Legacy week began on Saturday the 30th and runs through to Sept 6th. Legacy is the main charity that the club supports and badges will be on sale throughout the district
Did the ball move?
Normally if the player causes the ball to move there is a penalty, however there are some exceptions. When marking or replacing a ball on the green. If the ball moves during a stroke and the stroke is completed, then no penalty occurs. The rules are the best place to look up the exceptions, page 75 rule 18. It should also be remembered that players are not permitted to touch the ball, e.g. when removing a loose impediment if the player holds the ball with one finger and removes the loose impediment with the other, there is a one stroke penalty – once again rule 18 should be referenced.
NEW MEMBERS NIGHT
The new members night was very successful with well over 60 people attending. Below are some photos.
We have a bell on the 10th at about the 180m mark. The bell is used to indicate to the players on the tee that the group in front has reached that point on the course. We will be adding a couple of signs to the 10th – one by the bell and one by the tee – indicating the protocol for use of the bell. Page 18 of the Rules which covers Etiquette and Behaviour on the course, there is a special section on Safety. It is the player’s responsibility to play in a safe manner. A court case in Queensland a few years ago, to do with a person who was hit on the golf course by another player’s ball, quoted this section of the Rules which resulted in the conviction of the player.
NEAREST THE PIN & PRO PIN ON THE 14TH At the recent Match & Greens Meeting it was decided to revert to the old system. Now the pro pin and the nearest the pin markers will be placed at the current nearest the pin location (i.e. where the player’s ball that is claiming the nearest the pin or pro pin was. ) It was suggested that the pro-pin be tried on another hole. The reason it is on the 14th is that the 14th green is 'within range' for more players rather than the 4th, 6th or 11th. That means that more people can compete in the pro-pin.
New Flags are out on the course now.
Our new carts arrive on Monday afternoon and they have an identical logo - BGC 1901
A Golfer welcomes the sun
RAIN – Over the period we’ve had quite a bit of rain which resulted in the course being closed for several days. The Department of Meteorology puts the total received at the Bowral measuring station for August at 235 mm. Now the course is open but the ground is too soggy for motorised carts. Each morning the course is inspected and a recommendation is made to the captain. The course status is then posted immediately on the website – the update occurs before 7:30 in the morning. The criteria used to close the course are many, however usually water lying across a green so that it is not possible to take relief means that play is impossible. Our 17th green area has a problem – the hazard running along the Links Road boundary fills with water and, if the rain is very heavy, overflows. The overflow goes across the green and the water in the hazard saturates the ground, further compounding the problem. We have some thoughts as to how to rectify this. It is not possible to design for all extraordinary storms that we get – under some conditions the hazard will always overflow, but it should be possible to drain the hazard by the use of an additional drain.
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Kylie leaves us in two weeks – if everything goes to schedule! I have placed a collection box in the Pro Shop and members may contribute here for a cash gift for Kylie. I have already bought a baby’s gift and a card – the card I will leave in the Pro Shop for people to add their good wishes to.
The GURs at the back of the 4th, 10th, 11th and 17th greens are compulsory (we have run out of compulsory GUR signs, more to be ordered). In the middle of each of the GURs there is a white stake.
If the player’s ball is the compulsory GUR they must use the drop zone on that side of the stake. For example, if their ball is on the right-hand side of the stake then they use the drop zone on that side of the stake.
The Lady Captains lunch was held on Thursday with good attendance. Winner of the Trivia Prizes were won by Barbara Westwood, Trish Boyd and Rosemary Downing. The Lucky Door prize was won by Jill Scott.
The John Owens Memorial Knockout 4 ball final was played on Sunday between Bruce Windybank & Neville Ridge and Alec Dietsch and Chris Harvey. Alec and Chris got away to a good start going 1 up on the 1st and then increasing their lead to 2 up. Neville and Bruce came back to be all square at the turn. By the 15th Neville and Bruce were 2 up and following a great second shot from Neville on the 16th - a 3 wood from 155 metres stopping 50mm from the pin it looked to be over but Chris Harvey putted from 6 metres leaving himself a 50 cm putt uphill to half the hole. He got the putt. Bruce and Neville won 2 and 1 on the 17th. It was a 4hour 25 minute match played in good spirt and a short celebration was held in the clubhouse after the match.
Is the Course Open ?
The club's website has a new feature added to it. On the 'Home' page and on the 'Our Club' page the course conditions for the day can be seen. These are updated as soon as any status changes. For example heavy rain may stop the use of carts on the course. When this happens the 'Course conditions' would change to :- "Course Open - No Carts - Preferred lies". When the course dries out a bit the message would change to:- "Course Open - Carts Ok - Preferred lies" By having the Course Conditions on the website it will save a phone to the club
Stolen Plants We planted 50 Leighton Green trees around the boundary at the back of the 8th green. Matt Morris reported on Wednesday morning that 13 had been stolen. If members are passing please keep an eye on the Course.
Man's and Medley Competition Results are posted on the website as soon as the competition results are calculated by the proshop. This is at the same time that the presentation is made in the clubhouse. Clicking on 'Current Result Sheet' on the right hand side of this page under 'Quick Links' will display the result sheet including ball winners. ------------->>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Photos through the week
Prize winners for the Captain's Lunch
Captain's Lunch On Tuesday I emailed out an invitation to all those members booked in to play on Wednesday when the course was closed. The event scheduled for Wednesday was the annual Morning versus Afternoon match. Tickets were issued to each attendee and i was pleased to sponsor a lucky draw. It was also an opportunity to introduce some of the morning players to the afternoon players and vice versa. The intention is that each day when play is not possible we have a Captain's Lunch. The lucky winners this time were Alan Lindsay and Michael Klopper. One for the afternoon players and one for the morning group.
Not fit for play We have had our course closed the last few days as heavy rains have precluded play on the course. When we close the close it is always with regret that our members cannot play. Various areas of the course get sodden and accumulate surface water. The 16th, at the 150m mark, the 1st just over the bridge, the 8th around the green and the 18th just before the green are a few of the areas where water drains away less quickly. The system we have is the greens staff inspects the course each morning and texts the Captain with their view about the course conditions with a recommendation. Following this a decision is made whether the course will be open and, if open, will we be able to have carts. Often the captain will visit the course to ascertain for himself what the conditions are like, but virtually 100% of the time the recommendation of the greens staff will be the same as the the decision. During sustained wet weather we have more time to make a decision and discussions are held in the office about the best way to treat our course. This time the decision was made to close the course on Monday and then, after discussion and observing the continuing weather conditions, it was extended until Thursday. On Wednesday afternoon, as the photo shows, there was still water lying on the 18th. (One of the other indicators is when the cups are full of water on some greens. This shows that the greens cannot drain the water away.)
Ephemeral Waterways On Tuesday, during a course inspection, I took some photos of the ephemeral waterways on the course. These are working exactly as designed. The subterranean pipe carries the quiescent water during normal periods keeping the hazard dry. When it starts raining the flow rises and the pipe continues to carry the water until it reaches its maximum capacity.When the amount of water entering the waterway continues to rise the water overflows onto the surface of the hazard and the increased flow is carried away.
We lost a magnificent gum tree on the lefthand side of the 6th. The photo below shows Matt Morris standing in front of it, to give it some scale to the size of the tree. During these wet periods these large trees, seemingly in good health and stable, can be lost. The wet weather, sodden ground and a little wind claimed this tree.
Last Thursday a visitor to the club was in the Members Room looking at our Honour Boards. Col Collins and I were talking to him and it turns out that the visitor was Mr John Fitzhardinge, a grandson of Mr R.B. Fitzhardinge.
R.B. Fitzhardinge is prominent in our club's history. He was elected as Captain in 1939. It was the first year that captains were elected at our club - prior to this the captain had been appointed by each new year's committee. Mr Fitzhardinge was captain through to 1940 when he tendered his resignation to the committee.
Unfortunately we have had to cancel the Captain versus Captain fixture this Sunday. Early next week we'll work out an alternate day for it. we had around 40 to play in the event with many booked in for the Sunday Roast lunch. The rain was very welcome even through the golf has had to be rescheduled.
John Fitzhardinge pointing out his grandfather's name
The committee did not accept his resignation and he stayed as captain until 1947 when he then became president for three years. Later he became Patron from 1957-1965.
He was a gifted athlete. He coached and was stroke in the Australian rowing crew that went to the 1912 Olympics - he was also a cross-country runner, winning a number of three and five mile events.
John Fitzhardinge's father was also a member of the club, being club champion in 1947 and 1950. John, I understand , took up golf three years ago and is a member of Manly Golf Club where his wife has been a member for some 33 years.
Roger Fitzhardinge had a stable in Burradoo, just to the south-west of Chisholm Hill. Incidentally Brian Lamb bought a horse bred by him some years ago.
A return match for the Bruce Smith Cup is being held at Moss Vale on the 27th Sept. The previous match was held at Bowral earlier in the year when Moss Vale scored a convincing win. A sign-up sheet will be in the pro-shop this coming week
A four of ducks putts out on the 18th with the field backed up behind them - lovely weather for some
This year Col Collins won the Captains Trophy with a nett 65. Col is a (very) long time Highlands resident and plays golf each Wednesday and Saturday in the afternoon field. Col, now retired for many years, was the Shire Clerk on the Bowral Municipal Council before the councils were amalgamated in in 1981. The winner was announced at the dinner and judging by the applause Col was a very popular winner.
Saturday 9th the club held The Captains Dinner, one of two formal dinners, the other being the Anniversary Dinner where the President officiates. It is an opportunity for the Captain to review the last year and to acknowledge and thank members and staff for their support and work.
Unfortunately this year it was not possible for our course superintendent Damian Gair to attend, but I have included here a few words ... "Maintaining a golf course is a great job. Presenting our course week after week must be a great pleasure to Damian - it is to us. All the positive comments from visitors and our members alike about our course and then knowing how many our course staff number, makes it all the more impressive. Their job may look easy, but it is not - it is just that they are very good at doing it, bringing a large experience, expertise and enthusiasm to it - thank you to Damian and staff."
Australian Open. The Australian Golf club this year host the Australian Open at their Rosebery course. The last time the Open was held at The Austrlain was in 2007 when Craig Parry won. This year the tournament is held on the 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th of November. Last years Australian Open winner Rory McIlroy, and current PGA Champion, who won at Royal Sydney Golf Club has announced his intention to defend his title at The Australian.
An Historic Vote. 18th September will see 2 historic votes. Scotland goes to the polls to determine should Scotland be independent. Currently, it appears that the move will be defeated with 61% of votes in the latest newspaper poll intending to vote against the proposal. More important for some is that on the same day the poll closes on an equally historic vote - at least for golfers - when the 2500 members of the R&A vote whether women should be admitted as members. The R&A strongly supports the proposal.
Also at St Andrews current Club Captain Sandy Dawson, also President of Royal Sydney, steps down this year and George Macgregor assumes the role on the 19th September. An interesting tradition is when the new Captain tees off for the first time as Captain, in front of a large audience, he tees off accompanied by a canon firing.
Over the last 2 months there has been extensive planting on the course. Extending the Silver Sheen pittosporum behind the 7th green, lining the 11th fairway with claret ash, the planting on the southern side of the 17th as with all the other planting have drawn very positive comment from members and visitors alike. The town of Bowral is famous for its English style gardens and our golf course reflects the character of Bowral - more so with the plantings over the last 2 years. Over the years we have lost many old established trees to various causes and recent years have been no exception to this. Storm damage, disease, weather and perhaps old age are principal among the reasons. We have noticed that many Peppermint Gums (eucalyptus nicholli) on the course are stressed - some dying. Advice we have received from arborists is that in our district many Peppermint Gums are dying. The reason for this is unclear. The extremes in the weather is thought by some to be responsible.
Recently we received council permission to remove several large gums, several peppermint gums among them. The so-called pinus canker has been responsible for the demise of several trees. Pine trees on the western side of the 16th, trees on the northern side of the 4th among many others have all been affected. The planting program redresses the loss of the established trees - we are planting more than we are losing. In future years it is easy to imagine how our course will look. Our ground staff do a magnificent job. There have been other changes on the course, the mounds behind the 10th green have been removed. The mounds were a high maintenance item being unsuitable to mow and being able to be maintained at an acceptable height by labour intensive whipper snipping. Likewise the mound behind the 4th - these mounds have been removed and when the grass becomes established it will be mown to 'surrounds height' and then further out to rough height. (Similar to the 8th.)
All the new plants are on a watering program by the ground staff until they become established. Last year we lost some plants to rabbits; this year we have lost some of the pittosporum behind the 13th green as a result of the high wind shortly after they were planted. These winds 'worked' the plants to and fro and have allowed air voids to develop around the roots. Too much air around the roots and the plant will die. We will replace the dead ones.
So who is the man in the picture? He is Joyce Kilmer, the author of 'Trees' which has the very well known lines .
"I THINK that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree."
The first blossom on the course behind the 4th green
Captain versus Captain. Each year we have the Captain vs Captain event. It is played as a single stableford, medley. Last year the men's team was successful in gaining the honour and this year both teams will be trying hard. On Sunday the 17th we have our roast, so it is possible to play in the morning and then come into the clubhouse to have a roast lunch at the completion of the game. There is also an afternoon set of tee times for the competition so that golfers who prefer to play in the afternoon have the opportunity of lunching before playing their round. The sign up sheet is in the Pro Shop. The roast menu is:-
Roast leg of lamb with roast vegetables and rosemary jus Apple and blueberry pudding with berry compote and ice cream
It should be a very enjoyable day. Booking at the pro-shop please