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August 2021 Newsletter

President Report:

Our August Vets tournament at the Rosebud Country Club for the Alf Jones trophy saw a field of 56 members enjoy the day out at a well prepared course with winter sun completing the conditions.

Thanks to our starters Phil Horsburgh, Peter Garbellini, Peter Ross and Captain Jeff organising members to their appropriate tees and arranging for our halfway sandwich pickup. We had one invited guest with us today, Spiro Sparsi, who has decided to join our Vets Club.

Covid certainly played a part again in today's tournament as the club could only offer a two tee start and were unable to facilitate our presentation time.

Please note all todays results, as usual, can be seen from the link in the member's index page. Prize winners can be seen further down in this newsletter. Trophies will be presented at our next event which will be at Eagel rRdge on Monday, 16th of August for the Winter Classic 4 Man Ambrose. We can cater for 40 players who will be treated to carts for the round within the course fee.

Please note our September 6th tournament will be at Rossdale Golf course for the Bernie Coyle trophy - please place your nominations online.

Presentation lunch

DIARY notation - Our Vets Presentation lunch is proposed for Monday the 13th of December at the Rossdale Golf Club,.

As we were unable to hold this function last year we have many new members who will not be aware of the format for the day. It is casual dress lunch for members and partners. Reports of previosu events are avialble on the web under the "Social" link in the index.  There will be more information to follow including costs and booking arrangments as we get closer to the date

Stay safe as we transition our way through Covid regulations.

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The aerial view or the course highlights the glamour of the Woolgoolga area.
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Although now an RSL based Club, I've been advised the course has been sold and the new owners plan significant upgrades

Course review: Woolgoolga - NSW

Members have asked for course reviews to be added to the newsletter and clearly we can, but someone needs to write the review.
On this occasion, I've just returned from playing the Woolgoolga RSL course and thought members may be interested. It is certainly a course worth playing for the experience of abundant kangaroos and intriguing holes.

Woolgoolga - the town and surrounds

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One of the two impressive Sikh temples in Woolgoolga

Woolgoolga is the centre of the Australian blueberry industry and of a sub-continental culture. It has not one but two temples, the first of which sits above the Pacific Hwy and dominates the town.

Like all largely tourist oriented smalls town in Mid North Coast part of NSW, there are good tourist facilities, an excellent Op-shop and beaches to be dreamed about. For those interested in walking it is about half-way along the 76km 'Solitary Islands Walk', a beach and headland walk between Sawtell and Red Rock.

The inland hills are not as high as at Coffs Harbour, but still attractive scenically and for bush walking - particularly to the Woolgoolga Falls.

The course

The course is about 4km North of Woolgoolga. Visitors can pay $19 and play till they drop.

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Many golf courses are known for their kangaroo population, but few can have as many so peacefully ignoring the golfers as Woolgoolga

Course design

The course is mostly flattish, but with a significant climb to the crest on the par 5 tenth with a tricky down hill shot to the green. Related to the general flattishness of the course, there are lots of opportunites to put your ball in swampy areas off the fairways, and a couple of real chances where you have to hit over water. The greens are better than average for courses in this area, but are hard to read. The fairways are typical of a rural course and a local rule allows placement of the ball up to 15cm from where it landed.

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A typical fairway - the 200m par 3 ninth hole.

Playing the course

Four holes stick in the mind:

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The 11th 120m par three is a real psychological challenge. A slight fade is strongly preferable to a slight draw
  1. The fifth with marshy surrounds to a mid fairway water hole is challenging. Do not hit a high tee shot - your ball could end up 5cm below the surface!

  2. The tenth with its uphill start and downhill finish is a real challenge for the Club golfer.

  3. The eleventh - see photo

  4. The eighteenth with it uphill start and strongly left sloping fairway makes drive placement critical to allow the second to both get a shot at the green - and reach it around a sharp right bend

Unusual Local rule

The course has 5 holes where if you are over 75 and your handicap is over thirty you can hit off the gold tees in lieu of the whites. I spoke with my playing partner about this and asked if the rule put his handicap at other courses too low. He didn't seems to care.

Previous course reports

This is the fourth course report to appear in these newsletters. The others can be seen at:

It would be appreciated by our editor if other members would write a course report.

Laurie Comerford

Captain Jeff Stevens welcomed members to ' Golf Club' for the event.

Results from ''

We are crying

No play

Sadly, due to the imposition of Corona Virus lockdown, we were unable to play this month

Birthday boys for August 2021

Congratulations and best wishes to our members whose birthday falls in August.Picture

4th  Malcolm Turner  74

11th  Craig Fitchet  60

15th  Peter Hameister  79

24th  Beverly Jenkin  75

30th  Jim Collins  75

31st  Graham Lee  64

A Golf ethics test

 What if you were playing in the Club Championship final and the match was halved at the end of 17 holes. You had the honour and hit your ball a modest two hundred and fifty metres to the middle of the fairway, leaving a simple six iron to the pin.

Your opponent hits his ball lofting it deep into the rough to the left of the fairway. Being the golfing gentleman that you are, you help your opponent look for his ball. Just before the permitted three minute search period ends, your opponent says: "Go ahead and hit your second shot and if I don't find mine in time, I'll concede the match."

Golfer in the bushes

You hit your ball, landing it on the green, stopping about three metres from the pin.

About the time your ball comes to rest, you hear your opponent exclaim from deep in the rough: "I found it!

The second sound you hear is a click, the sound of a club striking a ball and the ball comes sailing out of the woods, lands on the green, stopping no more than fifteen centimetres from the hole.

Now the real "what if" in this story......

What if you had your opponent's ball in your pocket?