August 2018 newsletter:
The days are getting longer , a warmish August so far and spring just around the corner. The committee is busy working on advertising the cheapest golf subs around and you will have noticed some signs appearing at the gate. We have some more initiatives that we are still working on that you will see when finalised. Brian is working on a “A” frame trailer that we can drive around town and park up temporarily at strategic places. If anyone knows of anywhere we can park up for a couple of days in a suitable location please contact the club or committee member.
Also it would really help if you could share Mcleans Island 2018/2019 subs with every friend on your facebook page as this will give us maximun coverage very quickly. This is the month that most clubs, like us, renew memberships for the coming season so we need to be out there with our pricing. Don't forget your incentive for bringing a new full member to the club.
We would like to re decorate Kay's office, because she deserves it, and would like to hear from any plasterer, painter and carpet layer (as we already have some donated carpet) that could offer time, services or just advice. Thanks in advance.
Some of you may have noticed some purple lines on the course and these are designed for a short course that is being developed with NZ golf as another choice for everyone to play. I believe Clive played this the other day and achieved 14 pars, but no birdies. Perhaps next time Clive. When the rating is approved and accepted by NZ golf you will have a handicap for the purple course as well. We believe the initiative of having a graduated tee block will be an attraction for golfers of different skill levels, from kids to low handicappers (play like a pro) and the older of us that Father time has stolen our distance. We'll just have to wait and see.
If the Volunteers ( current and future) could please contact the office with an e-mail address as this would make the co-ordinating and planning of activities so much easier for everyone.
Good to see steady numbers at Thursdays and Saturdays. There are quite a few green fee players out there too, not always in the match of the day, but we need their support, so please make them feel welcome. This Saturday 9am multi tee start, so hopefully we will have a good social hour afterwards.
Interclub; Simon season is half way through already, this Sunday we are hosting all eight teams, so reminder the course will be shut from 11am onwards. Presidents grade has a big season upcoming, 14 teams entered and first round Sept 2nd. Metro B is much smaller, only 8 teams and first game not until Oct 7th.
New rules; you may not have heard too much about this, but the rule changes are coming on the
first of January. N Z golf has intentionally held back so as not to confuse people while we are still playing under the old rules. I am on top of this and will be keeping you updated. In Oct they will be running courses which I will be attending and if anyone else wants to as well just let me know.
Thats it from me, happy golfing, Warren.
I hope you have all noticed that I have bought the sun and some warmth back from Vanuatu. Thank you Ailex for looking after the office so well in my absence. If you are looking for a relaxing place to holiday I can thoroughly recommend Vanuatu for its laid back nature and great fishing and snorkelling.
A reminder subs are due in the next couple of weeks. You can still pay these monthly by paying 20% deposit and 10 monthly payments.
Pat Kavanagh has very kindly handwritten a history of the Club for our 50 year celebration and I am looking for someone to type it all up. If you or your partner are keen to do a bit of typing please let me know.
I have a query from Alan Smythe – He is going to be in Timaru on September 1 and 2 and want to play in a pairs golf tournament those two days and is asking if there is another Club Member interested in joining him. If you are interested come talk to Kay or Alan. - 354 0484 / 021 1508489.
In order to maintain our course and club house is good condition we require an enthusiastic group of volunteers to assist our Greenkeeper, Jared.
We have two groups of volunteers:
1 – Those who help weekly mowing fairways, raking bunkers and trimming edges etc.
2 – A second group meet on the first Tuesday of each month and carry out light duties, examples include picking up loose branches , trimming trees, emptying rubbish bins, painting markers, and repairs to the club house.
In some cases we have members doing the same duty each week but we do need cover fro when these guys are sick or on holiday. If you would like to help and maintain our course plese reply to this email or leave your details at the Pro Shop.
Health and Safety:
A reminder to watch out for our number one hazard being uneven ground conditions. Make sure you wear suitable footwear and be vigilant by looking where you are walking. With frosty conditions still around beware the old “leaning on your club “ when picking your ball out of the cup or putting a tee in the ground. I have witnessed some of these near misses.
We are working on a Hazard board for members and the public as they enter the course to play golf to highlight these and other hazards that may exist from time to time.
The Club will no longer allow people to wander onto the course without permission and signing the register , either at the clubhouse or Greenkeepers shed. This includes volunteers and anyone else helping with activities so please make sure you comply and complete a toolbox talk around the activities that you will be undertaking for the day. At minimum you will be required to wear a high viz while out on the course and any other PPE that may be necessary for the task. A recent incident up North cost a golf club $70,000. because a person was never notified that there could be golf balls flying around.
Not my decision but necessary under the law so we need to protect our club from unexpected costs.
Be safe and great golfing
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018