Coopers Day

What a great day at the Oakbank Golf Club thanks to Coopers Brewery! A full field of 64 enjoyed great golf conditions and a delicious breakfast and lunch.
Thanks to all of the volunteers who made the day possible. Well done to Matt Knight, Grant Parker, Jeff Knight and Darren Sterling winning the day!

Captain, Ben Birtles


                           See below for full results

Playing for the COOPER’S BREWERY Trophy MIXED AMBROSE Competition played on Sunday, 19 January 2020 
Nearest to Pin 1st: M.KNIGHT, 5th: J.PYM, 8th: J.MCINNES, 10th: G.PARKER, 14th: R.FLINT, 17th: M.SAPPENBURG 

                            Wenzel Cup Prospects

As we near the end of the Wenzel Cup competition with only 2 rounds to go, it’s time to look at the winning chances of those who are the leading scorers.

First up, we can categorically rule out any competitors with less than 336 points. Anyone with this score has to win the next 2 rounds and hope anyone in the leading few players doesn’t score. That means they don’t play at all because under the scoring system, playing will guarantee a minimum number of points - as low as 22 through to 49.

The lowest average score (for games played) is more likely greater than 30 but for analysis, let’s assume 30 points is the minimum average. Applying that to the current leader (Greg Baschiera - 436) would see him move to 496. However, Greg’s average for the 10 rounds (maximum 50 points 3 times) has been 43.6 so if he plays to his average, he will finish with 522 points.

Runner up at present Jim Knight, with 429 points (max of 50 once), playing to his average will finish with around 514 points.

This of course means that if Greg and Jim play both final rounds and play to their average, anyone below 414 points (nearest on 408) at present, cannot win even if they score maximum points in both final rounds!

So, while there are some in the top few who have played and are playing top golf at present, my money is on Greg or Jim. If Greg scores the maximum for the 4th time this year in one round and average for the other, he almost certainly will take home the trophy.

If Jim scores maximum points in the last 2 rounds, a win is still not guaranteed unless Greg’s aggregate for the 2 rounds is less than 93.

There are some fast finishers in the top 10 and two are there despite playing only 9 rounds – Sam Graeber and Matt Judd whose averages for matches played are 42.7 and 42.5 respectively!

My picks – Greg B, 1st, Jim K 2nd and 3rd………out of Ron Wenzel, David Schultz and Josh Pym. I’ll go for the latter.  I don’t think any of those under 405 at present can snatch 3rd.

After the penultimate round, I’ll have another look at the numbers. What has to be said though is that it is a great competition and it is no mean feat to finish in the top few!


                             LOUD SHIRT DAY - Results

Playing for the LOUD SHIRT Trophy MIXED AMBROSE Competition played on Sunday, 15 December 2019 
Nearest to Pin 1st: G.BASCHIERA, 5th: J.MCINNES, 8th: M.SHIPSIDES, 10th: G.BASCHIERA, 14th: G.BASCHIERA, 17th: JMCINNES 

       Here you see some LOUD shirt examples

                            What Else Is Coming UP?

VW Scramble - Sunday February 23. If you remember the first one early this year, you'll not be missing this day. See above for registration.

Oakbank Hotel and Jacko Day - Sunday March 8

        Captains Report   January 2020


A busy festive season with some very favourable golfing conditions has made for plenty of enjoyable golf.

The Inaugural McInnes Hiscock Series was completed with Greg Young taking the honours. The Par series has improved playing numbers significantly which has pleased the Match Committee.

The Ross and Betty Prosser Trophy was won by Sam Graeber this year with a stellar run of form through the three rounds of the competition.

Loud Shirt Ambrose was a great success with all teams getting involved in the ‘Loud Shirt’ atmosphere. I was lucky enough to be a part of the winning team with my brother Sam and Oakbank Ambrose regulars Jeremy and Wally.

Coopers Day will have been completed by the time this report goes to print and we are on track for a big field this year – likely upwards of 16 teams! Well done to those involved, particularly Jason Ridge from Coopers and Max Jenkins and his House Committee Team

Please gather a team of four for the VW Scramble event on the 23rd of February and complete your entry online via the VW Scramble website. Last year’s event was brilliant and we hope to attract a similar field this year.

March the 8th is new date for the rescheduling of Jacko Day and the Oakbank Hotel day. This falls on the Sunday of the March long weekend so please keep that in mind.

The changes to the World Handicap System will be coming into effect as of January 30th 2020 – please familiarise yourself with the changes. There are posters in the clubhouse explaining the changes or you can view them online at

Good Golfing

Ben Birtles, Captain

World Handicap System (WHS) Implementation in Australia - to take effect on Thursday January 30

A new world golf handicapping system will be introduced in Australia and will involve:

(1) Replacement of the existing Daily Scratch Rating (DSR) formulas with the new WHS daily rating formulas. 

(2) Full implementation in Australia of the WHS – on January 30 2020.

          For details, click here

                  Hazards are Traps for Mowers Too

      PAR Competition Results Announced

Results of the new PAR competition in 2019, sponsored by John McInnes and Leigh Hiscock, were announced today (Sat 28/12/19). Played over 7 months, winners were: Greg Young +7, Jason Paschke +2, Ron Wenzel, 0, Ben Birtles, -1

The series proved very popular with 31 players competing for the $250 prize money. The match committee plans to run the PAR series again in 2020.

               Royal Adelaide Women at Oakbank


Oakbank Golf Club hosted 14 Royal Adelaide Women in a Stableford Competition on Tuesday November 26.  It is hoped the event will become and annual occurance. OGC Captain, Judy Thomson congratulated the winners - Division 1 Sue Pentelow (from RA), R/U Anne Hunter. Division 2 Ally Day , R/U Mary Parkyn (all pictured below)
Judy offered a big thank you to Bruce for his gourmet catering and Max on the bar.

                   Needing some help to get out

                                        Out she comes!

                        Melbourne Cup Day

A field of 29 played an Ambrose competition on Melbourne Cup Day. Winners were Jarro, Marj and Steve Russell - for full results see results page.


Jarro is apparently annoyed with Judy T who accidentally deleted  the only photo taken of the winners.

After the game some 36 players and partners enjoyed a great lunch organised by Max Jenkins.

A good day had by all!

           Successful Fund Raiser

 The recent OGC Annual Garage Sale held in the Balhannah Hall made around $3200 for the Club. As Women’s captain Judy Thomson said, “a marvellous effort!”

“A big thank you must go to Di Percy, Colleen and Reg Dobay and Dick Weeks for all their hard work towards the sale.”

Di and Colleen wanted to particularly acknowledge Steve and Carol Russell, Marj Olden and Bronwyn Arnold for their generous contributions as well as all members who contributed goods, Judy said.

Sales included pre-ordered trailer loads of wood prepared by Dick Weeks.

Di Percy, Reg and Colleen Dobay with some of the goods for sale

                                Historical Day   

16 Oakbank players ventured down to Ashbourne to play an equal number from McLaren Vale club on Sunday November 3 in the annual Historical Day competition between the 2 clubs. 

While Oakbank had to hand back the trophy they won last year, all enjoyed the golf and the wonderful hospitality provided by the McLaren Vale members, including a great lunch following the golf.

                           Juniors at Oakbank

On Sunday October 27, Oakbank Golf Club hosted a junior competition involving four clubs in the MY Golf League, Hills Division – Oakbank/Echunga, Mt Barker, Mt Osmond and Blackwood.

Oakbank Golf’s junior development director, Adrian Braddock (pictured below with Oakbank President Peter Murray) said the competition, part of the My Golf program organised by Golf Australia and Golf SA, involved 24 juniors.

Blackwood won over Aston Hills and Oakbank/Echunga won against Mt Osmond.

The competition runs over 4 weeks and next week the clubs play at Blackwood with the final being held at Mt Osmond.

                                Ben hands over the trophy

                               (Pic courtesy of Josh Pym)

                 New Storage Shed On Site

                                    Final Adjustments

Ben Birtles, shown here making final adjustments to the new wireless controlled watering system, says it it all now fully automated.


The system allows for all watering to be controlled from the pump shed and with a possibility in future of being able to control watering remotely - via mobile phone. The new system will greatly reduce the time required of those who look after the watering on the course - mainly Ben and Grant Parker - and enable more efficient and timely watering. But, there will always be some maintenance and work for J & J Irrigation!

The winners with captain Ben (left) and Coopers Jason Ridge (right) - two people crucial to the success of the day.

Second placed foursome which included Jason Ridge and Club sponsor, Ben Traeger.

                         Third placed foursome

The popular and fashionable women's foursome

      From left, Lyn, Judy, Anne and Sara

Captain Ben addressing players prior to the start

               Rain, Glorious Rain!

According to Max whose house backs onto the golf course, we had about 26 mm or about an inch in the old language to 9.00 am this morning (20/1). With a bit more forecast later in the week, Grant and Ben must have breathed a huge sigh of relief - a little reprieve from the constant  task of trying to keep up with with the watering especially having to be frugal with the precious resource.

                                     Coming Up


VW Scramble - Sunday February 23. If you remember the first one early this year, you'll not be missing this day.Register through link below:

Oakbank Hotel and Jacko Day - Sunday March 8

AGM - Saturday March 14

Annual Presentation Dinner - Saturday March 21

                                 Around The Tees

                                Quote of the Week:

“As you walk down the fairway of life, you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.” – Ben Hogan

             It Pays to Watch the Champs

Recently Anne Hunter and partner Matt Judd were in Victoria watching the Presidents Cup competition at Royal Melbourne. Anne said it was a fabulous experience. It must have also been inspiring as on Saturday she blitzed our course with 44 points and an incredible 79 off the stick! Matt was runner up with 42 points.

If you're looking for someone with good genes (and I don't mean the Levi type) around the club, look no further than John Gillott. John's mother is 105 and she still lives on her own! How many people at that age Australia - wide would be doing that?

John told me that his mother recently visited her doctor for a checkup and came out all smiles because everything was fine and the doc told her she would live to 110!

                                         Roll Up


As members will know, David Jarrett - Jarro to everyone - is a bit (that's probably and understatement) of a petrol head who in the past has raced cars at various circuits around Australia. Now a more sedate driver, he has a penchant for collecting special vehicles which include a couple of Ford Mustangs, one older, one new, a huge Ford Thunderbird and just recently, a 1970s Rolls Royce Silver Cloud in which he rolled up on Saturday.

Some of his mates wanted to sit up in the back seat and have Jarro chauffeur them around then district.  This was acceptable until they said would grab a bottle of red and glasses to enjoy a drink on the journey. Jarro wasn't going to take any chances with the pristine upholstery!


If you didn't see the beast on Saturday, you may have missed out because it's not exactly an economical vehicle. With its 6.7 litre V8 burning fuel like it's going out of fashion, Jarro's unlikely to use it a a regular means of transport to golf. Besides, it takes up about two car-parks.


                                         Long Hole 

On Saturday October 19, Blu Burzoni's teeshot from the 3rd ended up on the women's 6th tee! Despite being on a third fairway from his tee shot, Blu scored a 6 for 2. Not bad for an estimated 750 metre hole!                 



If you have a bit of gossip for "Around the Tees" please send to or whisper in his ear when you see him at golf. Any such info will be treated discretely! 



The Oakbank women's golf group held their "End of Winter Presentations" with a lunch held in the club-rooms today (October 1) after their normal Tuesday golf round. 


Winners of the various events held over the winter season were presented with their awards by Club President Peter Murray who attended the lunch  at the invitation of Women's Captain, Judy Thomson.


The Shylie Rymill Foursomes Trophy - Anne Hunter and Val Pattison

The Silver International Bowl - Anne Hunter

The Bronze International Bowl - Barb Hird 

Mary Parkyn’s Silver Spoon - Mary Parkyn

The Putting trophy - Anne Hunter

The Gobblers trophy - Val Pattison

The Birdies trophy - Anne Hunter

Thursday competition winner - Anne  Smith

Our new storage shed arrived safely on site Saturday morning (23/11/91) thanks to Blu Burzoni who picked it up from the manufacturer and delivered it on his truck which was unloaded by Anthony Bell using his fork lift. Job well done guys! 

               Club Newsletters 2009 - 2014

Click above to see newsletters which will provide some Club history of this period 

For Oakbank Women's Open Gallery - click here

   Oakbank Golf Club- A Water Wise success story.


The Oakbank Golf Club, located at Oakbank, is a lovely nine hole course, set in the rolling Adelaide Hills. A small club, of around 160 members, the club is run entirely by volunteers.

Given its location, the course tends to get very wet in winter, and then dry out in summer, to the extent that it needs regular and frequent watering for at least 7 months of the year.


Some 3 or 4 years ago, the Board decided on a strategy to waterproof the course.

First up, we decided to replace the old bayonet sprinklers, which had to be moved each day, with pop-up sprinklers. An appeal to members to pay $100 each for a pop-up, and some fund raising events, raised enough to replace all the sprinklers. It took a number of working bees, and a huge amount of work by Jim and Jeff Knight, and over 12 months, for all the new pop-ups to be installed.


Once they were in, it became apparent we needed a new pressure pump to drive the sprinklers. Again, fund raising events were held, and enough raised to replace the main pump. With that all working fine, it became apparent that our bore pump was not up to the task. Volunteer Ben Birtles, and a number of others then put together the application for a grant from the Office of Recreation, Sport and Racing. The grant was to cover the cost of the new pump, and the associated wiring and electrics.


When the grant came through, Ben was able to source the pump and UHF controllers to replace many of the old solenoids which control the sprinklers.


The final result is that we have achieved our aim of making the course drought proof. Provided there is enough water in the bore, the entire course can be watered at night, without any manual intervention. Watering at night will itself be a significant saving of water with greatly reduced evaporation. Ben Birtles and Grant Parker (Chair of the Course Committee) estimate that we will not only save a huge amount of water, but we also save 3-4 hours of volunteer time each day during the summer.


The Oakbank Golf Club is very proud that we have achieved our goal of drought proofing the course.

Prepared by Club Secretary, Bruce Macky

         Generous Donation by Sponsor

One of the Club's platinum sponsors, Marne Valley Turf has generously donated the turf for the new 8th/17th tee which has now been laid.

Course director, Grant Parker said the 300 square metres of turf was valued at $2100 but it had all been donated by Doug Fleet of Marne Valley Turf. Grant said the donation would not only help reduce  expenditure associated with course redevelopment, but it would also allow the tee to be brought into play much earlier than otherwise. 








 Pictorial Development of the new green (scroll down)

    Thursday September 13 2018   The gravel goes on

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the aeroplane takes off against the wind, not with it”.

Henry Ford


                    Uniforms and Golf Merchandise

Bronwyn Arnold (pictured below) is the person to see for your OGC uniforms including shirts, jackets, caps, hats etc. Bronwyn is usually in the club-rooms on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday golf days but can otherwise be contacted on:

0457 604 435 or 


                   See her soon for some specials!

         2019-2020 Program - click here

                                               NEW RULES

January 1 2019 saw the introduction of a number of new rules which all golfers need to know. Click on the links below to read the rules and watch a video which clearly shows how they apply 

The Second Annual Pym/Birtles Trophy has been run and won with Jeff DeBoer and Perc McElwaine winning with a combined score of 76 points!

A big thank you to the event sponsors:

Mylkappa Cellar and Kitchen, Charleston Hotel,
Caltex Woodside, Blackbird Golf


             The Golf Ball

In My Hand I Hold A Ball,

White And Dimpled...Rather Small.

Oh, How Bland It Does Appear,

This Harmless Looking Little Sphere.


By Its Size I Could Not Guess

The Awesome Strength It Does Possess.

But Since I Fell Beneath Its Spell,

I've Wandered Through The Fires Of Hell.


My Life Has Not Been Quite The Same

Since I Chose To Play This Stupid Game.

It Rules My Mind For Hours On End;

A Fortune It Has Made Me Spend.


It’s Made Me Curse And Made Me Cry,

And Hate Myself And Want To Die.

It Promises Me A Thing Called Par,

If I Hit It Straight And Far.


To Master Such A Tiny Ball,

Should Not Be Very Hard At All.

But My Desires The Ball Refuses,

And Does Exactly As It Chooses.


It Hooks And Slices, Dribbles And Dies,

And Disappears Before My Eyes.

Often It Will Have A Whim,

To Hit A Tree Or Take A Swim.


With Miles Of Grass On Which To Land,

It Finds A Tiny Patch Of Sand.

Then Has Me Offering Up My Soul,

If Only It Would Find The Hole.


It's Made Me Whimper Like A Pup,

And Swear That I Will Give It Up.

And Take To Drink To Ease My Sorrow,

But The Ball Knows ... I'll Be Back Tomorrow.

                           Twilight Golf


Twilight golf started Thursday October 10 and will continue every Thursday throughout daylight saving. Starts at 5.00 pm and finishes after 9 holes with a meal. A very social and relaxed game for all. Non members are most welcome. Golf cost is $3 for members and $10 for non members. Meal afterwards is optional and normally costs $10.

         Tuesday September 18 - the sand goes on! 

Pym/Birtles Trophy winners Jeff De Boer and Perc McElwaine with event organisers Josh Pym (left) and Ben Birtles (right)

Above - Wednesday September 19 after hundreds of tonnes of sand (John McInnes who delivered it all, estimates 300 tonnes), the new green looks fantastic!

     Friday October 5    Seeding the new green

Thursday 18/10/18   A Green Tinge!

Wednesday 31/10/18    Greener!

Thursday 29/11/18   Almost ready for its first haircut!

Monday 3/12/18 New green after its first haircut!