The latest news and views about the Trentham Golf Club.

Judy Rothe

Trentham Golf Club was saddened by the passing of life member Judy Rothe on April 12. Judy joined Trentham Golf Club in 1969 and held the positions of Women's President, Captain and Handicapper as well as serving terms on both the women's committee and the club committee. 

Judy was also active at the district level with terms as Dalhousie District Golf Association President, Dalhousie Delegate for Women's Golf Victoria, Country Teams captain and head of the district course rating team. Judy went on to become the Vice President of Women’s Golf Victoria and served on the board of Women’s Golf Australia. In recognition of Judy’s dedication and contribution, she was awarded life membership of both the Trentham Golf Club and the Dalhousie District Golf Association.

Judy was very welcoming to new members and was tireless in representing the club in pennant and golf events throughout Victoria. She will be sadly missed by all.

Life membership for David Nugent

In a Special General Meeting at the club on April 2, David Nugent was unanimously elected to Life Membership of the Trentham Golf Club.

David has been an active member of the club in a number of roles for 27 years since joining in 1995. He has been Treasurer for 18 years since 2004. The role of Treasurer has become one of ever-increasing complexity. Governance and audit requirements, insurance, employment, contracting, taxation, accounting systems, grants and more recently Covid-19 financial management have all made the Treasurer's task more time-consuming and difficult. David has undertaken this role with strength, wisdom, co-operation and great diligence. 

David's exemplary service to the club over a long period of time qualifies him well for the awarding of Life Membership.

Charity Day raises $5450 for Hepburn SES unit

Twenty-eight teams (112 players) entered this year's 4-person Ambrose Charity event. Funds were raised through entry fees, raffles, a trading table and silent auctions for donated goods.

Trentham organisers with members of the SES who attended the day: (l-r) Veronica Maher (Women's Captain), Emily Pullen (Hepburn SES), Keith Webster (Club President), Brad Climie (Hepburn SES Controller), Trish Mann and John Hudson (Captain).

During the presentation, Brad Climie (SES Controller) spoke of the work of the SES and the 1700 square kilometres the unit covers in the Shire of Hepburn district.

Our thanks go to everyone who helped on the day with organisation, donated goods, raffles, auction donations and on the course. Professional golfer and member Stuart Leong charged $5 for tee shots on the long 6th and 18th holes.

We look forward to next year's Charity Day around the same time.

Handicap: David Hendy, Sue Wight, Tony Hendy, Jason Wight (Goonawarra Golf Club) 51.25
Scratch: Matt Miller, Cohan Poulton, Darren Jolly, Shane Fisher (Midlands Golf Club) 56
Nearest the pins: 2nd Shane Fisher (Midlands), 5th Helen Cashmore, 13th Tim Fletcher, 15th Simon Ovenden.

Women's clinics a huge success

Trentham has just completed three women's golf clinics aimed at beginners and developing players.

The clinics seem to get bigger every year and this year forty-one attendees participated. Gisborne professional Matthew Duncan taught on the clinics, assisted by Trentham's women members.

Congratulations go to Sue Byrne who organised the clinics, well assisted by Trish Mann, Helen Cashmore, Rachael Mitchell and Veronica Maher.

The atmosphere in the clubhouse after each clinic was very positive and everyone was so enthusiastic about playing golf. The club has had many new members and golfers from previous clinics and we are looking forward to seeing more new women's faces on the golf course this year.

Professional Matthew Duncan takes some of the women through the basics of the golf swing

Trentham goes even more green!

Trentham Golf Club has received grants totalling $20,429 for the installation at the clubhouse of two Tesla Powerwall batteries with a total storage capacity of 28kWh.

The purpose of the batteries is to further reduce the club's carbon footprint, and complement the 12kW solar system by offsetting night time grid usage of electricity by the clubhouse refrigeration and the irrigation bore. Our fleet of six lithium-ion electric hire golf carts will be fully "solar powered".

At present the club's solar system output is below its potential as it is constrained to only produce what the clubhouse uses plus a 5kW feed in. The batteries will store power in precedence to grid feed-in and enable it to be used at night, maximising the solar output. Night time grid power usage is also charged at a higher rate than current feed-in tariffs, giving excellent cost offsets.

Sustainability Victoria is generously providing a 50% grant of $15,429 under their Community Climate Change and Energy Action Program. Hepburn Wind is providing a community grant of $3000 and the Hepburn Solar Bulk Buy program $2000. The club is contributing $10,429. The grants mean the club will achieve an excellent pay-back period.

Thanks to Colin Wilson and Taryn Lane of Hepburn Wind for their work on the successful grant application. The contractor will be Cola Solar of Bendigo, who will be doing initial site inspections shortly.

In the future the club will look at further expanding the solar system, with the aim of installing one or two electric car charging points as the demand for electric vehicles increases. Electric lithium-ion golf course mowers are already available and a future possibility.

Robin Wilson wins 2021 Men's Club Championship

At the completion of the 2021 Club Championship on Saturday February 12, Robin Wilson is the Club Champion after shooting a final round 68 to equal his own course record. With rounds of 72-75-76-68=291. Robin finished seven strokes ahead of Leif Louwen-Skovdam on 298 after Leif also scored an excellent 69. Brent Leheny finished third on 306.

In B Grade, John Smithwick 80-87-81-81=329 came from behind to overtake Chris Campbell and Jock MacLeod, both finishing on 332. Neale Hull won C Grade with 88-94-87-91=360, just one shot ahead of Mike De Jong on 361.

Handicap winners were A Grade: Liam Murray 273, B Grade: Chris Campbell 280 and C Grade: Mike De Jong 277.

Full Scores

Competition tee times from early morning

The committee and the match committee have determined that competition teetimes on Thursdays and Saturdays will now be available from early morning until 12.30pm. Members have been entering competitions well before 8.30 for some time, this policy just formalises the preference that members have already made with their bookings. The availability of competition credits for payment, booking sheets for entry and score recording through MiScore or touchscreen has made this easily manageable.

Gender composition of groups within all competition tee times is up to individual choice and preference.

Public tee times on Thursdays and Saturdays are still limited to before 8.30am and after 12.30pm. If you book into a competition earlier than 8.30am, be prepared to share the course with, and be courteous to, green fee players.

The last competition tee time is still 12.30pm in order to wrap up the competition as close to 5.00pm as possible.

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.


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.

Compare the course from 1946 to now ...

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. 

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.

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 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 ( 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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