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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Completion 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.