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GRAPEVINE February 2015


In this edition…  RULE of the month… 



SOCIAL NEWS…Fringe at The Vines: Adelaide Comedy Showcase

FROM THE PRESIDENT…Don Johnson At last, our efforts to find more water have been successful. The new bore has been tested. The results are…we can pump 4000 gallons per hour minimum and possibly up to 6,000 gallons per hour. It is intended that the starting point will be 4,000 gallons per hour. This is equal to three mega litres per week allowing fairways to be watered twice more per week as each watering requires 1.2 mega litres. The bore was drilled to 147 metres and lined with steel casing. The advice is that the pump should be placed at 110 metres. The overall cost has increased from what was expected due to a steel casing being required rather than PVC and a much larger pump has to be purchased as it was anticipated that pumping rate would only be 1000 gallons per hour. Instillation of the pump and associated infrastructure will commence during the week from Monday the 16th February. This is a great result and will make a complete difference to the fairways during summer months. A new phone system has been installed to replace the existing which I believe was about 20 years old and could not handle the new NBN cable when it arrives. The new system will allow the staff to be more efficient in the way they handle calls. We also got rid of the “Mr Whippy” music. We have also changed the way our phone expenses were setup and expect to have a saving of at least $300 per month. The cost of the new system excl. GST was $5,400. Once again Bill Threadgold from Air Diffusion Agencies has agreed to be a major sponsor of the Legends Pro-Am to be held on Monday the 27th of April and we certainly appreciate his involvement in this event. This was a great day last year and details for this year will be advised to the members shortly. . During the Vardon held on the 8th February I witnessed two incredible shots played by the winner Will Somerfield. On the 16th hole his drive from the tee rolled into the left hand side bunker and finished approximately 3 metres from the front of the bunker. The flag on the green was near the back on the right hand side. He then played is bunker shot and rolled it into the hole for an eagle.

THE JOHN CROSBY VINES AMATEUR – VARDON TROPHY EVENT 36 holes of stroke play on Sunday 8th February won by… Men…William Somerfield, Kooyonga GC (72, 70) 142 Women…Ella Adams, The Grange GC (79, 71) 150

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

New Bore Adjacent to 6th fairway The drilling operation was very successful. The new bore will provide a substantial volume of water suitable for irrigation of the fairways. A two stage process will now follow to install infrastructure to facilitate harvesting, storage and use of the bore water. Stage 1 Install a pump down the bore hole, electrics from pump to irrigation shed and piping from the bore pump into the main dam (adjacent to the 6th hole). The process of pumping the water into the main dam is for the remainder of this season only. Timing for completion of this stage and trials of the infrastructure is targeted for end of February 2015. Stage 2 This stage will be programmed for September 2015 when we will install infrastructure to pump the water into the dam (commonly call the Turkey Nest) behind the main dam. This move is required because of the minor salt content in the new bore at 1,200 mg/l (parts per million which is okay for fairway irrigation). The water will be stored in the dam and, as required, will be free fall into the cement tank near the seventh tee and then onto the fairways via the current irrigation system pumps. Stage 2 is required so as to maintain the quality of water in the main dam to be used specifically for irrigation of Tees and Greens. For the technical minded the following extract is from the Course Superintendents February 2015 Report. The figures: *Drilled 147 m and the main flow of water was found at around 142 m. The old bore hole 4 m east was 135.5 m deep. * 36 m of 8 inch steel casing had to be used initially to shore-up the soft ground due to drilling near the old bore. * 90 m of 6 inch casing was then installed down to where they found good fractured rock. * A pump test was done by Des Walsh and he found that the sustainable flow from the bore would be somewhere between 4,000 gallons per hour (18,184 litres per hour) and 6,000 gallons per hour (27,276 litres per hour) but suggested that to be conservative we should aim at pumping the lower on a long term basis. * This equates to 3 mega litres per week, triple the amount that was expected relating to pump history from the old bore. On Course Tree Management Programme As part of our Wellness, Health and Safety programme our regular tree consultant / arborist (Gordon Sykes) will do the annual inspection on tree health and any danger around the course on Wednesday 18th March 2015. Players are request to give Gordon the opportunity to complete this important task with respect that you give the green staff. Thanking you in advance for you cooperation. 6th Tee Upper Level The turf was laid on Thursday 22nd January 2015 by a happy band of volunteering members‌ thank you and a job well done. A trial use of the upper level was held on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March 2015 with some movement of the grass noted. To allow for further consolidation the next use of this level is programmed for the first week in March 2015. The completion of the path and retaining wall is expect in March 2015. This will allow green staff to concentrate on the new bore project.

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

On Tuesday 17th February we have 32 ladies venturing off to Kooyonga and Glenelg. Kooyonga will be their Open Day and Glenelg are hosting a Charity Day for Minda. To play at such venues as a visitor can be quite costly, so participating in these types of events is a great opportunity for players to experience other courses. We are looking forward to our Opening Day 3rd March. There will be a 9 hole shotgun, stableford competition at 8.30am. At 11.00am, following golf, there will be a short meeting during which Ladies Captain Karen Rama will declare the season open. She will inform the ladies of any important information. Question and answer time will follow. A reminder to all ladies that Opening Day is the last day to lodge your entry forms for our Special Competitions. We have another busy schedule ahead this year and hope you can all participate.

RULE of the month…explanation …from John Ward

BALL UNPLAYABLE Our two friends Lew and Dowsky had a dilemma on the 18th hole the other day. Lew’s straight long tee shot rolled in under the trunk of the large poplar on the right hand side of the fairway and when he got there found his ball was unplayable. He marked his ball and measured two club lengths from where the ball lay and dropped the retrieved ball. (UNDER PENALTY OF ONE STROKE) The ball did not roll more than two club lengths or closer to the hole so it was in play. Only problem was, it had rolled back to that unplayable position under the tree. Shiver me timbers, (or words to that effect) what do I do now? He asked Dowsky. Dowsky, who had a far superior grasp of the rules than Lew suggested that if the ball was again unplayable he would have to suffer another ONE STROKE PENALTY, but felt it would be advisable not drop the ball where had done previously, but employ either one of the other options available to him under the BALL UNPLAYABLE Rule No 28. e.g. Proceed under the stroke and distance provision Rule 27-1 and go back to the 18th tee. Or Drop a ball behind the point where the ball lay, keeping that point directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped, with no limit to how far behind that point the ball may be dropped. Lew being a smart golfer preferred the second option and correctly dropped a ball (UNDER PENALTY OF ONE STROKE) on top of the dam wall, which was then the ball in play, and proceeded to finish the hole with no other dramas apart from adding TWO penalty strokes to his score. So be careful when you have a ball that you consider to be in an unplayable position and make sure that you take the right option first, otherwise you could suffer the same fate as did Lew.

SOCIAL NEWS…from David Jolly (Vice President, Membership & Hospitality) Hello everyone! Friday Nights are back in full swing! Welcome back for the members draw. All members come for your chance to win over $500 jackpot, you just need to be at the Club at the time of the draw. New draw time is 7pm!! If the jackpot is not won, a lucky member in the house will win $25 to their house credits account Happy Hour is now 5.30-7.30, and the 7pm draw time will be for daylight savings time only. Please speak with the committee if you have any Friday night ideas or feedback. Twilight –The next round is February 19th! REMEMBER- there is an eclectic at the end of the season, however you must play at least 2 games on each nine holes of the “Social Twilight” games to qualify for the eclectic. We currently only have 5 men and 2 women who have qualified! Social Sundays- The next round is February 15th and is a Mixed Foursome event.

–last Wednesday of every month Bingo returns February 25 in 2015. We want to acknowledge Alfred James Funerals who has sponsored this event, helping us with new equipment, such as a new projector and bingo machine. We cannot wait to see our regulars back, and even better if you can bring a friend to play. Remember, the more people, the more the prize money will be! 7.30pm for eyes down! th

Fringe at The Vines: Adelaide Comedy Showcase – Saturday 7th March: This year we will host our first ever show as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival. We have Terry North, a known golf comedian, and 3 other comedians coming to give us a laugh. Tickets can be purchased via, or the office will have some arriving shortly. NO RESERVED seating (which means, first in best dressed) for this 8.30pm show. Bistro will be open from 5.30 for a handful of bookings only to ensure we serve all meals before the act commences. Please note if you book for a meal, you do not get preference show seating, it is still first in best dressed. This will be exciting to see how this attracts our members and public, and may see us hosting more shows in the future if it’s successful. Membership: 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. Flexi membership continues to bring in new members to our club, and with recent changes to our constitution, it allows current members to renew as a flexi in the future. Flexi is a premium membership, designed to attract new players, or players who have limited time to play. The games are still at a premium cost and have been calculated to ensure full membership are getting the optimum value for money. However, flexi still suits the golfing lifestyle of those who cannot get a regular weekly or monthly game in.

We also have a promotion for an 18 month membership for $1495. This has always benefited the club and resulted in new members. This one is only open to new members, or people who have been away from the club for more than 3 years. We look forward to welcoming new members to our club, and in turn, keeping all of our golfing fees to a minimum. If you know anyone who might like to take up a new membership, please get them to speak with the office. 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, hens’ shows, social groups. To find out more enquire with Matt Chesterman, Operations 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.

JUNIORS…from Wayne Corbett

Junior members Emily Dunbar and Alex Manton played in the McCormack Junior Golf Club Summer Cup event held at the Adelaide Shores Golf Park on Wednesday 21st January. The McCormack Golf Club is run by teaching professional Nick McCormack and provides an avenue to introduce young children to the game of golf and to develop them to the point where they are able to join a Club. These annual events are run throughout the year, are well attended and provide an excellent opportunity for juniors to play competitive golf in a fun and supportive environment. Each event is open to beginners as well as the more advanced players. This year’s Summer Cup was played over the Patawalonga par 72 course and Emily Dunbar won the girls Summer Cup with a score of 92 (nett 75) and a promising new junior to our Club, Alex Manton won the boy’s 10 years and under category with a score of 107 (nett 71). Alex’s win also gives him a “Grand Slam” in this event having now won the Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer Cups. Congratulations to both of you. The first round of the 2015 McMillan Shield competition for our Junior golfers was played at the West Lakes Golf Course on Sunday 1st February. This year the competition is Stableford handicap match play and our first match was against Kooyonga. Our Team comprised Stephen Bartlett, Jarred Clarke, Emily Dunbar, Ryan Francis (Capt), Lingli Courage (Vice Capt), Caitlin Peirce, Louis Pretty and our Reserve was Alex Manton. Both Emily Dunbar and Caitlin Peirce (a very good new player to our Team) recorded 2 and 1 wins whilst Ryan Francis and Louis Pretty (also playing in his first competitive match for the Team) both battled on strongly to record halved games. Louis Pretty and our Reserve player, Alex Manton (another good newcomer to the Team) both played terrific golf in the conditions. Louis came back from being 2 holes down with 3 to play and played strongly and with heaps of determination to halve his game on the 18th. It was just great to watch. Alex Manton, playing as our Reserve to gain experience, played superbly and with maturity to record a wonderful 5 and 4 win. Despite the very best efforts of each of our Team members, we lost our match to Kooyonga, 4 and 3. Next week our Team has a bye and we then play the Glenelg Team at Glenelg on Sunday 15th February.”


Congratulations to Simon Hoey Saturday 24th January on the 6th hole David Trembath Wednesday 21st January on the 6th hole Mick Gibbie Wednesday 21st January on the 14th hole

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February 2015 grapevine  
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