Oatlands Enews – Friday 8th March 2019
This E-news covers the following topics:
- Personality Profile – George Isaac (Club President)
- Member Feedback Survey
- Limited Playing Membership Category – Name Change to Lifestyle Membership
- From the Course
- Volunteer Update
- Ladies Update
- Oatlands’ Social Media – Engage with your Club
- Club Events
- Competition Update
- Representative Teams
- Rules Update – Prohibited Play Zones
- Pro Shop News – Upcoming Demo / Fitting Days
Personality Profile – George Isaac (Club President)
George has been a member of OGC for 14 years. He is a regular golfer on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s and when possible, on Sunday with his wife Linda. He is currently playing on a handicap of 13 having reached a career low handicap of 11. George’s best score at Oatland’s is 77 and his golfing goal is to attain a single figure handicap, “for at least one round”.
George has been on the Board of OGC for 8 years and was passed the baton of Presidency by John Carey in October 2018. His passion for the Club is evident by his 10 years as manager of the Club’s Encourage Shield team.
When not at OGC, George is busy working as a Chartered Accountant with 7 partners and 75 staff. His hobbies away from golf are fitness boot camp and travelling. He has 3 children with wife Linda, no grandchildren (yet).
George has a regular playing group on Saturday, however he tries to play with as many different members as possible on Wednesday, so if you see a space next to his on the timesheet, he would love to have you join him for a game.
Member Feedback Survey
Oatlands Golf Club are continually looking at ways of improving member services and member feedback is an important part of this process.
Members are asked to please take a few short minutes to complete the service satisfaction survey below;
Limited Playing Membership Category – Name Change
The Membership Committee and Board have recently approved a change in name for the Limited Playing Membership category to Lifestyle Membership. It is believed that this better represents the benefits of this category which has a limit on competition play only, not on social play.
From the Course
Rainfall for the week: 5.0mm Rainfall for 2019: 164mm Dam: 80% Green Speed 10.0 feet
This week, the team has been busy working on repairing the bare areas on the 17th fairway. On Monday, with the help of the volunteers, we cut out areas totalling 475m2 in size that continually die back at this time every year. As we were removing the turf, we found a lot of beetle larvae in the soil. These larvae can be either African Black Beetle or Argentinian Scarab Beetle. African Black beetle tends to cause damage earlier in the summer season, and the Argentinian Scarab later in the season. We believe that the larvae we are finding this week are Argentinian Scarab however tests to confirm this will be conducted. Tech notes on this pest say that you only need 4 of these larvae in a 1m2 area to see the type of damage to turf that we are witnessing.
Treatment of this pest has commenced in fairways, intermediate roughs and green surrounds. A knockdown insecticide is being used to control both the larvae in the ground and any adults of the Argentinian Scarab and African Black beetle. A such, members may have noticed a lot of dead beetles on the 12th, 13th, 15th and 17th fairways this week.
This weekend, greens will be cut Friday, cut and rolled on Saturday, and the dew removed on Sunday.
Enjoy the weekend!
The Course Team
Volunteers were on course Monday checking bunkers before the ladies’ competition, blowing fairways, edging pathways assisting with the removing of turf from the 15th fairway and performing clubhouse repairs. As always, thank you all for your valuable contributions each Monday morning. Any members wishing to join our brigade of volunteers to assist the course staff (followed by lunch) can join in at 7am every Monday.
Members are reminded that the Autumn Renovations are now only one week away and will be commencing after lunch on Sunday 17th March and continuing through Monday 18th and possibly Tuesday 19th. If you would like to assist the volunteers on this day and are not part of the regular volunteer group please let General Manager know via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to Kathy Lim, who beat Paula Skelton on the 17th hole to win 2/1 to take out the Presidents Cup for 2019. Paula was defending champion and was keen to win again but Kathy had other ideas and played some great golf. The match was played in great spirit, so well done to both ladies!
On behalf of the Ladies Committee
Oatlands’ Social Media – Engage with your Club
Congratulations to Rodney Walsh for winning the weekly social media prize (a complimentary guest round), for the best picture or post.
Rodney posted a great picture to Facebook on Sunday 3rd March (inset) of the Clubs Major Pennant Team prior to the start of play in their match against Stonecutters Ridge at home. Thanks Rodney and well done!
Members are encouraged to check out our Facebook and Instagram for what’s happening around the Club and to post your own photos and comments. The best photo or post by a member each week will win a complimentary guest voucher.
To visit the Oatland’s Facebook page, click the link below and “LIKE” our page and post your own photos / comments to be eligible for the weekly prize.
To post a photo to our Instagram channel, please add the handle @oatlandsgolfclub
For those members new to Facebook and Instagram or have absolutely no idea what I am talking about, please feel free to drop in to the General Manager’s office for a quick rundown on how this all works.
11 HOLE COMPETITION – EXTENSION OF TRIAL: MARCH – JUNE 2019
Held on a Sunday, this is an ideal competition for time poor members or members new to competition play, who are looking for a low pressure introduction to competition.
Time-sheets will open as per the regular Sunday schedule and we hope to see members take advantage of this new initiative. Additional tee times will be added if required.
For any question please see a member of the Pro Shop staff.
Monday 18th March: Course and Clubhouse Closed for Renovation
Tuesday 19th March: Course and Clubhouse Closed for Renovation
Friday 22nd March: Surf & Turf Buffet
Wednesday 27th March: Bistro on Bettington
Saturday 2nd March
A Grade: Nathan Wareham
B Grade: Tony Steele
C Grade: Nick Johnston
D Grade: Chris Luu
Scratch: Kyle Dignam
Ladies: Kathy Lim
Thursday 7th March
A Grade: Linda Gyzen
B Grade: Sue Plaister
C Grade: Pamela Heagney
9 Hole: Deb Lawton
Ladies Grade Pennant
Grade play their second match today at Wakehurst against Carnarvon. We wish the ladies the best of luck!
Silver 11 start their Pennant season today playing Pennant hills at Gordon Golf Club which is hosting for Killara while they finish their course renovations. We have a strong team this year after a rebuild last year. Good luck ladies!
Great win by the Major Pennant Side
Last Sunday Oatlands took on an in-form Stonecutters Ridge at home. It was a great morning for golf with the course being presented in fantastic condition. It was, as with all previous matches, a very close game & was a must win game for the boys. And I am happy to say we came away with a great win. The boys won 4.5 to 2.5.
Again Nick Murdoch, the captain, who is in great form came away with a win along with Joe EL-Badawi who is becoming a hard man to beat. Luke Mason gave his opponent no chance with a strong 7&5 win. Tim Frazer played some great golf at #1 and beat a strong opponent winning on the 17th.
Special mention to young Will Reece who at only 15 yrs. played a great game at reserve & came away with a win. A definite star of the future.
The course was given its highest compliment on the morning by the Stonecutters team saying it was in great condition & we have some of the best greens they have played on. So well done to the green staff with all their hard work in getting Oatlands looking so good. A lovely lunch was put on by the kitchen & again there was many compliments by all attending.
This week we take on Cabramatta away & it is a must win game. It will be a tough match but the Oatlands boys are hitting some good golf and will give it their all.
Prohibited Areas of Play (No Play Zones) – To replace Designated and Non-designated Garden signs
As of 15th March designated and non-designated garden signage will be removed with Green Stakes in play to determine whether relief is available.
With regard to Prohibited Areas of Play behind greens on 5, 8, 9, 12, and 18, members are directed to refer to the Local Rule on the back of the scorecard.
Pro Shop News – Upcoming Fitting / Demo Days
The Pro Shop are hosting a number of fittings days throughout March with some of the leading Club manufacturers. These include:
Thursday 28th March: Mizuno – Click here to book
Friday 29th March: Titleist – Click here to book
Tuesday 2nd April: Callaway – Click here to book