2015 Women's Golf Clinics
Trentham Golf Club is hosting women's golf clinics during February and March. The Play Golf Program is for those with some previous coaching and experience, while the Introduction to Golf Program is for those without previous experience. Each program will run for five sessions on Tuesdays, with a total cost of $50 for each program.
The Play Golf Program is ideal for those who have had some previous basic coaching, or have some experience on the golf course. The first four sessions will work on techniques through coaching, practice drills and challenges. Towards the end of each session these skills will be applied to on-course scenarios. All of the final session will be spent on the golf course to test skills over a few holes.
The Women's Introduction to Golf Program will enable women without experience to learn the skills required to play golf regularly, and to have fun amongst friends in a social and active environment. Sessions will run for one hour each week, followed by refreshments in the clubhouse to socialise and discuss the session.
Pay your green fees by ticket machine
In what is a first for smaller Australian golf clubs without a pro shop, Trentham has installed a green-fee ticket machine to better service visiting golfers. The machine accepts notes, Visa and Mastercard and can use Paywave for amounts up to $100.
Visitors can pay their green fees by selecting the number of players, the number of holes (9 or 18), carts, clubs and pull-buggies hired, from the menu. The machine will calculate the cost and print a ticket showing the date, time, itemised payment details and the total amount paid. The ticket also acts as a tax invoice.
The honesty box system previously in use was subject to numerous problems, including an inability to accept credit cards and payment tracking.
All golfers will now need a valid printed ticket purchased through the machine before teeing off. While the main aim is to better service golfers and provide them with more payment options, the club also aims to reduce the number of non-paying golfers and has instituted regular course checks in conjunction with the ticket system.
The theft-proof machine is supplied by Integrated Technology Solutions Limited and is based on similar machines used for car parking. It utilises GPRS technology through the mobile phone system to link to credit card payments.
Any cash is cleared daily and no money is stored overnight in the machine.
Mazda Four-ball qualifier an outstanding success
The qualifying round for the Mazda Victorian Four-ball Championship held at Trentham on Sunday 8th February was a great success, with lots of praise for the course and its condition, as well as the well-catered for lunch.
Forty-eight pairs (96 players) from a wide number of clubs contested the qualifying round, and Trentham players had some good success. Both the men's and women's winners came from Trentham, with the Mixed winners coming from Barwon Valley. Unfortunately no-one won the Mazda 2 on offer for a hole-in-one on the 15th.
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.
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".