From the Committee
A Warm welcome to all our new members and a big thank you to those that have renewed their memberships, without you there is no BMGC. My role and that of my fellow committee is to serve in the best interests of all our members and to ensure that the club’s interests are served at all times. With the commencement of the committees second term in progress we had identified various challenges in our first year and we are confident that we are heading down the right path. The future is not without challenges, but l strongly believe with the dedicated group of committee and that of the General Manager and his staff we will be able to produce some solid numbers over the coming months. Our aim is to continue developing the course and the only way we can achieve this is through raising additional funds, hence the reason the board of management including the General Manager have chosen to proceed with the current decking and marquee build.
This new area will include a very large decking from the TAB area wrapping around the north east aspect of the clubhouse, giving amazing views of the three greens, and their fairways, near the clubhouse (9, 11, 18), as well as being able to watch balls land on the par 3 12th hole.
On the decking area to the north of the gaming room, a brand new permanent marquee will be installed.
This is being mostly funded via your $100 capital works levy paid by members recently and a $20,000 grant from the Victorian government. We are receiving great support thus far from local businesses, as well as from generous members in materials, in-kind labour and donations. All such support will be acknowledged at the grand opening of the area.
This new asset gives the club a much needed separate area for our members and for functions. It will open for business late this year, so start thinking about what you may like to book it for. Oh, and if you can support the club in any way, please speak to Daniel today, as we want to furniture and fit this area out in style.
With the Spring season coming late, it has brought plenty of rain and various weeds and insects that I cannot recall seeing for a very long time and hopefully with the warmer weather upon us we will see the lush greens and fairways improving, as our small but very hard working greens staff prepare for a bumper season. Keep up the great work and please do give them the acknowledgement that they deserve. To Neville Harty a big thank you for your efforts in the Pro-shop, it is looking great, and it is good to see MJ and his crew of golf professionals Troy and Daniel, adding value to our club, especially through the Sunday junior program which has been well attended. To all our staff and GM l thank you all for the way that you present yourselves and for your welcoming service to date, and with the festive season gathering momentum l know that you will continue to deliver more of the same. To all our golfers participating in the club championships over November there are some previous year’s winners that might be hard to knock off, but a little birdie has told me that there has been plenty of practising from one individual (MM), good luck to you all. On this note l leave you once again with these words; ‘do not ask what your club can do for you but what you can do for your club?’
Tom SvaljekBMGC President
From the Red Tees
In August, at our Ladies AGM we welcomed a new Committee with Dianne Barnett as Lady President and Claire Sutherland as Lady Captain. The Ladies took the opportunity to thank the outgoing Committee in particular Margot Dunne, Lady Captain and Judy Cox, Lady President for all of their hard work and leadership.
In August and September the ladies competed in the North Western Interclub Match play with a number of local clubs. We enjoyed competing at other clubs and used the Club bus on a number of occasions. Sadly, despite our best efforts we didn’t bring home any prizes.
8 mixed teams started the quest to win the Swan Cup this year and the Board event will be hotly contested. Best of luck to those still in the draw.
Teams of Ladies from Talbot, Bacchus Marsh West, Ballarat and Melton golf clubs joined the ladies from Bacchus Marsh Golf Club to raise funds for the McGrath Foundation recently. All of the ladies dressed in pink golf gear and competed in a Texas Ambrose game. It was great day to be out on the course after the recent unpredictability of the weather and the teams from Talbot and Ballarat took home the prizes, relishing the dry conditions. $310 was raised on the day and will be donated to the McGrath Foundation for the local breast care nurse.
Margot Dunne and Chris Gasior recently competed in the Doris Chambers final at Sanctuary Lakes and although the weather was a challenge they both enjoyed the competition.
A number of Ladies have enjoyed competing at other clubs in various different events and we always return appreciating our home “turf”.
We are planning some come and try golf days for Ladies and for couples in the new year, so tell your friends and family and encourage them to come out and give golf a go.
The ladies would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff and Club Committee for the great work you do to make our Club and Course a great place to play golf all year round.
Regards and have fun playing golf
General Managers Report
I would like to thank all our members for their ongoing support on and off the golf course over the previous 5 months. The operations across the venue has been encouraging and my team and I keep working hard to improve our members and guest’s experiences every time you visit the Bacchus Marsh Golf Club, whether it’s for a casual game of golf or enjoying our services in the bistro, gaming and bar.
Christmas is approaching and we have some exciting Christmas packages for groups large or small which you can find at ‘What’s On’ page on the club website. Members can also ask our staff for further information.
- 11th of December ‘Santa comes to BMGC’ – poster attached
- New Year’s Eve we don’t have a poster as yet. A la carte menu with live entertainment by Eternity Duo
- Monday Night poster attached
- Twilight Comp Poster attached
- Relay for life Poster attached
- Book your Christmas parties with us. Poster attached
As you all know MJ Golf has come on board thru our summer season and the feedback has been encouraging from our members, with our two new professional golfers Troy and Daniel looking after our pro shop on a Thursday and Sunday. Our junior golf clinics have been well received and on the back end of that we have signed up two new junior members. Neville is doing an outstanding job driving our membership and promoting the club as a whole, his push to drive new golfers into our club has been outstanding and I constantly receive good feedback especially from our social group golfers, members and guests.
Golf Course update.
Our greens staff is doing an amazing job out on the course and the results are clearly showing, our greens are coming along well, but have been a challenge at the same time. We have had plenty of disease thru our greens over the past 2 weeks from insecticide, fungicide damage. Our big concern was small signs of anthracnose which if not treated can destroy greens within days. One of our processes which we have put in place is our monthly greens fertilizer and disease program which helps us prevent major damage to our greens and prevents our staff playing catch up. Our tees have all been fertilised today (Friday 28th Oct) and we should start to see growth early next week especially with the forecast of rain on Sunday night. Our fairways are coming along really well but we have identified the 1st, 2nd, 10th, 11th, and 17th fairways need a little help and we will be fertilising them next week.
The satellite irrigation system and pumps continued to require constant maintenance over the winter and spring time. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Robert Ball who has taken owner ship upon himself since my commencement back in February with the operations of the watering system, along with the support of our contractor Marty. I would like to thank the rest of the new look turf team John Robinson and Corey Salisbury for their ongoing support along with some external contract support, well done team.
On a closing note I would like to thank all my staff for their hard work and the commitment they are showing to our Golf Club. It’s a pleasure to work among you all. I would also like to thank the board of directors and our volunteers who give up their precious time to help our club.
Regards Daniel Smith
Firstly, thank you to all those who had a role in electing me as captain in my absence.
I have recently returned from a very enjoyable and relaxing overseas trip. I was fortunate enough to attend a once in a lifetime music festival in California, where I got to see six fantastic acts in the company of my wife and our two adult children and their partners. Ten weeks without a round of golf is hard to take though, so I am back and raring to go.
It was very pleasing to see the course in such great condition on my return. From all reports there has been a lot of rain while I was away. With some luck we will get some warmer weather soon and we will be able to look out of the windows of the clubhouse and watch the couch grass run across the fairways. There have been some problems associated with the length of the rough which has been hard to keep down due to problems with one of the rough cutting mowers. The ground staff with Daniel’s guidance has been working hard to bring the situation under control. The wet weather has also made it hard to cut greens as often as we would like.
From what I have heard we are lucky that we have a course that is rarely unplayable due to the weather. We have had several visitors from the Ballarat courses coming to play when they cannot get onto their own courses.
We can all assist the ground staff by making sure we all carry and use sand buckets and by lifting any pug marks we make or see on the greens. Our staff has done a magnificent job in difficult circumstances and we should encourage and assist where possible rather than find fault. The course is about to blossom and should be in great condition right on schedule for the Club Championships which start very shortly. Good luck to everyone taking part. Sad to see that some of our members have moved on recently, but it should be noted that our membership is still up in numbers from this time last year.
This Committee met in the last few weeks. We conducted a hole by hole review of our planning for future development. We also reviewed our key priorities from our last meeting, and noted what had been carried out since our last meeting. Works that have been carried out include:
- Removal of bunker on right side of 17th green.
- New sand placed in back bunker on 5th hole.
- Placement of soil for new tee boxes on the 10th and 5th holes.
We decided the key priorities for the next quarter will be as follows.
The replacement of new sand in bunker on 15th and in the bunker between the18th/9th holes.
The grassing of the new tee boxes on the 10th and 5th holes ready for use in early 2017
Completion of and grassing of the mounds on the left hand side of the 11th fairway
Implementation of new a putting practice green at the back of the first tee and the installation of the practice nets to the right of the path leading down to the first tee. This will require consideration for people teeing off from those using these facilities when they come into play.
Copies of the blueprint for Course Development can be viewed on the wall in the Pro-shop and copies are also displayed in the Men’s and Ladies’ locker rooms. We welcome any constructive feedback from members
If there are any members who have a couple of hours to spare on a Friday morning and would like to assist in improving our course you will be most welcome. See Daniel or Robbie and they will have a list of tasks that require attention. I will be making an effort to get involved from about 9:00 onwards on the Fridays I am not working.
Finally I would like to thank our sponsors, specifically those that provide trophies each and every Saturday for the nearest the pins and the magpie holes. I have been neglectful in not mentioning them during presentations but we do appreciate your involvement with our club. I will endeavour to thank and name them each and every week in the future.
The Match and Greens committee is undergoing a name change and will now be known as the Participation and Rules Committee. (PAR for short. I hope we are up to it!!)
Tuesday Night Twilight Comps- ‘Captain’s Chook Run’ (starting Tuesday 8th November)
Club Championships November 12th, 19th, 26th and December 3rd.
Rotary Golf Day Friday November 25th
Sweeney Charity Day Friday 18th November
Jokes and other Matters
It’s Called Golf
In primitive society, when native tribes beat the ground with clubs and yelled, it was called witchcraft; today, in civilized society, it is called golf.
The man who takes up golf to get his mind off his work soon takes up work to get his mind off golf.
Golf was once a rich man’s sport, but now it has millions of poor players!
Golf is an expensive way of playing marbles.
The secret of good golf is to hit the ball hard, straight and not too often.
There are three ways to improve your golf game: take lessons, practice constantly … or start cheating.
An amateur golfer is one who addresses the ball twice … once before swinging, and once again, after swinging.
Many a golfer prefers a golf cart to a caddy because it cannot count, criticize or laugh.
Golf is a game in which the slowest people in the world are those in front of you, and the fastest are those behind.
Golf: A five mile walk punctuated with frequent disappointments.
There’s no game like golf: you go out with three friends, play eighteen holes, and return with three enemies.
Golf got its name because all of the other four letter words were taken!!
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Good Golfing, the Committee of Management.