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September 2013



In this edition…

From The General Manager…a must read, plenty happening  SOCIAL NEWS…Bingo, meals, events, diary dates, twilight & sevens golf  ON THE COURSE…course improvements, capital levy projects, bunkers, etc 


FROM THE PRESIDENT…Jan James This will be my last Grapevine so I would like to take the opportunity to thank the members who have given me support, encouragement and words of wisdom over the last three and a half years. Thank you to my husband who encouraged me to take on the job. I’m glad he did. It has been a fantastic experience for me with many highs. He has worked with me through thick and thin and has been my number one supporter. I believe we made a great team, and I assure you that we had the best interests of the golf club in mind in whatever we did. But I guess that’s for others to judge. Also to the many that have sent cards, letters and personally made comments of support I feel I have let you down but unfortunately I have reached the situation where the passion and fire has been extinguished. I have been a member of The Vines for 28 years and have seen many changes, some good and some not so good. However I believe we must at least continually ask “is there a better way?” If we don’t embrace positive change we will be left behind and perhaps not survive in this competitive arena. I do understand that all members have the right to have an opinion. That opinion may differ from that of the COM. Members, if they wish, then have a proper way to have that opinion heard and dealt with. That is to respectfully communicate their concerns to a COM member or the General Manager. If necessary the issue would then be raised at COM level. I now realize that unchallenged rumors and accusations, if repeated often enough, become the perceived truth. In the end it becomes very tiresome. I just wish I had understood this earlier. I have enjoyed 25 years in many different roles on committees, and am very proud of my achievements and am extremely thankful to the people who took the walk with me and believe we have made a difference. We both wish committees at The Vines Golf Club all the best in the future. Please support your Committees and Management and if you have an issue raise it with them or better still nominate for a position and contribute to the debate in a meaningful positive manner. Cheers and hope to see you on the golf course.

From The General Manager…Neil MacKenzie Earlier this month I attended the Golf Manager’s Association biennial conference in Sydney. What an inspiring and educational week it was! The GMA had arranged top quality presenters from around the world including Jim James, the Senior Director of Club and Hospitality Operations at Augusta National, Michael Leemhuis, CEO of Congressional GC and Greg De Rosa who until recently was the GM and COO at The Olympic Club. The themes included membership modelling, customer service, marketing, human resources and the future of the golf club industry. Possibly the outstanding presentation of the week was from Todd Sampson, CEO of Leo Burnett in Sydney (and maybe better recognised as the one that wears the tee shirts on ABC’s Gruen Nation) who talked about creativity in the face of fear...! It was also a time for networking and sharing ideas with other managers from around Australia and I came away from the conference with some great ideas but also a firm belief that The Vines is doing the rights things and is in better health than many golf clubs around Australia. Twilight Golf Only a few weeks until daylight saving and that means the return of Sevens and our Thursday twilight competition. Sevens will start again on 21st October allowing you lots of time to register your team and get in a few practice rounds. Our first Thursday twilight comp will be on 10th October and this year everyone will play off a twilight handicap that will not affect your GA handicap. Please invite your friends to come and play Sevens and Thursday twilight. Further, we have introduced a Twilight Membership for $399. This allows access to the course after 5pm from October to March (incl) and is part of our drive to use the course more in the evenings. Special Guest Day From October we will be renaming Special Guest Day to Sponsor’s Day. The format will not change and guests will continue to be welcome although there will no longer be a special prize for guests. Comp fees will remain at $6. However, we are introducing a monthly Guest Day on the last Friday of each month. The formats will be team based (4BBB, Ambrose, Pinehurst etc) and there will be a shot gun start at 8.00am. Members are encouraged to bring their friends to play and guests will pay $20 that includes a comp fee of $5. Please look at the starters office for entry forms at the start of October. On Line Booking System The Club will introduce on line tee bookings over the forth coming months. Having received a number of presentations, the Club has chosen the MiClub platform. This will mean the end to the bid system as all competition, green fees and casual golf booking will be processed on line. The Club will also introduce score card printing and scanning that, with the imminent introduction of the Slope System, will make the assessment and implementation of your daily handicap much more efficient and effective. All members will receive further information about the on line booking system over the coming weeks and there will also be a trial period when everyone will be able to get used to this form of bookings. The Slope System? The handicap system used in Australia will be changed on 23 January 2014 to incorporate the use of Slope. Under Slope, a golfer’s playing handicap on any given day will be determined accordingly to the difficulty of the tees or course to be played. If you want further information on this please chat to Steve who can also give you an information flyer.

Summer Bistro Menu We will be updating our menu on 1st October and while we intend to keep all your favourites we shall be looking at offer more variety and different price points. We shall also be introducing a lunch service on Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays. Vines Week

Have you entered? Pick up an information and entry flyer at the office. Communications Have you ‘liked’ us on facebook (search for VinesGolfClub)? And you can now follow us on twitter @VinesGolfClub.

FROM THE VICE CAPTAIN…Wayne Corbett Our Captain, Barry Phillips enjoyed a long overdue break in the Gold Coast and returned refreshed and revitalised. To allow him time to recover from his holiday, I have put together a few items of interest. MiClub Computerised Handicapping System Recently your Match Committee representatives along with our General Manager were invited to the Royal Adelaide Golf Club to attend an information session covering the MiClub computerised program. This computerised management system has been developed to handle introduction of the new handicapping system that is to be introduced in the near future. This program comprises three elements being: Competition Management, Online Booking and Autoscore card processing. The Match Committee has recommended to the Committee of Management that the three elements be purchased by our Club. Club Championships The Club championships are fast approaching and it is now time to consider putting in your entry form and doing a bit of practice. The first round will be played on Saturday 19th October. Captains Summer trophy This 4BBB Stableford competition will be played on Saturday 22nd September with the top pairs qualifying for Matchplay. Divots and Pitch Marks During the course of my round on Saturday 14th September my group was amazed at the number of unrepaired divots on fairways and pitch marks on the greens.

Would ALL members please ensure that, when noticed, they are repaired in the correct manner. This action will ensure the every member has an enjoyable round and will assist with the preservation of our Course Nearest to the Pin Markers on Par 3’s It is disappointing to note that there are still some members and/or groups who mark the “nearest to the pin” position by scratching a “V” or an “Arrowhead” into the surface of the green.

Please refrain from using this practice as it does not help the surface of the green. A ball marker or a small coin can do the job with NO damage the green surface.


Egg and Bacon Muffins have become a very popular item for our Saturday morning players. All of the money raised is used for the encouragement and development of junior golf.

We are looking for some more people to help, on a roster system, on Saturday mornings.

Are you interested in helping cook the egg and bacon muffins? If you are…please phone Wayne Lines on 83819999. All help would be greatly appreciated.

A WORD FROM THE GIRLS…from Rose Corbett (V/P) & Lyn Cummings (Captain) BLUES SISTERS…on a mission from “The Vines” We can blame Terri Smooker for all the blisters!! Terri suggested that we enter the City to Bay 12km walk on Sunday 15th September. Pam Baverstock took up the challenge and was out pounding the pavement doing 8kms or 12 kms a day. Rose Corbett agreed to enter but as both her and Terri are working ladies and time poor, they agreed that no training was necessary!!

Pam, Rose, Terri Sunday dawned wet and miserable but the ladies headed off to Adelaide, on the understanding that if it was raining at the start, they would have a coffee and head home. Luckily, the rain had cleared by the starting time, and they had to do it – no further excuses!! Pam, her daughter and grand daughter were walking for Wendy and Ovarian Cancer and, when the starter’s gun fired, they bolted. They weren’t seen “for the dust” and the girls did not see them again for the rest of the walk. T & R cracked a steady pace admiring the scenery and the entertainment along the way. Probably should have been more walk and less talk but they finished in 2hr 13min. Pam did an amazing walk in 1hr 56mins and raised $1000 for her charity. Well done Pam. All representative matches have now been played. Special thanks to Karen Rama and Helen Brereton for giving up their time to act as team managers for Southern Shield and Nomads respectively. Recently our club champions Cathy Hayward, Glenda Hollis and Pam Deacon played at Royal Adelaide in the Challenge Bowl. They found the course, along with most of the other players, very tough but they appreciated the opportunity to play on one of Adelaide’s premier courses. The Ladies Club Foursomes commence next week, which is always an interesting and fun week. Our Open Day will be held on Thursday 3rd October. We encourage our own players to enter not only our event but also other clubs special days. Several ladies and guests attended the Afternoon of Fashion on Monday 16th September. Marianne from Gallery Mode Morphett Vale and her models showed us some of the new Spring and early Summer Fashion and we had the opportunity to purchase on the day. Annette Yeoman representing Grace Jewellery, displayed her costume jewellery and Tanya from Hardy Wines, was offered a variety of white wine tastings. All are available at The Club bar. The ladies committee made and provided the scones, jam and cream afternoon tea which was enjoyed by the ladies. Our ladies committee has introduced some colour with the planting of petunias in the planter box around the first tee. Thank you to our “head gardener” Barry Dicker, for preparing the area and to the course staff and Russell Virgo for their encouragement and support. Our raffle winners this month were Jan Windows, Pam Ridley, Marienne Hall.

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

Hello everyone! We are on countdown for the beginning of Daylight Savings! 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!! Some dates for your diary: Wednesday 25th September 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. NEW Sunday Bingo 20th October…4.30pm for a 5pm start. Bingo should be done by 6.45pm and then why not stay on for a roast of the day or our full dining menu? Monday 7th October…Social Octoberfest Ambrose- 12.30pm for a 1.00pm shotgun start. Keep an eye out for the booking sheet. Sunday 13th October…Round 1 of the Mixed Social Sundays. This event will run over 6 different Sundays between October and March. More dates and details to be finalised. Time sheet will be in the starter’s office. Saturday 26th October…70’s/80’s theme night, LIVE music and DJ, plus door prizes. Details to come, pay at the office or on the night. Twilight starts Thursday 10th October…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! More details to be advertised around the club soon. Sevens Golf 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 with a future focus. Ongoing with the “come and try golf clinics”, we want to see our club membership base grow. We have a few exciting ideas that should promote our club to more players. 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 successfully refer a new member you can benefit with some discounts on 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! Have a suggestion or feedback? Email the office on or in person.

ON THE COURSE…from Russell Virgo (Vice President, Course) Strategic Plan - Pillar 2: The Course Bunkers - "Commence programme on selected bunkers for erosion and wear factors" The programme for bunker improvement began with the construction of the chipping green bunker. Materials and processes were recorded to provide valuable data to be used with future bunker development. Also considered; the environment in which the course is situated. Detail information on drainage and sand depth is being recorded for all 31 bunkers with the sand depth measured before and after sand replenishment as each bunker is unique. The so called wet bunkers on 6, 14, 15 & 16 have and will continue to have the drainage reviewed / cleaned as the need arises. Vertical faces on 14 will have fibre mat added to stabilise the sand as per the bunker on the 10th hole. Motorised Golf Vehicle Inspection All users of Motorised Vehicles have previously been advised by the Club of the Motorised Golf Vehicle Policy and the need for these vehicles to be inspected by the Course Superintendent. As from the 1st October 2013 vehicles that have not been inspected maybe stopped from being used on the course as part of the Club’s duty of care to operators of the vehicles and fellow members. Tree and Garden Bed Management Programme A programme has been established to cover the tree roots that are protruding into the fairways and the second cut of rough with soil and the areas seeded. The effected areas will be marked as G.U.R. until suitable grass coverage is obtained. The initial areas to be treated are the 1st & 13th fairways. As part of the outdoor entertaining area upgrade the garden bed on the eastern side of the 1st tee is to be planted with annuals (Petunias). The Course Committee would like to thank the Women's Committee for their support and especially Rose/Wayne Corbett, Terri/Jeff Smooker for planting and maintaining the garden. If you would like to assist in the beatification of garden beds around the 1st tee or any of the gardens around the grounds please contact the office. Course Improvement Projects The following items are proposed for the 2014 Course development in line with the Strategic Plan 2012-2015.  Add mounding to the 5th fairway from the creek up to the green on the RHS and shape the surround area at back of the 5th green.  The upper level of the 6th tee to be improved by flattening thus enlarging the area.  Trimming the tree branches along the LHS of the 6th fairway to allow for greater use of the revised upper tee level.  Improving access to the practise fairway by constructing an all weather pathway. The above projects are stand alone and do not affect the ongoing practises of maintenance and general improvements as under taken by the Members Working Group. Capital Levy Projects The Course Committee has a list of items associated with the capital levy that have been discussed by the Committee of Management and have also been previously noted in “On The Grapevine”. The first two items will be:  Sealing the two dams between the 2nd and 18th fairways thus eliminating leaks.  Creating an outdoor members area with shade sails and paving. As projects are listed for action members will be informed of the nature and benefit.

Sustainability within the Course Operations The Club in association with the Davies Environmental Group, as detailed in the August 2013 Grapevine, will be reviewing strategies for supporting and improving the environment of the golf course. As part of that process the following items will be included in the sustainability process: Water/Irrigation, Fertilising, Chemical Use, Communication, Trees, Power and Recycling. To further assist/develop the programme the Course Superintendent Rob Millington will enrol for the Diploma of Sustainability to maximise future outcomes for the Club and the environment. STRATEGIC PLAN - COURSE Next month update: "Rough"

WANTED....... Dean Jones wishes to buy a young female Eclectus Parrot to keep Kev, his male parrot, out of trouble.

female Eclectus


male “Kev”

Yes, that’s correct; “Deano” has names for all of his feathered friends. If you don’t already know Dean he is a member of our course staff…often seen chatting up our lady members. Contact Dean on 0433694240, or you may see him on the course.

FOR SALE……. Michael Gee (a member of our course staff) has a 1986 Viscount Regency UltraLite $7500 ONO, VERY good condition. Twin single beds, collapsable table to create a small double bed, gas cooktop + oven, Gas+Electric fridge/freezer, sink, plenty of storage area, new awning, small sink by door, plenty more features, just call and ask…0417 879 370 (Paul, my dad).

OUTDOORS MAN !!! From Jim Hendrix, our mechanic, about a recent visit to his doctor… During my physical examination, my doctor asked me about my physical activity level. I described a typical day. "Well, yesterday afternoon, I took a five hour walk about 7 miles through some pretty rough terrain. I waded along the edge of a lake. I pushed my way through brambles. I got sand in my shoes and my eyes. I avoided standing on a snake. I climbed several rocky hills. I took a few 'leaks' behind some big trees. The mental stress of it all left me shattered. At the end of it all I drank eight beers." Inspired by the story, my doctor said, "You must be one hell of an outdoors man!" "No," I replied, "I'm just a terrible golfer."

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