Tuross Head Country Club has taken delivery this week of three machines that will improve golf course maintenance and work efficiency around the course.
The club was recently nominated as one of the top 9 hole golf courses in Australia and the management, golf sub clubs and staff have now selected a range of equipment essential to the continuing maintenance of the golf club.
The new units are:
Kubota F3690 unit with standard 4WD, Kubota 36HP diesel engine and fitted with Kubota’s 72 inch front-mounted mower. Side or rear discharge deck results in an exceptional cut. This unit has been funded by men’s golf sub club.
Ventrac 4500P Mount System runs on a 31HP fuel injected Kawasaki motor and has over 30 commercial grade attachments available that can be attached in a minute or less.
This unit includes a contour mower with a 84-inch working width with independent decks aided by front rollers that float along the contour of the ground providing an even cut without scalping. Dual front and rear wheels mean it can be used on slopes up to 30 degrees and a light footprint lets it operate on soft turf.
The rear rollers leave behind a beautiful finish striping pattern.
Tuross Head Country Club has provided this unit and attachment.
Ventrac LA162 Power Blower feature a vertical shaft design that delivers a powerful, yet quiet performance. It can be used to remove leaves, water, and other debris.
The blower housing can be rotated 180 degrees with the hydraulic motor.
This allows the operator to move debris in the desired direction without hindering
operation. Two gauge wheels enable the blower to follow the contours of the ground.
This unit was funded by THCC veteran golfers.
Tuross Head course superintendant Tim Watson says the new units will not only produce a better manicured course but will be a major time saver. We can now shape and mow around mounds and clear debris from greens and fairways quickly.
Golf NSW Grant. THCC men’s golf president Andrew Gordon advises the club also recently received a $3000 grant from Golf NSW to further extend drainage work.
Andrew says “Golf NSW sent a consultant arborist, Martin Black, to the course prior to the money being approved. Martin produced an extremely positive report to Golf NSW in
relation to improvements that had been made since his last visit some years previous.
This money will be augmented by work provided by club golfing volunteers”.
Photos: Tuross Head course superintendent Tim Watson operating the Ventrac unit.
Ground staff inspect the new equipment.
Tuross Head general manager Stephen Hodge and staff admire one of the new units.
Tuross Head Country Club establishes successful junior golf clinic.
The Junior Golf Programme commenced on Tuesday 16 October 2018 and was conducted at the Tuross golf course for 10 consecutive Tuesdays from 4 pm to 5 pm. The clinic recently finished on 18 December 2018.
Tuross Head Country club men’s golf managed and financially sponsored the junior training with the added financial assistance of Jack Newton Junior Golf (JNJG).
The Far South Coast District Golf Association (FSCDGA) supported the training and will continue their support through 2019.
Golf professional, Colin Holmes based at the Narooma Golf Club instructed the Juniors throughout the training.
A regular group of six juniors aged from 8 to 15 years attended the training and it is hoped that with this positive introduction they will continue playing golf as their preferred sport.
With the success of this programme, the men’s golf committee is encouraged to run a similar programme during 2019.
Stephen Hodge, Secretary Manager of of the club provided “Golfing” Christmas gifts for the attending juniors.
Colin Holmes, PGA golf professional, coaching a group of juniors which includes Nick Boom, Declan Cook, Bluey and Ned Spies, Scott Watson and Blake Campbell.
Members and helpers of the Tuross Head men’s sub-club with the golfing juniors.
The Tuross Head Country Club men’s golf will hold a coaching session for junior boy and girl golfers commencing each Tuesday commencing on Tuesday October 9th.
The course will be conducted by Narooma PGA golfer Colin Holmes and will start at 4 pm at the practice green near the old club house. Finishing time will be 5 pm.
Those who wish to attend are asked to sign in at the desk at the main THCC club entrance prior to moving down to the site.
There is no charge for the event and balls and clubs will be available.
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Elimination or reduction of “ball moved” penalties: There will be no penalty for accidentally moving a ball on the putting green or in searching for a ball; and a player is not responsible for causing a ball to move unless it is “virtually certain” that he or she did so.
Relaxed putting green rules: There will be no penalty if a ball played from the putting green hits an unattended flagstick in the hole; players may putt without having the flagstick attended or removed. Players may repair spike marks and other damage made by shoes, animal damage and other damage on the putting green and there is no penalty for merely touching the line of putt.
Relaxed rules for “penalty areas” (currently called “water hazards”): Red and yellow-marked penalty areas may cover areas of desert, jungle, lava rock, etc., in addition to areas of water; expanded use of red penalty areas where lateral relief is allowed; and there will be no penalty for moving loose impediments or touching the ground or water in a penalty area.
Relaxed bunker rules: There will be no penalty for moving loose impediments in a bunker or for generally touching the sand with a hand or club. A limited set of restrictions (such as not grounding the club right next to the ball) is kept to preserve the challenge of playing from the sand; however, an extra relief option is added for an unplayable ball in a bunker, allowing the ball to be played from outside the bunker with a two-stroke penalty.
Relying on player integrity: A player’s “reasonable judgment” when estimating or measuring a spot, point, line, area or distance will be upheld, even if video evidence later shows it to be wrong; and elimination of announcement procedures when lifting a ball to identify it or to see if it is damaged.
Pace-of-play support: Reduced time for searching for a lost ball (from five minutes to three); affirmative encouragement of “ready golf” in stroke play; recommending that players take no more than 40 seconds to play a stroke and other changes intended to help with pace of play.
Three important publications, to be distributed in September, will help players as well as officials and provideinterpretation and guidance in how the Rules are applied:
The Player’s Edition of the Rules of Golf: An abridged, user-friendly set of the Rules with shorter sentences, commonly used phrases, and diagrams. Written in the “second person,”
The Player’s Edition is intended to be the primary publication for golfers.
The Rules of Golf: The full edition of the Rules will be written in the third person and include illustrations. It is intended to be a more thorough version of the revised Rules.
The Official Guide to the Rules of Golf: This “guidebook” replaces the Decisions book and will contain information to best support committees and officials. It includes interpretations on the Rules, committee procedures (available local rules and information on dropping procedure: When taking relief (from an abnormal course condition or penalty area, for example), golfers will now drop from knee height. This will ensure consistency and simplicity in the dropping process while also preserving the randomness of the drop.
(Key change: the proposed Rules released in 2017 suggested dropping from any height).
Measuring in taking relief: The golfer’s relief area will be measured by using the longest club in his/her bag (other than a putter) to measure one club-length or two club-lengths, depending on the situation, providing a consistent process for golfers to establish his/her relief area.
(Key change: the proposed Rules released in 2017 suggested a 20-inch or 80-inch standard measurement).
Removing the penalty for a double hit: The penalty stroke for accidentally striking the ball more than once in the course of a stroke has been removed. Golfers will simply count the one stroke they made to strike the ball.
(Key change: the proposed Rules released in 2017 included the existing one-stroke penalty).
Balls Lost or Out of Bounds: Alternative to Stroke and Distance: A new Local Rule will now be available in January 2019, permitting committees to allow golfers the option to drop the ball in the vicinity of where the ball is lost or out of bounds (including the nearest fairway area), under a two-stroke penalty. It addresses concerns raised at the club level about the negative impact on pace of play when a player is required to go back under stroke and distance. The Local Rule is not intended for higher levels of play, such as professional or elite level competitions.
(Key change: this is a new addition to support pace of play)
The Tuross Head Country Club men’s championships will commence on Saturday May 12th this year.
The event will be held over 54 holes with the final two rounds to be played on Saturday May 19th and Sunday May 20th.
Members need to ensure their entries are placed on the Golf Magic to guarantee a start.
The format will be similar to previous years with winners being selected over three divisions for both stroke and handicap divisions.
The Tuross Head Country Country Club men’s golf committee, with the assistance of Narooma PGA golfer, Colin Holmes, has introduced a program for juniors under 18 years of age to receive professional coaching on a regular basis.
Club captain Bruce Lidbury advises that the aim of the project is to introduce golf to youngsters in a managed and safe environment, to learn to appreciate the rules and etiquette of golf, and to provide the opportunity for participants to play in a regular competition both at Tuross Head and other clubs.
Funds have been made available by the FSCGA and a $100 voucher is available to juniors through the NSW Active Sports programme. The voucher can be used to pay for a one year’s Junior Golf Membership of the THCC. Provision of a THCC golf shirt and sundry golf balls and tees is also being made.
Tuross Head golf coaches will operate on a buddy system and each have coach their WWCC certificate in place.
Although the coaching sessions have already commenced, It is not too late for boy or girl juniors to attend at the Tuross Head Country Club each Tuesday at 4.30 pm where they will be made welcome.
All equipment needed is supplied.
Mitch McLean eagled both the first and twelfth holes, which according to club captain Bruce Lidbury, was the first time in the club’s history that a member of Tuross Head Country Club had scored two eagles in the same round.
Mitch, who was well know around the club in his junior golfing years, had only renewed his membership the day before, thereby making him eligible for the prize.
He was awarded a dozen golf balls for the eagle on the par 5 hole 1st hole.
The “Eagles Nest “prize was then automatically reset and he then scored another eagle on the par 4 12th hole.
Perhaps, partly due to the excellent condition of the Tuross Head course, these two eagles followed another eagle by local golfer Jim Wade, only a few weeks before.
Mitch demonstrated great generosity and sportsmanship by immediately donating the major part of his prize to the upcoming Junior Golf Programme which is to commence Tuesday February 13th.
Tim Watson, Course Superintendent
Every year the improvements to the course not only get better thanks to the club management and the golfing sub-clubs who contribute both funds and working bee volunteers.
The majority of the work however is done by a dedicated ground staff including Ben Hewison and Terry Beales, performing under Tim’s direction.
Major drainage works currently in progress on the 9th fairway consist of a geo fabric rubble drainage in a herringbone layout that will help maintain the excellent grass coverage on this fairway.
Tim says “We have been working towards drainage on the fairways, including spoon drains, that have led to a great grass coverage and very few wet areas even after heavy rain.”
THCC course superintendent Tim Watson quickly introduced new 18 year old apprentice Tyson Hastie to the rigors of golf course maintenance with a heavy program of fairway drainage work.
New apprentice, Tyson Hastie
The next planned project is a concrete pathway joining the 9th men’s tee to the ladies tee.
Regular volunteer work is carried out on the first and third Monday of each month.
Herb Muriwai inspects work on the 9th.