Oatlands Enews – Friday 6th September 2019




This Enews Newsletter covers the following topics:

  • Grant Burge Wine Dinner – Thursday 12th September
  • From the Course
  • Practice Facility Upgrade – Update
  • Club Championships 2019
  • Oatlands GC Strategy Survey
  • Happy Hour Friday’s
  • Saturday Morning BBQ – Volunteers Required
  • Mixed Pennant – Expression of Interest
  • Call up on Par 3s
  • Upcoming Events
  • Clubhouse Events


Thursday 12th September – Grant Burge Wine Dinner





Birthday voucher CAN be used for this event.


From the Course

Rainfall for the Week: 17.0mm             Rainfall for 2019: 614.5mm        Dam: 100%         Green Speed: Renovations

Renovation of playing surfaces continued this week, with greens being fertilised on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and having their first cut on Thursday morning at 5mm. The greens are looking really good, albeit a couple of days behind where we would’ve liked them to be after the rainfall late last week. The cutting height will be lowered by 1mm each week until we are back to our usual 3mm cutting height.

All fairways have had the Ventrac aerator run over them twice now, with top dressing and fertilising taking place each day. The Ventrac performs a double pass over all fairways before we smash up the removed cores with our steel drag mat. Once smashed up, we then blow off any remaining debris from the fairway surfaces. Approximately 30 tonnes of washed sand per hectare is spread over the fairways before also being rubbed in with the steel drag mat. We still have to finish top dressing the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 10th and practice fairways, which should be completed by Wednesday next week. We have fertilised the 1st, 12th, 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th and 18th fairways so far, only having a small window of opportunity to complete this work early mornings due to water restrictions and member play.

Our volunteers were on course Monday morning, performing a bunker run in front of the ladies competition, blowing fairways, painting the handrails on the back veranda of the Clubhouse, Clubhouse maintenance and Col McRae aerated the 15th fairway on our Ventrac machine. Thank you gentlemen for your assistance once again! 


Enjoy the weekend!

The Course Team


Practice Facility Upgrade – Update

The putting and chipping greens are ready for seeding, with the putting green being sown on Thursday and the chipping green on Friday (underway at the time of writing). We will cover these surfaces with the growth cloth to enhance germination. With favourable conditions, we predict a 10- 12 week grow in period before they will be open for play. The turf around the chipping green will be laid in approximately a week and a half, after we remove the growth cloths.

The concrete paths were laid on Tuesday and will be open for access on Saturday (tomorrow) morning. The fencing around the greens will stay in place for another week or two to prevent trespassers crossing over the new greens.   

We would like to thank Donohoe Earthmoving and Construction for their diligence and work ethic during the construction phase of this project. Members would have observed them working from sunrise to sunset on most days which has allowed the project to progress as planned.

There is no updated video of this week’s work as our resident drone pilot (General Manager Sam Howe) was attending the PGA Conference on the Gold Coast. The image below shows the putting green after seeding and covered with the growth cloth and the chipping green ready to be sown.


Club Championship 2019

The 2019 Men’s Club Championship commences on Saturday 28th September. The format is:

Two qualifying rounds for all grades on Saturday 28th September and Saturday 12th October with the top 16 players in each grade qualifying for the knockout matchplay section.

Club Championship division matches will be played consecutive Sunday’s over 36 holes

All other grades will be played consecutive Saturday’s over 18 holes

The Finals of all grades will take place prior to the Annual Presentation Dinner on Saturday 9th November.

All members are encouraged to take part in the Club pinnacle event. 

The handicap grades are listed below:

Club Championship up to 7

The Plate handicap 8 to 12

Middle Markers Cup 13 to 18

Long Markers Cup 19 and over

Only members with full playing rights are eligible to enter. 

2018 Club Champion – Tim Frazer


Oatlands Golf Club Strategy Survey

The Board and Management would like to thank all those members who have taken the time to complete the strategy survey. At the time of writing this, 149 members have completed the survey. The objective is to have 200+ responses by the time the survey closes at 5pm on Friday 13th September 2019.

The responses will help guide the Board and Managements’ development of the Club’s 5 year strategic plan so it is important that members take the time to provide input into the direction of their Club.

The survey is available below.

If you have any questions, please contact the Club’s General Manager, Sam Howe via phone or email: gm@oatlandsgolf.com.au 

Thank you for your assistance and ongoing support of Oatlands Golf Club.

Oatlands Strategy Survey


Happy Hour at the Club – Friday’s 4 – 6pm

Commencing in September, the Club will be running a weekly Happy Hour special on Friday’s from 4 to 6pm.

Happy Hour prices will be $5 on all tap beer schooners and glasses of House red and white wine.

We hope you can join us on a Friday afternoon!


Saturday Morning BBQ – Volunteers Required

The last four 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 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, please contact the General Manager, Sam Howe at gm@oatlandsgolf.com.au.

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

B&E Roll with a Coffee/Beer: $8/$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.


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 gm@oatlandsgolf.com.au.

Specific dates for the competition will be decided toward the end of January.


Call Up on Par 3s

Members are reminded of the need to call up on all Par 3s to assist with Pace of Play. Calling up alleviates congestion behind your group and also allows the group in front to get out of range. This creates better flow on the golf course and a more enjoyable round for all. 

Calling up on the 12th hole is particularly important, with timesheets starting at 7 or 8 minute intervals, getting the 12th tee away on time is very difficult if groups don’t call up. The reason for this is that play for a par 3 takes 12-13 minutes which is obviously longer than the starting intervals. Calling up once you get to the green (which on average is after 6-7mins) allows groups to get away on time.

To gain the benefit of calling up requires all groups to look for the opportunity to do so rather than looking for the opportunity to finish out without calling up. If all groups call up on Par 3s then round times can be reduced by 10-15mins and the overall flow of the course is greatly increased.

Thank you for your assistance!


Upcoming Events

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
Wednesday: Mixed Competition
Thursday: Mixed Competition
Saturday: Mixed Competition
Sunday: Mixed Competition



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.

Sunday 29th September – Bring a Newbie Golf Afternoon

Oatlands Golf Club would like to give all members the chance to introduce a newcomer to the Club and to the game of golf.

This event is complimentary for all participants and will include a 9 hole shotgun start at 3:30pm followed by drinks and canapes.

Golf will be followed by a short introduction to Oatlands and an overview of the benefits of joining our wonderful Club.

The only condition is that newcomers invited by members must not be a member of another Golf Club or have a handicap.


Friday 25th October – Five after 5

Oatlands Golf Club’s annual series of Five after 5 events kick off on the 25th October. These popular events are open to members and guests and are a great way to introduce friends and family to the course and Club in a relaxed environment. With spectacular prizes (tongue firmly in cheek), provided by host Rodney Walsh, the post golf atmosphere, buffet dinner and camaraderie are not to be missed. Bookings can be made online via the Club website or by phoning Reception.


Wednesday 30th October – Bistro on Bettington French Buffet

Join us for our ever popular Bistro on Bettington evenings, with a wonderful French themed menu prepared by Chef, Paul Bacon.

The evening is just $45pp with guests welcome.


Tuesday 5th November – Melbourne Cup Luncheon

Join us at Oatlands for the 2019 Melbourne Cup and one of the Club’s biggest annual events. Details are listed below with lots of great activities planned and a wonderful lunch prepared by Chef, Paul. Bookings can be made online or by phoning Reception. 

Melbourne Cup Luncheon Menu


Saturday 9th November – Annual Presentation Dinner

The Club’s Annual Presentation Dinner will be held on Saturday, 9th November to acknowledge all the men’s major event winners for the past year.

This years event includes former Augusta National Greenskeeper, Daniel Cook as keynote speaker.

Dan is currently the Grounds Director at Elanora Country Club and still goes back to Augusta National each year and sets the pins with the Augusta Chairman.

Daniel’s story of his journey from trainee greenskeeper to The Masters is fascinating and he is one of the industry leaders in golf course innovation and management.

Thursday 28th November – Ladies Presentation Dinner

The annual Ladies Presentation Dinner will be held on Thursday 28th November. More information will follow however, this evening also celebrates the major event winners for the year and is a wonderful evening of celebration that is always well supported by the Club’s fantastic Lady members.


Wednesday 27th November – Bistro on Bettington

Join us for our ever popular Bistro on Bettington evenings, with a wonderful menu prepared by Chef Paul Bacon.

The evening is just $60pp with guests welcome.



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