A member invitation to the
'volunteer thank you' barbeque
Volunteers are the lifeblood of every club, and they make golf clubs tick. Without the wonderful efforts of volunteers, Trentham Golf Club just couldn't function. This year has been a very good one for the club, with great golf, bumper tournaments, lots of volunteer course work and a terrific financial result.
To recognise all the great work done by volunteers at the club in 2015, there is to be a free 'thank you' barbeque after golf on Saturday 12th December. The barbeque is for anyone who has volunteered, helped start fields, presented or served the club in any way during 2015. Please come along and share the recognition of your effort with all the other volunteers at the club.
The programmed golf for the day is Stableford, with a start time of 10.00 am to 12 noon. The barbeque will start from 2.30 pm.
We would like some indication of numbers for catering purposes, so if you are going to attend, please tell David Nugent or John Smithwick or write your name on the list in the clubhouse.
A strong year for Trentham Golf Club
At the Annual General Meeting on Saturday 21st November, President John Smithwick and Treasurer David Nugent reported on a strong year for the club and a very pleasing financial result.
After a loss in 2013 and barely breaking even in 2014, the club returned to a healthy profit of $47,210. The result was attributed to a 16% rise in overall income and a very small increase in expenditure. There were good income increases in green fees, competitions and tournaments, equipment hire and bar takings.The committee and members have worked hard at marketing and promoting the club as well as containing, and in some cases reducing, costs.
The profit provides a sound basis for future development of the course and clubhouse, and the improved cash position will hopefully help resolve the water rights issue that is looming large in the future.
In regard to the result, President John Smithwick thanked all the club's honorary volunteers that give freely of their time and make the club tick. "Without their wonderful efforts this club just can’t function and it is greatly appreciated", John said. "If you’re not volunteering, please consider it and ensure you support, encourage, assist and appreciate those who do."
The meeting voted in favour of a modest $25 rise in annual membership fees, to $475 for an adult and $950 for a family.
The AGM determined the club committee for 2016 as follows:
President: John Smithwick
Captain: Alan Hopkins
Treasurer: David Nugent
Secretary: Veronica Maher
Committee: Harold Moore, Alan Snowden, Colin Wilson, Sue Byrne, Alexandra Evered
Members who were not at the meeting can download a copy of the Annual Report from the Member's section (log-in required).
Record score in the Trentham Plate
A record score was the highlight of the Trentham Plate, held on Sunday November 15th. The Trentham team of Alex Evered (48 points), John Hudson (41 points), Geoff Varley (36 points) and Elaine Hanson (28 points) compiled a total of 125 points to win by over 10 points. Individual winners were David Phillips (Craigieburn, 44 points) and Chris Eiffert (Belvoir Park, 39).
(L-R): Kerrin Hynes (sponsor), Geoff Varley, Alex Evered, Elaine Hanson, John Hudson and Di Hynes (sponsor).
A total of 72 players in 18 teams played at Trentham, with the course in great condition and the weather near perfect on the day. Thanks to Kerrin and Di Hynes for their sponsorship of the event, and to all the volunteers and golfers who made it such a terrific day of friendly golf.
Thanks from the Tournament Director
Another successful Trentham Tournament has concluded, with over 500 golfers from around Victoria visiting the club to participate. Three events had well over 100 golfers participating, with just under that figure for the Men's Open. The tournament now has a place as one of the pre-eminent tournaments in country Victoria, with a fantastic participation rate. Now that the tournament has concluded, I would like to thank many people for their superb efforts.
To all the club members who volunteered during the events, whether it is looking after visitors, helping to start the field, compiling results or running the bar, a great big thank you. A special mention to Alan Hopkins and Sue Byrne as club captains who were responsible for the trophies and match committees during the event, and to all those who helped with the results boards and event handicapping.
Left: Volunteer members like Jim McCormack and John Hudson, seen here entering results and doing handicapping for the Men's Open long after everyone else had gone home, make the running of the tournament so much easier. Right: Larissa and Karen in the 'Birdie Kitchen', did a superb job of catering throughout the tournament. The variety and quality of their food is becoming legendary.
The greens staff do a terrific job and this year was no exception, with plenty of compliments about the course as usual. It is nothing to see Bob out mowing late in the evening after events have finished, or everyone working tirelessly on the preparation days to get the course in such wonderful condition.
Larissa and Karen in the 'Birdie Kitchen' have done a terrific job throughout the tournament, and their food has been a highlight. The spit lamb roast on the American Foursomes day was a real feature, as was their friendly service and seemingly unflappable ability to serve food in very busy times.
Finally, thanks to all the members and visitors who came and played at Trentham during the week. Without the multitude of visitors the tournament is nothing, and the number of clubs represented was excellent. We hope to see everyone back next year, and a lot of new faces, for another great week of golf.
Trentham 'top value for quality' under $40
In the June 2014 issue of Golf Australia Magazine, Trentham is included in a list of 80 Australian courses (22 in Victoria) that offer the best value-for-money golfing experience in the country. The criteria for being listed is that the course must be of good quality with a green fee of under $40.
The 15th hole at Trentham (foreground) starts an 'impressive run of four holes back to the clubhouse', according to Golf Australia magazine.
The article, titled Dollar dazzlers: 80 courses you can play for $40 or less, begins by saying "with household budgets often stretched to snapping point, it might make you feel like you can't afford to play as much golf. But, as we reveal here, there are plenty of quality courses throughout Australia offering a great value-for-money golfing experience".
According to the review, "Trentham is a hidden gem that can be easily reached from Melbourne via the Calder Highway. Lush playing surfaces, including the best greens in the region, are flanked by mature native trees, while the topography presents enough variation to offer a superb mix of holes. The short downhill par-3 15th marks the start of an impressive quartet of holes leading back to the clubhouse".
Trentham Golf Club is an excellent choice if you are looking for an inexpensive golf club membership. Easy to walk and with some of the best greens in Victoria, Trentham was voted by Golf Australia magazine as one of the best-value, quality courses in Australia. You can discover five reasons why Trentham is a great club to join. Full adult membership is only $450 per year and there is a one-off joining fee of only $60. Economical family, student and junior memberships are also available.
For current members, memberships are due on March 1st. You can renew your membership now by going to our online membership payment centre. There is the option of paying your yearly membership, or if you have approval, paying one of your instalments.