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August Newsletter

Hi Everyone
Welcome to our new Country Member Chris Hill. Enjoy the course and the company Chris.
As it is the end of our financial year at the end of this month, now is the time when the Management Committee turns it attention to our Strategic Plan and the coming years budget. Our Strategic Plan covers three years so we are looking at 2017 through to 2020. The key issue facing our club is drainage and I think we would all agree on that. Our focus will remain on course improvement and replacement of machinery. If you have any suggestions, or wish to comment on our plans, I encourage you to have a chat to any of the members of our committee. I will update you all in more detail after Septembers meeting.
The observant amongst you will have noticed some new trees planted on the course. At the back of number five we have planted a Tulip Tree (Liridendron). This is a deciduous tree native to North America. It is named and noted for the cup shaped, tulip like flowers that bloom in spring. The large leaves turn golden yellow in Autumn. North American Indians used the trunks of these trees to make their canoes. It will become a beautiful specimen tree. Just like we are doing alongside No 11 we are turning the area behind No 5 Green towards No 9 Green into an easy care garden. It is an area that the greenkeepers continually mow to keep tidy, but it is a waste of their time, fuel and machinery. A garden will turn an area that is currently of no value into an area that will add beauty and interest to our course.
Behind the dog leg on number nine we have planted three Claret Ash. I am sure they need no introduction. They will make a beautiful display in Autumn. And like the Tulip Tree their leaves will fall well away from the course. We have also purchased another Kauri, this is the third one which will complete the backdrop to the No 1 Green. Thanks to those who purchase wood from us as part of the money we collect goes to our planting programme!
Two months ago I updated you all on the project to update all the signage on the course. This has been a long and demanding task but I can now categorically state that it has been completed! Welcome to the latest group of sponsors to join us; The sign beside the Putting Green Abel Glass, No 7 Muses Cafe, No 12 Mens Equestrian Lodge Motel, No12 Ladies Shone and Shirley Funeral Directors, No 15 Mens CWS and the Clubhouse noticeboard sign Powersigns. A big thank you to the team that made this happen. Shona, for approaching and signing up the sponsors, Gab Tijsen for completing all the signage work and Emily Greenhough for completing all the accounting work. This sets the club up really well for the future.
Two really good results for our club in the last few weeks. Firstly the Motueka 2 Pennants Team won the Northern Zone and now go on to play in the finals this month. Good luck ladies!
Secondly the Sloan team, ably lead by Mike Inwood and supported by his merry band of men, have again won the Sloan Trophy. This continues an extroadinary run of success by our club in this competition. Mike has lead his team to victory in eight of the last ten years. Mind you his team is still waiting to hear a victory speech! He seems to get strangely tongue tied when it comes to presentation time! Thanks Bernie for covering for him! Having said that Mike has lead from the front as he had the best win/loss ratio of anyone in the competition, a mighty effort!
Last month I encouraged you all to repair pitch and divots. Thanks to all those who are making repairs, it is obvious that more care is being taken of the course. Here’s another challenge. How many of you, like me, make, what you think is a really good putt heading to the middle of the hole, to then watch in horror as it veers off at the last moment to come to rest alongside the hole. There is two reasons for this. Firstly, you have slightly under hit the putt and the speed has died as it approaches the hole allowing the ball to wander. The second cause is less obvious. At this time of the year the greens are soft. When tending the flag or lifting your ball out of the hole it is important that you stand as far from the hole as possible. When golfers stand really close to the hole the ground gets compacted and this, ever so slightly, results in the circumference of the hole being raised. The result is ball deviation when in close proximity to the hole. So the answer is simple folks, Stand as far away from the hole as possible without, of course, causing yourself serious injury by over reaching!
The ladies rooms have just had a facelift. Thanks heaps to Sue Park and her team of willing helpers who have repainted, remodelled and refreshed the area. Also thanks to Ralph Meikle who manufactured the new shelving unit. The whole area looks great!
That’s it for this month. There has been some great work done on the course lately, both by Nick and Ian and by our volunteers and there are still some nifty initiatives yet to be completed. We just need this blasted rain to stop!
Cheers and good golfing,
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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