General Managers Update - October 2017
Well the start of our new financial year means we can reset after what was a pretty tough year. It’s easy to forget where we were at the start of April but for me it’s something I won’t forget and I am extremely proud of how our Club stood up when the chips were down. The condition of the course as we enjoy now is testament to thousands of hours of work that we completed to get the course recovered after our worst ever flood.
I will note that the State Government’s Sport and Recreation Department has been amazing with its support of our Club this year with flood grants totalling $50,500 softening the blow on a tough year financially.
While the Annual General Meeting will be the opportune to time to update the members on what we have achieved this year there are a few things that I would like to mention.
Green Shed Upgrade
I would like to again make mention of the achievement this year of completing the construction of a new maintenance facility. This new facility is something we as a Club should be proud of as we provide our green staff with a modern facility that allows them to operate in great conditions and continue to improve the way they maintain our course. From a General Manager’s perspective this was long overdue however we went through an extensive process to ensure we got bang for our buck and also achieved everything they will need over the coming 10-15 years.
We had a fantastic recruitment period from the 1 July and the good news is we have welcomed 84 new members to the Club in this time. Having just gone through the renewal process we are still finalising the renewals for some members. Inevitably there are members that leave each year for a variety of reasons but with the numbers joining the Club we are in a very strong position as we enter 2018.
Renewing your membership
Having said that if you are still to renew your membership or let us know you are leaving please send us an email, give us a call or pop in to the office. Lynda will be doing her best to touch base with everyone over the next few weeks.
Greens Director - Mark Berry
As has been mentioned many times over the last few months, especially since the flood we have a wonderful group of volunteers that spend countless hours on the course doing a variety of tasks that frees up time for our professional staff to do what they do best. This doesn’t just happen and our Greens Director Mark Berry needs a mention as he spends countless hours not only working himself but coordinating the volunteers which in itself is a large job. He has made a massive contribution to our course and has allowed us to lift the level of what we offer week in week out.
With all that said if Volunteering is something you have thought of doing please click here for more information.
Annual General Meeting
Just a reminder to our members that the Club’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 5 December from 7pm. To encourage you to come down and hear about the Club’s performance over the last 12 months we will be offering some finger food and an open bar. It’s one of the most exhilarating and entertaining nights of the year. Well that may be a stretch but it’s your chance as a member and part owner of this great Club to learn from the Board and Manager on how we went this year and what is install for next year.
Notice of Motion – Intermediate 2 change
There will be a motion for the members to vote on this year regarding an increase to the upper age limit of Intermediate 2 members from 45 to 55 years.
General Business – AGM
Please note that if you are looking to attend the AGM and have any General Business you will need to submit this in writing to the General Manager at least 7 days prior. This will allow for a researched and proper response if in fact you would like to raise any issues.
Road to the PGA
If you are keen to attend the PGA Championship at Royal Pines and seeing reigning Masters Champion Sergio go head to head with Adam Scott then the Road to the PGA is your best chance for a ticket. Simply pay the Pro Shop an extra $10 extra when you register for the competition on the day and you will receive a one day pass to the tournament. Adult tickets are sold for $25 so this is your best bet if you are looking to head to Royal Pines. Plus if you have the best score out of the qualifying events at Carbrook you will also qualify for the Road to PGA final to be played on the Championship course on the Sunday prior to the tournament. What a prize.
Our dates are Wednesday 1 November and Saturday 11 November. We have had to reschedule the previously published dates due to rain. You will be asked at check in whether you would like to participate.
Emirates Australian Open
Once again I’ll be off to the Australian Open in a month or so to referee at The Australian Golf Club from the 23-26 November. I usually run into a couple of members so if you are going to be down there to watch Jordan Speith and Jason Day please let me know.
Pink Bag Win
Lastly I would like to thank those members that took the opportunity to congratulate me on my recent "win" in the pink bag. It was one of my proudest achievements and everyone has been so encouraging. To see a pic with my trophy don't miss this month's Pink Bag update.
That’s it from me this month.
Look forward to seeing you at the Club soon.