- Staff Christmas Party
- Members Handbook 2020
- Drought Conditions
- Coming Events
- Recent Results
- The Rules Quiz
- "Who Am I ?" Competition
- A Little Humour
This year held at the Mittagong Hotel with a Mexican theme, 'Feliz Navidad'. On behalf of all the members of the club, may I extend our best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the fabulous staff who make our experience at the club such a joy. Thank you !!
In the next few days, the data for the Handbook for 2020, will be sent to the printer. The calendar has been completed for the year, and following the completion of the Trophy events on Saturday, the final trophy holders' names will be added. If you wish to have your personal contact details changed, please advise the office immediately in order for them to be included. The booklets will be available early in the new year. Just a reminder, the online calendar is always the most up to date reference.
Also of note is a new condition of play for our competitions. Players with Virtual golf club memberships are not permitted to enter club competitions. Members of other clubs must have played 5 games at their home club in the past 12 months to be eligible to enter daily competitions. The Captain may make a discretionary call for charity events. These restrictions are put in place to protect the value of your annual membership.
I'm sure every player has noticed the extremely dry conditions on the course. The greens keepers are doing their utmost to protect the course as much as possible. The bore is running 24/7 to replenish the dam, but it still takes 3 days of infill to cater for one full watering cycle. Please be patient if the fairway sprinklers are running, or the staff are hand watering the greens, they are protecting your course. I think that, given the circumstances, our course is in remarkable condition, and I applaud our greens keepers for the job they are doing.
Thanks to John Mulholland for restoring the old chair from the 4th tee. It is now back on the job!
- Next Saturday is the final day of Trophy play for the men's competition year. The 2nd round of the Peter Tait Trophy awaits, with quite a number of players in good position for the prize. In addition, the Ted Box Trophy (Medal of Medals) trophy will be contested simultaneously. The following players are eligible to contest for the trophy (having won a monthly medal throughout the course of the past year).
- Christmas Cheer and Captain V's Captain. Mark this one in your diary, and book very soon. Shotgun start at 08:30 with a BBQ lunch to follow accompanied by live music on the lanai. Watch out for the strange looking guy in the red and white outfit around the course, he may have a gift for you (naughty or nice??).
- The Clubhouse will be closed for Christmas Day and Boxing day, and (still to be determined) New Year's day. The course will be closed on Christmas Day (so you'll just have to wait till Boxing day to test out the new driver!!). The Blog will not be published on the 30th December to allow the production staff (editors, photographers, printers, typists, compilers etc) to have a holiday. Likewise there will be no formal presentations made between Christmas and New Year's Day.
Wednesday 4th December. Another windy dry day. 56 players ventured onto the course to try their hand. When the dust settled, Peter Shortle (26) held the upper hand with 37 points on a count back from Chris Kunz (18). The Eagle's nest remained untested and now holds 5 balls for next week. John Hopkins won the NTP 11th and Paul Carroll the pro pin. DSR 69.
Saturday 7th December. The December Monthly Medal and the first round of the Peter Tait trophy. A beautiful day for golf, and the course was presented in exceptional nick given the current conditions. With a 68 net score, Jim Phillips (13) won the 'A' grade medal from John Mulholland (10 on 69. In 'B' grade John Buchanan (17) won his second medal of the year with a net 66 from Paul Carroll (17) on 68. Russell Bourne (25) completed the medalists by claiming 'C' grade with a net 66 from Paul Griffin (35). John Mulholland scored the best scratch with 79. Mathew Cleary relieved the Eagle of 4 balls while the NTP 11th was not presented. Dennis Cooper won the largest single pro pin prize in many years. Visitors from Bonnie Doon and The Lakes GCs joined a field of 85 players, contributing to the largest Saturday field for many years. Well done everyone.
In the running for the Peter Tait Trophy, there are 18 eligible players currently within 6 shots of the lead.
Sunday 5th December. Again the men are showing the way with the numbers on the day. Ash Southon (15) winning in a small field from Glen Welsh (13) with 37 points on count back. Julie Hayden (18) winning the women's event with 32 points.
The quiz question from last week raised some good conversation during the presentation. (Go and read the question now.) The answer to when the search time begins was both b and d options. The player or the player's caddie arriving at the search area triggers the timing. 3 minutes now!! Congratulations to the two putt-off contestants, John Mellen and Ash Southon. After 4 puts each Ash Southon finally won the ball marker. Remember, the 'members' lounge green' is very quick and downhill!!
The Quiz for this week.
A player's ball lies half buried in the rough. Without announcing any intention or marking the ball's position, the player rotates the ball and identifies the ball as his/hers. What is the ruling?
- No Penalty
- 1 shot penalty
- 2 shots penalty
- Loss of Hole
The mystery identity was finally guessed last Tuesday by Jim Phillips. Ian McKenzie was the correct answer. This week starts a new identity.
"I am easily recognisable on the golf course".
Email your guess to firstname.lastname@example.org
(Remember, the photo is a logo only)
Now Go Out and Enjoy a Game of Golf !