Category: Club News

GUI Team Update

Sunday, 14th April 2018

Our All Ireland Four Ball and Fred Perry Trophy Irish Senior teams played the 2nd legs of their matches on Sunday (14th April) and despite very creditable performances over the two legs, both teams came up short.

The All Ireland Four Ball team claimed a 2.5 : 2.5 draw in the 2nd leg against Carrickfergus G.C. which meant a 5.5 : 4.5 lost over the two legs.

The Fred Perry team lost 4 : 1 to Belvoir G.C. and therefore lost the tie 6 : 4.

Both teams ran their opponents very close over the two legs and gave a good account of themselves and the Club.

Thanks to all,  team captains and players alike, for their efforts.

Kenny Lee

Restaurant Update

You will all be glad to hear that the Allen Park Restaurant franchise has been finally awarded and it is hoped that the restaurant will be fully opened for business by Easter.

The franchise has been awarded to a local businessman and I would ask all our members to give him their full support.

This facility is very important for the social well being of the Club and the Centre.

Kenny Lee

GUI Inter-Club Team Competitions

On Sunday 7th April two of our Club teams played in the 1st legs of their matchplay competitions at Allen Park.

The All Ireland Fourball team had a close match with Carrickfergus G.C. before losing 3-2.

The Fred Perry Trophy Irish Seniors team managed a 3-2 win in their 1st leg against Belvoir Park G.C.

Both teams play the 2nd leg of their matches next Sunday (14th April) with all to play for.

Best of luck to all concerned.

Kenny Lee

New Online Booking System – Meeting


To all members of Antrim Golf Club

Allen Park is moving forward with BRS tee off time booking system (Online Booking).                                                Ryan from BRS and the head of service would like to have a meeting with the Club before moving forward.   A meeting has been arranged for Monday 25th March at 6.30pm and all members are welcome.

To gauge numbers, it would be useful if members were to inform the Centre Reception if they are intending to attend the meeting.

Kenny Lee


Clubs Approve Golf Ireland Proposal

After landmark votes at separate meetings held today, the Irish Ladies Golf Union and the Golfing Union of Ireland have formally approved the establishment of Golf Ireland.

The Irish Ladies Golf Union approved a special resolution at their AGM, while simultaneously the Golfing Union of Ireland passed a motion at a Special General Meeting. In the case of the GUI, for the first time in its history postal voting was permitted, and 292 of the Union’s 395 clubs availed of this facility.  A further 34 clubs attended and voted at the meeting. 269 clubs attended the ILGU AGM to cast their vote.


GUI RESULT 94% in favour of the proposal

ILGU RESULT  100% in favour of the proposal

The result of both votes is the outcome of a three-year process of discussion and consultation between the two Unions, internally with their respective clubs and regional bodies, and externally with key national and international stakeholders.

It will mean the game of golf in Ireland will now, for the first time, have an all-inclusive governing body.

Throughout the consultation period, the benefits of this have been acknowledged in terms of attracting funding and commercial partners, as well as providing a boost for the image of the game. Once established, Clubs will only have to deal with one body when it comes to handicapping, inter-club events, club supports and game development.

A Transition Period will immediately commence, with the intention for this to culminate with the first AGM and regional meetings of Golf Ireland happening in the final quarter of 2020, paving the way for the organisation to ‘go live’ on 1 January 2021.

The transitions period will involve the organisation taking shape through creation of a regional and national structure and the drawing up of rules and processes to underpin the activities of the organisation, all overseen by a CEO who will be appointed early in the Transition Period and who will work with a Transitions Team.

The GUI and ILGU will continue to operate through the Transition Period with the transfer of functions and staff to Golf Ireland prior to the ‘go live’ date for the new organisation. 



“We are delighted with the outcome of the votes at our respective meetings, and thank everyone who has given this proposal their support.

“Bringing two strong organisations, the ILGU and GUI together to create a stronger, more influential organisation, Golf Ireland, will not only enhance golf in Ireland but will enhance Irish golf worldwide. The result today indicates that members of both Unions are in support of creating a new organisation which will be built around promoting core principles of equality, diversity, inclusion and excellence.

“The result today is a validation of the work put in by everyone involved. The input which has been received from our member clubs, our staff and volunteers, and everyone else who has in some way contributed to the final proposal should be recognised. The result of their efforts will be a new dynamic organisation, charged with the promotion of the game of golf, with a commitment to excellence and inclusivity.”


Clodagh Hopkins, Chairman of the Board of the Irish Ladies Golf Union

Iognáid Ó Muircheartaigh, Chairman of the Board of the Golfing Union of Ireland

Handicap System & Rules of Golf 2019

Following the introduction of the New Rules of Golf on 1st January CONGU have produced a guide for clubs and committees in Ireland.

Topics covered in the guide include Penalty Areas; Maximum Score Competitions; and Pace of Play. This document is attached, along with the most up to date version of the CONGU handicapping scheme book.

In addition, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) have published a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the CONGU website (follow link to CONGU FAQs above).

Get Rules Ready for 2019

From GUI
Following on from the Rules of Golf Roadshows which took place recently and were well attended, we have prepared a short video to highlight the changes to the Rules of Golf from January 1st 2019.
The video can be watched at:
Resources from The R&A are available at
Please circulate these to your members to make them aware of the changes.
I draw your attention specifically to the requirements of CONGU for qualifying competition conditions – this is referenced in the video.
Queries from GUI clubs should go to your relevant GUI Provincial Branch Office.
Kind regards
Alan Kelly
Communications & Academy Manager
Golfing Union of Ireland
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