Trentham Club Newsletter
The latest news and views about the Trentham Golf Club.
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.
Course volunteers doing a terrific job
Our course volunteers play an important role in course maintenance, improvement and fundraising, and have regular working bees scheduled over the next few months. This month they will be weeding, fertilising and mulching all the rhododendrons that make our course so beautiful. If you can help, please come along to one of the working bees, they are advertised in the clubhouse or you can contact Geoff Durham to be put on the mailing list.
Over winter, volunteers split and stacked another 8 cubic metres of firewood and this will be sold before next winter. It is a great fundraiser for the club. Michael Hotchin and Geoff Durham repaired and repainted the OOB signs around the clubhouse, ready for signs to be mounted, made by Ian Power. Michael Hotchin and Mark Reid do a sterling job of looking after and cleaning our hire carts. Mark Fisher repaired the NTP box on the 15th. A huge thanks to everyone who helps.
Goodman and Smith win men's doubles knockout
Graeme Smith and John Goodman have defeated Geoff Varley and Kevin Sheedy to take the title of Men's Doubles Knockout Champions for 2019. John and Graeme took the lead on the 2nd hole, and held it throughout the match to eventually run out winners 3 and 2.
Congratulations to both pairs for making the final, and thanks to John and Marie Bell for sponsoring the event.
Men's Doubles Knockout finalists: John Goodman and Graeme Smith (left), Geoff Varley and Kevin Sheedy (right).
Stunning day for women's championship conclusion
The weather was perfect for the third and final round of the women's club championships held on Wednesday May 22. In glorious late-Autumn sunshine and mild to warm conditions, the course presented well with good fairways and the usual true greens.
Women's championship winners: Judy Rothe (Life Member), Yvonne Sillett (C Grade), Sue Byrne (Club Champion), Dawn Hinneberg (B Grade) and Gwen Justice (Veterans).
The A Grade winner and club champion was Sue Byrne, with a 3-round total of 273. This was the sixth time Sue has won the championship in the last seven years. In a closely-fought contest, the runner-up was 25-time champion Gwen Justice on a total of 278. Congratulations to both for some fine golf. Gwen also convincingly won the Veteran's trophy in her first year in the age group.
In B Grade, the winner was Dawn Hinneberg on 308, from Julie Hanson. Yvonne Sillett was thrilled with her win in C Grade, her score of 333 edged out Pat Kinnell on 337.
The nett winners were Helen Young (A Grade, 229), Dawn Hinneberg (B Grade, 241) and Yvonne Sillett who had the best overall nett score to win C Grade (228).
It was great to see so many established and new members participating in a keen but fair competitive spirit. Many thanks to everyone who organised the events and made lunches. Life member Judy Rothe presented the trophies.
Helping our environment
As part of our strategic plan, Trentham Golf Club is committed to better environmental practices. In 2017, we installed a 14kW solar system that has saved the club over $2000 per year in electricity costs and reduced our carbon emissions by over 20 tonnes. We have leased new lithium-ion battery electric carts and intend (as leases run out on older petrol carts) to lease more. Now we have updated our waste management system to introduce recycling through the Hepburn Shire Council and remove the Cleanaway skip that saw all our waste going to landfill. The additional benefit is a further saving of over $2000 per year in waste management costs.
To help run the system efficiently, we would like all our members and visitors to follow these guidelines:
- The yellow-lid bins (see picture) are for recyclable waste. This means bottles, cans, paper, metal and cardboard.
- The red-lid bins are for general waste. This means items such as soft plastic, ceramics, dirty paper plates, food scraps, kitchen waste and even old golf balls!
The bins are clearly marked. To reduce contamination, we would ask all our golfers not to contaminate the yellow-lid bins with any non-recyclable rubbish. The council doesn't like it and may remove our recycling option! If in doubt, put it in the red-lid bin. Our system will only work if the right items are put in the right bins!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trentham website turns 22
Trentham Golf Club's website has been in operation now for 22 years. 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.
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.
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.