ALL over the country club captains are taking office, with 2010 set to be a particularly challenging year in which to play a central role in any golf club.
Headfort's Tom Briody sums up the best attitude a captain can take to the position of leadership in the current economic circumstances.
"First, it's a great honour and I'm particularly delighted to be captain of Headfort. It's a long established club. We have two of the best parkland courses in the country, and a very active membership.
"As for dealing with the financial climate, aren't we all living in hope?
"I don't know if there is anybody out there who knows what's going to happen this year, or the following year, or when the tide is going to turn.
"All we can do is our best to cut costs, be creative with our marketing, work with the convenors and the committees and do all we can to get through the year in a healthy state," he said.
Headfort have been proactive in seeking new members and their current entry fee for full membership comes in at €2,500.
On a personal basis, Briody would love to see a pennant won by Headfort this year, as well as reducing his 12 handicap.
"My lowest handicap was seven and I'm now off 12, but I'd be happy to get it to 10 this year," he said.
Meanwhile, there was an Irish winner of the 'European Golf Resort of the Year' accolade when Doonbeg Golf Resort was named as the No 1 on the continent by IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators).
These awards are voted on by over 300 Golf Tour operators who observe resorts worldwide and rate them on various criteria. Doonbeg took the European title and its sister property at Kiawah, North Carolina, won the 'North American Resort of the Year' category.