Trentham Club Newsletter
The latest news and views about the Trentham Golf Club.
Trentham Golf Club members enjoy theatre night
Forty-three Trentham members and friends enjoyed a preview showing of "All His Christmases at Once", a new one-act play written by Trentham club member Chris Milne, and starring another Trentham club member, Neil Aplin, as Uncle "Filthy" Phil. Chris's play has been chosen by Mount Players as their entry in this year's State-wide circuit of One-Act Play Festivals.
The Trentham Golf Club Social Committee organised for Trentham Golf Club members to attend the preview, held at The Mountview Theatre in Macedon on Wednesday July 5th. The preview also included the Youth Theatre's one-act play entry for this year.
Peter and Brendan win doubles knockout title
In the men's Doubles Knockout final, Peter and Brendan McMenamin defeated Ian Broome and Gerard Hughes 1 up. The match was very close all day with neither side gaining more than a two-hole advantage. After finishing all square after the 17th, Peter and Brendan won the 18th hole to snatch a last-gasp and tense win. Congratulations to Peter and Brendan and commiserations to Ian and Gerard who played well.
The Doubles Knockout is sponsored as always by John and Marie Bell, and the club thanks them for their support and encouragement.
Pine plantations being harvested
Pines being harvested between the 16th and 17th fairways
There are three small pine plantations at Trentham. They are situated between the 6th and 7th fairways, between the 7th and 8th fairways, and on the hill between the 16th and 17th fairways. The plantations were planted in the early 1980s, with the intention of providing an aesthetic value to the course as well as a long-term timber resource that would provide income to the club.
The committee has had to determine the management of these areas and has decided to harvest the pines. The contractor is currently working, and this will continue during July.
Handicap lookup changes
From April 4th, there is a change to the look-up page for Golf Australia handicaps. Instead of going to the old GolfLink home page, handicaps are now looked up by going to the Golf Australia website at www.golf.org.au. On every page at the Golf Australia website, there is a box at the top where you can enter your GolfLink number to go to your handicap record. The look-up is much faster, with fewer adverts and videos. The slope calculator is also directly available on your handicap page.
We've also saved you time from this website. You can go direct to your handicap page by entering your GolfLink number in the "look up your handicap" box (right) and you'll be taken straight to your record.
Keith Webster wins Bill Roberts Stableford
Good weather and a good field of 50 players turned out for the Billy Roberts Memorial Stableford on Thursday 20th April. The winner of the Bill Roberts trophy with 42 Stableford points was Keith Webster of Trentham, playing off a handicap of 13. Keith was also the A Grade winner. How John (Trentham) won B Grade with 41 points, and in C Grade it was Ian Cornthwaite (Trentham) who won with 40 points. Next best were Greg Adams (Bacchus Marsh) with 41 points, followed by Dick Ellis (Trentham) 40 and Geoff Durham (Trentham) 40.
Visitors came from Bacchus Marsh, Barham, Hepburn Springs, Kingston Heath, Mt Macedon and Victoria Golf Clubs.
The Billy Roberts Stableford event will be held again next year on Thursday 19th April.
Solar system officially launched
Trentham Golf Club's new solar power system was officially launched during the presentations at the Charity Day on April 8th. About 100 people were present to see the Mayor of the Shire of Hepburn, Cr Sebastian Klein, officially open the system. The Shire of Hepburn made an $8800 grant toward the project through their Towards Zero Emissions Community Grants scheme.
(l-r) Mayor of the Shire of Hepburn, Cr Sebastian Klein, Darren Nagel of Nagel Electrics, and John van Rooden, Shire of Hepburn Sustainability Officer, inspect the two Fronius inverters that now help power the clubhouse, greenkeeper's shed and bore.
The 14kW system, with 48 x 290W TrinaSolar panels and two Fronius Primo inverters, will save the club about $2200 per year in electricity costs. With the installation of the new water bore dramatically increasing the club's power usage, plus other high energy uses such as refrigeration and airconditioning in the clubhouse, it was imperative that the club reduced power costs.
Ballarat solar and renewable energy company Breaze Energy were the contractors and the system was installed by Nagel Electrics.
New boundary fence on the 16th
Our greenkeepers Bob and Sam, along with tireless volunteer John Bell, have completed a new boundary fence along the 16th fairway.The whole area was sprayed to eradicate blackberries some time ago, allowing the fence line to be cleaned-up and cleared.
The only problem, as John discovered in the next day's competition, was the ease with which balls now run under the fence and out of bounds!
Charity day raises $3300
Trentham's Charity Day on April 8th raised $3300. The funds will go to the Relay for Life, a community event that raises funds for the Cancer Council.
The Trentham golf day this year was a 4-person Ambrose of any combination, and the Relay for Life team that the event supported is Mary's Mob, who have entered in memory of former Trentham member Mary Hinneberg.
The 4-person Ambrose was won by the team of Alan Hopkins (Trentham), James Alcock (Gisborne), Graeme Lemin (Gisborne) and David Johnstone (Gisborne) with a nett score of 50¾. Runners-up were Max and Dawn Hinneberg, Bob Dobinson and Jim McCormack on 55. Nearest the pins were won by Sue Byrne, Graeme Smith, Mark Speakman and Mark Fisher.
New competition start times
Following a review by the Match Committee of the entry procedure in the men's Saturday competition, there will be a change to the competition closing time.
As from Saturday February 4 the men's competition will close at 12:30.
It was felt that with about 90% of the field teeing off between 11.00 and 11.45, with a correspondingly small number of late players, there was a need for the range of start times to be compacted so that volunteer starters are not waiting for a long period of time to finalise the field.
Women's start times for Saturday will also change. They will now be a draw at 11:45 for a 12 noon tee off from the 11th tee.
New Thursday competition early start
From Thursday February 2nd an early morning start will be available, in line with the Saturday early start.
Players will be able to tee off between 7:30 and 8:30 am. There will be an entry sheet on a clipboard in the shelter at the 1st tee. Sheets showing the handicap range for both white and blue tees are available in the shelter, players are responsible for entering and making sure their handicaps are correct.
Halfway house delights
Trentham's caterers Larissa Ojansuu and Karen Kenton-Barnes have featured in an article in the January 2017 Golf Australia magazine by Brendan Moloney entitled "Halfway House Delights".
Larissa and Karen of Trentham's Birdie Kitchen
The 'Birdie Kitchen' is open every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as during tournaments. They can open on other days for groups by arrangement. Please call the club booking line on 5424 1046 if you wish to enquire about catering for your group. Alternatively contact the club through the "Contact Us" link above.
Larissa and Karen also manage the club's green fee bookings (including social club bookings), golf cart hire and the bar on Sundays.