Message from Captain Ben 29/5/20
A grand total of 68 players this Saturday - another marvelous effort!
This Saturday will be Stableford for a club trophy. Mud Rule is still in Play. Please can we continue to make an active effort to fill any divots, repair pitch marks on the greens and keep raking those bunkers!
An email will be circulated early next week as to the likely opening of the clubhouse for Saturday June 6th. There's a significant amount of restrictions in order for us to do so but that will be communicated in the email.
Message from the Captain 15/5/20 Click here to read
MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT
I am writing to update all members on the Club’s position during this difficult time. These times do throw up some problems for our Board members but please remember we are here to do the best for you and the club and try to achieve a good outcome for everyone.
The Board is very much buoyed by the take up of this year’s renewal of memberships and the most encouraging increase, in new memberships.
If there are some members who are still contemplating their renewals or are having difficulties at this time please speak to a Board member. I am sure something can be done to help.
The Board has revised our financial budget for the year, and although we are dependent on when we can start trading again we believe that we are still in a sound position.
I am greatly encouraged by the numbers of players who are playing competition golf and the way in which all of you are doing the right thing in social distancing.
We have had great success in the sinking of the bore with the worry of being able to apply water during summer alleviated. Thanks Ben.
The new machinery shed is to be completed in the next few weeks allowing members the opportunity to store carts. If you wish to do so please inform the Board for approval as it may mean providing a power source.
Thanks to all our volunteers for your continued work and time given in maintaining the course and to those who complete the many odd jobs around the club and course. It is hoped that the restrictions will be eased soon to allow us to open the clubrooms and get back to some normality.
Until then keep up the great support and keep encouraging each other.
Regards Peter Murray 14/5/20
2020-2021 Comp. Program - click here
Today, (26/3/20) Walsh Drilling, completed drilling a new bore on the site of the old 18th tee. It has yielded 3000 gallons (about 12000 litres) at 119 metres. The quality is said to be good.
Land Development - a note from Jim Knight
You will recall that the Club, through the generosity of a loan from the Wenzel family, purchased the golf course from J and AG Johnston Ltd in June 2015.
In addition to providing the funds for the Club to purchase the course, the Wenzel family also paid the Club the market value for a portion of the golf course land. The proceeds from the sale of this land substantially reduced the Club’s loan commitment and provided the Wenzel family with the opportunity to recoup some of their investment through development of the land.
The development of the land has now been approved.
Stage 1 of the redevelopment will commence next week - initial works will see the site cleared. Some trees will need to be removed - the timber is being donated and will be used to raise funds for the Club.
Stage 2 of the redevelopment is expected to start in the last quarter of 2020 - civil works will see the construction of two new roads, curbing and storm water management. Entrance to the golf course will continue via Smith Street.
Stage 3 of the development will see new land allotments go on sale in the first quarter of 2021.
An information flyer which includes a plan of the area to be developed is here. A sign notifying members and the public of the development works will be erected near the course entrance.
If you have any questions about the development or require more information please let me know.
Phone 0413 803 179
Dick's Life Membership
Club stalwart, Dick weeks was presented with life membership at the Club's AGM on Saturday March 14. In announcing the presentation, club president Peter Murray said that apart from Dick's significant contribution as a volunteer, he had held various positions over the 20 or so years as a member, including secretary, captain and president.
President Peter presenting Dick (left) with his life membership certificate.
Grant To the Rescue
Club life member Diane Dowell took this photo (below) outside her place in Balhannah yesterday (24th). Diane says the figure in red is Grant Parker, another club member, who saw the car hit the bridge rail, somersault and land upside down on a pipe the crosses the creek. Diane said Grant rushed to help the female driver without any thought for his own safety and that "he should get a medal". The driver was helicoptered to hospital. Grant was very shaken up Diane said.
Official Results are yet to be confirmed and while neither of the two leaders featured in the winners' list, after the final round of the Wenzel Cup (Saturday 7/3/20), it looks like as forecast, Baschiera 1, Knight 2 and Pym 3.
A happy bunch of ladies after their Thursday morning round.
Annual Presentation Dinner - Saturday March 21 - Postponed
2020 - 2021 Season Opening Day - Saturday April 4 - Postponed - date to be determined once Covid-19 retsrictions are lifted
While Saturday April 4 was supposed to be the new season opening day, playing the new 8th/17th green (shown below) and new 9th/18th tees and fairway, they have now been brought into play. A formal opening will be held at a date yet to be determined once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. Watch this space for more information
Is Grant (left) digging a hole for himself?
Not really, he's working on the irrigation system to seal off water to the old 9th and 18th tees which will no longer be used after April 4
Jacko/Oakbank Hotel Day
12 teams enjoyed amazing conditions with Jim Knight, Matt Knight, Darren Sterling and Adam Wake taking victory 12 under off the stick!
The Oakbank Hotel hosted a phenomenal day with wonderful food and hospitality. A great day was had by all!
Enjoying the post golf fun!
"Darryl" (above left) modelling the latest outfit for the corona virus conscious golfer! For a limited time each outfit purchased comes with a complimentary roll of toilet paper valued at $100.
Pics courtesy of Ben Birtles
More pics (below) courtesy of Grant Parker
Barb Hird wins The Enid Wenzel Trophy AGAIN!!
Above, Enid (left) after presenting her trophy to Barb.
Enid's strong support for women's golf at Oakbank is very much appreciated.
pic courtesy of Judy Thomson
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
Rules of Golf
For a full online version of the rules of golf click here
Hazards are Traps for Mowers Too
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 www.golf.org.au/whs
Ben Birtles, Captain
Needing some help to get out
Oakbank Golf Club hosted its second VW Scramble on Sunday February 23 with fourteen teams competing to go on to the state final.
The event was made possible by the support of local VW dealer, Duttons. Ben Traeger of On Course Golf made the pre event arrangements and OGC Captain Ben Birtles efficiently managed all the golf aspects on the day.
Bruce Maccy, Judy Thomson and Mary Parkyn ensured that all golfers were adequately "fed and watered" after the competition.
The winning team members were Adam Wake, Paul Schofield, Jake Munn and Lynden Claridge
Captain Ben, left, with 3 of the winning team members and Dutton's "AJ" Murray, right.
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
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.
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.
Some of the magnificent VW s on display. "AJ" announced a special offer to all golfers of at least $1000 discount on these vehicles.
Di Percy, Reg and Colleen Dobay with some of the goods for sale
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!
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.
New Storage Shed On Site
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.
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.
Wenzel Cup - after the February round - one to go!
After the penultimate February round first and second places haven't changed. Greg Baschiera is still leading on 480 with Jim Knight 9 points behind in second place. Josh Pym has moved up to third position on 446 but has probably left his run a bit late. He would have to win the last round and have Greg unable to play or score less than 16 points. No one who has played has scored less than 22 points for the whole competition so that's a most unlikely scenario!
Our generous sponsor of the Wenzel Cup, Ron Wenzel held third place after the January round but didn't play this time. I suspect he decided to deliberately opt out.
For Jim to win he has to score 10 points more than Greg in the final round. That hasn't happened in any of the previous 11 rounds so, again, an unlikely scenario.
Third place is up for grabs. Vice captain David Schultz is only one point behind current 3rd place holder Josh with captain Ben Birtles a further 10 back. If Ben scored max points in the final round and if Josh and David scored less than 40 and 41 respectively, he grabs third.
I think it's Baschiera 1st, Knight second and Pym third.
Official Results are yet to be confirmed and while neither of the two leaders featured in the winners' list, after today's final round (Saturday 7/3/20) it looks like as forecast, Baschiera 1, Knight 2 and Pym 3.
Ben hands over the trophy
(Pic courtesy of Josh Pym)
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!
Click above to see newsletters which will provide some Club history of this period
Previous items or articles, which may be of interest but no longer published on this page in full, can be accessed by clicking on the links below.
2020 Wenzel Cup Prospects - 2 Rounds to go - read
Around The Tees
Quote of the Week:
If there were no golf balls, how would we measure the size of hail stones?
From the comic strip Ginger Meggs
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!
Popular members Annette and Shane Virgo’s daughter Sam plays her first game of AFLW football for the Gold Coast Suns team tomorrow (8/2/20).
It will the Sun’s inaugural game as the latest team into the competition.
Sam, who previously played for the Brisbane Lions, will run out for the match as co-captain when they play the GWS Giants at Blacktown International Sports Park.
According to dad Shane, Sam transferred from the Lions on a 2-year contract and also with the opportunity to undertake a sporting scholarship to become an AFL coach in future. She currently coaches the under 16 side.
As the game will be televised live on Fox Footy and Kayo when it begins at around 1.00 pm tomorrow, we probably won’t see Annette and Shane playing in the afternoon.
PS: Annette and Shane did play. Sam's side went down by 1 point in their first AFLW game.
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!
WINTER SEASON PRESENTATIONS
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
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
Pictorial Development of the new green (scroll down)
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.
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”.
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!
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.
Clubhouse to Reopen - Message from Secretary
Subject to some strict rules (see below), the clubhouse is open from tomorrow (3/6/20).
Main rules we have to follow:
Social distancing rules apply
You MUST be seated to eat or drink
We are allowed 16 seats in the clubhouse, 9 on the main verandah, 4 on the landing, 4 in the gazebo, and 17 on the lawn. We can have up to 80 in total, so if you cannot get a seat in the above areas, you will have to wait elsewhere near the clubhouse. For your opportunity to be seated
In addition to the above, we are allowed two behind the bar, and one on Ray’s cubby.
If you are coming in, please come in via the change room, and leave either via the verandah or the front door.
To meet social distancing rules, only one person may wait at the bar at any one time.
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
Pym/Birtles Trophy winners Jeff De Boer and Perc McElwaine with event organisers Josh Pym (left) and Ben Birtles (right)
Tuesday September 18 - the sand goes on!
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!