As the severe weather conditions continued throughout the past week, many golf courses across the county remained closed for the most part.
Officials are keeping their fingers crossed that weather conditions will improve enough to have courses re-opened this week.
A number of competitions are planned at clubs across the county for the holiday period.
The incoming captains at Ennis Golf Club, Michael and Phil Butler, will have their drive-in on January 1 at 3pm.
In conjunction with the drive-in, there will be a team-of-three team competition and the timesheet for this opened on Tuesday of this week.
A big turnout of members is expected for the occasion.
Having recently secured the accolade of senior golfer of the year, Seán O’Gorman continued his winning ways at last week’s Christmas hampers outing of the Ennis Men’s Senior Social Group.
Sixty played in the outing and Seán returned 36 points over 14 holes to win from Luke Coote, who also carded 36 points, as did third-placed Michael Torpey. Pat Cahill was fourth with 35 points followed by Paul Higgins with 35 points and Charlie McEnery with 34 points. Four of the top five places were filled by members of the successful JB Carr team.
The weather relented just enough for Shannon to run their Wednesday men’s 15-hole turkey singles over a shortened course. Scoring was extremely good, with 41 points required to finish in the winner’s enclosure.
Vincent Hodge and Mick Carroll both returned 41 points, with Vincent edging out Mick courtesy of the back six. The gross was captured by Pádraig Cahillane with 35 points. Weather permitting, there will be a men’s fourball semi-open competition this weekend with a team of four (any combination) semi-open scheduled for new year’s weekend.
There will be an 18-hole open team-of-three scramble at East Clare from December 24 to January 3 inclusive. A timesheet will operate and entries can be submitted by contacting the club at 061 921322 or 061 640044. The course will be closed on Christmas Day.