Trentham Club Newsletter
The latest news and views about the Trentham Golf Club.
Life membership for John Hudson
Congratulations to John Hudson who was voted, by a Special Meeting of members on Saturday December 14th, into Life Membership of the Trentham Golf Club.
John has been a Committee member almost every year since he joined the club in the 1990s, including four years as President and nine years as Captain (including the last five years). He has also served for a long period as the club's Dalhousie District representative. Along with playing golf every Thursday and Saturday throughout the year, one of his favourites is the club's mixed foursomes championship, where he has been successful several times.
His life membership is an award well-earned for a very popular, respected and hard-working member of the club.
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.
Trentham strengthens financial position
At the Annual General Meeting held on Saturday November 23, Trentham Golf Club reported a stronger financial position for the year. While net profit for the year was only $1709, this was reduced by a much-increased depreciation allowance. Cash at bank increased by $34,000 to $154,403, allowing a number of projects to be funded for next year, including an al fresco outdoor area for the clubhouse, renovation of the 17th green and continued rehabilitation of the former pine plantation areas. Membership increased by 10% to 257, including a good number of new women members. Importantly, the club continues to fully-fund provisions for staff leave and long-service.
Highlights of 2019 included considerable improvement work around the course, increased numbers in mens and womens competitions, establishment of a par-3 course, outstanding ongoing work by the course volunteer group and record numbers in the annual tournament. All this work and the overall club management culminated in Trentham being awarded 2019 Victorian Golf Club of the Year.
The new Committee for 2020 is Keith Webster (President), John Hudson (Captain), David Nugent (Treasurer), Russell Hanson (Secretary), Julie Hanson, Di Lewis, Terry South, Mike Hotchin, Geoff Durham, Simon Ovenden and Colin Wilson.
Simon Ovenden wins club championship
Simon Ovenden has won the 2019 Trentham Men's Club Championship. Simon scored 77 in the final round, played on Saturday 2nd November, for a 309 total, nine strokes ahead of last year's winner Robin Wilson. Sholto Arnold finished third. A Grade handicap was won by Martin Walker on 280.
In B Grade, Colin Wilson (337) bolted away his rivals over the last nine holes to win by 11 strokes from Brenton Payne and John Smithwick. B Grade handicap was won by Geoff Varley.
It needed a sudden-death play-off on the 1st hole for Ken Anders to beat Peter Speakman in C Grade. Both finished on 385 after four rounds. Peter took out C Grade nett with 293.
The trophy for senior champion was won by Martin Walker on 328. The Arnie Hanson trophy for overall handicap over four rounds was won by Geoff Varley on 280.
Congratulations to all the winners.
New world handicap system
The World Handicap System will take full effect in Australia on January 30th 2020. Golf Australia’s national computerised handicapping service (GolfLink) will be taken offline from Monday 27th to Thursday 30th January 2020. During this time, GA handicaps will be recalculated using all of the new WHS regulations.
Australia already operates under most of the WHS regulations, however there will be some changes:
Bonus reduction for exceptional net score
GolfLink will apply an automated extra reduction to a player’s GA handicap for any net score that is at least 7 strokes better than it.
In addition to the existing hard cap of 5 strokes, a soft cap is being introduced. The soft cap will take effect once a player’s GA handicap increases to 3 strokes above its best point for the previous 12 months. Once in the soft cap zone, a player’s GA handicap will only be allowed to increase by 50% of the calculated amount.
Adjustment made to daily handicap if scratch rating is different to par
This will make 36 Stableford points (or net par) the universal measure of a golfer playing to their handicap. As a result, it will become simple to conduct mixed-gender or multi-tee competitions.
For more information see: https://www.golf.org.au/newsandcommunication
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.
Trentham Plate results
Photo (l-r): Bob Sullivan, Doris Ryan, event sponsors Kerrin and Di Hynes, Phil Hanson (representing the Hanson family, donors of the plate), Noel Young and Veronica Maher.
The Trentham Plate was held on Sunday November 17 and the winning team was Doris Ryan (Bundoora), Noel Young, Veronica Maher and Bob Sullivan (all Trentham) with 112 points. Noel scored the best round of the day with 44 points.
The individual Stableford events were won by Simon Ovenden (Trentham, 37 points) and Rosie Hill (Trentham, 40). Nearest the pins were Men: Noel Young, Colin Wilson, Simon Ovenden and Graham Marshall (Midlands), and Women: Rhonda Holcombe, Rosie Hill, Ruth Iser (Axedale) and Dawn Hinneberg.
Pete repeats in Men's Singles Knockout
Peter and Brendan McMenamin
Peter McMenamin has defeated his older brother Brendan 3 and 1 to claim the Trentham Men's Singles Matchplay title. The knockout final, held on Saturday September 14th, was a closely fought affair right up to the penultimate hole on the course. Peter was the defending champion from 2018. It was the first time in the history of the event that two brothers had played off for the title.
Trentham Tournament 2019 Results
Here's the results from the 2019 Trentham Annual Tournament. Next year's tournament promises to be just as popular, so keep your golfing diary open for the last week in October 2020..
Boys Scratch: Vincent Nguyen (Huntingdale) 75
Girls Scratch: Keeley Marx (Heritage) 78
Boys Handicap: D'Arcy Whyte (Rich River) 72
Girls Handicap: Grace Li (Box Hill) 76
Fifteen-year-old Keeley Marx (+2) gets the ponytail flying as she launches another 230 metre drive, this one off the 12th tee.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.