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The annual Whales Tooth match against The Australian Golf Club was played on Saturday. Unfortunately, we lost. This result is not unknown when we play them at their home club. Their modesty and our embarrassment forbids me to say what the score was. The course is in superb condition. Bob Constable and I played against Noel Darnell (the AGC captain) and John Rowan. Noel was elected captain in 2012. John has been involved in the event for around 40 years and organises it on their side. Ian Mckenzie organises it on our side. During the last year or so all of the greens have been remodelled, under advice from course design Jack Nicklaus. Some bunkers have been reshaped, added or changed and an extensive path system has been added. Specialised landscape designers recommended by Jack Nicklaus were used. One of the main criteria was that the paths had to aesthetically "sit" in the landscape of the course without being obvious and this has been achieved. The paths are hidden by being set-down into the contours of the land. Whilst at Bowral we don't have many bunkers, the opposite is true at the Australian. On the first 8 holes I was in bunkers each time, sometimes twice on one hole (on the first I was in 3 different bunkers). In the end I got quite good at getting out of them on my first attempt. Bob and I used a cart and the carts are equipped with a colour screen GPS which you can command to do a fly-over of the hole, showing where the hazards are (that doesn't help because you still go in them). The GPS also shows you your carts position on the hole and it will tell you if you indicate on the screen where you want to hit to on the approach, what the distance that shot would be and what the distance for the final shot would be. A really fantastic system.
Noel played a great game with 2 four pointers on the first 9. Bob and I started off traditionally with a wipe on the 1st hole. On the first 9 we were beaten conclusively - on the 2nd 9 we were just beaten by one point. Remarks by members in the Members Bar afterwards suggested, perhaps untruthfully, that the course had been set up to defeat us - some of the pin placements were horrific. The day was extremely enjoyable, played with great company and followed by a lovely dinner in the evening. The Members Bar manager is a wine aficionado and has introduced some really outstanding wines - the Pinot Gris was excellent.
Coming Event Parent & Offspring Day
Saturday 12th April 2014 is the fixture date this year for the Parent & Offspring day. The trophy is the Secretary's Plate, donated by Karl Bolte, a past Secretary / Manager. The current holders are Fred Sewell and son-in-law Jason Wren-Pattison
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