Slow Play

Slow play is the bane of most players. An 18-hole round of golf should take between four and four and a half hours but often, they are much longer.

So what can be done to speed up play?

1. Pace your game on the course.
If a game takes four to four and a half hours, then after one hour you should be on the 5th fairway; after two hours…on the 9th green and after three hours…playing the 14th.
Monitor your play. If you are behind the noted times, you are probably playing too slow.

2. If you are ready to hit…hit.
It is nice to have the honour but if others are on the tee and ready to play, they should hit-off to keep the flow of play going.

3. Don’t waste time looking for lost golf balls.
The rules of golf allow five minutes when looking for a lost ball…not seven or ten or longer.
If you suspect your ball is lost, play a provisional ball and save time by not having to go back to the spot from which the ball was played.
Once the five minutes has elapsed, declare the ball lost and continue play.

4. Read putts while others are putting.
A lot of players do not line up their putt until their playing partners have marked their ball or putted out. You should line up your putt as others are putting (just be sure you’re far enough away to not be distracting), and once their ball is rolling, get your ball down and start your routine. If your ball isn’t in the way, you can put it down and pick up your mark before it’s your turn to hit.

5. Go easy on practice swings. A practice swing or two is a good way to get the best from your game. However, practice swings should not delay the game. Michael Breed of “The Golf Fix” suggested a 45-second pre-shot routine from the time you pull the club to the follow through. That’s really the slowest-case scenario. Shoot for 30 seconds. If you’re on the tee or at your ball and it’s not your turn to hit, feel free to take a few extra practice swings provided it does not distract fellow players. Just be ready to go when it’s your turn.

6. Don’t take calls on the course You’re on the course and among people, don’t stay buried in your phone. Leave it in your bag or cart with the ringer off so it doesn’t disturb your golf partner when they are standing over a three-foot putt should it go off should it ring.

Practice Green

The NWBGC lacks adequate practice facilities, which limits the Club’s ability to allow its members to develop their golfing skills.
The development of a practice green would allow members to practice putting and to a limited degree chipping.
The project entails building a two-tiered practice green which measures approximately 25 metres in length and 12 metres wide at their longest and widest points.
As the new practice green would take away the existing pathway, it is proposed to construct a pathway on the right side of the practice green from the Clubhouse shelter to the existing path near the 10th tee. The pathway would be wide enough to accommodate the club Ute, tractors, emergency vehicles and other traffic.

Funds for this project are yet to be identified and we will seek sponsors for the work.

Tee Work

Work is planned to improve the 6th and 15th tees in the near future.
The work on the 6th tee will be in two stages. The first stage includes extending the front of the tee to allow proper tee placements for the ladies and levelling the front and the back of the tee. The second stage will level the middle portion of the tee.
This work has been made possible through the generosity of one of our members. Thank you.
The work on the 15th men’s tee will level the tee and provide a better starting point for the hole.


3rd Green
The third green has provided challenges for many golfers. If you are on the left side of the green, putts can be faster than those undertaken by professional golfers.
In addition, only about 30% of the green can be used for pins placements, which increases wear and tear on the areas where pins can be placed.
The project would extend the third green approximately five to six metres at the widest point, to the right of the green and behind the bunker. See photo below.
Once the new green area is in play, then the Greens Committee will consider if work is required on the left side of the green to reduce the slope.
This work has been sponsored by an anonymous member.

Greens Coring

On October, the course’s greens will be cored and sanded. Coring of the greens is a very disruptive task. However, it is very necessary and vital work.
So, why is coring so important?
The simple answer is to keep the turf healthy. The condition of greens are under constant assault from continual foot and mower traffic. This compacts the soil, which reduces the oxygen available at the root level. When the roots are deprived of oxygen they weaken and the grass will eventually die. The lack of oxygen also affects the effectiveness of soil microbes necessary for the decay of dead organic matter such as old turf roots. Coring also reduces the accumulation of organic material, known as “thatch”, which occurs when microbial decay is ineffective.
To keep the turf healthy, you must have deep, healthy roots, which have good oxygenation. The oxygenation occurs by creating tiny pockets for air between the roots and the soil/sand particles.
Coring is the mechanical process that creates more air space in the soil and benefits deep rooting. It is done by removing a couple of centimetres from the compacted soil, allowing an injection of air and water that will produce a revival of growth. The spaces are filled with sand (topdressing), which helps the soil to retain air space and makes it easier for the roots to grow downward.
The elimination of the thatch layer is also important. When thatch accumulates, greens become very soft and slow and water drainage becomes very poor. Coring aids the development of micro-organisms that benefit the growth of the turf; and facilitates good drainage and infiltration of water, as much from rain and as from irrigation.
When greens are cored, the green recovery does not usually exceed two or three weeks. Please Note: Once the coring is complete, it is unlikely that the greens will be cut before  . When the coring is being undertaken, the course will be closed. No golf play will be permitted.

Golf Etiquette

Grasping all the relevant do’s and don’ts of golf takes time. So you’re comfortable on any golf course and with any player, use this list as a good start for the rules of golf etiquette.
Do:
? Play at a reasonable pace.
? Repair ball marks, replace divots, and rake bunkers.
? Pay attention to the rules as they are laid out and administered by the R&A and the USGA.
? Have the player who is farthest away from the pin hit first on each shot.
? Let the winner of the previous hole to tee off first at the next tee.
? Take a caddie whenever possible.
? Turn in every score for handicap purposes.
? Respect the rules and regulations of the course you are playing.
Don’t:
? Move or talk while someone in your group is hitting the ball (or about to hit).
? Ask your opponent what club he hit.
? Walk across the line of another player’s putt on the green.
? Hit your shots until the group in front of you is well out of range.
? Hold up other players.

Men’s 16th Tee & Forward 9th Tee

Through the generosity of two of our members, who wish to remain anonymous, work was possible to returf the 16th tee.

Thank you for your support.

Our thanks also to Brett from Bay Hire for loaning our Club the turf cutter, which made work so much easier.


 

Work has commenced to reposition the men’s forward 9th tee to the left of the current tee. This will take out of play the trees that are on the right of the fairway making the hole fairer to play.
The work involves removing the weeds from the previously constructed tee, top dressing the tee to level it, returfing where necessary and relocating the irrigation system.
The cost for this work is virtually zero as the work will be undertaken by the volunteers.

Practice Bunker

The Board of Management approved the creation of a practice bunker near the practice green which is adjacent to the 10th green.
The bunker will be constructed to Australia and US Golf standards and will mirror the bunkers on our course.
The proposed area is marked by a red line and the construction will be undertaken as soon as the weather and other priorities allow.
It is unlikely that the bunker will cause any problems should a wayward shot go to the right. However, if this does occur, then there will be a free drop in a designated drop zone.
There will be minimal cost for this work as most of the materials are at the Club and the volunteers will undertake the majority of the labour under the supervision of Ashley.

State Pennant Final Victory

Congratulations to the ladies Division 3 players for their excellent win in the State Pennants Final over a Sunday and Monday in June.

The semi-final on Sunday against Sheffield was played in a friendly good spirited manner by all players.

Our team enjoyed a 3.5/1.5 victory.

On Monday, the ladies went head to head with Claremont in the final. Played in good stead, the Northwest Bay team triumphed, 4/1.

Great celebrations were enjoyed by all the Associates at a recent Pennant lunch.

Congratulations go to all the Pennant players, particularly to those who could play consecutively on both days.

Also thanks to Corm and Jan for their leadership during the Pennant season.

Challenges Facing Golf Clubs

Aging members, declining memberships, fewer junior players, increasing running costs and family and work demands are some of the challenges facing golf clubs worldwide.

These issues are no different for our Club.

Our Club’s membership is aging and fewer juniors are taking up the sport. Both these issues are leading to declining memberships. As members are the backbone of the Club’s finances and with the ever increasing costs for power, water, rates, insurance, etc., the gap between revenue and expenditure is growing.

It is a continual battle making ends meet but so far so good. It is also a challenge attracting new members particularly given the demographics of the Kingston, Margate, Blackmans Bay and Snug regions.

Golf is an expensive and time consuming activity compared to soccer, as an example. Yet golf is still a popular past-time. However, consideration must be given to how the Club can make the game attractive to all golfers.

The Club needs to understand the market place – how it is changing and how to adapt. This is a task for the Board of Management, which is being considered.

The Board will continue to work hard to keep memberships affordable, reduce costs (although many of the costs cannot be trimmed), increase sponsorships and how to attract new members.

If you have any suggestions that may assist these goals, please do not hesitate to contact members of the Board.