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June Newsletter

Hi Everyone,
Firstly welcome to our new members;
Full Members;John Askin, Barry Pett, Tony Derriman and Alan Siobhan
9 Hole; Peter Bradley, and Jan Wilkinson
And a warm welcome back to Hamish Hills and Peter Holyoake
I am starting this email with some good news. I have had my annual meeting with Howie Timms to discuss our relationship and potential continuing sponsorship, so over to Howie to advise you of the outcome.
The Nelson Building Society (NBS) is again pleased to have renewed its sponsorship with the Motueka Golf Club in 2017. It’s the 12th year of continuous sponsorship commitment from NBS which not only highlights the longevity of the relationship, but the strength and success of the partnership. NBS has had another very successful year of trading with continued strong growth in deposits, lending and profit. We now manage over $1.1 billion in funds, not bad for a regional building society competing with the big Aussie owned banks. The official numbers will all be revealed at our AGM in Nelson Branch on 28th June. Motueka Branch is the 2nd largest in our network of 8 branches, which highlights the fantastic support we receive from locals in Motueka and surrounds. A considerable increase in deposits at Motueka Branch received by members recently has resulted in a higher sponsorship payment to the Club this year. I want to wish you all a great season in 2017. My broken hand continues to get better so if I stay on my mountain bike (and don’t fall of and break anything else) you may just see me out swinging a club soon.
We are incredibly lucky to have such a terrific relationship with Howie, his great team, and NBS. But what pleases me most is the support our members have given to our major sponsor. This has clearly resulted in increased business for NBS Motueka as Howie says and the positive flow on to our club. Howie, you just need to train your mountain bike to stop bucking you off as we would love to see you back on our course!
World Travellers Motueka (Previously Mondo Travel) are also excellent sponsors and supporters of our club. On Wednesday 5th July at 6pm they will be hosting a Cruise Evening in our clubrooms. This is open to the public and our members. So if you an avid cruiser? Keen to embark on your very first voyage? Or perhaps you’re sitting on the fence about this whole ‘cruise’ thing? Where ever you find yourself, you’ll be sure to find your perfect cruise holiday at this free information evening. Large ship, small ship, river ship, expedition ship, luxury ship, sailing ship, even freight ship " all will be discussed. Refreshments will also be provided. So if you would like to attend please ring Phil and his team on 528 1550. Having been to these evenings previously Shona and I can certainly recommend them, they are a great way to explore your options and get in-depth information. World travellers are also organising a cruise to Vietnam and Cambodia next year which will also incorporate some rounds of golf. Dates yet to be finalised but it will be in August. A pamphlet is attached to this newsletter. It will be hosted by Dave Whittaker, from World Travellers, who is also a member of our club. If you are interested in more information please ring Dave, same number as above.

While it has been a bit dryer lately the course is still struggling after the incredibly wet time we have had. Dispite what President Trump says, I’m saying its due to global warming. I leave it to you to decide who is right. It’s a battle, (Not between Donald and I, my personal view is that I am a lot more accomodating!) and to help us win the war we have recently bought a pump! From the north of No 1 Green all the drainage runs into the ditch to the right of No 12. That’s fine but for 70% of the time it does not drain into the estuary, so water backs up, across No 16, No 12 etc, you get the picture! So you will see our new pump being used to assist nature in emptying this drain. It has the ability to pump 1000 liters per minute so it is making a difference! We will also be able to use it in other areas of the course as we need to. You will have noticed that the drainage work is continuing and I want to acknowledge the tremendous work our greenkeepers have been doing in this regard.
Our new computers are now fully connected. The Touch Screen is now available to all for printing and entering cards. The Computers are password protected and are only accessable to those members who have had passwords allocated to them.
Now for Nicks Notes;
Another wonderful wet west coast month grrrrrr! Not a whole lot to fill you in on this month as it’s been a real fight just to keep the course playable with such wet turf. We will be spending the next few weeks tiding up our pathways with crusher dust, lifting them up out of the mud also removing some of our problem trees around the course which are shading areas as they have become too big. Some may have noticed we have replaced the turf on the front of seven where there was a hydraulic blow out this will be the same way we will use to relevel the 12th green later this winter. Hopefully the weather improves for you all in the coming weeks for some good winter golfing.

As Nick mentioned the guys have been redoing the paths on the course. You will find that new gravel has been laid making them much tidier and also safer. A big thankyou to Bob Cooke who provided his equipment and expertise to help us with this task.

The hole signage is almost complete and I welcome the following new sponsors, Directional sign at the end of No 1, The Art of Healing, Tee sign No 4 Electrical Worx, Tee sign No 5 Nisbett Fleming, Tee sign No 14 Kahurangi Homes, Directional sign No 17 Bay Pharmacy, Men’s No 18 ITM. As always I ask you to support our sponsors as that is how we keep them! Still three more to be put up. Shona now has only No 12 to allocate, if you know of any prospects would you please let her know.

Once again a big thankyou to Kerry Diamond from Riwaka Lifestyle Centre. Kerry has recently donated a water blaster to us. It will come in very handy keeping the concrete areas clean. Thank you to all members who took tickets in the Weed Eater raffle (also donated by Kerry), the club benefitted by over $600.

We have another batch of men’s shirts in the clubhouse, all with our club logo, only $55, check them out!

That’s it for this month folks.

Cheers and good golfing


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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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Club Captain

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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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