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December Newsletter

Hi everyone;
New Members this month;
Full Members; Scott Whitlow, James Dale, Ray Marsden
Country Member; Richard Deighton
9 Hole members; Mark Simkin, Carsten Buschkuehle
Summer Member; Phil Barrett
Welcome to you all and welcome to our club!
It’s amazing what a few weeks does. Our water logged course now seems like a distant memory!
Thanks to all of you who attended the AGM. It was an entirely positive meeting which is a great endorsement of the direction the Management Committee is taking our club. I am sure that all members will be pleased that the meeting unanimously voted to agree with the recommendation that subs are not increased for the coming year.
The really observant of you may have noticed the new expanse of concrete in front of the Matchroom!! This was the last step in tidying up the area in front of the Matchroom and opening up the vista from the clubrooms. Just to recap, we have removed two trees, shortened the trellis and refreshed the garden, trimmed and removed some shrubs and removed the lighting pole. I am sure you agree that these changes have really improved the area.
I haven’t spoken about the birds on the course for a while so here are a few observations. This has been a poor year for ducks! Firstly a number of nests were abandoned (Don’t know the reasons for this) and secondly the two Australasian Harrier Hawks (Also known as Swamp Hawk or Kahu) who live on the course have become very adept at swooping down and plucking the last duckling in the line behind mum! Ian observed one Kahu do this three times in one day! So as a result duckling numbers are down. In the last few weeks our NZ Falcon (or Karearea ) has returned, so the Kahu will now face a bit of adversity themselves as Mr (or Mrs) Falcon will certainly stir them up. If you are lucky enough to see the aerial acrobatics as the Karearea dives on the Kahu from above you certainly won’t forget it.
Just a reminder that our Open is fast approaching, this year on 6th and 7th January. This is our major tournament, and our major fundraiser of the year. Entry forms are in the clubhouse and entries received and paid by 22nd December go into a draw to have your entry fee refunded. The entry fee for our club members is the same as it has been for a number of years, $55 including twos. The entry fee for visitors is $60. As in previous years we will have an excellent prize table and heaps of novelty prizes. So get those entries in folks!
Now for Nicks notes;
Well finally course starting to take shape with only a few yuck patches left from the horrible weather. You will have noticed 6 and 10 greens have had a wee core and scarifying, this is to improve the profile in them as they have a black layer in the top of the profile which isn’t allowing the water to penetrate and causing problems with moss in the winter. We have sprayed the moss and this is also why we have renovated these greens to allow us to reseed to fill in the dead spaces which have been left. Our new Verdi Drain machine should be here this week and it will be straight in to action which will allow us to really start to spend time on the greens and get them hissing for the summer period. I am sorry the rough has been a bit hairy the last few weeks as our rough mower has had a melt down and is away getting fixed so have only been able to mow bits and pieces with mowers we have stolen, begged and borrowed from other clubs.
Nick mentions our sick rough mower. We are unsure of the total cost of the repairs but the replacement parts are costing us close to $7000. A really good example of why being in a good financial position is so important!
It would be remiss of me not to mention our latest men’s Mug Medal winner. This was won in a putt off by one of our elder statesman, I think Octogenarian is the correct word, Pat Collins, from a player just out of pre-school by comparison in Matt Watene! If Pat is not our eldest member to win the Mug Medal then I will eat my hat! Well done Pat. It is worth noting that his playing partner Bob Anderson, currently a sprightly 90, was concerned that Pat may not be at his best in the Putt Off, “As he has had a beer!”
That’s it for this month folks. On behalf of Shona and myself we would like to wish you a happy, safe and family oriented festive season and we look forward to seeing you on the course in 2018.
Good golfing everyone
Cheers

Peter


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Greenkeeper's comments

First of all thank you for the chance to look after this amazing golf course!
There has been some big changes and some great progress through the whole club from management to greenkeeping staff. I think that the club is in great place with good signs for the future!
I would like to give all the volunteers a massive pat on the back as the course would not be the picture that it is without you. The hours you put in, from cutting up trees to helping with the mowing. The club are lucky to have such a good bunch.
Ian Rowling joined us almost 6 months ago and has proven to be a great asset to the club, from his tree hugging skills, to his mechanical skills in the shed he definitely keeps me on my toes.
Progress on the course over the last year has been great with a heap of work on tree and course maintenance with my main focus on trying to keep the course in great shape week in week out. I believe we have achieved that through the feed back received from the members. The club has a great product to offer players and I believe that our main goal is to maintain and improve what we have in this time of financial strain. The next year will involve small amounts on drainage work in those problem areas, more physical renovation of those problem turf areas while still keeping up with the yearly maintenance routine. Once again thank you for a great spirited club to work and if you have any questions please wait till I leave !!
Nick Van Leeuwen


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New Changes

Visitors wishing to pay Green Fees can now do this at the Bar. Jenny and her team are very happy to assist you. Outside Clubhouse Hours please pay via the honesty system and display the receipt on your trundler. We do undertake random checks on the course.

We have an array of golfing equipment on display and this can be purchased at the Bar. Hire of clubs, carts and trundlers is also available.


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