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GRAPEVINE December 2014



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.

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MEMBERS OF COMMITTEE...2014/2015 A WORD FROM THE GIRLS…Annual Xmas Party plus pics RULE of the month…“Loose Impediments” ON THE COURSE…6th tee, 15th fairway SOCIAL NEWS... Club Culture plus plenty of great activities FROM THE CAPTAIN… Mixed Foursomes Championships

HOLE IN ONE…easy for some


The Annual General Meeting held on the 24th November 2014 was only short with the motions to amend the Constitution being passed without any difficulty. A majority of the vacant positions were filled plus it is pleasing to advise that Rob Dowling and Mike Windows have been co-opted onto the Finance Committee. Their experience in Finance will benefit what I consider is a very strong Finance Committee. For those of you who do not know Neville Taylor, Vice President Finance, he is a qualified Accountant. Rod Gorton and Debra Gill are also two new faces on the Committee of Management and I look forward to working with them in the upcoming year. Water is a precious resource. Following investigations it has been decided drill a new bore adjacent to an old bore hole that we know produced water at a reasonable level some years ago. Rob Millington recently placed a camera down the old bore next to the path on the 6th hole near the pump sheds. He found that the water was only 24 metres from the top but could not get the camera any further down the hole. Contact was then made with Nick Watkins who was involved when the bore above the dam, which we still use, was fully investigated and it was on his recommendation that we had a successful outcome with that bore. Relevant records were sent to Nick plus we made contact with Paul Kinnear who was on the Course staff at the time that the old bore (6th) was operating. Paul confirmed that the bore next to the path did pump a reasonable amount of water but it stopped pumping when there was a problem with the pump. We were unable to retrieve and repair the pump. Nick believes that there will be no problem getting water from another bore and due its location the infrastructure costs will be reasonable.

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(FROM THE PRESIDENT continued) Two members have agreed to donate a total of $8,000 towards the cost of the proposed new bore. I thank them for their generosity…their contribution is appreciated. If any other members wish to donate towards the cost this can be done through the Australian Sports Foundation and can be used as a Tax Deduction. If you would like any further information please contact Julie in the office. Now that the renovations to the back of the Bar have been completed it is appropriate to thank Steve Illman for his time and contribution to this project. The results have certainly improved the look of that part of the Club House. I cannot stress enough the importance of Club Membership which is the main source of our income and like all Clubs we are no different with a decline in numbers. A significant advertising campaign will be undertaken early in the New Year in an endeavour to increase the numbers to ensure we increase the cash flow to comfortably cover our expenses. Please remember there are rewards for introducing new members to the Club.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all Members and their families a safe and happy Christmas and I am sure we will have prosperous 2015.


Following the Declaration of Office Bearers by Returning Officer Mr. R. A. G. Fick at the Annual General Meeting on Monday 24th November… Committee of Management:  President………………………………………………….Don Johnson  Captain…………………………………………………….Barry Phillips  Vice President – Finance…………………………….Neville Taylor  Vice President – Women’s Golf……………………Deborah Gill  Vice President – Course……………………………..Russell Virgo  Vice President – Membership & Hospitality…..David Jolly  Vice President – Commercial Activities…………Rod Gorton Members of Sub Committees:  Vice-Captain……………………………………….Les Buckley  Finance……………………………………………..Robert Dickson, David King  Course……………………………………………….Michael Clark, Rod Bell  Membership & Hospitality…………………….Pam Bave rstock, Heather Chapman  Women’s Golf………………………Karen Rama (Captain), Helen Brereton (Vice Captain)  Commercial Activities…………………………..2 positions unfilled Congratulations to all committee members. Thank you for filling the positions required for the continued success and prosperity of our Club.

ON THE COURSE‌ from Russell Virgo (Vice President, Course)

Course Committee 2014 / 2015 The elected member, following the November 2014 Annual General Meeting, is Rod Bell who joins the Course Superintendent Rob Millington, Michael Clark (elected 2013) yours truly and invited guest Bob Bray and John Ward as the Course Committee for 2014 / 2015 along with the many volunteers all with the aim of achieving the best result with the resources available. Course Water Storage and Irrigation As reported in the November 2014 issue of the Grapevine the Course Committee are pursuing other avenues to complement the current water supply and storage. Members will be kept informed of progress. The Course Superintendent and the Committee continually review the irrigation programme to get the best overall result with the weather and irrigation water available. Course Improvement Projects‌ 6th Tee The tee design is to have a wall built, incorporating seating and a paved area on the eastern end of the tee for easy access and comfort of players. This project is progressing with, the first stage, the levelling and removal of 100 ton of soil now complete. The next stages are to add soil conditioner and replace the irrigation watering system along with the sodding of grass. 15th Fairway In coming weeks a joint venture with sponsor Peats Soil (thank you Gary Coombe member) will see the 15th fairway top dressed with an organic base to assist and develop grass growth. With the expected outcome of good growth and as green staff man power and sponsorship allows other fairways will be programmed for treatment in the future. Those with a good nose no doubt have noticed the organic material stored on the LHS of the 7th fairway along with the distinctive odour. This wonderful conditioner will be used to treat the 15th fairway with the attached perfume. The outcome will override the odour.???? 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 can burn the fairway grasses. The Adelaide temperature by radio / television is a 7 day forecast and therefore gives the pro-shop advance warning not to book carts and notify users of motorised vehicles of the approved club policy.

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 a golf course that will allow you to meet and achieve the best you can be golfing wise.

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

A WORD FROM THE GIRLS…from Debbie Gill (Vice President, Women’s Golf)

The last two weeks have been a time for dress ups. Tuesday 2nd we celebrated St Andrews Day and there was a lot of tartan around the course. I think I’ll be wearing mine every week as I had a cracking 45 points! Tuesday 9th was our Annual Xmas Party. The theme this year was ‘when I grow up I want to be’. We played a 9 hole 2 ball Ambrose and it got quite hot out there in our costumes. There were ladies who wanted to be rich, happy, school teachers, chefs, Audrey Hepburn, nuns, ballerinas, fairies, Einstein, air hostess, policewoman, tap dancer and more! While we were eating our lunch there was a DVD playing previous years party days and it was fun trying to work out who was in them. Even our previous Pro Phil Smallwood featured in a few! Father Xmas arrived, handing out chocolates and presents to 3 special ladies who had been very good. They were Marion Heath joined 4/8/62, Dot Wilkins joined 18/1/80, and Di Simons joined 14/7/82. These ladies have decided to become social members and so as a parting gift they received a copy of the DVD of our previous parties. We were then entertained by some interesting performances from a few of the members, finishing off the day with the Committee Ladies singing a couple of songs. It was a great day had by all. Thank you to Matt and his staff for yet again another lovely lunch. Also to the Ladies Committee, thank you for making sure that the day went smoothly, there is a lot of preparation that goes into this these days and it is a real team effort.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Xmas and a safe prosperous New Year.

Left to Right: Lyn Cummings, Deb Dudson, Pam Deacon, Bev Cross.

Eve Schahinger, Margaret Carruthers, Christine Schubert, Karen Parsons

Rose Corbett, Denise Blows, Terri Smooker

Liz McHugh, Helen Collis, Helen Allen

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Steve Krause & the Pro Shop staff

SOCIAL NEWS…from David Jolly (Vice President, Membership & Hospitality) Hello everyone! Friday Nights!

We are coming to an end for the members draw for 2014. Up for grabs around $300. This Friday 12th December we have Karaoke, and the following on the 19th December, we will have a visit from Santa, goodies for the kids, and it will be our last Friday night draw for 2014.


Social twilight is well underway. Playing numbers are down. If you have any feedback, please speak to me, David Jolly, as I am always interested in ways we can improve. Our committee has the task of fund raising each year through our social competitions and raffles etc. We are set a high budget for fundraising income, so every time you play a social game, or attend a social function you are supporting the Club. We really appreciate it. All proceeds from social twilights, after prizes are paid for, go to supporting the Club. If you haven’t played yet, we still have 6 social twilights for the season left to play. Eclectic is included in this for end of season prizes. Jump on board, it’s a great fun night. You can also stay for a 2 course meal with your competition for only $20. Good value!!

Social Sundays are all over for the year. We return Sunday 16th January with a Mixed Canadian competition. Thanks to all the players for supporting each month.

BINGO – last Wednesday of every month

Thanks for a very successful year. Bingo has raised fantastic funds for the club. Thank you to all the members who attend, the members who invites guests, and the new faces who attend monthly. We will return February next year, Wednesday 26th. See you then. We also have secured a sponsor for the year in Alfred

James Funerals. Thank you.

Karaoke - Friday 12th December- pop down, it’s free. Come and sing along and have some fun! Christmas Party - what a great night!

We have had our annual Christmas celebrations. With entertainment from belly dancers and then Philippe the Juggler, plus a DJ that played music until midnight, everyone had a great time. Well done to Matt, Viv and the rest of the hospitality team who served up a wonderful canapes and 3 course meal. If you didn’t come- you missed out!

Xmas Ambrose- Sunday 14th- should be a cracking day. Hams and Turkey prizes available. The

weather is meant to be excellent. Remember- Midday for sausage sizzle and then shotgun start at 1pm.

Friday 19th December- Santa and lollies for the kids! This will also be our last members draw for 2014. You’ve all been very generous with your raffle buying, so we thank you very much!


Remember members, introduce a member, to receive 10% off your own subscriptions, of their membership. Example, sign up a 7 day member, to receive close to $200 credit off of your own membership the next financial year. Great bonuses for our members to encourage new and introduce new members to our Club.

Club Culture

We are always wanting to try new things, we want to please majority of members, and we want to keep things fresh and exciting.  

If you have suggestions, speak up. If you are not sure of something, or unhappy with how we have planned a social event, please speak up.

Club culture, and the voice of our members is so important to us. We put in our own volunteer time, to suit you. And if that’s not working, speak up. Silent protests do not help any of us, and is very disappointing to the hard work of volunteer’s who spend a lot of time and energy on planning events. We look to you in 2015 to tell us what you are thinking. Be honest, we need your feedback to always keep the Club’s best interests ticking along. I have worked with some excellent people in 2014, and have received good feedback, and areas that need work. Our heart and thinking is always for the best interests of the Club. I look forward to a new and fresh year in 2015, and really would love members to be vocal about

what they enjoyed and what they would like to see more of, and what they don’t enjoy so much. It will make our committee decisions much easier. 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.

On behalf of the membership and Hospitality committee, we wish you, your families and friends a very Merry and safe Christmas. May you get to share the silly season with the ones you like best, and welcome in the New Year with some exciting resolutions! All the best.

FROM THE CAPTAIN…Barry Phillips Well another year has flown by and Christmas is just around the corner. Let’s hope Santa brings us some rain for Christmas as it looks like we are in for a long hot dry summer. The final honour board event being the Mixed Foursomes Championships were recently completed and it was one of the most exciting finishes in recent years with the result coming down to the very last putt. Congratulations to the winners Amanda Heapy and Paul Gregory and it’s great to see a new name on the honour board. I believe Amanda is still celebrating her first major win. Just one stroke behind were Lyn Cummings and Marc “Minute” Fulton (he’s had about 60 seconds). Winners of the Emu Golf Club Trophy for best nett were Kathryn Hender and Alan Fulton on a count back from Deb and Greg Gill. Congratulations to them and thanks to all who participated. Most members would be aware by now that Les Buckley is your new Vice Captain and I look forward to working with Les over the next couple of years. I’m sure Les is well known amongst the membership and is very approachable so if you have any complaints, see Les!! Members will also be aware that all daily competition fees will increase by $1.00 from 1st January 2015. The increase in fees had been delayed for some time and the decision was not taken lightly but has become necessary to meet increasing costs whilst maintaining fair and equitable prize distribution.

On behalf of the Match Committee I wish all members and their families a very merry Christmas and happy New Year and for those travelling please have a safe journey. I will see you all out and about on the course over Christmas and in the New Year.

Amanda Heapy & Paul Gregory

Alan Fulton & Kathryn Hender

HOLE IN ONE on 3rd

Congratulations to

Paul Sandercock Saturday 29th November &

Mary O’Hagan Tuesday 18th November

HOLE IN ONE on 14th Congratulations to

Bernie Lewandowski Saturday 22nd November

Well done…players received a bucket full of balls plus a wonderful prize from our very generous sponsor

RULE of the month…explanation …from John Ward

QUESTION: WHAT ARE LOOSE IMPEDIMENTS and what can I do about them? “Loose Impediments” are natural objects, including;  stones, leaves, twigs, branches and the like,  dung, and  worms, insects and the like, and the casts and heaps made by them,

provided they are not:

 fixed or growing,  solidly embedded, or  adhering to the ball Sand and loose soil are Loose Impediments on the putting green, BUT NOT ELSEWHERE. Snow and natural ice, other than frost, are either casual water or loose impediments, at the option of the player. Dew and frost are not loose impediments. ANSWER: Read RULE 23 LOOSE IMPEDIMENTS You are NOT entitled to remove (brush away) any loose soil or sand anywhere from where your ball may lie on the course anywhere through the green, apart from on the putting green. Loose Impediments (described above), however, may be removed by any means. PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE; Match play- loss of hole; Stroke Play-Two Strokes Be careful not to move your ball when removing loose impediments as penalties apply. See RULE 18

From Bernie… (Bernie with his friend)

What's in front of us guys

Bob is 85 years old. He's played golf every day since his retirement 20 years ago. One day he arrives home looking downcast. "That's it," he tells his wife. "I'm giving up golf. My eyesight has got so bad. Once I've hit the ball, I can't see where it went." His wife sympathizes. As they sit down, she has a suggestion: "Why don't you take my brother with you, and give it one more try." "That's no good," sighs Bob. "Your brother is ninety two. He can't help." "He may be ninety two," says the wife, "but his eyesight is perfect." So the next day, Bob heads off to the golf course with his brother-in-law. He tees up, takes an almighty swing, and squints down the fairway. He turns to the brother-in-law. "Did you see the ball?" "Of course I did!” says the brother-in-law. "I have perfect eyesight." "Where did it go?" asks Bob. “I Can’t remember."

John's Bad Parrot

A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird's mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. John tried and tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think of to 'clean up' the bird's vocabulary.

Finally, John was fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. John shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even more rude. John, in desperation, threw up his hand, grabbed the bird and put him in the freezer. For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed. Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a minute. Fearing that he'd hurt the parrot, John quickly opened the door to the freezer. The parrot calmly stepped out onto John's outstretched arms and said "I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I'm sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior." John was stunned at the change in the bird's attitude. As he was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, the bird spoke-up, very softly, "May I ask what the turkey did?"

And you thought there were no clean jokes left!

From John Ford… “an oldie but a goody” (not John the joke) Police are called to an apartment and find a woman holding a bloody 3-iron standing over a lifeless man. The detective asks, "Ma'am, is that your husband?" "Yes" says the woman. "Did you hit him with that golf club?" "Yes, yes, I did." The woman begins to sob, drops the club, and puts her hands on her face. "How many times did you hit him?" "I don't know put me down for a five."

OLD FRIENDS…from Bernie

Two elderly ladies had been friends for many decades. Over the years, they had shared all kinds of activities and adventures. Lately, their activities had been limited to meeting a few times a week to play cards. One day, they were playing cards when one looked at the other and said, “Now don't get mad at me. I know we've been friends for a long time, but I just can't think of your name! I've thought and thought, but I can't remember it. Please tell me what your name is.” Her friend glared at her. For at least three minutes she just stared and glared at her. Finally she said, “How soon do you need to know?”

Know how to prevent sagging? Just eat till the wrinkles fill out. It's scary when you start making the same noises as your coffee maker.

THE SENILITY PRAYER: Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

A very Merry Christmas to you all!

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