Oatlands Enews – Friday 23rd August 2019
This Enews Newsletter covers the following topics:
Oatlands to Oberon Trip – Sunday 8th September
The annual trip to Oberon is upon us once again and the Club would like to invite all members to take part in this trip to support our Buddy Club as part of the Golf NSW Buddy Club initiative.
As in previous years, we have organised a bus to transport those who would rather not drive. The details are outlined below with the cost of the bus transport shared between those who use it (likely to be approx. $40pp).
Departure from OGC: 7am
Our hosts at Oberon are very excited to welcome us back having received a number of grants in the last year which have allowed them to improve the golf course and amenities.
Oberon is an interesting golf course and the members and camaraderie make the trip well worth the effort.
If you would like to take part in this event, please book online (timesheet listed 8th September and link below) or email the General Manager email@example.com.
Volunteers Needed for Course Renovation – 26th and / or 27th August
Oatlands Golf Club has a fantastic group of volunteers that meet most Mondays to assist the Club with Course and Clubhouse work.
During our bi-annual renovations, the availability of volunteers is invaluable. As an example, due to the wet weather in April, the April renovation would have been significantly delayed and would have impacted the golfing fixtures had it not been for the 16 volunteers that were available to assist.
If you are available to assist with the August renovation, please advise the General Manager (Sam Howe) via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The video below is an example of what was achieved by the volunteers in April.
Oatlands Golf Club Strategy Survey
The Board and Management have been reviewing the short, medium and long term strategy of Oatlands Golf Club to ensure that our members have a facility that they are proud of and one that continues to attract and retain members in a competitive golf industry. With the recent strong result in membership renewals, and ongoing interest in new membership, it is imperative that the Club continues to plan and invest in the facilities and services to ensure the continued growth of this popular Club.
In September the Board will be holding a Strategy Day with the goal of developing a five year Strategic Plan to guide the Club in the medium term. This is important to ensure that strategic decisions are made to a plan, and also in the best interest of the existing membership. As such, ahead of the planning session in September, the Board are seeking member input through a qualitative member survey on priorities over the next five years.
Members are encouraged to take the 10-15 minutes required to complete the survey (located at the bottom of this page). The results will then be compiled and form an integral part of the Clubs planning process. Please note, the survey will close at 5pm on Friday 13th September 2019.
If you have any questions, please contact the Club’s General Manager, Sam Howe via phone or email: email@example.com
Thank you for your assistance and ongoing support of Oatlands Golf Club.
Practice Facility Upgrade – Update
Work on the putting and chipping greens has continued to progress well this week and is nearing completion of the construction phase. Once construction is complete, the greens will be seeded with the seed expected to be applied late next week. Leading up to this, final leveling is being performed on the putting green, drainage is being completed around the chipping green, with the irrigation line around the chipping green to be installed today. The shaping of the surrounds of the chipping green will be completed today or Saturday. The new G-Wave sprinklers will be online and working Monday. These sprinklers are wireless and allow for greater control functionality.
The new concrete path form work has been installed near the practice nets, the Pro Shop corner of the putting green and the pathway adjacent to the Clubhouse. The concrete will be poured on Wednesday. The practice nets are out of action until the concrete is poured and dry, this is likely to be until Saturday 31st August.
The video below gives an overview of the work that has taken place in the first four weeks, press the play symbol to view:
From the Course
Rainfall for the Week: 0.0mm Rainfall for 2019: 555.5mm Dam: 80% Green Speed: 10.5 feet
Course staff have been busy preparing for greens and fairway renovations next week. The team spent Monday and Tuesday mornings pushing sand from the exit points of bunkers back to the front of the bunker bases. Sand was also removed from the faces of bunkers where possible, back down to the base.
Greens were dusted and rubbed in on Monday afternoon. Irrigation has been very regular for the last week or so as the high winds are drying surfaces out. We started spraying on Thursday for disease prevention (Pythium, Anthracnose, Brown Patch) however strong winds prevented the completion of the spraying. This application was completed on Friday morning.
Bobcat work on the 16th flyover has continued this week with more soil being tipped on the 10th fairway bunker, and the swale on the left hand side of the 10th fairway. These 2 sites are work in progress with more soil still needed to achieve the desired result. The 11th ladies forward tee has been constructed and turfed this week.
The first mite spray program on fairways has been completed, with the 2nd application to begin next week on the 1st, 12th and 17th fairways. We have taken drone images of all fairways to assist us in monitoring the improvement of bare patches after the renovation which allows us to make decisions on which areas are recovering adequately and which areas will require turfing.
Our volunteers were on course Monday morning checking bunkers before the ladies competition, painting the hand rails behind the Clubhouse, blowing debris from the fairways, stick picking and doing maintenance jobs in the Clubhouse. Thank you gentlemen for your assistance once again this week, and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday afternoon to get our greens renovations off to a flying start!.
Enjoy the weekend!
The Course Team
Saturday Morning BBQ – Volunteers Required
The last three Saturday’s has seen the introduction of BBQ brekky and coffee service available for members. This service which was trialed over August will continue during September.
The service is being run on a break even basis and as a Member Service which the Board believe, is one of the most important aspects of the Club operations.
At this stage, the BBQ is being operated by volunteers from amongst the Board and Sub-Committees. A number of members have expressed interest in volunteering to assist and as such, if you would like to offer your time to volunteer from 7am – 11am on a Saturday morning to assist with the BBQ then please contact the General Manager, Sam Howe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would also like members to know that in-conjunction with the Saturday BBQ, the bar will be open on Saturday morning for coffee sales from 7am. The Club has recently acquired a new coffee machine and all staff are being put through annual coffee training during the course renovation, so if you love your coffee as much as me (GM, Sam Howe), then please consider the Club for your Saturday morning wake up coffee.
Bacon & Egg Rolls: $5
Regular Size Coffee: $4.50
Opening Month Special: B&E Roll with a Coffee: $8
B&E Roll with a Beer: $10
The Club would love to see this service become a permanent fixture for Saturday morning golf with a view to expanding in to other competition days, so please show your support and have your brekky at the Club before you play.
Green Course – Wednesday Competition
Members may have noticed that we now have green tee markers on all 18 holes located at the forward most position of each tee.
This initiative has been introduced to give members who might struggle with the longer golf course, the opportunity to continue to enjoy their game.
Commencing Wednesday 4th September, participation from the green tees will be allowed in the main competition of the day (as opposed to a separate competition as is currently the case). The green tee will remain a separate competition on all other competition days. In the event that there is a major / trophy event on a Wednesday, eligibility for the major / trophy event will be from the tees outlined in the conditions of play (not from the green tees).
Any player participating from the green tees will have their Golf Australia handicap adjusted according to the slope of the green course.
The Ambrose event that is fixtured for Wednesday 29th August (directly after the greens renovation), will be held from the green tee to give all members an experience from these tees.
Mixed Pennant – Expression of Interest
The Club is calling for nominations for the annual Mixed Pennant Competition, to be run in early 2020.
The event is a matchplay Pennant format with teams of 10 (5 mixed pairs) representing each Club.
If you are interested in representing the Club in this fun Pennant competition, please email the Club General Manager, Sam Howe at email@example.com.
Specific dates for the competition will be decided toward the end of January.
Lost Balls – Maximum Search Time
Members are reminded that the changes to the Rules of Golf that came into effect on January 1st with regard to the time allowed to search for lost balls, changed the maximum time allowed from 5 minutes down to 3 minutes.
The Match Committee has received a number of informal complaints over the last month that this is not being adhered to by many players on the course. This change was made by the R&A to assist Clubs to manage Pace of Play and increase the overall enjoyment of golf for all participants. The 3 minute time is the maximum allowed, and it is up to the individual player to be mindful of and not exceed the timing allowed under the Rules.
Congratulations to the following winners:
Saturday 17th August: President’s Cup – Nam Yong Kim nett 66
Sunday 18th August: Mixed Foursomes Championship:
Congratulations to Narelle Anderson and Janaka Wimalaratne on winning the 36 Holes Mixed Foursomes Championship Gross today in a play-off from Amanda and Clinton Walkerden. Both pairs tied on 173 after 36 holes requiring extra holes to determine the 2019 Mixed Foursomes Championship Gross Winners.
Members are encouraged to take part in the many weekly golf competition events that the Club has to offer.
Regular Competition Days across the week are listed below:
Monday: Mixed Comp
Special competition events scheduled in August are listed below:
Saturday 24th August: HP Evans Singles Knockout Qualifying
Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th August: Course Renovations – Course and Clubhouse Closed.
BOOKINGS ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE CLUB WEBSITE
Upcoming Clubhouse Events
The Club run regular Club events throughout the year. The following is a list of events available to members and their guests over the next 2 months.
Wednesday 28th August – Bistro on Bettington Seafood Buffet
Sunday 1st September – Father’s Day Lunch
Celebrate Father’s Day at Oatlands Golf Club with a wonderful Texas Smokehouse Buffet lunch to say thanks to Dad.
Kids Entertainment includes Movie and Popcorn
Lunch to commence at 1pm
Adults: $60pp (guests welcome)
Kids (under 12yrs) Buffet: $25pp (served from 12:30pm)
Thursday 12th September – Grant Burge Wine Dinner
WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US AT WHAT IS GOING TO BE AN UNFORGETTABLE CELEBRATION OF PREMIUM BAROSSA VALLEY PRODUCER GRANT BURGE WINES.