I am honored to be captain of the ladies club at Dooks for 2020. As an outsider I can vouch for the warm welcome that is extended to any visitors to our great club. Although one of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland, Dooks had always been a progressive and forward thinking golf club. This is perhaps most evident when we note that Dooks has the unique privilege of having, we believe, the first female captain of a golf club in Ireland, in the form of Lady Edith Gordon in 1921.
Our Ladies section is going from strength to strength and membership of the ladies club continues to grow.
We are delighted to have been able to recently purchase land directly in front of the club house which will be converted into a state of the art practice facility. I am excited to introduce a short game school this year, run by our golf pro Dan Sugrue. The school, which will commence in February, will follow an 8 week programme covering all aspects of the short game. The aim is that we will finish the school with a series of efficient practice drills which will highlight both our areas of weakness and areas of improvement that we can take with us and continue to work on throughout the year.
This year we are going to trial a series of ‘super 7s’ on Tuesday evenings. These will be open to all ladies as well as juniors and we would particularly like to encourage those members who play very little golf to try this out. The format will be singles stableford over the first 7 holes of the course.
We are also looking to introduce more team events throughout the year. Possibly every 4th or 5th competition to be run as a team competition. With the new handicapping system, team events, where you play your own ball, will count towards your handicap index. I think it’s important to balance out qualifying competitions with some fun and that’s what we are hoping to achieve with this.
– Our ladies away trip will be on Saturday 16th May to Bantry Bay golf club staying in the Maritime hotel and having a meal in the hotel also.
– Lady Captains day is on Sunday 19th July 2020.
– Boyles’ Open Charity day is on Sunday 26th April
– We run two other open days on Sunday 23rd August and Thursday 1st October.
I want to take this opportunity to wish all our ladies an enjoyable golfing year in 2020.