GOLF COMMITTEE REPORT
Dear [First name],
Wednesday 27th January the Golf Committee held their monthly meeting. We would like to inform you on some important information that was discussed at this meeting to keep everyone informed of what is happening around the club.
FLAGSTICKS AND RAKES
After robust discussion, the committee unanimously decided that the flagsticks must remain in the holes. The only exception to this rule is when there is water in the holes from either rain or watering that causes the foam in the holes to slip up. If you are removing the flag in this instance please use a towel to take out the flag. The greenskeepers will be monitoring the water in the holes of a morning when mowing and rolling the greens to ensure all water is taken out. The foam will also be lowered in all holes to hopefully reduce the chances of a ball popping out.
Anyone who is found to breach this local rule on multiple occasions will be subject to disciplinary action.
Rakes will remain out of the bunkers and preferred lies will continue to be in place. Please ensure that you smooth over your divots and footprints as you leave the bunkers.
The committee will review these local rules in a months time to reassess the situation.
We are currently investigating options for the club to have new pennant shirts. It was agreed that we will have one universal colour for men and women. A colour is still yet to be decided.
A Junior Golf Committee has been formed within the Goulburn Murray Golf Association. The Cobram Barooga Golf Club will have 3 representatives. These people will be Matt Haddrell, Steffi Vogel and Shannyn Chandler.
It was commented how great it was to see a few of the juniors playing in competitions on a regular basis now with many hanging around in the afternoons to help the pro shop with a number of different tasks.
We wish to thank Phil Boulton for his generous donation of practice balls recently. This will be a great help for the junior clinics that are run on a Sunday morning.
The greenkeepers are running with 2 staff members short of an ideal number. All staff are back on full hours during the week with some doing a few hours on a Saturday morning. Currently no one is doing any hours on a Sunday.
There will be a major focus on the greens surrounds with extra watering to take place. This will mean there will be extra water in the bunkers. However, another focal point is to improve bunker drainage to avoid this.
The back nine of the Old Course still operates through manual watering. Watering of these fairways takes place each morning and therefore a number of the fairways will be quite wet for those who like to play in the mornings.
Discussion took place on creating a Dad’s Army along with some working bees to help the ground staff in the jobs that are currently non essential. Anyone who may be interested in helping out, please contact the pro shop.
BLUE AND WHITE TEE MARKERS
There has been a lot of confusion surrounding the White and Blue courses. Tee markers are allowed to be shifted within 100 metres of the course plates. This means that although you may play off the Blue Course for the day, the markers could be moved forward. The set up of the course will always be different on a Saturday compared to a Thursday. This will mean either the pins will be moved or the tee markers.
WEST COURSE STARTERS HUT
Plans to upgrade the West Course starters hut are ongoing.
All of the supplies have arrived for the new practice nets. These will be constructed in the coming weeks.
It has been asked that all members who are bringing their carts over from the members cart shed, to please use the designated paths. As the 6th and 18th holes are now fully operational, there is too much risk for people who are crossing the fairways. Therefore, you must use the paths the entire way to the pro shop.
The local council has advised that when travelling to and from the West Course, it is imperative that you use the path inside the fence line from the maintenance shed to the car park as the footpath becomes very narrow and poses a risk to pedestrians.
When playing the 18th hole of the Old Course, please use the path located on the left hand side of the green. Do not drive between the bollards.
Easter and Senior Tournament entry forms are now available on the website. Entries are coming in quickly for the Seniors Tournament already.