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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.
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;
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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