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October 2013



In this edition…

From The General Manager…On Line Booking, Vines Week ON THE COURSE…important note on Course Maintenance Operations “THAT RATTLE TINKLE SOUND”...seniors go golfing

From The General Manager…Neil MacKenzie

Vines Week…Saturday 9


to Friday 15th November Vines Week now has a full complement of competition sponsors as follows: Saturday 9th - 18 Hole Stableford, Lion Nathan Sunday 10th - 12 Hole Stableford, The Vines Golf Club Monday 11th - 4BBB, Bremerton Wines Tuesday 12th - 18 Hole Stableford, Malurus Wines Wednesday 13th - The Vines Classic, Hardy Wines Thursday 14th - The Vines Classic, Hardy Wines Friday 15th - Ambrose, Hugh Hamilton Wines The

Hole In One prize, a brand new Mazda 3 valued at $21,000, has once again been

sponsored by


Onkaparinga Council has generously supported us with $2000 that we will use to promote the event to non members. During Vines Week Steve will be running a series of workshops from Monday to Thursday at 11am to 12pm. Each session costs only $10 and bookings should be with Steve direct. We've also got our 100m shootout during the week from the 1st tee and other events include a wine tour to McLaren Vale on Tuesday 12th (see the office to book a seat) and a quiz night on Saturday 9th. Entry fees remain $10 per comp for members and $15 for non members although the 36 hole Vines Classic is $20 and $30 respectively.

From The General Manager (continued) On Line Booking From 1st December The Vines will be switching to an 'on line' booking system. This means the end of bidding. The Club will be providing all members with information on how to book tee times in plenty of time and you will have opportunities to practise in the weeks leading up to 1st December. But feel free to chat to Steve about any concerns you may have. Please do not worry if you do not have access to a computer because you will be able to phone the pro shop to make a booking for you. Indeed, you can book face to face with Steve at the pro shop. The new booking system will also include a card scanner that will update our leader board and Golf Link automatically - so no need to key in your scores anymore. A whole new 'member's area' will be generated on our web site which will contain the booking sheets but also results, competition information and general news. Once again, if you have any concerns or questions don't hesitate to talk to Steve or Neil. Play Golf Week Play Golf Week takes place all round South Australia from Monday 28th October to Sunday 3rd November. This is a Golf Australia initiative to get more people on the golf course and The Vines is offering some great opportunities for beginners and social golfers to give golf a go. We're running a free clinic for women who have never played golf before on Tuesday 29th October at 2.30pm and a Come 'n' Try on Sunday 3rd November from 4pm to 6pm is for all the family. Advance bookings are mandatory. As part of the week we have two further offers. Green fee players can play for $10 after 5pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and we're offering a 20% discount on the base subscription element for people who become a member of The Vines during Play Golf Week in category A, B and C. You can find all this information on our web site and Golf Australia will be promoting all clubs involved in Play Golf Week in the Advertiser. We are also undertaking a letter box drop promoting both this and all our twilight products. Please tell your friends! Friday Guest Day This is a new monthly comp that takes place on the last Friday of every month. The first of these social days takes place on 25th October and the format will be Pinehurst. There is an entry sheet in the Starter’s Office so please find a friend and enter! 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!

THE KITCHEN IS NOW OPEN FOR LUNCH!!! Wednesday to Sunday from Midday until 2.30pm.

Full menu is available as well as a great value lunch menu! Bookings preferred!

A WORD FROM THE GIRLS…from Rose Corbett (V/P) & Lyn Cummings (Captain) This last month has been an extremely busy time, with closing day approaching, foursomes just completed and the GSA Open Day in early October…and it continues. Club Foursomes went off smoothly, 24 pairs entered, 1 down on last year. Special thanks to our referees Heather Jones, Pam Baverstock and Karen Rama. Thank you also to the members of our committee and Matt and staff for the organisation of the Presentations. To everyone who entered well done for without you, we have no competition. Congratulations to our winners and runners up with a special mention to Jan James who won her 13th Foursomes title, it could be a while until someone gets to this number. GSA Open Day went off very well. 84 entered with only 1 who could not make the day. Visitors came from 10 clubs and many good comments on our course plus the lunch supplied by Clayton and his team. The tables were well presented with each having a rose, tablecloths plus the menu. Well done Matt, Viv, Richard and team. Entry forms are out for the Southern Zone to be held on November 11th at Thaxted Park and at The Vines on November 18th. All special competitions have now been completed. Eclectic winners will be known soon. Perpetual trophies are to be taken to Southern Trophies for engraving in preparation for our closing day on 29th October. As a suggestion from one of the ladies, a foldable baby change table has been purchased and will be located in the disability toilet. Our Raffle winners this month were Chris Schubert, and Marion Heath

“As this is my last report I would like to thank past and present committee members for all of their support over the last 5 years. To Karen Rama, thank you for your help over the past 2 years as Vice Captain and I wish both you and Helen Brereton the best as you take up your new roles.”...Lyn “On behalf of the ladies committee, our very special thanks to Lyn Cummings for all her hard work especially over the last 2 years as captain. She has worked tirelessly for the ladies, and our golf club. We wish you a very enjoyable break from your captain duties, and enjoy your golf.”…Rose FROM Bernie… Woman Gives Up Everything!!!… Eleven people were hanging on a rope under a helicopter…10 men and 1 woman. The rope was not strong enough to carry them all so they decided that one had to let go, otherwise they were all going to fall. They weren't able to choose that person, until the woman gave a very touching speech. She said that she would voluntarily let go of the rope, because, as a woman, she was used to giving up everything for her husband and kids or for men in general, and was used to always making sacrifices with little in return. As soon as she finished her speech, all the men started clapping.

ON THE COURSE…from Russell Virgo (Vice President, Course) STRATEGIC PLAN - Pillar 2: The Course Rough – “Set acceptable levels for primary and second cut growth and debris & foreign grasses.” The maintaining of the height of the rough is a balance between the four seasons and playability due to the varying growth factors. The goal of the Course Committee is to cut the rough grass once per week. The task is usually carried out by member volunteers (Bob Bray & Trevor Cunningham) with staff mowing the second cut. The mowing height varies during the year. The current height (during October and November) of 65 mm (2.5 inches) and second cut 38 mm (1.5 inches) is due to the growth factor of the grass during this period. During the summer and early autumn months, when there is little grass growth in the rough areas, the height can be increased to 90 mm (3.5 inches) to help prevent dusty conditions and in preparation for any heavy rain that may occur. The second cut of rough is 50 mm (2.0 inches). In the winter months the rough maybe lowered to 75 mm (3.0 inches) due to the wetness of the grass with the second cut remaining at 50 mm. The Course Committee is aware that some players want little or no rough and others wish to have a challenging and picturesque course for golfers of varying golfing abilities. With all of this in mind the aim is to have a noticeable difference between fairway and the second cut with the fairway always cut at a standard 12 mm. Note - Inches are used because the Rough Cutter Mower has inch measurements for height adjustment. Grass Matting The club has secured a roll of grass matting 16 m long x 4 m wide to be used to improve the surface of the bridge in the coming months. The bridge happens to be 32 m long x 2 m wide. The amazing opportunities that can come from being in the right place at the right time and we thank Don Johnson for being that person. The logistics of getting the matting to the club were left with Michael Clark and Rod Bell who planned the operation down to the last detail and seconded two extras to assist with the loading and unloading, thank you Trevor Cunningham and Russell. Car Park The car park has been remarked and painted to achieve an extra 12 spaces with three parks marked for people with a disability. In the future, when finance allows, a further 14 to 20 parks are on the drawing board along the northern fence line and towards the eastern end of the existing car park. The Committee of Management and other members of committees (vice captain, ladies captain and ladies vice captain) car parks have been relocated and names attached to the location and members are ask to show respect and not park in these areas. 3rd Hole Although only a short par 3 with no hidden obstacles a par or a birdie awaits you, if not take a moment to look at the geraniums in the garden bed at the back of the green…now looking beautiful with an abundance of colour created by our own “junior assistant gardener”, Barry.

Next month update: STRATEGIC PLAN - Pillar 2: The Course "Fairways and Tees"

The information provided below is an insight into one of many maintenance operations carried out by our course staff and that they are aware of not intruding into members games…if at all possible. Part of the Club's Wellness, Health & Safety Policy states that green staff, contractors, volunteers have right of way when working on or around the course. Spraying on the Course The course staff have many and varied spraying jobs to be done during the year. Spring time is a particular busy time with regard to spraying. There is fertilising, wetting agent, fungicide, preventative insecticide treatments and various other treatments to be done. At the start of this week (14th October 2013) we had 8 different spraying jobs planned. There are many factors that come into play with the planning and carrying out of spaying jobs. Weather and golf competitions govern when products can be applied. Some products require irrigation immediately afterwards, others need to dry on the leaf before traffic. Wind can also be a determining factor as to whether spraying can go ahead, as I write we have started early to start spraying but wind has stopped two planned spraying jobs for today (Wednesday 16th October 2013). During certain parts of the year there may be only one day in a fortnight that is suitable for spraying. The biggest determining factor for spraying is competition golf. Our aim is to have no impact on the enjoyment of the game for anyone playing on the course, particular golfers in competitions. The planning and effort that goes into working around the golfers ensures that for the most part we are successful. Occasionally circumstances will come along that causes someone to have to wait a few minutes, but these are never intentional and we always hope that the affected players will be understanding that we are doing our best. It’s great that the course is being utilised more so during the week but this means that the course staff have to be ready to find gaps in play to get their work done. Gone are the days when Tuesday and Wednesday were our only busy weekdays. The advent of 'the gap', the two hour tee closure between 11 am and 1.00 pm on Tuesday, and the one hour closure between 12 noon and 1.00 pm on Thursday (in the future this may have to be extended), has been a very positive change and provided some certainly for planning of work. Also the new spraying machine that was recently purchased has improved the flexibility and efficiency with regard to spaying jobs. The larger spray tank means fewer trips back to the shed to refill and the multiple nozzle spray heads allows us to make rate changes in the field to speed up the spraying in larger areas. Our course staff are highly trained and they will always do their best to minimise the impact on your game from course maintenance operations. Rob Millington Golf Course Superintendent.

Russell Virgo Vice President - Course.

FROM Bernie… Morris, an 82 year old man, went to the doctor to get a physical. A few days later, the doctor saw Morris walking down the street with a gorgeous young woman on his arm. A couple of days later, the doctor spoke to Morris and said, “You’re really doing great, aren’t you?” Morris replied, “Just doing what you said, Doc: “Get a hot mamma and be cheerful. ” The doctor said, “I didn’t say that…I said, you’ve got a heart murmur; be careful.”

SOCIAL NEWS…from David Jolly (Vice President, Membership & Hospitality) Hello everyone! Daylight Savings is here and so is TWILIGHT and SEVENS golf! Yippee! Long days, warm weather, plenty of time to play a round of golf followed by a meal and drink all before dusk! Friday Nights! Friday nights continue to be popular with happy hour from 5.30-7.00pm, members’ draw and raffles. Plus the bistro is open from 5.30pm till late. 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!! The raffle funds support the club in fund raising and maintaining our facilities. Some dates for your diary: Wednesday 30th October! Bingo is growing more and more popular on Wednesdays! Last month we had 80+ players. The prizes are growing too, so tell your friends, book a table and come on down to enjoy a social, fun and friendly environment. Never played before? That’s OK, all games will be explained, we have many new bingo players each month, so don’t be shy! Having a meal before Bingo- book early for a meal, as the clubhouse is busy Wednesdays, so don’t be delayed for a 7.30pm start to Bingo. Saturday 26th October…70’s/80’s theme night, LIVE music and DJ, plus door prizes. $10 prepaid ticket at the office or $15 at the door. Light nibbles and a happy hour on the night. You don’t have to dress up! But there will be prizes for best dressed. Sunday 3rd November…Round 1 of the Mixed Social Sundays kicked off on the 13th October, and was a hit. Great to see so many people in the Club on a Sunday. This event will run over 6 different Sundays between October and March. Time sheet will be in the starters office. Christmas Party…Saturday 7th December More details to come, but save the date for this dinner and dance party! Twilight Competition started on Thursday October 10th, 3.30pm- 6pm tee times. This year it is a very social competition. Roll in for a social fun round, stay for a meal and a drink and we will follow with a quick presentation. Guests welcome to play! Great prizes to be won and an Eclectic this year to win end of year prizes for the best overall scores! Sevens Golf: Sevens competition commences Monday 21st October. Have you got your team of Seven together?? See the office for details. Membership: Our committee is working on a membership plan for a future focus over the coming years. Ongoing with the come and try golf clinics, we want to see our clubs membership base grow, and we have a few exciting ideas that should promote our club to more players, and continue to support our current members. This is exciting for all members. Remember to take advantage of your “potential member guest pass”, see the office for 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! Have a suggestion or feedback? Email the office on or in person.

“THAT RATTLE TINKLE SOUND” Masters Games - Golf - Geelong Vic Vines participants: Greg Hart and Paul Sutcliffe Event Dates : 5th to 12th October 2013 Photo: Paul Sutcliffe…on right Thursday morning we left Adelaide, Paul’s car towing his small caravan. After a couple of coffee stops we got to Naracoorte about 12.30 pm just in time to join the last group in their midweek competition (no matter that we made the group up to a 5). Naracoorte is a great track and worth playing. The temperature at Naracoorte over night was 2 degrees. I think we may have been warmer sleeping in the Naracoorte Hotel cold room. We should have spent more time working out how to get the van’s heater working – lesson learnt. Friday slow start and a short hop down to Mt Gambier, “Sure the Course is free – enjoy” after about 15 holes we hit the back of a couple of groups of novice juniors (and mums) plus Paul’s battery to his “walk behind” failed. Grrrr, so load up and head to Pt Fairy. Found a nice Caravan Park (Paul chatted up the desk lass). Mozzies were huge and hungry. Saturday…found a spot for 2 in the Pt. Fairy Golf Club field at 8 am. It is a spectacular course with great holes and great views. Some good golf was played; the wind picked up on the back nine and caused some grief. This is a must play course with green fees only $25. On to Geelong, a long drive after a round of golf. Registered, then onto Barwon Heads to our pre booked site. The park was the location of the filming of the TV show “Sea Change” On Sunday we checked out the courses we were due to play and their ranges and practice facilities. Monday 8 am shotgun at Barwon Heads GC (“Royal Melbourne South”), a great course and a great layout, 1940’s impressive clubhouse, scores only average. Tuesday, because we only entered 3 individual events (i.e. not the 4ball or the Ambrose) within the Masters Games, Tuesday and Wednesday were free, so what about a game at The National. Great, onto the ferry at Queenscliffe and over to the Mornington peninsular, got a game on the National’s, Moonah course (they have 3 courses) the weather was great the course just out of this world and the golf performance was sound. I will dream about this golf facility on my death bed. The National is a must do for keen golfers, strongly recommended. Back to the caravan with a stop at Sorrento for “the worlds best vanilla slices”, 2 slices, 2 coffees, $29?? Wednesday checked out Bells Beach, would have gone surfing but the waves were too small for us, only 2 meters high), back to 13th Beach GC for a quick practice round late. Thursday a Masters event at Clifton Springs GC 8am shotgun Paul and I would have won medals but our putting was a bit off, a good members course worth playing. Friday a stroke round at 13th Beach Creek course with 8am shotgun start. We were warned that the wind would kick in but as this was the last chance for a Medal it was important to focus and concentrate. I was going OK until a couple of triple bogies hit me on the back nine (dam that wind). How did you go Paul? --- Gold for best off the stick and Bronze for 3rd best net. Saturday was a long drive back to Adelaide which was made even longer, with an occasional from Paul; “What’s that rattle tinkle sound, can you hear it? Oh it’s OK it’s just the Medals I won at the Masters Games.” Grrr! Masters Games 2014 Adelaide, not sure which courses but it is worth playing in the event.

Greg Hart

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