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Wednesday 2 January 2019

Dear Anthony 

Best wishes for the New Year.

This eNews is the monthly 'Member Update' which keeps Members informed of general Club news. To open some of the links you will need to be logged in to the Members' area of the website.

Clubhouse BOOK TALK- THIS SATurday (5th JanUARY at 6:00pm)

This Saturday: Join Charles Happell (Member) and Mike Clayton at 6.00pm on Saturday 5th January for a 60-minute, light-hearted talk about their new book 'Preferred Lies and Other True Golf Stories.'

Stay for dinner afterwards if you wish. Book for the talk via the timesheet. Phone for dinner reservations on 03 5255 6255. Summer dining menu

Summer Events

It's time to mobilise your young players (and yourself)  - and book via the January time sheets. Twilight tees start on the 3rd; the Summer of Tennis gets underway on the 5th and  Junior Golf Week begins with events and the opening BBQ (more details below) on the 14th and runs to the 18th January. Click either of the links below to open the Summer Events Program and book via the linked time sheets.  Details concerning the twilight events can also be found in the summer program with a summary of the included meal.

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Heat Policy

If, at 5.00pm, the Bureau of Meteorology's forecast temperature for Airey's Inlet the following day is 38C or above, then the Club's heat policy is enacted. Click here to view.

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Golf Programmes / Diary

Members are advised that the 2019 Member Programmes are available for collection at the Clubhouse Reception. The Programmes contain important Club information relating to Golf Events, Membership, Reciprocal Clubs, Sub-Committees, Dress Code, Etiquette and Golf Bookings.  

A (separate) expression of interest form accompanies the diary. The form provides Members with the opportunity to represent the Club in events held between reciprocal and associated clubs. The EOI form for 2019 interclub events can be found here. If you are interested in these events please return your completed form by Monday 28th January 2019.

The Programme is available in different formats:

  1. a hard copy - to be collected from reception

  2. a PDF version - downloadable here: 2019 Member Golf Programme 

  3. an electronic calendar (e.g. for your iPhone calendar) that can be emailed to you. If you'd like to trial this format please email Narelle Alford the golf operations manager.


biggest rule changes in 30 years

The biggest changes to the Rules of Golf in 30 years took effect on 1st January 2019 and a range of resources to assist golfers with the transition are available from

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R&A Rules of golf Apps

The Official App for the 2019 Rules of Golf includes nearly 30 diagrams and how-to videos that help to explain the Rules and gives guidance for many common situations.  Other features include:

  • Improved Search Functionality
  • A Visual Search - to help you quickly find the Rule you need
  • Rules of Golf Quiz
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New RULES of golf player's edition

In addition to the electronic resources listed above, hard copies of the R&A / USGA Player's Edition of the Rules of Golf effective January 2019 are available for collection from the golf registration area in the Clubhouse. One free copy for each Member is available.

Course and Match

Praise for the course continues

In October 'Golf Digest'  wrote "At its core, Barwon Heads is golf nirvana" and the praise hasn't ceased. In early December 'The Golf Course Guide' which claims to be Australia's #1 golf course directory moved Barwon Heads from number 8 to number 7 in their annual top 100 ranking. Then in the January 2019 issue of Golf Australia magazine the course moved from number 6 to number 5. In this ranking Barwon Heads is the highest rated public access course on mainland Australia.

But ask Adam Lamb, Course Superintendent, and he will tell you the the best compliment, in regards to the course, that he has had the pleasure of reading came recently from esteemed international course architect, Tom Doak. His recently released 'Confidential Guide - Vol.5' moved Barwon Heads up from 5/10 on his last visit to 7/10. This may not sound as impressive as 'the best on the mainland' but read this Member news post to learn more.

In case you missed it on the web...

Club Foursomes Champions

Congratulations to Ben Miller and Mark Cashinella who are the 2018 Club Foursomes Champions after defeating John Brodie & Paul Klein (5/4)...

Sprague Cup

Congratulations to Sprague 2018 winners Peter Johnston and Darrel Radcliffe who won on the 18th against fellow finalists Hague and Donovan Shier...

Trilogy Cup

Jenny Bigelow won the Trilogy Cup and at lunch  it was Nan Nagle who spoke about  the Cup which was originally presented by the late Mrs Janet Stoyles in 2001...

 New local rules 

New Local Rules are now in play as a result of the Rule changes effective 1st January 2019. Click below to read and learn.                                                     

Women's Summer Medal

The women's summer medal will be played earlier than usual this year. The stroke event will be played on Tuesday 22nd January 2019.

Vic Open Volunteers

Fancy driving around some of the world's best golfers in a Mercedes? Golf Australia require a team of people to volunteer as courtesy car drivers in and around Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove during the duration of the tournament. (February 7-10). There are plenty of other roles also. If you are interested in volunteering please register your interest using the link below.


There will be communication going out in the next week from Golf Australia with instructions for all Victorian golf club members to redeem their Vic Open tickets online. The Club will publish the information on our website, when available.

January diary dates

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membership nominations

Please click here to view the most recent list of candidates for membership at The Barwon Heads Golf Club. These individuals have been nominated for membership of the Club and their particulars are circulated to Members for comment.

Members wishing to make any comment as to the suitability of these candidates should do so, verbally or in writing, to one of the Club officials listed on the attached notice within 30 days of the date this newsletter was sent. 


Junior Newsletter

Sunday the 2nd of December was the final Aces Sunday for 2018 and they finished the year in style with eight new Aces red caps being presented. This brings the Club's red cap count to 105... A newsletter was sent to the Junior's database on 18th December. Click here if you're yet to read it.

Well Done Angus

Dual Barwon Heads/13th Beach junior member Angus O'Brien shot the equal best round and moved up the Junior Vic Open leaderboard 13 places to 4th overall on the final day.  Read more about his close call here.

Junior Golf Week Opening BBQ

All ages BBQ on the deck. Monday 14th January 5.00-8.00pm

 Junior golfers are invited to the opening of the 2019 Junior Golf Week which will be celebrated on the deck of the Clubhouse. There will be music, games and laughter for everyone to kick off what will surely again be a fantastic week of golf. All parents and grandparents are encouraged to come along and enjoy an early dinner and the atmosphere that is associated with Junior Golf Week.

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A regular performer at Fed Square, Tim the Entertainer will be at the BBQ

Cost is $15 per child and includes BBQ, games, entertainment and icecream. Parents, grandparents and guests can order from a special 'beefed-up' summer menu on the night.

Log in and place your name on the entry list via the website or call the Club office to make a booking. 

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Happy New Year to all!

There are plenty of demo days during January. Click here to read the Pro Shop Update. Meanwhile, Marcus's fund raising target was exceeded after he played four rounds in the 'Longest Day'. Click here to read his report.


Pin Pool

Entries for both the JDD Fisher Doubles Handicap event and the Short Form Pin Pool Doubles Handicap event have opened.

2019 J D D Fisher Pin Pool Doubles Handicap (Men) - Entry list

2019 Short Form Pin Pool Doubles Handicap (Women) - Entry List

Play in the events will occur in the first half of 2019.

Billiards Finals

Meanwhile,several  billiards and snooker finals  were played in December 2018 and a different player emerged as the winner of each event. Winners below: L-R: Ted Cockram, Brendan Hovey, John Marcard and Andy Wall. Click here for event results and more photos.


Bridge in 2019 kicks off with a comprehensive January program as follows:

    • Monday Morning Supervised Duplicate Bridge - restarts Monday 7th January. Bookings are open already for this session and open thereafter at 3pm eight days before.
    • Wednesday morning Ladies Bridge - restarts Wednesday 9th January.  Bookings open at 3pm eight days before.
    • Thursday Evening Dinner & Bridge - to be held Thursday 10th & Thursday 17th January. Bookings already open.
    • First Friday Evening Dinner & Bridge - to be held Friday 1st February. Bookings will open Friday 4th January (28 days prior).
    • Saturday Convivial Bridge - continues every Saturday

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Summer Reading

The latest edition of Golf Victoria Magazine is now available. 

Features include:

  • The tournament that grew and grew
  • Minjee aims for bigger 2019
  • Wooster's wonder run
  • Golf's new rules
  • Fast game's a good game
  • and many more!

View the eMag
View the magazine on iPad


We note with regret the passing of:

Mr T H (Tom) Iser

Member since 1985


Barwon Heads Golf Club

PHONE: 03 5255 6255

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