Members News – February


The big talking point this month has been the heat, too hot for some out there but generally the fields have remained strong, well done to you for your dedication to play through the hot weather!

The ladies are now back in full stride after their Christmas and new year break, in this hot weather our new 250ml option on a glass of wine is proving to be very popular!

February is traditionally the quietest month of the year inside the Clubhouse and also in a lot of hospitality venues after the holidays have finished and most of the tourists have headed home and back to work, but it will start to pick up again into March as the weather cools off a little and beachside is not such a drawcard.

Water is becoming an issue as we wait for rain to fill the dams; it’s a very expensive exercise turning on the town water so we try to avoid that for as long as possible but have been forced to use it on a few occasions lately so please pray for rain, or if you know a rain dance then by all means get out there and start dancing.

Our first monthly market is on the 1st March and we have teamed up with Urbane Markets who are very experienced in this field to hopefully put on a fabulous evening out for people of all ages, so make sure you keep that Friday free and join us at the Club.

This month’s 15 mins with the GM features our cheeky apprentice Chef Ruby Mitchell, who has been asked the tough questions.

And that’s me for another month, enjoy your golfing and I will see you around the Clubhouse soon



Apprentice Chef

How long have you worked at SPGC?

7 months and 14 days

What is the best thing about working here?

Working with the best people & seeing Matts beautiful shiny head everyday

What did you want to be growing up?

Always wanted to be a chef

What is your worst cooking mishap?

I haven’t had many bad ones, but when I started working here I accidentally put a rump steak on someone’s burger instead of a rib fillet.

Do you like any sports? If so, which ones? And what teams?

I love rugby league, Dragons

I thought you said you loved rugby league!

Who is the coolest celebrity you have ever met?

Paige Nelson is the closest I’ve come to a celebrity

Well she is the star in this Club!

What job did you have when you were at high school?

Kitchen hand

What is the most interesting building you have ever seen or been in?

Not really a “building” but Pompeii

If you could have an all-expenses paid trip to see any famous world monument, which monument would you choose?

Christ the redeemer, Brazil

What is the funniest joke you know by heart?

Why did the golfer wear 2 pairs of pants?

In case he got a hole in 1


Hello Golfers

Firstly you would have noticed that the 8th hole has been temporarily closed.  During our conversations with the experts earlier in the year the front left of the 8th green was identified as a problem/stressed area. This was primarily caused by that area being the only exit point of that green. To help alleviate this we have filled the hollow on the left of that green and created a slope that will allow greater exiting areas. This area’s grass will be kept a little longer to play from but we encourage you to use the slope when exiting the green.

Whilst talking about exiting the greens, can we all please refrain from dragging buggies across the 3rd and 5th (when its back in play) for a few months.

It was very enjoyable having the Ladies join us last Saturday to celebrate Founders Day.  The feedback from the Ladies was very positive and they had a great day too! We look forward to doing it bigger and better next year.

Lastly our Open pennant season starts soon.  We’ve put together a strong team that will perform very well in this year’s competition.

That’s it for me this month. Enjoy your golf and keep your head down.

Greg Hill


Hi Members,

Welcome to another Proshop news, I have been lucky enough to have been on the couples trip to Tenterfield and what a great time was by all. Without doubt shot of the trip was by Graham Sandilands we had a lefty a lefty’s + righty’s swap your clubs 4 hole challenge the teams were neck and neck till Graham drove the 9th green with a right handed 3 wood 130m all up hill.

Welcome back to all our ladies your opening day was an outstanding success and no doubt the highlight was a hole in one by Marie Rosewarne on the 2nd. Also on the hole in one front Jim Hendrie holing out on the 2nd the day before Marie.

Thanks to all who participated in the founders day it was great to see the whole club involved ladies, gents and juniors all out on the course together and also to have Ralph Pownall foundation member make the trip from Brighton Vic  for the day.

Our touring pro Deyen Lawson has made a solid start in the Super6 tournament in Perth with a bogey free 3 under 69, let’s hope for a big weekend with the Super 6 match play if Deyen can make the top 24.

Div 2 Pennant season kicks off on March 10 and we have a very strong side which I believe will be hard to beat. Business ladies pennant also kicks off in March god luck girls, we look forward to your results.

Round of the month goes to Russ Thompson who had his best round post shoulder surgery with Nett 66 to win the oncourse challenge on Wednesday.

March 24
Come try the Callaway Epic Flash 1pm-5pm (many 2017-18 model drivers reduced to clear).

Callaway chrome soft (used by Phil) 2Doz $99
(all package sets $100 off).


Founders Day – Saturday 9th February 2019 – a great day of golf and fellowship was enjoyed by all who attended this event with a morning and afternoon shotgun start.  Founders Day is held to acknowledge of the founders of Surfers Paradise Golf Club, one of who attended and played on the day.  Ralph Pownall, currently a member of Brighton Golf Club, played in the afternoon field and spoke of when Sir Bruce Small approached him in 1957 to share in the purchase of a block of land at Carrara for the purpose of building a golf course.  Ralph didn’t play golf then, but joined later as a 40 year old and also joined up his son, Luke Pownall, as a junior.

The 4BBB competition and men’s trophy was won by members Graeme Wilson and Graham Sandilands with a fantastic score of 49 points.  Runners up were Mark Patterson and Doug Lipp with 48 points on a countback.  The women’s trophy was won by Linda Odgers and Narelle Wicks with 43 points.  Runners up were Johanna Bedggood and Emma Hughes with 41 points.  Congratulations to all the winners and everyone who attended this event.

Founding member Ralph Pownall with Men’s Captain, Greg Hill and Ladies President, Kay Palmer

Founders Day Ladies Winner Linda Odgers (Narelle Wicks absent) with President, Kay Palmer and Captain, Greg Hill

Founders Day Men’s Winners Graham Sandilands and Graeme Wilson with Captain, Greg Hill and President, Kay Palmer

Ladies Opening Day – Thursday 7th February – it was great to welcome in the 2019 golf season with great weather, an enjoyable game of golf, a lovely buffet lunch, raffles and some wonderful camaraderie.  We also welcomed Simone from The Sanctuary, a refuge for women, children and pets escaping from domestic violence. The Sanctuary will be our Charity for 2019. The 4BBB was enjoyed by all, especially Marie Rosewarne who shot a hole in one on the 2nd for her first recognised hole in one in a competition. Congratulations Marie and welcome to the Hole in One Club!  The winners on the day were Pam Englert and Mary Thomas with a fantastic score of 43.  Runners up were Marianne Ioannou and Virginia Oxenford with a 42.  Well done to all the winners on the day and we look forward to a fantastic year of golf at Surfers Paradise Golf Club!

Opening Day Winners – Mary Thomas and Pam Englert with President Kay and Captain Marianne

Marie Rosewarne celebrating her first Hole in One with Captain Marianne

Simone Patterson from our Charity for 2019, The Sanctuary with President Kay

Name Badge Order for 2019 – Cost is $10 per Badge (magnetic or safety pin clip) Please add your name to the Order Form on the notice board in the Ladies Room and place you money in an envelope and post at Reception.  Orders will be placed end-February.

Special Events 2019 – Definitions with dates are up on the notice board in the Ladies Room and will also appear in your 2019 Fixtures Book.  Cost is $13 payable via envelope at Reception prior to start of play Thursday 7th March, or Saturday 2nd March for Saturday Ladies.

Saturday Ladies Shirt Medal 2019 (The Blue Shirt) sponsored by Christine and Peter Lawson – was won by Julie Pearson (February)

Coming Events:  

Saturday Ladies Opening Day – rescheduled to Saturday 16/2/19, 4BBB Stableford, Computer Timesheet, Golf & Lunch to pay on the day

Nudgee Golf Day – Monday 18/3/19 at Nudgee Golf Course – Pick up time for bus, Cost for lunch and cart hire to be advised

Business Womens Pennant – Commences 3/3/19 through to 14/4/19.  Good luck girls!!!

LIKE and FOLLOW “South Pacific Ladies Open Classic” on FACEBOOK and tell your friends about the South Pacific to be held 13-16 October 2019

The volunteers have been very active since the start of 2019.

We prepared the new distance markers now in use.

Poisoned nut grass in badly affected areas.

Pruned and cleaned up the area behind the 5th green and the 3rd tee.

Completed the edging on the new concrete path on the 5th.

Installed additional shelving in the cold room.

Organised the large machinery shed into a cleaner and far more efficient work area.

Cleared the diesel pit of leaf debris.

Unblocked several pits allowing improved drainage.

Attended to various wet areas to allow drainage.

Cleaned out pump shed adjacent to the 13th tee.

Continued with the path edging.


Obviously still lots to do, favourable comments however indicate we are making inroads.


Good golfing.


Compliments to all our members who attended the AGM on Tuesday last,  most of whom  also enjoyed the ever popular shot gun start competition beforehand.

The following members were elected to the committee for 2019 :

President/Treasurer    Ron Echin

Captain.                        Peter Grounwater

Vice Captain.                Colin Overy

Secretary.                      Brian Collins

Committee.                    Terry Kerr

Committee.                    Terry Breen


We can look forward to 3 ‘away days’ this year . The first of these is at  Coolangatta/Tweed , playing the river course , at 1030 (QLD) on Mon 4th of March. The cost for qualifying members will be generously subsidized , so get your name down asap.

You may have missed Phil Rose or Roy Wagstaff around the course of late , they are hail and hearty but sadly have retired from golf. We wish them well.

Hats off to John Logan who celebrates his 90 th Birthday on Feb 8th, an inspiration to us all , on a handicap of 20 !

Finally , congratulations to the winners of  the February monthly medals.

A Grade   Doug Ahearne . B Grade Tony Smith .

Happy  golfing



A big thank you goes out to Allan Forrester, for sending in these great images.

 2nd shot 11th hole by Robert Hardy.
Most likely unplayable.

Our photo competition for February will be drawn on 28.02.2019 and announced in the March Member’s News Letter.
So get your iPhone out and start taking photos of your amazing moments at SPGC. Your photo entries are to be sent to, don’t forget to add a caption.
Each month we’ll choose a winning photo and the Member who submitted it would receive a $30 bistro voucher.

Good luck!


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