Welcome to the first McLeans Island newsletter of 2019.
I hope you all have had a happy and fun Christmas/New Year season and are enjoying your golf.
This is just a short newsletter to deal with a few administration details.
So far this year we have had a very busy time with Green Fee players and Treat Me vouchers being redeemed. The weather is playing the game at the moment. Keeping the Thursday tournament going over the break was very successful with over 40 players both days. Twilight starts again tomorrow night and we could do with a few more supporters of this. 6.00pm tee for nine holes, handicappers and non handicappers – a great way to get friends and family involved. For those members whose partners and friends are non golfers maybe a suggestion that the bike track and walking tracks next door would keep them occupied whilst you play and then BBQ in the Clubhouse afterwards.
Plans are well under way for our 50th reunion and if you have something to contribute please advise the committee. We would like to ask all member for their support in organising this celebration on the last weekend of September. If you can offer your services to set up a committee we ask that you attend a meeting at the Clubhouse of Tuesday 15th January at 7.00pm. The Executive Committee would ask that this be a committee of Members who are not already too involved in committees etc at the Club. The more people we can get involved it will mean less that you have to do. We would like to showcase the Club on this weekend and would like as much support as possible so please consider this small task.
The new rules will came into effect on 1st of Jan so please make the effort to get familiar with these. There are rule books available still plus notices around the Clubhouse.
Some more on the rules, they have been simplified to try and make golf easier for the average Joe. That is why there is no longer a penalty for a double hit, or if a rebound off a tree etc hits yourself.
You can move loose impediments anywhere on the course, including in penalty areas(hazards) and bunkers. Be mindful though that if the ball moves in doing so you must replace it for one shot penalty. However- to add to the confusion- you can accidentally bump your ball on the green, for no penalty. Example sweeping away sand on green with the back of your hand, bump ball, no worries, replace on the spot for free.
Time looking for a lost ball down to three minutes, that time will soon pass, so if you think the ball may be hard to find, play a provisional and have a quick look at your watch once you begin searching. On our course the placing will stay the same, on the fairways. There is free relief from embedded ball on fairways AND in the rough, and you may clean the ball before dropping. Have a read through the new books, and feel free to ask me any questions.
The 2019 Programme is being printed as I write this and I hope to have some available shortly.
Also please remember that each month what events are happening on the course are on the noticeboard outside the Clubhouse and also on our Website. Results from Saturday games are usually on the website some time on Monday.
Rumour has it Des is itching to get back behind the Bar and he will return next week. A great big thank you to his daugher Linda for doing a great job over the last month, it has been very much appreciated. Des will get a shock when he sees the spring cleaning that has been going on.
Also a big thank you to Jan & Richard for their support over this busy time. They have been taking Green Fee payments and also check every day that the carts have been put away properly. Their time and efforts help to keep the Club running so please remember them when you get peckish on the course – there is nothing like one of Jans pies or toasted sandwiches to keep you going.
Thank you again for all the support that you give me and the Club. We promote ourselves as the happy Club and lets keep that happening.