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Tuesday 2 June 2020

Dear member,

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

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Return to Golf

After 46 days without play during March, April and May it has now been almost three weeks since golf returned to the links at Barwon Heads. Welcome back!

You already know the course has been busy, but here is a comparison:

From the reopening date (13th May) until the 31st May 2020 there were 3,819 rounds played by members. In 2019, for the entire month of May, there were 2,050 member rounds.

Thank you for your patience over this busy period.

Return to the Clubhouse

Daytime dining has returned to the Clubhouse, albeit under certain restrictions.

All procedures were explained in the eNews email sent late last week. If you haven't read them, please do so before visiting the Clubhouse before or after your round. 

The staff would love to see you (from an appropriate distance).

MiScore App

Only a few years ago use of smartphones on the course was being actively discouraged, now it's the opposite.

The uptake of the MiScore digital scoring app has been tremendous. Take a look at these figures:

  • Saturday 23rd May (men & women) - 152 competition players 86% with app, 14% without
  • Tuesday 26th May (women's 18 hole) - 107 competition players 92% with app, 8% without

If you're yet to try it and would like to know more, click the link below.

Course Ratings

Recommendations from Golf Australia to alter the men's blue and red course ratings will be implemented for play from Monday, 8th June. These changes will have only minimal effect on daily handicaps.

Above: Margaret Reid was a passionate supporter of junior golf.

Vale Margaret 'Will' Reid

Margaret Reid was a golf champion and a member of the Club for 70 years. She passed away on the 11th of May 2020.

Above: TEAM LAMB, course maintenance staff.

Captains' Corner

Adam Lamb and the Course Maintenance Staff

Everyone who has played golf in the past few weeks has no doubt been astonished at the wonderful state of the golf course, following the enforced break from golf.

During the break Adam and his staff worked in two separated teams, ensuring appropriate social distancing rules could be followed. Whilst no one knew how long the break was going to last, the ground staff stuck at the task determined to have the course immaculately presented at the resumption of golf.

They certainly succeeded. Adam has been concerned about the slight discoloration of a few of his greens especially the 12th, due to leaf tip burn from fertilizer, but all greens have played very truly and provide no excuse for bad putting.

Various major works were carried out, the most obvious being construction of the swale on the 18th hole and removal of several cypresses. Vital work was also carried out installing an upgraded irrigation around the 4th and 7th greens. Almost the entire circumference of each green was dug up, new pipes laid and the surface restored now. It is nigh impossible to tell where that work has been done such was the care with which it was undertaken.

The only problem now is golfers, and we suspect secretly Adam wishes we would all go away again until spring so his masterpiece can remain unblemished.

So, on behalf of all members many thanks to Adam and his team for their skill and dedication, providing us with such a wonderful course on which to resume play.

Patrick Lockie and Zara Brookes

Above: TEAM HOGAN, course maintenance staff.

Welcome Sabine

Sabine Howe joined the administration and reservations team many months ago, but due to the Clubhouse closure is yet to meet most members.

Sabine was born in a small town near Salzburg...

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Above: Sabine Howe

Isolation Bridge

The first stage of the Clubhouse reopening is upon us but bridge play at the Club remains postponed indefinitely. However, many of the Club's bridge players have been able to find a game using various websites offering these capabilities. (According to Google, searches for “online games to play with friends” jumped twentyfold between February and March.)

Scores from games played on Mondays are posted to the website weekly.

Above: Frank Webb in detective mode during isolation, attempting one of Gary Lisbon's BHGC jigsaw puzzles.

Pro Shop News

The Pros would like to remind all members (and their guests) to follow the guidelines below.

  • Enter the Pro Shop through the bottom door and exit through the top door only.

  • Ensure there are no more than four customers in the Pro Shop at any one time.
  • Sanitise your hands using the sanitiser provided when entering both the Pro Shop and buggy shed.

  • Refrain from over-handling merchandise. Please speak to Pro Shop staff for assistance.

Golf Diary

IN case you missed it on the website...

Men's nine-hole competitions

The Club has re-introduced the Men’s nine-hole competition from Wednesday, 3rd June. Tee times are reserved from 2:30-2:50pm for nine-hole players.

MiScore app includes rules

The Rules of Golf and Local Rules / Temporary Local Rules can be found under MiScore's MENU tab…

Various Updates on the resumption of golf

Since the course reopened, there were various, rolling updates posted to the website including articles on: access by members' guests; timesheet opening dates/times; use of the Clubhouse change rooms; and the 'adopt a sand bucket' program.

Bookings: Queuing Method enabled

To improve the booking experience on highly contested timesheets, the Club enabled a ‘ticketing’ process for member golf bookings.

Last Month's Course Quiz

Click the link to find out what the answers and who the winners were.

First Group - ABC News report

Five minutes after sunrise on Wednesday 13th 2020, Committee members Julie Hope-Johnstone, Andrew de Crespigny, Patrick Lockie and David Williamson became the first group to play competition golf on the main course in 47 days.

COVID Safe App

A reminder that the Committee has endorsed the federal government's COVIDSafe app as an effective tool to help state health officials quickly alert people who may be at risk of having contact with the virus. This forms a key part of its plan to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Now that golf has resumed and the Clubhouse has reopened, the Committee encourages all members to download the app, assisting our Club to return to our normal operations as soon as possible.


We note with regret the passing of:

Mr A S (Andrew) Gubbins. Member since 1956

Mrs M C (Margaret) Reid. Member since 1950

Mrs A M (Ann) Ringrose. Member since 1955

Barwon Heads Golf Club

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