Member’s News – November
Posted: 4th December 2018
Posted in: Members News
FROM THE PRESIDENT
I would like to thank all Members who attended the recent AGM, however it was a little disappointing that such a low percentage of Voting Members turned up on the night or even passed on their proxies.
I would like to welcome Julie Echin as our new and first female Board Member, we all look forward to working with Julie in the coming 12 months. Welcome back also to the rest of the Board who were all re-elected.
I would also like to congratulate Kay Palmer who was elected Ladies President at their AGM on Thursday.
It appears to me that the 3 problem Greens are now starting to respond to the warmer weather, Duncan is away for a couple of weeks so his second in charge Geoff, has the task of nursing these greens back to a playable condition as soon as possible.
I would like to remind all Members that the speed in the car park is 10klm/hr so please observe this limit at all times, there has recently been some near misses and one not so near miss.
As I mentioned at the AGM, the Board is looking at an interesting proposal for an alternative income stream for the Club. It is very early days however I will keep all Members updated as more information comes to hand.
Let’s start this month with course, There has been a lot of talk about the three struggling greens in recent months, and this I addressed in depth at the AGM so without going into too much detail on this forum, basically we have made significant changes to how these and all of our greens are cared for, this new programme will see the regeneration of all our greens as we work towards the recommendations of an outside agricultural scientist (Dr Brett Morris) who identified a number of inconsistencies in the care of our greens, soil testing and water quality testing have also brought some surprising results back which show that significant amounts of sodium (salt) are present both on the greens and also in our water supply, both of which are now urgently being addressed.
The results of these tests and also the programme of repair will shortly be on the website for everyone to view, but over the coming weeks you will notice the greens slowing down as they regenerate, this will be short term while we look for full cover on all greens and continue to strengthen them, the cutting length has also been raised to 4mm from 3mm as well to reduce stress on the greens.
Thank you to the members who turned out for this year’s AGM, voting for the committee positions returned the 3 incumbent directors being Nev Davey, Col Baxter and Peter Hughes, and brand new to the Board is Julie Echin who is also the Clubs very first woman director! Congratulations to all.
October saw 150ml of rain fall on the course which in turn had a detrimental effect on business operations as the rain fell through what are normally our busiest trading days, then a couple of violent storms over the last week caused damage to the newly renovated Al Fresco area as the sail was ripped from its moorings and will now need to be replaced (thankfully it is insured)
On the 7th December we have the UK Bee Geez show, this really is a great night and I hope you will come along to it.
The Club has again been nominated in the best wedding venue category in the brides choice awards for the gold coast and hinterland area, we have finished runner up in this category over the last 2 years so hopefully we can go one step further this year.
Well that’s enough from me for another month, enjoy your golfing and I will see you around the Clubhouse soon
Another year has passed us by, and I would like to thank everyone for supporting me in my role as Captain of this wonderful Golf Club. My first year has been most enjoyable and I intend on making this year the same.
The AGM has been held for 2018 and I would like to congratulate Julie Echin on being elected as our newest Board member. All of the other positions remain unchanged.
Although we have had a tough winter for the course, the growing season has now begun, and our troublesome greens should now see significant improvement.
There has been soil and water testing done in these areas, and all steps are being taken to return these greens back to their best.
There may be some short term pain for everyone, but it will certainly be a much improved Golf Course after all of the work is completed.
I have noticed quite a lot of golf carts are being driven beyond the BLUE LINES.
These lines have been put there for a reason and I would expect everyone to abide by our requests not to drive over them. If you have a legitimate reason to drive closer to the putting surfaces and bunkers, please speak to myself or anyone on the committee. We are always happy to listen. Currently there are only 2 members who have permission to do this. Please don’t put your committee in the position of “growling” at you.
Once again, thanks for all of your support.
THE PRO SHOP
The big news this week is from the European Tour Qualifying School.
Deyen Lawson last week shot rounds of 65-65-72-65 for a 21 under total at the Desert Springs Golf Course in Almeria Spain to be top Qualifier in Stage 2 of the school. Starting Nov 10 at Lumien Golf Club in Tarragona Spain the grueling 6 round final stage commences, the top 25 get a full European Tour Card.
You can follow Deyens’s progress on the European Tour website.
On the local front, we have had plenty of good golf played but none better than Barry Stent who had a fine 65 nett to claim the Gold Medal last Saturday and Terry Barr who shot 6 under par from scratch handicap to win the A Grade Medal.
Our Junior Pennant team are up for a big season with fixtures having started on November 18. Congratulations to our Senior Pennant team who won the Gold Coast Div 2 title, G.boys team being our only Pennant Champions for 2018.
Senior Pennant Team
NEED HELP WITH YOUR GAME?
Ali Orchard is now available for coaching Monday Tuesday and Thursday. Book online through our website or call the Pro shop.
Oncourse Summer Catalogue Sale
Footjoy Shoes all the latest in store plus old styles from $99
Srixon Sale Softfeel and Ultisoft $25 doz, $45 for 2 doz and $65 for 3 doz
THE RED TEES
The Gold Medal Playoff was held on Thursday 1st November and was very tightly contested by all the Monthly Medal winners from 3 grades. The winner was Maureen Giles with a terrific score of 70 on a countback from Marie Valencour. Congratulations Maureen!
Maureen Giles, winner of the Gold Medal for 2018
Maureen being presented with the Gold Medal by President Di & Captain Marianne
The Gold Shirt Playoff was held on Saturday 3rd November and contested by the 4 Green Shirt winners of 2018 – Jude Eastaway (March), Yvonne Hucks (May), Deirdre Mitchell (June) and Johanna Bedggood (July, August & September). Congratulations to the winner, Deirdre Mitchell with a 79 nett. Well done to all the qualifiers and thank you to Christine and Peter Lawson for sponsoring this event throughout the year.
It is a lovely competition to be a part of.
2017 Gold Shirt Winner, Wendy Hollis congratulating the 2018 Gold Shirt Winner, Deirdre Mitchell
Yvonne Hucks, Deirdre Mitchell (Winner), Jo Bedggood and Jude Eastaway contesting the “Gold Shirt”
The 2018 Gold Coast Stableford Challenge – Points allocated for best 20 scores at each event to decide this years champion (Contact Pro Shop). Daily Prizes. Cost $20. Surfers Paradise Golf Club, Mon10/12/18, Ph Pro Shop 07 5545 1788
Ladies Annual Dinner 2018 – Friday 30/11/18, 6.30pm for 7pm, $15 for members, $30 for guests, Pre-pay by 27/11/18. Enjoy a night of Rock ‘n Roll, competitions, skits and music with a glass of champagne or orange juice on arrival
Dianne Whish-Wilson (Secretary)
THE WORKING BEE
Working bees have primarily focused on preparing the alfresco area for its makeover.
We removed the ageing hessian and plastic blinds as well as lifting the carpet.
The water feature we obtained when Kurrawa surf club was redeveloped has been placed in the front foyer, it is yet to be connected up however.
The garden area adjacent to the practice nets has been weeded and some plants placed on the retaining wall, these will look great as they take off.
Some path edges have been trimmed which contributes greatly to the presentation, however there are many more to do.
Until next time – good golfing
Our numbers were slightly down in October due to a wet period and coring of the greens. We tried a game “BISQUES “, in which the handicaps allocated to each hole on the card may be ignored. Instead a player uses up his handicap as he sees fit by applying it to the holes of his choice, before hitting off the next tee.
The aim being to achieve birdies (+)’s as opposed to pars (0)’s or bogies (-)’s. The winner was canny Bill Moir (+8) followed closely by Brian Collins and Bob Brookes.
The jury is still out on the popularity of this game.
The October Monthly Medals winners were:
A-Grade : Ken Watson, net 68 (aged 89, remarkable)
B-Grade: Terry Breen, net 62. (Apologies)
Captain Peter Groundwater presenting prize to embarrassed monthly medal winner Terry Breen (net 62 !)
The date for the Christmas party has been set for Tuesday 27th November. Celebrations will commence with a shotgun start at 12.30pm. Competition cards will be issued with 3 tickets, (a raffle ticket and 2 drink vouchers). Members wishing to attend the party, who are unable to play, may collect their tickets from Peter Groundwater.
After the game, finger food will also be provided at tables of 8. Please note your Table Number is the number of your allocated starting tee. Special requests will be considered by Peter and Col in pro shop on the day .
A very Merry Christmas to all our members, especially Ian Douglas, who may well be reading this in his hospital bed.