Trentham Club Newsletter
The latest news and views about the Trentham Golf Club.
Trentham Golf Club food review
From the November issue of the local Trentham Trumpet:
Still in lockdown our Plonkers thought long and hard about where else in Trentham they could review.
“How about our sporting clubs?” Digby suggested as he watched yet another repeat of his beloved Demons. “There’s the footy, netball and cricket sportsground and the bowls and golf clubs. I don’t think the petanque, tennis or table tennis crews offer food and drink...”
Niles, keen to shift the focus from football responded, “Actually I have heard from a keen golfer that the Trentham Golf Clubhouse is the best kept secret in town! They apparently have some excellent local wines, and their kitchen is open every Thursday and Saturday afternoon.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.