Normal time sheets and competitions will resume from Saturday 27th June and a new fixtures book, with amendments from that date forward, is available from administration. Some events have either been rescheduled or had altered conditions. We are still unable to allow the nearest the pin, pro’s approach or birdie box competitions and bunker rakes and sand buckets will still be unavailable. Members are reminded that during this period to bring and use their own sand bucket.
Until recently prizes have been issued as Pro Shop vouchers, but from Monday 15th June we returned to the practice of depositing any prizes in your house account.
The Sir Dallas Brooks trophy match play is now in progress and will be complete by early August.
The men’s club championships will now commence on Saturday 29th August and the following rounds will be played on Sunday 30th, Saturday 5th and Saturday 12th of September. The women’s championships will commence on Monday 31st August and the following rounds will be Thursday 3rd, Monday 7th and Thursday10th of September. The Women’s senior championships will be Monday 31st August and Thursday 3rd September.
The Captain’s Cup will now include the Monthly Medals of July and August and all four rounds of the championships making a total of eleven rounds with the best eight to count.
The men’s Medal of Medals qualification will now be nine rounds and the final will be the first Saturday in November.
The Pro Shop have advised that the Progressive Stableford will now be seven rounds with the best five to count.
The men’s eclectic will be abandoned due to the loss of rounds and course changes.
Our club has traditionally used “preferred lies” in wet and muddy conditions to allow lifting and cleaning of the ball. The rule changes last year recommend that preferred lies be used only in areas cut to fairway height or less to provide relief from degraded surfaces such as significant bare patches. Use of preferred lies in other areas of the course may allow unfair relief from difficult situations, such as a ball lodged in the roots of a tree.
A fairer option is provided in the model local rules that allows lift, clean and replace. This allows a ball to be cleaned in muddy conditions but does not allow the ball to be placed in a different position. This rule is not restricted to cut areas and can be used throughout the General Area. As the ball is going to be replaced it must be marked prior to lifting. Members will see this terminology used on the Temporary Local Rules board in future.
Now that we are using red lines to mark most penalty areas it is timely to remind players that, if the ball is touching the red line (or a red stake), it is in the penalty area and any relief available in the General Area is no longer available.
Members are reminded that handling the flag stick still incurs the general penalty.
At the 2019 AGM the budget approved the replacement of the clubhouse carpet. The Executive have put on hold capital works however they believe that it is in the best interest to proceed with the carpet replacement while the clubhouse is not being fully utilised due to the current COVID-19 situation. The carpet is scheduled to be replaced commencing on Sunday 21st June to Tuesday 23rd June. As a result, the clubhouse will be closed on the Sunday & Monday. I apologise for any inconvenience this causes to members and guests.
Members are reminded that even when the timesheets and sub-clubs return to normal the preferred payment for competitions, halfway house purchases and clubhouse purchases is via EFTPOS or members house accounts.
The MiScore app has been operational for a few weeks with approximately 30% of the membership taking advantage of this new scoring option. The feedback on its use has been positive. The trial period finishes on the 30th September then will need the club to commit to its future. The Executive will then consider the overall take-up by members to evaluate whether it is in the best interest of the club and members.