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Christmas Edition - December 2013



Editor’s comment…

Thank you to Julie for her editorial guidance and assistance and many thanks to all of our “reporters” for their contributions and to our readers for their support. “On The Grapevine” wishes all members, staff, sponsors and their families the compliments of the season.

In this edition…  

“pics”…staff, mixed foursomes, ladies Christmas party. FROM THE PRESIDENT…committees, membership, capital levy.


Following the Declaration of Office Bearers by Returning Officer Mr. D. G. Coulter at the Annual General Meeting on Monday 25th November… Committee of Management:  President………………………………………………….Don Johnson  Captain…………………………………………………….Barry Phillips  Vice President – Finance…………………………….Greg Hart  Vice President – Women’s Golf……………………Rose Corbett  Vice President – Course……………………………..Russell Virgo  Vice President – Membership & Hospitality…..David Jolly  Vice President – Commercial Activities…………Stephen Beaty Members of Sub Committees:  Vice Captain……………………………………….Wayne Corbett  Finance……………………………………………..Robert Dickson, David King  Course……………………………………………….Michael Clark, Rod Bell  Membership & Hospitality…………………….Pam Bave rstock  Women’s Golf………………………Karen Rama (Captain), Helen Brereton (Vice Captain)  Commercial Activities…………………………..Rod Gorton, Cheryl Haywood Congratulations to all committee members. Thank you for filling the positions required for the continued success and prosperity of our Club.

FROM THE PRESIDENT‌Don Johnson Following the Annual General Meeting and one Committee of Management meeting I have been endeavouring to update myself on a number of issues that confront us currently and what possibly needs to be done during the next few months. There are a few decisions to be made in regard to Membership, Capital Levy and to ensure that we achieve a surplus bottom line by 30 th September 2014. The Capital Levy has achieved an amount of $45,000 and this will increase as new members join the Club. To date there has been a commitment to spend $15,300. You have been advised previously about the shade sails that are being donated to the Club; the Application is currently awaiting Council approval. $5,000 has been allocated to complete the paving and a few other items. A further $1,000 will be spent to upgrade the entrance to the Club House at the rear of the kitchen. This work will be undertaken by Staff and Volunteers. $8,300 has been spent to stop the leaks in the dams and $1,000 on a Fuel Meter on the fuel tank. An in depth investigation is being undertaken into various Categories of Membership and you will be advised of the outcome in due course. I know there are lot of questions from Members who have been a member of the Club for a considerable number of years and I can assure you that this matter will be on the agenda in the new year so please be patient. It was gratifying to see all the vacant positions on the various Committees filled this year except for one on Hospitality. David Jolly has been doing an excellent job since he took over this position but he needs some help. Please contact the office if you can volunteer some of your time and I am sure David will accept any assistance he gets. It is my plan to keep members fully informed at all times as it is your Club and your money. I believe members should be informed about various matters before they happen not after the event. It is better to proactive rather than reactive. The Christmas Dinner was an excellent night and well organised by David Jolly and Pam Baverstock. The lady DJ was very entertaining and has been booked for next year. Don’t miss it next year as you can be assured of a good laugh.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish every member and their families a Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from The Pro Shop


Luke Noble & Steve Krause

ON THE COURSE‌from Russell Virgo (Vice President, Course)

Course Committee 2013/2014 The newly elected member, following the November 2013 Annual General Meeting, is Michael Clark who joins the Course Superintendent Rob Millington, Rod Bell (elected 2012) yours truly and invited guests Bob Bray & John Ward as the Course Committee along with the many volunteers all with the aim of achieving the Strategic Plan goals. Course Improvement Projects The following projects are in the pipe line and will be completed as weather, water and man power allows.

Mounding 5th Fairway

Most of the required earth has been delivered and in the near future (early 2014) shaping of the mounds will take place. The existing turf along the RHS of the 5th hole will be removed and placed around the back and sides of the 14th green.

Practice Fairway Path

An all weather path is to be constructed from the car park, behind the 3rd green to the practice fairway to improve access and appearance.

6th Hole

The tree branches have been trimmed back to allow for more usable area on the top tee and along with this the tee will be upgraded with an improved sprinkler system and a flatter surface.

Shade Sails

In the August 2013 Grapevine we announced a project to improve the outdoor comfort of members by erecting Shade Sails on the eastern side of the 1st tee. Documentation has been submitted to the Onkaparinga Council. As one end will be attached to the club house we must wait for approval before proceeding. The Sails have been donated by member Dave Roberts with the assistance of

Weathersafe Sails Pty. Ltd. 20 Bennet Avenue Melrose Park 5039 phone 8276 1111. Motorised Vehicle Policy for Hot Weather If the forecast temperature for Adelaide is 38 degrees C and above the course will be closed to all motorised vehicles. i.e. carts, motor bikes etc. In these temperatures the tyres of the vehicles burn the fairway grasses. The Adelaide temperature by radio/television is a 7 day forecast and therefore gives the pro-shop advance warning‌not to book carts and to notify users of motor vehicles of the approved club policy. Course Water Storage and Irrigation At this time of the year the Course Superintendent and Committee review the irrigation programme. After giving due consideration to the current water in storage a long term strategy is developed to give the best overall quality result. Members will realise from their own water accounts that there has been a huge increase in the price of water. The Club could once buy a weeks water for less than $2,000. The same amount of water bought in today's terms would be in excess off $8,400. It is worth noting that our licence only allows for the watering of tees and greens.

The Course Committee and Green Staff would like to wish all members a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We look forward to providing you with a golf course that will allow you to be the best you can.

You can help by filling in all of your divots, repairing plug marks in the greens and raking the bunkers should you go into one.

SOCIAL NEWS…from David Jolly (Vice President, Membership & Hospitality)

Season’s Greetings! On behalf of the Membership & Hospitality committee, I wish you, your family and friends a safe and very Merry Christmas! Have a wonderful time with those special to you, and a festive new year! Nights! Our committee wants to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support of Friday nights. Without your attendance we would struggle through our fund raising! Every Friday night counts as a great fund raiser for the club. Please be aware that we will be breaking over the Christmas and New Year period, and be back in the new year with plenty more raffles and prizes! Happy hour from 5.30-7.00pm and the bistro is open from 5.30pm till late. Remember to book in advance for a table to avoid disappointment as the club is filling rapidly each week. Members draw continues to grow with over $500 to be won- a great incentive leading up to Christmas! Christmas Dinner and Dance Party went off with a blast. Linda McCarthy entertained the crowd with her devilish wit and great big… um.. voice…. Well… if you weren’t there, you missed out! We have booked her for next year! The meal was fantastic- including choices for entrée, main and dessert- unheard of for $50! Next year will surely sell out!

Some dates for your diary: Thursday 19th December…Christmas Shotgun Twilight…5.30pm tee off. Book your time via MiClub and come and support a fun night. Additional prizes thanks to our sponsor Andrew Robertson of Southern Real Estate. Stay on for a meal and presentations after in the club. 20th December Last Friday Members draw of the year, and a visit from Santa for the kids!! Santa will arrive between 6.00 and 6.15pm and have lollies for the kids to enjoy. Members draw from 6.30pm. Book early; this should be a big night! We will be back from January 17th 2014! Sunday 22nd December…Social Christmas Ambrose…shotgun 1pm start. Booking form is open on MiClub. $15 members and $25 guests, includes substantial cocktail food after the round, followed by live entertainment. Stick around for a nice social evening! Sunday 12th January…Social Sunday Mixed Canadian.. booking via MiClub. Saturday 18th January…Karaoke! You’ve asked for it - well here it is. Come dressed to impress and entertain the crowd. DJ music in between Karaoke. More details to come- this night WILL book out.

Twilight Golf- Social and FUN! Thinking about it, and haven’t played yet? There is plenty of time to get into action and join the social crowd! There is an end of year eclectic prize, and you only need to play 4 times on each 9 holes, (that’s only 8 times for the season), to qualify for the end of year prizes!! We still have 14 more twilight evenings left of the season. Please be advised- we do not have a twilight competition over the Christmas/New Year break. Last one will be held on 19th December, and we will recommence on the 9th January 2014. Get involved, bring you friends! See you out there. Membership: Our committee has submitted a new membership plan to the Committee of Management. We are now working through the new ideas and ideally hope to see the membership business plan come to life over the coming months and new year. Did you know? If you are the successful referral for a new member you can benefit with some discounts off of your own membership! Have you taken advantage of your free games? S a member, you can invite a guest to play for free. Each member receives 2 free games each subscription year, designed to entertain your friends/guests and potential members! See the office for your guest passes. Having a function? Need a venue? Remember as a member you get to hire our club room for free for any function you book. Special function packages are available, catering ranges from birthdays, engagements, weddings to baby showers, hen’s shows, social groups. To find out more enquire with Matt Chesterman, Hospitality Manager. He will ensure you have a successful event that you and your guests will enjoy! See you around the clubhouse soon. Have a suggestion or feedback? Email the office on or in person.

FROM THE CAPTAIN…Barry Phillips Well the new booking system is now “live” with just some minor settling in issues but all in all is working well and we will be well prepared for the roll out of the slope system later in January 2014. Although there have been one or two special requests in relation to the booking system on behalf of the Match Committee I thank all members for embracing and accepting the new booking processes. The Match Committee will shortly be compiling the program of weekly competitions and special events for 2014/2015 and if any member has a special request or idea with respect to a

golf related event or competition please approach me or any member of the Committee.

Congratulations to Mick Fitzgerald who eagled the 16th in a recent Wednesday competition and picked up 15 Pro V1 golf balls from the eagles nest. For those who aren’t aware the eagles nest only applies to par 4’s until further notice as apparently the par 5’s are too easy to hole out in 3 shots through the summer months! The Pro shop however will still be providing 2 balls for any eagle on a par 5. We are well and truly into the silly season now and I wish all members and their families a very Merry Christmas and safe New Year. Please be sensible and I will see you all out and about on the course in 2014.

From The General Manager…Neil MacKenzie Membership The Club received 125 resignations through all categories this year, twice as many as the year before. Of the 125 we managed to find out the reasons for leaving from 79 and placed them into 6 categories. These are, with the number of people in brackets, Not Playing Enough To Warrant Renewing (33), Age or Fitness (18), Can’t Afford It/Too Expensive (14), Travelling (6), Moved Away (4), Hacked Off (4). The Committee is considering how to replace these lost members and, of course, strategies to stop you resigning but a Membership Drive will take place in the new year. Of the 86 members that joined as a result of the 2012 membership drive ($1000 for a year or $1500 for 18 months), 39 became full members for the 2013/14. Member Benefits Members are reminded that as well as getting to play a great golf course they also benefit from the following:  2 complimentary green fee passes.  2 for 1 meal birthday voucher.  invitation to a Member’s cocktail party once a year.  waiving of any hire fees when booking the Clubhouse for a function.  a 10% addition on House Credits Card when topping up with more than $100.  3 free games of golf each at Flagstaff Hill, Blackwood, Tea Tree Gully, West Lakes and Mt Osmond as part of the Club Advantage agreement. The green fee passes are for you to bring a friend to The Vines to play golf and these are available for your collection at the office. Green Fees At their meeting in June, the Committee of Management agreed that green fees would increase from $42 to $48 for non members and from $30 to $35 for guests playing with members. These new fees will be introduced from 1st January 2014. Vines Week Entries for The Vines Classic were up by 25 people this year and the 2 Ball Ambrose maintained the same numbers as last year. The Tuesday stableford was quite popular with over 80 golfers but the entries for the Sunday stableford and the 4BBB were down. For the 4BBB this was probably due to it being on a Monday. This year we included the Saturday as part of Vines Week and 188 of you played in the two shotguns. The number of visitors was largely the same as last year which was disappointing. Anecdotal feedback gives the time of year as the main reason why we don’t attract country golfers and this will be considered by the Vines Week committee at their first meeting at the start of 2014. Christmas Trading The Clubhouse will be closed on Christmas Day but the bar will be open on all other days as usual. The office and bistro will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

A very Merry Christmas to you all!

Staff pics‌

Kylie & Viv

Matt, Julie, Neil, Stacey


Rob, Jeff, Chris, Jim, Michael, Dean, Luke

A WORD FROM THE GIRLS…from Karen Rama (Captain) Well, our Christmas Party Day went well and we all had a fantastic day. It was great to see the effort made by the girls with their costumes – we had flying pigs, “holes in onesies”, trophy wives, horny devils, a few girls with ‘no flies on me’ and a couple of others who were very ‘Hands-On!’ Well done everyone. It seems we all played a lot better than we thought we would with only three clubs between two players. I wonder how many of us will be taking 10 or 11 clubs out of our bags now? A big thanks to Santa (Matt Chesterman) for a wonderful performance and the lunch was superb, thank you Clayton. Anyone with incriminating photos of the day – keep them to yourselves! (Or even better, send them to for publication on the noticeboard). Our next Ladies Competition day will be on Tuesday 7th January. Online booking will open up 9 days in advance at 10:30am (that’s Sunday 29th December at 10:10am), this will be the normal online booking rule for all Ladies Tuesday competitions. In the meantime, there will be a number of ProShop competitions for you to join in and don’t forget the Christmas Ambrose on 22nd December. On behalf of the Women’s Committee I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our Members a very safe and happy Christmas and we’ll see you all in the New Year.


10th December

MIXED FOURSOMES CHAMPIONSHIP (MURRAY HARROLD TROPHY) The Mixed Foursomes Championships trophy is dedicated to Murray Harrold, President of the Club (1988 - 1991) and tireless worker especially in the area of water collection and irrigation. The stroke play event was played over 36 holes over two Sundays…17th & 24th November. Winners…Cathy Hayward & Chad Chewter Runners Up…Lyn Cummings & Marc Fulton Emu Golf Club Trophy (Handicap Event)…Viv Dahl & David Gully

Chad & Cathy

Lyn & Marc

David & Viv

JAN JAMES…from Gretta Haylock (Honorary Life Member) Gretta prepared the following outline of Jan’s contribution to the Marino & Vines of Reynella Golf Clubs. She tabled the list at the recent AGM and asked that it be published in our newsletter.

Gretta’s article follows… Mrs. J. A. James… 9th April 1986 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993

1994 1994 1996 1998 2006 2008 2010

- 1995 - 1997 to 2005 – 2007 – 2009 – 2013

Joined the Marino Golf Club. Elected to Ladies Social Committee. Jan and Kay Chesney were the top qualifiers in the SA Ladies Golf Union Foursomes Championship. Elected to Ladies Committee and Social Committee. Vice Captain, Ladies Committee. Vice Captain. Captain, Ladies Committee. Jam approached Men’s Captain (Cliff Pearson) seeking financial help for pennant uniforms. Sort liaison with Men’s Pennant team (???). Won Foursomes Championship with Beth Goldfinch. Captain, Ladies Committee. Jan & Beth won their 2nd Ladies Foursome Championship. Delegate for four years at the SALGU. Won their “appreciation trophy” three years straight. Captain and member of winning SALGU Pennant Team (A2’s). Jan & Beth won their 3rd Ladies Foursomes Championship. Associates (Ladies) Vice President. Associates President. Looked after son Michael…just playing golf. Lady Vice President. Lady Vice President and member of Committee of Management. Club President.

Jan represented the Club in interclub and pennant teams for 18 years. Ladies Champion once and Foursomes Champion 13 times. Jan’s involvement in various initiatives was significant…a few are mentioned here; introduction of 7’s Golf, Friday happy hour with finger food and “Members’ Draw”, junior fund raising through “Saturday muffin sales”, Strategic Plan, practice chipping green where she sort funding for this wonderful project, Vines Week, occasional bus driver for pennant teams. Of course Jan was not working alone on all of these items but she was there doing her best.

She was the perfect club member.

(Bernie with his friend)

From Bernie‌

'Mr. Clark, I have reviewed this case very carefully,' the divorce Court Judge said, 'And I've decided to give your wife $775 a week,' 'That's very fair, your honour,' the husband said. 'And every now and then I'll try to send her a few bucks myself.'

An old man goes to the Wizard to ask him if he can remove a curse he has been living with for the last 40 years. The Wizard says, 'Maybe, but you will have to tell me the exact words that were used to put the curse on you.' The old man says without hesitation, 'I now pronounce you man and wife.' A blonde calls Delta Airlines and asks, 'Can you tell me how long it'll take to fly from San Francisco to New York City?' The agent replies, 'Just a minute.' 'Thank you,' the blonde says, and hangs up.

A man is recovering from surgery when the Surgical Nurse appears and asks him how he is feeling. 'I'm O. K. But I didn't like the four letter-words the doctor used in surgery,' he answered. 'What did he say,' asked the nurse. 'Oops!'

The Deaf Wife Problem Barry feared his wife Bev wasn't hearing as well as she used to and he thought she might need a hearing aid. Not quite sure how to approach her, he called the family Doctor to discuss the problem. The Doctor told him there is a simple informal test the husband could perform to give the Doctor a better idea about her hearing loss. 'Here's what you do,' said the Doctor, 'stand about 40 feet away from her, and in a normal conversational speaking tone see if she hears you. If not, go to 30 feet , then 20 feet , and so on until you get a response.' That evening, the wife is in the kitchen cooking dinner, and he was in the den. He says to himself, 'I'm about 40 feet away, let's see what happens.' Then in a normal tone he asks, 'Honey, what's for dinner?' No response. So the husband moves closer to the kitchen, about 30 feet from his wife and repeats, 'Bev, what's for dinner?' Still no response. Next he moves into the dining room where he is about 20 feet from his wife and asks, 'Honey, what's for dinner?' Again he gets no response. So, he walks up to the kitchen door, about 10 feet away. 'Honey, what's for dinner?' Again there is no response. So he walks right up behind her. 'Bev, what's for dinner?' 'For heaven's sake, Barry, for the FIFTH time, CHICKEN!'

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