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Well, hello again from heart of golf on the sunny Sapphire Coast of New South Wales and the Winter Edition of Pambula Merimbula Golf Quarterly. This 4th edition marks the end of our first year of publication and we have been enormously pleased by the reader response which has been matched by attendance figures with a 16-20% increase in visitor participation on the course compared with the 2016/17 season, and that is most encouraging. Thank you one and all. We are now in the thick of our major tournaments program and preparations for our flagship event, the 38th annual Sapphire Coast Week of Golf in October are well in hand – you can read more about that in this edition. Remember, accommodation in Merimbula may be tight during October this year, so please book your preferred “home away from home” early. We are surviving the drought in fine shape, thanks to our very talented Greens Staff and fabulous new irrigation system, and we can promise you an outstanding golfing experience! We were very pleased with the outcome of our first major tournament of the year, the Sapphire Coast Senior Amateur Event held in April. A 72 Hole Australian men’s Senior Ranking Event this tournament is a qualifying event for the NSW Senior Open and comprises two 36 Hole NSW Senior Order of Merit Events. Competitor feedback on the condition and presentation of our course was again outstanding and playing conditions were rated on a par with most of the major Sydney golf courses. Thank you, gentlemen for your support and your comments – we look forward to welcoming you back again next year. Thinking of going green this year? We have recently replaced our fleet of petrolengined carts with a fleet of brand new electric vehicles and are most impressed by their comfort and quietness. Hiring rates are most competitive, so keep that in mind when you next visit us. We’re sure you’ll be impressed. Our Reciprocal Benefit Agreement program continues to expanding and is an innovative alternative to traditional Reciprocal Rights arrangements. With a range of discounted packages and country membership opportunities also on offer, we are enthusiastically targeting the visitor/tourist market and we can help you tailor your golf program to best suit your own holiday arrangements. If you'd like to know more, ask your General Manager to call our GM on (02) 6495 6154 or email us at – we’d love to talk to your club. Finally … if you do decide to join us for a game on the finest 27 hole golf course between Sydney and Melbourne and would like to give us some feedback on your experience, ask for me at reception and I’ll do my best to meet up with you.

David Boag

President - Pambula Merimbula Golf Club

Winner Rated by Golf Australia as #6 on the list of Australia's Top 100 "value for money" golf courses.

Tried Sunday Golf recently? The regular Sunday golf competition at Pambula Merimbula is a great way to enjoy competitive golf in a relaxed and friendly social environment. Most events are mixed/medley team or 4-Ball events although single events are regularly programmed too. You can enter through the online portal or by using the terminals at the Club itself. Shotgun starts at 10.00am are the norm and contribute to the festivities after the event – it’s a very pleasant change to finish in the clubhouse with the entire field in attendance and there’s a lot of fun involved. Don’t have a partner? Not to worry just put your name on the list and someone will pick you up and help to form a team – you’ll find it’s a great way to meet new people. And of course … visitors are always welcome.

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Monthly 9-hole events Don’t have the time or energy for an 18-hole event? Never mind … the last Sunday of every month offers a 9-hole mixed event starting at 2.00pm! Cost of entry is $9 for members and $20 for visitors (inclusive of Green Fees). Come along and meet the people. Special Feature Event – The Old Course Challenge Pambula Merimbula wasn’t always a 27-hole golf course - the first competition was held on 15th May 1966 and featured a 9-hole sand green course. The 18 hole layout, featuring grass greens, was opened by the President of NSWGA on 13 May 1979. On Sunday August 12 this year we are going to briefly return to the 18-hole era and feature a Medley 4BBB competition over the original 18-hole layout. Watch the website for entry details, but put the date in your diary now and let’s make this a day to remember!

Community Culture

Around 2 decades ago, local Pambula resident and conservationist Alexandra Seddon, daughter of Baroness Majorie Elizabeth Mary Airth Graevenitz, generously donated 50 hectares of a 77 hectare parcel of land adjacent to Pambula Village. Encompassing farmland, wetlands, salt marsh and the old Pambula Racecourse, Alexandra had a vision of creating a unique conservation & natural parkland area.

And so 'Panboola' was born: "a conservation, restoration, educational and passive recreational and tourism project, embracing the history and diversity of the wetlands within the floodplains of Pambula." Fast forward to today and Panboola is managed by a committee of volunteers: The Pambula Wetlands and Heritage Project Inc. in conjunction with the Pambula Wetlands and Heritage Reserve Trust. Panboola is continually being rehabilitated with community assistance as a wetland for the purposes of nature conservation and for the enjoyment by walkers, cyclists, artists, photographers and visitors from near and far who frequent the many paths, bench seats and pretty areas to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings.

Panboola is a wonderful place to visit, the tiny seedlings planted over a dozen years ago by small armies of volunteers, now matured into tall trees and a bustling habitat filled with birds and wildlife. The remnants of the old racecourse are apparent, albeit slowly returning back to nature, with varieties of local flora swallowing the previously open views somewhat. The enthusiastic can walk or cycle around the original 1800m sandy track, now being used as a stomping ground for the many kangaroos who pop their heads up from breakfast to say gidday as you pass by. Hosting several small events each year, including an arts festival, Panboola is highly regarded by the local community as a meeting place, natural playground and a significant asset for now and for future generations to enjoy. The close proximity to town means it's only a short detour off the beaten track to feel a world away from the busyness of town and it's still just a quick nip to the shops for a coffee and a cake if you so desire. A real credit to the community, it's usual to find visitors from all around the world strolling around, cameras in hand, enjoying the subtle beauty of the wetlands, salt mash and it's many treasures. Be sure to find the time for a peaceful wander the next time you are in the vicinity!



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On Course

Meet our PMGC superintendent Pat 'Wilso' Wilson.

What makes a great golf course? It's an easy question to ask, but not so easy to answer. A complex combination of vision, design and sheer hard work - and, importantly, a dedicated Greens Superintendent to oversee maintenance & ongoing improvements. PMGC is very lucky to have on board the absolute right man for the job in Pat or 'Wilso' as he is affectionately known around the club.

A Pambula boy, with a love of golf and golf courses, Pat completed his apprenticeship at PMGC in 2002, and by 2004, was selected to participate in "The Ohio Program", an international exchange program offering internships for Horticulture, Agriculture and Turf Grass. The Ohio Program's practical training led to Pat's first placement at the 36 hole Greg Norman designed Tiburon Golf Club in Florida, which had been ravaged by 6 hurricanes over a 10 week period - talk about intense on-the-job training! A subsequent placement saw Pat gain valuable experience at the Player Championship at Sawgrass, Jacksonville, with it's famous 17th Island Green. He then moved onto the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Virginia, and all the way to preparing for the President's Cup and keeping an eye on George Bush's golf green at the White House. We're certainly in good company with Wilso - his passion and dedication in creating and maintaining a superior golf course self-evident in the great conditions we get to enjoy here everyday ... without needing to travel halfway around the world or take on political life. And thank goodness for that my friends!

6.00 pm Saturday 11th August

Wit & Wisdom According to the Skull Kerry O'Keeffe's wit, wisdom, larger-than-life personality and penchant for sport have made him one of Australia's favourite sporting personalities. As a speaker, Kerry is entertaining and motivational. From tales of hilarious sporting yarns, through to passionate addresses on being the best you can be, his unique blend of humour and inspiration delights audiences and delivers a strong message. A regular on the former ABC TV program The Fat, Kerry's humour, knowledge and interest in all things sport made him a favourite with audiences and fellow panelists. As a cricketer, Kerry played 24 Test matches, 146 First Class Matches and 80 Matches for NSW. His professional career spanned from 1968 to 1981 and included tours to England, New Zealand and the West Indies. The inevitable highs and lows throughout his sporting and personal life have given Kerry O'Keefe a special understanding of being human. He has a firm belief in the value of honest communication and mentoring in the work place and on the sporting field. Kerry O'Keeffe's vast knowledge forms the basis of an anecdote-spiced presentation sure to have you laughing your socks off one minute and searching within the next. The man with the most distinctive laugh in the electronic media is both entertaining and provocative.... "WOW – fantastic down-to-earth speaker. Kerry had the audience in stitches with his anecdotes. Refreshing to have a celebrity point the finger at himself, laugh and share his cricketing experiences with others." The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

Don't miss this very special event!

38th Annual Sapphire Coast Week of Golf Now in its 38th year, the annual Sapphire Coast Week of Golf is the high point of the golfing calendar for the Pambula Merimbula Golf Club and for the region at large.

Described by the influential Inside Golf magazine as “ … the finest tournament of its type in Australia” The competition annually attracts around 700-800 entrants from every state and territory as well as numerous overseas visitors from such places as the UK, Canada, Singapore and New Zealand. Highly regarded for it’s friendly atmosphere and professional organisation, the tournament has encouraged many return visits from golfers, some having participated for more than 30 years. The tournament comprises nine days (yes … that’s a 9 day week) of women’s, men’s and mixed competitions culminating in the PMGC Men’s Open Championship on the final Saturday and Sunday. If you would like to be a part of this fantastic event please email the Club at and ask to be placed on the mailing list. Detailed information about the event is available from the Club’s website at:

TOURNAMENT OVERVIEW: The 2018 Week of Golf will be held between the 20th and 28th of October this year, concluding with the Men’s 36 Hole Open on the second weekend and comprises the following events: Saturday 20th – Ladies 4BBB Stableford and Men’s individual Par (limited field for men) Sunday 21st – Men’s 4BBB Stableford Monday 22nd – Canadian Foursomes for mixed pairs Tuesday 23rd – Ladies individual Stableford Wednesday 24th – Men’s individual Stableford Thursday 25th – Ladies and Men’s individual stableford (limited field for men) Friday 26th – American Foursomes for mixed pairs Saturday 27th – Men’s 18 hole Stroke Sunday 28th – Men’s 18 hole Stroke Don’t worry if your spouse or family aren’t golfers. We will happily find you a partner for the mixed events, and usually try to pair up players with a similar handicap if possible. You can pick and choose what events you wish to participate in and our Annual Welcome Dinner on Sunday 21st October will provide a chance for people to catch up with golfing friends from previous years events. And for the family? There’s plenty of opportunities during the week for socialising, sightseeing and relaxation around Merimbula and the fabulous beaches of the Sapphire Coast of New South Wales. Our promotional colleagues at the Merimbula Visitor Information Centre would love to look after you and you can find them at

Spend October at the coast ... we'd love to see you!

Wild Encounters Our Kangaroo & Wildlife Tour continues to attract rave reviews... BUT our tours are not just about the kangaroos – we never know who will show up on the day, but we've had a lot of special things to show visitors over the past 3 months. It's Twins! This breeding season on the course we had twin joey kangaroos raised by a very dedicated mother … it’s an exceedingly rare event, but we were lucky enough to have them on the course and posing for the occasional photograph.

The Blind Ol’ Man Wallaby. Among the colony of Swamp Wallabies living in the scrub on the Northern Boundary, is a wallaby of quite considerable age and almost completely blind. With his distinctive grey face and muzzle, the Ol' Man Wallaby lives in the general area of the 23rd tee and doesn't move far from there. Like his younger colleagues he's a real fan of banana skins and will also take a piece of muesli bar from the hand of passing golfers. He's a great favourite with the golfers and while he tends to prefer morning outings rather than afternoons when the tours operate, he enjoys saying hello to tour guests as well, if he's still awake. He's obviously been a bit of a lad during his younger days ... have a close look at the battle scars on his ears!

Echidnas. There have been a LOT of echidnas around the course this last few months – they amble across the fairways, oblivious to the passing golf traffic! Birds. Lots of birds around too – even the Currawongs are early this year. AND … (BREAKING NEWS) … our very popular Bower Bird is busy at work at present rebuilding his Bower in anticipation of the Spring mating season and a new group of ladies to admire his craftsmanship.

More than 800 kangaroos, plus birds, reptiles, flowers ... whatever you do, don't forget the camera. What will you spot on the tour?

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The Joys of Irrigation Sadly, much of New South Wales is in the grip of an ongoing drought that has ravaged much of the countryside (and continues to do so). Merimbula Airport data for 2018 shows a total rainfall of 154mm against a long term average for the same period of 433mm. April figures for PMGC were particularly alarming, with only 0.2mm recorded on the course against a long-term April average of 23.6mm. Here at PMGC, we are surviving the drought in excellent shape thanks to our outstanding Ground Staff, a wonderful new course irrigation system and access to a generous supply of reclaimed water courtesy of our partnership with the Bega Valley Shire Council. Coping with the dry April saw a PMGC irrigation load of more than 21 million litres of reclaimed water and, since the new system was commissioned in September last year, we have utilised more than 150 million litres of reclaimed water. Largely funded by PMGC member contributions, but supported by important grants from the Bega Valley Shire Council and the NSW Government, the $1.3 million replacement of the course irrigation system was a huge undertaking and we are enormously appreciative of the support provided by both Local and State Governments. Importantly for the local community, the partnership between PMGC and the Shire Council has reduced effluent disposal by deep ocean outfall by more than 30% over the last 8 months. Truly an excellent example of cooperation between community bodies and government agencies.

Winter Golf - at bargain prices! Check out our deals for great value golf below. Need more info? Give us a call on 6495 6154, visit our website or drop in for a chat!

Deal One – Exclusive to Members of Reciprocal Benefits partner Clubs. Simply present your current Club membership card and photo ID to the PMGC Pro Shop and get 25% off your green fees! Bring a group of 8 or more players and book in advance, and we can negotiate higher discounts. Deal Two - Members of Reciprocal Benefits partner Clubs also receive PMGC Member discounts on food and beverage prices in our amazing Clubhouse. Check in at Reception for details. Deal Three - A whole week of unlimited golf for just $120 - yes, 7 great days of golf for an absolute bargain price! Deal Four - Country Membership $416. Play at any time of the year with a bonus $100 house account credit to use in the Bistro, Coffee Shop or Bar. Ask about our Playing Rights Membership - bulk purchase discounted playing rights packages ranging from 15 to 40 games over the course of the year. Includes maintenance of your Golf Australia Handicap should you nominate us as your principal club.

For The Love of Oysters

Farm-to-plate oysters and so much more… Nestled in the beautiful surrounds of Pambula, a stone’s throw away from Merimbula, Wheeler’s Seafood Restaurant has grown from humble beginnings as a family-run oyster farm in 1927, to a name synonymous with fresh seafood, local produce and fine dining. Renowned for their Sydney Rock Oysters, fresh from the pristine waters of Merimbula Lake, Wheeler’s presents their guests with a heartfelt, farm-to-plate experience which is savoured on the sun-drenched deck, enveloped by the Australian bush. Wheeler’s Seafood Restaurant Featuring modern Australian cuisine with ever-changing specials, local seafood and delectable oysters are the heroes here. However, delicious options for a full range of culinary preferences are also on offer. Oyster Farm Tours and Tastings provide insider access to the state-of-the-art oyster farm facility and a chance to meet the farmers. Wheeler’s Seafood Bar & Gift Shop serves great fish and chips or coffee on the go, fresh oysters and local seafood to take home, plus a range of seaside inspired gifts and homewares. Wheeler’s offers the quintessential local food experience not to be missed when in the region. For bookings, drop in or contact (02) 6495 6330 or or for more information visit

Renovation Rewards BUNKER RENEWAL PROGRAM OK … bunker shots can faze the best of golfers and give mere mortal players nightmares, can’t they? The quality of the bunker has a large part to play in the success rate for most players, particularly following significant rain events. Following catastrophic storm damage in 2013, PMGC commenced a program to upgrade, refurbish and (in some cases) replace our bunkers. Phase 1 saw 41 of our 55 bunkers completely replaced. The process installed a hard liner consisting of a Kustom Bind resin adhesive finish over an aggregate base to prevent sand degradation, improve drainage and reduce maintenance costs. This proved an outstanding success - rain events in excess of 100mm have fallen since the installation and the bunkers have remained intact with zero washouts. Playing PMGC with bunkers labelled as G.U.R. is now mostly a thing of the past. During May this year, the remaining 14 old bunkers were assessed by Mr Darby Muller of Golf Shapes, a professional consultant retained to advise us on how best to approach the upgrading process. Based on Darby Muller’s assessment report, the PMGC Course Development Committee developed a Phase 2 program that proposed the refurbishment of 10 of the remaining bunkers and the replacement of 4 others with grass bunkers. Thanks to a very generous donation from a Club member, Phase 2 of the program will commence later this year. We really appreciate our donor’s generosity and look forward to the successful completion of this very large construction program.

Lighting the Way The Sapphire Coast is home to many icons and historic points of interest - and a good percentage of them are contained within beautiful Ben Boyd National Park. In particular, one walk is emerging as a stand-out and is fast becoming known as one of Australia's great coastal walks - "The Light to Light". Beginning at Boyds Tower, the impressive sandstone turret built by entrepreneur Benjamin Boyd in 1847 and taking you to stunning Green Cape Lighthouse, the 39km walk journeys you towards the Wilderness Coast, an untamed stretch of coastline spanning the far south coast and over the border into Victoria . Previously the domain of the highly organised camper and experienced bushwalker, the Light to Light walk now hosts a handful of small tour companies who turn the trip into a comfortable and somewhat luxurious adventure, requiring neither camp gear or hiking experience. Offering 3 course dinners, local seafood and accommodation (or complete camp set-ups), there's not much to worry about except toting your camera and few snacks while enjoying the walk to camp, only to be greeted with nibbles and a glass of wine on arrival! Don't know about you, but that's our kind of "roughing it"... So little wonder the tours are drawing rave reviews ... and now with a funding boost of $8 million, the walk is set to become a world class destination.


Tour operator Tim Shepherd from Light2Light Coastal Walks is understandably passionate about the walk, and the positive feedback from participants:

"This walk checks all the boxes - fascinating history, raw beauty, abundant wildlife - including whales during the season - plus it's an easy walk by hiking standards, so it's accessible to those who aren't particularly fit or energetic, people are just loving it". Upgrades to the walk will see the wild and remote four day coastal walk elevate to one of the state’s most spectacular trails with eco-designed, environmentally sensitive accommodation along the way, providing a hut-to-hut experience similar to some of the other world-famous trails in New Zealand & Tasmania, which are often booked up months, if not years, in advance. Aside from the obvious economic benefits, more importantly, the walk will encourage a new generation to connect with nature, potentially becoming future advocates for the protection of our environment. A win-win in anyone's book. For more information visit

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Friday Night Raffles from 7:30-8pm Members Badge Draw 7-8-9pm

Social Play 7 days a week 9 holes $30 / 18 holes $45 Includes a complementary drink inside the clubhouse.

Kids interactive Room Interactive games In-house cinema Child care facilities (7 nights a week during summer) Glass House Bistro Lunch 7 days a week Dinner Tuesday to Saturday Courtesy Bus Available from 5pm

Courtesy Bus Bookings (02) 6495 6154

Competition Golf (visitors welcome) Men's comp Wednesday/ Saturday Ladies comp Tuesday/ Thursday Golf Lessons Available by appointment for all levels

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Pambula Merimbula Golf Quarterly Winter 2018  

Welcome to our Winter edition. We are busy preparing for our biggest annual golfing even - in this issuu you'll find information about the...

Pambula Merimbula Golf Quarterly Winter 2018  

Welcome to our Winter edition. We are busy preparing for our biggest annual golfing even - in this issuu you'll find information about the...