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Trentham Club Newsletter

The latest news and views about the Trentham Golf Club.

All the new rules in 2½ minutes

The new Rules of Golf come into force on January 1, 2019. Are you having trouble coming to grips with the changes? Here's all the important changes in one short 2½-minute video.

For a longer video (17½ minutes) with a full explanation of the changes, please visit Golf Australia's website. (Watch out for a few funny speech-to-text translations if viewing subtitles!)

Working for course improvements

Professionals and volunteers alike worked hard on course improvements on Tuesday December 4.

The club contracted local firm PM Tree Lopping and Stump Removal  to work their way around the course and grind out over 40 stumps. Not only will this make rough mowing less hazardous for the grounds staff and less likely to damage mowers, it will greatly improve the beauty of the course.

Professionals removing one of more than 40 stumps from along fairways and in the rough.

In addition, six volunteer members -- Mike Hotchin, Neil Aplin, Ross Fletcher, Ian Cornthwaite, Ron Winzer and Geoff Durham -- worked hard on course beautification. Their first task was to tidy up the front gateway and along the road in both directions, removing low and dead branches and also some ivy with stems half as thick as an arm climbing up some eucalypts. They removed thistles in the felled pine areas and, at the greenkeeper's request, a start was made tidying up trees and bushes behind the 17th green.

These volunteers are doing a terrific job and making a real difference to the appearance and neatness of the course. Assistance is always appreciated, and if you wish to help on future working bees, please pass your e-mail address to Geoff Durham so that you can receive info on the next one.

Charity Day raises $3300

A field of 108 players at Trentham's 2019 Charity Day raised over $3300 for projects at Trentham District Primary School. The amount was raised through entry fees, raffles, on-course competitions and a trading table.

The 4-person Ambrose scratch event was won by the team of Francis Lee, Todd Louttit, Andrew Marr and Anthony Lee (Bamawm and Rich River Golf Clubs) with 58 nett. The Handicap event was won by a Trentham team consisting of Gavin King, Bob Hogan, Marc Merigan and Kim Ooi with 46.25. Nearest the pins were won by Mike Hotchin, Max Hinneberg, Simon Ovenden and Col Godsmark (SA).

As there were some teams with players without handicaps a separate scratch event was held that saw Dave Wilkinson, Denis Wilkinson, John Trevillian and Darren Paterson finish with 63, followed by Dave Evans, Ron Jennings, Patrick Quigley and Travis Smithard with 66.

Thanks to everyone who contributed and volunteered on the day, especially Stuart Leong who raised over $300 by providing $5 long drives for teams on the 6th and 18th holes.

A break-even year for Trentham Golf Club

Trentham Golf Club had a very successful year in 2018, even though the accounts showed the club only broke even financially with a profit of just $151 (last year $15,817). While overall income was up by nearly $21,000, with an increase of $10,000 in green fees and $11,000 in membership income, this was offset by greater expenditure on course improvements (including a 10ML water right costing $25,000), wages and depreciation. Given this, it was a more than satisfactory result.

Other achievements included the finalisation of the water security project, a $2000 annual power saving from the solar system, two new lithium-ion hire carts, a new rough mower, fairway oversowing to improve conditions, pine plantation harvesting and record numbers in our very popular Annual Tournament.

Membership numbers have stabilised after the downward trend of the last few years, with 236 members of all types. The more flexible memberships (Access and Lifestyle) have provided new members, and most importantly a way for some members to maintain a connection with the club when they would otherwise drop out of membership due to age, health problems or work commitments. The switch from manual membership management to the "cloud" through Club2ic has been a great addition, as has the OneGolf competition system for members.

The Annual General Meeting on November 24 approved an modest increase in full adult membership to $550 per year (corresponding family membership increase to $1100). Lifestyle memberships will also increase to $310 per year, and Access memberships to $125.

Members can download the Annual Report here.

Strategic plan available

The Trentham Golf Club Strategic Plan was adopted by the Committee in August 2018. It is a document that acts as a workable plan for the future development of the club. It tries to plan for everything that will contribute to building this great club. You can download a copy of the Strategic Plan.

The plan is fluid and flexible, and may change with future opportunities. While very important, it is not just about course infrastructure. The over-riding emphasis has been to foster and build a club with an atmosphere of friendship, civility and respect on a beautiful and challenging course, so that all members enjoy and value their membership.

The hard work begins with its implementation. We would like as many members as possible to become involved with implementing the plan. This is the joint responsibility of not only the Committee but all of us, and requires the commitment and goodwill of all.

The Strategic Plan sub-committee was Keith Webster, John Hudson, Ron Winzer, Geoff Durham and Colin Wilson. They will be happy to discuss any aspect of the plan.

Mount Players theatre night

Trentham Golf Club Social Club has organised another theatre night to the Mount Player's at Macedon, this time to a production of Twelve Angry Men.

The block booking for Trentham members and friends is on Friday May 10, and the cost is $30 for adults ($25 for seniors). This incudes a free drink at the Macedon Hotel prior to the performance. Tickets are available from Anne Cooper or Mike de Jong. As is the case with previous theatre nights, we expect the bookings to fill up quickly.

Twelve Angry Men is a gripping study of a jury locked up in a New York courtroom, considering their verdict in the triqal of a young coloured man accused of murdering his father. The white, mostly middle-class jurors favour a guilty verdict in this supposedly open and shut case ... that is all but one ... 

Points trophies awarded

This year the club re-instituted a points trophy for the Thursday and Saturday competitions. Each weekly competition, golfers were awarded 20 points for a competition win down to 1 point for coming in 20th position. The objective was to encourage golfers to play more often, especially in the Winter months, and to provide some reward for consistent golf performance.

Thanks to Kevin Sheedy who originally suggested the idea, and to Kevin and Bob Penrose for administering the competition. The prizes awarded were $100 for first, $60 for second and $40 for third. Funds for the prizes were generously provided by Jim McCormack, Kevin Sheedy, John Hudson and Bob Penrose.

The winners for 2018 were:

Prize Saturday Thursday
1st $100
David Thiele Bob Penrose
2nd $60
Martin Walker Colin Wilson
3rd $40
Gary Middleton Dick Ellis

New Local Rule for lost ball or OOB

The introduction at Trentham of a new Local Rule regarding a lost ball or ball out of bounds has seen some confusion. The local rule allows playing from where the ball was deemed to have been lost or out of bounds, with a two stroke penalty, and is intended to speed up play. This video will help you understand the new Local Rule.

Please note that players still have a choice to play a provisional ball prior to leaving the place from where they previously played their ball, or they can still return to that place to play another ball. The new lost ball or out of bounds Local Rule has resulted from the 2019 Rule changes.

for more information on all the Rule changes, please visit Golf Australia's website.

Glorious day for Trentham Plate

It would be hard to imagine a better day for holding the 40th Trentham Plate, on Sunday November 11 under cloudless skies and with little wind. The course was in superb condition for the day with great fairway condition and fast greens.

The winning team was from Trentham: Julie Hanson, Rhonda Bradley, Jim Bradley and John Smithwick, who scored 103 points.

The winning team: Rhonda Bradley, Nathan Hanson, Jim Bradley, Julie Hanson and John Smithwick. Nathan's uncle, Lance Hanson (after whom the plate is named) was a member who died many years ago from Cystic Fibrosis, and Nathan was representing the Hanson family at the event.

The individual women's Stableford was won by Veronica Maher (22) with 37 points, while Simon Ovenden (6) had a sub-par round to record 43 points in winning the men's. Nearest the pins were Men: Simon Ovenden 2nd, Tim Heywood (Mt Xavier) 5th and 15th, Ross Brosnan 15th, Women: 5th Elaine Hanson, 13th Deborah McNulty (Mt Xavier).

Robin Wilson wins men's club championship

(l-r) Ian Power (C Grade winner), Robin Wilson (Club Champion), Geoff Varley (B Grade winner).

With rounds of 82-78-76-78=313, Robin Wilson, playing off 4, has won the 2018 Men's Club Championship. Robin won by five strokes from Sholto Arnold (77-80-84-77=318).

In B Grade, Geoff Varley (85-85-87-84=341) was a one-stroke winner over Keith Webster (342). C Grade required a play-off after Ian Power and Peter Speakman finished locked together on 365. Ian was victorious in the play-off.

The Senior trophy was won by Alan Snowden with rounds of 86-79-81-80=326. The Arnie Hanson Memorial Trophy for best handicap score during the four rounds of the championship was won by Geoff Varley with 271 nett.

Peter McMenamin wins men's singles knockout

Peter McMenamin (pictured) is the Trentham Singles Knockout matchplay champion for 2018. Peter defeated Colin Wilson 5 and 4 in the final on Saturday September 15th.

The lead see-sawed for the first few holes, with Colin 1 up after the 7th. However, after draining a long putt for par (and a stroke given) on the 8th and then another long putt for birdie on the 9th, Peter took control, winning six holes in a row before a half on the 14th sealed the match.

Congratulations to Peter on the win and to Colin for making the final.

Results of all rounds

Trentham website turns 21

Trentham Golf Club's website has been in operation now for 21 years. As we look forward to 2018, here is a snapshot looking back at the website since its inception.

The website first started in early 1997, and was one of the first-ever golf club websites in Australia. A fairly simple affair, it had information about the club, teetimes, fees and a response form. At the time some members wondered what this "new internet thing" was and how it was going to publicise the club.

The first Trentham Golf Club website.

Read more ...

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.

Read the Golf Australia article ...

Not receiving e-mails from the club?

If you are a member and you are not receiving member e-mails from the club through the club2ic.com system, please try one of the following:

1. If you are using an e-mail address such as Hotmail or Gmail, please check your 'Junk' folder regularly. Sometimes high spam protection settings cause legitimate e-mails to be send to 'Junk'. To stop our e-mails going to 'Junk', make sure you have an entry for Trentham Golf Club in either your Contacts or Safe Senders list, using the club e-mail domain (@trenthamgolf.com.au). The club e-mail is also in the front of the program book, or we can supply it on request using the Contact Us form on this website.

2. We may not have your correct e-mail address, or any e-mail address for you at all. We have tried very hard to gather everyone's e-mail addresses, but there are still a handful of members that don't have an e-mail address on the system. Please send your e-mail address to the club using the contact form on this website.

Club2ic membership system

Trentham Golf Club uses club2ic.com to manage your membership at the club. Club2ic uses on-line membership software and secure servers for on-line billing, member payments, e-mails to members, sending of notices and other important club information. In addition, members can renew their memberships on-line, and update their personal details themselves.

It is important that members access the new system. You can find details of how to do this by clicking the 'How to log in' button below.

How to log in to the system ...

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Monday Muggers

The Monday Muggers is a group of club members that play social golf on most Mondays throughout the year at the club, followed by a barbeque. Players assemble at 9.00 am for a 9.30 am 'multi-tee' hit-off. Friends and visitors (including occasional golfers) are welcome.

Trentham Travellers

The Monday Muggers sometimes organise visits to other golf clubs, and they become known as the Trentham Travellers. They may organise day trips to nearby clubs, or 2-3 day trips to more distant locations e.g. the Murray River. The feature is good golf with friends and a welcoming social atmosphere. If you are interested in these visits, please contact Dick Ellis or Harold Moore.