Redcliffe Golf Club Newsletter – March 2012
It is regrettable but necessary that the Committee Please let us know your thoughts on the direction you
increased competition fees by $1.00 as of 3 March. We think the Club should go in the future when members
have been faced with unbudgeted items of considerable input is invited shortly.
expense. Replacement of burst water main, new reserve
water supply tank, new regulations for workplace health I am very pleased to advise that the Associates’ President
and safety, are just a few issues with which we must (Janette Cooper) now attends the monthly Management
contend. I am sure that members will agree that it is far Committee Meetings as an observer. I am sure that this
better that we tackle our cash flow problems now rather will result in a closer relationship and better
than be compelled to take more drastic action later. Wet understanding of the issues involving our Club.
weather in February meant that we again did not meet
our targets and we must therefore position ourselves for It was very encouraging to have Wayne Grady play our
a bumpy trading period ahead. course recently; he spoke highly of the course and its
On a positive note past President Paul Barber has agreed
to facilitate the drawing up of our next strategic plan. His Congratulations to our course staff who have maintained
experience and knowledge in this matter is invaluable to the course in such a high standard despite the poor
the Club and his interest is greatly appreciated. weather condition at times.
Doug Smith – President
GREENS COMMITTEE REPORT
We have again had a wet start to the year and the course Aeration is very important as it provides a number of
has been closed on a couple of occasions. It has been a benefits for a golf green, such as; increasing the oxygen
special effort by Peter and the boys for the work over the levels in the soil, encouraging deeper root systems,
wet they have been turning the course out in excellent reducing compaction and improving water infiltration
condition week in week out. through the profile.
The course is showing the effects of the weather, as we The Course Master Plan works scheduled to commence in
have had very good growing conditions. With this there mid-August 2012 will not be going ahead due to
have been plenty of questions asked about the de- insufficient cash flow. As a temporary measure the 12
thatching of the greens every three weeks, this is not tee will be moved to the proposed location as per the
new! The staff have done this every year however as the Master Plan. A safety assessment of the new tee location
greens improve the effects of the de-thatching are more will be carried out over the next six months.
obvious for all. So why do we de-thatch every three
weeks? This is done to remove excess organic matter I would ask all players that use carts to please adhere to
under the surface, as excess organic matter can the signage on the course. Once the 12th tee has been
contribute to a number of problems for a golf green such moved, members will be allowed to drive their motorised
as; increased insects and disease pressure, soft and buggies to the halfway house. Until such time please
uneven putting surfaces, slower greens and reduced root continue to park your cart in the designated area.
structure. After each de-thatching the greens are rolled
and the effects are only minimal for a day or two. We will soon be asking all members that have their own
cart to reregister their carts with the office to confirm
I have also had the question asked, why are we how many privately owned carts there are. This is not a
renovating the greens when they are in such good step to try and introduce fees; it is a requirement for
condition? Again, to maintain them this process has to OH&S that the Club knows who has privately owned carts
take place. We do a major renovation in spring and a in use on the course.
minor one in March. The March renovation has been
completed and has to be done at this time as the Until next time good golfing and I hope you all continue to
temperature is still such that the grass has not slowed its enjoy our excellent course.
growth and therefore the greens will recover much
quicker in around 12 days. However if left another two or Chris Dewar - Greens Committee
three weeks, the night temperatures start to drop and the
recovery time is much longer.
REMEMBER WHEN PRACTICING ON THE COURSE YOU CANNOT USE MORE THAN 2 BALLS
AND ALSO NO DRIVERS ARE TO BE USED ON THE PRACTICE FAIRWAY
Hole in One
Congratulations to the following members:
Taylor Macdonald 13th, Chris Dennis 2nd, Mal Wright 13th, Andrew Ferguson 2nd
The start to the current financial year has been difficult. In Given the introduction of the federal Workplace Health
a similar trend to the previous year long periods of wet and Safety legislation, which imposes hefty penalties for
weather kept players off golf courses with Redcliffe being non compliance, it has been necessary to engage a
no exception. consultant to provide an audit and recommendations for
the Club. There is approx $4,000 included in the current
The December / January period is traditionally a high expenses for this purpose. On a positive note,
income period for the Club, with high numbers of social subscriptions and nomination fees are in line with last
players hitting the fairways. The last 2 years have been year, although we do have the capacity to take on new
adversely affected by the wet weather as the following members.
With improved weather conditions the position should
These figures represent the 4 months to end of January improve over the next few months.
and are Competition fees, Social Play fees and Social Club
fees As most members would be aware, we have had some
2009 2010 2011 2012 water supply problems over the last couple of months.
67,155 67,124 61713 69,054 Unity Water have advised that we need some on site
88,991 95,801 63332 85,644 storage, that they can pump into during the day, and that
the Club can pump onto the course at night. Most of the
37,440 39,293 32186 32,334
supply problems have occurred at night, which is the only
time we can water the course, because of the recycled
In themselves these figures don’t appear too bad;
water that is used. In order to ensure continuance of this
however there is a flow on to other parts of the income
vital commodity, the Club is in the process of purchasing a
which are also affected such as poker machines and bar
large tank, which will hold sufficient water for a day’s
watering. The cost of the tank is in the order of $25,000
which is another cost that will need to be met in the short
The overall profit for the 4 months over the last 4 years is:
2009 $ 91,643
In addition to the reduced cash flow, due to the lower
than normal profit last year, and a high level of capital
2011 $ 26,024
expenditure, our cash reserves have been depleted. At
2012 $ 8,449
the end of 2009 our cash position was $94,194, whereas
at the beginning of the current year the cash position was
Obviously this result is affected by higher expenses in
some areas, with expenditure on the course being some
$30,000 more than last year, although a large proportion
The Club remains in a sound financial position, but as a
of that is a higher depreciation expense due to the new
result of the forgoing it means that our ability to
multi function centre at the course maintenance facility.
undertake large projects is limited for the time being.
Our wages expense is higher by some $33,000 due in part
to the necessity of training time for office staff, as well as
Geoff Miller – Treasurer
higher wages at the bar to ensure a high level of service
was always available.
Please support our Caterer “Sunile”, the bistro is open Tuesday to Sunday 9.00am to 3.00pm
All functions catered for, ask for information at the Office
Please ensure that you have registered your email address at the office as most
correspondence will be electronic in the future. Please email your address to
It is a pleasure to start with a number of bouquets. At times things happen that slow us down. Please
Thanks to my predecessor Tony Corcoran for his efforts as consider calling the following players through. This is not
captain on behalf of the members. a loss of face but an action that will be applauded by
fellow players. Also appreciated will be your efforts to
Following the big wet, the greens staff did a remarkable make up the ground that may have been lost.
job to get the course in such wonderful condition so
quickly. Great work to you all! Good luck to those playing in the handicap matchplay.
Please ensure that matches are completed by the due
After just a few days in the job, the decision to allow date.
buggies on the course after the rain was difficult and we
appealed to members to use thought and commonsense The Wednesday timesheet is now available for on-line
in their use. You responded magnificently and there was bookings from 6am, two weeks in advance.
almost no evidence that carts had been on the course.
Thank you and well done! Please start saving your “brownie points” now in the lead
up to the Easter Carnival on April 7 and 8 . This is a 2
The pennant season ends on Sunday 25 March with round stroke event in 3 grades sponsored by Schweppes
Redcliffe travelling to Gailes, thank you to all the players
and caddies this year. It seems that the 12th tee and a rampant dingo are not the
only OH&S issues on the course. In the 3rd round of the
I would like to point out one significant effort in a match Summer Cup, “Knocker” Knowles was waiting to tee off
this season, that of Ryan Walk. Ryan was 5 down in round on the 9 . He and his partners covered their heads as
one but recovered for a 2 up win. In one so young that something rattled through the leaves above them. When
shows great character. nothing happened they lifted their heads – and that was
when the large mango smacked him fair on the noggin.
Rules books for 2012-2015 are available from the office.
Principal changes for this period are: Wayne Grady and his dad recently visited the Club and
R18-2b; ball moving after address – not necessarily a played with Taylor Macdonald and “Knocker”. Taylor
penalty, and parred the front nine and then returned 8 under on the
R13-4 Ex2: a player may smooth sand or soil in a back for a 63, nett 68 and 39 points. That’s some golf.
hazard ONLY if it is for the purpose of caring for the
course and not to improve the lie or intended stance Congratulations to junior, Doug Klein, for his first sub par
or swing. round during the Autumn Trophy. 68 hits for a 14 year old
This allows us to rake bunkers where others haven’t is something special.
or to rake where we have collected the rake prior to
playing a shot. This should help speed up play. Summer Cup Winners: A Grade: Bill Williams 207, B
Grade: Peter McEwan 208, C Grade: Vince Utz 210
The “slow play” monster regularly raises its head. Pages 8, Redcliffe Cup Winner: Mark Nykvist 63
31 and 35 of the fixture book offer hints to help maintain
your place in the field. “Man blames fate for other accidents but takes personal
responsibility for a hole in one!”
Trevor Pryor - Club Captain
2012 has been a stop/start year to date for RVGC, It is also good to see, Captain Col, back on deck after
inclement weather having a large influence in the some complicated surgery and looking forward to his 81
reduction of playing opportunities. birthday this month.
However, most playing days have seen fields of seventy We have quite a few octogenarians in the Club, all going
plus including visitors from other Qld Golf Clubs, strong and playing some great golf.
interstate and overseas.
Once again I would like to extend an invitation to all RGC
Our annual much anticipated trip to Twin Waters Golf Members (Ladies included) over 50 years to join us on a
Resort on 5/3/12 has now been deferred to 23/4/12 Monday morning for good competitive golf in a friendly
because of wet weather. There are a few places still atmosphere.
available on a “first in first served” basis.
A timesheet for available hit off times is situated in the
Membership is still very strong and it is good to see Pro Shop.
younger members taking some responsibility for the Good Golfing
administration of the Club. Geoff McGrath - President
The Gold pennant team’s start their bid for another flag in
April – Hope you are all practising hard as I feel 2012 is
Redcliffe’s year. Put your hand up if you wish to be part of
the team as a caddie
A big thank-you to Peter and his team for the great job
under adverse conditions in making Redcliffe the best
course on the north side. We have had great feedback
from a number of social players over the past few
months. We can all do our bit to help keep the course in
pristine conditions just by filling in divots and repairing
We are going to have to get our thinking caps As per your request at the AGM the time sheets are
on and our machines in overdrive to keep up available from 0900 hours. Would love your feedback --
with this group. Great display!!!!!! Does it work for you? It is on a 6 month trial and 3 months
Congratulations to all for a very successful 2011 and we
will strive to make 2012 even better. Some great scores The weather has been hot and a little trying but we must
were posted over the Summer Competition -- Well done not let slow play become an issue this year. Think of your
to all the winners. Summer Cup winners for 2012 Division fellow competitors and try and keep up with the group in
1 Deanna Cruickshank Division 2 Kristine Houston – front.
We have some big events coming up in the next few
It was great to see everyone back on opening day and see months so pencil them in your calendar.
you all survived the festive season. The weather has been Open Day March 27th
a little against us, so of late the fields have been a little on May Thomson April 17th
the low side. Please encourage any of your friends who State of Origin May 22 - Dress as per your Country of
have often said “Would not mind playing golf” to come Birth – Looking forward to seeing Fiona in her kilt this year
and have a go. We extend a big welcome to our new May 29 1st Round Stroke Championships
members and hope they enjoy their golf with us. Our
sponsors are important to the running of the Club so On behalf of your Committee Janette, Daphne, Deanna,
please try and stay for presentation and enjoy the Chris R, Chris S, Lorelle, Natalie, Fay, Karen, & Lorraine - I
comradeship of your fellow members. wish you all a very enjoyable golf year. We appreciate
your feedback and ideas for improving our Club.
Please check that we have your E Mail address as keeping
up with the times this will be our main form of contact Good Golfing and let’s make 2012 – Our Year
especially for matchplay draws. Janette Cooper - Ladies President
Any Keen Euchre Players??
A lot of members, particularly retirees, may not know that Our Club provides this perfect location, and have helped
since 1995 this Club has hosted the most popular Euchre us by allowing players to become social members, for a
game in Redcliffe. nominal annual fee of $5.00. All players must join, to be
able to participate. This fee, of course, applies to anyone
We regularly attract close to 50 players on alternate who wishes to use the social amenities of our Club.
Thursdays. Play starts at 12.30pm and finishes by
4.00pm. The cost is $6.00 per player and all proceeds go Newcomers are most welcome, and will find our games
toward prize money, afternoon tea and “end of the year” are both competitive and friendly. Please give me a call
events. on 38801310, or 0403704134, if your need further
This is a “set partners” game, and all members are most
welcome to join us. If you cannot find a partner, I can Dave Ridgway
usually assist in that regard.
ANY MEMBER WHO IS INTERESTED IN BEING ON THE HOUSE OR ARBOUR
COMMITTEE PLEASE LET THE OFFICE STAFF KNOW
FROM THE MANAGER’S DESK
I am pleased to advise that any Member who signs At this stage the alleged incursion on the 18th tee by
up/introduces a “NEW FULL MEMBER OR ASSOCIATE DERM will not be taken any further, therefore the Club
MEMBER” to the Club will have $100.00 credited to their will not be conducting any surveys.
E Wallet Account.
Slow play is always an issue in most Clubs; if any member
Volunteers are important to any Club and I would like to would be interested in marshalling on a Saturday or
sincerely thank all the members who volunteer their Sunday on a voluntary basis please register your interest
services on a regular basis. Recently a band of volunteers at the office. Barry Adnams currently marshals the Social
cleaned up the garden behind the 5 green. Your Clubs every Sunday morning.
assistance is greatly appreciated.
At the recent Management Committee it has been
In an attempt to alleviate car parking in particular on a decided to permit the Members to tee off the blue
Saturday, over the next month the car parking spots markers during practise rounds.
against the fence to the left when first entering the car
park will be changed to double car parking spots for Mr David Van Praagh has been appointed as the House
members and trailers to park. The shrubs near the fence Director on the Management Committee after a vacancy
have been removed and the spots will be extended which occurred. There were four applicants for the position
will enable members with trailers to park on an angle which is pleasing and reflects that the members do show
which will be line marked. If any member with a trailer an interest in their Club. If you would like to be part of
has difficulty in reversing their trailer out of the angle car the House Committee please let the office know.
parking they will be requested to park in the street. This
should add ten more car parking spots plus an extra four Members/Visitors are reminded that rubber thongs are
spots in the other car park will be marked. banned from the Golf Course and the Clubhouse. Any
member/visitor wearing rubber thongs in the Clubhouse
Tee sign advertising is available on the course, for further will be refused service. Also please remember that a
information please contact the office. collared shirt or specific turtle neck golf shirt must be
worn at all times.
A new Workplace, Health and Safety Act came into effect
on 1 January 2012 which has created additional tasks for The telephone numbers listed in the Club Fixture Book are
staff in order for the Club to become compliant. to be used for golfing purposes only; it is not a business
. Kerry Newsome – Secretary Manager
The Dolphins were first formed in 1971 by a few Redcliffe past player on this trophy for the last three years and
Club members; John Brockie, Clive Black, Jim Carruthers, fortunately we still don’t have to fill it.
Mike Worboys and Frazer Woolley; to get together and
enjoy a game of golf, friendship and a few drinks This brings me to a few members that have been on the
afterwards. 41 years on we still continue to thrive and enjoy endangered list of late; Max Wilson, Maurie Murphy, Noel
each other’s company every Saturday morning sharing the Brockie and Mick Forrest; with all making good recoveries
high’s and low’s of a good day out spoiled by a round of and hopefully not long before their presence is felt back in
golf. the Club.
With the introduction of new members; Chris Dewar, Steve June is our day trip to Bribie Island Golf Club, followed later
Clarke, Don Heirdsfield, Rod Phelan, Kieran Teale and with a in September by the weekend away to Byron Bay that
couple of expressions of interest in joining the Dolphins; we always has many tall tales to be brought home to ponder
now continue to average a good 40 players each week and over for many a day. Everyone is still bemused about the
enjoy the facilities provided at Redcliffe. snake and the chook from last year’s trip to Murwullimbah.
So far this year we unfortunately have had two rained out Congratulations to Greenkeeper Peter James and his staff
Saturday comps, but it is has been good to see many for the condition they have been able to attain and provide
members return to buy raffle tickets for the meat trays and over the sometimes difficult periods. Also Brian Swan and
while away the lost morning over a few beers, bets on the the guys in the Pro Shop; with the attitude, professionalism
horses and the donations to the Clubs poker machine fund. and help that is shown to all members. (we’ll just have to
convert the KIWI)
Our first major trophy of the year was the Summer Cup and
was won by Peter McEwan with daylight coming second. We We again look forward to working with Kerry, the admin
are in the process of playing our Past Player’s Memorial staff, sponsors and Club members to ensure an enjoyable
Trophy which is dedicated to the memory of all past day of golf at Redcliffe.
Dolphins that have made their way to that big putting green
in the sky. We have had a special place reserved for J.B. as a Shane Krueger - Captain
SUB JUNIOR REPORT
The Redcliffe Golf Club Sub-Juniors kicked off in earnest This has also seen us attract members into our sub juniors
the first week of February with many participants ready to from other Clubs outside our local area.
knock the rust off their golf swings.
Our vision is that we continue to lead the field in the
Our participant numbers have reduced from last year with development of our junior programs and the
six of the Sub-Juniors progressing to full Club junior opportunities we provide. The success of these programs
status. These new juniors to the main member’s and opportunities will ensure that we continue an upward
competition are: Alex Raetz, Liam Spalding, Jason Senior, trend in membership numbers for RGC while other Clubs
Michael Senior, Joe Walsh and Nathan Wilkins. We wish are in decline.
them all the best and thank Brian Swan and the RGC
Coaching clinics are conducted every Saturday afternoon
members assisting them in their transition into the main
from 2.00-3.00pm where children are taught the
fundamental core skills to enable them to take to the
This year we expect our numbers to grow significantly course. We also provide a Disability Golf Program (all
through the implementation of Golf Australia’s national ages) through Special Olympics Queensland with clinics
“My Golf” program which is targeted at the 8-16 year old conducted every second Saturday from 3.00-4.00pm.
juniors. RGC has registered as My Golf Centre. This
To ensure the ongoing success of the sub-junior program,
program is designed to take these juniors through a range
we rely on sponsorships and donations, so if there are any
of core skills through various levels. This program should
members who would like to contribute to our program it
be launched after the Easter holiday period. It is also
would be greatly appreciated. Donations or sponsorships
envisaged that our older sub juniors will undertake a
can be made through the Redcliffe GC administration
modified version of this program to continually improve
office or you can contact the Pro Shop, Brendan
their core skills.
Monaghan or Liza Jenner for more information. Our prizes
Brian and his staff are also conducting a number of school for weekly events range between $80.00- $120.00 and
programs within the region and this should also see a larger amounts for our major events like monthly medal,
number of juniors connect to the Sub Junior Program. foursomes and Club championships.
Collectively, we have designed a pathway from beginner We thank those sponsors and members who have given
clinics to full junior members and this document can be previous support to our sub juniors and look forward to
viewed on the RGC website in the Sub Junior section. Golf welcoming fresh support from other members.
Queensland has recognised us on our pathways and
Yours in golf
promotes us as an example for other Clubs to follow.
Brendan Monaghan and Liza Jenner
PRO SHOP NEWS
We have some great buys in-store at present, with ex-
demo equipment starting at just $49, King Cobra graphite Lady member clinics and
irons 3-SW only $299, Titleist AP1 irons 3-PW only $449, ladies beginner clinics
Taylor Made Superfast 2.0 and R-11 starting at $149 just starting after Easter
to name a few, come in and see one of the boys for a
great buy. Book in now
Wait no more, as the new Taylor Made RBZ and R-11s
demo’s are now in for members to try, also the popular Brian Swan’s Tip for the Month
Ping i20 and Callaway Razr-FIT with interchangeable shaft
options are here for demonstration, so if you think it’s
time to upgrade that old driver, come in and see us.
Many people ruin their chances of a good
swing by being too tense before they take the
Are your grips looking tired and slippery?? We have a Club away from the ball. Try making sure you
great range of Golf Pride grips in stock, so why not drop have a good waggle of the Club head to keep
them in after your round and we will have them re- tension out of your hands and avoid being
gripped and ready to go for your next comp round.
“frozen” over the ball before you take the Club
New season Puma and Oakley clothing in store now, all away.
styles and sizes available. Besides the shirts having great
colours and styles, the moisture-wicking material make it Until next time…..good golfing
cool and light to wear in the heat. Drummond Pro Shop Team
Brian, Chris, Freddy & Dean