Oatlands Enews – Friday 17th January 2020


This Enews Newsletter covers the following topics:

  • From the Course
  • Fundraising Golf Day for the Rural Fire Service – Save the Date: Friday 13th March 2020
  • World Handicapping System – January 2020
  • Getting Started Programme 2020 – Commences February 2020
  • Junior Development Programme – Term 1, 2020
  • Volkswagen Scramble – Sunday 1st March 2020
  • QPC&C Tiger Tee Challenge Timesheets – Open 4 weeks in advance
  • Saturday Morning BBQ – To Resume Saturday 25th January 2020
  • Upcoming Events

From the Course

Rainfall for the Week: 5.5mm (prior to today)  Rainfall for 2020: 11.5mm   Dam: 15%   Green Speed: 9.5ft

Finally some rain!!!!! There has been 5.5mm for the week prior to today’s fall however the video below shot today shows some much needed catchment entering the dam.

It’s been a busy week on the course for the team this week, as we took advantage of some milder weather early in the week and managed to finish trimming all remaining bunker edges. Now completed, the sharp defined edge really enhances the appearance of the bunkers throughout the course.

We were also able to get into the dam on Monday and move our pumps out into the deeper water, which enables extra irrigation on our fairways and tees. Some minor changes to the pumps were also achieved, with a new float attached to one of the pumps. As we’re all well aware, there are predictions for rainfall amounts from 50mm up to 75mm over the coming days. Hopefully we receive a heavy storm or two which will provide runoff from surrounding roads to fill our dam significantly, and ease the drought conditions on our fairway and tee playing surfaces. We are also trying to take advantage of today’s rainfall (written Thursday) by applying a pre-emergent herbicide for annual weeds to some of our fairways. We managed to spray the 8th, 10th and 17th fairways this morning which was watered in naturally by today’s rainfall and hopefully some more tonight. As always there’s some risk involved when relying on Mother Nature. We don’t want a massive amount of rainfall initially, as this will wash the chemical away. Today’s predicted amounts were ideal which is why we applied today. Tomorrow it is predicted to be more which isn’t ideal, and hence why we won’t risk any further applications.   

The team has also performed some maintenance to our sprinklers on the 14th, 16th, and 17th fairways. Some of the repairs were replacing damaged parts from the lightning strike back in November, as well as raising heads so that they work more efficiently.

All areas of the course have been cut this week including selected areas in the rough to mulch up the leaf debris while our vacuum is out of action. Organic products were applied to all greens this morning to help protect greens against Pythium root rot, and add beneficial bacteria to the soil profile.

Our volunteers were on course on Monday checking bunkers before the ladies competition, blowing fairways, tidying up the 6th creek and clubhouse maintenance. Thank you gentlemen once again for all your assistance.

Enjoy the weekend!

The Course Team.

Fundraising Golf Day for the Rural Fire Service – Friday 13th March

Oatlands Golf Club will be hosting a fundraising golf day on Friday 13th March 2020 to assist in raising funds to support the NSW Rural Fire Service in light of recent devastating fires in NSW. After consultation it has been decided that the funds raised will go to the families of the two NSW RFS Volunteers that were killed fighting the fires.

Thank you to those members who have already started to book in for the Fundraiser and also to those offering up items for raffle and auction. Items such as golf bags, weekend stays at holiday homes normally listed on AirBnB, and any other suitable items will greatly assist in raising money for the families impacted. To donate a raffle or auction item, please contact the Club General Manager,  gm@oatlandsgolf.com.au.

The day will open to members and guests, with the entry fee $80pp for members and $110pp for non-members. Early reservations can be made by emailing the General Manager, gm@oatlandsgolf.com.au or via the online timesheet which is already open and listed on Friday 13th March.

We hope as many members and guests will get involved in this event and help to support the heroic effort of all those involved in fighting the unprecedented bushfires, along with those who have been tragically impacted.

World Handicap System – January 2020

The World Handicapping System will come into effect in late January 2020. Below is an overview of the main changes in effect with the introduction of the World Handicapping System (WHS):

  • Transfer of 0.93 Multiplier (which creates a small change to the formulas for the GA Handicap and Daily Handicap)
    • The 0.93 Multiplier will be transferred out of the GA Handicap calculation and into the Daily Handicap calculation.
    • As a result, a GA Handicap will be calculated simply by averaging the best 8 of a player’s most recent 20 results.
    • Note: Golf Australia statisticians confirm this change will have no overall impact on the handicaps players actually play off (ie Daily Handicaps). This is because the slight increase it will cause to GA Handicaps (by being removed from that formula), will be exactly the same as the decrease it will cause to Daily Handicaps (by being transferred into this formula). As a result there will be no overall impact.
  • Daily Rating System – PCC
    • The WHS will feature a statistical daily rating system.It will be called PCC (Playing Conditions Calculation).
    • The WHS daily rating formulas and regulations have been in full effect in Australia since May 2019.
    • When the WHS comes into effect, the PCC will be displayed on your handicap record as an adjustment value (eg ‘+2’ or ‘-1’) rather than a
    value such as ‘68’ or ‘72’ as happens pre-WHS under the Australian DSR system.
    • PCCs are permitted to range anywhere between -1 (ie easier conditions) and +3 (harder conditions).
  • Maximum Handicaps
    • The maximum GA Handicap under the WHS is 54.0 for both men and women.
    • Your club’s handicap & competition management software can choose default handicap limits lower than 54 for any (or all) competitions. (Decision pending for OGC).
    • For example, your club may choose to set Daily Handicap limits at 36 for men and 45 for women for most competitions and then use a higher limit for beginner competitions or for events for less-skilled players.
  • Soft Cap of 3 Strokes
    • A GA Handicap will continue to increase at the current rate of 100% of the ‘8 of 20 scores’ calculation UNTIL it reaches 3 strokes above its best point from the previous 12 months. Once in this new Soft Cap zone, a player’s GA Handicap will only be allowed to increase by 50% of the calculated amount until it reaches the existing and unchanged Hard Cap of 5 strokes.
  • Bonus Reduction for Exceptional Net Score
    • GOLF Link will apply an automatic additional reduction to a player’s GA Handicap if the player has an ‘exceptional score’.
    • If the player’s score is 7.0-9.9 strokes better than what their GA Handicap was at the time the round was played then GOLF Link will apply an automatic additional reduction of 1.0 stroke to their GA Handicap. If the player’s score is at least 10.0 strokes better than what their GA Handicap was at the time the round was played, then GOLF Link will apply an automatic additional reduction of 2.0 strokes to their GA Handicap.
    • To establish whether a score is exceptional, GOLF Link will compare the player’s GA Handicap at the time the round was played with the number in the ‘Sloped Played To’ column for that round. (The ‘Sloped Played To’ column is one of the columns that is displayed in a player’s handicap record on www.golf.org.au.).

All calculations will be handled by the Club’s website and Golf Link. 

For full detail of the World Handicap System please click here

Getting Started Programme 2020 – Commences February 2020

The Club’s  twice annual Getting Started Programme is set to continue in February 2020.

These 8 week programmes are a great way to introduce family and friends to the game of golf and the culture and camaraderie of Oatlands Golf Club. Check out the short video below that shows the amazing progress of the participants in one of the 2019 sessions:

The 2020 Programme commences in February with a Sunday and Thursday programme, dates and times are listed below:

Three programmes available:

Sunday 8:30am – 9:30am or 9:30am – 10:30am: Starting Sunday 9th February, 8 week programme

Thursday 11:00am – 12:00pm: Starting Thursday 13th February, 8 week programme. 

Cost for the programme is:

$240 for 8 weeks

To register, please complete the online form below:

Junior Development Programme – Term 1, 2020

The Clubs 2020 Junior Development Programme (JDP) is recommencing on Thursday 30th January 2020 following the long school holiday break. The 2020 programme sees a few changes to last year, including;

  1. A new structure to group categories
  2. Learning of all main elements of the game each term
  3. Online bookings required (Please note: Bookings are required as sessions will be capped at a maximum number of 12 participants).
  4. Supervised on-course play available every Saturday (booking required)
  5. All participants and accompanying parents must comply with the Clubs Dress Regulations

Please click on this link for a full update on the 2020 JDP Programme including group criteria and booking procedure. 

Volkswagen Scramble – Sunday 1st March 2020

Oatlands will be running a Mixed Volkswagen (formerly Holden) Scramble on Sunday 1st March, 8am shotgun start.

The event will be open to members and guests and require a minimum of one member per team to qualify with a 4 person ambrose format.

The cost is $40 for members and $70 for non-members.

All participants will  receive a Callaway gift pack and the winners will qualify for the regional final where they will be joined by one the Clubs PGA Professionals for the 5 person ambrose format and the chance to qualify for the national final.

Bookings are available now through the Clubs website by clicking on the link below.

Click here to book for the Volkswagen Scramble

Click here for an event fact sheet.

QPC&C Tiger Tee Challenge Timesheets to Open 4 Weeks in Advance

Members are advised that all Tiger Tee Challenge Open Day Timesheets will open 4 weeks (28 days) in advance commencing immediately.

This is to allow more time for non-members to book in for the limited opportunity that is available for non-member / unaccompanied play at the Club.

Saturday Morning BBQ – To Resume Saturday 25th January

The Clubs regular Saturday morning BBQ breakfast will resume on Saturday 25th January 2020.

60 Seconds with Dave – Sidehill Shots

This week, 60 Seconds with Dave focuses on the playing Downhill Shots. We hope you enjoy the video and it helps you out on the course. 

If members would like to see any topics covered in 60 Seconds with Dave, please email him your ideas at golflessons@oatlandsgolf.com.au


A reminder that these events are held on selected Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays throughout each month and are a wonderful way to introduce new people to our Club. Bookings are essential and we ask that you reserve your table at least two (2) days in advance. Dates are shown below:

Jan Saturday 18th (Fully Booked) & Wednesday 29th
Feb Friday 14th & Wednesday 26th
Mar Saturday 14th & Wednesday 25th
Apr Wednesday 29th
May Wednesday 27th
Jun  Friday 12th & Wednesday 24th
Jul Saturday 18th & Wednesday 29th
Aug Friday 28th & Wednesday 30th
Sep Wednesday 30th 
Oct Friday 9th & Wednesday 28th
Nov Wednesday 18th
Dec Wednesday 9th & Saturday 19th (Christmas Buffet)



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