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GRAPEVINE January 2016



In this edition… RULE of the month…Lost Ball ON THE COURSE…bunker rakes, where to leave them A WORD FROM THE GIRLS…plenty happening

FROM THE PRESIDENT…Don Johnson As we continue with the hot dry weather and looking at the course at the moment the installation of the new bore last year can be thoroughly justified. Let’s be honest there was some risk involved in what was done but the success of the bore and associated works plus the installation of new pumps has made a considerable difference to the course. Members may not be aware that just prior to Christmas we had a lightning strike. This caused a considerable amount of damage to the pumps and other equipment in the pump shed. Irrigation of the course was put at risk. Thanks to the Bradford’s at Pump Technology repairs were completed within a few days. The damage is covered by our insurance. We had a meeting on Friday the 15th January with an organisation who look after people who are working for the dole. They receive a sum of money that is used to pay for a Supervisor plus some other costs and have about $20,000 that can be used to pay for material that is required for the work that they complete. The first job will be painting the Club House interior and exterior. These people will be at the Club for 6 months. At the end of that time, if we are able to find further work, they could be at the Club for another 6 months. At times there will be some inconvenience to members especially when the interior of the Club House is painted but I am sure that members will realise that we are getting work done at no cost to the Club. The Refurbishment Committee have nearly finalised quotes for carpet and chairs in the dining area and tiling the front porch. These are the most expensive items plus a few smaller ones. Rod Gorton has been looking at Grants that are available and has found one that we can have a look at from the 13th February 2016. These Grants are normally matched dollar for dollar which means the cost to us is only 50%. It will mean a delay on what we intend to complete but it is worth waiting to apply for the Grant.

Main Club Sponsors…

(FROM THE PRESIDENT…continued) During the month of December we had a number of functions that resulted in the income for the kitchen being $38,000. This is a great result which also increased Bar turnover. This area of income continues to increase and should give us a good bottom line this year. The staff are well aware of the percentages they need to achieve. Our junior program continues to attract more juniors which is pleasing to see. The McMillan Shield Competition for juniors commences at the end of February. Details of when and where they will be playing will be advised on MiClub. Please give them some support as they do appreciate members supporting them during this competition.

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE…from David King (Vice President, Membership) Following acceptance of the Strategic Planning Committee's recommendation, Membership has now been included in the Golf Club's Constitution as a separate Sub Committee. The Committee currently consists of David King (Vice President), subcommittee members Vicky Cammack, Barrie (Baz) Whennan, our Professional Steve Krause and Staff members Julie Edge (Manager Membership & Finance) and Matt Chesterman (Manager). The very short version of our objective will be to attract and retain members in all categories of the Golf Club at the lowest possible cost. To do this we will be systematically undertaking to review all of the Club's Policies and Procedures that have a bearing on a Member's enjoyment within the Club environment. Some of the policies to be reviewed are the type of categories used by the Club, the Booking System, the dress code, membership benefits, Induction program and many others. If any Member has any comments, concerns, ideas or suggestions please feel free to discuss with any of the Committee members mentioned above. You could also send correspondence via the Manager. Remember it is your Club and your thoughts could make the Club a more enjoyable place to both play golf and be a part of.

SOCIAL NEWS…from Wayne Lines (Vice President, Hospitality) Happy New Year to all members and family. Members Friday Night Draw at 6.30pm each week is now up to $350, but you have to be present to at least have a chance of winning. The Xmas Raffle organized again by Pam Baverstock was won by Mignon Hogan, 2nd prize Mary O’Hagan, 3rd prize Michael Stephens. Thanks to all members who bought tickets.

is back again this year, starting 7.30pm on Wednesday 24th February.

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 have made them, good luck on sticking to them! Tuesday 5th was our first day back and the committee ladies took down the Xmas Decorations. Xmas has come and gone so quickly, it only seems like yesterday that we put them up. Tuesday 13th was a hot day so there was only a 9 hole competition. Hopefully we will be getting some perfect golfing weather very soon and be back to our Tuesday lunches, announcements and presentations. As we have only just returned from our Xmas break, I don’t have a lot to update you on. So, I thought I’d relay some of the information our Lady Captain (Karen Parsons) mentioned in her email to the ladies recently. 

Just a reminder that new Rules of Golf have been implemented as of the 1st January, copies are in the ladies’ locker room. New rule books are also available from the Office – please see Julie.

There will be a Rules Level 1 course, held at North Adelaide Golf Course on the 29th February – Time to be advised. This is open to all members that would like to learn or update their rules knowledge. Details on GSA website.

Our Heat Policy wording has now changed from - the “Forecast Temperature for Noarlunga” to – the “Forecast Temperature for ADELAIDE”. 35-38 degrees the competition is downgraded to a 9 hole comp. Over 38 Degrees the Competition is cancelled. (There are stats that show the golf club's temperature is more in line with Adelaide than with Noarlunga).

Please remember to remove your names from the booking sheet “AS SOON AS YOU CAN” so that other people can put their names in.

Please book into the first available spot, so that we can get the field in as soon as possible. Do not leave blank lines, as the pro shop will only push you up to the time slot that is not filled. Hence the importance of arriving 15 minutes prior to your allocated tee off time.

From Bernie‌ Why we love children ????.

NUDITY I was driving with my three young children one warm summer evening when a woman in the convertible ahead of us stood up and waved. She was stark naked! As I was reeling from the shock, I heard my 5-year-old shout from the back seat,

'Mom, that lady isn't wearing a seat belt!'

POLICE It was the end of the day when I parked my police van in front of the station. As I gathered my equipment, my K-9 partner, Jake, was barking, and I saw a little boy staring in at me. 'Is that a dog you got back there?' he asked. 'It sure is,' I replied. Puzzled, the boy looked at me and then towards the back of the van.

Finally he said, 'What'd he do?

ELDERLY While working for an organization that delivers lunches to elderly shut-ins, I used to take my 4year-old daughter on my afternoon rounds. She was unfailingly intrigued by the various appliances of old age, particularly the canes, walkers and wheelchairs. One day I found her staring at some false teeth soaking in a glass. As I braced myself for the inevitable barrage of questions, she merely turned and whispered,

'The tooth fairy will never believe this!'

DRESS-UP A little girl was watching her parents dress for a party. When she saw her dad donning his tuxedo, she warned, 'Daddy, you shouldn't wear that suit. 'And why not, darling?' he replied,

'You know that it always gives you a headache the next morning.'

DEATH While walking along the sidewalk in front of his church, our minister heard the intoning of a prayer that nearly made his collar wilt. Apparently, his 5-year-old son and his playmates had found a dead robin. Feeling that proper burial should be performed, they had secured a small box and cotton batting, then dug a hole and made ready for the disposal of the deceased. The minister's son was chosen to say the appropriate prayers, and with sonorous dignity intoned his version of what he thought his father always said:

'Glory be unto the Faaather, and unto the Sonnn, and into the hole he goooes.'

BIBLE A little boy opened the big family Bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages. 'Mama, look what I found,' the boy called out. 'What have you got there, dear?' With astonishment in the young boy's voice, he answered,

'I think it's Adam's underwear!'

ON THE COURSE… from Robert Neagle (Vice President, Course) Bunker Rakes…

Although there is no perfect answer to the positioning of rakes in sand bunkers the Club has reverted to its original requirement to place (or leave) rakes in the bunker with the handle of the rake pointing towards the direction of play.   

Rakes must not be placed under the lip of the bunker parallel to the edge of the bunker. Rakes must not be left on the lip of the bunker with the handle pointing upwards and outwards. Rakes must not be left outside bunkers.

By following the above requirements it is felt that the risk of a ball being stopped on the side wall of a bunker by a rake will be minimised and will result in a far less difficult shot from the flat part of the bunker.

RULE of the month…explanation …from John Ward

Lost Ball (or is it????) Lew strangely pulled his second shot left into the trees on the first hole. After searching for his ball for two minutes Lew declares… ”I can’t find my ball in amongst all these leaves, that ball is lost, I’m going back to the spot I played the ball from and drop another ball.” On his way back and before Lew put another ball in play, Dowski informed Lew that he had found Lew’s original ball and that it was found within the five minute period allowed for search. Lew waddled back to the spot where Dowski found his original ball in amongst the leaves and after carefully removing all loose impediments Lew played his next stroke. Once again Dowski had saved his mate, Lew, a stroke and distance penalty by being vigilant and being aware of the rules. Lew was eternally grateful. The moral of the story… A player cannot render a ball lost by a declaration… (see definition of “Lost Ball”) The original ball remained in play… (see definition of “Ball in Play”)

Try our Bistro Dinner Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday from 5.30pm

In addition to our fantastic summer menu, on Wednesdays you will find Steak night where chef sources some delicious rump steak, Thursdays is $12 Schnitzels and Sundays a $12 Roast of The Day.

Lunch Wednesday to Sunday from Midday until 2.30pm Our full menu is available for lunch on the weekend and well as our new lunch menu. Don’t forget about $12 Roast on Sunday, a simple way to get the family & friends together for a carefree celebration. As usual bookings are recommended on 8381 1822

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. You may be able to form a small team so that you have company.

From Bernie‌ New Facebook without a PC For those of my generation who do not and cannot comprehend why Facebook exists: I am trying to make friends outside of Facebook while applying the same principles. Therefore, every day I walk down the street and tell passers-by what I have eaten, how I feel at the moment, what I have done the night before, what I will do later, and with whom. I give them pictures of my family, my dog, and of me gardening, taking things apart in the garage, watering the lawn, standing in front of landmarks, driving around town, having lunch, and doing what anybody and everybody does every day. I also listen to their conversations, give them the "thumbs up" and tell them I like them. And it works just like Facebook. I already have four people following me:

two police officers, a private investigator, and a psychiatrist.

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