Oatlands Enews – Friday 28th February 2020


This Enews Newsletter covers the following topics:

  • Additional QPC&C Tiger Tee Challenge Dates added for March
  • From the Course
  • Bunkers – State of Play
  • Paula Skelton meets a Golfing Legend
  • Fundraising Golf Day for the Rural Fire Service – Friday, 13th March 2020
  • Pub Trivia Night – Friday 27th March 2020
  • Major Trophy Winners
  • From the Pro Shop
  • Oberon visit to Oatlands – Sunday 15th March 2020
  • Get into Golf for Seniors Programme
  • Pennant Update
  • Rules Corner – Clarification of last week’s Rule
  • 60 Seconds with Dave – The Recovery Shot
  • Upcoming Events

Additional QPC&C Tiger Tee Challenge Open Day’s added for March

Following the change of scheduling with regard to a number of corporate golf bookings, the Club has added a number of new Tiger Tee Challenge Open Day events for March. A full list of the Open Day dates for March is listed below with the new dates indicated.

  • Tuesday 17th March (New)
  • Tuesday 24th March New)
  • Friday 27th March
  • Tuesday 31st March (New)

These events are a great way to test your game with the course setup at its toughest and if you meet the challenge of 36 points or more then you win a dozen Titleist Pro V1 golf balls donated by event sponsor QPC&C.

From the Course

Rainfall for the Week: 0.0mm Rainfall for 2020: 453mm   Dam: 95%   Green Speed: 9.5ft

All greens have been needle tyned this week to allow some much needed oxygen to be available to the plants root systems after the long period of high irrigation due to the hot weather in January and early February, which preceded the extended rainfall period that we have recently experienced. Greens have been rolled both mornings the last 2 weekends as well, with this practice compacting the soil profile which is also detrimental for healthy root system. The needle tyning relieves this compaction which in turn also helps with surface infiltration of any rainfall or applied irrigation to surfaces.

Growth regulator which has been applied to fairways and surrounds is working well, enabling the team to present good surfaces despite the recent wet weather we have experienced. The 6th, 8th and 10th fairways show the most noticeable signs of the growth regulator at the moment, with very little growth occurring between the 2 weekly cuts.

However, the growth regulator does present another problem. The leaf of the plant is reduced in size under the effects of this chemical. We always have a disease present on the grass called Curvularia, which attacks the leaf of the plant. While reducing the size of the leaf, the same number of disease spores still exists, but are more likely to cause injury to the plant as their numbers are covering more of the leaf blade now. To stop this disease causing damage to our fairways and affecting recovery from the summer stresses, we will be applying a fungicide and fertiliser application to fairways in the coming weeks.

The 18th fairway has had gypsum and fertiliser applied this week, with topdressing to follow. Other summer stressed areas on the 1st and 11th fairways will be verti drained and fertilised to encourage recovery before the winter months arrive.

New turf will be laid on Friday on the stump grinding areas on the 6th and 16th holes, finish off the 11th bare areas and turfing out the green plastic mat area near the chipping green.

Next on the agenda are the repairs to the wheel tracks on the 12th and 15th flyovers. These tracks will be rotary hoed first before new soil is added to lift them back to the surrounding soil levels. Once turf is laid, we will be installing the green plastic mesh to protect these areas in the future. These areas are continually used when we need to move heavy machinery across the course, and it is this green plastic mesh material which will limit the damage in the future.

Further repairs were required to the irrigation line under the path behind the 9th green last Friday. Fingers crossed this is the last time we have to lift the concrete on this path as the slabs went back in really well this time. (Practice makes perfect!)

Greens remain healthy with some speed returning to them over the past week, mainly due to the fact that favourable weather conditions presented so that we could dry them out without placing them under too much stress. Samples were taken from the greens on Monday (these are the 10c coin size holes throughout the greens) for testing to determine if any amendments will be required at renovation time.

All roped off areas on fairways will be removed by the weekend as all areas have now dried out sufficiently.

We held our annual Volunteer’s Ambrose Golf event on Monday as a way of saying thanks for all their efforts over the past year. As well as the Monday volunteers, we were also joined by Rod Ruston who assists the Proshop staff every Wednesday and Saturday with setting up all the carts near the putting green, and Greg Preston who assists with the BBQ’s on Saturday mornings. Everyone had a great day with plenty of banter among the group as we made our way around the course. The buffet lunch and drinks were followed by the presentation of prizes to the winning groups. Thanks for a great day gentlemen and I look forward to seeing you all back on the course on Monday.

Enjoy the weekend!

The Course Team.


Paula Skelton meets a Golfing Legend

On a recent trip to South Africa, Oatlands member Paula Skelton had a once in a lifetime meeting with a true legend of golf, Gary Player.

The Skelton’s met Gary Player at Erinvale Estate near the Stellenbosch wine region while in the area for a game of golf at Fancourt, host venue of the 2003 President’s Cup.

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

The Club’s RFS Fundraising Day is fast approaching and we still have spaces available to play in the event.

While the immediate fire crisis has passed, the impact on effected communities will last for a long time to come and the impact on the families of the RFS volunteers who lost their lives will never end. The more golfers we get taking part in the Fundraising Day the more we will be able to donate to the families of the heroic NSW RFS volunteers who lost their lives fighting the fires, so please put a group together and help those in need.

The outline for the day is as follows:

7am: Registration including Bacon & Egg Rolls
8am: Shotgun Start – 4 Person Ambrose
1pm: Lunch, guest speaker, presentation and fundraising activities.

Cost: Members – $80pp / Guests – $110pp

All funds raised will go to the families of the NSW RFS Volunteers who were killed fighting the fires.

To donate a raffle / auction item, or to sponsor a RFS volunteer to play on the day, please contact the Club General Manager, gm@oatlandsgolf.com.au.

We hope 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 bush fires, along with those who have been tragically impacted. Bookings for the event are available via the Club website.

Pub Trivia Night – Friday 27th March 2020

Following the popularity of the Pub Trivia Night in August last year that saw 100 members and guests take part in a fantastic evening, the next instalment has been scheduled for Friday 27th March.

Details are outlined below (guests are welcome) with bookings available through the Club website of by contacting the Club Reception.

Major Trophy Winners

February has seen the first of the years Major Men’s Trophies decided with the AC Berk Cup and Captain’s Cup taking place over recent weeks.

The AC Berk was won by Life Member Dick Peet with a nett score of 65 on Saturday 15th February.

The Captain’s Cup was won by Ben Curtis with 41 stableford points on Saturday 22nd February.

Well done to both members.

Dick Peet

Rodney Walsh & Ben Curtis


From the Pro Shop

The Pro Shop has a number of Fitting Day activities coming up over the next month that might interest members:

Titleist Fitting Day – Thursday 5th March 

Grip Fitting Day – Wednesday 11th March

PGA Professional David Ecob will be on hand to assess your grips and assist in fitting the best grip for your clubs and game. There will be a 20% discount on the day for all grip purchases.

There is also scheduled for May, a fitting day with Golf Pride Grips to further support our valued members.


FootJoy Shoe Fitting Day – Wednesday 18th March

Enjoy a complimentary Professional Shoe Fitting by the industry leader in golf footwear, FootJoy. Each fitting takes 5-15mins to complete. Bookings are available online with Footjoy’s expert shoe fitter onsite with the full range of Footjoy shoes. You will also have the opportunity to be correctly Glove Fit too. Bookings can be made through the Club’s website or by contacting the Pro Shop.

Studies show that 2 in every 3 golfers wear the wrong size golf shoe – typically too long, too wide or a combination of both. With the FootJoy Shoe Fitting Experience, you can enjoy more comfortable rounds of golf – and improved play.


Taylormade Fitting Day – Monday 30th March

The Taylormade Clubfitter will be at Oatlands on Monday, 30th March between 12.30pm – 4pm with the full range of Taylormade Clubs for members to try, including the newly released SIM range. Fitting Days are a great way to try out the latest equipment obligation free, and under the supervision of an experienced Clubfitter with the latest launch monitor technology. If you haven’t experienced one of these sessions, we highly recommend them for the experience alone, but be warned, you might not want to give the Clubs back. Bookings are available through the Club’s website or by contacting the Pro Shop.



Oberon visit to Oatlands – Sunday 15th March 2020

The annual visit to Oatlands by buddy Club Oberon is taking place on Sunday 15th March with 20 members from Oberon travelling to OGC for the day.

Any member wishing to take part in the day’s competition with our friends from Oberon should email the General Manager, Sam Howe at gm@oatlandsgolf.com.au


Get into Golf for Seniors Programme

Oatlands Golf Club in-conjunction with Golf NSW will once again be holding a Getting into Golf for Seniors Programme commencing in March. This programme is another great way for members to invite husbands, wives, or friends to get into golf and start their journey at our wonderful club.

Programme Details:

  • Start date: Monday 16th March from 10:00-11:00am
  • Programme duration: 6 weeks (6 consecutive Mondays)
  • Cost of the programme: $99 only

Learning covers:

  • Basic fundamentals of the game
  • Different facets of the game including the long game and short game
  • On course play

Each session will finish with a cup of coffee in the clubhouse and chat about your new golf experience with your fellow programme participants. This is a great opportunity to learn the wonderful game of golf at Oatlands Golf Club and meet others with the same keen desire to learn to play. The programme can also be a pathway to playing club golf if that’s a direction you would like to go.

Bookings can be made via Golf NSW by clicking here.

Pennant Update

Last weekend’s rain cancelled all Pennant matches Sydney wide, with Mixed Pennant having allowance for a spare date to be played on Sunday 23rd February and Major Pennant being awarded a draw in their away match against Massey Park.

Mixed Pennant

Last week we reported that our Mixed Pennant team needed a convincing win at home on Sunday 23rd February to not only win the division but potentially top the seeding’s and miss the first week of finals, and that is exactly what they did winning all 6 matches to progress straight through to the quarter finals.

Sunday 23rd February Results:

  1. Justa Kim and Lindsay MacInnes                                Won 5&4
  2. Debbie Jepson and Tony Monaghan                        Won 6&5
  3. Stephanie Monaghan and Pete Crawford              Won 4&3
  4. Leonie Guthrie and Ben Mees                                    Won 5&3
  5. Pixie Sasse and Chris Garland                                      Won 1up
  6. Steve and Linda Bestford                                              Won 3&2

Below are the seeding for the finals with OGC now getting a week off before their quarter final on Sunday 8th March (opponent and venue TBC):

  1. Oatlands
  2. Bexley 
  3. Ryde Parramatta
  4. Eastlake
  5. Cronulla
  6. Wakehurst
  7. Hurstville 
  8. Monash 
  9. Wentworth Falls 
  10. Beverley Park 

Major Pennant

The OGC Men’s Major Pennant team has continued its undefeated start to the season winning their round three fixture at home against Lynwood 4.5 to 2.5.

The Match results are listed below:

Norm Nakhoul 3/2
Nathan Wareham 2/1
Luke Mason 1down
Sean Porter 5/4
Grant Lomas Sq
Brad Hooper 1up
Wil Reece 1down

The team travel to Twin Creeks this week to take on Lynwood this week at 9:15am, with the team as follows:

Tim Frazer (C)
Nathan Wareham
Norm Nakhoul
Sean Porter
Grant Lomas
Nick Murdoch
Brad Hooper

There has been plenty of team building and banter going on within the squad, both at the Club and online. The following video is a regular feature of the communication amongst the squad provided by squad member Sean Porter:

“60 Seconds with Sean” filmed during a practice round at Twin Creeks.


Ladies Grade

The Ladies Grade Pennant kicked off last week with our Ladies playing The Lakes at Carnarvon on Friday 21st February and coming away with the win 3/2. The individual results are as follows:

Amy Kim 7/6
Linda Gyzen 1up
Amanda Walkerden 1up 
Anthea Molino: Lost 3/2
Justa Kim: Lost 3/1

The Ladies travelled to Bayview today to take on Elanora. A match report will be provided in next week’s Enews.

Rules Corner – Clarification of Last Week’s Rule

Last week’s Rules Corner video was well watched however received some feedback on two aspects of the Immovable Obstruction Rule and Relief Area that require verification, being:

  1. Club length – This refers to the longest club in the bag (excluding the putter). The 5 iron used in the video was contrary to this.
  2. Relief Area – Once the club length is established, relief can be taken in the RELIEF AREA which is a semi-circle from the nearest point of relief and no near to the hole, ensuring that where the ball is dropped that full relief is taken. Please refer to the image below which has also been added in to the video. 

Thanks to all the members, who have provided Rules to be explained in the Enews over the coming week’s. 

We hope you enjoy the video and please feel free to email your Rules questions for explanation to gm@oatlandsgolf.com.au

60 Seconds with Dave – The Recovery Shot

This week, 60 Seconds with Dave focuses on how to hit a recovery shot from the trees. 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:

Mar Saturday 14th & Wednesday 25th
Apr Saturday 18th & Wednesday 29th
May Saturday 16th & Wednesday 27th
Jun  Friday 12th & Wednesday 24th
Jul Saturday 18th & Wednesday 29th
Aug Saturday 15th & Wednesday 26th
Sep Friday 11th & Wednesday 30th 
Oct Friday 9th & Wednesday 28th
Nov Wednesday 18th & Saturday 28th
Dec Wednesday 9th & Saturday 19th (Christmas Buffet)



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