Trentham Club Newsletter
The latest news and views about the Trentham Golf Club.
Help at our working bees
Keeping course improvements coming
There was some great weather over Easter, but there are now tasks to be done around the course as the weather cools. If any member has time to spare, please come and help at our upcoming working bee. With everyone's help, the course will keep on improving!
Planting, Tuesday April 20th
There are 140 plants to be planted to create an attractive cover below the significant Manna Gum at the corner of the 16th fairway. We need to remove branches and sticks and then plant among the litter. Carting watering cans will be one of the tasks required.
It will be easier if members bring their own morning tea, but drinks will be available at the end
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.
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.
Click and play with a QR code
New simplified Covid-19 procedures
Under the latest Covid-19 regulations, we are still required to record contact details and time of attendance for everyone who plays on the course. However, the club has now introduced a simplified walk-in registration for play at less busy times.
Environment program ramping up
Trentham environment program working bees
The Trentham Golf Club environment program has planted most of "The Hill" area behind the 14th green. Over 1000 tube stock have been planted! The club recently had successful working bees on Wednesday 30th September, Sunday 4th October and Wednesday 7th October from 9.00 until lunch time.
Contact Geoff Durham 0438 621 483 with questions about the environment program.
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 OneGolf 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.
For first use, you need to log in to the MiScore app using your OneGolf member log in (i.e. the same log-in you use for timesheets and bookings).
Trentham Environment Project
Trentham Golf Club is rehabilitating and revegetating its old pine plantations. It is a huge task and we need to raise $35,000 to make it all happen.
Significant progress has been made already, however there is a lot more to do. The work covers nearly 3 hectares or 6% of the entire course and includes earth-moving, mulching, planting and watering. We need your help!
We will plant indigenous species suitable for our climate for habitat. In feature areas, we will plant exotic trees with flowers and autumn colour. All plantings will complement and enhance the existing natural beauty of the course. The course will become even more renowned for its overall beauty, colours, diversity and wildlife.
How can you help?
- Buy a tree
- Sponsor a major area
- Make a donation
The work must go on
Course improvements keep coming
During the Covid-19 shutdown, some great maintenance and preparation work was done around the course. Our greenkeepers Bob and Sam have been working on improvements. The 17th green has been reshaped to provide a more level area at the front for more pin positions, and it is now ready for play. Drainage work has also been done on the problematic bunkers on the 5th green. All bunkers on the course have had sand added.
The repaired 17th green is ready for play
With the cessation of fire restrictions, piles have been burnt on the old pine forest areas. A machine mulcher cleaned up a large proportion of these areas in the first week of May ready for planting. The areas have been harrowed smooth.
This area between the 7th and 8th fairways has been machine mulched, then harrowed, to allow planting.
By June 30, Trentham Landcare will be planting out some of the area behind the 14th green. They have provided $6500 in value to the project.
The club has made a purchase of nine advanced deciduous trees for the small area between the 6th and 7th fairways, to make a feature of the area. Some funding for these trees has been made from donations from members and will be planted out when received in winter. To assist the club to rehabilitate the pine forest areas, the club will be having a "Buy a tree" fundraiser over the next year. Details will be released soon.
The volunteer group has been back in action recently, and firewood sales have continued.
Environmental grant to help with ex-pine forests
Trentham Golf Club has received a Commonwealth government environmental grant of $16,500 (inc. GST) to assist with the rehabilitation and replanting of 3 hectares of the course that were originally pine forests.
Planted in the 1970s, the pine forests were at the end of their commercial life, and were harvested early in 2019. While the club gained some royalty income, the cost of rehabilitation to native habitat (machinery cleanup, plants, labour, tree guards, advice etc.) is far higher than the royalties received and is estimated to be $30-40,000. The club's strategic plan aims for the areas to be replanted to native habitat for wildlife, and the club is currently organising mechanical clean-up and project timelines.
The grant was applied for in September 2019 and received in early January 2020 through the office of our local federal member Catherine King. Colin Wilson compiled the grant application and President Keith Webster was the contact point for Catherine's office. A working group of Geoff Durham, Kirsten Jensen, Trevor McKeon, Simon Ovenden and Colin Wilson is managing the project.