Trentham Club Newsletter
The latest news and views about the Trentham Golf Club.
13th tee works
Improvement to the area behind the 13th tee is looking great.
Thanks to Brian Cross for the large rocks from his property at Smeaton, Darrin McLean Landscaping for the machine time and Geoff Durham for giving up his golf day to spread mulch.
This area was previously thick with broom, blackberries, willows and poisonous hemlock. The NCCMA (North-Central Catchment Management Authority) provided the workforce to eliminate the weeds prior to the landscaping work. They will be back planting the area with native shrubs for habitat and soil retention later in the year.
Womens golf continues to grow
Increasing competition numbers
Participation by women at Trentham Golf Club continues to grow. We now have over 70 women members and their involvement in all facets of the club is increasing.
The 4BBB Stableford event on Wednesday April 14 was the annual playoff for the Golf Australia Royal Womens Hospital fund raiser and had 36 players. It was certainly crowded with the multi-tee start!
Course improvements keep coming
A huge thanks to Shane Robinson who has now completed the task of building nineteen treated-pine sand and rubbish bins on all tees. They are attractive and keep crows out of the bins and the sand dry.
The large and dangerous cypress next to the 1st tee was removed over two days on April 19 and 20. This greatly improves light getting on to the first tee to improve its condition. It also gives a good view of the lake and other parts of the course. New low planting will replace the hedge around the edge of the tee.
Stumps will be removed along the 9th, 10th and 14th fairways. VicRoads has reduced the dead tree behind the 9th green to a height of 8 metres and we collected all the firewood for splitting and sale.
Work on improving the drainage on tees and greens has been progressing well. The 8th, 9th and 16th greens, plus the 9th and 17th tees have been improved. There is GUR in front of these greens until they grass in.
We will be improving the landscaping around the 13th tee waterfall this year with rocks prior to planting. Thanks to Brian Cross for sourcing the rocks from his property at Smeaton and Darrin McLean for landscaping the area once the rocks are on site.
If any member has time to spare, please come and help at one of our upcoming working bees. With everyone's help, the course will keep on improving!
Green fee price rise to $35
First increase since 2014
Trentham will be increasing the Adult 18-hole green fee from $30 to $35 from April 1st. It is the first time green fees have risen since 2014 (when they rose to $30). The decision was made at the club's March committee meeting and reflect the increased cost of doing business, particularly greenkeeper wage rises and club insurance over the last seven years. Prices on the ticket machine have been adjusted to reflect the rise.
Visitor prices into our competitions will also increase to $25 ($20 green fee plus $5 competition fee). There will be no increase to the 9-hole or junior green fee rates. Green fees for Access and Lifestyle members (April to September) will remain at $20.
In regard to competition prizes, new voucher books have now been printed, and from this Thursday winners in each grade of a men's or mixed competition will receive a $30 voucher (up from $25). There will be a new voucher of $15 for the runners-up in each grade. The increased prizes reflect the larger numbers entering our competitions, often over 70 players.
Grade numbers remain the same, with three grades for competitions of more than 40 male players.
Say hello to Tim and Oliver
Our course marshall and his sidekick dog!
Course Marshall Tim Fletcher does a great job checking green fee payments and helping visitors with any questions on-course at Trentham. While Tim plays on Thursdays and Saturdays, he also rides the course regularly on Sundays and mid-week from his nearby home. Always accompanying him in his cart is his faithful Boxer dog named Oliver.
Tim came to the town a few years ago from Barwon Heads where he is still a member. However he says he prefers the Trentham lifestyle. While Tim plays, Oliver sits patiently on the seat and doesn't move until the end of the round.
Improving course safety and play
Arborists work to maintain tree health
The first week of December saw some major work on trees around the course, carried out by our consultant arborists.
Trentham Golf Club has hundreds of trees on the course. They require constant assessment and maintenance for player safety and interference with lines of play.
Two dangerous trees between the 3rd and 4th fairways were completely removed. A number of limbs have fallen off these trees in recent years, one large one as recently as the previous week. Some overhanging branches were removed from the large gum between the 5th and 6th fairways and the large gum on the right hand side of the 14th hole. Apart from improving the line of play, one purpose is to lower stress on very long limbs thereby reducing the possibility of collapse. This also prolongs the life of the tree by minimising disease at any resulting wound site after a branch falls.
On the right hand side of the 7th hole, limbs overhanging into the middle of the fairway were also removed from a number of trees. Forty-five stumps were ground out across most parts of the course, most of these very close to fairways. The stump residue is ground under repair until they can be resown with grass next Autumn.
Thanks to Bob Dobinson, John Bell and Mark Fisher for helping with the clean-up, which was a large task. Also thanks to our captain John Hudson who helped with planning and supervision.
Score on your phone instead of a card
Trentham members can now use the MiScore App for scoring at Trentham. The app allows you to score hole-by-hole on your phone as you play your round. The app will work for both competitions and social scoring.
For competitions, the app links to our MiClub timesheet, competition and handicapping system. It will automatically recognise your group and their daily course handicaps. The app keeps a running score, and at the end of your round you can submit your score from your phone without need for a paper card or using the touchscreen.
The app is available from the Google Play Store (for Android) or the Apple Store (for iPhones). The subscription is $16.49 per year. You can pay the subscription by downloading the app, then going to the "Manage Subscription" menu item. There are a number of payment methods including cards, Apple Pay and Google Pay.
Once downloaded and subscribed, the log-in to the MiScore app is the same as your MiClub member log-in (i.e. the same log-in you use for timesheets and bookings).
This golfing life
by Neil Aplin
The piercing whistle of the 6.15am train wakes me and the regional town from our nightly slumbers. Birds fly into a dull morning light and I have a moment of panic. For years that train provided my daily commute to the city and work and my mind still equates that train whistle with being punctual.
But I am newly retired and I can now listen to the bird calls and ponder my plans for the day. This new life heralds a raft of opportunities. Bush walks, gardening, travel, and family get-togethers. Most often my day is spent with mates playing golf on one of the region’s prettiest courses. A quiet glass of wine at the 19th hole contrasts with a tepid latte at a city cafe discussing the latest project with a colleague.
The golf course provides a wealth of birdlife and the evidence of nocturnal visits of various animals. I can rely on seeing a gathering of superb fairy wrens in front of the 16th tee set adjacent to a spring-fed stream and protective thorny bushes. An owl often sits high above the fifth green casting a wise eye over the putting on the theatre below. Kookaburras can often be heard laughing at the awkward approach swings or catching a frog in the dam adjacent to the 13th hole. The complaining frog is dispatched with several whacks across a nearby log by the kookaburra. A variety of parrots, galahs, sulphur-crested cockatoos and the destructive little corellas add colour and noise across the course. The corellas ignore the efforts of the greenkeeper’s scarecrows and dangling CDs, often wreaking havoc on their favourite 11th green overnight.
The creek that skirts the eastern boundary feeds a local waterfall and visitor attraction. Before it plunges over the rocks, it is dammed to provide water for the thirsty course. The dam adjacent to the 12th fairway is home to a myriad of waterfowl and errant golf balls; there are heron, egrets, black swans, the white ibis and of course the wood and mallard ducks. Nesting in the safety of the reed banks are the purple swamp hens. The ducks and hens forage on the fairway and risk injury as golfers play their tee shots.
For the early golfers, the sand bunkers provide footprints of the kangaroos, dogs and wombats who traipse across the course each night. The seventh and ninth tees usually display the cuboid spoors of the wombat. The odd echidna will find its way across the practice fairway.
My sleep which used to jostle with the demands of clients now recreates the few good shots of the day. The blast of a train whistle interrupts my dreams. “That is my train and I don’t need to be on it”, I tell my wife as I roll over.
Trentham wins 2019 Victorian Golf Club of the Year
Trentham President Keith Webster accepts the award on behalf of the club.
Trentham Golf Club is the 2019 Victorian Golf Club of the Year. The award was decided at the Victorian Golf Industry Awards presentation at the Arts Centre, Melbourne on Friday August 9.
The award recognises the club's outstanding recent performance in management, including financial management, water security, membership retention, innovative flexible memberships, our popular annual tournament, comprehensive web site, other online technology usage such as membership payments and tournament entry, member communication, volunteering, our environment plan, and beginner clinics, especially for women.
Over the years, the club has developed the course and rebuilt all greens to USGA standards, developed social media usage (our Facebook page now has 1325 followers), instituted OneGolf competition management, developed a great food offering and visitor welcoming through our “Birdie Kitchen”, remotely monitored the clubhouse for security and installed our green fee ticket machine.
Trentham Committee member Anne Cooper and President Keith Webster are pictured with the award.
In other good news, Trentham member and resident Stuart Leong, who coaches at Metropolitan Golf Club and also part-time at Trentham, won the 2019 Victorian PGA Coach of the Year Award. Well done Stuart.