Improving women's golf skills
Every Tuesday morning recently, a very enthusiastic group of women have been out on the practice fairway being put through their paces by Gisborne golf pro Matthew Duncan.
Two groups have been working with Matthew – one an intermediate group who have attended previous 'Give Golf a Go' clinics at Trentham, and the other an 'Introduction to Golf' group made up of beginners and less-experienced golfers.
Matthew has taken them through the basics of the full swing, chipping and putting. The intermediate group have also had an on-course session and recently joined in one of our Wednesday women's competitions to give them the experience of playing 18 holes.
Matthew has made these sessions lots of fun, introducing a variety of equipment in his practice drills to help improve their technique.
We are hoping to run similar courses next year, so if you think this might be something that would interest you or you know someone else who’d be interested, contact us for more details.
The clinics are run with the support and sponsorship of The Victorian Golf Foundation. Due to their grant we are able to foster beginner golfers and run clinics at a reasonable cost for participants.
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.
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.
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."