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Wednesday 1 January 2020

This eNews is the monthly 'Member Update' which keeps members informed of general Club news.

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Happy New Year and welcome to the five new provisional members, two social members, three junior members, and the two juniors who moved to full status.

A Golfing GREAT

In conjunction with Australian Golf Digest, Visit Victoria leveraged the Presidents Cup to expose some of Victoria's other golfing greats, including your Club. Let Ian Baker-Finch remind you how great your club is. At the time of writing, this video has had over 13,000 views on AGD's Facebook page.

Golf Australia Magazine

"The Hermitage Grange of Australian golf has always been good, and just keeps getting better."  Craig Read

This year marks 31 years since Golf Australia magazine first published a ranking of the country's best golf courses. 

The No.1 course back then was Royal Melbourne's West Course, a title it has never lost and still holds today. That inaugural list didn't have a single course from Tasmania whereas today there are three challenging the great Dr. Alister MacKenzie's West Course for the crown.

There have been some significant changes since the last ranking in January 2018, with several courses undergoing major renovations by big name course designers. Peninsula Kingswood's South Course moved up from 25 the last time it was ranked to 18; their North Course from 20 to No.5. After Tom Doak's efforts the National's Gunnamatta Course debuts at No.10.

The Barwon Heads Golf Club ranks No.20.


If you're one of the 250 or so members aged between 18 and 45 come along and enjoy an evening with your contemporaries. To get the ball rolling there'll be a six-hole twilight event. Afterwards it'll be on for young and old in the clubhouse. 

Saturday 4th January: Twilight golf @ 5.30pm followed by canapes and live acoustic music. $30pp.  

Guests: All welcome at the member price. 

To enter: Simply reply to this email with your name and the names of your guests, and we will book you in. 

Or to go directly to the booking page, click the "book here" button below (you will need to be logged in to the members' area of the website.)

2020 Diary

The Programme is available as:

  1. a hard copy - to be collected from reception
  2. a PDF version - downloadable here: 2020 Member Golf Programme
  3. an electronic calendar (e.g. for your iPhone calendar). Download and open iCal (ics. file)


As members will be aware, the Heat Policy was revised and published to members on  17th December 2019. It was put into effect twice in the first week following the publication of the new policy and we were able to test the new practice of "closing" the golf course. 

Whilst we thankfully had no heat related member incidents, it was apparent that there were issues due to closing the course entirely- i.e. the scenario where a member wanted to play golf early in acceptable temperatures, but was unable to do so.

As such a revision to the policy has been agreed-  the key difference is to allow morning play, but retain the right to blow the siren and suspend play if necessary.

Click here for the revised policy.

Junior Vic Open - winners

After a late charge, Angus O'Brien, junior member of BHGC placed third in the overall boys competition with rounds of 70, 72, 69 & 68. Well done Angus!

In an exciting finish Queenslanders Cassie Porter and Lincoln Morgan won playoffs to secure the respective girls and boys  titles. The girls played an extra hole to determine the winner, while the boys required five playoff holes.

The runner up for the girl's title, Jeneath Wong, broke the Beach course record with a 63 in round three.

Summer of tennis

The Junior Tennis Week this summer is promising to be a big week, commencing on Monday January 6th.

We encourage all parents and/or grandparents to mobilise your young players and enter them for the singles tournament in their age group. Once entered, they will then be automatically entered into the Mixed Doubles competition, which is played on the same day.

The Senior Tennis programme will also be fun, played just before, and during, Junior week

Grab your racquets and play! The link below is a convenient place to book from.

Junior Golf Week

What began as the Wallace Cup, a single event held in 1928 designed to motivate juniors to practice seriously, has gathered momentum (and trophies) to become Junior Golf Week. Now in its 92nd year, there are sixteen named events in this week dedicated to juniors to showcase their passion for the game.   

We're looking forward to seeing as many juniors play as possible - the more the merrier!

The link below is a convenient place to book from.

interclub Golf Events 2020

A reminder that expressions of interest close on the 27th January.

Links Ryder Cup

A great win for Barwon Heads in the inaugural event between the Club and 13th Beach GC 

Captain's Corner

Question: Two players it off from the 6th tee, both balls ending in the hollow on the left side of the fairway out of sight from the tee. Arriving there the players realise that they are both playing the same type of ball and cannot remember the index number on the ball. One thinks his was a number 3 but is unsure. What should they do?

Congratulations Narelle

Golf Management Victoria's Women's Management Scholarship for 2020 has been awarded to Narelle Alford, the Club's Golf Operations Manager. The scholarship entitles Narelle to several complimentary professional development sessions along with a fully-funded mentoring session with Cathy Neagle (President of  Golf Management Australia and GM of Elanora County Club).

Narelle was thrilled with the award and said, "I am excited to have the opportunity to further my knowledge and to exchange ideas with others in the golfing industry."


A timely reminder as the busiest time of the year is upon us. 

Handicap System Shutdown

The World Handicap System (WHS) will be launched in Australia on the 30th of January 2020 and will provide golfers with a unified and more inclusive handicapping system.

A reminder Golf Link services to be off-line between Monday 27th January (Australia Day holiday) to Thursday 30th January during the WHS upgrade. The following will be affected:

  • No score submission.
  • No handicap updates.
  • No visitor lookups.
  • GOLF Link handicap history unavailable.
To read more about the WHS click these links:

The Components of the World Handicapping System

R&A USGA website

World Handicap System - What it means for Australian golf clubs

For your interest:After 30th January the new daily handicap formula is:

Daily Handicap = (Players GA handicap x (Slope rating / 113) + Scratch Rating - Par)) x 0.93


Daily Handicap = (15.2 x (124 / 113) + 72 - 70)) x 0.93

Daily Handicap = 17.37 (which is then rounded to 17)


Bridge schedule

Bridge restarts and continues with a substantial program over the holiday period as follows:

  • Monday bridge: Restarts 6th January. Bridge will not be supervised during January - all welcome.
  • Wednesday morning: Restarts 8th January - normal arrangements.
  • Thursday: Evening dinner and bridge on both Thursday 9th and 16th January.
  • Friday Morning: Restarts 7th February.
  • Friday Eve: First Friday dinner and bridge restarts Friday 7th Feb.
  • Saturday: Convivial bridge continues as usual.


January CLubhouse events

There are plenty of events in January. Please refer to the Summer Program or the Event News emailed to members on Tuesday 24th December.

Last minute January

Accommodation still available.

Stay two or more nights on the selected dates and receive 20% off the standard B&B rates.

January diary dates

IN case you missed it on the website

Wednesday Golfers

Malcolm Cashinella held on to his slender lead to win the Wednesday Golfers Cup...

Sprague Cup

Congratulations to Sprague 2019 winners Michael Rankin and Nick Speer who won on the 20th hole


We note with regret the passing of:

Mrs M H (Meg) McLennan. Member since 1968
Mrs H (Helen) Brodie. Member since 1976
Mrs R (Rothes) Felton. Member since 1952.

Quiz Answer

Unless they can identify with absolute certainty which is their ball, both balls would be considered lost, and both players would need to proceed under stroke and distance, which means going back to the tee to hit another ball each in a stroke round.

Russell Henley was recently penalised 8 strokes in a US PGA event for using a ball with a slightly different mark than the other balls he used. Professional tournaments in America have a one ball rule; that is, the pros must use the exact same type of ball and marking throughout a round. This doesn't apply to us amateurs, but equally well we are strongly advised to distinctively mark each ball we use in competition.

Patrick Lockie


Barwon Heads Golf Club

PHONE: 03 5255 6255

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