What a wonderful start to our honour board events today with Round 1 of the Ladies Championships completed in perfect conditions, the weather and the course were outstanding. Round 2 will be played tomorrow and we hope the predicted rain holds off until later in the day. Good luck to all the ladies.
Furthermore in regards to the Ladies Foursomes Championships, this will now be played on the 17th of September after regrettably another date change was required.
Championships Playing Conditions
There have been a number of people asking about the current playing conditions. We have been following the Golf Australia COVID Safe operating plan for playing conditions and State regulations which cover this area. Flagsticks, Rakes, Ball Washers etc all fall under the description of common use equipment. The State regulations require sterilisation of all such equipment after each use. Obviously we are not in a position to enable that sort of action and therefore must stay with the conditions of removal of rakes and no touching of flagsticks. Temporary rule changes will remain – preferred lie 1 card length in all bunkers, a ball hitting the foam inserts in the hole and bouncing out will be deemed as being holed. Similarly, swapping of cards is still not recommended so it is up to each player to ensure that they and their markers clearly agree on scores for each hole. The lower section of the new 2nd tee will be used for all rounds The 5th will have a temporary tee due to the work being carried out on renewing the existing tee. The length of the hole will remain the same. Mounds on the right hand side of the 3rd fairway will remain as GUR for the Men’s foursomes, Seniors and Ladies Championships but may be in play for the Mixed Foursomes and Men’s Championships depending upon whether the area develops sufficiently. For the 15th Hole, at this stage, planned work on the drain will most likely be after the Men’s Championships so only the section on the left will be GUR.
Community Gambling Benefit Fund
We have received more great news this week, we have been successful in our application to the Community Gambling Benefit Fund and have received $35,000 towards a new tractor.
Well by the time you read this I will have been on the road for a couple of days. Steve & the boys have prepared the 2nd T and with help from the Tuesday volunteers 600 sq/m of turf was laid on the front tee and the back tee has also been laid. Work has also commenced on the 5th tee which will hopefully be completed by mid August. The 13th & 15th projects are still on track for the end of August, early September. I had a representative from Allens Asphalt attend for an inspection and quote on our carpark. The latest on the dam from Paul Willett (Council Engineer) he has looked into the safety aspect of the dam and also the environmental importance of the stream which runs beside the proposed dam. He is preparing a summary and will contact me as soon as it is finalised. As much as I would have liked this to be moving along quicker this is very important to get right the first time and also Paul still works to support his family and what he is doing is at no cost to us, a big thanks to Paul, so we have to be patient.
Thanks and good golfing.
This Sunday we are hosting the Sunshine Coast & South Burnett District Juniors Carnival and we expect to have over 70 juniors here, it is wonderful to see such strong attendance for this Junior Carnival and we wish them all the best of luck.
COVID Safe Plan
A very important part of our COVID Safe Plan that has been reiterated to us recently is the importance of collecting contact information for any person attending not only our club house but also our grounds. We are currently waiting on some details from Micropower in regards to a QR code for quick and easy check in and out but in the meantime, please observe the following requirements:
- Members that are booked into our timesheet are not required to sign in, you may choose to sign out from any of our member attendance register sheets located in the Pro Shop or the Club House, this is highly recommended as you will be deemed to have been here all day if we find ourselves in a contact tracing situation.
- Members who are practicing or playing socially who have not booked a tee time will be required to sign in and out from our members attendance register located in the Pro Shop or the Club House.
- Visitors must sign in and out in the Visitors attendance register, this includes juniors and their parents, guardians and spectators.
The Office of Liquor & Gaming Regulation have understandably returned us to seated dining and beverages, thankfully in our clubhouse we prefer to sit down after our round of golf, the good news is this does not apply out on the course so we can continue to have takeaway BBQ, sandwiches and alcohol on the course.
Finally, a quick reminder that we do still need to practice physical distancing and with the Championships underway we may be tempted to shake hands after our rounds, let’s all try to find another way of congratulating our fellow golfers and keep our community safe.