CORK golfer Declan O’Flynn is helping golfers to get back on the course, he has designed ‘PinPro’ so that golfers won’t need to touch the flag when playing.
Flags, rakes and all other course furniture have been removed or minimised in response to the risk of transmitting Covid-19.
Before the lockdown most clubs had simply removed flags but as competitions are returning shortly, clubs are looking for solutions.
The PinPro is a device that lifts the golf ball from the hole without the need to touch the flag.
The golf ball can simply be lifted up from the hole thanks to a clever hook on the attachment.
Designed and manufactured by Declan from his Cork-based Andec Stainless in Glouthaune, PinPro is made from 100% stainless steel so it is extremely light, durable and weather resistant.
Another key advantage of PinPro is that it takes up minimum space in the hole so golfers’ performance won’t be impacted in any way.
A member of Cork Golf Club for the past fourteen years, Declan has donated 18 PinPros to the club to enhance safety measures for its members and players and these have now been fitted throughout the course.
He has also supplied PinPro to several other golf courses in Cork.
“It’s great to see PinPro being used on a daily basis at Cork Golf Club as this gives the club and its members and players the peace of mind of knowing that their safety and personal hygiene is a priority,” said Declan.
“I’ve received great feedback on the quality and their ease of use. Top grade stainless steel has been used in the manufacturing so golf club owners and managers can rest assured in knowing that PinPros are a long term investment, offering great value for money and longevity.
"Not only does it remove the ball from the hole safely, but it also protects the edge of the hole from any damage.”
Simon O’Hara, Course Superintendent at Cork Golf Club, said the product is a great success.
“PinPro is proving a great success with our members. t’s a very adaptable product and the fact that it is made from stainless steel is a real advantage.”
Declan’s passion for golfing led him to designing and manufacturing PinPro which he hopes will now appeal to golf courses elsewhere.
He said: “I have combined my engineering/stainless steel manufacturing experience with my love of the sport to create this unique putting aid that won’t rust and, most importantly, won’t interfere with the game.”
For further information on PinPro, please contact Declan is hoping that the PinPro will become a feature in courses all over Cork and beyond as competitions return.
Anyone interested in the PinPro can contact on Declan@andecstainless.com or phone him on 021 4354640.