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Raffle tickets 2016.JPGAnnual Raffle

You should all have received a book of Raffle tickets in the mail. 

It would be appreciated if you can sell and return them to the Office as soon as possible. 

Additional books may also be obtained from the Office.

Your support would be much appreciated, as every dollar raised will help make up for some of the significant losses the Club has incurred during the recent flooding.

Please note that the draw (GOOD LUCK!!) will take place on Saturday 12 November, not the 13th as shown on the tickets.

John Davie - Club Secretary.

Range & Course status as at 12noon Sat 22/10/16
  • Range and course (holes 1,2,9 & back 9 only) have been re-opened Some areas are still a little wet so please take care. 
  • Tuesday competition (probably not the full 18 holes) resumes 25/10
  • Ladies Wednesday competition (also probably not the full  course) resumes 26/10
**NOTE **
  • Competition will be confined to Par and Stableford until such time as we return to 18 holes. 
     Tue 25/10 - Par
Wed 26/10 - Stableford
Sat 29/10 - Par

Please see the "Fixture" page for the revised fixture up until 16/11. 
The fixture is subject to change if the full course is opened for play
  • There will be a compulsory tee up on the 11th hole
  • NO RIDE ON's are allowed until further notice - the course still needs some more time to dry out
  • C
    ompetition fees will remain at $6 plus $1 for Ball Comp
  • The Club Open, which was to be held from 11-13 November, has been cancelled. The Committee believes there will be insufficient time to get the course back into it's normal condition by then, and it's important from both our, as well as a visitors perspective, that it be presented at its best.
Robert McFarlane - General Manager &  Ian Knell - Club Captain

Full Bore on the 4th - 20/10/16

Thank goodness the recent sunny days have dried the 4th out enough to allow most of the mud to be removed from the 4th fairway, which was one of the worst affected by the floods. A bob cat was going flat chat down there today doing some more clearing work.

4th hole 17 Oct.jpg4th - 17/10/16

4th hole clearing 20 October.JPG4th - 20/10/16



Ross "The BOSS" McFarlane does it yet again!!

Ross McF Vic Vets.JPGCongratulations to Ross McFarlane who notched up his 7th consecutive State Veterans Championship title at The Sands Torquay on 3 - 4 October. 

It was Ross's 8th title in the past 9 years which is a new record no. of wins in the Championships, and one unlikely to be surpassed.

Ross finished with 75 on the first day, and took a one shot lead into the final round which was a tough one for all players, having to contend with rain and strong winds. He didn't let the conditions get to him though carding an 82, and going on to extend his winning lead to 6 shots from Championship runner-up  Peter Thompson from Barwon Valley who also put in an extremely good performance over the two days.

Well done guys!!

Photo: Taken by Geelong Advertizer

Clean- up Operations 

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The clean-up begins. One of the teams clearing sediment from the greens on Mon 19/9. 

Further work  was undertaken on Tuesday to hose down the greens and remove any remaining silt.

Any assistance with further clean-up operations would be welcomed. If you can make it down, even if for just an hour or two, it would be great.

Special thanks from Robert McFarlane, Colin Foster and the Committee, to everyone who has been working hard the past few days to help bring the course back to normal.

Ladies 1.jpgThe "Barwon Ladies" haven't let the course closure stop them having a good time. They took the opportunity today ( 21/9) to socialize and enjoy lunch a little further down the "Barwon" at Barwon Edge.

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To be seen to be believed!!

The following incredible photos were taken by Michael Sim, the son of Esma Sim, one of our members. They give a fantastic view of the course during last week's flood. You can also see a video he did and posted to Youtube if you click on this link  Amazing stuff!!

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Course Development Notice

In line with the upcoming conditions and current abundance of water, our Committee and Management would like to advise you of our 11th fairway plans.

IRRIGATION:  We are replacing all of the old sprinklers & the lateral pipes and bringing the irrigation and sprinkler system in line with those already installed in the 12th, 14th, 15th & 16th holes. All heads will be connected to the automatic watering system. We are set to commence the irrigation work in early September – weather permitting of course.

PLANTING & POISONING:   The same technique will be used for planting as per the work done on the 12th fairway. The old fairway grass will be initially poisoned with the first application of this due in mid-September.  Please watch out for notices of this occurring over this month. The line planter is booked for Thursday 30th September but once again these actions are weather dependant.

INTERIM PLAY:  We are currently preparing a temporary tee on the green side of ‘The Burn’ for use after the fairway has been planted. Similar to last year the plan is for players to walk to this teeing area from the 10th green & then play from the temporary tee to the 11th green. Ropes & signs will be installed to assist players.

Play will not be allowed from the planted fairway until we are satisfied that the new Couch is strong enough to withstand play. Conditions being favourable a similar time frame to last year’s work on the 12th is expected.  I.e.  Back in play during December.

We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during this work and please enjoy your golf and time spent around the club.


Gerard Squire

BVGC President.

local rules board_2.JPGLocal Rules Board

Don't forget to check the Local Rules Board on the arch to the entrance to the 1st tee each competition day, to ensure you keep abreast of any changes

Ian Knell - Club Captain

computer image.jpgClub Web Site is a great way to find out the latest news on things going on around the club as well as checking out match results which are usually available on the site the same day or early next.

Can you please let your golfing buddies know about it and how to log on. The more we get using the site the better. If you have any "newsy" items you'd like to submit we'd love to hear from you. Simply email details through to '"  

As it's hard to catch up with everyone, if you haven't had your photo taken, it would be great if you can email one, so that it can be included with results,  

 Repairing Pitch Marks 

Pitch mark.jpgHow lucky are we to have such excellent greens. We owe it to Colin and his staff as well as fellow members to do our best to look after them. Repairing pitch marks is one way we can assist in this regard. The marks can cause the grass in the depression to die, leaving not just a scar but also a pit in the putting surface. Done properly and promptly the mark will normally heal within 24 hours- otherwise it could cause more damage and take 3 or more weeks for the grass to recover. So let's always fix our pitch marks and, if time allows, any others we notice on the green, Don't forget too to  fill any divots on and off the fairway.

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Never insert the prongs into the depression itself, but at the rim of the depression. Pushing the bottom of the depression upwards only tears the roots and kills the grass.

It would be appreciated if everyone could be mindful of the need to keep up a good pace around the course to mimimise hold ups for groups behind. 

This is especially important given our ever increasing number of players

Ian Knell
Club Captain

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