Author: Richard Owen

Hinterland Golfer – March 2018

MANAGEMENT MATTERS

The Management Committee’s February Meeting focused chiefly on reviewing the club’s updated Strategic Plan – a link to which is included for comment. The main objective is to consolidate and enjoy what we’ve got during the next 2-3 years while building up sufficient funds to finance further expansion.

The Strategic Plan identifies the key risks confronting the golf club and sets out a variety of strategic tactical responses to address them.

The key risks being that:

  • Operating expenses not exceed income
  • Departing volunteers are not replaced
  • Social/Visitor numbers decline
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The best 12 holes in Australia and growing! Maintaining the quality of the course is of paramount importance.

Strategies have been designed to retain and grow memberships by offering additional member services, a rewards program, an improved retail offer, enhanced playing and post-round experiences for social golfers – be they members or visitors.

A new Promotional Strategy also aims to boost the club’s analogue and digital marketing efforts using the theme: “The best 12 holes in Australia and growing!” This will dovetail with our revamped Partnership Strategy to expand and leverage “brand Maleny” via sponsorships, an enhanced reciprocal club offer, additional signature events and deeper community and schools engagement.

A revised Course Maintenance and Development Strategy aims to maintain long-term quality, complete the new maintenance facility within budget, build up our volunteer mowing team to accommodate redundancy and prepare an Asset Management Plan in conjunction with a Financial Plan to support equipment fleet maintenance and replacement.

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The three new holes will soon be brought into play.

Course Development will focus initially on integration of the 3 new holes into the course – played in 9, 12 or 18-hole configurations and then shift to completion of the design of the final 6 holes and the addition of new Championship Tees for Holes 1 and 7.

Plans for construction of the next 6 holes from 2021 will be subject to achievement of financial targets, with interim alternative uses of land east of the wetland such as a practice facility to be investigated. Development of rental buggy sheds for members alongside 8th hole is also to be considered.

Our Governance and Management Strategy will focus on improving communication and engagement with members regarding operations and projects, enhancing recognition and rewards for shop and course volunteers, and employment of a Golf Pro/Manager to market the course and serve members. The strategy will also seek to strengthen the club’s sub-committees to drive the successful operation of the Club with a view to achieving financial sustainability and a surplus for investment.

To review the Draft Strategic Plan please click HERE and direct any comments and feedback to me at vicepresident@malenygolfclub.com.au by 12 March as the Management Committee intend to finalise the Plan when they next meet on 19 March.

Golf Professional/marketing manager recruitment update

We are pleased and fortunate to have and continue the coaching services of Don Portway to provide golf clinics for members as the circumstances of the Pro from from Dubai Simon Payne have changed.  Maleny Golf Club is now in discussion with the PGA to define a new role for Club Pro/Club Manager. In the meantime, as outlined in the Treasurer/Golf Shop Manager’s messages, we are pleased to have Sarah Harding keeping an eye on the Golf Shop, supporting volunteers and taking on more communication, administrative and marketing responsibilities.

As part of the Strategic Planning process the recruitment of a Golf Pro/Club Manager needs to add value and assist the club meet its growth and financial targets. Members will be kept up to date over the next 3-6 months regarding our recruitment progress.

Legends pro-Am Update

Captain Doug Johnstone with PGA State Assistant Manager Justin Maker

Captain Doug Johnstone and the PGA’s Justin Maker starting off the 2017 Legends Pro-Am field.

We are aiming for a bigger and better event this year with a $20k purse and possibly a dual event, over the weekend 15-16 December, including women professionals. Pop the Pro-Am date in your diary and stay tuned for updates as we seek to enhance the profile of Maleny Golf Club to the golfing community, our local community and visitors to the Hinterland

Marquee-deck extension

The Clubhouse project team is seeking approval and funding to purchase a permanent marquee to expand our safe, social and shade space for upcoming events. These events include the cross country events from May and the Knitfest/Astronomy event from June, our own Club Championships and ultimately our Legends Pro-Am event in December. In addition to the permanent marquee, we are planning an extension to the temporary clubhouse deck. These initiatives aim to improve member services and creating social spaces for members and visitors to enjoy apres-golf relaxing.

Sponsors Day

Maleny Golf Club has up to 40 local businesses who support, sponsor and partner with us on various initiates and we “aim to drive business our sponsors’ way”. Members are invited to join with sponsors to play in a fun 9-hole Ambrose Teams event on Sunday 20 May. Register your interest and we’ll match you up with sponsor teams. The defending Champs are the Trilogy Tax Team.

Liquor Licence

The first initiative to enhance the experience for Members and Visitors alike is the successful application for a liquor license which will enable us to sell alcohol from 1 March. This will go a long way to restoring the post-round fellowship which we used to enjoy.

IGA Community Benefits Scheme

Maleny IGA is a sponsor and strong supporter of the Maleny Golf Club which is a participant in the store’s generous Community Benefits Scheme. Under the scheme 1c in every dollar spent is donated to a customer’s nominated community organisation. The committee urges all members to sign up to the scheme and nominate Maleny Golf Club as your preferred community organisation. Entry forms are available at the clubhouse or alternatively go to Maleny IGA’s website and download the form.

CAPTAIN’S CORNER WITH DOUG JOHNSTONE

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Pennant Team members from left Jack Day and Mal Ewing with Captain Doug Johnstone and team sponsor Jaques Fayole from ANZ Mobile Lending.

Pennants: Maleny Golf Club fielded its first-ever Pennant Team earlier in the year, with 11 players travelling to Caboolture to represent the club in Group B of the Glasshouse Mountains Zone competition on 4th February.

The team acquitted itself very well against a very strong Caboolture team, winning 4 of its 11 matches, and it has continued to perform at a very high level in three outings since, with two of the last three matches being played on our home course.

These matches give us the opportunity to showcase our course and establish important relationships with some of the better players at other clubs within our Zone. All visiting players have been very impressed with our course, including those from Caboolture – none of whom had previously played the course. In fact, some were unaware that Maleny had a golf course before we entered the Pennant competition.

Congratulations to the team led by Marcus Wellington and all the best for the remainder of the Pennant Season.

Glasshouse Mountains Zone Seniors: On Monday, 26 February, we hosted one of a series of events to be conducted at different courses throughout our Zone during 2018.

Fortunately, the weather stayed fine and we had a field of 54 players from several clubs throughout the Zone who competed in a Single Stableford event. With the benefit of a little local knowledge, several Maleny players finished well up the leader board in Men’s A and B grade competitions, while Toni Bishop won the Ladies’ competition on a countback from Penny Edwards.

A big “Thank You” to Robin Hay who oversaw the nomination process, set the fields, allocated carts to those who needed them and entered many of the scorecards on the day. There is a great deal of work involved in running one of these events and the assistance of all concerned, including Paul Lowe, Beth Glover and our catering team, is greatly appreciated.

Thanks also to Mick and his team for preparing the course to the fullest extent possible under difficult weather conditions.

Monthly Medal: February’s Monthly Medal competition, which was cancelled because of the weather, will now be held on Saturday, 11 March. This will give the greens some time to recover from renovations currently in progress.

New Holes: With the three new holes expected to be ready for play in the near future, the Match Committee is currently looking at how to incorporate them in an 18-hole course format suitable for both staggered and shotgun starts.

This process will include a review of the stroke indices on all holes currently in play, which statistics indicate are well off the mark in some instances.

That’s all from me for now. Good golfing!

Doug.

SUPERINTENDENT’S UDATE WITH MICK McCOMBE

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President Max Whitten watching the frame of the new maintenance facility go up.

We have just completed the bi-annual renovation of our greens which were scarified, cored and top dressed to help maintain the putting surfaces to the high standard we have all become accustomed.

The greens should be back to their playing best in about 4 weeks – aided by the recent deluge. However, we have struggled to keep up with the mowing as a result of the rain. Consequently members may encounter the odd patch of long grass until we can get on top of it!

I am “super-excited” to see the new maintenance facility really starting to take shape now behind the 3rd green and look forward to completion in around 6 weeks – coinciding with the time we expect to get the three new holes into play.

The new fairways and greens are really coming on well, although we have yet to complete some irrigation work and the revetted bunkering and to get on top of the weeding and crow’s foot.

Collaborative planning to deliver safe walking trail

Maleny Golf Club has been collaborating with Sunshine Coast Council (SCC) officers to ensure the safety of walkers using the Maleny Precinct walking trail when the three new holes south of the trail are brought into play.

Maleny Golf Club President Dr Max Whitten said consideration of the safety of walkers had been paramount in the design of the Maleny trail network and golf course.

“The Golf Club is totally committed to providing a safe environment for walkers, as well as sweeping vistas across the picturesque golf course and rehabilitated wetlands,” Dr Whitten said.

Dr Whitten noted that there were many examples in Australia and around the world where golfers and walkers shared public space including the home of golf, St Andrews in Scotland.

“The safety concerns here are also not dissimilar to some arising at the Maleny Showgrounds where walkers and campers share space with cricket, soccer, equestrian pursuits and dogs-off-leash.  Common sense and goodwill make it work.”

Dr Whitten said the SCC had recently relocated a seat and section of the trail to move it further away from the 6th green as part of agreed actions by the Maleny Golf Club and the Council.

“Maleny Golf Club is now working through the detailed boundaries of a screening garden to prevent balls from reaching the trail – preparation and planting of which will occur shortly,” Dr Whitten said.

“As the plants will not provide an immediate barrier, the Maleny Golf Club is also investigating the installation of a physical barrier to provide the required safety.”

The Maleny Golf Club has indicated on numerous occasions to council a willingness to arrange site visits and work with community representatives who may have concerns with aspects of the golf course design and operations.

MGC Pennant Team looking forward to home course defence

Members of our Pennant Team acquitted themselves very well against strong competition at Caboolture Golf Club on Sunday and are looking forward to exploiting some home-course advantages during the next competition round at Maleny Golf Club on Sunday February 11. The weather was fine, but very windy and several of our players had never played the Caboolture course.

Competition rules require the 5 top-ranked team members to play “off the stick” against their opposite numbers and the remaining 6 team members to play off their daily handicaps, subject a maximum of 12.4.

Our top-ranked player was Blake Wellington with a handicap of 4.2 was up against a player on +1. All the other Caboolture “scratch” players were on handicaps lower than Blake’s, while our lowest-ranked “scratch marker” was Jimmy Byun with a GA handicap of 9.2.

At the other end of the scale, Mike Hallam with a GA handicap of 15.8, had to concede some 4 shots to his opposite number because of the handicap limit.

Despite all that, the team managed 4 wins from 11 matches, which was a really great effort. Peter Gilbert, Rhys Cooper and Jack Day all had good wins and Mike Hallam, whose match was the only one to go the full distance, got up on the 18th hole. The other matches were close contests, with many (including Blake’s) finishing at around the 15th or 16th hole.

This Sunday, we face Pacific Harbour at Maleny, so we will at least have the advantage of our home course so please come out and provide some support and encouragement.

Caboolture will also be playing South Burnett here and the Caboolture players, none of whom have played our course, are all looking forward to being here.

Captain – Doug Johnstone

Hinterland Golfer – December 2017

Management Matters

Captain Doug Johnstone with PGA State Assistant Manager Justin Maker

Doug Johnstone and Justin Maker from the PGA starting the field

December has been a busy and productive month for our Club culminating in the very successful staging of our inaugural Legends Pro-Am held on Saturday 16 December. The event was won by Colin Hunt who is featured on this edition’s page. Colin has promised to return next year to defend his title too.

The feedback from the professional players who took part and our wonderful sponsors has been very positive indeed.

As evidence of this please read the messages below from Gold Coast Professional Greg Rix, sponsor Craig McPherson from Pacific Motors Group, PGA member Paul Dalgleish, Legends Tour Coordinator Andy Rogers and PGA Member Bryan Wearne.

“Hello Team Maleny, Doug and Liz,  I just wanted to drop you guys a line and offer my most sincere congratulations. There are some 70-odd tournaments a year on the PGA Legends tour and the township of Maleny has produced a Top 5 event.

The atmosphere was second to none and the course could not be faulted.  Please pass onto Mick and his team how great a job they did. The greens were as good as we play on.  You should be so proud of your work. It was a fantastic end of the year at Maleny and there was nothing but praise coming from all 48 Pros who took part.

Please keep my email address as Rix Developments sponsors a select number of Legends Pro-Am tournaments and it will be our pleasure to be one of your sponsors  in 2018 to hopefully lift your prize money pool.  Rest up and start planning for 2018. Thank you again.

Kindest regards, Greg Rix.”

“Hello Liz,  well done – it was a great day. I thought it had a real “picnic race day” feel with the marquees on the lawn. The pizza at the end of the day was a small but very thoughtful touch. I have been telling everyone what a wonderful day it was.

Once again – well done!
Thanks, Craig McPherson – Pacific Motor Group.”

Paul Dalgleish

Paul Dalgleish

“Hi Liz, just a short note to thank you for your tireless efforts in getting your inaugural Legends Pro-Am up and running.
Your golf course was great as were my playing partners, and the club spirit was very evident.
I hope the feedback from members and sponsors is positive and a long lasting relationship between the Maleny Golf Club and the Legends Tour can grow.
I certainly will be singing the praises of your club to all who will listen and wish you and your members all the best for the future.
Please pass on my thanks to all volunteers, spotters, staff and sponsors. It was a great success from where I sit.
Sincerely yours,
Paul Dalgleish.”

“Hi Liz,
I just wanted to thank you for putting on such a great event at Maleny. The course was excellent and the organisation was well above what was expected for a first year event. Hope your members and sponsors enjoyed the experience and I look forward to returning in 2018.
Andy Rogers – Legends Tour Co-ordinator.”

“Liz and Doug,
Thanks again for a marvellous Pro-Am on a very tricky little course. Hope I can return there next year.
Bryan Wearne PGA”

Treasurer Neil Stenhouse is checking the financial result from the day but early estimates indicate that the event generated a benefit of about $5000 for the Golf Club. As our Naming Sponsor has committed for 2018 – we will be running the Legends Pro-Am again in 2018.

Thank you to all our members who played in the tournament and to all the volunteers who stepped up and delivered in all departments – catering, raffle sales, show-bags, token sales, toilet maintenance, spotters and bunker-rakers, publicity, golf and buggies. Thanks too to Mick McCombe and his team for delivering a tip top course on the day.

We can all be very proud of our Club and our collective ability to deliver a major event. Well done everyone!

December news

At our December management meeting, a number of matters were considered, including establishing a Junior Development Committee as part of the Club Governance Structure. The Committee Chair is Tom Bertwistle and members are Christine Lemon, Mal Ewing, Paul Stratford and Mike Railton. The junior membership fees have been reviewed and we will focus on a junior recruitment and development program in 2018.

Maleny Golf Club will participate in the Aussie Hinterland Expo day at the Maleny Showgrounds on Friday 26 January so please come out and support your club. Tom will be looking for volunteers to staff the Maleny Golf Club marquee.

Membership numbers have dropped off, especially Gold members but it’s pleasing to see Sisters of Swing members signing up for Gold memberships. We all need to promote our Club and encourage new members to join up.

Graham Papworth is progressing his design of the next 3 holes around the wetland. The challenge of balancing finances to deliver capital works and meet ongoing operational and maintenance expenses is ever present. The sustainability and solvent trading of the Club is paramount so whenever we can, let’s play golf, bring in visitors and support the golf shop.

With a bit of luck, we will secure our restricted alcohol permit toward the end of January so that supply and sales of alcohol can recommence at the temporary club house early in the New Year.

Interested members and our partners, the Dark Skies group led by Ken Wishaw, have been working on early concept plans for a new Club House – further planning and funding alternatives will be progressed in 2018.

I think that’s all for now so here’s wishing everyone a happy, healthy and safe festive season – and great golfing in 2018!

Liz Mellish, VP

Captain’s Corner with Doug Johnstone

Doug Johnstone

Doug Johnstone

The Match Committee has finalised the Club Fixtures Program for 2018, with some notable inclusions being the following:
1.    The 72-hole Men’s Championships will be played over four Saturdays on July 21 & 28 and August 11 & 18 – the one week gap after the first two rounds being necessitated to accommodate the Australian Cross  Country Championships on 4 August;
2.    The Ladies Championships will now be played over 3 consecutive Wednesdays on the 15, 22 & 29 August;
3.    Matchplay Championships for both men and ladies have been introduced and will be played shortly after conclusion of the Club Championships;
4.    Eligibility for the Men’s Matchplay Championship will be determined by aggregating each player’s nett scores over the four rounds of the Club Championships. Players with the top 16 aggregate nett scores will be eligible to contest the event;
5.    For the ladies, players with the top 8 aggregate nett scores over the 3 rounds will be eligible to play;
6.    A new perpetual trophy sponsored by Tom Kennedy, the Anzac Cup, will be contested as an 18 Hole Stroke event on the Saturday before Anzac Day.

Tom Kennedy

Tom Kennedy

The Fixtures Calendar on the club website will be updated shortly and most of January’s events have already been input to the members’ online bookings portal. A 2018 Fixtures Book showing Local, Zone and District events for the year will also be available in the near future.

Honour Board Events

Some of the competitions run throughout the year, such as the Club Championships and the newly-introduced Matchplay Championships, are Honour Board events.
Eligibility to contest those events was recently reviewed and the following criteria have been endorsed by the Management Committee. Participants in Honour Board events must:
1.  Be a Gold or Silver financial member of Maleny Golf Club;
2.  Have held a Golf Link handicap for a continuous period of at least 6 months;
3.  Have played at least 8 competition rounds, of which a minimum of three (3) must have been played at Maleny Golf Course.

In exceptional circumstances, an application for exemption can be submitted in writing to the Match Committee.

2018 Pennant Team

The Club has entered a team in next year’s Glasshouse Mountains Zone Pennant competition, involving a round-robin of inter-club Matchplay events, starting on 4 February and ending in late March.

Matches will be played on Sundays and each team is required to field 11 players per round. To date 10 club members have confirmed their intention to represent MGC, but we need a few more to ensure we can field a full team for each round.
Under competition rules, all team members are required to play off a GA handicap of not more than 12.4. That doesn’t mean that players with a slightly higher handicap are excluded from the competition. It simply means that their GA handicap would be limited to 12.4 on competition days.

If you have a suitable handicap and are interested in joining the team, please let me know as soon as possible on 0488 918 360 as we have a supply of special Pennant shirts that need to be embroidered with the logo of our sponsor, ANZ Mobile Lending.

Thank you for 2017

Thank you to all players for your contribution to the success of the club during 2017 and, particularly, to those who assisted in making last Saturday’s Pro Am the very successful event it turned out to be. The feedback received so far from the participating professionals has been extremely positive and this is due in large part to the selfless contributions made by all.
I would like to wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas and New Year period and look forward to catching up with you on the course during 2018.

Good golfing,
Doug.

Course Update – Superintendent Mick McCombe

Our inaugural PGA Legends Pro-Am was very successful with the pros finding our course challenging. I was very happy with the feedback from the professionals who took part and our staff and team of volunteers should be commended on the presentation of the course.

With the 2017 Pro-Am now behind us the new holes are now receiving a lot more attention. Our new greens were hand weeded and fertilised this week so we should see them start to cover in quite quickly. The fairways have also been flail mowed to help level out the playing surfaces which will continue to improve now that they will start to be mown more regularly.

Our new maintenance shed construction had to be postponed due to the wet weather and work is now scheduled to recommence in mid-January and be completed by the end of February.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers who help us throughout the year because we couldn’t do it without you. Also I would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you in 2018!

Mick.

Hinterland Golfer – November 2017

MANAGEMENT MATTERS

Legends Pro-Am

We hope ALL members will get behind the Legends Pro-Am golf tournament being held at the club on Saturday 16 December.  This is a very big event for Maleny Golf Club and one we hope will become a popular permanent fixture on the PGA’s Sunshine Coast Swing. Visiting professional golfers will enjoy the best of hinterland country golf and Maleny hospitality, food and beverages.

At this stage we have 26 members registered to play and there are five more spots available. If you’d like play then you can still sign up and pay $50, which includes lunch, at the Golf Shop. Already 54 Professionals have entered the tournament are registered to play, exceeding our target field of 52. There are also players representing 15 of our Sponsors registered to play and two visitors have signed up. Visitors are paying $90 (including lunch) to play and there are about five spots still available if you have friends who are interested. Please sign up to play at the Golf Shop before the end of the month.

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Liz Mellish with Live Life Communities Manager Greg Guilford under the media spotlight

Our key sponsors, Live Life Communities – Maleny Grove have contributed significantly to the $12,000 purse for professionals. The Pacific Motor Group has also put up a fantastic Hole-in-One prize of a Kia Picanto worth $16,000 for an Ace on the Par 3 Third.

Food and beverages sponsors Hotel Maleny and Maleny IGA are contributing generously to goodies for both golfers and visitors/spectators. Brouhaha will have beer to taste and Maleny Food Co will be offering gelato, so please come out and enjoy the carnival happy atmosphere at our very special Maleny Golf Club. Lunch will also be available from our own supreme catering team supported by local service clubs, Lions and Rotary.

Finally TV Channels 7 and 9 will be covering the event and filming on the day for their sports broadcasts as we showcase our course to the world. So come on out and elevate your spirit at the Maleny Golf Club on Saturday 16 December.  ADMISSION IS FREE AND SPECTATORS, VISITORS  AND WALKERS ARE ALL WELCOME!

The next meeting of the Legends Pro Am Coodinating Group will be held at the golf club on Thursday 23 November at 12 noon.


Membership fees and renewals

Membership fees for the 2018 year are due by the end of November. Please attend to your renewals and joining up fees ASAP. You will be requested to show your current membership card and need to be financial to play in competitions and socially from the end of November. You will be charged visitor rates from 1 December if you are not financial by then. Please discuss the option of quarterly payments with Treasurer Neil Stenhouse if required.

Clubhouse project group

The Club House project group will next meet on Thursday 23 November at 10.30am to review and discuss some Concept Plans and 3-d images for the new Club House.
Everyone welcome.

Club Governance Committees

Please check the notice board for the latest Club Governance Committee structure and memberships. If you’d like to contribute to a committee or a club project please approach the relevant committee Chair. We are particularly looking for people interested in supporting the Social/House Committee and maybe the Chook Run Co-ordinators will take the lead here?

Temporary Club House Liquor License – BYO ok

Progress is being made toward getting a permit to sell and distribute alcohol.  To this end a disability access path will be constructed by 4 December and the application for Owners Consent and the Liquor license will be submitted. Hopefully approvals will come through in the New Year.

In the meantime Council has given us BYO clearance. We hope that members will bring their own drinks, put them in the fridge before golf and enjoy some camaraderie after golf. It would be good to see people staying on course at the Club House for the presentations after golf.  With the Chook Run Christmas party on 15 December and the big PGA Legends event on 16 December we hope all members will enjoy socializing with friends on course at Maleny Golf Club. (Of course please remember to take any unused supplies home with you.)

Liz Mellish, Vice President

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Don’t forget the 2017 Christmas Party is being held on Thursday 7 December 2017 at Maleny Manor. Please register your attendance and pay at the Golf Shop. Numbers are strictly limited to 110 and the cost per head will be $60. Tickets are still available but please book and pay without delay to avoid disappointment.

Competition Golf – Monthly Medals

It’s always a stern test from the Blue Markers and congratulations go to Jimmy Byun who won the A Grade TFM Monthly Medal (68), with Mike Finley (74) the runner up and Rob Bailo (75) third.

Corey Zammit (73) won B Grade, 3 clear of runner-up Paul Viertel with Peter Gilbert (79) third. David Killeen (70) won C Grade on a countback from Dave Nielsen with Isaac Nunn (74) third.

Nearest the Pins went to Jimmy Byun on the 3rd and David Killeen on the 5th.

Ladies results to be advised.

Captain’s Corner

The Match Committee for the new golfing year has been installed and comprises Marg Trigger, Robin Hay, Karen Heading and Tom Kennedy, along with yours truly. The Committee is well advanced in finalising our 2018 playing schedule and putting together a complete list of Zone and District fixtures – participation in which will be open to members of our Club.

One such event, which was recently hosted by the Gympie Golf club, was the North Coast Zone Ladies Foursomes Closed Championships played over 27 holes.  Congratulations to Liz Mellish and Seri Tytherleigh who represented our Club at the event and were Gross Score Runners-up in Division 2 – just one stroke behind the winning home team. Our ladies also performed very well in a field of about 120 at the recent Pacific Harbour Cup Open Day and at the Bribie Island Ladies’ Invitation Day.  Flying the flag for the men, Denis Hickey recently had a good win at Kilcoy’s Veterans Day competition.

On Tuesday 14 November, Maleny Golf Club hosted 40 players from throughout the Glasshouse Mountains and Sunshine Coast Zones who competed in an annual inter-zone Matchplay competition for the Greg Paul Perpetual Trophy.

The day was a huge success, both financially and from a promotional viewpoint, with the participants being very happy with the course and some volunteering that they will be back for another game. The event is already scheduled to be held at Maleny again next year.

 

That’s all for now.
Good golfing.
Doug.

Superintendent’s Course Update

The greens have responded very well following the renovation work undertaken last month. They should continue to improve and can be expected to be presented at a very high standard by the time we host our PGA Legends Pro-Am in mid-December.

Haydan and MarkCompletion of the new irrigation system has significantly enhanced our capacity to water the greens more efficiently and effectively, including our three new holes. However, there are too many areas to mark with white outlines as Ground Under Repair so golfers should consider any red dirt patches associated with the recent construction work as GUR and apply the rules accordingly.

The new greens have been progressing very well as the stolons have struck, however they may take a little longer to grow in because we elected not to cover them in hessian as we did with the original greens because we are not under such time pressure to get these holes in play.

There is still quite a lot of work to do on these holes but the fairways are starting to be manicured now and they are really starting to take shape with a play dated anticipated some time in February next year.

PS – Speed Limit on Obi Lane

The narrow approach to the Golf Club is via a quiet rural residential lane with a 50kph speed limit. Please always be considerate of the residents and observe the speed limit in Obi Lane while on your way to and from the club. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated.

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