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June 2013



In this edition…

FROM THE PRESIDENT…water, meals, sponsors, Ambrose prizes, Scoopon & other income,

membership drives, budget

ON THE COURSE…rainfall, tree management, tees, Strategic Plan The Vines Auction Dinner - Saturday July 13th FROM THE CAPTAIN…slope system, Father & Son Cup, Saturday competition SOCIAL NEWS…meals, Friday nights, Bingo, Quiz Night, Auction Dinner, membership


The main dam is full and we have started pumping to the other storage areas. If only it would rain at night! We golfers are never happy. I guess it’s the nature of the sport we love. Last month I welcomed our new chef Clayton Spall and for those that haven’t yet experienced his fare, the meals are superb with nothing but good comments. Clayton prepares everything fresh so at times, when “the proverbial bus load of” orders arrive all at once, waiting times can stretch out a little but the quality of food certainly justifies this. Keep up the good work Clayton! Our valued sponsors! I encourage members to continue to support our sponsors whenever you can. I recently joined the 21st century purchasing a new phone from our Telstra friends at Colonnades and received great service from Stuart, Tom and their team. I know other members have been there but haven’t mentioned they are from the Vines. Don’t be shy. All our sponsors need to be aware that we are supporting them so let them know and you’ll more than likely get a great deal. The Queen’s Birthday Ambrose saw a field of 100 booked with a waiting list. Unfortunately we had a few “no shows” but the day went well with rounds taking on average a little over 4 hours and our hospitality crew providing a nice lunch. There appeared to be a little confusion over the competitions so I thought I would take the opportunity to clarify what we are doing. Some time ago we decided that for Ambrose competitions, given that there are usually 4 players in each team, we would have open competitions for all men or all ladies teams and mixed for any other combination. Prize pools are 45% of the competition fee divided on a pro rata basis between mixed and open. We like to award at least 1st and 2nd prizes plus a ball run down meaning 16 major prizes as well as nearest the pins on all par threes. Another 8 prizes. This naturally restricts the value of each prize. Last month I received a letter from a member addressing a number of issues, one of which was Scoopon players and I wrote about this last month, highlighting the $35,000 income Scoopons bring in annually. Corporate Days and other events that attract green fees contribute a further $70,000 so we need to either retain all of this, replace it from elsewhere (a challenge), or of course a combination of both. We are endeavoring to better manage course utilization so that members are disrupted as little as possible while we still retain the income.

(FROM THE PRESIDENT…continued) Another issue raised was the annual membership drive. I accept that discounts and cheap rounds are offered to non members but assure you that the objective is to get these people, having experienced our course and hospitality, to become members. Discount membership was commenced some years ago by neighboring clubs so, to remain competitive, we have done the same. You will no doubt have read in our Strategic Plan that a major pillar is Membership and Hospitality. We are working very hard to find a solution to membership numbers. I’m sure we are all aware of the industry trend of falling membership and the difficulty that clubs face in replacing retiring golfers or members that move on. It is essential that we continue in our attempts to maintain and increase membership numbers so that golf membership remains affordable. Of course our efforts on the hospitality side are predominately to further develop an alterative revenue source in an effort to keep subscriptions down. In 2001 we had around 880 members (Categories A, B, C) and by 2010 this had dropped to 642. Over the past three years we have made a major effort to halt this slide, with some success, but as I keep saying we need to increase membership numbers and gain revenue from other sources to maintain our club’s viability. I assure you that your Committee and staff are working hard to do this and with recent initiatives taken, and plans for the future we are confident of success. Finally, our Vice Presidents with the assistance of the Finance Committee are currently finalizing their budgets for 2013/2014. Part of the process being to look for areas of savings as well as opportunities for growth, so as to ensure we all can continue to play affordable golf.

FROM THE CAPTAIN…Barry Phillips Just a short note from me this month. Thanks to all Saturday players who completed the survey on the one-tee start for the Saturday comps and for the constructive comments (some not so constructive!). The overwhelming majority favour the current format and there are insufficient numbers of members who can be flexible enough with start times to make a one-tee start a viable option at this stage. The two-tee start will remain but marshalling will be stepped up with official warnings and possible penalties imposed for habitual slow players. Many of you would have read about or heard of the “slope” system which will be introduced later in the year along with some other handicapping changes. Golf SA are running seminars to explain the changes and how they will impact on players and the clubs. Steve, ladies captain Lyn and I will be attending the seminars and we will update members in due course. Golf used to be so simple! By the time this goes to print entry forms for the annual Father and Son Cup (incorporating the Family Pairs Cup) will be out so get those entries in. Both father and son must be members of the Vines but only one of the family pairs needs to be a member to be eligible for the event. So research your family tree and track down your long lost relatives and enter this event to be held on Sunday 14th July. That’s all from me and I will see you out and about on the course.

A WORD FROM THE GIRLS…from Rose Corbett (V/P) & Lyn Cummings (Captain) Gala Day sponsored by Foodland Happy Valley was held on 23rd May and even with the change of date it was well attended, with 76 entrants, 50 members and 26 visitors from 8 clubs playing our course. Rose and Karen arrived early and set up the early morning cuppa. The trading table was laden with many goodies and sales were brisk. To all the ladies who contributed to the trading table, a big thank you. Graham Rugless (Foodland) was on hand to present all winners and confirmed sponsorship for next year’s Gala Day. Karen organised a competition for the 9 holers. The comp was well attended and the ladies were all very enthusiastic. Nomads matches against Flagstaff Hill have been played and each host club won on their own course. We now look forward to the matches against Blackwood in August. Our ladies were Kathryn and Karen Hender, Helen Allen, Helen Brereton, Angela Beaty, Mignon Hogan, Eleanor Andrew and Linda Pearce. Pennant and Cleek teams are well into their seasons with 2 matches to be played. The Cleek ladies Deb Dudson, Elaine Knuckey, Roshan Stewart, Bev Hill, Judith Hill, Pam Deacon, Sandra Statters and Glenda Hollis have played 3 matches and are competing hard but without success. Next Monday we are host to all Cleek teams. The Pennant team is currently 2nd on the ladder. The competition has been very close all year with 7 teams still able to make the finals on July 1st. Our team players have been Cathy Hayward, Jan James, Mary O’Hagan, Ros Brunton and Lyn Cummings. The Tuesday raffle continued during the month and some of the winners were Vicki Flodin, Heather Jones, Rose Corbett, Vicki Flodin (lucky again). The recipe book is about to go into "production". We have had a great response from the ladies and there are some very interesting concoctions coming through. Thank you to everyone who has contributed. It is sad to farewell Jenet from the club after 26 years with us. During this time she has watched the members grow, seen many marriages and then watched their families grow up. She was particularly fond of the Tuesday's ladies luncheon and she knew everyone by name and took a keen interest in their lives and even listened to our sad golfing stories. Thank you Jenet for just being you and in particular a big thank you for everything you did for the ladies. We wish you and Bruce well, and look forward to seeing you both soon.

Editor’s Note: I wholeheartedly agree with the above comments and on behalf of the male members I also wish Jenet well and a big thank you…already missing you.

CORREAS…flowering now

Correa Pulchella “Minor Pink”

Correas (native fuchsia) range from prostrate plants to small, bushy, erect shrubs with about fifteen species in the genus. This Australian plant is tough, fast-growing, tolerant to drought and frost and happy to flower in both semi-shaded shaded positions. The shrubs produce numerous nectar-filled, bird attracting, bellshaped flowers in reds, yellows, orange, white and green providing welcome colour through winter and well into spring. We have displays of correas near many tee areas…2nd, 6th, 12th, 14th, 16th, 18th.

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

Hello everyone! The Vines is warming up your winter! Check out our Facebook page…newly designed and maintained by one of our green staff Michael Ghee. Clayton our new chef has settled into the kitchen nicely. Feedback from meals is excellent. I encourage you to book a table if you are coming in for a meal, as the club has been busy from Wednesday through to Friday evenings with everyone wanting to try the new delicious tastes! Friday Nights: The Friday night draw has gone off 3 times in the last 2 months! Make sure you don’t miss your chance to win over $250 by being in the club on a Friday night between 6.30pm and 7pm. Happy Hour is 5.30pm- 7.00pm. If you bring a guest, they too can join The Vines as a social member. $30 to join which gives you a $30 credit on the house credit account. That means it’s FREE!! Regular Friday night raffle and spinning wheel takes place, winning prizes from cash, vouchers and chicken meat trays! The raffle funds support the club in fund raising and maintaining our facilities. Bingo Wednesday 26th June: Bingo on a Wednesday is starting to become popular. We had over 40 players at the last Bingo in May. Remember to invite your friends. The more players allows for BIGGER cash prizes on the night. If coming for a meal, book a table and arrive early to ensure you have time to eat before bingo commences at 7.30pm. Quiz Night: The Quiz night in May was a huge success with over 100 people attended. The committee is looking to plan a second quiz night this year so keep watch for another fun and competitive evening! Auction Dinner, Saturday July 13th: Have you booked yet? If not be quick, limited tables available. You will be in for a treat on the night with some excellent auction items, and some other fun games through the night including the lucky Treasure Chest keys! $50 per person includes glass on arrival, canapés and a 3 course meal prepared by our chef. Membership: We continue to grow our membership base. This is exciting for all members. Remember to take advantage of your “bring a potential member guest pass”, see the office or details. Did you know? If you are the successful referral for a new member you can benefit with some discounts off of your own membership!

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.

MORE FROM BERNIE……….. Doesn't this have a familiar ring?

Especially for baby boomers.

The Things I Owe My Parents 1. My Parents taught me about STAMINA. "You'll sit there until all that spinach is gone." 2. My Parents taught me about WEATHER. "This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it." 3. My Parents taught me about HYPOCRISY. "If I told you once, I've told you a million times. Don't exaggerate!" 4. My Parents taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE. "I brought you into this world, and I can take you out." 5. My Parents taught me about BEHAVIOUR MODIFICATION. “Stop acting like your father!” 6. My Parents taught me about ENVY. “There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do.” 7. My Parents taught me about ANTICIPATION. “Just wait until we get home.” 8. My Parents taught me about RECEIVING. “You are going to get it when you get home.” 9. My Parents taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE. “If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way.” 10. My Parents taught me ESP. “Put your sweater on; don’t you think I know when you are cold?” 11. My Parents taught me HUMOR. “When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.” 12. My Parents taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT. “If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.” 13. My Parents taught me GENETICS. “You’re just like your father.” 14. My Parents taught me about my ROOTS. “Shut that door behind you. Do you think you were born in a barn?” 15. My Parents taught me WISDOM. “When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.” 16. My Parents taught me about JUSTICE. “One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you!”

ON THE COURSE…from Russell Virgo (Vice President, Course) Rainfall / Irrigation... Total rainfall for May 2013 87.5mm with year 2013 total 225mm and at the same time last year 304.5mm. As I write this newsletter the dam alongside the 6th tee is full and water is being pumped into the other large dam commonly referred to as the "turkey nest". The change in weather has allowed time for maintenance on the ageing irrigation system in preparation for next season. The maintenance includes pump manifold repairs, sourcing of communication faults between satellites and servicing several leaking isolation valves. Tree Management Programme… This programme continues with staff removing 18 stumps in various areas of the course and with the assistance of volunteers removing the dead pine tree on the 4th hole. The other activities have included the trimming of a branch over hanging the 5 the tee and the removal of 3 large trees in the two dams adjacent to the 2nd and 18th fairways (as recommended by our dam construction company). Tees… The 10th tee and the back halves of 5th and 7th tees have been scarified, seeded and top dressed to improve their condition during the winter months. To assist, would all players enter/exit in the correct manner and fill any divots, not only on these tees, but on all tees…thank you. Strategic Plan - Pillar 2...The Course… The Course Committee has completed a review of items, under its control, listed for completion in 2012 and has begun to review items listed for 2013. Those in 2013 with a dollar cost have been estimated and prioritised for inclusion in the course budget for 2013/2014 as we strive to achieve the Course Vision: “To be the best golf course south of Adelaide”. and our, Mission: “To exceed the members and visitors expectations of the playing surface and surrounds”. If you would like further information on the plans or progress please contact the office in writing with your details and the specific information you require and I will respond in a suitable time frame.

Remember: Sand buckets must be carried and used to fill divots on fairways and in the rough. If you notice unfilled divots please repair them. Upon completion of your round please return the bucket to a storage rack.

Come and join the fun and excitement of Bingo. th

Next on Wednesday 26


Come on down…Enjoy a meal at The Club before the call commences. Meals available from 6.00 pm………………book a table. Eyes Down…7:30 pm.

Please note the change of day…now the last Wednesday of each month. Bring along some of your club mates, neighbours, relatives, friends for a fun night.

The Vines Auction Dinner - Saturday July 13th Well….how’s this for a line up – and there’s more to come Canapés and champagne will be served on arrival at 7.00pm followed by a 3 course dinner to be served at 7.30pm. The Main Auction will commence around 8.30pm. The list of items is growing and as you can see, there is something to suit everyone. Tickets are on sale for $50 per person but are running out fast. Call the office to book your table (maximum of 10) on (08) 83811822. The list so far........ *Plasma screen T.V. donated by Rodney Smitheram * Bali KEJORA VILLAS Sanur 3 nights 4 days luxury 2 king bedrooms with ensuites donated by Liz Travers * 3 x Paramount Fitness 3 month vouchers plus * 10 visitor voucher cards donated by Vicky & Ian Hampsey * 11 Paintings by Mary Cozens * Ascot Teak Furnisher from George Manik * Imported Sun Glasses donated by Ian Trevorrow * Zoanetti Furniture Edwardstown from Victor and Angelo Zoanetti * Travel Auction Holidays * Merchandise from Telstra Shop Colonnades * Jewellery from Allen Jewellers * Potting Mix donated by Peats Soils * Bed linen donated by member Peter Marshall * Golf lessons donated by Steve Krause * Memorabilia from John Platten and a 36’s signed top and ball * Reynella Mazda - Car for the weekend * 5 day Vines membership * 7 day Vines membership * Game of golf with Gary Simpson with a cart. * Movie Passes from Capri Cinema * Big Buy Garden Centre Old Reynella * Hub Photo Shop * IPMG…Steve and Angela Beaty

"Having a party? Please consider holding it at The Vines. Members do not pay a hire fee and friends introduced by a member receive a 50% discount. Talk to Matt about catering options."

Try our Bistro.

Open Wednesday to Friday from 6pm to 8pm. Saturday & Sunday lunches from 11.30am to 2pm. Full bistro menu…Bookings recommended

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Club Sponsors… Christies Beach

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