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Golf Ireland – One Governing Body



Dear Member


The GUI and ILGU have published a proposal for a single governing body for golf in Ireland. Clubs will vote on this proposal in January 2019.


To give a better understanding on what the new body will do and how it will be for the good of the game, Pat Finn (CEO, GUI) and Sinead Heraty (CEO, ILGU) took part in a recent podcast where they answered questions from golfers about the plan.


We encourage you to listen to the podcast on one of the channels below:








If you have questions about the proposal that you would like the CEOs to address in a future podcast, please email your questions to


Many thanks.



Alan Kelly MPRII Dip ESA
Communications Manager

Golfing Union of Ireland
A: Carton Demesne | Maynooth | Co Kildare | W23 R8C6 | Ireland
T: +353 (0)1 5054000 | M: +353 (0)870 679 879 |

New Rules of Golf for 2019


  • Dropping procedure: When taking relief (from an abnormal course condition or penalty area, for example), golfers will now drop from knee height. This will ensure consistency and simplicity in the dropping process while also preserving the randomness of the drop. (Key change: the proposed Rules released in 2017 suggested dropping from any height).
  • Measuring in taking relief: The golfer’s relief area will be measured by using the longest club in his/her bag (other than a putter) to measure one club-length or two club-lengths, depending on the situation, providing a consistent process for golfers to establish his/her relief area. (Key change: the proposed Rules released in 2017 suggested a 20-inch or 80-inch standard measurement).
  • Removing the penalty for a double hit:  The penalty stroke for accidentally striking the ball more than once in the course of a stroke has been removed. Golfers will simply count the one stroke they made to strike the ball.  (Key change: the proposed Rules released in 2017 included the existing one-stroke penalty).
  • Balls Lost or Out of Bounds: Alternative to Stroke and Distance:  A new Local Rule will now be available in January 2019, permitting committees to allow golfers the option to drop the ball in the vicinity of where the ball is lost or out of bounds (including the nearest fairway area), under a two-stroke penalty. It addresses concerns raised at the club level about the negative impact on pace of play when a player is required to go back under stroke and distance. The Local Rule is not intended for higher levels of play, such as professional or elite level competitions. (Key change:  this is a new addition to support pace of play)
  • Elimination or reduction of “ball moved” penalties: There will be no penalty for accidentally moving a ball on the putting green or in searching for a ball; and a player is not responsible for causing a ball to move unless it is “virtually certain” that he or she did so.
  • Relaxed putting green rules: There will be no penalty if a ball played from the putting green hits an unattended flagstick in the hole; players may putt without having the flagstick attended or removed. Players may repair spike marks and other damage made by shoes, animal damage and other damage on the putting green and there is no penalty for merely touching the line of putt.
  • Relaxed rules for “penalty areas” (currently called “water hazards”): Red and yellow-marked penalty areas may cover areas of desert, jungle, lava rock, etc., in addition to areas of water; expanded use of red penalty areas where lateral relief is allowed; and there will be no penalty for moving loose impediments or touching the ground or water in a penalty area.
  • Relaxed bunker rules: There will be no penalty for moving loose impediments in a bunker or for generally touching the sand with a hand or club. A limited set of restrictions (such as not grounding the club right next to the ball) is kept to preserve the challenge of playing from the sand; however, an extra relief option is added for an unplayable ball in a bunker, allowing the ball to be played from outside the bunker with a two-stroke penalty.
  • Relying on player integrity: A player’s “reasonable judgment” when estimating or measuring a spot, point, line, area or distance will be upheld, even if video evidence later shows it to be wrong; and elimination of announcement procedures when lifting a ball to identify it or to see if it is damaged.
  • Pace-of-play support: Reduced time for searching for a lost ball (from five minutes to three); affirmative encouragement of “ready golf” in stroke play; recommending that players take no more than 40 seconds to play a stroke and other changes intended to help with pace of play.
More information can be found at;
as well as in the new ‘Rules of Golf 2019’ book available in the Clubhouse.

2018 AGM Advance Notice

Antrim Golf Club

Advance Notice

Annual General Meeting

Will take place on   Monday, 3rd  December 2018

7.30 P.M.



(Main Sports Hall)

In accordance with the Constitution and Rules of the Club, all Nominations for Officers and Members to the General Committee and Notices of Motion must be made, in writing, to the Honorary Secretary at least 21 days before the meeting.

Notices and Nominations therefore must be with the  Honorary Secretary no later than

12 noon on Monday, 12th November 2018.

Nominations and Notices received after this date cannot be considered at the Annual General Meeting.

Honorary Secretary

Junior Captains Day


Antrim Golf Club Junior Captain Josh McKee and Junior Girls’ Captain Rachel McAuley Hughes hosted their annual Captain’s Day at Antrim Golf Club, Allen Park on Saturday 1st September.

Almost 50 juniors took to the fairways with some impressive golf played.  Every competitor received a fantastic goody bag kindly provided by sponsors Colin Graham Residential, Walter Young Mazda, Ignite Studios Antrim, McLarnon’s Ramble Inn and Clare Veterinary Group, Ballyclare.

Supporters of Antrim Golf Club’s Junior Section, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, kindly provided entertainment for the players and their families with the brand new bouncy castle now available at Allen Park Sports Hub.

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Presidents Day 2018

Few photos from a great Day\Night, Jim Kane 2018 President

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Irish Mix

The Irish Mixed team battled it out on Wednesday afternoon against Ballybofey at Roe Park. All the matches where extremely tight but unfortunately the run ended for Antrim but all players can hold their heads high as it was a remarkable run the team had, getting all the way to the Semi Final has never been done by our small club

I’m sure all members will agree they did a great job and did the club proud, and showed we are no easy team to take down

On behalf of the team we would like to thank Team Captain Kim Fee for all the support and hard work she did behind the scenes, we couldn’t have done it without you. We would also like to thank all the supporters who turned up at the matches, it was great to have some local support.

Roll on next year!!

Work On Greens During September

Please beware that we need to hollow cored the Greens at Allen park. This will take place from the 13th September of 2 or 3 days.  We are also over seeding the pitches and  Greens at the end of September.  We have intentionally left these later in the year to limit any disruption in playing time but unfortunately we can’t put these off any longer.

The Greens staff will be rolling and sanding the Greens on the same day as they are over seeded and cored

Irish Mixed

Another stressful night was had by our Irish Mixed Team last night in Galgorm who took on a very strong Moyola Team. Nothing separated the two teams all night but Antrim took an early lead with Michael and Kim winning the only match to end in regulation play. Next up was Jonathan and Audrey who finished all square after 18 and had to play 2 extra play off holes but both players battled hard and came out on top and gave Antrim a 2-0 lead. Adrian and Vickie also finished all square after 18 and had to head down the 1st again but unfortunately lost with the other team getting a birdie leaving the match 2-1. With two groups left and both all square Pete and Nanette thought they’d add to the stress and also finished all square, they headed down the 1st while Frankie and Jenny tee’d off down 18 all square. With the team nervously looking and hoping for just one more point to put Antrim into the semi-finals for the first time in the Irish Mixed they seen handshakes on the 1st green but had no idea who won, Pete and Nanette strolled up the fairway trying to play it all cool but Nanette buckled and the hands went up, this set Vickie off and was skipping and dancing up and down the fairway!!

A truly remarkable result for Antrim Golf Club

Antrim are now into the Semi Finals and will play Mahee Island or Ballybofey

Big thank you to all the team, especially team Captain Kim Fee

Good luck in the next round!!

For live match-play scores from all rounds visit:

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