the next tee.  Discuss your shots later!  Complete your scorecard after you're off the green.
·        If you must read greens from both sides and sideways, do it as soon as you can, whether it is your turn, or before your turn! 
·        Mark your playing partner’s ball if you think that it will speed up play.
 
If there is a "secret" to a better pace of play it has to be just getting to your ball, determining who's ready to hit, communicating who's going to hit, and swinging away!
 
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Rules of the GUI Branch of Strandhill Golf Club
 

 
  1. PREAMBLE
 
The Rules hereunder are those of the Men’s Club of Strandhill Golf Club, as agreed by those present at the Annual General Meeting of the Men’s Club held on 1th December 2017. Any alterations to these Rules must have the consent of those present at a General Meeting of the Men’s Club convened for such a purpose.
 
2.      OBJECTS
 
a.      The Objects of the Men’s Club are:
 
                                                              i.      To promote the amateur game of golf amongst its Members
 
                                                            ii.      To affiliate to the Golfing Union of Ireland, and to accept and abide by the Constitution and Bye-Laws of said Union and the Bye Laws of the Connacht Branch
 
                                                          iii.      To accept and comply with the Unified Handicapping System prescribed by the Council of National Golf Unions and such rules thereunder as may be required to be implemented from time to time by the Golfing Union of Ireland
 
                                                          iv.      To accept and recognise R&A Rules Ltd as the sole authority for prescribing and implementing the Rules of Golf and Rules of Amateur Status
 
                                                            v.      To ensure that the golfing affairs of the Men’s Club are administered as provided in these rules.
 
                                                          vi.      To run and administer competitions for the Male Members of the Club
 
                                                        vii.      To promote all aspects of the golfing affairs of the Men’s Club including Boys/Junior golf.
 
 
3.      MEMBERSHIP
 
a.      All Male Members of Strandhill Golf Club Ltd shall be Members of the Men’s Club.
 
b.      All such Members who possess a vote at the General Meeting of Strandhill Golf Club Ltd, as provided in the Articles of Association of said body, shall be Voting Members of the Men’s Club.
 
4.      OFFICERS
 
a.      The officers of the Men’s Club shall be a Captain, Vice-Captain and Honorary Secretary, who shall be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting of the Men’s Club.
 
b.      The Captain of the Men’s Club shall serve for a period of one year and shall retire at the first Annual General Meeting following his election. He shall not be eligible for re-election as Captain.
 
c.       The Vice-Captain of the Men’s Club shall serve for a period of one year and shall retire at the first Annual General Meeting following his election. He shall not be eligible for re-election as Vice-Captain, but will be automatically nominated for the position of Captain.
 
d.      The Honorary Secretary of the Men’s Club shall serve for a period of one year and shall retire at the first Annual General Meeting following his election. He shall be eligible for re-election. After a period of 4 successive years the Honorary Secretaty, if still in office, shall retire and will not be eligible for re-election.
 
5.      ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
 
a.      The Annual General Meeting of the Men’s Club shall, save in exceptional circumstances, be held in the month of November/December each year.
 
b.      The Captain of the Men’s Club shall act as Chairman of the Meeting.
 
c.       The business of the Annual General Meeting of the Men’s Club shall be:
 
                                                              i.      To receive the annual report of the Men’s Committee
 
                                                            ii.      To receive the annual reports of the outgoing Officers
 
                                                          iii.      To elect a Captain, Vice-Captain and Honorary Secretary from amongst the Voting Members of the Men’s Club
 
                                                          iv.      To elect members of the Men’s Committee in whole or in specified proportion from among the Voting Members of the Men’s Club
 
                                                            v.      To vote upon any motions submitted in accordance with the rules and procedures of the Annual General Meeting
 
                                                          vi.      To receive and debate any discussion items submitted, and to make any recommendations to the Men’s Committee as may be determined by the consensus of those in attendance at the Annual General Meeting
 
d.      All Members of the Men’s Club shall be entitled to attend the Annual General Meeting.
 
e.       All Voting Members of the Men’s Club shall be entitled to a vote. Proxy votes will not be allowed. A quorum of 25 members will be necessary to allow AGM to take place.
 
6.      VOTING – NOTICE, NOMINATIONS AND MOTIONS
 
a.      Notice of the Annual General Meeting of the Men’s Club shall be provided on the Notice Board and by whatever other means determined by the Honorary Secretary at least 21 days prior to the date of the particular Annual General Meeting. Notice issued will advise of the positions for which nominations will be sought.
   
b.       In accordance with Bye Law 15.06.00 of the Club, the selection Committee for Future Captains, will nominate candidates for position of Captain and Vice Captain of the Club.  These nominations will be put forward for election at the Annual General Meeting.   The Vice Captain must be a serving member of the Mens Committee.
 
c.       Nominations for the post of Secretary of the Men’s Club must be submitted in writing, with the names of a proposer and seconder, to the Honorary Secretary of the Men’s Club not less than 7 days prior to the date of the particular Annual General Meeting. Nominations will be displayed on the notice board.
 
d.      Nominations for Ordinary Members of the Men’s Committee must be submitted in writing, with the names of a proposer and seconder, to the Honorary Secretary of the Men’s Club not less than 7 days prior to the date of the particular Annual General Meeting. Nominations will be displayed on the notice board.
 
e.      Motions to be voted upon at the Annual General Meeting of the Men’s Club must be submitted in writing, with the names of a proposer and seconder, to the Honorary Secretary not less than 7 days prior to the date of the particular Annual General Meeting. Nominations will be displayed on the notice board.
 
f.        Amendments to Motions (Counter-Proposals) may be taken from the floor during the Annual General Meeting by the Chairman if duly proposed and seconded. In such cases, the Amendment so proposed will be voted upon first.
 
g.      Voting shall be by show of hands. The Chairman may, if necessary, appoint tellers to tabulate the votes. In the event of a draw the Chairman will have the casting vote.
 
7.      THE MEN’S COMMITTEE
 
a.      The Men’s Committee shall be the Standing Committee of the Men’s Club, and shall have the responsibility of managing the golfing affairs of the Men’s Club in accordance with its Objects. The Captain will chair the meetings. In the event of the Captain not being available the Vice captain will chair the meeting. If neither are available the scheduled meeting will be postponed.
 
b.      The Men’s Committee shall meet at regular intervals between Annual General Meetings, at least 8 times in the year.
 
c.       The Men’s Committee shall comprise the Officers of the Men’s Club in addition to at least  7 of Ordinary Members of the Committee, who may be assigned administrative responsibility for aspects of the golfing affairs of the Men’s Club as determined from time to time by the Committee.
 
d.      The Men’s Committee shall have the power to fill vacancies in any of the Officers, or Ordinary Members, during any year. The person so appointed shall hold office until the next AGM of the Men’s Club.
 
e.       Each member of each Committee (other than the Office Bearers) shall hold office for a period of two years from the time of the election and shall then retire and shall not be eligible for re-election in that capacity on the same Committee until the following year.
 
f.        The Men’s Committee shall, at its first meeting each year, appoint a Handicapping Committee of at least 3 persons, all of whom shall be Members of the Men’s Club, which shall have specific responsibility for the allotment and maintenance of handicaps as delegated to Affiliated Clubs, subject to the overall jurisdiction of the Golfing Union of Ireland.
 
                                                              i.      The Handicapping Committee shall retain handicap records in respect of all present and past Members for not less than the current year and previous two calendar years and retain all score cards until the end of the current handicap year. Handicap Records for all Playing Members will be returned to the Connacht Branch of the Golfing Union of Ireland should the Men’s Club cease to be affiliated.
 
g.      The Men’s Committee shall, at its first meeting each year, appoint a Competitions Committee consisting of a number of Members of the Men’s Club as determined by the Men’s Committee, and which shall:
 
                                                              i.      Organise a programme of fixtures for the Members of the Men’s Club.
 
                                                            ii.      Undertake to secure sponsorship and prizes for competitions, within the limits specified by the Rules of Amateur Status as prescribed by R&A Rules Ltd.
 
                                                          iii.      Act as the controlling authority for all Men’s Competitions within the Club.
 
                                                          iv.      Give decisions on any questions of doubt, at all times adhering to the Rules of Golf as prescribed by R&A Rules Ltd. In this respect, this Committee will fulfil the role of the “Committee” as defined by the Rules of Golf.
 
h.      The Men’s Committee is empowered to appoint Sub-Committees to administer other such aspects of the golfing affairs of the Men’s Club as determined from time to time by the Men’s Committee.
 
i.        The Men’s club is fully committed to the guidelines contained in the code of ethics and good practice for Children Sport in Ireland, The code of Ethics for Golf for Young People or the most up to date equivalent
 
  1. THE GOLFING UNION OF IRELAND
 
  1. The Men’s Club shall be responsible for the payment of:
                                                              i.      A per capita subscription to the GUI based on the information recorded in the Central database of Handicaps as at 31st October each year, and payable on the following 1st January.
                                                            ii.      A per capita subscription to the Connacht Branch of a sum decided by its Provincial Branch at its Annual Branch Meeting.
 
  1. The Men’s Committee shall appoint delegates, in the number allocated by the GUI in accordance with their Constitution, to the Annual Meeting of the Connacht Branch.
 
  1. The Men’s Committee shall recommend to Council for approval making the facilities of the course and clubhouse available to the Golfing Union of Ireland and the Connacht Branch at reasonable intervals as may be agreed between the Men’s Committee and said bodies