We are by now all too well aware of the unprecedented health crisis we all face.

Donaghadee Golf Club will at all times have the health and wellbeing of members, visitors and staff as our absolute priority.  We have therefore decided that the course should be closed and remain closed until government advice suggests otherwise. The majority of staff are being placed on furlough with only a skeleton staff in place to maintain our office systems and to carry out minimal maintenance to the course so that when we can re-open we can do so quickly.

The Club Office will be contactable by email –

The Professionals Shop is now closed and the Caterer has ceased his home delivery service.

As the crisis deepens and its wider implications become apparent, the Club recognises that many members may face difficulties in paying their Annual Subscription.

The Annual Subscription is the main source of income of our Club and is vital to the continued financial stability of our Club. Therefore we ask that members who are in position to pay their subscription should do so.  The following measures have been introduced as an emergency measure and are designed to help ease the burden on those members who are currently facing or expect to face financial difficulties in the near future.

  • The 3% administration charge has been removed on Direct Debit payments.
  • Direct Debit payments can extended over 12 months instead of 10 months.
  • Cash payments can be spread in the following manner:-
    50% by 7th April 2020
    30% by 31 July 2020
    20% by 30 September 2020

Payments will be made by online banking, contact the office for details

It is hoped these measures will be of assistance to those members who face financial difficulties from this Pandemic.

Council is acutely aware that the current restrictions reduce the extent to which members, both playing members and house members can enjoy the facilities normally available.  We very much hope that we will be able to compensate members for this loss but a firm decision on this can only be made once we have a clearer picture of our financial position.  This will become clearer following the membership renewal process and when we receive more detail on the various Government support measures.  We are also seeking clarification of what can be claimed under our Business Interruption Insurance cover.

Members should also be aware that Council has established a Taskforce which has been engaging in daily conference calls to manage our response to the pandemic.  The scale of the crisis, the speed in which it is evolving and the need to implement Government restrictions are such as to justify a departure from the normal decision making processes.  It goes without saying that all decisions are made with the best interests of our Club, our staff and our members.  We will make every effort to keep our Club Community informed of changes as they develop.

We would encourage all members to follow all Public Health guidelines in order to keep themselves, family and friends safe so we all can continue to enjoy our Club when we come out of this dreadful Pandemic.

Richard Caldwell
Honorary Secretary