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GRAPEVINE January 2015



In this edition… 

HELP WANTED...therapy away from the demanding pressures of golf

SOCIAL NEWS… Fringe at The Vines, Friday nights, Bingo and more

FROM THE PRESIDENT…Don Johnson After a considerable dry period we have at last received a decent amount of rain which has enabled Rob Millington to pump water into the dam. Taking into account the rain and the water that was pumped the bottom line is it is worth one month’s watering of the course. It has only taken a few days to show what a difference additional water makes to the course. On hot days Members will have noticed the difference in the cool air coming into the Club House from the vents above the bar. This is due to the generosity of Bill Threadgold of Air

Diffusion Agencies who donated two new air coolers to the Club. If any members are

looking for heating or cooling for their homes please contact Bill or Lenice who I know will give you first class service. Over the next two months we will be having a membership drive which will include the new Flexible Membership. This membership is designed for people who cannot play on a regular basis or who are not in a financial position to afford a full membership. It is similar to the promotion that was done last year using a points system for each round played with the exception that if a person pays the upfront fee each year any points that have not been used will carry over to the next year. Full details of the Membership can be obtained from the office. The Seniors Pro-Am this year will be held on Monday the 27th April. I suggest, that if you intend to play on the day that you book early as this was a very successful day last year when we had a full field in both the morning and afternoon. Rodger Davis who is President of the Seniors PGA advised that he will be back again this year. Full details will be available next month. The Annual Vardon event will be held on the 8th February. The course will be closed for the day. Category B Members who normally play on Sunday are invited to play on Saturday 7th February if they wish. Any Members who would like to play on the Sunday at another course please contact Steve in the Pro Shop who will make necessary arrangements with another Club. Following the recent Annual General Meeting there are a number of new faces on the Committee of Management and the Sub Committees. It is interesting to hear the different ideas and comments being made by these people. Any involvement on Committees can be very time consuming and I know that not all of us have spare time on our hands; however I

would be quite happy to talk to anybody who feels they would like to get involved even if it is only in a small way with the Club.

ON THE COURSE… from Russell Virgo (Vice President, Course) 6th Tee… The turf is to be laid on Thursday 22nd January 2015 with the turf being taken from the practice fairway. Any member who would like / can assist the green staff would be most welcome from 8.30 am to approximately 11.00 am. Refer Members Working Group notice in the pro-shop. The Tee is to be ready for play on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th February 2015 with the paved pathway at the eastern end and along with the retaining wall incorporating seating will be finalised after this time. Bunker Rakes… A trial of “placing a rake adjacent to the entry and exit point for the Bunker Rake Machine” is to give players easy access to a rake when entering and leaving the bunker. This should improve the raking of the sand and help maintain the quality of bunker edges. All other rakes should be

placed in the flat of the bunker as per the Members Handbook. Course Water Storage and Irrigation…


The recent rainfall of 41mm was welcome and along with the club's harvesting network pumped 9 megalitres into the main dam.

GUR 4th Fairway

The GUR markings and witches hats along the edge of the 4th fairway is due to temporary wiring for communication between irrigation satellites. Permanent cabling will to be trenched into the ground in coming weeks. (please use care when in the vicinity of the GUR thank you)

Bore adjacent 6th Hole

Drilling commenced on Friday 16th January with the expected outcome to be more favourable than the last attempt. (fingers crossed) While the drilling is taking place the 6th hole will be closed to players but the challenging 16½ hole will be in play. Course Maintenance…

Green Staff

Course closure times allowing greenstaff uninterrupted access to the course are changing. The current arrangements of closing the course to play on Thursday from 12.00 noon to 1.00 pm will change to 11.00 am to 12 noon commencing on Thursday 5th February 2015 for the day light saving period, Tuesday remains 11.00 am to 1.00pm.

Green Renovation

The greens are planned to be renovated on the following dates, 29th & 30th March 2015, 6th & 7th September 2015 and the 3rd & 4th April 2016. The Club has jointly purchased a "greens renovation broom" machine with 3 other clubs. The broom will shorten the time frame from sanding to renovation completion.

Reminder… Members Working Group Thursday 22nd January 2015 from 8.30 am to 11.00 am. “turfing the 6th tee” Bernie remembers a maths exam…

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

Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed the festive season with family and friends. This time of year always brings New Year’s Resolutions, so those of you who made them, good luck on sticking to them! Tuesday 6th was our first day back and brought some very hot, windy weather. Well done to the 35 ladies who braved the conditions. As I sat inside in the cool watching you all come in, I was very happy I didn’t. Last Tuesday 13th was very wet and this time 54 ladies were out there. Hopefully we will be getting some perfect golfing weather very soon. Our roving Xmas Party photographer Eve Schahinger took over 100 great pictures on the day. I thought I’d share one with you, of our lovely 9 hole ladies who put on a fantastic Miss World skit.

L to R: Wendy Ubelhor, Bessie Tester, Marina Langer, Rose Wilton and June Burke.

Cruel murder on the Golf Course…from John Ford Doug was teeing off from the men's tee. On his downswing, he realized that his wife was teeing up on the woman's tee directly in front of him. Unable to stop his swing, he nailed it, and hit her directly in the head, killing her instantly. She fell forward, legs splaying, and her face full into the tee. A few days later, Doug got a call from the coroner regarding her autopsy. Coroner: "Doug, your wife seemed to have died from blunt force trauma to the head. You said you hit a golf ball and hit her in the head, is that correct?" Doug: "Yes mate, that's correct." Coroner: "Well, inexplicably I found a golf ball wedged up her behind." Doug: "Was it a Titleist 3?" Coroner: "It was, yes" Doug: "That was my provisional."

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

Friday Nights return 23rd January 2015! Welcome back for the members draw. All members come for your chance to win $500 jackpot, you just need to be at the Club at the time of the draw. New draw time is 7pm!! This week, if the jackpot is not won, we will pay $100 for the second chance draw. Happy Hour is now 5.30-7.30, and the 7pm draw time will be for daylight savings time only. We are very excited to return in 2015. The Friday night raffles are a major fund raiser for our club, and your attendance and support is greatly appreciated. Twilight – Social twilight is back in 2015. The next round is January 29th! Our playing numbers have been low, averaging around 30 players. If you can play, we’d love to see you out. If there is a reason you don’t play, or a suggestion that might help entice you to play, please let us know. We are currently reviewing the downward numbers for twilight, and considering what we do for the 2015-16 daylight savings twilight season. Thanks to all the regulars. 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- are back in 2015. The next round is February 15th and is a Mixed Foursome event. BINGO –last Wednesday of every month Bingo returns February 25th 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 ply. Remember, the more people, the more the prize money will be! 7.30pm for eyes down! 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. 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. See you around the clubhouse soon.

Have a suggestion or feedback? Email the office on or in person.

RULE of the month…explanation …from John Ward

WHY DO I NEED TO PUT AN IDENTIFICATION MARK ON MY BALL? Lew and Dowsky both hit their tee shots into the same area. Both their balls were found but, because Lew and Dowsky were playing identical balls and neither Lew or Dowsky had put an identification mark on his ball, they could not determine which ball was Lew’s and which was Dowsky’s. WHAT HAPPENS NOW? ANSWER Since either Lew or Dowsky could not identify a ball as his, both balls were LOST (see definition of “Lost Ball”). Both players must return to the tee (after putting their own identification mark on their ball) and proceed to tee off again with a penalty of a stroke and distance and would therefore be both playing three from the tee. This incident underlines the advisability of all players putting an identification mark on their ball. See Rules 6-5 and 12-2.

From Bernie… Patrick the Irish oyster farmer Paddy was a youthful and hard-working Irishman at a Coastal village in Ireland. Daily he would pole a heavy old punt out to sea then work a heavy iron grapple to bring up the sand oysters which he sold to the local ice works. He was a man of regular habits he always arrived home each day at a certain time. Sadly, Paddy did not realise the heavy grappling was taking a toll on a faulty heart. One day he failed to come home, so his wife contacted the Police to investigate him being missing. They rowed out and found Paddy dead in the punt beside him a huge grapple full of oysters he'd tried to hoist aboard.

Headlines next day in the 'Irish Times Newspaper' said......................................... Wait for it!

Wait for it!


JUNIORS‌from Wayne Corbett During November 2014, three of our promising Junior golfers competed in the Under 12 Team that represented our State in the National competition held at the Wynnum Golf Club in Queensland. The three players were Jarred Clarke, Emily Dunbar and Ryan Francis. The first day was essentially a familiarisation aggregate stableford competition. The following two days were (gross) stroke rounds for the Craig Parry Shield which also incorporated the boys Nett Team score for the Bowlett/Abbott Cup and girls Nett Team score for the Brenda Carnavas Cup. Our State team finished 4th in the aggregate stableford event with each of our players returning respectable stableford scores. Jarred had 35 points, Emily had 33 whilst Ryan came in with 30. Also, in the Gross stroke competition, Emily played two consistent rounds of 98 whilst Jarred and Ryan, having each carded good first round scores of 88 and 90 respectively, fell away a little in the second round. In the Nett stroke events, the boys team again finished in 4th position whilst the girls team finished a very credible second in the Brenda Carnavas Cup and were crowned the silver medallists.

The State Team Manager spoke highly of our Junior players, praised their efforts and commended our Club and our Junior Development program.

The 2015 McMillan Shield competition for our Junior golfers commences on Sunday 1st February when our Team plays Thaxted Park at West Lakes. Club Professional (Steve) and Junior Co-ordinator (Wayne) have selected a very competitive squad of 12 young members to represent our Club this year. Each Team member was presented with a new Team shirt and cap on Thursday evening 15th January at a sausage sizzle. The new Team Shirt is embossed with the IPMG logo. Our Junior Development Program and our McMillan Shield team are fortunate this year to receive generous sponsorship and support from Club Members, Stephen and Angela Beaty (IPMG Project Management) as well as from Chris Tsamandanis (Chemmart Chemist Old Reynella). Regular reports will be provided on the progress of our Team.

More from Bernie‌

HELP WANTED...therapy away from the demanding pressures of golf

Are you interested in gardening? Do you enjoy getting grubby…occasionally? Are you told to get out of the house on certain days? Well we have the ideal opportunity for you to get down and dirty (just kidding).

Our gardeners would like your help. We have many garden beds around the clubhouse and on the golf course. We would like to add to our current plantings but I fear that we will be over extending our people resources.

If you are interested, I’m sure the junior assistant gardener (Barry Dicker) will be happy to discuss a range of options whereby you could be involved. For example there are relatively small jobs like maintaining the planter boxes near the first tee…regular watering plus periodic pruning, weeding, fertilising and replanting. Even with this small job, help would be available, if needed. Other garden beds near the clubhouse…      

both sides of the path at front of clubhouse garden that includes fountain long garden bed along path behind 18th green around practice chipping area 3rd tee area behind 3rd green

OR maybe you would like to maintain one of the many garden beds on the course. Like I said…help, advice, tools and materials, transport are always available. You may be able to form a small team so that you have company.

Please consider…

Main Club Sponsor…

Club Sponsors… Christies Beach

Happy Valley

January 2015 grapevine  
January 2015 grapevine