Pictured: an aerial view of Ennis Golf Course
ENNIS Golf Club is offering special introductory rates in a bid to attract younger members, as it reopened its fairways earlier today.
An easing of Covid-19 restrictions saw golf courses across the country welcome back its members this week. Among them was Ennis Golf Club. Due to enormous interest, the course time sheet for Monday filled up within five minutes when it was opened up to members last Wednesday.
New protocols have been introduced such as a three-player limit per group, 14-minute spacing between groups, no bunkers in play and members not being permitted to touch the flags on each green. Volunteers have been recruited to man the car park and the first tee, while one member will be on patrol on a buggy throughout the course to make sure all social distancing measures are being adhered to.
Steve Burns, President of Ennis Golf Club, told The Clare Echo that under the new protocol, the clubhouse facilities will also remain closed for the foreseeable future with the exception of toilets. “All that is to make sure our members are kept safe.” He added that the course is in “fantastic” condition.
Special offers are currently being offered in a bid to recruit younger members to the club, starting from €240 (20-25yrs).
Steve explained that the introductory rates will provide a platform for young people to remain active, “People will no other sports available to them, we thought this might an opportunity for them.” It follows a motion at the AGM last December to attract younger members to the sport.
“There’s huge interest, people haven’t played golf for 8-10 weeks so there’s a huge interest to get back on the fairways now.”
While a huge surge in demand this week means it’s currently proving a challenge to secure a tee time, the club president expects things to calm down as people begin returning to work meaning there will be ample opportunity to get out on the popular course.
For those interested in availing of the introductory membership offer, contact club manager Gerry Hannon on 085 8709444.