Hello to all Fairbairn golfers
By way of introduction – My name is Gary Page and recently I have taken on the role as president of your golf club due to Scott Dowd’s posting back to the operational side of the Navy. I am looking forward to the challenge of steering the ship with a very capable committee that we have in place for 2019. One of my intentions will be to keep all members informed of the ‘behind the scenes’ activities that happens to keep our course and club in good shape. This line of communication will also allow you to hear the ‘true’ news coming out of our committee meetings.
On the 12 Feb the following key points came out of the committee meeting:
- Members may invite visitors (with an official handicap) to fully compete in all Club competitions except Championships. Social Members of the club who are financial members of another club who wish to play in Fairbairn Golf Club competitions must enter as a visitor and pay a Visitor Competition fee which includes a green fee component. Visitors are eligible for all competition prizes except Monthly Medals.
- The course improvement levy of two dollars is working and covering the costs of our loan for the irrigation system and will continue into the foreseeable future.
- New distance markers will soon be going back onto the course at the 100m and 150m distance. Once again Denis Brady has come to the rescue and has provided these which will enhance the appearance of the course. A prototype is in the clubhouse near the starter’s desk.
- Mark Turner has collected 3 years of data that showed our course could be better indexed. A copy of the new indexes are shown below and will be reflected on new scorecards for the monthly medal round in March.
- Our greens keeper Chris mentioned that the dead areas on the greens is due to the bent grass on our greens not being able to tolerate the consecutive days above 35+ degrees regardless of the amount of water used. The good news is with the cooler weather coming our way these areas will repair themselves in due course. He also advised that you will be seeing a change to the 17th green to help improve its playability, stay tuned.
- Mick Hoare has worked tirelessly on getting the budget into a state that allows us to see how we are tracking with commitments and income. Bottom line is our ‘Bottom Line’ is only just okay, ideas are being put forward on how we can generate income without having to raise any fees.I am optimistically confident that we will be able to achieve this within our current operating strategy, time will tell.
- The Club will be hosting another Pro Am in October this year, planning needs to get underway now to ensure we are prepared to host the event. Anyone who would like to volunteer their time and expertise please advise.
- Our club is in desperate need to fill the following positions to ensure we have enough people to do the jobs rather than relying on a few good souls (some who are getting overworked and stepping back), we as a club need to share the workload or run the risk of slowly collapsing, positions that need filling now are as follows:
- Vice President
- Treasurer/Finance member
- Tournament director for Pro Am
- Sponsorship member
- Currently the club has 354 members which is great but more are better so please advertise our place as much as possible. Word of mouth is the best form of advertisement!
Golf NSW. Last month we had a visit from Golf NSW to have a look at our clubs management structure, governance and facilities. This was a very productive meeting with many ideas being floated during the day to assist us in being the best club we can be. We will be receiving a report soon with recommendations for consideration, as this matures I will ensure members are advised of any progress.
Parking. Soon there will be barriers stopping members from parking outside of the provided car park, this is to ensure emergency vehicles can access the course and water storage area if required. Can I ask that everyone please use the provided car park when playing on the course.
Members. Our club which consists of the course and the club house is at your disposal to use and is managed/administered by the committee that you have elected. To ensure the committee is meeting the majority of expectations we will be developing a survey that will be sent out to all members seeking your feedback. This feedback will help shape our strategic direction and I will be encouraging everyone to have their say once we develop the instrument. Your elected committee works very hard behind the scenes ensuring everything is in order and our club is presented to visitors in the best possible state that we can. There a number of you volunteering for various jobs which is greatly appreciated giving up numerous hours of your own time. What I would like to ask everyone to consider is providing one day per year as a volunteer, if everyone was able to do this that would provide the club with one year worth of volunteer work!
A little golf joke to finish with:
I was playing with this 85-year-old man recently on a course that I was unfamiliar with. On the third hole, I asked him what's the best part of the fairway to be on, and he replied, "the top."
Good luck on your next 18
Revised Indices, to apply from the Monthly Medal round in March: