In this edition… ON THE COURSE…don’t miss this one: be well informed: read it and tell your mates FROM THE CAPTAIN…competitions, handbook, pro-am, slope system FROM THE VICE CAPTAIN…juniors
FROM THE PRESIDENT…Don Johnson The Festive Season is now behind us and the new Sub Committees are having, in some cases, their first meetings. I have attended the meetings that have taken place so far and I can assure members that the people making up these Committees are very dedicated and will do their best to ensure that the Club continues to progress and remain “the friendly club” that it has been known for in the past. The main asset of the Club is the Course. It was interesting to see and hear the issues and detail that Russell and his committee discuss to ensure that they can produce the best possible course given the constraints on man power and finance. The annual Vardon event will take place on the 9th February so if you would like to witness some extremely good golf I suggest that you attend the Club on the day. Once again our Life
Member, John Crosby has made a donation to cover the cost of running this event. We thank John for his generosity.
The Committee of Management have been looking at a membership promotion which will be rolled out in February. To make sure that that we get it right in regard to promotion and the required advertising, members with expertise in these areas will be having a meeting in the next week so a final decision can be made at the Committee of Management meeting at the end of the month. Members will be advised about the new membership promotion prior to it being advised to the public. Two further decisions have been made in regard to the Capital Levy proceeds. Firstly we are installing a jockey pump in the pump shed at a cost of $7,500. This pump will assist in savings on electricity by reducing the running time of our larger pumps. I will let Russell explain how this pump works. Secondly it has been decided to spend $6,000 on 14 additional car parks to alleviate the current problem that exists especially on Saturdays. This follows the extra 12 parking bays achieved last year with the remarking of the car park and the bitumen repair of the areas where the trees have been removed. A total of $28,800 that has been allocated for various projects. As some members may be aware it will be 50 years on the 20th June 2014 that the first competition was held on the Course after the Club relocated from Cement Hill. Further information will be provided in the future as to how the Club will celebrate this milestone.
ON THE COURSE…from Russell Virgo (Vice President, Course) Green Staff & the Heat Wave…
The green staff often go to great lengths to ensure that the course is presented in a manner that we as members take for granted. During last weeks heat wave a staff member visited the course at night during the irrigation time frame to ensure that all the sprinklers were operating as per programmed. This was done because of the possibility of power blackouts. Any power cut would have put the irrigation programme at risk. I would also like to acknowledge the assistance of "honest" Geoff Downey and Marienne Hall for their communication with Course Superintendent Rob on the status of the power during not only this heat wave but during the summer months.
The mobile phone can be a great tool for quick and clear communication and the Course Committee have viewed this technology as a productivity tool for the green staff. One of the most important reasons why the Club has gone this way is the safety aspect for staff working alone or golf players in health difficulty. Other benefits include:*One text or email to staff allows for quick information exchange; *Useful apps as training and operational tools; *linking of phone calendars allows all staff to be involved in the work planning process. They can input information to the calendar for all to see. We input meter readings, irrigation info, course events, jobs to do, holiday roster, project flows, rainfall, spaying etc. *Dynamic maps of the irrigation pipe layout are available on the phones and this helps with pipe isolation when work is needed. *Quality phone cameras allow for instant feedback on work without travelling to the site. We also use cameras for providing interesting information to the members via Face-book and Twitter. *Taking a photo of a job sheet or instructions gives them a temporary or permanent copy. *Using the notes/list function allows them to remember things that they have observed around the course. *They have a small torch, instant weather radar, a first aid app. *You can link Drop-box file with all of the current MSDS info for each chemical in our shed to each phone. Quote Course Superintendent Rob "Our productivity has increased since all have had the phones, I can't imagine working without them." So next time you see green staff with the mobile phone in hand or to the ear it’s probably work related.
Tree and Garden Bed Management…
Covering of tree roots Michael Clark and John Ward have developed a "Report on Exposed Tree Roots" and the Course Committee has prioritised the following areas:1. 2nd hole right hand side at the 203m mark, gum tree 184m mark and 2 trees 152m mark. 2. 8th hole LHS at the 150m mark. 3. 16th hole at the 112m mark and 127m mark. 4. 11th hole at the start of the bunker RHS. 5. Between the 7th and 8th hole by the pine trees RHS. The above project will be volunteer orientated when the appropriate soil is available.
Removal of Tree Stumps
This will continue as part of the green staff work programme.
Capital Expense Items - Course
Shade Sails are awaiting council approval. Car park expansion of additional parks on the northern side of the club house and the bitumen of the areas where the trees have been removed is programmed to begin in April after the current irrigation programme is completed. Pump system upgrade in the irrigation shed with the addition of a smaller 5kw pump (sometimes known as a jockey pump). This then becomes the initial pump to kick in when only a small amount of water is required i.e. a hose is being used for wash down equipment and watering a garden bed etc. This will be the start of the build up for the 11kw pumps used for total irrigation. The smaller pump will result in reduced electricity usage (cost saving) and assist with the maintenance of the larger pumps.
5th Hole Mounding
This project is progressing and in the near future it will be ready for sodding. The Course Committee will be seeking the well-known Vines volunteers to assist the green staff in laying the grass sods, so please keep an eye on the notice board for the date.
The course has suffered quite badly this season from Corella's digging in the greens. We have been using our traditional methods but the birds have been very persistent. Recently we heard about successful control by using eagle shape kites on poles. Two were recently purchase and their presence has made a significant difference to the level of damage. We are shifting them daily to reduce the familiarity aspect as we must be as cunning as the Corellas. Former member Andrew Manthorpe from Globe Chemicals has been a great assistance as he has given us a Peregrine Falcon kite on trial which is far more realistic and appears to be working very well. The Peregrine Falcon kite is easier to move about and we believe this will be the standard for controlling the Corella's in the future.
All water from dams on the 2nd /18th and “turkeys nest” has been transferred to the main dam (adjacent to the 6th hole) to reduce evaporation losses from 1.25 mega litres per week to 0.5 mega litres per week…a net saving of 0.75 mega litres per week. Our one and only bore is producing a consistent 2 metalizes per week. The course is in a far better condition than at the same time last year. Remember that if you are asked about the empty dams… We have not run out of water. It is not because of a common sense approach by the Course Superintendent with the full support of the Course Committee.
FROM THE CAPTAIN… Barry unfortunately has been extremely busy and is off to Melbourne for a few flying visits – business discussions etc. Vice Captain Wayne Corbett has provided this month’s article. I trust that all members and their families had an enjoyable Christmas and I extend my best wishes to you all for a happy and healthy 2014 with some good golf rounds thrown in as well. Our recent weather conditions have not been conducive for good golf and have created a real nightmare for our Course Superintendent and his staff with the resultant high temperatures. This naturally results in course closures which we unfortunately had to do on our Sponsors Day on Wednesday the 15th as well as other days in this incredible week of extremely hot conditions. On Thursday 23rd January our Course will see some of the State’s better Junior golfers in action when we host the Golfs Vines Junior Open. Also, preparations are well underway for our Vardon competition which will be held at our course on Sunday 9th February. It would be great if members could come out and support these players and see how they handle the subtle challenges posed by our course. The Match Committee recently agreed to introduce two new “Trophy” competitions for our Members. Both of these competitions will be played as 4 Nett Stroke play aggregate rounds and will be played on Sundays and also on Wednesdays. The Sunday trophy will be known as The Vice Captain’s Winter Trophy whilst the Wednesday trophy will be known as The Golf Professional’s Trophy. All members will be eligible and the Match Committee considered that this initiative will provide an opportunity for 5 and 6 day members to participate in and win a Club trophy. Preparation of the Members Handbook for 2014/15 has almost been completed and we expect printing to commence in the near future. On a more pleasing note, we have a considerable number of Juniors participating in regular Friday afternoon and Saturday morning tuition classes run by our Pro, Steve. As a result, we now have sufficient numbers to field a Team of 8 to participate in the McMillan Shield competition which commences on Sunday 2 February. Our Professional, Steve has also been extremely busy discussing with the PGA the possibility for our Course hosting a “LEGENDS PRO-AM” . Hopefully I can provide more detail on this later in the year. The MiClub Slope handicapping system will be introduced later this month and our Club is well placed and ready to adapt to these changes.”
Men Are Just Happier People If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah. If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Bubba and Wildman.
FROM THE VICE CAPTAINâ€ŚWayne Corbett The McMillan Shield competition is a handicap match-play competition co-ordinated by The Grange Golf Club and commences on Sunday, 2 February with our Team playing Thaxted Park at West Lakes. This is a developmental competition for Junior golfers (male and female) who have not had previous match-play experience and have handicaps higher than 8. A squad of 11 juniors has been selected to represent our Club over the course of the competition. These players are:Stephen Bartlett, Jared Clarke, Linglee Courage, Emily Dunbar, Kyle Dickinson, Ryan Francis, Chris Gibbie, James Percy, Jordan Percy, Louis Pretty and Cole Wearing. A sausage sizzle has been arranged for the squad on Sunday 26th January from 12.30pm and those Team members selected for the first game will also be presented with a shirt and hat followed by 9 holes of practice for the Team from about 1pm.
From John Ford
(eventually you got one in John, Thank You.)
A Perfect Husband Several men are in the locker room of a golf club. A cellular phone on a bench rings and a man engages the hands-free speaker function and begins to talk. Everyone else in the room stops to listen. MAN: "Hello" WOMAN: "Hi Honey, it's me. Are you at the club?" MAN: "Yes." WOMAN: "I'm at the shops now and found this beautiful leather coat. It's only $2,000. Is it OK if I buy it?" MAN: "Sure, go ahead if you like it that much." WOMAN: "I also stopped by the Lexus dealership and saw the new models. I saw one I really liked." MAN: "How much?" WOMAN: "$90,000." MAN: "OK, but for that price I want it with all the options." WOMAN: "Great! Oh, and one more thing. I was just talking to Janie and found out that the house I wanted last year is back on the market. They're asking $980,000 for it." MAN: "Well, then go ahead and make an offer of $900,000. They'll probably take it. If not, we can go the extra eighty-thousand if it's what you really want." WOMAN: "OK. I'll see you later! I love you so much!" MAN: "Bye! I love you, too." The man hangs up. The other men in the locker room are staring at him in astonishment, mouths wide open. He turns and asks, "Anyone know whose phone this is?â€?
Also from John………. Recent studies found average golfers walk 900 miles a year. Another study found golfers drink 22 gallons of alcohol a year. This means, on average, golfers get 41 miles to the gallon! Kind of makes you proud. Almost makes you feel like a hybrid.
A WORD FROM THE GIRLS…from Karen Rama (Captain) Here’s to the New Year and another chance to ‘get it right’…. our golf that is. A New Year full of promise and sweet hope. As we’ve had such a hot start to our New Year, there’s very little for me to report so I thought I’d share with you with this Golfer’s Ode that I can personally relate to. Thank you for the ode (poem) Karen…thank you also to John Ford for providing same……
GOLFER’S ODE In my hand I hold a ball, white and dimpled and rather small, Oh how bland it does appear, this harmless looking, little sphere. By its size I could not guess, the awesome strength it does possess. But since I fell beneath its spell, I’ve wandered through the FIRES OF HELL. My life has not been quite the same, since I chose to play this STUPID game. It rules my mind for hours on end, a FORTUNE it has made me spend. It has made me curse and made me cry, and hate myself and want to die. It promises me a thing called par, IF I hit it straight and far. To master such a tiny ball should not be very hard at all. But my desires the ball refuses, and does exactly as it chooses. It hooks and slices, dribbles and dies and disappears before my eyes. Often it will have a whim, to hit a tree or take a swim. With miles of grass on which to land, it finds a tiny patch of sand. Then has me offering up my soul, if ONLY it would find the HOLE! It has made me whimper like a pup, and swear that I will give it up and take to drink to ease my sorrow, But the ball knows – I’ll be back tomorrow!
From Bernie Attending a wedding for the first time, a little girl whispered to her mother, 'Why is the bride dressed in white?'' The mother replied, 'Because white is the colour of happiness, and today is the happiest day of her life.' The child thought about this for a moment then said, 'So why is the groom wearing black?' An elderly woman died last month. Having never married, she requested no male pallbearers. In her handwritten instructions for her memorial service, she wrote, 'They wouldn't take me out while I was alive, I don't want them to take me out when I'm dead.' A police recruit was asked during the exam, 'What would you do if you had to arrest your own mother?' He answered, 'Call for backup.'
Once you get over the hill, you'll begin to pick up speed. Whatever hits the fan....will not be evenly distributed. Everyone has a photographic memory. Some, like me, just don't have any film. Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places. Junk is something you've kept for years and throw away three weeks before you need it. By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends. Learn from the mistakes of others. Trust me...You can't live long enough to make them all yourself. I've tried!!
ELECTRICITY â€œWe recently received our spring quarter electricity bill and were pleased to see we had made a saving of $3,145 from the previous year. In 2012 when with Origin our bill was $7,425 but this year with AGL it has dropped to $4,279. While this is an excellent saving, it is in line with expectations as provided by BlueSky Solar in their proposal.â€?
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