Update from the GM

Published on 17th April 2020 in Uncategorized

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Good Afternoon Members, I trust this finds you all safe and well. It has been a difficult time for everyone over the past few weeks by I am encouraged by the results of the lockdown and always surprised by the resilience of people during these extraordinary circumstances. This is a short note to bring members up to date with what is currently occurring with your golf club.

The Golf Course – Bill Daunt reports the following:
It has been quite surreal on the course over the past few weeks with the quietness and the calls of “fore and good shot” being replaced with “come here good dog”. The rain and warm soil temperatures has provided some late autumn growth. Activities on the course as the cooler months approach have included:

The mowing frequency being reduced due to the closure:

  • Greens twice per week
  • Green surrounds every week and a half
  • Tees once a fortnight
  • Fairways once a fortnight

There has been chemical application for the control or suppression of:

  • Moss in the greens
  • Couch and kikuyu encroachment in the greens
  • Disease in the greens
  • Kikuyu encroachment in the tees
  • Bunker sand faces to keep these weed free
  • Weeds in the garden beds and the cart shed area
  • Three corner jacks on the vacant block and carpark area

    Several of these treatments have taken multiple applications

  • Divoting of all tees
  • Weekly raking of the bunkers to work the gypsum through the sand, to stop the germination of weeds and the development of a hard pan on the surface. The continual wind has meant bunkers have been blown to remove debris before raking
  • Topdressing and fertilising the practice tees
  • Irrigation repairs

As we move into the winter months the mowing and maintenance program will be adjusted accordingly, regards, Bill.

A Message from the Ladies President – Annie Pegg
Hope you are all well and safe during these trying times. The weather has been beautiful, and we have received a good drop of rain.  The golf course looks amazing, hopefully we will all be back out there soon enjoying each other’s company and playing golf.

We will continue to keep you informed with any updates regarding the golf club.

Stay safe, Annie.

We have retained all of our part time and permanent staff through the support of the JobKeeper program recently announced by the Federal Government and with some careful planning will be able to manage this process without any significant financial impost on the club. In the case of the on-course staff there has been a need to reduce their hours to cater for this and they have been particularly supportive of this process. All casual staff have been let go and we will need to work closely with them when there is hope of a return to work to re-engage with their services.

The Motel
One shining light for the club is that although we have had all of our Play & Stay groups cancel through to about July, we have picked up a number of mid-week bookings from contractors working to complete particular stages of the hospital project. There seems to be quite some work still to be undertaken and we are hopeful that these bookings continue to grow.

Members will be aware that the golf course is closed and will remain so under the current Victorian Government restrictions. I recently wrote to Golf Australia highlighting the inequities involved with the Andrew’s Government’s strident approach to Victorian golf clubs, when our near neighbours to the north are allowed to play social golf if they continue to practice social distancing rules. I received a response from GA that reiterated theirs, and the government’s view, from which I can only assume that Victorian golf clubs will be treated with some priority if restrictions are lifted in stages.

In the early stages, when we thought we may be able to trade through of this Pandemic, we arranged for the MiScore Scoring System to be loaded on to our system. Members are able to load the MiScore App on to their phones and once golf resumes this will provide another dimension to your golfing experience at the club. Further instructions on how the system works will be provided in a separate more specific communication with golfing members shortly.

Of course, with the cancelation of competition golf at the club there are many sponsors who had made commitments to the club over this period and therefore have not been recognised. This club could not function without the significant contribution made by our sponsors and I have listed those scheduled for late March and April below. Sponsors included the ever reliable Shepparton Camera House, Quality Teams, the Courtyard Motor Inn, Graincorp, Wyndham Accounting, the Golfing Doctors, Col Haig Carpets, Hip Pocket Workwear, Maggy & Willow, Romulus Wines, the Paspalum Group, Tallis Wines, Byers Electrical, T & M Plumbing, Michael Hall, Ross Anderson Earthworks and G V Property Services. We are hopeful that these sponsors will work with us again next year and ask members to support them whenever possible.

General Matters
During this forced adjournment of club activities, we are taking the opportunity to review our procedures and other policy matters to ensure the club is on a positive footing going forward. Cash flow analysis is being undertaken and a long-term Strategy plan will be developed after appropriate member review. We have not just “closed the doors”, as there are many things that require refinement and overhaul. The executive expects that the club will come out of this situation well prepared for the future and on an operationally sound footing.

I am happy to take your calls and will answer any email queries that members may have and can be contacted on 0418 348 574 or manager@sheppartongolf.net.au.  Please stay safe & well during this period of isolation and I look forward to catching up when this is all over, kind regards to you all, Russ Powell

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