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Men’s Golf Committee

There has been some interest from members in forming a Men’s Golf Committee (MGC). Any male golfers interested in being on a MGC are asked to contact our Sports Manager, Chris Graham. Chris will be selecting volunteers to fill the vacant MGC in the interim until their next Annual Meeting is held later in the year, when nominations for the MGC will be called officially.

Bunkers

The fairway bunker on the 9th has been identified as a problematic bunker for maintenance and a bunker that rarely comes into play in its present position.  Shane has recommended that this bunker be filled in until such time that funds are allocated for a new bunker relocated in a more desirable location that comes into play more often. Additional trees will also be planted in this area to help aid with the natural protection to neighbouring residences.

The bunker at the back of the 18th green is also a bunker that rarely comes into play and also experiences constant washouts during bad weather. This takes up unnecessary man hours to repair for play. This area will be overhauled with the bunker faces reduced and grassed to blend into the natural surrounding gardens. There will be a smaller pot bunker maintained in this area, without sand faces.

After raking bunkers members are asked to place bunker rakes as close to the centre of the bunker as possible in line with the direction of play.

Other Course Maintenance

The irrigation upgrade and fairway improvements to the 12th are now completed. There are still some bare areas which will be oversown with rye grass during the winter. Shane expects this area to have full cover after the next growing season. The irrigation upgrades cost $14458, this does include a small section that tracks along just in front of the 11th green for approximately 100 meters. This will continue along the 11th fairway with our next stage to compete the back nine irrigation upgrades. The fairway improvements including fairway reshaping and turf cost $4336.

The Club, in conjunction with Local Lands Services, Nature-Ally, and Byron Shire Council, has been successful with our recent application for a NSW government funded Action Habitat grant via Primary Industries and the Recreational Fishing Trust. The funds allocated to OSCC via this grant will be concentrated on bank stabilisation, weed control, and rehabilitation of native flora along Strike-a-light Creek which runs parallel to the fourth fairway behind the residents on the eastern side of Balemo Drive. Bush regeneration will also take place to enhance our natural bush land adjoining Marshalls Creek on the northern side of the OSCC property.

Shane has identified the 11th cart path as next year’s priority for repair/replacement. Shane will explore all options available and report back to the Golf Management Committee.

Fixture Book and Sponsorship

The 2017/2018 Golf and Bowls fixture books are ready for distribution. You can get a copy from the office or near the booking kiosk computer in the breezeway. We were held up slightly with the recent flooding events that affected the company that produce the booklet. It’s also great to have Tony Carsburg commit as the Clubs Major Sponsor again this year. Tony Carsburg Holden has been sponsoring the Club for nearly forty years. We also acknowledge the support provided by all the business organisations listed in the fixture book. It’s the sponsorship dollar that enables the committee to offer extensive trophies at good value and allows our competition fees to be kept reasonable. We urge all our members, whenever in need of goods and services supplied by any of our sponsors, to give them the opportunity first. The companies that support us are entitled to expect our support in return, it’s a mutual arrangement.

Upcoming Events

This year the Club will host a Trainee Pro Am, Luke Woods our Trainee Pro will be managing the task of putting this event together to ensure it’s successful for the PGA and Club Members who take part. We ask that the members support this event and get involved with what should be a great event and an opportunity to play with some of our future professional golfers coming through the ranks.

After two washed out attempts the Men’s Foursome Championships are now scheduled for 25th June 2017.

Nomination for the Jack and Dal and Cock of the Walk events are now closed. The draw will be out soon and members will be asked to get their games completed on time. Good luck to all players.

The Men’s Pennant season is due to start shortly, the guys will be smartly dressed with our new pennant shirts. We wish all players luck with their respective games during the season.

Can you help please?

Ocean Shores is hosting the Womens Golf Northern Rivers Annual Tournament on 17th and 18th July 2017. We are seeking some volunteers to help on these days. If you can help please contact Val Marsh 66802108

As a part of Luke’s traineeship, he is required to attend the Pampling Plate and Queensland State Championships. Entry fees, travel and accommodation at these events is quite expensive. To help with these costs Luke will be doing some fundraising throughout the Club in the coming months. Please get behind Luke and help wherever you can with his fundraising. Every little bit helps.

General Interest

A Pace of Play Policy has been adopted by the Golf Management Committee. The Board have endorsed the policy for implementation. The Policy will be published shortly and we ask that all members make themselves aware of the policy, and do their best to abide by the conditions. Any members experiencing issues regarding the pace of play are asked to address this with the Pro Shop staff. Members making reports will be asked to complete an incident report so the appropriate action can be taken.

A big congratulation to our Golf Professional Chris Graham on being nominated for the Queensland PGA Professional of the Year for the second year running. Chris Graham We congratulate Chris on being nominated and for being so humble in defeat. Chris was very quick to acknowledge the achievements of the eventual winner Matthew King, Head Professional of Wynnum Golf Club. This is true testament of Chris’ character. We are fortunate to have such a proficient person as Chris at the forefront of our Golf Operations.

The yellow Srixon range golf balls are the property of the club. If you have found any of these around the course or practise facilities, please kindly return these to the Pro Shop.

Members with private golf buggies are reminded that all private buggies used on Club property need to be registered with the club. Upon registration, you will be issued with a buggy rego sticker indicating that you have paid the required fees. Please place the rego sticker in a visible location on your windshield. All monies collected through buggy registration is earmarked for maintaining and replacing our buggy paths, course roads and bridges.

The Golf Management Committee has received a request to consider a local rule on the 2nd to allow a provisional ball to be played if the player thinks their ball is lost in the hazard. The committee is interested to know members feedback on this, please direct all feedback to proshop@oceanshorescc.com.au

We currently have an end of year sale on in the Pro Shop for members using their prize account to make purchases on all floor stick excluding special rack. Members will receive an additional 10% discount on purchases during May and June. Plus, for every $50 spent you receive a ticket into a draw to win one of three great prizes $300 Pro Shop gift voucher, $150 Pro Shop gift voucher or a 1 hour Golf lesson with Chris.

EOFY 2017

Whale Watching on the new deck

I hope everyone has taken the time to share a drink or two with fellow members, friends or family on Ocean Shores Country Club’s new deck. With the annual whale watching season in full swing, the deck is the perfect spot to catch a few splashes, tail slaps and the occasional full breech.

The majestic humpbacks travel past Ocean Shores on their migration north and again on their journey back to the Antarctic.

That means twice the opportunity to see them between now and November. Thanks to the amazing tradies that assisted in the transformation of this area of the

Club and the Board’s vision in creating a space for members to enjoy that is truly special.

See you on the deck!

Andrew Spice

General Manager