Course to re-open Saturday July 31
After nearly two months of closure due to the violent storm that blew over more than 70 large trees on the course, Trentham will re-open on Saturday July 31.
While the course is still showing the scars of the storm in the form of many stumps, branch and log piles, the Committee and greens staff have deemed the course to be fit to play, the fairways clear, and more importantly, safe to play. Arborists have removed all of the many hanging limbs from around the course.
The club would like to give huge thanks to the many people who have worked hard to bring the course back to a playable condition. Our green keepers and many member volunteers have all worked extraordinarily hard to clean up the course. We have had help from the wonderful greens staff from other golf clubs, our professional arborists and other contractors.
Please bear in mind that with very high rainfall (over 400mm) during and after the storm, some areas of the course are quite wet. There are also new temporary local rules to allow for relief from cut and standing stumps, timber stacks, branch piles and other damage. Preferred lies will be in operation. Ten stumps with large holes are "No Play Zones" (entry prohibited) for golfer safety.
Help restore our course
Course restoration fund
Trentham Golf Club was severely impacted by the storm on June 9. Over 70 large trees were blown down, as well as some structural damage to course assets.
We have been asked by members and the public how they can help financially to restore the course, so we have set up a restoration fund for anyone who wishes to donate. All funds raised will go towards course restoration costs. Any donation of any amount will be very welcome.
This event has been even harder for the club than any Covid lockdown over the last 18 months. Not only did we lose nearly two months income from closing, the cost of the clean-up has been considerable. With costs for arborists, machinery hire, chipping and wood removal, plus loss of income from green fees, competitions and bar, we are looking at a total loss of more than $60,000.
One of the big issues has been what to do with all the debris, branches and wood that has been cleared. It is filling a lot of space. There is also consequential damage to fairways and pathways that have been churned up by machinery and vehicles accessing the fallen trees for clean-up. These will need repair, and paths and tracks re-surfaced, adding further to the cost of recovery.
Join Trentham Golf Club
Full memberships available
You can join Trentham Golf Club now and receive full membership until February 28 2022. The pro rata fee for joining in July is $420.
Adult memberships include full playing rights, eligibility to enter club competitions, an Australian GolfLink handicap, voting rights and personal golfer insurance. There is no joining fee. For full details and conditions of adult and other membership options, please see our membership page.
Photo comparison 1946 to now: what a change!
Trentham Golf Club was first formed in 1937. The club commenced by leasing land for a 9-hole course on land owned by the Trentham Co-operative Society. In October 1949, the club purchased all the land owned by the Co-operative Society and over 60 years has developed the course we have today.
To compare what the course looked like in 1946 to what it looks like today, click the link below. The historic aerial photo from 1946 shows the Trentham Co-operative Society's yards and slaughterhouse just forward of the 4th tee among the large cypress trees, most of which still exist. The club's sand greens show as white dots, some in the same place as today's greens. Some trees existed in 1949, such as those around the 15th tee, the large Manna gum on the hill on the corner of the 16th, and some roadside trees. But nearly all trees on the course, native and exotic, have been planted since the land was purchased in 1949.
A huge thank you
When we surveyed the course after the storm on June 9, we wondered how we would ever clear it to be playable again. However, with some simply great work from everyone we've managed to do it! This help has come from:
- Our greens staff, Bob Dobinson and Sam Bruton, and their assistants John Bell and Mark Fisher, who have done an amazing job in often wet conditions.
- All the volunteer members who have helped on the course, from chainsawing to clearing, raking and piling, or simply providing lunches to workers.
- Volunteer greens staff who have come from other clubs, as far away as Portland and Portsea!
- Arborists, machinery operators and mulchers that we have hired to do work in a professional and timely manner
- Committee members who have organised working bees (big cheer to Geoff Durham!) and a host of administrative requirements for organisation and help.
A special thanks to neighbouring clubs who offered their courses to Trentham members while our course was out of action. It was really appreciated by members, and shows the spirit of co-operation that exists within golf.
So a great big Trentham Golf Club thankyou to everyone!
Volunteer members, visitors and greens staff all did a magnificent job to re-open the course.
Men's Doubles Knockout Draw
The draw for the second round of the Men's Doubles Knockout on Saturday August 14 has been determined.
Social teetime bookings now available
Book directly and pay online
Social teetime bookings are now available at Trentham through MiClub's booking system. Click on the "Social Golf Bookings" at the top of this page to select a teetime online and pay by Mastercard or Visa (uses the secure Stripe payment gateway). Basic registration is required, but once completed it does not need to be repeated for subsequent bookings.
Trentham member teetime bookings are now made at https://trentham.miclub.com.au. If you are using a smartphone or iPad, the member home page will automatically switch to the mobile version of MiClub for easier booking and competition access.
If you have forgotten your password, you can use the "Forgot Password" link in the MiClub home page.
Making it easy to get into golf
At Trentham we offer a range of options to get into and keep playing golf. While we have full memberships for those who prefer the wonderful option of belonging to a club, unlike many clubs this is not all we offer. We also have a number of options for social golfers, summer golfers, or those who would just like green fee discounts for playing regularly.
All our memberships are very affordable and provide a GolfLink handicap with a Trentham GolfLink number and personal insurance.
Green fee passes provide very affordable, year-round social play at Trentham (please note that passes carry no handicap or insurance).
The membership year at Trentham for full memberships is March 1 to February 28 (pro rata fees available). Access, Lifestyle memberships and green fee passes are valid for 12 months from the date of issue.
To read details of the full range of memberships and green fee passes, click the buttons below. You can buy memberships and passes online using Paypal, Visa, Mastercard or direct bank deposit.