With the return of weekly competitions at Laytown & Bettystown Golf Club, things are gradually returning to normal for golfers in the area. The level of activity on the course has noticeably increased during the recent spell of good weather and members are ensuring that they’re getting out to play as often as possible to make up for lost time at the start of 2021.
Golfers are regularly reminded that they must continue to follow public health guidelines while at the club and the safety measures that the club management has put in place to combat the transmission of Covid-19 will continue for a little while longer.
While the Pro Shop has now re-opened and Scott Kirkpatrick and his team are available for lessons and advice about the purchase of golf equipment for the new season, the catering facilities and bar at the club remain closed, for the moment. Hopefully, as the summer progresses, the club will be able to offer its members and visitors a full range of services as well as a superb golfing experience.
In recent weeks the club Captains, Gerry Wickham & Ann Bellew have been making arrangements for the club teams which will be in action over the course of the summer months. Team managers have now been selected and they will be on the lookout for players on form as they put together their teams to represent Laytown & Bettystown Golf Club in the various inter-club competitions at provincial and national level.
The first club competitions for men and ladies were played in mid-May and there were packed timesheets for all of these. Congratulations to the first prize winners of 2021.
The Ladies 18 hole stableford competition played on May 17th was won by Rita Long with Gaye English in second place and Elma Delany taking the third place prize.
The first competition of 2021 for the men was an 18 hole fourball stableford invitational played on May 19th. The winners were the local pairing of Joe Ryan & Michael Sweeney just edging out Michael Mee (L&B) and Joe English (Roganstown). Danny Behan & Esmond Lyons (L&B) came third.
Since the resumption of golf in April, the members at L&B have been getting used to the new course layout. All competitions and social golf are played on this new combination of holes and the club hopes that new and returning visitors to the club will enjoy this new challenge. The beautiful new signage all around the course will also assist visiting golfers finding their way from hole to hole.
Everyone at the club is really looking forward to a great summer of golf at Laytown & Bettystown and we’ll keep you up to date with all the club’s news over the coming months in The Coaster.