A.B.N. 76 000 100 854 CLUB MEMBERSHIP The enjoyment of golf depends a great deal on the co-operation, consideration and courtesy extended to fellow players. That same co-operation, consideration and courtesy should be evident at all times in the clubhouse. The standard of dress and the etiquette of members will determine the spirit and image of the Club. HISTORY OF THE CLUB The Port Macquarie Golf Club w as formed in July 1910, although there is evidence of golf being played in Port Macquarie as early as 1905 The course first played follow ed the foreshores from the Munster Street end of the camping reserve to the site of the cottages now situated east of Pacific Drive above the cliffs, thence w estw ard to near Ow en Street and then northw ard to Burraw an Street in the south-w estern corner of the portion of Oxley Park now occupied by the High School. Gradually over the years it became almost entirely contained in Oxley Park. This area, w ith more people playing, and w ith crossed fairw ays, became dangerous to players and public, and in 1948 a search w as begun to find a more suitable area. Finally, Mr. J. Scott, course architect, responsible for the design of Elanora, w as commissioned to choose from the sites offering and to submit a plan. He chose the present site and w ork began in 1951. In July 1953, the Club moved to the new course but because of the necessity to maintain the old course for play, very little progress had been made on the new area. Members, how ever, elected to play under rugged conditions for a time in order that reasonable progress could be made. Play w as first over six holes, progressing fairly quickly to eleven holes. At this point course extensions w ere delayed for a few years because of the need for a more suitable clubhouse. That having been achieved, the southern extension w as next brought into play. Work w as finally completed to a sufficient degree to bring the full 18 holes into play in April 1967, and the official opening w as pronounced in February 1968, by the President of the New South Wales Golf Association, Mr Les Graham. OFFICE BEARERS - 2009 - 2010 Patron Peter Schroder President Bill Macdonald Captain Keith Heap Vice-Captain Dave Harris Treasurer Peter Stephens Course Chairm an Neil Stevenson Directors David James ` Rob Tate Geoff Staines General Manager Trevor Haynes SUB-COMMITTEES Match Keith Heap Dave Harris - David James Geoff Staines ( Handicapper) Course Neil Stevenson - Keith Heap Dave Harris – David James Rob Tate Finance Peter Stephens– Gordon Bain Mem bership Keith Heap – Geoff Staines House Peter Stephens – Gordon Bain – Rob Tate Chairm an Bill MacDonald is Ex Officio on all Com m ittees VETERAN MEN OFFICE BEARERS 2009 – 2010 President GRAHAM AUSTIN Captain GREG COLLIS Secretary GREG CHRISTIE Treasurer DAVID NEVILLE VETERAN LADY OFFICE BEARERS 2009 – 2010 President JANICE SPURRIER Captain WENDY FOREMAN Secretary MARGARET POPLE Treasurer PATRICIA O’BRIEN RECIPROCAL CLUBS BEVERLEY PARK NSW BELMONT NSW COOLANGATTA-TWEED HEADS NSW LIVERPOOL NSW OATLANDS . NSW PAMBULA/MERIBULA NSW YARRAWONGA NSW RUSSLEY, CHRISTCHURCH N.Z. NGAMOTU, NEW PLYMOUTH N.Z. OXLEY QLD MOUNT LOFTY S.A. FLAGSTAFF HILL S.A. CLAREMONT TAS DEVONPORT TAS ROYAL HOBART TAS KEYSBOROUGH VIC Members visiting the above Clubs should be sure to take their Membership and Handicap Cards w ith their handicaps entered (or in the case of Ladies w ith their Handicap Cards) otherw ise they may be refused Membership rights. MATCH COMMITTEE REMEMBER THESE POINTS: All men’s play is from the w hite markers and ladies’ play from the red markers. The Match Committee reserves the right to change the programme/competition at any time. TEE TIME AND STARTING: If a player does not report by the final call he loses his place in the field. Members w ho have nominated for an event and subsequently find they are unable to play, are requested to notify the pro-shop as early as possible. No names shall be changed on the time sheets unless the alteration is authorised by the Captain or the pro-shop staff. Members of recognised golf clubs on application to play in club competitions m ust produce evidence of Membership and current handicap. All players must report to the starter at least fifteen (15) minutes before the nominated hitting off time. All competitors must be on the tee ready to hit off at their appointed time. Should you be delayed or unable to play, phone the starter so that other arrangements, if appropriate, can be made. Players may only start in competitions by direction of the starter. No nominations w ill be accepted for hitting off times after the time at w hich the starting sheet has been ruled off. FAILURE TO CANCEL FROM THE TIMESHEET “NO SHOWS” Members failing to cancel from the timesheet at least one hour prior to hit-off w ill be penalised by having their names removed from the timesheet for the next game they book. 1st Offence Letter of information. 2nd Offence Official w arning. 3rd Offence One month suspension from competition. 4th Offence Causing citation to a judiciary meeting, all competition privileges suspended until the matter is heard and dealt w ith. Similar action may be taken against members w ho continually nominate members for the timesheet w ho are subsequently listed as “NO SHOWS”. SINGLE EVENTS: The starter w ill substitute a replacement player if one is available, or send off the other players in that time slot if no replacement is available. The player w ho arrives late w ill be added to the list of reserves. The maximum number of players in the final group is at the discretion of the Captain. FOURBALL EVENTS: (I) If a side (2 players) does not report by the final call it loses its place in the field. The starter is empow ered to substitute a replacement side if one is available. (ii) If one player fails to report by the final call the starter is empow ered to substitute a replacement player if one is available, otherw ise a replacement side w ill be substituted. If no substitute side is available the single player may elect to act as marker for a competing side. (iii) If a side does not have opponents or a marker it may hit off w ith the final group - if necessary as a six (6) - p.m. only. BEFORE PLAY Members should look at the Notice Board before starting play, for they are deemed to be aw are of all notices, local or temporary rules etc., there posted. They should also check handicaps before starting play. (A handicap terminal is situated in the dow nstairs foyer.) IN FOURBALL STROKE PLAY: The Committee requires the competitors to w rite their names on the card in accordance w ith groups as arranged on the timesheet. NEAREST THE PIN: The markers must have the distance from the pin recorded in centim etres. When filling out the N.T.P. details, please ensure that all group m em bers golf link num bers are put on the card w ith the signature. SCORE CARDS: The Rules of Golf place the onus on the competitor to see that his or her correct score is recorded by his marker for each hole. The score must be recorded ON COMPLETION OF PLAY OF EACH HOLE. The Scratch score must be w ritten on the card in the format of the day’s play to be eligible to w in the trophy. MEMBER-VISITOR AND VISITORS: Member-visitor combinations are not eligible to w in a donated trophy, but w ill receive a voucher. VISITORS AND GUESTS: Members of affiliated clubs w ith a current A.G.U. handicap may be invited to join in Club competitions except Monthly Medal Events. CLUB REGULATIONS Members introducing visitors must ensure that their guest’s name, club and/or address is entered in the Visitor’s Register. Children (Minors) are perm itted in the Mem bers’ Lounge only if accom panied by a responsible adult, except Friday evenings from 5.00 p.m . w hen the Mem bers’ Lounge is reserved for adult m e m bers, m em ber’s guests or bona fide visitors only. Children ARE NOT perm itted in the poker m achine room at any tim e. No canvassing for donations, raffles or subscriptions by outside bodies is allow ed in or about the Club premises, unless permission is granted by the General Manager. RULES OF DRESS The standard of dress w ithin the Club is largely left to the good taste of members. How ever, in order to maintain a standard suitable to the Club, Mem bers and Visitors are requested to adhere to the dress rules as displayed on the Notice Board. COMPLAINTS All complaints should be made in w riting and conveyed to the General Manager, w ho shall submit same to the appropriate committee. In no instance shall a servant of the Club be directly reprimanded by a member. HANDICAPS The Board of Directors may from time to time approve the alteration of a member’s handicap if in its absolute discretion and having regard to all of the circumstances including the member’s results in any form of competition, it considers that the change is w arranted under the handicap system that the Club follow s. The member shall have no right to make any representation to the handicapper or the Board of Directors in relation to any proposed alteration to the member’s handicap. MEMBERS’ PRACTICE FACILITIES In addition to the practice putting green and the chipping area there are tw o practice areas on the course. (a) South of the 13th tee. Practice in this area is permitted at any time and is to be betw een the ropes. The Club Professional has the right to use this area for lessons at all times. (b) On the 10th fairw ay from betw een the ropes on the practice tee. Practice from this area is permitted only w hen the 10th/11th holes closure sign is in place. Practice times for this area Eastern Standard Time: from 3.00 p.m. Daylight Saving Time: from 6.00 p.m. except that betw een Christmas and Australia Day practice is not permitted before 7.00 p.m. Playing of balls w hile proceeding to or from the practice areas is not permitted unless green fees hav e been paid. Balls may be picked up betw een ¼ to the hour and the hour, or by mutual agreement of the players practising. NO PLAYER IS TO HIT A BALL WHILE ANOTHER PLAYER IS COLLECTING BALLS OR IS IN DANGER OF BEING HIT. Distinctly marked alls are to be used. Divots must be filled. Practice facilities are available to members only. Practice Play No player may play more than tw o golf balls in any practice round. Please use the buckets of soil provided and repair all divots. Repair as many pitch marks on the green as you can w ithout unduly holding up play, w ith the special forks designed for this purpose. Members w ill assist the Committee in the proper maintenance of the course by observing particularly Rules 6, 7 and 8, as printed under “Etiquette of Golf”. APPLICATION OF HANDICAP TO DIFFERENT TYPES OF COMPETITIONS INDIVIDUAL: STROKE - Full handicap. PAR - Full stroke handicap. STABLEFORD - Full stroke handicap. MIXED AND MEDLEY FOURBALL EVENTS: STROKE, PAR and STABLEFORD - Members play off full handicap using their respective score cards. 4 PERSON AMBROSE - 1/8 of aggregate of 4 players. Fractions to count. 1 3 PERSON AMBROSE - /6 of aggregate of 3 players. Fractions to count. 2 PERSON AMBROSE - 1/4 of aggregate of 2 players. Fractions to count. AMERICAN FOURSOMES: (Mixed or Non-Mixed) STROKE – 3 /8 of combined handicap. CANADIAN FOURSOMES: (Mixed or Non-Mixed) STROKE – 3 /8 of combined handicap. GENERAL: NEW MEMBERS Sponsors of any new ly elected member should introduce him/her to the members of the Club and ensure that he/she is conversant w ith the rules governing the conduct of the Club. Before entering any competition a new member should be sufficiently advanced in the know ledge of the Rules of Golf to be competent to perform the duty of marker to a fellow competitor. Please see that you play w ith your nominee until he or she are so equipped. Rule books may be obtained from the General Manager. All Mem bers are expected to know the Rules of Golf. Members are requested to ask all persons trespassing on the Club’s property to leave the course. Members are reminded that in accordance w ith the general practice at Golf Clubs, the Club Professional has sole rights in recovery of lost golf balls and the sale of golf balls found. Members are requested not to buy balls from persons on and around the course. This also encourages stealing. SLOW PLAY The regularly recurring problem of “SLOW PLAY ” is discussed consistently amongst members. Almost ev ery play er/member of the Club has at some time expressed concern about the ef f ects of slow play on their enjoy ment of the game. The f ollowing suggestions should be of assistance in ov ercoming this problem. 1. Select club and ball while others play ers are hav ing their shots. 2. Alway s mark the card while waiting y our turn at the tee. If hitting f irst, tee of and then mark the card. 3. Walk directly to y our own ball, or lev el with same, and select club to be used while waiting f or the others to play their shots. 4. Practice swings should be limited by discretion. 5. If af ter a reasonable period, it is apparent y ou are holding up play , call next group through. 6. If called ahead as in 5. but immediately af terwards the group ahead located their ball and it is ev ident that play will proceed f aster if they continue, y ou should signal them to go ahead. 7. On reaching the green and y our ball, study the line of y our putt immediately . When it is y our turn whenev er appropriate try to putt right out. Marking the ball is sometimes necessary , but not alway s and should be av oided where possible. 8. Whenev er possible, a play er should hav e assessed his own putt f or direction and speed while other play ers are putting, prov iding that in doing so, no interf erence is caused to the play er. 9. The play er nearest the hole should attend the f lag and then pass to the f irst play er to hole out, then appraise his own putt. 10. Alway s place y our buggy adjacent to the approach to the next tee. 11. Honour is to be disregarded in all stroke competitions. The play er f irst to reach the ball shall play f irst while not endangering other play ers. 12. Play ers in bunkers should where possible play f irst to enable them to rake the bunker while others play their shots. 13. IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER Pace of play related to the group in f ront. Keeping pace is maintaining an interv al of no more than 7 minutes with the group in f ront. MOTORISED BUGGIES 1. Carts must use the pathway s where prov ided at all times. 2. Directional signage to be obey ed at all times. 3. Carts MUST NOT be driv en on tees or within 10 metres of any green. 4. Carts must not be driv en between green side bunkers and greens. 5. On the 9th hole carts MUST NOT be driv en between green side bunkers and the green or between the green and eastern pathway of the Club House. 6. Driv ers of hire carts must hold a current driv er’s licence. 7. Any damage to hire carts must be paid f or by the hirer. SIGNALS FOR THE SUSPENSION OF PLAY 1. DISCONTINUANCE OF PLAY . One continuous blast on the siren. 2. RESUME PLAY . 3 short blasts on the siren. Ref er to Rule 6-8b CAPTAIN OF EACH GROUP The lowest marker is Captain of each group and should see that all points of etiquette are observ ed, v iz. the group keeps its expected place in the f ield, (judged by the distance of the group in front rather than the group behind); each play er in the group repairs div ots and plug marks on the greens; carries and uses a sand bucket f or div ot repairs; and smooths bunkers f ollowing play therein.