The latest news and views about the Trentham Golf Club.

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.

STORM PHOTO GALLERY

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.

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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.

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Trentham pennant win


(l-r) Leif Louwen-Skovdam, Peter Jaegar, Simon Ovenden, Victor Czapp, Sholto Arnold, Denis Wilkinson, Brent Leheny

Congratulations to Trentham men’s Division 1 Restricted pennant team, who won the pennant final on Sunday May 23rd. Played against Hidden Valley and held at Whittlesea Golf Club, the Trentham team won by a margin of 4.5 to 2.5. It was a tight affair, with contests being close for most of the day.

Well done to Captain Denis Wilkinson on leading the team, and to the team on the day: Victor Czapp, Denis Wilkinson, Peter Jaeger, Sholto Arnold, Brent Leheny, Leif Louwen-Skovdam and Simon Ovenden.

A big thank you to those who played across the season, and to those supporters who came out today. It was a great day!

Simon Ovenden (Trentham Club Captain)

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.

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.

swans

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.

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.

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.

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