The Golf Management Committee (GMC) met on 17th November, 2021.

8th Hole
Committee advised that the Board had accepted and approved the layout as put forward by Course Architect Richard Chamberlain (RCGD). The 8th hole is a Masterplan priority and will be a showpiece. Costs of design and work have been allowed in the Budget. Richard Chamberlain begins design work in early December. A risk assessment was carried out in relation to the 9th hole and encompassed the area of 8th.

That By-law 44.1 would apply to the defined changes on holes on the course where change is not required for legal reasons.

General Manager Ian explained that the Board must make decisions and is personally responsible for ensuring safety of the course.

The argument that adjoining residents should expect stray golf shots is not valid when it comes to determining responsibility.

Golf Membership SIG’s responses
Ladies – postponed further consideration until conclusion of their forthcoming AGM
Vets – have not had an opportunity to discuss
Mens – has initiated a Friday 4 ball Medley and programme for Juniors

Driving Range
Committee was advised that the Board had referred it’s request to Richard Chamberlain for further consideration and advice.

Reports to Committee
Sports Manager Chris Graham
Is checking that day as to whether the ProAm is going ahead
The Peter Irby Charity Day is on 13th December
The Mullumbimby visit will be held over one day
The pro shop has been one staff down due to Vaccination requirements.
Only a few non double vaccinated amongst the playing Members.
The Carts are beginning to show their age and batteries are not holding charges if unused for a few days. GM is still hopeful that the new carts will be delivered in December.
Chris has one group and a couple more players going to take on the Longest Day 72 hole Cancer Council day Challenge. Members who wish to participate may use a cart.

Course Superintendent Shane Heaney. See separate report which covers a number of issues raised by the Ladies and the problem of weed in the waterways.

Men’s Golf (Kevin Fraser representing Wayne Dobson)
Asks for half-way house to be open on the Friday Ambrose Day. The proposed Ambrose Day has been very well accepted and sponsorship obtained. They are seeking a hit-off timeslot between 11.07am and 12.17pm on a 3 month trial basis, to be reviewed at end of that time.

The Ambrose is open to men’s teams, ladie’s teams, mixed teams, and members are encouraged to bring non-members along as players.

For those with no official handicap special handicapping arrangements will be put in place. Post match raffles and other opportunities available for everyone to have the chance to be a winner.

G.A. handicaps will be applied in determining grading for next year’s Club Championships.

The Presentation night will be held in December

Sunday Golf is going very well with up to 50-60 players.

Junior Golf. Lance Selleck has put together a good programme which includes a 6 hole comp for under 12years age and playing from special forward tees. Further that Non-Members pay a $10 fee which would give them Cadet Membership if they play 3 games @ $10

The family contributed funds 5 years ago which included $1000 to be put towards Junior Golf, Kevin wishes to ensure that it is now available.

The SIG will be meeting on Monday,13th December at 6pm.

Vets (Noel Keil)
OSCC will be hosting the Northern Rivers Vets Championships on 3rd November 2022.
Numbers of Vets Players continues at a high level.
The new 80+ years initiative rule has been welcomed.
The Vets AGM; Presentations and Christmas Lunch to be 16th December.

Ladies Golf
Asked if the Club was pursuing grants. Advised that an application for a $50,000 paths grant would be finalised and submitted that day.

Intend going ahead with the Friday White Marker challenge, interrupted due to two washouts followed by Covid restrictions. There was a lot of interest in the event from adjoining Clubs.

Rakes & poles
On advice from Sports Manager Chris Graham, the Committee was unanimous in its decision to follow the example of nearby Clubs and replace bunker rakes, lift restrictions on handling flag poles and encourage the exchange of scorecards.

The Committee acknowledges the contributions and work over the past few years by outgoing Men’s Golf President Wayne Dobson and former Member Mick Short and thanks them for their efforts.

Peter Kiernan
Golf Director.