Annual General Meeting
About 45 members attended the Annual General Meeting of Trentham Golf Club on Saturday November 22. The club showed a return to a small profit for 2013-14, mostly on the back of cost reductions in course expenditure and clubhouse operation. The challenge for the future is to build the club's income, as it has been almost static for several years.
A new-look committee was elected. The office bearers are:
President: John Smithwick
Captain: Alan Hopkins
Secretary: Veronica Maher
Treasurer: David Nugent
Committee: Harold Moore, Graeme Smith, Alan Snowden, Bob Penrose, Ruth Duffy and Colin Wilson
Members should feel free to contact any of the committee to ask questions, raise concerns or volunteer their service.
A modest membership fee increase of $25 was approved. This will raise the adult membership to $450 per annum, and is seen as important for maintaining at least a break-even position in coming years. While the club is seen as the best golf course in the Macedon Ranges and surrounding district, it is still one of the cheapest and offers excellent value for money.
A close tussle for the Trentham Plate
After the refreshing overnight rain cleared to a fine but cool afternoon, nineteen teams fought it out for the 2014 Trentham Plate on Sunday November 16. The winning team from Trentham was Kirsten Jensen, Alan Snowden, Jim McCormack and Rosa Baernreuther on 109 points. Two other teams finished on 107 points and another on 106.
Trentham Plate winners (l-r): Di and Kerrin Hynes (Sponsors), Kirsten Jensen, Rosa Baernreuther, Jim McCormack, Alan Snowden and Elaine Hanson (representing the Hanson family as Plate donors).
Individual winners were Bernadette Waring (Trentham, 42) and Colin Gardner (Melton, 39). Nearest the pins were David McKeon (Portarlington), Jim McCormack (Trentham), Tom Mossop (Trentham) and John McMillan (Medway).
Full results are now available.
Bob Dobinson recognised for 25 years of service
Trentham Course Superintendent Bob Dobinson was recognised at the club's annual presentation and trivia night on Saturday November 15 for his outstanding service to the club.
Bob received a new watch and a framed certificate of appreciation that read 'the committee and members of the Trentham Golf Club wish to acknowledge and thank Bob Dobinson for the enormous contribution he has made to the development and maintenance of the course over a period of 25 years'.
Bob commenced working at Trentham in January 1989. Since then he has not only maintained the course to a superb standard, but has been instrumental in the revitalisation of the course under the plan developed by golf architect Kevin Hartley. This has included the reconstruction of all 18 greens on the course to a high standard. Bob has undertaken much of this work himself, saving the club thousands of dollars in contract fees.
A fact little known by members is that when Bob wins a trophy voucher at the club, he often buys a new rhododenron or azalea and plants it near one of the tees. Many of these are now a feature of the course. The certificate he was given featured some of these wonderful blooms.
In an innovative approach, this year the club combined a trivia night with a much shortened presentation night. The clubhouse was jam packed for the night, and many were stumped by difficult questions asked by quizmaster Graeme Smith. John Smithwick and his team did a superb job organising and running the night.
Important course and competition information
Annual Greens maintenance
Vertidraining and sanding of the greens was undertaken on Tuesday 18 November. We apologise for any inconvenience for this procedure, but it is necessary for long-term green health. Greens were quite playable for the club competition on Thursday 20 November.
Competition start times
- Early tee times for Saturdays over the summer period will re-commence on Saturday December 6. Golfers can tee off from 7.30 - 8.30am.
- Saturday start times will revert to 11.30am-1.00pm. The trial of an early 11.00 start has finished and it was decided not to continue with the longer time period as the field is too widely spread.
- Thursday start times will now be 11.00am - 12.45pm.
Not quite Augusta but ...
The rhododenrons around the tees at Trentham always look spectacular at this time of year.
Golfers out in force for the 2014 Trentham Tournament
Trentham has completed another hugely successful tournament week, with the course in excellent condition. All golfers complimented the course presentation and tournament organisation, and the weather was exceptional this year, with warm and sunny conditions on every day of the tournament.
Nearly 500 golfers from over 50 different clubs participated. Fields were full for the Wednesday Fourball Stableford, Saturday American Foursomes and Sunday Men's 36-hole Open.
The Tournament will run again from Tuesday October 20th to Sunday October 25th 2015 with the same events, so be sure to keep those dates in your diary for next year.
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 selected for 2015 Womens Country Tournament
Trentham Golf Club has been selected by Golf Victoria as the venue for the Womens Country Tournament, to be played on 28-29 April 2015. The event is normally attended by about 180 female players over two days.
This year's tournament at Hamilton Golf Club was attended by seven Trentham women members. Vicki Adamson, Trentham Women's President, gave a brief talk at the Hamilton event dinner about Trentham Golf Club and the course.
Afterwards Vicki noted "As we saw from this year's tournament, there needs to be a lot of planning for an event such as this, so we'll be very busy over the next 12 months with organisation and recruiting willing helpers."