TUROSS HEAD. Along the beach, washed-up driftwood records the tidemarks in scraggly arcs. Some is regulation sun-bleached grey, but much is blackened – a remnant of the catastrophic bushfires that hit the NSW south coast in early 2020. The sea might have no memory, but the shoreline remembersall. The scene is hopeful though, in an odd way. While nature discards its charred memories on the cove’s crusted sands, locals have made little huts out of the unburnt driftwood, as if to signify a rebuilding process. The sun also brings a sense of warmth and renewal.
On the first morning of our trip we happen upon an echidna foraging in the flower beds behind our cabin. The kids watch on with delight as it digs up an ants’ nest and shoves its entire face in the hole, its long sticky tongue extracting subterranean sustenance. “We’ll have to come back here one day” is up there with “I’m going to finish restoring this old car” for statements liable to raise doubt, but my wife and I beat the odds. We’ve returned to Tuross Head after an eight-year interval. Situated about 40 minutes south of Batemans Bay, it huddles amongst some of the best natural wonders the NSW south coast has to offer.
Our previous visit was a brief stop as we recreated the road trip described in John O’Grady’s classic Aussie novel Gone Fishin’ (1962). This time we plan to experience the town properly. Standing on the shores of Coila Lake, I once again admire its breeze-rippled waters deepening from tea-coloured shallows to indigo depths. A squadron of pelicans off to the left discusses the day’s catch. In the foreground, ancient volcanic rocks protrude from the earth, while front and centre rests a large piece of weathered driftwood. Mountain ranges in the distance cut a jagged purple horizon across the cloudless sky.
No matter where you venture around Tuross Head, there seems to be similar visual richness. It’s a landscape painter’s paradise. If you only have an hour or two to spare, start at Coila Bar Beach and follow Tuross Boulevarde on its course around the head. It passes several points of interest, including a war memorial, the aptly named One Tree Point (which also offers fine views across the southern end of town) and a whale burial site. The unfortunate mammal washed up in 1980 and, rather than blow it up, the local council buried it in nearby McWilliam Park where it now forms a grassy mound beside the water. The site can be somewhat tricky to spot while driving but you’ll find it opposite 25 Tuross Boulevarde. 22221
Tuross Beach Cabins and Campsites turossbeach.com.au One of the NSW south coast’s hidden gems, this pocket-sized caravan park has cabins and powered van sites that line Main Beach where the Tuross River runs into the sea. You’ll have amazing views no matter where you stay. Fishing, surfing, swimming and coastal walks are literally a stone’s throw away.
Stay and Play includes Google video of Tuross Head town map, satellite video of lakes and river, list of accommodation, eating venues, THCC golf club and course, walk and bike tracks, a very large high quality photo slide display of surfing, fishing, golf, kayaking, sailing.
Virtually every activity of our town and district is included.
Even every town public toilet can be located with the click of a button.
Tuross Head Men’s shed have constructed new sand boxes with recycling receptacles for every tee on the course. Mike Birks designed, Men’s Shed created.
This new feature has along with the new cart paths given the whole course another major lift. Such a bold golf course innovation has created interest from some notable golfing institutions, in particular Huntingdale in Victoria and of all places a course in Augusta America that wanted Men’s Shed to manufacture 48 boxes as they have a tournament in April and their present sand boxes look a bit shabby in comparison.
Anticipating demand Mike Birks has 3 patents pending so anyone wanting to copy will have to pay big time. Huntingdale are still interested but the club in Augusta Georgia want a pensioner discount as it states that almost all their members are old blokes and that after they had donated to the Trump campaign they are all a bit short of the readies.
So Men’s Shed Tuross “Take a Bow”. A great job well done.
Tuross Golf are claiming another local golfing hero to stand along side our Brendon Jones and Brad Doolan, Lachlan Nordsvan from Canberra is also a Tuross member.
He has been playing our course every school holiday ever since he was not even knee high to a grass hopper. He was so small that one time when the mower broke down it took father Michael five minuets to find him in the rough. A valuable lesson as Lachie has never hit a ball into the rough since. With a handicap quickly heading towards zero many members are wanting to play with the Nordsvans. In years to come they want to be able to say that “Yes I used to play with the great Lauchie Nordsvan” and I actually taught him a lot of what he knows today.
Sounds familiar Brendon?
Oh by the way Lauchie is 14 years 9 months of age.
This feature is contributed by Miss Information a roving club reporter. Miss Information is a new contributor to our media group. Please make her/him welcome. 25121
Lachlan Nordsvan with Tuross Club captain Peter Nikolic.
Tuross Head Country Club men’s golf has initiated a promotion in the February 2020 issue of Australia’s most read national magazine Inside Golf.
This publication is distributed through all golf clubs and it is also accessible through their website.
Tuross Head is highlighted with an editorial coverage of our golf course and a guided tour of our attractions.
Visitors are challenged to take the turnoff on the Princes highway and come and visit us.
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Tuross Head men’s golf captain Peter Nikolic welcomed Rob Green, the new golf professional at Tuross, and officially opened the Rob Green Pro shop on Saturday October 3. Rob operates out of the original golf club building where he will be able to supply all golfing needs and he will be available for individual or group tuition.
Rob grew up and played most of his early golf in Orange NSW. He has been a member of the PGA since 1993 and for some time played the professional circuit in Australia.
His first move to the South Coast was to be as Assistant Professional to Ken Gaffney in Narooma in 1995. He still has fond memories of his time with Ken but in 2001 he took the professional position at Armidale where he stayed for ten years with his wife and two boys.
Rob and his family moved back to Dalmeny in 2011 and he started as Assistant Professional at Moruya, and later, when the Head Professional retired, took over as the Club Professional. By 2019 Rob decided it was time for a change and he gave the club four months notice, giving them plenty of time to find a replacement. He and his wife then bought their caravan and headed off for “The Trip” as many of the more senior among us do.
Coaching of both new players and experienced golfers to improve their technique has always been rewarding to Rob and will be an important offering at the new shop. With the more relaxed pace he is also looking forward to spending time helping golfers choose the best equipment for them, taking the time to fit and experiment with the different styles available.
The Pro Shop just above the 6th green will be well stocked with golfing essentials. Rob expects the shop to initially open four days per week, with more days in the summer and probably less in winter. 51020
Tuross Head men’s golf captain Peter Nikolic and Rob Green.
Rob Green in new Pro Shop premises.
Copy courtesy: Lance Shadbolt.
Photos: Tony Brown
Tuross Head Country Club has been successful in obtaining a further $65,000 NSW government grant to assist in improving club facilities. This latest money will be used to create shelter around the two bowling greens and to build a pathway from the lower car parking area to the workshop shed.
Some club members and residents of the community are asking just how did this happen. Well, the hard working people involved have been approached for comment, and the following is a record of their activities. They deserve to be recognised and thanked for their efforts.
Approximately 18 months ago, Andrew Gordon, THCC men’s golf president and Steve Swanbury, golf committee member, took it upon themselves to investigate the possibility of the THCC accessing external funding through the Grants Process available in NSW.
Following a meeting which included THCC manager Stephen Hodge, Andrew Gordon, men’s golf president and Michael Birks, past THCC president with Andrew Constance, local Member for Bega and his staff on the golf course site, they developed a strategy of trying to identify grants that could be suitable and applicable to the THCC. Of particular interest was funding that could assist the Club in improving aged and worn infrastructure (both of a sporting and non-sporting nature) knowing full well that internal funding within the Club was extremely tight, and that any project would necessarily be of a small nature.
Once various funding organisations within, and associated with the State Government of NSW had been identified, they proceeded with applying for a range of grants available. Over that time a number of applications were lodged – some unsuccessful. However, the club enjoyed success with a $46,000 grant from the “My Community Project Grant” which resulted in the recent resurfacing and line marking of the THCC Carpark. Many will remember the pot-holed and dilapidated nature of the carpark and the money required to ameliorate this was significant. The support from both club members, along with many from the local community was tremendous. Who can forget the incredibly difficult voting process? Thankfully this type of grant process is unlikely to be repeated.
Once a number of further applications had been lodged, a fairly solid platform had been established which could be used to target various types of grants. Feedback was always sought from any unsuccessful application, and this allowed future applications to be modified.
Tuross Head Country Club lost no time in arranging for Downer EDI Mogo to lay 30mm hot mix over the damaged surface car park.
Colin Fletcher from the bowlers was consulted about improving the bowling facilities, as they form an integral part of the overall sporting infrastructure of the THCC along with the golf course. Colin was able to identify various aspects of the bowling facilities that required updating or replacement, and worked hard in obtaining quotes for various works.
In March of this year it was learnt that they had been successful in attaining $65,000 through the “Building Community Partnerships Grant Round.” This application was lodged by Mike Birks, now THCC 2019 past club president, in September last year. The money is for new shade infrastructure for both bowling greens and will provide an access pathway across the 6th Fairway from the lower carpark to the machinery shed. In the current COVID-19 environment, it is both gratifying and pleasing to know that external government agencies believe there is a strong future for the THCC by investing in their future.
The money for the shade infrastructure should arrive in the next couple of weeks and work is expected to commence in removing the aged and rusted existing structure immediately. The building of the access pathway should commence soon after under the supervision of the Course Superintendent, Tim Watson.
Men’s golf president Andrew Gordon reports “Prior to the two government grants, we were successful (on behalf of the Golf Sub-clubs) in attaining a $3,000 grant from Golf NSW which has been used to improve drainage on the 8th fairway. This project is part-way complete through the great work of Tim Watson and his course maintenance team and should be completed shortly.
As part of the process, an officer from Golf NSW attended to assess our application first-hand. He wrote highly of the THCC Golf Course and the work that the ground-staff had achieved since his previous visit some three years before, and he had no hesitation in supporting our application for funding.”
Along the way the management and the board purchased the now familiar Ventrac Tractor Mower and men’s golf purchased outright a new Kubota Rough Mower – a total of $73,000 of new equipment. 20520
The Tuross Head crew (from left) Tyson Hastie, assistant Ben Hewison, superintendent Tim Watson, Terry Beales and Richard Kelly.
This has enabled the ground-staff to work more efficiently and achieve the incredible results that we now see in the improved playing surface of the golf course.
Mention must be made of the fabulous work of our men and women volunteers who tend and maintain gardens, assist in laying concrete paths and the various working bees that are arranged to maintain and improve our sporting facilities.
It has been a lot of work, but extremely satisfying when you see the changes around the club in the past couple of years.
One of the many works carried out by club volunteers.
STOP PRESS: May 26 2020
The first instalment of the Building Community Partnerships Grant has been received by the THCC.
Work is underway to achieve the maximum benefit with the money and it is expected that demolition of the old shade structure will occur in the coming months along with construction of the new structure.
Once this has been done, the final monetary instalment will be sought to complete the access pathways.
Adam Hills, the author of Best Foot Forward, host of ABC TV program The Last Leg plus the upcoming Spicks and Specks reunion shows, was in Tuross Head recently.
Through the courtesy of the Sunday Telegraph Escape magazine you can view Adams opinion of our town.
“It’s quite, beautiful, fun – put simply – it’s a happy place. Just don’t tell too many people about it,” he says. 11219
Read the full report by clicking on the following link.
Tuross Head Country Club course superintendent Tim Watson and his hard working ground staff have attracted the attention of one of Australia’s foremost magazines.
The Australian Turfgrass Management Journal, the flagship of the turf industry has published a major feature showcasing the work and improvements at the Tuross Head golf course in their latest issue.
This journal, first published in 1999, aims to support turfgrass management professionals by providing technical information, industry news and events, profiles, critical appraisals of new products and services, and general information to help staff improve their professional recognition and employment.
Brett Robinson, Editor of Turfgrass when commenting on the material and photos supplied to them says ‘Well done Tim – it’s all good – the kudos is all yours”.
On the local level, THCC veteran golfers president Ian Manton, states “The bonus of this magazine article is that we get a broad picture of Tim and his perspectives. I already know of his great nature and friendliness.
Now I have more personal and professional awareness and am even more appreciative of his value to us as a community. 30519