Members News – September Edition



Your Board and Club Management are about to commence the development of a Strategic Plan for SPGC – a blue print for what we want our club to look like in five years’ time. The biggest influence in the design of our Strategic Plan will be what’s important to YOU.

To help us understand what’s important to YOU and what you value from you golf club we have created a brief survey, one of several, that will be distributed over the next few months.  A link to this survey will be emailed to all Members and Associates for whom we have email address on Tuesday 19th September.

To ensure you receive this email, please make sure we have your correct email address by confirming with
Hard copy of the surveys will be available for those without access to email from Pam in the office.

The completion date for this survey is 5pm Monday 25 September.
The survey consists of 8 questions only and should take no longer than about 3 minutes to complete.

We look forward to receiving your response.

Kind regards
Phil Murphy
Surfers Paradise Golf Club


Unfortunately, I have to start this month’s edition on a sad note. Three of our long-term members have passed away since the last member’s news was released, John R Barr, Les Kentwell, and Elaine Clout; our thoughts are with their families at this sad time for them.

The Men’s Club championships are heading towards their final round on Saturday in what has been a fiercely competitive event so far, with lots of tails of what could have been, it would seem that the 18th hole was the death of many scores this year!.

The South Pacific Open Ladies Championship returns to Surfers from the 8th October to the 11th October, this prestigious tournament is now in its 45th year and apart from just 2 years this event has always been held at this club and has a very rich history, while I am on the subject I would like to thank the committee for their hard work in keeping this tournament on the calendar.

At Match and Greens, it was decided to raise the price of competitions from $10 to $12, the $10 fee has been in operation here for many years and the time had come to move these up I want you to know that prize money will go up as well to reflect this increase. Green fees for social players will also increase by the same amount; these will all come into effect on the 1st October 2017

Nominations have now opened for Directors, and the timeline for this and the AGM are already posted around the Clubhouse, for those voting members who need any clarification on the process please just ask.

Thank you as always, and I hope to see you around the Clubhouse


Hello everyone,

Working bee’s have been put on hold in recent times.

Activities such as interclub events, club championships and several volunteers away have not made the numbers worthwhile.

We will however be kicking them off again in the not too distant future, and will advise the volunteers accordingly.

Good luck in the championships and the footy finals, and as always care for your Course.

Col Baxter


Hello members it is with a sad note that I open this month’s newsletter. Our club has lost three of its finest members in the last couple of weeks.

I will miss these people but have wonderful memories of them.

Elaine Clout was the ladies captain when I arrived in 2005. Elaine was not only a wonderful captain but also became a good friend and my sounding board on golf rules as no one had better knowledge of the rules.

John Barney Barr was a great old guy, always ready for a joke and loved to toss things whether it was for his change with the young ones in the pro shop or for a pie with Peter Jamieson or a snake when someone three potted.
Barney was Club President during the 90’s and a very popular one at that.

Les Kentwell was for many years the President of the Allsports.   Les was very witty and loved to host trivia at the Allsports dinners. I enjoyed his company very much and when Les recited the Ode it would make your body flow with respect.

In other news, members Club Championships are in full swing.  Plenty of tales of woe and the odd moments of excitement.

One certain Board Member who shall remain nameless eagled the 9thin round two to make a twelve shot improvement on the front nine alone.

There have been plenty of hole in ones recently, must be something in the water.

Matt Feeby and Trevor Sheppard even had to share the jackpot on Saturday the 26th of August.

Round of the month goes to Trevor Ranger who had an awesome round on Saturday the 26th Aggregate Stableford. Very unlucky was Mick Harris who had to pullout but Anthony Grima got Trevor as a mystery partner.

This week I shall be away for the On Course Conference planning for our Annual Summer Catalogue and many seminar sessions with professional coaches including Cameron McCormick (Jordan Speiths Coach) and Michael Breed, another coach to the stars.

I hope I come back smarter. Just a final note on the course, please members if we can stop buggies from being pulled across the greens as this has lead to foreign grasses mixing with our 328 Bermuda grass.


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45th South Pacific Ladies Open Classic – ladies please get your registrations in for this annual event, commencing with an Anniversary Cocktail Party on Saturday 7 October, the Foursomes on Sunday 8 October and the event 9-11 October.  Registration forms available at Reception or the club website.

Open Day – don’t forget to invite a visitor to play with us on Thursday 19 October, 8.30am shotgun start, Texas Stableford.  Bookings can be made for members and their visitors online from Monday 9 October.  Cost $25 for members and $35 for visitors incl lunch are due Thursday 12 October.

Associates Dinner – save the date Friday 1 December (not Friday 10 November as advertised in the Fixtures Book).  “Colour My World” theme.

Club Championships – are currently underway, with the final round on Thursday 21 September.  Good Luck to all the players.  Thanks to our sponsors Somerville Funerals.

Saturday Ladies  congratulations to Kelly Crouch winning the September Red Shirt competition. Margo Donnellan is underway with the final round Saturday 23 September.

Junior Girls – in the Queensland Primary Schools Championships for children under 12 our 10 year old junior girl Yuuki Takada finished in third place, with a GA handicap is 12.4 she was the smallest competitor.  The Joan Irving Junior Girls Fund will contribute to Yuuki’s expenses for the National Championships in Adelaide later in the year.  Well done Yuuki!   Congratulations also to Claudia Mitchell who won the 2017 Junior Pennant Competition.  Well done Claudia!

Ladies Let’s Golf – Sunday 15th October 2pm – 3pm come and try day.  Sunday 22nd October to November 12th each Sunday 2pm – 3pm.  Run by Ben Jewell for new players.

Elaine Clout – we mourn the loss of this beautiful woman who passed away on 4 September.  In the tradition of our founding women members Elaine was passionate about the “Rules of Golf”, her club, our women members and most of all her family.  We will miss her for many years to come.
RIP Elaine.


Hi All,

Well, we didn’t get to play on the renovated 8th green for the champs but it won’t be far away. It was looking lush and green last weekend but it’s still not ready. No rush, when it’s ready we will go back to it.

Club champs has been fun so far with 3 rounds gone and just one more to go. Even had a report to me of an 8 putt out there.

Fairways will be fertilized in the near future and then it’s greens renovation time on or around the 23rd of October.

Wednesday the 20th is when Pacific golf club will visit us and then on the

11th of October is when we have our annual trip to Pacific golf club while the ladies are playing their South Pacific Open so look on the notice board for the sheet to put your name on for if you are going and if you will be in the bus.

Rakes…. I have seen the rake placed outside the bunkers a few times and worse than that laid just inside the bunker on the downslope. Imagine if it was your ball that hit a rake and bounced into the bunker or if your ball just rolled into the bunker and is held up on the downslope leaving you with an impossible shot.

The match and greens committee has discussed the rake issue many times and have decided that after use it goes in the bunker, away from the edges with the handle pointing back down the fairway. That is the ruling on this golf course.

With the dry weather divots are drying out and more need repairing. Please fill in a few for us as you are playing and it will help the staff with repairs out there.

Talking to Duncan on the weekend and he was telling me that we have only had 25mm of rain in the last 3 months and that was in August if my memory is correct.

With the new card reader it will let you know if you have not signed your card. It tells you in red writing just under your name. Also, I found that if you just put a line in the square instead of a dot it works too and if you make a mistake with the dash in the wrong place, a heavier circle in the right score will work.

Great machine.

Good luck to the players in the final round and the to the good players that make the Match play.

Well, see you on the course or in the clubhouse.



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Hope everyone is enjoying the Club Championships, I’ve played the first three rounds and I have been very happy with the course conditions we have rolled the greens both Saturday’s but due to noise restrictions we were not able to roll Sunday.

I think you will all agree that the greens are rolling beautiful true and quick.

Our resurfaced 8th green is moving along well now it is receiving full sunlight and warmth, the cockatoos are reaping havoc just digging it up regularly hopefully this will cease soon. We are applying a granular fertiliser to our fairways, tees, and surrounds this week, so things should green up for the final round of the Championships.

Finally lets keep our fingers crossed that we get some rain soon June, July . and August have been very, could be a testing summer.

Enjoy this weekends final round of our Championships

Happy golfing



Hi everyone hope your hitting it long and straight and if your not you know where to find me 🙂

Proper rotation of the shoulders is very important during your golf swing and is one of the more common fault that golfers have. Generally players tend to turn there shoulders too flat. Posture and flexibility definitely influences this so to start with make sure you are doing your best with this area before trying the exercise below.

This video is a really good example of an exercise I give my players to help them understand how the shoulders turn during the backswing.

Give it a try but just be a little careful with this tip as it is a bit more complex. I would highly recommend a session with me to ensure you are doing it correctly.

Also be mindful of your body. If you experience any pain obviously don’t keep doing it. I have a very good physiotherapist who specialises in golf and has helped many of my players be injury free and play better so let me know if I can help.

Good luck on your journey to better golf and see you soon.

Kind regards
Ben Jewell


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