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Wednesday 4 March 2020

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

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QUALIFIERS decided. club championships NEXT WEEKEND.

Spectators are encouraged to come along to the 2020 Men's and Women's Club Championships to be played this Labour Day long weekend.

Qualifiers and draws can be viewed via the link below.

CEMP Member Information Sessions

As the development of the master plan enters its final stages, members are invited to attend a CEMP information session where you will have the opportunity to discuss recent updates with the CEMP working group and the architect, Michael Jeffreson, of Demaine Partnership.

Updated plans and costing will be provided the week prior to the first session. 

All information will be uploaded to the dedicated member CEMP page via the button below or the quicklink on the front page of the website.

To help with planning each information session please RSVP using the following links:

Session 1: Tuesday 24th March- 5:00pm-6:30pm - RSVP on the timesheet here

Session 2: Friday 27th March- 7:00pm-8:30pm - RSVP on the timesheet here

Session 3: Saturday 28th March- 9:00am-10:30am - RSVP on the timesheet here.


A reminder that the Club has transitioned to new back-office IT this week. All staff are working diligently to make the transition as smooth as possible, but your patience may be needed at times, especially at the bar as staff become accustomed to new point-of-sale software. We encourage use of membership cards to speed the process.

The accounts system has also been upgraded and you'll notice changes in the coming week to the 'My Details' section of the website. We ask that any non-urgent enquiries are delayed if possible, or the 'contact us' form on the website is used rather than telephoning. Thank you.

Course Flyovers

The course flyovers on the website have been updated to replace versions that were filmed over four years ago. The prior videos were viewed around 8,000 times last year, peaking prior to events such as the Victorian Senior Amateur and Junior Victorian Open. The new videos were shot by Gary Lisbon.

The videos can be viewed by anyone so sharing with non-members is easy.

Above: Mallacoota Golf & Country Club after the recent bushfires

mallacoota G.C.

Last weekend a successful fundraiser for Mallacoota was run in conjunction with the qualifying rounds for the Men's Championships. At the same time, Adam Lamb (Club Superintendent) returned from volunteering at the club.

Read more about Mallacoota GC and the fundraiser via the link below.

calendar icon Tues 10th & Wed 11th march

greens renovation

Course and Pro Shop closed.

Remove stored clubs from the Pro Shop prior if you need them on these dates.

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Captain's Corner

With Patrick Lockie...

There were some significant changes in Rules of Golf introduced at the start of 2019 (here are 20 must-know from the R&A). The most used and best known is leaving the flag in place when putting, but others are less well known.

Question:  Jack, John and Jill are playing in a stroke round at the Club and all hit on to the green in two strokes. It is very windy.

Jack marks and lifts his ball. When he replaces his ball, a strong gust of wind blows his ball into the hole. Jill tells him he should replace the ball where it was marked and putt. He is not sure but follows Jill's instructions. 

 John is also on the green and his ball stops a few feet from the hole.  He marks the ball but before he lifts it, the wind gusts and the ball blows off the green into a bunker. Jill tells him he has to play it from where it finished. John grudgingly also obeys Jill's instructions, as she seems to know what she is talking about.

Jill is furthest from the hole and doesn't bother marking her ball, intending to putt. Before she is able to do so, her ball blows into the hole. She tells the others she does not need to putt again and marks her score as a two.

 Is Jill correct in each case? See the answer at the end of this email.

Patrick Lockie

TOp 100

The latest bi-annual ranking of all Australian golf courses appears in the March 2020 issue of Australian Golf Digest magazine. Their 182-strong judging panel lodged more than 4500 scores (based on seven criteria) for 263 different courses across the country.

Barwon Heads is ranked No.24, a six-point improvement since 2018.  "The gradual greens renovation undertaken by Neil Crafter and Paul Mogford have the Bellarine Peninsula favourite within sight of its highest ranking ever. It is also a course capitalising on excellent scores in the Ambience category."

Junior NEWs: Tom Wins.

After a very exciting finish, junior member Tom Thiele won his first SWGA Junior Open at Geelong Golf Club on Sunday 23rd February. Tom birdied his 17th and 18th holes to card a 2-over par 68 and make the play off with Rex Darcy and Andrew Adam from Lonsdale Golf Club.

The SWGA Junior Opens are 18-hole stroke events which are appropriately decided via a playoff and after Rex dropped out after the first playoff hole, Tom claimed victory on the 20th hole.

PRO SHOP NEWS: New Trainee

Please welcome Callum McKenzie, a second-year trainee who has recently joined the team from Latrobe Golf Club in Melbourne. He grew up in Tallangatta, a small town near Albury-Wodonga, before moving to Melbourne to attend university in 2010.

In his first year as a trainee Callum completed his playing component and had some good results. He finished the year as the number one first-year academic in Australia and was named as one of the captains for 2020.

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Members will be aware of the current global coronavirus situation. The Barwon Heads Golf Club is monitoring the information distributed by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to ensure we adopt best practices to limit the spread.

March diary dates

IN case you missed it on the website...

Ogilvy & OH star

Two stars of the game, former US Open winner Geoff Ogilvy and Su Oh were...

Three-time Star

Frank Webb wins the Mercedes Benz Geelong Golf Day for the third time...

Josh Leads O.O.M.

Pro Shop staff member is now the outright leader on the Victorian Trainee...

Pre-season Pennant

A trial match play event was held on a bleak and misty morning recently...

Golf's Visionaries

Narelle Alford represented the Club at an event where participants were recognised for their outstanding...

Barwon Cup

It has been 10 years since a home team won the Barwon Cup, but they did just that when playing at the Club...


The policy of recognising members who have passed has changed. Upon receiving advice the Club will now recognise the passing of a current or past member with a notice on the noticeboard, a mention in the monthly newsletter and the option of the flag being flown at half-mast (on request).

The family member alerting the Club may request the date at which the flag is to be flown at half-mast. (Normally this is the day of the funeral, or a special day to the deceased member e.g. Tuesday ladies' day or Wednesday men's day).

Captain's Corner - Quiz Answer

Answer: As usual Jill is completely correct. 

Up until January 2019, it didn't matter if the ball had been marked lifted and replaced, if wind was deemed to have moved the ball it was played from where the ball finished. Now, once the ball is marked, lifted and replaced, if it then moves it must be returned to that original marked point (or closest estimate) and putted from there.

Barwon Heads Golf Club

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