Principles & Protocols


PORTERSTOWN GOLF SOCIETY
        A fellowship in Golf

The society aims to promote both social and competitive golf activities with a view to developing a friendly and pleasant environment in which members can meet and play a round of golf.

The society meets every Thursday morning from 9am onwards and registration for each day’s golf is through the BRS system which ensures that everyone gets an opportunity to play with as wide a range of members as possible. All members of Castleknock golf club who are over 55 are eligible to join the society on payment of an annual subscription agreed at the yearly AGM, however, in order to maintain the social aspect of the society, a cap on numbers may be put in place. The society’s Annual General Meeting is held in early January.

Pursuant with the aims of the society, it is expected that as a courtesy to all, that members will remain after the golf for good natured bonhomie and most importantly the presentation of prizes. The committee will as always endeavor to perform the presentations as quickly as possible, depending on how quick the score cards can be checked and verified.

The Committee will arrange and run a variety of different golfing formats during the year, including approximately 4 away trips to courses of eminence and consequence. We encourage all members to participate in these events and information about golf events will be posted on the Club’s website as they arise.

Slow Play Principles

The society encourages prompt play and the maintenance of a reasonable tempo and our esteemed committee have the authority to ask you to speed up play if required. We ask you to respect the committees’ role and give them your full admiration, adulation and acclaim.

The decision of the committee in relation to the flow of play on the course is binding on all golfers. In extreme or persistent cases of slow play you may be asked to forfeit the hole you’re playing and move to the next tee box. This is done only as a last resort, to ensure other golfers do not suffer from the actions of a few miserable gits and is in preference to hanging, drawing and quartering that some of the committee feel is justified.

Handicaps and handicapping.

So as to ensure that everyone in the society gets a chance to win prizes the committee has introduced a Society Handicap. The handicap will be benchmarked, initially, to your exact official GUI handicap on 19th January 2017. The handicaps will be updated after every competition and details will be published on the website with a spreadsheet showing the calculation of same.

Main features in calculation of the handicap are as follows:-

  • A CSS will be calculated by computer.
  • There will be a small buffer zone of 1 shot below the calculated CSS.
  • A reduction of handicap of 0.3 will apply for each shot above the CSS.
  • An addition to handicap of 0.1 will apply for each shot below the CSS -1.
  • An additional 2 shots will be deducted from the overall winner of competition.
  • An additional shot will be deducted from all category winners.

The system is designed to levy those that win prizes by applying a reduction for winning, and to promote those that do not win prizes by giving bonus points if they meet the conditions above.

Remember:  All players play off their official GUI handicaps. The final score will be calculated to include allotted reduction/bonus points.

Disputes, Complaints & Clarifications: 

All disputes, complaints and requests for clarification shall be addressed to the Committee as soon as practicable. Committee decisions in these matters are final and shall be binding on all parties.

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