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Course Update: The Redevelopment

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WAVE Project & Redevelopment of Holes 7 & 8 – Golf Design by Ross Perrett Overview

If you have been on the course recently, you will have noticed the works on the South/West side of the course. The improvements to holes 7 & 8, especially mounds and revegetation, along with wetlands enhancement, represent the largest project undertaken on the course since the redevelopment of the 12th hole 20 years ago. Large tree removal has opened up panoramic views that hit you as soon as you come up the rise on the 6th fairway, making a statement that is confirmed in the walk up 7 and then back down 8.

In the corner of 6,7 and 8 is the wetland – extended with the removal of “the dumping area” – an environmentally sensitive zone now enhanced for generations to come. Beauty is only part of the story. QGC’s mission includes an obligation to preserve the natural environment within which our course lies. Hence the emphasis on the wetland enhancements and the natural vegetation replanting throughout the entire area. The improvements to 7 & 8 are significant and change the way those holes will be played.

The Club was honoured to attract the interest of renowned golf course designer Ross Perrett who provided his expertise on a pro-bono basis to imagine and then assist in the execution of the design along with our on-course team led by Rod Fenton (Superintendent & Life Member) and Kelvin Pettigrove (Committee). The next stage will see a moat created across the 7th fairway to connect the wetlands to seawater – a unique way to improve the sustainability of the zone.

When you visit and play our course, we want you to be part of a journey to nurture something perfect and natural. A unique island golfing experience.



Clearing on holes 6 and 7 – Opening up the view



Drone footage showing early stages over the 6th, wetlands and 7th


We hope to see all our members and guests out enjoying the holes shortly.



Club Update During Stage 3 Restrictions

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Dear Members,

It has been brought to my attention that some players are not adhering to the mask rules while playing golf. If you do not abide by these rules, we may all lose the privilege of playing golf on Swan Island.

Masks are compulsory and must be worn at all times, except when eating or drinking.

I understand that for many people, masks are uncomfortable (especially for those of us who wear glasses) but nonetheless, we have to use our common sense and be aware of the safety of others on the course. If you are unable to comply, please do not play.

Also, we thought that we may be able to run simple competitions on the understanding that our electronic system complies with existing directives. However, we have decided that there will be no competition play on Wednesdays and Saturdays while Stage 3 restrictions are in force.

Social golf is the order of the day and we recommend that Stableford rounds be played to keep groups moving. Social cards can be placed in the card box on the veranda or inside the clubhouse door for handicapping purposes.

With the ‘groups of two’ rule in place, it is essential that bookings are made online or by phone (5258 4344)

I hope that, while the restrictions are with us, you make the necessary sacrifices to enable Queenscliff Golf Club to remain open.
There are better times ahead. Keep connected and stay safe.


Good golf in difficult circumstances!
Tony Graham
President, on behalf of the QGC Committee.

Members’ Update – August 6 2020

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Golf’s Island Home

In these extraordinary times, we are fortunate that the Queenscliff Golf Club is still able to remain open while complying with Stage 3 Covid-19 restrictions. The ongoing pandemic has created a great deal of stress and hardship for all businesses and families and we will continue to provide the best possible service to our members and visitors (see note below) within the limitations. We hope that you stay connected with the club during these difficult times and continue to enjoy playing golf on Swan Island. Over the past month, there has been a lot happening in and around the club and the committee appreciates the patience, flexibility and cooperation that members have displayed as we strive to enhance your experience at the club.


Covid-19 Restrictions

The following protocols have been put into place to comply with Government and Golf Australia directions.

  • Playing groups are limited to 2 players (unless 3 or 4 members of the same family)
  • A new Booking Sheet is available on the club website and bookings are essential
  • Competition bookings (Wednesday and Saturday) will be restricted to QGC members only
  • Local Green Fee players may only book times after 12:30 pm
  • Carts will only be available for hire to people with disabilities or over the age of 65. Owner driven carts are OK, one person on board only.
  • The Clubhouse will be only open for the collection of cards and the purchase of takeaway food and drinks.
  • Masks or a face covering are mandatory on the course and in the clubhouse.
  • Social distancing and hand sanitising rules still apply


WAVE Project including Course Improvements

If you have been on the course recently, you will have noticed the new works being undertaken on the South/Western side of the course.

There were three clear objectives from a Committee point of view with these works;

  1. The WAVE Project (Wetland And Vegetation Enhancement) for the Orange Bellied Parrot habitat located in and around the wetland on the right side of the 7th fairway. Over the next few weeks, you will see contractors, staff and volunteers undertaking revegetation enhancement of the wetland site, planting approximately 1500 local indigenous plants which meet our Environmental Management Plan (EMP 2019-2024) requirements. All plants were propagated by the local Swan Bay Environment Association (SBEA) nursery from seed collected from the wetland surrounds and paid for through a Corangamite CMA RAMSAR Grant.
  1. Defence OFFSET Grant which has been provided by Defence Property to assist the club in meeting another of our EMP objectives. This is to create an Ecological Vegetation Community ( EVC ) biodiversity corridor between holes 7 and 8 using more of the same plants as the WAVE Project mentioned above. Planting of this area will be undertaken concurrently with the WAVE Project wetland site.
  1. Provide substantial course improvements to holes 6, 7 and 8 located on the South/Western side of the course. To achieve this objective, we were fortunate to enlist the services of Ross Perrett from TP Golf Architects. Ross has guided Rod Fenton  (Course Superintendent ) and our contractors in achieving a great result by opening up the landscape and improving the natural views at this end of the course, (both are strong features of golf on Swan Island) whilst most importantly, providing more challenging golf holes that will demand strategic golf shots from all players.

Whilst it will take some time for the new works to develop into the natural landscape, progressively, the holes will become more challenging for the player. We are grateful to Ross Perrett for his assistance (provided pro bono to the QGC) and excited with the results of the course improvements. Having removed our tree/weed burn site and more than doubled the current wetland site has ticked a number of boxes for the club going forward.

We have effectively doubled the size of our wetland area, we have had local indigenous plant seed taken from the course and propagated through the SBEA Nursery, we now have over 2500 plants ready to be planted as part of the RAMSAR and OFFSET Grants. With all the course earthworks completed, we are now working to grass the substantial uncovered areas (approximately 5000 square metres ) of the course to complete the project.

We will continue to work hard on improving the golfing experience for both members and guests as we move forward.

Kelvin Pettigrove

Greens and Course Environment

This project has been expertly managed by Kelvin Pettigrove and Rod Fenton and the amount of time and effort that they have put in to ensure the best possible result for the club is a testament to their passion for the club. Our trusty band of volunteers have also contributed to the works by laying sods on some of the new mounds. The works have been done in quick time, within the course expenditure budget and represent the biggest course development and improvement project undertaken for many years. The revegetation, seeding and spring growth will energise the whole area and enhance the playing experience for everyone. Well done team!

Annual General Meeting

Under current restrictions, we are unable to have a ‘normal’ AGM which we hold about this time of the year. We are in consultation with Golf Australia about the best way to manage the involvement of members in the process of reporting and elections – more later.


The club survey that will support the development of the QGC’s Strategic Plan will soon be distributed to members. The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete and your small contribution of time will be a great investment for the future.

Manager Position

As you are aware, John Fendyk will be relinquishing his position later this year. The position has been advertised and the details are available from the QGC Website.


It is great to see Rick Webb easing back to work with the Course team. Rick has had an extended period off work with an injury and his support and expertise has been greatly missed. (Just ask Rod and the team!) Welcome back!

Georgia Wekwerth is having a short break and we hope to see her back, fit and well, soon. The work that Georgia and Oisin do in the bar and office has been a great support to John Fendyk with club operations. These talented young adults give us great service in between their studies and work placements.

I hope that you and your families are coping well in these stressful, uncertain times. We are grateful that the golf club is able to provide an opportunity for some exercise and recreation albeit, with restrictions.      Let’s enjoy it while we can.

Tony Graham – President, on behalf of the QGC committee

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We are very excited to announce we are reopening the course from tomorrow (Wed 13th of May). Please ring the club to make a booking on (03) 5258 4344.

We will be allowing groups of four on the course. However, carts will be 1 per person unless the pair are family or living together.

We will still be enforcing a number of social distancing rules in order to comply with regulations and keep our members and staff safe.

We look forward to seeing you all soon!

QGC Update April 1, 2020

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With the closure of the course, our committee will continue to plan and implement a strategy for the course that will enable us to be successful into the future and ensure that we are in the best shape possible following lifting of the restrictions.

We apologise for not being able to provide golf to our members and the wider community, however we need to ensure we are complying with government regulations and taking a positive role in minimising the COVID-19 spread. We hope that our closure will not be extended past April 13, but it is a possibility and we are relying on advice from Golf Australia as well as the Victorian State Government.

It is important that everyone follows the new restrictions, as they will enable us and the community to resume to our usual activity sooner rather than later. This includes hygiene, social distancing and minimising unessential travels.

Our closure, enforced until at least April 13, means no access to the course and surrounds – this includes members.  We will be continuing to maintain the course, keeping ground staff to a minimum while preserving the current condition of the course for when we reopen in the future.

See photos below for work being carried out on the course.

Course Closure

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Unfortunately, due to new Victorian state restrictions and guidance from Golf Australia in regards to COVID-19, we will be completely shutting down our course to both the public and members from Sunday 29th of March until the 13th of April. This end date may extend, however we will keep all members informed and post updates when there is new available information.
We wish everyone good health in these difficult times.
John Fendyk – Queenscliff Golf Club Manager

COVID-19 Course Update – March 24

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Dear all,

Following the new announcements from the State and Federal Governments from Monday evening, we have had to update our operations in order to comply with the new standards – effective immediately.

Our Golf Course and Pro Shop are remaining open – members and green fee players are still welcome.

All food and beverage from the Pro Shop will be take-away only. Players are no longer allowed to sit in the clubhouse.

We are putting in place a one person per cart rule – this is compulsory in order to comply with new social distancing standards. We will be sanitising carts regularly.

Players must be distanced from each other at all times. Approximately two club lengths can be used as a guide.

All bunker rakes have been removed and we ask bunkers are reinstated with your foot or a club. Preferred lie in bunker.

Cups on greens are now raised above putting surface. If your ball hits the cup, the putt is deemed as in.

On competition days, a scorecard return box will be placed outside. We ask that players do not gather indoors, but instead pay comp. fees and collect their card in the clubhouse one at a time. We will not be allowing anyone to sit inside the clubhouse.

The club’s front door will be locked and all players are asked to enter around the back entrance.

We expect all players comply with the following hygiene practices:

  • wash your hands often with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds
  • try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth
  • cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow
  • if you feel unwell at all, please isolate yourself at home
  • shaking hands is not permitted

Please do not come to the club if you are showing any signs of illness. Any members that are older or have underlying health issues are particularly vulnerable at this point in time.

If you have been diagnosed with Coronavirus, please notify the manager John Fendyk immediately and disclose anyone you have been in close contact with in the past 14 days.

If you have returned from overseas or been in contact with any potential COVID-9 cases please self-isolate for 14 days and do not come to the club.

Please also check our last update titled ‘20th of March Urgent Member’s Update’ on our website This was also emailed to all members. We expect members to continue to comply with these measures as well, where applicable.

If you require any additional information, please call the club on (03) 5258 4344 or email us at Please ensure you inform us immediately of any known COVID-19 cases that could be relevant to us at the club. Our members’ safety is our priority.


20th of March Urgent Member’s Update

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Member’s Update – 20th March 2020

Dear Members of Queenscliff Golf Club

The past month has been productive both on and off the course. The course condition has ensured a steady flow of visitors and our staff have, as always, offered a high level of service and hospitality. However, it is clear that we, along with the broader community, are facing several months of hardship due to the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic.

Your committee, based on advice and counsel of various parties including Golf Australia, has decided that our Club should remain open in basic operating mode whilst curtailing larger gatherings.  We understand and respect that golf clubs can play an important social role in the current and emerging environment.  Naturally we will update you should our status need to change.

The club has postponed two upcoming events:

  • The Mallacoota Golf Club Fundraiser and
  • The Easter Sunday Wendy Stapleton Music event.

These will be rescheduled to a later, safe date.

In the interests of the health and wellbeing of our staff, members and visitors during the crisis, the Club is initiating some simple but important measures to minimise the spread and effect of the virus but also allow the Club to operate.

The following recommendations have been made by the Government and Golf Australia and will be enacted from Saturday, 21 March 2020. We expect that members (and our guests) will respect and comply fully with the measures.

  • Washing hands thoroughly on entering the clubhouse and after a round of golf.
  • Minimise touching door and bench surfaces. (Most clubhouse doors will be propped open and the staff will regularly sanitise surfaces).
  • Not using touch screens for card printing or entering scores. (The staff will do both).
  • Using member fobs or credit/debit cards for all transactions. We want to minimise cash transactions.
  • The Golden Shot will be suspended until further notice in light of the above.
  • On the course, leave the flagstick in at all times.
  • Reinstate the bunker with your foot or a club.
  • Do not shake hands during or after the game.
  • Golf carts to be restricted to one person only.
  • If you are unwell, please do not play or visit the clubhouse.

We must all be conscious that many of our members are in the most vulnerable age group – their health and wellbeing is a priority.

We are being proactive in response to the challenges that will confront us in coming months and members are invited to raise any concerning issues with the Club Manager, John Fendyk, or members of the Committee.

We must remember that, with the current and impending closure or curtailment of many social and recreational diversions, golf remains a viable and popular option for Club members and visitors.

Our very best wishes go to you and your families at this difficult time.  Keep safe.

Tony Graham – President, on behalf of the committee.

Postponed Events due to COVID-19

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Unfortunately, due to current concerns surrounding the Coronavirus, we are postponing our upcoming Mallacoota Golf Club Fundraiser (April 3) and Wendy Stapleton Music Afternoon (April 12). We hope to reschedule these later in the year when it is safe to do so. Apologies in advance and we hope everyone stays well.

Queenscliff Golf Club