On behalf of the BMGC I would firstly like to appeal to all our members and invite you to our presentation night on Saturday 2nd July, in recognition of our club champions and all other board and final winners for season 2015/16. The evening will also be added with a special celebration in recognition of both our pennant teams Senior & Colts reaching the finals and the senior team getting promoted to Division 5. Our club has begun galvanising a reputation and an appetite in becoming a strong and super competitive club in the VGA pennant, well done to all players, managers & members who supported the boys.
A few weeks ago our captain (Roger) and l attended a golf day at Rosanna Golf Club as part of the VGA day for Captains and Presidents and can report back to all our members that we were warmly received and many other club representatives only had great things to say about us as a club and how we welcomed all the teams that played their pennant matches at BMGC had a wonderful time and only had positives about the course and facilities.
In continuing the promotion of the club we had seen the past Sunday sessions bring additional patrons to our club and with the bus in full operation we see that the numbers are growing and we hope that all our members can at least get up for one evening during the course of the month and enjoy the wonderful food and beverages on offer. In my short period of time l am very grateful to those that have continued to support us and those who volunteer their time to the club and a big thank you to all our committee and sub-committees in their support.
In finishing off l hope that we all rug up and enjoy the colder days ahead and look forward in seeing you all enjoying your time at the BMGC.
Tom Svaljek (President BMGC)
From the Red Tees
The Ladies Club Championships were hotly contested this year and were completed last Wednesday 25th May. At the end of three weeks, scores were tied in A and B Grades. As per the Ladies Conditions of Play, the Club Championship resulted in an 18 hole playoff between Margot Dunne and Claire Sutherland, played in windy conditions and hotly contested. Margot Dunne is the 2016 Ladies Club Champion. Judy Cox won B Grade after a 3 hole playoff against Dianne Barnett and Heather Steegstra won C Grade. Claire Sutherland won Division 1 Nett and Nola Closter won Division 2 Nett. Judy Cox also won the Dorrie Sweet Senior Nett. The Captain’s Salver was completed on Saturday and was won by Karin Caple and Ngaire Kennedy with a fantastic score over two weeks of plus 16.
The ladies are looking forward to meeting lots of hungry members at the Monthly Medal BBQ morning in June.
The Bacchus Marsh Ladies Open Bowl is being held on the 8th June and with our course in great condition, we are hoping to have lots of visiting teams from other clubs. The Bacchus Marsh ladies will also compete in teams of three for the best home team.
The ladies would like to congratulate the pennant teams, seniors and colts for their great effort in representing our club so well in only their second year in the metropolitan competition.
Judy Cox (Ladies President)
General Manager Updates
Over the next few weeks you will start to see we have changed the profile of sand in the sand boxes across the course, moving away from the traditional sandy loam which is heavier based sand and trialling a finer white turf washed sand which will filter the water a little quicker. This winter we will change the sand profile on the bunker at the front right of the fifth hole with the white turf washed sand, feedback would be most welcome.
As the weather changes so does the course, the couch will start to slow down it will slowly change to a brownish colour especially when we start to get a few to many frosts. This year we won’t be spraying out the winter grasses (poa) like we have done in previous years we actually want to promote the winter grasses so it will protect the couch thru the cold winter months.
I’m sure you know the process on which if we make any changes out on the course it has been approved by the greens committee, our superintendent and his staff are governed by the club and the committee, there for please if anyone does have a problem with the decisions that do get made out on the course which you may not like please come and see someone from the greens committee or even myself. Our grounds team do a fantastic job but they don’t need to be abused out on the course as they are just doing what they have been instructed to do.
It has been a tough few months but the course looks fantastic from where it was 3 months ago I would like to say a big thanks to Paul and his staff for all the hard work they have done especially behind the scenes. I would like to take the opportunity to officially appoint Paul Montgomery as our head superintendent of the Bacchus Marsh Golf Club.
Over the past 5 weeks we have been running a Robert Oatley wine promotion giving away a twin pack box set of wine and a 6 pack box set, I would like to thank all members and guests who entered the completion by buying a glass of wine. Here are the 5 winners
- Week 1 Pasco Keep
- Week 2 Bob Ellis
- Week 3 Deb Estlick
- Week 4 Ray Newton
- Week 5 Lorissa Edwards
We will be running a new wine promotion from the 1st July
As a club we are continuing improving our dining experience and over the last 3 weeks we have designed a new food menu to match our wine list. We hope to go live with our new website in mid-June as we are currently in testing mode ironing little issue here and there. The new web site will allow us to book online for our bistro bookings and we are currently setting up our online booking service with slice. These are just some of the new creative ways which we at Bacchus Marsh Golf Club are trying to improve for our members and guests, it’s currently an exciting time to be a part of our club so tell your family and friends about us and get them down for a bite to eat or a casual game of golf.
Daniel Smith (General Manager)
Some big changes coming into effect on or around the first of July 2016. The layout of the back nine will be changed. This an outline of the proposed changes in a nutshell.
- The current 13th hole will become the new 10th hole.
- The current 12th hole will become the 11th hole.
- The current 10th hole will become the 12th hole.
- The current 11th hole will become the 13th hole.
- Holes 14 through 18 will remain as is, as will the 19th hole where everybody is welcome to enjoy a drink after your round of golf.
This change will coincide with the purchase of new pre-printed cards. The current system of printing cards on the printer each week is not satisfactory. Print quality is poor and details are often indecipherable after a few holes.
A new local rule.
After some discussions at our last Match Committee meeting it was decided to introduce a local rule allowing a shot which hits a cart sign to be replayed without penalty. Drop the ball as near as possible to where it was played from. (but not nearer the hole)
We remind everyone that the carts are not supposed to be driven past the blue lines painted on the grass, approximately 10 metres from the front of the greens. Carts should not be taken behind the greens at any time.
If you are moving a cart sign for any reason make sure you put it back to the sides of the greens where it is less likely to be in the way.
Course Development Plan
The Match and Greens Committee have invited Josh Younger to assist with the formulation of our Course Development Plan looking towards the future. 2016 – 2020.
Watch out for a copy of this document, which will be displayed in the Pro-shop and in the Men’s and Ladies’ locker rooms in the near future. We welcome any constructive comments. The removal of a couple of trees at the corner of the the dam on the 11th hole has promoted some robust discussion already. Remember this is a long term plan and the listed plan for each hole will not happen overnight. The plan is fluid and is thus subject to change. The course development plan is reviewed every three months by the Greens and Match Committee.
Remember to keep filling divots on fairways and repair pitch marks on greens. The course is in very good condition let’s keep it that way.
Match Play Competitions need to be played by set dates where possible, try to arrange your next match for as soon as possible after each round is completed. Don’t forget to enter the results on the appropriate sheet.
Presentation night is on Saturday July 2nd. Keep this date free. A great night is assured. Great food, great music, great company what more could you ask for?
Some funnies to finish.
Golfer: Think I’m going to drown myself in the lake.
Caddy: Think you can keep your head down that long?
Golfer: Do you think I can get there with a 5 iron?
Golfer: You’ve got to be the worst caddy in the world.
Caddy: I don’t think so. That would be too much of a coincidence.